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25 Best Movies on Stan Australia | Man of Many

Looking for new movies and titles on Stan released in the last few years? There’s always plenty of good stuff coming up, whether it’s original Aussie series or films and TV shows fast-tracked from the US. To keep up to date on everything coming to Stan this month, check out our guide.

Best new movies on Stan

Up first in our new movies on Stan is Minari, which translates to “water celery” and is a 2020 American drama written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung. Starring Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, and Alan Kim, Minari is a semi-autobiographical take on Chung’s upbringing and his life as a South Korean immigrant trying to make it in the United States in the 1980s.

1. Minari (2020)

A new Australian film on Stan, Transfusion stars everyone’s favourite AvatarSam Worthington. It follows Worthington’s Ryan Logan, a former Special Forces operative, who is battling to cope with life after the loss of his wife. Unfortunately, he is thrust into the criminal underworld to keep his only son.

2. Transfusion

Based on a true story with some fictional elements, LAPD detective Russell Poole has spent years trying to solve his biggest case – the murders of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. After two decades, however, he still hasn’t cracked the case. Enter Jack Jackson, a reporter dying to save his career, who’s on a mission to get to the truth.

3. City of Lies (2021)

Nitram is a harrowing semi-fictional recount of the events leading up to the 1996 Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania, in which Martin Bryant killed 35 innocent people. The film is an attempt to understand why and how one of the most horrible moments in Australia’s history occurred.

4. Nitram (2021)

With an all-star cast of De Niro, Liotta and Pesci and directed by none other than Martin Scorsese, Goodfellas is undeniably one of the best movies on Stan. It follows the story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife and his mob partners doing life in an Italian-American crime syndicate.

5. Goodfellas (1990)

Aussie star Margot Robbie stars as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, which is based on the unbelievable life of the disgraced American figure skater. Tonya was the first American woman to complete a triple axle in competition, but her legacy has been defined by her infamous attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. While we know the story of Harding well, the famed figure skater who essentially tried to put a hit out on her countrywoman, this film takes a strangely sympathetic approach.

6. I, Tonya (2017)

Love a good crime drama? Get across Chinatown, starring Jack Nicholson as L.A. private eye J.J Gittes who’s hired to investigate the suspicious activities of Evelyn Mulwray’s husband. What J.J believes is a routine infidelity case soon becomes complicated when he meets the real Mrs Mulwray. Caught in a web of deceit and sinister family secrets, this Stan movie will keep you on the edge of your sofa.

7. Chinatown (1974)

A classic Tarantino movie through and through, Inglourious Basterds is set in the first year of Germany’s occupation of France. It follows the story of Allied officer Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) who assembles a team of Jewish soldiers to commit violent acts of retribution against the Nazis. Both horrifying and comedic, this movie is a must-watch.

8. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

9. Nightcrawler (2014)

Jake Gyllenhaal does a fantastic job of portraying Los Angeles denizen Louis Bloom who gets by through scavenging and petty theft. With a chance at a new career, Bloom takes to the streets of L.A. with a camcorder and police scanner in an attempt to capture footage of grisly crimes he can then sell to local TV stations. His unnerving intensity sees him first to the scene at a number of murders, shooting incredible footage and selling it off to whichever newsroom is willing to be the highest price. It’s a tough job and not for the faint of heart, but Gyllenhaal’s Bloom appears nigh-on heartless.
With a very respectable 8.5/10 on IMDB, The Departed features an all-star cast with Leonardo DiCaprio at the helm starring as a South Boston cop who goes undercover to infiltrate the organisation of gangland chief Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). As DiCaprio’s Billy Costigan gains Frank’s trust, career criminal Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) simultaneously infiltrates the police department and soon enough both teams discover they have a mole in their midst.

10. The Departed (2006)

Action-packed flicks and sci-fi epics are the order of the day on Stan Australia. The streamer has put a lot of time and effort into creating a catalogue of hits that pull no punches. Here are the best ones we’ve found, but if you’re looking to broaden your horizons, why not check out our guide to the best action movies of all time or the best sci-fi flicks of the 21st century?

Best action and sci-fi movies on Stan

There’s no better Stan movie in the action and sci-fi realm than Blade Runner: 2049. Ryan Gosling stars as Officer K, a new blade runner for the LAPD who uncovers secrets that’ll send what’s left of society into utter chaos. His journey leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford from the original Blade Runner movie) who’s been missing for 30 years.

11. Blade Runner: 2049 (2017)

A true classic and not just a good movie on Stan, but one of the best of all time – The Matrix depicts a dystopian future where humanity is unknowingly trapped inside a simulated reality. It has twists and turns, features Keanu Reeves at his finest, and has also spawned three subsequent films. It’s a cult-fave, and for good reason.

12. The Matrix (1999)

Continuing with the Keanu Reeves love, John Wick sees him take on the title role as an assassin who retired to marry the love of his life. After his wife suddenly dies, a sadistic mobster Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen) and his thugs steal John’s prized car and kill the puppy that was the last gift from his wife. Naturally, John goes on a mission for revenge. But there’s also a huge bounty on his head. How’s it all end? Well, you’ll have to watch to find out.

13. John Wick (2014)

You can’t go past Ocean’s Eleven when going down a Stan movies rabbit hole. Starring George Clooney as Danny Ocean, the movie sees him freshly paroled from a New Jersey penitentiary and already planning his next crime – the most elaborate casino heist in history.

14. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

The Foreigner is a 2017 action thriller film directed by Martin Campbell and written by David Marconi, based on the 1992 novel The Chinaman by Stephen Leather. Starring the legendary Jackie Chan, the film follows a London-based Nung Chinese man who seeks vengeance for the death of his youngest daughter.

15. The Foreigner (2017)

In need of a good laugh? Only the best comedy movies on Stan will suffice and thankfully, the streaming service doesn’t disappoint. Below, you’ll find a list of the best funny movies on the platform, loaded with laughs and a few awkward moments to keep you entertained.

Best comedy movies on Stan

Don’t let the lower IMDB rating fool you – people are notoriously harsh when rating comedy films. Yet The Happtime Murders definitely isn’t one to miss. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks and Maya Rudolph, this strange but hilarious movie is set in a world where humans and living puppets co-exist. It follows the story of a puppet investigator and a human police detective who must solve a murder spree of retired sitcom stars.

16. The Happytime Murders (2018)

Picking up where the TV series left off, Entourage the movie stars the principal cast of the show, Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven. The movie follows actor Vincent Chase, who goes over budget on his directorial debut, and is forced to ask newly appointed studio head Ari Gold for more money. If you loved the TV series, you’ll love the movie just as much.

17. Entourage (2015)

Logan Lucky is a 2017 American heist comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh, who came out of retirement to direct the film. The Stan movie follows the Logan family and their attempt to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway while avoiding security officers and the FBI. It’s all a bit bananas, but certainly a fun (and funny)  movie.

18. Logan Lucky (2017)

Set in 1970s Los Angeles, The Nice Guys follows down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and his unlikely partnership with hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) as they search for a missing woman. The catch? Anyone who gets involved in the case seems to wind up dead.

19. The Nice Guys (2016)

The Inbetweeners Movie is a 2011 British coming-of-age teen adventure comedy film based on the sitcom The Inbetweeners. This hilarious film follows the misadventures of a group of teenage friends on holiday in Malia after the end of their final year at school together. It’s a bit silly, and a bit cringe at times, but well worth the watch.

20. The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)

With a decent 7/10 on IMDB (that’s pretty high for a comedy) Tropic Thunder is a 2008 action comedy film directed by Ben Stiller (who also stars in it alongside Jack Black, and Robert Downey Jr). The movie follows a group of prima donna actors making a Vietnam War film where they’re dropped in the middle of the jungle and forced to survive real action and danger by using their acting skills.

21. Tropic Thunder (2008)

If you’ve made it this far down the list, you’ve probably put the kiddies to bed. Good thing too, we’re into the horror section. Full of frights and loaded with sadistic killers, the best horror movies on Stan are a mixed bag of slasher, psychological and downright spooky.

Best horror movies on Stan

Jennifer Lawrence stars in this American psychological horror film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. Alongside Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Kristen Wiig, the movie follows a young woman whose peaceful life with her husband in their huge country home is disturbed by the arrival of a mysterious couple.

22. Mother! (2017)

Insidious is a supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, and Barbara Hershey. It is the first instalment in the Insidious franchise and follows a couple whose son randomly goes into a coma and becomes a vessel for some seriously malevolent entities in an astral plane.

23. Insidious (2010)

It Comes at Night is a psychological horror film that’s even scarier to watch after living through a global pandemic. The film follows the story of a family hiding in a forest after Earth is taken over by a highly contagious disease (not COVID, FYI).

24. It Comes at Night (2020)

A marvel of modern horror, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a captivating and tense film that will make you squirm with anxiety. The flick follows Michelle, who after an accident, finds herself locked in a bunker with Howard, a stranger who informs her that she is safe with him. Over the course of the next few hours, Howard reveals that the world outside is uninhabitable, but Michelle isn’t so sure. Uncertain if she is simply being held captive by a deranged lunatic or protected by a good samaritan, Michelle’s inner battle quickly rises to the surface.

25. 10 Cloverfield Lane

You might be wondering who we are to tell you what’re the best movies on Stan. True, we’re not exactly in the Hollywood biz with Oscar-worthy acting skills, but what we do have is some damn good research skills. We’ve put these skills to good use and made this best movies on Stan list from IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes Reviews, Stan ratings and general popularity on Stan movies in Australia.

How Man of Many chose the best movies on Stan

  • Content Quality – Stan is not as big as Netflix, so it has a much smaller content base to pull from. Not to say there aren’t good movies on Stan, but its content pool is more limited.
  • Exclusives – The streaming service does get some exclusive movies and TV shows, so it might be worth signing up if there’s a specific title you want to watch.
  • Subscription Model – A monthly Stan membership starts at AUD$10 per month for its Basic model, followed by Standard for AUD$16 per month, and Premium for AUD$21 per month. You can also add a Stan Sport package for an extra AUD$10 per month.
  • Free Trial – Stan offers a free trial when you sign up. You get 30 days (one month) free of charge and can cancel anytime before you’re charged.
  • Thing to consider for Stan movies

    If you don’t have Stan and want to know what’s hot on Netflix, why not check out our articles on some of the other great options you’ll find on Netflix?

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