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Crank up the heat and watch some of the best movies streaming on Amazon Prime

When Amazon debuted its Amazon Prime service some 10 years ago, CEO Jeff Bezos and company simply wanted to give their loyal band of customers a chance to save some scratch on shipping costs. As the service gained a massive subscription base, Amazon continued adding a slew of incredible perks year over year such as access to Prime Pantry, free same-day delivery, and — arguably its greatest addition in recent years — Amazon Prime Instant Video.

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Now, anyone with an Amazon Prime subscription has easy access to thousands of hit movies and documentaries, all with the simple click of a mouse. To help all you Amazon Prime subscribers sift through Amazon’s massive library, we’ve taken to the task of finding the best movies currently available with the service. So pop some popcorn and find your favorite spot on the couch, here are the best movies currently streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Drama

Inside Llewyn Davis

In the soft shadows of The Gaslight Cafe, folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) croons that he “wouldn’t mind the hanging.” Leave it to the Coen Brothers to oblige him. Two of America’s most mercurial filmmakers, the Coens have approached both grim tragedy and madcap comedy in their films, sometimes at the same time. Inside Llewyn Davis falls on the bleaker end of the spectrum, following Davis as he attempts to get his music career on track in the wake of his musical partner’s suicide. His finances are not the only part of his life falling apart; his former lover Jean (Carey Mulligan), pregnant with a child that is likely his, wants nothing to do with him. Davis’ struggle, set against the frost-glazed backdrop of New York, is a tragic one, but the film is not without humor, black though it may be. The characters surrounding Llewyn are as vibrant as he is cold… particularly Justin Timberlake as Jane’s new boyfriend.

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A Most Violent Year

As one might expect from the delightfully descriptive title, J. C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year takes place in a time of violence, specifically New York City in 1981. Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) runs Standard Heating Oil, a company with more than a few problems. One of Morales’ rivals has hired men to hijack his trucks at gunpoint, and Morales’ wife Anna (Jessica Chastain) wants him to fight back. Abel would prefer not to, but the legal system will be no help, as ADA Lawrence (David Oyelowo) wants to bust Abel for tax evasion. Isaac’s Abel is the moral heart of the film. With slicked back hair and a quiet demeanor, he evokes Al Pacino circa The Godfather, and like Michael Corleone, Abel struggles with his desire to be an upstanding family man and business-owner and the pressure to exact retribution on his rivals.

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Sicario

Sicario begins with FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) leading a squad into a cartel safehouse, where they discover walls lined with corpses. That is only the first of many horrors the film offers, as Macer joins a CIA task force led by Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), whose goal is to shut down the cartel responsible. Contrary to Kate’s expectations and standard operating procedure, Graver’s team, accompanied by a mystery man named Alejandro (Benicio del Toro), ventures into Mexico to capture a kingpin. Like a cruel roller coaster, Sicario takes its time raising the tension before sending Macer hurtling downward, and Denis Villeneuve’s tight direction is key to that.

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No Country for Old Men

Drawing on the novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy, the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men is a bleak meditation on violence and greed, following men who try to outrun fate and consequence in pursuit of their goals. The film’s avalanche of misfortune begins when Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) finds a briefcase full of money amidst the ruins of a drug deal gone wrong. He takes the money and runs, unaware of a tracking device in the briefcase that alerts cartel members to its location. One of Moss’ pursuers is Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), a cold and unrelenting hitman who at times seems like fate personified. No Country for Old Men is a modern Western, and the film shows off the strengths of the genre, with dry, poetic dialogue and gorgeous shots of the vast Texan landscapes.

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Pulp Fiction

The Quentin Tarantino-directed Pulp Fiction made waves in 1994 when it released, most notably taking home the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or as the event’s best picture. Though it narrowly lost out on Best Picture at that year’s Academy Awards, Tarantino and screenwriter Roger Avary did nab an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, further cementing Tarantino among Hollywood’s greats. Over the course of the film’s two and a half hour run time, Tarantino tells several different stories — some connected, others not — with each of the film’s characters delivering some of the most memorable monologues in modern cinema. Laced with Tarantino’s inventive style of storytelling and an eclectic mix of outrageous characters — not to mention its perfect blend of comedy and violence — it’s not the least bit surprising many critics call Pulp Fiction one of the greatest films of all time.

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Selma

The voting rights marches of 1965 that took place in Selma, Alabama, were a watershed moment in the Civil Rights Movement. Led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ben Lewis, James Bevel, and Hosea Williams, they gained national attention and served as the inspiration for President Lyndon B. Johnson to finally take notice and sign the Civil Rights Act into law. The award-winning Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay, chronicles the marches and the events surrounding them, as well as the vitriolic resistance faced by Dr King and his fellow activists. The film stars David Oyelowo as King and Carmen Ejogo as King’s wife, Loretta Scott King, as well as Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, and Common.

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Only God Forgives

Ryan Gosling and and director Nicolas Winding Refn, who previously worked together in Drive, team up once again for this gritty crime story set in the seedy underbelly of Bangkok, Thailand. Gosling stars as Julian, a notorious criminal whose brother is murdered by a ruthless cop, Chang (Vithaya Pansringarm). Their feud becomes bloody, deadly, and agonizing. Similar to Refn’s previous work with films such as Valhalla Rising and Bronson, Only God Forgives is harsh yet aesthetically vivid, and contrasts the beautiful neon of Bangkok with the unflinching violence that lies beneath. Gosling supposedly undertook several months of Muay Thai training for the film, too, which helped him better prepare for the highly physical role.

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Bone Tomahawk

Set in the unforgiving frontier of the American West, Bone Tomahawk blurs the lines between western and thriller. The movie begins in the small town of Bright Hope, where sheriff Franklin Hunt is investigating a series of strange murders and disappearances. An arrow is discovered at one of the crime scenes, and a Native American man tells Hunt it likely belongs to of a tribe of troglodyte cannibals living in the mountains. Hell-bent on wiping out the oppressive attackers, Hunt rallies a small band to hunt down the cannibals. Director S. Craig Zahler’s film stars Kurt Russell as sheriff Hunt, as well as Matthew Fox, Patrick Wilson, and Lili Simmons in various roles.

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