Believe it or not, the world of international cinema is at your fingertips, provided you have access to the best SBS on-demand movies. As we enter the cosy, winter months, now is the perfect time to snuggle up on the couch and binge-watch some of the best movies. With so many streaming services available to us, it’s easy to get lost scrolling for far too long. We thought we’d deep dive into SBS on-demand, which is a publicly-funded Australian TV network that streams a number of our favourite International and Australian movies.
With a huge selection of movies at your disposal, the free service is bound to provide the goods this winter.
1. Call Me By Your Name (2017)
This stunning film takes you on a beautiful, emotional journey of a young man named Elio. Based on the novel by Andre Aciman, the movie highlights the jagged line between friendship and love, set against the stunning backdrop of the Italian countryside. The beautiful setting and raw depiction of the struggles we face in the complex journey of discovering our sexuality makes for a deeply beautiful and achingly painful film.
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Timothée Chalamet
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
Run Time: 2 h 12 mins
2. Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)
An extended version of the epic war film Apocalypse Now, which sees an additional 49 minutes of material that had been removed from the original film. It is a historical film that emotionally depicts life during the Vietnam War through the life of a captain assigned to a mission in Cambodia. Expect a remastered soundtrack as well.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford
Run Time: 3 h 32 mins
3. Molly’s Game (2017)
Aaron Sorkin makes an impressive directorial debut with Molly’s Game. The film follows the journey of Molly, who is a real-life target of the FBI and her involvement with a high-stakes poker game. The biographical crime drama is an intense film that will help you take your mind to another place.
Director: Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Michael Cera
Run Time: 2 h 21 mins
4. Rams (2015)
For something that’s guaranteed to provide a laugh, stream Rams on SBS on-demand. The film is Icelandic, which adds a unique touch, and follows the journey of two brothers who haven’t spoken in 40 years as they each tend to their flock of sheep amid an infection that takes over the town. We’ll let you discover the ridiculousness that follows.
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Starring: Theodor Juliusson, Sigurour Sigurjonsson
Run Time: 1 h 33 mins
5. The Pianist (2002)
This biographical war drama is a true tear-jerker and is one of Polanski’s best films to date. The film is a shockingly raw depiction of a Polish Jew and classical musician who survived the Holocaust through some luck and sheer stoicism. Put this one on next time you’re in the mood for a little (or big) cry.
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox
Run Time: 2 h 28 mins
6. Storm Boy (2019)
Storm Boy is one of the best dramas to watch with the whole family that’s available on SBS on-demand. Quintessentially Australian, the film is a contemporary retelling of a boy and father living a solitary life on a desolate coastline. When he forms a close bond with a pelican, things start to change.
Director: Shawn Seet
Starring: Finn Little, Geoffrey Rush, David Gulpili
Run Time: 1 h 49 mins
7. Margin Call (2011)
Want something to keep your brain ticking over? Margin Call will do the job- a drama about how a Wall Street investment bank handles the financial crises of 2007 and 2008 over a fast, stressful 24-hour period. Even better, the movie has an all-star cast.
Director: J.C. Chandor
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore
Run Time: 1 h 49 mins
8. Amelie (2001)
A feel-good movie with an important message, Amelie is one of our all-time favourites and it’s available on SBS on demand. Exploring the world of an imaginative mind, Amelie decides to help people find happiness and, in her journey, finds true love for herself.
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz
Run Time: 2 h 9 mins
9. Shot Caller (2017)
An exploration of violence and racism, Shot Caller has a bit of everything. A crime thriller, it isn’t for the faint-hearted- scenes chronicling the dramatic shift of a family man to a prison gangster and his plight to survive in California’s unforgiving penal system
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Starring: Jon Bernthal, Lake Bell, Jeffery Donovan
Run Time: 2 h 1 min
10. The Lobster (2015)
A romantic drama with a dystopian twist, settle in for an emotional roller-coaster with The Lobster. If you’re currently single, this may send you into turmoil, as in this society, single people must find a mate within 45 days or they will be transformed into an animal. Watch it with your partner, or on your own- we dare you!
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman
Run Time: 1 h 59 mins
11. The Way of the Dragon (1972)
SBS on-demand has plenty of Bruce Lee movies for all those hardcore fans out there, but The Way of the Dragon is our pick of the bunch. In fact, Lee directed this film himself and it shows in the clever, hilarious storyline of the action-comedy.
Director: Bruce Lee
Starring: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris
Run Time: 2 h 13 mins
12. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
A serious film with a sombre message, All Quiet on the Western Front is an epic film based on the 1928 book of the same name. The adaption depicts the huge mental impact of being a soldier in an aching and evocative way.
Director: Lewis Milestone
Starring: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim
Run Time: 2 h 32 mins
13. Downfall (2004)
Another one of the very best war dramas available on SBS on-demand, Downfall is a realistic film of World War II. It focuses on the final days of Hitler and his inner circle in the bunker they were hiding in. Bonus points for you if you speak German as the film is in the native-tongue.
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Starring: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara
Run Time: 2 h 36 mins
14. The Duchess (2008)
In the mood for a little bit of old-school British drama? The Duchess will have you sorted- a dramatisation based on the late 18th-century aristocrat Georgina Cavendish. Her character poignantly represents the struggles women faced during the oppressive era.
Director: Saul Dibb
Starring: Keira Knightly, Domini Cooper
Run Time: 1 h 50 mins
15. The Graduate (1967)
A romantic film with all the coinciding complications, The Graduate ticks all of our boxes. Sexy and alluring, we recommend watching it with your special one to join the characters’ journey of tumultuous affairs and love triangles.
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, Anne Bancroft
Run Time: 1 h 47 mins
16. Dogman (2018)
A crime drama set in a small town in Rome, Dogman follows the journey of a dog groomer who gets himself into some serious trouble. The movie is inspired by true events and is highly acclaimed, so buckle in.
Director: Matteo Garrone
Starring: Marcello Fonte, Adamo Dionisi
Run Time: 2 h
17. Tracks (2013)
Shining a light on the beauty and barrenness of the Australian landscape is this ode to Robyn Davidson and Australia. You’ll witness a superb dramatization of the author’s epic nine-month journey on camels across the Australian desert.
Director: John Curran
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver
Run Time: 2 h
18. Vox Lux (2018)
Another true story that’s bound to get the tears rolling is Vox Lux. With an all-star cast, the movie paints a portrait of the rise of pop star Celeste as she overcomes tragedy to become a celebrated pop star.
Director: Brady Corbet
Starring: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy
Run Time: 1 h 54 mins
19. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
The perfect dose of psychological thriller that we all need from time to time, We Need to Talk About Kevin is an interesting and reflective movie. It comments on the struggles of motherhood and instances of school mass-violence in a deeply moving way.
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Starring: Ezra Miller, Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly
Run Time: 1 h 52 mins
20. The Lives of Others (2006)
The Lives of Others is a film about the Stasi spying on East German lovers. It will have you on the edge of your seat as it explores the fear and distrust that overtook the world during the time of World War II. It’s one of the best foreign-language films on SBS on-demand.
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Starring: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck
Run Time: 2 h 18 mins
21. Frances Ha (2012)
A movie so raw and authentic every woman in their twenties must watch for a necessary reminder that none of us knows what we’re doing and that’s ok. New Yorker Frances struggles to keep a job and somewhere to live, depicting the journey of finding ourselves in a humorous, relatable way.
Director: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver
Run Time: 1 h 26 mins
22. The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)
The Kindergarten Teacher is an interesting movie on a story of obsession. A New York teacher thinks one of her students is a prodigy and goes to extreme lengths to protect him. Weird and wonderful, we recommend you give this movie a watch.
Director: Sara Colangelo
Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael Garcia
Run Time: 1 h 38 mins
23. The Seagull (2018)
If you love a period drama, this one’s for you. The Seagull is set in the early twentieth century and follows the journey of an ageing actress and her lover as they visit the estate of her elderly brother. This is a story of love and romance everyone can appreciate.
Director: Michael Mayer
Starring: Annette Benning, Corey Stoll, Glenn Fleshler
Run Time: 1 h 38 mins
24. Tu Me Manques (2019)
If you’re missing travelling, Tu Me Manques will take you on a journey from Bolivia to New York that will almost feel as good as the real thing. The film is dotted with the dramas of death and unlikely reunions against the backdrop of two very different city’s
Director: Rodrigo Bellott
Starring: Reyes Antelo, Fernando Barbosa
Run Time: 1 h 50 mins
25. The Girl In The Fog (2017)
Not everything is as it seems in this thriller, which we think may the best thriller SBS on-demand has to offer. Set in an Italian village, it tracks the investigation of the disappearance of a fifteen-year-old girl. We suggest watching this with a companion or two!
Director: Donato Carrisi
Starring: Toni Servillo, Jean Reno
Run Time: 2 h 8 mins
26. Run Lola Run (1998)
SBS has a great selection of international films and Run Lola Run is one of our favourites that is available on-demand. It’s a German film about a woman who must gather a certain amount of cash under strict time constraints in order to save her boyfriend’s life.
Director: Tom Tykwer
Starring: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu
Run Time: 1 h 22 mins
27. A Private Function (1984)
A funny movie that’s bound to put you in a good mood any day of the week, A Private Function is a much-loved comedy classic. British from head to toe, it throws humour at the time of food rationing in the lead up to the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.
Director: Malcolm Mowbray
Starring: Maggie Smith, Michael Palin
Run Time: 1 h 36 mins
28. Machete (2010)
An action classic, Machete details the seriously brutal revenge of an ex-fed against his former boss. Definitely not a relaxing watch, dive into this movie if you want some second-hand excitement and adventure.
Director: Ethan Mainiquis, Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Danny Trejo, Michelle Roderiguez, Robert De Niro
Run Time: 1 h 45 mins
29. Mother (2009)
SBS on-demand has an array of amazing Asian films and Mother is no exception. As a widow attempts to prove her son’s innocence, it delves into the themes of hardship and prejudice that we all face from time to time.
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Starring: Won Bin, Jin Goo
Run Time: 2 h 9 mins
30. Kingpin (1996)
This comedy is a light-hearted classic that luckily for us, is available on SBS on-demand. Expect some bowling, con games, illicit activities and lots of laughter from your end.
Director: Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid
Run Time: 1 h 57 mins
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