Top 20 Best and Highest Rated Movies on Apple TV+ of All Time

January 30, 2023
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Please bookmark this page as we celebrate and list what is deemed the Top 20 Best and Highest Rated Movies on Apple TV+ of All Time.

Apple TV+ was launched on November 1st, 2019. What the streaming service lacks in original content, more than makes up with hardware. Apple TV+ was the first streaming service to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. That film was a little crowd-pleaser called CODA, which capture the hearts of Hollywood critics, but very few people actually saw it. That’s why we are here, however. To rank the very best films the niche streaming service has to offer.

If you are still deciding what to watch next, bookmark this page as we list what is deemed the Best, Highest Rated Apple TV+ movies of All Time. We’ve used Rotten Tomatoes as the benchmark, with the minimum reviews being 35 as a floor.

We will also share the IMDB rating to give you a sense of difference in objectivity. On top of this, if we have reviewed it on our site, we will also share the review with you. We will update this page every two months so audiences can keep up to date on the latest best, and most popular Apple TV+ movies as part of their subscription.

Top 20 Best and Highest Rated Movies on Apple TV+ of All Time

20. The Sky is Everywhere (2022)

Official Premise: 

“Tucked among the magical redwood trees of Northern California and surrounded by her grandmother’s gargantuan roses, 17-year-old Lennie Walker, a radiant musical prodigy, struggles with overwhelming grief following the sudden loss of her older sister, Bailey. When Joe Fontaine, the charismatic new guy at school, enters Lennie’s life, she’s drawn to him. But Lennie’s complicated relationship with her sister’s devastated boyfriend, Toby, starts to affect Lennie and Joe’s budding love. Through her vivid imagination and honest, conflicted heart, Lennie navigates first love and first loss to create a song of her own.”

Cast: Grace Kaufman, Pico Alexander, Jacques Colimon, Julia Schlaeper, Ji-young Yoo, Havana Rose Liu, Cherry Jones, and Jason Segel

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

At Ready Steady Cut, M.N. Miller said, “The Sky is Everywhere is an operatic, endlessly creative, and breathtaking visual poem of grief.

19. Palmer (2021)

Official Premise: 

“After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to put his life back together. He forms an unlikely bond with Sam, an outcast boy from a troubled home, but Eddie’s past threatens to ruin his new life and family.”

Cast: Justin Timberlake, Ryder Allen, Alisha Wainwright, June Squibb, and Juno Temple

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

IMDB Rating: 8.7/10

At Ready Steady Cut, M.N. Miller said,Palmer is an uneven experience that is not as transparent as it thinks it is or needs to be.”

18. Finch (2021)

Official Premise: 

“A man, a robot and a dog form an unlikely family in a powerful and moving adventure of one man’s quest to ensure that his beloved canine companion will be cared for after he’s gone.”

Cast: Tom Hanks, Caleb Landry Jones, and Marie Wagenman

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

IMDB Rating: 6.9/10

At Ready Steady Cut, M.N. Miller said, Finch attempts to ride on the coattails of a winning formula that isn’t earned.”

17. Swan Song (2021)

Official Premise: 

“When Cameron is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he is presented with an alternative solution by his doctor (Glenn Close) to shield his family from grief. As Cameron grapples with whether or not to alter his family’s fate, he learns more about life and love than he ever imagined.”

Cast: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Glenn Close, Awkwafina, and Adam Beach

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10

16. Greyhound (2020)

Official Premise: 

“The film follows a commander in the US Navy on his assignment commanding a multi-national escort destroyer group of four defending an Allied convoy of thirty-seven merchant and troop ships.”

Cast: Tom Hanks, Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan, and Elisabeth Shue

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

IMDB Rating: 7.0/10

At Ready Steady Cut, Daniel Hart said, “Its reliance on the star lead defeats the objective of the war achievement — Greyhound has got this terribly wrong.”

15. The Banker (2020)

Official Premise: 

“Revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson) devise an audacious and risky plan to take on the racist establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream.”

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

IMDB Rating: 7.3/10

At Ready Steady Cut, M.N. Miller said, The Banker offers a mild return but misses an opportunity on a larger investment.”

14. Cha Cha Real Smooth (2022)

Official Premise: 

“A man who works as a bar mitzvah party host strikes up a unique friendship with a young woman and her teenage daughter.”

Cast: Dakota Johnson, Cooper Raiff, Raúl Castillo, Odeya Rush, Evan Assante, Vanessa Burghardt, Brad Garrett, and Leslie Mann

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

IMDB Rating: 7.3/10

At Ready Steady Cut, M.N. Miller said, “Cooper Raiff’s latest film is not about reaching physical maturity but an emotional one. Cha Cha Real Smooth is funny, wonderful, and heartfelt, and also happens to be refreshingly honest.”

13. Causeway (2022)

Official Premise: 

“Lynsey, a U.S. soldier, experiences a traumatic brain injury after an IED explosion during her tour in Afghanistan which forces her to return home in New Orleans. She struggles to return to her daily life with her mother as she waits for her wish to return for redeployment.”

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Brian Tyree Henry, Linda Emond, Jayne Houdyshell, and Stephen McKinley Henderson

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

IMDB Rating: 6.5/10

At Ready Steady Cut, M.N. Miller said, “There is something to be said about a movie that lets the story play out with great patience and restraint. One that does not pander to nor patronize its audience. That is what you have in Causeway. An observational character study that feels extraordinarily human.”

12. Hala (2019)

Official Premise: 

“Seventeen-year-old Pakistani American teenager Hala (Geraldine Viswanathan) struggles to balance desire with her family, cultural, and religious obligations. As she comes into her own, she grapples with a secret that threatens to unravel her family.”

Cast: Geraldine Viswanathan, Jack Kilmer, Gabriel Luna, and Anna Chlumsky

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10

11. On the Rocks (2021)

Official Premise: 

“A young New York mother faced with sudden doubts about her marriage teams up with her larger-than-life playboy father to tail her husband.”

Cast: Bill Murray, Rashida Jones, and Marlon Wayans

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

10. Sidney (2022)

Official Premise: 

“Historians and film experts honours the legendary Sidney Poitier and his legacy as an iconic actor, filmmaker and activist at the centre of Hollywood and the Civil Rights Movement.”

Cast: Sidney Poitier

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

IMDB Rating: 7.8/10

At Ready Steady Cut, Ricky Valerio said, Sidney is a fine-tuned documentary that should be watched for generations to come.”

9. The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021)

Official Premise: 

“As ghastly witches prophesy that Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, will soon become the King of Scotland, ambitious Lady Macbeth prompts her husband to act.”

Cast: Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Bertie Carvel, Alex Hassell, Corey Hawkins, Harry Melling, and Brendan Gleeson

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

IMDB Rating: 7.1/10

At Ready Steady Cut, M.N. Miller said, “Denzel Washington gives a thunderous performance in Joel Coen’s stamp on Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Macbeth.”

8. Beastie Boys Story (2020)

Official Premise: 

“Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz share the story of their band and 40 years of friendship in a live documentary experience.”

Cast: Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, and Adam Yauch

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

At Ready Steady Cut, Daniel Hart said, “Overall, Beastie Boys Story is a personal story, accounting as a long journey from start to finish, with a warm intimacy behind it, portraying how they went from kids to an established hip hop group. It combines 40 years of friendships and the live documentary concept is something that needs to happen more often.”

7. CODA (2021)

Official Premise: 

“Seventeen-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones) is the sole hearing member of a deaf family – a CODA, child of deaf adults. Her life revolves around acting as interpreter for her parents (Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur) and working on the family’s struggling fishing boat every day before school with her father and older brother (Daniel Durant). But when Ruby joins her high school’s choir club, she discovers a gift for singing and soon finds herself drawn to her duet partner Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). Encouraged by her enthusiastic, tough-love choirmaster (Eugenio Derbez) to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams.”

Cast: Emilia Jones, Eugenio Derbez, Troy Kotsur, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Daniel Durant, and Marlee Matlin

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

IMDB Rating: 8.0/10

6. Boys State (2020)

Official Premise: 

“The film follows a thousand teenage boys attending Boys State in Austin, Texas, coming together to build a representative government from the ground up, from all different political backgrounds, navigating challenges of organizing political parties, consensus, and campaigning for the highest office at Boys State, Governor of Texas.”

Cast: René Otero, Steven Garza, Ben Feinstein, Eddy Proietti Conti, Jack White, Malec Moghadam, and Robert MacDougall

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

At Ready Steady Cut, Daniel Hart said, “It goes without saying that Boys State gives a bleak future to the next wave of politics.. What is witnessed is incredible and it platforms a boot camp version of a young politician’s life. There are no doubt viewers will shake their head but undoubtedly they will not be able to look away..”

5. Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry (2021)

Official Premise: 

“Taking a deeply personal look at the extraordinary teenager, Billie Eilish, and following her journey on the road, on stage, and at home with her family, as the writing and recording of her debut album changes her life.”

Cast: Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell, Maggie Baird, and Patrick O’Connell

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

Ready Steady Cut, Jonathan WIlson said, All this gives Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry a much stronger sense of intimacy and at times invasiveness than something like Miss Americana. It’s both a gift and a curse at times, but it makes the film a must-see for fans and an eye-opening coming-of-age story for everyone else.”

4. The Velvet Underground (2021)

Official Premise: 

“The Velvet Underground created a new sound that changed the world of music, cementing its place as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most revered bands. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes, “The Velvet Underground” shows just how the group became a cultural touchstone representing a range of contradictions: the band is both of their time, yet timeless; literary yet realistic; rooted in high art and street culture. The film features in-depth interviews with the key players of that time combined with a treasure trove of never-before-seen performances and a rich collection of recordings, Warhol films, and other experimental art that creates an immersive experience into what founding member John Cale describes as the band’s creative ethos: “how to be elegant and how to be brutal.”

Cast: Mary Woronov, Jonathan Richman, John Cale, Maureen Ann Tucker, Sterling Morrison, and Lou Reed

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

3. Come from Away (2021)

Official Premise: 

“Come From Away” is the filmed version of the award-winning Broadway musical which tells the story of 7,000 people stranded in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland after all flights into the US are grounded on September 11, 2001. As the people of Newfoundland graciously welcome the “come from aways” into their community in the aftermath, the passengers and locals alike process what’s happened while finding love, laughter and new hope in the unlikely and lasting bonds that they forge.”

Cast: Petrina Bromley, Jenn Colella, De’Lon Grant, Joel Hatch,Tony LePage, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Emily Walton, Jim Walton, Sharon Wheatley, and Paul Whitty

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

2. Wolfwalkers (2020)

Official Premise: 

“In a time of superstition and magic, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn Goodfellowe, journeys to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last wolf pack. While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, Robyn befriends a free-spirited girl, Mebh, a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the ability to transform into wolves by night. As they search for Mebh’s missing mother, Robyn uncovers a secret that draws her further into the enchanted world of the “Wolfwalkers” and risks turning into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.”

Cast: Honor Kneafsey, Eva Whittaker, Sean Bean, Simon McBurney, Tommy Tiernan, Jon Kenny, John Morton, and Maria Doyle Kennedy

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

IMDB Rating: 8.0/10

1. Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues (2022)

Official Premise: 

“Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues” offers an intimate and revealing look at the world-changing musician, presented through a lens of archival footage and never-before-heard home recordings and personal conversations. This definitive documentary, directed by Sacha Jenkins, honors Armstrong’s legacy as a founding father of jazz, one of the first internationally known and beloved stars, and a cultural ambassador of the United States. The film shows how Armstrong’s own life spans the shift from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement, and how he became a lightning rod figure in that turbulent era.”

Cast: Louis Armstrong, Sacha Jenkins, Sara Bernstein, Sacha Jenkins, Justin Wilkes, Julie Anderson, Brian Grazer, and Michele Anthony

Rotten Tomatoes Score:  100% (53 reviews)

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

And that completes our Top 20 Best and Highest Rated Movies on Apple TV+ of All Time list. What’s your favorite movie on Apple TV+? Comment below.

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