The best movies on Stan for December 2023
Australia's own streaming service Stan has a massive selection of movies to binge so we've picked out the best of the lot.
Australian streaming service Stan has a solid library of movies for you to enjoy. However, with titles coming and going across the platforms and new releases happening all the time, it's not always easy to keep up.
Anybody wanting to catch some of the great films put to celluloid can get a leg-up in no time at all, thanks to Stan's streaming service. Be sure to check back with this article regularly as we'll routinely update it as the landscape changes.
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1. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
A pair of high school buddies prepare the ultimate historical presentation by using a time machine.
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure is silly and fun, which makes it perfect for viewers with an offbeat sense of humour. The 2 friends are precious together, mostly thanks to the chemistry between the leads.
2. A Quiet Place
Don't speak. Don't cry. Don't make the faintest sound of any kind – if you want to live one more day.
You wouldn’t expect a movie that features hardly any dialogue to scare the pants off you, but A Quiet Place does in the best way.
3. I Am Woman
I am Woman is the story of Australian singer Helen Reddy, who within months of landing in NYC, became one of the biggest superstars of her time and an icon of the 1970s feminist movement, empowering women to fight for change.
I am Woman is well-researched and features some top-notch performances. Even better, it plays like a love letter to one of the most iconic figures of second wave feminism. Make sure you clear your schedule and tune in.
When Edna, an elderly woman with dementia, inexplicably vanishes from her home, her daughter Kay and granddaughter Sam arrive to look for her. But when she returns as mysteriously as she disappeared, they discover a presence haunting the house.
Tense and well-crafted, Relic is a treat for drama fans that enjoy a touch of horror. With strong performances and beautiful visuals, it will keep you glued to the screen.
5. Groundhog Day
Bill Murray plays a self-centred TV weatherman caught in a personal time warp, forced to relive one strange day over and over again. The jokes explode in this marvellously inventive and offbeat comedy.
Groundhog Day has become the gold standard by which time loop movies are judged, and its title has even become the default phrase for being stuck doing something over and over again. It's something you can easily enjoy with repeat viewings.
6. The Guard
Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town Irish cop with a confrontational personality and subversive sense of humour. He also has absolutely no interest in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought a straight-laced FBI agent to his door.
Brendan Gleeson is a marvel and the dialogue in The Guard is clever and sharp. Plus, the action is not too shabby either. Trust us, this is not your run-of-the-mill drug cartel action flick. It will definitely surprise you.
7. Revolutionary Road
Starring Oscar winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, and based on the bestseller by Richard Yates, this mesmerising story follows the lives of a passionate couple living in Connecticut who decide to risk everything in pursuit of their dreams.
Revolutionary Road is moving and powerful. We’re also happy to report that the chemistry between Leo and Kate perfectly stands the test of time. If you’re in the mood for a heartbreaking flick that will make you feel all the feels, you can’t go wrong with this one.
8. The Machinist
Factory machinist Trevor has not slept in a year, which has led to a shocking deterioration of his physical and mental health. Determined to find answers, he embarks on a journey of self-awareness – yet the more he learns, the less he wants to know.
The Machinist made waves due to Christian Bale’s incredible psychical transformation – he lost more than 28 kilograms for the role. More than that, he delivers a harrowing performance. As for the story itself, it’s a ride worth taking.
9. Holding The Man
Based on the memoir and stage play of the same name, Holding The Man is the warm, funny and extraordinarily moving story of the 15-year love affair between Timothy Conigrave and the boy he fell in love with at high school, John Caleo.
Holding The Man delivers a beautiful love story and portrays a turbulent time for queer Australia. More than that, it boasts some amazing performances and doesn’t shy away from keeping things honest, which makes it even more powerful.
10. True History of the Kelly Gang
An epic, fictionalised re-telling of the life of legendary Australian bushranger Ned Kelly, revealing the essence behind his notorious life. Featuring a cast of award-winning Australian and international stars.
True History of the Kelly Gang is gritty and immersive, offering a subjective take on the life of the iconic Ned Kelly. How is a legend born? What events go on to have a lasting impact and shape beliefs? Tune in to find out.
11. Mission: Impossible
Tom Cruise stars as Ethan Hunt, a secret agent framed for the deaths of his espionage team. Fleeing from government assassins, Hunt races to stay one step ahead of his pursuers... and draws one step closer to discovering the shocking truth.
Brimming with action-packed sequences and special effects, this spy thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat thanks to its many twists and turns. To this day, Mission: Impossible remains an ambitious and entertaining flick, with Cruise offering a memorable performance.
12. Love & Friendship
Love & Friendship is an adaptation of Jane Austen's novella Lady Susan in which a young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) visits her in-laws’ estate while waiting for social chatter about her personal indiscretions to pass. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant daughter, Frederica.
Love & Friendship is a wonderful adaptation of Austen’s work. It’s smart, funny and offers a nuanced performance from Beckinsale. If you’re looking for delicious dialogue that will make you chuckle, you’re in the right place.
13. Mad Max: Fury Road
This iconic post-apocalyptic film, the fourth outing in the Mad Max series, follows the warrior Imperator Furiosa, who forges an alliance with loner Max Rockatansky. Fortified in the massive armoured truck the War Rig, they try to outrun a ruthless warlord and his henchmen in a high-speed chase that will prove deadly.
If you’re into stunning action flicks with substance, you’ve probably already seen this one. Still, a single viewing isn’t enough to grasp the movie’s ambitious scope, so repeat streams are in order. Mad Max: Fury Road is gorgeous, exhilarating and brilliant. You’ve been warned.
14. The Death of Stalin
When Stalin dies in 1953, a frantic power struggle ensues. Who will take his place as the next Soviet leader? Among the contenders we have Georgy Malenkov, Nikita Khrushchev and Lavrenti Beria, each ready to back-stab their way to the top. But in the meantime, who exactly is running the government?
A devastatingly funny satire, The Death of Stalin benefits from a tight script and an A+ cast. Also, the movie was banned in Russia, which should make you that much more eager to give it a stream.
Whether you love him or hate him, there is no question that George W. Bush is one of the most controversial public figures in recent memory. In an unprecedented undertaking, acclaimed director Oliver Stone brings the life of the 43rd US President to the big screen as only he can. W. takes viewers through Bush's eventful life.
While W. chronicles Bush's career, it's more interested in his motivations, failings and inner demons. That makes for a fascinating character study, especially given that Josh Brolin offers a tremendous performance in the lead role.
16. Good Will Hunting
Will Hunting is an undiscovered, world-class maths genius who's anything but good, thanks to a childhood fraught with foster homes and domestic violence. After he's arrested, a professor offers to keep him out of jail in return for regular study sessions and weekly psych evaluations from a third-party shrink. The latter quickly becomes sport for the cocky kid, who proceeds to tear the head doctors to shreds.
Expect powerful performances in Good Will Hunting, an emotionally rich drama.
17. Fight Club
An unassertive, defeated man discovers that he has an alter-ego, a sociopathic anarchist/terrorist who is plotting the destruction of society, and he must silence the destructive element of his personality before calamitous bombing schemes occur nationwide.
An intelligent film, Fight Club seems pretty straightforward until the twist at the end, which changes your entire view on what you just watched. You should definitely talk about Fight Club – if only to tell people how good it is.
18. Hacksaw Ridge
A moving biographical war film, Hacksaw Ridge tells the story of Desmond T. Doss, an American Army Medic during World War II. Despite refusing to bear arms on religious grounds, Doss went from being mocked for his pacifist tendencies to being admired for his bravery. He risked his life to save numerous men in the Battle of Okinawa, becoming the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.
Hacksaw Ridge is a gripping war movie that touches upon important themes, like the importance of staying true to your convictions. You'll be mesmerised.
19. Needle in a Timestack
Nick and Janine live in marital bliss until Janine's ex-husband warps time to try to tear them apart. As Nick's memories disappear, he must decide what he's willing to sacrifice in order to hold onto – or let go of – everything he loves.
Needle in a Timestack stumbles at times, but the A-list cast, exciting concept and thoughtful musings on love are enough to ensure an enjoyable watch. If you like romantic dramas, we suggest you give it a go.
Nitram lives with his parents in suburban Australia in the mid-90s. He lives a life of isolation and frustration at never fitting in. As his anger grows, he begins a slow descent into a nightmare that culminates in the most heinous of acts.
Nitram is an intriguing movie, harrowing and often difficult to watch given the subject matter relating to the 1996 Port Arthur massacre. Caleb Landry Jones is a revelation in the lead role – a performance that won him the Best Actor award at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. A compelling piece of cinema, Nitram will stay with you for long after the end credits roll.
21. Gold (2022)
Gold follows 2 men who stumble upon the biggest gold nugget that has ever been discovered and hatch a plan to excavate it. Unfortunately, as greed and doubt start to affect their relationship, trusting each other becomes increasingly difficult. How far would you go to secure a fortune?
Atmospheric and intense, Gold makes the most of its bleak setting and straightforward premise. Add a Zac Efron on top of his game into the mix and you've got yourself a hit.
22. Donnie Darko
Ready to take a mind-bending journey through suburban America? Donnie Darko doesn't disappoint. A cult favourite, the movie revolves around a disenchanted teenager who befriends a figure in a rabbit costume only he can see. Trouble is, the rabbit informs him that the world is going to end in only a few days.
Scary, thought-provoking and beautifully acted, Donnie Darko is the kind of movie that haunts you, but in a good way. Proceed with caution.
23. Christmas on the Farm
Emmy’s book about living on an Australian farm is about to be a publishing sensation – and the CEO publisher and her handsome son are coming to see her down-home country life firsthand. Only problem is, it’s not her life!
Christmas on the Farm is a festive and funny affair, perfect to watch around the holidays. As long as you like light-hearted flicks, you'll be in for a good time.
24. Promising Young Woman
Everyone said Cassie was a promising young woman... until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalisingly cunning and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story.
In the mood for a provocative thriller? Look no further than Promising Young Woman. Buckle up: this is the kind of movie that will give you plenty to think about.
25. Election (1999)
Reese Witherspoon is Tracy Flick, a straight "A" go-getter who's determined to be president of Carver High's student body. But when popular teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) observes the zealous political locomotive that is Tracy, he decides to derail her obsessive overachieving by recruiting an opposition candidate (Chris Klein) – with disastrous results!
An iconic movie with a memorable performance from Witherspoon, Election only gets better with age. If you've missed it back in the day, there's no time like the present to enjoy everything it has to offer.
26. Warm Bodies
After a highly unusual zombie saves a still-living girl from an attack, the pair form a relationship that sets in motion events that might transform the entire lifeless world.
Warm Bodies is a surprisingly heartfelt horror comedy, which somehow manages to merge romance and zombies in a way that feels oddly natural.
The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.
Regardless of whether you’re an Elton John fan or not, Rocketman is a great watch. It perfectly blends reality with fantasy and music, offering a touching portrayal of a great artist’s life.
28. Nude Tuesday
A couple goes to a new-age retreat in an attempt to save their marriage. Their path to reconnection is riddled with hilarity and humiliation as they seek to find themselves and each other. Filmed in gibberish with different subtitles to choose from.
With multiple versions of subtitles written by different comedians, it enables viewers to choose their own version of the story and allows for different experiences when re-watching the movie. It's quirky. It's strange. It's definitely worth watching.
29. A Star Is Born (2018)
A musician helps a young singer find fame as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.
Well-acted and featuring an intoxicating soundtrack, A Star is Born will make you experience a roller-coaster of emotions. There's a good chance that it will also make you cry, so keep a box of tissues handy.
30. Aquaman (2018)
An action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, Aquaman reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime – one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.
Aquaman is goofy and fun, boasting excellent visuals and infectious energy. Jason Momoa is perfect in the lead role.
31. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
After 5 (or 6) years of vanilla-wedded bliss, ordinary suburbanites John and Jane Smith (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) are stuck in a rut the size of the Grand Canyon...until the truth comes out! Unbeknownst to each other, they are both coolly lethal, highly paid assassins working for rival organisations. And when they discover they're each other's next target, their secret lives collide.
Not only does Mr & Mrs Smith have 2 of the biggest stars of the noughties facing off against each other, this action comedy has plenty of moments of levity throughout.
32. Christmas Ransom
When a pair of bumbling crooks hijack the Harrington and Sons toy store, a pair of kids stumble into the heist and are forced to team up with a heavily pregnant security officer to save Christmas.
This isn't a movie that reinvents the wheel, but it's a fun time. If you love Home Alone, even better.
33. The Social Network
On an autumn night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a flurry of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room as a small website among friends soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication.
The Social Network is a mesmerising movie about the founders of Facebook. With an impeccable script and top-notch performances, this biographical drama is captivating from start to finish.
Goodfellas is the story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.
One of the most iconic mob movies of all time, Goodfellas successfully stands the test of time. Watching it today is just as impactful as it was back in the 90s. With such a powerful cast, we would expect nothing else.
A former Special Forces operative, battling to cope with life after the loss of his wife, is thrust into the criminal underworld to keep his only son from being taken from him.
As familiar as the plot may sound, Transfusion isn't afraid to go beyond the surface and explore deeper themes. If you don't mind your action flicks on the slower side, Sam Worthington gives a wonderful performance.
36. Crimes of the Future
With his partner Caprice, celebrity performance artist Saul Tenser publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in a dystopian future where humans adapt to an increasingly synthetic environment.
Directed by David Cronenberg, Crimes of the Future is well-acted and unsettling. If you don't have a strong stomach, you'll be prompted to cover your eyes more than once.
37. The Portable Door
Paul and Sophie, interns at a mysterious London firm, become steadily aware their employers Humphrey and Dennis are anything but conventional – they are disrupting the world of magic by bringing modern corporate strategy to ancient magical practices.
If you're in the mood for a magical fantasy adventure, with an all-star Australian cast to boot, then this is well worth watching.
38. No Time to Die
James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
No Time to Die has all the thrills you've come to expect from a James Bond film and as it's Daniel Craig's final instalment as Bond, you just know he'll go out with a bang.
39. The Whale
Winner of Best Actor at the 2023 Academy Awards, The Whale follows Charlie (Brendan Fraser), a reclusive English teacher suffering from severe obesity as he attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.
It's a heartbreaking story, so if you're in the mood for a good cry, grab a box of tissues and pop this on.
40. The Northman
From visionary director Robert Eggers comes The Northman, an action-filled epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge his father's murder.
The movie is bloody and violent without skimping on character development. Prepare to be mesmerised.
What changed on our list?
- Groundhog Day
- The Northman
- Almost Famous
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