It's all too simple to lose an entire evening scrolling through streaming services like Prime Video, trying to decide which movie to watch. You could have viewed one by the time you choose a movie.(Or two, or maybe even three). We're here to help with the 11 best Amazon Prime movies that are currently accessible.
Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video Right Now
From recent critics like House of Gucci and Licorice Pizza to classics like Pulp Fiction and Escape from New York, here is our list of the best movies on Amazon Prime Video so you can actually view a movie on your next movie night.
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Duration: 2h 19m
Directed by: Anthony Minghella
Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Philip Seymour Hoffman appear in one of the best Patricia Highsmith adaptations to date. Damon portrays Tom Ripley, a con man who infiltrates the lives of Dickie Greenleaf (a fantastic Law) and his girlfriend Marge. (Paltrow). This gorgeously shot drama received five Oscar nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. It's one of the best films of 1999, a historically excellent film year.
House of Gucci
Duration: 2h 37m
Directed by: Ridley Scott
This adaptation of Sara Gay Forden's 2001 non-fiction novel is one of two 2021 films by the incredible Ridley Scott that is already available on Prime Video. Lady Gaga delivers a fearless performance as Patrizia Reggiani, a fashion empire heir whose romance with Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) ended in violence. House of Gucci is a fascinating exercise in excess that is worth seeing just for Jared Leto's accent.
Duration: 1h 34m
Directed by: Clive Barker
Clive Barker, the horror author, directed this adaptation of his own novella The Hellbound Heart, which established genre film history. The original film here is still the best, telling the story of a puzzle box that opens a portal to Hell and introducing the world to the iconic Pinhead, who would go on to feature in so many sequels. The sequels have lost the plot, but the original is still extremely potent. It's one of the few pictures from the 1980s that, if released today, would still shock audiences.
A Fish Called Wanda
Duration: 1h 47m
Directed by: Charles Crichton
This Oscar winner featuring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin is simply hilarious. The tale of a jewel heist gone horribly wrong, the barrister who gets involved, and the fish caught in the middle is frequently included on any short list of the funniest movies ever made. You know how the Oscars never include any comedic performances? This one earned an Oscar for Kevin Kline, who is absolutely unbeatable.
The Indiana Jones franchise
Duration: 1h 55m
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Everyone is growing excited for James Mangold's Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, which will be released later this year. It's the ideal time to relive the adventures of cinema's most beloved treasure hunter in the beloved first four (well, at least three) films in this series. The perfect Raiders of the Lost Ark and its three successors are all available on Prime for your marathon viewing pleasure.
Duration: 1h 58m
Directed by: Gillian Armstrong
Louisa May Alcott's beloved 19th century novel has been adapted for the screen several times, but this is one of the more famous adaptations, a family film memory for a generation of people who grew up in the 1990s. Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, and Susan Sarandon star in this film, which garnered the future Stranger Things star her second and final (to date) Academy Award nomination.
Duration: 2h 10m
Directed by: Gregory Hoblit
In this 1996 thriller, Richard Gere plays an attorney who becomes profoundly involved in his newest case, that of an altar boy (played unforgettably by Edward Norton) accused of murdering a Catholic Archbishop. Primal Fear is a smart, riveting genre film about a fight of wills between Gere and Norton against the backdrop of allegations of abuse against the church. Norton was so excellent that he won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for an Oscar.
Duration: 1h 38m
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Stephen King was the author of Carrie, a 1974 novel about a bullied adolescent girl who unleashes hell on her peers, long before he was an entire industry. Every now and then, a perfect combination of source material and creatives emerges, and that's what occurred here when King, De Palma, and Sissy Spacek joined forces. History would be created in the horror genre. Also available on Prime is the underappreciated Chloe Grace Moretz adaptation.
Duration: 2h 13m
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
P.T. Anderson's latest, a contentious Best Picture nominee in early 2022, is already available on Prime Video for members to watch for free. They should, too. Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman are transcendent in this tale about a teenager who falls in love with a twentysomething woman and the strange adventures that keep popping up in their lives. It's a lyrical, beautifully shot period piece about those foggy days when anything seems conceivable.
Escape from New York
Duration: 1h 39m
Directed by: John Carpenter
The action-packed masterpiece that was released in 1981 by John Carpenter envisioned a time in the distant future called 1997, when the island of Manhattan had been converted into a maximum-security prison. Snake Plissken, played by Kurt Russell, is the only one who can put a halt to the chaos that ensues after Air Force One is deliberately brought down over New York City after being hijacked.
Duration: 2h 34m
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
It is undeniable that this milestone in American cinematic history was one of the events that forever changed the nature of the medium. Even today, almost thirty years after Tarantino's death, people are still riffing on his work because everyone wants to create a movie that is as effortlessly cool as his masterpiece. What could possibly be said that hasn't already been said about Pulp Fiction? You are aware that you enjoy this and wish to view it once more.