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The Best River Movies and TV Shows on Kanopy

Finding a good River movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best River movies and TV shows of all time streaming on Kanopy.

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1. Piranha

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5.9/10
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65/100
Released: 1978Rated: R
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, fuboTV, Shudder & 3 others) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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2. The Host

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7.1/10
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80/100
Released: 2006Rated: R
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Following the dumping of gallons of toxic waste in the river, a giant mutated squid-like appears and begins attacking the populace. Gang-du's daughter Hyun-seo is snatched up by the creature; with his family to assist him, he sets off to find her.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 2 others), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu, fuboTV & 2 others) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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3. Maverick

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72/100
Released: 1994Rated: PG
Comedy, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Maverick is a gambler who would rather con someone than fight them, and needs an additional three thousand dollars in order to enter a winner-takes-all poker game that begins in a few days, so he joins forces with a woman gambler with a marvellous southern accent, and the two try and enter the game.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. Summer Days with Coo

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7.4/10
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54/100
Released: 2007Rated: G
Drama, Animation

What it's about: A small, lone Kappa miraculously survives over 200 years into modern day Japan, when he is found by young Koichi. Coo, who is secretly adopted by Koichi's family, searches with his new human friend for unpopulated places in hopes of finding any remaining of his kind.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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5. Fitzcarraldo

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8.1/10
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72/100
Released: 1982Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Fitzcarraldo is a dreamer who plans to build an opera house in Iquitos, in the Peruvian Amazon, so, in order to finance his project, he embarks on an epic adventure to collect rubber, a very profitable product, in a remote and unexplored region of the rainforest.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PopcornFlix & Shout Factory TV), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Kanopy & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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6. Take Me to the River

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51/100
Released: 2015
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A naive California teen plans to remain above the fray at his Nebraskan family reunion, but a strange encounter places him at the center of a long-buried family secret.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & IMDb TV), stream on a subscription service (Philo, Kanopy & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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7. Aguirre, the Wrath of God

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73/100
Released: 1972
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A few decades after the destruction of the Inca Empire, a Spanish expedition led by the infamous Aguirre leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon River in search of the lost city of El Dorado. When great difficulties arise, Aguirre’s men start to wonder whether their quest will lead them to prosperity or certain death.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, PopcornFlix & 1 other), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Kanopy & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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8. The Defiant Ones

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7.6/10
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67/100
Released: 1958Rated: PG
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Two convicts—a white racist and an angry black man—escape while chained to each other.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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9. Hotel by the River

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50/100
Released: 2018
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: An old poet staying for free in a riverside hotel summons his two estranged sons. This is because he feels, for no apparent reason, like he is going to die. After being betrayed by the man she was living with, a young woman gets a room at the hotel. Seeking support, she summons a friend. The poet spends a day with his sons and tries to wrap up the loose ends in his life. But it's not so easy to do that in one day. But then he sees the young woman and her friend, after a sudden, unbelievably heavy snowfall.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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10. House by the River

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58/100
Released: 1950
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Louis Hayward stars as a wealthy man who tries to seduce the family maid. She resists, and he kills her. Long jealous of his brother Lee Bowman, Hayward does his best to pin the blame for the murder on his sibling. Also affected by Hayward's arrogant dementia is his long-suffering wife Jane Wyatt. Originally, director Lang had proposed that the unfortunate maid be a black woman, but was over ruled

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (The Roku Channel), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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11. Silent Souls

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Released: 2010
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A man and his companion go on a journey to cremate the body of the former's beloved wife on a riverbank in the area where they spent their honeymoon.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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12. Psychohydrography

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6.6/10
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41/100
Released: 2010
Documentary, Animation

What it's about: An analysis of the flow of water from mountain to aqueduct, city to sea. Shot at and around the Eastern Sierra Nevada, Owens Valley, Los Angeles Aqueduct, Los Angeles River and Pacific Ocean.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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13. Summer and Smoke

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55/100
Released: 1961
Romance, Drama

What it's about: In a small Mississippi town in 1916, an eccentric spinster battles her romantic yearnings for the randy boy next door. A 1961 film, adapted from a Tennessee Williams play, starring Geraldine Page, Laurence Harvey, John McIntire, Una Merkel and Rita Moreno.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. Into the Amazon

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7.9/10
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44/100
Released: 2018
Biography, Documentary

What it's about: A documentary re-telling of the remarkable and dangerous journey taken by President Theodore Roosevelt and legendary Brazilian explorer Cândido Rondon into the heart of the South American rainforest to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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15. The River and the Wall

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47/100
Released: 2019
Documentary, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Five friends embark on a 1,200 mile journey along the US-Mexico border from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico to learn first hand what effect a border wall will have on the natural landscape and the wild animals roaming the land.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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16. Tomorrow

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7.6/10
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66/100
Released: 1972Rated: PG
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A lonely farmer takes in a pregnant woman and looks after her. After she gives birth, tragedy strikes.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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17. Miss Firecracker

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51/100
Released: 1989Rated: PG
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: A girl from Yazoo City, Mississippi pins all her hopes on winning the local beauty pageant.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Shout Factory TV) & stream on a subscription service (HBO, Fandor & Kanopy).

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