Amazon Prime Video is the retail giant's rival to Netflix, a streaming service that gives you immediate access to an array of films and TV shows to stream or download and watch offline, including some original content that you can't watch anywhere else. There are thousands of things to watch, which is brilliant right up until the moment you sit down and actually have to try and pick something. 

So, to save you from indecision, we've rounded up 20 of the best films Amazon has to offer. Every single one of these is currently included for free as part of the Prime subscription service, but if you're not a subscriber then you can always rent or buy a digital copy directly from Amazon too.

If you're looking for more inspiration you might also want to consider subscribing to one of the Amazon Prime Channels: these are add-on subscriptions for your Prime account that give you access to films from rival apps like Mubi or BFI Player, along with other films selected from distributors like Arrow Entertainment or MGM, which you can then watch from within the Amazon Prime interface and apps.

Got a favourite we didn't include? Let us know in the comments, and we'll be updating this piece regularly as the Amazon Prime film library changes.

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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol


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The Mission: Impossible series has gone from strength to strength over the last few years. The most recent film - Fallout - is arguably the best yet, but up until then that honour had gone to Ghost Protocol. The brainchild of Incredibles director Brad Bird, the film saw star Tom Cruise climb the real Burj Khalifa for a vertigo-inducing stunt that hasn't been topped since.

What We Do in the Shadows


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This incredible comedy from director Taika Waititi (who's since gone on to direct a little movie called Thor: Ragnarok) takes the mockumentary style of The Office or Spinal Tap and applies it to a small group of New Zealand housemates who just so happen to be vampires. Irreverent, off-kilter, and very, very clever, What We Do in the Shadows is occasionally uneven, but never dull.

John Wick Chapter 2


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Keanu Reeves is phenomenal in this sequel to the breakout hit John Wick. There's a new dog, new assassins, and even more ludicrous action in a film that opens up the John Wick universe, with even more characterful contract killers.

The Children Act


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Starring Emma Thompson as the high court judge Fiona Maye, The Children Act follows a court case in which Maye has to make a decision on whether or not to give a life-saving blood transfusion to a minor against his parents wishes due to their religion. This film is an intense watch, showing how the stress of a job results in a huge strain on personal life. 

Fantastic Mr. Fox


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This stop-motion animation is Wes Anderson's take on a family film: anarchic, oddball, but consistently charming. George Clooney is the smooth-talking Mr. Fox, joined by a cast of Anderson regulars in a film that loosely adapts the classic Roald Dahl book. This is no Disney cartoon, but it's a beautiful film no matter your age.

Suspiria


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After the runaway success of Call Me By Your Name, Luca Guadagnino could have made almost any film he wanted - so he did an about turn from that sweet, hesitant romance and straight into abject horror. His remake of '70s giallo classic Suspiria is nothing like the original - so adjust your expectations - but is a moody, meditative horror that uses a hypnotic Thom Yorke soundtrack to lull you into an almost trance-like state - before jolting you out with some striking moments of violence.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


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John le Carré's most famous spy novel is brought to the big screen in impeccable form in this adaptation, which condenses the labyrinthine plot without losing any of its vital intricacy. It helps that the cast is phenomenal, from Gary Oldman as the central spook George Smiley through to the likes of John Hurt, Mark Strong, Toby Jones, Colin Firth, and more.

Wonder Woman


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Wonder Woman is one of the triumphs for the DC Universe, telling the origin story of Diana (Gal Gadot), Princess of The Amazons, as she travels to Earth during the turmoil of World War One to discover her true destiny and the extent of her powers. Pattie Jenkins has brought a powerful spin to the first female-led DC movie, moving away from the overly dark and gritty tone that the franchise is known for. 

Room


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A film about a abducted teenage girl living her life out in a garden shed was never likely to be a cheery affair, so the fact that Room is ultimately uplifting is a testament to the film. Brie Larson is the girl who's lived the last few years in captivity, raising her son to believe that 'Room' is the entire world. Larson's great, Jacob Tremblay is phenomenal as the kid, and the result is one of the most powerful films in years.

Attack the Block


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Who do you want watching your back in an alien invasion? The police? The military? How about the resident teenagers of a London housing estate? Joe Cornish's brilliant sci-fi/horror/comedy thing pits south London's finest up against glow-in-the-dark alien nasties in a battle for the block. There's a great sense of humour - though it never looks down on the locals - and some of the coolest looking extraterrestrials in years.

The Lego Batman Movie


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Who would have guessed that the best Batman movie since Christopher Nolan stopped making them - if not longer - would be made out of lego? This Lego Movie spin-off is not only Lego's best big-screen outing, but a surprisingly thoughtful, clever Batman movie that tackles the hero from a new angle, hitting family-friendly notes while packing in references, and even delivering a Joker/Batman relationship for the ages.

The Lost City of Z


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Based on the true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, this is no ordinary biopic. Chronicling his obsessive, decades-long search for a mythical Aztec city, this is both an homage to adventure movies of old and a portrait of a singularly driven man. Charlie Hunnam is brilliant as the lead, but the real star is an almost unrecognisable Robert Pattinson as his drunken comrade.

The Devil's Backbone


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This early film from acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro is a ghost story in the classic vein: psychological and tragic, more interested in the horrors of humanity than the deeds of the ghosts that stalk its plot. He'd explore similar material in Crimson Peak, but this Spanish-language cult classic is by far the better film.

Free Fire


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Director Ben Wheatley is best known for dark, twisted thrillers, but here turns his hand to another genre entirely: the '70s action blowout. A gun deal gone wrong leaves two groups of crooks trapped in a warehouse together with bullets flying every which way. Funny, anarchic, and constantly creative, this is probably the director's best film yet.

The Shawshank Redemption


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This Oscar-nominated epic may be intense to watch, but once you do, you'll never forget it. Starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, Shawshank tells the tale of two convicts across a number of years, exploring how they adapt in prison and rely on one another, whilst providing a social commentary on the American prison system as a whole. Truly a timeless masterpiece. 

The Big Sick


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Kumail Nanjiani stars in this rom-com adapted from his own life, which sees a relationship in its early stages shaken by serious illness. You just have to look at Nanjiani's real-life marriage to know the film has a happy ending, but along the way it's a smart comedy that's refreshingly honest and free from the standard Hollywood cliches.

Logan Lucky


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There are lots of things to love about Steven Soderbergh's madcap crime caper Logan Lucky, but the most memorable must be Daniel Craig's manic, peroxide convict. He's the aggressively beating heart of this story about a rally race heist, but with Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Riley Keough rounding out the cast, there's an awful lot else to keep you here.

Paddington 2


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The first Paddington movie was a loving, lovely tribute to the little bear from deepest, darkest Peru, pairing startlingly lifelike animation with a surprising amount of heart. The sequel is all that and more, this time sending Paddington to cinema's loveliest prison and pitting him against Hugh Grant's devilishly charming baddie.

The Death of Stalin


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This audacious comedy from In the Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci reimagines the political squabbling in the wake of Josef Stalin's death courtesy of a cast of British and American actors - using British and American accents to brilliant comic effect. This is as black a comedy as it is silly, and it's whip-smart throughout.

Hot Fuzz


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The second collaboration of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost, Hot Fuzz sees two mismatched cops team up to unravel a dangerous conspiracy in the quiet West Country village of Sandford, with hilarious results. If this is up your street, you should also add Shaun of the Dead and The World's End to your watch list.