Best movies on Amazon Prime Video (October 2021)
Great movies you can stream on Amazon Prime Video now.
One of the best things about Amazon Prime Video: many people don't realise they have it at first. You get access with Prime subscription, so when the penny drops it feels like you get a Netflix-a-like for free - as this best movies on Amazon Prime Video list proves.
UPDATED: We have added a number of new films to our best movies on Prime Video list, including the fantastic Green Knight, Everybody's Talking About Jamie and Blade Runner 2049. Amazon has really upped its game with good movies of late, so we will keep checking the service to find the best on show.
Despite this best Prime Video movies list, Amazon Prime is not a perfect service. Spend long enough browsing and you'll find the equivalent of a VHS collection sat in the backroom of a charity shop for 10 years. E.T. rip-off Extraterrestrial Visitors and Hot Wax Zombies on Wheels are unlikely to feature on many must-watch lists.
However, Amazon Prime is home to hundreds of great films worth watching. We've picked out a few handfuls of our favourites, ones we think you should stream as soon as you get a free hour or two.
Upvote the movies you like, downvotes the ones you don't. Any if you think we've missed off an Amazon Prime Video essential movie, submit it to our team at the bottom.
- For TV recommendations, check out our shortlist of the best Amazon Prime series
NOTE: the following is available on Amazon Prime Video in the UK. Please check your region for availability.
Best movies on Amazon Prime Video
1. The Big SickStream now (Prime Video UK)
Kumail Nanjiani is currently famed across the internet as the nerd who got "swole". But The Big Sick was a highlight of his pre-muscle days.
It was written by Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon, and is based on their own experiences of an interracial relationship and their struggles with Gordon’s health issues. It is real, relatable and dances effortlessly between its funny and serious sides.
2. Fight ClubStream now (Prime Video UK)
One of the best movies of the 90s has probably been seen by all, but Fight Club is well worth a rewatch. The machismo of the movie may have dulled over the years, as has the CGI, but the main tale of a bunch of men looking for more from their corporate lives is still thrilling.
3. HeatStream now (Prime Video UK)
The first time we saw Robert De Niro and Al Pacino on screen and it's in a fantastic movie. Heat is a cops and robbers tale, put the through the clinical lens of Michael Mann. It's a superb thriller and its effects can be seen in movies since - including The Dark Knight.
4. ParasiteStream now (Prime Video UK)
One of the best movies of 2020 is the twisty, unhinged Parasite. A metaphor for the gaping chasm that is the class system in South Korea, we see a lower-class family making their way into the lives of a rich family, by way of jobs and other rather stranger means.
5. Vast of the NightStream now (Prime Video UK)
A really nice ultra low budget thriller that has one of the best tracking shots in it we have seen. In the 50s a DJ and switchboard operator find an audio signal that could well change a town in New Mexico forever. The movie keeps you guessing right up to the end. At times it feels like an extended Twilight Zone episode but it's all done so well.
6. Sound of MetalStream now (Prime Video UK)
Riz Ahmed gives a career-defining performance as a drummer for a metal band who loses his hearing. The results are a gripping, tender study of the human psyche when it has to combat something that is life changing.
7. I Care A LotStream now (Prime Video UK)
There is no better than Rosamund Pike to create a villain so evil but bloody persuasive that you nearly end up rooting for her. She did it in Gone Girl and has done it again in I Care A lot. Here she is a con artist trying to grift retirees by becoming their legal guardians. What happens is jaw dropping and Pike is just fantastic to watch throughout.
8. Palm SpringsStream now (Prime Video UK)
A wonderful timeloop movie that manages to find something fresh in what is now a well-worn plot point. Adam Samberg is fantastic as the man stuck replaying the same day over and over which he hates - until someone comes into his life that unwittingly falls into the same predicament he finds himself in.
9. The Personal History of David CopperfieldStream now (Prime Video UK)
We love The Personal History of David Copperfield. The colour blind casting of Dev Patel as the titular character is inspired, as is the rest of the casting. The script and direction are hilarious, thanks to The Thick Of It's Armando Iannuci and it's just a lovely, lovely movie to watch.
10. The AeronautsStream now (Prime Video UK)
This escapist fantasy is unlikely to feature on many top 10 all-time film lists. But it is an absolute must-see in 2020, when we can all do with a break from the real world.
A pilot (Felicity Jones) and nerdy meteorologist (Eddie Redmayne) are an unlikely team in a record-breaking hot air balloon trip into the sky. Tune your brain into The Aeronauts frequency and you’re in for one of the most charming live action family movies in years. There are sofa-clenching sections too.
11. Once Upon A Time In AmericaStream now (Prime Video UK)
One of the greatest movies ever made, Once Upon A Time In America is a generation spanning tale about the rise and fall of gangsters in the US. Robert D Niro, James Woods and the rest of the cast are superb. This was the final movie of Sergio Leone and his absolute masterpiece.
12. Borat Subsequent MoviefilmStream now (Prime Video UK)
It’s by no means a perfect movie but the Borat sequel strikes a much-needed political cord with its look at Borat and his daughter making their way to America once more to make fun of the ignorant. While the ‘story’ is wafer thin, it was a genius idea to bring his daughter along for the ride as she can do everything Borat would do but nobody recognises her - and her scene with one of the most famous people in America caught with his hands down his pants is just brilliant.
13. The ReportStream now (Prime Video UK)
The Watch is a gripping look at the true story of those trying to hold the government account for its 'enhanced interrogation' practises in the events after 9/11. Adam Driver is superb as the senator looking into how the CIA conducted its business and the abnormalities in what they were doing, trying to uncover a level of brutality that nobody wanted the world to know about.
14. One Night In MiamiStream now (Prime Video UK)
One Night In Miami is an understated movie and all the better for it. For the most part, it takes place in one room (a motel room) after Cassius Clay's big fight with Sonny Liston. Within that time the worlds of Clay, Malcolm X, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke collide in a drama that is compelling to watch.
15. The Raiders Of The Lost ArkStream now (Prime Video UK)
The first and the best Indiana Jones adventure sees Indy look for the Ark of the Covenant and coming into contact with rolling balls, Nazis, snakes and more. It's an absolute classic and the other Indiana Jones adventures are also ready to stream for free on Prime Video.
16. The MatrixStream now (Prime Video UK)
With the new Matrix movie (hopefully) coming out this year, it's always good to go back and watch the original. It's a classic, with Keanu Reeves as Neo a computer hacker whose life changes when he is offered a pill. The action is fantastic, the philosophy heady and the soundtrack excellent. Lovely stuff. Reloaded and Revolutions are also on Prime Video but the quality does go down.
17. What We Do In The ShadowsStream now (Prime Video UK)
While we heartily recommend the TV show, the What We Do In The Shadows (from which the show is spun from) is also a delight. Starring Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi and others, the mockumentary focuses on a group of vampires and their sworn enemy - werewolves.
18. Gone GirlStream now (Prime Video UK)
Best-selling novel Gone Girl gets a brilliant movie adaptation thanks to David Fincher. Rosamund Pike is 'gone girl' Amy - someone who has gone missing and is being searched for by her husband Nick (Ben Affleck). But everything isn't as it seams with many untruths about to be uncovered about the relationship
19. The RevenantStream now (Prime Video UK)
Shot in natural light and a movie that puts its lead actor through hell, The Revenant is a stunning movie that won Leonardo DiCaprio his Oscar. The movie is brutal, focusing on a frontiersman who is trying to survive in the wild after being mailed by a bear. It's a tough watch, but well worth it.
20. Blade Runner 2049Watch now (Prime Video)
This long-awaited sequel to Blade Runner is stunning sci-fi. Ryan Gosling is a new blade runner who is on a mission that leads him back to Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) who has been missing for 30-something years. Director Denis Villeneuve has created something special with this one.
21. The Green KnightWatch now (Prime Video)
One of the most mesmerising movies of recent years, The Green Knight is a psychedelic rendition of the great Arthurian legend. Dev Patel is proving once more that he is the actor to revise old English stories (he was also amazing in David Copperfield) and the rest of the cast are also sublime. This is a slow, enveloping movie but we loved it.
22. I’m Your WomanStream now (Prime Video UK)
Rachel Brosnahan (of Prime Video's The Marvelous Mrs Maisel) is fantastic in this '70s-based drama about a housewife that becomes embroiled in a life of crime. While the first half of the movie is the best, it's a caustic look at what life was like for women in the Seventies with a nice mix of crime thrills.
23. HustlersStream now (Prime Video UK)
Jennifer Lopez should have been up for an Oscar for her role in Hustlers. She is fantastic as the leader of a group of strip club employees who turn the tables on Wall Street execs who frequent their club. It's based on a true story and is a fascinating insight into those who hustle, why they hustle and where that eventually leads them.
24. Dawn of the Dead: Argento CutStream now (Prime Video UK)
The Argento cut of Dawn Of The Dead is an intriguing one. It's pretty much the Dawn Of The Dead you know and love but the soundtrack has way more Goblin. This is the cut that most of Europe has seen and it's a much faster-paced version of the movie than you might have seen. Okay, so it's not the purest version of Romero's movie but it is still well worth a watch. And if you don't fancy it, then both the theatrical cut and Cannes' cut are available to watch on Prime, too.
25. BronsonStream now (Prime Video UK)
Bronson is a challenging movie. It's almost like a stage play, with Charles Bronson's fevered mind (Tom Hardy is a career-defining performance) centre stage. This is a psychedelic biopic that's at time funny, harrowing and, well, harrowingly funny. Director Nicolas Winding Refn has created an OTT but very compelling movie.
26. Detective PikachuStream now (Prime Video UK)
Detective Pikachu is a far better movie than it has any right to be. Set in Ryme City, where humans and Pokemon live together in what seems to be harmony, the movie has Ryan Reynolds voicing Pikachu - someone that only Tim Goodman, a former aspiring Pokémon trainer and now dull insurance broker, can understand. This movie pays homage to the game and series and has a whole lot of fun with its setting.
27. Everybody's Talking About JamieWatch now (Prime Video)
Everybody's Talking About Jamie is a fantastic filmic take on the stage play of the same name. The movie follows Jamie, a schoolboy who dreams of becoming a drag artist. Richard E Grant is there to help him on his way, even if his school doesn't believe in him. It's a brilliant feel-good British film that everyone should watch.
28. The Day Shall ComeWatch now (Prime Video)
The Day Shall Come is fantastic satire from the mind of Chris Morris, following a movie based on real events where a preacher is paid by the FBI to become a terrorist and then it all goes awry from there. It's funny in places but also a despairing look at what can happen when certain numbers in a spreadsheet need to be met.
29. Saint MaudStream now (Prime Video UK)
A terrifying tale of religion, obsession and old age, Saint Maud manages to walk a tight rope of sheer terror and suspense, keeping you guessing until the end. Maud is a live-in nurse for a retired dance. At first they both get on but then things start to change.
30. Get DukedStream now (Prime Video UK)
This one is an Amazon Original and is a fun frolic through the Scottish highlands, as part of the Duke of Edinburgh, as we follow four hip-hop loving city dwellers who are chased by a huntsman. Directed by Ninian Doff, who cut his tooth on music videos for the likes of Run The Jewels and The Chemical Brothers, this is a hilarious boys' own adventure. We do prefer the original title of the movie, though, which was Boyz In The Wood.