When it comes to your favorite TV shows and movies, Amazon Prime is no joke. Amazon understands that few of us stick to a single genre, which is why their range of movies and TV shows is so diverse. There’s something for everyone on the streaming website, which is stacked with must-see comedies, dramas, and horror films. Whatever genre you choose, Amazon Prime has something for you.
1. Inception (2010)
Inception follows Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), a widowed thief with a unique range of abilities. Dom and his crack team of Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Eames (Tom Hardy), and Yusuf (Dileep Rao), who can penetrate people’s dreams and snatch their secrets, are hired by energy tycoon Saito (Ken Watanabe) to infiltrate his rival, Fischer’s (Cillian Murphy) mind. The only problem is that Dom’s mental demons, specifically his wife Mal (Marion Cotillard), have chosen to tag along.
Christopher Nolan, the director/writer, bends physics, defies time, and flips reality to deliver not only an exciting piece of film but also an emotionally rich narrative.
2. Hancock (2008)
Before superhero films became cinematic universes, the unfriendly neighborhood Hancock (Will Smith) was busy swigging alcohol and blacking out on rooftops. Hancock has a big image problem as a drunk “asshole” with superpowers, as his less-than-adoring public refers to him. Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), a public relations expert, is about to change all of that. After derailing a train to save Ray, Hancock is forced to endure Ray repaying the favor by transforming Hancock from the “asshole” he thinks he can be into the hero he knows he can be. The hidden origins of Hancock’s forces are revealed as their unsuccessful public relations efforts unfold.
3. Monster’s Ball (2001)
Hank Grotowski (Billy Bob Thornton), a white prison officer, and Leticia Musgrove (Halle Berry), a Black widow, become embroiled in the racial tensions of Georgia’s deep south over the losses of their two sons. Sonny (Heath Ledger), Hank’s son, adored his father. Hank never felt the same way, and he told his son so. Leticia was an abusive mother who used to chastise and mock her son Tyrell (Coronji Calhoun) for being overweight. Even if the characters are repulsive, the phenomenal writing of Milo Addica and Will Rokos, combined with equally outstanding performances from Berry and Thornton, expel heart-wrenching humanity and force you to empathize with them.
4. Knives Out (2019)
When writer/millionaire and family benefactor Harlan Thrombey (the late Christopher Plummer) is found murdered in his study, Knives Out gets right to work. When legendary detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is called in to investigate suspicious circumstances, he is not short of suspects—the greedy daughter-in-law Joni (Toni Collette), the playboy grandson Ransom (Chris Evans), the beautiful nurse Marta (Ana de Armas), and many more all have their motives and were given enough opportunity. This extremely taut film, set in a neo-gothic mansion, twists and turns with double-crosses, trap doors, and secret panels, finally culminating in one final reveal set before 1000 knives.
5. The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)
The Last Black Man in San Francisco is both culturally significant and one of the best films of 2019. The film follows Jimmie Fails (playing himself) and Mont (Jonathan Majors) as they try to reclaim the Victorian home that their grandfather (Danny Glover) built in the heart of San Francisco, as Jimmie tries to find his place in a rapidly changing community. While The Last Black Man in San Francisco is clearly about gentrification and the shifting cultural scene of San Francisco, it roots these ideas in real and heartbreaking characters that are grappling with their own histories.