In the vast world of streaming services, there are a slew of different choices when it comes to what to watch. It is time to turn our attention to Paramount Plus, in our ongoing quest to narrow your potential film selections to the finest possible choices.
Paramount Plus has something that many of its streaming competitors do not have: a vast back catalog from one of the most well-known film companies in Hollywood's history, featuring classics from nearly every era of American filmmaking.
Weve selected our favorites from their extensive selection of films, with a mix of all-time classics and new favorites from a variety of eras. Take a stroll through a history of great films, in chronological order of release.
Zodiac, a 2007 mystery thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr., is a collection of short stories about a notorious Zodiac Killer, known for terrorizing the San Francisco Bay Area with a string of brutal killings throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s, all while taunting the cops with a slew of esoteric ciphers and newspaper letters.
There Will be Blood
Paul Thomas Anderson's mesmerizing tale about an oil baron's rise and fall was best known for an unfortunate milkshake meme. But its been 14 years since it was released, so surely by now we may get back to appreciating Daniel Day-Lewis' trademark intensity and film's particularly severe severity. The confrontation between Day-Lewis' viciously competitive oilman (Paul Dano) is equally as severe.
Night of the Living Dead
George A. Romero, who served as the starting point for the modern zombie film in the United States, produced, photographed, and edited it on a shoestring budget, which only enhances the haunting atmosphere and grounded terror. The group of survivors is forced to deal with a mix of zombies and internal conflicts that arise as a result of their predicament.
Night of the Living Dead is the first example of Romeros' usual combination of jaw-dropping, stomach-churning practical moments and insightful social commentary. This resulted in a great deal of controversy when children were permitted to see it in theaters. And another fun fact: Night of the Living Dead was never copyrighted because of an intentional deletion from the official copy of the film.
The Mission: Impossible movies
The Mission: Impossible series, headed by Tom Cruise, started with a bang, with the first film directed by legendary Brian de Palma. Those initial scenes remain forever in popular culture (who can forget the scene where Cruises Ethan Hunt hangs from a ceiling and has to keep his own sweat to avoid an alarm going off?).
From there, the series has continued to excel, bringing in John Woo for the unjustly maligned second entry, and returning to form in the two most recent entries, Rogue Nation and Fallout, both directed by Christopher McQuarrie (who previously worked with Cruise on Jack Reacher) all but the third film (directed by J.J. Abrams, and mostly a poor one besides a legendary villain turn by Philip Seymour Hoffman) is available to Paramount Plus subscribers who have Showtime.
Clueless is a film made famous by iconic quotations (Do you prefer fashion victim or assembly challenged?), iconic lead performances (Paul Rudds smile!), and iconic outfits. Alicia Silverstone plays Cher Horowitz, a rich and popular student who takes the tragically unhip new girl Tai (Brittany Murphy) under her wing.
To be honest, I doubt there are many people reading this who have not seen Clueless. This entry is more of a reminder that you should see Clueless again. Youre welcome.
The Godfather (also on Paramount Plus!), The Conversation, The Godfather Part 2, and Apocalypse Now are some of Francis Ford Coppola's finest film scores. The least famous of these four movies might even be the finest of them. It's certainly the most disciplined and chilling.
The Conversation, a paranoid conspiracy thriller based in 1974, is more interested in the form the protagonist's paranoia takes, and the effects it has, than the machinations of the conspiracy he uncovers. Caul is an alienated surveillance expert who is hired to record a conversation between a young couple in San Francisco's crowded Union Square. He is concerned that he is putting the couple or someone's life in jeopardy, and his meticulously compartmentalized life begins
The film has a powerful narrative pull, and it revels in the strangely humdrum world of professional surveillance. What remains with you is the film's ambivalent, detached, brooding atmosphere, as evoked by Hackmans fierce internalized performance, David Shires delicate piano theme (recently heavily quoted by Apple TVs Severance) and the haunting, persistent loops of the taped recording itself.
Charlie Chaplin's very first feature film as a director was a smash hit, making his co-star Jackie Coogan (later known as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family) one of the first child actors in Hollywood.
The Tramp, a Chaplin's character, finds an abandoned child and cares for him as a slew of bad luck and bad circumstances threaten to engulf him. It's one of the best films from one of the greatest filmmakers to ever grace our planet. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll be enchanted by it.
The first American film by John Woos that feels like a John Woo film (following Hard Target and Broken Arrow) is Face/Off, a delightfully over-the-top 90s action film that thrives on Woos' direction and the two leading performances.
Sean Archer, an FBI agent, was murdered by Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage), a terrorist who wanted to kill the younger Archer. Archer undergoes an experimental face transplant surgery, becoming Troy. Of course, Troy does the same in return, becoming Archer.
When it came to writing the script for Face/Off, Mike Werb and Michael Colleary considered Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. I can see it, but im glad we got this one.
Jacobs Ladder, a 1990 psychological horror film starring Tim Robbins, is well-known by current audiences as one of the movies that inspired Silent Hill. Singer begins to question the nature of his past when he is confronted by demons and ghoulish visions, and finds himself plunged into a terrifying hell of his own sins that only his imagination can bring.
Addams Family Values
The Addams Family Values was once dubbed the Borscht belt comedy version of Fatal Attraction, and that is precisely what was written by Barry Sonnenfeld in his 1991 black comedy The Addams Family. Uncle Fester has been romantically ensnared in the machinations of the baby's new nanny (Joan Cusack) and is a funny and humorous follow-up to Sonnenfelds original.
The Wachowskis' enthralling feature debut outperforms everything else in their filmography. Bound is a sexy erotic thriller about two women who are irresistibly drawn to each other. Together, they devise a plan to escape from a mafioso boyfriend (frequent Wachowski collaborator Joe Pantoliano).
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
The classic sci-fi sci-fi film noir plot about a California town slowly being taken over by emotionless copies of themselves has been rewritten many times (including the equally excellent 1978 adaptation with Donald Sutherland), but few have the intensity and emotional heart of the bone-chilling original. A local doctor (Kevin McCarthy) and his ex-girlfriend (Dana Wynter) are among the first to suspect what is happening, but it's difficult to convince anyone else of the magnitude of the event.
The Ring, a 1998 supernatural horror film by Gore Verbinski, was a smash hit when it was first released in 2002, introducing Western audiences to the wonderful world of J-horror cinema, and going on to be adapted for every film from Scary Movie 3 to Family Guy. Naomi Watts plays Rachel Keller, a journalist who goes undercover to discover the strange connection between her niece and three friends' deaths and a mysterious videotape she saw the previous week. But when Rachel discovers herself, she
Planet of the Vampires
Mario Bava, an Italian horror filmmaker, produced many well-known low-budget genre films, including the legendary Black Sunday and the heist film Danger: Diabolik.
Planet of the Vampires follows a crew of space explorers who land on... well, you know. It's a pretty remarkable piece when you consider how tangible the planet is. The first image above gives you an idea, but there's nothing like seeing it in action.
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With his 1976 thriller Marathon Man, which is adapted from William Goldman's 1974 novel of the same name and starring Dustin Hoffman, the film follows Thomas Babe Levy, a history Ph.D student at Columbia University who is attempting to expeach his disgraced father.
When Babe's brother Henry (Roy Scheider), an oil executive, dies on his doorstep one night, Babe is drawn into a web of conspiracies woven by Dr. Christian Szell, a Nazi war criminal willing to do anything to uncover a hidden diamond cache.
Philip Baker Hall is played by a late, great Philip Baker Hall in Paul Thomas Anderson's feature film debut. Based on a short film Anderson directed with Hall, it's a look at some of what made him one of the finest filmmakers of his generation. More importantly, it's a testament to Hall's singular ability to perform.
Edgar G. Ulmer was a prolific director in the Classic Hollywood era, and directed The Black Cat, which is considered to be one of the first horror films directed by Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. It was a major hit for Universal, as it was shortly followed by a divorce and remarriage.
Detour, one of many micro-budget movies created by Ulmer for Producers Releasing Corporation, the smallest of the Hollywood studios at the time, is a stunning example of film noir aesthetics and low-budget filmmaking.
Detour is a story about a down-on-his-luck youngster who is chugging from New York to Los Angeles in search of a reunion with his lover who has moved to Hollywood in the hopes of making a fortune. Along the way, he encounters a mysterious stranger who puts everything in jeopardy.
The 66-minute film has an odd aura, with scattered sets and back projection that is at best inconsistent at best, and Ulmers' striking images (and an unforgettable performance by Ann Savage) paint a stark picture of a broken world. PV
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Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen star as a group of best friends who have been a part of a long-standing book club. Each of them, although successful in their careers, is facing life or love difficulties. When one of them chooses Fifty Shades of Grey as their next book, it opens the group up in a beautiful story of personal acceptance and self-realization, no matter what stage of life you are in.
Wrath of Man
Wrath of Man, a new security guard at a cash truck company in Los Angeles, surprises his co-workers with an efficient and skillful display of violence. With a supporting cast that includes Holt McCallany, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Hartnett (playing a character named Boy Sweat), and Scott Eastwood, it's a heist and revenge thriller at its core.
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