Work is over, the kids are in bed and the remote control is yours.
Don’t waste these precious hours of freedom. You may not make it to the cinema very often these days, so make your lounge into a cinema.
Get some popcorn, sweets and wine, then curl up with one of these flicks.
Amazon Prime has some brilliant films available at the moment. There’s something for all tastes here, whether you fancy a sob-fest or some action.
What I love about having on demand movies (we have Netflix too!) is you can catch new stuff you missed at the cinema and watch old favourites you haven’t seen in ages.
Here are my top picks:
Oldies but goodies
We all know the song and have probably belted it out very badly in a karaoke bar. I must have watched this film a million times when I was growing up. Whitney Houston is so great as the bratty pop star and Kevin Costner is still brilliant as her brave white knight.
This coming-of-age movie has stood the test of time. Baby, played by Jennifer Gray, falls head over heels for the dance instructor, Jonny, played by Patrick Swayze. Their summer romance is full of catchy songs and incredible dance moves, plus one of the most memorable and uplifting final scenes of any movie ever made.
An Officer and a Gentleman
Richard Gere is the officer who eventually becomes a gentleman as he romances a local girl while going through gruelling military training.
Message in a Bottle
Robin Wright is the journalist who tracks down grieving sailor Kevin Costner, who wrote a message to his dead wife and put it in a bottle. A beautiful love story, but have tissues handy.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Yet another Kevin Costner movie! But let’s face it, he did totally own the 90s in terms of great action/adventure/romance. Here he takes on the legendary character of Robin Hood. This version of the famous story is so fun, great for a chilled out night in.
There have been loads of adaptations of the popular novel, but this one with Gwyneth Paltrow is my favourite. There’s plenty of humour and romance to keep you smiling.
Edge of your seat
The Girl on the Train
Emily Blunt is an alcoholic who lost her husband and her job because of her addiction. As her drinking spirals out of control she watches a couple from the train every day and enviously imagines they are the perfect couple. But one day she sees something awful, and she may be a witness to something even worse. The trouble is, she can’t remember.
When you think you know what’s going on in this story, it all changes. When Amy goes missing, her husband of five years, Nick, is the prime suspect. But what’s really going on?
Gone Baby Gone
A little girl is snatched from her home. Casey Aflleck is a private investigator hired to help track her down. There are lots of twists and turns in this brilliant thriller.
Aliens arrive on Earth and Amy Adams is the language specialist tasked with finding out what they want. This movie offers something different to your usual alien visitors taking over the planet sci-fi stories.
Jude Law and Nicole Kidman are the lovers separated by the brutal American civil war. This is an epic love story and has some brilliant acting too.
Two sisters, who also happen to be witches, played by Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock use magic to meddle. It gets them in all kinds of trouble. This is a lovely story of sisterly bonds and falling in love.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The original Swedish subtitled version is better than the American remake. Noomi Rapace is both brutal and vulnerable as the titular character. She joins journalist Bloomkvist in his investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a young girl decades earlier. They uncover something far more sinister than they had bargained for.
The chemistry between Will Smith and Margot Robbie sizzles and the story keeps your guessing to the very end. The megastars play a pair of con artists who fall for each other. You have no idea who has the upper hand until the very end.
Bradley Cooper is so watchable in this brilliantly-paced thriller. When Eddie is given a pill, he unlocks all of his brain’s capabilities and learns that there are no ends to the possibilities of what he can achieve. But there’s trouble ahead.
Rock n Rolla
Gerard Butler is One Two, a small-time hustler trying to make it big. When he gets stitched up by one of London’s biggest crime bosses, it sparks a chain of violent chain of events as everyone scrambles to get their money. This isn’t one of Guy Ritchie’s most popular movies, but I still enjoy watching it.
An absolute classic. It tells the story of Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta, and his rise and fall as a gangster. Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci are also incredible.
Set in an alternate reality in 1985, superheroes are a part of every day life. What happens when someone sets out to kill them off.
This slick crime film is based on a comic book and manages to recreate that feel. It’s shot in black and white with some colours highlighted to vibrant effect. The cast is pretty impressive too, with Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba and Clive Owen among the residents of the gritty Sin City.
Another found footage horror movie, but a good one. This follows a group of friends as they try to survive in when New York is attacked by strange beings.
When they lose a child, a couple, decide to adopt. The little girl they take in seems perfect, but she’s not what she seems.
Ethan Hawke is a writer looking for his next big story. When he finds a box of “snuff” films showing entire families being massacred, he has no idea the evil power he’s unleashing. This one will keep haunting you long after the credits have rolled.
A family’s life is shattered when their young son falls into a coma without any explanation. When they turn to a medium to help them out, they discover the reason for their son’s illness is more terrifying than they could have imagined.
A totally creepy ghost story about a haunted mirror. Karen Gillan is brilliant as the sister trying to prove her brother didn’t murder their parents. The movie switches between two timelines to tell you what really happened to the family.
Check out Michael Fassbender in a very early role as a man who takes his girlfriend for a romantic weekend of camping. Their peaceful break is shattered by a gang of unruly kids and things quickly get out of hand.