Best movies to watch on Amazon Prime Video

Your guide to the best critically acclaimed comedies, romance movies and sci-fi adventure films streaming right now on Amazon Prime Video UK

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From cinema classics to brilliant modern comedies and dramas, here’s our (regularly updated) pick of the best movies to watch on Amazon Prime.


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Last updated 26th March 2020

Paddington (2014) and Paddington 2 (2017)

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Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) in Paddington 2

Everybody’s favourite CGI bear gets up to some charming antics in these two beloved films. The first puts him up against a cruel taxidermist played by Nicole Kidman, while the second sees him sent to prison after a run-in with a failed actor-turned-thief (portrayed wonderfully by Hugh Grant). Both Paddington and its sequel earned rave reviews from critics and are feel good viewing for the whole family. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

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The Founder (2016)

Michael Keaton stars as Ray Kroc in The Founder

Ever wondered just how McDonald’s became so dominant in the world of fast food? The Founder takes you back to the 1950s, when the brand was a family business owned and run by two brothers. Along comes ruthless businessman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) who aggressively franchised the restaurants until they became a common sight across America – stepping on people along the way. Hot off his Oscar win for Birdman, Keaton gives a superb performance in this fascinating factual drama. Watch The Founder on Amazon Prime Video

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Midsommar (2019)

Florence Pugh in Ari Aster’s Midsommar

Director Ari Aster followed up his acclaimed debut film Hereditary with this eerie horror flick. Florence Pugh takes the lead role as a young woman who takes a trip with her friends to a rural commune in Sweden, only to find themselves disturbed by their horrifying customs. Perhaps it could have been a tad shorter, but the sterling performances and excellent production design will keep Midsommar in your memory long after the credits roll. Watch Midsommar on Amazon Prime Video

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Under The Skin (2013)

Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson takes the lead role here as a seductive alien who roams the streets of Glasgow, luring men to a terrible fate. This acclaimed includes a number of unscripted scenes filmed with hidden cameras and featuring people who aren’t actors. As a result, Under The Skin has a distinct and surreal style which elevates it far beyond a simple adaptation of the book by Michel Faber. Watch Under The Skin on Amazon Prime Video

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I, Tonya (2017)

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Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya

I, Tonya tells the thrilling true story of American figure skater Tonya Harding, whose talent was overshadowed by her association with an attack on rival athlete Nancy Kerrigan. This biopic moves at an energetic pace as it pokes fun at the conflicting accounts given by each of the people involved. Meanwhile, it showcases stunning performances from Birds of Prey star Margot Robbie and Allison Janney, the latter winning an Academy Award for her role as Tonya’s cold mother. Watch I, Tonya on Amazon Prime Video

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Snowpiercer (2013)

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Chris Evans in Bong-Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer

Director Bong-Joon Ho, who took home Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards for his latest film Parasite, helms this dystopian thriller starring Chris Evans. With humanity close to extinction after environmental disaster, the few remaining survivors live on a train divided by social class, where the poorest on board are oppressed by the rich. While not quite as strong as his more recent work, Snowpiercer is a thrilling commentary on inequality with strong performances from Evans, Tilda Swinton and Octavia Spencer. Watch Snowpiercer on Amazon Prime Video

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Seven Psychopaths (2012)

This comedy-drama from writer-director Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) stars Colin Farrell as a struggling screenwriter attempting to pen the next big hit. He gets mixed up in a dangerous situation, when his friend (Sam Rockwell) kidnaps the dog of a deranged crime boss played by the legendary Woody Harrelson. The cast assembled for this highly original feature is incredibly strong, but McDonagh’s sharp writing is its strongest asset, packing a number of hilarious lines as well as some truly heartbreaking moments. Watch Seven Psychopaths on Amazon Prime Video

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The Hunger Games series (2012-15)

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Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games

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All four films in the blockbuster Hunger Games series are available to stream on Amazon Prime, following Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen as she competes in a barbaric fight to the death before leading an uprising against her oppressors. While the series arguably peaked early with its second instalment, there are powerful moments to be found throughout in a franchise which is leagues ahead of a typical young adult adaptation. Watch The Hunger Games on Amazon Prime Video

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Visionary director David Fincher tackles this ambitious story about a man who ages in reverse, following his life as he gets younger and the woman he loves grows older. Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Taraji P. Henson star in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, based on the story by Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Watch The Curious Case of Benjamin Button on Amazon Prime Video

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Justice League (2017)

The Flash (Ezra Miller), Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in Justice League

This DC Comics flick may not be the best that the superhero genre has to offer, but fans will no doubt get a kick out of seeing their favourite characters unite. Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman lead the fledgling team, which also counts The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) among its number. While the script isn’t as sharp as it should be, you can clearly see the promise of this ensemble which will hopefully reunite for stronger adventures in the future. Watch Justice League on Amazon Prime Video

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Booksmart (2019)

Beanie Feldstein in Booksmart

Olivia Wilde directs this critically acclaimed comedy following two academic overachievers as they let loose on their final day of high school. Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein are fantastic in the lead roles, the latter receiving a Golden Globe nod for her performance, with memorable appearances from Lisa Kudrow (Friends), Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses) and Will Forte (30 Rock). Many critics hailed Booksmart as one of the best films of 2019, providing a fresh and contemporary spin on the coming-of-age story. Watch Booksmart on Amazon Prime Video

Chef (2014)

John Favreau (Iron Man) writes, directs and stars in this feel good comedy about a successful chef who hits the road in a food truck with his family. Chef features his Marvel co-workers Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr in supporting roles, as well as John Leguizamo and Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara. Those looking for a light-hearted watch will be well catered for here, but be warned: it might make you hungry! Watch Chef on Amazon Prime Video

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Stan & Ollie (2018)

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John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan as Laurel and Hardy in Stan & Ollie

Stan & Ollie tells the true story of one of comedy’s most famous double acts: Laurel and Hardy. Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly take the two lead roles and were acclaimed for how well they embody the late performers, earning a BAFTA and Golden Globe nomination respectively for their efforts. Fans of the iconic duo will no doubt be delighted by how this feature pays tribute to their work. Watch Stan & Ollie on Amazon Prime Video

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Room (2015)

Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) and Jacob Tremblay (Wonder) both give stunning performances in this heart-wrenching drama about a mother and son who have been held captive underground for years. Their desperate bid for freedom makes for utterly gripping viewing, but Room also does an excellent job exploring the psychological affects of such a life – particularly on a developing young mind. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

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Wild Rose (2018)

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Jessie Buckley in Wild Rose

Wild Rose tells the story of a Scottish woman who, upon being released from prison, wants to reform her life by becoming a country music singer. She gets the chance to fly out to Nashville to see if she can make it big, but can she truly leave her past behind? Lead actress Jessie Buckley (Chernobyl) earned a BAFTA nomination for her performance in this critically acclaimed indie hit, which has no shortage of emotional moments. Watch Wild Rose on Amazon Prime Video

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Suspiria (1977)

Landmark horror fantasy from cult director Dario Argento, which is a stunning combination of menacing Grand Guignol atmosphere, dazzling colours, gory violence, lush décor and pounding soundtrack. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

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Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis

Superstar directors the Coen Brothers helm this beloved drama about a young folk singer trying to make a name for himself in 1960s New York City. Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) stars as Llewyn Davis, a musician who recently lost his writing partner to suicide and now finds himself drifting through life with little purpose. While providing a glimpse into his difficult private life, the film never loses that distinct Coen sense of humour. Featuring Justin Timberlake (The Social Network) and Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby). Watch Inside Llewyn Davis on Amazon Prime Video

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Fight Club (1999)

Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, an underground group who beat the living daylights out of each other for fun, and supreme direction from David Fincher. It’s probably one of the greatest films of all time, and undoubtedly one of the best on Amazon Prime. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

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12 Years A Slave (2013)

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Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years A Slave
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Sir Steve McQueen directs this hard-hitting drama which adapts the memoirs of Solomon Northup, who was enslaved in the mid-19th century. 12 Years a Slave took home dozens of awards on the year it released including Best Picture at the Academy Awards, earning acclaim for the way in which it tackles such a tragic and horrifying true story. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o give powerful performances, with supporting roles for Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt. Watch 12 Years A Slave on Amazon Prime Video

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Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

Sergio Leone’s gangster epic chronicles 50 years in the criminal underworld in New York City, with Robert de Niro and James Woods starring as lifelong friends whose partnership unravels into chaos. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

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Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)

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Mr Fox (voiced by George Clooney) in Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox

Visionary director Wes Anderson (The French Dispatch) takes on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story about a crafty fox who steals food from neighbourhood farmers. Expect another dose of the filmmaker’s trademark quirky style, with the added charm of none other than George Clooney lending his voice to the lead role. Kids and grown-ups alike will find plenty to love about this timeless tale, which never got the attention it deserved in cinemas. Watch Fantastic Mr Fox on Amazon Prime Video

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Four Lions (2010)

Fiercely black comedy from Brass Eye creator Chris Morris, which sees a group of young Muslim men hatch an inept plan to become suicide bombers. With a premise like that, Four Lions could have been a terribly distasteful misstep, but through some sharp writing and strong performances it establishes itself as one of Britain’s strongest satires in recent memory. Riz Ahmed (Star Wars: Rogue One) and Kayvan Novak (Fonejacker) lead the cast, with appearances from Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Julia Davis (Gavin & Stacey). Watch on Amazon Prime Video

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Fracture (2007)

Anthony Hopkins in Fracture

This crime thriller sees a district attorney attempting to close what should be an easy case, but the cunning murderer he’s up against always seems one step ahead. Fracture excels on the strength of its lead performances, as Ryan Gosling (La La Land) and Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes) face off against one another in a number of riveting interactions. It’s a good old fashioned crime drama, with some dry wit sprinkled in, featuring Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter) in supporting roles. Watch Fracture on Amazon Prime Video

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Capernaum (2018)

This Academy Award-nominated drama tells the heartbreaking story of a young boy who asks to sue his parents for bringing him into the world. It’s an unflinching look at the poverty and extreme hardship faced by a Syrian refugee in a Beirut slum which makes for profoundly thought-provoking viewing. Watch Capernaum on Amazon Prime Video

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The Disaster Artist (2017)

James Franco as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist

This comedy drama tells the true story behind what is widely regarded as one of the worst films ever made: The Room. James Franco directs and stars as oddball filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, whose mysterious past and unusual appearance have made him a fascinating figure to many movie buffs. Those familiar with the abysmal production that inspired it will find themselves chuckling along with The Disaster Artist, while those not in the know will be simply bewildered that this is actually a true story. Watch The Disaster Artist on Amazon Prime Video

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Nerve (2016)

Emma Roberts (The Hunt) and Dave Franco (6 Underground) star in this thriller about an online game in which people are dared to do increasingly extreme stunts to get their hands on life-changing prize money. While by no means revolutionary or particualrly powerful in its message, Nerve remains an entertaining watch thanks largely to its charismatic leads and slick sense of style. Watch Nerve on Amazon Prime Video

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Green Book (2018)

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Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in Green Book

Green Book tells the true story of Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a working-class chauffeur for classical pianist Dr Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) during his 1962 tour of the Deep South, an area of America that was rife with racism at the time. Ali picked up his second Oscar trophy for his performance here, but the dynamic between him and Mortensen is what won many hearts when the film played in cinemas. Green Book was crowned Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 2019, beating tough competition from BlacKkKlansman and The Favourite.  Watch Green Book on Amazon Prime Video

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Zodiac (2007)

Years after the release of the highly disturbing Seven, David Fincher takes on another dark crime drama. Zodiac features a star-studded cast including Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo and Jake Gyllenhaal, as three men attempting to hunt down the notorious Zodiac Killer. At two hours and 40 minutes, its a sizeable time commitment, but most will find themselves easily gripped by the mystery and Fincher’s trademark moody style. Watch Zodiac on Amazon Prime Video

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Nightcrawler (2014)

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Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal (Spider-Man: Far From Home) and Rene Russo (Velvet Buzzsaw) star in this thriller set in the world of freelance crime journalism, where the sociopathic Lou Bloom will stop at nothing to get a story. Watch Nightcrawler on Amazon Prime Video

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The Town (2010)

Ben Affleck directs and stars in this crime thriller, which follows a group of bank robbers in Boston reuniting for one last heist. The film was well received and earned co-star Jeremy Renner (Avengers: Endgame) an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

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Andy Murray: Resurfacing (2019)

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Tennis superstar Andy Murray

This documentary charts two years in the life of British tennis player Andy Murray as serious injury threatens to take him out of the sport for ever. The cameras follow him as he pushes himself to get back to peak performance, featuring interviews with those closest to him. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

Next Goal Wins (2014)

This critically acclaimed documentary follows the national football team of American Samoa as they attempt to bounce back from an unprecedented losing streak to qualify for the 2014 Fifa World Cup. The documentary will soon be adapted into a feature film starring Michael Fassbender and Elisabeth Moss, directed by Taika Waititi. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

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The Imitation Game (2014)

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game

Headhunters director Morten Tyldum here takes on the important story of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), the genius cryptographer who cracked the infamous Enigma code during the Second World War. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

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Manchester by the Sea (2016)

A masterful Sundance hit from Kenneth Lonergan. Casey Affleck is on electrifying, Oscar-winning form as Lee, a surly janitor living alone in a Boston suburb. Summoned by his family after his brother suffers a heart attack, Lee returns to his seaside home town to face the secrets of his past. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

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The Big Sick (2017)

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Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan in The Big Sick

Real-life husband-and-wife Kumail Nanjiani (who also stars) and Emily V Gordon penned this moving romcom about their relationship, which took a major hit in its nascent stages when Emily came down with a mysterious illness. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

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Catfish (2010)

While its impact may be somewhat diminished by the many inferior reality shows that came after it, this 2010 documentary was acclaimed upon release. As a man grows infatuated with a woman he has met online, camera crews follow him as he arranges to meet her in person for the first time. Watch Catfish on Amazon Prime Video

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

A classic spy movie based on John Le Carre’s 19874 novel, featuring an all-star cast including Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong and Benedict Cumberbatch. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

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The Hurt Locker (2008)

War film about an Iraq Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who became the first woman to win the best director Academy Award in 2009. Watch on Amazon Prime Video

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