The 50 best films available with Amazon Prime UK
Mike Williams | On 22, Mar 2020Reading time: 9 mins
It’s not only during times of social-distancing and self-quarantining that Amazon Prime Video can become an essential part of a person’s day. With its original movies and extensive library of classics, hidden gems, and modern masterpieces, we can all breathe a sigh of relief (no pun intended) that it’s readily available to us at the touch of a button.
From action thrillers and moving dramas to sci-fi horror and fantasy masterpieces, here’s your guide to the 50 best films currently available with Amazon Prime in the UK:
Florence Pugh is scintillating in this paranoid horror of sorts, when a vacation to a Swedish village descends into what appears to be a strange and violent cult.
An ensemble to rival any, Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe star as polar opposites of the corruption-heavy LAPD in the 1950s.
One of the realest and rawest depictions of the rockiness of relationships, Oscar-nominee Felicity Jones appears opposite the late Anton Yelchin in Drake Doremus’ Sundance hit.
The original – and infamous – found footage horror that saw a generation of movies follow in its footsteps, if you’re after gruesome, grizzly, and genuinely shocking then you’ve come to the right place.
This 1999 drama about an insomniac office worker played by Ed Norton sees his mundane life turned upside down when he meets Brad Pitt’s Tyler Durden.
Olivia Wilde’s superb teen comedy about two besties on the eve of graduating high school is criminally underrated.
Brie Larson’s harrowing depiction of a woman snatched as a teen and kept prisoner by her depraved abductee is extremely moving, alongside Jacob Tremblay as her born-in-captivity son.
Stan & Ollie
Who knew that Steve Coogan and John C Reilly would make such a blisteringly good on-screen double act as these legendary silent comedians?
Far from just a film about Big Macs, Michael Keaton assumes the role of ruthlessly smart Ray Kroc in a biopic of burgers, business and bankruptcy.
Synecdoche, New York
The late, great Phillip Seymour Hoffman stars alongside a stellar cast, including Samantha Morton and Michelle Williams, as a theatre director struggling to juggle his life with his next project.
Under the Skin
Scarlett Johansson wandering about Scotland with undercover cameras doesn’t sound like a film that’ll work, but it does – and to stunning effect in this sci-fi horror.
Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett form an electric and inseparable bond in Todd Haynes’ drama about two forbidden lovers in 1950s New York.
The Hunger Games
Jennifer Lawrence’s journey through a dystopian future as Katniss Everdeen is one arguably the definitive young adult cinema franchise. Available until 31st March 2020
Darren Aronofsky. Paranoia. Anxiety. Need we say more?
Affirming itself firmly into pop culture, the 2001 remake of the 1960 classic offers a super slick update of the heist movie that’s executed to a tee.
This timeless musical adaptation from Tom Hooper rightly won several plaudits – including a Best Supporting Oscar for Ann Hathaway. Available until 31st March 2020
Michael Mann’s heart-racing thriller throws heavyweights Robert De Niro and Al Pacino together for the first time in a story where professional bank robbers and police collide. Unmissable.
This comedy about an incompetent terrorist cell is British satire at its very best – but wth Chris Morris at the helm, that shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Tom Hardy’s portrayal of eccentric, crazy-as-a-bag-of-spiders Charles Bronson is a fascinating story of a man behind bars.
Super Size Me
A scary tale about the horrors of too much fast food, Morgan Spurlock presents the doc that saw every kid around the world envious (at first), when he decided to eat McDonald’s three times a day for an entire month.
The Oscar-winner in 2016’s Best Foreign Film category, The Salesman is a gripping and harrowing account as a woman faces a dilemma of revenge or forgiveness.
12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen’s brutal retelling of Solomon Northup’s life, which saw him abducted and sold into slavery despite being a free man.
Searching for Sugar Man
One of the most uplifting and fascinating documentaries in years, music fans will fall in love with the enigmatic singer Rodriguez.
Ernest and Celestine
One of the most beautifully animated films of recent years – that isn’t from Disney or Pixar – Ernest and Celestine is a sweet and admirable tale of friendship guaranteed to brighten your day.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, and Ciaran Hinds forge an impressive ensemble in this tense tale of Cold War espionage.
Another Aronofsky effort, this time seeing Mickey Rourke make a silver screen resurgence as a middle-aged grappler.
Guillermo del Toro’s beautifully told fantasy about a young girl escaping the cruelty of her sadistic stepfather during 1944 Spain is encapsulating.
Mel Gibson’s glorious story of the Mayan kingdom’s decline as a modernising world tries to invade their way of life has thrills, horror, and deft poignancy littered throughout.
Bowling for Columbine
A truly heartbreaking documentary, as Michael Moore takes us through the horrifying day two teens carried out a shooting at Columbine high school, as he explores the devastating effect of US gun violence.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Gregory Peck’s 1962 classic isn’t just something your English teacher insists you watch, but a prevalent account of the racial prejudices that exist even today.
The Hurt Locker
A vehicle for the then-unknown Jeremy Renner, his bolshy, arrogant bomb disposal expert in Kathryn Bigelow’s war flick is arguably his best role to date.
The Kings of Summer
A true gem of a coming-of-age story set to the backdrop of the summer holidays of three hapless boys, and decide to live off the land after building a treehouse, If you’re after something to inspire and pull on your heartstrings, these performances will succeed.
Inside Llewyn Davis
One of Oscar Isaac’s strongest roles to date leads the Coen Brothers’ musical drama, which delves into the down-and-out world of a musician and is full of superlative supporting turns – plus an entire album of genuinely wonderful songs.
What We Do in the Shadows
Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement team up to write and direct the lives of vampires who struggle to adapt to the modernity of society.
Margot Robbie embodies the persona of controversial and infamous Tonya Harding perfectly in this darkly twisted retelling of the horrendous attack her US figure Skater rival suffered prior to the Olympics. Available until 30th March 2020
Francis Ford Coppola’s thriller, starring Gene Hackman, is a tense and nerve-shattering two hours about a surveillance expert suffering a crisis of conscience.
Winner of three major Oscars, including Best Picture, Green Book hones in on the coming together of an rough-and-ready American-Italian bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) and an affluent black musician (Mahershala Ali) in the early 1960s.
Manchester by the Sea
Winner of Best Screenplay and Best Actor for Casey Affleck, Kenneth Lonergan’s drama follows an irritable, unsociable loner who finds himself looking after his nephew after his brother’s sudden passing.
Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carrell come together in a deftly told account of a father and son’s struggle to process addiction.
The Imitation Game
The true and ultimately heart-wrenching story of WWII hero Alan Turing is a fascinating insight into the code breaking mathematicians that won WWII.
Adam Driver fronts this biographical movie about a man who’s tasked to investigate the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation techniques and uncovers something much bigger than anticipated.
This comedy-romance-thriller about trust and betrayal featuring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn is an undeniable classic.
To Catch a Thief
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and featuring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, 1955’s To Catch a Thief may be more than 60 years old but more than holds up as it follows a retired jewel thief trying to prove his innocence.
Days of Heaven
Terrence Malick produces a hauntingly beautiful and serene film about a turn-of-the-century couple Bill (Richard Gere) and Abby (Brooke Adams) who hatch a plan to escape their poverty-ridden lives by having the latter marry a wealthy but terminally ill farmer.
Another David Fincher classic, this lengthy exploration of the time when the infamous Zodiac Killer was at large sees a cartoonist become an amateur detective to track down the notorious murderer.
Midnight Special is just that: a dimly lit and daring sci-fi story starring Michael Shannon as a man forced to go on the run from authorities with his supernaturally gifted son.
The Big Sick
A particularly sweet and tender tale of love, modern relationships and clashing cultures, sees Kumal (Kumal Nanjiani) left to deal with the family of a woman (Zoe Kazan), after he falls in love and she falls into a coma.
Jim Jarmush’s quiet and tranquil drama about the beautiful mundanity of everyday life is expressed brilliantly by Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani. Available until 24th March 2020
Ang Lee’s depiction of forbidden love between two cowboys – Ennis (the late Heath Ledger) and Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) – won deserving critical acclaim and three Oscars.
This cat-and-mouse tale has more twists and turns than an Alton Towers ride, but the psychological misdirection and distribution of power between Patrick Wilson and Ellen Paige makes this a smart and satisfying flick.