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The 18 Best Amazon Prime Movies to Stream Right Now

Much like Netflix, Prime Video can be unnecessarily difficult to navigate. If you don’t already know what movies or Amazon Prime TV shows you’re looking for, you really only have the app’s suggestions to go off of. To help you out, we’ve slogged through thousands of movie titles to find the best movies on Amazon Prime right now.

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

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Val (2021)

Val
73 %
7.6/10
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 portrayed legendary roles such as Batman, Doc Holliday from Tombstone, Jim Morrison, and Ice from Top Gun. A recent survivor and still recovering from throat cancer, Val Kilmer has decided to tell his story from the multitudinous, never-before-seen films that shines a light into his private life.

The Report (2019)

The Report
66 %
7.2/10
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 from leading actors, The Report is a chillingly accurate telling of the highly questionable torture conducted by the CIA following the 9/11 attacks. Based on the true story of the investigational findings from Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver), he uncovers some horrible information about the merciless and sometimes unprovoked torture tactics exercised on captured Muslims in a CIA black site.

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The Terminator
84 %
8.0/10
r 107m
Genre Action, Sci-Fi
Stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn
Directed by James Cameron
In one of the best James Cameron films of all time, this classic sci-fi thriller stands the test of time. Sent back to 1984 from 2029, a human soldier (Michael Biehn) attempts to protect a young woman who would give birth to the man who would be the key to human salvation, but a near-invincible cyborg is sent back simultaneously to cease the bloodline at any cost. Chillingly emotionless and terrifyingly ruthless, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s killer cyborg portrayal is absolutely unforgettable.

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Manchester by the Sea
96 %
7.8/10
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 faces all the traumas that made him leave in the first place.

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Fargo
85 %
8.1/10
r 98m
Genre Crime, Thriller, Drama
Stars William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi
Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
One of the best Coen Brothers films out there, Fargo boasts an original premise and some off-beat, dark laughs that make you want to come back for more. Hardworking policewoman Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) stumbles upon a curious case in the sleepy Midwest town of Fargo, North Dakota, when she untangles a messy web of crime weaved by a local car salesman with a bad intention.

Honey Boy (2019)

Honey Boy
73 %
7.2/10
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 forward in his own manipulative way. Fun fact: 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.

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
7.7/10
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 Wu-Tang Clan, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin is referenced by RZA as the core of 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.

Train to Busan (2016)

Train to Busan
73 %
7.6/10
nr 118m
Genre Action, Horror, Thriller
Stars Gong Yoo, Yu-mi Jung, Ma Dong-seok
Directed by Sang-ho Yeon
One of the most intense and claustrophobic zombie movies ever made, Train to Busan is an incredible Korean film by director Sang-ho Yeon. Riddled with well-established backstories to multiple characters and great performances to boot, Busan follows a group of passengers trying to survive on a train while heading to a supposed safe zone during a zombie outbreak. The creativity and originality of the plot is enough to give it a watch, especially if you enjoy a good zombie flick from time to time.

Sound of Metal (2019)

Sound of Metal
82 %
7.7/10
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 of a man torn between two lives as he loses his hearing. After hearing the distressing news that his condition will only worsen, he tries not to go back into his ways of heavy drug use and the rock star lifestyle he has come to know and love. Winner of best film editing and best sound editing at this year’s Oscars, it was also nominated for a handful of other awards including best picture.

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Napoleon Dynamite
64 %
6.9/10
pg 96m
Genre Comedy
Stars Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries
Directed by Jared Hess
An independent comedy that tonally paved the way for movies like Nacho Libre, Napoleon Dynamite brought about a revolution of uncomfortable, dry comedy to the American film industry. An awkward and socially challenged high schooler named Napoleon (Jon Heder) traverses life in high school without the help of his strange family, who all have their own odd adventures.

The Big Sick (2017)

The Big Sick
86 %
7.5/10
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), a relationship quickly forms. However, the couple is faced with a family pushback, and when they break up, a coma is what brings them back together. This original dramedy is one of the best romantic comedy movies of our generation.

The Lighthouse (2019)

The Lighthouse
83 %
7.4/10
r 110m
Genre Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Stars Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman
Directed by Robert Eggers
Two men both named Thomas (Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson) are working as lighthouse attendants on a dislocated New England island, both struggling to maintain sanity and their grasp on reality itself. Though this film is classified as horror, that is really only because of the tension created by masterful cinematography, a haunting soundtrack, and the stirring performances by Pattinson and Dafoe.

One Night in Miami... (2020)

One Night in Miami...
83 %
7.1/10
r 114m
Genre Drama
Stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge
Directed by Regina King
A film 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 learn more about the struggle of civil rights in its time and how it has changed today. Boasting a handful of Oscar nominations this year, this film is a powerhouse of performance and information to take with you.

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Inside Llewyn Davis
93 %
7.4/10
r 104m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Music
Stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman
Directed by The Coen Brothers
This comedic music movie drama follows a week in the life of young folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Following the death of his partner, Davis struggles to make it as a musician during a harsh New York winter. With many seemingly insurmountable obstacles to overcome, the life of a folk musician is not a glamorous one. If you like the Coen brothers as filmmakers, then you’re most likely going to enjoy this movie.

The Lost City of Z (2017)

The Lost City of Z
78 %
6.6/10
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 find proof. At its core, though, The Lost City of Z is also a movie about one man’s singular focus, and the toll it takes on everything else in his life.

Small Axe: Lovers Rock (2020)

Small Axe: Lovers Rock
95 %
7.5/10
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 to 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.

Lincoln (2012)

Lincoln
86 %
7.3/10
149m
Genre History, Drama
Stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Few figures loom larger in American history than Abraham Lincoln, so when news broke that Steven Spielberg was planning to make a film about him, it seemed like a monumental task. Ultimately, though, Lincoln delivered, thanks in large part to a towering performance from Daniel Day-Lewis. Lincoln, which follows the 16th president as he attempts to get the 13th amendment passed, is about how towering a figure the man was, even as he was always distinctly human. It remains among Spielberg’s very best work. 

Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard
72 %
8.2/10
131m
Genre Action, Thriller
Stars Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov
Directed by John McTiernan

Very few movies have the staying power of Die Hard, which proved that Bruce Willis was a leading man and gave birth to an entire genre. The movie’s premise, a regular cop gets stuck in a building that’s been taken over by criminals and has to fight his way out, doesn’t sound all that original today, but that speaks to Die Hard‘s lasting legacy. Even as hundreds of copycats have come along in Die Hard‘s wake, no movie lives up to the power of this first installment, which still feels brand new from the second you put it on.

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