You really should be using the Amazon Prime subscription for more than just grabbing shipping discounts and Whole Foods sales.

The people at Amazon have amassed an awe-inspiring library of films that can be accessed with your Prime account. In several ways, it’s equal to and arguably even superior to Netflix’s library. 

Here is a list of the top fifteen movies that will give you a quick headstart for your journey.

The 39 Steps

Until someone starts Hitchcock+, there would not be a streaming service out there with enough films by the master of suspense. 

The Act of Killing

There aren’t many documentaries as challenging to watch as Joshua Oppenheimer’s Oscar-nominated movie about not just the Indonesian genocides of the 1960s but the way its perpetrators haven’t been brought to justice. 


The Act of Killing
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The Aeronauts

Tom Harper directed this movie that just landed in theaters at the end of 2019 and was quickly shuffled off to Amazon.

The African Queen

There are not enough undeniable classics on Amazon, so you should take the chance to watch the few that there are, even if to fill in your personal viewing history with some movies made before 1980.

Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Werner Herzog was undoubtedly one of the most fearless moviemakers in the world in the prime of his career, and this period adventure movie captures the director at his craziest.

The Virgin Suicides

Sofia Coppola made her debut as a director with this adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’s very beloved novel about a bunch of sisters who captivated the entire neighborhood in which they lived. 

Amores Perros

Alejandro González Iñárritu would win two Oscars, but he first earned worldwide acclamation with this time-jumping thriller starring Gael Garcia Bernal. 

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

Modestly received when it was released in the year 2001, history has come to recognize that the completion of a project of Steven Spielberg once started by Stanley Kubrick is a brilliant film.

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Wall Street

Oliver Stone’s 1987 drama is now remembered mostly for its quotable lines and also for the unforgettable performance that won Michael Douglas an Oscar award, but this is a top-notch film from top to bottom.

Almost Famous

Cameron Crowe wrote and even directed this 2000 masterpiece about a young man named Patrick Fugit, who ends up on a tour with a rock band called Stillwater. 


Gavin O’Connor co-wrote and also directed this moving tale of two estranged brothers who end up combatants in a mixed martial arts ring.

Ash Is Purest White

Jia Zhangke is, without a doubt, one of the world’s best moviemakers. If you can track down the copies of the Chinese director’s A Touch of Sin, Still Life, and Mountains May Depart, you really should do so. 

You Were Never Really Here

Joaquin Phoenix stars in the technically masterful deconstruction of the life of a hitman of Lynne Ramsay.

The Avengers

A few Marvel movies are still roaming the digital prairie, waiting to be shepherded over to Disney+ exclusively.


The Avengers
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One of the best films of the year 2000 stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo as three men who become individually obsessed with the mystery of the Zodiac Killer.