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Here are the best Paramount Plus movies you can watch right now
ViacomCBS decided in 2021 to relaunch and rebrand its CBS All Access streaming service to Paramount Plus, mainly because the Paramount studio name is well known around the world. Over the past year, more Paramount Plus movies have been added to the service. That includes movies that are exclusive to Paramount Plus, and others, such as A Quiet Plact Part II, Scream (2022), and Jackass Forever, that debut only six weeks after they are released to theaters.
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In the future, you can expect to see more major Paramount Pictures films to debut exclusively on Paramount Plus, just a few weeks or months after they debut in theaters. In the meantime, here are our current picks for the best Paramount Plus movies.
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Best Paramount Plus movies
Editor’s note: This list will be updated as more Paramount Plus movies are added to the service.
A Quiet Place/A Quiet Place Part II
One of the biggest recent hits from Paramount Pictures was 2018’s A Quiet Place. Co-written, directed, and starring John Krasinski, this film depicts a family sometime after an unknown species suddenly appears on Earth and proceeds to almost completely exterminate the human population. The creatures target their prey via sound, and they are incredibly swift and deadly. The movie uses its audio design and performances by Krasinski, Emily BLUnt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe to show a family that has to stay silent to survive.
Three years later (delayed by a year due to the Covid-19 outbreak), we finally got A Quiet Place Part II. This sequel, which debuted on Paramount Plus 45 days after it was released in theaters, goes back in time to see the origins of the event, and then moves forward in time to just after the ending of the first film. The sequel concentrates on Simmonds’ character, as she tries to find food and water for her other family members, which leads to an expansion of this very different Earth. Both films are highly suspenseful, but also very emotional.
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Tom Cruise helped spearhead rebooting the 1960s Mission Impossible spy TV series into a movie franchise. As a result, Paramount now has six highly successful movies in the series (with at least two more planned). One of the best in the franchise is 2018’s Mission Impossible Fallout. You will need a crash course in all the previous films in the series, but it’s worth it. Cruise’s IMF agent Ethan Hunt has to stop stolen plutonium from being used by a group of anarchists. He also has to deal with an old enemy, and a new “partner,” a CIA agent played by Henry Cavill (and his great mustache). It’s certainly one of the best Paramount Plus movies.
Star Trek Beyond
This is easily the best of the “Kelvin timeline” Star Trek feature films. The 2016 release features the crew of the USS Enterprise in a story that could have been easily made as a standard Trek TV episode. The ship is dispatched to rescue a crashed ship on an unknown planet. However, Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the crew soon find themselves fighting for their lives, and ultimately for the lives of the nearby Federation space station Yorktown. Thanks to a big budget, some great space battles, and a bit of humor between the cast members, it elevates the material so that this film stands out from a typical Trek TV show.
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Based loosely on a true story, this 2021 comedy stars Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste as two best friends who are just trying to make ends meet. They discover a way to steal coupons from businesses and sell them to others to make money. Of course, this catches the attention of the US Postal Service. It’s a very funny comedy that also makes some points about the obsession with consumerism.
World War Z
Brad Pitt stars in this movie, which offers a new take on the zombie genre. Pitt plays a former troubleshooter for the United Nations. When he and his family get caught in the beginnings of a zombie apocalypse, he’s recruited to go back to work to find the source of the outbreak. The visual effects of the zombie horde are still pretty spectacular, but the film gets really interesting in the final third, as Pitt tries to come up with a way for humans to avoid being attacked by the undead.
Quentin Tarantino cemented his place as one of the best modern movie makers with this film. The crime thriller has some of the most memorable scenes and characters in film history, as it weaves a non-linear narrative across three separate main storylines. The main highlight is the banter between two hitmen, played perfectly by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, but we also see some other memorable performances by Bruce Willis as an out-of-luck prizefighter who gets involved in a very nasty situation, and Uma Thurman as a wife of a gangster who has a classic movie dancing scene with Travolta.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
In retrospect, the success of this 1981 action movie was extraordinary. The original idea from producer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg was to resurrect the feel of the old Saturday afternoon movie adventure serials of the 1930s and 1940s in a two-hour feature film. This could have easily fallen flat, but Spielberg’s direction, combined with a script that pays homage to those serials while also updating them for a modern audience, made this movie a success and lead to three sequels (with a fourth on the way).
It also helps that the movie stars Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, an archaeologist who in this movie gets recruited by the US government in 1936. His mission? To get the lost Ark of the Covenant before a group of Nazis can retrieve it for Hitler himself. Ford was born to play this character: charming and smart but also tough and willing to do almost anything to defeat the bad guys.
This 2014 movie is one of director Christopher Nolan’s best films. It takes place in a future where the Earth is becoming uninhabitable. However, some unknown extraterrestrials created a wormhole near Saturn, leading to a part of the galaxy with many habitable planets. Matthew McConaughey’s character leads a space journey to Saturn, and through the wormhole, to see if one of these worlds could become humanity’s future home.
It’s nice to see a science fiction movie that uses some real science for once to tell its tale.
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run
You have to have something for the kids on this best Paramount Plus movies list, and that’s why this film (a Paramount Plus original in the US) is here. Spongebob Squarepants continues to be a hit with children (and many adults as well). In full 3D CGI animation, his third feature film sees Spongebob head to the ocean’s version of Las Vegas, along with some flashbacks to his childhood at Kamp Koral. You get some unique cameos from other actors in this film, including the always great Keanu Reeves.
True Grit (1969)
This is truly one of the best Western films of all time. John Wayne was never better than he was in this movie. He plays U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn, hired by a young girl to find the men who murdered her father. The plot is simple, but the performances and shooting sequences make this Western much different from the norm.
Another Paramount Plus original, this excellent 2020 documentary looks at the video game industry in the early 1990s. Before then, Nintendo ruled the console gaming world with its SNES, but Sega decided to come out with a rival console, the Genesis, that took the world by storm and introduced it to a great new game mascot Sonic the Hedgehog. This film details the battle between Nintendo and Sega in the early 1990s to rule the game console industry.
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Paramount Plus movies — honorable mentions
Here are a few Paramount Plus movies that didn’t quite make our top list
- PAW Patrol The Movie — This is a feature film adaptation of the popular kids’ animation series.
- Election — Reese Witherspoon is perfect in this satire on school popularity.
- Panic Room — Jodie Foster and a young Kristen Stewart play a mother and daughter trapped in an apartment’s panic room during a home invasion in this great thriller.
- Skyfall — Daniel Craig’s third movie as James Bond is one of his best, and one of the best 007 movies, period.
- The Warriors — This 1979 cult classic centers on an NYC gang falsely blamed for murder, and they must make it “home” to their own turf.
- Star Trek The Motion Picture The Director’s Edition – Check out the true final version of the first Star Trek movie, now in 4K with some updated visual effects and more.
Major Paramount Pictures movies coming soon
In the very near future, we will see some big upcoming Paramount films show up on Paramount Plus very soon after they are shown in theaters. That will likely include Sonic The Hedgehog 2, The Lost City, and others. They could drop on Paramount Plus 45 days after their theatrical release date. Original Paramount Plus movies are also in the works, based on previous films and TV series like Pet Semetary, Teen Wold, Workaholics, and more.
Thanks for checking out our list. These are just some of the best Paramount Plus movies, and we will add more to this list over the coming months.