50 Best Movies That Amazon Prime Has but Netflix Doesn’t

Accumulating subscriptions doesn't make you immune to not knowing to watch, it might even make it more frustrating when you don't find where to watch that great movie you've heard about. To get away from all that, you can cross match our Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu databases -- and to make things easier we will be running a series of lists with the best movies on each that the other ones don't have.

Our purpose at agoodmovietowatch is to reference movies you haven’t yet seen, that you can watch immediately and love. To do this, we only recommend movies that have received a high rating on IMDb combined with a high score on Rotten Tomatoes. This means that these movies have been appreciated by both critics and viewers, so you can trust that they’re awesome. We also only suggest movies that didn’t make a huge splash at the box office or which didn’t get the attention they deserved, so there is little chance you have already seen them. Below we count down our best movie suggestions available on Prime US but not on Netflix (US).

Spitfire (2018)

A quiet documentary that was released to celebrate the British Royal Air Force's centenary, Spitfire tells the story of the famous plane that younger audiences might only recognize from movies like Dunkirk or Darkest Hour. It features gorgeous footage of the last remaining planes in service flying over the British coast, testimonies from pilots who are still alive and a reminder of the key role that this plane once served. It feels like an attempt to capture and archive the importance of the plane, but also of its pilots, who for the most part were young kids with little training, but who, with time, learned valuable lessons from warfare. A must for aviation fans and a great option for anyone looking for a quiet movie to watch with their family (grandparents included). 

Genre: Documentary, History, War
Actor: Charles Dance
Director: Ant Palmer, David Fairhead
Rating: TV-PG
Hereditary (2018)

A chilling and dark movie to be especially appreciated by true suspense lovers. At the funeral of the family’s matriarch, no one is emotional except the granddaughter, whose grieving is disturbing, to say the least. When both grieving and not grieving are unsettling, you can tell what kind of family (and movie) this will be.

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Actor: Alex Wolff, Ann Dowd, Ari Aster, Austin R. Grant, Brock McKinney, Christy Summerhays, Gabriel Byrne, Jake Brown, Jarrod Phillips, Kathleen Chalfant, Mallory Bechtel, Milly Shapiro, Morgan Lund, Toni Collette
Director: Ari Aster
Rating: R

Free Watching Options:

Watch Hereditary (2018) on Showtime for free
Thunder Road (2018)

Thunder Road is both a single-shot 13 minute short and a 91-minute feature-film expanding the story. Both are excellent and award-winning, but I really recommend the full experience!

Jim Cummings (above) is the director, writer, and main actor of this dark comedy. He plays a police officer having the worst day of his life as he tries to sing Bruce Springsteen’s Thunder Road at his mother’s funeral.

This sight is funny, and so is most of the story. But it’s also cringe-inducing, and because the main character is so sincere in his decline, will make you feel guilty about laughing so much. 

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Ammie Masterson, Bill Wise, Chelsea Edmundson, Chris Doubek, Jim Cummings, Jocelyn DeBoer, Kendal Farr, Macon Blair, Marshall Allman, Nican Robinson
Director: Jim Cummings
Rating: N/A

Free Watching Options:

Watch Thunder Road (2018) on Amazon Prime for free
Shame (2011)

A devastating depiction of sexual addiction, featuring Michael Fassbender in one of the most remarkable acting displays of the entire year. His performance is nearly matched by Carey Mulligan as his wayward sister, whose intrusion into his lifestyle sets the central conflict of the story in motion. To sex what Requiem for a Dream was to drugs, this is NOT a film to be viewed in any sort of mixed company (note the NC-17 rating). Director and renowned British artist Steve McQueen continues his ascension toward filmmaking royalty, in follow-up to his extraordinary 2008 feature Hunger (also starring Fassbender).

(Jamie Rutherford)
Genre: Drama
Actor: Alex Manette, Amy Hargreaves, Carey Mulligan, Hannah Ware, James Badge Dale, Lucy Walters, Mari-Ange Ramirez, Marta Milans, Michael Fassbender, Nicole Beharie
Director: Steve McQueen
Rating: NC-17
Human Flow (2017)

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei directs his attention towards the ongoing refugee crisis, the biggest displacement of people since World War II. His documentary is apolitical and tries to focus on the human side of the picture. It's not a news report or a commentary on the causes of the situation. Instead, it's a combination of heartfelt stories spanning 23 countries that showcase people's battle for dignity and basic rights. A truly epic movie complemented by impressive drone footage that's as impressive as it is sad.

Genre: Documentary
Actor: Fadi Abou Akleh, Hiba Abed, Israa Abboud, Rami Abu Sondos
Director: Ai Weiwei, Weiwei Ai
Rating: PG-13

Free Watching Options:

Watch Human Flow (2017) on Amazon Prime for free
A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)

A Brilliant Young Mind or X+Y is the story of a teenage English mathematics prodigy named Nathan (Asa Butterfield) who has difficulty understanding people, but finds comfort in numbers. When he is chosen to represent the United Kingdom at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), Nathan embarks on a journey in which he faces unexpected challenges, such as understanding the nature of love. This movie its so heart-warming, as you see this shy and socially awkward boy dealing with the world and unraveling his feelings.

(Karenina Kanonnikoff)
Genre: Drama
Actor: Alex Lawther, Alexa Davies, Asa Butterfield, Eddie Marsan, Jo Yang, Martin McCann, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins
Director: Morgan Matthews
Rating: PG-13
Arctic (2018)

There are far too many things that are worse in life than being on a journey with Danish super talent Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, The Hunt).

And that is what this 98-minute movie is: an almost one-actor movie set in the arctic. Mikkelsen plays a man trying to survive a plane crash, which at some point becomes about deciding whether to embark on a dangerous journey or stay in the plane rubble and risk a slow death.

It’s an extremely well-acted movie with nail-biting suspense. Bonus fact: it received a 10-minute standing ovation when it premiered at the Cannes film festival this year.

Genre: Drama, Thriller
Actor: Joe Penna, Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir, Tintrinai Thikhasuk
Director: Joe Penna
Rating: PG-13
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Inside Llewyn Davis tells the interesting and captivating story of a young, struggling singer navigating through the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961. The movie conveys all sorts of emotions, thanks to Coen brothers’ stroke of genius: it is strange, funny, dramatic and satisfying at the same time. Not to mention, the ensemble cast is superb, and the music is absolutely great. It is the kind of movie that will put an unfamiliar yet wondrous feeling into you as you live through Llewyn Davis' eyes and feel his pain.

(Riva)
Genre: Drama, Music
Actor: Adam Driver, Carey Mulligan, Ethan Phillips, F. Murray Abraham, Garrett Hedlund, Jerry Grayson, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, Max Casella, Oscar Isaac, Robin Bartlett, Stark Sands
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Rating: R

Free Watching Options:

Watch Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) on Amazon Prime for free
Seven Psychopaths (2012)

If you like any of the following: Irish accents, Woody Harrelson, Pulp Fiction, or dark comedy;  then this is the movie for you. This mix of violence, mafia, existential talk, and painfully comical situations might not be for everyone, but it has every component to make its target audience very pleased. And given how chaotic and crazy it can get, it should be enjoyed one take at a time, focusing on each delightful scene rather than the overall plot. Directed by Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths makes a perfect comeback after In Bruges, without veering very much from it (consequently if you like this movie make sure you check out In Bruges too).

(Helena Barker & Emily Greene)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Actor: Abbie Cornish, Amanda Warren, Brendan Sexton III, Christian Barillas, Christine Marzano, Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell, Gabourey Sidibe, Harry Dean Stanton, Helena Mattsson, James Landry Hébert, John Bishop, Joseph Lyle Taylor, Kevin Corrigan, Martin McDonagh, Michael Pitt, Michael Stuhlbarg, Olga Kurylenko, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Sam Rockwell, Tom Waits, Woody Harrelson, Zeljko Ivanek
Director: Martin McDonagh
Rating: R

Free Watching Options:

Watch Seven Psychopaths (2012) on Showtime for free
You Were Never Really Here (2018)

The performance of a pot-bellied Joaquin Phoenix is nothing short of perfection. He brilliantly portrays a hitman down on his luck who happens to rescue a kidnapped teenage girl. It’s a tight movie, running a short 89 minutes. It makes a point that sticks. Pure entertainment, pure acting, and amazing directing by Lynne Ramsay (who also directed We Need to Talk About Kevin).

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Actor: Alessandro Nivola, Ekaterina Samsonov, Joaquin Phoenix, John Doman, Judith Roberts, Kate Easton, Novella Nelson, Ronan Summers
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Rating: R

Free Watching Options:

Watch You Were Never Really Here (2018) on Amazon Prime for free

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A quick recap

Split by genre of this selection on agoodmovietowatch.com
Comedy
15
Drama
62
Documentary
58
Romance
10
Average score
75.7%
from our staff
Average score
85%
from our users
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