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There's a new streaming service on the block. Sort of. 10 All Access rebranded as Paramount+ on Wednesday 11 August, which means a more generous content library at a more accessible price. For $8.99/month with a 7-day free trial, subscribers will be able to stream not only TV shows, but also live football matches and movies.
Speaking of the latter, the platform promises to deliver "hundreds of blockbuster movies" – including beloved film series like The Godfather and Indiana Jones. We started putting our list together with the help of a teaser. With the platform now live and over 300 movies on Paramount Plus, we have padded it out to a full 20. Here's a look at some of the best movies on Paramount Plus.
1. The Godfather Part II
Cast: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro
The second instalment in The Godfather trilogy is just as epic as its predecessor. It acts as both sequel and prequel to the original, as it offers parallel stories of father and son. On one hand there's Michael, the new Don of the Corleone family, who attempts to expand his crime empire. On the other, we follow a young Vito Corleone's rise to power. With strong performances and a compulsive narrative, Part II doesn't disappoint.
2. Pulp Fiction
Cast: Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman
Directed by Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction is a black comedy/crime hybrid that tells several stories set in Los Angeles – including those of 2 hitmen, a pair of robbers and an ageing boxer. With an unconventional structure and style to spare, it's widely regarded as one of the most influential films of the 90s. If you haven't seen it yet, there's no time like the present to catch up.
3. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey
In this adventure extravaganza, globe-trotting archaeology professor Indiana Jones ventures to find the Ark of the Covenant, a biblical artefact the Nazis are seeking for evil purposes. It's fun, it's captivating, it's pure entertainment from start to finish. It's also a movie that successfully stands the test of time, so buckle up for a memorable viewing experience.
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Cookson, Dylan O'Brien
A Paramount+ original, Infinite centres on Evan, a man haunted by memories of places he has never visited. He struggles until he meets the Infinites – a secret group of people who reveal that those memories may be real and are likely from Evan's previous lives. Together, they work to unlock Evan's past and save humanity from a great danger. Sounds intriguing, to say the least.
Cast: Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote and starred in this terrific tale of a genius who works as a janitor in his hometown while solving incredibly complex mathematical equations in his spare time. An Oscar winner with a great cast and terrific soundtrack, it is heralded as one of comedic great Robin Williams' best performances.
6. American History X
Cast: Ed Norton, Edward Furlong, Fairuza Balk, Ethan Suplee
A violent and at-times disturbing film, Ed Norton is at his brilliant best here as the reformed neo-nazi who has just been released from prison. Despite being well over two decades old now, it remains a solid cinematic experience and touches on themes still relevant today as Norton tries to prevent his brother following his own missteps.
Cast: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The third and final instalment in Christopher Nolan's telling of the bat saga, it is surely one of the most stirring, compelling Batman films to date. Hardy just about steals the show as Bane, a brutal, brilliant villain who manages to enormously disrupt the previous peace in Gotham City and draw Bale's Batman out of seclusion.
8. Any Given Sunday
Cast: Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, James Woods
In Any Given Sunday, Al Pacino plays a veteran football coach whose team is struggling. The same can be said about the man himself, as he has to deal with a failed marriage and estranged children. In other words, making the playoffs won't be an easy feat. Offering an in-depth look at the world of pro football, this sports drama is a treat for genre fans.
9. World War Z
Cast: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale
A delight for zombie enthusiasts, World War Z is a bonafide thrill ride with a brilliant performance from Brad Pitt in the lead role. He plays a former UN investigator who is stuck with his family in a traffic jam when the city is suddenly overrun by zombies. As chaos spreads, he leads a worldwide quest to find the source of the outbreak – and hopefully a way to stop the madness.
10. 8 Seconds
Cast: Luke Perry, Cythia Geary, Stephen Baldwin
If you have any links to rural Australia or working on the land over the course of your life, chances are you have been introduced to this gem of a film based on the life of bull rider Lane Frost. Luke Perry, who sadly passed away in 2019, should have received more acclaim as he burst out of his teen heart-throb persona in a raw, gritty performance playing Frost. Sure it's got that early 90s feel to it, but a good story is a good story.
Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman
Speaking of casting off personas, Ben Affleck produced, directed and starred in this sensational film about a true story that took place during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979-80. A gripping journey throughout, it has some outstanding performances and took out the Best Picture honour among three triumphs at the 2013 Academy Awards.
12. Boogie Nights
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Heather Graham
Another actor who managed to cast aside a teen idol, pop star image, Wahlberg surprised and impressed with his performance as Dirk Diggler, surely one of the great names in cinematic history. This movie manages to chronicle the pornographic movie industry that reached new heights in the late 1970s. Reynolds is also brilliant in his Oscar-nominated performance.
13. Top Gun
Cast: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards
With a sequel coming out in 2021, it's the perfect time to revisit this crowd-pleasing action drama. It centres on "Maverick", a young naval aviator who gets a chance to train at a top school to perfect his elite fighting skills. Once there, his recklessness puts him at odds with other pilots, but wins him the attention of his beautiful flight instructor. The movie features dazzling aerial stunts and heart-pounding action sequences. Prepare to be mesmerised.
14. Blood Diamond
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Djimon Hounsou
Through the late 90s and into the 2000s, Leonardo DiCaprio put together an exceptional body of work and this film is right up there. Adopting the unique South African accent, DiCaprio pulls it off as he plays diamond smuggler Danny Archer during the Sierra Leone Civil War that raged from 1992-2001. Djimon Hounsou, who shot to fame in Gladiator in 2000, is again exceptional, with both lead actors being nominated by the Academy for their performances.
15. Blade Runner
Cast: Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer
Science fiction buffs are all too familiar with this 1982 classic that initially divided critics but eventually enjoyed widespread acclaim as one of the great films of the genre. Harrison Ford, who managed to shoot this film amidst the original Stars Wars saga, plays a retired cop dragged back to the beat to hunt down a rogue group of synthetic humans known as "replicants". The special effects are naturally a little dated, nearly 40 years since release for a movie set in the futuristic year of 2019, but it's still a mind-bending tale.
Cast: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, David Wenham, Vincent Regan
Many may not be aware that before Zack Snyder was finding international fame and rescuing film franchises in efforts like Justice League and Army of the Dead, he was churning out epic films like 300. Snyder attempted to pay homage to the graphic novel it was modelled on in a film that relies heavily on computerised technology. Based on a fictionalised story from the Persian Wars, it is a gory, violent representation of Spartan battles led by Butler's King Leonidas.
17. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes
If you are keen to check out any or all of the Harry Potter films, you will find them all on Paramount Plus. We're sure you already have your favourites, but here we have picked out the epic conclusion to the famous tale as the grown-up Harry, Ron and Hermione stare down Voldemort perhaps for the last time. Oh yeah, we mean "he-who-shall-not-be-named". Whoops.
18. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Cast: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate
A follow-up to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, this delicious satire comedy is a riot. When Ron Burgundy is offered a spot on the world's first 24-hour global cable news network, he has to overcome many obstacles in order to find his way to the top of the ratings. Silly and brimming with exciting cameos, The Legend Continues will make you laugh out loud.
Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd
A coming-of-age comedy loosely based on Jane Austen's novel Emma, Clueless revolves around Cher, a popular high school teen who decides to give a newcomer a makeover. In the process, she ends up discovering that she has feelings for someone very unexpected. Funny and sweet, the movie holds up well, so we can guarantee that you'll have plenty of fun watching it.
20. Mission: Impossible 2
Cast: Tom Cruise, Thandiwe Newton, Dougray Scott
Spy extraordinaire Ethan Hunt returns in the second instalment of Mission: Impossible, leading his team on a quest to get their hands on a deadly German virus. However, he is not the only one after the samples. In fact, his competition includes not only a gang of international terrorists, but also a rogue agent who already has the cure. You'll be on the edge of your seat.
What changed on our list?
- Good Will Hunting
- American History X
- The Dark Knight Rises
- 8 Seconds
- Boogie Nights
- Blood Diamond
- Blade Runner
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
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