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250 Best Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now

Last updated May 1, 2020

You could spend a lifetime watching every Amazon Prime movie and still only end stuck somewhere in the birdsong video section, so Rotten Tomatoes is using our Tomatometer to find the very best movies on Prime! With such a vast library, it took some extensive work to narrow it down to only best movies streaming on Amazon Prime right now. Ultimately, we’ve selected 250 movies with only the highest Tomatometer scores, from at least 20 reviews, the ones an overwhelming majority critics would recommend.

The movies range from cinematic masterpieces (Battleship Potemkin, His Girl Friday, The African Queen) to contemporary classics (Leave No Trace, Mud, The Farewell). There’s beloved rom-coms (Roman Holiday, His Girl Friday, Moonstruck), alongside movies to make you laugh (Planes, Trains, and Automobiles), and movies to make you scream (A Quiet Place). There are thrills (Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Bumblebee, The Avengers), chills (Hereditary), and drum fills (The Decline of Western Civilization). And, of course, Amazon has been putting in the effort to build their library of originals, like Honey Boy and Blow the Man Down.

The best of the new movie highlights include:

The Lighthouse, Robert Eggers’ bleakly comic exploration of madness and isolation, starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.

Selah and the Spades, Amazon’s original inspiring boarding school drama.

Escape From Alcatraz, Clint Eastwood’s tense prison breakout classic.

Because new Amazon Prime movies are always being added, we recommend you bookmark this guide, which we’ll be updating as new movies come in.

Ready for not just good Amazon Prime movies, but the best movies on Amazon Prime’s streaming service? Then continue on for the 250 Best Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now!


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#250
Adjusted Score: 85.828%
Critics Consensus: The Undiscovered Country is a strong cinematic send-off for the original Trek crew, featuring some remarkable visuals and an intriguing, character-driven mystery plot.
Synopsis: In this last film centering on the original television series' stars, an ecological disaster forces the Klingons to seek peace... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Meyer

#249

Priceless (2006)
82%

#249
Adjusted Score: 83.957%
Critics Consensus: Priceless is a light, farcical rom-com that features sharp performances from Audrey Tautou and Gad Elmaleh.
Synopsis: A woman who has never had much trouble choosing between love or money tries to teach a man the tricks... [More]
Directed By: Pierre Salvadori

#248

Fast Color (2019)
82%

#248
Adjusted Score: 85.047%
Critics Consensus: A grounded superhero story with more on its mind than punching bad guys, Fast Color leaps over uneven execution with a single Gugu Mbatha-Raw performance.
Synopsis: Hunted by mysterious forces, a young woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) with supernatural abilities must go on the run when her powers... [More]
Directed By: Julia Hart

#247

Chi-Raq (2015)
82%

#247
Adjusted Score: 87.138%
Critics Consensus: Chi-Raq is as urgently topical and satisfyingly ambitious as it is wildly uneven -- and it contains some of Spike Lee's smartest, sharpest, and all-around entertaining late-period work.
Synopsis: Chi-Raq is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes. After the murder of a child... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#246
#246
Adjusted Score: 89.816%
Critics Consensus: Seven Psychopaths delivers sly cinematic commentary while serving up a heaping helping of sharp dialogue and gleeful violence.
Synopsis: Marty (Farrell) is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay, "Seven Psychopaths". Billy (Rockwell) is Marty's best friend,... [More]
Directed By: Martin McDonagh

#245

The Report (2019)
82%

#245
Adjusted Score: 91.793%
Critics Consensus: The Report draws on a dark chapter in American history to offer a sober, gripping account of one public servant's crusade for accountability.
Synopsis: The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate's sweeping study into the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program,... [More]
Directed By: Scott Z. Burns

#244

High Life (2019)
82%

#244
Adjusted Score: 91.745%
Critics Consensus: High Life is as visually arresting as it is challenging, confounding, and ultimately rewarding - which is to say it's everything film fans expect from director Claire Denis.
Synopsis: Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to the outer... [More]
Directed By: Claire Denis

#243

Cul-de-Sac (1966)
83%

#243
Adjusted Score: 85.287%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Roman Polanski and Gerard Brach wrote this memorable black comedy about an uptight recluse and his nymphomaniacal young wife, whose... [More]
Directed By: Roman Polanski

#242
#242
Adjusted Score: 83.156%
Critics Consensus: Smart, stylish, and unpredictable, Ever After puts a refreshing spin on post-apocalyptic zombie horror.
Synopsis: Post apocalypse Europe, two years after zombies have overrun Earth, only two citadels of civilization remain in the East German... [More]
Directed By: Carolina Hellsgård

#241

The Rainmaker (1997)
83%

#241
Adjusted Score: 85.387%
Critics Consensus: Invigorated by its talented cast and Francis Ford Coppola's strong direction, The Rainmaker is a satisfying legal drama -- and arguably the best of Hollywood's many John Grisham adaptations.
Synopsis: A broke, inexperienced law-school grad takes on a huge Insurance company to fight for a woman whose son has terminal... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#240

Lakeboat (2000)
83%

#240
Adjusted Score: 83.763%
Critics Consensus: Though not much happens plot-wise, Lakeboat still has a lot to offer for fans of Mamet.
Synopsis: Renowned character actor Joe Mantegna makes his directorial debut with this film adaptation of one of David Mamet's first plays,... [More]
Directed By: Joe Mantegna

#239
#239
Adjusted Score: 88.532%
Critics Consensus: Filled with stunning imagery, The Man Who Fell to Earth is a calm, meditative film that profoundly explores our culture's values and desires.
Synopsis: Space alien (Bowie) crash lands on Earth, seeking help for his drought-stricken planet. By securing patents to advanced technology, he... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Roeg

#238
Adjusted Score: 84.985%
Critics Consensus: Every bit as good-natured as longtime fans might hope, I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story offers heartwarming behind-the-scenes perspective on a cultural icon.
Synopsis: For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird... [More]

#237

Juliet, Naked (2018)
83%

#237
Adjusted Score: 89.589%
Critics Consensus: Juliet, Naked's somewhat familiar narrative arc is elevated by standout work from a charming cast led by a well-matched Rose Byrne and Ethan Hawke.
Synopsis: Annie (Rose Byrne) is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O'Dowd) -- an obsessive fan of obscure rocker... [More]
Directed By: Jesse Peretz

#236

Warrior (2011)
83%

#236
Adjusted Score: 88.652%
Critics Consensus: Warrior relies on many of the clichés that critics of the genre love to mock -- and it transcends them with gripping action, powerful acting, and heart.
Synopsis: Haunted by a tragic past, ex-Marine Tommy Conlon (Hardy) returns home for the first time in fourteen years to enlist... [More]
Directed By: Gavin O'Connor

#235

Midsommar (2019)
83%

#235
Adjusted Score: 100.117%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious, impressively crafted, and above all unsettling, Midsommar further proves writer-director Ari Aster is a horror auteur to be reckoned with.
Synopsis: Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a... [More]
Directed By: Ari Aster

#234
#234
Adjusted Score: 84.085%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Eliza Hittman's powerful debut feature tells the story of Lila (Gina Piersanti, in a stunning debut), a fourteen year old... [More]
Directed By: Eliza Hittman

#233

Exhibition (2014)
84%

#233
Adjusted Score: 84.389%
Critics Consensus: Exhibition flouts convention with its untrained stars and impressionistic narrative; thankfully, writer-director Joanna Hogg ties it all together into an intimate, beautifully shot drama.
Synopsis: EXHIBITION depicts a married, middle-aged couple (D and H, respectively played by Viv Albertine and Liam Gillick), both artists, who... [More]
Directed By: Joanna Hogg

#232

Hard Eight (1996)
84%

#232
Adjusted Score: 85.507%
Critics Consensus: An absorbing showcase for Philip Baker Hall, Paul Thomason Anderson's feature debut is a gamble that pays off handsomely.
Synopsis: In this film, luckless destitute gambler John meets suave and seemingly kind-hearted Sydney, a successful professional gambler. Sydney offers to... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#231

Harold and Maude (1971)
84%

#231
Adjusted Score: 88.647%
Critics Consensus: Hal Ashby's comedy is too dark and twisted for some, and occasionally oversteps its bounds, but there's no denying the film's warm humor and big heart.
Synopsis: Harold, the 20-year-old son of a wealthy, neglectful woman, tries to gain attention for himself with various hilariously staged "suicides."... [More]
Directed By: Hal Ashby

#230

Thelma & Louise (1991)
84%

#230
Adjusted Score: 88.969%
Critics Consensus: Simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and peppered with action, Ridley Scott's Thelma & Louise is a potent, well-acted road movie that transcends the feminist message at its core.
Synopsis: Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon play Thelma and Louise, two working-class friends who together have planned a weekend getaway from... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#229
#229
Adjusted Score: 87.144%
Critics Consensus: The Hole in the Ground artfully exploits parental fears with a well-made horror outing that makes up in sheer effectiveness what it lacks in originality.
Synopsis: Sarah and her young son Chris move to a new home in the Irish countryside, next to a forest that... [More]
Directed By: Lee Cronin

#228
#228
Adjusted Score: 89.057%
Critics Consensus: It doesn't offer any twists on the predictable courtroom thriller formula, but with a charming Matthew McConaughey leading its solid cast, The Lincoln Lawyer offers briskly enjoyable entertainment.
Synopsis: Matthew McConaughey stars in this legal thriller as a low-rent defense attorney named Mickey Haller. Most of the time, Mickey... [More]
Directed By: Brad Furman

#227

The Ghost Writer (2010)
84%

#227
Adjusted Score: 89.98%
Critics Consensus: While it may lack the revelatory punch of Polanski's finest films, Ghost Writer benefits from stylish direction, a tense screenplay, and a strong central performance from Ewan McGregor.
Synopsis: When a successful British ghost writer, The Ghost, agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang,... [More]

#226

Creed II (2018)
84%

#226
Adjusted Score: 96.765%
Critics Consensus: Creed II's adherence to franchise formula adds up to a sequel with few true surprises, but its time-tested generational themes still pack a solid punch.
Synopsis: Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he... [More]
Directed By: Steven Caple Jr.

#225

Les Misérables (2020)
85%

#225
Adjusted Score: 91.816%
Critics Consensus: Les Misérables transcends its unwieldy story with compelling ideas and an infectious energy that boils over during a thrilling final act.
Synopsis: Stephane, only just arrived from Cherbourg, joins the anti-criminality brigade of Montfermeil in a sensitive district of the Paris suburbs.... [More]
Directed By: Ladj Ly

#224

Sweet Land (2006)
85%

#224
Adjusted Score: 86.84%
Critics Consensus: Finding the right balance between subtle and sentimental, Sweet Land moves beyond other similarly-themed dramas with evocative cinematography that plays an equal role to the talented cast.
Synopsis: A European exile finds herself a stranger in a strange land when she comes to the United States in this... [More]
Directed By: Ali Selim

#223

Listen Up Philip (2014)
82%

#223
Adjusted Score: 86.729%
Critics Consensus: As thought-provoking as it is uncompromising, Listen Up Philip finds writer-director Alex Ross Perry taking a creative step forward while hearkening back to classic neurotic comedies of '70s cinema.
Synopsis: A complex, intimate, and highly idiosyncratic comedy, Listen Up Philip is a literary look at the triumph of reality over... [More]
Directed By: Alex Ross Perry

#222

The Descent (2006)
85%

#222
Adjusted Score: 90.926%
Critics Consensus: Deft direction and strong performances from its all-female cast guide The Descent, a riveting, claustrophobic horror film.
Synopsis: A group of close female friends on a yearly adventure vacation find themselves trapped and hunted in a series of... [More]
Directed By: Neil Marshall

#221

Wendy and Lucy (2008)
85%

#221
Adjusted Score: 91.686%
Critics Consensus: Michelle Williams gives a heartbreaking performance in Wendy and Lucy, a timely portrait of loneliness and struggle.
Synopsis: Old Joy director Kelly Reichardt crafts this intimate tale of Wendy, an alienated Indiana woman who packs up her car... [More]
Directed By: Kelly Reichardt

#220

A Simple Favor (2018)
84%

#220
Adjusted Score: 94.408%
Critics Consensus: Twisty, twisted, and above all simply fun, A Simple Favor casts a stylish mommy noir spell strengthened by potent performances from Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.
Synopsis: A SIMPLE FAVOR, a stylish post-modern film noir directed by Paul Feig, centers around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy blogger... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

#219
#219
Adjusted Score: 88.306%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When Otto Preminger was willing to release his drug-addiction drama Man With the Golden Arm without the sanction of a... [More]
Directed By: Otto Preminger

#218
#218
Adjusted Score: 86.612%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Writer/director Rusty Cundieff's satire of gangsta rappers, focusing on a hiphop trio who release a Christmas album called "Ho Ho... [More]
Directed By: Rusty Cundieff

#217

Eden (2013)
86%

#217
Adjusted Score: 86.535%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Jamie Chung stars in a searing contemporary drama, based on the true story of a Korean-American teenager who is kidnapped... [More]
Directed By: Megan Griffiths

#216

Nancy (2018)
86%

#216
Adjusted Score: 87.687%
Critics Consensus: Nancy is an uncomfortable watch, but worth the effort thanks to Andrea Riseborough's central performance -- and writer-director Christina Choe's powerful empathy for her character's dangerously misguided choices.
Synopsis: NANCY is a provocative psychological thriller about love, intimacy, and trust - and what happens when lies become truth. Craving... [More]
Directed By: Christina Choe

#215
#215
Adjusted Score: 90.924%
Critics Consensus: Featuring an atmospherically grimy futuristic metropolis, Escape from New York is a strange, entertaining jumble of thrilling action and oddball weirdness.
Synopsis: It's 1997 and Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison. When the United States president crash lands into... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#214

Big Fan (2009)
86%

#214
Adjusted Score: 88.188%
Critics Consensus: Featuring Patton Oswalt's sympathetic portrayal, Big Fan humorously and effectively captures the dark and lonely world of a sports fanatic.
Synopsis: Paul Aufiero, a 35-year-old parking garage attendant from Staten Island, is the self-described "world's biggest New York Giants fan." He... [More]
Directed By: Robert D. Siegel

#213

What Maisie Knew (2013)
86%

#213
Adjusted Score: 89.69%
Critics Consensus: It's undeniably difficult to watch at times, but What Maisie Knew ultimately rises on the strength of its solidly sourced script, powerful performances, and empathetic direction.
Synopsis: A contemporary reimagining of Henry James' novel, WHAT MAISIE KNEW tells the story of a captivating little girl's struggle for... [More]

#212
#212
Adjusted Score: 90.28%
Critics Consensus: The Insult uses its familiar courtroom drama framework to deliver a hard-hitting statement on modern Middle Eastern politics that's as gripping as it is thought-provoking.
Synopsis: In today's Beirut, a civilian dispute blown out of proportion finds Tony (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser (Kamel... [More]
Directed By: Ziad Doueiri

#211

The Proposition (2005)
86%

#211
Adjusted Score: 89.867%
Critics Consensus: Brutal, unflinching, and violent, but thought-provoking and with excellent performances, this Australian western is the one of the best examples of the genre to come along in recent times.
Synopsis: An outlaw is goaded into taking on justice at its most brutal in this hard-edged Western set in rural Australia... [More]
Directed By: John Hillcoat

#210

Meek's Cutoff (2011)
86%

#210
Adjusted Score: 89.482%
Critics Consensus: Moving at a contemplative speed unseen in most westerns, Meek's Cutoff is an effective, intense journey of terror and survival in the untamed frontier.
Synopsis: The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon train of three families has hired... [More]
Directed By: Kelly Reichardt

#209

Robot & Frank (2012)
86%

#209
Adjusted Score: 90.674%
Critics Consensus: Led by a brilliant performance from star Frank Langella, Robot & Frank works as both a quirky indie drama and as a smart, thoughtful meditation on aging.
Synopsis: Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no... [More]
Directed By: Jake Schreier

#208

Night Moves (2014)
86%

#208
Adjusted Score: 91.511%
Critics Consensus: A uniquely character-driven thriller with a finely composed cast and some outstanding direction from Kelly Reichardt, Night Moves bolsters its thought-provoking themes with compelling drama.
Synopsis: NIGHT MOVES, the fifth feature film from acclaimed filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, is the story of three radical environmentalists coming together... [More]
Directed By: Kelly Reichardt

#207
#207
Adjusted Score: 96.924%
Critics Consensus: The Lost City of Z's stately pace and visual grandeur hearken back to classic exploration epics, and Charlie Hunnam turns in a masterful performance as its complex protagonist.
Synopsis: Based on author David Grann's nonfiction bestseller, "The Lost City of Z" tells the incredible true story of British explorer... [More]
Directed By: James Gray

#206

Braid (2019)
87%

#206
Adjusted Score: 87.108%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two wanted women decide to rob their wealthy yet mentally unstable friend who lives in a fantasy world they all... [More]
Directed By: Mitzi Peirone

#205

Dragonslayer (1981)
87%

#205
Adjusted Score: 88.915%
Critics Consensus: An atypically dark Disney adventure, Dragonslayer puts a realistic spin -- and some impressive special effects -- on a familiar tale.
Synopsis: When Princess Elspeth (Chloe Salaman) is scheduled to be the next sacrificial virgin to a deadly dragon, it is up... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Robbins

#204

Deathgasm (2015)
87%

#204
Adjusted Score: 87.303%
Critics Consensus: Deathgasm plumbs the blood-spattered depths of grindhouse gore with enough giddy glee to satisfy genre enthusiasts looking for a thrill.
Synopsis: New kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal. But when these... [More]
Directed By: Jason Lei Howden

#203
Adjusted Score: 91.808%
Critics Consensus: Considered by many fans to be the best of the Star Trek movies, Khan features a strong plot, increased tension, and a sharp supporting performance from Ricardo Montalban.
Synopsis: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is fondly regarded as being the closest in spirit to the 1966-69 TV... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Meyer

#202

Boy (2012)
87%

#202
Adjusted Score: 88.898%
Critics Consensus: Boy possesses the offbeat charm associated with New Zealand film but is also fully capable of drawing the viewer in emotionally.
Synopsis: The year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand "Thriller" is changing kids' lives. Inspired by... [More]
Directed By: Taika Waititi

#201
#201
Adjusted Score: 89.153%
Critics Consensus: A Brilliant Young Mind is tender and perceptive -- and intelligent enough to find a wealth of dramatic riches buried under well-trod narrative ground.
Synopsis: This heart-warming and life-affirming story follows the unconventional and hilarious relationship between student and teacher - whose roles are often... [More]
Directed By: Morgan Matthews

#200
#200
Adjusted Score: 89.55%
Critics Consensus: Though its underlying themes are familiar, House of the Devil effectively sheds the loud and gory cliches of contemporary horror to deliver a tense, slowly building throwback to the fright flicks of decades past.
Synopsis: Sam is a pretty college sophomore, so desperate to earn some cash for a deposit on an apartment that she... [More]
Directed By: Ti West

#199

My Friend Dahmer (2017)
87%

#199
Adjusted Score: 90.59%
Critics Consensus: My Friend Dahmer opens a window into the making of a serial killer whose conclusions are as empathetic as they are deeply troubling.
Synopsis: Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys in the Midwest United States between 1978 and 1991 before being captured and... [More]
Directed By: Marc Meyers

#198

A Private War (2018)
87%

#198
Adjusted Score: 92.364%
Critics Consensus: A Private War honors its real-life subject with a sober appraisal of the sacrifices required of journalists on the front lines - and career-best work by Rosamund Pike.
Synopsis: In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike) is one of the most... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Heineman

#197
#197
Adjusted Score: 93.075%
Critics Consensus: Led by powerful performances from Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, The Skeleton Twins effectively mines laughs and tears from family drama.
Synopsis: When estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) feel they're at the end of their ropes, an unexpected... [More]
Directed By: Craig Johnson

#196
#196
Adjusted Score: 94.377%
Critics Consensus: Smart, subtle, and steadily absorbing, A Most Wanted Man proves once again that John le Carre books make for sharp, thoughtful thrillers.
Synopsis: When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill-gotten fortune,... [More]
Directed By: Anton Corbijn

#195

Colette (2018)
87%

#195
Adjusted Score: 95.946%
Critics Consensus: Formally familiar but a brilliant match for its lead, Colette is a thoroughly entertaining biopic and an overdue testament to Keira Knightley's underrated gifts.
Synopsis: After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as "Willy" (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her... [More]
Directed By: Wash Westmoreland

#194

D.O.A. (1950)
88%

#194
Adjusted Score: 91.165%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Frank Bigelow (Edmond O'Brien), a certified public accountant, goes on vacation in San Francisco. Awakening after a night of drinking,... [More]
Directed By: Rudolph Maté

#193
#193
Adjusted Score: 88.066%
Critics Consensus: A strong directorial debut for Rebecca Thomas, Electrick Children also features an outstanding performance from Julia Garner as a wild teenager from a conservative family.
Synopsis: In the debut feature from director Rebecca Thomas, ELECTRICK CHILDREN, Julia Garner (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, WE ARE WHAT WE... [More]
Directed By: Rebecca Thomas

#192
Adjusted Score: 77.028%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America's most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for... [More]
Directed By: Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey

#191

The Tenant (1976)
88%

#191
Adjusted Score: 90.951%
Critics Consensus: A rough-edged thriller that lacks the precision of Polanski's best work, but makes up for it with its skillful mounting of paranoia, dread, and dark themes.
Synopsis: Director Roman Polanski casts himself in the lead of the psychological thriller The Tenant. Trelkovsky (Polanski) rents an apartment in... [More]
Directed By: Roman Polanski

#190
#190
Adjusted Score: 93.132%
Critics Consensus: The Magnificent Seven transplants Seven Samurai into the Old West with a terrific cast of Hollywood stars -- and without losing any of the story's thematic richness.
Synopsis: A Mexican village is being terrorized by the bandit Calvera (Eli Wallach) and his gun blazing goons. Seven American mercenaries... [More]
Directed By: John Sturges

#189

True Grit (1969)
88%

#189
Adjusted Score: 94.624%
Critics Consensus: True Grit rides along on the strength of a lived-in late-period John Wayne performance, adding its own entertaining spin to the oft-adapted source material.
Synopsis: In fine Hollywood tradition, John Wayne had to play a "one-eyed fat man" before the Motion Picture Academy considered him... [More]
Directed By: Henry Hathaway

#188

Pi (1998)
88%

#188
Adjusted Score: 90.736%
Critics Consensus: Dramatically gripping and frighteningly smart, this Lynchian thriller does wonders with its unlikely subject and shoestring budget.
Synopsis: God and man and math: The tawdry meets the Talmudic in this complex thriller about a tortured computer genius trying... [More]
Directed By: Darren Aronofsky

#187

Coherence (2014)
88%

#187
Adjusted Score: 90.82%
Critics Consensus: A case study in less-is-more filmmaking, Coherence serves as a compelling low-budget calling card for debuting writer-director James Ward Byrkit.
Synopsis: On the night of an astronomical anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending... [More]
Directed By: James Ward Byrkit

#186

Bernie (2012)
88%

#186
Adjusted Score: 93.571%
Critics Consensus: Richard Linklater's Bernie is a gently told and unexpectedly amusing true-crime comedy that benefits from an impressive performance by Jack Black.
Synopsis: In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town's most beloved... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#185

Arbitrage (2012)
88%

#185
Adjusted Score: 93.898%
Critics Consensus: Arbitrage is both a tense thriller and a penetrating character study, elevated by the strength of a typically assured performance from Richard Gere.
Synopsis: When we first meet New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) on the eve of his 60th birthday, he... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Jarecki

#184
#184
Adjusted Score: 95.625%
Critics Consensus: Brittany Runs a Marathon is an earnest and hilarious dramedy that finally gives Jillian Bell a role worthy of her gifts.
Synopsis: Brittany Forgler is a hilarious, friendly, hot mess of a New Yorker who always knows how to have a good... [More]
Directed By: Paul Downs Colaizzo

#183

Lady Macbeth (2017)
88%

#183
Adjusted Score: 95.721%
Critics Consensus: Lady Macbeth flashes some surprising toughness beneath its period exterior, bolstered by a mesmerizing -- and unforgiving -- central performance by Florence Pugh.
Synopsis: Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose... [More]
Directed By: William Oldroyd

#182

Rango (2011)
88%

#182
Adjusted Score: 94.738%
Critics Consensus: Rango is a smart, giddily creative burst of beautifully animated entertainment, and Johnny Depp gives a colorful vocal performance as a household pet in an unfamiliar world.
Synopsis: Rango is a sheltered chameleon living as an ordinary family pet, while facing a major identity crisis. After all, how... [More]
Directed By: Gore Verbinski

#181

Annihilation (2018)
88%

#181
Adjusted Score: 101.236%
Critics Consensus: Annihilation backs up its sci-fi visual wonders and visceral genre thrills with an impressively ambitious -- and surprisingly strange -- exploration of challenging themes that should leave audiences pondering long after the end credits roll.
Synopsis: Based on Jeff VanderMeer's best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva... [More]
Directed By: Alex Garland

#180
Adjusted Score: 92.666%
Critics Consensus: Murder, intrigue, and a star-studded cast make this stylish production of Murder on the Orient Express one of the best Agatha Christie adaptations to see the silver screen.
Synopsis: Like many of Agatha Christie's mysteries, Murder on the Orient Express is predicated on an actual event, in this case... [More]
Directed By: Sidney Lumet

#179

Los Olvidados (1952)
89%

#179
Adjusted Score: 95.297%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The winner of two Cannes Film Festival awards, Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados (aka The Forgotten Ones and The Young and... [More]
Directed By: Luis Buñuel

#178
Adjusted Score: 89.783%
Critics Consensus: A gently beguiling workplace romance with real heart, In the Aisles elevates its relatable story with a pair of outstanding lead performances.
Synopsis: When the reclusive Christian (Franz Rogowski, TRANSIT) takes a job working the night shift at a big box store, his... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Stuber

#177

The Big Easy (1987)
89%

#177
Adjusted Score: 91.508%
Critics Consensus: Loaded with atmosphere and drenched in the sizzling chemistry between Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin, The Big Easy remains one of the strongest -- and steamiest -- thrillers of the 1980s.
Synopsis: A film that captures the steamy, colorful essence of New Orleans, this crime thriller tells the romantic story of a... [More]
Directed By: Jim McBride

#176

Ginger Snaps (2001)
89%

#176
Adjusted Score: 90.19%
Critics Consensus: The strong female cast and biting satire of teenage life makes Ginger Snaps far more memorable than your average werewolf movie -- or teen flick.
Synopsis: In this modern werewolf tale, sisters Ginger and Brigitte are ostracized by their town because of their morbid inclinations. Soon... [More]
Directed By: John Fawcett

#175

Meru (2015)
89%

#175
Adjusted Score: 91.195%
Critics Consensus: Gripping visually as well as narratively, Meru is the rare documentary that proves thought-provoking while offering thrilling wide-screen vistas.
Synopsis: In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000... [More]

#174

Arctic (2019)
89%

#174
Adjusted Score: 94.842%
Critics Consensus: Arctic proves that a good survival thriller doesn't need much in the way of dialogue to get by -- especially when Mads Mikkelsen is the one doing the surviving.
Synopsis: A man stranded in the Arctic after an airplane crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of... [More]
Directed By: Joe Penna

#173

The Messenger (2009)
89%

#173
Adjusted Score: 93.832%
Critics Consensus: A dark but timely subject is handled deftly by writer/directer Owen Moverman and superbly acted by Woody Harrleson and Ben Foster.
Synopsis: An Iraq War veteran who just narrowly escaped death in combat struggles with his new post at the Casualty Notification... [More]
Directed By: Oren Moverman

#172
#172
Adjusted Score: 100.728%
Critics Consensus: Bracingly elevated by a typically committed lead performance from Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here confirms writer-director Lynne Ramsay as one of modern cinema's most unique -- and uncompromising -- voices.
Synopsis: A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control,... [More]
Directed By: Lynne Ramsay

#171

Hereditary (2018)
89%

#171
Adjusted Score: 105.017%
Critics Consensus: Hereditary uses its classic setup as the framework for a harrowing, uncommonly unsettling horror film whose cold touch lingers long beyond the closing credits.
Synopsis: When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying... [More]
Directed By: Ari Aster

#170

Under Fire (1983)
90%

#170
Adjusted Score: 91.196%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This gripping, emotional story of a roving photographer's transformation from a neutral artist with a camera to an involved human... [More]
Directed By: Roger Spottiswoode

#169

Opera (1987)
90%

#169
Adjusted Score: 90.896%
Critics Consensus: The Opera house location gives plenty to work with for director Dario Argento, who hits his decadently bloody high notes here.
Synopsis: An obsessed fan stalks a young opperata and kills those who are closest to her.... [More]
Directed By:

#168
#168
Adjusted Score: 92.455%
Critics Consensus: Buoyed by Jonathan Demme's intuitive direction and Michelle Pfeiffer's irresistible charisma, Married to the Mob is a saucy mix of broad comedy and gangster drama.
Synopsis: Michelle Pfeiffer is Married to the Mob in this comedy. The wife of Mafia hitman Alec Baldwin, Pfeiffer regularly chastizes... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Demme

#167

Starfish (2019)
90%

#167
Adjusted Score: 91.843%
Critics Consensus: Led by a strong central performance from Virginia Gardner, Starfish is an intelligent, emotionally affecting, and uniquely expansive sci-fi/horror hybrid.
Synopsis: When a mysterious Signal triggers an event that sparks the end of the world, Aubrey Parker is trapped in her... [More]
Directed By: A.T. White, A..T. White

#166

Itzhak (2018)
90%

#166
Adjusted Score: 90.886%
Critics Consensus: Itzhak serves as an entertaining introduction to the life and career of a brilliant artist with a personality as warm as his music.
Synopsis: From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to...Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman's violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the... [More]
Directed By: Alison Chernick

#165
#165
Adjusted Score: 93.264%
Critics Consensus: A smart, well-acted, and refreshingly messy coming-of-age story, Selah and the Spades suggests a bright future for debuting writer-director Tayarisha Poe.
Synopsis: In the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, Haldwell, the student body is run by five factions. Seventeen-year-old... [More]
Directed By: Tayarisha Poe

#164

Reds (1981)
89%

#164
Adjusted Score: 92.137%
Critics Consensus: Brawny in both intellect and scope, Reds is an intimate epic that captures the tumult of revolutionary change and the passion of those navigating through it.
Synopsis: This epic film focuses on the life of famed American communist John Reed. The film begins in 1915, when Reed... [More]
Directed By: Warren Beatty

#163
#163
Adjusted Score: 93.515%
Critics Consensus: It's sentimental and somewhat predictable, but those are small complaints, given the tender atmosphere and moving performances at the heart of What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
Synopsis: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks... [More]
Directed By: Lasse Hallstrom

#162
#162
Adjusted Score: 93.011%
Critics Consensus: Oscar-awarded Nicolas Cage finds humanity in his character as it bleeds away in this no frills, exhilaratingly dark portrait of destruction.
Synopsis: Mike Figgis' grim drama documents a romantic triangle of sorts involving prostitute Sera (Elisabeth Shue), failed Hollywood screenwriter Ben (Oscar-winner... [More]
Directed By: Mike Figgis

#161

Marjorie Prime (2017)
90%

#161
Adjusted Score: 93.177%
Critics Consensus: Intimate in setting yet ambitious in scope, the beautifully acted Marjorie Prime poses thought-provoking questions about memory, humanity, and love.
Synopsis: Eighty-six-year-old Marjorie spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband. With the intent to recount... [More]
Directed By: Michael Almereyda

#160

Cartel Land (2015)
90%

#160
Adjusted Score: 93.162%
Critics Consensus: Raw, brutal, and bitter, Cartel Land offers a ground-level look at vigilante efforts to thwart organized crime at the Mexican-American border.
Synopsis: With unprecedented access, CARTEL LAND is a riveting, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Heineman

#159
Adjusted Score: 93.916%
Critics Consensus: A Man Called Ove's winsome sincerity -- and Rolf Lassgård's affectingly flinty performance in the title role -- keep it from succumbing to excess sentimentality.
Synopsis: Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman's international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An... [More]
Directed By: Hannes Holm

#158
#158
Adjusted Score: 92.998%
Critics Consensus: Gripping, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, Waiting for Superman is an impassioned indictment of the American school system from An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim.
Synopsis: Every morning, in big cities, suburbs and small towns across America, parents send their children off to school with the... [More]
Directed By: Davis Guggenheim

#157
#157
Adjusted Score: 93.583%
Critics Consensus: Downfall is an illuminating, thoughtful and detailed account of Hitler's last days.
Synopsis: In the dead of a November night in 1942, SS officers through the woods escort a group of young women... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Hirschbiegel

#156

The Souvenir (2019)
90%

#156
Adjusted Score: 97.095%
Critics Consensus: Made by a filmmaker in command of her craft and a star perfectly matched with the material, The Souvenir is a uniquely impactful coming of age drama.
Synopsis: A shy film student begins finding her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but... [More]
Directed By: Joanna Hogg

#155

Love & Mercy (2015)
90%

#155
Adjusted Score: 98.038%
Critics Consensus: As unconventional and unwieldy as the life and legacy it honors, Love & Mercy should prove moving for Brian Wilson fans while still satisfying neophytes.
Synopsis: LOVE & MERCY presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys.... [More]
Directed By: Bill Pohlad

#154

District 9 (2009)
90%

#154
Adjusted Score: 100.266%
Critics Consensus: Technically brilliant and emotionally wrenching, District 9 has action, imagination, and all the elements of a thoroughly entertaining science-fiction classic.
Synopsis: Director Neill Blomkamp teams with producer Peter Jackson for this tale of extraterrestrial refugees stuck in contemporary South Africa. It's... [More]
Directed By: Neill Blomkamp

#153

The Lighthouse (2019)
90%

#153
Adjusted Score: 106.201%
Critics Consensus: A gripping story brilliantly filmed and led by a pair of powerhouse performances, The Lighthouse further establishes Robert Eggers as a filmmaker of exceptional talent.
Synopsis: From Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind modern horror masterpiece The Witch, comes this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two... [More]
Directed By: Robert Eggers

#152

The Accused (1988)
91%

#152
Adjusted Score: 91.949%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Simultaneously gut-wrenching and provocative, The Accused follows the struggle of a young woman to find justice after she is publicly... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Kaplan

#151

Gallipoli (1981)
91%

#151
Adjusted Score: 94.231%
Critics Consensus: Peter Weir's devastating anti-war film features a low-key but emotionally wrenching performance from Mel Gibson as a young soldier fighting in one of World War I's most deadly and horrifying battles.
Synopsis: The first of two consecutive films to see director Peter Weir team with Mel Gibson (the other being The Year... [More]
Directed By: Peter Weir

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