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30 Best SBS On-Demand Movies | Man of Many

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.

1. Call Me By Your Name (2017)

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.

2. Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)

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.

3. Molly’s Game (2017)

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.

4. Rams (2015)

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.

5. The Pianist (2002)

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.

6. Storm Boy (2019)

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.

7. Margin Call (2011)

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.

8. Amelie (2001)

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

9. Shot Caller (2017)

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!

10. The Lobster (2015)

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.

11. The Way of the Dragon (1972)

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.

12. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

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.

13. Downfall (2004)

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.

14. The Duchess (2008)

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.

15. The Graduate (1967)

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.

16. Dogman (2018)

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.

17. Tracks (2013)

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.

18. Vox Lux (2018)

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.

19. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

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.

20. The Lives of Others (2006)

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.

21. Frances Ha (2012)

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.

22. The Kindergarten Teacher (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.

23. The Seagull (2018)

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

24. Tu Me Manques (2019)

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!

25. The Girl In The Fog (2017)

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.

26. Run Lola Run (1998)

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.

27. A Private Function (1984)

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.

28. Machete (2010)

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.

29. Mother (2009)

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.

30. Kingpin (1996)

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