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The best movies on Amazon Prime Video (January 2023)

Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service is a great bonus to go along with the cheap shipping a Prime subscription offers. Along with plenty of new and classic films to stream and original titles you won’t find anywhere else, the service is always expanding its collection with new movies coming to Amazon Prime Video throughout each month. We try to help you decide what to watch next by looking through the collection every week and updating this list of the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.

We’ve also put together guides to the best shows on Prime Video, the best movies on Hulu, the best movies on Netflix, the best new movies to stream, and the best movies on Disney+.

The King's Speech (2010) new
The King's Speech
Genre Drama, History
Stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
Directed by Tom Hooper
Colin Firth portrays King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II, in this Oscar-winning film that managed to be a massive critical and commercial hit, and earned Firth his first Academy Award. The film chronicles George VI’s reluctant rise to the throne after his brother abdicates the position, and the unconventional friendship he formed with the speech therapist he employed to rid him of a debilitating stutter. The political drama of the period on the eve of war serves as a backdrop to the very personal story being told in the film, which is well-deserving of all the accolades it received.
I'm Your Woman (2020)
I'm Your Woman
Genre Crime, Drama
Stars Rachel Brosnahan, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Arinzé Kene
Directed by Julia Hart
This gritty 1970s-era crime drama casts Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan as Jean, the bored suburban housewife of shady hustler Eddie (Bill Heck). When Eddie suddenly disappears one night, it sets off a series of events that sends Jean on the run with their baby from mysterious, gun-toting villains. Soaked in ’70s aesthetic with a memorable, era-appropriate soundtrack, I’m Your Woman is an under-the-radar gem of high-stakes crime drama.
Argentina, 1985 (2022) new
Argentina, 1985
Genre Drama, Crime, History
Stars Ricardo Darín, Peter Lanzani, Alejandra Flechner
Directed by Santiago Mitre
This critically acclaimed historical drama released in 2022 explores the events surrounding 1985’s “Trial of the Juntas,” in which the ringleaders of Argentina’s last, bloody civil-military dictatorship were prosecuted. The events that transpired became the most prominent war crimes trial since the Nüremberg Trials, and the first major trial for war crimes conducted by a civilian court. Argentina’s entry for the Best International Feature Film category at this year’s Academy Awards, Argentina 1985 also won a Golden Globe Award en route to becoming one of the country’s most celebrated films of all time.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Do the Right Thing
Genre Drama
Stars Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
Directed by Spike Lee
Often found on lists of the greatest movies ever made, Spike Lee’s 1989 drama unfolds during one of the hottest days of the year in a Brooklyn neighborhood where racial tension has reached a boiling point. An Italian-American pizzeria owned by Sal (Danny Aiello) becomes the focal point for drama in the film, which has Lee’s character delivering pizzas throughout the neighborhood while navigating the complicated relationships around every corner. The film earned a pair of Academy Award nominations and remains a critically acclaimed work of cinema decades after it first hit theaters.
Serpico (1973) new
81 %
Genre Crime, History, Drama
Stars Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Al Pacino portrays real-life former New YorkCity Police Department officer Frank Serpico in this biographical drama based on Peter Maas’ book of the same name. The film chronicles Serpico’s efforts to expose the corruption that was rampant within the city’s police department, only to be ignored — an environment that eventually leads him to be shot and, later, become one of law enforcement’s most prominent whistleblowers. Directed by Sidney Lumet, the 1973 film earned a long list of accolades, including a Golden Globe Award for Pacino’s memorable portrayal of the film’s titular honest cop.
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Ghost in the Shell
Genre Action, Animation, Science Fiction
Stars Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Otsuka, Iemasa Kayumi
Directed by Mamoru Oshii
This groundbreaking animated feature inspired the Wachowskis and James Cameron, among other noteworthy sci-fi filmmakers, with its tale of a cyborg operative in the year 2029 who’s tasked with hunting down a mysterious hacker known as The Puppet Master. Directed by Mamoru Oshii and based on Masamune Shirow’s iconic manga of the same name, Ghost in the Shell explores the nature of humanity and self-determination as the story’s protagonist, Motoko Kusanagi, finds herself increasingly drawn into the criminal’s world of complicated cybercrime. The film went on to spawn multiple series and several sequels, as well as a forgettable 2017 live-action film.
Clue (1985)
Genre Comedy, Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Stars Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn
Directed by Jonathan Lynn
The perfect blend of mystery and comedy, Jonathan Lynn’s big-screen adaptation of the popular Parker Brothers board game brought an all-star cast together for a classic whodunit story. Seven strangers are invited to a creepy mansion, and when one of them dies, the hijinks begin as the colorful cast of characters attempts to figure out the identity of the murderer in their midst. Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn, Martin Mull, Michael McKean, and Lesley Ann Warren lead the cast of the film, which famously features a set of alternate endings that explore the night’s events from different characters’ perspectives.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) new
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Genre Adventure, Action
Stars Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman
Directed by Steven Spielberg
The film that spawned one of the greatest adventure franchises of all time, Raiders of the Lost Ark introduces Harrison Ford as intrepid archeologist Indiana Jones, whose efforts to recover priceless historical artifacts often end up with him running, fighting, or flying for his life — occasionally assisted by his signature bullwhip. This debut feature puts him on the trail of the fabled Ark of the Covenant and in the crosshairs of Nazi agents bent on putting it to evil use. It’s easy to see why audiences became enamored with Dr. Jones after watching this saga play out.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) new
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
69 %
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Stars George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson
Directed by Joel Coen
Joel and Ethan Coen wrote, produced, and directed this surreal comedy that casts George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson as a trio of prison inmates who escape from a chain gang in order to track down a hidden treasure. Set during the Great Depression, the film offers a contemporary spin on Homer’s epic The Odyssey, pitting the three convicts against a variety of obstacles — real, imagined, and even mystical — over the course of their quest. With a beautiful soundtrack and memorable performances from a star-studded cast, the film won a Grammy Award for its music and received a pair of Academy Award nominations, too.
Sorry to Bother You (2018) new
Sorry to Bother You
Genre Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comedy
Stars Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler
Directed by Boots Riley
Set in an alternate version of Oakland, Sorry to Bother You casts LaKeith Stanfield (Get Out, The Harder They Fall) as a Black telemarketer who discovers that using his “white voice” propels him up the corporate ladder, only to find that every inch of upward mobility comes at a high moral price. A fascinating, unpredictable takedown of corporate culture and viral celebrity, the 2018 surreal comedy served as the directorial debut of hip-hop musician Boots Riley, and earned a long list of awards and high praise from critics en route to becoming one of the year’s most under-the-radar gems. Tessa Thompson, Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, and Armie Hammer co-star in the film, which delivers plenty of unexpected surprises along with its potent message.
Cold War (2018)
Cold War
Genre Drama, Romance, War, Music
Stars Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc
Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski
Paweł Pawlikowski’s gorgeous, Oscar-nominated historical drama Cold War follows Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and Zula (Joanna Kulig), a music director and singer respectively, who meet and fall in love in Poland after the end of World War II. As the years drag on and the Soviet grip over Eastern Europe tightens, the two drift across borders, in and out of each other’s lives. Their turbulent romance, set against a backdrop of paranoia and repression, is messy but moving. Filmed in stark black-and-white, Cold War is a beautiful film full of masterfully composed shots.
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Manchester by the Sea
Genre Drama
Stars Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams
Directed by Kenneth Lonergan
Casey Affleck won an Academy Award for his performance in this powerful drama about a man forced to confront the sins — and tragedies — of his past when his older brother dies, leaving his teenage son orphaned. Praised for its thoughtful, emotional script and the performances of Affleck and supporting actress Michelle Williams, the film also earned director Kenneth Lonergan an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
Nanny (2022) new
Genre Horror, Drama
Stars Anna Diop, Michelle Monaghan, Sinqua Walls
Directed by Nikyatu Jusu
This critically acclaimed horror film casts Anna Diop as Aisha, an immigrant from Senegal who hopes to bring her son to the U.S. with the income she earns as a nanny for a wealthy couple in Manhattan. Her plans take a dark turn when a violent entity begins to creep into her dreams, then her reality.
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021)
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
Genre Fantasy, Romance
Stars Kathryn Newton, Kyle Allen, Jermaine Harris
Directed by Ian Samuels
The time-loop genre goes young-adult in this charming film about a teenager whose comfortable, infinitely repeating life is shaken up when he meets a teenage girl living through a similar, constantly looping day. Kyle Allen and Kathryn Newton portray the star-crossed, time-looping lovers in the teenage rom-com, which was written by The Magicians author Lev Grossman.
La La Land (2016) new
La La Land
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance, Music
Stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend
Directed by Damien Chazelle
Although this musical dramedy about the trials and tribulations of life in show business is famous for being on the wrong side of an Oscar gaffe, there’s a good reason Damien Chazelle’s critically acclaimed film was in the running for a record-tying fourteen Academy Awards. The film casts Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as star-crossed lovers who struggle to get a break in Hollywood — him in music, her in acting — only to find that success comes at a cost. Filled with beautiful musical and visual sequences that hark back to a bygone era, the film is a testament to the potential for great joy and sadness in a life spent pursuing success in show business.
Good Night Oppy (2022) new
Good Night Oppy
65 %
pg 105m
Genre Documentary
Stars Angela Bassett, Steve Squyres, Jennifer Trosper
Directed by Ryan White

In the same way that audiences fell in love with Pixar’s cute Wall•E, watching Good Night Oppy elicits a similar response, drawing you into the gushy human emotion surrounding a robot roaming Mars 50 million miles away. But that’s because this documentary is as much about the people at NASA that made the Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover mission possible as it is about the rover itself. Narrated by Angela Basset, Good Night Oppy tells the inspiring story of Opportunity, a six-wheeled, solar-powered vehicle that touched down on the Red Planet in January of 2004 and was supposed to roam and explore the landscape for a pre-determined 90 days. But beyond anyone’s expectations, Oppy’s mission endured for nearly 15 years before going dark. Told through interviews with many of the scientists and engineers on the project, as well as archival footage, this is a feel-good doc not to be missed.

Good Night Oppy - Official Trailer | Prime Video
Cujo (1983)
57 %
r 93m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh Kelly
Directed by Lewis Teague
Much the same way that a whole generation of people grew up terrified that a ravenous Great White was going to attack them in their bathtubs, Stephen King’s Cujo turned a slobbering breed of cuddly, dopey-eyed dogs into killers in the mid-’80s. In the small, fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, Donna Trenton (Dee Wallace) and her young son, Tad (a pre-Who’s the Boss Danny Pintauro), take their clunky Ford Pinto to the home of rural mechanic Joe Camber (Ed Lauter), where they find the place deserted, except for the Cambers’ suck of a dog, Cujo. But little do they know that it’s been a few days since the pooch was bitten on the nose by a rabid bat and has turned mean … real mean. Cujo’s attacks have Donna and Tad trapped in the Pinto in the blistering heat, and Donna must act fast to save them both without getting torn to shreds by the beast.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) new
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
68 %
pg 110m
Genre Crime, Comedy
Stars Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly
Directed by Frank Oz
A remake of the 1964 comedy Bedtime Story starring Marlon Brando and David Niven (which was remade again in 2019 as The Hustle with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is easily the most recognized of them all. Hollywood legends Steve Martin and Michael Caine are rival conmen, Freddy Benson and Lawrence Jamieson, the latter of whom has had the run of the coastal town of  Beaumont-sur-Mer on the French Riviera, where he has taken advantage of its constant influx of wealthy women to scam. When the younger, small-time American, Freddy, arrives Lawrence takes him under his wing. But soon things go sour, and the rival shysters enter into a gentleman’s agreement that whoever can take their mark, Janet Colgate (Glenne Headly), for $50,000 first wins, and the other must leave town. But things are never what they seem, and the two conmen may have met their match.
Road to Perdition (2002)
Road to Perdition
72 %
r 117m
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Stars Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Paul Newman
Directed by Sam Mendes
Director Sam Mendes was strong out of the gate with his first feature film, American Beauty (also on Prime Video right now), which won five Oscars in 1999, including Best Director for him and Best Cinematography for the brilliant Conrad L. Hall. And while Road to Perdition didn’t net as much hardware (Hall did, again, for Perdition, though), the film was another critical and box office hit. Gritty and rain-soaked, Road to Perdition is a gangster movie set during the Great Depression, but instead of the usual blazing guns mob flick, it tells the story of hitman Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks), who’s betrayed by Irish boss John Rooney (Paul Newman) and his son Connor (Daniel Craig) who put a hit out on Sullivan’s wife (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and youngest son. Sullivan and his eldest son, Michael Jr. (Superman & Lois‘ Tyler Hoechlin), go on the run as Sullivan plots his revenge against the corrupt Connor.[/dt_media
Fruitvale Station (2013)
Fruitvale Station
85 %
r 82m
Genre Drama
Stars Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer
Directed by Ryan Coogler

When you find something (or someone) that you just gel with, you stick with them. That’s precisely what writer-director Ryan Coogler has done with actor Michael B. Jordan. Fruitvale Station was Coogler’s feature film debut and he has since gone on to also direct Jordan in two Creed films and Black Panther, and is slated to work with him on a couple more recently announced upcoming projects. But back to the beginning of their dance. Fruitvale Station is the real-life story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant (Jordan), who was shot and killed by an officer of the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) Police Department at Oakland’s Fruitvale Station in the early morning hours after New Year’s Eve 2009. The film replays Grant’s final day leading up to the fateful tragedy, depicting a young man grappling with his past mistakes and his struggles to course-correct his life, which revolves around his 4-year-old daughter, his mother (Octavia Spencer), and his girlfriend (Melonie Diaz).

American Animals (2018)
American Animals
68 %
r 117m
Genre Drama, Crime, Documentary
Stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner
Directed by Bart Layton
You know a movie’s gonna be good when it’s based on a true story and it’s as crazy as this. Barry Keoghan (DunkirkThe Killing of a Sacred Deer) and Evan Peters (American Horror Story, WandaVision) star as Spencer Reinhard and Warren Lipka, two students in Kentucky who get the idea of stealing a handful of rare, valuable books from the Transylvania University library, including a first edition of James Audubon’s Birds of America, which would sell for millions if they were to snag it. Together with their friends Eric Borsuk (Jared Abrahamson) and Chas Allen (Blake Jenner), they hatch an insane plan involving dressing up like elderly businessmen and restraining the librarian to make off with the books. The fact that a movie was made about it perhaps gives some insight into whether they were successful or not, but it happened, it’s bananas, and we’re all delightfully entertained by it.
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011)
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
64 %
r 89m
Genre Documentary
Stars Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Jimmy Vivino
Directed by Rodman Flender

If you’re a fan of comedy legend Conan O’Brien, then this is the documentary you never knew you needed. And whether you’re a fan of the redheaded giant or not, you’re probably aware of the controversial 2010 Tonight Show conflict where O’Brien, after briefly taking over hosting duties from Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, was double-crossed by the network and rescheduled to a later time slot so Leno could reclaim the Tonight Show desk. Well, O’Brien wouldn’t do it and instead agreed to walk away (to the tune of $45 million) while also agreeing to a seven-month ban on making any television appearances. Hence the focus of this documentary: The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour, a 32-city comedy show throughout the U.S. and Canada, which was lovingly captured by O’Brien’s friend and filmmaker Rodman Flender. The doc is a hilarious and often emotional look behind the scenes of the tour and features tons of friends of the comedian, including Jon Hamm, Jack Black, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Eddie Vedder, and Jack White. If you’re a fan of Conan’s podcast, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, you’ll appreciate the constant companionship and banter of O’Brien’s longtime assistant, Sona Movsesian.

Face/Off (1997)
r 138m
Genre Action, Crime, Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen
Directed by John Woo
FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) wants to take down his nemesis, criminal mastermind Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage), so bad that he’ll do just about anything. See, Troy’s responsible for the death of Archer’s son and has a plan in the works to subject Los Angeles to a biological bomb planted somewhere in the city. When the FBI finally catches Troy, he won’t talk, and time is ticking, so what’s the next best solution? How about the old switcheroo? In a complex surgery, Troy’s face is implanted on Archer so he can get to Troy’s brother in prison — and he knows where the bomb is. Things get complicated when the faceless Troy wakes up and forces a doctor to give him Archer’s face. From there, Archer and Troy, er, face off in a fierce grudge match filled with explosions, gun battles, and clever quips that only Cage and Travolta could pull off.

End of Sentence (2019)
End of Sentence
74 %
Genre Drama
Stars John Hawkes, Logan Lerman, Sarah Bolger
Directed by Elfar Adalsteins
Driven by powerful performances from its young cast, and led by the seasoned chops of Deadwood‘s formidable John Hawkes, End of Sentence is a road-trip drama that’ll give you all the feels. Sean (Logan Lerman) is a young man trying to start over after a stint in prison. Upon his release, he’s met by his estranged father Frank (Hawkes), who informs him that his mother has died, and even though they can’t stand each other, it was her dying wish that the pair travel to her homeland in Ireland to scatter her ashes in a place special to her. Sean reluctantly agrees, but the journey across the green Irish countryside draws the warring father and son together — the presence of a beautiful hitchhiker (Sarah Bolger) isn’t hurting either, and as Sean falls for her he starts to see a path to redemption and reconciliation.    
Torn Hearts (2022)
Torn Hearts
59 %
r 97m
Genre Horror, Thriller, Music
Stars Katey Sagal, Abby Quinn, Alexxis Lemire
Directed by Brea Grant

Early Rotten Tomatoes critics’ reviews bode well for this haunting horror-thriller starring Katey Sagal who is terrifying as reclusive Nashville country icon Harper Dutch. Young, up-and-coming country duo Jordan Wilder (Abby Quinn) and Leigh Blackhouse (Alexxis Lemire) are paying their dues in Nashville bars when they get the chance to meet Harper and record a song with her at her decrepit mansion (which should have been the first sign). They say you should never meet your idols, which is the understatement of the year as the girls are drawn into Harper’s twisted nightmare — kind of like if Dolly Parton went all Jack Torrance. One respite from all the thrills is Torn Hearts‘ music: there are some truly great vocal numbers sung by Sagal herself.

Torn Hearts I Official Trailer
The Northman (2022)
The Northman
82 %
r 137m
Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Stars Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang
Directed by Robert Eggers

The Northman is nothing short of brutal. That’s not a critique of the film (it has a Rotten Tomatoes critics score of 89%) — by that, we mean that The Northman is a dark and vicious Viking revenge tale that makes shows like Vikings and Vikings: Valhalla look like episodes of Sesame Street. Directed by Robert Eggers (The Lighthouse), Northman tells the Viking legend of prince Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård), whose father, King Aurvandill (Ethan Hawke), is murdered by his own brother, Fjolnir (Claes Bang), who assumes rule and takes Aurvandill’s wife (Nicole Kidman) as his own. Young Amleth flees by boat, narrowly escaping death, and spends the following years preparing and plotting his revenge. And boy, does he get it. Now a grown man and a trained berserker, Amleth tracks a usurped Fjolnir down in Iceland, where he’s living a much more modest life as a farmer. With the help of a young slave woman (Anya Taylor-Joy), all Viking hell is set to break loose.

Catherine Called Birdy (2022)
Catherine Called Birdy
71 %
pg-13 108m
Genre Adventure, Comedy
Stars Bella Ramsey, Billie Piper, Andrew Scott
Directed by Lena Dunham
If you like sassy, era-crossing period content such as Netflix’s Enola Holmes and Apple TV Plus’ Dickinson, then this adventure comedy from Girls‘ Lena Dunham might be perfect for you. Based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Karen Cushman, this passion project for Dunham stars Game of Thrones‘ Bella Ramsay (who’s also starring as Ellie in the upcoming The Last of Us series), who became a fan favorite for her depiction of feisty Lyanna Mormont, as the titular Lady Catherine, aka “Birdy,” a teenager in Medieval England. When her father, Lord Rollo (Andrew Scott), tries to marry her off to a long list of suitors to prevent the family’s financial ruin, Birdy uses her wit and cunning to stave them off in a battle for her independence.
Superbad (2007) new
76 %
r 113m
Genre Comedy
Stars Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Directed by Greg Mottola
The script for Superbad began taking shape when writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were growing up together in Vancouver and is loosely based on their experiences in high school. The film’s main characters even carry their first names — Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) — and one can only hope that their real-life exploits were as hilarious as this. With their graduating year of high school winding down, best friends Seth and Evan are trying desperately to party, get drunk, and lose their virginity before going off to college and into their unknown futures. Seth’s trying to impress Jules (Emma Stone) while the object of Evan’s affection is Becca (Martha MacIsaac), and all hopes of hooking up with them lie with Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), whose fake ID is their ticket to securing alcohol for the girls at the big house party they’re going to. Things obviously don’t go as planned in this coming-of-age comedy produced by Jud Apatow.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Edward Scissorhands
74 %
pg 105m
Genre Fantasy, Drama, Romance
Stars Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest
Directed by Tim Burton
This dark and weird Tim Burton-directed fantasy from 1990 stars Johnny Depp, at the height of his career, as Edward, a sentient humanoid being with a heart of gold. The problem is, Edward was created with a series of sharp scissors for hands that make it difficult for him to get close to anyone. This is a tragedy because when the quiet old scientist (Vincent Price) who created Edward passes away, all Edward wants is to love and be loved by the kind family that discovers him alone in the scientist’s old mansion at the end of their idyllic suburban block — especially Kim (Winona Ryder), a teenager whom Edward has fallen in love with. Will the perfect town accept the naive Edward for who he is, or will they fear the misunderstood blade-fingered creature?
Edward Scissorhands (1990) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

Heathers (1989)
72 %
r 103m
Genre Comedy, Crime
Stars Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty
Directed by Michael Lehmann
In the ’80s and ’90s, no one did “rebellious teen” like Christian Slater and Winona Ryder, and their dark-as-hell 1988 black comedy Heathers is exhibit A. The antithesis of John Hughes’ cheerier fare, Heathers turns the high-school clique trope on its head. Veronica Sawyer (Ryder) is part of her Ohio school’s popular crew, along with the Heathers three: Duke (Shannen Doherty), McNamara (Lisanne Falk), and clique leader, Chandler (Kim Walker). Veronica has had it with the mean-girls act, but when she falls hard for the broody new kid, J.D. (Slater), she learns just how dark and rebellious he can be when the Heathers start turning up dead. 
Train to Busan (2016)
Train to Busan
73 %
Genre Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction, Action
Stars Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok
Directed by Yeon Sang-ho
Zombie apocalypse movies and TV shows come and go (and some stay way, way too long — The Walking Dead, we’re looking at you), but some are so good and unique that they linger in your psyche. South Korea’s Train to Busan is one such memorable film. It tells the story of divorced father Seok-woo (Gong Yoo), whose work-obsessed lifestyle is taking its toll on his young daughter, Su-an (Su-an Kim), so the pair board a train from Seoul to Busan to visit Su-an’s mother. But wouldn’t you know it, all hell breaks loose when a strange virus suddenly grips the country, turning everyone infected into frenzied, blood-hungry zombies … and it’s found its way onto the train. With some absolutely stunning action sequences, Train to Busan not only explores the chaos of everyone-for-themselves mass hysteria but also how humans band together when in need.  
Let the Right One In (2008)
Let the Right One In
82 %
r 115m
Genre Horror, Drama
Stars Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar
Directed by Tomas Alfredson
Based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Swedish horror author John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In is one of the most unique vampire movies ever made. It’s a dark story of love and acceptance under macabre circumstances, but it’s oddly touching nonetheless. Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) is a 12-year-old boy who is bullied relentlessly at school. He lives with his mother in a duplex in suburban Sweden. Eli (Lina Leandersson) is a pale, peculiar girl who only visits Oskar at night, and the pair develop a close bond. While Oskar plots his revenge on his classmates, strange, gruesome murders start happening in the neighborhood, which Eli, who is much more than she appears to be, may have something to do with. This film is in Swedish with English subtitles.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
92 %
pg-13 179m
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Action
Stars Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen
Directed by Peter Jackson
Prepare yourself for Amazon’s new original Tolkien series The Rings of Power by reminding yourself how epic Peter Jackson’s trilogy from 2001 to 2003 was, all of which are streaming on Prime Video right now. The journey kicks off with The Fellowship of the Ring, in which young hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) is entrusted with the mysterious One Ring, an all-powerful ring that, if it returns to its evil owner, Sauron, he’ll use it to usher Middle Earth into an era of darkness and destruction. Frodo’s got some backup on his journey to destroy the ring in the fires of Mount Doom, though, not just from his hobbit friends, but from a fellowship of protectors from across the land, including the ranger Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas the elf (Orlando Bloom), Gimli the dwarf (John Rhys-Davies), and the wizard Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen). Follow this up with The Two Towers and The Return of the King and consider your oath fulfilled.
Thirteen Lives (2022)
Thirteen Lives
63 %
pg-13 147m
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton
Directed by Ron Howard
After practice on June 23, 2018, 12 boys aged 11 to 16, teammates of the Thai junior football team Wild Boars, and their assistant coach, went in to the scenic Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Thailand and were trapped after heavy rain flooded the caves. The massive rescue effort drew worldwide attention, as a team of international divers traversed several kilometers to bring the boys out. Thirteen Lives tells this intense, nail-biting story, with Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, and Joel Edgerton playing three of the heroic divers who risked their lives to bring the team and their coach to safety.
Licorice Pizza (2021)
Licorice Pizza
90 %
r 133m
Genre Drama, Comedy
Stars Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
The fact that this is a Paul Thomas Anderson film should really tell you all you need to know (just watch it), but here goes: In this Oscar-nominated, coming-of-age comedic drama, Alana Haim (of American indie rockers Haim, who’ve had several music videos directed by Anderson) makes her film debut as Alana Kane, a young woman who finds herself reluctantly falling in love with the much younger Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman, son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, whom Anderson worked with on several films), a 15-year-old actor. In true PTA fashion, the film is full of delightfully funny and quirky moments and characters as Alana and Gary traipse around the San Fernando Valley flirting, trying to make each other jealous, starting businesses together, and interacting with an ensemble cast of characters played by Sean Penn, Bradley Cooper, Tom Waits, and others — you know, normal Paul Thomas Anderson stuff.
Neil Young - Heart of Gold (2006)
Neil Young - Heart of Gold
85 %
pg 99m
Genre Documentary, Music
Stars Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ben Keith
Directed by Jonathan Demme
As a feature filmmaker, Jonathan Demme is more widely known for his huge blockbuster hits, such as Philadelphia and The Silence of the Lambs (for which he won a Best Director Oscar). But Demme’s career is also full of short films and documentaries about a wide range of bands and musicians, ranging from Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads to UB40, New Order, and Bruce Springsteen. In 2006, Demme went at it again, this time documenting legendary Canadian-American musician Neil Young during a two-night stint at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Largely a beautifully-shot concert film in which Young performs some of his greatest hits, like Harvest Moon, Far From Home, and Heart of Gold, the film also mixes in some fascinating interview footage with Young and his band as well as some rare performances.
Everybody's Talking About Jamie (2021)
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
62 %
pg-13 115m
Genre Music, Drama, Comedy
Stars Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire, Lauren Patel
Directed by Jonathan Butterell
If you’re in need of a fun, fabulous, feel-good movie this weekend, this West End stage play-turned-feature film will likely have you not just off the couch, but setting up a runway in your living room. Originally based on Jenny Popplewell’s popular TV movie, Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, this Amazon Original Movie is an adaptation of the stage musical from the same team – director James Butterell, composer Dan Gillespie, and lyricist Tom McRae. Sixteen-year-old Sheffield high schooler Jamie New (Max Harwood) has big dreams of becoming a drag queen. And while his chosen path is unconventional and even frowned upon by his classmates, his own father (Ralph Ineson), and the locals, Jamie gets nothing but support from his loving mum (Sarah Lancashire), best friend, Pritti (Lauren Patel), and old drag legend Miss Loco Chanelle (Richard E. Grant), who agrees to teach Jamie all he knows about drag. Full of big, bold, and colorful musical numbers (there’s a lot of dancing on desks going on), if Everybody’s Talking About Jamie doesn’t help you shake off the fall funk, you may want to check your pulse.
Emergency (2022)
73 %
r 105m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Stars Donald Watkins, RJ Cyler, Sebastian Chacon
Directed by Carey Williams
Sadly, in our racially-inequitable society, the truth often takes a back seat to the way things look, and for college students Kunle (Donald Elise Watkins), his best friend, Sean (RJ Cyler), and their roommate Carlos (Sebastian Chacon), things look bad. During a night of epic Spring Break partying, Kunle and Sean return to their room to find a drunk, semi-conscious white girl on their living room floor, while an oblivious Carlos is in his room gaming. Do they call the police? As Sean astutely points out, “they’re just going to see three brown guys hanging over this little white girl.” What follows is a darkly funny and suspenseful string of events as the boys try to get the girl to the hospital. [/dt_media
The Vast of Night (2019)
The Vast of Night
84 %
pg-13 91m
Genre Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz, Bruce Davis
Directed by Andrew Patterson
This nostalgic throwback to classic sci-fi thrillers follows a young switchboard operator and a radio DJ whose discovery of a mysterious audio frequency sets off a series of discoveries that lead them deep into the unknown. The Amazon Studios film is the directorial debut of Andrew Patterson and has earned high praise from critics and streaming audiences alike for its suspenseful, low-budget spin on the genre.
Master (2022)
66 %
r 99m
Genre Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Stars Regina Hall, Zoe Renee, Talia Ryder
Directed by Mariama Diallo

Regina Hall (Nine Perfect StrangersInsecure) stars in this social thriller/horror about an elite New England university that’s as old as the country itself and has just as many dark secrets. Hall plays Gail Bishop, the school’s new headmaster and the first Black person to hold the position. A Black student, Jasmine Moore (Zoe Renee), arrives as a freshman and is soon subjected to anonymous racist attacks that she is convinced are being done by an ancient presence from the school’s past — turns out the school was built on the site of some Salem-era witch trials. As Gail and Jasmine learn to navigate the school’s elite politics and privilege, they uncover the truth about the school and just how tied to its past it really is.

Lucy and Desi (2022)
Lucy and Desi
73 %
pg 102m
Genre Documentary
Stars Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Lucie Arnaz
Directed by Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler’s stunning love letter to legendary television power couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz digs deep with Poehler gaining access to some never-before-seen footage of the pair to help tell the incredible story of their rise to entertainment royalty. Poehler’s documentary feels as though it’s being narrated by Lucy and Desi themselves, with the help of rare home movies and cassette audiotapes the couple made over the years, and insightful and touching interviews with, among others, their daughter Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, Desi Arnaz Jr., Norman Lear, Carol Burnett, Charo, and Bette Midler. Lucy and Desi is a timeline of a remarkable legacy that spans from their early days in show business and their marriage, through the transition from radio to TV, the creation and explosive success of I Love Lucy and their production company, Desilu, to their eventual divorce. It even touches on the difficult period in Lucy’s life when she was accused of being a member of the Communist party. And if Poehler’s superb film isn’t enough Lucy and Desi for you, Amazon is also home to Aaron Sorkin’s excellent dramatized film Being the Ricardos, starring Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem.
My Name Is Pauli Murray (2021)
My Name Is Pauli Murray
73 %
pg-13 91m
Genre Documentary
Stars Patricia Bell-Scott, Dolores Chandler, Brittney Cooper, Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Directed by Julie Cohen, Betsy West
From the same directing team behind 2018’s Oscar-nominated RBGMy Name Is Pauli Murray is the long-overdue telling of the life and influence of pioneering lawyer, civil and women’s rights activist, poet, and priest Pauli Murray. The film is a tribute to the largely unsung hero, the struggles they faced as a non-binary African American, and the legal contributions they made arguing for gender and race equality, most notably with the passing of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment in 1968, which outlawed discrimination based on sex. Murray’s influence on the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is highlighted throughout the documentary, which, like RGB, is destined for Oscar greatness.
Pinocchio (2019)
6 %
pg-13 125m
Genre Fantasy, Adventure, Drama
Stars Federico Ielapi, Roberto Benigni, Marine Vacth
Directed by Matteo Garrone
Italian author Carlo Collodi’s classic children’s story dates back to 1881, and since then, it’s been reimagined and adapted countless times in print, on television, for the stage, and in film — perhaps most notably in Disney’s 1940 animated movie. With this most recently released feature version, Italian filmmakers Matteo Garrone and Massimo Ceccherini use live-action, stunning CGI, and some pretty fantastic costumes and makeup to once again tell the tale of a lonely carpenter, Gepetto (Roberto Benigni), who creates a wooden boy puppet who magically comes to life. Pinocchio‘s universal themes of perseverance through adversity, honesty, and redemption ring true in Garrone’s adaptation as well, as the boy puppet heads out into the film’s bizarre world of animal tricksters, blue fairies, and gigantic fish to learn the lessons he needs to get back to Gepetto and realize his dream of becoming a real boy.
One Night in Miami... (2020)
One Night in Miami...
83 %
r 114m
Genre Drama
Stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge
Directed by Regina King
In actress Regina King’s excellent directorial debut, she takes Kemp Powers’ screenplay of his own stage play and turns it into a riveting drama. One Night in Miami is a fictionalized ponderance of a real-life meeting that happened in Miami Beach in 1964 in which famous friends Cassius Clay (Eli Goree), who earlier that night just beat Sonny Liston for the world championship, Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben -Adir), singer Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.), and football star Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) gathered to enjoy each other’s company, debate, and discuss their roles in affecting change in Black America. Each star holds his own portraying such cultural heavyweights, and the film mixes beautifully shot sequences of their individual lives and achievements with fly-on-the-wall ensemble scenes that give you a sense of what it might have been like being in the room with these icons.
Sound of Metal (2020)
Sound of Metal
82 %
r 121m
Genre Drama, Music
Stars Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci
Directed by Darius Marder
Sound of Metal doesn’t mess around, getting straight to the intense and terrifying moments that Ruben (Riz Ahmed), a drummer in a heavy metal duo with his girlfriend (the wonderful Olivia Cooke), starts to lose his hearing. It’s the little things we take for granted that director/screenwriter Darius Marder zeroes in on in the film’s opening minutes — the excruciating silence of a blender, the subtle drip of percolating coffee, or the shushing spray of a showerhead — all gone. But Sound of Metal isn’t about deafness, it’s a story about change and the journey we must take to embrace it, as Ruben enters a facility to help him learn to live with his deafness while also avoiding a relapse into his old life of drug abuse. It’s a beautiful film about life-changing loss and redemption and shouldn’t be missed.

Chi-Raq (2015)
77 %
r 127m
Genre Drama, Crime, Comedy
Stars Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes
Directed by Spike Lee
Aristophanes’ classic Greek comedy Lysistrata gets a modern update in this 2015 film directed by Spike Lee. The film follows a group of women who decide to withhold sex from their partners until they agree to curb the gang violence plaguing their Chicago neighborhood. Told in a mixture of music and verse, the film stars Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Teyonah Parris, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson.

The Handmaiden (2016)
The Handmaiden
84 %
Genre Thriller, Drama, Romance
Stars Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo
Directed by Park Chan-wook
From Korean director Park Chan-wook, award-winning director of OldboyThe Handmaiden is an intense, pulse-pounding crime drama set in the early 1900s during the Japanese occupation of Korea. The film follows two women — a young Japanese lady on a secluded estate, and the Korean woman who is hired as her new handmaiden. Little does the former know, though, that the latter is conspiring with a con man to defraud the woman out of her inheritance.
You Were Never Really Here (2017)
You Were Never Really Here
84 %
r 89m
Genre Thriller, Drama
Stars Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov
Directed by Lynne Ramsay
This Amazon Original was nominated for four 2019 Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature and Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix). Phoenix stars as a traumatized veteran who harnesses his trauma into hunting down missing girls for a living. However, as his nightmares begin to overtake him and he continues to get in over his head, he begins to uncover a conspiracy that threatens to destroy or save him, depending on the paths he takes.
The Big Sick (2017)
The Big Sick
86 %
r 120m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter
Directed by Michael Showalter
Comedian Kumail Nanjiani and comedy writer Emily V. Gordon adapted their real-life love story for film in The Big Sick, a charming romantic comedy that was one of Digital Trends’ favorite movies of 2019 and helped score Nanjiani and Gordon their own Apple TV+ show. The movie begins with Kumail (playing a loosely fictionalized version of himself) struggling to build a stand-up career, mining his Pakistani background for material. After a run-in with a heckler named Emily (Zoe Kazan) turns into a one-night stand and eventually a relationship, the two start to run into trouble. For starters, Kumail’s parents want him to settle down with a Pakistani woman, leading them to break up. Making things even more complicated, an infection leaves Emily in a coma. While visiting Emily in the hospital, Kumail meets her parents, Terry (Ray Romano) and Beth (Holly Hunter), learning more about them and Emily as he processes his own feelings.
Blow the Man Down (2019)
Blow the Man Down
72 %
r 90m
Genre Drama, Mystery, Comedy
Stars Morgan Saylor, Sophie Lowe, Margo Martindale
Directed by Danielle Krudy, Bridget Savage Cole
Blow the Man Down is a dark comedy and a hidden gem that arrived on Amazon Prime under the radar earlier this year. Morgan Saylor and Sophie Lowe co-headline the film as feuding sisters Mary Beth and Priscilla Connolly, respectively. When Mary Beth kills a man who tried to harm her, Priscilla decides that blood is thicker than water and she helps her sister cover up the evidence. Unfortunately for the Connolly sisters, secrets are hard to keep in a small town, and they never quite know who they can trust. Margo Martindale also has a terrific supporting turn as Enid Nora Devlin, a local brothel owner who may know too much.

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