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    Updated on Mar 31, 2020. Posted on Mar 31, 2020

    25 Great Movies To Stream On Amazon Prime Video

    Save your $3.99 rental fee — these are allllll included with Prime

    Obviously, we’re all still self-isolating and struggling to find ways to occupy our time. You might even feel like you're running out of things to watch. But worry not! Here are 25 recommendations for the best movies to stream on Amazon Prime Video right now.

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    If you don't have Amazon Prime, I recommend it — even if just for the wealth of movies you'll have access to!

    1. The Farewell (2019)

    A24

    You know Awkwafina for her breakout role in Crazy Rich Asians, but you will truly love her after seeing her performance as Billi in The Farewell — which is written and directed by Lulu Wang. The story was first broadcast in short-form for radio as part of a This American Life episode and later expanded into a screenplay based on Wang's life and family. When Billi's Nai Nai (her paternal grandmother) is diagnosed with cancer, her family decides it is best for her health if she doesn't find out, but engineers a large family gathering so everyone can see her one last time. Get ready to cry — both at the touching story and from laughing at the drinking game scene toward the end.

    Watch here.

    2. Book Club (2018)

    Paramount Pictures

    "The perfect movie doesn't exist." —People who have never seen Book Club. This has become one of my ultimate comfort movies, and I turn it on whenever I need Diane Keaton and her neck scarves to remind me that things are going to be OK. We follow a book club of lifelong friends as they read 50 Shades of Grey and it changes their view on life, love, and — you guessed it — sex. But don't reduce your expectations to a ~raunchy grandma~ movie. I love Book Club for its relatively innocent rom-com charm and classic lines like "She's tap dancing...and she's pulling it off!"

    Watch here.

    3. Honey Boy (2019)

    Amazon Studios

    This one goes out to all my LaBeouf heads out there. Based on his own childhood relationship with his father, Shia writes and stars in this coming-of-age story about Otis Lort, a child star living in a trailer park with his dad — a former rodeo clown who struggles with addiction. This is a true showcase for Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges, who play Otis at ages 12 and 22 respectively, and an exciting first screenplay credit from Shia. Oh, and FKA Twigs is in it, in case you weren't 100% sold that this movie is sad.

    Watch here.

    4. Late Night (2019)

    Amazon Studios

    Remember when late-night shows had audiences? Well, this movie will remind you. Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling are the duo we didn't know we needed playing a long-time talk show host Katherine Newbury and fresh, new comedy writer Molly Patel. As the only woman of color in an overwhelmingly white, male writer's room, Molly fights for her topical, feminist jokes to make it on-air, giving Katherine the revamp she needs to stay relevant in the ever-changing television landscape. But when Katherine's personal secrets become public, their relationship — and careers — are threatened.

    Watch here.

    5. Moonstruck (1987)

    MGM

    If you're a millennial who hasn't seen Moonstruck, I NEED you to stop what you're doing and turn it on immediately. Nothing could prepare me to see Cher and Nicolas Cage — two icons who could not be further apart categorically in my brain — together romantically. Cher plays Loretta Castorini, an Italian American widow who finds herself in a pickle when she falls hard for her fiancé's hot-headed younger brother Ronny. Quite often, nowadays daily, I quote this movie saying, "Yes, John Anthony Cammareri, I will marry you, I will be your wife," in a line read from Cher that is perfect. I have no notes.

    Watch here.

    6. Logan Lucky (2017)

    Bleeker Street

    There are only three things I know to be true: Adam Driver is big. Channing Tatum is underrated. Daniel Craig is at his best as a character actor. These also happen to be the three main reasons to watch Logan Lucky, which chronicles the attempt of two brothers to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 in order to lift their family curse.

    Watch here.

    7. Roman Holiday (1953)

    Paramount Pictures

    It's never too late to see a classic for the first time, and this Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck–fronted story of royalty and romance is one of the best. A couple dos and don'ts for this film: DO let it inspire your next eyebrow look. DON'T let it trick you into buying a Vespa. DO think about cutting your hair short as a symbol of finally being free from the overbearing monarchy to which you belong. DON'T be fooled and think that when someone thrusts their arm into the Mouth of Truth that their hand has been bitten off. Hepburn won an Academy Award for Best Actress for this performance — three cheers!

    Watch here.

    8. A Simple Favor (2018)

    Lionsgate

    With Blake Lively at her most smoldering and Anna Kendrick at her most plucky, it was impossible for A Simple Favor to fail. Based on the novel by Darcey Bell, the story focuses on the complicated-to-say-the-least friendship of Stephanie Smothers and Emily Nelson, two deeply opposite women whose lives permanently intertwine when Emily disappears and leaves her son in Stephanie's care. Expect enormous twists, incredible costumes, and Henry Golding in a great supporting role.

    Watch here.

    9. A Quiet Place (2018)

    Paramount Pictures

    Even in a fictional post-apocalyptic world run by creatures who hunt by sound, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are still a power couple. They both star as the heads of the Abbott family, some of the only survivors after a near wipe of humanity from the super-hearing, armored extraterrestrials who have taken over the planet. The catch? They must live with their children in complete silence to keep from being hunted. Communicating mainly through American Sign Language, the family continues to fight for survival in this new, eerily quiet world. Millicent Simmonds, an actress who is deaf, gives a stunning performance as Regan Abbot, and Krasinski enjoys a solid directorial debut.

    Watch here.

    10. Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

    Miramax Films

    The love triangle trope will never go out of style, and neither will watching Bridget Jones's Diary while sprawled out on the couch with a pint of Häagen-Dazs. In this reinvention of Pride and Prejudice, Bridget vies for the affections of her bad boy boss Daniel and the initially standoffish but later sweet Mark. I don't need to tell you that Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant are iconic in this movie. You already know that. Because they're that iconic.

    Watch here.

    11. The Avengers (2012)

    Marvel Studios

    There's no better time to go back to where it all began — just a few simple folks saving the world. No big deal. The Avengers obviously bring heat the old fashioned superhero way, but if you're not normally into comic book movies, I encourage you to give it a watch if only for the star power — Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner vs. Tom Hiddleston as Loki? OK, NOW I'm in. This'll be the first in a long line of heartily entertaining (*and* extremely time consuming) movies to enjoy in the coming weeks.

    Watch here.

    12. Midsommar (2019)

    A24

    I started watching Midsommar a few weeks ago (better late than never) as an excuse to hang out with Florence Pugh for a few hours, but I was surprised to find my favorite horror movie...ever? Though, "horror" doesn't feel quite right for it. Maybe "floral gore" is more appropriate. This is a true evolution for writer and director Ari Aster, who takes all of his most unique ideas from Hereditary and really goes wild with them in Midsommar — with sunny Sweden as the backdrop.

    Watch here.

    13. Clue (1985)

    Paramount Pictures

    I would say that Clue walked so Knives Out could run, but honestly they are both fully sprinting. Tim Curry leads this ensemble comedy based on the titular board game — yes, the "Professor Plum in the study with the candlestick" board game — and his over-the-top performance catapults viewers through the seemingly infinite twists and turns of a pure murder mystery, with enough energy left over for not one, but a few endings.

    Watch here.

    14. Magic Mike (2012)

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    I'll say it: Magic Mike is a FILM. Audiences came for the male strip club scenes touted in the trailers and stayed for the compelling story, incredible cinematography, and tight screenplay. Channing Tatum doesn't just shake his butt, he acts his butt right off, proving yet again he's one of the best leading men in the game.

    Watch here.

    15. The Skeleton Twins (2014)

    Roadside Attractions

    Comedy heroes Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader joining forces for an indie dark comedy is obviously a recipe for greatness — or at least it's obvious after you see The Skeleton Twins. Playing twins who have been estranged for 10 years but are brought together after each unsuccessfully attempted suicide, Hader and Wiig manage nuanced performances that bring lightness to what could have been a pure downer in less capable hands. You'll also have them lip syncing to "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" playing in your head forever, so that's something to look forward to.

    Watch here.

    16. Hot Rod (2007)

    Paramount Pictures

    For better or worse (just kidding, definitely for better), no movie has made me laugh as hard as Hot Rod. It stars Andy Samberg as wannabe stuntman Rod Kimball, who needs to pull off his biggest stunt yet in order to raise money for an operation for his stepfather, despite his constant disrespect for Rod and his chosen profession. Samberg's fellow Lonely Islanders join the party with Akiva Schaffer directing and Jorma Taccone co-starring, and Bill Hader, Isla Fisher, and Sissy Spacek (!!!!) round out an unbeatable ensemble. My official review? "Cool beans."

    Watch here.

    17. The Big Sick (2017)

    Amazon Studios

    Before Kumail Nanjiani was known for having big muscles, he was known for writing this movie with his wife Emily V. Gordon based on the unconventional start to their relationship. Facing cultural differences and Emily's titular illness, Kumail struggles to win her and her family over again. Emily's parents, played by Holly Hunter as a feisty mother and Ray Romano as a dejected but lovable dad, are the standouts, in my opinion — but then again I have a weird love of both Hunter and Romano. Thank you, casting director, for making my dreams come true and putting them together.

    Watch here.

    18. Heartburn (1986)

    Paramount Pictures

    Nora Ephron stans, unite! Ephron, who would later bring us When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, and every other perfect movie, started out as a writer with a novelization of her simultaneous divorce and pregnancy. This film adaption, starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson, is about complicated families, New York, and, delightfully, food — the themes that Nora just couldn't stop writing about, and for the record, I'm glad.

    Watch here.

    19. Lady Bird (2017)

    A24

    Greta Gerwig's solo directorial debut has proved to have lasting impact, with its swath of at-the-time newcomer stars Saoirse Ronan, Beanie Feldstein, Timothée Chalamet, and Lucas Hedges still dominating the conversation around film today. Religion, sexuality, class, and working on your relationship with your mom will always be pertinent themes, making Lady Bird as important and rewarding to rewatch as ever, especially as Gerwig's career continues to bloom.

    Watch here.

    20. The First Wives Club (1996)

    Paramount Pictures

    Putting Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and Diane Keaton together was bound to create a cult favorite — I mean, look at those white suits. Playing three divorced women who want revenge after their former husbands leave them for younger models, The First Wives Club has high jinks, fillers, and '90s culture in spades.

    Watch here.

    21. Annihilation (2018)

    Paramount Pictures

    Calling all fans of sci-fi, Natalie Portman, and existential dread! Annihilation is mind-bending, visually stunning, and is the kind of movie that will leave you with a pit in your stomach and seven "end of Annihilation explained" browser tabs open. It takes place in a world slowly being taken over by "The Shimmer," a dome that causes anything within it to...to prevent spoilers let's just say...change. Look forward to underrated performances by Portman and my queen Jennifer Jason Leigh.

    Watch here.

    22. What If (2014)

    Entertainment One

    Daniel Radcliffe is a gem, firstly because we were in an elevator together once and he was REALLY nice to me, and secondly because he's taken his Harry Potter stability in stride and chosen fun indie projects ever since. This charming rom-com is a classic will-they-won't-they between best friends and feels like an updated When Harry Met Sally. It also features Adam Driver if that's important to you (it is important to me).

    Watch here.

    23. Two Night Stand (2014)

    Entertainment One

    Perhaps a little too true to life during the time of social distancing, Two Night Stand is about Megan and Alec who, after having a one night stand, are forced to stay in Alec's apartment together for another night because of a sudden blizzard. Alec is played by Miles Teller, who I think is EXTREMELY slept on, and Megan is played by Analeigh Tipton, another underrated actor who I learned five seconds ago placed third in Cycle 11 of America's Next Top Model. The memories! They're all flooding back!

    Watch here.

    24. What Men Want (2019)

    Paramount Pictures

    I would watch Taraji P. Henson do almost anything, but high up on the list is play a sports agent who mysteriously gains the ability to read men's thoughts and uses it to her advantage. Good thing there's a movie about that! This gender swapped remake of What Women Want (2000) is, in a word, fun, and I think we could all use about two hours of fun right now.

    Watch here.

    25. mid90s (2018)

    A24

    Written and directed by Jonah Hill (who seemed to enjoy being very director-y in interviews during this film's press junkets), mid90s will resonate with anyone who's ever felt emotionally connected to Tony Hawk Pro Skater, or — better yet — dared to actually skate in real life.

    Watch here.

    Enjoy the flicks, everyone! Have your own faves on Amazon Prime Video that weren't mentioned here? Recommend them in the comments below! I also need more to watch, lmao.

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