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85 Hidden Gem Movies On Amazon Prime Video

Like most things with Amazon, when it comes to choosing a movie on Prime the sheer number of options can be paralyzing. The e-commerce and streaming giant’s movie selection is a beast, comprising of endless catalog titles and an increasing number of originals. Browsing the nooks and crannies of its library can feel like being trapped in a Blockbuster store the size of… well… an Amazon warehouse.

Don’t worry, though, we’re here to help. To get you straight to the good stuff, and specifically the good stuff you might not have realized was there, the Rotten Tomatoes team trawled through Amazon Prime’s movie offerings to pluck out a bunch of hidden gems for you to enjoy. The guide we’ve laid out below includes Amazon Originals you need to have on your radar (Selah and the SpadesGuava Island); recent Fresh flicks that for whatever reason flew under the radar (Olivia Wilde action film A Vigilante, James Gray’s epic The Lost City of Z); fantastic Certified Fresh indies (The Last Black Man In San FranciscoLés Misérables); some cheesy staff favorites (Hot RodDragonslayer); and classics you may be surprised to discover are included with your Prime subscription (everything from Roman Holiday to Sunset Boulevard).

On that note, all movies below are included with Prime; there’s nothing you have to pay extra to buy or rent. And we grouped the guide into genre categories so you can find exactly what you’re in the mood for, stat. Looking for something hilarious? Might we suggest The Overnight? In the mood for chills? Why not press play on The Hole in the Ground? And if you want to dig even further into Amazon Prime’s mega movie offerings, check out our list of the very Best Movies on Amazon Prime.

For now though, enjoy these hand-picked hidden gems, and let us know what you think of them.

Found a hidden gem on Amazon Prime Video that’s not on our list? Let your fellow fans know in the comments. 


Comedies

#4

Ghost Town (2008)
85%

#4
Adjusted Score: 91.86%
Critics Consensus: Ricky Gervais' consistently sharp performance and beautifully dry execution transform this otherwise mainstream comedy into an endearing, funny, and altogether snappy romantic comedy. With ghosts.
Synopsis: Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously... [More]
Directed By: David Koepp

#24

Clue (1985)
65%

#24
Adjusted Score: 66.728%
Critics Consensus: A robust ensemble of game actors elevate Clue above its schematic source material, but this farce's reliance on novelty over organic wit makes its entertainment value a roll of the dice.
Synopsis: In this spoof of McCarthy-era paranoia and 1950s wholesomeness, the characters and plot are drawn from the popular Parker Brothers... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Lynn

#23

Rat Race (2001)
44%

#23
Adjusted Score: 47.928%
Critics Consensus: Rat Race moves from one sight gag to another, but only a handful of them are genuinely funny.
Synopsis: A very loose remake of the classic multi-star comedy It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), this madcap comedy... [More]
Directed By: Jerry Zucker

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 53.987%
Critics Consensus: Destination Wedding reunites Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder for a sour comedy whose initially promising misanthropic twist overpowers the chemistry of its leads.
Synopsis: DESTINATION WEDDING reunites two of Hollywood's most adored stars, Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder, as the socially awkward Frank and... [More]
Directed By: Victor Levin

#4

Election (1999)
92%

#4
Adjusted Score: 96.792%
Critics Consensus: Election successfully combines dark humor and intelligent writing in this very witty and enjoyable film.
Synopsis: In this satiric comedy, Jim McAllister is a popular and well-respected instructor at George Washington Carver High School in Omaha,... [More]
Directed By: Alexander Payne

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 55.381%
Critics Consensus: The idea behind John Waters' latest has much potential, but the movie ends up being too sloppy and underdeveloped in terms of script and direction. Also, by today's standards, it fails to shock.
Synopsis: Cecil B. DeMented goes behind the scenes with a group of obsessed cinema terrorists whose goal in life is to... [More]
Directed By: John Waters

#19

A Merry War (1998)
83%

#19
Adjusted Score: 83.484%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A lively adaptation of George Orwell's singular comic novel, this cheeky comedy follows the travails of aspiring poet Gordon Comstock,... [More]
Directed By: Robert Bierman

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 91.136%
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

#15

Hot Rod (2007)
39%

#15
Adjusted Score: 42.512%
Critics Consensus: Hot Rod has brazen silliness and a few humorous set pieces on its side, but it's far too inconsistent to satisfy all but the least demanding slapstick lovers.
Synopsis: Amateur stuntman Rod Kimble has a problem--his step-father Frank is a jerk. Frank picks on Rod, tosses him around like... [More]
Directed By: Akiva Schaffer

#14
Adjusted Score: 61.626%
Critics Consensus: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead struggles in its journey from stage to screen, but a well-chosen trio of veteran talents keep things consistently watchable.
Synopsis: Based on Tom Stoppard's play, this erudite comedy rethinks Hamlet by telling the story of two of its least important... [More]
Directed By: Tom Stoppard

#13

Cooley High (1975)
83%

#13
Adjusted Score: 83.472%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Michael Schultz directed this deeply felt recollection of adolescent life on Chicago's near North Side in 1964. Like American Graffiti,... [More]
Directed By: Michael Schultz

#10

Heathers (1988)
93%

#10
Adjusted Score: 96.992%
Critics Consensus: Dark, cynical, and subversive, Heathers gently applies a chainsaw to the conventions of the high school movie -- changing the game for teen comedies to follow.
Synopsis: A deliciously nasty black comedy, Heathers is set at a cliquish high school in Ohio. The most exclusive of those... [More]
Directed By: Michael Lehmann

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 72.37%
Critics Consensus: Sharp, shrewd, and funny, Friends with Kids features excellent performances that help smooth over some of the story's more conventional elements.
Synopsis: Friends with Kids is a daring and poignant ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends at that moment in... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Westfeldt

#7

The Overnight (2015)
83%

#7
Adjusted Score: 87.557%
Critics Consensus: Witty and unpredictable, The Overnight benefits from writer-director Patrick Brice's sure-handed touch and strong performances from a talented cast.
Synopsis: Alex (Adam Scott), Emily (Taylor Schilling), and their son, RJ, have recently moved to​ ​Los Angeles' Eastside from Seattle. Feeling... [More]
Directed By: Patrick Brice

#5

What If (2014)
74%

#5
Adjusted Score: 78.868%
Critics Consensus: Its narrative framework may be familiar, but What If transcends its derivative elements with sharp dialogue and the effervescent chemistry of stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan.
Synopsis: WHAT IF is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So... [More]
Directed By: Michael Dowse

#3

In the Soup (1992)
92%

#3
Adjusted Score: 92.037%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Alexandre Rockwell's quirky autobiographical comedy stars Steve Buscemi as Adolpho Rollo, a would-be screenwriter who is obsessed with getting his... [More]
Directed By: Alexandre Rockwell

#2

Entanglement (2018)
64%

#2
Adjusted Score: 64.669%
Critics Consensus: Entanglement proves there's still room for charmingly quirky romantic comedies -- even if it flirts with a number of ingredients that typically lead to cutesy disaster.
Synopsis: While searching for the meaning of his existence, Ben Layten (Thomas Middleditch) uncovers a family secret that leads him to... [More]
Directed By: Jason James (II)


Horror

#15

Southbound (2016)
81%

#15
Adjusted Score: 82.233%
Critics Consensus: Southbound doesn't entirely avoid the jarring shifts common to anthology films, but thanks to some thrilling twists and turns, this horror road movie is a surprisingly smooth ride.
Synopsis: On a desolate stretch of desert highway, weary travelers-two men on the run from their past, a band on their... [More]

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 86.138%
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

#13
Adjusted Score: 43.656%
Critics Consensus: The Strangers: Prey at Night may appeal to fans of the original who've been jonesing for a sequel, but its thin story and ironic embrace of genre tropes add up to a bloody step back.
Synopsis: A family's road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with... [More]
Directed By: Johannes Roberts

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 89.269%
Critics Consensus: Carnival of Souls offers delightfully chilling proof that when it comes to telling an effective horror story, less can often be much, much more.
Synopsis: Mary Henry is enjoying the day by riding around in a car with two friends. When challenged to a drag,... [More]
Directed By: Herk Harvey

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 90.514%
Critics Consensus: Campy by modern standards but spooky and atmospheric, House on Haunted Hill is a fun, well-executed cult classic featuring a memorable performance from genre icon Vincent Price.
Synopsis: A very wealthy man gives a haunted house party, offering to give each of his guests $10,000 - if they... [More]
Directed By: William Castle

#9

Bone Tomahawk (2015)
90%

#9
Adjusted Score: 92.987%
Critics Consensus: Bone Tomahawk's peculiar genre blend won't be for everyone, but its gripping performances and a slow-burning story should satisfy those in search of something different.
Synopsis: When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers,... [More]
Directed By: S. Craig Zahler

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 101.521%
Critics Consensus: The Wailing delivers an atmospheric, cleverly constructed mystery whose supernatural thrills more than justify its imposing length.
Synopsis: The arrival of a mysterious stranger in a quiet rural village causes suspicion amongst the villagers- but as they begin... [More]
Directed By: Na Hong-jin

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 50.068%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This update of the TV movie Trapped is also known as Killbots and Robot. It concerns a group of teenagers... [More]
Directed By: Jim Wynorski

#5
Adjusted Score: 42.465%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This thriller -- based on actual events -- tells in a pseudo-documentary-style of the murders of five people by a... [More]
Directed By: Charles B. Pierce

#4

The Exorcist III (1990)
59%

#4
Adjusted Score: 61.421%
Critics Consensus: The Exorcist III is a talky, literary sequel with some scary moments that rival anything from the original.
Synopsis: The second sequel to the landmark 1973 horror film The Exorcist, this horror outing has little to do with the... [More]
Directed By: William Peter Blatty

#3

Q (1982)
69%

#3
Adjusted Score: 70.74%
Critics Consensus: Q's campy charms may be lost on audiences who want their monsters frightening, but a game cast and lovingly retrograde visual effects give this kaiju romp some majesty.
Synopsis: "Q" stands for Quetzalcoatl, the legendary Aztec flying serpent. The pesky, four-clawed aerial lizard has been uprooted from its Mexican... [More]
Directed By: Larry Cohen

#2

I See You (2019)
78%

#2
Adjusted Score: 78.881%
Critics Consensus: I See You gets tripped up on its own narrative contortions, but a solid cast and an effective blend of scares and suspense make this slow-building mystery worth watching.
Synopsis: When a 12-year-old boy goes missing, lead investigator Greg Harper (Jon Tenney) struggles to balance the pressure of the investigation... [More]
Directed By: Adam Randall (II)


Classics

#12

Roman Holiday (1953)
97%

#12
Adjusted Score: 105.414%
Critics Consensus: With Audrey Hepburn luminous in her American debut, Roman Holiday is as funny as it is beautiful, and sets the standard for the modern romantic comedy.
Synopsis: Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Paramount Pictures are delighted to bring the 1953 American romantic-comedy classic, Roman Holiday, back... [More]
Directed By: William Wyler

#11

The General (1927)
93%

#11
Adjusted Score: 97.807%
Critics Consensus: Brilliantly filmed and fueled with classic physical comedy, The General captures Buster Keaton at his timeless best.
Synopsis: Buster Keaton plays Johnny Gray, a Southern railroad engineer who loves his train engine, The General, almost as much as... [More]

#10

His Girl Friday (1940)
98%

#10
Adjusted Score: 106.676%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by stellar performances from Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday is possibly the definitive screwball romantic comedy.
Synopsis: The second screen version of the Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur play The Front Page, His Girl Friday changed hard-driving newspaper reporter... [More]
Directed By: Howard Hawks

#9

Harold and Maude (1971)
85%

#9
Adjusted Score: 89.684%
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

#4

Sunset Boulevard (1950)
99%

#4
Adjusted Score: 109.528%
Critics Consensus: Arguably the greatest movie about Hollywood, Billy Wilder's masterpiece Sunset Boulevard is a tremendously entertaining combination of noir, black comedy, and character study.
Synopsis: Aging silent-film star Norma Desmond ensnares a young screenwriter in this poison-pen valentine to Hollywood.... [More]
Directed By: Billy Wilder

#2
Adjusted Score: 101.623%
Critics Consensus: A landmark Sergio Leone spaghetti western masterpiece featuring a classic Morricone score.
Synopsis: In Sergio Leone's epic Western, shot partly in Monument Valley, a revenge story becomes an epic contemplation of the Western... [More]
Directed By: Sergio Leone

#1

The Party (1968)
82%

#1
Adjusted Score: 83.62%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Peter Sellers is a disaster-prone actor from India who is at first thrown off the set by the producer of... [More]
Directed By: Blake Edwards


Musicals and Movies with Music

#10

Stop Making Sense (1984)
100%

#10
Adjusted Score: 102.737%
Critics Consensus: Jonathan Demme's Stop Making Sense captures the energetic, unpredictable live act of peak Talking Heads with color and visual wit.
Synopsis: Stop Making Sense was the first feature-length documentary effort of filmmaker Jonathan Demme. The director's subject is The Talking Heads,... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Demme

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 103.225%
Critics Consensus: Smart, funny, and profoundly melancholy, Inside Llewyn Davis finds the Coen brothers in fine form.
Synopsis: INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village... [More]
Directed By: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

#8

Love & Mercy (2015)
89%

#8
Adjusted Score: 97.162%
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

#7

The Doors (1991)
57%

#7
Adjusted Score: 61.339%
Critics Consensus: Val Kilmer delivers a powerhouse performance as one of rock's most incendiary figures, but unfortunately, Oliver Stone is unable to shed much light on the circus surrounding the star.
Synopsis: This Oliver Stone film chronicles the career of the famous '60s rock group, the Doors. Headed by Jim Morrison (Val... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Stone

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 81.609%
Critics Consensus: Anna and the Apocalypse finds fresh brains and a lot of heart in the crowded zombie genre - not to mention a fun genre mashup populated by rootable characters.
Synopsis: A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven -- at Christmas -- forcing Anna and her friends to... [More]
Directed By: John McPhail

#5

Funny Face (1957)
87%

#5
Adjusted Score: 91.982%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This filmed version of the 1927 George Gershwin Broadway musical Funny Face utilizes the play's original star, Fred Astaire, and... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Donen

#4

A Star Is Born (1937)
100%

#4
Adjusted Score: 104.44%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Star is Born came into being when producer David O. Selznick decided to tell a "true behind-the-scenes" story of... [More]

#3

Guava Island (2019)
76%

#3
Adjusted Score: 76.928%
Critics Consensus: Thematically ambitious if occasionally somewhat obtuse, Guava Island adds another intriguing chapter to a talented team's burgeoning filmography.
Synopsis: On Guava Island, a local musician is determined to throw a festival for everyone to enjoy. A tropical thriller starring... [More]
Directed By: Hiro Murai


Sci-Fi and Fantasy

#7

Dragonslayer (1981)
84%

#7
Adjusted Score: 85.981%
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

#6

The Stuff (1985)
71%

#6
Adjusted Score: 71.232%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Former NBC-TV scriptwriter Larry Cohen directed this surreal, violent horror spoof that features a sweet-tasting white confection that looks like... [More]
Directed By: Larry Cohen

#5
Adjusted Score: 88.568%
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

#4

Highlander (1986)
69%

#4
Adjusted Score: 71.846%
Critics Consensus: People hate Highlander because it's cheesy, bombastic, and absurd. And people love it for the same reasons.
Synopsis: Among humans for centuries, an immortal specie existed. Connor MacLeod is a member of this specie. Unaware of his powers,... [More]
Directed By: Russell Mulcahy

#3
Adjusted Score: 99.014%
Critics Consensus: Employing gritty camerawork and evocative sound effects, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a powerful remake that expands upon themes and ideas only lightly explored in the original.
Synopsis: In this elaborate remake of the 1956 horror classic, health inspector Donald Sutherland is dispatched to investigate the curious behavior... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman


Dramas and Thrillers

#16
Adjusted Score: 100.639%
Critics Consensus: An affecting story powerfully told, The Last Black Man in San Francisco immediately establishes director Joe Talbot as a filmmaker to watch.
Synopsis: Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his... [More]
Directed By: Joe Talbot

#15

Warrior (2011)
83%

#15
Adjusted Score: 88.846%
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

#14

King of New York (1990)
73%

#14
Adjusted Score: 74.169%
Critics Consensus: King of New York covers familiar narrative ground with impressive style -- and leaves plenty of room for its talented cast to deliver gripping performances.
Synopsis: Upon his release from prison, ruthless drug kingpin Frank White moves to regains control of his criminal empire. This character-driven... [More]
Directed By: Abel Ferrara

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 61.056%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A contemporary fairy tale revolving around the unlikely of friendship between a reclusive young woman with dreams of being a... [More]
Directed By: Simon Aboud

#12
Adjusted Score: 103.103%
Critics Consensus: The Handmaiden uses a Victorian crime novel as the loose inspiration for another visually sumptuous and absorbingly idiosyncratic outing from director Park Chan-wook.
Synopsis: From PARK Chan-wook, the celebrated director of OLDBOY, LADY VENGEANCE, THIRST and STOKER, comes a ravishing new crime drama inspired... [More]
Directed By: Park Chan-wook

#11

Les Misérables (2020)
88%

#11
Adjusted Score: 96.668%
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

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 92.302%
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

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 91.519%
Critics Consensus: This post-Watergate thriller captures the paranoid tenor of the times, thanks to Syndey Pollack's taut direction and excellent performances from Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway.
Synopsis: In this thriller, Turner is a New York-based CIA employee. Sent to pick up lunch, Turner returns to discover that... [More]
Directed By: Sydney Pollack

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 80.174%
Critics Consensus: The Virgin Suicides drifts with a dreamlike melancholy that may strike some audiences as tedious, but Sofia Coppola's feature debut is a mature meditation on disaffected youth.
Synopsis: On the surface the Lisbons appear to be a healthy, successful 1970s family living in a middle-class Michigan suburb. Mr.... [More]
Directed By: Sofia Coppola

#6

Amores Perros (2001)
92%

#6
Adjusted Score: 95.543%
Critics Consensus: The brutality of Amores Perros may be difficult to watch at times, but this intense, gritty film packs a hard wallop.
Synopsis: Three stories of life along the margins in Mexico City converge in this inventive thriller. Octavio is sharing an apartment... [More]

#2

A Simple Favor (2018)
84%

#2
Adjusted Score: 94.45%
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

#1

The Machinist (2004)
77%

#1
Adjusted Score: 80.714%
Critics Consensus: Brad Anderson's dark psychological thriller about a sleepless factory worker is elevated by Christian Bale astonishingly committed performance.
Synopsis: Brad Anderson directs the psychological thriller The Machinist, a production of Spain's Filmax company. Christian Bale plays Trevor Reznik, a... [More]
Directed By: Brad Anderson


Action and Adventure

#15

Arctic (2019)
90%

#15
Adjusted Score: 95.959%
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

#13

A Vigilante (2019)
92%

#13
Adjusted Score: 92.74%
Critics Consensus: Led by Olivia Wilde's fearless performance and elevated by timely themes, A Vigilante is an uncompromising thriller that hits as hard as its protagonist.
Synopsis: A once abused woman, Sadie (Olivia Wilde), devotes herself to ridding victims of their domestic abusers while hunting down the... [More]
Directed By: Sarah Daggar-Nickson

#12

Death Wish (1974)
68%

#12
Adjusted Score: 70.567%
Critics Consensus: Death Wish is undeniably exploitation fare -- and also undeniably effective.
Synopsis: In this explosive story of revenge and urban violence, Charles Bronson plays Paul Kersey, a bleeding-heart liberal who has a... [More]
Directed By: Michael Winner

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 50.551%
Critics Consensus: Christopher McQuarrie may exhibit a way behind the camera in the stylish The Way of the Gun, but his script falters with dull characterization and a plot so needlessly twisty that most viewers will be ready to tune out before the final reveal.
Synopsis: In this suspense thriller, two small-time crooks make a bid for the big time with disastrous results. Robin (Juliette Lewis)... [More]
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 97.253%
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

#7

Runaway Train (1985)
85%

#7
Adjusted Score: 86.992%
Critics Consensus: Charging forward with the momentum of a locomotive, Runaway Train makes great use of its adrenaline-fueled premise and star presences of Jon Voight and Eric Roberts.
Synopsis: Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky's second American film may well be the only existential adventure flick in Hollywood history. Two prisoners,... [More]
Directed By: Andrey Konchalovskiy

#6

Harry Brown (2010)
63%

#6
Adjusted Score: 66.387%
Critics Consensus: Its lurid violence may put off some viewers, but Harry Brown is a vigilante thriller that carries an emotional as well as a physical punch, thanks to a gripping performance from Michael Caine in the title role.
Synopsis: Academy Award nominee Daniel Barber (The Tonto Woman) makes his feature directorial debut with this gritty critique on contemporary British... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Barber

#2

The Phantom (1996)
43%

#2
Adjusted Score: 45.161%
Critics Consensus: The script gives Billy Zane little to work with, and thus he plays the Phantom as a friendly but completely one-dimensional hero.
Synopsis: The first superhero ever, created by Lee Falk in 1936, gets another shot at movie stardom 60 years after achieving... [More]
Directed By: Simon Wincer

#1

Maniac Cop 2 (1990)
60%

#1
Adjusted Score: 50.058%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A killer dressed in a police uniform begins murdering innocent people on the streets of New York City. ... [More]
Directed By: William Lustig


Family

#6

Rango (2011)
88%

#6
Adjusted Score: 94.957%
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

#6

Megamind (2010)
72%

#6
Adjusted Score: 77.252%
Critics Consensus: It regurgitates plot points from earlier animated efforts, and isn't quite as funny as it should be, but a top-shelf voice cast and strong visuals help make Megamind a pleasant, if unspectacular, diversion.
Synopsis: Notorious Metro City villian Megamind (voice of Will Ferrell) becomes an unlikely savior to the troubled metropolis after defeating beloved... [More]
Directed By: Tom McGrath

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 88.257%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Shirley Temple's first Technicolor feature, The Little Princess was inspired by the oft-filmed novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Set in... [More]

#3

Charlotte's Web (1973)
77%

#3
Adjusted Score: 78.558%
Critics Consensus: That's some pig, with spirited vocal performances and a charmingly family-friendly adaptation of E.B. White's winsome story spun around him.
Synopsis: E.B. White's perennial best-selling novel is translated to the screen in animated musical splendor. The classic story, described by author... [More]

#2
Adjusted Score: 53.055%
Critics Consensus: While a dull affair for parents, Clifford's Really Big Movie should charm its intended preschool audience.
Synopsis: Because of a misunderstanding on his part, Clifford the Dog thinks his huge appetite threatens his owners' financial well-being--so Clifford... [More]
Directed By: Robert Ramirez


Documentaries

#8
Adjusted Score: 86.096%
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]

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 107.462%
Critics Consensus: I Am Not Your Negro offers an incendiary snapshot of James Baldwin's crucial observations on American race relations -- and a sobering reminder of how far we've yet to go.
Synopsis: In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book... [More]
Directed By: Raoul Peck

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 94.54%
Critics Consensus: Fascinating and insightful, Every Little Step is a thoroughly engrossing behind the scenes look at Broadway performers.
Synopsis: "Every Little Step" explores the incredible journey of A Chorus Line, from ambitious idea to international phenomenon. Through 15 years... [More]

#7

The Imposter (2012)
95%

#7
Adjusted Score: 98.862%
Critics Consensus: Despite its true-crime trappings, The Imposter is an utterly gripping and sometimes heartbreaking documentary thriller cleverly told with narrative flair.
Synopsis: Nicholas was 13 the day he disappeared (June 13, 1994). He would have been 16 and 8 months when he... [More]
Directed By: Bart Layton

#6

Samsara (2012)
76%

#6
Adjusted Score: 78.311%
Critics Consensus: It's a tad heavy-handed in its message, but Samsara's overwhelmingly beautiful visuals more than compensate for any narrative flaws.
Synopsis: Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience. Samsara reunites director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, whose award-winning films Baraka... [More]
Directed By: Ron Fricke

#5
Adjusted Score: 22.151%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Drop in for a visit with one of West Virginia's most notorious families in this audacious documentary from director Julien... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Julien Nitzberg

#4
Adjusted Score: 95.167%
Critics Consensus: Dear Zachary is a both a touching tribute to a fallen friend and a heart-wrenching account of justice gone astray, skillfully put to film with no emotion spared.
Synopsis: Shortly after his best friend, Dr. Andrew Bagby, was slain by jealous ex-girlfriend Dr. Shirley Turner, filmmaker Kurt Kuenne was... [More]
Directed By: Kurt Kuenne

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 98.765%
Critics Consensus: Comprehensive yet brisk, Nas: Time Is Illmatic offers an absorbing look at a hip-hop classic and the life of the artist who made it.
Synopsis: Synopsis: Twenty years after the release of Nas's groundbreaking debut album 'Illmatic,' NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC takes us into the... [More]
Directed By: One9

#2

Cartel Land (2015)
90%

#2
Adjusted Score: 93.199%
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

#1

Grizzly Man (2005)
92%

#1
Adjusted Score: 96.501%
Critics Consensus: Whatever opinion you come to have of the obsessive Treadwell, Herzog has once again found a fascinating subject.
Synopsis: This documentary centers on amateur grizzly bear expert Timothy Treadwell, who periodically journeyed to Alaska to study and live with... [More]
Directed By: Werner Herzog


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