With a thousand channels to watch, it sometimes seems like there are just a bazillion more bad movies to waste your time on. But lately, streaming channels like Amazon have started cranking out some really great movies and shows. If you have Amazon Prime, you can watch a lot of this content for free. And if you don’t have Amazon Prime, here are some hacks to get Amazon for free.
Here are the 11 Best Movies on Amazon Right Now:
1. One Night in Miami
Regina King kicks off her directorial debut with this historical fiction film based on an actual meeting between Muhammad Ali after his fight with Sonny Liston, singer Sammy Cooke, legendary running-back Jim Brown, and Malcolm X. These four giants discuss their lives, the times the live in and the contributions each wants to make to Black America.
This is an incredible movie that you would not want to miss.
2. Sound of Metal
Riz Ahmed plays Punk-metal drummer Ruben who is suddenly confronted with hearing loss. He must come to terms with losing his hearing, joining the deaf community, and realizing there may be more to life than the sound of his drumming. To complicate matters, he is also a heroin addict.
The movie is nominated for several Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor. It wins the awards for Best Sound and Film Editing. Watch how the tantalizing sound performance immerses you into Ruben’s story.
We thought you could not make the original Alien movie any better. We were wrong. James Cameron directs the sequel Aliens, starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley. This is an action-packed Sci-fi film filled with horror and suspense. This movie was nominated for two Oscars, including one for Weaver as Best Actress.
Once again, our hero, Ellen Ripley, must act fast as she is sent to a colony to help the members survive the beasts. Ripley discovers that the sole survivor is a little girl, and makes it her mission to save her. Throughout the movie, the savage species picks off crew members one by one. The original Alien by Ridley Scott is streaming on Amazon as well.
4. The Farewell
Awkwafina stars in this sad but moving film about saying goodbye to her grandmother. The Mandarin translation for The Farewell means “Don’t Tell Her.” Billi Wang (Awkwafina) has an extremely close bond with her grandmother Nai, who has terminal lung cancer but does not know it. Wang is supposed to say goodbye, without telling her grandmother about the cancer. It is a moving cultural narrative about life and family.
5. Knives Out
Writer and Director Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick, and The Last Jedi) takes the old-fashioned murder mystery story and an outstanding ensemble to solve the murder of a famous crime novelist played by Christopher Plummer.
The investigation is led brilliantly by Daniel Craig as a Southern detective and leads through battles over loyalty, inheritance, and family fueds.
A classic movie from the 70s to make everyone afraid of the ocean, Jaws is a classic directed by Steven Spielberg. A menacing Great White Shark is feasting on locals in a New England beachside town of Amity Island. Sea captain( Robert Shaw), Chief of Police( Roy Schieder), and a shark expert (Richard Dreyfuss) team up to kill the beast.
Moneyball is where data meets every underdog sports movie ever made. Billy Bean (Brad Pitt) is the General Manager of the Oakland A’s. He hires a young economics graduate from Yale, Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) to help him figure out how to use unorthodox strategies to triumph over old school recruiting practices and win games.
8. The Big Sick
Comedian Kumail Nanjiani and wife Emily V. Gordon wrote The Big Sick based on their real-life love story.
It is the story of a struggling comedian who gets heckled by someone at a comedy club he subsequently begins dating. After their relationship is established,Emily gets sick and has to be put into a coma to survive. The story demonstrates how cultural and family differences play into a relationship.
Snatch is like a sequel to Guy Richie’s Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
The plot is a bit all over the place, but you get to watch Jason Stathum get out of trouble, and Brad Pitt put on an Irish accent and fight as a gypsy. There’s also a bulldog that swallows a diamond. Buckle up because this is a ride full of some classic English comedy.
10. Rear Window
In this Alfred Hitchcock classic starring Jimmy Stewart, a photographer has broken his leg, and all he can do is sit in his wheelchair and watch his neighbors from his window.
One night, he thinks he sees one neighbor kill his wife. But circumstances are far from what they appear.This mystery thriller will keep you on edge throughout the movie.
11. Manchester By the Sea
Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck star in this sobering drama about a janitor and the legal guardianship of his nephew.
A Boston janitor named Lee returns to his hometown after finding out that his brother had passed away and he has been named guardian. This is one of Affleck’s best performances on screen.