Since its debut in 2021, Paramount+ has quickly risen to become one of the greatest subscription-based streaming platforms you can currently find online. Combining a range of properties from CBS, Paramount, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central, it boasts a rich library of beloved movies, TV series, and documentaries.
Like all the most noteworthy streaming platforms, Paramount+ also has a ton of exclusive content at its disposal, such as Star Trek: Picard, 1883, and The Good Fight.
Along with those exclusive titles, the platform also has a dense catalog of movies streaming on the service, from newer films like Scream and Casino Royale to classics like RoboCop and Bull Durham.
Here are some of the best movies you can find playing on Paramount+ right now.
Updated: January 30.
Thriller: Casino Royale
Shortly after obtaining 00 status, MI6 secret agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) is sent undercover to Montenegro to compete in a high-stakes poker tournament against criminal financier, Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen).
After the promise shown by Pierce Brosnan’s GoldenEye gave way to the utter catastrophe that was Die Another Day, it seemed that James Bond’s best days were behind him by the beginning of the 2000s. But in 2005, the series promptly managed to course-correct, revitalizing the name James Bond and re-establishing it as a viable critical and commercial franchise on par with Mission: Impossible (the public’s new go-to spy thriller).
Returning to the more grounded realism of the original Ian Fleming novels and initial Sean Connery films, Casino Royale was the most critically well-received Bond film in years, ushering in a new golden age for the gentleman super spy that would only continue with Skyfall.
After being tortured to death, murdered police officer Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) is resurrected by a tech company as the cyborg policeman, RoboCop. As Murphy takes to the streets to combat the increasing levels of crime in dystopian Detroit, he begins experiencing memories from his previous life.
The genius behind Paul Verhoeven 1987 masterpiece, RoboCop, lies in its ability to skewer genres. At once a sci-fi dystopian film, it contains subtle satire of everything from modern society’s indifference to everyday atrocities to cutthroat business ethics in the tech industry (two thematic subjects only too relevant today).
But even more than that, RoboCop is also an intense study of law and order, as well as what it means to be human. At once a compelling superhero story mixed with a revenge film, it’s one of the finest achievements in the sci-fi genre there is.
Twenty-five years after the Woodsboro Massacre, a new Ghostface killer once again begins terrorizing the town, targeting individuals with familial connection to the original massacre.
After the lukewarm reception to Scream 4 and the passing of director Wes Craven, it seemed that Scream 5 was fated never to see the light of day, languishing next to the other great what-if sequels like Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 or George Lucas’s Star Wars sequel trilogy.
But against all odds, directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett managed to take the Scream franchise and introduce it to a new generation of viewers, cementing the slasher series’ place in the current Gen Z culture. Just as sharply written and every bit as meta-aware as its predecessors, it was the perfect way to revitalize Scream for a new era of film.
Action: The Warriors
In the years since its release, The Warriors has evolved from a moderate sleeper hit into one of the most beloved cult movies of all time. Perhaps it owes an obvious debt to its video game adaptation, Rockstar’s The Warriors, but even without the popularity of Rockstar’s game, it still makes for a enjoyably campy crime film.
Framed for the murder of an influential criminal figure (Roger Hill), a small gang spend the night traveling home through the streets of New York City to their home turf on Coney Island, dodging the pursuit of various rival gangs out for revenge.
The Warriors may seem dated by today’s standards (after all, it’s hard to view any of the antagonistic gangs as genuine threats compared to the actual gangs populating New York today). But the movie’s over-the-top nature is part of its appeal, triggering the same nostalgic reaction as other hardcore ‘80s movies like Escape from New York, The Terminator, and even RoboCop.
One of the great comedies you’ve probably never heard of, Barbershop is a lesson on how to use a large ensemble cast. Though each actor who appears in the film should be singled out for praise, the movie continuously cycles through them with ease, no single actor stealing the show, all of their performances complimenting each other like a fine garnish.
Resolving to sell his father’s failing Chicago barbershop business, the money-savvy Calvin (Ice Cube) experiences a day at the shop, interacting with some of its most eccentric customers and staff members.
Relying on a cleverly written script, Barbershop is an incessantly funny movie where the jokes don’t ever let up. Filled to the brim with memorably hilarious, vivid characters, each character who appears in the movie is perfectly capable of headlining their own movie. (God, what I wouldn’t give to see a spin-off film about Anthony Anderson’s J.D., Cedric the Entertainer’s Eddie, or Keith David’s Lester.)
Romance: The Duchess
It’s hard to make a historical period film exciting for all audience members. Thankfully, while The Duchess may not enrapture all viewers, it does a good job presenting the true story behind Georgiana Cavendish (a direct ancestor of Princess Diana) with enough style, empathy, and intimacy to catch the attention of more patient viewers.
Marrying into the British aristocracy, the newly-named Duchess of Devonshire (Keira Knightley) maintains an exciting but tumultuous marriage with her unfaithful husband (Ralph Fiennes). Focusing on her own happiness for a change, the Duchess pursues a romance with the Earl Charles Grey (Dominic Cooper), leading to some unexpected consequences for all parties involved.
Like nearly all big-budget period movies, The Duchess features some exquisite outfitting and set design that makes it truly seem like you’ve wandered into 18th century England. Aside from its Oscar-winning costume design and art direction, the movie is a fascinating look at the life and decisions of Georgiana, led by some inspired performances from the three main cast members.
Drama: Inside Llewyn Davis
With how many successes they’ve had, it’s hard to pinpoint the most underrated film in the Coen brothers’ career. As remarkable as Blood Simple or Miller’s Crossing is, though, our money would probably have to go to Inside Llewyn Davis, the most original and stylistically unique movie in the brothers’ career to date.
Aspiring folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) navigates the Beat scene in Greenwich Village, all the while trying to make it as a musician in the unforgiving world of 1960s New York City.
To be sure, the subtle humor found in most Coen brothers films is present in Inside Llewyn Davis, as is the more downbeat quality of the duo’s later work on Fargo and No Country for Old Men. But aside from appearances from frequent Coen collaborators like John Goodman, it’d be hard to tell this was a Coen brothers movie at all.
Anchoring their fictional hero with all the intricacies and complexities of a real person, it’s a moody and sordid film that analyzes the harm inflicted by your aspirations (both on yourself and on others).
Sports: Bull Durham
One part sports drama, one part romance film, Bull Durham crafts a narrative capable of drawing in viewers of every background and interest imaginable, appealing to those who alternatively either love or despise baseball, romcoms, and drama films alike.
Playing for the minor league Durham Bulls, aging catcher Crash (Kevin Costner) is assigned to mentor the team’s new pitcher (Tim Robbins) prior to his departure to the major leagues. Before very long, both men enter a love triangle with an ardent baseball fan (Susan Sarandon).
Bull Durham can be best described as a film following a young man who receives guidance from the most unlikely of sources, evaluating how the positive and negative experiences he encounters shape him into the best version of himself. Buried underneath its hardcore baseball-centered exterior is a surprisingly moving film full of drama and emotion, expertly balanced by its talented trio of players.
Classic: The Most Dangerous Game
One year before they changed the face of horror with King Kong, producers/directors Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack took the world by storm with their adaptation of Richard Connell’s widely-read short story, “The Most Dangerous Game.”
Washing upon the shore of a remote South American island, a shipwrecked sailor (Joel McCrea) and several other stranded survivors are hunted by a sadistic Russian count (Leslie Banks) for sport.
Retaining the literary quality that made Connell’s story the beloved classic it is, The Most Dangerous Game is an intelligent and well-made early horror film from Hollywood’s Pre-Code era. With a smooth-cheeked McCrea as the hero, a dastardly Banks as the villain, and Fay Wray (who would become the proto-scream queen just a year later) as the leading lady, it’s as suspenseful a thriller today as it was 90 years ago.
Underrated: But I’m a Cheerleader
Seventeen-year-old Megan (Natasha Lyonne) is a happy-go-lucky high school student who begins developing homosexual feelings for her fellow cheerleaders. Staging an intervention, Megan’s conservative parents send her to a conversion camp to “cure” her lesbianism.
Over the past decade, Natasha Lyonne has gone from a noteworthy character actor to one of the most exciting stars of her day, as seen with her award-winning performances in Orange is the New Black and Russian Doll (not to mention her starring role in Rian Johnson’s new Poker Face).
However, it’s worth remembering that years before she received her breakthrough on Orange is the New Black, Lyonne was winning hearts in numerous indie films throughout the late ‘90s and 2000s.
Take, for example, But I’m a Cheerleader, a fiercely clever tongue-in-cheek look at homosexuality in a straight-laced environment. With its heavily satirical presentation, the whole of But I’m a Cheerleader comes across as a feature-length SNL skit, headlined by a notably strong performance from Lyonne.
This article was produced and syndicated by Wealth of Geeks.
Richard Chachowski is a freelance writer based in New Jersey. He loves reading, his dog Tootsie, and pretty much every movie to ever exist (especially Star Wars).
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