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The Best Movies to Watch on Amazon Prime Right Now

How many hours have we all lost to 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 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 November 26.

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Director: Clive Barker | Run Time: 93 minutes | Genre: Horror

Cast: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, and Ashley Laurence

Clive Barker’sname has become synonymous with the horror genre, just as his first feature-length film Hellraiser has become a symbol for leather-wearing, sadomasochistic, pain-worshippers. Both descriptors are fitting, though there’s so much more to Barker’s original 1987 film than mere fetishism. There’s a deep mythology here, a rather original one that started with Barker’s novella “The Hellbound Heart” and was carried on in numerous sequel films, comic books, novels, video games, and more. And it all started with Hellraiser, a film that explores the linked sensations of pain and pleasure on a number of levels. The main players are Larry Cotton and his second wife Julia, who cheated on him with his brother Frank shortly after they were married. This sets up one of the most bizarre yet rich mythologies in cinema history: Julia’s obsession with Frank continues well after his death and is rejuvenated when Frank himself is resurrected. However, Frank needs fresh blood to return to his full health, blood that Julia is happy to supply by luring men back to Frank’s abandoned childhood home and sacrificing them. And yet, as horrible as this is, it’s mundane compared to the arrival of the Cenobites, beings from another dimension obsessed with carnal experiences elucidating the extremes of pain and pleasure. Their design and presence is fantastic in the truest sense of the word and the practical effects on display here are just as terrifying today as they were in 1987. If you haven’t seen the original or any of the sequels, Hellraiser is the perfect place to start. If you’re not careful, this movie will tear your soul apart. – Dave Trumbore

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Director: Peter Jackson | Run Time: 201 minutes | Genre: Fantasy

Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin

If you find yourself with a hankering for Hobbits, Prime Video is the place to go. They not only have the latest series adaptation The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Powerand Peter Jackson’s entireLord of the Rings trilogy, they have his Hobbit movies as well. That should keep you busy for a long while. Of the six films, Return of the King might have the best action, though it is in close competition with The Two Towers. It’s just that the Battle of Pelennor Fields has so many amazing stages to it, bouncing advantages back and forth between good and evil until you just can’t take it anymore. And the Olyphants! This is what cinema is all about.

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Director: John Woo | Run Time: 133 minutes | Genre: Action Thriller

Cast: John Travolta and Nicolas Cage

Face/Off may very well be Nic Cage’s best movie of all time and that alone should be reason enough to watch it. This extremely 90sJohn Woo thriller features Cage as the deranged criminal Castor Troy andJohn Travolta as his arch-enemy, FBI Special Agent Sean Archer. After capturing a comatose Troy, Archer undergoes an experimental surgical procedure to swap faces with the villain so that he can infiltrate a prison and retrieve crucial information. The plan goes belly up when Troy wakes up faceless and steals Archer’s face and life. It’s an over-the-top and often campy movie but the two leads are the whole reason why Face/Off is such a classic. With both actors effectively playing both characters, we get to see some of the best acting work either Travolta or Cage have done in their career. And yes, Nic Cage’s priest scene is just… pure gold.— Remus Noronha

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Director: Wes Anderson | Run Time: 87 minutes | Genre: Animated Comedy

Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe

It’s really surprising that Wes Anderson has only directed two animated films in the course of his career. 2018’s Isle of Dogs is one, and the other is Fantastic Mr. Fox. And in a word, Anderson’s first venture into animation is “Fantastic”. The movie stars George Clooney as the voice of the titular Mr. Fox, a former thief turned newspaper columnist. After finding out that his wife Felicity (Meryl Streep) is pregnant, Fox quit his life of crime and spent the next two human years (12 in fox years) trying to be a respectable citizen. But just as you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, it turns out you can’t keep a fox from thieving. Soon enough, Mr. Fox sets off on a crime spree, stealing from three dangerous men, and, in the process, brings trouble to his family and friends. It’s a wonderful movie, short and succinct, brought to life in lovely stop-motion animation.— Remus Noronha

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Director: Jonathan Demme | Run Time: 118 minutes | Genre: Psychological Thriller

Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine

At the moment, serial killer movies and shows, whether of the true-crime or completely fictional variety, are everywhere. But even with all the serial killer stories that have been told and retold over the years, nothing really compares to the uniquely terrifying classic, The Silence of the Lambs. Starring Anthony Hopkins as the devilish cannibal named Hannibal, the film isn’t the first Hannibal Lecter movie but it certainly is the most definitive one. To understand the mind of a serial killer targeting female victims, Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), an FBI agent, seeks help from the psychopathic serial killer and former psychiatrist who is, at the time, serving a sentence in a maximum security prison. What follows is a creepy, crawl-inside-your-mind story that unravels both the killer and the detective. Though often called a horror movie, The Silence of the Lambs isn’t so much scary as it is deeply unsettling, in a way that few movies (horror or otherwise) have ever managed to be. — Remus Noronha

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Director: Tim Burton | Run Time: 105 minutes | Genre: Fantasy Romance

Cast: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Anthony Michael Hall, Dianne Wiest, Kathy Baker

If you’d like to see the best of Tim Burton‘s signature gothic-infused style, then Edward Scissorhands is the movie for you. A dark romantic tale that’s surprisingly sweet, Edward Scissorhands is the story of the titular artificial human (played by Johnny Depp), who was tragically left half-finished, with blades for fingers. Discovered after years in isolation, Edward is taken in by a suburban family and promptly falls in love with their teenage daughter (Winona Ryder). He tries his best to repay their kindness and become part of the community but ultimately, his efforts are in vain. On the one hand, the movie examines misunderstood people and the struggles they face when trying to be part of a society that distrusts them. It can also be viewed as a love story that’s almost poetic in its tragedy. The film has a haunting score composed by Danny Elfman(this was his fourth collaboration with Burton) and was the first Tim Burton movie to star Johnny Depp. The two would go on to work together on a number of films, including Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, and more. — Remus Noronha

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Director: Nia DaCosta | Run Time: 91 minutes | Genre: Horror

Cast: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, Vanessa Williams, Tony Todd

Legacy horror sequels, now there’s a fad that’s really tricky to get right. Whenever filmmakers attempt one, it can either be a valuable addition to the canon that elevates the whole or a horrible cash grab that’ll be hated by fans. Nia DaCosta‘s Candyman is most definitely the former. The 2021 film is the fourth in the series and quite possibly the best, going further than even the 1992 original. With brilliant performances by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, and Colman Domingo, as well as a gripping script penned by Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, and DaCosta, the movie takes the Candyman myth and breathes new life into it. Abdul-Mateen II plays Anthony McCoy, an artist with a past tied to the events in 1992. As he seeks out inspiration for his art, he is introduced to the legend of the Candyman, which sets him on a dangerous path. There’s a sense of intense foreboding to the story, not because it makes you afraid of potential jumpscares or gore but because right from the beginning, you can see where the story is going and you really hope you’re wrong. Candyman is a tragedy but also a new origin story, one that ties together all the past origins of the Candyman with an important message about racial discrimination, systemic violence, and the power of stories to help the oppressed fight back against their oppressors. There are levels to this movie, never just about gentrification or violence or even Candyman the myth. Peele and DaCosta actually manage to turn narrative and storytelling into a supernatural force of vengeance. But don’t let us spoil it for you, check out the movie yourself. Fair warning though, you’re going to be thinking about this film long after the credits roll. — Remus Noronha

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Director: Robert Eggers | Run Time: 136 minutes | Genre: Period Action Drama

Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke

The Northman echoes a very old narrative premise, following in a long line of stories ranging from Shakespeare’s Hamlet to Disney’s The Lion King. But what Robert Eggers does with his age-old story turns it into something exceptionally fresh. On the face of it, The Northman is a revenge story, following a prince who lost his kingdom as he sets out to avenge his murdered father, save his kidnapped mother, and kill the usurper who took away his birthright. And if that’s all you’re looking for, you would be satisfied. However, that’s not all there is to this tale. Depending on how you look at it, The Northman can be interpreted as the struggle between man as an animal and man as a civilized being. You can also see it as a reminder that we are all doomed to our fates, no matter how much we may want to escape them. And by the end of it all, there is a feeling you may get that this act of vengeance, as grand and bloody as it is, is only a footnote in a history that stretches endlessly back and forth through time. As for what’s actually seen on screen, Jarin Blaschke‘s cinematography is spectacular, especially when we get to the movie’s fiery final battle. Alexander Skarsgård unleashes his inner beast like never before, Anya Taylor-Joy delivers a haunting performance, and Nicole Kidmanplays what may just be one of her most complicated characters yet. Don’t sleep on this Viking tale, it’s easily one of the best movies to grace our screens in 2022.Remus Noronha

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Director: Jeff Baena | Run Time: 90 minutes | Genre: Raunchy Black Comedy

Cast: Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly

First, let’s start by saying this movie is definitely not for children. But for everyone else, The Little Hours is a raunchy, surreal, and hilarious movie that should undoubtedly be on your late-night movie watchlist. Essentially a romantic comedy, the film follows the lives of people in and around a nunnery in Garfagnana, Italy, in 1347. The main characters are three nuns who are struggling to find purpose in different but equally funny ways. Enter Masseto (Dave Franco), a servant who had an affair with his master’s wife and is now on the run. Absolute ridiculousness ensues as each of these characters interacts, escalating with every scene until it all just blows up in the best way possible. The movie is based on two stories from The Decameron, a 14th-century anthology by Giovanni Boccaccio, which just goes to show that people in the Middle Ages were just as kinky and foul-mouthed as anyone still living.Remus Noronha

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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: 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: 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, 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)

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

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

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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