If you have Amazon Prime, then you have accessto a wealth of great movies at no extra charge.
But searching the catalog can be a slog.
Whether you need a comedy, thriller, or anaward-winning drama, these are our faves from the current Prime library.
The real-life relationship between KumailNanjiani and Emily Gordon is the basis for The Big Sick, a charming romantic comedy.
It’s an honest, hilarious reminder thatour differences are the best things about us.
It’s an Amazon original movie and one of2017’s best films.
Hereditary is atmospheric as hell, featuresoutstanding acting, and is full of terrifying imagery.
The film centers on a family dealing withthe loss of their grandmother and disturbing visions of more tragedy.
Hereditary is the kind of horror movie thatsticks with you long after you’re done watching it.
Watching Eighth Grade is almost guaranteedto trigger traumatic middle school flashbacks, which is a testament to the film’s authenticity.
Critics heaped praise on writer-director BoBurnham for capturing the mindset of a 13-year-old girl, and rightfully so.
But the key to the movie’s success is recognizingthat awkwardness does not end when you move on to high school, or as you get older.
Greta Gerwig wrote and directed Lady Bird, a coming-of-age story set in early 2000s Sacramento.
The film nails the period details and theuniversal truths about growing up that everyone can relate to.
The Machinist is where Christian Bale beganhis shape-shifting method actor run.
He famously dropped down to 120 pounds witha diet of water, an apple, and a cup of coffee per day in order to play an insomniac machinist.
After an accident on the job, he goes on aquest for answers, and the story only gets more weird, paranoid, and tense.
Inside Llewyn Davis plays like one of thetitle character’s songs: haunting, sorrowful, and ultimately wonderful.
Oscar Isaac gives a lived-in performance thatrings so true you’ll be disappointed that he doesn’t have a blues side project going.
The movie takes place over one week, withLlewyn playing his songs and trying to grab his big break—if he could just get out ofhis own way long enough to let it happen.
If you skipped this classic in 2013, it’stime to rectify that.
Manchester by the Sea is a tough watch, asit revolves around a handyman dealing with his brother’s death, and taking in his nephewat a dark time.
Despite the gloomy setting and gloomier subjectmatter, Manchester has a wicked funny bone and deserves all of its many awards and nominations.
In First Reformed, Ethan Hawke plays a ministerwhose humanity is put to the test by what he perceives to be growing indifference toglobal warming.
His despair, issues from his past, and deterioratinghealth lead him down a dark and potentially dangerous path.
First Reformed is an intense film, but alsoa deeply rewarding one.
In High Life, Robert Pattinson plays a criminalserving a death sentence on a spaceship heading toward a black hole.
But he isn’t alone.
He has his daughter to care for, which immediatelyraises the stakes.
High Life goes to some truly disturbing andfascinating places that will baffle and delight you in equal measure.
Last Flag Flying opens with Vietnam vet Larrry(played by Steve Carell) tracking down his wartime friend Sal (played by Bryan Cranston), to help him transport the body of his son, who was killed in Iraq.
They pick up a fellow vet (played by LaurenceFishburne), which is where this road trip film starts to dig into the patriotism anddarkness of a post-9/11 world.
The Mission: Impossible films continue toget better, and Fallout is the best entry yet.
Ethan Hunt and his team search for stolenplutonium and face a new villain played by Henry Cavill.
Killer stunts, amazing action sequences, anda plot that never stops twisting will keep you glued.
If you haven’t seen it yet, stop everythingyou’re doing and spend the next two-and-a-half hours with The Handmaiden.
The movie is packed with twists and role-reversalsand is so much fun that mentioning any story specifics would be unfair Park Chan-wook is one of the world’s mostentertaining directors, and The Handmaiden is arguably one of his best.
The holidays aren’t always the most wonderfultime of the year — a central theme in Billy Wilder’s 1960 film.
The loneliness and hopefulness of that timeis what makes The Apartment one of the best New York City Christmas films.
Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine are charmingin this Mad Men-era rom-com about the corporate ladder slog and finding love.
A Quiet Place is one of the scariest filmsof 2018.
In post-apocalyptic America, John Krasinskiand Emily Blunt play the parents of a young family, hiding from deadly aliens who attackbased on sound.
Despite a surprisingly idyllic existence inthe countryside, they must live in complete silence, communicating only in sign language.
Obviously, this is a great idea for a horrormovie, but the execution is what really elevates it.
The film is warm, thoughtful, and visuallybeautiful, while also a muscle-clenching watch.
What If is a low-key anti-rom-com starringDaniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as the central duo.
They’re happy being friends but have toomuch chemistry to stay that way forever.
The hijinks of this adorable pair will winover any rom-com fan.
Bernie weaves the story of a Texas murderthat mixes real interviews with scripted mysteries.
Jack Black’s vocal and physical affectationswalk the line of caricature, but he never crosses it.
This is Black’s best acting work to date.
Shirley Maclaine is also stellar in this darkcomedy about a relationship gone horribly wrong.
Stranger Than Fiction capitalizes on everythingWill Ferrell does well.
He plays an IRS auditor who starts hearinghis life being narrated by a famous author.
Things only get weirder from there, but themovie never loses sight of its characters.
You’ll also be treated to stellar performancesfrom Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, and Emma Thompson.
Annihilation explores Area X, a quarantinedland besieged by mysterious environmental changes.
Natalie Portman plays a biologist and formersoldier who is grieving the loss of her husband who was previously sent on a secret missioninto Area X, and feared dead.
But he suddenly returns home—altered.
The revelation sparks a mission into the unknownthat will haunt you long after it’s over.
In Young Adult, Charlize Theron plays an authornamed Mavis who returns home after a divorce and sets out to win back her married ex.
Mavis is a tough, compelling character, andTheron gives one of her best performances.
Movies about characters struggling to growup have become a cliché, but Young Adult is sharp enough to offer an insightful andgenuinely funny story.
Those are just some of our picks for the bestmovies on Amazon Prime, but you can find many more recommendations using the links in thedescription of this video.
And if you’re still not sure what to bingetonight, check out the other streaming guides linked right here for our favorite shows, movies, documentaries, and limited series.
Thanks for watching, and we’ll see you inthe next one.