Long before he played Tony Stark, Robert Downey Jr. Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn have so much chemistry and charisma that it’s blinding in this story of a princess who goes to Rome and meets a handsome reporter. Explicitly sexual and violent, it’s the kind of movie for adults that doesn’t get made anymore. *Revolutionary Road

Sam Mendes directed this adaptation of the 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates that reunited Titanic stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in a very different kind of drama. The two Oscar winners play a couple in the mid-‘50s who are struggling through a dissolving marriage. Romeo and Juliet

Franco Zeffirelli directed and co-wrote this controversial adaptation of the William Shakespeare classic, which spoke to a new generation of young people when it was released in 1968. Big Night

Co-directed by two men known mostly for their acting — Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci — Big Night is a tender movie about a pair of Italian brothers (Tucci and Tony Shalhoub) who own a restaurant in ’50s New York. The Lookout

Long before creating the beloved The Queen’s Gambit, Scott Frank made his theatrical film directorial debut with this intense and brilliant 2007 crime film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, Matthew Goode, and Isla Fisher. It’s a charming movie about how friendship shifts and changes from childhood to adulthood, but that the strongest connections never really go away. It’s a loving ode to the world of shows like Star Trek, starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell, and Tony Shalhoub. Indiana Jones

The entire franchise featuring one of the world’s most famous action heroes resides on Paramount+, including the divisive fourth and final (for now) chapter. History has come around to recognize it as a visually daring, often brilliant film. notched his first Oscar nomination for Chaplin, the 1992 biopic of the life of one of the most influential movie stars of all time, Charlie Chaplin. Infernal Affairs

The great Hong Kong director Andrew Lau directed this fantastic 2002 crime film so instantly popular that an American remake was rushed into production and ended up being a little movie called The Departed. The Original Kings of Comedy

Spike Lee directed one of the best stand-up movies of all time when he helmed this look at a tour featuring sets by Steve Harvey, D.L. Tom Cruise stars as a man who is convicted of a crime that he has no intent of committing in this fantastic vision of a future in which the systems designed to stop crime have been corrupted. Again, some of this is clunky, but there are memorable set pieces. To Catch a Thief

There’s not much Hitchcock on Paramount+, so take the opportunity to watch 1955’s To Catch a Thief, a great flick that doesn’t get the attention that other, more commonly beloved Hitch do. Roman Holiday

Paramount+ doesn’t have the classic movie depth of Criterion Channel or HBO Max, but they do have this 1953 gem from William Wyler, an all-time rom-com classic. The Truman Show

Peter Weir directed Jim Carrey to one of the best performances of his career in a 1998 dramedy that now seems far ahead of its time in the way it foretold people living lives online. Top Secret! Check out this 1992 mystery starring Andy Garcia, Uma Thurman, and John Malkovich. The remarkable ensemble includes Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Adriana Barraza, and Rinko Kikuchi. (That includes even the “alternate” ones, like Jackass 3.5). It’s forever timely. A New Leaf

The incredible genius that is Elaine May didn’t direct nearly enough films, so take any chance possible to watch one when it’s on a streaming service to which you subscribe. *In the Bedroom

Todd Field’s drama is the kind of adult-driven film that doesn’t get made as often as it used to, featuring incredible performances from its Oscar-nominated cast. New titles are indicated with an asterisk. Minority Report

One of Steven Spielberg’s best modern movies is this adaptation of a Philip K. Take this film, which is the highest-grossing stand-up-comedy concert movie of all time and one of the funniest that will ever be made. The star power here is one draw (the cast includes Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Benicio del Toro, and Elijah Wood), but the best reason to watch this is that there’s never been anything else quite like it. Will this be the pattern? *Jennifer 8

Looking for a good thriller that history has kind of forgotten? Samuel L. Catch up with the original adventures of Ethan Hunt with these three films by Brian De Palma, John Woo, and J.J. Strap in and watch all the voyages of the Starship Enterprise you can handle. *Finding Yingying

Jiayan Shi directed and produced this heartbreaking documentary about the disappearance and death of Yingying Zhang in 2017. It landed three Oscar nominations, including one for a great supporting turn from Michael Shannon. David Fincher’s masterpiece is supremely nuanced in the way it dissects that which we can never really know about true evil. It can be a little stuffy and pretentious, but it’s a great performance piece, especially for Kidman and Hershey, who landed a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. All you need to know about this movie is that it’s laugh-out-loud funny from beginning to end and also features one of Bill Murray’s best supporting performances. Galaxy Quest

Relatively unsuccessful when it was released, Dean Parisot’s 1999 sci-fi/comedy has become a major cult hit in the last two decades. Premiering at Tribeca in 2019, this is the story of the Sanford family, a clan in northern D.C. Garcia plays a detective who discovers that a serial killer is terrorizing blind women in the area around San Diego, which leads him to cross paths with Thurman’s blind music student. The ensemble plays the cast of a fictional sci-fi show who get caught up in an actual alien invasion. There’s a lot to laugh at here, and it comes with one of Val Kilmer’s funniest and most fearless performances. Ed Harris and Laura Linney are also just phenomenal in this modern classic. Even without the shocker, this is a solid film with great performances by Stephen Rea, Forest Whitaker, and Jaye Davidson. JGL plays an average guy who works at a bank, where he is roped into a scheme to rob his new employer. The Big Boss

After his failed attempt to go mainstream in Hollywood, Bruce Lee returned to Hong Kong and found fame bigger than he could have imagined in a string of films that started with 1971’s The Big Boss. The Airplane and Naked Gun movies will always be more popular, but true fans also love the ZAZ spoof Top Secret! Eddie Murphy Raw

There was a time, young readers, when Eddie Murphy was the biggest stand-up comedian in the world. Abrams. The Accused

Jodie Foster won a Golden Globe for her performance in The Mauritanian in early 2021, but it’s only the latest in a long string of wins, including an Oscar for her work here as a rape victim fighting for justice. *The Wood

Rick Famuyiwa directed this 1999 coming-of-age comedy that has incredibly loyal fan base. The Coda version is better than the original and should be particularly interesting to watch as an actual final act to the first two Oscar-winning films. In his 1993 book, Stern detailed his background and rise in the business, and the film hits many of the highlights of the Stern story, with a number of key personalities playing themselves, including Robin Quivers, Fred Norris, and Gary Dell’Abate. from 1984. Mission: Impossible 1–3

The more recent Mission: Impossible films have been floating around the streaming services for the past few years, but the core original trilogy has been harder to find. *17 Blocks

One of the best documentaries of the last couple years is also one of the least seen, so it’s great that a service like Paramount+ can bring it to a wider audience. Another legend, Richard Attenborough, directed what turned out to be a legitimately great performance from RDJ. The truth is that this remake has little to do with the original film, focusing more on a planned heist to steal gold than the vehicle-based caper of the first movie. Robert Rodriguez directed the film about an alien invasion at an average high school and gathered a great cast that included Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Jordana Brewster, and many others. The Best Picture nominee (and Best Screenplay winner) tells the story of Jake Gittes, played unforgettably by Jack Nicholson, as he investigates an adulterer and finds something much more insidious under the surface of Los Angeles. Instead of just repeating the beats of a story of a VHS tape that kills people after seven days, Verbinski made his own film and grounded it with a great central performance by Naomi Watts. This post will be updated frequently as movies enter and leave the service. Dick story about a future in which crime can be predicted before it happens. Maybe you’re one of them? Such was the case with Neil Jordan’s 1992 hit, a movie that became a cultural phenomenon because of its twist, but the movie itself kind of faded into history. *The Manchurian Candidate

Over four decades after the wildly influential original film, Jonathan Demme returned to the Richard Condon 1959 novel and delivered a movie that was widely underrated. Ewan McGregor plays Mark Renton, the most charismatic member of a group of friends who became instantly iconic, including Spud (Ewan Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Tommy (Kevin McKidd), and the sociopathic Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Rourke plays Harry Angel, a private investigator who is hired to solve a disappearance that leads him to New Orleans at the behest of a devilish man named Louis Cypher (Get it!?!?). Related

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Tags: The Odd Couple chemistry between Farley and Spade was never better than it was here. Private Parts

Ivan Reitman’s hysterical adaptation of the book of the same name by Howard Stern, one of the most iconic radio personalities of all time. Fresh

Largely ignored by audiences, this critical darling took some time to find viewers, and it’s possible it slipped under your radar. Directed by Lo Wei, it makes perfect use of Lee’s athleticism and charisma in the story of a young man who crosses paths with a crime lord. This movie was brave enough to do so, and it’s anchored by one of the most striking performances of the ’80s by one of her generation’s best actresses. Breakdown

If you’re looking for a good, underrated thriller, look no further than this 1997 movie about a road trip gone horribly awry. So, of course, the Star Trek movies are on Paramount+ alongside all of the old and new series, from the Shatner iteration to Discovery and Picard. Notable for being the first film version of this story that cast young people in the lead roles, it was nominated for the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. Based on the short story of the same name, it stars Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Josh Brolin, and Norman Reedus and concerns deadly underground bugs that were genetically engineered to stop a disease being spread by cockroaches. The Faculty

Horror wunderkind Kevin Williamson followed the massive success of his scripts for Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer with arguably his most underrated project, this clever approach to the alien-invasion movie done in that meta Williamson style. Revisit this tender, big-hearted story of friendship that stars Omar Epps, Richard T. Sin City

Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino teamed up on this stylish version of Miller’s beloved graphic novel about violent men and femme fatales. It’s a must-see, as important as almost any film of its era. This is a fantastic 1994 drama about a young man named Fresh (Sean Nelson), who ends up running drugs for gangsters, including one played memorably by the great Giancarlo Esposito. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

Director Brad Silberling adapted the massively successful Lemony Snicket books by Daniel Handler, taking the first three novels and combining them for this 2004 smash hit. A mix of modern fears with a noir sensibility, this is a tight, effective little movie of the kind that doesn’t really make it to theaters all that often anymore. Yeah, we said it). Kingpin

He may have won awards for Green Book, but Peter Farrelly’s best film remains this 1996 comedy starring Woody Harrelson as a grifting bowler and Randy Quaid as the Amish prodigy he exploits and then befriends. In particular, Sissy Spacek does some of the best work of her career as a mother dealing with an unimaginable tragedy. The story is very similar to that of the Scorsese classic, about a police officer who infiltrates a criminal underworld by going undercover only to discover that there’s another officer already in the organization. Paramount+ deserves credit for bringing smaller projects like this to their subscribers, ones that other major streamers might ignore. The Odd Couple

Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau changed comedy history with this film adaptation of the massive-hit 1965 play by Neil Simon about two divorced men trying to navigate the next chapter of their lives. Jonathan Mostow directs the always-great Kurt Russell as a man who has some words with a truck driver and learns that road rage is never the answer. Photo: Moviestore/Shutterstock

Don’t have Paramount+? *Angel Heart

Incredibly controversial when it was released, Alan Parker’s 1987 thriller has aged very well thanks in large part to great performances from Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro. Tommy Boy

The late Chris Farley’s best film, the hysterical buddy comedy Tommy Boy finds him paired with his friend David Spade, who plays the employee forced to babysit Farley’s man-child heir to his dad’s company. Lemmon and Matthau defined these character types in comedy with Lemmon capturing the neat freak Felix Unger and Matthau embodying the roommate who drives him crazy, Oscar Madison. who filmed themselves over 20 years. Set aside a full day for the entire saga. Grace Kelly co-stars. It’s a gorgeous, ambitious piece of work that you should revisit if you haven’t seen it since it came out. He is one of the few in history whose stand-up comedy was so incredible that a recording of it could turn into a blockbuster comedy. Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible. Jones, and Taye Diggs. Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, and Timothy Hutton star in ax film that also won Robert Redford an Oscar for Best Director. They have additionally promised a more robust original selection than at launch, which includes the long-delayed SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run. Shot over two nights of the tour, Lee focuses mostly on the stand-up, but we also get some nice behind-the-scenes footage on a magical event. Hepburn is so great here that she won the Oscar for Best Actress. This is darker and more creative than family entertainment is often allowed to be. Jackass

Believe it or not, they’re currently making a fourth Jackass film right now, but you can watch the whole series exclusively on Paramount+ right now. A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

When it was released in 2001, audiences were divided over Steven Spielberg’s completion of a project started by Stanley Kubrick about the nature of human existence. Zodiac

One of the best films of the ’00s stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo as three men who become individually obsessed with the unsolved mystery of the Zodiac Killer. Baby Booey to y’all! Plus, it’s got one of the best soundtracks of the ’90s. Star Trek

Paramount’s most famous brand (sorry, SpongeBob) will likely always be Gene Roddenberry’s universe of space travelers. Of course, the first film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, remains the best of the bunch, but there’s some value and fun in Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade too (and even parts of Crystal Skull. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, and a movie-stealing Bernie Mac. The Italian Job

F. Go back to the heyday of Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, and the rest of the dangerous idiots. The ’70s version remains the best, but the 1956 original is definitely worth a look, a taut and smart sci-fi action movie from the great Don Siegel. The first movie in particular has held up splendidly. The name Paramount brings a deep catalogue of feature films, and the streaming service also includes titles from the Miramax and MGM libraries. Babel

Before Birdman and The Revenant, Alejandro González Iñárritu directed this highly acclaimed Oscar nominee in 2006 about intersecting lives in a moving narrative that takes place around the world. Chinatown

One of the best movies of the ’70s is a part of the Paramount+ launch-day catalogue. Ordinary People

History has been a little cruel to this 1980 drama because it won Best Picture over Martin Scorsese’s masterful Raging Bull, but this is a better movie than its reputation would suggest, an empathetic family saga about grief and trauma. It’s well-shot and the stunt work is strong, giving action fans what they need in a streaming library thin on this particular genre. These movies are often derided as being dumb but they’re a glorious, infectious kind of dumb that wants nothing more than to make you laugh. Gary Gray directed this remake of the 1969 action-movie classic and really made the most of his incredibly charismatic cast, including Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Ed Norton, Jason Statham, and Donald Sutherland. The title comes from the family’s proximity to the White House, even though their lives couldn’t be more different from the people who live there. Haley Joel Osment stars as David, an android child who learns about the meaning of life and human nature. See where this great piece of screenwriting really began. For now, Paramount+ can’t compare to the depth of a catalogue like HBO Max’s or the award-winning original works at other streamers, but it has a solid library with at least 40 films you should see. Adapted from the 1954 novel The Body Snatchers, no one involved could have guessed how much this movie would change the genre forever. Smart and taut, this is great genre material. On March 4, 2021, CBS All Access rebranded with the name Paramount+, reflecting the history of the legendary film and TV company with that nifty little mathematical sign that all the streaming companies seem to love these days. Trainspotting

Danny Boyle really broke through with his second film, a beloved adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel about addiction. Invasion of the Body Snatchers

There’s a reason this tale of people taken over by an alien invasion has been remade again and again. Mimic

It was notoriously mishandled by Miramax, but Guillermo del Toro’s English-language debut still has enough signs of its creator’s vision to justify a revisit. The Ring

Gore Verbinski broke the pattern in which remakes of Asian horror films are usually a total waste of time with this update of the incredible Ringu. This one is her 1971 black comedy in which she also co-starred alongside the phenomenal Walter Matthau. Jim Carrey plays the villainous Count Olaf, who obtains legal custody of two children named Violet and Klaus, along with their baby sister, in an effort to steal their fortune. *The Godfather trilogy

In an interesting twist, Paramount+ has the recently-released Death of Michael Corleone film instead of the 1990 theatrical version of The Godfather, Part III. Guess who wins? You can sign up here. Based on the novel of the same name by David Dodge, this one features the amazing Cary Grant as a retired cat burglar who is drawn back into the criminal world when he discovers that someone is posing as him on the French Riviera. As they struggle to keep it afloat, Big Night becomes a heartfelt movie about the immigrant experience and the American Dream. Jackson is excellent as Fresh’s alcoholic father, who also happens to be a chess master. Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Jon Voight, and Liev Schreiber star in the 2004 story of a sleeper agent, a film that played a lot differently in a scary post-9/11 world. The neat trivia here: May became the first woman to write, direct, and star in a major motion picture with A New Leaf — and it happened only a half-century ago this year. It’s a little hacky at times but has a great cast. The Crying Game

Sometimes a movie’s quality can become overshadowed by the headline-grabbing twist in its final act. Nicole Kidman stars as Isabel Archer, a young woman manipulated by the other women in her life, including Madame Serena Merle (Barbara Hershey) and Henrietta Stackpole (Mary-Louise Parker). When The Accused was released in 1988, Hollywood hadn’t really reckoned with rape and the issues around it like trauma and victim blaming. Tom Wilkinson and Marisa Tomei are also stellar — all three actors earned Oscar nominations, along with the film landing one for Best Picture. Carrey plays Truman Burbank, a man who has grown up on a TV show but has no idea that his entire life has been watched by millions. Shi has unique access to the story in that she knew Yingying, and so her film has an incredible you-are-there quality as Shi captures the investigation and grief that would emerge from this horrific crime. The Portrait of a Lady

Jane Campion directed this acclaimed adaptation of the Henry James 1881 novel of the same name.