The best films on Disney+ Star UK
James R | On 26, Feb 2022
This week marks one year since the launch of Star on Disney+, a new grown-up friendly zone that brings more than 300 movies to Disney’s streaming service that would otherwise not fit within its family-friendly remit. That means a new streaming home for titles made by 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Touchstone and more.
The good news? New parental controls give you the ability set limits on access to content and add a PIN to lock profiles that can stream the more mature titles. The better news? A whole heap of impressive titles at your fingertips – from Moulin Rouge to The Favourite. Not sure where to start? We’ve sorted through the whole collection to round up the best films available to stream on Star – for our monthly guide to what’s coming soon, click here.
The Last Duel
Ridley Scott’s timely historical epic is a brutal drama that packs a serious, pointed punch.
A charming, funny film that embraces everyone in the audience, regardless of age or origin. Paddington 2 is also available.
This documentary about the 2018 Thai cave rescue is heartstoppingly tense.
Chloé Zhao’s study of a woman embarking on a nomadic life is a beautiful, poignant and uplifting tale of resilience and kindness.
A thrilling, funny blockbuster that celebrates intelligence over explosions.
An enjoyable action comedy that’s full of surprises.
Shyamalan’s masterpiece is a powerful call to look past the ordinary and believe in the extraordinary.
“Get to the choppa!”
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Frances McDormand is on blistering form in Martin McDonagh’s darkly funny and moving study of hatred and grief.
Natalie Portman is flawless in Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller about a ballet dancer who finds herself slipping into madness when she gets the chance to play the lead role in a production of Swan Lake.
Nic Cage and John Travolta swap faces. Yes, this is an actual film that actual exists. It’s better than you could possibly imagine.
Ready or Not
This vicious satire turns playful parlour games into a darkly funny survival thriller.
This wonderfully uplifting true story is irresistibly feel-good.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw delivers an incredible performance in this remarkable, important period drama.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s fictitious Kazakhstani journalist journeys to America for this entertaining satirical mockumentary.
James L Brooks’ insightful and entertaining comedy-drama about a national TV news team is full of memorable performances, from Albert Brooks’ cynical reporter to Holly Hunter’s passionate producer, with whom he’s secretly in love.
The Color of Money
“Aaahoo! Werewolves of London.” Warren Zevon’s song blasts into a backroom bar as Tom Cruise’s charismatic young Vincent plays pool with Paul Newman’s Fast Eddie Felson. Reprising his role as The Hustler, Newman has rarely been better, delivering an expert example of how to return to a character from a new angle.
“Put the bunny back in the box.”
When Soviet rebels point weapons at the United States, the tactical message for one nuclear sub is cut off in transmission. Gene Hackman’s towering captain and Denzel Washington’s good-intentioned first mate go at each other like landmines waiting to explode. All the while, Tony Scott shoots the clash with a claustrophobic eye, putting the lid on the sub and watching as tensions boil.
Arthur Miller’s classic witchhunt drama is as searingly powerful as it was when first written.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
This breathtaking blockbuster sequel is so good you almost wish there were no humans in it.
“Now I have machine gun. Ho. Ho. Ho.”
Tim Burton’s wonderful biopic is a personal tribute to the ambitious but troubled movie director.
Surprising, side-splitting and superbly twisted, this royal drama fizzes and bubbles with manic energy.
The Fly (1986)
Cronenberg and Goldblum team up for this brilliantly unsettling body horror.
The French Connection
New York cops Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider face up to drug lord Fernando Rey as they struggle to break his narcotics operation.
Good Morning, Vietnam
Robin Williams straddles comedy and drama perfectly in Barry Levinson’s tale of a radio DJ send to boost morale among US troops.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ralph Fiennes is hilarious in Wes Anderson’s clockwork dainty that ticks along with a polite smile.
Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel heads to America with this entertaining rom-com pitched perfectly by John Cusack.
A guy wakes up after 500 years of sleep to realise he’s the smartest man on the planet in Mike Judge’s prescient political comedy.
20 years after their failed invasion, the aliens are back. Luckily, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are there to help stop them.
Megan Fox is on deadly satirical form in Diablo Cody and Karyn Kusama’s dark cult classic.
Kissing Jessica Stein
A groundbreaking entry in the modern rom-com pantheon, this 2002 indie flick, written and produced by stars Jennifer Westfeldt and Heather Juergensen, follows a young woman who falls for Helen, but finds herself struggling with the pressures involved in a same-sex relationship.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Wes Anderson’s ocean-bound oddity is a glorious tale of family, nature, discovery and revenge.
The Coen brothers struck masterpiece status early with their 1993 gangster drama, which sees Albert Finney and Gabriel Byrne caught up in women, money and revenge.
Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman are spectacular spectacular in Baz Luhrmann’s eye-popping, heart-swooning musical romance extravaganza.
Timur Bekmambetov’s mind-blowing Russian blockbuster fuses vampires, swords made out of spines and some seriously impressive visuals. (Day Watch, the sequel, is also available.)
9 to 5
Dolly Parton is joined by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in this entertaining office satire about three women who plot to get revenge on their sexist boss.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
“Take your stinking’ paws off me, you damn dirty ape!”
Romancing the Stone
Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner star in this action adventure filled with old-school matinee movie appeal.
Wes Anderson hit the ground running with his second film, an offbeat comedy about a scarily mature high school student, Max. Jason Schwartzman is hilariously eccentric in his debut role as the blazer-wearing Max Fischer, supported by a bizarre Bill Murray and Olivia Wiliams’ school teacher, whom they both love. Precocious, preposterous and precisely shot, this is a cult hit that never fails to amuse.
George Clooney stars in Steven Soderbergh’s smart, visually stunning and much shorter remake of the Tarkovsky classic.
“Would you like to know more?”
Timid, violent and vividly filmed, Park Chan-wook’s psychological thriller starring Matthew Goode plays with all of your senses.
The Thin Red Line
Terrence Malick’s 1998 action movie is, quite simply, one of the greatest war movies ever made.
Enjoyed the stage musical? Don’t miss drienne Shelly’s smart, sweet and snappy original movie that inspired it, starring an iconic Keri Russell.
The Way, Way Back
A witty script and strong cast make this Sundance coming-of-ager a charming watch.
William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet
Baz Luhrmann’s update of Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes is a jaw-dropping, open-hearted masterpiece.
Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith star in Mike Nichols’ timeless workplace comedy about female ambition.