Special Report

The Best Amazon Prime Original Movies

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25. Landline (2017)
> IMDb user rating: 6.4/10 (4,411 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 64% (2,987 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 75% (130 reviews)
> Directed by: Gillian Robespierre

“Landline,” with a cast topped by honored actors John Turturro and Edie Falco, is about two sisters growing up in New York in the 1990s who discover their dad is having an affair – and then find out his cheating is not the exception. “A zippy and friendly episodic comedy and coming-of-age story,” said Brad Wheeler of the Globe and Mail.

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24. Being the Ricardos (2021)
> IMDb user rating: 6.5/10 (41,129 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 75% (100 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 67% (279 reviews)
> Directed by: Aaron Sorkin

This is the much-anticipated biopic of Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem), two of the pioneers of television sitcoms, and their tumultuous marriage. Amber Wilkinson of The Times (UK) said “Not only does she get the tone of Ball right, Kidman also captures the comedy star’s forthright energy, an essential fearlessness and truthfulness about herself that Sorkin also evidently admires.”

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23. The Lost City of Z (2016)
> IMDb user rating: 6.6/10 (84,836 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 57% (21,631 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 86% (247 reviews)
> Directed by: James Gray

“The Lost City of Z” is the true story of British explorer Percival Fawcett (played by Charlie Hunnam), who disappeared seeking a lost city in the Amazon in the 1920s. The movie also stars Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller. Kristen Yoonsoo Kim of Brooklyn Magazine said “‘The Lost City of Z’ feels like a gem dug out from a time capsule.”

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22. Annette (2021)
> IMDb user rating: 6.3/10 (19,764 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 76% (50 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 71% (261 reviews)
> Directed by: Leos Carax

In “Annette,” a standup comedian (Adam Driver) and an opera singer (Oscar winner Marion Cotillard) have a daughter who possesses an extraordinary gift. Robert Levin of Newsday called it “a grandiose melodrama in which everyone involved recognizes exactly what the material demands and goes right after it.”

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21. The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021)
> IMDb user rating: 6.8/10 (14,226 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 73% (100 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 71% (156 reviews)
> Directed by: Will Sharpe

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Louis Wain, an English artist who gained prominence in the late 19th century with his surreal paintings of cats, which suggested to contemporaries that he was losing his sanity. Hannah Flint of Time Out said “‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’ is “an effervescent movie, one that reflects the colorful whimsy of Wain’s work and a far more vivid image of Victorian and Edwardian England than your usual period film.”

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