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.
Along with those exclusive titles, the platform also has a dense catalog of movies streaming on the service, from newer films like Everything Everywhere All at Once and A Quiet Place Part II to classics like The Silence of the Lambs and Indiana Jones.
Here are some of the best movies you can find playing on Paramount+ right now.
Updated: January 26.
Action: Everything Everywhere All at Once
One of the biggest movies that saw a release last year, Everything Everywhere All at Once is as expansive and all-inclusive a movie as its title suggests. Mixing in everything from existential dread and nihilism to kung fu and hot dog-fingered parodies of 2001: A Space Odyssey, it’s a brilliant and original sci-fi action comedy on so many different levels.
Facing an audit from the IRS, unhappy laundromat owner Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh) has her reality invaded by alternate versions of her loved ones — including a martial artist version of her husband (Ke Huy Quan) and an omnipotent version of her daughter (Stephanie Hsu).
Despite the outlandish nature of the story, Everything Everywhere All at Once hinges heavily on a profoundly human story. Hidden beneath its hardcore sci-fi wackiness are couples reconciling after years of emotional distancing, estranged mothers and daughters accepting each other as people (faults and all), and one woman finally realizing how remarkable and awe-inspiring life can be and almost always is.
Horror: A Quiet Place Part II
With how all-around well-received A Quiet Place was, John Krasinski had a notably high bar to aspire to when it came time for A Quiet Place Part II. Fortunately, as was the case with the original, Krasinski successfully managed to craft a horror film that was horrifying, humane, and filled with the same constant sense of dread that earned the first film so much repeated acclaim.
Fleeing from their home, the remaining members of the Abbott family encounter new horrors waiting for them in the outside world.
Pushing the boundaries established in the initial Quiet Place in new directions, A Quiet Place Part II emphasizes that among the dangers in this new world, sound-sensitive monsters are only the beginning. Each character introduced in the film has shadowy motives and/or ambiguous morals, making it a guessing game whether someone means the Abbotts harm whenever someone new walks on screen.
Sci-Fi: High Life
In the past decade, Robert Pattinson has gone from teen heartthrob to one of the most talented and versatile actors working today. For clear evidence of this fact, compare and contrast his earlier work on Twilight with his latest dramatic films like Good Time, Tenet, and the 2018 sci-fi horror film, High Life.
Monte (Pattinson) is the only surviving member of a crew of prisoners sent on an intergalactic mission into deep space. As flashbacks reveal what happened to the rest of the crew, Monte does his best to raise his daughter (Jessie Ross) on the remains of the ship.
A more realistic sci-fi tale that owes just as much to 2001 as it does Alien, High Life is an examination of the human spirit in all its infinite complexities. At times challenging and equally thought-provoking, it's just one more illustration of Claire Denis’s extraordinary talent as a director and Pattison’s incredible range as an actor.
Thriller: The Silence of the Lambs
One of the most famous crime thrillers ever made, The Silence of the Lambs has gone from critical acclaim to outright icon status in the decades following its 1991 release. So much about this movie continues to endear itself to modern audiences, most especially its refreshing hero and its bone-chilling main villain.
With a prolific serial killer loose somewhere in the US, the FBI sends young recruit Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) to interview ingenious murderer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) for his evaluation on the case.
While the story of The Silence of the Lambs is intriguing in itself, the movie’s two lead performances make this film what it is. In her role as Starling, Foster deftly alternates between an idealistic desire to prove herself in the eyes of her superiors and a deep-seated insecurity that she may not have what it takes to make it in the FBI. But it’s Hopkins’ legendary turn as Lecter that steals the show — reptilian in his movements, lifeless in his expressions, and subtly charming yet terrifying in his conversations with Starling.
Family: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
Eleven years after his previous cinematic outing, SpongeBob Squarepants and his band of aquatic friends return for this 2015 sequel. It might not match the quality of the original SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, but it still makes for a crowd-pleasing comedy film that is sure to satisfy young children and older adults.
After a sinister pirate (Antonio Banderas) steals the secret Krabby Patty formula, SpongeBob (Tom Kenny) reluctantly allies with his mentor’s longtime nemesis Plankton (Mr. Lawrence) to retrieve the missing recipe.
Utilizing 3D technology in lieu of traditional 2D animation, Sponge Out of Water is a fun and inventive movie bursting with colorful imagery and nonstop jokes. As with any of the SpongeBob movies, it probably endears itself more closely with fans of the initial SpongeBob series, but even those unfamiliar with the cartoon might be won over by the movie’s humor and whimsical narrative.
Comedy: Top Secret!
From those masters of comedy, Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker, comes the overlooked comedic marvel, Top Secret! Overall, it is most assuredly less well-known than the trio’s work on Airplane! or The Naked Gun series, but it’s still a bitingly funny mish-mash of conflicting genres that’ll leave you laughing in more than a few places.
On tour in East Germany, a popular rock and roll musician (Val Kilmer) falls for the daughter of a brilliant scientist (Lucy Gutteridge), inadvertently becoming embroiled in the country’s resistance movement.
Cramming together Elvis musicals, Cold War propaganda films, espionage thrillers, and World War 2 war movies, Top Secret! is loaded with as many jokes as conceivably possible. Never containing a dull moment, the movie’s tongue-in-cheek humor and slapstick comedy make it an ideal successor to Airplane!
The movie that helped expose Alejandro G. Iñárritu to a worldwide audience, Babel was the final part of the multi-narrative structure of Iñárritu’s earliest films (Amores Perros and 21 Grams), serving as an ideal segue for Iñárritu’s later films (Biutiful, Birdman, and The Revenant).
An unexpected tragedy occurs in Morocco that sets off a chain of events for several different people, among them an estranged vacationing couple (Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett), a goatherder's two sons (Boubker Ait El Caid and Said Tarchani), and an emotionally alienated teenager in Tokyo (Rinko Kikuchi).
Widening his multi-narrative lens to an international scope, Babel is an almost literary movie that presents a realistic depiction of life. As with real people, each character is contending with a genuine worldly issue rather than facing Hollywood-style plots of intrigue, from crippling loneliness to fears over a fading romance.
Sports: Rocky Balboa
As Creed III nears its March release date, hardcore Rocky and Creed fans might want to revisit what is probably the most underrated entry in the series: the 2006 sports gem, Rocky Balboa.
Returning to the ring for one final bout with the current world champion (Antonio Tarver), the 60-year-old Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) vigorously trains to get back in shape, as well as trying to repair the damaged relationship between himself and his increasingly distant son (Milo Ventimiglia).
Returning to the original tone that made the first film the classic it’s frequently hailed as, Rocky Balboa is a tender portrait of an athlete on his last legs. Leaving behind the outlandish, superhero-like presentation of Rocky III through V behind, it’s a more grounded drama that focuses as heavily on the emotional aspects of its story as it does the actual boxing.
Crime: Killer Joe
One of the darkest, strangest, most disturbing movies you’ll find on Paramount+ currently, Killer Joe is a movie that could’ve only been produced by the director of The Exorcist (William Friedkin). Adapted from Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Letts’ play of the same name, it’s a Southern Gothic thriller in every way you can imagine.
Needing to pay off some serious debts, Chris (Emile Hirsch) and his dad (Thomas Haden Church) conspire ways to kill off Chris’s mother for the insurance payout, hiring a corrupt detective/hit man (Matthew McConaughey) for the job.
Due to its graphic nature, bizarre story, and numerous uncomfortable scenes, Killer Joe may alienate most viewers who wander into it expecting to find a straightforward crime film. However, a select number of viewers might be taken in by its originality and bold subject matter, not to mention McConaughey’s slick, intimidating, and unscrupulous lead character.
Underrated: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
The Temple of Doom doesn’t usually face the same repeated criticism as Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. However, most fans tend to either outright forget about Temple of Doom — or at least try their very best to — when thinking about the overall continuity of the Indiana Jones universe. (Like Attack of the Clones, it exists as the one entry in the series that fans prefer to ignore rather than actually discuss.)
One year before his bold adventure to reclaim the Ark of the Covenant, globe-trotting archaeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) teams with a loud-mouthed lounge singer (Kate Capshaw) and an 11-year-old cab driver (Ke Huy Quan) to find a set of mystical stones in northern India.
Questionable elements about its settings and cultural depictions aside, Temple of Doom was met with numerous raised eyebrows by fans and critics back in 1984, and its reputation has yet to improve since. Still, you have to give the movie its merits: it's a major stylistic departure from Raiders of the Lost Ark, containing a far darker storyline bordering more closely on horror. Plus, with Quan’s recent Golden Globe win for Best Supporting Actor, it’s worth seeing if only to see his acting debut.
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