40 best films on Paramount+ UK
James R | On 25, Jun 2022
This week sees the launch of Paramount+ in the UK, bringing with it a host of Paramount exclusives and originals, such as Halo, The First Lady and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. It also includes a back catalogue of Showtime series, such as Dexter, Billions and Yellowjackets, plus a wealth of Paramount movies.
Paramount boasts that it’s got a slate of more than 8,000 hours of programming and films available, for a price of £6.99 a month or £69.90 per year in the UK. But is any of it any good? That’s where we come in – we’ve gone through the full catalogue of films on Paramount+ UK to round up the best ones:
Addams Family Values
Its title may beat around the Bush, but Barry Sonnenfield’s superior sequel goes straight for the jugular. The Addams Family is also available. Read our full review
For sheer gag-per-minute count, this fast-paced comedy is one of the funniest movies ever made.
Breakfast At Tiffany’s
A young New York socialite takes interest in a man who moves into her apartment building downstairs in this lovely adaptation of Truman Capote’s novel. Audrey Hepburn is a delight.
The ever-charismatic Tom Hanks even conjures up chemistry with a volleyball in this hugely moving tale of a man stranded on an island.
“There’s something black in the green part of your eye.” “Oh, that. It’s a… it’s a flaw in the iris.” This 1974 detective thriller starring Jack Nicholson is a classic, but its achievement is feeling like a classic from 30 years earlier.
A thoroughly modern monster movie.
From the sumptuous visuals to the cracking cast, this adaptation of the Broadway musical is, simply, a whole lot of fun.
Perfectly updating Jane Austen for 1990s Beverly Hills, Clueless is an evergreen adaptation. Read our full review
Costume drama fans may already be very familiar with Douglas McGrath’s 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic, but from Gwyneth Paltrow’s meddling matchmaker to Jeremy Northam’s broodingly obvious suitor, this is a pitch-perfect rendition of the author’s irony-laden humour.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Matthew Broderick is on iconic form in this comedy about a high-school slacker who skips school for a day in Chicago.
Paul WS Anderson’s sci-fi horror is far better than its reputation suggests. Read our full reivew
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are electrifying in this timeless, showstopping classic. Grease 2 is also available.
Harold and Maude
More than 50 years on, this unconventional odd couple remains one of cinema’s most beloved and subversive love stories.
The Hunt For Red October
Sean Connery is on charismatic form in this entertaining thriller about a submarine gone rogue.
Quentin Tarantino’s best film is a mature, music-filled adaptation of an Elmore Leonard classic.
An anti-rom-com with all the poignancy and power of The Graduate.
So totally fetch.
Mission Impossible: Fallout
The Mission: Impossible franchise jumps to new heights with a gripping, astonishing piece of action cinema. Ghost Protocol is also available.
Deranged and hysterical, Gore Verbinski’s underrated debut is a slapstick smash hit.
Nic Cage goes full Indiana Jones for this exciting, interesting, light-hearted and amusing blockbuster.
No Country For Old Men
Brooding, unforgiving and full of portent, No Country for Old Men is a tense noir Western that grips throughout.
“Zed’s dead, baby. Zed’s dead.”
This underrated thriller from Wes Craven is a ruthlessly efficient ride.
Kate and Leo deliver powerful performances in Sam Mendes’ moving domestic drama.
A day out on the town with Audrey Hepburn? William Wyler’s romantic comedy, which stars Gregory Peck as a reporter who crosses paths with a runaway princess, is a delightful, charming ride.
Saturday Night Fever
John Travolta struts his stuff in this iconic music hit.
The School Of Rock
Jack Black is on winning form in this film about a failed musician who tricks his way into becoming a supply teacher educating children.
Wed Craven and Kevin Williamson’s smart, self-aware horror-comedy manages to be funny and genuinely scary at the same time.
Star Trek: First Contact
Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard is at his best in this superb feature-length outing that pits the USS Enterprise against the Borg.
William Holden’s hack screenwriter writes a role for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity in Billy Wilder’s Oscar-winning classic, starring Gloria Swanson as timeless diva Norma Desmond, whose voiceover is to die for.
The Talented Mr Ripley
Matt Damon and Jude Law shine in Anthony Minghella’s sumptuous adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel.
Team America: World Police
There Will Be Blood
Paul Thomas Anderson’s tale of America, ambition and the selfishness of man is free-range cinema of the highest quality.
True Grit (2010)
Hailee Steinfeld goes toe to toe with Jeff Bridges in the Coen brothers’ mature, poetic, gripping Western.
This intense teen romance rings with earnest chemistry and classic horror – also, baseball.
Mike Myers’ lowbrow 90s comedy is a charmingly sweet romp.
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
Richard Burton is superb in this gripping adaptation of the John le Carré thriller.
Charlize Theron is remarkable in this deliciously spiky comedy drama.
Ben Stiller’s sharply written comedy about a male model is really, really, ridiculously funny.
Michael Caine stars in this epic war drama retelling the Battle of Rorke’s Drift.