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20 top films you can watch on Amazon Prime UK now

Written by  May 10, 2018
Amazon Prime also has an excellent selection. In fact, where movies are concerned, Amazon might have an edge over Netflix.

And just to be 100 per cent clear, all these films are free as part of your Prime subscription. No renting here.

The Girl on the Train

Allstar/Dreamworks SKG

Adapted from British author Paula Hawkin's psychological thriller, the film follows a complex missing persons investigation. After Rachel Watson, an alcoholic, loses her job she rides the train with no purpose. On one journey she sees her ex-husband's new wife passionately kissing a stranger. The next day, she wakes up covered in blood with no memory of what happened. What's more, her ex's partner has vanished.

The Florida Project

Just beyond the boundaries of Disney World, life is anything but magical. The Florida Project follows a young family who live a hand-to-mouth existence in a gaudy motel complex within spitting distance of the resort that six-year-old Moonee, played by Brooklynn Prince, could only dream of visiting. Moonee watches and learns as her mother Halley (played by Bria Vinaite), hawks dodgy fragrances and swipes park passes from unsuspecting guests in an effort to make it to next week's rent payment. The film is a dark and sympathetic look at the Sunshine State's most vulnerable citizens, for whom violence consistently threatens to break through the surface of their pastel-hued surroundings.

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

New Line Productions, Inc

There's only one ring to rule them all and the journey begins here. The first part of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of The Rings trilogy was recreated for the big screen in 2001 and it is still worth your time now. The Fellowship of the Ring introduces Frodo Baggins and his eight Hobbit companions who form an unlikely allegiance with those they meet as the start of the quest to destroy the all-powerful ring begins.

Room

Amazon

Ma (Brie Larson) and her young son Jack (Jason Tremblay), held captive by a serial rapist and abuser, live within the confines of a small shed. Room follow the pair as they attempt to carve out an existence wider and less crushing than the one imposed upon them. Neither a horror nor a crime thriller, Room is a film about imagination and freedom, and the complexities of human relationships.

Contact

Based on a novel by Carl Sagan and starring Jodie Foster as the lead, Contact is the story of a scientist who discovers a transmission from an alien race containing instructions for a spacecraft. Think of it as like a 90s Arrival and you're somewhere close to the tenor of this sci-fi meditation on the conflict between science and religion.

Jodie Foster is excellent as the scientist Elle Arroway and while the romantic dynamic with pre-renaissance Matthew McConaughey feels a little tacked on, it's an important stop in anyone's sci-fi movie education. It leaves Amazon Prime at the end of February, so don't miss out.

Fish Tank

Fish Tank is a gut punch of a film, about a socially isolated 15-year-old living in an East London council estate. Katie Jarvis stars as Mia, a volatile teenager who seldom has a conversation with her mother or younger sister that doesn't end in mutual abuse. When Mia's mother gets a charming new boyfriend – played by Michael Fassbender – Mia's closed-off existence is cracked open for a brief moment and everything in her life seems to change. Fish Tank won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2009 and netted director Andrea Arnold a Bafta for Best British Film.

Inception

Inception

The winner of multiple awards in 2010, including four Academy Awards, this is director Christopher Nolan at his best. Dom Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, has the ability to travel around people's dreams with Matrix-like complexity. When he's there, he'll steal secrets and dreams. If you are ready to concentrate, Inception will leave you hooked until the very last scene. But we warned, it might also leave you puzzled for a few days after.

Chinatown

The quintessential Hollywood film noir, Chinatown stars Jack Nicholson as a private eye hired to follow a water commissioner who soon ends up dead at the bottom of a reservoir. Realising he's being setup, Nicholson partners with the victim's wife (Faye Dunaway) to uncover the truth. Who killed him and why? The writing in Chinatown is legendary, weaving a suspenseful drama full of intrigue, tension and twists inspired by real corruption in early 20th century Los Angeles. It's one of those "films to see before you die" for anyone with a little movie buff in them, with great writing and outstanding performances from Dunaway and Nicholson making this a timeless classic.

Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea has a very depressing plot, but it is as beautiful as it is sad. The film follows Lee, played by Casey Affleck, back to his old hometown. Estranged from his ex-wife and now burdened with his nephew, Lee has to pick up the pieces of his old life. The film tackles big issues boldly. Surprisingly, it still manages to be funny and awkward. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan, it has been one of 2017’s critically acclaimed releases.

Super 8

If you finish bingeing Stranger Things 2 but still have a hankering for life-affirming fare with brilliant child actors, look no further than JJ Abrams' Super 8. Produced by Steven Spielberg, Super 8 has geeky kids too – these ones make movies – and hits similar notes with nostalgic nods to 80s family movies like E.T and The Goonies. In fact, they feel so similar we find it hard to believe Stranger Things creators the Duffer Brothers didn't take some inspiration from it.

Noteworthy for a brilliant early performance from a young Elle Fanning, Super 8 follows a group of small town teenagers whose Super 8 movie is interrupted by a huge rail crash that releases a dangerous monster into the town. Visually spectacular and supported by a brilliant Michael Giacchino score, Super 8 is a breezy, fun way to spend a couple of hours. Warning: contains copious lens flares.

The Handmaiden

Amazon Prime

Directed by Park Chan-Wook – the man who "put South Korean cinema on the map" – this 2016 film has been widely acclaimed a masterpiece of its genre. An erotic psychological thriller set in Japanese-occupied Korea, a con man attempts to win the heart of an heiress with the help of her handmaiden. The film takes a dark turn, with outrageous twists and turns throughout. With feminist themes and serious artistic vision, The Handmaiden demonstrates the mesmerising talent of Park Chan-Wook.

Moonlight

Barry Jenkin's Oscar and Academy Award winning film,Moonlight is as emotional as it is artistic. That being said, it is far removed from the clichés of emotional porn. Instead, it is an honest look at masculinity and parenthood. Following Chiron, a young African-American man from a deprived neighbourhood in Miami, we witness the 3 stages of his life and his coming of age. The film focuses on fatherhood, or lack-thereof, sex and love. With a beautiful soundtrack and an important message, Moonlight will be one of the best films you watch this year.

Arrival

This ambitious sci-fi tale from 2016 sees the arrival of 12 mysterious alien pods around the globe. An expert linguist is roped in by the US army to translate extraterrestrial communications from the alien craft that's hovering above American soil. What follows is a race against time to find out what the aliens want before the military unceremoniously nukes them. The original plot and compelling translation process results in a fascinating film that will leave you pondering one really big question (we won't spoilt it for you and tell you what it is though).

Kill Bill Vol 1

Is this Samurai sword-fest the best of Quentin Tarantino's films? It depends who you ask, but it's certainly one of the top three. Uma Thurman shines as The Bride, a nameless assassin who was left for dead by her former boss Bill on her wedding day and who has vowed vengeance on him and his team of trained killers. The ultra-violent yet balletic fight sequences are among the best the big screen has ever seen and as always with Tarantino flicks, the killer soundtrack glues it all together.

They Live

John Carpenter's comedy horror They Live is a note-perfect satire of '80s consumerism in the USA. The late wrestler Roddy Piper, then in his prime, starred as a drifter who finds out what's really going on in the world, thanks to some handy x-ray glasses. While wearing the specs, he sees that the ruling classes are actually aliens, subliminally instructing the masses to spend money they don't have and accept their lot in life. It's ridiculous and also absolutely brilliant.

The Town

Warner Bros

In 2010's The Town, the second film co-written and directed by Ben Affleck, Doug MacRay (Affleck) leads a deft bank heist in Charlestown, a suburb of Boston. During the robbery, MacRay's friend James (Jeremy Renner) takes a hostage: bank employee Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall). Doug then seeks her out and ends up falling in love. As their love grows, MacRay begins to want out of his criminal past and present – but that could spell trouble for Claire. Based on Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves the film is a fast-paced and deeply-felt thriller, which also stars Jon Hamm, Blake Lively, Titus Welliver, Pete Postlethwaite and Chris Cooper.

Night of the Living Dead

Director George A. Romero single-handedly kickstarted the zombie movie genre with this horror classic. As well as being widely considered as an allegory for the Vietnam War, the film is also notable for putting African-American actor Duane Jones in the lead role - an unexpected move back in 1968. Amazon also has both a remastered version of the original monochrome version and a colour version.

Four Lions

A satirical comedy revolving around jihadi terrorism may be a hard sell, but Brass Eyes's Chris Morris, in his feature-length directorial debut, manages to make it work. Riz Ahmed stars as would-be suicide bomber Omar, a smart but radicalised young muslim who is planning a terrorist attack with a group of ludicrously inept co-conspirators. Unsurprisingly, things don't quite go according to plan, resulting in one of the darkest comedy films in years.

Kill List

Director Ben Wheatley is probably best known for his big screen adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High-Rise, but this low-budget gem from a few years earlier should be on your watch list. The film kicks off with a former soldier who has become a hitman to each some much-needed cash and is given a 'kill list' to work through by his latest client. From there, it all goes a bit Wicker Man, resulting in a truly chilling finale. Not one for a relaxing night in.

Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam epic is notorious and brilliant. A loose adaptation of Joseph Conrad's classic novel Heart of Darkness, the film is unsurprisingly light on laughs and heavy on people going nuts in the jungle. Marlon Brando is ridiculously good as the insane Colonel Kurtz, while the strong ensemble cast also features Dennis Hopper, Martin Sheen and a young Laurence Fishburne (then known as Larry). This is definitely one of the films you should watch before you die.

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