Cutting cable and dismantling satellite has never been easier in the age of online streaming services. But to make sure your decision is most cost effective it’s important for families not to get too carried away with piecemeal entertainment purchases online. This is especially the case for movies. Two bucks here and there for a single movie viewing can easily rack up to a figure equal to or more than the price you paid for those channels you cancelled.
For households with many different tastes it’s a smart idea to pick the right subscription services for streaming movies. Fair-priced streaming services offer everything from classic family movies. Once you pick the right services, you can curate your family’s entertainment and the return is access to a library full of great movies.
Don’t believe in the quality of the content through these services? Here’s nine examples of the kinds of good movies you can find through an online movie streaming service right now:
BEST PICTURE WINNERS
Lawrence of Arabia: The classic 1962 epic about a man torn between his mother country and the adopted land he goes to war for is considered one of the greatest films of all time. Its revolutionary visual storytelling techniques would leave a deep impression on future filmmakers George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg.
Oliver!: The 1968 big screen adaptation of the stage musical based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens is the only G-rated movie to win Best Picture and was the last musical to win the award until 2002 when Chicago took home the top prize.
Rain Man: Brilliant performances, great chemistry, and a clever screenplay made this story about two brothers, one a two-bit hustler the other an autistic savant, an expose into the human condition which won the hearts and minds of critics and audiences alike in 1988.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: This whimsical tale of an inventor and his kids exploring the fictitious land of Vulgaria with the titular magic motor car was made in 1968 in part by the producers to beat Disney at their own game. You be the judge.
Hook: Peter Pan is all grown up. And he has kids. That is until Captain Hook kidnaps them in a plot to lure his old nemesis into a final showdown. But Peter has some work to do before he can fit into those green tights again in this 1991 cult favorite. Starring the late Robin Williams.
Jumanji: The computer effects of 1995 make you appreciate how far CGI has come in the last 20 years. But other than that this story about a magical board game capable of sucking you into a jungle and summoning its beasts into your living room is an adventurous, unique romp. As it’s said, they don’t make them like this anymore. Also starring the late Robin Williams.
Starman: An alien lifeform takes on the appearance of a woman’s dead husband and the two set off on a journey to evade government officials in this 1984 sci-fi adventure. Sound like E.T.? That’s because the two were seeded from the same story concept.
The Karate Kid: “Wax on, wax off.” Need we say more? The 1984 release of The Karate Kid sent the number of dojos soaring in the United States and spawned three sequels and a remake.
Apollo 13: 1995’s Apollo 13 directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks is considered one of the most scientifically and historically accurate motion pictures ever made. The movie follows the true story of three astronauts who miraculously thwarted death while simultaneously traveling farthest from Earth than any other human ever has.
Relying on streaming to get your family’s monthly movie fix has never been easier. But if savings are what you’re after then it’s important to find subscription-based services instead of opting for one download or rental at a time. These services provide top-notch entertainment at a fair price, as the aforementioned list shows. Stop letting family members buy movies one-at-a-time and subscribe to a streaming service today.