50 Best Movies On Amazon Prime You Haven’t Yet Seen

50 Best Movies On Amazon Prime You Haven’t Yet Seen

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Amazon Prime doesn’t exactly have the most intuitive interface, and the goal of this list is to bring to your attention the great movies that hide in the platform. This list 50 is only the tip of the iceberg. For more, go back to the agoodmovietowatch.com homepage and select Amazon Prime from the sidebar.

50. Little White Lie (2014)

7.0

Country

United States of America

Director

Female director, Lacey Schwartz Delgado

Actors

Lacey Schwartz Delgado

Moods

Emotional

This documentary is about filmmaker Lacey Schwartz, who stands out from her devout New York Jewish family with her darker skin tone. For most of her life, the family attributed this to genes from a distant Sicilian ancestor.

But suspicions have always been there, what a family member calls “the 500-pound elephant in the room”. Schwartz embarks on a journey of untangling family secrets, self-discovery, with fascinating questions on race and identity. If you like family history documentaries like Stories We Tell, you will love this.

49. Gully Boy (2019)

7.0

Country

India

Director

Female director, Zoya Akhtar

Actors

Alia Bhatt, Amruta Subhash, Jasleen Kaur Royal, Jyoti Subhash

Moods

Easy, Feel-Good, No-brainer

This musical drama about a Mumbai street rapper was India’s official submission to the Oscars. It was also produced by U.S. artist Nas.

Murad, who grew up poor and with an abusive father, starts working as a part-time chauffeur, which exposes him to the substantial inequalities that exist in Mumbai.

He incorporates all of this into his lyrics, and hopes to make it as a rapper in a story that sits somewhere between a musical and an adventure movie.

48. Give Me Liberty (2019)

7.0

Country

United States of America

Director

Kirill Mikhanovsky

Actors

Chris Galust, Darya Ekamasova, Lauren 'Lolo' Spencer, Lauren Spencer

Moods

Funny

This movie is a wild ride, literally, since it mostly takes place on a bus driving really fast. It’s about one Russian-American social worker who gets hung-up between helping his community driving a group of elderly Russians to a funeral or helping the people he’s hired to help.

In its essence, Give Me Liberty is a comedy where the chaos doesn’t stop escalating, but thanks to impeccable character work and excellent acting, it’s a relevant and poignant movie. You will find yourself in the same position as the social worker, trying to decide who needs his help more.

47. End of Sentence (2020)

7.1

Country

Iceland, Ireland, United States of America

Director

Elfar Adalsteins

Actors

Aine Ni Mhuiri, Amy De Bhrún, Andrea Irvine, David Grant Wright

Moods

Easy, Feel-Good, Sunday

Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and John Hawkes (The Sessions) star in this easy road drama about a father who tries to rekindle with his son. After the mother passes away, they try to execute her dying wishes of spreading her ashes in her home country of Ireland. The son, Lerman’s character, is freshly released from jail and accepts to take the trip on the one condition that he never sees his father again. This premise makes for a fun mix between a family drama and an adventure movie. Both characters have a lot to discover in Ireland: about the country, each other, and themselves.

46. Moonstruck (1987)

7.1

Country

United States of America

Director

Norman Jewison

Actors

Al Therrien, Amy Aquino, Anita Gillette, Ann McDonough

It’s easy enough to pitch Moonstruck with the promise of Cher and a young Nicolas Cage getting hot and heavy in 80s New York, but it’s so much more than its two outsized leads. Loretta (Cher) is on track to marry Johnny (Danny Aiello) when he tasks her with inviting his brother Ronny (Nicolas Cage) to their wedding. Before long Loretta and Ronny are having a whirlwind affair that threatens to derail everything. 

Despite the somewhat risque premise, Moonstruck is a lighthearted, sentimental, romance fit for the holidays. A big cast playing the warm-hearted family rounds things out, and some of the best moments are digressions that explore the romantic entanglements outside of the central couple.  At times Moonstruck feels a bit too big, too over-the-top, too cheesy, but it’s a New York slice cheesy, it’s a ‘That’s Amore’ cheesy, it’s a cheesy that tucks you in at night after a  helping of manicotti and a big bottle of wine.

45. Apostasy (2017)

7.1

Country

United Kingdom

Director

Daniel Kokotajlo

Actors

Aqib Khan, Bronwyn James, Claire Hackett, Clare McGlinn

Moods

Discussion-sparking, Slow, Thought-provoking

This is a slow but well-made movie about a Jehovah’s Witness family, directed by a former member of the organization.

The family is made of Alex, her mother, and her older sister. Alex follows her mother and her religious teachings with the utmost loyalty, especially as she refuses a blood transfusion that is crucial to her health. Her older sister starts showing signs of independence by lying to her friends about her family’s faith and dating a Muslim man.

Apostasy is about family bonds versus belief bonds. It’s not a movie that judges or preaches, rather it simply portrays the complex situations that structured religion creates.

44. The Queen of Versailles (2012)

7.2

Country

United States of America

Director

Female director, Lauren Greenfield

Moods

Discussion-sparking, Quirky

Lauren Greenfield’s film follows the Siegel family’s decline from opulent abundance to gaudy ruin. Mega wealth, delusions of grandeur, and grotesquely opulent taste—the Siegel family were the perfect subjects for the film, which sets out to document their most lavish expense: their Versailles home, a mansion sprawling more than 85,000 square feet and modeled after the Palace of Versailles.

The Siegels, no doubt, are entirely out of touch with reality. David Siegel, the owner of one of the world’s largest timeshare developers, married Jackie, a former Mrs. Florida who is 30 years younger. The Versailles home is to be Jackie’s castle, an enormous home for her eight kids and numerous pets.

But the 2008 recession does not spare the Siegels, and their company is devastated. After layoffs and desperate attempts to recover financially, the family struggles to pay back the banks. Construction halts. The Versailles home remains vacant and unfinished.

While the film does not sympathize with the Siegels, Greenfield creates a space where pity is possible as well as criticism. And from there comes the universal: desperation, longing, hope for better, if not also more, more, more.

43. Our Friend (2020)

7.2

Country

United States of America

Director

Female director, Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Actors

Ahna O'Reilly, Casey Affleck, Cherry Jones, Dakota Johnson

Moods

A-list actors, Depressing, Slice-of-Life

Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck star in this comedy-drama as a small-town couple, one of whom gets diagnosed with a terminal illness. Their best friend (Jason Segel) puts his life on hold and moves in with them, picking up the husband when he faints at the hospital, shaving his head in solidarity with the wife, and even taking care of the dog who also gets sick.

It might seem like just another terminal illness drama, but Our Friend is based on a true story, and it’s as much about the illness as it is about how to be there for people, and reversely, the power of people being there for you.

42. Coherence (2013)

7.2

Country

UK, United Kingdom, United States of America

Director

James Ward Byrkit

Actors

Alex Manugian, Alexis Boozer Sterling, Aqueela Zoll, Elizabeth Gracen

Moods

Thought-provoking, Weird

Coherence is a film that captivates you to the point of questioning the reality that surrounds you. It’s a Quantum physics based sci-fi thriller that keeps your eyes sealed to the screen – not with unrealistically beautiful actors or special effects, but with an original screenplay and unexpected twists. Very refreshing.

41. Eye in the Sky (2015)

7.4

Country

d, UK, United Kingdom

Director

Gavin Hood

Actors

Aaron Paul, Aisha Takow, Alan Rickman, Armaan Haggio

Moods

A-list actors, Thought-provoking, Well-acted

Is an innocent child’s life worth millions of other civilian casualties? In a modern-day drone warfare led by Colonel Katherine Powell, played by the very versatile Helen Mirren, she is conflicted to order the target of the Somali terrorist organization when she spots Alia, a young girl who just happens to be selling bread within the premises of the Kill Zone. Her icy exterior, however, is a far cry from Lieutenant General Frank Benson’s profound sympathy, the portrayal of the late Alan Rickman in his last onscreen role being one of his most remarkable ones to date. Eye in the Sky is a thriller that will have you questioning your morals while gripping your seats in what appears to be a battle of the best choice and the only one. Do the ends always justify the means?

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