Best movies on Amazon Prime Video (July 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 updated our best Amazon Prime Video movies list with a ton of new titles, as well as highlighting which titles are available both in the UK and US and which are just UK only - the good news is that over half of the movies in this list are available both on Prime Video in the UK and the US.
It's 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.
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- For TV recommendations, check out our shortlist of the best Amazon Prime series
Best movies on Amazon Prime Video
1. RoomStream now (Prime Video UK)
A woman is held captive in a room below a suburban home. She is sexually assaulted by her captor, and gives birth to his son. Room doesn’t sound like the rosiest watch. But this is not just the story of incarceration, but also how the pair cope with the real world after they escape.
Room won Brie Larson a Best Actress Oscar in 2016. The novel on which it is based, also called Room, is not based on a true story. But it was inspired by the 2008 Joseph Fritzl case.
2. 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.
3. PaddingtonStream now (Prime Video UK)
Haven’t seen Paddington or Paddington 2 yet? That kind of behaviour deserves a hard stare. But you can see both movies on Amazon Prime. This is a rare case where the sequel is of the same quality as the original. Many prefer it.
These 2014 and 2017 films are exemplars of family film-making done right. Kids will fall in love with Paddington, and there’s enough meat to the characters and story to lure in adults.
4. 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.
5. 1917Stream now (Prime Video UK)
This near one-shot movie is a fantastic achievement in filmmaking which loses a little of its might on the small screen but is still worth a watch. Directed by Sam Mendes, we see two young soldiers on the journey of their lives as they try and get through a battlefield to send a vitally important message to generals on the other side.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Ex MachinaStream now (Prime Video UK)
Written and directed by the fantastic James Garland (of The Beach and Annihilation fame), Ex Machina follows the story of Caleb (played by Domhnall Gleeson), who wins a contest at work to meet the founder of the company he works for, the reclusive Nathan (played by Oscar Isaac). But all isn't as it seems in Nathan's super fancy and futuristic home in the middle of nowhere. He claims he wants Caleb to test one of his AI creations, but really his motives are much more nefarious. This is a nail-biting sci-fi movie that not only looks fantastic and harks to classic gothic fiction, but poses some interesting philosophical questions about artificial intelligence, consciousness and what it means to be human.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. Creed IIStream now (Prime Video UK)
Sylvester Stallone once again drags you through nostalgia town, pummelling your brain with memories of old and it's simply brilliant. Creed II takes some of the Rocky characters that we love (including Ivan Drago) and gives them life once more, revealing what they would be like if they were around today. While it doesn't quite have the directing spark (Steven Caple Jr replaced Ryan Coogler) it's still a great film and we can't wait for the third movie.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. WidowsStream now (Prime Video UK)
While not as politically charged as his recent work, Steve McQueen's Widows is still a fantastic watch, about a group of girlfriends and wives of incarcerated bank robbers that decide to take a job on from themselves. Michelle Rodriguez, Viola Davis and Elizabeth Debicki are all fantastic in this superb heist thriller.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. The TerminatorStream now (Prime Video UK)
Who would have thought that this low-budget schlock horror film would spawn one of the greatest and most successful franchises of all time? That's the power of this movie and its star Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film is a horror, the Terminator the unstoppable force. It's relentless, terrifying and bloody fantastic.
22. The Truman ShowStream now (Prime Video UK)
We accept the reality of the world with which we're presented. That's the main crux of The Truman Show, a movie about a man whose entire life just so happens to have been a TV show. It's a remarkable film, with Jim Carrey in a career best. The idea of having your every movement filmed when the movie was first released in the late '90s was a a bit of a fantasy - now, it's pretty much reality.
23. 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.
24. CollateralStream now (Prime Video UK)
Shot on DV, Collateral has a strange, low budget look but it still glistens on the screen thanks to Michael Mann's deft direction and Tom Cruise's brilliant acting. Here Cruise is playing out of character, a col killer who take hostage taxi driver Jamie Foxx. It's a brilliant cat and mouse thriller that still excels today.
25. You Were Never Really HereStream now (Prime Video UK)
Frightening in its intensity and powerful in its showcase of a hitman with humanity who takes a girl from a sex ring under his wing, this is a devastating portrayal of what it's like to be a flawed human. This is another Lynne Ramsay masterpiece, the Scottish director who also gave us We Need to Talk About Kevin.
26. True History of the Kelly GangStream now (Prime Video UK)
The True History of the Kelly Gang is a brutal movie, brought to life by the mesmerising acting of George MacKay, Essie Davis and Nicholas Hoult. Based on Peter Carey's novel this is an almost psychedelic retelling of the Kelly Gang's exploits. Director Justin Kurzel does a brilliant job with the source material.
27. The DescentStream now (Prime Video UK)
The Descent is a modern horror classic, with an achingly simple premise. A group of cave divers in search of the ultimate thrill get trapped in a cave that has savage dwellers residing within. Director Neil Marshall has never been better here and the all-female cast is a fantastic revelation.
28. 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.
29. 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.
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.