25 of the Best Movies to Rent Right Now

1.  Alone

Genre: Thriller 

Cast: Jules Willcox, Marc Menchaca, and Anthony Heald  

Duration: 1h54m

Directed by John Hyams, this movie follows Jessica, a recently widowed woman played by Jules Willcox, and her escape from being kidnapped by a serial killer. Her escape leads her into the wilderness, but she is faced with the harsh elements of her surrounding environment and the harsh reality that she is being ‘hunted’, and not by a wild animal. 

2.  Antebellum

Genre: Horror, Drama 

Cast: Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe

Duration: 1h45m

Writers and Directors, Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, infuses the days of Southern slavery with modern times. Following Veronica, an African-American woman, trying to make sense of who she is while escaping from the plantation and her tormentors. Little does she know what the plantation really is.  

3.  Bill & Ted Face the Music 

Genre: Comedy

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, and Kristen Schaal

Duration: 1h31m

As the third installment of the Bill & Ted movies, it follows the, more middle-aged, duo time-travelling to steal a song from their future selves to save the world from collapsing in on itself. They need to write a song to unite the world – not too much to ask.   

4.  Blackbird

Genre: Drama

Cast: Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, and Mia Wasikowska

Duration: 1h37m

In the attempt to reconcile her family before she dies from a degenerative illness, a mother asks her family to spend one last weekend with her at her beach house. Blackbird is a remake of a 2014 Danish film, titled Silent Heart, and directed by Roger Michell. 

5.  Centigrade

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Cast: Genesis Rodriguez, Vincent Piazza, and Louis Cancelmi 

Duration: 1h38m

After a snowstorm leaves a married couple stuck, and iced in, in their car, their circumstances become increasingly desperate as they try to survive in dropping temperatures. Directed by Brendan Walsh, this film is inspired by real events, and creates a chilling claustrophobic landscape. 

6.  Cut Throat City

Genre: Action

Cast: Wesley Snipes, Shameik Moore, and Ethan Hawke

Duration: 2h03m

Directed by Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, otherwise known as RZA, this movie follows four friends involving themselves in a heist in New Orleans while in the throes of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath. 

7.  Death of Me

Genre: Thriller

Cast: Luke Hemsworth, Maggie Q and Alex Essoe 

Duration: 1h34m

From the director of Saw, Darren Lynn Bousman, a married couple, Christine and Neil, spends a vacation somewhere on an island off the coast of Thailand. Not able to recall events from their night before, they attempt to remember what happened and find a suspicious video of Neil killing Christine. They frantically try finding the truth and leaving the island, but the island weaves an intricate web of murder and mystery around them.

8.  Eternal Beauty

Genre: Drama, Comedy 

Cast: David Thewlis, Sally Hawkins, and Billie Piper

Duration: 1h35m

Written and Directed by Craig Roberts, this movie portrays Jane, a woman with schizophrenia, trying to deal with her life and feelings of unhappiness. She unexpectedly meets someone who gives her a new sense of happiness and love. 

9.  Feels Good Man

Genre: Documentary

Duration: 1h32m

Directed by Arthur Jones, the story follows the evolution of internet sensation, Pepe the Frog. Matt Furie, the creator, tries to reclaim the original image of Pepe as a cartoon character after he was taken by the alt-right and used as an image of hate.

10.  I Am Woman

Genre: Music, Drama, Biopic

Cast: Evan Peters, Chris Parnell, and Danielle Macdonald 

Duration: 1h56m

Directed by Unjoo Moon, the movie follows the life of Helen Reddy, an activist and musician from the 1970s. It tells the story of the famous song she wrote and sang, titled, ‘I Am Woman’ and how it was an important contribution to women’s empowerment. 

11.  Love and Monsters

Genre: Adventure

Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Michael Rooker, and Jessica Henwick 

Duration: 1h49m

Michael Matthews (Director) tells the tale of a changed world after it was hit by an asteroid and transformed cold-blooded animals into monsters and sent humans underground. As Joel decides to find his girlfriend, Aimee, he faces the dangers waiting on the surface.  

12.  Misbehaviour 

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Cast: Keira Knightley, Greg Kinnear, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. 

Duration: 1h46m

A British film, directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, follows a group of women as they endeavour to invade the live broadcast of the 1970 Miss World Competition in London, hosted by Bob Hope, a comedian from the US. 

13.  Out Stealing Horses

Genre: Drama

Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Bjørn Floberg, and Tobias Santelmann

Duration: 2h3m

Based on Per Petterson’s Norwegian novel, this film follows 67-year old widower Trond, living alone in the country.  He soon meets an old friend from his teenage years, which warms the oncoming cold grip of winter. 

14.  Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs

Genre: Animation 

Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Claflin, and Gina Gershon

Duration: 1h32m

Directed by Sung-ho Hong, this film is about princes cursed by a princess, who turns them into dwarves, but the only way to return to normal is if they find a pair of red shoes. The parody is a South Korean film and its title is from The Red Shoes, a Danish fairy tale. 

15.  Sputnik

Genre: Russian Science Fiction, Thriller

Cast: Oksana Akinshina, Pyotr Fyodorov, and Fyodor Bondarchuk 

Duration:1h54m

Directed by Egor Abramenko, Sputnik takes place in 1983 during the Cold War. It follows a cosmonaut survivor after a spacecraft accident entering the earth’s orbit. A psychiatrist is asked to assess him after it’s made clear that he is not the same since the accident. He finds out he is not the only one who came back after the accident. 

16.  Teenage Badass

Genre: Comedy 

Cast: Jim Adkins, Tucker Audie, and Rogelio Camarillo

Duration: 1h38m

Brad joins a new band and gets to play on the local news show, renewing his dreams for rock and roll stardom. After their show the band is asked to record with a famous producer, which makes their rock and roll studded dreams increasingly real, but the band’s dreams might come crashing down after a few incidents. 

17.  The Artist’s Wife

Genre: Drama

Cast: Lena Olin, Bruce Dern, and Juliet Rylance 

Duration: 1h34m

Claire, wife of artist Richard Smythson, finds out that he is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As his final art show is coming up, she is faced with the decision to finish his paintings for him. 

18.  The Owners

Genre: Thriller

Cast: Maisie Williams, Sylvester McCoy, and Rita Tushingham 

Duration: 1h33m

It’s a game of young versus old in Julius Berg’s (Director) thriller. A couple of youngsters find an empty house in the countryside, and a safe with a considerable amount of money, but when the owners arrive, an elderly couple, the intruders need to find a way to survive.

19.  The Pale Door

Genre: Western Horror

Cast: Devin Druid, Zachary Knighton, and Melora Walters.

Duration: 1h36

After a successful train heist a gang finds a girl called Pearl in a chest, who needs to find her way back to her hometown. As they take her back expecting their reward, as promised to them, they encounter another type of ‘gang’ they didn’t expect. 

20.  The Secret Garden

Genre: Family, Drama

Cast: Dixie Egerickx, Colin Firth, and Julie Walters

Duration: 1h46m

Based on the famous novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, a young girl left abandoned in British India after her parents died is eventually sent to live with her uncle in England. While she is not allowed to explore the house, she explores the estate and surrounding country and finds a secret garden. 

21.  The Secrets We Keep

Genre: Thriller, Drama

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, and Chris Messina

Duration: 1h40m

Set in a post-World War II period, a Romanian woman’s peaceful life with her American husband is threatened when she sees a familiar German soldier. She acts out of drastic fear and kidnaps him. 

22.  The Silencing

Genre: Thriller, Action

Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Annabelle Wallis

Duration: 1h33m

A man whose daughter was kidnapped seems to get another chance to find her when the local sheriff hears about the body of a girl found by the lake. He sets out to see the body, with no luck of it being his daughter, but it leads him on a hunt for the killer. 

23.  The Tax Collector

Genre: Action, Thriller

Cast: Shia LaBeouf and George Lopez

Duration: 1h35m

Two enforcers, known as the Tax Collectors, collect profits from local gangs for their boss in Los Angeles. They are faced with the return of an old rival, who threatens their business and their lives.  

24.  Valley of the Gods 

Genre: Drama

Cast: Josh Hartnett and John Malkovich

Duration: 2h06m

A Polish and Luxembourg film, it follows the contrasting lives of a writer, a trillionaire, and a Navajo community. The writer endeavours to be the biographer for the trillionaire, but the two face different challenges amidst the trillionaire’s ambitious plans to mine sacred lands. 

25.  Waiting for the Barbarians 

Genre: Period Drama

Cast: Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson and Sam Reid

Duration: 1h52m

A magistrate in charge of an outpost starts to question his purpose for being there when he sees how poorly and cruelly a colonel treats the locals, to the point of death. This movie is based on the novel by South African writer, J.M. Coetzee. 

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