Some might disagree, but we think Apple TV+ is a real contender in the online streaming industry. With fewer originals and production rights, you might wonder – how? It was strange to us when we thought of it, but when we watched some of the movies on Apple TV Plus, we knew we were wrong - we just needed to find the proof. Apple TV+ has also managed to rope in stars like Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. So we decided to take the plunge to find out what movies are on Apple TV+ that give it its acclaim. And boy, were we happy to find our proof!
We’ve pored through them all, and this list of the best movies on Apple TV Plus was born. Safe to say, the tech giant has more to offer when it comes to entertainment. After checking out our list, we’re sure you’ll think so. Happy streaming!
Prehistoric Planet is a marvelous depiction of the world inhabited by ancient species before the arrival of man. By combining top-notch filmmaking and the latest paleontology findings, the cherry on the top is David Attenborough narrating the facts of dinosaur life to us. According to us, this documentary is the best way to represent the exotic wildlife that walked on this planet. The CGI interpretations are the crown achievements in the movie because of their perfection. This kind of a show comes around once in a while, but when it does, you should not miss out on the chance to savor it.
The Essex Serpent
Cora Seaborne, a Londoner who has just been widowed, decides to move to Essex after her time spent researching the Essex Serpent, a sea dragon that is rumored to devour people in the area. With a folk-like environment and the romantic threads that intertwine, this 19-century drama which has Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston as the lead actors gives us their best performances to date. We think this show is a little dark to be binge-able, but the storyline is captivating such that the characters will remain in your head even after turning off the TV.
Kirby Mazrachi is a woman with a broken past, and she feels she is failing in trying to piece it all back together. As a newspaper archivist, she suddenly spots a pattern that is eerily similar to the attack that happened to her. After teaming up with the police, she discovers that her attacker may be again on the prowl. But as her reality keeps shifting, she has to stay ahead to save the next woman who could be the next victim. Shining Girl has a writing team that did an outstanding job, and it is a terrific thriller to engage your time with.
Gary Oldman runs the Slough House – the division MI5 agents who have made career-damaging mistakes end up. Now, when such a bunch of misfits finds themselves in the middle of a dangerous encounter between terrorists and MI5, what else would they do instead of jumping in to prove themselves? Slow Horses is a satirical comedy of sorts while bringing in the failed-spy thriller sequences into the mix. The fine juggling between the comedic and serious tones deserved appreciation, and Gary Oldman carries the show with his acting prowess. Overall, a fine show with a little too many twists.
Based on the setting of World War II, we are taken through U.S. Navy Cmdr. Ernest Krause’s mission was to lead an Allied convoy across the Atlantic. Pursuing on their heels are German U-boats and this is Krause’s first wartime mission, but Krause’s patient performance soon turns this chase into the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest, most complex naval battle in history. During the 92 minutes of runtime, you’ll be hard-pressed to take your eyes off the screen, and Tom Hanks stardom is a large reason for this. Greyhound is possibly the best war movie to come out in recent history, with its strong focus on the values of leadership and team heroism.
The Banker is easily one of the top three of our favorite movies on Apple TV+, and we invite you to spend 15 minutes on this movie and see for yourself why. With the powerhouse of Anthony Mackie, Samuel L Jackson, Nicolas Hoult, and Nia Long, the movie follow the true story of Bernard Garrett and Joe Morris, two Black entrepreneurs who come up with a devilish plan to buy land in White-dominant properties and give it out to other folks of the Black community, to bring the American Dream to reality. Sounds interesting? This is just the cherry on the cake.
The Elephant Queen
Chiwetel Ejiofor has always been an actor of a different class, but now we think he’s the contender for the voice of God, after Morgan Freeman. The Elephant Queen is a documentary about Athena, the female leader of the elephant herd, as she takes them through the harsh African landscape to a land that can provide much more for her herd. The simplest goal that this movie achieves is giving us awe at the magnanimity of Nature, and the larger goal of making us aware of the slow death of Nature is met, albeit in a brooding manner.
Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry
Billie Eilish rose to fame rather quickly, even if she showcased the talent to back her rise as a global icon. Billie Eilsh: The World’s a Little Blurry is a deeply intimate look into her life and journey, and it’s a release, though uncomfortable at places, to our imagination of the easy life of a global superstar. A star with 55 billion streams, Billie Eilish takes the rise to stardom with grace although she does hit her rough patches, and she welcomes us to explore these bumps with her. It is not easy to be a 17-year-old with 5 Grammy awards, and there’s a thing or two we can learn from Billie’s life.
Boy's State is a show that puts up a mirror in front of American society. The mirror reflects the prevalent electoral process's ruthlessness and victory-at-any-cost mentality. The show brings to light a future of the American leadership through the vehicle of the Boy's State, an 1100-member party of teenage boys from all parts of Texas. We can't say whether this show will scare you or give you hope for the future, we can't say. But if nothing else, Boy's State is accurate to the point about the current electoral circus, and the characters' processes of self-discovery are sure to keep you hooked.
Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You
If you're a fan of rock music, you've heard of Bruce Springsteen's album Letter to You. This documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the album, and if there were a perfect companion to any album, it would be this. Bruce Springsteen’s personal experiences and thoughts about life are on display when he was recording this album. And it offers us, viewers, an illuminating insight into the life of a man who seemed to have it all, but was looking for something all along...
Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds
If you're a fan of rock music, you've heard of Bruce Springsteen's album Letter to You. This documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the album, and if there were a perfect companion to any album, it would be this. Bruce Springsteen's personal experiences and thoughts about life are on display from when he was recording this album. And it offers us, viewers, an illuminating insight into the life of a man who seemed to have it all, but was looking for something missing all along.
Wolfwalkers is an adventure trip for our minds and a treat to our eyes. Robyn Goodfellow is a young hunter on a mission to wipe out the last wolf pack with his father. As they explore this magical world outside their city, Robyn becomes friends with Mebh, who has the power to transform into a wolf at night. Robyn finds out that Mebh is on a journey to save her missing mother and finds herself drawn to this quest. This leads them both down the mysterious, enchanted path of the Wolfwalkers, which becomes the entire show's premise. Wolfwalkers has strange magic that draws us to it and keeps us watching, unable to break the spell. A fantasy show of this depth and warmth is hard to find, and we’re happy we didn’t miss out on this gem!
Cameron, played by Mahershala Ali, is a man who has an all-loving wife and a happy family with a second baby on the way. But when a terminal illness strikes him out of the blue, he is given an alternative solution to replace himself with a carbon copy clone. What seems to be a good move to take care of his family becomes an emotional roller coaster for Cameron. However, he holds our hands through this journey to push his desires and sacrifices for his family to give them a happier life. Even if the show is presented in the near future, the show manages to promise that we do not lose our humanity in a world of accelerated technology leaps.
Post-apocalyptic worlds offer a quiet that supplements character development in any show. Tom Hanks, playing the role of Finch, is a robotics engineer and one of the survivors of this world. But a decade underground has Finch build a robot to take care of his dog Goodyear when he no longer can. As they venture out to explore the West, Finch tries to show Jeff the robot the joys of being alive, even in a world where humankind is almost completely exterminated. A sci-fi show with an immensely human depth, Finch finds a way to touch the humanity inside us - the part of us that craves to understand ourselves better.
The Velvet Underground
It would be an understatement to say that the Velvet Underground is one of the iconic bands that defined the genre of rock n’ roll. This documentary, visualized through the eyes of Todd Haynes, takes us back to the time when the band rose to popularity and soon after became a cornerstone of the American culture. Pieced together with in-person interviews, never-before-seen performances, and recordings, this documentary on the controversial band is pure bliss for those who enjoy their music, making us feel closer to the band personally. We realize that the band was a mix of contradictions, but this gem will find common ground with both the music aficionados and the common people of their era.
The Year Earth Changed
David Attenborough is a man who can transport us into a different world with his deep voice and soothing narration. The Year Earth Changed is a stark documentary about how Nature and her other creations found a way to bounce back from the insistent beatdowns by the human race during the lockdown. In a way, we were happy to see how our time indoors, fearing an invisible virus, allowed Nature to thrive. It would not be far from the truth to say that Attenborough delivers his most powerful message through this documentary: perhaps humankind needed a pandemic to truly coexist with the other species on the planet.
Come From Away
Come From Away is the cinematic representation of a story about 7000 people stuck in the tiny town of Gander on September 11, 2001. Originally performed as a Broadway musical and a receiver of the Academy Award, the show dives in to provide an insight into the American mind-space during the time of 9/11. At a time when almost every topic of discussion can seem inflammatory, Come From Away finds us with empathy and invites us to be compassionate to one another through the medium of this charming, warm, marvelous story. Watch this show, and we promise you will walk away with a happier heart and a smile on your face, despite the somber premise.
The immigrant teenager's struggle is real, and Hala manages to convey this spectacularly. Hala, played by Geraldine Viswanathan, is a Pakistani American teenager who doesn’t have it easy. As she struggles to find a way to reconcile her family and their cultural and religious beliefs with her environment, we are taken into a mysterious world, hidden in plain sight, where Hala has to tread lightly. Hala, at its core, is the story of every confused immigrant teenager in a foreign country and offers us the solace that they are never alone.
On the Rocks
When we watched On The Rocks, we strongly felt that it could be a role model for romantic comedies that come after it. Laura, who is suddenly unsure about her marriage, decides to tail her husband - and who does she choose to accompany her? Her playboy father, Felix. While this show might sound predictable, we assure you that underneath the surface, there is a layer of complexity in the humor performed. Bill Murray and Rashida Jones have an onscreen chemistry that matches their roles of father and daughter trying to get to know each other better. The movie is a pleasure to watch, this we can promise.
CODA stands for something you might not have guessed – Child Of Deaf Adults. Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a CODA and the interpreter for her entire family. Born into a not-so-privileged family that fishes for a living, Ruby’s days start with helping on the fishing boat, rushing to school, and then back home again. But when she joins the high school choir and discovers her innate talent for singing, she has to choose between being around her dependent family or pursuing her dreams. The movie is not a flashy one but rather a coming-of-age under unique circumstances that vow to linger in your heart for a while after you finish the film.
The Tragedy of Macbeth
If this movie sounds dark and dim, you should feel excited knowing that this theme is delivered through the amazing performances of Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand - two stars of Hollywood. As the name suggests, The Tragedy of Macbeth is an adaptation of Macbeth through the vision of Joel Coen. If this cannot be called one of Joel Coen’s finest works, we don’t know what could be. The movie is beautiful, to say the least, with the cinematography paying homage to Shakespeare in the right order. We cannot recommend this movie enough, and though it is a dark movie of cunning deception and ambition, we would watch it again and again!