Best Movies Streaming Right Now

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

Need something to stream? What a coincidence! I have a whole list of streaming titles below! Good think you clicked on this link. Below you’ll find titles streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and more. There’s the political thriller All The President’s Men, the game-changing The Matrix, Steven Spielberg’s misunderstood A.I.: Artificial Intelligence,  Peter Jackson’s very long King Kong remake, the surprisingly funny and sexy Sleeping With Other People, and more. Drama, horror, rom-coms, true stories – you want it, you’ve got it.

These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.

The Best Movies Streaming Right Now

1. All The President’s Men
Now Streaming on FilmStruck

Release Date: 1976

Genre: Political thriller

Director: Alan J. Pakula

Cast: Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, Hal Holbrook, Jason Robards

Once upon a time, there was a massively corrupt man elected to the highest office in the land. He thought he was above the law, and attempted to subvert the constitution and the American justice system as we know it. But enough about the current President of the United States, let’s talk about All The President’s Men. Alan J. Pakula‘s thriller about Watergate is (tragically) more relevant than ever. Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman are reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who start digging into the Watergate burglary and start turning up all sorts of corruption. Pakula and the script by William Goldman makes journalism exciting and thrilling – typewriter keys slam down with the crack of gunshots, sources meet in shadowy parking garages, and conspiracy looms large. Most of all, All The President’s Men is a reminder that we’ve been here before. But that doesn’t mean we know for sure how it’s all going to end.

For fans of: The PostDickZodiac, reminiscing about a time when political journalists cared more about breaking a story than maintaining access.

2. The Matrix
Now Streaming on Hulu

Release Date: 1999

Genre: Sci-fi action

Directors:  The Wachowskis

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano

In 1999, the Wachowskis changed the movie landscape as we know with The Matrix, a mind-blowing sci-fi action film that caught everyone off-guard. I can distinctly remember seeing The Matrix opening weekend in a packed theater, and I can remember feeling the electricity in the air as the audience collectively lost their damn minds at what they were seeing. In the opening few minutes of the film, Carrie-Anne Moss‘ character Trinity leaps into the air, at which point the scene freezes and the camera pans around her in a half-circle. I can still remember the cry of joyous surprise that rose up from that audience as they saw that. And the minute the movie ended, I remember thinking: “I have to see that again.” Movies like this are a rare thing, and when they come along, we need to hold onto them. By now, some of The Matrix‘s plot machinations – futuristic hokum about people being used as batteries for machines while also living in a simulated world – may seem a bit cliched. But the story isn’t as important as the way it unfolds. There’s a joy in watching Keanu Reeves navigate this world, and slowly learn to kick ass in the process. Some movies – especially movies from the ’90s – lose their luster as the years drag on. The Matrix remains fresh. (And let’s just ignore those sequels, shall we? Although they’re also streaming on Hulu, should you feel the urge to watch them.)

For fans of: InceptionTronBlade Runner, sick Hot Topic fashions.

3. A.I.: Artificial Intelligence 
Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

Release Date: 2001

Genre: Sci-fi

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O’Connor, Brendan Gleeson, William Hurt

I recently wrote a few thousand words on A.I., but a I suppose a few more can’t hurt. In 2001, Steven Spielberg‘s A.I. left some audiences thrilled, and others puzzled. Spielberg had taken over a project started decades ago by Stanley Kubrick, and infused his own sensibilities onto the narrative. At the same time, A.I. maintains Kubrick’s pessimistic streak. Spielberg’s eternal optimism should clash with Kubrick’s misanthropy, but instead, the film becomes something of a minor miracle. Haley Joel Osment is a robot boy desperate to be loved, but does he even understand what love is – or is it all part of his programming? Filled with stunning sequences involving futuristic landscapes, A.I. is one of Spielberg’s best, and most challenging, films.

For fans of: Minority Report2001: A Space OdysseyPinocchio, bleak endings that people somehow confuse as happy endings.

4. Before Sunrise
Now Streaming on FilmStruck

Release Date: 1995

Genre: Romantic drama

Director: Richard Linklater

Cast: Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy

Even the coldest cynic can’t help but sigh contentedly at Richard Linklater‘s Before Sunrise. With this film, Linklater kicked-off his Before… trilogy, and made the world of movies a better place. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are two strangers who meet on a train. After this chance encounter, the two decide to spend the day together strolling around Vienna. What follows is a film that seems so simple and yet is so engrossing and captivating. The chemistry between Hawke and Delpy is incredible, and the naturalistic way the duo play off each other is a wonder to behold. Ultimately, this is a film about two people walking and talking, yet Linklater finds ways to make it all so exciting and cinematic. Much of this lies in where he places his camera – usually in front of the duo, as if we’re walking just ahead of them looking back. The follow-up film, Before Sunset, is even better than Sunrise, but as a launchpad for the trilogy, Before Sunrise is a treat.

For fans of: Before SunsetBefore MidnightCertified Copy, falling in love.

5. Thief
Now Streaming on Hulu

Release Date: 1981

Genre: Crime thriller

Director: Michael Mann

Cast: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Robert Prosky, Willie Nelson

Michael Mann made his feature directorial debut with his gritty crime drama. James Caan is a master jewel thief who wants to quit his life of crime and settle down with Tuesday Weld. Caan decides to make enough money so that he can quit for good, but unfortunately, that means he has to take a job with a dangerous gangster, played by Robert Prosky. Needless to say, things don’t go according to plan. Maan shoots Thief as a film set during long nights, bathed in buzzing lights and humming neon. It’s a gorgeous yet cold film, loaded with style and drama. Caan is dynamite, and the score by Tangerine Dream pulses and hums. Crime doesn’t pay, but it sure looks cool here.

For fans of: HeatCollateralMiami Vice, James Caan’s unbuttoned shirt collars.

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