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Best movies to watch on Amazon Prime Video

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From cinema classics to brilliant modern comedies and dramas, here’s our (regularly updated) pick of the best movies to watch on Amazon Prime Video UK…

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Last updated 8th November 2019

The Imitation Game

Headhunters director Morten Tyldum here takes on the important story of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), the genius cryptographer who cracked the infamous Enigma code during the Second World War. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Read our full The Imitation Game review

Green Book

Green Book tells the true story of Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a working-class man who takes a job as a chauffeur for classical pianist Dr Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) during his 1962 tour of the Deep South, an area of America that was rife with racism at the time. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2019. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Read our full Green Book review

It

This adaptation of Stephen King’s behemoth horror novel terrified audiences and became a global sensation back in 2017. The story follows a group of troubled kids who are stalked by a mysterious entity which takes the form of a dancing clown called Pennywise. Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Jaeden Martell (Midnight Special) and Bill Skarsgård (Hemlock Grove) lead the cast. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Read our full It review

Manchester by the Sea

A masterful Sundance hit from Kenneth Lonergan. Casey Affleck is on electrifying, Oscar-winning form as Lee, a surly janitor living alone in a Boston suburb. Summoned by his family after his brother suffers a heart attack, Lee returns to his seaside home town to face the secrets of his past. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Read our full Manchester by the Sea review

The Big Lebowski

There are, in fact, two Lebowskis: one is Jeff Bridges, who calls himself “the Dude”, an ageing hippy who becomes embroiled in the kidnapping of the other Lebowski’s wife, aided and abetted by tenpin bowling chum John Goodman. What follows is an insane labyrinth of plot and counterplot that encompasses the drug and porn underworlds… Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Read our full The Big Lebowski review

The Rainmaker

Francis Ford Coppola’s riveting courtroom drama is an exceptionally well-crafted adaptation of John Grisham’s novel. Matt Damon is excellent as the inexperienced Memphis lawyer thrown into the lion’s den when he takes on the case of a young man dying of leukaemia, whose insurance company refuses to honour his claim. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Read our full The Rainmaker review

Paddington 2

Everybody’s favourite CGI bear is back for more adventures, this time winding up in prison with Brendan Gleeson after a run-in with a failed actor-turned-thief (played wonderfully by Hugh Grant). It is a joy. Watch on Amazon Prime Video 

Read our full Paddington 2 review

Ocean’s Eleven

George Clooney and his A-list pals have fun in the Las Vegas sun in this thoroughly enjoyable caper from director Steven Soderbergh. In a loose remake of the 1960 Rat Pack venture of the same name, Clooney comfortably steps into Frank Sinatra’s shoes as Danny Ocean, who is fresh out of jail but still plans to pull off an audacious heist with the help of a ten-man crew.  Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Read our full Ocean’s Eleven review

Macbeth (2015)

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Shakespeare gets a gritty, grimy makeover in this epic retelling of the infamous tragedy, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Read our full Macbeth review

Once upon a Time in America

Sergio Leone’s gangster epic chronicles 50 years in the criminal underworld in New York City, with Robert de Niro and James Woods starring as lifelong friends whose partnership unravels into chaos. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Read our full Once upon a Time in America review

The Big Sick

Real-life husband-and-wife Kumail Nanjiani (who also stars) and Emily V Gordon penned this moving romcom about their relationship, which took a major hit in its nascent stages when Emily came down with a mysterious illness. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Read our full The Big Sick review

The Hurt Locker (2008)

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A war film about an Iraq Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who became the first woman to win the best director Academy Award in 2009. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Read our full The Hurt Locker review

Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino reimagines the Second World War – following a French Jew who takes on a new identity as a cinema operator in occupied Paris, and a team of renegade soldiers intent on collecting Nazi scalps. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Read our full Inglourious Basterds review

Rocky

Dusting down the classic Hollywood story of the little man winning big, this triple-Oscar-winning boxing drama is shot through with genuine impassioned commitment, born of the fact that Sylvester Stallone realised that this was his best hope of stardom. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Read our full Rocky review

Room (2015)

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay star as a mother and son who have been imprisoned underground by a devious captor for years. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Read our full Room review

Blue Valentine (2010)

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star in this relationship drama, charting one couple’s troubled marriage. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Read our full Blue Valentine review

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

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A classic spy movie based on John Le Carre’s 19874 novel, starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong and Benedict Cumberbatch. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Read our full Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy review

Four Lions

Fiercely black comedy from Brass Eye creator Chris Morris and a young Riz Ahmed. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Read our full Four Lions review

Fight Club

Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, an underground group who beat the living daylights out of each other for fun, and supreme direction from David Fincher. It’s probably one of the greatest films of all time, and undoubtedly one of the top five on Amazon Prime. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Read our full Fight Club review

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