Special Report

The Best Amazon Prime Original Movies

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5. One Night in Miami… (2020)
> IMDb user rating: 7.1/10 (28,873 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 79% (1,037 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 98% (331 reviews)
> Directed by: Regina King

Regina King’s directorial debut, based on true events, rang up a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score of 98%, equaling the highest score of any film on this list. The night in the title is when Cassius Clay, soon to change his name to Muhammad Ali, upset reigning heavweight champion Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Hall. Celebrating with the new champion were three iconic African-American figures: activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke, and football great Jim Brown.

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4. Manchester by the Sea (2016)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (261,587 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 78% (50,382 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (352 reviews)
> Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan

Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea” is about a janitor who gives up his job in Boston to be the guardian of his deceased brother’s son in the town he grew up in. David Stratton of The Australian said “Not a moment in the film is wasted; though on the long side, this is from start to finish a rewarding and strangely beautiful drama with a conclusion that is immensely satisfying in its touching understatement.”

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3. Honey Boy (2019)
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10 (32,827 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 92% (560 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 94% (231 reviews)
> Directed by: Alma Har’el

Shia LaBeouf starred in and wrote this story about a 12-year-old boy whose success as a television performer becomes complicated when his alcoholic, abusive father gets back in his life. Critic Chris Stuckmann said “The movie feels very raw. LaBeouf’s voice is very unfiltered through this movie…. You can tell that he’s working through things as he writes the movie.”

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2. The Big Sick (2017)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (127,850 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 88% (32,924 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 98% (303 reviews)
> Directed by: Michael Showalter

This cross-cultural rom-com stars Kumail Nanjiani as a Pakistani stand-up comedian who falls for an American graduate student and worries what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. When she gets sick, the comedian has to face her parents, whom he bonds with.”‘The Big Sick’ feels authentic yet familiar, endearing and consistently funny – a curious mix that provides a real-life example of how Nanjiani and Gordon’s life together imitates art,” said Brian Eggert of Deep Focus Review

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1. Sound of Metal (2019)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (105,218 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 90% (2,076 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 97% (274 reviews)
> Directed by: Darius Marder

A drummer with a punk band is confronted with hearing loss and the possibility that his career – and, in his mind, his life – might be over. Tara Brady of the Irish Times hailed the film, calling it “a drama that’s as visceral and hard-hitting as its protagonist’s drum solos.”

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