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The 35 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Right Now

Last Updated: August 10th

Amazon Prime might not be your first stop when you’re trying to pick a movie night binge, but it should be. That’s because there are a ton of interesting, entertaining films lurking on the streaming platform. You just have to know where to look.

To help you out, we’ve rounded up the 35 best movies on Amazon Prime right now. From new Oscar winners to indie dramas, fantasy musicals, and a bunch of action flicks, you might be surprised at how stacked this lineup is.

Related: The Best Amazon Prime Original Series Right Now

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Sony

No Time To Die (2021)

Run Time: 163 min | IMDb: 7.3/10

Daniel Craig gets the send-off he deserves in this epic conclusion to his run as the suave British Intelligence Agent known as 007. Rami Malek plays Safin, a mysterious new villain with connections to Bond’s girlfriend, psychiatrist Madeline Swann. After an assassination attempt and a time jump, Bond is pulled back into MI6 to thwart Safin’s plan to kill off targets using nanobot technology but to do that, he’s got to confront his past and make peace with his future.

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Universal Pictures

Candyman (2021)

Run Time: 91 min | IMDb: 5.9/10

Nia DaCosta directs this sequel to the ’90s cult horror classic. This time around, Watchmen star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II plays a visual artist investigating the legend of the serial killing specter for a new installation at his girlfriend’s gallery. As he digs deeper into Sherman Fields’ death and its connections to other murdered Black men, he uncovers shocking truths about his own lineage and begins a downward spiral that’s bloody, terrifying, and impossible to look away from.

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Universal

House of Gucci (2021)

Run Time: 158 min | IMDb: 6.6/10

Here are some things to love about Ridley Scott’s multi-million dollar soap opera: the accents, the fashion, the drama, the assassination attempts, Jared Leto in a fat suit, Adam Driver fitting his gargantuan body onto a tiny little Italian bike, everything Lady Gaga is doing, and, finally, the perfect line reading of “Father, Son, House of Gucci.”

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A Quiet Place II (2021)

Run Time: 97 min | IMDb: 7.2/10

Emily Blunt returns for this sequel to husband John Krasinki’s directorial horror breakout. Picking up shortly after the events of the first installment, this movie follows the family as they search for a safe haven, now with a newborn baby in tow. A man from their past (Cillian Murphy) helps Regan (Millicent Simmonds) locate an island the monsters can’t reach while Evelyn (Blunt) stays behind to protect her children from new threats. The aliens are just as terrifying the second time around and the story is just as thrilling, especially since Simmonds is given more to do.

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MGM

Licorice Pizza (2021)

Run Time: 133 min | IMDb: 7.2/10

Paul Thomas Anderson’s ode to 70s-era Hollywood doubles as a bittersweet coming-of-age story featuring a pair of stand-out performances from its relatively green leads, Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman. The two play a couple of teens growing up in the San Fernando Valley, navigating love, heartbreak, and the potential for stardom. It’s not a perfect film, but it is beautifully made and it features a truly wild performance from Bradley Cooper.

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United Artists

Raging Bull (1980)

Run Time: 129 min | IMDb: 8.2/10

Robert De Niro stars in this boxing drama from Martin Scorsese playing famed fighter Jake LaMotta. LaMotta succeeded in the ring because of his infamous temper and violence, but those same traits are what led him to ruin away from the mat. De Niro plays LaMotta with a kind of swagger and ruthlessness that’s magnetic on-screen, even though the character see-saws between hero and villain in his own story.

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Amazon Prime

Thirteen Lives (2022)

Run Time: 147 min | IMDb: 7.8/10

A few years ago, a boys’ soccer team got stuck in a cave in Thailand and the story of their impossible rescue gripped the world. So, naturally, director Ron Howard has made a movie about it. Colin Farrell, Viggo Mortenson, and Joel Edgerton play rescue divers called in to save the kids, risking their own lives in the process. It looks like Howard’s nailed the claustrophobic terror of navigating a flooded underground tunnel that could kill you at any moment and we wouldn’t be surprised if this one got some Oscar buzz.

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Sound of Metal (2019)

Run Time: 120 min | IMDb: 7.8/10

Riz Ahmed stars in this powerful, heartbreaking Amazon original movie from director Darius Marder. Ahmed plays a heavy-metal drummer named Ruben who, along with his girlfriend and the band’s lead singer Lou (Olivia Cooke) hopes to make it big in the music scene. His plans are thrown for a loop when he begins to lose his hearing, putting his life, and his love for music, in jeopardy.

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Paramount

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Run Time: 180 min | IMDb: 8.2/10

Martin Scorsese’s bombastic retelling of stockbroker and scam artist Jordan Belfort’s meteoric rise on Wall Street — and his subsequent downfall — is chock full of over-the-top performances by well-known stars. Everyone from Leonardo DiCaprio to Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie delivers darkly comedic turns that will live in Gif-able infamy. It’s a wild ride that never really lets up.

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Sony

District 9 (2009)

Run Time: 112 min | IMDb: 7.9/10

Neill Blomkamp’s inventive sci-fi alternate reality utilizes the found-footage style of filmmaking to thrilling effect in District 9. After an alien spaceship parks itself over parts of South Africa, the world’s governments decide to put the sick occupants found onboard in an internment camp called District 9. Years later, having used up all their resources and suffered through secret experiments, the aliens are cast out by society, seen as lawbreakers and scum by society. When a company is contracted to relocate the aliens to a new camp, one of its members is infected with alien DNA, setting off a string of events that end up touching on heavier themes of xenophobia, segregation, and the state of humanity as a whole.

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New Line Cinema

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Run Time: 178 min | 179 min | 201 min | IMDb: 8.8/10 | 8.7/10 | 8.9/10

Even if he’s now trying to hypnotize himself into forgetting he ever worked on this trilogy, Peter Jackson gave fantasy fans a stunning adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic book series which deserves to be watched in chronological order, hence why we can’t pick just one film to shout out here. The main story follows Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), a young hobbit faced with an impossible burden – to destroy the ring of Sauron, a Dark Lord with plans to destroy Middle Earth. He’s joined on his journey by wizards and elves and dwarves along the way as each faction fights its own battle against Sauron’s massive army. We’d suggest catching up before Amazon puts out its own LOTR follow-up.

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UGC Distribution

Annette (2021)

Run Time: 141 min | IMDb: 6.9/10

The latest Leos Carax joint is this musical fantasy epic that sees Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard play a pair of star-crossed lovers whose whirlwind romance meets a tragic, weird AF end. Driver plays Henry McHenry, a comedian who loves to stoke controversy with his art. Cotillard plays Ann, a beautiful and talented opera singer at the height of her career. Jealousy and infidelity destroy their relationship, but not before the couple has an extraordinary child with an unusual gift that takes the world by storm. It’s a strange, absorbing, surrealist journey Carax takes audiences on here, and Driver has never been better.

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One Night in Miami (2021)

Run Time: 114 min | IMDb: 7.3/10

Regina King’s first outing as a director comes in the form of this moving drama that imagines a meeting between some of the most influential icons in the Civil Rights Movement. In a room at the Hampton House in February 1964, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke gather to celebrate Ali’s victory over boxer Sonny Liston where they also discuss their own roles in the movement and confront the harsh realities of the Jim Crow Era.

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How It Ends (2021)

Run Time: 83 min | IMDb: 5.1/10

Zoe Lister-Jones writes, directs, and stars in this apocalyptic comedy about a woman who faces the end of the world by getting in touch with her inner child. Jones plays Liza who goes on a journey of self-discovery with the metaphysical form of her younger self as a meteorite hurls towards Earth. She revisits past loves, trauma, heartbreak, and setbacks to figure out where it all went wrong and yeah, that premise sounds depressing, but Jones is adept at dark comedy, and she rounds up a few of her funny friends to make cameos in this thing too.

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Paramount

Clueless (1995)

Run Time: 97 min | IMDb: 6.8/10

Few teen comedies have found a permanent place in the cultural lexicon like this 90s flick from director Amy Heckerling. Inspired by a Jane Austen plot and modernized with a Beverly Hills setting, the story follows a shallow, rich Queen-bee named Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) who begins matchmaking fellow students and teachers at her school only to be confronted with her own shortcomings in the romance department. The fashion, the catchphrases, and Silverstone’s magnetic performance — they’re all standouts here.

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Buena Vista Pictures

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Run Time: 109 min | IMDb: 6.7/10

Before Martin Freeman was traversing Middle Earth with a bunch of dwarves, the dude was making his way across the galaxy with Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, and Sam Rockwell. This space epic, based on the classic novel, follows Arthur Dent (Freeman), a regular schmoe who discovers his best friend is from an alien planet and that his own is scheduled for demolition. He barely escapes the big bang before going on a quest with a wacky space captain, a clinically depressed robot, and a fellow Earth woman.

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20th Century Fox

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Run Time: 109 min | IMDb: 6.9/10

Anne Hathaway plays an ambitious young journalist with hopes of making it big in New York in this cult favorite comedy. To do that, she works as an executive assistant for Meryl Streep’s merciless and cutthroat fashion editor, Miranda Priestly. Over the course of the film, Hathaway’s Andy tortures herself to fit the high fashion mold while sacrificing her personal life and professional dreams, and sure, Streep is clearly the villain in this story but hear us out … so is Andy’s boyfriend. Watch and see for yourself.

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The Terminator (1984)

Run Time: 107 min | IMDb: 8.0/10

There are so many worthy entries in The Terminator franchise, but it’s hard not to love the original more than the rest. Arnold Schwarzenegger used the film to cement his action-hero legacy, playing a cyborg assassin simply known as the Terminator, who travels from the future to ’80s Los Angeles to kill a waitress named Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). From there, we learn about Skynet, an artificial intelligence defense network that will soon become self-aware and destroy humanity if Sarah’s unborn son doesn’t stop it. There’s a lot of time-travel jargon to keep up with, but the real thrill of this movie is seeing Hamilton more than hold her own against an eerily-robotic Schwarzenegger.

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Val (2021)

Run Time: 109 min | IMDb: 7.7/10

Comprised of some truly unique archival footage from the actor himself and his famous friends, this documentary tells the singular story of Val Kilmer, a mysterious and incredibly interesting Hollywood celebrity who seemed to vanish from the screen for years following a stint of blockbuster success. The doc shows a different side to Kilmer, his relationship to his art, to fame, and his battle with throat cancer all taking center stage as he uses self-filmed footage to pull back the curtain on his life. It’s one of the most addictively watchable biopic docs we’ve seen in a long time.

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New World Pictures

Heathers (1988)

Run Time: 103 mins | IMDb: 7.3/10

Helping to close out a decade of memorable teen films on a dark note, Heathers is a savagely funny deconstruction of the frivolousness of popular cliques that helped set the tone of many dark comedies that would follow in its wake. The plot involves a popular group of girls known as The Heathers who invite Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) to join them, guaranteeing that she would gain popularity by association. Eventually, Veronica finds herself teaming up with a dangerous sociopath (Christian Slater) in an attempt to break the Heathers’ tyrannical hold on the school.

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Columbia Pictures

A League of Their Own (1992)

Run Time: 128 | IMDb: 7.3/10

This comedy starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell, and Madonna is based on the true story of baseball’s first women’s league. Davis and Petty play sisters Dottie and Kit, whose own rivalry fuels their competitive drive within the sport. With the war robbing the league of talented male players, the sisters fight for a female-fronted alternative, eventually getting a has been coach named Jimmy (Hanks) to manage them and recruiting some more hitters to the team.

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Magnolia Pictures

Blackfish (2013)

Run Time: 83 min | IMDb: 8.1/10

The film that turned the tide of public opinion on Sea World and convinced Pixar to change the ending of Finding Dory, Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s animal rights muckraker is more than just 83 minutes of theme=park shaming. In telling the story of Tillikum, the psychologically damaged orca who spent his life in captivity and was involved in the deaths of three people, the movie is an elegy for the freedoms that marine creatures like him were once able to enjoy. Is there an ethical way to view creatures like Tillikum up close and personal, and if so, should we trust a private company to deliver it to us?

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The Tomorrow War (2021)

Run Time: 138 min | IMDb: 6.8/10

Sometimes, the world just needs a dumb sci-fi action flick. Chris Pratt knows this which is why he gave us The Tomorrow War, a movie with an interesting premise that ends up following conventional blockbuster beats that never surprise us, but still manage to keep us entertained. Pratt plays a family man and scientist, who’s drafted into a future war with an alien race intent on the extinction of humanity. Once he arrives in the future, he uncovers some shocking truths about the origins of this all-consuming fight and the specific role he has to play in its eventual end. JK Simmons shows up eventually to play, what else, a bada**. Really, what more do you need to know?

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20th Century Fox

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

Run Time: 112 min | IMDb: 5.4/10

No one appreciated Karyn Kusama and Diablo Cody’s body horror flick as much as they should have when it came out over a decade ago. But, here’s your chance to rectify that wrong. Megan Fox plays the titular Jennifer, a beautiful high school student who develops some monstrous cravings after a demonic ritual gone wrong. Amanda Seyfried plays her innocent best friend who tries to save her victims before Jennifer can devour them.

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Carrie (1976)

Run Time: 98 min | IMDb: 7.4/10

Sissy Spacek’s blood-drenched teen horror flick made high school seem even more terrifying when it landed in theaters in the late ‘70s. The film follows a young girl suffering under the abuse of her religiously-devout mother and being bullied by the more popular kids at school. She has some embarrassing moments — getting her period during swim class — and some tension-filled fights with her mother that begin to unleash her supernatural abilities. Good ol’ mom thinks they’re powers given by the Devil himself, but Carrie decides to use them to exact her vengeance, and it’s as gruesome as you’d hope.

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Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Run Time: 95 min | IMDb: 8.6/10

When filmmaker Kurt Kuenne’s childhood friend Andrew Bagby is killed and his suspected killer/ex-girlfriend reveals she’s pregnant, Kurt decides to make a documentary chronicling Andrew’s life. While largely a love letter to a man who touched the lives of many for Zachary, the son he never met, Dear Zachary also tells the starkly bitter side of a broken Canadian legal system that directly endangered a baby. We follow the drawn-out custody battle between Andrew’s parents and Zachary’s mother, interspersed with loving snapshots into the Bagby family. The story sucks you in, but it’s also the at times comedic, fast-paced, and downright enraging documentary style of the film that breaks up the emotional tale.

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Late Night (2019)

Run Time: 102 min | IMDb: 6.6/10

Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson team up for this comedy that imagines the grit and humor it takes to lead a late-night talk show as a woman. Thompson plays Katherine Newbury, an accomplished TV personality who fears she may lose her talk show because of declining ratings and competition from a younger, male comedian. She hires Molly (Kaling) a comedy writer with little experience to diversify her team, and the two women weather hilarious mishaps and a few scandals to bring the show back on track.

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Honey Boy (2019)

Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 7.4/10

Shia LaBeouf writes and stars in this semi-autobiographical tale of his time as a child star. Noah Jupe plays the younger version of himself while LaBeouf plays his controlling, often abusive father. The two live in motel rooms in L.A. while Otis (Jupe) works on a popular kids TV show. Their relationship becomes strained as Otis ages, and his dad James (LaBeouf) grows resentful of his son’s success. Lucas Hedges plays an elder Otis, who struggles with all kinds of addictions because of his rough, unconventional upbringing. It’s a tough watch but one that feels refreshingly honest, and you can’t deny LaBeouf’s talent and courage in telling such a raw, intimate story.

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The Handmaiden (2016)

Run Time: 144 min | IMDb: 8.1/10

Based on a historical crime novel set in Victoria-Era England, Park Chan-wook’s lavish, mesmerizing thriller focuses on two young women fighting to escape oppression by the men in their lives. Chan-woo has traded the stuffy British countryside for Japanese-occupied Korea, telling the stories of Lady Hideko and her handmaiden Sook-hee in three parts, weaving a tale of passion, betrayal, dark secrets, and revenge with grander themes of imperialism, colonial rule, and patriarchal corruption. The two women are the draw of the film with both resorting to illicit, illegal, morally compromising schemes in order to gain their freedom, but love is an unintended consequence that leaves the third act — one you might think you have figured out halfway through the film — completely unpredictable.

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The Big Sick (2017)

Run Time: 120 min | IMDb: 7.6/10

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon drew from their own unusual love story for their script about a Chicago comic named Kumail (Nanjiani) who falls in love with Emily, a woman (Zoe Kazan) who falls into a coma while in the midst of a rift in their relationship created by the expectations of Kumail’s traditional parents. The funny, moving romantic comedy also features strong supporting work from Ray Romano and Holly Hunter as Emily’s parents, who form an awkward bond with Kumail as they wait for Emily’s recovery.

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You Were Never Really Here (2017)

Run Time: 89 min | IMDb: 6.8/10

Joaquin Phoenix stars as a troubled hitman with a dark past in this thrilling crime flick from Lynne Ramsay. Phoenix plays Joe, a gun for hire, former military man and FBI agent, who spends most of his time rescuing victims of sex trafficking. He’s recruited to save a Senator’s daughter from a brothel that caters to high-end clientele, but the job thrusts him into the center of a conspiracy that costs him everything and ends in blood and tragedy. It’s a relentless slog to be sure, but it works because Ramsay is more interested in profiling the man, not the hits he makes.

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Beautiful Boy (2018)

Run Time: 120 min | IMDb: 7.3/10

Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet star in this heartbreaking drama about a father trying to save his son from a drug addiction that’s slowly eating away at his family. Carell plays David, a New York Times writer who struggles to help his son Nic (Chalamet) after he falls victim to a worrying drug habit. He has moments of sobriety, attending college, living with his mother in L.A., and working at a drug clinic to help others battling the disease. Yet eventually, his addiction returns, and Nic is powerless to fight it. David is forced to choose between sacrificing his family and his own sanity or continuing to help his son. Both Carell and Chalamet give powerful performances that elevate what essentially is an emotionally restrained look at father-son relationships and the landmines they navigate.

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Love and Monsters (2020)

Run Time: 109 min | IMDb: 7/10

Dylan O’Brien stars in this sci-fi rom-com about a boy searching for the love of his life at the end of the world. O’Brien plays Joel, a hapless young man who loses everything — his family, his girlfriend — when a monster apocalypse wipes out most of humanity. Seven years later, Joel learns his sweetheart survived the invasion, and he sets out on a cross-country road trip to find her and, hopefully, avoid the many species of man-eating giants now roaming the Earth.

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The Lost City of Z (2016)

Run Time: 141 min | IMDb: 6.6/10

Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson star in an adventurous retelling of the true-life drama of Col. Percival Fawcett. Fawcett (Hunnam) was a British explorer who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s. This adaptation of David Grann’s popular book is the slowest of burns and takes liberties with Fawcett’s tale if only because no one really knows what happened to the man and his son when they went missing in the jungle, but stick around for some fantastic cinematography and a few thrilling action sequences — along with the sense of mystery that comes with a look at old-world exploration expeditions.

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We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Run Time: 110 min | IMDb: 7.2/10

Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton), who’s unwilling and unable to properly care for her troubled son Kevin, watches her life unravel as her husband (John C. Reilly) ignores their problems and Kevin grows more and more sociopathic and violent. The story jumps around in time, showing Swinton’s character as both a new mother who blames her son for ruining her life and as a woman who eventually blames herself for what becomes of her son. Swinton proves once again that she’s the actress that indie movies need for complex characters that live their lives in grey areas. At its core, We Need To Talk is about the importance of proper parenting, communication, and probably therapy. And it’s not for the faint of heart.

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Coherence (2014)

Run Time: 89 min | IMDb: 7.2/10

Coherence is one of those low-budget sci-fi stories that is extremely tough to explain without either giving too much away or requiring an extended entry. Essentially, a group of friends sifts through their own issues and insecurities during a mind-bending paradoxical experience. Taking place almost entirely in the same room on a single night, the characters struggle to find answers just as much as the viewer. It’s a challenging yet enthralling film, perfect for those who love to overthink things.

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Recent Changes Through August 2022
Removed: Juno, Groundhog Day, Black Swan, Lincoln, Inside Llewelyn Davis, Arrival, Fargo
Added: House of Gucci, Licorice Pizza, Jennifer’s Body, The Devil Wears Prada, Thirteen Lives, The Lord of the Rings, Love & Monsters

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