The 45 best films on Amazon Prime to watch right now – The Sun

Netflix isn't the only streaming service providing heaps of content to get your through lockdown.

Look no further for a round-up of Amazon Prime's best films ripe for bingeing.

 

 

1. The Invisible Life (Amazon Original)

Also known as The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão or A Vida Invisível.

The story follows two sisters born into  a conservative society and kept apart by a lie, making their way through life thinking that the other is living out her dreams worlds away.

Set in Rio de Janeiro during the 1950s, they struggle with the repression and bigotry that dictated the patriarchal era.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 57%

 

2. Les Miserables (2012)

Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe and Anne Hathaway star in the critically-acclaimed musical phenomenon.

Set against the backdrop of 19th century France comes the tale of love, passion, sacrifice and revolution.

Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, who is on the run from a ruthless policeman played by Crowe.

Valjean's daughter, Fantine, played by Hathaway, is given to a factory worker to be looked after, but her life quickly spirals out of control.

The epic tale follows their stories and brings the world's longest-running musical to the big screen.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79%

 

3. I, Tonya

Tonya Harding's biopic shows her tumultuous rise to the top and her subsequent fall.

Margot Robbie plays Tonya, who is fighting for her place on the ice to make her name as the world's best figure skater.

Shot in a documentary format, it shows the abuse Tonya faced at the hands of her husband and mother.

It also tracks her infamous FBI case after one of the most sensational scandals in sports history.

Also starring Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88%

 

4. Hunt For The Wilderpeople

A national manhunt begins for foster uncle and his nephew who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

A juvenile delinquent who was abandoned by his mother, he's taken to live with a foster mother and her husband. 

After his foster mother passes away, Ricky fakes his suicide and goes on the run, however his foster uncle finds him and the two end up on an adventure together.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91%

 

5. Yardie

Set in 70's Kingston and 80's Hackney, Yardie centres on a young Jamaican man, D (Aml Ameen), who never fully recovered from the murder of his older brother.

D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don until he is sent to London, where he reconnects with a childhood sweetheart and a sound clash crew.

Determined to leave the life of crime he's followed for a large part of his life, he then bumps into his brother's murderer leading to a bloody trail of retribution.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 54%

 

 

6. If Beale Street Could Talk

Set in the early-1970's, this film shows a timeless and moving love story of both a couple's unbreakable bond and the empowering African-American family during a time of civil unrest.

Growing up in Harlem, 19-year-old Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne) is set to marry her childhood friend Fonny (Stephan James).

However, these plans are derailed when he is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 70%

 

7. Brokeback Mountain

Wyoming, Texas tells the epic love story of two men who meet in the summer of 1963 while driving on a mountain range.

The two lovers forge a lifelong connection and show the complications, joys and tragedies that prove the testament of their love.

Keep the tissues nearby as this one's a tear-jerker!

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%

 

8. The Imitation Game

Set in the winter of 1952, British authorities enter the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing to investigate a burglary.

Instead they end up arresting him for 'gross indecency', an accusation that led to a conviction for the then-criminal offence of homosexuality.

Little did the police know that they were arresting the pioneer of modern day computing, who cracked the unbreakable German codes that saved thousands of lives and shortened the world war.

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91%

 

9. Brooklyn

Saoirse Ronan stars as a young Irish immigrant who is navigating herself through 1950's Brooklyn. Ellis Lacey is lured by the promise of the American dream and finds herself charmed by a new romance.

With her past catching up with her and her newfound life threatened she must choose between the two countries and where her heart lies.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%

 

10. Hustlers

The film follows a savvy former strip club employee who bands together some friends in order trick Wall Street clients.

Starring Jeniffer Lopez, Riverdale's Lili Reinhart, Crazy Rich Asians Constance Wu and Scream Queens Keke Palmer.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%

 

11. Green Book

A bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood is hired to drive a word-class Black pianist on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South.

They must rely on 'The Green Book' to guide them to the few establishments that were safe for African-Americans.

A journey through what life was like in racist America and the danger that people faced whilst also showing the unexpected humanity that can be found once differences are set aside.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91%

 

12. VICE

Vice explores the story of how a Washington insider became the most powerful man in the world. As Vice-President to George W. Bush, he helps reshape the country and the world in ways that are still felt today. 

Starring Batman’s Christian Bale, Amy Adams and The Office’s Steve Carell. 

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 66%

 

13. The Farewell

Heart wrenching drama about a granddaughter going back to China to visit her dying grandmother who doesn't know she’s dying.

Her family have decided to keep it to themselves in order to save her the pain of having to know.

Billi (Awkwafina) doesn’t think her family should lie, and when she makes her objections known they remind her of her cultural heritage and the traditions that dictate that the elderly should be looked after in all ways.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%.

 

 

14. Second Act

Jennifer Lopez stars as a businesswoman on a mission. After lying in an interview about her previous experience, a manager at a supermarket makes her big dreams come true.

Trying to prove herself to Madison Avenue, Lopez's character proves it's never too late for a Second Act. Also starring Vanessa Hudgens.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 44%

 

15. 17 Again

Ever wondered what it would be like if you could be 17 again?

This movie explores just that with a Freaky Friday-inspired twist dripping in comedy.

Featuring High School Musical heartthrob Zac Efron and Friends favourite Matthew Perry.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 67%

 

16. Blinded By The Light

Set in 1987, music fanatic Javed discovers the back catalogue of The Boss, sending his world upside down.

Already a creative and passionate soul, his writing is set alight by the songs of the working-class poet whose lyrics resonate with the teenagers.

Eager to escape his hometown and the rules of a traditional Pakistani household, he finds himself caught between two worlds.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91%

 

17. She's The Man

Amanda Bynes sets out to prove that there are no differences between the sexes by dressing up as her brother so she can play football.

The American all star comedy sees Bynes playing Viola Johnson whilst she battles with her feelings for fellow teammate and roommate Channing Tatum (Duke).

Viola enrols in her brother's place in boarding school, Illyria Prep, without him knowing.

What she didn't count on was her reckless brother coming back from London early to find he's already been replaced by none other than his twin sister.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79%

 

18. Four Lions

Whilst not family friendly, this brazenly humorous film takes a darker look at four young men residing in the UK.

Four men devise a secret plan to make and detonate a bomb after looking at the mistreatment of Muslims around the world – but suffice to say things don't turn out as planned.

Starring Riz Ahmad.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 80%

 

19. Overboard (1987)

A snobbish heiress hires a carpenter to construct a huge closet on her yacht.

However, after learning he used the wrong materials for her dream closet, she refuses to pay him. 

After her tantrum, she ends up falling overboard and is struck by a boat, giving her amnesia. 

The carpenter she reprimanded sees the news of her accident and pretends to be her wife.

They’re both in  for a wild ride when he takes her home to his four unruly sons. 

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 74%

20. Late Night

Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling star as a legendary talk show host and her only female staff writer.

After initially hiring her to smooth over diversity concerns, the pair begin to form a bond that transcends the usual generational and cultural boundaries.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 77%

 

21. That Awkward Moment

Zac Efron, Micheal B. Jordan and Miles Teller star as three best friends who find themselves in the same situation.

They find themselves at dating crossroads where they think 'so, where is this going?'.

Join the boys on their hilarious journey to figuring out what they really want out of their relationships.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 46%

 

22. Bride Wars

Whats the worst that could happen when two best friends who have been planning their weddings their whole lives, end up getting married on the same day?

Chaos ensues when the childhood best friends battle it out in competition to see who can have the perfect wedding.

Emma the school teacher and Liv the lawyer have very different views on life and different taste in partners, but the bridezilla comes out in both of them during this comedic showdown.

Starring Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 51%

 

23. You, me and Dupree

Newly married couple Carl and Molly (Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson) are driven crazy after getting married and having to deal with Carl’s best friend (Owen Wilson).

After losing his job, his apartment and his car he asks his best friend to help him out.

However, after a series of unfortunate events, Carl is at the end of his tether with his best friend.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 50%

 

24. The Upside

Inspired by a true story, this heartfelt comedy is about a recent paroled ex-convict who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a paralyzed billionaire.

The Upside is based on the hit 2011 French Film, The Untouchables.

Starring Kevin Hart and  Bryan Cranston.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%

 

 

25. Justice League

DC bring their version of The Avengers to life, with this dark epic that brings the world's finest superheroes together.

Wonderwoman, Batman, Superman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg all fight to save the world from a catastrophic end.

Bruce Wayne, played by Ben Affleck, brings together the superheroes after Superman's selfless act that restored faith in humanity.

Also starring Jason Mamoa, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams and Ezra Miller.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71%

 

26. Saban's Power Rangers

It's mighty morphin' time as the Power Rangers are back in action.

This blockbuster provides a blast from the past but with a modern twist.

After a group of high school teenagers are infused with unique superpowers, they use their abilities to save the world in explosive fashion.

Starring Becky G and Aladdin's Naomi Scott.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 65%

 

27. Avengers Assemble 

Marvel’s introduction to what arguable may be one of their most successful film series to date.

Captain America, Hawkeye, The Hulk, Black Widow, Iron Man and Thor team up in order to protect the fate of humanity.

An unexpected enemy forces Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to bring together the world’s strongest superheroes and bring the world back from the brink of disaster. 

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92%

 

 

28. The Notebook

Get the tissues ready as everyone's favourite tear-jerker is now available to stream.

Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling star in this romance about a love affair that is put to a halt during the disruption of WWII.

Seven years later the couple reunites but they've taken radically different paths.

Could they be looking for a second chance with each other?

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%

 

29. Safe Haven

After escaping her abusive police officer husband, Julianne Hough (Katie) decides to make a home in a small seaside town.

However, her neighbours and the townspeople suspect that she's not telling them everything about herself when her husband comes searching for answers.

Based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks. Also starring Josh Duhamel.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 67%

 

30. Dirty Dancing

A teenage girl learns about love and what it means to be an adult, as well as how to do The Dirty Boogie in this classic romantic drama.

Set in 1963, 17-year-old Baby Houseman (Jennifer Grey) spends her summer with her family as a resort hotel.

When Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) comes along and sweeps her off her feet both – metaphorically and physically – she is smitten. With threats from her father looming, Baby decides she is adult enough to understand her own feelings.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%

 

31. Ghost of Girlfriends Past

While attending his brothers wedding, a womanizer is haunted by the ghosts of all of his past girlfriends.

Matthew McConaughey stars as Conor Mead, a famous photographer. Whilst taking a break from his playboy lifestyle he meets Jenny (Jennifer Garner) who seems to be the only girl that captures his heart.

After he delivers a speech about how love isn't real, he meets his dead uncle in the form of a ghost in the bathroom.

He leads him down his past loves in a different way.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 40%

 

32. What to Expect When You’re Expecting

If you’ve watched Valentines Day and New Years Eve then this is definitely one to watch.

Everyone knows that pregnancy is hard and these couples show that exact sentiment to be true.

Baby-crazy authors with pregnancy hormones, a positive pregnancy test after a one time hookup, an underprepared couple and unsure husbands for this blockbuster. 

With J-Lo, Cameron Diaz, 

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 47%

 

33. Shirley Valentine

This British romantic comedy follows a 40 something bored, Liverpudlian housewife whose left in a rut by her satisfying life.

However, her perceptions begin changing when her friend wins a trip for two to Greece and she decides to accept Jane’s invitation to join her.

In a twist of events Jane decides to pursue a holiday romance, leaving Shirley to plan her own trip and spend time by herself.

Join Shirley on a journey of self discovery as a holiday changes her entire life without her even realising.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%

 

 

34. Mr & Mrs Smith

John and Jane Smith seem like the ordinary suburban couple who live their lives day to day without pestering anyone else. But they're both harbouring secrets as they are secretly working as assassins, praised in their lines of work.

When the truth finally comes out, they end up fighting on another on a mission.

Plus let's face it, who doesn't want to hark back to the birth of Brangelina?!

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 58%

 

35. Ride Along

Comedic duo Ice Cube and Kevin Hart star as a cop and civilian who go on a ride along together and end up regretting it.

Hart plays a fast-talking guy whose girlfriend's brother is a hot-tempered cop.

In order to prove himself to his future brother-in-law he embarks on an 24 hour ride along in order to get his girlfriend's brothers blessing to propose.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 58%

 

36. Aeronauts 

Set in 1862 a daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with meteorologist James Glashier (Eddie Redmayne)  to advance their own knowledge and see if they can fly higher than anyone in human history.

Their voyage pushes them to the brink and they face physical and emotional challenges whilst fighting for survival in the air. 

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95%

 

37. Road House

A true gentleman with a degree in Philosophy from NYU leading a double life as the best bar bouncer in the business. 

Dalton (Partick Swayze) is brought into help at the Double Deuce, a popular establishment that becomes particularly rowdy, he’s put to the test.

The town bully tests his nerves and patience as he tries to his job efficiently. 

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 66%.

 

38. 21 Bridges 

Black Panthers Chadwick Boseman plays an NYPD detective who is thrown into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers.

After uncovering a massive conspiracy the night unfolds and the line becomes blurred on who he is supposed to be pursuing. 

The title is shown when all 21 Bridges in Manhattan are to be closed in order to prevent the entry or exit of anyone on the island. 

Rotten Tomatoes  Rating: 91%

 

39. Legend

The tale of Ronald and Reggie Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy.

The incredible performance shows the two notorious gangsters and their secret history during the 1960’s.

The extraordinary events that secured the fame of the Kray twins are displayed fully in this classic crime thriller. 

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 61%.

 

 

40. Train To Busan

A deadly epidemic breaks out in Korea whilst a father and daughter are travelling from Seoul to Busan via train.

Once the journey commences they realise the virus is turning people into zombies that feed on humans and turn them with one bite.

One of the zombies makes it onto the train leading the passengers to panic.

With time ticking and more and more people being infected, the remaining passengers must make some difficult decisions.

Film language is Korean with English subtitles available. 

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%

 

41. The Eye

A remake of the Hong Kong film Jian Gui about a woman who receives an eye transplant that allows her to see into the supernatural world.

After being blind for decades, violinist Sydney (Jessica Alba) finally gets her vision back, but her happiness is short-lived when shadowy and terrifying images begin to haunt her.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 43%

 

42. Final Destination

If you're a sucker for gore then this film definitely brings the goods.

After taking her seat on a flight a gifted teen has a premonition that the plane is going to crash, killing everyone on board.

When she and a bunch of her friends end up leaving the plane, the other passengers on the aircraft face their fate.

Death doesn't think this is fair so goes after the unlikely survivors.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 68%

43. Donnie Darko

A cult classic about a bright and charming high school student who has a dark and eccentric side to him.

He challenges authorities and is seen as troubled, plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit, who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes after he narrowly escapes a strange accident.

Starring Jake Gyllenhall, directed and written by Richard Kelly.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 80%

 

44. Carriers

An apocalyptic tale after a viral pandemic sweeps across the United States.

Reminiscent of the current situation but without the zombies. 

If you want to be scared out of your wits, then this one’s definitely for you. 

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 68%

 

45. The Lighthouse

A psychological thriller with Robert Pattinson and Robert Eggers as two lighthouse keepers who are on a mission to keep their sanity.

The story follows Eggers and Pattinson who live on a remote and mysterious New England island during the 1980’s.

The film is inspired by a true story and details the dark and harrowing journey into madness the two keepers faced while being pushed to their limits.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71%

 

If you liked these, check out our roundup of the best Amazon series. 

 

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