10 Top Movies on Paramount+ Right Now (Including a Classic Will Ferrell Comedy)

FROM 'Anchorman' to 'The Lost City'

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There's no streaming service quite like Paramount+ (formerly known as CBS All Access). Aside from offering a wealth of CBS programs and childhood classics, the streaming service also boasts original titles like Star Trek: Discovery and Yellowstone's popular spinoff, 1923. Even better, subscribers can enjoy an impressive line-up of popular films, which is why we're highlighting 10 of the top movies on Paramount+ right now (which also happen to be 10 of the best movies on Paramount+), according to the streaming service.

The streaming platform, which has plans as low as $6 a month after a one-week trial, is often sidelined compared to popular streaming giants like Netflix and Apple TV+. But guys, one look at its growing collection will make you think twice about dismissing the service. From Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy to The Lost City, keep scrolling for 10 of the most popular films on Paramount+ (in no particular order), plus our pick of the week.

Editor’s Pick of the Week: Mission: Impossible—Dead Reckoning Part 1 (2023)

  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg
  • Run Time: 163 minutes
  • Genre: Action

IMF agent Ethan Hunt and his team embark on yet another intense and deadly mission in the seventh installment of this spy action franchise. Only this time, they race to track down a lethal weapon before it falls into the wrong hands and ultimately destroys all of humanity.

In 2023, the Christopher McQuarrie film received Oscar nominations for Best Sound and Best Visual Effects, making this the first Mission: Impossible movie to be nominated for an Academy Award.

1. PAW Patrol: The Movie (2021)

  • Cast: Tyler Perry, Dax Shepard, Iain Armitage
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Genre: Family-friendly comedy

If you’re looking for a family-friendly streaming option, you’ve come to the right place. In this movie, the PAW Patrol must save the citizens of Adventure City when their rival, Humdinger, takes over as mayor. 

Once you’ve watched the original, be sure to tune into the entire franchise of films, including PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, PAW Patrol: Super Charged, PAW Patrol: Jet to the Rescue and PAW Patrol: Mission Paw.

2. The Big Short (2015)

  • Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

The film is inspired by the U.S. mortgage housing crisis of 2005, and it follows three parallel stories. It all begins when Michael Burry becomes the target of several greedy opportunists after betting against the housing market. 

The film features an all-star cast, including Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, John Magaro, Finn Wittrock, Hamish Linklater, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong and Marisa Tomei. 

3. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy

The storyline is reminiscent of The Morning Show, but it’s way more comical. The film focuses on Ron Burgundy, the famous anchorman of San Diego’s KVWN channel 4. When a talented female journalist becomes his co-anchor, he's forced to prove his worth.

The film was so successful, it spawned a comedy film franchise that includes Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

4. Instant Family (2018)

  • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Octavia Spencer
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy

Meet Pete and Ellie, a couple who are so determined to start a family, they explore the idea of foster care. Although they originally want to adopt one child, everything changes when they meet a trio of siblings who need a home. Can they successfully take on instant parenthood? 

The feel-good film has an ideal mix of comedic and heartwarming moments. Cast members include Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Merced, Octavia Spencer, Gustavo Escobar and Julianna Gamiz.

5. The Lost City (2022)

  • Cast: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy

Sandra Bullock plays Loretta Sage, a romance novelist who crafts a hit book that features Alan (Channing Tatum) as the cover model. However, when Sage gets kidnapped by a man (Daniel Radcliffe), Alan must come to her rescue.

The Lost City also features major names like Da'Vine Joy Randolph (Office Christmas Party), Patti Harrison (Shrill) and Oscar Nunez (The Office).

6. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

  • Cast: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Kathryn Hahn
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Genre: Romantic comedy

Andie Anderson is an advice columnist who’s working on a new story: how to lose a guy in ten days. Everything falls into place when she meets a handsome man, who fits the criteria. Little does she know, he also made a bet about the future of their relationship. 

The rom-com originally premiered in 2003, and it’s been a fan-favorite ever since. One of the biggest takeaways is the undeniable on-screen chemistry between Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey.

7. Talk to Me (2022)

  • Cast: Sophie Wilde, Alexandra Jensen, Joe Bird
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Genre: Horror

The story follows a group of friends who discover they can use an embalmed hand (#gross) to conjure spirits. It doesn’t take long for them to take the party game too far by unleashing a supernatural force. 

The film is a must-watch for fans of the supernatural horror genre. Cast members include Sophie Wilde, Alexandra Jensen, Joe Bird, Otis Dhanji, Miranda Otto and Zoe Terakes.

8. Bumblebee (2018)

  • Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr.
  • Run Time: 113 minures
  • Genre: Action

When 18-year-old Charlie Watson stumbles upon an old yellow Volkswagen Beetle, the last thing she expects is for the vehicle to transform into an Autobot. After naming him "Bumblebee," Charlie learns that the autobot must embark on a mission to save the planet from evil forces.

9. Clueless (1995)

  • Cast: Alicia Silverstone Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy

Arguably the most quotable teen comedy of the '90s (“As if!”), Clueless follows Cher Horowitz, a popular high school student who takes it upon herself to give the "tragically unhip" new girl, Tai, a makeover. Her kind gesture backfires, however, when Tai’s transformation makes her the most popular girl in school. Watch for Cher's epic fashion looks and this rousing monologue.

10. Scream VI (2023)

  • Cast: Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Genre: Horror

Set 25 years after a string of murders occurred in Woodsboro, this sequel follows four survivors as they head to New York to get a fresh start. Unfortunately, the masked killer resurfaces and starts to hunt them down.

Fun fact, the movie became the first installment in the franchise to earn over $100 million at the U.S. box office since Scream 2. (With so many solid performances and genuine scares, this comes as no surprise.)

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