The 10 Best European Movies on Amazon Prime

Updated January 2, 2022 • Staff

This list is agoodmovietowatch's selection of the best European movies streaming on Amazon Prime right now. 

agoodmovietowatch is a streaming recommendation platform focused on quality titles. Unlike the corporate algorithms of Amazon Prime (and Netflix) that suggest movies based on their corporate agendas or your past viewing, we only recommend movies that were highly-rated by viewers, praised by critics and handpicked by agoodmovietowatch staff.

Within this criteria, we have categorized our movies by genre and mood. We also have a section titled "Spotlight", which is dedicated to bringing attention to excellence in under-represented film. This list was born out of Spotlight: European Film.

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10.

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, Music, Romance
Actor: Alice Marie Crowe, Anna Paquin, Bijou Phillips, Bill Nighy, Billy Crudup, David Bamber, Dolly Wells, Eion Bailey, Eric Stonestreet, Fairuza Balk, Frances McDormand, Helena Little, Henry Cavill, Henry Thomas, James Faulkner, Jason Lee, Jay Baruchel, Jimmy Fallon, Joe Sowerbutts, John Patrick Amedori, Kate Hudson, Kevin Sussman, Marc Blucas, Marc Maron, Michael Angarano, Noah Taylor, Patrick Fugit, Pauley Perrette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rainn Wilson, Ray Porter, Romola Garai, Rose Byrne, Sarah Woodward, Sinead Cusack, Sophie Stuckey, Tara Fitzgerald, Terry Chen, Zack Ward, Zooey Deschanel
Director: Cameron Crowe, Tim Fywell
Rating: R
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9.

Frank (2014)

A really weird and also heartwarming movie about Frank, the leader and singer/songwriter of a crazy band. He really grows on you with his big head. If you like movies with that funky edge (like Scott Pilgrim) this is especially something for you! Either way and regardless of your preferences, you'll find Frank to be a sweet, sincere, likable and clever comedy.

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Actor: Alex Knight, Bruce McIntosh, Carla Azar, Chris McHallem, Domhnall Gleeson, François Civil, François Civil, Katie Anne Mitchell, Kevin Wiggins, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mark Huberman, Matthew Page, Michael Fassbender, Moira Brooker, Morse Bicknell, Paul Butterworth, Phil Kingston, Scoot McNairy, Tess Harper, Travis Hammer
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Rating: R
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8.

Les Misérables (2020)

This Oscar-nominated French movie is set in Montfermeil, the Paris suburb where Victor Hugo wrote Les Misérables but which today is a rough neighborhood.

Inspired by instances of police violence that happened in 2008, the movie follows a squad of police officers who try to keep the neighborhood under control. Their methods, or lack thereof, inevitably cause things to explode. This is a thriller with a message, one which sometimes feels forced; but the payoff at the end will make you forget all of that.

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Actor: Alexis Manenti, Damien Bonnard, Djebril Zonga, Djibril Zonga, Issa Perica, Jeanne Balibar, Steve Tientcheu
Director: Ladj Ly
Rating: R
7.

Once (2007)

Once is about a vacuum cleaner/repairman/street musician and a florist in a boy-meets-girl-then-makes-music tale of love, friendship, family, and freaking great music. You can just feel the passion from this simple but charming low-budget movie capturing the chemistry of music making. The film's music will make your skin tingle and hair stand on end. How good is it? In addition to the film winning an Oscar for its music, the Broadway musical version has won 8 Tonys. In short - get ready for a sonic masterpiece!

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Actor: Glen Hansard, Hugh Walsh, Markéta Irglová
Director: John Carney
Rating: R
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6.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

The original Swedish mystery thriller that was later remade by David Fincher. It's the same story of a wealthy man hiring a journalist and scrappy hacker to solver a murder, but told better. This version is slower, has more attention to detail and pace. In casting, authenticity triumphs over good looks. In staging, aesthetics are given as much importance as thrills. And in the story, intelligence wins over plot. This gives the main character of Lisbeth Salander (played by Noomi Rapace) better space to deploy her full mysticism and enigmatic nature. Danish director Niels Arden Oplev masterfully brings everything together to make for a movie that will forever be remembered.

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Actor: Annika Hallin, Bjorn Granath, Daniel Abreu, David Dencik, Emil Almén, Ewa Fröling, Fredrik Ohlsson, Georgi Staykov, Gösta Bredefeldt, Gunnel Lindblom, Henrik Kvarnlöt, Ingvar Hirdwall, Jacob Ericksson, Jan Mybrand, Julia Sporre, Kalled Mustonen, Lena Endre, Marika Lagercrantz, Michael Nyqvist, Michalis Koutsogiannakis, Noomi Rapace, Pale Olofsson, Peter Andersson, Peter Haber, Sofia Ledarp, Stefan Sauk, Sven-Bertil Taube, Tomas Köhler, Yasmine Garbi
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Rating: R
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5.

Cold War (2018)

While barely 90 minutes long, Cold War is epic in scope and a modern testament to what cinema can be. Whether we are feasting our eyes on the decaying post-war landscape of Poland, the patinated streets of East Berlin, or the delicate magic of a historic Paris, Cold War offers its viewers meticulously staged black-and-white beauty, conceived by Polish wunderkind director Paweł Pawlikowski and his trusted cinematographer Łukasz Ża. Winner of a slew of prestigious awards, this is a film made for the silver screen, so we recommend leaving your iPhone on the table and getting your hands on the biggest screen you can muster for watching this. The plot is essentially about the obsessive attraction between musician Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and the young singer Zula (Joanna Kulig), who is recruited as the newest member of the former's state-sponsored folk music band. Cold War follows their impossible love for fourteen years and across many European countries on each side of the Iron Curtain. It is a statement on how far artists go for their art, especially when they become constrained not only by dictatorship but also love. A poetic, sexy, and gorgeous movie without a wasted moment. A work of art.

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, War
Actor: Adam Ferency, Adam Woronowicz, Agata Kulesza, Aloïse Sauvage, Borys Szyc, Cedric Kahn, Jeanne Balibar, Joanna Kulig, Slavko Sobin, Tomasz Kot
Director: Paweł Pawlikowski
Rating: R
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4.

The Intouchables (2012)

A wealthy paraplegic needs a new caretaker. His choice is surprising -- an ex-con down on his luck. Both of their lives are changed forever. Based on a true story, it is funny, touching, and very surprising.  It will have you rolling on the floor laughing one minute and reaching for your hankie the next. Intouchables is one of those perfect movies, that will easily and instantly make anyone's all-time top 10 list.

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Absa Diatou Toure, Alba Gaïa Kraghede Bellugi, Alba Gaïa Bellugi, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Benjamin Baroche, Caroline Bourg, Clotilde Mollet, Cyril Mendy, Dominique Daguier, Dorothée Brière, Émilie Caen, François Cluzet, Grégoire Oestermann, Hedi Bouchenafa, Jérôme Pauwels, Joséphine de Meaux, Joséphine de Meaux, Marie-Laure Descoureaux, Nicky Marbot, Omar Sy, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, Salimata Kamate, Thomas Solivérès
Director: Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache
Rating: R
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