While Netflix and Hulu may be your go-to streaming services, they can’t hold a candle to Amazon Prime Video when it comes to the sheer volume and variety of movies and TV shows that are at your fingertips. And when it comes to finding the best movies on Amazon Prime, the service (that’s free to you if you’re a Prime customer) really has everything — must-see dramas, comedies, horror, documentaries, action, romance, and even a bunch of weird stuff in between. Heading into November, chances are you’re going to be spending a bit more time indoors, and that means movies, movies, movies. We curate and update this list weekly to help you cut to the chase and find something to watch, fast. Give a little scroll and get started.
If you’re a fan of comedy legend Conan O’Brien, then this is the documentary you never knew you needed. And whether you’re a fan of the redheaded giant or not, you’re probably aware of the controversial 2010 Tonight Show conflict where O’Brien, after briefly taking over hosting duties from Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, was double-crossed by the network and rescheduled to a later time slot so Leno could reclaim the Tonight Show desk. Well, O’Brien wouldn’t do it and instead agreed to walk away (to the tune of $45 million) while also agreeing to a seven-month ban on making any television appearances. Hence the focus of this documentary: The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour, a 32-city comedy show throughout the U.S. and Canada, which was lovingly captured by O’Brien’s friend and filmmaker Rodman Flender. The doc is a hilarious and often emotional look behind the scenes of the tour and features tons of friends of the comedian, including Jon Hamm, Jack Black, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Eddie Vedder, and Jack White. If you’re a fan of Conan’s podcast, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, you’ll appreciate the constant companionship and banter of O’Brien’s longtime assistant, Sona Movsesian.
Early Rotten Tomatoes critics’ reviews bode well for this haunting horror-thriller starring Katey Sagal who is terrifying as reclusive Nashville country icon Harper Dutch. Young, up-and-coming country duo Jordan Wilder (Abby Quinn) and Leigh Blackhouse (Alexxis Lemire) are paying their dues in Nashville bars when they get the chance to meet Harper and record a song with her at her decrepit mansion (which should have been the first sign). They say you should never meet your idols, which is the understatement of the year as the girls are drawn into Harper’s twisted nightmare — kind of like if Dolly Parton went all Jack Torrance. One respite from all the thrills is Torn Hearts‘ music: there are some truly great vocal numbers sung by Sagal herself.
The Northman is nothing short of brutal. That’s not a critique of the film (it has a Rotten Tomatoes critics score of 89%) — by that, we mean that The Northman is a dark and vicious Viking revenge tale that makes shows like Vikings and Vikings: Valhalla look like episodes of Sesame Street. Directed by Robert Eggers (The Lighthouse), Northman tells the Viking legend of prince Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård), whose father, King Aurvandill (Ethan Hawke), is murdered by his own brother, Fjolnir (Claes Bang), who assumes rule and takes Aurvandill’s wife (Nicole Kidman) as his own. Young Amleth flees by boat, narrowly escaping death, and spends the following years preparing and plotting his revenge. And boy, does he get it. Now a grown man and a trained berserker, Amleth tracks a usurped Fjolnir down in Iceland, where he’s living a much more modest life as a farmer. With the help of a young slave woman (Anya Taylor-Joy), all Viking hell is set to break loose.
Before Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt lived, died, and repeated in 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan did it in Source Code, one of the best time-loop movies ever. Gyllenhaal stars as U.S. Army pilot Captain Colter Stevens, who finds himself a part of a mysterious mission simulation where he inhabits the body of a passenger on a commuter train for eight minutes before the train explodes in a bomb attack. Colter’s mission is to identify the bomber and report back, but after several rounds of boom-and-repeat, he soon suspects that the mission isn’t a simulation at all and that he can save the lives of the people on the train as well as Christina (Monaghan), a woman he’s met and fallen for. Is it real? Is there more to Colter’s role in all of this?
Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno isn’t an Oscar-winning film, but this low-brow comedy-romance manages some hilariously quotable sight gags with some genuinely touching moments. (Reading back that last sentence is making me question my life choices.) Regardless, the film stars Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks, the titular Zack and Miri, plutonic best friends and roommates since high school who find themselves broke, unable to pay their bills, and with their power and water just turned off. The obvious thing to do? Make an adult film to raise some money. Assembling a colorful cast of budding pornstars played by Jason Mewes, Justin Long, Brandon Routh, Craig Robinson, and real-life adult film star Traci Lords, Zack and Miri discover that their steamy chemistry might extend beyond the screen.
In 1992, The Silence of the Lambs was it, the biggest movie of the year, sweeping all the major categories at the Academy Awards, including Best Actor, Actress, Director, Screenplay, and Picture, setting up jokes about fava beans and chianti till the end of time. Directed by Jonathan Demme and based on the chilling novel by Thomas Harris, The Silence of the Lambs shadows soon-to-be FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) as she is yanked from the academy to interview former psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Sir Anthony Hopkins), a convicted serial killer and cannibal who is locked up at a Baltimore hospital for the criminally insane. A trainee in the behavioral science unit, the FBI hopes Clarice can convince Lecter to help them find and capture Buffalo Bill, a serial killer on the loose who’s been abducting young women. But Lecter’s quid-pro-quo mind games with Clarice press the young agent to give up her innermost secrets in return.
Sure, actors like Brando, Denzel, Pacino, and Day-Lewis are thespians of the highest order, commanding audiences with nuclear-strength dramatic skill. It is known. But no one, I mean no one, plays dead like Terry Kiser. In this classic ’80s comedy, Larry (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard (Jonathan Silverman) are two corporate-climbing financial bros desperate to impress their boss, Bernie Lomax (Kiser). When Bernie invites them to his swanky Hamptons beach house for the weekend, the boys see it as their big chance. But things get, um, weird when Larry and Richard arrive to find Bernie dead, the apparent victim of a mob hit. In an attempt to not let Bernie’s rigor mortis stand in the way of their good time (and not be suspected of his killing), the guys throw a hat and sunglasses on the corpse in a hilariously-morbid marionette act to buy them some time to figure things out. To say that Kiser’s performance is stiff is an understatement, but in the best possible way.
You really can’t go wrong when the top-billed cast of the comedy you’re watching is Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner. In this sequel to 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Ron (Ferrell) and his dimwitted news team are back in the spotlight after making a splash on New York’s first 24-hour news channel, GNN. But Ron’s got problems: His marriage to Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) is on the rocks after she, again, one-ups him for a prestigious anchor position on the nightly news, and his ego is so bruised he’s neglecting their son; he’s got stiff competition from the dashing Jack Lime (James Marsden) — and he goes blind. All in a day’s work for Ron Burgundy.
Regina Hall (Nine Perfect Strangers, Insecure) stars in this social thriller/horror about an elite New England university that’s as old as the country itself and has just as many dark secrets. Hall plays Gail Bishop, the school’s new headmaster and the first Black person to hold the position. A Black student, Jasmine Moore (Zoe Renee), arrives as a freshman and is soon subjected to anonymous racist attacks that she is convinced are being done by an ancient presence from the school’s past — turns out the school was built on the site of some Salem-era witch trials. As Gail and Jasmine learn to navigate the school’s elite politics and privilege, they uncover the truth about the school and just how tied to its past it really is.
A film with one of the most compelling twists of all time, director Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects is the story of a group of hardened criminals, Hungarian mobsters, and a ghostly mastermind known as Keyser Soze, who may or may not exist. After a docked ship mysteriously explodes in San Pedro Bay killing 27 bad people, one of only two survivors, con artist Roger “Verbal” Kint (Kevin Spacey), recounts the entire story to U.S. Customs agent Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri) in an LA police station. Told in flashbacks, Verbal’s story is tall, involves drugs and jewels, and includes his crew of five, including Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), McManus (Stephen Baldwin), Fenster (Benicio Del Toro), and Hockney (Kevin Pollak). “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist,” Verbal tells Kujan. But who is Keyser Soze? Is he the Devil? The Usual Suspects will have you asking the same questions.
Based on the true story of turn-of-the-century English artist Louis Wain, whose paintings and illustrations of cats depicted our feline friends with psychedelic colors and imagery that no one had ever seen in the early 1900s, prompting many to believe that Wain suffered from schizophrenia. Benedict Cumberbatch depicts the eccentric artist with power and control, but by his side as Wain descends slowly into madness is the equally-powerful Claire Foy (The Crown) as Wain’s wife Emily. It’s their deep love for one another that helps keep Wain above water during a dark time in Wain’s, and the country’s, life. “How you’ve managed to conjure images of such delight in such a dark time, I don’t know,” Wain’s boss (Toby Jones) at the Illustrated London News tells him. While not a critical darling, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain will definitely add some color to your movie night.
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