Remember those times when you had to rent a movie from Blockbuster to watch? Or wait in line to get a movie ticket when the newest film was about to release? Nostalgic days, those were. But in today's times, few go to the movies because it's easier to have the movies come to you. There's a certain comfort of sitting at home in your pajamas, eating ice cream while your TV plays a movie for your mood.
When it comes to watching shows in your home, Amazon Prime Video should be a definite contender in your head. Customized to your liking, there are movies on Amazon Prime for every mood. There are so many choices that it can be daunting to pick which movie to watch. So we took on the task, and watched most of the movies on Amazon Prime... then rewatched the good movies. From this, we put together 25 of the best movies on Amazon Prime. This list has something for everyone, and we promise that these movies are worth your while. Enjoy!
There are few movies that maintain the air of mystery throughout the movie, and Serena is one of them. Serena meets George Pemberton, an ambitious timber baron from North Carolina during the Depression era. But when things go sideways for their business and family, the madly-in-love couple is further driven to the edge because they have no children. Serena soon finds out that George has an illegitimate son, and hell hath no fury as a woman scorned. Set on taking revenge, she devices her plans to murder the woman responsible, no matter the cost. The movie shines with the natural chemistry these actors have built over their multiple on-screen pairings.
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street is one of the finest examples of the infectious dynamic between the director and lead actor. We all know Leonardo DiCaprio to be a top-class actor, but this role, in particular, shows us a different depth of character in the actor’s skill set. Based on the real life of Jordan Belfort of Stratton Oakmont, who made a huge fortune with his friends by defrauding millions from his wealthy investors, this movie is one that teaches us to not be foolhardy with our luck. For film lovers, this movie is a must-watch because of the energetic brilliance of Scorsese’s directional skills.
No Time to Die
No Time To Die starts with Agent 007 living the life he deserves after his years of active service – a life of peace and tranquility in Jamaica. But when his old friend Felix Leiter comes knocking on his door for help in rescuing a scientist from his kidnappers, Bond jumps rather too suddenly at the opportunity. But the stakes are much higher than rescuing someone, as Bond finds himself facing Lyutsifer Safin, his most mysterious and dangerous villain yet. Even out of active service, Bond feels real, relevant and the right person for the job.
The Sound of Scars
The album River Runs Red by Life of Agony was hailed by Rolling Stones as one of the greatest metal albums of all time. But there’s a lot underneath the surface, and The Sound of Scars is what we didn’t know we needed. Founded by three childhood friends who overcome some of the worst odds one can experience, to form a band that shook the world, this documentary shows the struggles they moved away from to the new troubles they landed into. To the metal fans, this documentary is the answer to the power behind the band’s exceptional music, and the journey is more emotional than you would expect.
House of Gucci
There’s always been an air of high luxury around the Gucci brand. There’s no denying that Gucci is a brand all of us aspire to own, but what do you know about the brand? House of Gucci brings to your screens the true story behind this Italian fashion behemoth. But it’s nothing like we think. What does Patrizia Reggiani’s marriage to the Gucci family unfold, and how will this unravel the family legacy? It’s laid out bare for us to understand. Lady Gaga and Adam Driver lead this movie to its heights, but the star cast will make it hard for you to ignore.
Death on the Nile
Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot is a character we all grew up with. Death on the Nile has the Belgian detective coming to life on-screen on a glorious Egyptian vacation. But this vacation doesn’t plan to let Poirot have his peace when a murder aboard their river streamer cuts the vacation short. The movie does Agatha Christie’s novel real justice, with the star cast and a marvelous rendering of the novel’s highlights through Kenneth Branagh’s direction lens. Death on the Nile is an easy movie to watch and enjoy. So on these evenings when you want to have easy entertainment, this movie checks all the boxes.
All the Old Knives
All the Old Knives is a readaptation of the original spy thriller movie by Janus Metz Pedersen, which is a fabulous hit in its time. Henry Pelham, played by Chris Pine, is tasked with hunting the mole inside the CIA, responsible for the lives of more than 100 people in an aircraft. Pelham’s undercover operation takes him across the world, and back into the hands of his ex-lover and colleague Celia Harrison. Amid a rekindled spark, Pelham is forced to sort out the web of global espionage to find the person responsible for the betrayal.
Fair Warning: Scream is a modern-day reimagination of the Ghostface mask, but this time in a more horrific manner. When a series of brutal murders begins to shake the town of Woodsboro, Sidney Prescott and Dewey Riley recognize the pattern of the serial killer who targets teenagers and made his first appearance 25 years ago. After 3 murders, they must move fast to save the rest of the group before it’s too late. If you feel skeptical about this, don’t. We thought this movie was a refreshing take, and easily one of the more enjoyable thriller movies to be released in the recent past.
A Fish Called Wanda
A Fish Called Wanda is an example of how some movies are timeless in their comedic adventures when a winning combination of cast, story, and direction are put together. George Thomason and Ken Pile, two gangsters of British origin recruit American misfits Wanda and Otto to pull off a diamond heist, they do not expect the job to fall out so badly. In an attempt to get their cut, Wanda decides to entrap Archie, George’s lawyer, and find out where the diamonds are hidden. With Ken off to finish off a lady witness to the diamond heist and other things going wrong, how will it all end up?
While the coming-to-age genre has a set routine that makes it almost always predictable Napoleon Dynamite is a one-of-a-kind movie that offers a steady stream of laughs from the gut. Napoleon Dynamite has an awkward time fitting into his high school, and just when this is enough to deal with, his grandmother is injured and his uncle Rico shows up to take care of him. To find some semblance of normalcy, he befriends Pedro, a Hispanic boy new to the area, and who speaks little to no English. But when the decision to run for class president, how will their existing lives be transformed?
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Ace Venture: Pet Detective is worth the watch to the global fanbase of Jim Carrey, famous for his twitchy antics and quick humor. Ace Ventura, a private investigator specializing in the rescue of missing animals, is brought into the film as the lead on the case of the missing dolphin mascot of the Miami NFL team. While investigations are underway, several players are also kidnapped, which points to a definite malicious culprit, one who Ace Ventura must find out before it’s too late. But this search does not come without its overenergized misadventures, that will have us holding our jaws in lain from laughing.
The Tender Bar
There are very few movies that do better than their books. The Tender Bar easily qualifies as one of such. The story revolves around the life of J.R., a young boy abandoned by his father but a nephew to a bar full of drunks. As J.R. works in his uncle's bar, he comes across drunk strangers who offer advice on how to live a life well. The movie focuses on how J.R. develops a unique outlook towards life - and watching this, it's difficult to not tear up. The actors could not be more perfect for their roles. The Tender Bar is a movie with the right mix of humor, wisdom, and character development, wrapped up in a heart-touching story.
Being the Ricardos
To create a show that captures audiences for 180 episodes is no easy task. To take that show, reimagine it into a movie and still keep all its magic is something only Being The Ricardos can achieve. Based on the lives of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, two Hollywood stars who were once the talk of every household in America, Being The Ricardos is a complex powerplay between their professional and personal lives. Stitched together using past interviews, black and white sequences, and flashbacks, this movie pulls back the curtain on America's most successful TV stars of all time.
Encounter is a movie that has a basic premise but finds a way to repackage it in a remarkable way. Malik is a decorated Marine who must go on a mission to save his two sons from an unknown, uncanny threat. In a race to save his sons, he must walk them out of their childhoods and repair their families. The movie mixes genres of alien invasion and paranoia and toes the line carefully without falling to either side. We recommend this movie because we felt it was an undiscovered gem, with the likes of Riz Ahmed and Octavia Spencer doing full justice to their roles.
If there was a comedic way to portray how to spend time with someone who has only a few weeks to live, The Farewell is the case on point. Billi and her family find out that her grandmother has only a few weeks left to live, so they return to China. While trying to make sure that grandma doesn’t get the bad news, they cook up the story of a fake marriage so that she can spend the last days with her family. The movie finds a way to blend in cultural traditions that can seem foreign to a child raised outside of it, the feelings of grappling with loss, and comic scenes that are incredibly honest and moving.
The Big Sick
If you watch The Big Sick, we guarantee that rom coms will hold a new place in your heart. Kumail plays the role of a Pakistani comic, who gets into a relationship with Emily. But with his conservative background, he has no idea about their future together. When Emily goes into a coma, Kumail finds himself bonding with Emily’s parents, which is told in a story filled with sincerity, humanity, and compassion. We loved that this movie tries to explore how different cultures can co-exist peacefully if they discover together the universal meaning of love. And yes, the movie is funny and light-hearted, making you personally invested in the character development.
Sound of Metal
Sound of Metal is the movie that brought forward the gem of an actor that is Riz Ahmed. This movie dives into the unexplored territory of the lives of the deaf community. Ruben, a drug-addicted punk-metal drummer, finds himself slowly losing his ability to hear. When he is told that it will soon become permanent, he struggles to find meaning in his life, and even in his relationship. To rediscover this meaning, he checks into a sober house for the deaf, and as the movie progresses, finds himself adapting to his condition. There are few movies that can piece together addiction recovery, denial, emotional turmoil, and realization in one sitting - and Sound of Metal achieves all this and more.
One Night in Miami
If there was a guide on how to write fiction that feels closely tied to historical facts, One Night In Miami would be the case in point. Set in the backdrop of the famous fight that turned Cassius Clay into the legend Muhammad Ali, the movie features the interactions between Cassius, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown in 1964. The movie stitches fiction and historical accuracy in a hauntingly exciting manner. The perspectives of four men, at the top of their fields, on the happenings in America of that time is captivating to the extent that 110 minutes passes by too quickly. Regina King, through this movie, allows us to absorb the ideologies of these men and see them as more than just the historical titans we know, but as incredibly relatable human beings.
Manchester by the Sea
Manchester by the Sea is a story of how grief can bring a broken family together and be the catalyst to mending the cracks that were initially there. When Lee finds out that his dead brother has made him the sole guardian of his nephew Patrick, Lee is forced to unwillingly leave his dead-beat job in Boston and return to his hometown Manchester-by-the-Sea. He is forced to deal with the past that made him run away in the first place - all while trying to maintain a compelling drama that holds us at the edge of our seats. This is not a bright movie, and the scenes are mostly dark. But the plot has us sympathizing with this quiet man who is suffering from grief. Just make sure to have those Kleenex ready!
Alien is a sci-fi movie that feels contemporary despite its creation over four decades ago. The commercial starship Nostromo finds itself answering a distress call from an alien vessel. When they board the ship, they unknowingly come across a nest of eggs, which starts the journey to their race for survival. What is possibly even scarier than the alien, is the devastating side to us humans when we are forced to do anything to survive. This movie set a bar for sci-fi movies to live up to, and when you watch this movie a second time, Alien does not lose its touch of horror.
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Inspired by true events, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie portrays the life of Jamie, who dreams himself to be a proud drag queen performing on stage. But even if his best friend and his mother support him endlessly, he still must tread down a path few take and face much prejudice from his father and his school. This movie lands an impact on the viewer and forces one to explore the issues with coming out as a gay man. But the story comes to a heartwarming end, and Max Harwood shines in this role, promising us better days to come.
The Tomorrow War
Time travel is not a new concept to be explored, but The Tomorrow War does this in a fresh way. When time travelers from 2051 come to deliver a message of doom, that the human species is losing to aliens, this world is thrown into chaos. The time travelers come with an ultimatum: the only way to win is to take the soldiers and civilians from the present to the future to join their war. When Dan is also recruited, he is determined to change the planet’s fate for the sake of his daughter. The Tomorrow War is an easy watch, and Chris Pratt does a good job of taking the movie forward.
The Silence of the Lambs
Anthony Hopkins is a man who can carry an entire movie on his shoulders. But the Silence of the Lambs is a testament to how Anthony Hopkins can be equally matched with an actor of Jodie Foster’s quality - armed with a well-written script, of course. Clarice is a star student at the FBI’s training academy and is tasked by Crawford with the job of interrogating Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist extraordinaire who is also a criminal psychopath serving time. Clarice has to extract information out of Lecter, while not losing herself and her mind in the process. This movie might just be one of the greatest thrillers of all time, with its craftily written plot and resourceful actors.
If you could follow one man's life for 40 years, what would you conclude about him? Val is a documentary that invites us to answer this question. Val Kilmer documented his own life across his career as an actor, an artist, and someone living on the extremes. Something about his life and his showcasing its complex chapters draws us closer to this man. A resounding theme in the movie is how a man can be his own worst enemy while maintaining a vibrant sense of self-reflection. In the end, it comes full circle when we ask ourselves: can we judge a man for his actions, when we know how much he can change over 40 years?
Coming 2 America
What we enjoyed about Coming 2 America is that it is effortlessly enjoyable, without needing us to put much thought into the plot. The sequel to the much-famous “Coming to America”, the new ruler of Zamunda, King Akeem, and his right hand Semmi journey from the rich African nation to the boroughs of Queens. Their adventures throughout the journey are featured through most of the film, and we think it is a comedy that manages to be inclusive in its approach, making it a favorite of ours and a definite contender on this list.
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