Here are some of the best movies available on Prime Video right now.
In this heartfelt seriocomic drama from Mike Mills, a young man sort through his complicated memories of his father – and his own, chaotic present. The film stars Ewan McGregor as Oliver, whose recently deceased father Hal (Oscar-winning actor Christopher Plummer) came out as gay late in life. Miller frames Oliver’s self-acceptance as a journey of joy and shows how that transition opens him up to the possibilities of romance with Anna (Mélanie Laurent, a French actress).
A Single Man (2009)
Tom Ford made his feature directorial debut with this melancholy (and, unsurprisingly, aesthetically stunning) adaptation of the novel by Christopher Isherwood. Colin Firth stars as George, a college professor, and bachelor, as gay men of his era were sometimes called. Through one difficult day – the anniversary of his boyfriend’s death – Ford digs deep into George’s tortured psyche, and Firth plays the part with a grand depth of feeling.
Ridley Scott and Sigourney Weaver made their mainstream breakthroughs with this hit, which cleverly blended two of the most durable genre standbys: the lost-in-space sci-fi thriller and the haunted house horror chiller. When a creature starts killing her colleagues aboard the commercial spaceship “Nostromo,” Weaver is among the crew members. To great effect, jolting scares and skin-crawling moments ensue.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
One of Disney’s most popular films of the 1980s was this story about cartoon animals and cynical humans living together in 1940s Los Angeles, where movie star Roger Rabbit is accused of murdering a tycoon. Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), a hard-boiled private eye, is hired to clear his name, and they embark on an investigation of the animated movie industry. The movie is a treat for movie buffs and cartoon fans, but it’s also an entertaining potboiler that delves into the juicy mysteries and scandals of postwar Hollywood.
Train to Busan (2016)
A zombie-apocalypse thriller from South Korean director Yeon Sang-ho. It is set aboard a train hurtling toward safety, a fantastic entry in the “relentless action in a confined space” subgenre. The pacing is energetic, the makeup effects are convincing, and the storyline is ruthless. (Don’t get attached to anyone.) But it’s not all blood and bluster; there’s a patient, deliberate setup before the orgy of gore and mayhem, which leads to a surprising eruption of emotion at the end.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Wes Anderson tried his hand at family entertainment with this adaptation of the Roald Dahl story, in which a fox (voiced with panache by George Clooney) experiences a midlife crisis and threatens his family and neighbors. The film is engaging for kids and true to the source material, but it is also indisputably an Anderson movie. The voice cast consists of his usual ensemble (including Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, and Willem Dafoe). With carefully constructed sets and characters to build, it is the kind of world he usually has to bend the real world into in some ways his most satisfying and satisfying film.
Sophie’s Choice (1982)
In this elegiac adaptation of the William Styron novel, directed by Alan J. Pakula (“All the President’s Men”), Meryl Streep won her second Oscar. Attempting to launch a successful creative career, young Stingo (Peter MacNicol) forms a friendship with a couple upstairs, only to find out how Sophie, a Polish immigrant, lost her two children before immigrating to the US.
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
McTiernan’s remake of the Steve McQueen / Faye Dunaway classic changes the title character from a bored playboy bank robber to a bored playboy art thief. This change sets up one of the best set pieces in the caper movie canon as Pierce Brosnan’s art thief, Thomas Crown, stages an elaborate museum diversion to return his stolen item. An enigmatic Crown and Catherine Banning, Rene Russo’s impeccable investigator, spark sparks along the way, with added juice supplied by a returning Dunaway in a superb supporting role. Enchanting, intoxicating.
The Princess Bride (1987)
Rob Reiner and William Goldman (adapting his own novel) perform one of the most elegant acts of double-talk seen in cinema, while simultaneously telling a dramatic bedtime story. It is narrated by a cheerful grandpa (Peter Falk) to his sick grandson Fred Savage. This is a sly satire of such stories, thanks to Goldman’s script and the hilarious performances by Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Peter Cook, and Wallace Shawn.
The Host (2006)
Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”) gleefully picks up where “Godzilla” left off in his subversive riff on urban monster movies: His mutant sea creature is the result of the carelessness of the local government and the military. Boong also shows a keen interest in the human dynamics at play, and how the dysfunctional family at the center of the story comes together for a common cause.
In this harrowing Vietnam War drama, Oliver Stone graduated from a respected writer to a top-flight filmmaker. Using Charlie Sheen as the avatar, a clean-cut kid from a privileged background, whose eyes are opened to the horrors of war, he based the film on his own experiences in Vietnam. William Dafoe and Tom Berenger star as his two sergeants, one free-spirited and open, the other hard-edged and cruel.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
In this freewheeling, high-spirited Western from director George Roy Hill, Paul Newman, and Robert Redford shine as the title characters, a pair of cocky outlaws always on the lookout for their next score and thrill. The screenplay by William Goldman, however, ensures the film’s immortality, as it not only sends up the conventions of the Western but also provides the stars with uproariously funny, fast-talking dialogue.