Streaming services are taking over the movie landscape and Prime Video is becoming a giant in the industry.
Although it has a lot of catching up to do if it wants to really compete with Netflix with its original content, the jack of all trades company is producing some high-quality films which are a hit with both critics and audiences.
These are the top seven Prime Video original movies according to their ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, with not one of them dipping below the 90% mark, highlighting just how good these motion pictures are.
So, the next time you’re mindlessly scrolling through wondering what film to watch, why not start with one on this list?
One Night in Miami - Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%
This is one of the most successful and critically-acclaimed films Prime Video has produced, winning multiple awards for its cast and original songs.
One Night in Miami is based on the stage play of the same name written by Kemp Powers, and it focuses on a meeting between Cassius Clay, who changes his name to Muhammad Ali at the end of the movie, Malcolm X, soul singer Sam Cooke and NFL player and actor Jim Brown after Ali’s shock win over Sonny Liston.
This fictional meeting takes place in 1964, when all four men are 22 years old and are about to embark on making life-changing decisions in their real lives.
Actress Regina King made her directorial debut for this movie while Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr portray the main characters.
Blow the Man Down - Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%
Equally as successful as the previous film in this list, Blow the Man Down also has a score of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes but, hasn’t been as recognised when it comes to awards, despite winning Best Screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival where the picture premiered.
This movie is set in a small fishing village off the coast of Maine, USA and focuses on two sisters grieving for their recently-deceased mother who get caught up in a cover-up of a crime – the murder of a man who attempted to force himself on one of them.
While trying to keep their crime under wraps, they uncover the dark underbelly of the town they call home.
Sound of Metal - Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%
Riz Ahmed stuns in his role in this film as a recovering drug addict drummer who loses his hearing.
Despite pleas from his girlfriend Lou who plays in a metal duo with him, played by Olivia Cooke, to stop playing shows to protect his hearing once it starts to deteriorate, he carries on performing and eventually has to live in a shelter for deaf recovering addicts where he starts to learn sign language, but he can’t use any kind of technology to communicate with Lou as part of the shelter’s rules.
This is a beautiful film and isn’t just about music - which you could assume if just glancing past this film when deciding what to watch – it also has themes of suffering and resilience and it’ll take you on a rollercoaster of emotions, crying one minute, then smiling the next.
Critics loved this picture as well, it was nominated for six Oscars and took home two of them, for best sound and best film editing.
Honey Boy - Rotten Tomatoes rating: 95%
This drama is written by actor and performance artist Shia LaBeouf and it is based on his father and his childhood, with LaBeouf playing the part he based on his dad.
The 35-year-old wrote this film while he was recovering in rehab as a form of therapy while he was “falling apart.”
Based on his own life, this movie is set around a young actor’s volatile childhood and early adulthood as he struggles to reconcile with his ex-rodeo clown and registered sex offender father who was manic and aggressive, along with dealing with his own mental health struggles.
The title ‘Honey Boy’ was LeBeouf’s childhood nickname.
Herself - Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%
After suffering at the hands of an abusive husband, a young mother escapes from his clutches and starts a fight of her own – with a broken housing system.
Sandra, portrayed by Clare Dunne, is now a single mother and begins to build her own home with the help of the community after the housing system refuses to put a roof under her and her children.
However, it wouldn’t be a film without drama, and it rears its head when Sandra’s ex-husband demands he wants custody of their children and sues her for it.
Dunne’s performance and portrayal of one woman’s journey is highly rated by audiences and critics alike, however the Irish actress did also co-write the screenplay, so she knew exactly how she wanted the character to be played and that successfully comes across on screen.
Sylvie’s Love - Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%
“Sometimes the right love comes at the wrong time.”
Sylvie’s Love, which features talents including Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Eva Longoria and Rege-Jean Page is set around the romantic crossing of paths between an aspiring TV producer and a saxophonist.
Robert (Asomugha) and Sylvie (Thompson) had a summer fling when he visited her father’s record shop in Harlem in the 1950s.
Years later they meet each other again and discover that their flame never went out but their careers are about to take them away from each other again and quite literally in a different direction which leads them to decide what matters most.
This film was nominated for a whole host of awards, including at the Critics Choice Awards, and according to the Rotten Tomatoes score, it’s also a hit with audiences.
The Vast of Night - Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%
Think UFOs, aliens, and mysterious unexplainable sounds – the premise of this film.
Set in a town in New Mexico in the 1950s, a young switchboard operator and a teenage disc jockey are helping to prepare for a high school basketball game.
When listening to their own radio station it’s interrupted by an unknown audio signal and so, they turn to their audience to help figure out what could be causing it.
One caller who used to serve in the military reveals it’s about a classified project which could endanger America if people found out about it and change the future forever.
This is an ‘on the edge of your seat’ film and not just a favourite with sci-fi fans – Rolling Stone, Variety, Paste and IndieWire all highly recommended this gripping movie.
Words by Lucy Roberts for Female First, who you can follow on Twitter, @Lucy_Roberts_72.