The Showtime cable TV service also has a streaming division, allowing anyone without a cable or satellite connection to access its movies and TV shows online. There are tons of movies on Showtime to stream, with a variety of genres. However, what are the best Showtime movies to stream on your phone, tablet, or smart TV?
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We will help you out by offering our picks for the top 10 best Showtime movies you can stream right now. If you want to access these movies on Showtime, you can sign up for a seven-day free trial at the link below. After the trial period ends, the service costs $10.99 a month.
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Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Showtime movies regularly as new ones make it to the streaming service.
1. The Upside
Who would have thought that bringing Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston together in a movie would be a huge hit? Yet, that’s what happened with this 2018 release. Hart plays a man who has been recently released from prison. He’s looking for a job, any job. He manages to get an interview by Bryan Cranston’s character, a wealthy man who is also a quadriplegic. Hart gets hired as Cranston’s caregiver, and they eventually become friends, each learning valuable lessons from each other. It’s very melodramatic, but Hart and Cranston’s performances ground this movie and make it more real.
This 2015 movie was the one that got Brie Larson her Academy Award for Best Actress. It’s easy to see why as she plays a woman who is kidnapped as a young girl by a man, and is forced to live in one room for seven years. She even gets pregnant and has a son while she remains captive. The movie looks at this unusual and tragic live between mother and daughter. It also sees their lives changes as they escape from their kidnapper and see the real world. It’s definitely one of the best Showtime movies.
3. A. I. Artificial Intelligence
Steven Spielberg took over the production of this 2001 sci-fi movie, which was original to be directed by the late Stanley Kubrick. The result is a movie that shares much of the DNA from both directors. It has some heartwarming Spielberg moments, as we see an android with a perfect young boy body learn how to become human. It also has some darker Kubrick-like moments, particularly in the final parts of the movie.
4. Ex Machina
Here’s another great movie about the quest to create true artificial life. Written and directed by Alex Garland, this 2015 movie stars Domhnall Gleeson who is invited by a rich but eccentric tech company CEO, played by Oscar Isaac, to his home. As it turns out, Isacc’s character wants Gleeson to evaluate Ava, an artificial woman played by Alicia Vikander. Is Ava just a machine, or is she really alive? That’s what this movie is all about.
5. Minority Report
Here’s another Steven Spielberg movie about the future of the human race. This one is a bit more realistic. It takes place in the near future, where the police use psychics to predict when murder will happen, and stop it before it occurs. Tom Cruise plays the head of Precrime, but who then goes on the run when the psychics predict he will kill someone. There’s lots of cool future tech (digital newspapers, automated cars, and jet packs), but it’s the thriller aspects that make it a great movie. It’s one of the best Showtime movies you can watch.
6. Road House
This is a true guity pleasure movie. It’s not a classic film in the typical sense, but it may be one of the most entertaining movies ever made. The premise is a bouncer, played by Patrick Swayze, is hired to take over the security at a small bar in a small town. However, things quickly escalate as the town’s biggest businessman wants to get the bar, and only Swayze stands in his way. Just sit back and enjoy this romp. Is it realistic? No. Is it fun? Absolutely.
7. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
There have been four movies based on the classic 1954 sci-fi novel The Body Snatchers. However, the 1978 adaptation remains the best. Donald Sutherland stars as a health inspector in San Francisco. He slowly sees that people around him are becoming cold and unemotional. However, this isn’t some new form of new physical or mental illness. It’s a silent invasion of aliens who replicate and then replace humans. Can Sutherland stop this threat? The tension in this movie is high almost from the first minute and continues right through to the end. It’s definitely one of the best movies on Showtime.
8. The Truman Show
The Truman Show was released in 1998. It was before the huge reality show boom in TV and well before social networks. At the time, the idea of a man whose life was monitored 24/7 as an entertainment show seemed like a somewhat dark satire. Now, this movie feels like it was predicting the future. Jim Carrey shines as Truman, who was literally born to be a TV star. He’s unaware everyone else around him are actors, playing his friends, co-workers and even his wife. This story shows him finally realizing that something is not right with his reality. In this era of YouTube influencers and tons of Housewives shows, perhaps we should take some lessons from Truman.
9. Green Book
The surprise winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2018, this historical drama is, like others on this list, based on a true story. Don Shirley, played by Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, is a black classical pianist who is going on tour in the South in 1962. To make sure he doesn’t get hurt during his tour, a former bouncer named Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga, played by Viggo Mortensen, is hired as Shirley’s driver and bodyguard. The movie shows how two very different people from two very different walks of life can become friends, while also facing down the deep bigotry of some people in the Deep South during that time period.
This 1981 comedy is one of the best from Bill Murray. He plays a man who is pretty much at the end of his rope when it comes to holding a job. He decides to join the US Army and drags his friend along. What results is a wildly funny look at the US military, with plenty of great scenes, including a marching drill presentation that’s become iconic in films. It’s definitely one of the best movies on Showtime.
That’s our list of the best Showtime movies. We’ll add more options to the list as they make it to the streaming service.