If you're in the mood for a really good movie — like,
highly rated movies on Rotten Tomatoes — then boy is this a list for you. Even better, these movies are all streaming on Amazon Prime. So if you have access to an account, simply log on, find the movie, kick back, and enjoy your chosen cinematic masterpiece.
Of course, there will always be a special place in my heart for "bad" movies with terrible reviews, and super low ratings online. But sometimes, a lady just wants to watch something good, you know? If a movie was beloved by critics, if it won awards, or if it had excellent acting, then I'm all about that, too.
When you're in the mood for an extra good flick, the
"certified fresh" seal of approval on Rotten Tomatoes — which simply means a movie has a high score on the site's ratings system, called the Tomatometer — can come in handy. We've all peeked at Rotten Tomatoes, to check a score and see their rating before watching a movie. It can help ease the movie decision-making process, but let's narrow it down a bit more. Here are 17 movies of all types and genres, that share one thing in common: a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes. The Florida Project takes place outside Disney World, where a young mother and her daughter spend two very different summers hanging out and working around their motel room. The little girl has a magical time running around and eating ice cream with friends, while her mom fights to keep them afloat. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 96 percent, it's definitely one you'll want to check out. (I may or may not have already watched it six times.) Stream here.
'Night Of The Living Dead'
If you're in the mood for an old time-y horror flick, check out the original version of
Night Of The Living Dead, which has an astounding 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Yes, it has some cheesy moments. And sure, a few scenes may seem dated. But that's part of what makes it so great. Stream here.
'What We Do In The Shadows'
This movie is
hilarious. It follows the lives of four vampires, documentary-style, as they go out to bars, have roommate meetings, and argue over who's going to do the chores. With Jemaine Clement (remember him from Flight of the Conchords?), and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 96, this is one you'll want to watch ASAP. Stream here. After the Storm has a 97 percent rating for its touching storyline about a man learning how to rebuild his life, and find meaning as a father. Stream here.
This '80s romantic comedy has a
97 percent rating. So if you'd like to spend 107 minutes with a young Kevin Costner and Susan Surandon — and maybe learn a few lessons about love — this may be your best bet. Stream here.
If you want to kick back and watch a classic,
His Girl Friday is an excellent choice. Carey Grant and Rosalind Russell have amazing onscreen chemistry, making it easy to see why this film has a high rating, at 98 percent. Stream here.
Based on a Jane Austen novel,
Love & Friendship stars Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny. It's witty, features multitudes of strong female characters, and with a score of 97 is not one you should pass up. Stream here.
If it's been a minute since the last time you saw
The Wizard of Oz, now's your chance to change that. We all know this movie is a delightful classic (it has a near-perfect score of 99 percent) but it's easy to forget just how good it is. Stream here.
Yay for independent movies featuring Brie Larson!
Short Term 12 is a touching story following a woman who cares for troubled teens. And (not shocking at all) it has a score of 99 percent. Stream here.
Want to see a movie with
a perfect 100 score? Then check out Ilo Ilo, which is set in 1990s Singapore, and follows a family as they deal with financial crisis. Stream here.
For all the music lovers out there — and lovers of films with
scores of 100 — Sound City is where it's at.
Whether you're in the mood for a rock 'n roll documentary, a foreign film, or something a bit spooky, these movies may be right up your alley. They're all certified fresh, according to Rotten Tomatoes, and, they're all streaming now on Amazon Prime. Really, what more could you want?