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Longtime subscribers will agree that the amount of movies on Amazon Prime Video is practically infinite. It is almost too many, forcing some users to dig deeper and deeper before they find just the right flick they are in the mood for, which could be a fun brainteaser like Knives Out one minute or a highly stylized action flick such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Drago the next.
However, in many ways, is it not a blessing to have plenty of films to choose from that you could watch at a moment’s notice? Of course it is! But, that being said, we still have empathy for those cinema obsessive who often struggle with indecision.
That is where we can come in. To make sure your next massive movie binge on Amazon Prime is just what the doctor ordered, the following is a whopping selection of movies that we believe are guaranteed to have you cheering from the privacy of your own home.
The following movies will be available streaming on Amazon Prime as of January 1, 2021, unless otherwise specified.
Robert Downey Jr. gives an Academy Award-nominated performance as the legendary silent film star in Chaplin, from director Richard Attenborough.
Stream Chaplin on Amazon Prime here.
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964)
You will never look at nuclear warfare the same way again after seeing it through the eyes of writer and director Stanley Kubrick in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - an uproarious and impressively timeless political satire starring Peter Sellers in three increasingly goofy roles.
Stream Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb on Amazon Prime here.
The term "face off" takes on an intriguing double meaning in director John Woo's guilty pleasure classic Face/Off in which a grief-stricken FBI agent (John Travolta) learns the only way he can put away his arch nemesis (Nicolas Cage) for good is to become him.
Stream Face/Off on Amazon Prime here.
In & Out (1997)
An Indiana high school teacher (Kevin Kline) begins to question how well he knows himself after learning his former student (Matt Dillon) based his Oscar-winning performance of a gay soldier off of him in In & Out - a lighthearted comedy about self-discovery from director Frank Oz.
Stream In & Out on Amazon Prime here.
The Last Of The Mohicans (1992)
Based on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans stars the great Daniel Day-Lewis as a member of an endangered Native American tribe tasked with rescuing the daughters of a British colonel in director Michael Mann's Oscar-winning, French-Indian War-era action thriller.
Stream The Last of the Mohicans on Amazon Prime here.
Major League (1989)
When a group of minor league baseball players learn the new Cleveland Indians owner recruited them because she thought they were bad, they decide to prove her wrong and ruin her plans in Major League, a sports comedy classic starring Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen that spawned two sequels.
Stream Major League on Amazon Prime here.
The Legend Of Bagger Vance (2000)
A down-on-his-luck war veteran and former promising golfer (Matt Damon) gets a second chance at the game, and life, with the help of a mysterious caddy (Will Smith) in The Legend of Bagger Vance - a Robert Redford-directed period drama that does not require an interest in sports to be inspired by.
Stream The Legend of Bagger Vance on Amazon Prime here.
The Truman Show (1998)
An average, well-natured man slowly begins to realize that his idyllic existence is a fabrication for the entertainment of the viewing public in The Truman Show - a dazzling media satire way ahead of its time that earned star Jim Carrey a well-deserved Golden Globe.
Stream The Truman Show on Amazon Prime here.
Gretel And Hansel (2020) - Coming January 7
It star Sophia Lillis further proves her worth as an emerging scream queen in the role of a teenage girl who, along with her brother (Samuel Leakey), falls prey to a suspicous old woman (Alice Krige) in Gretel and Hansel - an twisted take on the already twisted fairy tale from director Osgood Perkins.
Stream Gretel and Hansel on Amazon Prime when it is available on January 7 here.
One Night In Miami (2020) - Coming January 15
Academy Award-winning actress Regina King makes her directorial debut with this adaptation of Kemp Powers' play One Night in Miami - an Amazon Prime original featuring a star-studded cast as four prominent celebrity figures of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
Stream One Night in Miami on Amazon Prime when it is available on January 15 here.
Casino Royale (2006)
More than 40 years after his big screen debut, James Bond goes on his first-ever mission under 00-status in Casino Royale, which also marks Daniel Craig's debut as the beloved secret agent
Stream Casino Royale on Amazon Prime here.
The King's Speech (2010)
A political figure is also forced to "take action" despite a more personal issue exacerbating the challenge in the Best Picture Oscar winner The King's Speech, which tells the true story of King George VI (Best Actor Oscar winner Colin Firth) and his struggles to overcome a debilitating stammer after inheriting the throne.
Stream The King's Speech on Amazon Prime here.
Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)
A heartbroken bass player and a woman who shares his musical interests are brought together by a seemingly random encounter that sparks a search for a secret indie rock show in New York in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings as the titular romantic leads.
Stream Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist on Amazon Prime here.
28 Days Later (2003)
Written by Ex Machina scribe Alex Garland and directed by Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire helmer Danny Boyle, 28 Days Later... takes the zombie genre into a new direction, told from the perspective of a man (Cillian Murphy) who wakes up after a month-long coma to find London is overrun with people infected by a virus that turns them into raging, animalistic cannibals.
Stream 28 Days Later on Amazon Prime here.
Boyz ‘N The Hood (1991)
The late John Singleton became the youngest filmmaker in history, and first black person, to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar for Boyz N The Hood - a tragic urban parable about three young men (Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut) struggling with friendship, racial identity, and survival in a Los Angeles ghetto.
Stream Boyz ‘N The Hood on Amazon Prime here.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
The 2001 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film went to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, a Taiwanese blockbuster kung-fu film that skyrocketed director Ang Lee into the American mainstream for its breathtaking, literally gravity-defying choreography.
Stream Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 4K on Amazon Prime here.
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)
Linda Hamilton returns to her most iconic role as Sarah Connor and reunites with Arnold Schwarzenegger as his best-known cybernetic character in director Tim Miller's Terminator: Dark Fate, a new, refreshing chapter in the influential sci-fi action saga created by James Cameron that ignores everything that happened after Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Stream Terminator Dark Fate on Amazon Prime here.
Knives Out (2019)
The promotional material for writer and director Rian Johnson’s uproarious mystery thriller promised to be “a whodunnit like they’ve never done it before,” and Knives Out is most definitely in a league of its own from its outstanding ensemble cast, led by Daniel Craig as an unusual sort of detective, and unexpected twist on the traditional Agatha Christie-inspired genre structure.
Stream Knives Out on Amazon Prime here.
Searching for their dream home, a young couple (Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg) instead fall into a nightmare, inexplicably trapped in an inescapable labyrinth crudely resembling a common neighborhood in Vivarium, a relentlessly creepy tale with a Twilight Zone-esque twist on mundane suburban livelihood.
Stream Vivarium on Amazon Prime here.
Fighting With My Family (2019)
Inspired by the true life story of Saraya-Jade Bevis (better known in the ring as “Paige”), Fighting with My Family stars Florence Pugh as a young English woman, and a daughter of a former wrestler, aspiring to become a WWE superstar and also Dwayne Johnson as a slightly dramatized version of himself.
Bill Paxton plays with a fanatical obsession with demon hunting and directs Matthew McConaughey as an adult version of his character’s son telling an FBI agent (Powers Boothe) the grisly details of his childhood in Frailty, an under appreciated thriller that spooked the likes of Stephen King with its shocker of a conclusion.
Stream Frailty on Amazon Prime here.
A group of American soldiers discover the disturbingly dramatized results of the Nazis’ fact-based inhumane experiments during 1944’s Operation Overlord, hence the title, in this recent gem from producer J.J. Abrams that refreshingly proves to be more of a sophisticated war epic with an intriguing horror twist than the adaptation of Call of Duty’s zombie levels people may have expected.
Stream Overlord on Amazon Prime here.
Hoping to overcome a recent tragedy and reignite things with her longtime boyfriend (Jack Reynor), a young woman (Florence Pugh) tags along with him and his friends to a Swedish cultural festival called Midsommar, which proves to be far from the idyllic and relaxing time it sound like in Ari Aster’s sophomore exercise in translating emotional trauma to celluloid.
Stream Midsommar on Amazon Prime here.
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)
Zack Gottsagen, an up-an-coming actor with Down’s Syndrome, made an astonishing feature-length film debut alongside Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson in The Peanut Butter Falcon, an inspiring and remarkably sweet epic about a young man’s journey to become his own person and a professional wrestler with unlikely help from a criminal on the run.
Stream The Peanut Butter Falcon on Amazon Prime here.
Super 8 (2011)
In 1979, a group of close knit preteens trying to make their own sci-fi movie accidentally capture evidence of an extraterrestrial being with their Super 8 camera in director J.J. Abrams’ stellar tribute to the early films of Steven Spielberg, who was kind enough to come on board as a producer.
Stream Super 8 on Amazon Prime here.
What do you think? Have we covered all the classics and modern masterpieces or does Amazon Prime clearly have better films than these picks available? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check back for more information on what to watch on Prime and on other digital platforms here on CinemaBlend.