Longtime subscribers will agree that the amount of movies on Amazon Prime Video is practically infinite.
It is almost too many, forcing some users to dig deeper and deeper before they find just the right flick they are in the mood for, which could be a brainteasing thriller like Inception one minute or a fun, romantic adventure story like True Lies the next.
However, in many ways, is it not a blessing to have plenty of films to choose from that you could watch at a moment’s notice? Of course it is! But, that being said, we still have empathy for those cinema obsessive who often struggle with indecision.
That is where we can come in. To make sure your next massive movie binge on Amazon Prime is just what the doctor ordered, the following is a whopping selection of movies that we believe are guaranteed to have you cheering from the privacy of your own home.
True Lies (1994)
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a James Bond-esque hero who learns the hard way about the importance of honesty in his marriage to Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies – an action-packed, Golden Globe-winning remake of a French comedy from director James Cameron.
Stream True Lies on Amazon Prime here.
Air Force One (1997)
In a unique twist on the action hero trope, Air Force One stars Harrison Ford as the President of the United States – a war veteran forced to save his family and other people taken hostage on his own airplane by Russian terrorists in what is, arguably, the best airplane hijacking movie to come out in 1997.
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The King’s Speech (2010)
A political figure is also forced to “take action” despite a more personal issue exacerbating the challenge in the Best Picture Oscar winner The King’s Speech, which tells the true story of King George VI (Best Actor Oscar winner Colin Firth) and his struggles to overcome a debilitating stammer after inheriting the throne.
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Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Also set during World War II, but far more indulgent in its creative liberties, is Inglourious Basterds – a dazzling, bloody, Oscar-winning story of revenge, resistance, and ruthlessness that could only be told by writer and director Quentin Tarantino.
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The Pursuit Of Happyness (2006)
Will Smith gives an Academy Award-nominated performance (alongside his real-life son Jaden Smith in his first film role) in the intentionally misspelled biopic The Pursuit of Happyness, based on businessman and motivational speaker Christopher Gardner’s memoir recalling his struggles with poverty in the late 1980s.
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Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)
A heartbroken bass player and a woman who shares his musical interests are brought together by a seemingly random encounter that sparks a search for a secret indie rock show in New York in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings as the titular romantic leads.
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28 Days Later (2003)
Written by Ex Machina scribe Alex Garland and directed by Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire helmer Danny Boyle, 28 Days Later… takes the zombie genre into a new direction, told from the perspective of a man (Cillian Murphy) who wakes up after a month-long coma to find London is overrun with people infected by a virus that turns them into raging, animalistic cannibals.
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As Good As It Gets (1997)
An elderly, bigoted New York writer (Jack Nicholson) is forced to look after a dog belonging to his hospitalized gay neighbor (Greg Kinnear) while a single mother and waitress (Helen Hunt) must stay home to care for her son, resulting in the unlikely bond at the center of As Good As It Gets – a heartwarming, Oscar-winning dramedy from director James L. Brooks.
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Boyz ‘N The Hood (1991)
The late John Singleton became the youngest filmmaker in history, and first black person, to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar for Boyz N The Hood – a tragic urban parable about three young men (Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut) struggling with friendship, racial identity, and survival in a Los Angeles ghetto.
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
The 2001 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film went to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, a Taiwanese blockbuster kung-fu film that skyrocketed director Ang Lee into the American mainstream for its breathtaking, literally gravity-defying choreography.
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Dead Poets Society (1989)
The boundary-pushing educational methods and philosophies of a Catholic, all-male boarding school’s newly hired English teacher (Robin Williams) inspires a group of close-knit classmates to “seize the day” in Dead Poets Society – a film loosely inspired by true events that is as fun and uplifting as it is hauntingly heartbreaking.
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I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
A year after causing the accidental death of a random stranger right after their high school graduation, four classmates (Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Ryan Phillippe) reunite when they each receive a note reading “I know what you did last summer” in this enjoyably silly slasher favorite from Scream writer Kevin Williamson, who adapted the screenplay from Lois Duncan’s novel.
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The Departed (2006)
Martin Scorsese earned his first long-awaited first Best Director Oscar win for The Departed, an English-language update of the acclaimed, 2002 Academy Award-winning Chinese crime thriller about two men (Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon) each living secret double lives on both sides of the law in Boston.
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The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Based on the controversial best-selling novel by author Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code is an intriguing adventure centuries in the making from director Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks as renowned symbologist Robert Langdon, who stumbles onto a shocking religious conspiracy.
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Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)
Linda Hamilton returns to her most iconic role as Sarah Connor and reunites with Arnold Schwarzenegger as his best-known cybernetic character in director Tim Miller’s Terminator: Dark Fate, a new, refreshing chapter in the influential sci-fi action saga created by James Cameron that ignores everything that happened after Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
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Hired by their most recent victim to target his business rival, a team skilled in extracting information directly from people’s subconscious minds must attempt the rarely achieved opposite task, known as “inception,” in one of writer and director Christopher Nolan’s most ambitious brainteasers which deservedly won an Academy Award for its breathtaking visual effects.
Stream Inception on Amazon Prime here.
Knives Out (2019)
The promotional material for writer and director Rian Johnson’s uproarious mystery thriller promised to be “a whodunnit like they’ve never done it before,” and Knives Out is most definitely in a league of its own from its outstanding ensemble cast, led by Daniel Craig as an unusual sort of detective, and unexpected twist on the traditional Agatha Christie-inspired genre structure.
For A Few Dollars More (1965)
A gruff lawman (Clint Eastwood) forms an unlikely alliance with a fellow bounty hunter (Lee Van Cleef) after the same infamous killer in For a Few Dollars More, the exciting sophomore installment of Sergio Leone’s iconic “The Man with No Name” trilogy of spaghetti western classics.
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Searching for their dream home, a young couple (Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg) instead fall into a nightmare, inexplicably trapped in an inescapable labyrinth crudely resembling a common neighborhood in Vivarium, a relentlessly creepy tale with a Twilight Zone-esque twist on mundane suburban livelihood.
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Fighting With My Family (2019)
Inspired by the true life story of Saraya-Jade Bevis (better known in the ring as “Paige”), Fighting with My Family stars Florence Pugh as a young English woman, and a daughter of a former wrestler, aspiring to become a WWE superstar and also Dwayne Johnson as a slightly dramatized version of himself.
Bill Paxton plays with a fanatical obsession with demon hunting and directs Matthew McConaughey as an adult version of his character’s son telling an FBI agent (Powers Boothe) the grisly details of his childhood in Frailty, an under appreciated thriller that spooked the likes of Stephen King with its shocker of a conclusion.
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Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)
Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep each won their first Academy Award for their performances as a divorcing couple battling over custody of their young son (Justin Henry) in Kramer Vs. Kramer, a heartbreaking, yet beautifully told not-so-romantic story that also won three additional Oscars in 1980, including Best Picture.
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A group of American soldiers discover the disturbingly dramatized results of the Nazis’ fact-based inhumane experiments during 1944’s Operation Overlord, hence the title, in this recent gem from producer J.J. Abrams that refreshingly proves to be more of a sophisticated war epic with an intriguing horror twist than the adaptation of Call of Duty’s zombie levels people may have expected.
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Hoping to overcome a recent tragedy and reignite things with her longtime boyfriend (Jack Reynor), a young woman (Florence Pugh) tags along with him and his friends to a Swedish cultural festival called Midsommar, which proves to be far from the idyllic and relaxing time it sound like in Ari Aster’s sophomore exercise in translating emotional trauma to celluloid.
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)
Zack Gottsagen, an up-an-coming actor with Down’s Syndrome, made an astonishing feature-length film debut alongside Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson in The Peanut Butter Falcon, an inspiring and remarkably sweet epic about a young man’s journey to become his own person and a professional wrestler with unlikely help from a criminal on the run.
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Super 8 (2011)
In 1979, a group of close knit preteens trying to make their own sci-fi movie accidentally capture evidence of an extraterrestrial being with their Super 8 camera in director J.J. Abrams’ stellar tribute to the early films of Steven Spielberg, who was kind enough to come on board as a producer.
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The Usual Suspects (1995)
Director Bryan Singer’s Academy Award-winning crime thriller classic The Usual Suspects, told from the point of view of a gun battle survivor (Kevin Spacey) recounting even preceding the violent standoff to a cop (Chazz Palmenteri), is the kind of film in which you never forget where were when you first saw its gut-punch of a finale.
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The Boondocks Saints (1999)
A detective with unusual, but successful, methods (Willem Dafoe) tracks a pair of Irish Catholic brothers (Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus) who believe God has chosen them to clean out Boston’s criminal underbelly in The Boondocks Saints, an irreverent and darkly comic thriller that has since exploded into a phenomenal cult classic.
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