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.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas teamed up as director and producer/co-writer, respectively, for this 1981 smash hit. Harrison Ford plays Indiana Jones, an archeologist and adventurer in 1936 who gets recruited to find the lost Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis get their hands on it. This tribute to 1930s Saturday afternoon movie cliffhangers remains one of the best films in the action genre, and certainly one of the best Showtime movies.
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 life between mother and daughter. It also sees their lives change as they escape from their kidnapper and see the real world. It’s definitely one of the best Showtime movies.
Director and co-writer Sam Mendes created a truly unique war movie with this 2019 film. Set during a battle in World War I, it follows two British soldiers who are trying to get a message to the front lines before the main army makes a major mistake. Mendes filmed and edited this movie as if it was one long take, and it’s a truly incredible cinematic achievement. It’s truly one of the best movies on Showtime.
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.
Writer-director Guy Ritchie goes back to his film roots with this 2020 UK crime flick. It stars Matthew McConaughey as an American living in the UK, who is in charge of a big crime marijuana business. However, he wants to leave the business, which results in a ton of other criminals who want to take it over. The movie also stars Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant, Charlie Hunnam, and Michelle Dockery.
The late Chadwick Boseman had one of his last leading man roles in this 2019 crime thriller. He plays a New York City cop who is looking for a pair of criminals who gunned down a group of NYPD officers. Boseman’s character has a unique solution to finding them. He wants to barricade the entire island of Manhattan for a few hours at night to prevent the shooters from escaping. However, the pursuit of these killers proves to have some interesting twists and turns.
Full Metal Jacket
Director Stanley Kubrick fashioned a very different take on the Vietnam War with this film. It begins in basic training, where Matthew Modine has to deal with both a hard case drill sergeant, but also another recruit who may be psychotic. The second half of the film takes place in Vietnam, where we see the Army facing the enemy in brutal urban warfare. The movie not only shows use the brutality of war, but how it can quickly change a peaceful man into one who is forced to kill.
This 2010 movie has an all-star cast. Unlike The Expendables, which also brings in lots of action stars together in a mostly dramatic fashion, this movie has a more humorous tone. Bruce Willis plays a former CIA operative who is trying to lead a quiet life in retirement. When a hit squad comes to his home, he’s forced to go after his assassins. He gets some help from other former agents, including Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren, among others. Again, this movie is made mostly for laughs, but it also has some great action sequences.
Most so-called horror movies are not all that scary, but this 2018 film is definitely horrifying. A family starts to find out some deeply held secrets about their history after the death of their grandmother. Get ready to watch some very terrifying sequences that come from the mind of writer-director Ari Aster, in his full directorial debut. This is certainly one of the best movies on Showtime you can currently watch.
For a few years in the late 1970s and early 1980s, John Belushi was the biggest actor in the world. This new 202 documentary goes into detail about his life, from being discovered and appearing on the original cast of the comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live, to his breakthrough movie role in Animal House. He had it all but his life was cut very short with his death in 1982. This new documentary reveals never-before-seen photos and videos of Belushi, along with interviews with many of his close friends. It’s definitely one of the best movies on Showtime.
Here are a few more solid Showtime movies that didn’t make our top 10 list:
- Blazing Saddles – One of the funniest movies of all time, this Western satire has more laughs per minute than most movies do.
- Contact – This sci-fi movie about contacting aliens takes some very different turns and has some great performances.
- American Psycho – Christian Bale shines in this horror satire on the corporate world.
- Moon – Sam Rockwell stars in this sci-fi film about a lone minor on Earth’s moon that meets a clone of himself.
- Seven – This crime thriller about the hunt for a serial killer is still an entertaining movie.
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.