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.
The Cinema membership 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 Cinema membership costs £11.99 per month, and it's worth pointing out that it's separate from the TV membership, 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 our our picks of the best films on Sky Cinema.
There are more than a thousand films included in the Sky Cinema membership 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 membership 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.
The Shawshank Redemption
There are a handful of films that you'll always remember as masterpieces, and The Shawshank Redemption is one of them.
Based on a novella by Stephen King, the film follows two men who are imprisoned over a number of years who bond over their shared experiences in confinement. Bank Merchant Andy Dufresne has been convicted of the murder of his wife, whilst longtime convict "Red" is influential in what happens inside the prison walls.
A fair warning - this isn't exactly a casual watch. Bring tissues, and prepare yourself.
Back To The Future
Now features all three movies in the Back To The Future franchise, and without a doubt the best one of the three is the first one.
Michael J Fox stars as Marty McFly, a young man who with the help of an eccentric scientist called Doc (Christopher Lloyd), goes back to 1955 to ensure that both of his parents meet to ensure that he still exists in the present day.
Not only is the film hilarious, but its also a staple for any sci-fi fan - and seeing Marty muddle his way through the fifties is a wild ride.
How To Train Your Dragon
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.
Shrek is arguably one of the great animated films of all time, with a stellar cast and quotable jokes long after it first debuted in cinemas.
Shrek (Mike Myers) is a solitary Ogre, perfectly happy being feared by society and living on his swamp. However, in order to protect his land he must go on a quest to rescue a princess (Cameron Diaz) who is locked away in a tower.
Shrek teams up with Donkey (Eddie Murphey), as the two encounter fire-breathing dragons and other obstacles to return the princess to her husband-to-be, Lord Farquad.
The Lego Movie
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.
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.
Birds Of Prey
DC films don't always hit the mark, but this all-women ensemble led by Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is a breath of fresh air for the franchise, with Deadpool-esque humour.
Harley is still getting over her break-up with Mr J, and decides to create her own path and fight her own battles. She ends up in a dispute with the terrifying villain, Black Mask.
Harley teams up with Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from the evil villain's clutches.
Both the first and second movies in the Paddington franchise are available on Now, but the second is a true standout. Not only does it feature a heart-warming story (that will make you cry), but it also has Hugh Grant playing one of the most outlandish roles ever with Phoenix Buchanan.
Paddington is determined to get his hands on a one-of-a-king handmade pop-up book of London for his Aunt Lucy. However, in true Paddington fashion, things don't go according to plan.
There's prison breakouts, musical numbers and train chases - what more could you want?
Bridget Jones's Diary
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.
Justice League Snyder Cut
We couldn't have a list of the best movies on Now and not include the infamous director's cut of the 2017 superhero ensemble, Justice League. Sure, it's over four hours long and includes many scenes you'll have seen in the original - but it's still one of the most ambitious rereleases we've ever seen.
Expect a much darker tone than what we saw in the original, as well as some appearances from villains that never made the cut the first time around - including Darkseid and Jared Leto's Joker.
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 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.
The Truman Show
There's many classic Jim Carrey films to choose from, but The Truman Show is arguably the most clever and nuanced of the lot. Truman Burbank is living his typical suburban life - or so he thinks. The town he lives in is actually the world's largest set ever built, and everyone he knows is actually an actor.
And we mean everyone. His wife, his best friend, his co-workers and even his family are all in on making Truman the unknowing star of this reality-sitcom. However, when someone else gets inside the world to tell Truman what is really going on, things begin to unravel.
This is one of those flicks that you can watch over and over and still find new details to discover - and of course like any classic Jim Carrey film, it's hilarious.
The Dark Knight
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.
Whilst Disney Plus boasts most of the Marvel franchise, it is sorely lacking on Spider-Man content. However, Now has the rights to the first Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland.
After joining the fight in Germany against Captain America and the other rebel Avengers, Peter Parker is waiting for Tony Stark to get in contact for his next assignment as the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. However, he keeps getting ghosted by his mentor.
When he finally stumbles across a criminal organisation, things get very complicated, very fast. This is up there as one of the best MCU flicks to date - and is a great cross between a superhero film and a coming-of-age comedy.
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.
The Theory Of Everything
Got your tissues at the ready? You'll need them for The Theory Of Everything.
Eddie Redmayne stars as Professor Stephen Hawking - the world-famous physicist. The film follows Hawking's live starting in the sixties as a Cambridge student, where he falls in love with Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones).
When Stephen discovers he has motor neuron disease as a young adult, he continues to persevere through his illness and make ground-breaking discoveries in his career, with Jane by his side throughout it all.
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Now has all the films in the Indiana Jones film franchise - but if you're going to watch one then it should be Raiders of the Lost Ark. The film is not only the first in the series, but undoubtedly the best.
And what more could you want? Harrison Ford plays an adventuring archaeologist who explores the world, runs from giant boulders and punches Nazis. Every mission Indie is on leaves him an inch away from death - and it's amazing to see how he pulls himself out of every sticky situation.
Doctor Sleep is the sequel of the classic horror novel, The Shining. It does reference the classic Stanley Kubrick film with Jack Nicholson, but also has its own creepy and disturbing twist to it that make it one of a kind.
Starring Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson, Doctor Sleep follows a grown-up Danny Torrance who is struggling with the trauma of his past. When he finds a young girl who also shares the power of The Shine, he must do what he can to protect her.
I Am Legend
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.
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 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.