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The best movies on Paramount Plus: What you should stream next

From Babylon to Top Gun: Maverick, these are the best movies to watch on Paramount Plus

Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick

Paramount Plus is one of the newer arrivals on the streaming scene, and while its roster is rolling out plenty of exciting streaming original and acquired shows, there are plenty of movies on Paramount Plus that are worth exploring. From the classic to the current and from the vintage to the very new, Paramount Plus offers an excellent movie lineup that rivals any other streaming service. To save you some time from surfing, The Manual has dug out a few of the very best Paramount Plus movies. Here’s what’s on Paramount Plus that you should watch this month.

Babylon (2022)

Genre Drama, Comedy
Stars Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Diego Calva
Directed by Damien Chazelle
A fable set against the backdrop of 1920s Hollywood, Babylon is a movie about movies that is beautiful and rhapsodic in ways that few films even attempt to be. Running more than three hours, the movie follows three characters as they see their fortunes rise and fall against the backdrop of Hollywood’s transition to the sound era. One is an established Hollywood star (Brad Pitt), another an emerging ingenue who is too wild for her own good (Margot Robbie), and the third a behind-the-scenes striver who wants nothing more than to be close to the movie business (Diego Calva). The actual story of Babylon is rife with tragedy, and yet its baffling climax is a reminder that the movies live on when everything else is gone, and we can take some comfort in that at least.
BABYLON | Official Trailer (2022 Movie) – Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Diego Calva, Tobey Maguire

Interstellar (2014)

Genre Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction
Stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Directed by Christopher Nolan
In a career filled with precise, slightly cold movies, Interstellar feels like something of an outlier for Christopher Nolan. The film, which follows a space mission designed to save Earth from extinction, is really about what it means to love another person, and what that love can and cannot do. On top of that, the movie also features some of the most stunning visuals of Nolan’s career, as well as a score from Hans Zimmer that has become a classic in the decade since the movie’s release. Not everything about Interstellar works, but it’s hard to imagine any other director taking a swing this big and pulling it off this well.
Interstellar Movie - Official Trailer

Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Top Gun: Maverick
Genre Action, Drama
Stars Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly
Directed by Joseph Kosinski
A sequel that no one needed and everyone was grateful for, Top Gun: Maverick improves on its predecessor by finding a more grounded emotional story to tell about its characters. The film follows Maverick, now a veteran pilot, as he returns to Top Gun to teach a class of young guns how to handle a deeply dangerous mission. Along the way, he falls in love, buries the hatchet with the son of his closest friend, and proves that Maverick is a legend that may never be equaled. If we failed to appreciate Tom Cruise before Maverick, this Top Gun sequel reminded moviegoing audiences everywhere why he’s still a major star.
Top Gun: Maverick (2022) – New Trailer - Paramount Pictures

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street
75 %
r 180m
Genre Crime, Drama, Comedy
Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
Directed by Martin Scorsese
An ode to greed and the misery it causes, The Wolf of Wall Street is a fabulous journey into forsaken levels of self-interest. Based on Jordan Belfort’s autobiography, The Wolf of Wall Street follows Belfort’s rise from stockbroker to penny stock hawker to a self-made millionaire who founds Stratton Oakmont at age 30. The over-the-counter brokerage house sells mounds of poor stock picks to uninformed investors, taking livelihoods along the way to making his brokers millionaires themselves. The party, the sex, the drugs, the whole house of cards, however, has to eventually fall. Filmmaker Martin Scorsese directs the on-screen story of the non-stop thrills at Stratton, where corruption ruled and more was never enough.

Ascension (2021)

84 %
r 97m
Genre Documentary
Directed by Jessica Kingdon
In Ascension, we get to see a modern economy’s growth from the ground up. The 2021 MTV documentary film follows the pursuit of the Chinese dream through a billion-member society that erupts in a riot of class stratification after permitting a regulated capitalism that prioritizes productivity and innovation over all else. This includes civil rights like freedom of speech, press, and more. Ascension premiered in June 2021 at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it won Best Documentary Feature. Director and producer Jessica Kingdon originally did not intend to focus solely on China. She described it as “an image-driven essay film composed of a series of vignettes, climbing up the rungs of China’s social ladder.” Like steps up society’s levels, Ascension is tiered into three stories, elevating up through classes — the proletariat, the aspirational middle, and a wanton elite — strict social tiers where the wealthiest are crystalized at the top.

South Park: Post COVID: The Return of COVID (2021)

South Park: Post COVID: The Return of COVID
r 62m
Genre Animation, Comedy, TV Movie
Stars Trey Parker, Matt Stone, April Stewart
Directed by Trey Parker
After almost a quarter of a century on the air, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone finally revealed what would happen to Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny later on in life. Kind of. One of the highlights of the holiday season, South Park: Post COVID: The Return of COVID is another rampaging romp through hyperbolic American reality in a small Colorado mountain town. The plot follows the gang brought back together in 2020 as they try and prevent COVID’s appearance. In this strange place, Cartman is the second most successful of the boys, becoming an apparently devoted rabbi. Kenny, a mysterious billionaire as a man, is still dead. Kyle has a life, but not much of one, and Stan’s has taken a terrible turn. Obstacles of course arise in traveling back to the past, including the appearance of a negative force in Victor Chaos. At times crude, dark, hilarious, and ridiculous, and yet somehow coherent in spite of it all, the South Park formula works just as well in long form. You’ll have to stream it, however, to see how.

Almost Famous (2000)

Almost Famous
90 %
r 122m
Genre Drama, Music
Stars Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson
Directed by Cameron Crowe
“You cannot make friends with the rock stars,” Philip Seymour Hoffman says as Ur-rock critic Lester Bangs in Almost Famous. Classic line after classic line drops in this true-to-life paean to rock n’ roll. Cameron Crowe wrote and directed this autobiographical masterpiece about his young life becoming a music writer for Rolling Stone. William Miller (Patrick Fugit) is a high school student who fakes his way into a gig writing for what was the world’s most famous music magazine in the early 1970s. It’s serendipity that throws him into rock band Stillwater’s tour bus. The 15-year-old Miller’s first assignment is to tour with Stillwater and document the behind-the-scenes experience — warts and all. In a world where planes fall from the sky and beautiful women slip into and out of the fold, bandmates bicker like little kids, and guitarist’s leap from roofs,  Miller finds a more complicated adult world on the roller coaster ride. One of the richest films of its era, Almost Famous includes incredible performances from the gone-too-soon Hoffman, Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, and Frances McDormand.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Genre Action, Adventure
Stars Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
The entire Mission: Impossible series is available on Paramount Plus, and anyone curious should probably start from the beginning. If you’re just looking for an all-time great action movie, then, Mission: Impossible Fallout is probably the place to start. The movie follows Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt as he’s tasked with reacquiring plutonium that he loses in the movie’s opening scene. Really, though, the thing that makes Fallout great is the way it seems to constantly ramp up the action. Every set piece here is a showstopper, and each action beat seems to just build on the last. The movie is operating at a dead sprint from its opening moments, and that’s what makes it great. Cruise is singularly committed to making these kinds of movies, but he’s also aided by an incredible supporting cast that includes Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, and Angela Bassett. Fallout is, quite simply, thrilling.
Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) - Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023)

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy
Stars Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Justice Smith
Directed by John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
A movie about the roleplaying game Dungeons and Dragons sounds truly terrible. Even if you’re a huge fan of playing the game, part of the enjoyment of it is the ability to craft your own adventure, so adapting it into a linear story would seem to make little sense. And yet, that’s exactly what they did with Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, and the results speak for themselves. This film follows a merry band of thieves as they attempt to rescue one man’s daughter from a wealthy con artist. The movie is a joy from the word go and it’s filled with great jokes and solid set pieces. Even better, Honor Among Thieves is exactly the right size and features a fully committed performance from Chris Pine. In a word, it’s everything you could want from a fantasy romp.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves | Official Trailer (2023 Movie)

What’s new on Paramount Plus in September?

September 1

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • 54
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • Abandon*
  • Afflicted
  • American Gigolo
  • American History X*
  • American Hustle
  • Amores Perros
  • An Unfinished Life
  • Angel Heart
  • Annihilation
  • Arrival
  • Asylum
  • Baby Boom*
  • Bad News Bears
  • Beastly
  • Below
  • Beneath
  • Blazing Saddles*
  • Bless the Child*
  • Blue Chips
  • Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
  • Breakdown
  • Captive State*
  • Carriers
  • Cheech & Chong’s Still Smokin’
  • Children of a Lesser God*
  • Cocktail
  • Curandero
  • Cursed
  • Days of Thunder
  • Death On the Nile (1978)
  • Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
  • Dragonslayer
  • Eddie Murphy: Raw
  • El Norte
  • Elf
  • Event Horizon*
  • Forrest Gump
  • Fresh
  • Frida
  • Ghost Team One
  • God’s Petting You*
  • Good Mourning*
  • Hamlet (2000)*
  • Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
  • Hard Candy*
  • Hecho en México
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • Hugo
  • I Married a Monster from Outer Space
  • In Too Deep
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5 Unrated
  • Jeff, Who Lives at Home
  • Ladybugs*
  • Let’s Scare Jessica to Death
  • Like Water for Chocolate
  • Long Shot
  • Married to the Mob*
  • Memories of Me*
  • Mimic
  • Mimic 2
  • Mimic 3: Sentinel
  • Mother!
  • Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
  • Nacho Libre
  • Nick of Time
  • On the Edge*
  • Overlord
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
  • Phantoms
  • Primal Fear
  • Prophecy
  • River’s Edge*
  • Road House*
  • Road to Perdition
  • Schindler’s List*
  • Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
  • Seven Psychopaths
  • Sherlock Gnomes
  • Some Kind of Hero*
  • Stand and Deliver*
  • Stardust
  • Striptease*
  • Summer Rental
  • Super 8
  • Surviving Christmas
  • Teaching Mrs. Tingle*
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Terminator Genisys
  • The Back-up Plan
  • The Best Offer*
  • The Big Lebowski*
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • The Brady Bunch Movie
  • The Brothers Grimm
  • The Cutting Edge*
  • The Devil Inside
  • The Dictator
  • The Fighting Temptations*
  • The First Wives Club
  • The Hole
  • The Hunt for Red October*
  • The Last Exorcism Part II
  • The Last Samurai
  • The Longest Yard
  • The Loved Ones
  • The Mighty*
  • The Monster Squad
  • The Prophecy
  • The Prophecy 3: The Ascent
  • The Prophecy II
  • The Prophecy: Forsaken
  • The Prophecy: Uprising
  • The Reckoning
  • The Ruins
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • The Three Amigos
  • The Virgin Suicides*
  • The Woman in Black
  • The Woods*
  • The Wrath of Becky*
  • The Yards*
  • Thief*
  • To Catch a Thief
  • Twisted
  • Up in Smoke
  • Witchboard II: The Devil’s Doorway
  • World Trade Center*
  • World War Z
  • World War Z (Extended Domestic Cut)

September 4

  • Mafia Mamma*

September 9

  • Basic Instinct 2*

September 14

  • Buddy Games: Spring Awakening

September 15

  • The End of Sex*

September 20

  • Cursed Friends
  • Pet Sematary (2019)

*Movies available on Paramount+ on Showtime.

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