The Biggest Movies you can watch on Sky TV
From Western to Horror to Sci-fi to Romcom, this definitive list shows some (not all!) of the best movies Sky has to offer.
Joker is an American psychological thriller that focuses on the origin story of the Batman antagonist, pre-Batman. Joaquin Phoenix’s critically-acclaimed performance shows the Joker, otherwise known as Arthur Fleck, as a pitiful figure, born into poverty and soon branded as a freak and shunned by society after failing as a comedian and clown. The film portrays Fleck’s descent into insanity and explores important, relevant themes of mental health, abuse and trauma, nihilism and the failure of the state. It received criticism for these themes but overall gained great critical acclaim, and won Phoenix an Oscar for Best Actor.
Into the Wild
Set to the soundtrack of Eddie Vedder’s euphonious singing voice, this adaptation of the 1996 Biography about the life of Christopher McCandless, otherwise known as Alexander Supertramp, a college student who gave up all his material possessions, his $24,000 savings and his degree to live a solitary existence in the Alaskan wilderness. His journey to Alaska, however, will change his life as he encounters several people and situations who have a profound effect on him.
Widely regarded as one of the best films ever made, this classic favourite stars Marlon Brando as mob-boss and head of family, ‘Don’ Vito Corleone. The film centres around the transmit of power from the Don to his reluctant eldest son, Michael (played by Al Pacino), a decorated WWII marine who has little interest in taking over the family business and his father’s role as ruthless Mafia boss. Shot in 1972 but based on a period starting in 1945 and spanning a number of years, this influential gangster Blockbuster was based on a book of the same name, and won several (well-deserved) awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay and a Best Actor Oscar for Brando.
A classic American rom-com starring Audrey Hepburn, this 1953 film shows Hepburn as bored, cooped up Princess Anne, who escapes her stifling touring scheduling for a night out in Rome, where she meets American news reporter Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck). Once Joe realises who she is, he bets his boss that he can get an exclusive interview with her, but things go a bit awry when he ends up falling in love. A nostalgic favourite, this feel-good film was shot exclusively on location in Rome, and features some of its most famous landmarks.
Arguably the most iconic coming-of-age, American High School film, this 90’s favourite is so very quintessential of its generation. Think tartan two-pieces, knee high socks and headbands and a very clueless but loveable protagonist, Cher Horowitz, the only daughter of a millionaire lawyer who just hates the boys in her high school. The movie follows Cher as she deals with all the typical problems of a 16-year-old – fallouts with friends, boy problems, and finding the perfect outfit for her school dance. The film skyrocketed Brittany Murphy’s acting career and is a loose adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’.
The Great Gatsby
Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1926 novel, Leonardo di Caprio stars as the flamboyant yet sequestered Jay Gatsby, a New York City billionaire known for his lavish parties, that have the secret sole intention – the hope that Daisy Buchanan will one day appear at one. The story is narrated by Nick Carraway, who lived in the grounds of Gatsby’s house and perhaps new him best out of anyone, 7 years after his death. Directed by Baz Luhrmann and also starring Toby Maguire and Carey Mulligan, this re-telling-of-a-classic received critical appraisal, a number of awards (including Oscar’s for Best Production and Costume design) and is accompanied by a star-studded soundtrack.
Saving Private Ryan
An epic Spielberg Blockbuster, Saving Private Ryan is loosely based on a true story and set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Private James Francis Ryan is the last surviving brother of four, the rest of whom have been killed in the fighting, and is officially missing in action. It is left up to United States Army Rangers Captain, John H. Mille (Tom Hanks) and his squad to save him, and the film focuses on this mission. The narrative is inspired by the story of the Niland brothers, and based on the story of the youngest brother, Frederick, who was thought to have died in the D-Day landings. The film also stars Matt Damon, Vin Diesel, Edward Burns and Tom Sizemore, and won a number of awards including Best Director and Best Cinematography.
The Breakfast Club
If Clueless isn’t the most iconic coming-of-age, American High School film of all time, then it’s certainly The Breakfast Club. A cult-classic, this much loved 80’s film features five high school students, all with very different personalities and backgrounds. The film spans the length of time they all spend in detention, under the watchful, though not very observational, eye of their headmaster. Despite their opposing characters, they soon realise they have a lot more in common with each other than they first thought. Written and directed by John Hughes, the movie features some iconic lines, and the film single-handedly launched Simple Minds’ success in the US, as their song ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’, concludes the film.
Once upon time in Hollywood
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino and Margot Robbie, and directed by Quentin Tarantino, this comedy-drama film follows a fading actor and his stunt double as they attempt to stay relevant in an ever-changing film industry or, as Tarantino himself puts it, the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age. It is set in LA in 1969, under the loom of the Tate murders – five people, including actress Sharon Tate, who were killed by members Charles Manson’s cult. The movie is Tarantino’s ninth, and won awards for Best Motion Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt at the 77th Golden Globes.
The Dark Knight
Arguably the best of the Batman’s, Christian Bale’s stellar performance is well-supported by Heath Ledger’s Joker, who posthumously won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. His character wreaks havoc on Gotham, and it is up to Batman to protect them all, but he soon realises the joker and this fight against injustice is one of his hardest physical and mental battles yet. Directed, produced, and co-written by Christopher Nolan, and based on the DC comics, The Dark Knight is the second instalment of The Dark Knight Trilogy and a sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins. It follows Batman as he forms an alliance with Police Lieutenant, James Gordon and District Attorney, Harvey Dent, to dismantle organised crime in Gotham. It is the fourth highest-grossing film ever produced.
Another classic on the list, Martin Scorsese’s 1976 gritty depiction of the psychotic, obsessive Travis Bickle, a Vietnam Veteran who is facing growing alienation from the city whose streets he drives on every night, a ‘morally bankrupt’ New York City. Facing a mirage of different characters and personalities, the film was intended to be almost dream-like, and Paul Schrader’s screenplay and Robert di Niro’s performance help to make this Palme d’Or winning film an absolute cult classic.
Based on an unbelievable true story, BlacKkKlansman is the 2018 black comedy crime film directed by Spike Lee and starring John David Washington, son of Denzel. Ron Stallworth is the first African-American detective in the Colorado police department, who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan by pretending to be white. The film follows this mission, the town’s reaction to it and deeply explores racial relationships in 20th century America, still relevant in the modern day. The movie received critical acclaim for Lee’s directing, the acting performances of leading characters, and the apt timing of themes.