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The 10 best movies to stream on Paramount+

A new name also means a much bigger movie library.

CBS All Access has rebranded as Paramount+, becoming more competitive in the current streaming wars. The change isn’t in name only — the content library is also expanding. It will grow to include titles from CBS, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and more.

But until the new titles hit the service, there are still plenty of films to watch, including 10 of the best movies we’ve listed here. Start the popcorn maker.

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Spongebob Squarepants

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run


  • Year of release: 2020
  • Cast: Tim Hill, Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass

When SpongeBob’s pet snail goes missing, SpongeBob and his friend Patrick embark on an epic quest to bring Gary home. Their journey includes facing off with the ruthless Poseidon in Atlantic City.

A fun flick the entire family can enjoy, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is silly and adventurous. It also has a lot of heart, as well as a special appearance from Keanu Reeves. Enough said.

The Godfather

The Godfather


  • Year of release: 1972
  • Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

What else is there to say about The Godfather by this point? It’s a beloved classic for a reason.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the movie chronicles the Corleone family’s dealings under patriarch Vito, who is ready to hand over his empire to his youngest son, Michael. Michael is reluctant at first, but soon becomes involved in the inevitable cycle of violence associated with joining the Mafia.

The Godfather remains one of Hollywood’s greatest commercial successes, with critics praising it for everything from acting to writing to directing. If you somehow haven’t seen it yet, all three Godfather movies are on Paramount+. We strongly advise you indulge in an epic marathon.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark


  • Year of release: 1981
  • Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies

Set in 1936, Raiders of the Lost Ark follows famed archaeologist Indiana Jones as he races to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis can possess its powers.

While all four Indiana Jones movies are streaming on the platform, this one still holds a special place in pop culture history. It’s engaging, action-packed and suspenseful. All the ingredients of a crowd-pleaser that stands the test of time.

Mission: Impossible

Mission: Impossible


  • Year of release: 1996
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart

Since we’re on the subject of successful franchises, you might want to revisit the early installments of the Mission: Impossible film series. Starting with the very first one, which sees special agent Ethan Hunt fighting to uncover the mole who framed him for the murders of most of his team.

Ambitious and filled with cool action sequences, the first Mission: Impossible will have you glued to the screen. So much so that you’ll immediately want to stream the next installments in the film series.

Election

Election


  • Year of release: 1999
  • Cast: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein

When a high school social studies teacher notices that an overachieving student does everything she can to get ahead, he convinces a popular athlete to run against her for student body president. What could possibly go wrong? Turns out, everything.

Funny, sharp and well-acted, Election is a brilliant political satire that should go on your watchlist immediately. This movie may be set in high school, but the themes it touches on are universal.

Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday


  • Year of release: 1953
  • Cast: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert

Bored in her luxurious confinement, a princess goes on an adventure on her own and falls in love with an American news reporter in Rome. He’s keen on landing an exclusive interview, but romance gets in the way. The rest, as they say, is history.

A charming romantic comedy, Roman Holiday is a triumph, with amazing performances and sizzling chemistry between the two leads. It’s the best kind of escapism.

Trainspotting

Trainspotting


  • Year of release: 1996
  • Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle

A black dramedy directed by Danny Boyle, Trainspotting follows a group of heroin addicts in a poor area of Edinburgh as they struggle with drug-related issues, financial hardship and life in general.

Brutal yet hilarious at times, the movie isn’t recommended for the faint of heart. That being said, it’s a nuanced portrayal of addiction and its terrifying consequences. It also happens to be incredibly entertaining.

Zodiac

Zodiac


  • Year of release: 2007
  • Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo

You’d think it would be difficult to make a movie about an elusive serial killer who was never caught. There’s no closure. No seeing the bad guy behind bars. Yet, that’s exactly what makes Zodiac so compelling.

The movie mainly follows a San Francisco cartoonist who becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer. Turns out, Zodiac is more interested in the people who searched for the killer and how the obsession affected their lives.

By the time the end credits roll, you’ll find yourself still trying to put all the pieces of the case together. Just like the characters are.

To Catch a Thief

To Catch a Thief


  • Year of release: 1955
  • Cast: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis

A romantic thriller for the ages, To Catch a Thief centers on a retired cat burglar who sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his old ways. He starts a friendship with a young woman who is known to own expensive jewelry. But when said jewelry is stolen, he has to catch the actual thief in order to get the girl.

The movie, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, is a visual treat, with great performances from both Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. Stream it when you need an extra dose of glamour in your life.

Amelie

Amélie


  • Year of release: 2001
  • Cast: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus

Amélie is the kind of movie that leaves you with a big smile on your face, which is something we could all benefit from these days.

The story follows a young waitress who decides to help people find happiness. But as she’s busy spreading joy, she also stumbles upon true love, which changes her life for the better.

A whimsical French rom-com, Amélie quickly became an international success. It’s easy to figure out why: the movie is feel-good, quirky and heartfelt. If you’re a dreamer, you’ll love this more than words can say.

Bottom line

Paramount+ has a lengthy list of titles coming to its already ample selection. When all is said and done, you’ll get films from the likes of BET, CBS, Comedy Central, Paramount Pictures and much more. Until that happens we’ll give you a taste of what Paramount+ has to offer — start the popcorn maker.

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