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Best movies On NOW: TV worth watching (September 2021)

The best NOW movies to watch whenever you like.

Best movies On NOW: TV worth watching (September 2021)
17 September 2021

NOW's Sky Cinema service offers a lot of the same premiere movies as those found on Sky TV subscription, which usually costs a lot more which means when it comes to choosing the best movies on NOW, there's a lot to choose from.

UPDATE: Two new movies have landed on NOW - Gunpowder Milkshake and Bombshell. While we can't quite bring ourselves to add Gunpowder Milkshake to this best NOW movies list, it is a lot of fun (Karen Gillan and Leana Heady star as mother-daughter assassins) even if it's not that original. We have added Bombshell, though. It's a great movie that charts the sexual harassment allegations that lead to Fox News CEO Roger Ailes to resign.

A Sky Cinema pass grants access to over a thousand movies on demand, and a new premiere is added every day. The latest must-not-miss movies including Knives Out.

Get the popcorn ready and claim your spot on the sofa: this is our pick of the best movies on NOW: TV that's well worth watching. Upvote your favourite and suggest your own additions for this list at the bottom.

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1. Raiders of the Lost Ark

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All of the Indiana Jones movie are now on NOW TV but Raiders is our pick. It's one of the best movies of the 80s that needs no introduction. It's got everything you want. Indy! A big rolling ball! Nazis! Nazis whose face melt! Brilliant fun.

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2. The Shawshank Redemption

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One of the greatest movies of all time, The Shawshank Redemption is a fantastic adaptation of Stephen King's novella, focusing on the friendship of two men incarcarated in the notorious Shawshank prison. Both Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins excel as the prisoners wanting a better life.

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3. Joker

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One of the most divisive films of the decade, Joker is a skewed and brutal look at the beginnings of the DC villain. The movie has a Scorsese vibe throughout and takes no punches in how it portrays Arthur Fleck, the wannabe comedian who never quite gets the laughs he wants. Yes, it's mostly surface tension but you have to admire director Todd Phillips for trying to bring realism to Gotham's clown prince.

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4. Jojo Rabbit

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Jojo Rabbit is a fantastic film by Taika Waititi. It takes a sensitive subject - World War II and nazis - and manages to make a compassionate comedy out of it. The cast list is fantastic, including Waitit himself, Sam Rockwell and Scarlet Johansson but it's Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo who steals the show.

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5. The Wolf of Wall Street

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Another cracker from Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. This movie is a fantastic true tale of how Jordan Belfort managed to climb the ranks of Wall Street, becoming one of the most successful stock brokers thanks to some rather dodgy means. It’s a good three hours long but it flies by, thanks to the deft directing an DiCaprio’s fantastic performance.

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6. Psycho

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Classic psychological thriller Psycho is now available to watch on Now TV. It's a movie classic and for good reason. Hitchcock amps up the tension, terror and creepiness without even showing us any actual violence. It's a must-watch for film-lovers or those who need a twist to their horror rather than all out gore.

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7. Le Mans ‘66

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An old-fashioned Hollywood tale, starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, Le Mans 66 is a full-throttle look at the fight between Ford and Ferrari to win the prestigious racing title. Packed with far more emotional heft than we were expecting, and some really frenetic race scenes, this is one hell of a crowd pleaser.

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8. Promising Young Woman

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Promising Young Woman is a fantastic film that shines a cold light on 'good men' and their actions around women. Carey Mulligan is Cassie, someone scarred by their past who takes men to task for their actions with staggering results. It's an uncomfortable movie, that gets dark at times but an utterly essential watch.

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9. Total Recall

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Both versions of Total Recall are now on NOW TV but it’s the 1990 version that you really need to care about. Arnold Schwarzenegger is brilliant as a confused construction worker who may or may not have booked himself on a mind-altering holiday to Mars. Full of violence, humour and some slick special effects this one movie we can’t believe is 30 years old now.

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10. Whiplash

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You will never want to play the drums after watching this movie, such is the intensity of drum teacher JK Simmons performance. He’s ferocious as the jazz drum teacher trying to get the most out of his pupil Mile Teller. Director Damien Chazelle has created a brilliant, brutal movie about pushing things to the extreme in the search for perfection.

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11. The Invisible Man

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A fantastic horror movie that takes the original idea of HG Wells' classic novel and gives it a modern makeover, where the 'monster' might be an ex violent abuser of Cecilia (a fantastic Elisabeth Moss). Director Leigh Whannell treats the movie with real maturity and it is a riveting watch.

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12. Mad Max: Fury Road

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A film that pretty much plays out like one big car chase, Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the best action movies ever made. Director George Miller has performed miracles to get this movie made and it's all to see on the screen. The cast are brilliant and we may well see some of them again in the prequel Furiosa.

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13. Zack Snider's Justice League

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Yes it's four hours long and completely self indulgent. And, yes, it's in 4:3 which means stupid black bars down the side of the picture but this is a must watch. It is so different to the movie that was first released, adding in a ton more footage and really is an epic watch. This is definitely one for the fans.

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14. Moneyball

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Nope, we didn’t think we could get excited by a movie about statistics and baseball, either, but this is a wonderful movie with a big hearty message: even if you aren’t the best, you can still win. Brad Pitt stars as a baseball coach who has a ragtag team to deal with, but has an ace up his sleeve: a brand-new way to figure out how to play to the strengths of the team he has got.

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15. Knives Out

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Knives Out is fantastic fun. A whodunnit written and directed by Rian Johnson, it has an all-star cast and plays out like the ultimate Agatha Christie novel. Daniel Craig stars as a detective sent in to investigate the death of a rich father. Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana de Armas, Michael Shannon and Toni Collette also star.

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16. Shazam

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Based on the DC comics character Shazam, this 2019 movie was a hit at the box office and is a refreshing superhero film about Billy Batson, who is chosen by the ancient wizard Shazam as his new champion. He gets all kinds of superpowers and Billy teams up with his best friend to play around with his new powers and defeat the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

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17. Jurassic Park

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The original Jurassic Park trilogy is currently available to stream on NOW, as well as Jurassic World. Hopefully these will get you in the mood for the upcoming Jurassic World sequel, Jurassic World Dominion which is heading to cinemas in 2022. If we had to pick one, then it's got to be the original Jurassic Park - without a doubt one of the best monster movies ever made

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18. The Hunt

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Originally pulled from release due to a real-life atrocity happening on the weekend it was meant to be in theatres, The Hunt is a controversial look at rich people who hunt other people for kicks. Actually, the plot is far more nuanced than that, shifting perspectives regularly and having a lot of fun with it. It's not perfect but it flies by and it's always great to see Betty Gilpin in anything

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19. Blade II

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Blade II is exceptional comic-book movie fodder. Directed by Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro, it's a movie that adds more fantastical elements to the Blade franchise, one that ups the violence and really broadens the scope of the vampiric vigilante. From the set pieces, to the genius decision to have one of the Bros bros in as the main big bad, Blade II is brilliant fun.

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20. La La Land

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La La Land is a superb homage to the musicals of old, with two fantastic leads. Both Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds are brilliant as two people - a musician and actress - who are stuck in a rut and have to decide whether they should keep following their dreams or face reality. Some fantastic dancing ensues.

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21. The United States Vs Billie Holiday

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There are better biopics but The United States Vs Billie Holiday is all about Andra Day's sublime central performance, which recently won her a Golden Globe. We see Holiday go through the 30s to 50s garnering acclaim for her voice but she becomes a target of the government and spirals out of control.

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22. Logan Lucky

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Steven Soderbergh's latest movie is a fun crime caper that has an ensemble cast to die for. The likes of Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Daniel Craig and Seth MacFarlane all star and Soderbergh gets David Holmes back to do the soundtrack.

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23. Little Women

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Little Women is an absolute gem of a movie and cements Greta Gerwig as one of the best directors around. Saoirse Ronan is Jo March, a struggling writer. She heads home when her sister becomes ill and through flashbacks we find out about their relationship alongside two more sisters. Told in this non-linear way is just one of the many inventive ways Gerwig brings Louisa May Alcott's celebrated novel to life.

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24. Bad Education

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This was originally an HBO movie but it could easily be shown on the big screen. Hugh Jackman puts in a fantastic performance as superintendent. Dr Frank Tassone who has seen his high school go up the ranks which is all well and good until we find out that its rise is all part of a huge embezzlement scheme. The most shocking thing about this story is that it’s based on actual events. Allison Janney also stars and, as always, is impeccable in her role as Tassone’s assistant.

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25. Bad Boys For Life

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Well, this is far better than it has any right to be. Bad Boys For Life is a brilliant look at the team who are older but not wiser. Joined by a younger team, the movie manages to navigate a ludicrous plot involving Mexican cartels and proves to us just why we needed to see Will Smith and Martin Lawrence on screen on more time.

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26. Tenet

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Tenet is a mind-bending puzzle that plays around with time and will have you scratching your head half the time and jumping for joy the next. It's a film that demands a rewatch, so it's perfect then for NOW as you can stream it as many times as you want. Plot? Ha, we're aren't even going to try and explain that one - we'll leave it for you to interpret.

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27. Bombshell

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Bombshell is a fascinating look at the women who accused then Fox News CEO of sexual harassment and the repercussions this brings to them and the news industry as a whole. Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie all star and are fantastic. Theron is almost unrecognisable, wearing prosthetics to portray news anchor Megyn Kelly.

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28. The Lighthouse

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This is certainly not everyone's cup of tea but if you fancy a black-and-white psychological horror about two grizzled lighthouse keepers - played by Robert Pattinson and Willem Defoe - then this is the movie for you. It looks fantastic, with some stupendous moments of dialogue, as well as some brilliantly bizarre bits.

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29. Bill & Ted Face The Music

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Bill & Ted Face The Music is a huge nostalgia blast and while it isn't quite as fun as the previous efforts it's bloody brilliant to see these characters back. Bill & Ted (Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter) have failed in their bid to unite the world and now there is one last ditch effort to create the perfect song. The way they go about doing it: going through time and trying to steal it from themselves. Think about it too much and the whole thing unravels but it's still a lot of fun.

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30. Wonder Woman 1984

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Wonder Woman 1984 launched to mix reviews back just before Christmas last year. We don't know if it was because we saw it on the big screen (after not being at the cinema for over a year) or if we were in a good mood at the time, but we are fans of the nostalgia blast it offers. Gal Gadot is great once again as Wonder Woman, while the plot is very comic-booky with Pedro Pascal and Kristen Wiig hamming it up as the main bad folk.

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