The Best Movies on Amazon Prime Video

How many hours have we all lost the endless streaming scroll? Aiming for a little kickback, you end up perusing title after title, intent on finding just the right movie, ultimately unsure what to choose in the face of overwhelming options. Fret not, the Collider staff did all that scrolling for you, scanning through the catalogue in search of the best picks for an entertaining night in. Now, we’ve put together a wide-ranging list of the best movies streaming on Amazon Prime Video right now.


What’s more, we’ll be updating the list regularly with additional picks, so you won’t run out of viewing material any time soon. The list spans genres, decades, and ratings, so there should be a little something for everyone, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for below (and you’re a multi-platform streamer), be sure to check out our picks for the best tv shows and best movies on Netflix.

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Editor’s Note: This article was last updated on September 22.

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Director: Stephen Herek | Run Time: 90 minutes | Genre: Sci-Fi Comedy

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin

Before they went on a bogus adventure and faced the music, audiences were first introduced to the goofy slackers Bill and Ted in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. This crazy time travel comedy follows the titular teenagers on a journey into the past. Along the way, they meet some of history’s most important figures and decide to kidnap them so that they can ace their history report. It’s a zany story with lots of laughs, starring a young Keanu Reeves andAlex Winteras the lovable idiots who are destined to save the world (if they ever manage to finish high school, of course). Interestingly enough, despite its decidedly low-brow humor, the movie was fairly well-received by critics. In the years since then, it’s gone on to become a pop culture icon with a loving cult following. So chill out and watch this hilarious movie for a great 90-minute ride. And as always, be excellent to each other!Remus Noronha

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Director: David Fincher | Run Time: 157 minutes | Genre: Mystery Thriller

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, John Carroll Lynch, Chloe Sevigny

There’s no shortage of masterwork in David Fincher‘s career, but for my money, Zodiac is the most haunting, impeccable film of his career. A chilling, methodical meditation on obsession, Zodiac recounts the horror and fascination surrounding the infamous Zodiac murders that plagued Northern California in the late 60s/early 70s. The film’s pensive narrative weaves through the police department and newsrooms where men driven by their hunt for justice and the truth spiral into an unhealthy obsession that threatens to overtake their lives when the killer continues to evade justice. Zodiac is a gorgeous, compelling film that will keep you glued to your seat for the near three-hour runtime and triumphs on pretty much every level of cinematic accomplishment, from cinematography to acting and everything in between. Don’t believe me? Well, take it from Guillermo Del Toro. — Haleigh Foutch

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Director: David Fincher | Run Time: 139 minutes | Genre: Psychological Thriller

Cast: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter

Based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel of the same name,Fight Clubtells the story of an unnamed Narrator (Edward Norton) who suffers from chronic insomnia and hates his job. When he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), Tyler eggs the Narrator on into hitting him, the two fight, enjoy that rare catharsis of letting the animal inside surface, and “fight club” is born. Soon, a bar basement is filled with men, eager to fight one another and finally feel alive, all obeying the first coveted rule of fight club — you don’t talk about fight club. The film continues to evolve into a violently unhinged psychological thriller. DirectorDavid Fincher viewed the film as a coming-of-age story, while writerJim Uhls saw it as more of a romantic comedy between the Narrator and his love interest Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter). Quite a dark comedy, at that. While critics didn’t initially receive the film well, its controversial status has evolved over time. Now it’s viewed by most as a prominent cult classic. – Rebecca Landman

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Director: Dominic Cooke | Run Time: 111 minutes | Genre: Historical Spy Drama

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley, Angus Wright

For most people, Benedict Cumberbatch is either Sherlock Holmes or Doctor Stephen Strange. Yes, the actor has made quite a name for himself in major franchise movies but to limit him to those roles would be to ignore some of the best performances Cumberbatch has given over the course of his stellar career. Whether it’s his not-entirely-historical take on Alan Turing in The Imitation Gameor the complex rancher he plays in The Power of the Dog, Benedict Cumberbatch has shown that he has the chops to play intricate, well-written characters with real and complicated lives. In The Courier (originally titled Ironbark), the actor takes on the role of Greville Wynne, a real-life British businessman who was recruited by intelligence officers to serve as a messenger, communicating with a valuable Soviet spy in Moscow. Unlike most spy dramas, The Courier is more concerned with the harsh realities of being a Cold War spy than the good vs evil narrative that you usually see in the genre. The fact that the story is based on true events just makes you feel even more for the movie’s two protagonists, as played brilliantly by Cumberbatch and co-star Merab Ninidze. This movie is a must-watch for fans of spy fiction and period stories, especially those interested in knowing more about the behind-the-scenes operations that kept the nukes from falling during the volatile Cold War years. — Remus Noronha

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Directors: Adam Nee, Aaron Nee | Run Time: 112 minutes | Genre: Romantic Adventure Comedy

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe

Not to be confused with another similarly titled entry on this list, The Lost City is a hilarious romantic adventure comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. A surprise summer hit, the movie stars Bullock as a reclusive writer who is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire and forced to hunt for a long-lost treasure. She also receives some unexpected help in this endeavor from her cover model, played by Tatum. The movie’s two leads have excellent chemistry, with Bullock playing the embittered novelist and Tatum the enthusiastic himbo to absolute perfection. The Lost City also stars the ever-delightful Daniel Radcliffe as the movie’s villain, a role that the Harry Potter actor plays with charm and cartoonish evil. It’s a fun popcorn movie that’s perfect for a night in, and the experience is raised to a whole other level by a Brad Pitt cameo that’s easily one of the actor’s best comedic performances in recent times.— Remus Noronha

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Director: Anthony Minghella | Run Time: 139 minutes | Genre: Psychological Thriller

Cast: Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Adapted from Patricia Highsmith‘s 1955 novel of the same name, The Talented Mr. Ripley was nominated for five Academy Awards. The movie features one of Matt Damon’s most memorable roles as he plays the titular con-man. Tom Ripley (Damon), a young pianist of straitened means, is tasked with traveling to Venice to meet Dickie, a wealthy heir, and convince him to return to his father in the US. However, once Tom meets Dickey, he becomes obsessed with the rich young man and uses increasingly dangerous methods to assume his identity. The film is unsettling and suspenseful, with a strong homoerotic subtext and a sense of tension that never lets up, even till the very end— Remus Noronha

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Director: Ridley Scott | Run Time: 158 minutes | Genre: Biographical Crime Drama

Cast: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Al Pacino

If you’re looking for a straight-up biographical film, then House of Gucci is probably not for you. Well, sure, the Ridley Scott movie follows the romance between Patrizia Reggiani and Maurizio Gucci and shows how it rocked the iconic fashion brand the film is named after. But the real fun of watching House of Gucci is in the performances by its star-studded cast. From Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani to Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci, there are so many great and campy characters who bring a ton of energy to this film. Though the movie received rather lackluster reviews, it has managed to find its fans who regard it a misunderstood camp classic. — Remus Noronha

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Director: Karyn Kusama | Run Time: 102 minutes | Genre: Horror Comedy

Cast: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, and Adam Brody

A cult classic, Jennifer’s Body was not received particularly well when it was first released. That’s definitely changed over the years, as the movie has been embraced as an ahead-of-its-time feminist film. In any case, it’s a genuinely fun movie that is still sorely underappreciated. Jennifer’s Body stars Megan Fox as a high school girl (named Jennifer, obviously) who gets possessed by a demon during a satanic ritual gone wrong. Now cursed with an intense hunger, she begins hunting her male classmates. The only one who stands a chance at beating her is her erstwhile best friend Anita « Needy » Lesnicki (Amanda Seyfried). — Remus Noronha

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Director: Martin Scorsese | Run Time: 179 minutes | Genre: Crime Comedy-Drama

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie, Jonah Hill, and Cristin Milioti

You know how there are a lot of movies out there about the dark side of fame and money, usually with rock stars, actors, or entrepreneurs as the subject. Well, Jordan Belfort is an entrepreneur of sorts. The Wolf of Wall Street is a biopic based on Belfort’s 2007 memoir of the same name. It’s also a crazy ride filled with drugs, corruption, and ridiculous antics. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort and Jonah Hill as his right-hand man and business partner Donnie Azoff. The film chronicles Belfort’s rise and fall as the most ruthless stockbroker on Wall Street, using every dirty trick in the book and inventing some new ones along the way. — Remus Noronha

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Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Run Time: 163 minutes | Genre: Spy Action Drama

Cast: Daniel Craig, Jeffrey Wright, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas

The final story in the Daniel Craig era of James Bond films, No Time to Die is not the best Bond movie ever. But that’s not to say it isn’t a great movie, it’s just that it’s got really strong competition. While all the Craig movies have been known for their emotional narratives, No Time to Die is a genuine rollercoaster of emotions leading to a bittersweet ending that’s going to take some recovering from. And the action! The movie is packed with plenty of action, including a really well-choreographed chase sequence. Rami Malek‘s villainous character is kind of a let-down, considering the actor’s talent, but this film is still a must-watch for every 007 fan out there. — Remus Noronha

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Director: Carey Williams | Run Time: 105 minutes | Genre: Satirical Comedy Drama

Cast: RJ Cyler, Donald Elise Watkins, Sebastian Chacon, Sabrina Carpenter

On a very surface level, Emergency is a classic college comedy about three friends having a wild night. Step a little deeper and you’ll find a gripping satire about the way the world judges young people of color and the anxieties that judgment generates in its victims. Sean, Kunle, and Carlos are perfectly normal college students who just want to go out partying, with a goal to hit seven frat parties in one night. Unfortunately, their night goes off the rails when they find an unconscious (and underaged) white woman in Carlos’ house. Now, the smart thing to do would be to call the police but unfortunately, as men of color, the three friends are more than a little worried about how the whole incident would be perceived by the cops. And so begins a crazy adventure with an escalating series of painful incidents. It’s a biting piece of satire with great performances and a very, very relevant story in our times. — Remus Noronha

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Director: John Krasinski | Run Time: 97 minutes | Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Horror Thriller

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Djimon Hounsou

2018’s A Quiet Place is regarded as one of the most unique horror films of the last decade so you can imagine how impressive it is when we say that the movie’s 2021 sequel A Quiet Place II is perhaps even better. The post-apocalyptic movie picks up where the first film left off and expands the world of the franchise in exciting new ways. Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe are back as the Abbott family, with Djimon Hounsou and Cillian Murphy entering the world as exciting new characters. Blunt and Simmonds are brilliant once again as the mother-daughter duo and Murphy’s performance shows exactly why he’s one of the best actors working in the industry right now. With tense thrills and a better understanding of the franchise’s monsters, this is a horror movie sequel that’s a truly worthwhile watch.– Remus Noronha

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Directors: Bert & Bertie | Run Time: 94 minutes | Genre: Family Comedy Drama

Cast: Viola Davis, Mckenna Grace, Jim Gaffigan, Mike Epps, Charlie Shotwell, and Allison Janney

This is a movie for every little girl with a dream. Inspired by the play Christmas and Jubilee Behold The Meteor Shower by Lucy Alibar, the plot follows a misfit girl called Christmas Flint from rural Georgia, where ambitions are big but opportunities small. But Christmas has the spirit of her namesake and she won’t back down from her dream of going to space. When her Birdie Scout troop gets a chance to be recorded by NASA for the Voyager Golden Record, Christmas and her friends get together to fulfill their once-in-a-lifetime chance. Set in 1977, Troop Zero has all the retro ingredients that you want from a movie, plus brilliant performances by the star-studded cast. The movie is funny, colorful, and heartwarming, all at the same time. — Remus Noronha

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Director: Ian Samuels | Run Time: 99 minutes | Genre: Sci-Fi Romantic Comedy

Cast: Kathryn Newton and Kyle Allen

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is a truly delightful movie that’s a great comfort watch. The film’s narrative isn’t particularly groundbreaking but it’s got enough heart and charm to give you that warm feeling that a good rom-com ought to have. The real highlights of the movie are its stars. Kathryn Newton and Kyle Allenput on solid, endearing performances as the film’s lead characters, Margaret and Mark. The basic premise of the movie is a time loop, similar to Groundhog Day or Russian Doll, with the key twist being that the person stuck in the loop (Mark) has no real desire to break out of it. But Mark’s perfect, ever-repeating day takes a turn when he meets Margaret, who is also stuck in the same loop. Soon the two teens begin working together to understand how they got caught in the loop and decide whether they should try to break out. Grab some popcorn and curl up on the couch with this film for a little light, heartwarming watch.– Remus Noronha

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Black as Night (2021)

Director: Maritte Lee Go | Run Time: 87 minutes | Genre: Teen Action Horror Drama

Cast: Asjha Cooper, Frabizio Guido, Mason Beauchamp, Abbie Gayle, Craig Tate, Keith David

As horror movies go, Black as Night isn’t particularly scary but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great watch. The movie is perfect for fans of teen dramas with a supernatural focus. Part of the Welcome to the Blumhouse collection, the movie is centered on a teenage girl who discovers that there are vampires hunting the streets of New Orleans. With the help of her friends, she sets out to battle these forces of the night, all the while seeking revenge for the loss of a loved one. It’s more action movie than horror flick but it’s got just enough meat to satisfy your craving for fun movies. — Remus Noronha

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Directors: Leo Scott and Ting Poo | Run Time: 109 minutes | Genre: Documentary

Val Kilmer is easily one of the most iconic actors of all time. So when you find out about a documentary that not only chronicles his life and career but also contains never-before-seen footage shot by Kilmer himself, that’s a difficult thing to pass up. Leo Scott and Ting Poo‘s Val more than delivers on its promise, presenting an intimate and absorbing look at Kilmer’s life. As it turns out, Val Kilmer has a sizable collection of videos he made over the course of his lifetime, and this vast archive of self-shot footage is what provides the meat of the documentary. Val also goes into Kilmer’s battle with throat cancer and the impact it had on his life. It’s a beautiful watch that shows the talented actor in a light we never got to see him in before. — Remus Noronha

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Director: Hiro Murai | Run Time: 55 minutes | Genre: Musical

Cast: Donald Glover, Rihanna, Letitia Wright, Nonso Anozie

Donald Glover has established himself as a multi-talented star with his writing, directing, and producing, not to mention his singing career under the name Childish Gambino. Glover stars in this 2019 movie opposite fellow musician and actor Rihannaand he also developed the story alongside Ibra Ake, Jamal Olori, Fam Udeorji, and his brother Stephen Glover. Guava Island is the story of Deni Maroon (Glover), a talented musician who lives on the eponymous Guava Island. The people of Guava Island are constantly oppressed by a shady business tycoon who employs almost all of them. So Deni decides to throw a music festival to give the islanders a day of celebration. The movie is an off-beat musical stitched together with many of Glover’s biggest hits including « This Is America », « Summertime Magic », and « Feels Like Summer ». It’s an entertaining watch with great music and a fable-like story. — Remus Noronha

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Director: Amy Poehler | Run Time: 103 minutes | Genre: Documentary

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz are comedy legends. That’s pretty much an undeniable fact. What most people don’t know about the I Love Lucy stars is how they actually began their iconic partnership. And that’s what Lucy and Desi is all about. This Amy Poehler-directed documentary film provides a behind-the-scenes look at how these two stars first formed their unlikely partnership and how they went on to become one of the most admired power couples of their time. Ball and Arnaz are also the subjects of another entry on this list but for a more thorough and non-fictionalized take on their lives, this film is your best bet.- Remus Noronha

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Director: Jason Orley | Run Time: 111 minutes | Genre: Rom-Com

Cast: Charlie Day, Jenny Slate, Gina Rodriguez, Scott Eastwood

Weirdly enough, the plot of this Valentine’s Day movie sounds a lot like a gripping psychological thriller. Peter (Charlie Day) and Emma (Jenny Slate) are total strangers who are brought together by one thing: they were both dumped out of the blue by their respective partners, Anne (Gina Rodriguez) and Noah (Scott Eastwood). Their exes move on to new romances but Peter and Emma conspire to win them back. How do you ask? Emma plans on seducing Anne’s new boyfriend and Peter decides he will befriend Noah and convince him to go back to Emma. What follows is a rollercoaster of love-fuelled insanity, the likes of which you’ll only see in a hilarious rom-com like this one. It’s a fun movie with an engaging plot that manages to subvert some of the clichés of the genre while delivering exactly what you want from a Valentine’s movie. – Remus Noronha

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Director: Aaron Sorkin | Run Time: 131 minutes | Genre: Biographical Drama

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, J.K. Simmons, Nina Arianda, Tony Hale

A must-watch for viewers who want to be in the know on this year’s awards race, Being the Ricardos stars Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem as comedy icons Lucille Balland Desi Arnaz during the production of their sitcom classic I Love Lucy. Rattled by potentially career-ending reports, threatened with cancellation, and up against the clock to produce the week’s new episode, the couple also find their marriage under strain. The West Wingand The Newsroomcreator Aaron Sorkinexplores similar fascinations with the exceptional, quick-witted folks under fire – in his signature rat-a-tat dialogue-driven way, naturally. I wouldn’t call it one of Sorkin’s best, but it’s a fascinating look into a little-known moment in Hollywood history filled with game performances, and if you’re generally a fan of Sorkin’s storytelling instincts, you’ll likely find lots to like here. – Haleigh Foutch

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