If you’ve already checked out Netflix and Hulu, maybe it’s time to check out Paramount+, too. It has been making movies since 1916, so Paramount’s movie library is very big. Seriously. Imagine putting John Wayne Westerns on the same streamer as Sonic the Hedgehog, so you can watch them both. It’s crazy, but we love it. Movies will always be there.
Our favorite movies from Paramount are shown below. You can watch them now on Paramount+.
1. Bridget Jones’s Diary
Thank you for not telling us that Bridget Jones’s Diary is not a good movie. Renée Zellweger gained 20 pounds to play Bridget, a character in Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones books who is already a favorite in the UK. A lot of people in the UK were upset that an American was cast in a role they thought was very British. But Zellweger’s performance and accent were so close to the real thing that the complaints quickly turned into rave reviews.
In Bridget Jones’s Diary, which is the start of a movie series and the best of the bunch, we meet a 30-something woman living in London who, after turning 32 alone, vows to lose weight, stop smoking and drinking, and find a boyfriend. The movie is the best of the bunch. This adaptation of Pride and Prejudice has Hugh Grant as Bridget’s boss, and Colin Firth as the man who couldn’t be more wrong for her (his name is Mr. Darcy, by the way). Even if you know where this rom-com is going, you’ll still have a good time.
2. A Quiet Place
Stay very quiet.
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With this spine-tingling 2018 movie, John Krasinski went from being an actor to being a well-known director. The Office star, who is married to Emily Blunt, plays a farmer who wants to protect his family from creatures that hunt by sound. This clever idea means that the movie’s characters can’t scream, because a scream would be their last. That means that while you’re watching, your own screams of terror are turned into weapons. They crash into the silent soundscape, which is already suffocating with tension.
A Quiet Place is a terrifying movie that is well-paced and well-made. Krasinski, Blunt, and their on-screen children, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, are what make this movie so good. Together, they make a scary feature that’s great for a quiet nite at home with your family. If you want to see both movies at the same time, A Quiet Place: Part II is also out.
Flight attendant William “Whip” Whitaker, an airline pilot, manages to land his plane in a way that saves the lives of everyone on board. At first, he’s praised as a hero, but when new information comes to light, his heroism is called into question. Denzel Washington was nominated for an Academy Award for playing a man who was both good and bad in this drama directed by Robert Zemeckis. Flight is a hearty and exciting movie about people. It’s a character study that keeps us on our toes, and it has a lot of meat. On a plane, don’t watch it! I wouldn’t do that.
Never forget that Reese Witherspoon wasn’t always the star of the show in the United States. Alex Payne’s high-school political satire is full of nasty jokes about politics. She’s Tracy Flick, the terrifyingly ambitious overachiever who’ll do anything to win the race for student body president. To play the enraged teacher who can’t stand that she’s going to get what she thinks she deserves, Matthew Broderick broke free from the shadow of Ferris Bueller. He did this so that he could play the part. It hasn’t changed much in more than 20 years, even tho there have been a lot of tense elections.
5. To Catch a Thief
Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in “To Catch a Thief.”
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To Catch a Thief is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best movies. It’s a half-suspense, half-romance whodunnit set in a beautiful Mediterranean setting. Cary Grant is still as smooth as ever as John Robie, a former jewel thief who now lives on the French Riviera in a quiet way with his wife and kids. As soon as there are more thefts, his name will be linked to them. Before he can take the blame, he’ll have to find the real culprit and figure out who did it.
When Grace Kelly plays one of the rich tourists whose possessions were stolen in this movie, she looks like she’s glowing. Her lavish Edith Head costumes are truly iconic. In this movie, no one has a job and everyone talks with witty double meanings. To Catch a Thief is one of those beautiful movies where no one works. In this movie, Grace Kelly meets her future husband, the Prince of Monaco, while filming Thief. She put on a huge hat and moved to Monaco, which is where she met her future husband.
On Paramount+, you can now watch “To Catch a Thief,” which is a movie.
Hugo Cabret is Asa Butterfield’s boyfriend, but your kids don’t know that. He lives alone in a Paris train station and tries to figure out the mysteries left behind by his father (Jude Law), who died. One of the things left behind is a robot that writes with a pen. Hugo and Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz) become friends because they both want to go on adventures. They go thru Isabelle’s godfather’s past and love for movies, slowly but surely piecing together how they all connect to each other. There is nothing better than getting the kids hooked on Martin Scorsese. Proma Khosla, an entertainment reporter, said this:
In order to see it, you can now see it on Paramount+.
7. Escape from Alcatraz
Based on a real-life prison break, this action movie stars Clint Eastwood as a convict who is as tough as he is clever. On Frank Morris’s record, there are a lot of crimes and he has a lot of escapes from prison. To get out of the high-security prison, he looks for a way out as soon as he gets there. But prison bars, guards, and rules aren’t the biggest problem.
Alcatraz is on an island that is a long way from the coast of San Francisco, but it is still close to the city. Is Frank’s cell-made raft strong enough for him and his friends to make it through the icy water and get to safety in the end? To add to this tense storey of hardened men, Don Siegel gives it a snarling edge. Somebody told me this: kp*
In order to see it, you can now watch Escape from Alcatraz on Paramount+.
Amy Adam teaches aliens English.
You won’t find many alien movies like this one. Arrival is a science fiction drama about 12 extraterrestrial ships that land all over the world. It has a moody, complicated plot… and wait. Countries are scrambling to make contact with the aliens and figure out what they mean. You’ll see Amy Adams as Louise Banks, an alien language expert who’s going to study the aliens’s language from their car in Montana. The closer she gets to understanding what the visitors want, the more her view of the world around her changes. Arrival is both scenic and existential. It pairs philosophical questions with wide shots of the Montana plains. It’s exciting, provocative, and atmospheric, which is a great combination for science fiction. Amy Adams is, as always, at the top of her game in this movie.
How to watch: Arrival is now on Paramount+ and can be watched there.
9. His Girl Friday
Hildy Johnson, a star reporter, takes on one last assignment with her editor ex-husband before she quits journalism for good to marry again and retire to a quiet life as a mother. The movie is based on the play The Front Page. If you’re tired of modern comedy, there’s nothing better for the soul than watching a woman with a lot of moxie in a beautiful skirt suit spouting off in a Mid-Atlantic accent. Rosalind Russell, who played Hildy Johnson, does it better than anyone else, and she does it better than anyone else. Adding in Cary Grant as her former boss, who’s still in love with her and giving as good as he gets, makes this 70-year-old movie even better. There is a lot of C.W.
To watch: His Girl Friday is on Paramount+ and you can watch it now.
10. Life is Beautiful
Looking to cry your face off? Life is Beautiful is here for you. One of the highest-grossing non-English language films of all time, this touching Italian drama, once seen, will sear itself into your memory so you clutch your heart each time you think of it. Roberto Benigni, along with directing and writing the film, stars as a young Jewish father in 1940s Italy. When his family is taken to an internment camp, he shields his son from the truth of the situation by pretending they are in a complex game, where tasks like hiding from the guards will earn him extra points. It’s a deeply affecting film, able to spark laughter and tears in equal measure. If you haven’t seen it, put it at the top of your list — and bring tissues.
In order to see it, you can go to Paramount+ and watch Life is Beautiful.
11. Saint Maud
This psychological horror film was written and directed by Rose Glass, who made her directorial debut in 2020. Morfydd Clark is the young nurse Maud. She is a religious person who is very religious. After being hired as a hospice caretaker for dying artist Amanda (Jennifer Ehle), Maud develops a dark attraction to her patient’s love of life, alcohol, and Sapphic sex, which makes her want to kill herself.
With each step Maud makes in her quest to save Amanda’s soul, their bond grows more volatile. As visual effects and a sound design show the world from Maud’s point of view, the battle of wills turns into something else. Saint Maud is a unique and terrifying experience that will leave you in awe. It’s full of violence, a sophisticated color palette of warmth and rot, and a dark sexual tension that will leave you in awe. Somebody told me this: kp*
On Paramount+, you can now watch “Saint Maud,” which is a movie.
12. Mean Girls
The dreaded three-way phone call.
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When our friends show up late for dinner, we still say, “You can’t sit with us!!!” There’s a reason for this. During the early 2000s, Mean Girls set the bar for teen comedies. Tina Fey wrote the movie, and it was a huge hit at the box office when it came out in 2004. It doesn’t look like it’s going to lose popularity any time soon. Lindsay Lohan is Cady Heron, a former home-schooled teen who doesn’t know how to get around the strict and punishing social hierarchy at North Shore High School, where she goes. Social outcasts like her new friends want her to get into the popular crowd so they can take down Queen Bee Rachel McAdams.
Mean Girls is one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time. It’s also a very accurate look at how important popularity was in the 2000s in American high schools. For years to come, “On Wednesdays, we wear pink” and “She doesn’t even go here!” have become part of our culture, so we can enjoy this gem for years to come.
How to watch: Mean Girls is now on Paramount+ and you can watch it there.
13. Minority Report
All of the best science-fiction movies are based on stories by Philip K. Dick, and all of them are very good. Blade Runner came first, then Total Recall, and Minority Report came in 2002. In 2002, the mind-warping thriller Minority Report came out. It’s now 2054, and America has won the war on crime thanks to the “Precrime” program, which uses technology that predicts what people will do in the future. People are arrested before they do what they’re supposed to do. Precrime Officer John Anderton (Tom Cruise) has a lot of faith in his department until he sees his name on the list of people who will be arrested for a murder. Minority Report is a science fiction movie, an action movie, and a suspenseful mystery all in one. It was directed by Steven Spielberg.
On Paramount+, you can now watch Minority Report, which is a movie.
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14. The Conversation
Some words can make the difference between life and death.
Harry Caul, a surveillance expert, knows this better than anyone else. He has been hired to record a conversation between a couple as they walk thru San Francisco park. His nature is to be paranoid and isolated. Harry is obsessed with finding out who this couple is and what they meant when they said what they said.
But when he tries to figure out what his mysterious client wants, he comes out of the shadows and into the spotlight. That move might be the last one. This thriller from writer and director Francis Ford Coppola has been a hit with audiences, critics, and the Academy. It has three Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. Somebody told me this: kp*
How to watch: The Conversation is now on Paramount+ and you can watch it there.