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Veteran subscribers would agree that the ever-evolving catalog of movies on Amazon Prime Video is in endless supply. There is almost too much to choose from, which often leads to more time scrolling to find the best movies on Amazon Prime Video than actually spent enjoying the film.
This is something any movie buff can empathize with, as some might start the night interested in an action-packed romance before wanting something more fantastic with a humorous twist. Then, there are moments when the young ones pop in wanting to join in on the fun, meaning something more family-friendly is in order.
Luckily, you can find all of that and more on Amazon Prime. Of course, as any frequent streamer should know, access to that much content is both a blessing and a curse. Allow us to help narrow down your search with our picks for the best films currently available to stream as of July 1, 2021, unless otherwise specified.
A crew of space freighters become trapped on their own ship with a vicious creature hunting them one by one. From director Ridley Scott, Alien is a terrifying, brilliantly crafted hybrid of slashers with sci-fi fantasy that made Sigourney Weaver one of the top horror scream queens of fall time.
Big Fish (2003)
A dying man (Albert Finney) tells his son (Billy Crudup) his life story, which becomes difficult to distinguish between reality and imagination. Ewan McGregor stars as the main character in his youth in Big Fish - considered to be one of the most wondrous and inventive Tim Burton movies of the director’s career.
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)
A white woman (Katharine Houghton) surprises her father (Spencer Tracy) and mother (Katharine Hepburn) when she introduces them to her fiancé, a Black doctor (Sidney Poitier). As much a poignant satire as it is a serious portrait of racial prejudice, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is one of the most important films of its time or any time.
Stream Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner on Amazon Prime. *
Also try streaming Lilies of the Filed on Amazon Prime.*
In the 1940s, a scientist (John Hurt) adopts a demonic child accidentally brought into Earth, who grows up to become the top agent of an organization that keeps tabs on the supernatural. Ron Perlman stars as the title character of Hellboy - a visually stunning comic book movie from writer and director Guillermo del Toro.
I, Robot (2004)
A hard-nosed detective (Will Smith) suspects that the murdered developer of a revolutionary AI may be the victim of his own mechanical creation. Inspired by the work of Isaac Asimov, I, Robot pulls off the “short story adapted into an action movie” motiff better than most similar attempts have tried before.
Midnight In Paris (2011)
A Hollywood screenwriter (Owen Wilson) struggling with his first novel finds inspiration in notable figures of the 1920s, whom he magically encounters during late nights on a French vacation. Rachel McAdams and Tom Hiddleston also star in Midnight in Paris - an irresistibly charming, Oscar-winning fantasy comedy.
Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)
The search for a secret punk rock show in Manhattan becomes a life-changing night for a heartbroken bass player and a lovelorn college student. Michael Cera and Kat Dennings really do make a cute couple as the title characters of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist - fun romance based on the novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
A superficial jock who accepts a bet to make a geeky girl popular, a cheerleading team accused of stealing a rival squad’s routine, and other interwoven stories taking place at John Hughes High School make up this underrated send-up of classic movies about teens. Famous faces in the Not Another Teen Movie cast include Marvel’s Chris Evans, How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor, and Lacey Chabert of Mean Girls fame.
George C. Scott was awarded the Oscar for Best Actor in 1971 for his performance as the famed army general, but famously refused to accept it. Nonetheless, his portrayal is key as to why Patton is one of the most extraordinary and acclaimed biopic and war films in history.
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Also try streaming The Last Days of Patton on Amazon Prime.*
In his first Academy Award-winning role, Tom Hanks plays a lawyer fired when his AIDS diagnosis is exposed, but believes his homosexuality is the true cause. He hires a homophobic attorney (Denzel Washington) to help sue his firm for discrimination in Philadelphia, a powerful social commentary disguised as a legal drama from director Jonathan Demme.
Rear Window (1954)
An accident leaves a photographer (James Stewart) confined to a wheelchair in his apartment, where he passes time observing his neighbors. He soon begins to suspect that one of them is a murderer in Rear Window, one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most iconic and expertly crafted thrillers.
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Also try streaming Vertigo on Amazon Prime.*
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)
A disgraced magazine reporter (Daniel Craig) enlists the help of a rebellious hacker (Rooney Mara) to find the long-lost niece of an elderly billionaire. This English language adaptation of Stieg Larsson best-seller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of director David Fincher’s most striking thrillers.
A struggling boxing promoter (Jason Statham), a violent thief (Benicio del Toro), and other eccentric personalities cross paths in pursuit of a priceless diamond. Hilarious and unique in its zany narrative structure, Snatch is, arguably, the definitive movie of Guy Ritchie’s career.
A radio program writer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), with the help of his best friend (Seth Rogen) and therapist (Anna Kendrick), struggles to come to terms with his recent cancer diagnosis in 50/50, a heartbreaking and heartfelt comedy inspired by the real-life experiences of writer Will Reiser.
An American Werewolf In London (1981)
A pair of college students touring the UK are attacked by a wolf - one (David Naughton) survives and becomes half-man, half-beast and the other (Griffin Dunne) dies and haunts his friend, warning him of the monster he has become in An American Werewolf in London - director John Landis’ iconic creature feature that won the Oscar for Best Makeup Effects.
Fight Club (1999)
A depressed loner (Edward Norton) teams up with a mysterious, mischievous stranger (Brad Pitt) to form the titular Fight Club as a twisted form of therapy for men in director David Fincher’s celebrated adaptation of author Chuck Palahniuk’s thrilling and deprave satire.
Take Shelter (2011)
A working-class family man (Michael Shannon) comes at odds with his wife (Jessica Chastain), his close-knit community, and himself when he cannot tell if his disturbing visions are signs of mental illness or an impending doomsday in Take Shelter - a masterful thriller from writer and director Jeff Nichols.
The Wrestler (2009)
The beautiful and heartbreaking story of the rise and fall of a professional fighter in director Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler draws interesting parallels to its star, Oscar nominee and MCU vet Mickey Rourke, who made a renowned comeback as the broken-down, aging title character.
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
In order to save his failing gym, a middle-aged underachiever (Vince Vaughn) takes on the outrageous owner (Ben Stiller) of his biggest competition in a high-stakes tournament based on a playground game in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story - one of the funniest and best sports movies of its time.
Stream Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story on Amazon Prime. *
Also try streaming Zoolander on Amazon Prime.*
Instead of turning The Orchid Thief into a movie, Charlie Kaufman channeled his frustrations over trying to adapt the Susan Orlean novel into Adaptation., director Spike Jonze’s inventive dramedy starring Nicolas Cage as a lovelorn screenwriter and his twin brother.
Burn After Reading (2008)
The Coen Brothers followed their heavy, 2008 Best Picture-winning dramatic thriller No Country for Old Men with Burn After Reading - an irreverent and dark ensemble comedy about gym employees who become in over their heads after finding a disc containing personal information belonging to a retired CIA agent.
Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World (2012)
Released at a time when armageddon was more talked about than ever, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World stars Steve Carell as a man who aspires to reunite with his high school sweetheart and Keira Knightley as a neighbor who accompanies him on his journey as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this dark, yet sweet, comedy.
The Farewell (2019)
Comedian Awkwafina became the first Asian-American actress to win a Golden Globe for a performance in a feature film for the A24 produced dramedy The Farewell, in which a Chinese family gather to await the impending death of their unwitting matriarch.
Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil (2010)
Co-writer and director Eli Craig’s clever, gory, and morbidly funny send-up Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, starring Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine in the title roles, imagines what would happen if the typical backwoods hillbillies every slasher movie warned you about were actually victims of a disastrous misunderstanding.
Scent Of A Woman (1992)
Al Pacino won his sole Academy Award for playing a blind retired US Army colonel in Scent of a Woman, also starring a young Chris O’Donnell as a prep school student hired to look after him while his academic career is in jeopardy by an impending court cast.
I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
Director Raoul Peck uses the words of late, prolific author and activist James Baldwin’s unfinished novel Remember This House (as read by Samuel L. Jackson) to craft a shockingly timely depiction of racial injustice with I Am Not Your Negro, which recieved an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature.
Zack And Miri Make A Porno (2008)
Desperate for money, two platonic friends and roommates (Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks) set their sights on making it in the adult film industry in Zack and Miri Make a Porno, a surprisingly sweet, while unsurprisingly filthy, romantic comedy from writer and director Kevin Smith.
The French Connection (1971)
Gene Hackman won his first Academy Award for playing Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, an New York detective searching for an elusive drug smuggler, in The French Connection - director William Friedkin’s timeless crime thriller that also won four other Oscars, including for Best Picture.
Tropic Thunder (2008)
A guerilla-style plan to make a realistic war movie goes wrong, leaving its eccentric cast stranded in the jungles of Vietnam in Tropic Thunder, a thoroughly hilarious and infamously bold Hollywood satire from star and director Ben Stiller.
Sound Of Metal (2020)
Riz Ahmed received a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for his performance in the powerful, heartbreaking, and inventively executed Amazon Prime original Sound of Metal as a rock and roll drummer struggling with his own identity and purpose when he begins to lose his hearing.
The Last Black Man In San Francisco (2019)
After returning to his birthplace in California, a man struggles to feel at home again for a variety of devastating reasons in the A24 produced drama The Last Black Man in San Francisco, a stunning semi-autobiographical retelling of star and co-writer Jimmie Fails’ life story from first-time director Joe Talbot that also features Lovecraft Country star Jonathan Majors.
One Night In Miami (2020)
In her first feature-length directorial effort, Academy Award-winning actress Regina King guides four actors at the top of their game (Leslie Odom Jr., Aldis Hodge, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Eli Goree) as four of the most famous faces of the 1960s civil rights movement in their prime in One Night in Miami, which writer Kemp Powers' also adapts from his own acclaimed stage play.
Knives Out (2019)
Agatha Christie would have been proud of Knives Out, truly a "whodunnit like they’ve never done it before" from writer and director Rian Johnson that incorporates a stellar cast (most notably Daniel Craig's dazzling detective role) and inventively puzzling twists on the mystery thriller structure that never cease you keep you guessing.
With the recent resurgence of Twilight Zone-esque anthology TV series, many films have unsurprisingly attempted to emulate similar styles of analogous, sci-fi social commentary, with Vivarium (starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg trapped in a terrifying maze bearing a soulless resemblance to an idyllic suburb) being one of the more unique and persistently unnerving.
Bill Paxton puts in double duty as the director and one of the central characters of Frailty, a deeply disturbing drama with a killer twist conclusion starring Matthew McConaughey as the son of man with a fanatical, dangerous obsession with hunting demonic forces who decides to confess his father's deeds as he witnessed them throughout his youth to an FBI agent (Powers Boothe).
As she continues to process a horrific tragedy and endure a rocky relationship with her longtime beau (Jack Reynor), Dani (Florence Pugh) is awfully unprepared for the traumatic and devastating events in store at Midsommar, the seemingly serene, titular Swedish festival in Ari Aster's second, alarmingly successful attempt at unlocking the darkest corners of his audience's souls.
Well, a subscriber to the streaming giant certainly cannot ask for a better assortment of flicks for the ultimate binge. Or could they? What do you believe is the best of the best movies on Amazon Prime Video currently available to stream the moment?