35 Best Movies on Showtime Right Now

35 Best Movies on Showtime Right Now

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If you have Showtime, it’s probably not your only subscription. And so while it might be easy to forget, you probably wonder about how to take advantage of your subscription. 

So below, we count down the best highly-rated movies on the platform. 

35. After Innocence (2005)

7.6

Country

United States of America

Director

Jessica Sanders

Moods

Instructive, Thought-provoking

This documentary follows eight men whose convictions were recently overturned based on exonerating evidence. Proven innocent after many years in the US prison system, they are suddenly free to return to the communities they had been expelled from, without any of the usual obligations (or resources) associated with parole or probation.

The exonerations featured in the film are largely thanks to the work of the Innocence Project, a nonprofit legal organization that works to free the wrongfully convicted through DNA testing and criminal justice system reform. While their work is central to the documentary, it’s also clear that these failings of the system represent only the tip of the iceberg. What makes the movie unforgettable, though, is the exonerees’ struggle to make sense of what remains possible in their lives, to embrace hope and reconcile with profound loss. All in all, it is as much a study of the deep costs of injustice as it is one of buoyant resilience.

34. The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

7.6

Country

United States of America

Director

Joe Talbot

Actors

Andy Roy, Daewon Song, Danny Glover, Finn Wittrock

Moods

Quirky, Smart, Thought-provoking

Like a Wes Anderson movie, The Last Black Man in San Francisco takes artistic risks and nails every one of them. There are many quirky, aesthetically well-studied, and even funny aspects to this moving story.

Jimmie has been maintaining a typical San Francisco Victorian house, regularly painting the windows and watering the plants. One small problem: other people live there and they don’t want him around. It turns out this was once Jimmie’s family house, having been built by his grandfather in 1948, and he misses it deeply.

This story is based on writer Jimmie Fails’ life, as he tried to reclaim his family home in SF. However, it’s not a movie that limits itself to gentrification. It transcends that to being about the universal yearning to find a place to call home.

33. Logan Lucky (2017)

7.7

Country

United States of America

Director

Steven Soderbergh

Actors

Adam Driver, Alex ter Avest, Ann Mahoney, Autumn Dial

Moods

A-list actors, Funny, No-brainer

Two brothers played by Channing Tatum and Adam Driver decide to rob a local NASCAR event, the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

They put together a team to help them, with Daniel Craig as the demolition expert and Katie Holmes as the gateway driver. Other big names behind this project are actors Seth MacFarlane and Hilary Swank; and director Steven Soderbergh, who is best known for Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Thirteen, and Magic Mike.

The main characters are cheerful and just goofy enough to be completely unpredictable. Their heist is as chaotic as it is random, which inevitably leads to many funny moments. The performances by the whole cast are amazing, Daniel Craig is almost unrecognizable.

A friend once described this movie as Ocean’s 7 Eleven, and it’s hard to come up with a better line.

32. Swiss Army Man (2016)

7.7

Country

Sweden, United States of America

Director

Dan Kwan, Daniel Kwan

Actors

Aaron Marshall, Andy Hull, Antonia Ribero, Daniel Radcliffe

Moods

Funny, Mind-blowing, Sunday

Probably the weirdest film you’ll ever see. Paul Dano plays a borderline suicidal man who befriends a farting corpse that washed up from the sea as played by Daniel Radcliffe. It’s an adventurous, witty and hilarious film yet it is filled with discreet and very deep lessons about society and norms. The soundtrack is so charmingly unique as well, it’s a definite must-watch for anyone looking for a refreshing comedy.

31. Minari (2021)

7.8

Country

United States of America

Director

Lee Isaac Chung

Actors

Chloe Lee, Darryl Cox, Ed Spinelli, Eric Starkey

Moods

Character-driven, Discussion-sparking, Dramatic

Minari is a film written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung, about a Korean-American family in search of the so-called American Dream. It is an intimate drama that is powerful yet quiet, and filled with moments of innocence. With dreamlike scoring, unique characters, and a captivating climax, this movie tugs on the heartstrings, and serves as a great reminder of the beauty of gratitude.

Thanks to these, plus winning performances across the board, Minari earned plenty of nominations at the 2021 Oscars, with Youn Yuh-jung eventually bagging the Best Supporting Actress award—a monumental first for South Korea.

30. The Lighthouse (2019)

7.8

Country

Brazil, Canada, United States of America

Director

Robert Eggers

Actors

Jeff Cruts, Kyla Nicolle, Logan Hawkes, Preston Hudson

Moods

Dark, Slow, Weird

Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe are the only two actors starring in this eccentric movie, and they deliver such grand performances that it feels like another actor would have been one too many.

They star as lighthouse keepers in the 19th century, left on an island to interact only with each other and their rock. It’s a fascinating premise of how these men, left on their own, deal with boredom, loneliness, and being annoyed with one another.

Incredible performances, an interesting aspect ratio, and perhaps excessive weirdness, make this movie unforgettable.

29. Midsommar (2019)

7.8

Country

Sweden, United States of America

Director

Ari Aster

Actors

Agnes Westerlund Rase, Anders Back, Anders Beckman, Anki Larsson

Moods

Challenging, Depressing, Thrilling

You may have heard about this 2019 critic-favorite from clips like this one of a kid running to flee the movie theater during a screening. “little billy ran the f**k out the door”, the caption reads.

You will want to do the same. Recovering from losing her sister and her parents in a single incident, a young girl goes on a trip to Sweden to observe a ritual within a bizarre commune that occurs every 90 years. This cult’s idea of death and their traditions intersect with the girl’s grief to create unthinkable monstrosities.

Note: while some readers praise the movie for its depiction of anxiety, I highly recommend against watching Midsommar if you suffer from panic attacks.

28. Love Jones (1997)

7.9

Country

United States of America

Director

Theodore Witcher

Actors

Bernadette Speakes, Bill Bellamy, Isaiah Washington, Khalil Kain

Moods

A-list actors, Easy, Feel-Good

In this romance from 1997, a photographer and a poet meet in an upscale nightclub in Chicago.

They quickly get together and connect on music, poetry, and photography, but Nina, the photographer, decides to go to New York to mend her relationship with her ex-fiance.

It’s so well-acted, funny, and because it’s been enough time that this has become noticeable, a great depiction of big-city life in the 90s. There is smoking inside, riding a motorcycle without helmets, and top-notch fashion.

The producers said they wanted to make “a contemporary film about African-American life that did not deal with guns and drugs,” and probably because they didn’t make compromises, the film was a commercial failure. In recent years, however, it has been quietly growing into a cult classic.

27. The Watermelon Woman (1996)

7.9

Country

United States of America

Director

Cheryl Dunye, Female director

Actors

Brian Freeman, Cheryl Clarke, Cheryl Dunye, David Rakoff

Moods

Funny, Grown-up Comedy, Slice-of-Life

This drama was the first feature written and directed by an out Black lesbian, Cheryl Dunye, and it is an absolute joy: a cheeky faux-documentary that ingeniously blends lesbian dating life with a historical dive into Black actors in 30s Hollywood.

Dunye plays Cheryl, a self-effacing version of herself, an aspiring director working at a video store who begins to research an actress known as the Watermelon Woman for a documentary. The more Cheryl dives into her research, the more she sees parallels between her subject and her own relationship. 

As incisive as it is funny, The Watermelon Woman shares some common ground with other major indie debuts of the era like Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It and funnily enough Kevin Smith’s Clerks, but Dunye’s style is wholly her own and a dazzling treat to experience.

 

26. Eighth Grade (2018)

7.9

Country

United States of America

Director

Bo Burnham

Actors

Catherine Oliviere, Daniel Zolghadri, Deborah Unger, Elsie Fisher

Moods

Emotional, Sunday, Weird

You live in a strange world. Or at least, that’s what the generation before you thinks. Eight Grade is a movie that follows a girl going through her generation’s strange world. Social media, selfies, Youtube; you name it. But also, the weight of her expectations (as shaped by the internet) versus her reality. Written and directed by famous comedian Bo Burnham, it’s a gentle and often funny look at our anxieties and how they shape our growth. Prepare for a lot of cringes.

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