The best movies on Apple TV Plus – CNET

Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry
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 Apple TV Plus has been around for more than a year but it doesn’t have anywhere near as many movies as Netflix and other streaming rivals. But it’s got A-listers like Tom Hanks, Justin Timberlake and Bill Murray on board — and even collected a couple of Oscar nominations this year for the films Greyhound and Wolfwalkers.

Here’s a look at some of the genuine must-watch movies on Apple TV Plus.

The good news is that if you’ve bought an Apple product recently, you probably already have access to the streaming service for free. Here’s a selection of some of the best movies so far…

See also: Apple TV Plus: Everything to know about Apple’s streaming service | The 11 best shows on Apple TV Plus

Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry

This raw behind-the-music documentary gives you a closer look at the life of singer-songwriter Billie Eilish, from her breakthrough hit Ocean Eyes to the recording of James Bond theme No Time to Die. In the frank film, Eilish faces the pressures of touring, making music videos and  writing and recording her smash hit album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Wolfwalkers

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A dazzling animated movie by the team behind Songs of the Sea, this is the third instalment of Tomm Moore’s loosely connected “Irish Folklore Trilogy”. It’s probably one of the best animated movies of 2020, richly deserving an Oscar nomination up against the giants of Disney and Pixar. Completely mesmerizing. 

The Banker

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It’s a bit light for the subject matter but The Banker, a biopic of Bernard Garrett — an enterprising Black business owner who hired a white person to be the face of his company to bypass racist attitudes — is worth a watch at the very least. 

Palmer

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It’s easy to forget that Justin Timberlake is an accomplished actor, but Palmer will absolutely remind you of that fact. Playing an ex-convict stumbling into the life of a young boy, Palmer is hardly ground-breaking, but it’s carried by Timberlake’s central performance. Prepare for tears. 

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

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It’s more of an animated short than a movie, but considering the subject matter (and the fact Apple TV Plus doesn’t have that many movies) we’re adding it. Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth is gorgeous, heart-warming and perfect for families with young kids.

Greyhound

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Starring Tom Hanks as a commander of the US Navy, Greyhound was well-received upon its release and — unlike most modern movies — comes in lean with a 90 minute run-time. Tense, well-acted and produced — earning an Oscar nom for its sound — Greyhound is perhaps one of the best movies available on Apple TV Plus.

On The Rocks

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On The Rocks brings Sofia Coppola back together with Bill Murray for the first time since A Very Murray Christmas. It’s a father and daughter drama essentially. It’s a little breezier than Coppola’s usual work, but that seems to suit Murray, whose charming, world-weary performance elevates the whole project.

Beastie Boys Story

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Fight for your right to party with Beastie Boys Mike Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) as they recount the story of their music, and 40 years of friendship with the late Adam Yauch (MCA ). This “live documentary experience” is directed by their longtime collaborator Spike Jonze as a fitting testament to these rap legends.

Hala

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The coming-of-age story Hala tells a relatable story about the struggle to form an identity, as a teenager balances her Muslim upbringing with her social life and identity as a high schooler.

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