In the ever-expanding world on online streaming, it’s no surprise that Amazon has gotten in on the action. For those with Amazon Prime, not only do you get free shipping, but you also get free streaming of a plethora of movies.
For the lit-lover with Amazon Prime, there’s plenty of adaptions to choose from.
This Academy Award-nominated film is based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell. In her breakout role, Jennifer Lawrence stars as Ree Dolly, a teenage girl in the rural Ozarks of Missouri. Her father is missing and her family is destitute. She takes care of her mentally ill mother and younger siblings. When she learns that the house and land will be seized if her father fails to appear in court, she sets out in search of him.
The Age of Innocence
This novel by Edith Wharton has been adapted many times, but it is the 1993 adaption that you’ll find on Amazon Prime. This star-studded Academy Award-winning film features Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Winona Ryder in some of the principle roles. This acclaimed flick follows Newland Archer as he is torn between two women—his fiancé, May Welland, and her cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska.
Murder on the Orient Express
It is not the recent 2017 adaption of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery novel that is included with Amazon Prime, but the original from 1974. The star-studded cast delights in this Academy Award nominated film. Upon the Orient Express, Samuel Ratchett inquires about Hercule Poirot’s services. Ratchett had been receiving death threats. Poirot refuses, and Ratchett turns up dead the next morning. Thus, Poirot is on the case.
A Man Called Ove
For many books, it is the success of the book that leads to a movie. For A Man Called Ove, that is true—in Sweden. In the US, it was the film that brought the book—which had been published in the US years prior—into public consciousness. Adapted from the novel by Fredrick Backman, this Academy Award-nominated film follows a 59-year-old widower as his suicide is thwarted and he flashes back to his childhood.
Little Big Man
This anti-establishment Western film, based on the novel by Thomas Berger, was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry and nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Jack Crabb, a white man, lies on his death bed and tells the story of how he was raised by members of the Cheyenne tribe. The film expertly uses satire and tragedy to examine prejudice and injustice.
This iconic Meryl Streep film is an adaption of the William Styron novel of the same name. Streep plays Sophie, a Polish immigrant haunted by her past. Her volatile lover, Nathan, is a paranoid schizophrenic posing as a biologist. She befriends Stingo, a novelist, and slowly reveals the truth about her past—that she and her children were sent to Auschwitz, and she was forced to choose which child would live and which would die.
The Man in the High Castle
For those of you who want something a little longer than a movie, this TV adaptation of the novel by Philip K. Dick is sure to hold your attention. This dystopian alternate history explores what could have happened if the Axis powers had won World War II. It follows a handful of characters, including a member of the resistance, a Jew in hiding, a double agent, and a Japanese official as their lives entangle.
It’s no wonder that R. J. Palacio’s Wonder was adapted to film—it was a New York Timesbestseller and won several prestigious awards. The film, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay, was equally as decorated. It’s the story of a 10-year old boy with facial deformities entering school for the first time. There, he experiences, bullying, friendship, betrayal, and reconciliation.
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