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Movies to Watch on SHOWTIME

Wondering what to cue up on SHOWTIME? We have over 60 movie recommendations to choose from.

Like every other premium channel, SHOWTIME® was in the 24/7 movies business long before it branched out into creating its own shows. In 2023, SHOWTIME is still very much a movie channel, carrying more than 500 recent and classic feature films at any given time, though a few bombs do slip through. Ever seen The Jesus Rolls, an obscure sequel to The Big Lebowski? Would not recommend.

We would, however, recommend the following movies on SHOWTIME. Worth noting: If you’re looking for kids flicks, check out corporate cousin Paramount+ because everything on SHOWTIME is rated PG and up.

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SHOWTIME movie recommendations

Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

You’ve likely heard about Everything Everywhere All at Once, but if you haven’t seen it, prepare yourself—the title says it all. A middle-aged laundromat owner’s (Michelle Yeoh) dull life gets turned upside down and every other direction when she’s pulled into the multiverse to stop a villain bent on crushing all the realities. What follows is the most exhilarating and imagination-exploding 140 minutes ever filmed, with Emmy and Golden Globe winner Yeoh (mostly) in control.

X (A24)

X (2022)

Before she wowed the world in Wednesday as, well, Wednesday, Jenna Ortega co-starred in this A24 horror movie about an adult film shoot gone all the way wrong in 1979 Texas. Director Ti West (The House of the Devil) simultaneously pays tribute to classic slasher flicks and upends the whole genre with amped-up gore, sex, and terror—all set to a chilly soundtrack by goth rocker Chelsea Wolfe. X is the first entry of a trilogy that includes the prequel Pearl (2022) and MaXXXine (now in production).

Confess, Fletch (2022)

Chevy Chase goofily immortalized journalist Irwin M. “Fletch” Fletcher in 1985’s Fletch (not so much in 1989’s Fletch Lives), but Jon Hamm takes the character in a slicker direction in Confess, Fletch. He’s still a wisecracking troublemaker with few social filters, but Hamm’s Fletch is a competent investigator—who happens to become a murder suspect while tracking down a stolen art collection. Confess, Fletch is a fun, twisty mystery-comedy that sticks the landing. (Streaming on Paramount+)

Almost Famous (2000)

Unlike Pulp Fiction, Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous doesn’t get its due as a quintessential film. This is the straightforward, semi-autobiographical story of an aspiring Rolling Stone journalist (Patrick Fugit) on tour with the cusp-of-stardom ’70s band Stillwater (fronted by Jason Lee). It’s sweeter and funnier than you’d expect from a debauched rock and roll fable. Also, Kate Hudson is so good here as band groupie Penny Lane that she hasn’t topped it in 23 years of rom-coms. (Streaming on Paramount+)

Dio: Dreamers Never Die (2022)

You don’t have to be a heavy metal fan to enjoy the decades-spanning journey of singer Ronnie James Dio—but it helps. The iconic frontman of Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and the eponymous Dio passed away in 2010. Dreamers Never Die is more of a celebration of his vision and perseverance than a dark Behind the Music exposé. The documentary’s biggest reveal: Dio got his musical start as a ’50s pop singer even before the Beatles.

More SHOWTIME movie recommendations

Recommended drama movies on SHOWTIME

  • Good Time
  • Midsommar
  • Moneyball
  • Room
  • Seven
  • The Truman Show
  • Uncut Gems
  • Violet
  • Young Adult
  • Zodiac

Recommended comedy movies on SHOWTIME

  • The Big Lebowski
  • Bodies Bodies Bodies
  • Dazed & Confused
  • Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Drinking Buddies
  • Lady Bird
  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
  • Reefer Madness
  • She’s All That
  • Valley Girl

Recommended action movies on SHOWTIME

  • Becky
  • Congo
  • Face/Off
  • Logan Lucky
  • The Man In the Iron Mask
  • New York Ninja
  • The Running Man
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • Shooter
  • Walking Tall

Recommended sci-fi movies on SHOWTIME

  • Annihilation
  • Congo
  • Ellie & Abbie
  • Lamb
  • Men
  • Paradise Hills
  • Robotapocalypse
  • Snowpiercer
  • Source Code
  • The Stepford Wives

Recommended horror movies on SHOWTIME

  • Afflicted
  • Immanence
  • It Comes at Night
  • The Last Matinee
  • Megalodon Rising
  • Pearl
  • The Retreat
  • Student Body
  • V for Vengeance
  • Wrong Turn

Recommended documentary movies on SHOWTIME

  • Anvil! The Story of Anvil
  • Belushi
  • Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James
  • Kevin Garnett: Anything is Possible
  • McEnroe
  • Meet Me in the Bathroom
  • NYC Point Gods
  • Sheryl
  • Sid & Judy
  • Whitney: Can I Be Me

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