The weekend is upon us, and what better time to check out some great movies on Prime Video. The list of Amazon movies is extensive, and it is easy to find something to pique your interest this weekend. Check out our list of recommended movies below with some great ’80s romances like Dirty Dancing.
If you are interested in a series, check out the recently released Amazon original, A Very British Scandal. This series stars Paul Bettany and Claire Foy, who portray the Duke and Duchess of Argyll. Set in the 1960s, this three-part series chronicles their divorce and the scandal surrounding it. This series is already sitting at number two on the Prime Video Top Ten list, along with Outer Range, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Olds Knives, and more.
5 best Amazon movies for the weekend
We have highlighted some great ’80s romance movies to binge on Prime Video this weekend.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
In 1963, Frances “Baby” Houseman and her family journey to Kellerman’s in Dirty Dancing. This movie has an outstanding cast consisting of Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, and Cynthia Rhodes.
The story follows Baby (Grey) and her family while on vacation in the Catskills upscale resort Kellerman’s. She encounters a dance instructor Johnny Castle (Swayze), a man her father would never approve of. They become dance partners, and even after her father forbids it, she is determined to perform the final dance of the season with Johnny.
It is a heartwarming coming-of-age film with a fantastic soundtrack.
The Woman in Red (1984)
The Woman in Red was written by Gene Wilder, who also starred in the film with Charles Grodin, Gilda Radner, Joseph Bologna, Judith Ivey, and Kelly LeBrock. Wilder wrote the script adaptation of Yves Robert’s film Pardon Mon Affaire.
Teddy (Wilder) is a happily married man, but when he spies a gorgeous woman in a red dress (LeBrock), he can’t stop thinking of her. With the encouragement of his friends, he proceeds to contact the woman in red with a plan to have an affair with her. But, he soon realizes that although she is a beautiful woman, having an affair isn’t as easy as the thought and may not be worth it.
The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” written and performed by Stevie Wonder.
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
The romantic drama film, Some Kind of Wonderful, directed by Howard Deutch (Pretty in Pink), stars Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Lea Thompson.
Set in the ’80s, this movie shows the strict class distinctions in a Los Angeles high school. Keith (Stoltz) is a blue-collar mechanic with a tomboyish best friend, Watts (Masterson). He is in love with the most popular girl in school, Amanda (Thompson), but she’s dating a guy from a wealthy family who treats her terribly. It is a movie that will pull at your heartstrings as Keith tries to find his way into Amanda’s heart while not realizing she’s not the girl for him.
John Hughes wrote this movie, so you know it is an excellent ’80s movie.
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
Girls Just Want to Have Fun was an ’80s mantra used in this quintessential ’80s movie title. Starring some familiar faces, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Lee Montgomery, Morgan Woodward, Jonathan Silverman, Shannen Doherty, and Helen Hunt.
Janey (Parker), an army brat, moves to a new town and attends an all-girls Catholic school. She meets Lynne (Hunt), and their love of dancing finds them becoming fast friends. They enter a dance competition to become a dance regular on Dance TV, much to Janey’s father’s disapproval.
It is full of ’80s fashion and music, and although it initially received less than favorable reviews, it has become a cult classic.
It is a huge stretch to include this in the romance category, but it is an ’80s movie, so I am including it. Heathers is a black comedy starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, and Penelope Milford. Think a darker Mean Girls with some murder thrown in.
JD (Slater) is a new student at Westerburg High School, where the “Heathers,” the clique of girls who run the school, make people’s lives miserable. JD does fall for Veronica (Ryder) in his own twisted way, so there is your romance. He then begins a spree of revenge on all of the popular people in the school as Veronica tries to stop him.
This is another movie that didn’t receive the best reviews but has since become a cult classic and is known as one of the greatest coming-of-age films of all time.
Which Amazon movies are you watching this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.