We’ve always known Amazon Prime Video was a bit of an underdog when it came to television streaming content. It’s home to the lovable Fleabag, the award-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and has recently launched sports doco The Test on the Australian cricket team post Cape Town. But, in the spirit of everyone having nothing to do besides bake banana bread and 12 minutes of half-hearted yoga, Amazon Prime Video is ramping up its movie collection to keep you sane while you’re stuck inside. Say hello to new releases, old classics and guilty pleasures, with our top 10 favourite movies currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Best movies on Amazon Prime Video
- Ride Like a Girl
- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
- Five Feet Apart
- Good Boys
- Spider-Man: Far From Home
- Beautiful Boy
- Brittany Runs A Marathon
- Escape Room
- The 40-Year-Old Virgin
- The Adjustment Bureau
Ride Like a Girl
How emotional can a movie about horse-riding really get? The answer is very. Ride Like a Girl is one of the best female-empowering sports movies in recent years, and it’ll have you sobbing like a baby. More so, in fact, when you find out the movie’s based on a true story — Michelle Payne’s journey to becoming the first female jockey in history to win the Melbourne Cup despite misogyny flying at her, along with odds at 100 to 1. Starring Australian sweetheart Teresa Palmer as Payne and Sam Neil as her dad, Ride Like a Girl is the perfect sports/girl power watch.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
One of the most hyped movies of 2019, and the ninth film from Quentin Tarantino, has finally hit streaming services – and so far, Amazon Prime is one of the only hosts. Once Upon A Time in Hollywood follows washed up movie star Rick (Leonardo DiCaprio) and long-time stunt double Cliff (Brad Pitt) in 1960s Los Angeles, and their attempt to reclaim fame and success in a Hollywood world they no longer recognise (ironic that two of the most famous actors in real-life Hollywood are ‘washed up’). Too add fuel to the fire, Rick lives next door to Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) – and we see the events unfold that lead to her murder by the Manson family (or does it?).
Five Feet Apart
If you’re in the mood to ugly cry, then Five Feet Apart is for you. Directed by Jane the Virgin’s Justin Baldoni, the movie is inspired by YouTuber, advocate and author Claire Wineland who suffered from cystic fibrosis and passed away in 2018 from the disease. Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse star as Stella and Will, two teenagers and patients at the same hospital living with cystic fibrosis. Although united by their disease, the two are polar opposites – Stella has devoted her life to her treatments, while Will couldn’t care less. Somehow the two are drawn to each other and attempt a relationship – despite being forced to stay a certain distance from each other.
At first glance, Good Boys looks like the kid version of every Seth Rogan movie ever made. At second glance, it is actually a refreshing and wholesome comedy full of brilliant child actors. The movie follows three six-graders; Max (Jacob Tremblay from the award-winning movie Room), Lucas (Keith L. Williams) and Thor (Brady Noon), best friends for as long as they can remember. When they’re invited to their first ever ‘kissing party’ the three boys are desperate for pointers – but skipping school, spying on girls with drones, accidentally stealing drugs and fighting college frat boys wasn’t exactly what they had in mind.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Everyone had been hanging out for the second instalment in the Tom Holland-led Spiderman franchise. And let’s just say, Far From Home certainly didn’t disappoint. The movie picks up after Endgame and everyone is very sad about some certain deaths. But nonetheless, Peter Parker is back, this time on a school trip to Europe that he hopes will be a ‘normal’ trip and a chance to hang out with Zendaya (fair enough). But alas, this is Marvel, and he is Spider-Man. So, Peter finds himself begrudgingly agreeing to help Nick Fury uncover the villain behind an elemental creature attack before they wipe out the entirety of the world, starting with his classmates. As an added treat, if Tom Holland wasn’t hot enough, Jake Gyllenhaal also stars. What a combo.
Timothée Chalamet is the IT boy of the moment and we wouldn’t want it any other way. He stars alongside epic funny-man Steve Carrel in a not-so-funny movie about addiction, survival, relapse and family. Based on a pair of best-selling memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy tells the story of Nic (Chalamet) whose addiction to meth is threatening to destroy everything he’s worked for – great grades, athlete, up-and-coming actor, and editor of the school newspaper – but most importantly, his relationship with his father. A heartbreaking movie with an unsuspecting performance from Carrel and Chalamet.
Brittany Runs a Marathon
If you need a bit of motivation to get off the couch and go for a one-kilometre light stroll around the neighbourhood (hey, even that’s a feat), then look no further than Brittany Runs A Marathon for some inspiration. Brittany (played by the hilarious Jillian Bell) is a hot mess party girl who, at the age of 28, begins to realise that her lifestyle is catching up with her. After a doctor tells her she needs to lose weight if she wants to get healthy, Brittany is forced to face the harsh reality of exercise. With expensive New York gym fees out of her price range, she decides to start running (to limited success) until she meets a running group. In order to encourage each other, the group decide to all enter themselves into the New York City Marathon. This movie is nuts, and so is running a marathon, but like running, you’ll feel better after you’ve done it.
The Escape Room
This is an escape room challenge like you’ve never seen it before. Six completely different people from across the country sign up to participate in an escape room challenge for the chance to win a million dollars. What starts as an innocent experience quickly escalates into life-threating situations the six of them must navigate in order to save themselves. The film stars Taylor Russell (Lost In Space), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), Jay Ellis (Insecure) Nik Dodani (Atypical), Tyler Labine, Yorick van Wageningen and Logan Miller. Do not watch this if you love escape rooms (or maybe do?)
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
We know we already have a Steve Carrel movie on this list, but The 40-Year-Old-Virgin has to make the cut purely because it’s a classic. Honestly, what’s not to love about Carrel in his dorkiest role ever (and that’s saying something) as Andy Stitzer, the 40-year-old single virgin who works at a big-box store and spends all his spare time playing video games and collecting action figures. When his friends (Paul Rudd included) find out he’s a virgin, they push him step out of his comfort zone and start approaching female customers at the store. Stitzer proves to be a lost cause, that is until he meets a local shop owner, Trish (Catherine Keener).
The Adjustment Bureau
Matt Damon in a fedora and Emily Blunt running hand-in-hand from John Slattery is something we honestly never quite knew we needed. The sci-fi romantic thriller follows Damon in his quest to run for congressman and land the woman of his dreams (Blunt) – despite what “life events” stop him from achieving that. After continuing to chase after her, Damon is made aware of the ‘Adjustment Bureau’ – a strange company full of men led by John Slattery whose job is to ensure people’s lives follow “the Plan”. It’s all very bizarre and there is a lot of running, but we were hooked from the get-go.
With an insane new line-up like this, we can assure you we’ll be putting a stop to the banana bread making – at least for a few days. Prefer to start a new series? See our list of the best Amazon Prime shows for some binge-worthy material.
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