We've Rounded Up the Best Apple TV+ Movies of 2020
Although The Office reruns and falling asleep to an old classic like The Princess Bride is are great, some nights, you just want to curl up in bed watching something new for a change. But where to start? Apple TV+ offers a curated array of brand-new, original content: apart from its superaddicting series (hello, Defending Jacob, and hello, Chris Evans), the platform really distinguishes itself with its original movies, including documentaries with innovative angles and perspectives like Boys State, big-budget films, indie projects, and animated features like the impossibly unique Wolfwalkers.
As a one-stop-shop for quality over quantity, you'll find movies that will keep you on the edge of your seat, make you laugh, and probably make you shed a few tears, too. Get the popcorn and M&M's ready, and the blankets and pillows fluffed, because these are the best Apple TV+ movies to watch right now.
Starring Tom Hanks, Greyhound is a great bet for anyone who loves historical dramas or any movie inspired by true events. Set during WWII, U.S. Navy Commander Ernest Krause is assigned to lead a convoy across the Atlantic. When the convoy is pursued by German U-boats, the events that transpire make up the longest, most complex naval battle in history. Come for the true story, stay for the incredible acting and cinematography.
Another movie inspired by true events, The Banker is set in the 1960s and is about two entrepreneurs who follow a genius plan to fight for housing integration and equal access to the American Dream. Played by Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie, the portrayal of Joe Morris (Jackson) and Bernard S. Garrett Sr. (Mackie) is absolutely incredible, lending a deep perspective into the lives of two of the first African-American bankers in the United States and the challenges they faced.
Beastie Boys Story
If you love music documentaries, try Beastie Boys Story, written, directed and produced by Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Her), offering an inside look into the band and their 40 years of friendship together. It is intimate, funny, and a truly personal look into their journey, as they reminisce on the old days.
Hala is a thought-provoking look into the life of a 17-year-old Pakistani-American teenager named Hala, played by Geraldine Viswanathan. Hala struggles to balance her own identity and wants with the obligations set upon her by her family and culture. Soon enough, she discovers a secret that causes the life she knew to begin to unravel.
On The Rocks
A bittersweet comedy directed by Sofia Coppola, this film depicts a young New York mother (played by Rashida Jones) who begins to question if her husband is having an affair. Her impulsive father offers to help her follow him around town, and the result is a film akin to a classic Italian comedy — quirky detective-like scenes and all.
Here We Are: Notes For Living On Planet Earth
A breathtakingly beautiful animated short film about the planet and the environment, Here We Are: Notes For Living On Planet Earth portrays a child who learns about the planet's wonders on Earth Day, absorbing all this knowledge from his parents and the "Museum of Everything." Here We Are is a fantastic way to talk to kids about the importance of respecting nature, and it's just as great a movie to enjoy yourself.
Bring out the box of tissues: Dads is a documentary film that explores contemporary fatherhood, tasking celebrity fathers such as Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Will Smith to offer their reflections, along with everyday men from around the world. Directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, she also blends in the perspective of her own father, Ron Howard, making it all the more intimate and sentimental.
The Elephant Queen
Ready for a journey across the African savannah? Follow Athena, the Elephant Queen herself, as she does everything she can to protect her herd when they're forced to leave their waterhole due to drought. Epic and transformative, this narrated documentary tells the story of life itself and is filled with vibrant wildlife and a crucial story.
Boys State is a documentary portraying a weeklong program where a thousand Texas high school seniors gather to create a mock-up of their own state government. Tensions arise between factions, featuring conservatives and progressives alike, divided both by political party and personal background. Between the lines, find commentary on the complexities of perceived masculinity and its effects on real political landscapes.
Yay for unique, spellbinding animated movies like this one, presenting a galactic dose of artistry in each frame, with an enthralling story to match. Robyn Goodfellowe is a young girl who journeys with her father to Ireland to hunt the last wolf pack — but she soon meets Mebh, a healer that coexists with humans and wolves in the forest, and begins to have a change of heart.