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Best Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now (March 2022)

A treasure trove of some of the most unusual, fantastic, and under-seen movies of the previous 80 years can be found on Amazon Prime, but it can be difficult to sift through all the oddly horrible titles. The service’s tendency to remove titles suddenly only to have them return under a new link just as suddenly isn’t helping matters either. Who has the time to keep up with all of this?
We can, of course. At the very least, we make an effort. In November, half a dozen films from this list were removed from the service, with the majority going to IMDb TV (which is owned by Amazon) and to renting. Amazon’s user interface is notoriously difficult to navigate, yet we were able to find a number of excellent films to replace the ones that were unavailable.

The following are the top 50 movies currently available on Amazon Prime:

1. One Night in Miami

Year: 2021
Director: Regina King
Stars: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr
Rating: R
Runtime: 114 minutes

One Night in Miami

One Night in Miami seems like a dude’s dream movie from the get-go: Four men are out on the town, unattached and with only the night’s sky as a limit to their fun. On February 25, 1964, heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston was knocked out by Cassius Clay in a surprise victory in the Magic City. They talk about a lot more than just boxing, ladies, and rowdiness, though. They talk about Black American identity and American identity, and how they connect with one another. However, One Night in Miami is still a treat owing to a stellar cast, including Eli Goree, Leslie Odom Jr., Aldis Hodge, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Regina King, who directed her feature debut with cool confidence. Adapted from Kemp Powers’ drama for the stage, her version is a historical document that imagines what these men might have talked about in private, away from prying eyes. It’s also hilarious, smart, and full of life. This isn’t a film about hedonistic excess. It’s all about having meaningful conversations. Andy Crump.

2. A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Year: 2001
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O’Connor, Brendan Gleeson, William Hurt
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 146 minutes

 A.I. Artificial Intelligence

As many critics, like Roger Ebert, who initially gave A.I. a tepid review before changing his mind and calling it one of the greatest films of all time, can attest, Spielberg’s A.I. may be a misunderstood masterpiece. To put it another way, A.I. is an ideal combination of Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick’s sensibilities, as the two worked together on the story before Kubrick’s death and Spielberg felt compelled to finish the film. This is not as cold or distant as Kubrick films tend to be, yet it is not as maudlin and manipulated as Spielberg’s films can become—before the ending is brought out as proof of Spielberg’s failure, it should be noted that the film has a dark coda that was actually Kubrick’s idea, adamant that the ending not be meddled with more than any other scene. There aren’t any “aliens” if you look at the film’s themes more closely than you might expect. Ege Kozak

3. Fargo

Year: 1996
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Stars: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi
Rating: R
Runtime: 98 minutes

 Fargo

“Minnesota nice” has become a film classic thanks to the Coen brothers’ exploration of its nefarious undertones. It’s impossible not to cringe as Fargo sets up scene after scene that tackles the strain that comes with polite social conventions and the silent desperation they frequently disguise. Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) and Mike Yanagita (Steve Park) present a thin and fake veil over yearnings for money or companionship, while their counterpart, Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand), who really is that lovely and hardworking and just normal, is their clear counterpoint. Despite their all-American façade, The Coens’ films manage to find the perfect balance between tenderness and stark gruesomeness. They make you admire the beauty of postage stamps while simultaneously making you cringe at the sound of a wood chipper. There is no doubt about it: Allie Conti

4. Lincoln

Year: 2012
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 149 minutes

 Lincoln

One of American cinema’s most successful directors, Steven Spielberg, continues to build on his impressive body of work. To locate Spielberg’s unique talent in action sequences such as The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse, one does not have to look back decades. Lincoln, on the other hand, illustrates exactly how good Spielberg really is for people who haven’t been blown away by Spielberg’s transcendent first decade or two, or who have taken his hallmark style for granted. Lincoln is another one of Spielberg’s numerous triumphs, thanks to an excellent ensemble and a clever tale that is historically, morally, and politically deep. —David Roark’s work

5. Train to Busan

Year: 2016
Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Stars: Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-mi, Kim Su-an, Kim Eui-sung, Choi Woo-shik, Ahn So-hee
Rating: N/A
Runtime: 118 minutes

Train to Busan

It doesn’t matter whether you love or loathe zombies, they remain a constant in the horror genre in 2016. In spite of the fact that I’ve seen far too many indie zombie movies to continue watching them for the rest of my life, at least one outstanding zombie film comes up every other year. On our list of the 50 Best Zombie Movies of All Time, we’ve included the 2016 zombie flick Train to Busan. Without a certain, the train to Busan would have been on the list. Shocking and heartfelt at the same time, this South Korean zombie movie depicts a man trying to defend his little daughter on a train full of zombies. Even though I’ve never seen anything like it in a zombie film before, it ends with multiple action sequences that I’d never expected. If you can bring something new to the zombie genre, you’ve done your job. One of the best zombie films of the last decade has some memorable, empathic supporting players and some top-notch makeup effects. He is —Jim Vorel

6. Borat

Year: 2006
Director: Larry Charles
Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Pamela Anderson, Ken Davitian
Rating: R
Runtime: 83 minutes

 Borat

Borat, or Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, is easy to overlook or undervalue because of the subsequent Sacha Baron Cohen films. Although Cohen’s initial thesis has been watered down by the likes of Bruno and The Dictator, his faux-documentary about an awkward Eurasian traveller is still quite great in its own right. Widely released, it examined the American tendency to be contemptuous and xenophobic toward people we don’t understand, and the readiness to show sincerity if they felt taking advantage of Borat may somehow benefit them. At the very least, Borat’s statements are genuine reflections of his fake upbringing. They can’t all claim to be Borat’s, but Borat himself isn’t one of them—just he’s a character. Lastly, this film and Anchorman drew the biggest laughs from a multiplex audience that I’ve ever experienced. As said by —Jim Vorel

7. Die Hard

Year: 1988
Director: John McTiernan
Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Reginald VelJohnson, Bonnie Bedelia, Alexander Godunov
Rating: R
Runtime: 114 minutes

Die Hard

How many well-laid plans have been wrecked by stumbling across John McTiernan’s brilliant actioner on cable because of Die Hard? While Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman steal the show in career-defining roles as Officer John McClane and Hans Gruber, even Henchman #10 (as he is known to his pals, an Asian man who chews a candy bar) comes off as more developed than most lead parts in today’s typical action films. Die Hard is a film that can stand up to repeated viewings without losing its wit or heart. Indeed, a yippee ki-yay to that. Michael Burgin

8. The Terminator

Year: 1984
Director: James Cameron
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen
Rating: R
Runtime: 108 minutes

The Terminator

That James Cameron’s first (and only) feature-length Terminator is a more somber, contemplative film than its upscaled sequel makes it all the more terrifying; a silent antagonist who calmly removes bits of his damaged face to more precisely target its victims makes the film all the more frightening. When Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton face off against Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 (played by Michael Biehn), it’s almost comical how ineffective their modern weapons are against him. That Schwarzenegger is playing entropy is not surprising given the number of time-hopping remakes, reboots, and retreads that have followed since the first Terminator film. A terminator can be destroyed, but the future (supposedly determined by box office receipts) will not be altered. As said by —Jim Vorel

9. Manchester by the Sea

Year: 2016
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler
Genre: Romance
Rating: R
Runtime: 137 minutes

Manchester by the Sea

Kenneth Lonergan’s first two films, You Can Count on Me and Margaret, deal with loss and grief, and the tangled, indirect ways people dealt with the emotional aftermath. The sum of Manchester by the Sea’s impact may be greater than the sum of its individual sequences, as is the case with the film itself. Unlike You Can Count on Me, Manchester by the Sea has the same expansive ambition as Margaret, with Lonergan covering the proceedings in a sad grandeur that sometimes clashes with the film’s innate hushed modesty. In the role of Lee Chandler, Casey Affleck, who portrays a guy who is unable to express himself at a moment when he is needed most, is quietly enthralling. It’s also worth mentioning that Lucas Hedges and Kyle Chandler deliver strong performances as men buried deep in the man’s-man society of the film’s East Coast setting. Michelle Williams, who has previously played haunted women in Brokeback Mountain and Shutter Island, is outstanding as Lee’s ex-wife. Her character never stopped loving Lee, but her brain told her that she had to let go if she wanted to move on with her life. Here, she really pierces the heart. It turns out she’s one of the lucky ones in this picture, though. In Manchester By the Sea, tragedy strikes like a bomb, sending shockwaves throughout the community. After all the Chandlers have been through, even the chance of acceptance can feel like a hard-earned win by the end of the movie… In the words of Tim Grierson:

10. You Were Never Really Here

Year: 2018
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, John Doman, Judith Roberts, Alex Manette, Alessandro Nivola
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Rating: R
Runtime: 89 minutes

You Were Never Really Here

Uncompromising Lynne Ramsay has a reputation. Her reputation for being “tough” is conveyed in industry parlance. “Unrelenting,” in my opinion, is the greatest way to describe her. Only a select few filmmakers have the same level of mastery over their own aesthetic as Ramsay. Filmmakers wielding so much control without a touch of ego are even rarer. Any of the three films she produced between 1999 and 2011 (Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar, and We Need to Talk About Kevin) show her unwavering commitment to a singular vision, whether that vision is disturbing, horrifying, or just plain strange. She has the strength and delicacy in equal measure. You Were Never Really Here, her fourth picture and perhaps her greatest, walks the line between violence and tenderness in her body of work while being eerie, frightening, and weird all at the same time. It’s not a revenge film, and that’s an understatement. It sounds more like a scream that doesn’t stop. As Joe (Joaquin Phoenix, playing a military veteran and former federal agent, with a beard that would make the Robertson clan envy) demonstrates in You Were Never Really Here’s title, which is made of layers, the first outlining Joe’s composure. Joe’s life is a whirlwind of flashbacks and flashforwards, hallucinations, and realities. Even while he is physically present, he is imprisoned to his mind, which replays the atrocities he has experienced in combat, the field, and as a child in a never-ending cycle. It’s a common theme in all of her prior films: the slow-motion capture of human decay. There Was Never a Doubt in My Mind About You Presented here is a breakdown filmed in high gear, with a focus on efficiency and economy of means. It is also produced with ferocious handiwork. Her reputation as one of the top filmmakers working today should be described in this manner. Andy Crump —