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

The best NOW movies to watch whenever you like.

Best movies On NOW: TV worth watching (April 2021)
16 April 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: Promising Young Woman is one of the most anticipated movies in recent memory and now it is available to watch, exclusively on Sky Cinema. The film, which makes our best NOW movies list stars Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie and the ever-brilliant Clancy Brown. It's a movie steeped in the MeToo movement and sometimes a hard watch but an essential one. It won best original film and best original screenplay at the BAFTAs and deserves all the awards it will certainly get.

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 include Promising Young Woman.

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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Best Movies On NOW

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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. 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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3. Spider-Man: Far From Home

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Yes, this is the second Spider-Man movie on our list of the best Now TV movies, but can you blame us? Tom Holland brings such a likeable, funny, authentic presence to the latest run of Spider-Man movies, which make them some of our favourites of the whole MCU. Far From Home doesn't disappoint and adds the brilliant Jake Gyllenhaal into the mix as Mysterio.

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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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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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. 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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12. 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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13. 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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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. 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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16. 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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17. 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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18. Frozen 2

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Officially the biggest animated movie of all time, Frozen 2 is an epic, darker update to the Frozen saga. It's not as good as the first one as it tries to overcomplicate things but there's a lot to love here and the new songs are simply magical - as is the amazing animation.

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19. The King of Staten Island

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While not as well known in the UK, Peter Donaldson is one of the biggest comedy stars in the US, thanks to Saturday Night Live. Here he stars as a heightened version of himself, where we follow his story about his tough upbringing in New Yor. Judd Apatow directs and it's a great watch.

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20. Judy

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Renée Zellweger is fantastic as the showbiz legend Judy Garland, keeping afloat this biopic that focuses on the later years of Garland's life. There are flashbacks, to her time in the land of OZ, but it's in the present where we see the real Garland and all that comes with that. It's easy to see why Zellweger won an Oscar for her role - she's simply makestic

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21. 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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22. 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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23. 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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25. Birds of Prey

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With Shazam and Birds of Prey, DC has proven that its movies can indeed go up against Marvel in the fun stakes. Birds of Prey is a brilliant vehicle for Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn and is a candy-filled riot from beginning to end.

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26. 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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27. 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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28. Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw

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Don't come to this expecting Shakespeare but as a spin-off of one of the most successful franchises of all time, this is brilliant fun. Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) last seen in Fast & Furious, try and stop bickering for five minutes to stop a terrorist threat. It's big, it's not clever but boy is it fun.

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29. The Jesus Rolls

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While we're not entirely convinced The Big Lebowski needed a spin-off, this is a great little movie focusing on Jesus, the eccentric 10-pin bowler from the Cohen Brothers' original movie. It's a strange film, part remake of another movie and part Lebowski-lite but John Turturro excels once more in the character and there's enough quirk here for it to work.

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30. Crawl

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One of the best horror movies in recent years, Crawl's premise is a little hackneyed: a killer croc (or two) is on the loose after a hurricane. But the way the tension is presented, coupled with a brilliant star turn by Kaya Scodelario, is just fantastic. It was one of Tarantino's favourite movie of 2019 and it's easy to see why.

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31. Ad Astra

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This isn’t for everyone. But if you are in the mood for a cerebral slow burner that sees Brad Pitt on the search for his presumed dead astronaut father in the reaches of space then this is the movie for you. Director James Gray has a keen eye for beautiful imagery and while the script could do with a polish, it’s a compelling watch

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32. Dora and the Lost City of Gold

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Dora and the Lost City of Gold is brilliant family fun. It knows exactly where it's come from, embracing the cartoon but adding a nice dollop of camp. This is essentially a lost 80s movie with some bang up to date morals. Lovely stuff - and Isabela Moner is brilliant as Dora.

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