Best Movies On Amazon Prime That You Shouldn’t Miss

Best Movies On Amazon Prime That You Shouldn’t Miss

I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

If last year’s acclaimed If Beale Street Could Talk led you to learn more about James Baldwin, who wrote the novel from which the film was adapted, this documentary about the history of American racism is essential. Taking as its inspiration Baldwin’s unfinished memoir, Remember This House, I Am Not Your Negro was nominated for a best documentary feature Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards.

Spotlight (2015)

How does an American diocese of the Roman Catholic church conceal widespread sexual abuse by priests trusted to counsel and educate children? The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team of journalists investigated the corruption, won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003, and became the subject of this docudrama, a best-picture Oscar winner.

District 9 (2009)

The titular refugee camp—located near Johannesburg, South Africa, and inhabited by extraterrestrials whose spacecraft mysteriously appeared almost 30 years earlier—is about to be emptied by Multinational United, a private contractor. Wikus (Sharlto Copley), an MNU agent serving notice to camp residents, is injured in an accident, which gradually gives him a new perspective on the aliens’ situation.

Man on Wire (2008)

In 1974, acrobat Philippe Petit challenged himself to run a tightrope between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center—a feat in itself even before he went on to walk that tightrope, thousands of feet up; this documentary features footage shot during the planning phases as well as reenactments, and won the best documentary feature Oscar in 2009.

Secretary (2002)

Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal), newly released from in-patient treatment for self-harm, gets a job as a secretary for E. Edward Grey (James Spader), an extremely exacting attorney. Edward’s elaborate punishments for Lee’s mistakes evolves over time into a BDSM relationship that Lee embraces enthusiastically, but which her loved ones don’t understand, and about which Edward feels conflicted and ashamed.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

At a New Year’s Day party thrown by her parents’ friends, London singleton Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) makes a disastrous impression on Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), who may or may not remember her splashing in his wading pool when they were both children. When their personal and professional paths keep crossing, both realize they may have misjudged each other. Hugh Grant, as Bridget’s office crush, Daniel, didn’t top this winning and hilarious performance until Paddington 2.

Out of Sight (1998)

A series of mishaps causes U.S. Marshal Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez) and fugitive bank robber Jack Foley (George Clooney) to get locked together in the trunk of a car, where they have nothing to do but chat, misquote Network, and fondle each other. Neither can stop thinking about the other even after they part, and contrive to run into each other again. Steven Soderbergh directs this adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel; cinematographer Elliot Davis deserves special notice for making his two stunning stars the sexiest they’ve ever looked.

Double Happiness (1994)

Before Killing Eve and Grey’s Anatomy, Sandra Oh played Jade Li, a Chinese Canadian who aspires to be an actress even as she knows her immigrant parents didn’t expect her to go into such a precarious career—or to fall in love with a white man (Callum Keith Rennie).

Working Girl (1988)

Secretary Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) has aspirations to move up in the world of mergers and acquisitions; her boss, Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver), claims to want to mentor her, only to pass off Tess’s ideas as her own and take all the credit. Katharine’s injury on a European ski trip gives Tess the chance to step into her life and put together a deal with Katharine’s colleague, Jack Trainer (Harrison Ford).

RoboCop (1987)

Skip the 2014 remake and accept no substitutes for Paul Verhoeven’s stunningly violent original. Officer Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) patrols the streets of a crime-ridden, dystopian Detroit, in the course of which he is near-fatally shot. As a test case, scientists at the (evil) corporation Omni Consumer Products rebuild him as a far less vulnerable cyborg, but one who has no memory of his previous life.

The Princess Bride (1987)

Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) falls in love with devoted stable boy Westley (Cary Elwes), but loses him when he goes to seek his fortune and his ship is plundered by the Dread Pirate Roberts. Years later, on the eve of her marriage of convenience to a snooty prince, Buttercup is kidnapped by bandits who are not what they seem.

Terms of Endearment (1983)

Having lost her husband, Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) focuses all her care, love, and intensity on her daughter, Emma (Debra Winger), who escapes by marrying neophyte college professor Flap Horton (Jeff Daniels) and moving with him from Houston to Des Moines. But as time goes by, Emma has cause to believe her mother was right, and Flap really isn’t the man for her.

Book Club (2018)

If you spent any part of your weekend in a theater watching the senior cheerleaders of Poms, you may also enjoy this charming tale from one of the same producers. Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, and Poms star Diane Keaton play longtime friends who’ve stayed bonded through their titular book club, and whose lives are all changed when they decide to read Fifty Shades of Grey.

Big Night (1996)

Long before Monk and The Hunger Games, little-known character actors Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci starred in this 1950s period film as brothers struggling with the Italian restaurant they own on the Jersey Shore; ultimately, they put all their hopes into one blow-out “celebrity night.” Future stars in the supporting cast include Minnie Driver, Allison Janney, and Liev Schreiber.

Little Man Tate (1991)

In her directorial debut, Jodie Foster stars as Dede, the single mother of Fred (Adam Hann-Byrd), a seven-year-old genius. When he enrolls in a school for gifted children, Fred’s loyalties are divided between his love for Dede and his wish to please the school’s director, Jane (Dianne Wiest).

House of Games (1987)

David Mamet’s then-wife Lindsay Crouse stars as Margaret, a psychologist drawn into an underworld of gambling and con artists, in Mamet’s debut as a director. Mamet also wrote the screenplay (based on a story he developed with Jonathan “Dr. Katz” Katz), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe.

Children of a Lesser God (1986)

Marlee Matlin won a best-actress Oscar for playing Sarah, a janitor at a school for deaf students who refuses to learn how to speak aloud; James Leeds (William Hurt) is a speech pathologist determined to change her mind, and in the process ends up falling in love with her.

Hoosiers (1986)

In the 1950s period piece whose title has become shorthand for “inspirational sports story,” Gene Hackman plays Norman Dale, who’s trying to coach a high school basketball team in small-town Indiana to a state championship.


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