Top 10 Movies on Amazon Prime Video in 2021
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Amazon Prime subscribers get access to thousands of movies for free with their subscriptions. If you’re looking for something to watch, here are 10 of the best movies to watch for free with Amazon Prime Video.
Filmmaker Rian Johnson prepares an all-star cast for the old-school murder mystery Knives Out. A wealthy detective novelist (played by Christopher Plummer) is murdered under mysterious circumstances, and his entire family (as well as his longtime guardian) are under suspicion.
Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon and Toni Collette are among the cast playing members of the family, with Ana de Armas as the nanny and Daniel Craig as famed detective Benoit Blanc. In the Agatha Christie tradition, Knives Out is packed with surprises and revelations, plus an added layer of sharp social commentary and a wry sense of humor.
Genre master M. Night Shyamalan offers his own unique take on superheroes in Unbreakable. Bruce Willis plays discreet and unassuming security guard David Dunn, who discovers that he can possess powers of strength, invulnerability and clairvoyance after being the only survivor of a terrible train accident. Guided by wheelchair-bound comic book fan Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), David begins to surreptitiously use his powers for good.
Shyamalan creates a dark and gripping dissection of superhero stories, culminating in one of his most effective twists.
Cult classic Heather is one of the best comedies on Amazon Prime. This dark satire takes over the teen movies of its day (the 1980s), putting a violent spin on the story of an honest young woman who falls in love with a rebellious bad boy. Veronica (Winona Ryder) and JD (Christian Slater) take their crusade against their popular and insipid high school students to deadly extremes, while the film retains a sense of the absurd. The filmmakers mix intelligent dialogue with cutting-edge commentary on compliance.
Christopher Nolan’s obsession with intricate stories meets perfect concept elevated in Creation. This thriller involves a literal ‘heist’ of ideas into the world of dreams as expert agents infiltrate the subconscious mind of a business executive.
The twisted plot is matched by Nolan’s elaborate and jaw-dropping visuals, which he unfolds in truly impressive action sets. Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard and Tom Hardy lead a strong cast that brings emotional depth to Nolan’s heady concepts.
his daughter on friday
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell play feuding reporters (and ex-spouses) in Howard Hawks’ classic comedy. his daughter on Friday. Hawks swaps the *** of one of the main characters in the popular play The Front Page, turning the story into a comedy of remarriage and farce. The fast-paced dialogue is full of clever criticism and puns, and Grant and Russell continually butt heads as their characters chase the best story of their careers (and fall in love all over again, too).
Inside Llewyn Davis
One of the Coen brothers’ best films, Inside Llewyn Davis, stars Oscar Isaac in the title role, a struggling folk singer in 1960s New York City. Perpetually living in the shadow of his more successful peers, Llewyn bounces from one friend’s couch to another, trying to raise money through occasional concerts. The film has a bittersweet and melancholy tone, with Llewyn standing in for anyone who has ever faced the prospect of giving up their dreams of him.
One of Amazon’s best original movies, Love’s Friendship is a delightful adaptation of Jane Austen from filmmaker Whit Stillman. Based on Austen’s debut novel Lady Susan, the film stars Kate Beckinsale as a ruthless and wry social climber with one-liners to everyone she meets. Love and Friendship adds a nasty side to Austen’s typical romantic narrative while satisfyingly combining all the main characters in proper marriages.
Ari Aster Environment Delivers untold horror in broad daylight as its main characters visit a remote Swedish village during a traditional summer festival. The stakes are much higher than dancing and making flower crowns, as these American graduate students are learning the hard way. Florence Pugh plays a young woman in mourning who discovers a well of inner strength by participating in the town’s mysterious rituals. Horrified, she regains her identity and her power.
catch a thief
Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief is lighter than many of the suspense master’s thrillers, but no less captivating for that. Cary Grant stars as an expert jewel thief whose retirement is threatened by an impostor who robs wealthy tourists on the French Riviera.
Determined to clear his name, the thief, known as “the cat”, decides to catch the real thief. Along the way, he falls in love with a wealthy heiress played by Grace Kelly. It’s a stylish caper that benefits from the stars’ playful chemistry and Hitchcock’s mastery of the camera.
Night of the Living Dead
The zombie genre wouldn’t even exist without George A. Romero’s iconic 1968 horror film. Night of the Living Dead. Romero pioneered most of the key elements of zombie movies with his creepy low-budget movie about the dead resurrected, hungry for human flesh.
Primarily set in an abandoned house where the characters are hiding from the growing hordes of the undead, Night of the Living Dead creates indelible fears with minimal resources. It is one of the most influential movies of all time (regardless of genre).