Concerning exclusive content, platforms like Netflix and Amazon boast extensive selections of top-notch movies. However, post CODA‘s victorious win of the Best Picture Academy Award, it’s evident that Apple TV+ houses some of the most exceptional movies.

Similar to any streaming platform, not every film in the lineup hits the mark, but from engaging documentaries like the one on Billie Eilish to independent gems from Sundance, Apple’s streaming service is establishing a robust collection alongside its ever-expanding array of well-loved TV series.

Outlined below are WIRED’s recommendations for movies that deserve a prime spot in your watchlist. Once you’ve explored these, consider checking out the lists of the top films on Netflix and the finest movies on Disney+. Alternatively, if you prefer episodic content, our selection of the best shows on Amazon might pique your interest.

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Fancy Dance

Taking place on the Seneca-Cayuga reservation in Oklahoma, Fancy Dance narrates the odyssey of Jax (portrayed by Lily Gladstone from Killers of the Flower Moon), a woman who has been looking after her niece Roki since her sister, Roki’s mother, vanished. Following authorities deeming Jax inadequate to raise her niece, Roki is sent to live with her grandfather. Seeking answers, Jax embarks on a journey with Roki to locate her missing mother, eventually attempting to evade the authorities who show more interest in apprehending her than in finding her vanished sister. An exploration of existence on colonized territories, Fancy Dance also provides a profound insight into community protection.

Blade Runner 2049

Long before Denis Villeneuve directed Dune films and prior to Ryan Gosling’s iconic Ken role, they collaborated with Harrison Ford to produce a sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner. Blade Runner 2049 unfolds three decades after Ford’s character Rick Deckard was left battered and bewildered in Los Angeles. Though not as groundbreaking as Scott’s 1982 film—with notably fewer director’s cuts—2049 exudes style and moodiness, featuring a stellar cast including Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, and Mackenzie Davis. A truly breathtaking spectacle.

Argylle

Like several offerings on Apple’s streaming platforms, this film has an intriguing association with Taylor Swift—yet in contrast to many such connections, this one has been disproven. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard as Elly Conway, a spy novelist whose tales unexpectedly mirror reality, rumors circulated about singer Taylor Swift being involved in scripting the film due to a scene involving Elly carrying a cat in a backpack akin to Swift’s style—an allegation Howard clarified in a late-night interview. Despite the absence of Swift, is Argylle worth your time? Reviews are mixed, but if you’re among those eager to witness Henry Cavill in a Bond-esque hero role, this is the movie for you.

The World’s a Little Blurry

Today, countless music aficionados are accustomed to the Billie Eilish saga: a young, slightly rebellious, slightly gothic teen kicks off her music career in her brother’s bedroom, uploads it online, and ascends as one of the globe’s biggest sensations. While this narrative is well-known, it merely scratches the surface of Eilish’s journey to stardom. The World’s a Little Blurry helps fill in (some of) the gaps. Director R. J. Cutler secured extraordinary access for this film, documenting everything from Eilish’s collaborative songwriting with her brother Finneas to her candid discussions about her Tourette’s condition. It’s the kind of music documentary that reshapes the genre.

Girls State

Recall the 2020 documentary Boys State, chronicling the experiences of a group of young Texan men who participate in a summer program aimed at establishing their own governing system? Girls State mirrors this premise—it even hails from the same filmmaking duo of Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine—yet shifts focus to a cohort unfamiliar with individuals of their gender holding the position of US president. Based in Missouri rather than Texas, anticipate equivalent levels of audacious ambition, heartbreak—and a plethora of valuable life lessons.

Napoleon

Alright, so Napoleon wasn’t exactly a favorite among critics, but occasionally, you’re just in the mood for an epic Ridley Scott historical film, right? Featuring Joaquin Phoenix as the main character, this movie follows his ambition to conquer as much as possible. Instead of rushing to the Battle of Waterloo, the focus here is on the French emperor’s tumultuous relationship with his wife Joséphine de Beauharnais (Vanessa Kirby). What occurs when a man can dominate most of Europe but struggles with his own emotions? Watch to uncover the answer.

Killers of the Flower Moon

Martin Scorsese’s grand film is adapted from David Grann’s 2017 book about a member of the Osage Nation, Mollie Burkhart, who aims to unravel the mysteries behind the deaths in her family. Set in 1920s Oklahoma, a time when several Osage people were murdered for the riches derived from oil on their land, Scorsese’s creation delves into the relationship between Mollie (portrayed by Lily Gladstone, a Golden Globe winner) and Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) and the events following the FBI’s investigation into the Osage deaths. Described by WIRED as one of the top films of 2023, it was labeled as a “gloomy masterpiece,” a statement we fully support.

Fingernails

Can modern technology determine if you’ve discovered your perfect match? Likely not, but in the latest work by filmmaker Christos Nikou, an establishment overseen by Duncan (Luke Wilson) asserts it has cracked the code for genuine love—and Anna (Jessie Buckley) is keen to uncover the truth. The establishment contends that Anna and her partner Ryan (Jeremy Allen White) are an ideal match, yet doubts linger. However, during her time at the institution, she crosses paths with Amir (Riz Ahmed) and encounters someone who may truly be her soulmate.

Flora and Son

Recall Sing Street, the delightful indie flick about a boy in Dublin who forms a band to escape his complex home life? What about Once, the charming indie movie portraying a couple spending a week in Dublin composing songs about their affection? If you relished either of those—or if they simply pique your interest—allow us to recommend Flora and Son, an endearing indie piece detailing a mother’s endeavor in Dublin to bond with her son through music. Like Sing Street and Once, Flora and Son hails from the creativity of director John Carney and retains his trademark style, plus a standout performance by Eve Hewson as the mother character. She’s exceptional, hitting all the right notes as a musician. Not surprising, as she happens to be Bono’s offspring.

Stephen Curry: Underrated

Stephen Curry, the point guard for the Golden State Warriors, has garnered immense affection from American basketball fans—and rightly so, as he is undeniably one of the top players, if not the absolute best, in the league. Having clinched the NBA’s Most Valuable Player accolade twice and securing four championship rings, Curry boasts more career three-pointers than any other player in the league. However, during the late 2000s, he was merely a youngster at a small institution, Davidson College, striving to meet the expectations of his coaches. Underrated, directed by Peter Nicks (Homeroom), recounts that journey, illustrating how Curry transcended the doubts surrounding his NBA draft (numerous critics argued he lacked the required size for the league) to cement his status as one of the all-time basketball greats. A must-see for basketball enthusiasts.

Beastie Boys Story

As one of the trailblazing groups in hip-hop, the Beastie Boys boast a narrative unlike any other. In this “live documentary,” filmmaker Spike Jonze documented Mike Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) as they recounted their journey to stardom before a live audience at Brooklyn’s Kings Theater. Complete with archival footage, photographs, and anecdotes spanning the group’s lengthy career, this documentary encapsulates the profound influence the Beasties have wielded since their inception.playing tunes collectively as youngsters in New York City during the late ’70s and early ’80s. It also shares some lovely recollections of their third member, Adam “MCA” Yauch, who passed away in 2012 after battling cancer.

CODA

This is the movie that brought Apple TV+ into the spotlight. The film’s name is an abbreviation for “child of deaf adults.” It chronicles the journey of Ruby, the sole hearing individual in a family consisting of two deaf parents and one deaf sibling. When Ruby uncovers a passion for music, she must reconcile her personal ambitions with the needs of her family, who operate a small fishing enterprise and often rely on her for communication. Heartwarming and compelling, CODA is the type of film that will have you both cheering and shedding tears simultaneously.

Still: A Michael J. Fox Film

In 1985, Michael J. Fox was one of the prominent personalities in Hollywood as the lead of a popular television series (Family Ties) and the highest-grossing film of the year (Back to the Future). Just a couple of years later, at 29 years old, Fox received a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. In Still, the award-winning documentarian Davis Guggenheim presents a poignant portrayal of Fox’s personal and professional life, chronicling his transition from teen idol to advocate for a cure.

Swan Song

Mahershala Ali portrays a role alongside, well, Mahershala Ali in this romantic-sci-fi-drama. Indeed, it encompasses all those elements. Cameron (Ali) is a devoted spouse (to Naomie Harris) and father who, upon discovering he has a terminal illness, faces the dilemma of how much he is willing to do to shield his family from learning the truth or coping with the aftermath.

Sharper

Sharper is one of those films where the less you are aware of before watching, the better. Just understand that no one is as they appear or claim to be in this neo-noir featuring Julianne Moore, Sebastian Stan, Justice Smith, and John Lithgow. This intricate suspense flick mostly went unnoticed when it hit theaters briefly in early 2023.

Cha Cha Real Smooth

“Sundance sensation featuring Dakota Johnson”s are quite abundant, but this one, about a young bar/bat mitzvah party enlivener, is the genuine article. It also showcases that Cooper Raiff—who pens, directs, and acts in the film—is an individual worth keeping an eye on.

The Tragedy of Macbeth

Certainly, most individuals are familiar with the narrative of Macbeth—a Scottish lord aspiring to rule his land—but not everyone has perceived it through the lens of director Joel Coen. Presented entirely in monochrome and featuring Denzel Washington as Macbeth and Frances McDormand as his formidable wife, the movie garnered three Oscar nominations and imparted a fresh albeit distinct twist to a timeless Shakespearean story.

Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues

Above all, Louis Armstrong is renowned as one of the most illustrious jazz artists of all time. Nevertheless, he also played a role in the fight for equality in America—albeit within a complex context. As director Sacha Jenkins showcases in this documentary, while Armstrong shattered racial barriers in entertainment, he also faced criticisms suggesting that he did not advocate as ardently for civil rights as other performers of his era. Jenkins obtained access to a plethora of photographs, articles, and even recordings that Armstrong made of his own discussions for this documentary, offering a far more comprehensive portrayal of the legendary musician than what the world had seen previously.

Tetris

Regarded as one of the most famous video games ever created, the classic game Tetris became a sensation among Nintendo Game Boy users during the 1980s. The film Tetris depicts the journey of the individuals behind the game, and how they introduced it from the former Soviet Union to the global audience. A blend of historical drama and spy thriller, the movie may not always meet its objectives. However, if you are unfamiliar with the narrative of how Tetris made its way out from behind the Iron Curtain, it is definitely worth a viewing.

Causeway

Upon its release in 2022, Causeway came and went relatively unnoticed, which is characteristic of the film itself. Centered around a soldier (portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence) returning home after sustaining a head injury in Afghanistan, the movie by director Lila Neugebauer delves into themes of trauma and the support people offer each other during difficult times. A compelling choice for moments when you are dealing with personal challenges.

Sidney

In 2022, Sidney Poitier passed away, coinciding with the release of this documentary by Apple TV+, highlighting the legendary actor’s enduring career in films such as In the Heat of the Night and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and his significant influence on American society and politics. Featuring interviews with figures like Spike Lee, Morgan Freeman, and Harry Belafonte, the documentary delves into his roots in the Bahamas, his impactful contributions to the civil rights movement, and his broader impact beyond Hollywood.