Amazon Prime Video’s movie library is loaded with numerous impeccable titles and that’s a well-known fact to all. But despite this there are times when the plethora of content leads to a lot of confusion and one often misses out on some of the best works out there. On most occasions, just looking for what to watch takes up all the time and one ends up watching nothing at all. To save you the trouble, we at Binged have compiled a massive list of the 50 best Hollywood movies available on Amazon Prime Video India.
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50. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, 2020
A sequel to the 2006 Borat film, this latest mockumentary follows Borat Sagdiyev, a journalist and television personality, who is released from prison in Kazakhstan and sent to USA in an attempt to redeem the nation. In order to achieve this, Borat plans to give his daughter Tutar (Maria Bakalova) as an offering to the Vice President of USA.
49. The Mask,1994
When timid bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) discovers a magical wooden mask created by Loki – Norse god of mischief, his entire life changes. While wearing the mask, Ipkiss becomes a supernatural playboy exuding charm like none other. The Mask becomes his guiding light. But things aren’t going to be all fun for him as he gets targeted by gangster Dorian Tyrell, who is in pursuit of the Mask for his gains. This superhero comedy film is definite must watch.
48. One Night in Miami, 2020
Based on Kemp Powers’ 2013 eponymous stage play, ‘One Night In Miami’ marks the directorial debut of Regina King. The fictional story follows four black men, Cassius Clay, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Malcom X, who meet in a hotel room on the night of February 25, 1964. They not only talk about their roles and responsibilities of being successful Black men during the Civil Rights Movement but also about the cultural turmoil going on in the 60s.
47. Honey Boy, 2019
Directed by Alma Har’el and screenplay by Shia LeBeouf, based on the latter’s childhood experiences and his relationship with his father, ‘Honey Boy’ is an intense yet touching tale. It is the story of an alcoholic actor, Otis Lort who ends up in rehabilitation after a violent fight with police and there he has to face and reconcile with the traumas of his abusive past.
46. Chef, 2014
When Carl Casper (Jon Favreau), head chef at a popular restaurant in Los Angeles, loses his job due to a public altercation with a food critic, he goes on to open a food truck. In the process, not only is he able to follow his passion but also starts to re-bond with his family. This comedy-drama is a feel-good, heart-warming film.
45. Flight, 2012
Loosely based on the Alaska Airlines Flight 261 plane crash, ‘Flight’ follows the story of William “Whip” Whitaker Sr. (Denzel Washington), who somehow crash lands a plane following a mechanical failure and saves the lives of those on board. He becomes a hero for everyone but the investigation soon reveals that he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs. How his life changes after that forms the crux of the story. Washington went on to receive Oscar nomination for his performance in the film.
44. Moonlight, 2016
Berry Jenkins’ Academy Award-winning film ‘Moonlight’ is an emotional coming-of-age tale of a young African-American boy Chiron, displayed through different stages in his life. The film shows how he copes up with the struggles he faces with his identity and sexuality, including the mental and physical abuse while he grew up in Miami. Advice and lesson about carving his own path from Juan, a drug dealer, not only helped
Chiron but also had a lasting impression on him.
43. Tenet, 2020
A sci-fi action thriller by Christopher Nolan, ‘Tenet’ revolves around a CIA Agent aka Protagonist (John David Washington) who learns about an imminent attack from the future and tries to stop it by learning to manipulate the flow of time. The film contains all the qualities that every Nolan movie does and will need you to watch it carefully to completely understand all that’s happening in it. The film won an Oscar for best visual effects.
42. The Terminal, 2004
Directed by Steven Spielberg, ‘The Terminal’ revolves around Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks), an Eastern European tourist. While he arrives at JFK in New York, war breaks out in his country and he finds himself caught up in international politics. Because of the war, the Department of Homeland Security won’t let him enter or exit the United States. He’s trapped at JFK indefinitely.
41. Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, 2011
This live-action spy film is the fourth part in the ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise. It revolves around Agent Ethan Hunt and his team, who go on a search mission for a nuclear extremist who gets his hands on Russian nuclear codes. This extremist goes on to attack Kremlin for which IMF gets implicated, resulting in the President initiating the Ghost Protocol, disowning the organization and leaving Hunt and his team without back up. It is now in Hunt who must clear the agency’s name meanwhile preventing another attack.
40. Harry Potter Series, 2001-2011
Based on the eponymous novel by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter series revolves around the adventures of Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) along with his friends, Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) as they enter into Hogwarts, School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This highly popular eight-part series culminates with the epic battle between Harry and Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes).
39. Minari, 2020
Written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung, this critically acclaimed family drama follows an immigrant South Korean family in United States of America in the 1980s and how things change for them when they shift from California to rural Arkansas with hopes of growing their farming business there. The heart-warming film is about hope, togetherness, love, loss, pain and much more. The film was nominated in six categories at the 93rd Academy Awards with Youn Yuh-Jung winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
38. Sherlock Holmes, 2009
Sherlock Holmes is a famous detective character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and in this period mystery action film he (Robert Downey Jr.) along with his partner Dr. Watson (Jude Law) gets hired by a secret society to catch a serial killer, Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) who has terrorized London. They must foil the sinister plans of this dark art devotee, who tries to get Britain under his control using supernatural means.
37. 300, 2006
A directorial masterpiece by Zack Snyder, ’300’ presents the story of the epic and ancient Battle of Thermopylae, fought by a band of 300 Spartan soldiers led by their King Leonidas (Gerard Buttler) against the mighty Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his massive Persian army.
36. Ocean’s Eleven, 2001
Dapper Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is a man of action. Less than 24 hours into his parole from a New Jersey penitentiary, the wry, charismatic thief is already rolling out his next plan. Danny orchestrates the most complex heist in three Las Vegas casinos using his group of men.
35. Birdman, 2014
In a bid to prove that he is not just a washed up star and rekindle his acting future, Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) stages an ambitious Broadway. An injury to one of his co-star forces him to hire a new actor.
34. The Hangover Series, 2009
Two days before his wedding, Doug (Justin Bartha) and his three friends (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis) drive to Las Vegas for a wild and memorable stag party. The three groomsmen can’t find Doug the next morning. With little time to spare, the three hazy pals try to re‑trace their steps and find Doug as the situation keeps on flickering.
33. The Theory of Everything, 2015
Set in the 1960s Cambridge University, this biographical romantic drama follows brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) who falls in love with a fellow student Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). At 21, Hawking learns that he suffers from motor neuron disease. Despite all odds and with Jane by his side, he begins an ambitious study of time, which ironically he has very little left of, according to his doctor. The film was adapted from the 2007 memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen.
32. Sound of Metal, 2019
A strong and thought-provoking film ‘Sound of Metal’ follows Ruben (Riz Ahmed), a drummer who starts losing his sense of hearing. Not able to afford the implant and concerned about his sobriety, as he is a recovering drug addict, his girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke) makes him enter a shelter, run by Joe (Paul Raci), for people like him. While both Ruben and Lou start settling in their new lives things get complicated when Ruben tries to connect with her. The film received great critical acclaim especially for the performances by Riz Ahmed and Paul Raci.
31. The Big Short, 2015
In 2008, Wall Street guru Michael Burry (Christian Bale) realizes that a number of subprime home loans are in danger of defaulting. Burry bets against the housing market by throwing his investors’ money into credit default swaps. His actions attract the attention of banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), hedge‑fund specialist Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and others as America witnesses its worst financial crash ever.
30. Dunkirk, 2017
This is Nolan’s first historical war drama that depicts the massive Dunkirk evacuation operation during World War II. The film is bold and powerful with all its emotional aspects in the right places. It’s an intense war thriller that encompasses both the horror and heroism constituting a war. The amazing background score makes it a super interesting and gripping watch.
29. Her, 2013
A sensitive and soulful man earns a living by writing personal letters for other people. Left heartbroken after his marriage ends, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) becomes fascinated with a new operating system which reportedly develops into an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. He starts the program and meets “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson), and develops a unique relationship.
28. The Bourne Ultimatum, 2007
‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ is an action-thriller film loosely based on the eponymous 1990 novel by Robert Ludlum. A former CIA assassin (Matt Damon) continues his quest to fill in memory gaps. When a `Guardian’ reporter stumbles onto his trail, the man spies his chance to blow the Blackbriar black‑ops brigade wide open. With some very powerful people intent on keeping their skeletons buried, he is in more danger than ever. The film went on to win all three of its nominations at the 80th Academy Awards.
27. The Imitation Game, 2014
The Academy Award winner for best writing, ‘The Imitation Game’, presents the story of a brilliant British Mathematician, Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch). He is bought in by the allied forces during the World War to decipher the German Enigma Code. Turing along with his fellow mathematicians tries to build a complex machine to do so.
26. Into the Wild, 2007
Son of wealthy parents, one of the top graduate and a top athlete of his university, but all this couldn’t stop Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) from embarking on a journey into the Alaskan wilderness instead of pursing a prestigious career. Adapted from 1996 book of the same name by Jon Krakauer, ‘Into The Wild’ tells the story of Chris’ hitchhiking journey and how it changes him as a person.
25. Million Dollar Baby, 2004
An Oscar winning film from Clint Eastwood, ‘Milllion Dollar Baby’ is a sports drama based on short stories by F.X. Toole. The story revolves around Margaret “Maggie” Fitzgerald (Hillary Swank), a determind and talented amateur boxer, who gets trained by an ill-tempered, underappreciated old boxing coach (Eastwood) and goes on to become one of the best professional boxers out there.
24. Catch me if you can, 2002
Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) worked as a doctor, a lawyer, and as a co‑pilot for a major airline, all before his 18th birthday. A master of deception at the age of 17, Frank Abagnale, Jr. became the most successful bank robber in the history of the U.S. FBI Agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) is called in to apprehend the situation.
23. Gone Girl, 2014
The film is based on a novel by the same name written by Gillian Flynn. It revolves around the sudden disappearance of Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike). The mysterious disappearance garners a lot of media attention but amidst all this, spotlight turns on her husband, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), who becomes the prime suspect.
22. The Truman Show, 1998
He doesn’t know it, but everything in Truman Burbank’s (Jim Carrey) life is part of a massive TV set. Executive producer Christof (Ed Harris) orchestrates “The Truman Show,” a live broadcast of Truman’s every move captured by hidden cameras. Cristof tries to control Truman’s mind, even removing his true love, Sylvia (Natascha McElhone), from the show. The increasing control over Truman’s character leads to several complications.
21. Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015
Fourth installment of the ‘Mad Max’ franchise, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is a post-apocalyptic action film set in a desert wasteland with petrol and water in scarce amount. It follows Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a drifter and survivor, who against his will joins forces with a rebel warrior Imperator Furiosa to overthrow a tyrant cult leader Immortan Joe.
20. A beautiful Mind, 2001
A masterpiece of Ron Howard, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ portrays the story of a brilliant mathematician, John Nash (Russell Crowe). John’s career rises swiftly letting him reach the Department of Defence but soon because of unprecedented scenarios it tapers with Nash trying to balance his work and personal life.
19. Shutter Island, 2010
Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film is based on Dennis Lehane’s 2003 novel of the same name. The film follows two US marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), who are sent to a remote island to investigate the disappearance of a murderer who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. This one will definitely leave you in awe with its magnificence.
18. The Wolf of Wall Street, 2013
Adapted from the memoirs of the same name by Jordan Belfort, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is an epic biographical black comedy crime film helmed by Martin Scorses. It follows the story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is attracted to the fast money making life of stock market from a very early age. He speeds past his milestones guzzling millions from wealthy investors whilst keeping his personal life at stake.
17. Indian Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981
A Steven Spielberg’s classic, this action adventure film represents the tale of an archaeological professor, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) as he moves forward on his journey of gaining the Lost Ark aka the Ark of Covenant, while competing and fighting all the way with René. The film not only won a lot of critical acclaim but also left a lasting impact on popular culture.
16. Django Unchained, 2012
Based in the 1850’s, Two years before the Civil War, Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave, finds himself accompanying an unorthodox German bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) on a mission to capture the vicious Brittle brothers. After their mission is successful, Schultz frees Django, and together they hunt the South’s most‑wanted criminals. Their travels take them to the infamous Calvin J Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), which the duo intend to take down to free Django’s wife.
15. Back to the Future Series, 1985-89
One of the cult classics, ‘Back To The Fututre’ franchise is based on the adventures of Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). They travel through time and try to get hold of reality as the timeline fluctuates with every action the duo takes.
14. The Departed, 2006
This Oscar winning crime thriller is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. Set in South Boston, a cop and a mole try to infiltrate an Irish gang. They constantly are at odds with each other while trying to prevent from being exposed. Directed by Martin Scorsese, it’s a tale of questionable loyalties and blurring identities.
13. The Prestige, 2006
This psychological mystery thriller by Christopher Nolan is an intriguing tale of two stage magicians who become bitter after a tragedy. Their rivalry and quest to become famous leads them to make sacrifices but not without consequences. Set in the time period of late-Victorian London its full of deceit and obsession.
12. Gladiator, 2000
The Roman General, Maximus (Russell Crowe), is demoted by his new emperor Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), as soon as he comes to power. Maximus is thrown in pits to fight till death as a gladiator.
11. Parasite, 2019
A South Korean black comedy thriller which won an Oscar for the brilliance of it. The film follows a poor family who disguise themselves as unrelated individuals to gain employment with a rich family. How greed and class discrimination threaten the symbiotic relationship between the two families is a gripping tale to watch.
10. Saving Private Ryan, 1998
A graphically powerful epic war film by Steven Spielberg, Saving Private Ryan is set during the invasion of Normandy in World War II. The story follows Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) and his team who go on a search mission for a paratrooper, Private First Class James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon). The film received both popular and critical acclaim for its performances, background score, screenplay and direction.
9. Interstellar, 2014
A scientific adventure film wherein a team of NASA explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival. The Nolan style of filmmaking is very evident in this thought provoking intelligently made film with spectacular visuals. The star cast including Matthew McConaughay and Anne Hathway have all done justice to their characters.
8. The Matrix, 1999
Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves), a computer programmer, is led to fight an underground war against powerful computers who have constructed his entire reality with a system called the Matrix while dealing with Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving).
7. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings, 2001
An epic fantasy adventure film, considered as one of the greatest is based on the 1954 novel The Fellowship of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The multi-award winning film is set in middle-earth where the Dark Lord Sauron is looking for the ‘One Ring’ that has a part of his soul. This ring reaches young hobbit Frodo Baggins who along with eight companions take on a journey to Mount Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed.
6. Forrest Gump, 1994
Slow‑witted Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) never thinks of himself as disadvantaged, and thanks to his supportive mother (Sally Field), he leads anything but a restricted life. Whether dominating on the gridiron as a college football star, fighting in Vietnam or captaining a shrimp boat, Forrest inspires people with his childlike optimism. Overcoming several hurdles life throws at him, he attunes life according to his will.
5. Fight Club, 1999
Directed by David Fincher, ‘Fight Club’ is based on Chuck Palahniuk’s eponymous 1996 novel. The film follows a white-collared insomniac (Edward Norton), who is discontented and unhappy with his life forms an underground fight club along with a soap salesman named Tyler (Brad Pitt). After initial success, things soon start getting out of control for them. With stunning performances and brilliant storyline, ‘Fight Club’s’ ending is something to watch out for.
4. Inception, 2008
This one is a Christopher Nolan masterpiece starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Cobb (DiCaprio) is a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets. But instead this time he has to give something instead of taking away, in order to clear his criminal history. How he entangles you in a dream within a dream, within a dream will keep you wondering even after you are done watching it.
3. The Dark Knight, 2008
This is the second film in the Batman trilogy by Nolan. It’s regarded as one of the best superhero movies of all times and rightly so. The film uses dark and gritty tones in the best possible way. Coupled with par excellence performance by Heath Ledger as Joker wreaking havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham and Batman trying to save it, this movie is a treat to watch.
2. The Godfather, 1972
Based on Mario Puzo’s best-selling 1969 novel of the same name and one of the most acclaimed movies of all time, ‘The Godfather’ presents the story of the Corleone family and their imminent and pertinent involvement in a vicious cycle of violence and betrayal. The film went on to win Oscar for Best Picture, Best Actor (Marlon Brando) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola).
1. The Shawshank Redemption, 1994
One of the highly acknowledged movies of all time, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ portrays the life picture of Andy Dufresne (Tom Robbins), a banker who is sentenced to two consecutive life terms. He befriends Red (Morgan Freeman) in prison while going through various turmoil. Eventually Andy achieves his end on his own terms.
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