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The Best Apple TV+ Movies To Watch Right Now

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Apple TV+, ever since its launch in 2019, has grown exponentially. The popular streaming service has created some great Apple TV+ TV shows, such as the award-winning Ted Lasso, or The Morning Show. But for the last year, Apple TV+ has been growing its movie library steadily, releasing some top-tier content for subscribers to enjoy. 

While you can rent your favorite shows on the platform, the actual streaming service has so much to offer. From amazing documentaries that talk about hit pop singers like Billie Eilish to the awesomely animated Wolfwalkers, there are plenty of options to suit your tastes. While the shows are just as fun to watch, the movies are as great too. Here are the best Apple TV+ original movies you can check out now.

Emilia Jones in Coda

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CODA (2021)

First up on this list, we have the 2022 Academy Award Best Picture winner, CODA. This movie tells the inspiring story of a young woman who is the only hearing person within her deaf family, and discovers that she has a passion for singing. However, she must choose between pursuing this passion and staying at home to help her family with their fishing business. 

CODA is phenomenal. From the outstanding CODA cast (one of which, Troy Kotsur, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor) to its inspiring story, this movie is one that you won't forget. It's a simple coming of age tale that somehow speaks so many volumes and encourages you to chase your dreams, no matter what obstacles might be in your way. It's no wonder it won the Academy Award for Best Picture. 

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Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz guiding the documentary of Bestie Boys Story.

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Beastie Boys Story

Have you ever been curious about the lives of one of the most famous musical groups of all time? That’s exactly what Beastie Boys Story is all about. Band members Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz came together to share the story of their band and the forty-year friendship that came along with it through every up and down they could have imagined.

For people like us who never really get to understand what’s on the inside of the music industry, it’s certainly one of my absolute favorite pieces of work that I have watched regarding it. For a ban that has been around as long as the Beastie Boys, hearing about everything they have been through is inspiring, and will make anyone want to get up and achieve their dreams with their buddies by their side.

The main cast of Come From Away from the trailer.

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Come From Away

Remember when the filmed stage production  of Hamilton released on Disney+ and the world fell in love with theater again? That should be the same case with Come From Away on Apple TV+. This wonderful filmed version of the Broadway show tells the incredible true story about a small community in Newfoundland that opened its doors to the world during 9/11.

While I’ve always been the biggest fan of musicals, Come From Away has been a big favorite of mine, strictly for the beautiful story that it tells. The music is also stunning as well, featuring amazing voices from all around. If you need a movie to feel good about, this is your go-to.  

One of the subjects of the film Boys State.

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Boys State

When I talked about award-winning documentaries, this is certainly one of them. Boys State, which was the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival, goes over the week-long tradition that a Texas high school had of gathering all their seniors for an intensive mock exercise in which they build their own state government.

For me, it was eye-opening. Not only because it was funny to see how some of these young adults tried to find solutions to problems, but also because of how little many of them knew about governments or how things are properly run. You’ll find yourself becoming the student in this mock exercise as well, learning through every step of the way, as well as seeing the tense differences that can arise between political views as early as high school.

Tom Hanks in Greyhound on Apple TV+.

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Greyhound

I mean, who doesn’t love Tom Hanks and a great WWII story? In Greyhound, we follow Captain Ernest Krause, a man who leads a convoy of ships across the Atlantic ocean to somehow deliver thousands of soldiers and supplies to Allied forces, but with several problems along the way and many treacherous paths that he must take.

What more can you ask for from a great movie? An awesome cast list with Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham and more, a great premise for a story to begin, and the thrilling background of war upping the stakes for the characters as they need to reach their destination as quickly as possible. Trust in me when I say you won’t regret watching this drama. You’ll feel as if you are there on the boat, riding along the waves to somehow find your way back to land.

Seamus and Tom Hanks ride together in the RV in Finch.

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Finch 

Another fantastic Tom Hanks pick on this list, Finch tells the story of a robot, whose main goal is to protect his creator’s dog, owned by Finch himself, and this team of post-apocalypse survivors go on quite the adventure that teaches them about the world and everyone around them, one amazing moment at a time. 

While the previous Hanks entry in this list focused on war, Finch feels more like a movie you watch to escape the world thanks to the wonderful performance from Hanks, mixed in with some really cool effects. I also personally love the robots in this movie. They’re cool-looking, charming in all the right ways, and makes the movie that much more fun. 

Billie Eilish in her documentary, Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry

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Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry

2019 was one of the biggest years in music, namely for one young star named Billie Eilish. And in Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry, we get a first-hand look into the life she led when she shot up to fame, and how her life differs from being at home to on stage and writing her debut album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?”

If you don’t know the story of this amazing singer and want to learn, this is your best bet. Not only is it captivating and motivating to listen to Eilish’s story and hear what she has gone through, but the documentary again gives a look into the music industry from a different point of view. Billie Eilish has many more years ahead of her in her career, but even getting this slight glimpse into her life at the beginning is interesting enough to keep you watching.

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The Tragedy Of Macbeth 

Starring Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth is another adaptation story of the classic tale of Macbeth, telling the tale of a young man who is told by three witches that he will be the next King of Scotland, but this blind belief is what ultimately leads to his downfall. 

I mean, you can’t get more classic than Macbeth, and the movie tells the story perfectly. Denzel Washington is killer in his role as Macbeth, and deserves all the awards, but honestly the whole entire Tragedy of Macbeth cast is talented and really gave this movie their all, creating another awesome addition to Apple TV+’s repertoire. 

Bruce Springsteen in the trailer for his documentary, Bruce Springsteen's Letter To You.

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Bruce Springsteen’s Letter To You

And now we go from a fresh face in the music industry to one of the most known singers and performers of all time, Bruce Springsteen. In Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You, Springsteen opens up about everything in his life to his fans as a tribute to the E Street Band, rock ‘n’ roll in general, and how music has shaped his life.

What’s even cooler about this awesome documentary is that we get to see Bruce Springsteen record with his full band live in the studio for the first time since Born in the U.S.A., one of his most famous songs. As someone who grew up listening to all different kinds of genres, it warms my heart to see Springsteen so affected by music and understanding where it has taken him in life. For people who love music, this documentary will definitely be the one for you.

Athena, the Matriarch of the Elephant herd in The Elephant Queen.

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The Elephant Queen

Learning about animals is one of my favorite pastimes, so why not have the chance to do that while also viewing a documentary at the same time? The Elephant Queen is a documentary that goes over what life is like in an elephant herd, with the focus being Athena, a fifty-year-old elephant and the matriarch of a herd of African elephants.

These creatures are so beautiful. I feel like that is said a lot when it comes to elephants, but they truly are. The Elephant Queen only captures that and makes you understand their beauty even more. One of my favorite parts is learning how the group really coexists and moves when things start to get tough in Africa, and it’s so intriguing to see how they work as a herd. Truly, for animal lovers, you won’t be able to take your eyes off the screen.

An example of the beautiful animation in Wolfwalkers.

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Wolfwalkers

Okay, I’m going to be honest, animation is one of my favorite genres, and I hope that if it is for you, then you will surely check out Wolfwalkers. In this Academy-Award nominated film, we follow the story of Robyn Goodfellowe, a young hunter who goes to Ireland with her father in an attempt to wipe out the last wolf pack during a time where magic and superstition run wild.

I hope I can scream this to the heavens because oh my God, this is one of the most beautifully animated films I have ever had the privilege to witness. It’s such different animation from the typical CGI-madness that we get on a daily basis and I believe that it’s something everyone should see, even if animated films have never been your thing. It’s euphoric to see a film like Wolfwalkers streaming that is so vividly pleasing as this one.

Mahershala Ali is face to face with himself in Swan Song

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 Swan Song  

Starring Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali, Swan Song is beautiful in all the right ways. Swan Song starts off with a common issue that many people face - a family member that is diagnosed with a terminal illness. However, in this world, he is given the ultimate opportunity for his family to thrive after he’s gone - the ability to replace himself with a clone. 

I bet that premise already has you hooked in some way, and it should. This movie isn’t the flashiest piece of sci-fi, but it’s certainly one that has so much heart and will probably make you cry in some way. Mahershala Ali, however, is who truly shines. Playing dual roles is hard, but literally trying to play yourself in two different ways feels harder, and he does a fantastic job. The movie is worth watching just for his excellent performance.  

Bill Murray and Rashida Jones in On the Rocks.

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On The Rocks

Jeez, this whole list has been filled with dramas and documentaries – I think we need a bit of comedy in here! On the Rocks, directed by Sofia Coppola, tells the story of a father and daughter who have suspicions about the daughter’s husband's fidelity, and decide to team up and see if something is amok.

Starring comedy legend Bill Murray alongside Rashida Jones and Marlon Wayans, you will surely be holding your chest crying from laughing with this film – or you just might be crying because you feel connected to it in a way you didn’t get. This story is a great exploration of love and loss, but with plenty of comedic gold sprinkled in-between. And I mean, it’s Bill Murray – how can you not love him?

The titular character Hala in the film.

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Hala

I’ll preface this by saying that I grew up Catholic, and because of that, I was never exposed to how other religions were practiced for a long time. That’s why a movie like Hala was so necessary for me to be properly informed. In Hala, we look into the life of Hala Masood, played by Geraldine Viswanathan, and her becoming a teenager with her own values and life that are in conflict with the views of her Muslim family.

Again, I never got to experience anything as a younger child because it wasn’t what I grew up around, so having a chance to really get to explore what it’s like in other religions opened my eyes to things I never thought I’d see. Conversations I never thought I’d have. For Hala, it’s the classic self-discovery story of a young teenage girl, mixed in with some serious themes that anyone from today could understand, and how family and your own life sometimes don’t always mix so well. It’s truly a movie of the times, and a great one at that. 

Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie in the Apple TV+ film, The Banker.

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The Banker

The Banker is proof that if you put two actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe together in a different movie, it's bound to be a hit. Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson take the lead in this drama film, taking a look at the real story of Joe Morris and Bernard S. Garret, who were the first two African-American bankers in the United States back in the 1950s.

Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson have some amazing chemistry in this film and they work so well off of each other, but the cast list besides them is something to behold, too. There are stars like Nicholas Hoult from The Great, Nia Long from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Jessie T. Usher Jr. from The Boys, and so many more. Plus, the story itself is based on a true one, so you get a history lesson along with some awesome entertainment.

With all these options to choose from, you’ll surely be entertained for some time now. I can’t wait to see what new 2022 movies end up coming out on AppleTV+ as well over the next couple of months. If they are as entertaining as these, then sign me up. If you want to sign yourself up for Apple TV+, check it out here (opens in new tab).

Big nerd and lover of Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire. Will forever hate season eight. Superhero and horror geek. And please don't debate me on The Last of Us 2, it was amazing!