Amazon Prime Instant Video is pretty darned good. What began as an incentive service to reward customer loyalty has developed into a wide ranging and lucrative service offering from Amazon. It is also a good way to watch some good movies without leaving your sofa. With that in mind, here are what we think are the 20 best Amazon Prime movies available now.
In no particular order:
Way back when Formula 1 was exciting, Ayrton Senna was the king of the track. This is a documentary movie of the highest caliber and shows the danger, the skill and the sheer natural talent of arguably one of the world’s greatest racing drivers.
19. The Imitation Game
The Imitation Game is a British movie about code breaking during World War 2. No, bear with us, it is a fascinating tale of what really happened with Enigma and the code breaking that helped the Allies win the war. Benedict Cumberbatch is his usual awesome self which is reason enough to watch it.
18. Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction is a modern classic that is as slick as it is timeless. Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta have real chemistry while Tarantino offers his best-ever dialogue in a movie. Everyone should watch it.
17. An Affair to Remember
An Affair to Remember is Carey Grant and Decorah Kerr at their best and one of the few movies about love and romance that many men will happily watch. It is exquisitely acted, perfectly shot and nicely paced. Well worth a watch.
Selma is powerful and pertinent in our age of discord and inequality. The story of Martin Luther King and the journey to the Civil Rights Act. With a stellar cast, superb writing and inspired shots, this is definitely a must-see.
15. The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street is Leonardo DiCaprio’s best movie to date. Clever, nicely done and continues the great work Wall Street did almost 30 years ago. A tale of excess, of cheating, pride and hedonism that looks both scary and fantastic at the same time.
Locke is the perfect vehicle for Tom Hardy, not that he needs one. On paper, the movie shouldn’t work but it does. Shot entirely in the driving seat of a car, the screenplay is clever, engaging and tackles a range of issues experienced by a man on his way to the birth of his daughter. Clever cinema.
13. The Fifth Element
The Fifth Element is an oldie but a goodie. Starring Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich, this is a colorful sci-fi flick that launched Jovovich and showed a completely different Bruce Willis. It’s smart, funny and well done too.
12. Under the Skin
Under the Skin is awesome. Starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien who tours Scotland seducing men for their flesh. Except not in the usual way. It manages to mix, sci-fi, light horror, suspense and thriller into one movie and does it very well indeed.
11. National Lampoon’s Animal House
National Lampoon’s Animal House is an 80s classic that is still funny today. With a veritable who’s who of comedy of the time. An amazingly influential film that still resonates in modern movies, this is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.
10. Sin City
Sin City is over ten years old now, yet it doesn’t seem anywhere near that old. This stylish film noir has a stellar cast, excellent script and some amazing sequences. Plus, Mickey Rourke makes his comeback and does it with his inimitable style. What more do you need?
9. The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker is a point of view thriller concerning itself with bomb disposal in a warzone. It is tense, thrilling and psychologically testing but it rewards all that with some very good acting and a series of nice set pieces.
8. Dallas Buyers Club
Dallas Buyers Club should never have worked, but boy does it ever! A movie about a Texas cowboy with AIDS and only 30 days to live. Set in the 1980s, the movie tackles prejudice, the government, the disease itself, attitudes and so much more. A lot to fit into the running time.
7. Ocean’s Eleven
Ocean’s Eleven is part eye candy and part easy watching. It’s a caper movie starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt as well as a stellar supporting cast. It’s silly but slick, mildly humorous and good, easy watching. Easy to recommend too.
6. Kill Bill
Kill Bill Vol 1. and Vol 2. are well worth a watch. See Uma Thurman play with swords in this typical Tarantino mix of genre, action and dialogue. With some fantastic scenes, good supporting cast and clever cinematography, these two movies are timeless classics.
Gravity is sci-fi that will appeal even to those who don’t like sci-fi. It is also Sandra Bullock in the best form she has ever been. Well shot, nicely constructed dialogue and some convincing special effects make this movie a must-see even if you don’t like space.
4. Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now is a rip-roaring but thoughtful war movie. It tell the story of a mission to stop a rogue Colonel in Vietnam. It is full of color, of explosions, of angst, confusion, despair and thought. Not things you would usually expect from a war movie.
Fargo is a Cohen brother’s classic. A dark comedy that sees Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi at their best. A crime film that is so far superior to most crime movies that everyone should be made to watch it at least once.
2. The Holiday
The Holiday is a chick flick that sees two women swap lives as their own keep going wrong. It’s a feel good movie that stars Cameron Diaz, Nancy Meyers, Jude Law and Jack Black. It is sweet, romantic and very easy to watch.
1. This Is Spinal Tap
This Is Spinal Tap is something completely different. The first ‘mockumentary’ and a very good one at that. It rips through 1980s rock like a hurricane and has some of the best one liners of any move. It really does turn it to 11.