50 Best Movies On Amazon Prime You Haven’t Yet Seen

Amazon Prime doesn't exactly have the most intuitive interface, and the goal of this list is to bring to your attention the great movies that hide in the platform. This list 50 is only the tip of the iceberg. For more, go back to the agoodmovietowatch.com homepage and select Amazon Prime from the sidebar.

Trollhunter (2010)

Filmed as a “found footage” of a Norwegian college film crew investigating local poachers, this movie really surprised me. To be fair, I didn’t really know what to expect. But I definitely didn’t expect to like this movie as much as I did. The pacing is on point. The suspense hits you at just the right times. There are a few drops of humour trickled throughout to keep a smile on your face. And that’s how my face stayed when the credits rolled.

(Richard)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Actor: André Øvredal, Anton Yelchin, Eirik Bech, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Hans Morten Hansen, Inge Erik Henjesand, Johanna Mørck, Johanna Mørck, Kelsey Grammer, Knut Nærum, Lexi Medrano, Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg, Tomas Alf Larsen, Torunn Lødemel Stokkeland, Urmila Berg-Domaas
Director: André Øvredal, André Øvredal
Rating: PG-13
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Two Lovers (2008)

This is the most practical romantic movie I have seen though many would disagree with its ending. It's a triangular love story that trades cashable means of storytelling with a much more sensible approach. After a failed relationship, Leonard Kraditor (Joaquin Phoenix) returns to live with his parents only to find himself torn again between an exciting neighbor and a woman his parents set him up with. Phoenix delivers an impeccable performance as it goes without saying but Gwyneth Paltrow and Vinessa Shaw really steal the show as the two love interests. They both deliver honest and very interesting portrayals. All in all, Two Lovers is a complex and very well-acted film that goes as far as examining the notion of love, and what we look for in people, through seemingly a simple story.

(Bilal Zouheir, Sandeep Bisht)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Actor: Anne Joyce, Craig Walker, David Ross, Don Hewitt Jr., Elias Koteas, Elliot Villar, Gwyneth Paltrow, Isabella Rossellini, Joaquin Phoenix, John Ortiz, Julie Budd, Moni Moshonov, Samantha Ivers, Shiran Nicholson, Vinessa Shaw
Director: James Gray
Rating: R
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Paterson (2016)

An instant essential film in the Jim Jarmusch catalog. In his traditional directing fashion, Paterson disregards plot and instead finds inspiration in deconstructing the seemingly mundane aspects of life. Adam Driver stars as a bus driver and amateur poet who leads a content life staying away from change as much as possible. His girlfriend, Laura (played by Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani), is the complete opposite: eager to be creative, to explore new paths, and to decorate and design every object in her life. Jarmusch takes these two characters, adds only a few others, and makes a movie that celebrates similar so-called simple lives, reaching surprising levels of beauty. Again, not much happens in terms of plot, and the pace is slow. But if you are interested in the kind of movie that will let you into people's lives, you will love Paterson.

(Bilal Zouheir)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Actor: Adam Driver, Barry Shabaka Henley, Frank Harts, Golshifteh Farahani, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Masatoshi Nagase, Method Man, Nellie, Owen Asztalos, Rizwan Manji, Sterling Jerins, William Jackson Harper
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Rating: R
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You may have heard about this 2019 critic-favorite from clips like this one of a kid running to flee the movie theater during a screening. “little billy ran the f**k out the door”, the caption reads.

 

You will want to do the same. Recovering from losing her sister and her parents in a single incident, a young girl goes on a trip to Sweden to observe a ritual within a bizarre commune that occurs every 90 years. This cult’s idea of death and their traditions intersect with the girl’s grief to create unthinkable monstrosities.

 

Note: while some readers praise the movie for its depiction of anxiety, I highly recommend against watching Midsommar if you suffer from panic attacks.

(Bilal Zouheir)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Actor: Archie Madekwe, Austin R. Grant, Björn Andrésen, Ellora Torchia, Florence Pugh, Henrik Norlen, Isabelle Grill, Jack Reynor, Julia Ragnarsson, Liv Mjönes, Louise Peterhoff, Vilhelm Blomgren, Vilmos Kolba, Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper
Director: Ari Aster
Rating: R
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The World Before Your Feet (2018)

An incredible documentary about Matt Green, a man who decided to walk every street in New York City. That’s more than 8000 miles (more than the diameter of Earth) that he had been walking for six years up to the point of making this movie.  

Matt stops. And that’s the beauty of this documentary, where the filmmaker joins him for part of the journey. You quickly realize that the intrigue is not so much about Matt’s challenge, but about who he meets and what kind of experiences he goes through. You also realize (if you didn’t already) that New York is a place of unimaginable size, with incredibly lively and diverse human stories. Plus lots of other forms of life too: Matt doesn’t have a fixed place, so he cat-sits for shelter.

Fun fact: this is the first movie that actor Jesse Eisenberg ever produced!

(Bilal Zouheir)
Genre: Documentary
Actor: Matt Green
Director: Jeremy Workman
Rating: PG-13
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The Lighthouse (2019)

Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe are the only two actors starring in this eccentric movie, and they deliver such grand performances that it feels like another actor would have been one too many.

They star as lighthouse keepers in the 19th century, left on an island to interact only with each other and their rock. It's a fascinating premise of how these men, left on their own, deal with boredom, loneliness, and being annoyed with one another.

Incredible performances, an interesting aspect ratio, and perhaps excessive weirdness, make this movie unforgettable.

(Bilal Zouheir)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Actor: Kyla Nicolle, Logan Hawkes, Robert Pattinson, Shaun Clarke, Valeriia Karamän, Valeriia Karamän, Valeriia Karaman, Willem Dafoe
Director: Robert Eggers
Rating: R
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Raining Stones (1993)

Light-hearted and compassionate, Raining Stones is one of Ken Loach’s lesser-known films. It’s also one of his funniest, telling the story of an unemployed chancer trying to raise enough money to buy his daughter her first Communion dress. Desperate for the cash, he falls foul of ruthless loan sharks.

As ever, Ken Loach is keenly attuned to the concerns of the working class, as he finds humour even in the most depressing of circumstances. The dialogue is natural, funny, and yes, profane. He also gets excellent performances from the non-professional actors in the cast, with club comedian Bruce Jones superb in the lead.

(Lee Adams)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Ricky Tomlinson, William Ash
Director: Ken Loach
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A Hijacking (2012)

A Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. The pirates demand millions of dollars in ransom and from there on, a psychological drama between the pirates and the ship owner develops, as they negotiate the price for the ship and its crew. A really great thing about this film is the fact that it doesn't get tangled up in the weepy feelings of the families back home - but instead focuses on the shrinking hope of the ship's crew and the psychological consequences of the brutal negotiation, that drives the ship owner to the edge of madness. Inspired by a true story. Brilliantly acted.

(Victor Klubien)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Actor: Abdihakin Asgar, Amalie Ihle Alstrup, Andre Royo, Clancy Brown, Dar Salim, Gary Skjoldmose Porter, Keith Pearson, Ole Dupont, Pilou Asbæk, Pilou Asbæk, Roland Møller, Roland Moller, Søren Malling, Søren Malling, Stephen Gevedon
Director: Tobias Lindholm
Rating: R
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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012)

Adapted from the Lionel Shriver novel of the same name, We Need to Talk About Kevin is the story of a mother (Tilda Swinton) that never quite bonds with her child, but not by her choice. The son grows up to do a heinous act that begs the question: nature or nurture? This film is an uncompromising view on the development of an unloved child. Silent pain gets voice. Feelings are shown by actions not emotions in an authentic, comprehensible and aesthetic manner. Great work.

(Anne-Sophie & Josh)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Actor: Alex Manette, Ashley Gerasimovich, Blake DeLong, Erin Darke, Ezra Miller, J. Mallory McCree, Jasper Newell, John C. Reilly, Joseph Melendez, Kenneth Franklin, Maryann Urbano, Rocky Duer, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Tilda Swinton
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Rating: R
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The Grand Seduction (2013)

The Grand Seduction, a remake of 2003 French-Canadian film La Grande Séduction (2003), is a lighthearted comedy about the residents of the small fishing village of Tickle Head, Newfoudland attempting to convince a young doctor to become its long-term caregiver in order to secure a contract for a new petrochemical facility. Desperate to guide the town out of its impoverished conditions and lack of employment opportunities, the citizens band together to pull ever bit out of deceit and chicanery out of their hats (in often laugh-out-loud fashion) in order to sway the young doctor Paul (Taylor Kitsch) into believing that Tickle Head is where he belongs. It’s a lighthearted and funny story, despite undeniably familiar shades of The Shipping News, Doc Hollywood and Funny Farm. Brendan Gleeson is particularly good as the new mayor of town and Paul’s head “seducer”. He gives the film that extra bit of humanity and wry humor that lifts it above the familiar plot points and into “notable recommendation” territory.

(Bilal Zouheir)
Genre: Comedy
Actor: Brendan Gleeson, Cathy Jones, Gordon Pinsent, Liane Balaban, Margaret Killingbeck, Mark Critch, Mary Walsh, Matt Watts, Michael Therriault, Percy Hynes White, Peter Keleghan, Taylor Kitsch
Director: Don McKellar
Rating: PG-13
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