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50 movies guaranteed to entertain

50 movies guaranteed to entertain

  

Who needs cerebral cinema when you’ve got rip-roaring films like these on Netflix, Prime Video and Sky Cinema?

By Virgin TV Edit

We may pretend to like niche European cinema when talking to strangers at house parties, but let’s not kid ourselves: nothing entertains quite like a big box-office hit that asks little of both your time and concentration.

 

Whether it’s explosive action movies laden with one-liners, comedies that have you guffawing like a tickled donkey, or escapist fantasies that whisk you off to faraway worlds, there are plenty of fab flicks to watch right now on Netflix, Prime Video and Sky Cinema.

 

Here are 50 picks that won’t disappoint…

Extraction

Find it on Netflix

Chris Hemsworth stars as a mercenary out to save a crime lord’s son in this heart-pounding thrill ride.

 

Bad Boys

Find it on Netflix

A pair of detectives (Will Smith and Martin Lawrence) chase a stolen stash of drugs in director Michael Bay’s high-octane 90s blockbuster.

 

Last Action Hero

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Arnold Schwarzenegger gamely takes the mick out of his tough-guy persona in this spoof-tastic action flick about a movie character who is transported to the real world.

 

Salt

Find it on Netflix

After she’s accused of being a Russian spy, a CIA agent (Angelina Jolie) goes on the run from US authorities.

 

Breakdown

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A husband (Kurt Russell) frantically searches for his wife after their car breaks down in the middle of the desert in this taut thriller.

 

Navy SEALs

Find it on Netflix

A crack team of SEALs (including Charlie Sheen in full adrenalin-junkie mode) track down a missile-toting terrorist group.

 

San Andreas

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Helicopter pilot Dwayne Johnson is on a mission to save his daughter after a huge earthquake rocks California. Hold onto your hats.

 

John Wick

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Keanu Reeves is a former hitman out for revenge in one of the best action films of the last decade.

 

The Nice Guys

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

This action comedy finds Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling as a pair of ill-matched cops attempting to locate a missing girl in 1970s Los Angeles.

 

Man On Fire

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Don’t mess with Denzel Washington, who is on the hunt to rescue a kidknapped girl in this razor-sharp thriller.

 

The Fugitive

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

It’s a cat and mouse chase for the ages, as a doctor (Harrison Ford) wrongly accused of murdering his wife goes on the run from a dogged US Marshal (Tommy Lee Jones).

 

The Take

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Idris Elba’s CIA operative is pulled into a widespread conspiracy after investigating a suspected bomb attack in this pulse-raising thriller

 

Ride Along

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

An anxious security guard (Kevin Hart) tries to prove he’s worthy of marrying the sister of a tough cop (Ice Cube) by shadowing him on the streets of Atlanta.

 

Speed

Available in Sky Cinema on demand

Can Sandra Bullock and cop Keanu Reeves save a bus full of passengers from exploding by keeping it above 50 mph? You’d best buckle up for this one.

 

Die Hard

Available in Sky Cinema on demand

Bruce Willis is the NYPD officer attempting to save his wife and other hostages from ruthless terrorists in one of the greatest action films of all time.

 

Lethal Weapon

Available in Sky Cinema on demand

A reckless cop (Mel Gibson) is partnered with his polar opposite (Danny Glover), as they try to bring a gang of drug smugglers to justice.

 

Cliffhanger

Available in Sky Cinema on demand

Sylvester Stallone’s rescue ranger is up against it when a gang of criminals land on the Rocky Mountains after a heist goes wrong.

 

Legally Blonde

Find it on Netflix

Reece Witherspoon stars as a pampered sorority girl who tries to win back her ex by following him to Harvard law school. Did somebody order a culture clash?

 

Coming To America

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A spoiled African prince (Eddie Murphy) gets more than he bargained for when he arrives in New York to find a wife.

 

Groundhog Day

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A cynical weatherman (Bill Murray) relives the same day over and over again in this inventive comedy.

 

Dumb And Dumber

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A pair of buffoons (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels) head across the States to return a lost suitcase to its rightful owner.

 

Spy

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Melissa McCarthy’s bored CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to sting a crime lord. What could possibly go wrong?

 

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Steve Coogan stars as North Norfolk’s finest purveyor of airwave-based chat, who must defuse a hostage situation when a disgruntled colleague seeks revenge for being sacked.

 

Fisherman’s Friends

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

A group of Cornish fishermen taste chart success in this charming musical comedy starring James Purefoy.

 

What We Do In The Shadows

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Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi both star and direct in this fang-tastic horror comedy about centuries-old vampires struggling to adapt to life in modern New Zealand.

 

Blinded By The Light

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Love the music of Bruce Springsteen? Then this jukebox movie about an Asian teenager growing up in 80s Britain is a must-watch.

 

24 Hour Party People

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Steve Coogan plays charismatic Factory Records owner Tony Wilson in director Michael Winterbottom’s story of how Manchester’s music scene caught the UK's imagination in the 1970s and 1980s.

 

Chicken Run

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Mel Gibson heads up the impressive voice cast as an American rooster helping a group of British chickens escape from a farm in this clucking good family flick from Aardman Animations.

 

Hunt For The Wilderpeople

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A wayward kid and his grumpy foster dad spark a manhunt after going missing in the New Zealand bush in director Taika Waititi’s quirky comedy.

 

Zoolander

Available in Sky Cinema on demand

The comedy about two conceited male models (Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson) was so hot back in 2001 – and it’s still hot right now.

 

Hot Fuzz

Available in Sky Cinema on demand

A London policeman (Simon Pegg) is transferred to a sleepy town that isn’t quite as sleepy as it looks…

 

Mean Girls

Available in Sky Cinema on demand

When a girl (Lindsay Lohan) moves to a new high school, she encounters the cut-throat world of social cliques.

 

Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

Available in Sky Cinema on demand

Will Ferrell is at his quotable best as an arrogant news anchor whose world is turned upside down when a female news presenter joins his team.

 

Labyrinth

Find it on Netflix

The genius of David Bowie and Jim Henson in one movie? You bet! A teenage girl (Jennifer Connelly) is in a race against time to save her baby brother from Bowie’s Goblin King.

 

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

Find it on Netflix

A group of teenagers must battle their way out of a computer game in this action-packed blockbuster starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart.

 

Space Jam

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Basketball superstar Michael Jordan teams up with the Looney Tunes gang to defeat a bunch of monsters in this 90s sports comedy.

 

The Neverending Story

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A young boy is plunged into a fantasy world after discovering a mysterious book in this spellbinding 80s favourite.

 

Legend

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Tom Cruise is out to save the woman he loves from the Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry) in director Ridley Scott’s epic fantasy adventure.

 

Wonder Woman

Find it on Netflix

Gal Gadot is kicking butt and taking names as the eponymous warrior and DC Comics character.

 

Jurassic World

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New theme park. Same outcome. When a genetically modified breed of dinosaur escapes, who will survive?

 

The Mask

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Jim Carrey is at his most outrageous as a loser who discovers a mysterious mask that brings out a wild alter-ego. Somebody stop him!

 

Early Man

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Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park directs this hilarious animated comedy about a young caveman (voiced by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne) who must unite his tribe to battle against the evil Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddlestone).

 

The House With A Clock In Its Walls

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in this spooky mystery about a strange house that harbours plenty of dark secrets.

 

The BFG

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Steven Spielberg directs this big-hearted Disney adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic fantasy tale, starring Mark Rylance as the titular giant.

 

Mirror Mirror

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Get swept off your feet by this capitvating reimagining of Snow White, starring Lily Collins, Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer.

 

Justice League

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video

Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) team up with their superhero buddies to take on a powerful enemy.

 

Enchanted

Available in Sky Cinema on demand

A young woman who lives in an animated fairy-tale kingdom and dreams of finding her happily ever after is banished to the rough and tumble of New York.

 

Aquaman

Available in Sky Cinema on demand

Things are about to get wet and wild when the eponymous superhero (Jason Mamoa) is tasked with stopping a war between the inhabitants of the land and the sea.

 

Jumanji

Available in Sky Cinema on demand

Following his release from a mysterious board game after decades, a man (Robin Williams) has to face dark forces to truly set himself free.

 

Four Kids And It

Available in Sky Cinema on demand

Jacqueline Wilson’s popular novel about four children who discover a strange creature that has the power to grant wishes is brilliantly brought to life. Find out more from our interview with Wilson here.

 

How to watch Netflix with Virgin TV

If you have a TiVo® box or Virgin TV V6 box, powered by TiVo®:

 

Press home on your remote

Select Apps & Games

Select All Apps 

Select Netflix

 

If you’re already a Netflix subscriber, you can also access the app through Search & Discover or by pressing Red on channel 204. Just sign in with your existing login and start watching. And you’ll only have to log in the first time you use it. 

 

If you’re new to Netflix, then you’ll need to subscribe to use the app. The easiest way to do this is by going to netflix.com/virginmedia. You can also subscribe using the Netflix app in Apps & Games.

 

How to watch Amazon Prime Video with Virgin TV

Prime Video is available to all Virgin TV customers with a V6 box, powered by TiVo®. Simply sign up to Amazon Prime Video via their website, and you can log in on the box. And because Prime Video is fully integrated into TiVo®, you can search without even going into the app. Just select Search & Discover from the Home menu and type in the name of the show or movie you’re after.

 

Find out what’s on Sky Cinema

Get even more lights, cameras and action with our movie homepage, featuring all the daily premieres and more of the thousands of films available on demand on Sky Cinema.

 

Watch on the go

If you subscribe to Sky Cinema on Virgin TV, you can watch on the go with the Sky Cinema app on your mobile, laptop or tablet anywhere in the UK (or while temporarily in the EU) with a WiFi or broadband connection. Just download from the Apple app storeGoogle Play or the Amazon appstore and log into the app to start watching.

 

Upgrade to Sky Cinema now

Don’t have Sky Cinema? You can find out about our Sky Cinema package and upgrade here.

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