With Amazon Prime strongly pitted against Netflix, there’s so much the streaming giant has to offer lately. It’s steadily growing its catalog of films and TV shows. While Netflix boasts more international content, Amazon has gone big on ramping up its local content library. We’ve gone through it all and bring you some of the best movies on Amazon Prime to stream and watch in all languages and genres (alphabetical order).
1) 12 Angry Men (1957)
12 Angry Men is an impeccably written and dramatically powerful courtroom thriller that is set entirely in a single room. The film was remade in Bollywood by the name of Ek Ruka Hua Faisla, which is equally compelling.
2) A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
This film introduced a new era for the western films. It was a new kind of western film that is high on style, violence, and features solid performances. In particular, from its leading man, Clint Eastwood.
3) Adhe Kangal (2017)
This is a delicious Tamil thriller that boasts a captivating story. It’s about a visually impaired chef who falls for a woman he barely knows. The nicely fleshed out characters and tight hold on the script makes it one of the best Tamil films to watch on Amazon Prime Video.
4) Angti Rohosso (2018)
Angti Rohosso is one of the lesser-known Bengali thrillers. It has a run-of-the-mill script that is often unintentionally hilarious. It is centred on a couple who goes on a honeymoon. After a day of stay, everything changes as a ghost starts to freak them out. The crisp run-time and wicked execution makes this film a good watch.
5) Annihilation (2018)
Alex Garland’s adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s novel is a brilliant sci-fi film that underlines the self-destructive nature of humanity. A fantastical audio-visual experience, its high brow concept lingers in your mind for a very long time.
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6) Aparajito (1956)
This is the second film in Satyajit Ray’s ‘Apu Trilogy’ that portrays the bustle of city life. The film is devoid of melodrama and stays highly insightful and raw in underlining its context.
7) Arjun Reddy (2017)
Indian film Industry is bucketful of films like Arjun Reddy. It’s about the destruction of a man who can’t digest the separation from his beloved one. However, Vijay’s powerhouse performance and a deft direction from Sandeep Vanga ensure the plot feels fresh, not dusty.
8) Arrival (2016)
Denis Villeneuve’s film is a masterpiece. Although it has a wafer-thin plot, the storytelling is drop-dead gorgeous. Amy Adams’ highly emotive performance and Johann Johannsson’s therapeutic soundtrack makes it unforgettable. (Read Arrival full review by Mayank Nailwal)
9) Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Denis Villeneuve’s awe-inspiring sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 dystopian sci-fi deeply probes into themes of memory, identity, and reality. Riddled with high-brow pop-culture references, Blade Runner 2049 is a complex and non-conventional exploration of artificial intelligence. Villeneuve-Roger Deakins combo once again proves their mastery at crafting distinct atmosphere. They visually expand the canvas for contemporary sci-fi flicks, delineating the horrors and wonders humanity and technology can conjure. (By Arun Kumar)
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10) Cold War (2018)
This film was nominated for Best Foreign Language film category in this year’s Oscar awards. The film is a memorable romantic-drama set in the cold war era. The superb performances and first-rate cinematography make it an unforgettable experience and one of the best movies on Amazon Prime right now.
11) Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
Three close friends are separated after college due to their different approaches towards relationships. This is arguably the finest film ever made on friendship and relationships in Bollywood.
12) Donnie Darko (2001)
Everyone is familiar with the name Jake Gyllenhaal but not everyone is aware of this trippy film that deserves multiple viewings. It’s about an awkward teenager, who sees a figure in a bunny costume. The figure informs him that the world is about to end.
13) Fight Club (1999)
David Fincher’s Fight Club was a late bloomer. Adapted from Chuck Palahniuk’s novel of the same name, Fight Club is everyone’s story. Edward Norton’s performance received immense praise along with The Dust Brothers’ electrifying soundtrack. The film later gained a cult status.
14) Gandhi (1982)
Bollywood failed to make a film on Gandhi so Hollywood did it. Gandhi is a well-researched, and rousing epic that boasts a once in a lifetime performance from the legendary actor, Ben Kingsley.
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15) Gangs of New York (2002)
This Martin Scorsese directorial traces the birth of America, in which the principles of democracy get questioned through crime and violence. The film is exceedingly well-made as it shows the vision and ambition of its auteur.
16) Godfather Trilogy (1992)
This Godfather Trilogy is available on almost every video streaming platform. Helmed by Francis Ford Coppola, this rich crime saga displays the epitome of film-making.
17) Heat (1995)
A detective, decides to nab a highly intelligent seasonal criminal who has vowed to pull off one last robbery before he retires for good. We all are familiar with how the last act thing goes. What makes Heat remarkable is its intensity. Engrossing from start to finish.
18) Hereditary (2018)
When the matriarch of a family passes away, her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The terrific art direction and unsettling performances make this a great horror film.
19) Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
The film is about a folk singer who struggles to maintain his artistic freedom against the commercial requirements of the industry. This is one of the many great films from Coen Brothers that is equally funny and insightful.
20) K.G.F (2018)
A boy embarks on a journey to conquer power and wealth from the streets of Mumbai to Kolar Gold Fields. The striking cinematography, terrific sound design, and an extraordinary production makes this Kannada film a must watch.
21) Lady Bird (2017)
A teenage girl faces a lot of ups and downs in her relationships during high school. Lady Bird serves as a fresh take on the age of adolescence, backed by a superb performance from Saoirse Ronan.
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22) Lean on Pete (2018)
Another Coen Brothers directorial, Lean on Pete is a highly rewarding film that rides on Charlie Plummer’s triumphant performance. It’s about Charlie Plummer’s character trying to save a horse from getting slaughtered.
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23) Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Midnight Cowboy offers a grim look at the underbelly of urban American life. The film is very dark and disturbing. However, Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight’s performances keep you glued to the screen.
24) Moonlight (2016)
Moonlight is one man’s story narrated in three different timelines, fleshed out by three talented actors. Irrespective of its social message and remarkable storytelling, the film wins you over due to its final twenty minutes. (Read Moonlight full review by Mayank Nailwal)
25) Mother! (2017)
A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home. Darren Aronofsky’s film is an intense portrayal of the bible that’s not very easy on the eyes. However, the set-pieces and performances of the leads keeps you riveted. (Read Mother full review by Arun Kumar)
26) Mud (2012)
Two young men chance upon a fugitive and decide to help the man in reuniting him with his lover. Mud is a solid coming-of-age story that highlights Matthew Mcconaughey’s charisma and star power.
27) Chris Nolan Films (2017)
Amazon Prime has almost all Christopher Nolan films. From Interstellar to Dunkirk to the Dark Knight Trilogy, the catalogue covers most of Nolan’s filmography.
28) Pariyerum Perumal (2018)
A guy belonging to an oppressed caste, falls in love with a girl from an upper caste. Things crumble when their families intervene, creating numerous complications. This is one of the best Tamil films that refrains from being preachy and renders its message with avidity.
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29) Pather Panchali (1955)
This was the debut film of Satyajit Ray and is one of the few favourite films of Christopher Nolan. The film offers a realistic look into the life of a Bengali family who struggles with poverty.
30) Platoon (1986)
This war classic won Oliver Stone ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Picture’ Award at the 1987 Oscars. It’s the next best war film after Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket that offers a riveting ground-level view of warfare.
31) Pyaasa (1957)
Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa is a masterpiece that highlights his best work as a filmmaker. He plays the role of a poet, who tries to get his work published but faces constant rejection. It’s one of the rare Bollywood films where songs weren’t mere fillers but aided the narrative. It’s on TIME Magazine’s All Time Top 100 Movies List.
32) Raazi (2018)
A taut thriller helped by an edge-of-the-seat narrative and a fine ensemble of actors, Raazi is a wartime tale set in 1971. It chronicles the true story of a young Kashmiri girl trained as a spy and sent behind the enemy lines ahead of the Indo-Pak war. Alia Bhatt as Sehmat renders some fine, jaw-dropping moments and her character transition is smooth. She brings out the innocence and brazenness with equal conviction. Watch Raazi for Meghna Gulzar’s compelling storytelling, supported by brilliant performances.
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33) Raging Bull (1980)
A middleweight climbs through the ranks to achieve his first shot at a boxing title. However, his personal life, filled with paranoia, jealousy and rage, mars his professional growth. This film is a must watch for Scorsese’s powerful execution and one of the best performances of Robert De Niro.
34) Salaam Bombay! (1988)
A boy destroys his brother’s motorbike. His mother tells him to return only when he has enough money for the repairs. Examining Mumbai like none other, Salaam Bombay highlights the hunger and homelessness in the city to astounding degree.
35) Shutter Island (2010)
This is a great suspense thriller that stays watertight and doesn’t reveal anything until the very end. DiCaprio plays a US marshal who unravels shocking truths about an asylum situated in a remote area.
36) Silence (2016)
Two catholic missionaries travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor. This is the finest film made on spirituality, one that is emotionally robust and offers thought-provoking ideas. Moreover, it is backed by powerhouse performances from Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.
37) The Accused (1988)
A woman gets gang-raped by three men in a bar. She and her district attorney prosecutes the rapists as well as the men who encouraged them. The film won Jodie Foster the ‘Best Actress’ Award at the Oscars for a masterclass act.
38) The Act of Killing (2012)
Joshua Oppenheimer’s film is a raw and excruciating voyage into the minds of murderers. It’s easily one of the best documentaries available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
39) The Big Sick (2017)
Although billed as a romantic-comedy, The Big Sick is a fresh and very thoughtful take on relationships. Kumail Nanjiani’s amusing performance and his arresting screenplay stays with you for a long time.
40) The Breadwinner (2017)
The Breadwinner is the story of a girl who lives under Taliban rule in Afghanistan. After the wrongful arrest of her father, she cuts off her hairs and dresses like a boy to support her family. This unflinching tale of a courageous girl, along with the meticulous animation makes it a necessary viewing. (Read The Breadwinner full review by Arun Kumar)
41) The Handmaiden (2016)
The Handmaiden is a captivating and sensual tale of a Japanese woman living on a secluded state. It’s a brilliant adaptation of a novel of the same name that presents a disturbing fable of love and betrayal.
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42) The Lord of the Ring Trilogy (2001-2003)
Peter Jackson’s epic needs no introduction. It’s one of its kind fantasy films made in the history of cinema. The trilogy encapsulates unparalleled action and storytelling that is full of original characters and is high on emotions. Shot back-to-back, the film released in three consecutive years.
43) The Matrix (1999)
This transcending sci-fi just celebrated its 20th anniversary. In spite of the ever advancing visual effects industry, the visual artistry of the film still packs a punch.
44) The Messenger (2009)
The Messenger is an intelligent film that offers a fresh perspective on warfare. It delivers its message in a much affecting manner than numerous other films in the genre.
45) The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The top-rated film in various best films list, The Shawshank Redemption is a powerful and inspirational film. Anchored by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman’s unforgettable performances, the film is a testament to the human spirit.
46) Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru (2017)
Few action films bring to the forth the aftermath of violence. Theeran is one of the best Tamil thrillers that vigorously shows the graveness of the crimes.
47) Titli (2014)
Film’s titular character wants to break free from his gangster family and start life afresh as a law abiding citizen. However, things change when he gets married. The film captures the gloomy essence of Eastern Delhi to full tilt. And features solid rendering of its fairly dark subject.
48) Uri – The Surgical Strike (2019)
The biggest Indian blockbuster of 2019, Uri chronicles the events of the surgical strike conducted by the Indian military in 2016. The film is very competently shot and directed and boasts a solid performance from Vicky Kaushal.
49) Wonder Woman (2017)
Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman is a monumental film for all ages. It’s one of the best comic book films ever made. The finest film on women empowerment, Wonder Woman shows Gal Gadot in her most rousing avatar.
50) You Were Never Really Here (2017)
When a teenage girl goes missing, a jaded, brutal enforcer attempts a rescue mission. The film is a brawny hit-man thriller that shows how violence can be a method to heal the wounds of the past.
There it is! These are the 50 best movies on Amazon Prime currently streaming. Which of these are your favorite? Did we miss something? Let’s talk in the comments below. Sign up for our newsletter to get recommendations on the best films and TV shows to watch, straight to your inbox.
By Mayank Nailwal