Films have always provided a means of escape, a journey to the spectacular, the chance to dream and experience something outside our own reality.
We put together a list of the most popular movies streaming right now. From comedies to dramas to kids’ content, use characters from these flicks to make your next advertising campaign a blockbuster.
Commentary from the Team
It’s that time of year! Revisit the 1975 summer blockbuster that created the “summer blockbuster.” Then watch Spielberg (also streaming on HBO), the Steven Spielberg documentary, to see the brilliance behind the scenes. You’ll see why it was so important not to see the shark for the first hour of the film along with some of the other production mayhem held together by a young, 27-year-old director. The animatronic shark still holds up in a world where we’ve advanced exponentially since the summer of its release. Dig back into Jaws to see that the film was about more than just the shark, like masculinity in crisis and greedy authority figures. This AFI Top 100 pick is jam-packed with unnerving yet beautifully-crafted cinematic shots.
— Stacie McAdam, Manager of Client Services and Integrations
A John Waters teen musical romantic comedy that is not Hairspray. It stars Johnny Depp as Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker, the irresistible bad boy who falls for “square” Alison Vernon Williams, played by Amy Locane. The movie is a blast with Cry-Baby’s juvenile delinquent crew of outcasts, including badass women and a campy love story, with fun musical numbers sure to get stuck in your head. “Please Mr. Jailer,” anyone? If you haven’t seen it yet, add it to your must-watch list! And if you’re looking for another campy teen musical comedy with motorcycles, I highly recommend GREASE 2.
— Mae Rodriguez. Senior Manager of Brand Integration
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is a children’s movie about three pets: Chance (an American bulldog voiced by Michael J. Fox), Shadow (a golden retriever voiced by Don Ameche), and Sassy (a Himalayan cat voiced by Sally Field) who believe they’ve been abandoned by their owners and go on an adventure across forested mountains and wide-open countryside to find them. At the same time, their owners believe their pets have run away and start searching for them too. Michael J. Fox narrates the classic Disney film about courage, adventure, and friendship.
— Toby Stone, Senior Content Coordinator
Happy Death Day
When a college student is murdered on her birthday, she magically keeps waking up to the same day over and over again. This campy film is a horror version of Groundhog Day with the main character on a mission to figure out who her killer is. There’s also a sequel, Happy Death Day 2 U.
— Arielle Chiarelli, Content Coordinator
Selah and the Spades
Selah is a popular cheerleader at an elite boarding school who also happens to run a successful drug ring. Her “faction” is one of a few underground and illicit groups at the school. With Selah set to graduate at the end of the school year, she sets out to find her replacement, but soon finds that her protégé may be a better businesswoman than she is. This stylized drama is not your typical teen movie and features performances from young actors who are sure to be the next big names.
— Kendra Menard, Manager of Brand Integration