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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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.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople


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Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi made his career on much smaller Kiwi-set films, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople is the best of the bunch. Sam Neill is the famous face in this quirky coming of age comedy, but it's Julian Dennison you've got to watch, the young star who went on to earn a spot in Deadpool 2 off the back of Wilderpeople.

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.

Marley & Me


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Whilst the description of this film would have you believe that its just a light-hearted family comedy, Marley & Me deals with some extremely emotional subjects, and it'll make you cry just as much as you laugh. Plus of course, you get lots and lots of adorable doggo moments - which is always a massive plus. 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


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Although the premise sounds a little crazy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is actually pretty heartbreaking. Starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, we follow the story of a man who is born as an 80 year-old, watching as his life happens in reverse. Benjamin falls in love, but struggles to maintain a relationship with his unique circumstances. 

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.

Booksmart


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One of the breakout films of 2019, Booksmart is a coming-of-age film following two over-achieving girls who realise on the last day of high school that they may have missed out on some fundamental teenaged experiences. Booksmart turns the American student stereotypes on their heads, and it's pretty funny to boot. 

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.

Dirty Dancing


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Arguably one of the best dance romances of all time (is that a thing?), Dirty Dancing is a Patrick Swayze classic, detailing the coming-of-age of a young woman who starts up a controversial romance with a dancer whilst on holiday. Whilst watching the routines is always fun, this film also deals with some heavy topics with nuance. And let's be honest - we've all dreamt about doing that lift. 

Brazil


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Terry Gilliam's dystopian sci-fi classic is difficult viewing, but well worth it. A sort of lurid, fantastical take on 1984, Brazil merges hallucinatory visuals and a very '80s aesthetic with a story that's as dark as they get, and a cast that can pull off even its least expected moments, including Michael Palin, Robert DeNiro, and Jonathan Pryce.

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.

Vice


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Christian Bale transforms once again - and this time he's practically unrecognisable as former Vice-President to George W. Bush, Dick Cheney. This surreal and unflinchingly honest biopic shows how the man rose to power through The White House, and ultimately played a huge part in some of the biggest political scandals of the noughties. 

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.

Pan's Labyrinth


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Guillermo Del Toro's Spanish Civil War fantasy flick remains his best yet, which is really saying something of the director responsible for The Shape of Water. Sitting in the uncomfortable space between a kids' fantasy flick and a full-on horror movie, Pan's Labyrinth consistently defies expectations and makes you squirm right up to the tragic-hopeful ending.

The Imitation Game


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The Imitation Game is a dramatic retelling of Alan Turing and the Enigma Machine, but there are multiple layers to it. On the one hand, you get to see the tense race at Bletchley Park as the team attempt to crack the code to gain the upper hand against the Germans in WW2. On the other hand, we see Turing's personal struggle with his identity as a gay man in a time of intolerance. It's a brilliant and nuanced historical watch. 

Midsommar


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Don't be fooled by the bright summer colours and abundance of flowers - Midsommar is a horror film through and through, and certainly not for the squeamish. Starring Florence Pugh, this film follows a group who travel to a remote Swedish village where they get caught up in some twisted and disturbing rituals and festivities.