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. 

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 Lego Movie

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Watch The Lego Movie on Amazon Prime

Making a film out of Lego seemed like a terrible idea right up until The Lego Movie arrived and somehow turned out to be brilliant. It’s a suitably meta tale, bringing in the likes of Batman, Han Solo, a pirate, and a ‘1980-something space guy’. It’s already earned a sequel and three spin-off films, proving definitively that everything is awesome.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

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Tom Hardy steps into Mel Gibson's leather boots as the iconic road warrior, this time in a non-stop chase across the desert accompanied by Charlize Theron's one-armed Imperator Furiosa. Bonkers and brilliant, this is arguably the finest action film in a decade or more, and unquestionably the most creative - backed up by impeccable physical effects and stuntwork.


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Watch Godzilla on Amazon Prime

Monsters have never been moodier than in Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla reboot. The giant lizard is scaled up to skyscraper size to fight off other monsters (and a few pesky humans), though the emphasis here is mostly on the people caught in his path. It’s a bit more serious than you might expect a movie about rampaging monsters to be, but it boasts some pretty unforgettable visuals.


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Watch Amy on Amazon Prime

Amy Winehouse’s tragically brief life and career are chronicled in this moving documentary. Director Asif Kapadia avoids the usual talking heads format, instead relying entirely on family videos and TV footage of Winehouse, along with audio-only interviews with friends and family. It’s powerful stuff, and backed up by a selection of never-before-heard songs and live recordings.

A Bigger Splash

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Tilda Swinton is the androgynous, Bowie-esque rockstar she was born to be in A Bigger Splash, and yet somehow she’s not the best part of the film. That honour lies with Ralph Fiennes, who steals the show with an extended dance routine set to the Rolling Stones - it’s probably the best five minutes of any film in 2016.

Song of the Sea

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This Irish animation delves into gaelic mythology for a sweet tale about a brother and sister who have to work to save the faeries from the goddess Macha. The intricate hand-drawn animation echoes old Celtic art, and is just one of the reasons Song of the Sea is one of the most beautiful films of the last few years - and helped to land it an Oscar nomination too.

In the Loop

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This cinematic spin-off of The Thick of It bridged the gap between that show and creator Armando Iannucci’s American follow-up Veep, spotlighting the many and varied things that go wrong when UK and US politics intersect. Best of all, Peter Capaldi’s foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker is back in the lead, finding whole new ways to swear about international relations.

Lost in Translation

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Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson get depressed (but, you know, in a funny way) in Japan in this 2003 classic by Sofia Coppola (daughter of Francis Ford Coppola). It’s the film that proved Murray was more than just a funny face, picking up his first Oscar nomination and winning a BAFTA and Golden Globe, while giving us an unforgettable introduction to Suntory whisky.


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Watch Drive on Amazon Prime

Watching Drive is brilliant, but listening to it is the real treat, as the film’s pulsating electronic soundtrack is undoubtedly one of the absolute best of the last decade. That’s not to say the rest of the film isn’t brilliant too though - Ryan Gosling is suitably intense as the central getaway driver, while the neon-soaked visuals are totally mesmerising.

Apocalypse Now

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This undisputed classic survived a famously disastrous shoot to become one of the all-time best war movies. Marlon Brando is hypnotic as the lunatic Colonel Kurtz, the cinematography is stunning throughout, and none of us will ever be able to hear ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ the same way again.


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Watch Macbeth on Amazon Prime

Macbeth isn’t exactly new to cinema, and it takes guts to tackle a play that’s already been filmed by the likes of Oscar Welles and Roman Polanski. Still, that didn’t stop Justin Kurzel, who recruited Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard for the purpose. It’s a vicious, violent Macbeth, with stunning performances, atmospheric visuals, and feels like a genuinely new take on the play.

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.


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Watch Carol on Amazon Prime

It's rare for a film to come along with a pair of career-defining lead performances from women, but then Carol is a pretty rare film. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara two women who fall for each other in '50s New York, and each gives a stellar performance. Director Todd Haynes shoots the period setting beautifully, and captures all the intensity of their romance without ever straying into melodrama.


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Watch Room on Amazon Prime

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.

A Clockwork Orange

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Stanley Kubrick's iconic dystopia is one of cinema's finest literary adaptations - and a particularly prescient look at the culture of toxic masculinity through today's lens. From the instantly recognisable cricket whites and bowler hats down to the made up slang dotted liberally throughout the script this is an impeccable, memorable production, as harrowing as it is gripping from beginning to end.

E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial

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E.T. is one of the most iconic family movies of all time, from the titular aliens wizened old glowing fingers to the flying bicycle, and it's still just as heartwarming and endearing today. Sure, the thrills might not thrill quite so much for modern sensibilities, but the magic is still there - and its impact is looming even larger than ever in our new post-Stranger Things world.


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Watch Moonlight on Amazon Prime

2017's Best Picture winner (after just a little confusion) is a moving portrait of what it's like to grow up gay as a black man in America. It tackles homophobia, drug abuse, and violence, but always tastefully, with never a hint of sensationalism under Barry Jenkins' light directorial hand. Rightfully claimed, this is a film that's as powerful as it is important.

Shaun of the Dead

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The film that made household names out of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and director Edgar Wright, Shaun of the Dead is undoubtedly the best zom-com about, pairing impeccable comic pedigree with dense genre knowledge. Horror fans will find it packed with references, rom-com fans will find it surprisingly touching, and absolutely anyone would find it bloody hilarious.

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.