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When Amazon debuted its Amazon Prime service some 10 years ago, CEO Jeff Bezos and company simply wanted to give their loyal band of customers a chance to save some scratch on shipping costs. As the service gained a massive subscription base, Amazon continued adding a slew of incredible perks year over year such as access to Prime Pantry, free same-day delivery, and -- arguably its greatest addition in recent years -- Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Now, anyone with an Amazon Prime subscription has easy access to thousands of hit movies and documentaries, all with the simple click of a mouse. To help all you Amazon Prime subscribers sift through Amazon's massive library, we've taken to the task of finding the best movies currently available with the service. So pop some popcorn and find your favorite spot on the couch, here are the best movies currently streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

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Drama

The Wolf of Wall Street

Directed by the illustrious Martin Scorsese -- and led by the talented Leonardo DiCaprio -- this 2013 film chronicles the outrageous lifestyle of stockbroker party boy, Jordan Belfort. Based off an autobiographical memoir of the same name, The Wolf of Wall Street follows Belfort's meteoric rise from slinging penny stocks at a boiler room-style firm, to the launching of his own fraud-laden firm called Stratton Oakmont. Throughout the nearly 3-hour film, DiCaprio's Belfort snorts coke out of places you'd never dream of, gets completely high out of his mind (many, many times), and makes an exorbitant amount of cash. Scorsese has certainly directed better films -- especially with DiCaprio -- but The Wolf of Wall Street remains one of the wildest cinematic dramas to grace the silver screen, with DiCaprio and Jonah Hill giving performances for the ages.

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The Aviator

Yet another Scorsese/DiCaprio collaboration, The Aviator centers around the wildly obsessive compulsive Hell's Angels director, Howard Hughes. The film primarily focuses on Hughes' early years, chronicling his time as a young director in the '20s, his world record flight around the world in 1935, and ends with his famous test flight of the Spruce Goose in 1947. Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, Alec Baldwin, and Alan Alda join the sensational DiCaprio onscreen, each delivering remarkable supporting performances. Seeing Scorsese's take on one of history's most brilliant, yet disturbed, pioneers remains one of cinema's greatest achievements in the 2000s.

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Pulp Fiction

The Quentin Tarantino-directed Pulp Fiction made waves in 1994 when it released, most notably taking home the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or as the event's best picture. Though it narrowly lost out on Best Picture at that year's Academy Awards, Tarantino and screenwriter Roger Avary did nab an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, further cementing Tarantino among Hollywood's greats. Over the course of the film's two and a half hour run time, Tarantino tells several different stories -- some connected, others not -- with each of the film's characters delivering some of the most memorable monologues in modern cinema. Laced with Tarantino's inventive style of storytelling and an eclectic mix of outrageous characters -- not to mention its perfect blend of comedy and violence -- it's not the least bit surprising many critics call Pulp Fiction one of the greatest films of all time.

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Donnie Brasco

Johnny Depp and Al Pacino star in this film about an FBI agent tasked with going undercover in one of New York City's most violent crime families in the 1970s. Depp plays Joseph Pistone, an FBI agent who assumes the alias of Donnie Brasco in order to befriend aging hit-man Lefty Ruggiero (Pacino), and infiltrate the infamous Bonanno crime family. As Pistone begins earning the trust and loyalty of several top ranking Bonanno mob figures, he starts having a hard time distinguishing his life as a federal agent between his undercover role as a criminal. Before long, Pistone develops a close relationship with Ruggiero, one Pistone knows almost certainly leads to either his, or Lefty's death. Depp and Pacino give absolutely sensational performances, and Donnie Brasco remains one of the best Mafia thrillers to grace the silver screen.

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Mud

To help give you an idea of how great Matthew McConaughey is in Mud consider this: after director Christopher Nolan screened this Jeff Nichols-directed flick, Nolan immediately knew he wanted McConaughey to take the lead in his upcoming outer space epic, Interstellar; talk about the ultimate compliment. In the film, McConaughey plays the titular character Mud, a bit of a wayward soul who hides some particularly dark secrets. After two boys stumble upon Mud's makeshift abode -- a washed up boat stuck in a tree -- they develop a relationship with Mud, helping him out in whatever way they can. As Mud's murky past begins to catch up to him, he continues to enlist the help of the two young boys in an attempt to reunite with his longtime lover. Nichols captures the heartbeat of the south so perfectly in Mud, with McConaughey giving one of the best performances of his -- now successful -- acting career.

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Big Fish

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Tim Burton's fantasy drama Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom, a former salesman who -- now on his deathbed -- recounts his life story to his son, William. Edward, ever the gifted storyteller, shares grand tales of his adventures as a young man (played by Ewan McGregor), which take William on a journey through a series of whimsical vignettes and fairytale-like dream sequences. Like much of Burton's directorial catalog, the cinematography in Big Fish is as grandiose as the film's tales, making the viewer feel as much a part of each story as Edward himself. The movie's incredible cast, including Academy Award winners Marion Cotillard and Jessica Lange, compliment McGregor perfectly and make Big Fish an absolute pleasure to watch.

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Amistad

Steven Spielberg has long enjoyed a successful career behind the camera, but if there is one thing he particularly excelled at -- especially in the '90s -- it's his knack for producing incredibly compelling historical dramas. This incredible skill set allowed Spielberg to tell enthralling true stories better than they ever seemed to tell it themselves, and 1997's Amistad proved no different. Set amongst the backdrop of the American slave trade, Amistad tells the true story of an 1839 slave mutiny, and the subsequent trial held seeking for the slaves' freedom. Matthew McConaughey, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, and Morgan Freeman star in this epic drama which sheds a bright light on the barbarity of slavery.

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Defiance

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Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber star in this Nazi-era action drama from Glory director Edward Zwick. Craig and Schreiber play two Jewish brothers who escape a Nazi-controlled region of Eastern Europe and team up with a group of Russian resistance fighters. After recruiting a number of Jewish soldiers throughout the country of Belarus, the group sets up a protective village for themselves -- along with about 1,000 non-fighting Jewish civilians -- in an attempt to avoid the advancing German army at all costs. Though the movie deals with the unsettling topic of the Holocaust, Zwick's telling of survival and sacrifice in World War II-era Europe is an inspirational tale.

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Good Will Hunting

Widely considered Gus Van Sant's greatest directorial effort, Good Will Hunting tells the story of a boy genius named Will Hunting (Matt Damon). Hunting, a Boston-area janitor who possesses an uncanny photographic memory, comes under the tutelage of a graduate professor after narrowly avoiding jail time for a fight he participated in. This graduate professor -- played by the superb Stellan Skarsgard -- also assigns Hunting to seek psychotherapy, much to the dismay of Hunting himself. Despite his lack of interest in getting "help," Hunting develops lasting relationship with Dr. Sean Maguire (Robin Williams), and begins to open up about his life and childhood. A moving film from start to finish, Van Sant's Good Will Hunting is a fantastic piece of filmmaking.

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Documentary

Sriracha

A condiment perhaps more widely used than ketchup or mustard, the spicy Sriracha "rooster sauce" takes center stage in this award-winning, short documentary. To help get the flick off the ground, director Griffin Hammond took to the popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter in 2013, successfully raising over $20k in pledges to just a $5k goal. Hammond's knack for interesting storytelling allow this 30-minute documentary to properly celebrate one of food's most beloved and popular sidekicks.

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Nas: Time is Illmatic

When Nas' debut album Illmatic launched in April of 1994, hip-hop circles the world over considered it a watershed moment, capable of shaping the genre for decades to come. Fast forward some 20 years later and Nas' iconic album still stands the test of time, remaining one of hip-hop's greatest achievements. Nas: Time is Illmatic chronicles the days leading up to the release of Illmatic, particularly examining the social and environmental influences lending itself to Nas' outward perspective. You may know the album, but Time is Illmatic sheds light on the kid from New York City's Queensbridge housing complex, and those around him who made him who he is today. It's an incredible piece of filmmaking.

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Exit Through the Gift Shop

This Banksy-directed docu-comedy tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a street art-obsessed French man who runs a vintage clothing store in Los Angeles, California. The film charts Guetta's immense infatuation with recording everything he does on film, including his quest to find the mysteriously unknown graffiti artist, Banksy. Though once Guetta comes in contact with him, it's Banksy who turns the camera on the incredibly interesting Frenchman, documenting his rise as the street artist known as Mr. Brainwash. Many have debated the authenticity of this documentary -- with some positing it's actually a mockumentary -- but to this day, Banksy stands by his simple answer of "yes" anytime the legitimacy of Exit Through the Gift Shop comes up. True or not, it's inventiveness, comedy, and pure inspiration make it well worth a viewing.

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Urban Fruit

Written and directed by Roman Zenz, Urban Fruit follows four Los Angeles-area urban farmers striving to reconnect people with the origin of where their food comes from. Viewers first meet Rishi, an Indian-American who decides to ditch a promising career in Silicon Valley in order to begin an urban farmer in the backyard of his parent's home. Then there's Ron, a South Los Angeles resident who decides he wants to teach people how to grow food in the front yards of their homes, all while fighting the city over the right to grow a garden. The film then introduces Adam and Jenna Barber, a young couple who discover their passion for cultivating a garden and raising chickens heightens the love they feel for each other. Urban Fruit is an incredible take on Los Angeles' urban agriculture, and four individuals' fight to break out of the industrial food complex.

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Action/Adventure

Star Trek: Into Darkness

JJ Abrams' reboot of the Star Trek franchise brought the beloved series into the 21st Century -- though the movies actually take place in the 23rd Century -- with some of the best visuals and intense action the series has ever seen. The second film in the rehash, titled Star Trek: Into Darkness, finds Captain James T. Kirk (played by Chris Pine) once again in command of the legendary USS Enterprise starship, flanked by series regulars Spock, Dr. Leonard McCoy, and Nyota Uhura. British actor Benedict Cumberbatch steps into the boots as the series' iconic Khan, lending his acting talents as the film's primary antagonist. From start to finish, Star Trek: Into Darkness is a non-stop thrill ride fans of J.J. Abrams' movies have come to expect from the director.

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Batman

The Dark Knight has seen a few screen adaptations over the last few decades, but the first really successful outing for the franchise was 1989's Batman, directed by Tim Burton. Starring Michael Keaton as the titular superhero, Burton's film portrays a twisted, surreal version of Gotham City, and the movie takes a particular interest in the neuroses of its protagonist. Set as Batman's foil is The Joker (Jack Nicholson), a gangster-turned-psychotic clown who represents the chaotic yin to Batman's orderly yang. The film kicked off a profitable film franchise that would eventually devolve into dumb puns and bat credit cards, but Burton's first film is a respectable take on the character, exploring the hero's psychological state in a way that no director would again until Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins.

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Snatch

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Thieves, hitmen, and seemingly every other sort of criminal in London crash into each other in this hyperactive British crime comedy. When a jewel thief tries to sell his latest acquisition to a dealer in London, he knocks down the first of many explosive dominoes as a the power players in the criminal underworld scramble to grab the diamond. The movie follows a few different sets of characters, their paths occasionally intersecting like trains crashing into each other. Snatch maintains a fierce pace throughout, and despite the graphic violence its actually quite funny, owing in large part to the snappy dialogue and animated performances by actors like Brad Pitt.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Known for its jarring depictions of human nature, the late Stieg Larsson's brilliant novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of the most critically acclaimed crime novels of the last several decades. Though a particularly dark story exploring, among other things, violence against women and the occasional Swedish Nazi, the book instantly became a prime target for a movie adaptation. The original iteration -- there also exists a 2011 Hollywood version directed by David Fincher -- faithfully portrays the novel's gripping storyline, with actress Noomi Rapace receiving critical praise for her turn as Lisbeth Salander. The film clocks in at just under three hours long, but its intense, exhilarating story makes those three hours fly by at a feverish pace.

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Kill Bill Vol. 1

Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman teamed up to kick some major ass in 2003's martial arts action flick, Kill Bill Vol. 1. After suffering a brutal attack on her wedding night four years prior, The Bride (Thurman) awakens from a coma hell bent on exacting revenge on those who wronged her. As she methodically hunts down members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad -- of which she used to be a member -- The Bride inches closer to slaying the group's fearless leader, and father of her daughter, Bill. Like most of Tarantino's films, Kill Bill Vol. 1 is a wildly fun romp which features equal parts blood, over-the-top action, and brilliant dialogue.

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Comedy

Men in Black II

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones teamed up yet again for the sequel to 1997's Men in Black, simply titled Men in Black II -- or MIIB if we're getting technical. After an evil Kylothian seductress named Serleena comes to Earth intending to destroy it, Agent J (Smith) must coax Agent K (Jones) out of retirement to help him send Serleena packing. For those who remember the end of Men in Black however, K decided to wipe his memory of MIB, and now enjoys retirement as Kevin Brown, a postmaster. It's might not be as much fun as its predecessor, but Men in Black II is still a hilarious ride led by the unlikely comedic duo of Smith and Jones.

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Groundhog Day

One of the best gems in the late Harold Ramis' incredibly successful Hollywood career -- behind a camera, in front of a camera, and as a writer -- is no doubt the outrageous comedy, Groundhog Day. The film centers on Pittsburgh-area weatherman Phil Connors (played by the always-hilarious Bill Murray), who finds himself reliving February 2 over and over again. Unsure of how to break out of the time loop, Connors plays each day slightly different -- some days make him wildly depressed, while others find him taking on the role of a good Samaritan. Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott also star in this witty comedy that's widely considered one of the best films of all-time.

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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Ron Burgundy and his merry band of misfits return in 2013's ridiculous, yet hilarious, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. After leaving his wife Veronica Corningstone (played by Christina Applegate) over a promotion she received at their New York-city based news station, Burgundy finds himself back in San Diego, depressed and constantly out of work. A chance work offer from Global News Network gets Ron back in front of the camera, flanked by his zany former news crew in Champ Kind (David Koechner), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), and Brick Tamland (Steve Carrell). Chock full of classic Burgundy-isms from beginning to end, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is an uproarious comedy sure to make your sides split.

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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Johnny Knoxville made a name for himself in the 2000s for being, well, a jackass, and his candid camera-type comedy Bad Grandpa puts a completely different spin on what made him famous. Shot in a similar style to Sacha Baron Cohen's Da Ali G Show, Bad Grandpa finds Johnny Knoxville decked out in heaps of makeup which make him look like an old man. After he's fictionally forced to watch his grandson, the two embark on a series of awkward and cringe worthy encounters with everyday people. Whether its Knoxville using his grandson to help hook him up with women, or to steal food from a supermarket, Bad Grandpa's ultimate goal is to rile up various onlookers -- something it achieves with flying colors.

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Clerks II

After a 12-year hiatus, actor/director Kevin Smith revisits the world of Dante, Randal, Jay, and Silent Bob in 2006's Clerks II. Well worth the wait, Clerks II picks up some 11 years after the events of the original movie, with Dante and Randal still operating the iconic Quick Stop convenience store. After a coffee pot fire burns down the shop, the duo find themselves with no other option than to start working for a local fast food chain called Mooby's. As expected, Dante and Randal encounter a series of unfortunate disasters which threaten to alienate the people closest to them, all while stumbling across a way to improve their life and earn back their convenience store. If you liked the original Clerks -- as well as Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Mallrats, etc. -- you'll no doubt enjoy this hilarious comedy.

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Foreign

Amelie

Audrey Tautou stars in this 2001 French flick about a woman who strives to enrich the lives of those around her, while simultaneously dealing with her own naivety and shyness. During her quest to help other people, Amelie quickly realizes she continues to neglect improving herself, and is no closer to finding love than she was when she moved to Paris as a young woman. This self awareness allows her to take initiative in her daily life, and leads her to a photograph collector who strikes her fancy. Easily one of the greatest foreign language films of the last several decades, Amelie is an absolute joy to watch.

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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

One of the most famous Chinese films in America, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a premier example of wuxia cinema, showcasing the martial arts prowess and grandiose cinematography that the genre is known for. Featuring an all-star cast including Chow Yun-fat and Michelle Yeoh, Crouching Tiger is the story of Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-fat), a martial arts master who wants to retire after failing to protect his own master from an assassin. When that same assassin reappears to steal Mu Bai's legendary sword, however, he is drawn back into a world of violence and revenge. The actor's for the most part perform their own stunts, giving the action scenes an authentic grace that stands out in comparison to the CGI-heavy actions films of today.

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Ong Bak 3

Tony Jaa's Ong Bak series -- of which he directs, writes, and stars in -- garnered heaps of praise due to its wonderfully choreographed fight scenes, and enthralling story. Ong Bak 3 once again finds main character Tien fighting for honor in 1431 Thailand. The movie opens with Tien in captivity, routinely getting beaten by Lord Rajasena's men, despite his guerrilla fighters' attempts at freeing him. Once he's finally freed, Tien sets out to rid his home village of Bhuti Sangkha's stranglehold and effectively defeat evil for good. One of the most visually stimulating movies of any genre, Ong Bak 3 is a wild ride.

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Trollhunter

Ever wonder what a troll might look like in real life? Director Andre Ovredal gives viewers the opportunity to experience this very phenomenon in his Norwegian science-fiction mockumentary, Trollhunter. Shot using cinema's ever popular found-footage filming style, Trollhunter centers on a group of university students who set out to investigate series of strange bear deaths. During their quest, they come across a supposed poacher named Hans, though after following him closely, they soon realize he's actually a troll hunter -- with a government agency using the bears as a ruse. Hans allows the students to follow him while he hunts, though only under the assumption they follow his every rule. From start to finish, Trollhunter is an incredible piece of filmmaking sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Let The Right One In

Let the Right One In is a singular film, equally likely to charm or shock you at any point in the movie. The film follows the relationship between Oskar, a young boy who is bullied at school, and Eli, a strange girl who moves into the neighborhood. As their friendship grows, it quickly becomes apparent that Eli is not altogether human, and she leaves a trail of blood and shadow in her wake. Beyond the intriguing premise, Let the Right One In is a master class in filmmaking, as director Tomas Alfredson makes great use of light and shadow to add emotional resonance to scenes. Sweden in the film is beautiful and yet always unnerving, like a forest in an old fairy tale.

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Science Fiction/Fantasy

The NeverEnding Story

The NeverEnding Story, a Wolfgang Peterson-directed film, tells the story of Bastian, a young boy who embarks on a fantastical adventure to help escape constant daily abuse from bullies at school. After seeking refuge in a library one day, the library's owner hands Bastian a book title The NeverEnding Story, which features a young warrior whom he quickly begins to envy. While feverishly reading the book in his school's attic, Bastian soon realizes the characters in the story need his help to save the kingdom of Fantasia. The NeverEnding Story seamlessly weaves Bastian's real life with the book's fantasy world, giving viewers an experience they won't soon forget.

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Monsters

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The found-footage genre of horror has become something of a joke in recent years, as a plentitude of amateur filmmakers attempt to emulate indie success like The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity without having the same knack for experimentation that those films displayed. There is only so much tension to wring out of people weeping into a camera while spooky noises happen in the background. Then along comes a film like Monsters, which takes the genre and moves it in a radically different direction.

Monsters takes place years after a probe crashes down in Mexico carrying alien organisms which spread and come to dominate the region. An American journalist is assigned by his boss to go down to Mexico and escort the boss's daughter back to America. Of course, they have to cross through infested territory in order to do so.

Directed by Gareth Edwards, Monsters makes great use of its small budget, keeping the bizarre (and very, very large) creatures on the edge of view, keeping a constant sense of danger on the threshold.

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The X-Files

Chris Carter's hit science fiction series X-Files made the jump to the silver screen in 1998, featuring the franchise's iconic lead duo in Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. The film picks up after reassignments push Dana Scully (Anderson) and Fox Mulder (Duchovny) away from their typical gigs as X-Files investigators, and onto a case involving a bombing of federal building in Dallas. As the duo wade through various government conspiracies and shady figures, it becomes clear the bombing intended to uncover a horrifying truth about an alien civilization on Earth. All of the series' key figures -- as well as A-list actors like Martin Landau and Blythe Danner -- make appearance in The X-Files making it seem more like one long episode of the revered show rather than a feature film.

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Under The Skin

Scarlett Johansson stars in this wild science fiction film about an woman who lives for preying on lonely men in Scotland. During her encounters, the seductress begins to learn much more about herself, and sees this newfound awareness have a massive impact on the way she treats the men she captures. Heralded for Johansson's sterling performance -- as well as Jonathan Glazer's direction and writing -- Under The Skin popped up as the best film of 2014 in dozens of publications' year-end cinema reviews. At just shy of two hours long, it's an odd journey through the streets of Scotland but provides viewers an immense amount of incredible imagery which is both visually stunning and hauntingly creepy.

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Khan Noonien Singh makes his return to the Star Trek universe for 1982's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, hellbent on exacting revenge on William Shatner's Captain Kirk, and the rest of the USS Enterprise crew. After Khan escapes from exile, Captain Kirk and his crew -- featuring Leonard Nimoy as Spock and George Takei as Sulu, among others -- race to thwart Khan from getting his hands on a planet modifying weapon called Genesis. Considering this film debuted some 30+ years ago, the special effects aren't exactly top quality, but The Wrath of Khan is still widely considered the best film adaptation of the show in the entire franchise; plus, who doesn't love seeing Shatner go completely berserk while screaming out "KHAAAAAN" over and over?

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Kids

Jumanji

The late Robin Williams stars in this 1995 adaptation of the Chris Van Allsburg book, Jumanji, about a magical board came which possesses the power to unleash a jungle's worth of animals with a simple roll of a dice. After siblings Peter and Judy Shephard discover and begin playing the game, they soon release an older man (Williams) who'd been trapped inside the board for some 26 years. With the game's mysterious powers wreaking havoc all around them, the old man must assist Peter and Judy in winning the game of Jumanji before it completely consumes their hometown. Though it concerns a particularly odd premise, Williams is at his comedic best in Jumanji, making this film an absolute joy.

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Hook

Robin Williams makes yet another appearance on this list for his turn as an adult Peter Pan in Steven Spielberg's 1991 hit, Hook. Starring opposite Dustin Hoffman as the titular Hook, and Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell, Williams gives an all-time performance as one of the literary world's most popular children's characters. After Hook kidnaps his children, Pan must return to the magical world of Neverland, recapture his playful youth, and fend off an enemy he knows all too well. Though Spielberg has remained famously critical of his work on Hook, it still stands as one of the best children's movies of the '90s, and one of the best renditions of the Peter Pan's story.

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The Polar Express

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Director Robert Zemeckis teams up with actor Tom Hanks in this animated retelling of another Chris Van Allsburg book, The Polar Express. Hanks puts his acting prowess on full display in The Polar Express, playing a host of characters including the train's conductor, the boy hero, Scrooge, and Santa Claus. The film's plot concerns the story of a boy who boards a magical train (the Polar Express) en route to the North Pole. While on his journey, the boy learns a slew of critical life lessons regarding friendship, courage, and the meaning of Christmas. A delightful film filled with incredible visuals, delightful characters, and a heartwarming story, The Polar Express is fun for the whole family.

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Stuart Little 2

Stuart Little 2, director and producer Rob Minkoff's film adaptation of the beloved children's book Stuart Little, tells the story of a mouse named Stuart and a cat named Snowbell's adventure to rescue a lost canary named Margalo. As Stuart and Snowbell set out to search for Margalo across the city, the two meet a series of outrageous characters who help -- and sometimes hinder -- their ultimate goal. Michael J. Fox voices the titular mouse, with Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, and Nathan Lane also starring alongside him. If you liked the first Stuart Little film then you'll no doubt enjoy the return trip into the world of this talking mouse.

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Ferngully: The Last Rainforest

With a stellar voice acting cast and a storyline containing valuable lessons about pollution and deforestation, this children's classic remains one of the most cherished animated films from the 1990s. Led by the voice acting talents of Christian Slater, Tim Curry, Cheech Marin, Robin Williams, and Tommy Chong, Ferngully: The Last Rainforest tells the story of a group of fairies who befriend a local logger and attempt to thwart the evil pollution company Hexxus from ruining the rainforest. Though the film debuted in 1992, the quality of the animation -- as well as its superb direction -- allow Ferngully to stand the test of time.

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Horror

Event Horizon

Paul Anderson's outer space horror film, Event Horizon, didn't open to much critical acclaim when it debuted in 1997, but has since achieved cult classic status in the years since its release. Starring Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne, and Kathleen Quinlan, Event Horizon concerns a team of astronauts who set out to rescue a starship which disappeared some 7 years prior. After the Event Horizon appears near Neptune, the crew attempts to board the ship and search the interior for any signs of its former crew. After it's assumed the ship traveled to a dimension not of their universe -- and into an alternate dimension implied to the viewer as being Hell -- the crew begin experiencing debilitating hallucinations and race to get off the ship before succumbing to the evil presence.

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World War Z

Loosely based on a Max Brooks novel of the same name, World War Z stars Brad Pitt (who also produced the film) as Gerry Lane, a former UN investigator caught in the midst of a zombie outbreak. As the outbreak continues to grow at a rapid pace, Lane travels the globe in search of a way to kill the virus before it completely consumes human civilization. Even though World War Z released among thousands of other zombie-related shows, books, etc., it remains one of the most entertaining -- and visually stunning -- takes on the walking dead.

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You're Next

Adam Wingard directs this indie slasher hit about a group of masked killers who decide to massacre a group of people enjoying a family reunion getaway. As a few of the reunion goers begin to get picked off by the axe-wielding psychos, the murderers soon find out one of the guests harnesses a particular set of skills capable of fighting back. The killers' advantages being to dwindle drastically and it ends up being them who begin fearing for their lives, rather than the other way around. Wingard's perfect blend of dark humor and gruesome killings make this an absolute blast to watch, even for those not incredibly keen on horror movies.

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The Shining

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Arguably one of the greatest horror movies ever made, The Shining is an adaptation of a novel by Stephen King, directed by legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. The plot concerns Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), a recovering alcoholic who has brought his family to spend the winter at the Overlook Hotel, where he will work as caretaker during the off-season. Jack hopes that the seclusion will give him time to work on his novel and rebuild his relationship with his family. The Overlook has a dark history, however, and as time goes by and tension rises between Jack and his family, the tragic past of the hotel seems likely to repeat itself.

Kubrick brings his renowned technical prowess to the film, framing every shot perfectly to give the Overlook a sense of oppression and madness. The hotel is almost a character unto itself, shifting physically to reflect the growing dread throughout the film. Also noteworthy is Nicholson's performance as the increasingly manic Torrance, a role which would become among his most famous.

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The Mist

Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont takes on Stephen King in 2007's science fiction thriller, The Mist. Starring Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laurie Holden, The Mist poses the question of what normal townspeople might do under outrageous conditions. After an abnormal storm brings a pack of blood-thirsty creatures to a tiny town, those living within the city frantically attempt to fight for their life and avoid getting eaten. After most of the town finds shelter within a local supermarket they soon realize the entire store becomes engulfed in the advancing mist. Darabont altered the movie's ending to differ slightly from the book -- something Stephen King gave the OK to do -- giving the film adaptation a much darker and incredibly somber ending.

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Sleepless in Seattle

Nora Ephron knows a thing or two about directing a dramedy -- she arguably dominated this space throughout the '90s -- though 1993's Sleepless in Seattle just might be her best piece of work. Starring the always-incredible Tom Hanks as a recently-widowed father, Sleepless tells a heartwarming story about love, loss, and new beginnings. After hearing Sam Baldwin (Hanks) make a radio appearance in which he pours his heart out over the loss of his wife, Baltimore-area newspaper writer Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) finds herself enamored with the story. Though Reed feels compelled to meet Baldwin -- and feels a particularly strong about him -- she has straight-laced fiance she's set to marry, though he's far from her ideal match. Hanks and Ryan display stunning on-screen chemistry with each other, making Sleepless in Seattle a pure delight to watch.

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Jerry Maguire

Tom Cruise stars as the titular Jerry Maguire in this 1996 drama about an uber-successful sports agent who all of a sudden questions what he's doing in life. After this epiphany gets him fired -- thus losing all of his high profile clients but the eccentric Rod Tidwell (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) -- Jerry sets out to revive his career, all while striving to stay true to who he is. Renee Zellweger, Jay Mohr, and Jerry O'Connell also star in this Cameron Crowe-directed film which saw both critical and box office success when it released in the mid-90s. Heralded for its incredibly heartwarming story, brilliant performances by the actors, and spot-on portrayal of the ruthless sports agent business, Jerry Maguire remains one of the best films available via Amazon Prime.

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Footloose

After a young Chicago-area teenager named Ren (Kevin Bacon) moves to the small town of Bomont to stay with his aunt, he soon learns a particularly crusty minister (John Lithgow) successfully outlawed rock music and dancing. Much to the chagrin of the minister, Ren sparks a rebellious revolution among the townsfolk, and attempts to overturn the outrageous ban before his upcoming senior prom. Footloose has all the looks of a classic 1980s movie, with Bacon giving one of the most iconic performances of the past 35 years.

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Romeo + Juliet

Shakespeare is probably the most widely adapted author of all time, and people have been mining The Bard's works long enough that everybody has at least a vague understanding of the more famous plays. This holds especially true for a play like Romeo and Juliet, which is often required reading in high school classrooms across America. As such, it's always nice to see a director put a bold twist on one of Shakespeare's works, as Baz Luhrmann does with Romeo + Juliet, a modern retelling of the classic love story that brings the tragedy to Verona Beach, California, and reimagines the feuding nobles of Shakespeare as rival mafia families. As is typical of Luhrmann's films, the camera work is hyperkinetic and all emotions are played to the maximum.

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When Harry Met Sally

Nora Ephron's talents return -- as a writer only this time -- for 1989's Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan-starring romance, When Harry Met Sally. Harry (Crystal) and Sally (Ryan) both moved to New York City with love on their mind after graduating from the University of Chicago. Though they don't fall for one another right away, the two come in and out of each other's lives before finally developing a close friendship. As each realizes they greatly enjoy the other's company, they soon wonder if a friendship between a man and a woman can exist without sex completely ruining everything. Crystal's brilliant comedic timing coupled with Ryan's wondrous onscreen presence make When Harry Met Sally a must-watch for romantic comedy fans.

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