There’s more than CBS Sports and ‘Mayor of Kingstown’.
Paramount+ offers its subscribers a plethora of quality content for just $4.99 a month. Its predecessors (ahem, Netflix) set high standards, but Paramount+ shines its own spotlight from the top of its star-studded mountain. From classic films to banger TV shows like 1883 and Star Trek: Discovery, there’s no shortage of entertainment to explore. Here, we give you our top list of the best movies on Paramount+.
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Editor’s note: This article was updated May 2023 to include Book Club and Scream VI.
The Lost City (2022)
Run Time: 1 hr 52 min | Genre: Action-Adventure Comedy | Director: Aaron & Adam Nee
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt, Daniel Radcliffe
Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock), an author of romantic adventure novels, finds herself in deep trouble when billionaire Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe) kidnaps her with the hopes of finding one of the treasures in her books. Coming to her rescue are none other than her bumbling cover model, Alan Caprison (Channing Tatum), and a hired hunter, Jack Trainer (Brad Pitt).
Book Club (2018)
Run Time: 1 hr 44 min | Genre: Romance Comedy | Director: Bill Holderman
Cast: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen
Book Club is a delightfully entertaining romantic comedy starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen as a group of women in their golden years who are inspired to spice up their lives after reading the Fifty Shades series. Book Club also features hilarious performances from Andy Garcia, Craig T. Nelson, and Don Johnson as love interests who intertwine with the women as they see new loves and rekindle old flames. Serving as the directorial debut for Bill Holderman, who co-wrote the script with Erin Simms, Book Club charmingly explores sexuality, sensuality, and the joys of love. – Yael Tygiel
Scream VI (2023)
Run Time: 2 hrs 2 min | Genre: Horror | Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Cast: Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Courteney Cox, Jasmin Savoy Brown
The sixth chapter of the Scream movie franchise, Scream VI follows survivors Sam (Melissa Barrera) and Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega) to New York City in hopes of a fresh start. Set a year after the events of the fifth installment, Scream VI continues the tradition of Ghostface killings, reuniting Woodsboro citizens like Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and the Meeks-Martin twins (Jasmin Savoy Brown and Mason Gooding). Brimming with slasher excitement and dripping with gore, Scream VI is a playful addition to the series that retains tension and opens the door to future adventures. – Yael Tygiel
80 For Brady (2023)
Run Time: 1 hr 38 min | Genre: Comedy | Director: Kyle Marvin
Cast: Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, Sally Field
Inspired by a true story, 80 For Brady is a charming comedy about four friends determined to see football legend Tom Brady at the 2017 Super Bowl. Starring four of the greatest comedians of a generation — frequent collaborators Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, along with Oscar winners Rita Moreno and Sally Field — 80 For Brady is a wild and hilarious adventure for audiences of all ages. With dozens of athletic cameos, as well as a slew of unexpected faces like chef Guy Fieri and modern icon Billy Porter, 80 For Brady leans into the ridiculousness without detracting a single moment from its moving message. – Yael Tygiel
Run Time: 3 hr 9 min | Genre: Drama | Director: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Jean Smart
Babylon is a tale of old Hollywood decadence during the transitional period between silent and sound film. Writer/director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) isn’t shy about his love for Hollywood when it was fresh and new, and that comes through with every scene he directs. Babylon feels like the perfect mix of his previous two Academy Award-winning films, a bright period comedy like La La Land and a dark exploration of obsession and mortality like Whiplash. While the film is an ensemble piece, Diego Calva (The Inmate) and Margot Robbie (Birds of Prey) steal the show, chewing up every frame they’re in and drawing the eye of the audience with their big performances. – Tauri Miller
Run Time: 1 hr 54 min | Genre: Horror | Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Cast: Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox,
This soft reboot or “requel” of the Scream franchise takes us back to Woodsboro 25 years after the original Ghostface murders, where a deadly copycat is terrorizing a new generation of teens. Despite bringing back original cast members Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette, the story focuses on Sam Carpenter (Melissa Barrera) and her sister Tara (Jenna Ortega), who seem to be at the center of the murders. They gather a group of Tara’s friends, including the twin niece and nephew of Randy Meeks, to try to crack the mystery of who has picked up the knife to become the new Ghostface. Scream keeps the satirical roots of the original franchise films while updating the tropes and expectations for a modern audience, creating a slasher that new and original fans alike can enjoy. – Tauri Miller
Teen Wolf: The Movie (2023)
Run Time: 2 hrs 20 min | Director: Russell Mulcahy
Cast: Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Holland Roden, Tyler Hoechlin, Colton Haynes
Reuniting the cast of Jeff Davis’ beloved Teen Wolf series, Teen Wolf: The Movie sees Tyler Posey’s Scott McCall gathering his allies in Beacon Hills to defeat a terrifying new evil that has emerged. Featuring familiar creatures like Banshees and Hellhounds, as well as the beloved faces of Tyler Hoechlin (Superman and Lois) and Colton Haynes, Teen Wolf: The Movie is an action-packed adventure. With shapeshifters of the night by his side, these friends fight against a new and deadly evil, making McCall the Alpha he seeks to be. – Yael Tygiel
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Run Time: 1 hr 34 min | Genre: Comedy | Director: Adam McKay
Cast: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell
Before Adam McKay became an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, he made arguably one of the funniest films of the 2000s with his directorial debut, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. At this point, Anchorman has been quoted to death, and yes, this is a shaggy film that often feels like a bunch of sketches connected by a loose narrative. And yet, Anchorman remains hilarious, despite how much it has inundated our culture, largely thanks to the fantastic cast news team cast that includes Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner. This team together is absolutely brilliant, a collection of odd weirdos that might take their pants off during a news broadcast, or bring a grenade to your standard news team back-alley brawl. Anchorman is still absurdly strange and laugh-out-loud funny, no matter how many times you’ve seen these scenes or heard these lines. — Ross Bonaime
Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
Run Time: 2 hrs 10 min | Director: Joseph Kosinski
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Monica Barbaro
Returning to the skies after thirty years, Tom Cruise stars in Top Gun: Maverick, a sequel to the hit 1986 film Top Gun. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Top Gun: Maverick sees Capt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell (Cruise) confronting his past, haunted while attempting to lead the new graduates in their elite training. Like the original film, Top Gun: Maverick is bursting with young talent, including Miles Teller (Fantastic Four), Monica Barbaro (UnReal), Jay Ellis, and Glen Powell. With the same adrenaline, excitement, breathtaking sky-bound stunts, and just a taste of cheesy romance, Top Gun: Maverick is an ideal follow-up that both builds on the original and pays direct homage. – Yael Tygiel
Run Time: 1 hr 55 min | Genre: Psychological Horror | Director: Parker Finn
Cast: Sosie Bacon, Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Robin Weigert
One of the strongest and most surprising horror movies of 2022, Smile stars Sosie Bacon as an overworked psychiatrist named Rose Cotter. After she witnesses a strange and disturbing incident involving one of her patients and a maniacal smile, she starts experiencing horrifying unexplained occurrences. To overcome this chilling new reality, Rose must confront her past. A critical and commercial success, Smile is an excellent addition to the genre. – Taylor Gates
Top Gun (1986)
Run Time: 1 hr 50 min | Genre: Action | Director: Tony Scott
Cast: Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis
Lieutenant Pete Mitchell (Tom Cruise), callsign Maverick, attends TOPGUN and garners attention for his skill in flying. Complicating matters are his feelings for instructor Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis) and his competitive rivalry with fellow pilot Lieutenant Tom Kazansky (Val Kilmer).
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Run Time: 2 hr 30 min | Genre: Black Comedy Biopic | Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey
Here lies the true story of stockbroker and felon Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), whose memoir provided key material for the film. The film portrays Belfort’s cutthroat rise to wealth followed by his fraud-filled fall from glory. DiCaprio won a Golden Globe for his leading role.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)
Run Time: 2 hr 24 min | Genre: Action Thriller | Director: Michael Bay
Cast: John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber, Max Martini
13 Hours features the true story of six CIA contractors who volunteered to rescue a U.S. Ambassador when no one else would. The gritty war drama turns the lens to 2012 Libya in the wake of political upheaval and the six men who braved the bloody streets of Benghazi to save a fellow countryman.
A Quiet Place (2018)
Run Time: 1 hr 30 min | Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Horror | Director: John Krasinski
Cast: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds
Lee (John Krasinski) and Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt) struggle to survive and keep their children safe as they live in a world of silence. Aliens, who hunt and massacre by their sense of sound, prowl what’s left of Earth.
Run Time: 1 hr 46 min | Genre: Sci-Fi Action | Director: Antoine Fuqua
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Chiwetel Ejoifor
Evan McCauley’s (Mark Wahlberg) life is forever changed when he learns that his hallucinations aren’t a result of schizophrenia but are snippets of past lives. He is an Infinite, someone who has died and been reborn countless times, and this revelation sends him on a journey of discovery as he must remember who he was before.
Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)
Run Time: 2 hr 12 min | Genre: Science Fiction | Director: J. J. Abrams
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch
A young Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) risks the U.S.S. Enterprise and its entire crew to save the Federation from a formidable, dangerous threat named Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch). J. J. Abrams directs this film of the Star Trek franchise where Kirk faces the ultimate challenge as a leader, protector, and fighter.
Run Time: 2 hr 49 min | Genre: Science Fiction | Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Joseph Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), an ex-NASA pilot, is recruited to explore new worlds when Earth starts becoming uninhabitable for humans. His dive into space isn’t without its consequences, as he leaves his young daughter behind. Interstellar received an Academy Award and BAFTA for Best Visual Effects.
Through Black Spruce (2018)
Run Time: 1 hr 51 min | Genre: Drama | Director: Don McKellar
Cast: Tanaya Beatty, Brandon Oakes, Tantoo Cardinal, Graham Greene
Tanaya Beatty stars as both Susanna, a missing Cree model, and her twin sister, Annie. Annie investigates her sister’s disappearance while taking the societal place her sister left behind.
Run Time: 1 hr 54 min | Genre: Sci-Fi Action | Director: Travis Knight
Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr.
Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) is a teenage girl who discovers B-127 after he lands on Earth having fled the war on his home planet. Charlie must help B-127, better known as Bumblebee, destroy the evil Decepticons who have come after him while averting capture from U.S. government forces.
Instant Family (2018)
Run Time: 1 hr 59 min | Genre: Family Comedy | Director: Sean Anders
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Merced
Pete (Wahlberg) and Ellie Wagner (Rose Byrne) are a childless couple until they’re hit with the sudden urge to foster after browsing a foster care website. They take in not one but three children, and as a family, the five learn just how complicated family-ing can be.