Veteran members of the streaming platform would agree that the ever-evolving catalog of movies available with a subscription to Amazon Prime Video is endless. There is almost too much to choose from, which often leads to more time scrolling to find the best movies on Prime Video than actually spent enjoying a film.
Of course, as any frequent streamer should know, access to that much content – which also includes many great TV shows on Amazon – is both a blessing and a curse. Allow us to help narrow down your search with our picks for the best movies on Amazon Prime Video currently available to stream as of March 1, 2024, unless otherwise specified.
Rachel Sennott and Emmy winner Ayo Edebiri lead the Bottoms cast as two teen lesbians who start an after school women’s self-defense class in hopes to get closer to their crushes. Sennott also worked with director Emma Seligman on the screenplay for this uproarious and subversive coming-of-age comedy.
Fiddler On The Roof (1971)
Three Academy Awards went to this cinematic adaptation of the Tony Award-winning smash, Fiddler on the Roof. Topol leads the cast and Norman Jewison directs this funny, romantic, and heartbreaking musical set in pre-revolutionary Russia.
Blue Ruin (2013)
Writer and director Jeremy Saulnier casts his frequent collaborator, Macon Blair, as a homeless man seeking to punish his parents’ killer. In addition to its gorgeous cinematography and intense pacing, what makes Blue Ruin one of the most unique movies about revenge is just how in-over-his-head the protagonist is.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)
Edgar Wright crafts one of the best non-superhero comic book movies with this hilarious and visually dazzling adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series. Michael Cera gives a charismatic performance as the otherwise deeply flawed titular lead of the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World cast, who struggles to win the heart of his crush (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) by defeating her seven former paramours.
12 Angry Men (1957)
One of the best courtroom dramas of all time barely takes place in the courtroom. With brazen performances by Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, and more, director Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men is an intensely captivating thriller from the point of view of the jury for a murder trial.
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Warren Beatty co-writes, co-directs, and stars in the Oscar-winning, fantastic sports dramedy Heaven Can Wait as a professional football player given a second chance at life on Earth. Reason being, he was accidentally taken too early, leading the people in charge above to transfer his soul into a recently murdered millionaire.
Women Talking (2022)
Writer and director Sarah Polley won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for this heart-wrenching, remarkably timely drama based on true events. The aptly titled Women Talking – depicting a group of women discussing whether or not to leave their Mennonite village in light of sexual assault – is anchored by a stunning all-star cast, including Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckely, Frances McDormand, and more.
Sunshine Cleaning (2009)
Amy Adams and Emily Blunt shine brightly in the otherwise dark dramedy, Sunshine Cleaning. They play sisters struggling to come to terms with their differences and their traumatic pasts while running a crime scene clean-up business together.
Get Out (2017)
Comedian Jordan Peele made a stunning feature film debut as a writer and director with one of the best horror movies in recent memory – the groundbreaking, thought-provoking, Academy Award-winning Get Out. Daniel Kaluuya also received his first Oscar nomination for his lead performance as a Black photographer who suspects something is off about his white girlfriend’s family when meeting them for the first time.
Monster’s Ball (2002)
Halle Berry gives an Oscar-winning performance as the widow of a death row inmate. She stars alongside Billy Bob Thornton as the bigoted prison guard who executed her husband in Monster’s Ball. Director Marc Forster’s powerful tale of unlikely romance also stars Peter Boyle, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Heath Ledger.
Ghost In The Shell (1995)
One of the most acclaimed and celebrated Japanese anime films of all time is Ghost in the Shell. It takes place in the year 2029, when human consciousness has the ability to directly connect to the internet, and follows a police officer chasing after a master hacker.
Burn After Reading (2008)
In one of the best Coen Brothers movies (let alone one of the duo’s more underrated films), the lives of a forcibly retired CIA agent (played by John Malkovich) and two gym employees (played by Frances McDormand and Brad Pitt) converge in unexpectedly grim and ridiculous ways. Also starring George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, J.K. Simmons, and more, Burn After Reading is a hilariously off-beat crime thriller on fire with many fun twists and turns.
In The Heat Of The Night (1976)
Five Oscars, including Best Picture, went to director Norman Jewison’s adaptation of John Ball’s novel, In the Heat of Night – a stirring crime drama with an even more powerful message against prejudice. Sidney Poitier stars as a Black detective asked by a white police chief (Rod Steiger) to help investigate a murder he was initially and unjustly accused of.
Despite being chosen as maid of honor for her engaged best friend (played by Maya Rudolph), a lovelorn bakery shop owner (played by Kristen Wiig) engages in an intense competition with a conceited fellow bridesmaid (played by Rose Byrne). In addition to leading the Bridesmaids cast, Wiig became one of a few Oscar-nominated SNL cast members for co-writing this hilarious comedy with Annie Mumolo.
Pitch Perfect (2012)
An aspiring musician reluctantly joins her college’s a cappella choir, only to become the key to their long-desired success. Anna Kendrick leads the Pitch Perfect cast in this fun comedy that spawned two sequels and a TV spin-off.
Mission: Impossible, 1-4 (1996-2011)
Some argue that the Mission: Impossible movies only got better after director Christopher McQuarie took over the franchise. However, there is still much to love about Tom Cruise’s first four adventures as daredevil secret agent Ethan Hunt, which are currently available on Amazon Prime.
An Oxford student (played by Academy Award nominee Barry Keoghan) spends one eventful summer – to say the least – at the lavish estate owned by the family of his wealthy classmate (Jacob Elordi). Oscar winner Emerald Fennell crafts an even darker, more cheekily funny, and sometimes even “disgusting” thriller out of her follow-up to Promising Young Woman, Saltburn.
A violent outcast (Seann Williams Scott) finds the sense of purpose he has been longing for when he joins a misfit, semi-pro hockey team. Scott gives one of the best and most underrated performances in one of the best hockey movies ever, Goon.
Polite Society (2023)
A British-Pakistani teen (played by Priya Kansara) aspires to rescue her older sister (played by Ritu Arya) from her impending nuptials. Writer and director Nida Manzoor’s feature-length debut, Polite Society, is an ambitious coming-of-age comedy fused with thrilling, Matrix-style action.
An inside look at the complicated life of a renowned, female orchestra conductor (played by Cate Blanchett). Blanchett earned an Academy Award nomination for her stirring performance in the title role of Tár – a moving drama from writer and director Todd Field.
An FBI agent (played by Emily Blunt) begins to question the true intentions of her assignment when she joins a government task force taking on a drug cartel. Also starring Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin, the intense action thriller, Sicario, is one of director Denis Villeneuve’s best movies, featuring visually striking cinematography by Roger Deakins.
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Train To Busan (2016)
An overworked father, his daughter, and others struggle to survive against their fellow train passengers affected by a strange virus that makes them crave human flesh. One of the most inventive, exciting, and realistic zombie movies in recent memory is Train to Busan, which is also one of the best Korean horror movies ever, period.
A NASA pilot-turned-farmer (played by Matthew McConaughey) goes on an expedition to find the human race a new home as Earth grows more uninhabitable. Writer and director Chrisopher Nolan tries his hand at an ambitious Kubrickian “space odyssey” with the visually stunning cosmic mindbender, Interstellar.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023)
Join the star-studded Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves cast (including Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, and more) on this epic, fantastic, and often hilarious quest. Most adventurers would agree that directors Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley’s action-packed fantasy film effectively captures the essence of participating in a campaign for the popular role-playing game.
A former insurance investigator (played by Guy Pearce) desperately tries to overcome his severe condition of short-term memory loss in order to solve his wife’s murder. Cleverly told in reverse order to keep the audience in the protagonist’s headspace, Memento is one of Christopher Nolan’s best movies and a refreshing achievement in the crime thriller genre in general.
Red, White & Royal Blue (2023)
After an embarrassing cake-related incident that captured the public’s attention, the son of the President (played by Taylor Zakhar Perez) and the prince of England (played by Nicolas Galitzine) are forced to end their feud, which only leads them to fall for one another. Based on the best-selling novel by Casey McQuiston, Red, White & Royal Blue is a winning LGBTQ+ romantic comedy exclusively available on Amazon Prime.
The true story of Nike’s pursuit to make rising star Michael Jordan the face of the basketball shoe division. Directed by Ben Affleck and featuring top-notch performances by the Air cast, this Amazon original docudrama is – like the athlete at its center – a legend in the making.
She Said (2022)
Intrepid New York Times reporters Megan Twohey (Carey Mulligan) and Jodi Cantor (Zoe Kazan) investigate the alleged sexual misconduct of powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. She Said is a bold and sometimes unsettling inside look at the story behind the article that sparked a revolution.
Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
Rebellious, veteran naval aviator Maverick (Tom Cruise) acts as mentor to a group of talented, recent graduates at one of the most elite piloting schools. One of the biggest and most beloved movies of 2022 was Top Gun: Maverick – the long-awaited sequel to one of Cruise’s best action movies, which was also a smash hit in 1986.
After moving in with her sister, Tricia (Courtney Bell), Callie (Katie Parker) begins to piece together the horrifying truth behind her brother-in-law’s disappearance after seven years. One of the earliest, most underseen, and underrated Mike Flanagan movies is Absentia, which – despite obvious low production quality – is still one of his scariest and most emotionally gripping works yet.
Thirteen Lives (2022)
A team of soccer players and their adult coach become trapped inside a system of flooding caves in Thailand. Ron Howard directs Thirteen Lives – a heart-racing dramatization of the incredible true story of survival that stars Viggo Mortensen and Colin Farrell.
Licorice Pizza (2021)
Teenage Gary (Cooper Hoffman) and an older woman named Alana (Alana Haim) struggle to navigate the trials and tribulations of falling in love in the San Fernando Valley in the early 1970s. Hoffman and musician Haim both received praise for their debut performances as the leads of the Licorice Pizza cast in writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson’s, Oscar-nominated coming-of-age period piece.
Manchester By The Sea (2016)
Ill-tempered Boston handyman Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) becomes haunted by painful memories from his past after tragedy suddenly makes him the legal guardian to his teenage nephew (played by Lucas Hedges). Affleck’s inspired performance and director Kenneth Lonergan’s devastating original screenplay earned two Academy Awards for Manchester by the Sea – an acclaimed Amazon original that was also produced by Matt Damon.
The Big Sick (2017)
Pakistani-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani (as himself) is forced to confront various aspects of his life when his white girlfriend, Emily (Zoe Kazan) is placed in a medically induced coma. Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon, received Oscar nominations for writing The Big Sick - a wonderful romantic dramedy inspired by their own real love story.