Australian icon Dame Olivia Newton-John – known for the film Grease as well as her hit songs Physical and I Honestly Love You – sadly passed away on August 8, 2022, after a long battle with cancer.
Exactly one year on, in honour of the four-time Grammy Award winner, we’ve rounded up the best Olivia Newton-John movies and where to watch them.
Director: Randal Kleiser
Starring: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
The musical film, set in the 1950s, follows Sandy Olsson and Danny Zuko – two teens who fall in love over the summer.
But when good girl Sandy transfers to Danny’s high school, she discovers that Danny is the ultimate greaser and leader of the T-Birds. The two realise, if they’re going to make their relationship work, they both need to change and overcome the pressure of high-school cliques.
Where to watch: Grease is available to stream on BINGE, Stan and Paramount Plus.
Director: Robert Greenwald
Starring: Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck
Genre: Fantasy, Musical, Romance
When struggling artist Sonny Malone encounters a mysterious woman named Kira, she encourages him and his new-found friend Danny McGuire to open a nightclub called Xanadu.
While the trio work to open Xanadu, Sonny and Kira fall for each other. But the night before Xanadu officially opens, Kira confesses that she’s actually Terpsichore, one of the Nine Muses of Olympus, and cannot stay on Earth…
Where to watch: Xanadu is available to stream on BINGE and Stan.
A Few Best Men
Director: Stephan Elliott
Starring: Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall, Olivia Newton-John, Rebel Wilson
This raunchy comedy follows David Locking, a British man who is set to marry the love of his life, Australian Mia Ramme. But everything goes wrong for poor David as he and his three best men travel to Australia for the wedding.
Olivia Newton-John is hilarious in A Few Best Men; she plays Mia’s wild, life-of-the-party mother. The film’s soundtrack is also primarily sung by Olivia, so bonus!
Two of a Kind
Director: John Herzfeld
Starring: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Two of a Kind reunited John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John 5 years after Grease. In the film, God decides to flood Earth because he does not like what mankind has become. But four angels convince him to off hold until they can prove a typical man can reform.
God agrees and chooses Zack Melon, played by John, a failed inventor turned criminal. Zack meets Debbie Wylder during a bank robbery, and the two are quickly put to the test to see if they can change their ways, and ultimately, save Earth from God’s wrath.
Where to watch: Unfortunately, Two of a Kind is not available to stream, rent or buy on any Australian streaming platforms. You can buy a DVD of Two of a Kind from Amazon here though.
Score: A Hockey Musical
Director: Michael McGowan
Starring: Noah Reid, Olivia Newton-John
Genre: Comedy, Family, Musical
When sheltered seventeen-year-old Farley Gordon is suddenly thrust into international fame and success thanks to signing to a major hockey team, Farley faces immense pressure and strain for the first time.
Olivia Newton-John plays Farley’s mother, Hope, and performs Hugs, a song she co-wrote for the film.
Where to watch: Unfortunately, Score: A Hockey Musical is not available to stream, rent or buy on any Australian streaming platforms. You can buy a DVD of Score: A Hockey Musical from Amazon here though.