It’s good to have choices but sometimes too many choices can lead to confusion and bad decision making, especially when it’s a Friday or Saturday night and you can’t decide what to watch. We have all spent countless hours juggling between different streaming platforms and wasted time in endless scrolling to watch something new and interesting. While sometimes you come across something good, but more often than not, you are left frustrated with the overwhelming number of choices that each of these platforms has. Luckily for you, we have collated a list of the best movies on Amazon Prime right now that you can watch with your active subscription.
List of Best Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now
Cast: Winona Ryder, Christian Bale, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dust
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Award Nominations: Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design
Based on the classic novel, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women has had many screen adaptations but this one by Gillian Armstrong surely gets the top spot. Armstrong very gracefully puts forward one of the great works of YA genre literature, for a wide range of audience to appreciate. With actors like Winona Ryder playing the role of fierce Jo March and Christian Bale playing Laurie, this movie makes for an amazing pick for the next movie night.
Set during 19th century America during the civil war, the movie shows the struggles of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, four sisters and their mother as their father leaves to fight in the Union Army. The award nominations and popularity of the movie justify this position in our list of best movies on Amazon Prime right now.
Stories We Tell
Cast: Sarah Polley, Michael Polley, Harry Gulkin
Director: Sarah Polley
Awards: Canadian Screen Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary
A 2012 Canadian documentary, Stories We Tell deals with family secrets, one of which is intimately related to Polley’s own identity. The movie is a faux home video footage that is shot so well that it looks extraordinarily authentic, thanks to the actors’ striking resemblance to real-life characters.
The documentary shows how Sarah Polley, through a series of revealing interviews, figures out the truth about her family history. The movie is very powerful and thoughtful and makes the viewer question if the truth can ever be known about anything. The film shows how narratives differ and how the arguments often come down to who owns the narrative and how families create their own narratives and stories and are passed down to the generations.
The Sixth Sense
Cast: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Awards: Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie, People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie
A supernatural psychological thriller, The Sixth Sense keeps viewers on edge throughout the movie to figure out what is happening. The story revolves around a 9-year-old kid, Cole, and how he can see and talk to ghosts, ghosts who move around unaware that they are dead. The kid’s mother is worried and sends him to a psychologist, unaware of her kid’s real gift.
The psychologist helps Cole use his gift in a better way and the movie ends with Cole coming clean with his mother about his seeing and also with a big truth disclosure about the psychologist helping him. The movie is brilliant and has been widely discussed. The movie was also nominated for an Oscar for six categories, including best writing and screenplay written directly for the Screen. This movie is a must-watch in the list of Best Movies on Amazon Prime right now.
Back to the Future
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Claudia Wells
Awards: People’s choice award for Favorite Movie, Academy Award for Best Sound Editing
First, in its series, a light and breezy sci-fi movie dealing with time travel, Back to the Future is the story of a young boy Marty from a small town who travels back to his parents’ high school period to make sure they fall in love so that he can return to the future, the present. The movie is a lot of fun for kids meeting their parents as teenagers and has a lot of paradoxes. Marty is faced with multiple hazards and one of which is his young mother falling in love with him instead of his father, threatening his existence. Back to the future makes for a really fun and interesting watch. The Back to Future franchise has three movies, Back to the Future Part I, Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III.
Director: Sean Anders
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Merced, Octavia Spencer
A cute comedy-drama with lots of moments stringing your heart as you see how Pete and Ellie Wagner decide to adopt a kid, a teenager who has two more siblings, and how they navigate their way through this decision. The movie is based on the true story of Sean Anders. Sears and his wife adopted three children through the foster care system, and the journey inspired them to bring to the silver screen their experience through it and the untold challenges they underwent in the process.
Director: Alexandre Aja
Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark, Ross Anderson
One of the classic horror movies on the list of Best Movies on Amazon Prime right now, Crawl is a horror-thriller and is a treat for anyone who enjoys movies filled with both intense scenes and a lot of fear. The movie shows a story of two trapped people not just in floodwaters, but in floodwaters filled with alligators.
Haley and her father, two Florida residents, along with their escape through their family clubhouse with the help of a rescue helicopter, as they manage to reach the attic of their house save themselves from the alligators who have captured their whole house while they were in the basement of the house.
Director: Michael Mann
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo
Without this movie, the list of best movies on Amazon Prime could not be completed. Starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Fox, Collateral is a neo-noir action film. The video follows a cab driver in Los Angeles and a customer who offers him higher fares to take him to multiple locations. This higher fare, however, turns the driver into a hostage by a customer who is a hitman who is out on a contract killing spree. This thriller drama movie is filled with various scenes which have been created with specific details. The movie flows through a conversation between a killer and a man who is scared for his life.
Director: Cameron Crowe
Cast: Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Frances McDorman
A comedy-drama starring Kate Hudson, Almost Famous depicts the story of a teenage rock journalist, his experience of following this rock band on their tour and how he manages to get his first cover story printed with the Rolling Stone. The movie is a semi-autobiography of Crowe himself and how during his period of touring with many famous rock bands he lost his virginity, fell in love and met his musical heroes. The movie was widely appreciated and has won two Golden Globe awards.
Director: Brian De Palma
Cast: Nancy Allen, John Travolta, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz
The 1981 classic neo-noir mystery thriller, Blow Out, keeps viewers constantly on the edge of their seats as the lead character, Jack Terry, ends up in a complicated conspiracy that might just lead him dead. An original in itself, the movie is well shot and well-acted. The plot starts heavy and grows heavier with extreme brilliance. A guy saves a girl from an accident and soon realises that there’s another person in the car, who is now dead and was a presidential candidate and, how this whole setup was for the murder of the candidate.
Director: Jonathan Levine
Cast: Joseph Gordon‑Levitt, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Seth Rogen
Awards: Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, National Board of Review Award for Best Original Screenplay
In this comedy-drama, a 27-year-old radio journalist learns about love and friendship after his life is turned upside down as he battles through a rare disease, spinal cancer. The movie is based on a true story and depicts one Adam trying to beat cancer as his doctor gives him a 50/50 chance of survival, with the help of his mother and his friend and also his therapist, and how his relationship with the therapist juggles between the boundaries of doctor and patient.
Director: Joanna Hogg
Cast: Honor Swinton Byrne, Tilda Swinton, Tom Burke, Richard Ayoade
Nominations: British Independent Film Award for Best British Independent Film
Julie is a film school student who falls in love with a man who is an emotionally unstable drug addict. The movie paints a picture of a woman who is trying to develop her artistic and creative side through the craft of filmmaking as she navigates through her own toxic relationship. The movie moves at its own pace, on its own rhythm and refuses to give you all the answers that you are looking for. While Joanna Hogg movies are not for everyone and not for most people, people who do enjoy her work will really appreciate this underrated piece of art.
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Cast: Frank Bledsoe, Beth Bledsoe, Walid Wally, Mike Bledsoe
Director: Alan Ball
The comedy-drama revolves around a secretly gay literature professor who is reluctantly attending his fathers’ funeral and is accompanied by his niece. Set in 1970s, the movie deals with how gay relationships were supposed to be hidden and the judgement that comes along in a comic way. The movie comes with a happy ending of Frank coming out to his family and he and his partner being accepted by the family but the fun part is all the chaos that ensues between the start, the niece finding out the secret, the funeral and Frank’s death confusion.
Sound of Metal
Cast: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci, Lauren Ridloff
Director: Darius Marder
How does one deal when his life passion can no longer be pursued due to a disability? The movie Sound of Metal revolves around a metal drummer whose world turns upside down as he realises that his hearing is slowly worsening and how he prepares himself to live life as someone who is deaf.
Ruben has been living his life for the moment and has devoted himself to his art for the past four years and it is on a tour when his girlfriend (also the band’s lead singer), notices that his hearing is not so good anymore and will get worse. This led to him joining a support group led by a compassionate Vietnam war veteran and him coming to terms with his new reality.
The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle
Director: Fran Burst-Terranella
Cast: April Billingsley, Stephanie Northrup, Tenaya Cleveland, Desmond Phillips
We have all read about alternate universes and how there exist different life stories of every option we can think of somewhere in the Universe. The movie feels like that concept but not exactly. When faced with a life-altering loss, creates 11 alternate worlds to reside in, however, her real world is soon starting to get bothered by her alternate lives.
This movie makes for an interesting watch as Sissy fills up 11 different journals creating alternate lives in each one of them and how she soon realises just 27 days before her 27th birthday, there is nothing to fill in her real-life journal.
You Were Never Really Here
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Judith Anna Roberts, Alex Manette
Awards: Cannes Film Festival Best Actor, Screenplay Awards, Noir Film Festival Special Jury Awards
Based on the book, “You Were Never Really Here” by Jonathan Ames, this psychological thriller is a beautifully shot movie and received a lot of critical acclaim and high praise. An ex-mercenary, Joe, who is already traumatized, is hired by a politician to find and save his 13-year-old daughter from a human trafficking network and also destroy this network by any violent means of destruction.
The movie follows Joe as he tries to figure out the web of the human trafficking network and deal with feverish dreamlike hallucinations of his tormented past and grim, disoriented reality. This movie really deserves this place in the list of Best movies on Amazon Prime.
West Side Story
Directors: Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins
Cast: Rita Moreno, Natalie Wood, Jiiii George Chakris, Richard Beymer
Awards: Academy Award for Best Picture
A musical romantic drama and childhood classic, the movie shows two gangs struggling for control on the Upper West Side of New York City in the 1950s. Between the fight between their gangster families are two entangled lovers, Maria and Tony. Aware of the consequences of the fight between these two groups, Maria sends Tony to end the fight. The movie is an on-screen adaptation of classic romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet and has won 10 Oscars. The West Side story tops the list of movies you must watch from the Best Movies on Amazon Prime right now basket.
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Cast: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
Awards: Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
A black comedy crime thriller, Fargo is the story of Jerry, who hires people to abduct his wife to get money from his father-in-law. However, Jerry lands up in big trouble as things don’t go as planned. The characters are well written, with their tragedies clearly shown.
A Man Called Ove
Director: Hannes Holm
Cast: Rolf Lassgard, Ida Engvoll, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg
If you are looking for a feel-good movie and something to cheer up, A Man Called Ove is the perfect choice from the list of best movies on Amazon Prime right now. Based on the famous Swedish novel Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove is a beautiful movie with cute intense scenes tugging at your heart. Ove is a bitter old man who dislikes socialising and is not very technologically advanced. His dull routine takes a toss when his new neighbours and their two daughters move in.
The movie captures stories of Ove in love with his wife, Sonjia, who passed away a few years ago and the unlikely friendship with his neighbours. One cannot help but fall in love with the characters, especially the lead character, Ove, who may seem grumpy and difficult but is filled with love and concern and who can be uncharacteristically comforting at times.
Director: Michael McGowan
Awards: Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Cast: James Cromwell, Genevieve Bujold, Campbell Scott, Julie Stewart
A Canadian romantic drama, Still Mine is a beautiful movie showing a loving husband fighting against the local authorities as they block his efforts to build a cottage for his wife who has dementia. The movie is an insightful journey through the bonds and sacrifices of marriage. Don’t mistake the movie for something as a way to get attention to the state of dementia patients or show them in the light of pity, the movie is dry-eyed and observant, it rejects the idea to pity the lead characters, Craig and Irene Morrison.
Director: Werner Herzog
Awards: National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Non-Fiction Film
Cast: Werner Herzog, Jewel Palovak, Willy Fulton, Sam Egli
Grizzly Man is an American documentary directed by a German director, which narrates the story of bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell. The movie has been pieced together from Timothy’s actual video footage and explores the curiosity and passion that drove him to live among the tribe of wild Grizzly bears in the Alaskan reserve.
The footage where Timothy is killed by a bear who he loved and protected, as the bear tragically turns against him gives us a glimpse into the understanding of nature and its realities. The documentary is so well shot and relayed that this has to be included in the best movies to watch on Amazon Prime right now.
Manchester by the Sea
Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges, Kyle Chandler
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Awards: Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, AACTA International Award for Best Actor, Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Manchester by the Sea is an independent tragedy movie, the plot of which follows a depressed man, Lee, who has lost his brother and is now the legal guardian of his dead brother’s son who is a teenager, Patrick. The legal guardianship is troublesome for Lee as his tragic past makes him reluctant to be responsible for someone else and uncomfortable living in his old town, Manchester by the Sea, Massachusetts. As Lee prepares to move Patrick to Boston, he realises his ties to the community and is faced with a dilemma and a few important decisions to make.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Director: Mike Newell
Cast: Hugh Grant, Andie McDowell, Richard Curtis. Kristin Scott Thomas
Awards: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
A British Romantic Comedy starring the handsome Hugh Grant playing the role of a young introvert, Charles who realises that he may have fallen in love with Carrie (Andie MacDowell) as he moves through the movie attending four weddings and one funeral. The story is a romantic comedy of a couple where the guy falls in love at the first sight and the girl feels an attraction to and how over a span of time they spend time together at 5 social evenings, 4 weddings of people near and dear to Charles and Carrie and one unfortunate funeral.
Director: Robert Benton
Cast: Paul Newman, Melanie Griffith, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis
Awards: National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
The life of a 60-year-old man, Sully, is turned upside down as his estranged son visits him with his son, Sully’s grandson. Sully loves his lifestyle of shrugging his responsibilities, doing odd jobs at construction sites and spending time at old bars. After knowing about the story of his son’s failed marriage, Sully finds himself assuming the role of a father and a grandfather at once. The movie is a beautiful story of an old man who has spent his life in self-indulgence and finds himself at the age of 60, questioning if he can now be someone who is responsible for someone else and can take care of them.
Cast: Lois Smith, Geena Davis, Jon Hamm, Tim Robbins
Director: Michael Almereyda
If what you are looking for from this list of best movies on Amazon Prime right now is a movie that makes you emotional but also leaves you astonished and makes you question things, pick Marjorie Prime Based on the 2015 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Marjorie Prime, a science fiction drama movie, and the plot of Marjorie Prime. The movie revolves around the story and life history of an 85-year-old woman who is experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in the year 2050.
The movie explores how artificial intelligence helps her create holograms from her memory, but this tool also comes with its own downsides and brings forward a painful memory of the past as she tries to spend her ailing days with the hologram of the younger version of her now-dead husband. The movie comes with some intensely emotional scenes and graceful acting, with the actors depicting a range of emotions.
The movie also has a scene with one of the character hologram saying, “how nice that we could love somebody”, which makes one think of the advancement of science but how it cannot mimic real emotions.
Words on Bathroom Walls
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Cast: Charlie Plummer, Taylor Russell, Anna Sophia Robb, Andy Garcia
Based on the novel of the same name, the movie “Words on Bathroom Walls” is a romantic drama revolving around two teenagers as one helps the other with a mental illness. Diagnosed with Schizophrenia during the senior year of high school, Adam is transferred to a new school where he meets his romantic interest, Maya Arnaz.
Along with dealing with an important issue of mental illness and the stigma that comes with it, the movie also covers the emotional aspects of a teenager who has been abandoned by his father and is struggling through accepting his mother’s romantic interest as a father figure. This young adult is well directed and acted and will surely make you appreciate the story and the message the filmmaker is trying to get across.
Director: Nisha Ganatra
Cast: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott
Nominations: The Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
With the screenplay written by Mindy Kailing, Late Night is a comedy-drama that follows a famous late-night show host who is forced to hire a female writer as her popularity declines. But as her personal emails get leaked, chaos ensues. While the host is forced to hire the first female over diversity concerns, the movie moves around how these two women, who are separated by the generation gap and cultural differences, are united by their love for a biting punchline.
Director: Paweł Pawlikowski
Cast: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Agata Kulesza, Borys Szyc
Awards: European Film Award for Best Film
Set during the 1950s against the backdrop of the Cold War, in Poland, the movie shows a very unlikely romance developing between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments. The international co-production, with producers from the UK, Poland and France, was loosely based on the director, Pawlikowski’s parents love story and premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
The movie is shot in black and white and raises nostalgia. The movie is ageless and universal, the lead character Wiktor is a musicologist travelling through Poland in search of a choral ensemble, and comes in the fierce Zula, and thus begins their whirlwind and turbulent romance.
Directors: Alma Har’e-Harel, Shia LaBeouf, Noah Jupe, Lucas Hedges, FKA Twigs
Awards: Hollywood Breakthrough Screenwriter Award, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – First-Time Feature Film
Otis, an alcoholic actor, is now being forced to face his childhood and traumatic past as he is sent to rehab after he gets into a fight with the police while under the influence of alcohol. The movie is based on the screenplay writer, Shia LaBeouf’s real life, his childhood and the relationship he shared with his father and was originally written in the form of therapy by Shia, while he was in rehab. The movie is filled with heavy emotional scenes that manage to hit multiple raw nerves at once, one cannot help but empathise.
How to Train Your Dragon
Directors: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
Cast: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill
Awards: Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
The 2010 American animated movie How to Train Your Dragon is loosely based on the 2003 book of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The movie is also followed by two sequels, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Hiccup belongs to the Viking village of Clan Berk and is the awkward teenage son of the village chieftain, Stoick. The movie revolves around how Hiccup must learn how to kill a dragon which will help him mark his passage into manhood and be initiated into his tribe. However, this teenager does the exact opposite and ends up befriending Night Fury, a deadly dragon. How to Train Your Dragon is almost a classic and has been widely watched and loved and makes for the perfect addition to this best movie on Amazon Prime right now list.
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Director: William Wyler
Cast: Barbra Streisand, Kay Medford, Omar Sharif, Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.
The movie Funny Girl is based on the story and life of a female comedian and entertainer in the 1930s, Fannie Brice. The movie covers Fannie’s life from her early childhood days in the Jewish slums of New York to the peak of her career with Ziegfeld Follies. Played by the graceful actress Barbra Streisand, this musically romantic movie covers Fannie’s struggle to prominence with her being aware of her physical features and not being like the ones expected of show business. Brice knows that she has to use all means to get her break which would at least allow her to display her talent in front of people, and she goes for it. Watch her break norms in the movie Funny Girl, which makes for an epic movie night watch.