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 TV.
The Sky Cinema Pass 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 TV Sky Cinema Pass costs £11.99 per month, and it’s worth pointing out that it’s separate from the TV pass, 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 TV our our picks of the best films on Sky Cinema.
There are more than a thousand films included in the Sky Cinema Pass 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 pass 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 Inglourious Basterds on Now TV
Very much a Tarantino joint, Inglourious Basterds (bastardised spelling and all) is the sort of WWII film that only he could make.
Halfway between a classic war drama and a high-stakes revenge thriller, it at first seems situated right in our own history before eventually veering off in its own direction. Naturally there’s comedy involved, but rarely at the expense of the subject matter, and you never really lose that sense of the gravity of the situation.
That’s in large part thanks to Christoph Waltz’s Hans Landa, now one of the iconic screen villains: a prancing, giggling Nazi inquisitor who’s deeply, consistently unsettling, and just as unforgettable.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Watch Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on Now TV
Though Now TV has the whole Potter series its library, the third movie is without a doubt a standout. It’s one of the few stories to not feature the Dark Lord Voldy, but does feature time travel, an estranged godfather and tons of teenaged antics.
By the time of the third movie, the cast have really grown into their acting chops (we can forgive the first two films as they’re all so young), and the refreshing direction of Alfonso Cuarón features some incredible visuals of the Hogwarts grounds and surrounding areas.
This is also a pivotal moment in the series, as Harry, Ron and Hermione are all undergoing evolutions as they figure out their futures. It’s also one of the closest adaptations to the books – which is always a plus for Potterheads.
How To Train Your Dragon
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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.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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Unless you’ve been living under an asteroid for the last few years, we probably don’t have to tell you much about The Last Jedi. It’s Star Wars. But new. And still good. And, um, rather controversial.
This sequel picks up immediately after The Force Awakens as Rey finds a Luke Skywalker who’s done with the Jedi. As she works to persuade him to rejoin the fight, the rest of the Resistance find themselves on the run from Kylo Ren and the First Order fleet in a desperate race for survival.
This is a darker, gloomier Star Wars, one unafraid to take risks with beloved characters and upend narrative conventions. It certainly didn’t please anyone – there are a lot of vocal fans who hate it – but this is Star Wars at its boldest, and brings a lot more to the table than mere fan service for Lucas’s originals.
The Lego Movie
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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 TV
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.
The Truman Show
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Ever had that feeling that your life is a TV show, designed for the entertainment of others? The Truman show plays this out in real time – with Truman Burbank being the unknowing star of a show… of his own life.
Truman lives on an island, which is in fact the largest set ever built. All his friends and family are actors, and commercials are inter-woven into daily life in this docu-soap.
Over the film, Truman slowly begins to unravel this carefully crafted hoax, and expose everyone for who they are. It’s a witty take on the traditional Big Brother plot, and will make you slightly paranoid about your own life dramas.
Men in Black
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Sci-fi and comedy mash-ups are now long established, but Men in Black was one of the pioneers in this genre – and was the kick-off for numerous films in the franchise.
Will Smith plays J – an NYPD officer who is inducted into a secret organisation that polices extraterrestrial lifeforms on planet Earth and keeps their existence secret from the rest of humanity. J is thrown into a battle to keep the planet safe from a giant skin-wearing cockroach alien – who is disgusting and hilarious at the same time.
Sure, the CGI isn’t quite up-to-date – and the references are VERY 2000’s, but this is one iconic film that’s not to be missed.
Bridget Jones’s Diary
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There are some romcoms that are a must-see, and this is the original. Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) somehow seems to be relatable to all women across the world as she navigates a love triangle between her boss Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) and barrister, Mark Darcey (Colin Firth).
With slapstick comedy that will make you have second-hand embarrassment, creepy family members and hilarious fights with ‘it’s raining men’ playing in the background, you’ll be quoting this film for years to come.
Also, you’ll never see a pair of spanx in the same way again. Ever.
Watch Shazam! on Now TV
Want a superhero movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously? Shazam! is a one of the gems in the DC universe, following 14-year old Billy Batson who gains the power to turn into a superhero overnight – alter-ego played by the hilarious Zachary Levi.
With powers in super speed, strength, electricity manipulation and flight, Billy doesn’t necessarily know how the best ways to utlise his new-found gifts, and soon finds himself getting in way over his head when a super-villain takes notice.
Underneath all this crazy action is a touching and emotional story around the concept of family, and how it goes beyond who you’re related to by blood alone.
Watch Alien on Now TV
The latest Alien film got a bit of a mixed reaction when it first released, thanks in part to trying to both follow up the operatic Prometheus and re-establish the gritty horror of the original Alien, but it’s a good reminder to revisit the untouchable original.
Perfectly pairing science fiction with horror, this 1979 masterpiece from Ridley Scott introduced the unsuspecting world to HR Giger’s unmatchable body horror, with a creature designed to do nothing more than scare the hell out of you.
Now TV has the director’s cut of the film – we don’t debate each version’s merits here, but this cut adds in a few interesting scenes and hints more at the fate of certain crew members.
Watch Forrest Gump on Now TV
Tom Hanks remains Hollywood’s treasure, and this film is one of his golden hits. Forrest Gump follows the extraordinary life of a man with a low IQ who somehow finds himself living through key historical events in America.
Forrest fights in the Vietnam War, meets presidents, activists and musicians throughout his life. However, the one constant throughout it all is his love, Jenny – a woman who has been his best friend since school.
This movie will make you laugh just as much as you will cry, and if you’ve not experienced this classic you absolutely should take the time to watch it.
The Dark Knight
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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.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
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Whilst Disney Plus boasts most of the Marvel franchise, it is sorely lacking on Spider-Man content. However, Now TV has the rights to the latest Marvel flick and the sequel to Spiderman: Homecoming.
Peter Parker’s school trip to Europe is scuppered when all the places he visits come under attack. Things get all the more complicated when Nick Fury asks for Spider-Man to team up with a new hero – Mysterio – to take out all this evil once and for all.
Despite following Avengers: Endgame – the biggest film of all time – this movie still manages to stand on its own as an action-packed yet heartfelt superhero flick with multiple twists.
Watch Clueless on Now TV
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 Chinatown on Now TV
“Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown…”
Few movies are as memorable for a single line as Roman Polanski’s Chinatown, an iconic noir detective story starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway.
Nicholson’s cynical private eye is hired for a simple adultery case which ends up drawing him into a web of crimes, from mismanagement of state water in a California drought to murder, in a sprawling conspiracy with a final reveal that lands like a punch to the gut.
Almost relentlessly downbeat, this is in no way a pick-me-up, but it remains one of the best thrillers of the ‘70s (a decade that had a fair few great ones) and is as effective today as it was when it first hit cinemas.
Watch Ratatouille on Now TV
Every film from Pixar is a joy, and Ratatouille is no exception. Don’t let the fact that its about a talking rat put you off – you’re certain to be in tears by the end.
Remy is a rat who aspires to one day become a top French chef. However, he doesn’t realise that his kind are treated like vermin by humans. However, he gets the opportunity to live out his dream when he meets Alfredo Linguini, a garbage boy at a top Parisian restaurant.
Watch Die Hard on Now TV
Arguably the best action movie ever made – not to mention the best Christmas movie – Die Hard changed the face of the blockbuster by giving us a new mould of action star. Bruce Willis’s damaged John McClane is worlds away from the over-muscled super soldiers of Stallone and Schwarzenegger, and all the more human for it.
Not that he’s the only reason to love Die Hard. There’s the action, the sharp script, the subtle seasonal touches, and – of course – Alan Rickman’s iconic villain Hans Gruber. It’s hard to believe that this was the actor’s big screen debut, and he remains one of the best baddies ever.
I Am Legend
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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 TV
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 TV 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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