• Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke star in 'Before The Devil Knows You're Dead'. (SBS On Demand)Source: SBS On Demand
Soak up the spotlight of the best and the brightest stars in some of their finest films.
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SBS Guide

22 Nov 2018 - 3:27 PM  UPDATED 22 Nov 2018 - 3:31 PM

Users familiar with SBS On Demand will attest to the wild ride it can be as viewers jump from film to film. You never know which of your favourite movies you'll discover now streaming, but you also never know when you might stumble across one of your favourite actors. And that's the other thing about SBS On Demand - you'll find famous faces everywhere. 

An SBS On Demand protip for you: Click on an actors name on the listing for a show at SBS On Demand (when you're using the website) and it will take you to all of the movies and clips featuring that actor at SBS On Demand.

We've put together a collection of films currently streaming with some of our favourite famous on-screen faces:

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead

Famous faces:  Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei, Michael Shannon, Amy Ryan
When two brothers organise the robbery of their parents' jewelry store, the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that send them and their family hurtling towards a shattering climax.

Top Five

Famous faces: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Jones
Infused with Chris Rock’s razor-sharp comedic edge, TOP FIVE is the hilarious story of former comedy legend Andre Allen (Rock) who returns to New York to promote his latest film on the eve of his wedding to a self-absorbed reality TV star (Gabrielle Union). While wandering the city with a mysterious and charming journalist (Rosario Dawson), Allen is forced to confront his past and the people he left behind.

High Rise

Famous faces: Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, Elizabeth Moss
Adapted from J.G. Ballard's dystopian novel, High-Rise stars Tom Hiddleston as a young doctor, Robert Laing, who after his divorce, moves into a new apartment west of London. Despite seeking soulless anonymity, he soon finds out that the building’s residents have no intention of leaving him alone. Laing bites the bullet and becomes neighbourly. But as he struggles to establish his position within the complex social dynamics unfolding around him, Laing’s good manners and sanity disintegrate along with the building.

The Last Station

Famous faces: Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Christopher Plummer
Helen Mirren stars as Countess Sofya, wife and muse to Leo Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer). She uses every trick of seduction on her husband's loyal disciple, whom she believes was the person responsible for Tolstoy signing a new will that leaves his work and property to the Russian people.

The Player

Famous faces: Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter gallagher, Vincent D'Onofrio, Richard E Grant, Sydney Pollack, Lyle Lovett, Jeremy Piven, Gina Gershon, Cher, Karen Black, Gary Busey, John Cusack, Robert Carradine, Peter Falk, Dennis Franz, Jeff Goldblum, Elliot Gould, David Allen Grier, Buck Henry, Anjelica Huston, Sally Kellerman, Jack Lemmon, Marlee Matlin, Andie MacDowell, Malcolm McDowell, Julia Roberts, Mimi Rogers, Lily Tomlin, Robert Wagner, Jill St John, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Swayze, Bruce Willis
Robert Altman's Oscar-nominated provocative look at the movie industry starring Tim Robbins and Whoopi Goldberg, considered one of the all-time great Hollywood satires. A studio script screener gets on the bad side of a writer by not accepting his script. The writer is sending him threatening postcards. The screener tries to identify the writer in order to pay him off so he'll be left alone, and then in a case of mistaken identity gone awry, he accidentally gives the writer solid ammunition for blackmail. This plot is written on a backdrop of sleazy Hollywood deals and several subplots involving the politics of the industry.

Whatever Works

Famous faces: Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood
Larry David plays an eccentric New Yorker who abandons his privileged upper class life to lead a more bohemian existence. He meets a young girl from the south (Evan Rachel Wood), and when her family get involved no two people seem to get along in the entanglements that follow.

This Must be The Place

Famous faces: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch
Sean Penn delivers an outstanding performance as Cheyenne, a former rock star, in this charmingly offbeat film from Paolo Sorrentino ('The Young Pope'). At 50, he still dresses 'Goth' and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York. He discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America.

1911

Famous faces: Jackie Chan
In the early 1900's, China is in a state of crisis. The ruling Qing Dynasty is completely out of touch with its citizens, but any attempt at rebellion is quashed by the Dynasty's powerful, modern army, the "New Army". When Huang Xing returns from Japan, where he has studied the art of modern warfare, he feels he has no choice but to pick up the sword. 

 

Queen of The Desert

Famous faces: Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson
The story of Queen of the Desert is based on the true-life story of Gertrude Bell, who was a British political officer and archaeologist but ultimately a trailblazer on her terms. The story details the extraordinary adventures of Bell wrestling with the conflicts of love and tragedy, enemy and friend, and foreign and familiar as she sought to understand and unify people from different cultures.