Best movies on Amazon Prime Video (January 2022)
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: Our best movies on Amazon Prime Video list has expanded with some stunning new movies. Being The Ricardos and Wrath of Man are Amazon exclusives by Aaron Sorkin and Guy Ritchie, while the director's cut of Doctor Sleep is well worth a watch if you are a Stephen King / horror fan. In total there are 30 movies to choose from, all with the ShortList seal of approval.
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. 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.
2. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. Saint MaudStream now (Prime Video)
This is one of the most unnerving horror movies of recent years. It tackles religion, coming of age and mental health fantastically well, making for a real fright fest. Maud is a nurse who looks after Amanda and, well, things escalate from there.
21. JokerStream now (Prime Video UK)
This is a nasty movie and one that has been misjudged since its release. Seen by some as a right-wing call to arms, it's really a mental health battle on the big screen - where someone who has had enough of being sidelined by his peers decides to change his life in the most drastic way possible. Joaquin Phoenix is fantastic as 'Joker' and having Robert De Niro involved pushes the King of Comedy connotations to the max, which is all good fun. We do think a better director would have been a little more subtle in their approach about what's happening but it's worth a watch.
22. The Hateful EightStream now (Prime Video UK)
The Hateful Eight may be a period thriller but the movie is a fantastic companion piece to Reservoir Dogs. Both focus on a 'rat' in the ranks and both are (mainly) set in one room. Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Walton Goggins star and are all mesmerising as characters stuck in a lodge during a huge snow storm.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. Wrath of ManStream now (Prime Video UK)
We were surprised by Wrath of Man. Given it stars Jason Statham and is directed by Guy Ritchie, we were expecting a fun, sarcastic romp. Instead, this is a taut thriller that just doesn't let up. Statham is ace as a new cash truck driver that isn't what he seems.
27. Being The RicardosStream now (Prime Video UK)
This Aaron Sorkin drama features a nearly unrecognisable Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball, focusing on her time on the hit show I Love Lucy. Javier Bardem is the other half of the power couple and we see the goings on of their lives through the course of filming an I Love Lucy episode - from script read to performance. Both the acting and the script here are fantastic, as you would expect with the talent on show.
28. Doctor Sleep: Director’s CutStream now (Prime Video UK)
This sequel to The Shining is stunning. The director's cut is a must watch as it melds the two Stephen King books together better, while linking Stanley Kubrick's movie up seamlessly with this one. Here Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) is all grown up, fighting alcoholism like his father and his own demons. A series of events bring out his 'shining' powers and mean he has to confront the chilling events from his past.
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.