15. The Apostle (1997)
> Directed by: Robert Duvall
> Starring: Robert Duvall, Todd Allen, Paul Bagget
> Genre: Drama
> Available on: Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Amazon Video, Starz Play Amazon Channel, Starz, DIRECTV, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW
Robert Duvall wrote, directed, and produced “The Apostle.” Duvall plays a Pentecostal preacher trying to run from his past. He changes his name and begins preaching on the radio in Louisiana. Critics called Duvall’s performance a tour de force, and he was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award. The film received a Freshness score on Rotten Tomatoes of 90%, and 79% of audiences like the movie.
14. Queen of Katwe (2016)
> Directed by: Mira Nair
> Starring: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o
> Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
> Available on: Vudu, Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Microsoft Store, Apple iTunes, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Disney Plus, FandangoNOW
From Walt Disney Studios comes this true life tale of a young Ugandan girl whose life changes dramatically as she learns the game of chess. The feel-good flick has a Freshness rating of 93% from critics thanks in part thanks to the exceptional performances of Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave,” “Black Panther”) and David Oyelowo (“Selma”).
13. One False Move (1992)
> Directed by: Carl Franklin
> Starring: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Cynda Williams
> Genre: Crime, Drama
> Available on: Google Play Movies, Vudu, YouTube, Amazon Video, Crackle, Redbox, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW, fuboTV, Apple iTunes
Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton wrote and starred in his gripping story about a small-town police chief in Arkansas awaiting a confrontation with a group of killers. Critics hailed the action and sly humor of the film, helmed by Carl Franklin in his directorial debut. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 96% Freshness score, and 75% of audiences approved of the film.
12. George Washington (2000)
> Directed by: David Gordon Green
> Starring: Candace Evanofski, Donald Holden, Damian Jewan Lee
> Genre: Drama
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Kanopy, Criterion Channel, Pure Flix, Amazon Video
Prior to directing movies such as “Pineapple Express” and the 2018 “Halloween” remake and HBO shows including “Eastbound & Down,” David Gordon Greene wrote and directed this drama about a group of small town friends who become involved in a tragic event. On Rotten Tomatoes, 84% of critics liked it, with the Houston Chronicle’s Eric Harrison praising its “quiet verbal and visual poetry.”
11. Metropolitan (1990)
> Directed by: Whit Stillman
> Starring: Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements, Chris Eigeman
> Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Criterion Channel, Showtime, Showtime Amazon Channel, fuboTV, DIRECTV
Whit Stillman’s “Metropolitan” is an incisive and biting look at young Park Avenue socialites gathering for what they fear is their last debutante season and bemoaning the decline of their privileged class. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a Freshness score of 91%, and 85% of audiences liked the movie.
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