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The best movies on Amazon Prime to watch in April

Add these Prime movies to your watchlist this month

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Amazon Prime has one of the largest libraries of content in the world filled with good movies to watch. Whether you want to watch a comedy movie or a crime drama television show, Amazon probably has what you’re looking for as far as the best movies to stream right now. When there’s so much to watch, it can be hard to sort through everything to find the best viewing options, though. Thankfully, we’re here to help. We’ve already compiled a list of Amazon Prime TV shows for you to enjoy. And, if you’re looking for the best movies to watch right now, we’ve also found a selection of the best movies on Amazon Prime for you to browse.

If you’re looking for more than just the best Amazon Prime movies, we’ve also found the best Netflix movies, the best Hulu movies, the best Disney Plus movies, and the best Netflix documentaries to stream right now.

The Burial (2023)

The Burial
Genre Comedy, Drama
Stars Jamie Foxx, Tommy Lee Jones, Jurnee Smollett
Directed by Margaret Betts
A throwback courtroom drama set in 1995, The Burial follows a local funeral home owner who sues one of the biggest conglomerates in the industry for breach of contract. While that may sound almost offensively dry, The Burial is fun from minute one, thanks in large part to Jamie Foxx’s commanding performance as the lawyer representing the funeral home owner. Tommy Lee Jones is great as always as the owner himself, and the movie manages to address some fairly complex ideas about race, even as it tells an entertaining, mostly true story.
The Burial Trailer #1 (2023)

Val (2021)

73 %
r 109m
Genre Documentary, Biography
Stars Val Kilmer, Kevin Bacon, Marlon Brando
Directed by Ting Poo, Leo Scott
Focused on and filmed over a span of more than 40 years by Val Kilmer, Val is an Amazon original movie about the mythical man who had legendary roles in Batman: Forever, Tombstone, The Doors, and Top Gun. A recent survivor of throat cancer who is still in recovery, Val Kilmer has decided to tell his story using home video footage that shines a remarkably frank light into his private life and the ways that it’s transformed over the decades of his career.
VAL | Official Trailer | Prime Video

The Report (2019)

The Report
66 %
r 119m
Genre Biography, Crime, Drama
Stars Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm
Directed by Scott Z. Burns
An incredible Amazon Original chock full of award-worthy performances, The Report is a chillingly detailed rendering of the investigation into the morally dubious torture techniques used by the CIA in the aftermath of 9/11. Based on the true story of an investigative finding from Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver), The Report follows his request to better understand the torture and who authorized it. Along the way, he uncovers some horrible information about the merciless and sometimes unprovoked torture tactics that his own country is using regularly.
The Report - Official Trailer | Amazon Original Movie | Adam Driver, Annette Bening | Watch Now

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Manchester by the Sea
96 %
r 137m
Genre Drama
Stars Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler
Directed by Kenneth Lonergan
With career-defining performances from Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, and Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea is a stunningly raw portrayal of tragedy and what it can do to the human spirit. When Lee (Casey Affleck) finds out that his brother has died and has made him the guardian of his teenage nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges), he is forced to quit his job and move back to his hometown, where he comes face to face with all the trauma that drove him away in the first place.
Manchester by the Sea Official Trailer 1 (2016) - Casey Affleck Movie

Honey Boy (2019)

Honey Boy
73 %
r 94m
Genre Drama
Stars Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe
Directed by Alma Har'el
Loosely based on the life of erstwhile child actor and now tabloid target Shia LaBeouf, Honey Boy is a gripping and emotional tale riddled with fantastic performances. A 12-year-old boy starts to make it in Hollywood on a hit comedy show, causing his alcoholic and abusive father to push him in ways no 12-year-old should be pushed. LaBeouf chose to portray his own father in the film, despite telling his father that Mel Gibson would portray him to get him to sign off on the film’s creation.
Honey Boy - Official Trailer | Amazon Studios

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
r 116m
Genre Action, Adventure, Drama
Stars Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Yue Wong
Directed by Chia-Liang Liu
A film that heavily influenced hip hop music group The Wu-Tang Clan, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin is referenced by RZA as one of the very best Kung Fu films. When the Manchu government destroys his school, ravages his town, and kills his father, San Te (Chia-Hui Liu) travels to a Shaolin temple to learn the ways of Shaolin Kung Fu and be at peace. Needless to say, the fight choreography in this is incredible.
The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin (1977) - Shaw Brothers (2014 Trailer)

Sound of Metal (2019)

Sound of Metal
82 %
r 120m
Genre Drama, Music
Stars Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci
Directed by Darius Marder
An Amazon original and a breakout starring role for Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal is an intensely dramatic film about a man torn between two lives as he loses his hearing. After hearing the distressing news that his hearing loss will only worsen, he tries to avoid relapsing even as he struggles with his new identity. Winner of best film editing and best sound editing at the 2020 Academy Awards, Sound of Metal was also nominated for a handful of other awards including best picture.
Sound of Metal – Official Trailer | Prime Video

The Big Sick (2017)

The Big Sick
86 %
r 120m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano
Directed by Michale Showalter
The Big Sick is based on the real-life love story of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. The story follows Nanjiani as he struggles to build up a career in standup. After a run-in with a heckler named Emily (Zoe Kazan), the two quickly form a relationship. Shortly after they break up, though, Gordon falls into a coma, and Nanjiani is forced to figure out how what his role should be in supporting her. This original dramedy is one of the best romantic comedy movies to watch.
The Big Sick – Official US Trailer | Amazon Studios

One Night in Miami... (2020)

One Night in Miami...
83 %
r 114m
Genre Drama
Stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge
Directed by Regina King
This film, which is loosely based on true events, follows four icons in their prime, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke, as they meet in Miami one historic night. As these figures come together in the mid-1960s, they discuss what their success and responsibility mean as they carry the weight of the world during the Civil Rights Movement. In Regina King’s directorial breakout, we get shades of gray from each of the four central characters as they attempt to navigate what it means to be Black and powerful in an era when the world was transforming. Boasting a handful of Oscar nominations, this film is a powerhouse packed with four incredible performances and ruminative, meaningful conversations.
One Night in Miami... | Official Trailer

The Lost City of Z (2017)

The Lost City of Z
78 %
PG-13 141m
Genre Adventure, Drama, History
Stars Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller
Directed by James Gray
An earnest examination of one explorer’s quest for greatness, The Lost City of Z is a film about Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), a British explorer who makes repeated journeys to the Amazon. Ultimately, Fawcett’s goal is to prove that there was once a civilized nation living there, and the movie is about his quest to do exactly that. At its core, though, The Lost City of Z is also a movie about one man’s singular focus on a life outside his home, and the toll it takes on everything else he’s supposed to love.
THE LOST CITY OF Z | Official HD Trailer

Small Axe: Lovers Rock (2020)

Small Axe: Lovers Rock
95 %
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama, History
Cast Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn, Daniel Francis-Swaby, Ellis George
Created by Steve McQueen
All of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe films are worth checking out, but Lovers Rock stands above the rest. Set in London in the 1970s, the film is set at a house party and exists primarily so the viewer can revel in the joy that it depicts. There is almost no plot to speak of in Lovers Rock, but the movie doesn’t need one. Instead, it gets by on the vibe that it puts off, one that serves as a reminder of the joy of the Black community, even in the face of the oppression that constantly threatens them.
Small Axe | Lovers Rock Trailer | Prime Video

Saltburn (2023)

Genre Drama, Comedy, Thriller
Stars Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi, Rosamund Pike
Directed by Emerald Fennell
If you’re looking for something a little bit twisted and strange, then Saltburn may be just what you’re after. Telling the story of a poor boy who finds himself suddenly thrust into the world of the ultra wealthy in the U.K. in the early 2000s, the movie is unafraid of pushing past boundaries most movies would leave untouched. Thanks to the fearless central performance from Barry Keoghan, as well as sharp supporting turns from Jacob Elordi and Rosamund Pike, Saltburn is always entertaining and occasionally downright riveting. On top of all that, it doesn’t hurt that the movie features some truly wonderful cinematography.
Saltburn | Official Trailer

12 Angry Men (1957)

12 Angry Men
Genre Drama
Stars Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Lee J. Cobb
Directed by Sidney Lumet
While it’s set almost entirely in a single location, there’s nothing about 12 Angry Men that feels small. The movie, which set the template for so many great jury deliberation episodes that would follow it, tells the story of a single jury deliberating over whether the man they are there to come to a verdict on committed murder. While the jury starts with only one not-guilty vote, he slowly convinces the rest of the room of the man’s innocence and reveals the personal biases that the jurors have brought into the courtroom along the way.
12 ANGRY MEN (1957) | Official Trailer | MGM

Memento (2000)

Genre Mystery, Thriller
Stars Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
Directed by Christopher Nolan
If you’re looking for the movie where Christopher Nolan fully became the director he is today, Memento is probably the right place to start. The film is told both backward and forward, and ends exactly in the middle of its story, at least chronologically. Following a man with short-term memory loss as he discovers and then proceeds to forget things about his life, even as he quests after his wife’s killer, the movie is wildly inventive and deeply thrilling, in part because of Nolan’s fascination with the way stories are constructed on the screen. It’s a trick he would return to again and again throughout his career.
Memento (2000) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

What movies are coming to Amazon in April?

April 1

  • Age Of Adaline
  • Airplane II: The Sequel
  • Batman & Robin
  • Batman Forever
  • Blockers
  • Boomerang
  • Chaplin
  • Cheech & Chong Get Out Of My Room
  • Chinatown
  • Cloverfield
  • Disturbia
  • El Dorado
  • Fighting with My Family
  • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
  • Heist
  • Henry Fool
  • Hotel for Dogs
  • Inside Job (2010)
  • It’s Complicated
  • Jarhead
  • Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  • Lone Survivor
  • Lords Of Dogtown
  • Macgruber
  • Memoirs Of A Geisha
  • Mimic
  • Money Monster
  • Monster Trucks
  • Nebraska
  • Neighbors
  • Ong Bak – The Thai Warrior
  • Out of Sight
  • Red Eye
  • Richard Jewell
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • Snatch
  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • The Aviator
  • The Big Short
  • The Front Page
  • The Heartbreak Kid
  • The House Bunny
  • The Last Temptation of Christ
  • The Notebook
  • The Ring Two
  • The Station Agent
  • The Stepford Wives
  • The Sweetest Thing
  • The Truth About Charlie
  • The Way Back
  • The Young Messiah
  • Titanic
  • To Catch a Thief
  • To Write Love On Her Arms
  • Top Gun
  • Total Recall
  • Wayne’s World
  • We Own The Night
  • We Were Soldiers
  • When The Game Stands Tall
  • White Noise

April 2

  • Pet Sematary: Bloodlines
  • Please Don’t Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain

April 4

  • Música

April 5

  • How To Date Billy Walsh

April 9

  • The Exorcist: Believer

April 11

  • Fallout (2024)

April 18

  • Going Home with Tyler Cameron

April 22

  • Spectre (2015)

April 25

  • THEM: The Scare

April 29

  • The Holdovers

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