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The 10 best Amazon original movies you can watch right now

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Amazon original movies took a giant leap forward with Manchester by the Sea. The 2016 drama won 2 Academy Awards for best actor (Casey Affleck) and original screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan), and it put Amazon Studios, the entertainment division of the company, on the map. With nearly 30 movies under its belt, co-distributed with prominent production companies like Magnolia Pictures, Lionsgate, IFC Films, and Roadside Attractions, Amazon can compete with Netflix and Hulu when it comes to original content—and it has more than a dozen films in the works.

Here are the best Amazon original movies you can stream right now.

The best Amazon original movies

1) Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea is a tough watch. It revolves around a handyman, Lee (Casey Affleck, who won an Oscar for his performance), dealing with his brother’s (Kyle Chandler) death. Lee has to take in his nephew, Patrick (Academy Award-nominated Lucas Hedges) and grapple with his past failings. Despite the gloomy setting and even gloomier subject matter, Manchester has a wicked funny bone. Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan specializes in crafting sincere characters and dialogue so authentic you’ll want to start a GoFundMe to help Lee and Lucas stay afloat while they figure things out. —Eddie Strait

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2) The Big Sick

The real-life relationship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon provides the basis for this charming romantic comedy. The movie deals with the dynamic of the couple’s interracial relationship and how it affects their families, as well as Gordon’s hospital stay and medically induced coma. Nanjiani and Gordon wrote the script, with Nanjiani playing himself and Zoe Kazan playing Gordon. The movie is an honest, hilarious reminder that our differences are the best things about us. The Big Sick is one of 2017’s best films. —E.S.

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3) Paterson

Every day for bus driver Paterson (Adam Driver) is exactly the same, and every day is also sublimely unique. Making wonderful use of repetition and recurring imagery, indie legend Jim Jarmusch’s latest shows how beauty can be found everywhere, if only you bother to look. Anchored by Driver’s understated performance, Paterson is a celebration of the creative impulse, and its ability to impart mystery and import to even the most innocuous of things. —David Wharton

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4) Last Flag Flying

Richard Linklater finally has his road trip movie. Set in December 2003, Last Flag Flying opens with Steve Carell’s soft-spoken Larry “Doc” Shepherd tracking down his old friend Sal Nealon, played with foul-mouthed vigor by Bryan Cranston. The two were in Vietnam together, and Larry enlists him to help transport the body of his son, who was killed in Iraq. They pick up fellow vet Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne), who is now a man of God. And with that collection of personalities, the film sets off on an emotional journey that paints early aughts patriotism in dreary strokes.

While his past films often focus on youth and romance, Last Flag Flying is more somber: 9/11 is still fresh; America’s less than a year into the Iraq War; we see footage of Saddam Hussein being captured and George W. Bush on TV. But the film is also a portrait of damaged men in middle age, which doesn’t always make for the most entertaining content. —Audra Schroeder

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5) Chi-raq

Spike Lee channels the provocateur of his early days with this fire-breathing musical about gang violence in Chicago. It’s based the Greek play Lysistrata by Apostrophe, and it’s set in a world where women withhold sex in an attempt to stop men from their violence. The first Amazon original movie, Chi-raq is not quite on par with Lee’s best, but it’s not far off. Lee is a vital voice, and Chi-raq proves he’s still got it. —E.S.

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6) The Handmaiden

If you haven’t seen it yet, stop everything you’re doing and spend the next two-and-a-half hours in Park Chan-wook’s exhilarating The Handmaiden. The movie is chock full of twists and role-reversals, and it’s so much fun that mentioning any story specifics would be unfair. Chan-wook is one of the world’s most entertaining directors, and The Handmaiden is arguably one of his best. Everything that makes him great is on display here, from the dizzying tonal shifts to the luscious photography and idiosyncratic indulgences. —E.S.

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7) Landline

Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre, star and director of the acclaimed Obvious Child, respectively, reteam on Landline, a ‘90s-set family drama. It’s about sisters who uncover their father’s affair and the effects of that news coming to light. It’s a plotline straight out of the indie movie starter pack, but it’s elevated by strong work from the cast. Abby Quinn makes a noteworthy debut playing Slate’s sister, and Edie Falco, John Turturro, Finn Wittrock, and Mark Duplass are all terrific. —E.S.

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8) The Salesman

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi is one of the world’s best directors. His films are observant and wise in the way they depict the contradictions of humanity. The Salesman is a story within a story: It follows a husband and wife who put on a performance of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman when the wife is assaulted at a friend’s apartment. The film deals with the emotional fallout. It’s the kind of intimate drama Farhadi specializes in. —E.S.

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9) Love & Friendship

Whit Stillman’s adaptation of Jane Eyre’s Lady stars Kate Beckinsale as a widow on a mission to find husbands who offer the most financial stability for her daughters. Love & Friendship is hilarious and refreshingly self-aware. The film earned a great deal of acclaim, with Beckinsale and Tom Bennett singled out amongst a strong cast. If you’re new to Stillman’s work, this is a great introduction. —E.S.

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10) Gleason

This documentary tells the story of former NFL player Steve Gleason, who played for the New Orleans Saints, among other teams, before retiring in 2008. Gleason was diagnosed with ALS (more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2011. The documentary charts Gleason’s battle and his advocacy while also showing how his family has adapted to their circumstance. It’s an incredibly touching film, one that is inspirational and full of hope even in its darkest moments.  —E.S.

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Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

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Everything we know so far about ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8

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When is Daenerys going to find out she banged her undead nephew?

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“No Game of Thrones in 2018 means that the speculation around the show’s eighth and final season will surge unbridled for another calendar year. While some would prefer to enter Season 8 pure as the snow over Winterfell, other fans devour every piece of set news or maybe-fake leaks that trickle out from Thrones‘s various filming locations. This article is for the latter — only those who want to know everything that’s…”

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“Hold on to your monocles, everybody: Reality shows occasionally bend the truth. OK, maybe you already knew that. But The Bachelor breaks the truth in half and spits on the pieces. Yes, it turns out that America’s favorite saga about finding love via an elaborate game show that’s primarily designed to emotionally manipulate and humiliate the players is not entirely trustworthy. Let us count the ways …

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You Might Go Into Debt Simply Trying To Buy Enough Clothes For The Show

Episodes of The Bachelor double as fashion shows, because there’s no better way to set realistic expectations for a potential marriage than constantly dressing like you’re on your way to a royal ball. But while the show does give dresses to the two finalists once they reach the last episode, everything else is up to the contestants to get own their own. Every single woman has to bring enough of her own clothing to stay stylish yet comfortable for up to three months in every conceivable situation — fancy dinners, tropical islands, exotic winter getaways, hikes, pool parties, sitting on planes for six hours. They’re even given a lengthy list of suggested items to pack, plus a friendly reminder that you’re only allowed two suitcases.

ABC StudiosBest to be prepared for any ethnic or holiday celebrations.

Since the average woman does not attend five cocktail parties and two island getaways in different hemispheres every week, this necessitates a lot of shopping to rapidly expand one’s wardrobe. Some women manage to scrape a wardrobe together by borrowing from friends and family, but most have to buy. One woman spent six grand for her appearance on The Bachelor, then got it down to mere a $2,000 for Bachelor in Paradise. Another contestant admitted to dropping $8,000, and there are rumors that some have spent as much as $30,000.

If you’re wondering how these women can afford to spend so much on clothes, the answer is that they often can’t. Some cash out their 401(k)s, others pile up credit card debt, and one woman remortgaged her house. Now imagine buying and packing thousands of dollars’ worth of clothes … and then being the first person sent home. That’s the real reason they’re crying in those post-episode interviews.

ABC Studios“Have you … *sniff* … have you seen any clothing tags lying around?”

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Those “Real America” Hometown Dates Are The Fakest Parts Of The Show

Let’s pretend for a moment that you haven’t secretly watched several seasons of the Bachelor and explain the hometown dates. Cliff or Artie or whoever the generic male placeholder is that season visits the prospective women’s families in their hometowns. At each location, they have a date at the woman’s parents’ house.

Or at least, a spacious Airbnb dressed up to look like the parents’ house.

ABC Studios“So, uh, this is the ‘cute little house’ you grew up in?”

It makes sense if you think about it. What are the odds of every single contestant having parents who live in an immaculately kept palatial home with plenty of room for a camera crew, regardless of their profession? The hometown houses are…”

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So You Did Watch the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Lifetime Movie!

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“We’re just days away from the much-anticipated Royal Wedding, so naturally, Lifetime’s not-nearly-as-anticipated TV movie detailing the blossoming romance between Prince Harry and Megan Markle has landed.

Premiering on May 13 and generating immediate, dramatic reactions on Twitter, Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance is an 85-minute sashay through the pair’s early love life, starring Parisa Fitz-Henley (Jessica Jones) and Murray Fraser (Victoria).

Look, we know you all didn’t mean to watch the film. You were never going to watch the film. It just happened.

Viewers live-tweeted their reactions throughout the…”

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