10 Best Movies on Amazon Prime in 2021

Best Movies on Amazon Prime

If you search for some good movies to stream, you can’t get disappointed with Amazon Prime Video. The streamer is stuffed with offerings from almost every genre, which can be a little daunting – but we have got you covered. We have gathered up the ten bests of the best movies on Amazon Prime.

Amazon Prime Video is adding new movies for its subscribers each month. Its list has developed so impressively that it’s a bit overwhelming. At the same time, movies covered with a Prime subscription regularly change status, becoming available only for rental or purchase. 

Now, the following is the wide-ranging list of the best movies streaming on Amazon Prime in 2021. 

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1. Back to the Future

  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Writers: Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale
  • Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, and Crispin Glover
  • Available: March 1
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After more than three decades, Back to the Future remains one of the best and most all-around exciting sci-fi experience comedies in the records of movies. Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd perform as high school student Marty McFly and his oddball inventor BFF Dr. Emmett Brown, who jump in Doc’s time-traveling DeLorean and wind up in the 1950s, where Marty has to make sure his presence does not stop his parents from falling in love. It is fascinating, energetic, and joyous as movies get Back to the Future holds up in every imaginable way; as an innovative sci-fi movie that wrote the playbook for decades of time travel movies to follow; as a phenomenally created piece of filmmaking from the director and co-writer Robert Zemeckis; as a clever, feel-good comedy two-hander with genuinely iconic acts from Fox and Lloyd; and best of all, for its vibrant spirit and strong, uplifting effect.

2. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Writer: Melissa Mathison
  • Cast: Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, C. Thomas Howell, and Robert MacNaughton
  • Available: March 1
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Nobody brings surprise to the suburbs truly like Steven Spielberg, and his 1982 family sci-fi adventure E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial might just be the most popular and emotionally powerful of his whole white-picket-fence bunch.

When a little raisinet-looking space goober lands in California and befriends a young boy named Elliot (Henry Thomas), the pair spark up a mysterious bond and start on a mission to get “E.T.” back to his home planet harmlessly. Spielberg is really a genius at work here, giving all the fear, emotionality, and mysterious filmmaking technique that have made him a directing legend. This movie will pull every possible heartstring of you.

3. Vivarium

  • Director: Lorcan Finegan
  • Writer: Garret Shanley
  • Cast: Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg, Jonathan Aris
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If you are a fan of Twilight Zone-inspired contained stories of horror and existential dread, boy, does Amazon have the best horror movie streaming for you. Lorcan Finegan’s Vivarium is dark as hell and a walloping bummer, but it is perfect for bedtime. Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg perform as a couple on the quest for their first home and wind up caught in a surreal suburban neighborhood from which there is no escaping. No matter how many places they drive through, how many fences they jump, they just can’t get out. Then the nightmare baby shows up. On the surface, Vivarium is a powerful representation of the horrors of getting caught in a white-picket-fence life you never desired, but the scarier, much more effective undercurrent comes from the way the film adopts the cruel indifference of nature’s life cycles and the helplessness of being stuck in them.

4. The Avengers

  • Director: Joss Whedon
  • Writers: Joss Whedon and Zak Penn
  • Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Clarke Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Bettany
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It seems absolutely strange when compared with the size of Avengers Infinity War and Avengers Endgame, but The Avengers was a completely game-changing piece of filmmaking that showed Marvel Studios’ big shared-universe of superheroes could really work and, what’s more, that it could work the best when paying off long plot-arcs in huge team-up films.

It holds up. Avengers is such a tightly made film, with the exception of the underwhelming beginning scene, each set-piece still whips, from the first showdown between Cap, Thor, and Iron Man, to the iconic time the Avengers gather in the rubble of New York City. It a historical film, it changed the film industry’s future and sparked a series of imitators, but greatest of all, it is still bliss to watch.

5. Fighting with My Family

  • Writer/Director: Stephen Merchant
  • Cast: Florence Pugh, Nick Frost, Lena Heady, Dwayne Johnson, Vince Vaughn, Jack Lowden, Olivia Bernstone

2019 was a delightful year for Florence Pugh, culminating in an Oscar nomination for her scene-stealing performance in Little Women. But before the awards tour and before the horrors of Midsommar, Pugh kicked the year off powerful with the absolutely pleasant wrestling comedy Fighting with My Family. Written and directed by Extras and Life’s Too Short co-creator Stephen Merchant, the film is motivated by the life of real-world wrestling star Paige and chronicles how she was brought up in a family of wrestling enthusiasts and went from small-town gigs with the fam to ruling the ring on an international stage.

You do not have to be into wrestling to enjoy the heck out of this movie, though you might find yourself willing to watch some once it’s over. Fighting with My Family is just a perfect feel-good sports movie with a heck of a lot of attractiveness and a knockout set of a cast that includes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson himself and Vince Vaughn giving his most charismatic performance in ages.

6. The Last Black Man in San Francisco

  • Director: Joe Talbot
  • Writers: Jimmie Fails, Robert Richart
  • Cast: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan, Mike Epps, Finn Wittrock

The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a knockout, it is simply gorgeous, with a palette of rich, beautiful colors and arguably even more beautiful character work. Jimmie Fails performs in a story somewhat based on his own life, as a young man decided to reclaim his childhood home in a gentrified San Francisco neighborhood where it now goes for about $4 million on the market. Fails has named the film as a love story between him and the house, and in many ways, it is that, a delighted descent into the obsessions of love and the increasingly desperate and determined steps a man will take to win back the object of his heart.

But it is also a touching story of friendship (including a singular and staggering performance from Jonathan Majors as Jimmie’s longtime best friend) and a poetic, deep meditation on the emotional and historical power of the past even as it’s being purged for profit, the search for legacy in a culture that’s left you behind, and the breaking point when looking towards the past poisons your present. The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a beautiful film with a haunted heart and marks a remarkable debut for director Joe Talbot.

7. Overlord

  • Director: Julius Avery
  • Writers: Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith
  • Cast: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbæk, John Magaro, Ian De Caestecker, Jacob Anderson

If you enjoyed the high-intensity immersive war drama of 1917. In that case, you are going to want to watch Overlord if for no other reason than the great aerial opening sequence, which is an utterly breathtaking, pulse-pounding intro. But you should stick around after that too, because Julius Avery’s Bad Robot sci-fi thriller drops U.S. soldiers in a Nazi-occupied French village and goes complete Twilight Zone when they find the undead creation of one of the S.S.’s mad scientists. It is an unusually blended genre cocktail, delivering legit war drama thrills amidst a B-movie background of monsters, mayhem, and sci-fi insanity. In a more just world, we’d be anxiously awaiting the sequel to this underseen gem.

8. Starry Eyes

  • Writers/Directors: Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer
  • Cast: Alexandra Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan

Starry Eyes starts as your classic Hollywood story before deciding to get seven different colors of cock-up. Sarah Walker (Alexandra Essoe) works days as a fast-food waitress while moonlighting as an ambitious actor who hears “we’ll be in touch” too often from casting directors with nothing to show for it. But after an unusual audition with a producer who asks her to recreate a natural mental breakdown, Sarah finds her life, and her body, breaking down in horrific, brutal ways. A frightening demonic horror story anchored by dynamite, balls-to-the-wall performance from Essoe, Starry Eyes is also, remarkably enough, a perfect encapsulation of the life of a struggling artist in the City of Angels, where sometimes you have to sell your soul to the devil to fulfill your dreams.

9. Love and Friendship

  • Writer/Director: Whit Stillman
  • Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Xavier Samuel, Tom Bennett, Chloë Sevigny, Emma Greenwell, Morfydd Clark

Whit Stillman’s refreshing comedic profession has incorporated a few pointed critiques of East Coast private school privilege (from Metropolitan through Damsels in Distress), which makes him the ideal fit for taking on a comedic class exploration of America’s colonizers. One of Britain’s cheekiest and most revolutionary melodrama scribes, Jane Austen, fits him like a glove. Austen’s Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale) is our guide through the houses of many 18th century estates. Lady Susan is a widow and property-less, but she means to keep her stature and continue to grow in society. She asks quarters at her distrustful sister-in-law’s (Emma Greenwell). And from there, she sets up a chessboard that includes a new-money suitor (Tom Bennett) for her daughter (Morfydd Clark), an American confidant (Chloë Sevigny) who will cover for her when she meets up with a married man (payment in gossip, of course), and tries to win over her former brother-in-law (Xavier Samuel) to keep her in the Family’s good graces (and guest room).

There is a complexity of characters in Love & Friendship, and Stillman encourages us to keep track of them through posed portraits. It takes the first third of the film to set up all the characters, but once they’re all settled, it’s dizzying fun. Bennett is a hoot as the oaf with a heart of gold, who is new to gold, and thus the type of communication that old money wants to echo in their quarters. And Beckinsale properly holds the audience at arm’s length as she’s consistently setting on a new offense and gives no sense of self besides achieving her status obsession. While such a distant character might make another film impenetrable, Stillman’s supporting cast is so engaging that it makes Susan’s manipulation of her status (and them) more lighthearted and fun.

10. Instant Family

  • Director: Sean Anders
  • Writers: Sean Anders, John Morris
  • Cast: Rose Byrne, Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Mercer, Gustavo Escobar, Octavia Spencer, Julianna Gamiz, Tig Notaro, Tom Segura

Without a doubt, Rose Byrne is the unsung MVP of the last ten years in comedy movies. The actress’s early work made her image as a dramatic performer (and she still shines in those roles,). Still, ever since she stole the show in 2010s Get Him to the Greek, she has been crushing it in a series of comedies from Bridesmaids to Spy to the Neighbors films, constantly one-upping her better-known comedic equivalents along the way. With the surprisingly heartfelt comedy, Instant Family Byrne got to combo the best of her comedic and dramatic abilities alongside Mark Wahlberg in the story of a married couple who choose to foster not one but three children, including a no-bullshit teenager, played by Isabela Merced. Instant Family is refreshingly heartfelt and emotionally honest about the fights and joys of foster parenting, delivering a moving emotional story without losing sight of the laughs.

We hope our above list of best movies on amazon prime will make it easy for you to spend your weekend well.

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