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Top 23 Best Zac Efron Movies On Amazon Prime In 2024 [Ranked]
Aakriti-Updated Jan 10, 2024
Zachary David Alexander Efron aka Zak Efron is an American actor who rose to prominence with his role as Troy Bolton in the High School Musical trilogy. He subsequently rose to mainstream cinema came from New Year's Eve, The Greatest Showman, Baywatch and Dirty Grandpa.
We have listed some of Efron's greatest hits which can be viewed on Amazon Prime, below.
1. The Disaster Artist (2017)
Actors James Franco, Dave Franco, and Ari Graynor have delivered stellar performances in The Disaster Artist. Thanks to them, the feature film was able to receive various nominations and wins, including Awards Circuit Community Awards, Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle Awards, and Critics Choice Awards.
Greg Sestero befriends a maniacal and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in his acting class. The two decide to move to Los Angeles to pursue prospective acting careers. Once there, success doesn't get to them, with both facing constant rejections, leading Tommy to decide to write and direct a movie in which they would both perform.
However, Tommy becomes difficult to tolerate and deal with, especially with his ways of handling everything and everyone. 'The Room' ends up becoming a laugh fest for the viewers, much to the disappointment of Tommy.
Available Countries: United Kingdom
2. Hairspray (2007)
Hairspray is a comedy-drama film that has been helmed for the screen by Adam Shankman. It features actors John Travolta, Queen Latifah, and Nikki Blonsky in pivotal roles. The motion picture was released in 2007 with a 1 hour and 57 min runtime.
Tracy Turnblad and her best friend Penny Pingleton are huge fans of a local teen dance television show, The Corny Collins Show. When one of the dancers on the show takes a sudden leave of absence, auditions are taken to find a suitable replacement.
When Tracy attends it, Velma, who manages the station and whose daughter is part of the squad, rejects her for being overweight. When she practices dance moves with African-American kids, Corny Collins and teen heartthrob and dancer Link Larkin on the Show take note of her, with the former choosing her to join them.
However, Velma does all she can to ensure Tracy is unable to be a part of the show and is ousted so that her daughter's chances don't get hampered.
Available Countries: Netherlands
3. Me and Orson Welles (2008)
Me and Orson Welles premiered in theatres in 2008. Directed by Richard Linklater, this movie features Zac Efron, Claire Danes, and Christian McKay in the lead. If you have a particular liking for comedy-drama movies, then you can try this title.
Me and Orson Welles received a score of 6.7 on IMDb and 73 on Metacritic.
Richard Samuels is given the offer of performing the role of Lucius in Orson Welles's first production of Julius Ceaser at his new Mercury Theatre repertory company. While Richard prepares for his Broadway debut, he soon realises that production assistant Sonja Jones is attracted to him, something that Richard hopes is true.
Meanwhile, he also finds out that Welles, whose wife is pregnant is busy cheating on her. When he decides to confront him, Richard gets on his bad side.
Available Countries: Canada
4. Neighbors (2014)
Bankrolled by Good Universe and helmed by Nicholas Stoller, Neighbors is a comedy that hit the screens in 2014.
Mac Radner and his wife Kelly are trying to adjust to life with their newborn daughter Stella. As they struggle with the restrictions of parenthood, alienating them from their friends, a fraternity famous for absurd parties moves in next door.
With the fraternity leaders Teddy Sanders and Pete Regazolli aspiring to join Delta Psi's Hall of Fame by throwing a massive year-end party, the Radners can't seem to catch a break.
As the noises and the crazy gatherings make it difficult for them to give their baby some quiet surroundings, Mac and Kelly begin to run out of ideas to stop them.
Available Countries: Canada, Switzerland, and Argentina
5. Liberal Arts (2012)
Liberal Arts is a comedy-drama which has been helmed for the screen by Josh Radnor.
Toplined by actors such as Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, and Zac Efron (main characters), the film was released in 2012 with a runtime of 1 hour and 37 min.
Jesse Fisher is a 35-year-old college admissions officer from NYC who has a penchant for literature and language. He's invited by Peter Hoberg, his former English professor, to attend his retirement ceremony, where he meets 19-year-old Zibby, a sophomore.
The two connect on their mutual love for books, music and life and when he leaves, Zibby asks him to keep in touch through handwritten letters which they do. When he is again invited to visit campus by Zibby hoping to start a romance, Jesse despite being apprehensive goes along.
But with the age gap being a huge factor, will this probable romance between the two based on maturity and shared interests, play out well?
Available Countries: Nicaragua
6. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)
Starring Lily Collins, Zac Efron, and Angela Sarafyan, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is your run-of-the-mill biography-crime that hit the screens in 2019. The film's screenplay was written by Elizabeth Kendall, and Michael Werwie and it was made under the direction of Joe Berlinger. It opened to mixed reviews from critics and failed to gain widespread recognition.
Liz Kendall is a young divorcee mother who meets law student Ted Bundy and falls in love with him. Their life seems to go perfectly well as he bonds and helps her raise Molly, her young daughter.
However, their world is turned upside-down when Ted is arrested on suspected kidnapping and murder charges of multiple victims. While Ted feigns innocence throughout, saying he is being framed, the evidence seems to suggest otherwise.
As Liz tries to come to terms with Ted's dual personality, she's left stunned by how seamlessly psychotic his mind was.
Available Countries: India
7. At Any Price (2012)
Looking for a movie to watch? At Any Price could be a good option. With a runtime of 1 hour and 45 min and released in 2012, it stars Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, and Kim Dickens and was directed by Ramin Bahrani.
Dean Whipple is a young 20-year-old, who dreams of becoming a professional race car driver, to escape the generational family business and his father's consistent neglect of him. Henry Whipple is his father and a ruthless man when it comes to his family's farming business.
As he tries to teach Dean the art of sales, trying to lure him into the business the more distant he becomes. However, when a sudden accidental murder crops up along with his father's past mistakes creeping up to haunt them, Dean will have to take tough decisions.
Available Countries: Canada
8. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)
Helmed for the screen by Nicholas Stoller, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is a comedy that hit the screens in 2016.
Its crew members include Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O'Brien, Nicholas Stoller, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, Andrew Jay Cohen, and Brendan O'Brien (screenplay), Brandon Trost (cinematography), and Leesa Evans, and Emily Gunshor (costume), among others. The full-length feature was able to amass over $108,007,109 at the box office and received Teen Choice Awards and Women Film Critics Circle Awards.
Life is going well for Mac and Kelly Radner who are set to become parents again, when college freshmen Shelby, Beth and Nora move in next door and decide to create a new sorority, Kappa Nu to be able to throw parties after learning that sororities don't allow for parties.
With the Radners planning on selling their house to the Baiers, the Kappa Nu sorority parties prove to be a downer. When they request the girls to temporarily refrain from partying, they refuse.
Having no option, the Radners decide to join hands with Teddy Sanders, their ex-neighbour and one-time enemy to help get the girls off the block!
Available Countries: Philippines, Indonesia, and Argentina
9. Parkland (2013)
Looking for a movie to watch? Parkland could be a good option. With a runtime of 1 hour and 33 min and released in 2013, it stars Zac Efron, Tom Welling, and Billy Bob Thornton and was directed by Peter Landesman.
Recounting the story of November 22nd, 1963; the day of John F Kennedy's assassination, when he was brought into the Parkland Hospital. The narration looks into the perspectives of the ordinary individuals there; i.e. - the young doctors and nurses, the bystander who captured what would become the most famous home movie ever, FBI agents who went to visit Lee Harvey Oswald before the shooting, Dallas's chief of the Secret Service, JFK's security team and Oswald's brother who was left to deal with a broken and shattered family as they all became witnesses to the President's untimely death and Vice President Lyndon Johnson's succession to the office thereafter.
Available Countries: Canada, and Japan
10. 17 Again (2009)
With a budget of $20,000,000, this blockbuster film raked in an impressive $136,316,880 at the box office. Directed by Burr Steers and featuring a star-studded cast including Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, and Leslie Mann, this movie is a must-watch for all movie fans.
Being the star of his high school basketball team and all set to claim a major sports scholarship, everything seems to be going right for Mike O'Donnell. When his girlfriend reveals that she is pregnant with his baby, Mike has little choice but to forget his future and choose one with her instead.
His life gets filled with regret and sadness, leading Mike back to his alma mater where a magical twist of fate sees him become seventeen again. Mike doesn't hesitate to take advantage of what he believed was his second chance at life.
Available Countries: United Kingdom, and France
11. The Beach Bum (2019)
The Beach Bum is a comedy film that has been helmed for the screen by Harmony Korine. It features actors Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, and Isla Fisher in pivotal roles. The motion picture was released in 2019 with a 1 hour and 35 min runtime.
Moondog is a substance-abusing hedonistic poet living the life of a nomad around the Florida Keys while trying to finish his new book. His lifestyle is funded by his rich wife Minnie.
While Moondog goes around living a promiscuous life, Minnie too finds comfort with his R&B singer friend Lingerie. However, a drunk accident leads to Minnie's sudden death wherein Moondog is left with nothing but frozen assets from Minnie's property and wealth which can only be his if he is able to complete the book he's writing.
Available Countries: France, Italy, India, Denmark, and Switzerland
12. The Lorax (2012)
The Lorax premiered in theatres in 2012. Directed by Chris Renaud, and Kyle Balda, this movie features Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, and Danny DeVito in the lead. If you have a particular liking for animation-adventure movies, then you can try this title.
The Lorax received a score of 6.4 on IMDb and 46 on Metacritic.
Ted Wiggins lives in the walled city of Thneedville, where everything is artificial, and it is here that he hopes to win the heart of his dream girl Audrey, by gifting her a 'real' tree.
He is told to seek the assistance of the Once-ler for this, whom he finds. He asks the Once-ler about the story of Thneed and he narrates to Ted the tale of how his greed for more got the better of him and he ended up devasting the land, and not paying any heed to the warnings of the Lorax.
Ted is determined to undo the disaster, but he's got the corrupt mayor of Thneedville; Aloysius O'Hare doing everything in his power to stop him.
Available Countries: Canada, Australia, France, Italy, and the Philippines
13. We Are Your Friends (2015)
We Are Your Friends is a decent movie that didn't quite live up to its potential. Starring Zac Efron, Wes Bentley, and Emily Ratajkowski and directed by Max Joseph, the movie had its moments but ultimately failed to impress critics or audiences when it was released in 2015.
Cole Carter is a former track star, a college dropout and a struggling DJ who dreams of making it big as a major record producer. He spends most of his days scheming with his friends and nights trying to come up with that one track which will help him break out on the big stage.
Everything changes when Cole comes across James Reed, a former DJ and the current headliner who takes him under his wing. Things begin to go awry when Cole begins to fall for James' girlfriend Sophie.
With forbidden relationships coming to the fore and friendships being tested, Cole will have to choose between loyalty, his ambition, love and the future he is fated to have.
Available Countries: India
14. The Lucky One (2012)
The Lucky One premiered in theatres in 2012. Directed by Scott Hicks, this movie features Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, and Blythe Danner in the lead. If you have a particular liking for drama-mystery movies, then you can try this title.
The Lucky One received a score of 6.4 on IMDb and 39 on Metacritic.
Logan Thibault, a US Marine serving in Iraq, returns to Colorado to his sister's family after having suffered from PTSD and survivor's guilt. All he has is a nameless photograph of a girl from the time he spent at war.
While home, he decides to look for the girl. He travels to Louisiana based on clues in the photo and meets Beth, the girl. He takes up a job in her family-run kennel, bonding well with her son, much to her irritation.
While Beth seems to have a complicated life, an unlikely romance blooms, which makes them both believe that they do well being together.
Available Countries: United Kingdom
15. The Paperboy (2012)
Helmed for the screen by Lee Daniels, The Paperboy is a crime-drama that hit the screens in 2012.
Its crew members include Peter Dexter, and Lee Daniels (screenplay), Roberto Schaefer (cinematography), and Caroline Eselin (costume), among others. The full-length feature was able to amass over $3,783,865 at the box office and received Días de Cine Awards.
Ward Jansen, an idealistic investigative reporter, returns to his hometown to investigate the murder of a violent local sheriff, for which Hillary Van Wetter, a swamp-dwelling alligator hunter and small-time criminal, is on death row.
Ward and Yardley Acheman, his colleague, intend on helping to exonerate him. Meanwhile, Ward's younger brother Jack also helps them as their driver. As Van Wetter's girlfriend too begins to rally for his innocence, Jack begins to fall for her.
As Ward and Yardley dig deeper into the investigation, deep-seated racial and acceptance issues crop up, posing serious consequences for all involved.
Available Countries: United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, India, and Japan
16. Gold (2022)
Featuring Zac Efron, Akuol Ngot, and Thiik Biar in the lead, Gold is an action-adventure movie that was released in 2022. It comprises a talented team of crew members Anthony Hayes (director), Anthony Hayes, and Polly Smyth (screenplay), Ross Giardina (cinematography), and others.
The motion picture received a score of 5.4 on IMDb, while it received 48 out of 100 on Metacritic.
In a dystopic future world, lone traveller Virgil seeks the help of local man Keith to transport him to an inhospitable desert. While there, the two discover an enormous gold nugget, but not having adequate tools to extract it, the two decide on an arrangement; one of them will go to bring an excavator, while the other stays with the gold.
While Keith leaves to find the necessary supplies, Virgil stays with the gold. As time goes by and Keith shows no signs of returning, Virgil begins to deteriorate physically and mentally, trying to fend off ravenous wild dogs, weird intruders and harsh weather, making him wonder if he's been abandoned to his fate.
Available Countries: United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, and the Netherlands
17. Scoob! (2020)
Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, Scoob! still manages to be a movie that's worth watching. The film features a talented cast led by Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, and Jason Isaacs and direction by Tony Cervone, and while it may not be perfect, it still has plenty of redeeming qualities.
Shaggy Rogers is a young lonely guy who adopts a stray puppy and names him Scooby Doo. The two come across three young children, Velma, Daphne and Fred on Halloween night and together they enter a haunted house where they capture a thief dressed as a ghost, leading them to form Mystery Inc. and solve mysteries.
While they from solving one mystery to another, one stands out. With a plot being made to release Cerberus, the ghost dog into the world, the gang will have to do all it takes to stop this from happening while discovering a prophecy that's meant to change Scooby's destiny.
Available Countries: Brazil, and Argentina
18. That Awkward Moment (2014)
The success of That Awkward Moment at the box office is a testament to its brilliance. With a budget of $8,000,000 and $45,640,143 gross, this movie is a must-see for all movie lovers.
Directed by Tom Gormican and featuring an incredible cast led by Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller, it is no surprise that it was so well-received by audiences.
Jason, Daniel and Mickey are the best of friends. While the first two work at a publishing house, the third is a young doctor married to his college sweetheart. Daniel and Jason have carefree love lives they go from one fling to the other, living the dream.
So, when Mickey comes to them saying that his wife has asked for a divorce, the other two decide to take him to a bar to celebrate being single. All three promise to lead single lives, but luck has something else in store.
When the three of them get entangled in serious relationships, they aren't sure how to hide it from each other.
Available Countries: Canada, France, and Japan
19. Baywatch (2017)
Headlined by Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, and Alexandra Daddario, Baywatch is an action-comedy that hit the screens in 2017.
Seth Gordon brought the story to life with the help of competent crew members such as Damian Shannon, and Mark Swift (screenplay), Eric Steelberg (cinematography), and many others.
Lt. Mitch Buchannon and his team of lifeguards protect the beaches and the Bay as part of the elite division known as Baywatch. Matt Brody is an Olympic gold medallist and a recruit to the team.
The team soon discovers the Bay being infested by a synthetic drug called flakka that involves businesswoman Victoria Leeds, whose been attempting to bribe the city councilman Rodriguez to control the Bay.
When Rodriguez is found dead under mysterious circumstances, the team will have to find a way to around the truth and understand the extent of Leeds's plan.
Available Countries: United States, India, and Japan
20. Dirty Grandpa (2016)
Dirty Grandpa is a comedy which has been helmed for the screen by Dan Mazer.
Toplined by actors such as Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, and Zoey Deutch (main characters), the film was released in 2016 with a runtime of 1 hour and 42 min.
Corporate Jason Kelley is asked by his Army veteran grandfather Richard 'Dick' Kelly to drive him to Florida a week before his wedding to his controlling fiancee Meredith and although reluctant, he agrees to do so.
However, much to Jason's disappointment and surprise, the trip becomes all about frat parties, getting arrested, bar parties and an epic night of karaoke. Meanwhile, Dick pushes on his agenda of trying to make Jason rethink his wedding and how he should try living a little.
Available Countries: Italy, Philippines, Netherlands, and Poland
21. Firestarter (2022)
Firestarter premiered in theatres in 2022. Directed by Keith Thomas, this movie features Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, and Sydney Lemmon in the lead. If you have a particular liking for drama-horror movies, then you can try this title.
Firestarter received a score of 4.6 on IMDb and 32 on Metacritic.
Charlie McGee has superhuman powers. She has the ability to set things on fire using pyrokinesis. Her parents, Andrew and Victoria, also have superpowers of their own, the former having telepathy and the latter telekinesis, after being subjects of an experimental chemical drug at a secret government entity.
However, the older Charlie grows, the more uncontrolled her outbursts become, much to the worry of the Department of Scientific Intelligence, who wishes to terminate her before things get out of hand.
But Charlie has other plans.
Available Countries: Germany, and Japan
22. New Year's Eve (2011)
Helmed for the screen by Garry Marshall, New Year's Eve is a comedy-romance that hit the screens in 2011.
Its crew members include Katherine Fugate (screenplay), Charles Minsky (cinematography), and Gary Jones (costume), among others. The full-length feature was able to amass over $142,044,638 at the box office and received Yoga Awards.
Set in New York, New Year's Eve traces the story of multiple individuals whose narratives are interconnected with each other as they navigate through problems, hurdles, love, breakups, relationships and more.
As the clock strikes 12 and the world prepares to wake up to a new day and new year, they all hold on to the belief of new beginnings and new experiences, whether with old familiar people or with new faces.
Available Countries: United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, and Norway
23. The Derby Stallion (2005)
Looking for a movie to watch? The Derby Stallion could be a good option. With a runtime of 1 hour and 39 min and released in 2005, it stars Charles Black, Sarah Blackman, and Preston Wigasi Brant and was directed by Craig Clyde.
Patrick McCardle is a 15-year-old who is still trying to figure out his life, while his former baseball player father forces him to follow in his footsteps. He chooses to skip ball practice for a day and visit Houston Jones, who happens to be a former champion steeplechase jockey.
Houston mesmerised Patrick with his horse-riding stories, convincing the young boy to prepare for the prestigious racing cup. While his parents aren't initially convinced, Houston's inclusive nature wins them over.
With Patrick looking up to Houston and learning the trade of horseriding, will the latter's sudden death due to the town bully prevent the young boy from going ahead with participating in the championship?
Available Countries: United Kingdom, and Canada
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