50 Best Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now

Below you can find the best recent movies that came out in the past couple of years and which are already available to stream on Amazon Prime.

I Capture the Castle (2003)

Set in the 1930’s English Countryside, the story of the eccentric Mortmain family is told from the daughter Cassandra’s point of view. Her father, a once acclaimed and famous writer has written nothing in years, leading the family into bankruptcy. Themes such as first love and financial troubles are explored from Cassandra’s comic and intelligent point of view. A classic and a must-see.

Genre: Drama, Romance
Actor: Bill Nighy, David Bamber, Helena Little, Henry Cavill, Henry Thomas, James Faulkner, Marc Blucas, Romola Garai, Rose Byrne, Sarah Woodward, Sinead Cusack, Tara Fitzgerald
Director: Tim Fywell
Rating: R
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Tel Aviv on Fire (2019)

This funny and charming movie is about a Palestinian slacker named Salam who works on a famous Israeli soap opera. Each day, he has to pass a tough Israeli checkpoint to get to work and in an attempt to make things easier for himself, he agrees to change the ending of the soap opera to please the officer in charge of the checkpoint. At the same time, a temperamental French actress and his Palestinian love interest wish for opposite endings to the show. Stuck between love and politics, Salam has to navigate a complex situation to please all sides. There are a lot of hummus jokes.

Genre: Comedy
Actor: Kais Nashif, Lubna Azabal, Yaniv Biton
Director: Sameh Zoabi
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The Story of Luke (2013)

This original comedy-drama is about a young man on the autism spectrum called Luke. Propelled by a scandalous grandpa with no filters, Luke decides that what he needs in his life is to lose his virginity.

His dysfunctional family setting, which includes a mother who left him and a neurotic step-mother, makes his search more difficult but more also pressing. Luke decides he first has to get a job, and with a world that doesn’t expect much from him, his unbreakable determination is a joy to watch.

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Jayne Eastwood, Lou Taylor Pucci, Pam Hyatt
Director: Alonso Mayo
Rating: Not Rated
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Magnus (2016)

This Norwegian documentary in English is about Magnus Carlsen, the current world champion who became a chess grandmaster at age 13. It might be tough to believe but Magnus’ ascension was slowed down significantly by many crises in self-confidence and difficulty to cope with the pressure at a young age.

With home footage and interviews with everyone from his adversaries to the champion himself, Magnus the movie tries to be a complete portrait of the prodigy. Yet, crucial aspects are missing, such as an explanation for a sudden change in character, and perhaps more importantly, explanations of Magnus’ genius in chess. His techniques and approaches are mostly attributed to intuition, but the movie fails to explain how that intuition is reflected in the game.

Genre: Documentary
Actor: Garry Kasparov, Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand
Director: Benjamin Ree
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I Dream in Another Language (2017)

An indigenous language is dying, and the last two people who speak it have not spoken to each other in 50 years. In this calm drama from Mexico, linguists are sent to try to get them to talk so they can document the language. 

The story goes that two men have stopped talking because they fell in love with the same woman, so there is a romance wrapped neatly within the linguistic story. What truly steals the show, however, is the breathtaking nature in which it’s all set – the stunning region of Chiapas.

Genre: Drama
Actor: Eligio Meléndez, Fernando Álvarez Rebeil, José Manuel Poncelis
Director: Ernesto Contreras
Rating: Unrated
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Arcadia (2017)

From early footage of country-folk threshing their crops to blissed-out clubbers at a rave, there is a mesmerizing, insistent sense of rhythm and motion to Arcadia. Director Paul Wright has curated an astonishing array of archive material for this feature-length video montage examining the British and their sometimes uneasy relationship with the land.

Cut together in loosely chronological order, the footage is enigmatic, seductive, and disturbing, set to a haunting soundtrack from Adrian Utley of Portishead and Will Gregory of Goldfrapp. Watching Arcadia is hypnotic, like wading into the uncertain waters of time with a head full of shrooms. And that’s definitely a good thing.

Genre: Documentary
Director: Paul Wright
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Third Star (2010)

A comedy (!) that follows James (Benedict Cumberbatch) a man terminal cancer who knows that he doesn’t have long to live, so he goes on a journey with his closest friends, Bill (Adam Robertson), Davy (Tom Burke) and Miles (JJ Field), to Barafundle Bay in Wales. The journey itself is funny and the characters have many issues to sort out, some lighter than others, but the film is by no means completely lighthearted, so if you aren’t prepared for some tears with your laughter, maybe look elsewhere!

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Adam Robertson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eros Vlahos, Helen Griffin, Hugh Bonneville, JJ Feild, Karl Johnson, Nia Roberts, Rupert Frazer, Tom Burke
Director: Hattie Dalton
Rating: Not Rated, Unrated
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Climax (2018)

This twisted movie is actually two movies, the credits even roll in between. The first half is gorgeous: talented dancers get together for a party and perform beautiful contemporary dance sequences. They introduce themselves through their audition tapes to join the dance group, but also through conversations at the party. The second half is less fun. It turns out someone had laced the sangria they’ve been drinking with a psychedelic drug. Not for the faint of heart or anyone who didn’t like director Gaspar Noé’s past movies (Enter the Void, I Stand Alone, etc).

Genre: Horror
Actor: Alaia Alsafir, Claude Gajan Maull, Gaspar Noé, Giselle Palmer, Kiddy Smile, Lea Vlamos, Romain Guillermic, Sharleen Temple, Sofia Boutella, Souheila Yacoub, Taylor Kastle, Thea Carla Schøtt, Thea Carla Schott
Director: Gaspar Noé
Rating: R
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Apostasy (2017)

This is a slow but well-made movie about a Jehovah’s Witness family, directed by a former member of the organization.

The family is made of Alex, her mother, and her older sister. Alex follows her mother and her religious teachings with the utmost loyalty, especially as she refuses a blood transfusion that is crucial to her health. Her older sister starts showing signs of independence by lying to her friends about her family’s faith and dating a Muslim man.

Apostasy is about family bonds versus belief bonds. It’s not a movie that judges or preaches, rather it simply portrays the complex situations that structured religion creates.

Genre: Drama
Actor: Robert Emms, Sacha Parkinson, Siobhan Finneran
Director: Daniel Kokotajlo
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Becoming Astrid (2018)

This Swedish movie is the story of Astrid Lindgren, one of the most translated children book writers of all time. Her work of over 100 books includes Pippi Longstocking and The Brothers Lionheart.

Away from the quiet existence of the characters she would later create, Astrid had a turbulent life. Her troubles start when she falls for the editor of the paper she worked at when she was young, a man 30 years her senior. This results in an unwanted pregnancy and Astrid is pushed to immigrate.

Genre: Drama
Actor: Alba August, Maria Bonnevie, Trine Dyrholm
Director: Pernille Fischer Christensen
Rating: 12
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A quick recap

Split by genre of this selection on agoodmovietowatch.com
Comedy
22
Drama
80
Documentary
79
Romance
9
Average score
78.2%
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Average score
100%
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