Must-see classics on Sky Cinema

Don't be blinded by recent releases - the past is full of surprises. 

Don’t let yourself become consumed by the most recent releases on Sky Cinema. There are some more vintage must-see gems on right now that are frankly far too superb to dismiss. If you’ve seen any of the following, just move on to the next and nod your head in undisputed approval. 

Gladiator (2000)

Ridley Scott has some true heavyweights to his name and Gladiator is, without doubt, a title contender - despite what the critics say and the long list of films before it might show. 

Gladiator made its cinema debut back in 2000, and Russell Crowe’s enslaved general vs Joaquin Phoenix’s atrocious emperor continues to make spectacular viewing to this day and is almost unrivalled in the world of historical epics. 

With that in mind, don’t let its period in time be an off-put. If you’re looking for a film that’ll leave a long-lasting impression, look no further than Ridley Scott’s millennial debut.

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman both star in this rollercoaster ride of a family drama, which saw them both win their first Oscars at the 1980 Academy Awards. Need we say more? 

The story follows a man whose wife walks out on him and the relationship he develops with his son during the aftermath, but she later returns demanding full custody of their son. 

So, if you’re in the mood for a deeply emotional film about the dissolution of a family unit in contemporary America, followed by the bond-building between a father and his young son, all tied up with a dramatic court ordeal, the Kramers are the couple for you. Sunday viewing at its finest. 

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) Dustin and Meryl image

Once Upon a Time in the West (1969)

Revered as one of the greatest westerns of all time, this 1969 classic features the legendary Henry Fonda in his career-first villainous role, and boy is he brutal. 

It’s a revenge adventure, with a mysterious gunslinger seeking out Fonda’s henchman Frank for the murder of an innocent landowner. So if you’re a fan of westerns, enjoy the repetition of cap guns and don’t mind retro viewing, Once Upon a Time in the West is a no-brainer.

Alien (1979)

The first instalment in the blockbuster sci-fi franchise and the second Ridley Scott film to make it onto the list. This gargantuan epic put Sigourney Weaver’s name in bright lights for her lead role as heroine Ripley, and dubbed her the “Queen of Sci-Fi.”

After intercepting a distress signal from a nearby moon, a space-crew set out to investigate. Their rescue mission is soon short-lived as they become hunted by an unknown life force that torments them beyond belief. A true revelation among science fiction fans and aspiring action movie heroines alike.  

Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

Based on the ancient Greek myth ‘Jason and the Golden Fleece’, the story follows a young man who bands together with Greece’s best warriors in a quest to find, you guessed it, the Golden Fleece. 

Jason and the Argonauts features some seriously impressive animations considering it was made in the early 1960s. It portrays Talos, defender of Crete, the menacing Harpies, the giant saviour Triton, the three-headed Hydra and the skeleton warriors who spectacularly emerge from the ground. A staple in fantasy cinema not to be forgotten. 

The Godfather (1972)

Arguably the greatest film ever made and one that is met with a gasp when you confess never having seen it. 

Al Pacino plays a mafia boss’s son who is handed his family’s criminal empire at a young age, only to put his whole family in danger. It shows no civilian victims of crime as most gang-related films do, but instead captures the enclosed world of organised crime and the death and deceit that follows suit. The Shawshank Redemption of its time. 

How can I watch these films if I don’t have Sky Cinema?

If you don’t have Sky Cinema you can subscribe to the NOW TV Cinema Pass, and for a monthly fee, you’ll have access to all the films above and more. 

What else is available with the NOW TV Sky Cinema pass? 

When you sign up and subscribe to NOW TV an abundance of movies become instantly available to you, including the latest and greatest that have come to Sky Cinema. 

The hundreds of other films that are on the NOW TV streaming platform are segmented into categories that make browsing for a film of your choice extremely pleasurable. Family favourites, five-star films and recently added are staples that offer a plethora of fantastic movies so you’ll never be stuck for anything to watch. 

How much is NOW TV Sky Cinema? 

To watch all the must-see classic films listed above, along with 1,000 other titles, NOW TV Sky Cinema will cost you £11.99 a month - a small price to pay for any film lover. 

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