The best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now (June 2019)

When Amazon debuted Amazon Prime more than a decade ago, CEO Jeff Bezos and company simply wanted to give their loyal customers a chance to save some money on shipping costs. As the service gained a massive subscription base, the company continued adding a slew of incredible perks, such as access to Prime Pantry, same-day delivery, and Amazon Prime Instant Video.

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Now, anyone with an Amazon Prime subscription has easy access to thousands of hit movies and TV shows,  all with the simple click of a mouse. To help subscribers sift through Amazon’s sizable library, we’ve taken up the task of finding the best movies currently available on the service.

So pop some popcorn, find your favorite spot on the couch, and throw on an excellent film, courtesy of our list. (Note: Some titles might not be available until later in the month.)

Action and adventure
Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name proved to be eerily prescient when it comes to modern technology, and its story has only gotten more relevant — and chilling — over time. Set in the year 2054, the film casts Tom Cruise as a law enforcement agent in the “PreCrime” division, tasked with preventing crimes before they happen. When he finds himself identified as a suspect, he goes on the run, and must evade all of the high-tech tools he once used to apprehend criminals in order to clear his name. One of the year’s most critically acclaimed films, it featured a long list of groundbreaking filmmaking techniques that raised the bar for sci-fi cinema, and is often regarded as one of Cruise’s best films.


Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 heist film pre-dated Pulp Fiction, but is widely considered one of the greatest indie films ever made. It also served as the directorial debut for the two-time Academy Award winner, and established many of the signature elements that would become hallmarks of his films. The movie follows a group of criminals recruited for a diamond heist that ends up going disastrously wrong, forcing them to flee and confront their own loyalties in the aftermath. The all-star cast features Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Chris Penn, among other familiar faces and Tarantino regulars.


Although it sounds like a pulpy action movie, Brawl in Cell Block 99 takes a while to build up to its titular melee, unwinding slowly as its lead character gets deeper into trouble. The film follows Bradley Thomas (Vince Vaughn), who loses his job only to come home and discover that his wife, Lauren (Jennifer Carpenter), is cheating on him. After smashing her car with his bare hands, Bradley decides to work on their marriage, the first sign that this is a film that doesn’t fit into easy categorization. Bradley also turns to crime in order to pay the bills, and that decision leads him down a dark and violent path. Brawl in Cell Block 99 treads a narrow line between highbrow and low; Bradley is a fascinating character, and the movie explores his complicated mind-set, but there is also violence aplenty for those who want to see some action.


Horror and thrillers
John Landis wrote and directed this film about a pair of American students who are attacked by a strange creature while backpacking through England, setting off a terrifying chain of events. The film was a surprise hit at the box office and impressed critics with its unique spin on classic werewolf stories. While the film is widely regarded as one of the best horror movies ever made, the real star of the movie is arguably the makeup effects created by special effects artist Rick Baker, whose work on the film prompted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to give the film the very first Academy Award in the “Best Makeup” category — earning the film a place in Hollywood history.


Directed, co-written, and co-starring John Krasinski, A Quiet Place follows a family trying to survive after a race of alien creatures with hypersensitive hearing have eliminated much of humanity. Their efforts to live a normal life amid the ever-present threat of terrifying predators who can hear the slightest sound ratchets up the tension to nail-biting levels, and you’re likely to find yourself stifling your own screams in keeping with the film’s theme. Krasinski’s wife, Emily Blunt, co-stars in the film and received significant acclaim for her performance, including a Screen Actors Guild Award.


It Comes at Night begins with a familiar horror premise: An outbreak has ravaged humanity, and the survivors must scavenge for supplies among the ruins of society. Paul (Joel Edgerton), Sarah (Carmen Ejogo), and their son, Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), live in a house in the woods, cut off from the world at large. The world intrudes on their lives in the form of Will (Christopher Abbott), who stumbles upon their house and offers food in exchange for shelter for himself and his family. Will, his wife, Kim (Riley Keough), and their young son, Andrew (Griffin Robert Faulkner), move in, and the two families maintain a cautious peace. As the nights pass and strange occurrences plague the house, problems arise. It Comes at Night is a tense film in which the ordinary humans are as scary as whatever lurks outside their door.


AIRPLANE! (1980)
Frequently ranked among the greatest comedies of all time, this ridiculous slapstick film is a parody of classic disaster dramas that follows the passengers and crew of a flight from Los Angeles to Chicago that experiences one midair crisis after another — often involving escalating levels of stupidity and irreverence. The ensemble cast is led by Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty, and is packed with high-profile cameos as the story careens from one visual and verbal gag to the next. A multiple award winner, Airplane! was selected for preservation in the Unites States National Film Registry for its cultural significance in 2010.


LADY BIRD (2017)
Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age comedy exploded into one of 2017’s biggest hits, thanks to widespread acclaim for the performances of Saoirse Ronan (as rebellious teen Christine McPherson) and Laurie Metcalf (as her mother). Christine, who has decided that she only wants to be called “Lady Bird,” is trying to navigate the academic difficulties of high school — at a Catholic school, no less — while finding herself in various stages of love with two very different boys (rising stars Lucas Hedges and Timothée Chalamet). At the same time, Mom is working overtime to compensate for the layoff of her husband (Tracy Letts) and battling with instincts that are tanking her relationship with Christine. Gerwig draws heavily on personal experience for Lady Bird, crafting a thoughtful and relatable look at adolescence.


Comedian Kumail Nanjiani and comedy writer Emily V. Gordon adapted their real-life love story for film in The Big Sick, a charming romantic comedy with a realistic tone. The movie begins with Kumail (playing himself) struggling to build a stand-up career, mining his Pakistani background for material. After a run-in with a heckler named Emily (Zoe Kazan) turns into a one-night-stand and eventually a relationship, the two start to run into troubles. For starters, Kumail’s parents want him to settle down with a Pakistani woman, leading them to break up. Making things even more complicated, an infection leaves Emily in a coma. While visiting Emily in the hospital, Kumail meets her parents, Terry (Ray Romano) and Beth (Holly Hunter), learning more about them and Emily as he processes his own feelings.


It’s 1979, the final chapter in a turbulent decade, and the attitude in America is so distraught that even the president felt the need to address the malaise, the lack of spiritual fulfillment in the country. It’s in this year, this context that Mike Mills sets 20th Century Women, which focuses on a mother, her son, and the people she wants to help him transition to adulthood. It’s largely a coming-of-age story for Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), who lives with his mother, Dorothea (Annette Bening), in the boarding house she runs. Not sure how to raise her son in an era of dwindling values, she turns to Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a tenant and artist, and Julie (Elle Fanning), Jamie’s very platonic best friend, for help. The three women — with a little help from William (Billy Crudup), a mechanic who also lives in the boarding house — share their experiences with Jamie. 20th Century Women is a warm, inviting film, built around an incredible performance from Bening.


James Franco’s track record as a director is spotty at best, but The Disaster Artist is a masterful stroke of comedy, in which the Hollywood heavyweight tells about the making of The Room, an infamously bad movie from oddball auteur Tommy Wiseau. Franco plays Wiseau himself, mimicking his weird mannerisms and speech to a T, while his brother Dave plays Wiseau’s best friend, Greg Sestero (author of the memoir upon which the film is based). The odd meta-movie setup works perfectly for Franco’s performance, and he pulls in enough supporting talent — Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Josh Hutcherson, Jacki Weaver — to bring everything together in idiotic harmony. 

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