The 32 Best Showtime Movies in New Zealand [December 2022]


Showtime is one of the most fulfilling video-on-demand streaming apps that cater to all kinds of genres, whether it’s romance, thriller, crime, sci-fi, horror, or comedy!

You would have even more options to select from if you head over to their website and check out the best showtime movies! It would only cost you $10.99/month for a premium subscription, a mind-blowing offer, isn’t it? However, Showtime is only available to viewers trying access from the US and not outside due to geo-restriction.

Even if you’re currently out of the US, it won’t be a problem to access showtime’s website, as with the help of a VPN it will surpass all kinds of restrictions with a changed IP address, and you can easily watch Showtime in New Zealand.

Here are the 32 best movies You can Watch on Showtime

Showtime has an amazing collection of movies ranging from romance to action and comedy to thriller. You can also watch some of the best Showtime shows with your subscription.

Below we have listed some of the movies. Most of them are new Showtime movies.

So what are you waiting for? Check out the list of hidden gems that we have gathered up for you!

The Contractor (2022)

The Contractor (2022)

Director: Tarik Saleh
Writer: J.P. Davis
Cast: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gillian Jacobs, Sander Thomas, Kiefer Sutherland, Eddie Marsan, JD Pardo
IMDB Rating: 5.8/10
Genre: Thriller. Action
Runtime:1h 43m

Movie Plot: It follows the story of a US Marines Seargent who has been discharged from his service against his will but a man has got to support his family and in order to do that he has to have a means of earning.

He risks everything and after making a tough decision he joins the paramilitary organization.

It is one of the best thriller-action showtime movies so if you’re into this genre, be sure to check it out on showtime!

Hereditary (2018)

Hereditary (2018

Director: Ari Aster
Writer: Ari Aster
Cast: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, Christy Summerhays, Morgan Lund
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
Genre: Horror | Supernatural
Runtime: 2h 7m

Movie Plot: The plot revolves around The Graham Family who is in an emotional zone right now as they’re dealing with the death of their grandmother.

Although she left the world and is no more, still the family has been cast by dark shadows.

Charlie is her granddaughter and she was always fascinated by her. When tragic events unfold, the family’s peace and calm get shocked to the core because of the horrors they see every day.

Watch it out to find more on showtime about how they escape this unfortunate fate they have received in inheritance.

The Terminator (1984)

The Terminator

Director: James Cameron
Writer: James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen, Rick Rossovich, Bess Motta
IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
Genre:Sci-Fi. Action
Runtime: 1h 47m

Movie Plot: If you’re a die-hard fan of the legend Arnold Schwarzenegger, probably watched it out a hundred times. It is set in the year 2029 when the current face of the world has completely changed and machines, not humans, run everything. And now the machines have taken up a new task to change the past.

So they send an overpowering cyborg to kill Sarah Connor into the past because that woman is supposed to have a powerful influence over society in the near future. You can also watch The Man Who Fell on Earth on Showtime if you love Sci-Fi films and shows.

Midsommar (2019)


Director: Ari Aster
Writer: Ari Aster
Cast: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper, Ellora Torchia, Archie Madekwe, Vilhelm Blomgren
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
Genre: Horror. Mystery. Drama
Runtime: 2h 28m

Movie Plot: This movie centers around a woman who recently lost her mother, so along with her boyfriend she decides to go on a trip to Northern Europe, Sweden.

Specifically to stay and enjoy a rural hometown’s famous Swedish mid-summer festival. They never would’ve imagined that things would go in the opposite direction because it’s clearly not what they expected as they witness some violent and bizarre competitions taking place at that festival.

Truly an awesome horror-mystery movie that will shake you to your core! This is one of the best Showtime movies.

The Humans (2021)


Director: Stephen Karam
Writer: Stephen Karam
Cast: Richard Jenkins, Steven Yeun, Beanie Feldstein, Amy Schumer, June Squibb, Jayne Houdyshell, Andrea Ilene Shapiro
IMDB Rating: 6.2/10
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 1h 48m

Movie Plot: This movie has an incredible plotline as it is set in a pre-war duplex in downtown Manhattan. One fine day The Blake family shows up to celebrate thanksgiving without having any idea that their lives are about to change after sunset.

After nighttime, they witness that building start to crumble and mysterious things begin to appear resulting in creating immense tension among the family.

Ray Donovan Movie (2022)

Ray Donovan Movie (2022)

Director: David Hollander
Writer: David Hollander
Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok
IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
Genre: Drama, Crime
Runtime: 1h 40m

Movie Plot: Decades in the making, a showdown completes the Donovan family history. The Donovans are drawn back to Boston to confront the past as the events that shaped Ray into who he is today are eventually revealed.

Their ferocious love for one another keeps them in the fight as they struggle to transcend their brutal upbringing.

The Disaster Artist (2017)

The Disaster Artist

Director: James Franco
Writer: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, Greg Sestero, Tom Bissell
Cast: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Josh Hutcherson, Zac Efron
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 1h 44m

Movie Plot: This is an inspiring true story movie that revolves around the making of the film “The Room” which was previously entitled “the Citizen Kane of bad movies”.

This movie revolves around two best buddies who are chasing a goal they always dreamt of. But most of the time, first-timers get rejected in Hollywood and so did they, which results in them developing their own movie and it’s a movie that is involuntarily and wonderfully so terrible due to the awful moments portrayed hilariously.

20th Century Women (2016)

20th Century Women

Director: Mike Mills
Writer: Mike Mills
Cast: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Lucas Jade Zumann, John Billingsley, Matty Cardarople
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
Genre: Drama. Comedy
Runtime: 1h 59m

Movie Plot: It was often a rarity back in the 1979s that freedom would be given to children by their parents but this movie centers on a teenage boy, his mother, and two other women.

They all live in Southern California while raising the young boy with all the love and freedom they could provide with all their might.

This is one of the most loved and most-admired showtime movies of all time.

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Shakespeare in Love

Director: John Madden
Writer: Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard
Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson, Colin Firth, Ben Affleck
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
Genre: Romance. Comedy. Drama
Runtime: 2h 3m

Movie Plot: It centers around William Shakespeare, one of the greatest English playwrights, poets, and actors of all time. In this movie, a young William Shakespeare is shown who is struggling with a shortage of cash and ideas as well.

things take a huge turn when he meets the woman of his dreams and is motivated to write one of those plays that are remembered up till now that is Romeo and Juliet.

Boy (2010)


Director: Taika Waititi
Writer: Taika Waititi
Cast: James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi, Moerangi Tihore, Cherilee Martin, RickyLee Waipuka-Russell
IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Comedy. Drama
Runtime: 1h 27m

Movie Plot: Wondering why your father, your guardian, left you in the first place is a big question mark that needs answers no matter what.

It is a story of an 11-year-old boy who is a die-hard fan of Micheal Jackson and lives in New Zealand. Little did he know that his absentee criminal father would make a return in search of a bag that was full of money, which he had covered years ago.

He finally gets to know about his father, which fills a missing void in his life. This is one of the best Showtime movies.

Red Rocket (2021)

Red Rocket (2021)

Director: Sean Baker
Writer: Sean Baker
Cast: Simon Rex, Bree Elrod, Suzanna Son
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
Genre: Comedy. Drama
Runtime: 2h 8m

Movie Plot: Mikey Saber returns to Texas City, his hometown on the Gulf Coast, after a 17-year hiatus. Mikey comes at the tiny house where Lexi, his estranged wife, and her mother Lil occupy, badly battered and penniless. In order to stay at Lexi and Lil’s home, Mikey begs them. He must acquire a job and help out around the house, they reluctantly agree.

Mikey looks for work at a diner and a Dollar General shop, but he is unsuccessful due to a significant gap in his employment history. Potential companies decline to hire Mikey after he discloses that he spent those years working as a porn star in Los Angeles.

In a desperate attempt to get his previous job back selling marijuana, Mikey convinces Leondria, a marijuana dealer, to do so.

My Salinger Year (2020)

My Salinger Year

Director: Philippe Falardeau
Writer: Philippe Falardeau, Joanna Rakoff
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Margaret Qualley, Douglas Booth, Colm Feore, Matt Holland, Théodore Pellerin, Seána Kerslake
IMDB Rating: 6.4/10
Genre: Drama | Biography
Runtime: 1h 41m

Movie Plot: It showcases the story of an ambitious poet Joanna in New York City in the 1990s who is working as an assistant and her literary agent is Margaret.

The main objective of Joanna’s job is to fulfill all the emails incoming from fans for the author J.D. Salinger, the ultimate gem of the agency.

Zola (2020)


Director: Janicza Bravo
Writer: Janicza Bravo, A’Ziah King, David Kushner, Jeremy O. Harris
Cast: Riley Keough, Taylour Paige, Nicholas Braun, Colman Domingo, Megan Hayes, Dennis Mallen
IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
Genre: Drama
Runtime: Drama

Movie Plot: This is a movie that is based on a true story that revolves around Zola who is a stripper and is all set to cover a journey to Florida. She embarks on a cross-country road trip with Stefani, her friend, and they both agree to do endless pole dancing in Florida to earn as much as they can before returning.

Sophie’s Choice (1982)

Sophie_s Choice

Director: Alan J. Pakula
Writer: Alan J. Pakula, William Styron
Cast: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol, Rita Karin, Stephen D. Newman, Greta Turken, Josh Mostel
IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Drama. Romance
Runtime: 2h 30m

Movie Plot: This romance-drama movie follows the life of Sophie, who has been a survivor of Nazi on concentration camps and on the other hand, there is Nathan, who is an American Jew insanely passionate about the holocaust

Both Nathan and Sophie seem to be hiding something about themselves because Nathan is prone to severe mood swings, and Sophie seems like she is hiding something. This is one of the best Showtime movies.

Pleasure (2021)


Director: Ninja Thyberg
Writer: Ninja Thyberg
Cast: Sofia Kappel, Zelda Morrison, Evelyn Claire
IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
Genre: Romance
Runtime: 1h 41m

Movie Plot: Linnéa, 19, a naive, self-assured girl from a tiny village in Sweden who performs under the stage name “Bella Cherry,” moves to Los Angeles with the hopes of becoming the next major porn star.

She starts navigating the complicated world of the porn industry with the help of her manager, and she’s motivated to get bigger roles and more video views by pushing herself to go beyond her comfort zone.

While initially distant and shy, Bella gradually develops a bond with one of her housemates, Joy, who supports her and works to help Bella establish her brand. Bella lives with a group of other young actresses who are also trying to become well-known.

The Green Knight (2021)

The Green Knight

Director: David Lowery
Writer: David Lowery
Cast: Dev Patel, Sean Harris, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Barry Keoghan, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie
IMDB Rating: 6.6/10
Genre: Fantasy. Drama. Thriller
Runtime: 2h 10m

Movie Plot: It depicts the fantasy adventure of “The Green Knight” that narrates the story of Sir Gawain who happens to be the nephew of King Arthur and is set off on a mission to fight the humongous green creature “The Green Knight”.

Gawain does everything by accepting every challenge that comes his way to prove his worth in front of his ultimate kingdom and his family. Surely, one of the best fantasy movies on showtime that you need to check out right away!

Animal Kingdom (2010)

Animal Kingdom (2010)

Director: David Michôd
Writer: David Michôd
Cast: James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
Genre: Crime
Runtime: 1h 53m

Movie Plot: Joshua “J” Cody, 17, seeks his estranged grandmother Janine “Smurf” Cody for assistance after his mother overdoses, and she extends an invitation for him to live at home.

The loving matriarch of a Melbourne crime family that operates out of her house is called Smurf. Cops are also keeping an eye on her house while they search for her oldest son, Andrew “Pope” Cody, who is hiding.

Craig, the erratic middle brother, is a wealthy enough drug dealer to have purchased the mother’s home. The gang, which specialises in armed robberies, is led by a family acquaintance named “Baz,” and the youngest brother, Darren, follows in the footsteps of his older brothers.

Beat the Devil (1953)

Beat the Devil

Director: John Huston
Writer: Truman Capote
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Jennifer Jones, Robert Morley, Peter Lorre, Edward Underdown, Ivor Barnard
IMDB Rating: 6.4/10
Genre: Adventure. Comedy
Runtime: 1h 29m

Movie Plot: Beat the Devil was one of cinema’s classics and has proved to be a masterpiece. You can Humphrey Bogart, who is sent to East Africa to fulfill a scheme by gaining control of a land that is fully loaded with uranium.

While they are on their journey, their boast starts to have some problems, which leave Bogart, his wife, and a couple of criminals high and dry in the middle of Italy. This is one of the best Showtime movies.

Basic Instincts (1992)

Basic Instincts

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Writer: Joe Eszterhas
Cast: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Denis Arndt, Leilani Sarelle, Stephen Tobolowsky
IMDB Rating: 7.0/10
Genre: Thriller. Mystery. Crime
Runtime: 2h 7m

Movie Plot: The movie’s plot revolves around the cunning and devious novelist Catherine Tramell who has a motive to trap detective Nick Curran through her sexual games, all that to prevent the detective from investigating deeply about his boyfriend’s murder case in which she is the major suspect.

The major twist unfolds when Curran finds himself in the middle of unsolved murders that leaves him with a big question unanswered- is Tramell behind all of this or not?

If you love watching crime movies and shows, then watch City on a Hill on Showtime.

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

Florence Foster Jenkins

Director: Stephen Frears
Writer: Nicholas Martin
Cast: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Nina Arianda, Rebecca Ferguson, Neve Gachev, Dilyana Bouklieva
IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
Genre: Comedy. Drama
Runtime: 1h 51m

Movie Plot: This is a biography movie that revolves around Florence Foster Jenkins, Meryl Streep, who is a New York heiress and dreams to be a well-known opera singer even though she has no such singing talent instead she has a terrible voice.

St. Clair Bayfield, played by Hugh Grant, happens to be his manager and partner in this movie. This is one of the prime Showtime movies.

Mid90s (2018)


Director: Jonah Hill
Writer: Jonah Hill
Cast: Sunny Suljic, Katherine Waterston, Lucas Hedges, Alexa Demie, Na-kel Smith, Olan Prenatt, Gio Galicia
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 1h 25m

Movie Plot: It follows the life of a young boy named Stevie in Los Angeles in the 1990s. Summer time has been shown in the movie where Stevie struggles to balance his disturbed home life and his new friendships that started at Motor Avenue skate shop.

This show is not your conventional action-adventure movie instead it is an emotional one that will leave you fulfilled if you’re into movies like these!

Good Time (2017)

Good time

Director: Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie
Writer: Ronald Bronstein, Joshua Safdie
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Ben Safdie, Taliah Webster, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barkhad Abdi, Peter Verby
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
Genre: Thriller
Runtime: 1h 42m

Movie Plot: The movie revolves around Constantine Nikas and his brother who has landed himself in a prison after a failed bank robbery.

Now Nikas is set off on a mission to do everything in order to get his brother released from prison and everything includes getting involved with the city’s underworld.

Spotlight (2015)


Director: Tom McCarthy
Writer: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer
Cast: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James
IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 2h 9m

Movie Plot: This movie is based on a real story that focuses on how the massive scandal of child molestation came out to open by the Boston Globe in 2002.

It was done to reveal the truth behind the molestations of 80 boys by priest John Geoghan. This is one of the prime Showtime movies.

Undercover Grandpa (2017)

Undercover Grandpa

Director: Erik Canuel
Writer: Jeff Schechter
Cast: James Caan, Jessica Walter, Dylan Everett, Louis Gossett Jr., Paul Sorvino, Jennifer Robertson, Michael Crawford
IMDB Rating: 5.2/10
Genre: Action. Comedy
Runtime: 1h 34m

Movie Plot: This is a comedy movie that swirls around the life of 17-year-old Jake Bouchard who is incredibly shy and finally succeeded in going out on a date with Angie, a beautiful girl.

He gets to know that his Grandpa was undercover and forces him to investigate the events when Angie gets kidnapped.

Grandpa reunites with his old squad along with Jake to embark on a mission to find Angie. This is one of the prime Showtime movies.

Minari (2020)


Director: Lee Isaac Chung
Writer: Lee Isaac Chung
Cast: Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, Youn Yuh-jung, Alan S. Kim, Noel Cho, Will Patton, Scott Haze, Eric Starkey
IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 1h 55m

Movie Plot: The story focuses on the life of a 7-year-old David, a Korean-American boy who experiences a major transition in his life when his father moves out of the city to live in rural Arkansas to start a farm to meet the expenses.

Be sure to watch this amazing masterpiece as it lies in the 29 position among the best movies of 2020! You can also watch Cypress Hill: Insane in the Brain on Showtime with your subscription.

The Florida Project (2017)

The Florida Project

Director: Sean Baker
Writer: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Cast: Brooklynn Prince, Willem Dafoe, Bria Vinaite, Caleb Landry Jones, Mela Murder, Valeria Cotto, Christopher Rivera
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 1h 51m

Movie Plot: It revolves around a girl named Moonie who is 6 years old and is fulfilling all her adventures along with her friends on summer vacations while on the other hand, she isn’t aware of the fact that her parents and adults in the surrounding are dealing with some tough times.

Letters to Juliet (2010)

Letters to Juliet

Director: Gary Winick
Writer: José Rivera, Tim Sullivan
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Gael García Bernal, Franco Nero, Christopher Egan, Marcia DeBonis
IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
Genre: Romance. Comedy
Runtime: 1h 45m

Movie Plot: Sophie is a young beautiful woman who aspires to be a writer, and upon that quest, she travels to Italy and stumbles on a letter that she found in Verona’s courtyard and meets “secretaries of Juliet”.

You can watch this film by getting a Showtime free trial after subscribing to an account.

The War With Grandpa (2020)

The War With Grandpa

Director: Tim Hill
Writer: Lisa Addario, Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, Joe Syracuse
Cast: Robert De Niro, Oakes Fegley, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Christopher Walken, Laura Marano, Juliocesar Chavez
IMDB Rating: 5.6/10
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 1h 34m

Movie Plot: Youngsters don’t want to share their rooms with anybody as they feel as if their privacy is invaded.

It follows the story of Peter who is upset that now he has to share his bedroom with his grandfather.

Annoyed with this decision, he announces a war in order to get his room back.

Up in the Air (2009)

Up in the Air

Director: Jason Reitman
Writer: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, Walter Kirn
Cast: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Amy Morton, Melanie Lynskey, J.K. Simmons
IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
Genre: Comedy. Drama
Runtime: 1h 49m

Movie Plot: This rom-com focuses on Ryan Bingham’s life who admires life on the road as he is a corporate downsizing expert.

As he is about to make ten million flyer miles he finds all that to be threatened when he stumbles upon the woman of her dreams and falls in love with her. Certainly, one of the best showtime shows on board!

Flash Dance (1983)

Flash Dance

Director: Adrian Lyne
Writer: Joe Eszterhas, Tom Hedley, Tom Hedley
Cast: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson, Kyle T. Heffner, Lee Ving, Ron Karabatsos
IMDB Rating: 6.2/10
Genre: Drama. Romance
Runtime: 1h 35m

Movie Plot: Alex is a young woman who aspires to become one of the top classical dancers but her financial situation demands her to work as a welder in the daytime and as a dancer in the nighttime.

She wants to fulfill her dream of joining the prominent ballet academy. Find out what happens next only on showtime as she discovers herself and becomes independent.

Match Point (2005)

Match Point

Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox, Penelope Wilton, Alexander Armstrong
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
Genre: Drama. Romance
Runtime: 2h 4m

Movie Plot: The match point revolves around a young man who bears severe consequences for his ambitions.

The main lead is seen oscillating among two women having no other way to escape as Scarlett Johansson, a gorgeous American girl” comes in between the lives of a happy couple.

The Farewell (2019)

The Farewell

Director: Lulu Wang
Writer: Lulu Wang
Cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Jim Liu, Gil Perez-Abraham, Diana Lin, Yongbo Jiang, Shuzhen Zhou, Hong Lu Wong
IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Drama. Comedy
Runtime: 1h 40m

Movie Plot: This is a comedy-drama with an exceptional plotline as centers around a Chinese family who comes to know the fact that their grandmother won’t be alive for a long time as she’s diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and decides not to tell her.

In order to gather all the family members before she leaves the world, they schedule a wedding that could reunite everybody and get a chance to say goodbye.


What a relief it is when somebody recommends a mind-blowing movie, and it actually turns out to be a great one, just imagine how great it will be when you stream all the movies listed above as each one of them has an incredible plotline.

Showtime would prove to be the best streaming website for your peaceful “me-time,” in case you’re wondering. So hurry up, get a subscription to the best VPN for streaming and head over to watch the best showtime movies so far!

Chris Mack

Chris Mack

Chris is a technology and entertainment writer whose main interests revolve around the art of writing and expression. He loves writing research-based articles in different niches and translating his thoughts into words that inspire others.

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