The on-going lockdown because of COVID-19 has the whole nation working from home. The lack of social interaction has made many restless. While the lockdown is not in our hands, we have done our part and made a list of 21 award-winning movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hotstar that you can watch during this lockdown. It is the safest and most entertaining activity to do right now.

Best Award Winning Movies To Watch Online

All of these movies have earned high critical-acclaim and continue to be among the best films the entertainment industry has seen.

1. Forrest Gump – Netflix

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise

IMDb rating: 8.8/10

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other historical events unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart.

Forrest Gump won the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Hanks, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, and Best Film Editing. It received many other award nominations, including Golden Globes, British Academy Film Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

2. Gully Boy – Amazon Prime Video

Director: Zoya Akhtar

Stars: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Siddhant Chaturvedi

IMDb rating: 8.2/10

Inspired by the lives of Indian street rappers Divine and Naezy, Gully Boy is a coming-of-age story of an aspiring street rapper from the Dharavi slums of Mumbai. Despite his financial shortcomings, Murad Ahmed was able to fulfill his life-long dream of becoming a rapper and produce his own album.

With a global gross of over $37 million, Gully Boy emerged as the seventh-highest-grossing Hindi film of the year. It was selected as the Indian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, but was not nominated. The movie won a record 13 Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Singh) and Best Actress (Bhatt).

3. Parasite – Amazon Prime Video

Director: Bong Joon Ho

Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo

IMDb rating: 8.6/10

Parasite is a 2019 South Korean black comedy thriller film about a poor family, the Kims, who con their way into becoming the servants of a rich family, the Parks. Their easy life gets complicated when their deception is threatened with exposure.

Among its numerous accolades, Parasite won a leading four awards at the 92nd Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film. It became the first South Korean film to receive Academy Award recognition, as well as the first film not in English to win Best Picture. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language.

4. Marriage Story – Netflix

Director: Noah Baumbach

Stars: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Alan Alda

IMDb rating: 8.0/10

The film follows a married couple, one a stage director and the other an actress (Driver and Johansson), going through a coast-to-coast divorce. It’s an incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.

Among its many accolades, Marriage Story received six nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Driver) and Best Actress (Johansson). It also received six nominations at the 77th Golden Globe Awards and five at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards.

5. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – Amazon Prime Video

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

IMDb rating: 7.7/10

Set in 1969 Los Angeles, the film is about a faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. It features multiple storylines in a modern fairy tale tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.

Among its various accolades, the film was chosen by the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of the year. It received 10 nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won Best Supporting Actor (Pitt) and Best Production Design. It also won Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 77th Golden Globe Awards.

6. Article 15 – Netflix

Director: Anubhav Sinha

Stars: Ayushmann Khurrana, Nassar, Manoj Pahwa

IMDb rating: 8.2/10

The movie is set in the rural heartlands of India and follows an upright police officer who sets out on a crusade against violent caste-based crimes and discrimination. The film deals with Article 15 of the Constitution of India, which prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.

Article 15 was the opening film for the 10th edition of London Indian Film Festival. The film received positive reviews from critics for the sensitive portrayal of its subject matter and grossed over 13 million USD worldwide to become a commercial success. It also received three trophies at the 65th Filmfare awards.

7. The Revenant – Netflix

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter

IMDb rating: 8.0/10

The Revenant is a 2015 American epic adventure drama film about a frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s who fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

The Revenant has received numerous award nominations and wins, particularly for DiCaprio’s performance, Iñárritu’s direction and Lubezki’s cinematography. At the 88th Annual Academy Awards, Iñárritu won the Best Director award for the second time in a row, Emmanuel Lubezki won for the third time in a row the award for Best Cinematography and DiCaprio won his first award for Best Actor.

8. Gravity – Netflix

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

IMDb rating: 7.7/10

Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as American astronauts who are stranded in space after the mid-orbit destruction of their Space Shuttle, and attempt to return to Earth.

The film earned accolades from numerous critics and guilds. At the 86th Academy Awards, Gravity received ten nominations, including Best Actress for Bullock and Best Picture, and won seven awards, including Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.

9. Paan Singh Tomar – Netflix

Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia

Stars: Irrfan Khan, Hemendra Dandotiya, Navneet Gairola

IMDb rating: 8.2/10

Paan Singh Tomar is a 2012 Indian biographical film based on the true story of Paan Singh Tomar, an Indian athlete and seven-time national steeplechase champion who becomes one of the most feared dacoits in Chambal Valley after his retirement.

Made on a shoestring budget of 6,30,000 USD, Paan Singh Tomar emerged as a superhit at the box-office with a domestic net of 2.8 million USD. The film also won the Best Feature Film and Best Actor in the 60th National Film Awards 2012.

10. Raazi – Amazon Prime Video

Director: Meghna Gulzar

Stars: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Rajit Kapoor

IMDb rating: 7.8/10

The film is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s 2008 novel Calling Sehmat, a true account of an Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agent who, upon her father’s request, is married into a family of military officials in Pakistan to relay information to India, prior to the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

Raazi emerging as one of the highest-grossing Indian films featuring a female protagonist. It was also a critical success and received 15 nominations at the 64th Filmfare Awards, where it won five awards, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress for Alia Bhatt.

11. Hindi Medium – Amazon Prime Video

Director: Saket Chaudhary

Stars: Irrfan Khan, Saba Qamar, Dishita Sehgal

IMDb rating: 7.8/10

Set in Delhi, the plot centers on a couple’s struggle to get their daughter admitted to a prestigious English-medium school in order to rise in society. This refreshingly funny and brilliantly insightful film on parenting and education received a generally positive reception from critics, with particular praise for Khan’s and Qamar’s performances.

At the 63rd Filmfare Awards, it won Best Film, and Best Actor for Khan. Due to the success of the film, a sequel Angrezi Medium went into development, and was released theatrically on 13 March 2020. It is now available on Hotstar.

12. Dangal – Netflix

Director: Nitesh Tiwari

Stars: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh

IMDb rating: 8.4/10

Loosely based on the Phogat family from Haryana, Aamir Khan stars as Mahavir Singh Phogat, a pehlwani amateur wrestler who trains his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to become India’s first world-class female wrestlers in the face of societal oppression.

The film was a record-breaking commercial success, becoming the highest-grossing Indian film ever, the fifth highest grossing non-English film ever and the highest-grossing sports film worldwide. At the 62nd Filmfare Awards, it won four awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Khan) and Best Action (Shyam). At the 64th National Film Awards, Zaira Wasim won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Geeta’s younger self.

13. 3 Idiots – Netflix

Director: Rajkumar Hirani

Stars: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Kareena Kapoor

IMDb rating: 8.4/10

3 Idiots is a 2009 Indian Hindi-language coming-of-age comedy-drama film that follows the friendship of three students at an Indian engineering college and is a satire about the social pressures under an Indian education system. Two friends, searching for their long-lost companion, revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them idiots.

The film won six Filmfare Awards including Best Film and three National Film Awards including Best Popular Film.

14. I Am Kalam – Amazon Prime Video

Director: Nila Madhab Panda

Stars: Gulshan Grover, Harsh Mayar, Pitobash

IMDb rating: 8.0/10

This movie tells the story of a young boy who takes inspiration from the country’s former President Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Not only does he change his name but also does everything he can to meet the visionary. Harsh Mayar, the protagonist of this film, won a National Award for the Best Child Actor in 2011.

The film celebrates the survival of the human spirit against overwhelming odds and highlights the need for underprivileged children’s education. It’s aimed at inspiring the poor to educate their children.

15. Mera Naam Joker – Amazon Prime Video

Director: Raj Kapoor

Stars: Raj Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Simi Garewal

IMDb rating: 8.0/10

Mera Naam Joker is the story of Raju, considered the best circus clown ever. As his life story unfolds in three chapters, from his school days to the circus to the streets, he must always make people laugh and be happy, no matter how unhappy he is within, because, in the words of his circus manager, the show must go on.

The film is one of the lengthiest films of Indian cinema and is regarded as one of Kapoor’s finest works today with film experts labeling it as a misunderstood masterpiece. The film won several Filmfare as well as National Awards and is a must-see for all Bollywood buffs.  

16. Coco – Hotstar

Directors: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina (co-director)

Stars: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt

IMDb rating: 8.4/10

Coco is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated fantasy film about a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead, where he seeks the help of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living and to reverse his family’s ban on music.

Coco was chosen by the National Board of Review as the Best Animated Film of 2017. The film won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song. It also won Best Animated Film at the BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Critic’s Choice Movie Awards.

17. 12 Years A Slave – Netflix

Director: Steve McQueen

Stars: Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt

IMDb rating: 8.1/10

12 Years a Slave is a 2013 biographical period-drama film and an adaptation of the 1853 slave memoir Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. by two conmen in 1841 and sold into slavery. Northup was put to work on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before being released.

The film received nine Academy Award nominations, winning three: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Nyong’o. The Best Picture win made McQueen the first black British producer to ever receive the award and the first black British director of a Best Picture winner.

18. Zootopia – Hotstar

Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

IMDb rating: 8.0/10

Zootopia is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film that details the unlikely partnership between a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist, as they uncover a criminal conspiracy involving the disappearance of predators.

The film earned numerous accolades; it was named one of the top ten best films of 2016 by the American Film Institute, and received an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice Movie Award, and Annie Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

19. Inside Out – Hotstar

Directors: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen  

Stars: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black

IMDb rating: 8.2/10

The film is set in the mind of a young girl named Riley, where five personified emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school as she and her parents adjust to their new surroundings after moving from Minnesota to San Francisco.  

The film received several awards, including a BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, Critics’ Choice Award, Annie Award, Satellite Award, and Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

20. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – Amazon Prime Video

Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld

IMDb rating: 8.4/10

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film set in a shared multiverse called the “Spider-Verse”, which has alternate universes. Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

It received praise for its animation, characters, story, voice acting, humor and soundtrack, and won numerous awards, including Best Animated Feature at the 91st Academy Awards, 46th Annie Awards, and 76th Golden Globe Awards.


Conclusion

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