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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: 92935%
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: A man (Ricky Gervais) who sees spirits finally agrees to a persistent request by one of them to sabotage the... [More]
Directed By: David Koepp

#24

Clue (1985)
66%

#24
Adjusted Score: 67525%
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: Col. Mustard (Martin Mull), Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren), Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan) and company solve a mansion murder based... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Lynn

#23

Rat Race (2001)
44%

#23
Adjusted Score: 48791%
Critics Consensus: Rat Race moves from one sight gag to another, but only a handful of them are genuinely funny.
Synopsis: A hotel owner (John Cleese) devises a contest where six Las Vegas gamblers (Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg) frantically search for... [More]
Directed By: Jerry Zucker

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 54854%
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: Wedding guests Frank and Lindsay discover that they have a lot in common -- they don't like the bride, the... [More]
Directed By: Victor Levin

#4

Election (1999)
92%

#4
Adjusted Score: 97655%
Critics Consensus: Election successfully combines dark humor and intelligent writing in this very witty and enjoyable film.
Synopsis: When a school's goody-two-shoes (Reese Witherspoon) runs for class president, a teacher/adviser (Matthew Broderick) schemes to keep her from winning.... [More]
Directed By: Alexander Payne

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 55983%
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: A renegade filmmaker (Stephen Dorff) kidnaps a pampered Hollywood star (Melanie Griffith) and forces her to play the trashy wife... [More]
Directed By: John Waters

#19

A Merry War (1997)
83%

#19
Adjusted Score: 82722%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A copywriter (Richard E. Grant) leaves his job in 1930s London and struggles to make a living as a poet.... [More]
Directed By: Robert Bierman

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 91971%
Critics Consensus: Seven Psychopaths delivers sly cinematic commentary while serving up a heaping helping of sharp dialogue and gleeful violence.
Synopsis: A struggling screenwriter (Colin Farrell) finds himself inadvertently entangled in the criminal underworld when his knucklehead friends (Christopher Walken, Sam... [More]
Directed By: Martin McDonagh

#15

Hot Rod (2007)
39%

#15
Adjusted Score: 42097%
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: An accident-prone daredevil (Andy Samberg) plans an outrageous stunt to raise money for lifesaving surgery for his abusive stepfather.... [More]
Directed By: Akiva Schaffer

#14
Adjusted Score: 63168%
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: The fringe characters (Gary Oldman, Tim Roth) from Shakespeare's "Hamlet" take center stage at Elsinore.... [More]
Directed By: Tom Stoppard

#13

Cooley High (1975)
85%

#13
Adjusted Score: 84835%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two high-school pals (Glynn Turman, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs) hang out, face a teacher and flee the police in 1964 urban Chicago.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Schultz

#10

Heathers (1989)
93%

#10
Adjusted Score: 96879%
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: Cool Veronica (Winona Ryder) and her quirky new boyfriend (Christian Slater) topple a high-school trio of too-cool Heathers.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Lehmann

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 72662%
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: Complications arise after buddies (Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott) agree to a have baby but remain just pals.... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Westfeldt

#7

The Overnight (2015)
82%

#7
Adjusted Score: 87900%
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: A seemingly innocent invitation to dinner turns into a night of seduction and temptation when two couples get together for... [More]
Directed By: Patrick Brice

#5

What If (2013)
74%

#5
Adjusted Score: 79103%
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: A medical-school dropout (Daniel Radcliffe) tries to hide his attraction to his new friend (Zoe Kazan), a bubbly artist who... [More]
Directed By: Michael Dowse

#3

In the Soup (1992)
92%

#3
Adjusted Score: 91307%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A would-be New York filmmaker (Steve Buscemi) becomes the patsy of a fast talker (Seymour Cassel) who offers to be... [More]
Directed By: Alexandre Rockwell

#2

Entanglement (2017)
61%

#2
Adjusted Score: 60998%
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: A man complicates his life by falling in love during his search for the meaning of existence. He soon starts... [More]
Directed By: Jason James


Horror

#15

Southbound (2015)
81%

#15
Adjusted Score: 82737%
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: Interlocking tales of highway terror revolve around malevolent spirits at a truck stop, a mysterious traveler, a car accident and... [More]

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 86089%
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: One night, Sarah's young son disappears into the woods behind their rural home. When he returns, he looks the same,... [More]
Directed By: Lee Cronin

#13
Adjusted Score: 45112%
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 road trip to visit relatives takes a dangerous turn when a family arrives at a secluded mobile home park... [More]
Directed By: Johannes Roberts

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 89824%
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: After taking a job as a church organist, the sole survivor (Candace Hilligoss) of a fatal car crash encounters mysterious... [More]
Directed By: Herk Harvey

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 90549%
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: The owner of a haunted mansion offers a group of people reward money if they can survive a night at... [More]
Directed By: William Castle

#9

Bone Tomahawk (2015)
91%

#9
Adjusted Score: 93972%
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: In the Old West, a sheriff (Kurt Russell), his deputy (Richard Jenkins), a gunslinger (Matthew Fox),and a cowboy (Patrick Wilson)... [More]
Directed By: S. Craig Zahler

#8

The Wailing (2016)
99%

#8
Adjusted Score: 101286%
Critics Consensus: The Wailing delivers an atmospheric, cleverly constructed mystery whose supernatural thrills more than justify its imposing length.
Synopsis: Suspicion leads to hysteria when rural villagers link a series of brutal murders to the arrival of a mysterious stranger... [More]
Directed By: Na Hong-jin

#6

Chopping Mall (1986)
50%

#6
Adjusted Score: 50269%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Eight teens are trapped in a shopping mall with three security robots out of control.... [More]
Directed By: Jim Wynorski

#5
Adjusted Score: 41733%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A hooded madman stalks the lovers' lanes of Texarkana in this fact-based account of a 1946 killing spree.... [More]
Directed By: Charles B. Pierce

#4

The Exorcist III (1990)
59%

#4
Adjusted Score: 61023%
Critics Consensus: The Exorcist III is a talky, literary sequel with some scary moments that rival anything from the original.
Synopsis: A police detective (George C. Scott) investigates a series of slayings done in the style of an executed killer (Brad... [More]
Directed By: William Peter Blatty

#3

Q (1982)
71%

#3
Adjusted Score: 73495%
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: A fleeing gangland flunky (Michael Moriarty) finds the New York nest of Aztec deity Quetzalcoatl, the man-eating flying serpent.... [More]
Directed By: Larry Cohen

#2

I See You (2019)
79%

#2
Adjusted Score: 80487%
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: Strange occurrences plague a small-town detective and his family as he investigates the disappearance of a boy.... [More]
Directed By: Adam Randall


Classics

#12

Roman Holiday (1953)
97%

#12
Adjusted Score: 104813%
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: A young princess (Audrey Hepburn), tired of her constraints, runs off with a U.S. newsman (Gregory Peck) in Rome.... [More]
Directed By: William Wyler

#11

The General (1926)
93%

#11
Adjusted Score: 98418%
Critics Consensus: Brilliantly filmed and fueled with classic physical comedy, The General captures Buster Keaton at his timeless best.
Synopsis: Union spies pursue an engineer (Buster Keaton) who chased them to recover his stolen train.... [More]

#10

His Girl Friday (1940)
99%

#10
Adjusted Score: 107298%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by stellar performances from Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday is possibly the definitive screwball romantic comedy.
Synopsis: An ace reporter's editor tries to stop her from remarrying in this remake of director Lewis Milestone's "The Front Page."... [More]
Directed By: Howard Hawks

#9

Harold and Maude (1971)
84%

#9
Adjusted Score: 89682%
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: A 20-year-old heir (Bud Cort) with a death wish meets a 79-year-old free spirit (Ruth Gordon) who knows how to... [More]
Directed By: Hal Ashby

#4

Sunset Blvd. (1950)
99%

#4
Adjusted Score: 109824%
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: Hack screenwriter Joe (William Holden) moves in with Hollywood has-been Norma (Gloria Swanson) and her chauffeur, Max (Erich von Stroheim).... [More]
Directed By: Billy Wilder

#2
Adjusted Score: 103579%
Critics Consensus: A landmark Sergio Leone spaghetti western masterpiece featuring a classic Morricone score.
Synopsis: An outlaw (Henry Fonda) working for a railroad magnate fights a stranger (Charles Bronson) for a New Orleans widow's (Claudia... [More]
Directed By: Sergio Leone

#1

The Party (1968)
83%

#1
Adjusted Score: 84370%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An accident-prone Indian actor literally brings down the house when he shows up at an exclusive Hollywood party.... [More]
Directed By: Blake Edwards


Musicals and Movies with Music

#10

Stop Making Sense (1984)
100%

#10
Adjusted Score: 103533%
Critics Consensus: Jonathan Demme's Stop Making Sense captures the energetic, unpredictable live act of peak Talking Heads with color and visual wit.
Synopsis: David Byrne and Talking Heads perform "Psycho Killer," "Take Me to the River," "Burning Down the House."... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Demme

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 104748%
Critics Consensus: Smart, funny, and profoundly melancholy, Inside Llewyn Davis finds the Coen brothers in fine form.
Synopsis: In 1960s New York, a struggling folk singer (Oscar Isaac) with genuine talent sets his sights on stardom, but success... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

#8

Love & Mercy (2014)
89%

#8
Adjusted Score: 99061%
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: In the late 1960s, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson stops touring, produces "Pet Sounds" and begins to lose his grip... [More]
Directed By: Bill Pohlad

#7

The Doors (1991)
57%

#7
Adjusted Score: 62213%
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: UCLA film student Jim Morrison (Val Kilmer) finds a girlfriend (Meg Ryan), forms a band and turns tragic 1960s rock... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Stone

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 82468%
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: When the zombie apocalypse hits the sleepy town of Little Haven, at Christmas, teenager Anna and her high school friends... [More]
Directed By: John McPhail

#5

Funny Face (1957)
87%

#5
Adjusted Score: 91233%
Critics Consensus: A timeless and elegant musical feast, Funny Face thrives on the agile and vibrant performances from legendary screen titans Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.
Synopsis: A fashion photographer (Fred Astaire) turns a Greenwich Village bookworm (Audrey Hepburn) into a Paris cover girl.... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Donen

#4

A Star Is Born (1937)
100%

#4
Adjusted Score: 104659%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A matinee idol turns to alcohol when his wife's acting career starts to take off and his own popularity begins... [More]
Directed By: William Wellman

#3

Guava Island (2019)
74%

#3
Adjusted Score: 75487%
Critics Consensus: Thematically ambitious if occasionally somewhat obtuse, Guava Island adds another intriguing chapter to a talented team's burgeoning filmography.
Synopsis: A musician on Guava Island schemes his way into the good life.... [More]
Directed By: Hiro Murai


Sci-Fi and Fantasy

#7

Dragonslayer (1981)
85%

#7
Adjusted Score: 86827%
Critics Consensus: An atypically dark Disney adventure, Dragonslayer puts a realistic spin -- and some impressive special effects -- on a familiar tale.
Synopsis: A sorcerer's (Ralph Richardson) apprentice (Peter MacNicol) reluctantly inherits the task of killing a fire-breathing dragon.... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Robbins

#6

The Stuff (1985)
71%

#6
Adjusted Score: 71552%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A private detective investigates a new consumer taste treat that's absolutely delicious and just possibly lethal.... [More]
Directed By: Larry Cohen

#5
Adjusted Score: 88102%
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: A visitor (David Bowie) from an arid planet creates a global corporation to make billions to get water to his... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Roeg

#4

Highlander (1986)
70%

#4
Adjusted Score: 73586%
Critics Consensus: People hate Highlander because it's cheesy, bombastic, and absurd. And people love it for the same reasons.
Synopsis: A New Yorker (Christopher Lambert) beheads a swordsman in a parking lot, continuing a battle of immortals.... [More]
Directed By: Russell Mulcahy

#3
Adjusted Score: 98564%
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: San Francisco health inspectors (Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams) find alien pods are taking over people as they sleep.... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman


Dramas and Thrillers

#16
Adjusted Score: 102914%
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 and his best friend Mont try to reclaim the house built by Jimmie's grandfather, launching them on a poignant... [More]
Directed By: Joe Talbot

#15

Warrior (2011)
83%

#15
Adjusted Score: 90237%
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: An Iraq War veteran (Tom Hardy) finds himself on a collision course with his estranged brother (Joel Edgerton) when both... [More]
Directed By: Gavin O'Connor

#14

King of New York (1990)
71%

#14
Adjusted Score: 72748%
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: A crime lord plots to take control of New York's underground drug economy and distribute the profits to the poor.... [More]
Directed By: Abel Ferrara

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 60209%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A reclusive young woman who dreams of becoming a children's author finds an unlikely mentor in the rich curmudgeon who... [More]
Directed By: Simon Aboud

#12

The Handmaiden (2016)
95%

#12
Adjusted Score: 105412%
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: With help from an orphaned pickpocket (Kim Tae-ri), a Korean con man (Ha Jung-woo) devises an elaborate plot to seduce... [More]
Directed By: Park Chan-wook

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 97642%
Critics Consensus: Les Misérables transcends its unwieldy story with compelling ideas and an infectious energy that boils over during a thrilling final act.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Ladj Ly

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 91092%
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: Five factions run the underground life of a prestigious east coast boarding school. The head of The Spades walks a... [More]
Directed By: Tayarisha Poe

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 92616%
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: A CIA bookworm (Robert Redford) reports mayhem to his boss (Cliff Robertson), then hides out with a woman (Faye Dunaway)... [More]
Directed By: Sydney Pollack

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 81018%
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: Men reminisce about intriguing sisters, whose parents (James Woods, Kathleen Turner) quarantined them after one of the five killed herself.... [More]
Directed By: Sofia Coppola

#6

Love's a Bitch (2000)
93%

#6
Adjusted Score: 96390%
Critics Consensus: The brutality of Amores Perros may be difficult to watch at times, but this intense, gritty film packs a hard wallop.
Synopsis: In Mexico City, the lives of two desperate lovers, an entrepreneur who stages dogfights and a homeless man intertwine.... [More]

#2

A Simple Favor (2018)
84%

#2
Adjusted Score: 97506%
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: Stephanie is a widowed, single mother who works as a vlogger in Connecticut. When her best friend mysteriously disappears one... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

#1

The Machinist (2004)
77%

#1
Adjusted Score: 80242%
Critics Consensus: Brad Anderson's dark psychological thriller about a sleepless factory worker is elevated by Christian Bale astonishingly committed performance.
Synopsis: Cryptic notes and encounters with a mysterious stranger torment a drill-press operator (Christian Bale) who has not slept in a... [More]
Directed By: Brad Anderson


Action and Adventure

#15

Arctic (2018)
90%

#15
Adjusted Score: 97474%
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 (2018)
90%

#13
Adjusted Score: 91258%
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 vigilante helps victims escape their domestic abusers.... [More]
Directed By: Sarah Daggar-Nickson

#12

Death Wish (1974)
68%

#12
Adjusted Score: 69819%
Critics Consensus: Death Wish is undeniably exploitation fare -- and also undeniably effective.
Synopsis: A New York architect (Charles Bronson) turns vigilante hit man after thugs attack his wife (Hope Lange) and daughter.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Winner

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 50541%
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: Looking for an easy payoff, career criminals (Ryan Phillippe, Benicio Del Toro) kidnap the surrogate mother to a wealthy couple.... [More]
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 96988%
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: At the dawn of the 20th century, British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) journeys into the Amazon, where he discovers... [More]
Directed By: James Gray

#7

Runaway Train (1985)
86%

#7
Adjusted Score: 87881%
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: Escaped convicts (Jon Voight, Eric Roberts) and a stowaway girl (Rebecca De Mornay) ride an unmanned diesel speeding out of... [More]
Directed By: Andrei Konchalovsky

#6

Harry Brown (2009)
63%

#6
Adjusted Score: 66075%
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: A retired soldier and widower (Michael Caine) doles out his own brand of justice after young hoodlums murder his best... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Barber

#2

The Phantom (1996)
43%

#2
Adjusted Score: 44724%
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: A purple-costumed superhero (Billy Zane) tries to thwart a master criminal's (Treat Williams) acquisition of mystical skulls with legendary powers.... [More]
Directed By: Simon Wincer

#1

Maniac Cop 2 (1991)
60%

#1
Adjusted Score: 59292%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A New York detective (Robert Davi) hunts the unreal title character, now teamed up with a killer of strippers.... [More]
Directed By: William Lustig


Family

#6

Rango (2011)
88%

#6
Adjusted Score: 95475%
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: In the grip of an identity crisis, a sheltered chameleon (Johnny Depp) accidentally winds up as the sheriff of a... [More]
Directed By: Gore Verbinski

#6

Megamind (2010)
72%

#6
Adjusted Score: 78313%
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: An evil genius (Will Ferrell) must create a powerful new opponent after defeating his heroic nemesis leaves him without purpose.... [More]
Directed By: Tom McGrath

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 87246%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A poor but proud girl (Shirley Temple) searches army hospitals for her father, reported dead in the Boer War.... [More]

#3

Charlotte's Web (1973)
77%

#3
Adjusted Score: 78959%
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: A literate spider and a rat save a pig from slaughter in an animated adaptation of E.B. White's classic.... [More]
Directed By: Iwao Takamoto

#2
Adjusted Score: 53175%
Critics Consensus: While a dull affair for parents, Clifford's Really Big Movie should charm its intended preschool audience.
Synopsis: A gigantic red dog (John Ritter) leaves home and becomes the main attraction at a traveling circus.... [More]
Directed By: Robert Ramirez


Documentaries

#8
Adjusted Score: 86805%
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: Caroll Spinney is the 80-year-old who has been creating the Muppet characters of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since... [More]

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 108043%
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: Filmmaker Raoul Peck uses "Remember This House," James Baldwin's unfinished final manuscript, to examine race issues in contemporary America.... [More]
Directed By: Raoul Peck

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 93926%
Critics Consensus: Fascinating and insightful, Every Little Step is a thoroughly engrossing behind the scenes look at Broadway performers.
Synopsis: Filmmakers explore the development and legacy of the original "A Chorus Line," as dancers struggle through auditions for the show's... [More]

#7

The Imposter (2012)
95%

#7
Adjusted Score: 98811%
Critics Consensus: Despite its true-crime trappings, The Imposter is an utterly gripping and sometimes heartbreaking documentary thriller cleverly told with narrative flair.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Bart Layton chronicles the tale of Frederic Bourdin, a con artist who seemingly tricked a Texas family into believing... [More]
Directed By: Bart Layton

#6

Samsara (2011)
76%

#6
Adjusted Score: 77957%
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: Filmmaker Ron Fricke creates a global travelogue with pictures and music, exploring the Himalayas, the American Southwest, European cathedrals, and... [More]
Directed By: Ron Fricke

#5
Adjusted Score: 24534%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: West Virginia outlaw Jesco White and his eccentric family uphold a time-honored dancing style, while they contend with poverty, drugs... [More]
Directed By: Julien Nitzberg

#4
Adjusted Score: 95437%
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: Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne creates a filmed tribute to a murdered friend, and chronicles efforts by the man's parents to gain... [More]
Starring: Kurt Kuenne
Directed By: Kurt Kuenne

#3

Time Is Illmatic (2014)
98%

#3
Adjusted Score: 98173%
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: Rapper Nas recalls his youth in his city's housing projects, his parents' influence and the recording of his 1994 debut... [More]
Directed By: One9

#2

Cartel Land (2015)
90%

#2
Adjusted Score: 94125%
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: Filmmaker Matthew Heineman examines the the state of the ongoing drug problem along the U.S.-Mexican border.... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Heineman

#1

Grizzly Man (2005)
92%

#1
Adjusted Score: 97026%
Critics Consensus: Whatever opinion you come to have of the obsessive Treadwell, Herzog has once again found a fascinating subject.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Werner Herzog profiles grizzly bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell, who was killed by one of the animals he studied in... [More]
Directed By: Werner Herzog


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