The 10 Best Amazon Prime Original Movies

As we all know, Amazon is a quick and efficient shopping service that has taken the world by storm. What is news for some, however, is that the original movies that are being produced by that same company are of some real quality. There are many Amazon Prime movies and shows available to stream on Amazon, but this list is focusing on the streaming films that have been produced by ‘Amazon Studios’ itself. From gripping documentaries all the way to raucous comedies, Amazon is becoming a titan in the film industry as well as the online shopping industry.

A great bonus about the films on our list today: All of them came out within the last five years or so, meaning that many of them will carry some extremely relevant themes and source material to think about.

Val (2021)

Val
93%
73 %
7.7/10
r 109m
Genre Documentary
Stars Val Kilmer, Jack Kilmer, Mercedes Kilmer
Directed by Leo Scott, Ting Poo
Focused on and filmed over a span of more than 40 years by Val Kilmer, Val is a story of 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 film that shines a light into his private life.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
85%
68 %
6.7/10
r 96m
Genre Comedy
Stars Sacha Baron Cohen, Maria Bakalova, Tom Hanks
Directed by Jason Woliner
In a shockingly ridiculous social experiment of a movie, Sacha Baron Cohen takes his classic Borat character back to the screen in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Borat is released from prison in his home country of Kazakhstan under one condition: Return to America and redeem Kazakhstan by giving the vice president a great gift. Loose plot aside, this film goes to new lengths of shock with the help of Tutar (Maria Bakalova), Borat’s daughter and “gift” to the vice president.

One Child Nation (2019)

One Child Nation
98%
85 %
7.5/10
r 88m
Genre Documentary
Stars Nanfu Wang, Jiaoming Pang, Brian Stuy
Directed by Nanfu Wang, Zhang Jialing
At the peak of the population crisis in 1980s China, a one-child policy was enacted that imposed a draconian mandate on the population. One Child Nation is a gripping documentary about political corruption, patriotism vs humanism, and just how far one person would go to obey or deny the conundrum forced upon them. This documentary contains interviews about people that started child trafficking to save the children involved, the doctors who were tasked with “removing” the unlawful children, and how nationwide propaganda affected them all.

Sound of Metal (2020)

Sound of Metal
97%
82 %
7.8/10
r 121m
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 learning 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.

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Manchester by the Sea
96%
96 %
7.8/10
r 138m
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.

The Big Sick (2017)

The Big Sick
98%
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 stand-up. After a run-in with a heckler named Emily (Zoe Kazan), a relationship quickly forms. However, the couple is faced with 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.

Honey Boy (2019)

Honey Boy
94%
73 %
7.3/10
r 94m
Genre Drama
Stars Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe
Directed by Alma Har'el
Loosely based on the life of once child actor and now tabloids target Shia LaBeouf, Honey Boy is a tense and emotional tale elevated by 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: Shia himself 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.

You Were Never Really Here (2017)

You Were Never Really Here
89%
84 %
6.8/10
r 89m
Genre Thriller, Drama, Crime
Stars Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov
Directed by Lynne Ramsay
Joaquin Phoenix stars in the grisly and heart-pounding mystery thriller You Were Never Really Here, a disturbing tale that is vaulted to an exceptional quality by its writing and the direction of Lynne Ramsay. Joe (Phoenix) is a war veteran who is highly skilled in killing bad guys and extracting missing young women from their clutches but faces unforeseen challenges when his latest assignment delves deeply into large-scale corruption, triggering his war traumas and causing him to spiral into a surreal killing spree of rampant carnage.

One Night in Miami... (2020)

One Night in Miami...
98%
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 4 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-’60s, 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.

The Report (2019)

The Report
82%
66 %
7.2/10
r 119m
Genre Biography, Crime, Drama
Stars Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm
Directed by Scott Z. Burns
Chock full of award-worthy performances from the 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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