Amazon-Warner Bros. Deal: 8 Best Movies You’ll Be Able to Stream
Amazon is about to add a whole new bunch of Warner Bros. titles to its collection. The company recently inked a deal with the studio, giving its Prime Video service exclusive streaming rights to 33 titles, including popular franchises like The Matrix and Lethal Weapon. Some of the new films are already available on Prime, with additional movies set to roll out each month through the fall. With the deal now officially closed, here are some of the best Warner Bros. flicks you’ll be able to watch on Prime this year.
Directed by Oliver Stone, the 1991 historical legal conspiracy thriller film examines the events leading up to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the alleged cover-up through the eyes of former New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (played by Kevin Costner). The film, adapted from Jim Garrison’s On the Trail of the Assassins and Jim Marrs’s Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy, stirred up controversy upon its release over questions of historical accuracy. Despite that, it went on to gross over $205 million worldwide and earned eight Academy Awards nominations, including one for Best Picture.
2. Good Night, and Good Luck.
Written and directed by George Clooney, the 2005 historical drama portrays the conflict between veteran radio and television journalist Edward R. Murrow (played by David Strathain) and U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, especially relating to the anti-Communist Senator’s actions with the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. The film earned overwhelming critical acclaim upon its release, earning the title of Best Reviewed Film of 2005 by Rotten Tomatoes. It also garnered six Academy Award nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Director.
3. Ocean’s Eleven
Another Clooney starrer, this 2001 remake of the 1960 film of the same name was directed by Steven Soderbergh and featured the actor alongside a star-studded ensemble cast, including Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Julia Roberts, and Andy Garcia. In addition to earning over $450 million worldwide, the heist film also earned positive reviews, with critics calling it “pure fun from start to finish.” It went on to spur two sequels, 2004’s Ocean’s Twelve and 2007’s Ocean’s Thirteen.
4. Space Jam
The 1996 live action animated sports comedy stars basketball player Michael Jordan alongside a slew of Looney Tunes cartoon characters. The movie follows Jordan as he agrees to help the Looney Tunes play a basketball game versus alien slavers to determine their freedom. Though the movie was critically panned in its debut, Space Jam opened at No. 1 in the U.S. and grossed over $230 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing basketball film of all time. It’s since become a cult favorite, with rumors circulating that a sequel, starring LeBron James, may currently be in development.
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The 1980 sports comedy takes place at an elite country club as it attempts to deal with a brash new member and a gopher intent on destroying the beloved golf course. Starring Michael O’Keefe, Ted Knight, and Chevy Chase, Caddyshack, which earned generally favorable reviews in its initial debut, has since garnered a large cult following and is widely considered of the funniest sports movies of all time.
6. The Matrix
Written and directed by the Wachowski siblings, the 1999 neo-noir sci-fi action film stars Keanu Reeves as the mild-mannered computer jockey who learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. The movie, which grossed over $460 million worldwide and earned widespread critical acclaim, won four Academy Awards and is still considered one of the best sci-fi flicks of all time. The Matrix also spurred two sequels, both of which will also be available for streaming on Amazon Prime in the coming months.
7. The American President
Fans of Aaron Sorkin will want to check out this 1995 romantic comedy drama, directed by Rob Reiner. It follows the story of President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas), a widower who pursues a relationship with environmental lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening) — who has just moved to Washington, D.C. — while at the same time attempting to win the passage of a crime control bill. The movie earned widely positive reviews and earned several Golden Globe nominations. It also inspired many aspects of Sorkin’s hit TV drama, The West Wing.
8. Lethal Weapon
The 1987 buddy cop action film, directed by Richard Donner, stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of L.A.P.D. detectives and Mitchell Ryan and Gary Busey as their primary adversaries. Often considered the most successful installment in a phenomenally successful franchise, Lethal Weapon helped redefine action movies in the 1980s and 1990s, influencing numerous other buddy cop franchises, like Tango & Cash, Bad Boys, and the Rush Hour series. Its three sequels, Lethal Weapon 2, 3, and 4, will also be available for streaming on Amazon Prime.