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The Best Movies Streaming on Paramount Plus

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.

Like all the most noteworthy streaming platforms, Paramount+ also has a ton of exclusive content at its disposal, such as Star Trek: Picard, 1883, and The Good Fight.

Along with those exclusive titles, the platform also has a dense catalog of movies streaming on the service, from newer films like American Hustle and 10 Cloverfield Lane to classics like The Sixth Sense and Once Upon a Time in the West.

Here are some of the best movies you can find playing on Paramount+ right now.

Updated: March 11.

Drama: American Hustle

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David O. Russell’s newest film, Amsterdam, might not have lived up to fans’ high expectations, but if you’re interested in seeing some of Russell’s earlier, far better films, we’d highly recommend you start with his crime epic, American Hustle.

Apprehended by the FBI, a pair of professional con artists (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) are coerced into going undercover to expose a corrupt New Jersey official (Jeremy Renner).

A loose retelling of an actual FBI sting operation, American Hustle is worth seeing for its large cast and impeccably well-written script. As with most of Russell’s movies, the film relies on an ensemble of A-list actors, each of whom are purely sensational in their respective roles (whether it’s an insecure Christian Bale or an erratic Jennifer Lawrence).

Thriller: The Sixth Sense

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Months after being attacked by a violent patient (Donnie Wahlberg), a clinical psychologist (Bruce Willis) accepts a new client in Cole (Haley Joel Osmont) — a nine-year-old boy who claims he’s able to see the deceased.

More so than most other directors, there’s a good chance you either love M. Night Shyamalan’s movies or straight-up loathe them. After all, for every single success Shyamalan has had with movies like Split or Unbreakable, there’s about three more movies that have fallen completely flat upon their release (Lady in the Water, The Last Airbender, Glass, etc.).

Yet even the harshest critics of Shyamalan have to give the director his due with The Sixth Sense, the filmmaker’s best and most well-known work. In many ways, it’s the quintessential Shyamalan movie, setting the standard for literally every one of his movies that came after (most especially in regards to his numerous twist endings).

Comedy: Zoolander

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On paper, a movie like Zoolander simply shouldn’t work. The plot is just so ridiculously cartoonish, the performances and characters so over the top, that it should fall apart the moment it starts. Instead, audiences are entreated to a fresh, funny, and energetic movie that weaves between comedy, espionage, and satire to tremendous effect.

As his professional and personal life spirals around him, an air-headed fashion model (Ben Stiller) is converted into a sleeper agent programmed to assassinate the Malaysian prime minister.

Chock full of endless celebrity cameos from David Bowie, Billy Zane, Paris Hilton, Cuba Gooding Jr., and many others, Zoolander is a movie that’s almost impossible not to fall in love with. The actors are so fully dedicated to their campy performances, you can’t help but laugh out loud at each of the movie’s main characters — whether it’s Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson’s vainglorious rivals, or a predictably eccentric Will Ferrell.

History: Amistad

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Staging a revolt against their captors onboard the Spanish slave ship, La Amistad, a group of Africans come under intense legal scrutiny by US and Spanish lawyers in the 1830s when they end up in American custody.

Since America first declared independence from Great Britain, slavery was one of the main issues that drove a wedge amongst the still-fragile union of the States. A hotly contested debate from decade to decade, it eventually exploded into a horrific civil war, but even before then, slavery was broached in several era-defining moments in American history.

In the case of Amistad, Steven Spielberg shines a light on the momentous Supreme Court decisions at the center of the film, wherein Northern and Southern legislators debated not just the legality of slaves, but the moral imperative involved in the case. It’s one of the most fascinating legal films in modern history, as well as one of the more underrated movies in Spielberg’s filmography.

Action: Air Force One

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After Die Hard, the entire action genre was weighed down by dozens of movies similarly looking to cash in on the whole “one man trapped with an overwhelming number of bad guys” scenario. For as many of these movies that came along, though, few are as genuinely enjoyable and unique as Air Force One.

On a flight from Moscow back to America, the crew and passengers aboard Air Force One are taken hostage by a squad of pro-Soviet Russian extremists. The only person who eludes capture is the American president (Harrison Ford), who does his best to pick the hijackers off one by one.

Yes, you can simplify Air Force One as being “Die Hard on a plane,” but Air Force One also introduces a few new elements into its distinct scenario. For starters, the movie benefits greatly from the performances of Ford’s lead character and Gary Oldman’s unhinged antagonist, as well as its more high stakes plot involving the imminent threat of World War 3.

Crime: Gangs of New York

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Martin Scorsese is the directorial king of the crime genre, having mastered the genre the same way Hitchcock had thrillers, John Carpenter had horror, or John Ford had Westerns. Amazingly, every one of Scorsese’s crime films felt distinctly separate from one another, each feeling like their own distinct work with only slight commonalities between them. Such can be said about Scorsese’s 2002 film, Gangs of New York.

Twenty years after his gangster father (Liam Neeson) was murdered, a young man (Leonardo DiCaprio) returns to the boroughs of his youth, pining after the rival gang leader (Daniel Day-Lewis) responsible for his father’s death.

The first of DiCaprio and Scorsese’s collaborations together, Gangs of New York is a very loose adaptation of Herbert Ashbury’s equally enthralling nonfiction book. Analyzing the topic of immigration and the reality of the American Dream, it’s one of Scorsese’s most unique films — not to mention the fact that it offers one of Day-Lewis’s best roles as the glass-eyed, murderous, xenophobic Bill “the Butcher” Cutting.

Teen: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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There aren’t many movies that capture what it’s like to be a teen as immersively as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Perhaps the best movie ever made by ‘80s icon John Hughes, the joy of Ferris Bueller is its balance between teenage hijinks and a more grounded emotional aspect as well — a recurring theme in most of Hughes’ movies (The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink).

Ditching school for a day, a trio of best friends (Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, and Alan Ruck) head into Chicago, dodging the clutches of their authoritarian principal (Jeffrey Jones).

No doubt it’ll be interesting to see how Paramount+’s upcoming spin-off film, Sam & Victor’s Day Off, pans out, but no matter what, we’ll always have the warmth and carefree atmosphere presented in Ferris Bueller. Containing more than a few serious scenes, the movie nonetheless emphasizes some fundamental lessons we can all take with us through life: namely, that life is all about enjoying, and that we can afford one good day of carefree fun every once in a while.

Sci-Fi: 10 Cloverfield Lane

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Eight years after it broke new ground in the found footage genre, the modern kaiju movie, Cloverfield, received an unexpected spin-off sequel with 2016’s 10 Cloverfield Lane. Pushing the franchise in radical directions, the movie was a far cry from the monster heavy thrills of the initial movie, focusing on a smaller story within the same cinematic universe established in Cloverfield.

Waking up in a mysterious underground bunker after a car accident, a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wonders if the man who saved her (John Goodman) is her rescuer or her jailer, especially once he claims an apocalyptic event has rendered the outside world inhabitable.

Contrasting sharply with everything found in the original Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane is most assuredly its own separate movie. For as stylistically succinct as the film is, director Dan Trachtenberg does an excellent job of introducing a story separate from the events of Cloverfield in this one of a kind cinematic experiment.

Western: Once Upon a Time in the West

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In 1966, Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone released the first Spaghetti Western with A Fistful of Dollars (also, incidentally, the first entry in the famous Dollars Trilogy). Four years later, Leone bid a farewell to the genre he helped create in the form of Once Upon a Time in the West.

As a railroad tycoon (Gabriele Ferzetti) and his psychopathic henchman (Henry Fonda) oversee plans to seize her land, a mysterious gunman (Charles Bronson) and an infamous outlaw (Jason Robards) assist a widowed rancher (Claudia Cardinale) in protecting her property.

The only Spaghetti Western to rival the acclaim of Leone’s earlier The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West is most assuredly a slow burn for some audience members. Yet its impressive length is an exercise in pacing on Leone’s part, the director building a palpable sense of suspense that permeates, percolates, and eventually boils over by the movie’s epic conclusion.

Underrated: Seven Psychopaths

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Martin McDonagh has been flying high off the success of his latest movie, The Banshees of Inisherin — a film that’s recently been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, no less. As great as the movie is, it’s also worth recognizing how amazing some of McDonagh’s previous films have been, including his 2012 underrated crime epic, Seven Psychopaths.

Facing a creative block on his new screenplay, a screenwriter (Colin Farrell) is soon embroiled in a dog-napping scheme led by his two friends (Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walker).

Loaded with McDonagh’s rapid-fire dialogue, witty humor, and eccentric characters, Seven Psychopaths is a far less serious film than any of McDonagh’s other movies (The Banshees of Inisherin, In Bruges, or Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). A biting satirical take on Hollywood, the film industry, and the writing process itself, its lightweight approach nevertheless makes it immensely fun to watch.

This article was produced and syndicated by Wealth of Geeks.


Richard Chachowski is a freelance writer based in New Jersey. He loves reading, his dog Tootsie, and pretty much every movie to ever exist (especially Star Wars).


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