When it comes to subscription services for streaming TV and movies, you might think that Netflix and Amazon Prime have it locked down. In reality, there’s more competition out there than you might think – we’ve rounded up some of the best streaming platforms here – and one of the top picks is Now.
The Cinema membership offers just what it sounds like – a load of the best movies Sky Cinema has to offer – and we’ve done our best to pick our favourites here.
In case you didn’t know, the Now Cinema membership costs £11.99 per month, and it’s worth pointing out that it’s separate from the TV membership, so you only get access to the films, which means it is pretty expensive if you want access to both. However, if you’re still interested check out our top picks of shows on Now our our picks of the best films on Sky Cinema.
There are more than a thousand films included in the Sky Cinema membership right now, so ranking our top picks obviously meant missing out some favourites. It’s also worth remembering that one of the best things about the membership is that it offers far more of the biggest recent blockbusters than Netflix or Amazon do, so it’s arguably the best streaming service for watching new movies.
Sky Cinema also has an entire channel dedicated towards family-friendly animated films called Sky Cinema Animation.
Watch The Shawshank Redemption on Now
There are a handful of films that you’ll always remember as masterpieces, and The Shawshank Redemption is one of them.
Based on a novella by Stephen King, the film follows two men who are imprisoned over a number of years who bond over their shared experiences in confinement. Bank Merchant Andy Dufresne has been convicted of the murder of his wife, whilst longtime convict “Red” is influential in what happens inside the prison walls.
A fair warning – this isn’t exactly a casual watch. Bring tissues, and prepare yourself.
Watch Back To The Future on Now
Now features all three movies in the Back To The Future franchise, and without a doubt the best one of the three is the first one.
Michael J Fox stars as Marty McFly, a young man who with the help of an eccentric scientist called Doc (Christopher Lloyd), goes back to 1955 to ensure that both of his parents meet to ensure that he still exists in the present day.
Not only is the film hilarious, but its also a staple for any sci-fi fan – and seeing Marty muddle his way through the fifties is a wild ride.
Watch How To Train Your Dragon on Now
There’s three films in the How To Train Your Dragon franchise, but the first film is undoubtedly the best one. The film is set on the Isle of Berk, a place where Vikings settle and hunt dragons for sport.
Hiccup is the son of the leader of the island, and has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. However, this is all thrown into disarray when he comes face-to-face with a Night Fury – the most feared dragon in existence.
Things get even more complicated when he befriends the dragon, and ends up setting out on an adventure with his new companion – Toothless.
Watch Shrek on Now
Shrek is arguably one of the great animated films of all time, with a stellar cast and quotable jokes long after it first debuted in cinemas.
Shrek (Mike Myers) is a solitary Ogre, perfectly happy being feared by society and living on his swamp. However, in order to protect his land he must go on a quest to rescue a princess (Cameron Diaz) who is locked away in a tower.
Shrek teams up with Donkey (Eddie Murphey), as the two encounter fire-breathing dragons and other obstacles to return the princess to her husband-to-be, Lord Farquad.
Watch The Lego Movie on Now
We’ll admit, we were sceptical when we first heard about The Lego Movie. However, this is one of the funniest animated films that we’ve ever seen, with catchphrases and songs that will stick in your head for weeks on end.
Emmett is an ordinary builder in the world of Lego. However, he soon learns that he is the ‘special’, designed for a greater purpose – to save the world from the cruelty and tyranny of President Business.
To complete his quest, he must team up with Wyldstyle – a much more competent Master Builder – her boyfriend Lego Batman and a whole host of other Lego friends. Trust us when we say that everything is awesome in this film.
Watch Roman Holiday on Now
Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn star in the quintessential rom-com, as an odd couple who fall in love on the streets of Rome – except she’s a European princess trying to hide her identity, and he’s a journalist who’s seen through the ruse and is hoping to use her for a story.
Naturally, things are never that simple, and Peck’s character just has to go and develop feelings – this wouldn’t be a rom-com otherwise, we suppose – but Roman Holiday doesn’t fit too neatly into all the familiar boxes otherwise.
It’s also a beautiful love letter to Rome in the ’60s, the sort of film that leaves you absent-mindedly checking flight prices five minutes after it’s over – don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Watch Birds Of Prey on Now
DC films don’t always hit the mark, but this all-women ensemble led by Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is a breath of fresh air for the franchise, with Deadpool-esque humour.
Harley is still getting over her break-up with Mr J, and decides to create her own path and fight her own battles. She ends up in a dispute with the terrifying villain, Black Mask.
Harley teams up with Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from the evil villain’s clutches.
Watch Paddington 2 on Now
Both the first and second movies in the Paddington franchise are available on Now, but the second is a true standout. Not only does it feature a heart-warming story (that will make you cry), but it also has Hugh Grant playing one of the most outlandish roles ever with Phoenix Buchanan.
Paddington is determined to get his hands on a one-of-a-king handmade pop-up book of London for his Aunt Lucy. However, in true Paddington fashion, things don’t go according to plan.
There’s prison breakouts, musical numbers and train chases – what more could you want?
Watch Knives Out on Now
Rian Johnson stepped out of the shadow of Star Wars to create an iconic murder mystery with an all-star cast, led by Mr James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, as Detective Benoit Blanc.
Blanc heads over to the Thrombey estate, where the owner Harlan has died under mysterious circumstances. Every member of this dysfunctional family is under scrutiny for the deed, and there’s many twists along the way.
The southern American accent Craig adopts is a little jarring, but we’ll let it slide considering how good this film is.
Justice League Snyder Cut
Watch Justice League Snyder Cut on Now
We couldn’t have a list of the best movies on Now and not include the infamous director’s cut of the 2017 superhero ensemble, Justice League. Sure, it’s over four hours long and includes many scenes you’ll have seen in the original – but it’s still one of the most ambitious rereleases we’ve ever seen.
Expect a much darker tone than what we saw in the original, as well as some appearances from villains that never made the cut the first time around – including Darkseid and Jared Leto’s Joker.
Watch Inception on Now
Every big blockbuster that Christopher Nolan produces if often mind-boggling, and Inception is the top dog when it comes to this genre. Based around the concepts of dreams within dreams, this movie creates worlds where even the impossible is within reach.
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Dom Cobb, a professional thief who works by entering people’s dreams to steal important information. In order to pull off the ultimate heist, he must plant an idea in someone else’s mind by going deep into their subconscious.
However, he has a big Achilles heel: the memory of his late wife, who often enters his mind unexpectedly.
Watch The Truman Show on Now
There’s many classic Jim Carrey films to choose from, but The Truman Show is arguably the most clever and nuanced of the lot. Truman Burbank is living his typical suburban life – or so he thinks. The town he lives in is actually the world’s largest set ever built, and everyone he knows is actually an actor.
And we mean everyone. His wife, his best friend, his co-workers and even his family are all in on making Truman the unknowing star of this reality-sitcom. However, when someone else gets inside the world to tell Truman what is really going on, things begin to unravel.
This is one of those flicks that you can watch over and over and still find new details to discover – and of course like any classic Jim Carrey film, it’s hilarious.
Watch The Dark Knight on Now
Joker may have put the world of DC back into the spotlight in 2019, but The Dark Knight is still one of the most revered comic-book blockbusters to be considered a cinematic masterpiece.
Directed by Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale stars as Batman in a dark a gritty version of Gotham, taking on Heath Ledger’s Joker in a battle of deception and wills.
Watch Spider-Man: Homecoming on Now
Whilst Disney Plus boasts most of the Marvel franchise, it is sorely lacking on Spider-Man content. However, Now has the rights to the first Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland.
After joining the fight in Germany against Captain America and the other rebel Avengers, Peter Parker is waiting for Tony Stark to get in contact for his next assignment as the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. However, he keeps getting ghosted by his mentor.
When he finally stumbles across a criminal organisation, things get very complicated, very fast. This is up there as one of the best MCU flicks to date – and is a great cross between a superhero film and a coming-of-age comedy.
Watch Clueless on Now
The teen movie to end all teen movies, Clueless remains unmatched after more than 20 years.
Alicia Silverstone’s wealthy but well-meaning Cher is utterly endearing as she does her best to tutor a new student (Brittany Murphy) in this modern take on Jane Austen’s Emma that transposes the action to a stereotypical American high school.
Keep an eye out for Paul Rudd as the obligatory romantic lead, years before his more recent ripped superheroics as Marvel’s Ant-Man.
Watch The Theory Of Everything on Now
Got your tissues at the ready? You’ll need them for The Theory Of Everything.
Eddie Redmayne stars as Professor Stephen Hawking – the world-famous physicist. The film follows Hawking’s live starting in the sixties as a Cambridge student, where he falls in love with Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones).
When Stephen discovers he has motor neuron disease as a young adult, he continues to persevere through his illness and make ground-breaking discoveries in his career, with Jane by his side throughout it all.
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Watch Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark on Now
Now has all the films in the Indiana Jones film franchise – but if you’re going to watch one then it should be Raiders of the Lost Ark. The film is not only the first in the series, but undoubtedly the best.
And what more could you want? Harrison Ford plays an adventuring archaeologist who explores the world, runs from giant boulders and punches Nazis. Every mission Indie is on leaves him an inch away from death – and it’s amazing to see how he pulls himself out of every sticky situation.
Watch Doctor Sleep on Now
Doctor Sleep is the sequel of the classic horror novel, The Shining. It does reference the classic Stanley Kubrick film with Jack Nicholson, but also has its own creepy and disturbing twist to it that make it one of a kind.
Starring Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson, Doctor Sleep follows a grown-up Danny Torrance who is struggling with the trauma of his past. When he finds a young girl who also shares the power of The Shine, he must do what he can to protect her.
Watch I Am Legend on Now
Will Smith films don’t always hit the mark, but this 2007 post-apocalyptic story will have you gripping the edge of your seat and choking back a few sobs.
What was marketed as a cancer cure has mutated into an infectious disease that has turned the population into mindless, zombie-like killers. Smith is one of the few survivors, and is continuing his search across the whole of New York for the cure that will save what remains of humanity.
Watch Blade Runner on Now
Ridley Scott’s other iconic sci-fi creation (after Alien, of course) remains the best adaptation of any of Philip K Dick’s stories, neatly drawing the strongest elements of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? out into a lean sci-fi noir that still finds the space for plenty of slow reflection.
Harrison Ford is the grizzled police officer tasked with hunting down a group of rogue replicants – biological androids indistinguishable from real humans – but the film is less concerned with a game of cops and robbers than it is with asking just what sets them apart after all.
Blade Runner nerds will want to know that Now offers the theatrical cut of the film, as opposed to any of the various other cuts and edits out there, but any version of the movie is well worth watching.
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