20. Columbus (2017)
> Directed by: Kogonada
> Starring: John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey
> Genre: Drama
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Kanopy, Yupp TV
John Cho (“Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” “Star Trek”) stars in this story about a young man who finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana, after his father falls ill. There he meets a woman who plans to stay in the small city to care for her mother. The quiet drama was described by the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw as “a challengingly intelligent film” and won over 97% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
19. Henry Fool (1997)
> Directed by: Hal Hartley
> Starring: Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak, Parker Posey
> Genre: Comedy, Drama
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, DIRECTV, FandangoNOW, Microsoft Store
Hal Hartley’s twist on the Oscar’s Wilde Pygmalion tale is about an aimless trash hauler named Simon who befriends a witty though talentless novelist (Henry Fool) who enlightens the garbage collector to the world of literature. The movie holds an 89% Freshness score on Rotten Tomatoes, and 82% of audiences like the film.
18. Waves (2019)
> Directed by: Trey Edward Shults
> Starring: Taylor Russell, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Alexa Demie
> Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
> Available on: Microsoft Store, Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Amazon Video, FlixFling, Redbox, FandangoNOW, Apple iTunes
“Waves” is the third feature film from writer-director Trey Edward Shults, whose debut “Krisha” landed at No. 28 on this list. The movie portrays a family’s journey following a loss. It has a Freshness rating of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes and was selected as one of the top films of 2019 by the National Board of Review film organization.
17. The Winslow Boy (1999)
> Directed by: David Mamet
> Starring: Rebecca Pidgeon, Jeremy Northam, Nigel Hawthorne
> Genre: Drama, Romance
> Available on: Google Play Movies, YouTube, Vudu, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW
David Mamet directed and co-wrote “The Winslow Boy,” a remake of the 1948 film set in early 20th-century England about a prominent attorney asked to defend a 14-year-old naval cadet accused of theft. The Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes found “The Winslow Boy” to be “smart and engaging,” and 97% of critics gave the motion picture a Freshness score of 97%, with 77% of audiences applauding the movies.
16. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)
> Directed by: George Tillman Jr.
> Starring: Skylan Brooks, Ethan Dizon, Jordin Sparks Thomas
> Genre: Drama
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, HBO Now Amazon Channel, Amazon Video, Cinemax Amazon Channel, DIRECTV, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW
“The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” is about two boys living in low-income housing in Brooklyn who must fend for themselves after their mothers are arrested. With its gritty setting and impressive lead performances the movie is a creative success that earned positive reviews from 86% of critics and 88% of audiences on Rotten Tomatoes.
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