Amazon Prime Video earned a reputation for itself in the original content arena with the Emmy-winning Transparent, but it has trailed behind rival streaming behemoths when it comes to original movies. While it does not produce as much as a rival like Netflix, Amazon has gradually boosted both the amount and quality of original films available on the site. From sci-fi epics and action thrillers to challenging documentaries and insightful comedy, Amazon has something for everyone. However, there are still a lot of duds. We scoured the library for the greatest Amazon original movies available to stream right now.
- The Only Living Boy in New York
Starring: Callum Turner, Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan
Directed by: Marc Webb
A fresh college graduate’s existence in New York City is upended by his father’s lover. A fresh college graduate’s existence in New York City is upended by his father’s lover. A fresh college graduate’s existence in New York City is upended by his father’s lover.
- Chemical Hearts
Genre: Young Adult Audience, Drama, Romance
Starring: Lili Reinhart, Austin Abrams
Directed by: Richard Tanne
When a hopelessly romantic high school senior (Austin Abrams) falls in love with a mysterious new student (Lili Reinhart), they embark on an unexpected journey that teaches them about love, loss, and, most importantly, themselves.
- The Aeronauts
Genre: Drama, International, Adventure, Romance, Action
Starring: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Himesh Patel
Directed by: Tom Harper
In 1862, intrepid scientist James Glaisher and affluent young widow Amelia Wren go on a balloon trip to soar higher than anybody else in history. As their risky ascent diminishes their odds of survival, the unusual pair quickly learns truths about themselves – and each other – that help both of them find their place in the world.
- Sharkwater Extinction
Starring: Rob Stewart
Directed by: Rob Stewart
Sharkwater Extinction is a documentary that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he investigates the illegal shark fishing industry.
- Guava Island
Genre: Drama, Arts, Entertainment, and Culture, Music Videos and Concerts, Comedy
Starring: Donald Glover, Rihanna
Directed by: Hiro Murai
On Guava Island, a teenage artist organizes a music festival in an attempt to assist the locals to break away from their oppressive life.
- One Child Nation
Directed by: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang
Chinese-born filmmakers Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow) and Jialing Zhang uncover the terrible impacts of China’s One-Child Policy through the lives of people who lived through it in the 2019 Sundance U.S. Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary One Child Nation.
- The Lie
Starring: Joey King, Peter Saarsgard, Mirelle Enos
Directed by: Veena Sud
When their teenager daughter admits to impulsively killing her closest friend, two desperate parents weave a web of lies and deception to cover up the awful crime.
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction, Romance
Starring: Salma Hayek, Owen Wilson, Madeline Zima
Directed by: Mike Cahill
An unhappy guy and a strange lady feel they are living in virtual reality, but as their newfound “Bliss” world begins to seep into the “ugly” world, they must determine what is real and where they actually belong.
- Beautiful Boy
Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Steve Carrell
Directed by: Felix Van Groenigen
Based on the best-selling memoirs of father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy documents the terrible and uplifting story of survival, relapse, and rehabilitation in a family dealing with addiction for many years.
- The Tender Bar
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Starring: Ben Affleck, Tye Sheridan, Lily Rabe
Directed by: George Clooney
Directed by George Clooney and based on the best-selling novel, The Tender Bar follows an aspiring writer (Tye Sheridan) as he pursues his love and professional goals. From a stool in his uncle’s (Ben Affleck) tavern, he learns about growing up from a colorful cast of locals.
- Birds of Paradise
Genre: Drama, Young Adult Audience
Starring: Diana Silvers, Kristine Froseth, Jacqueline Bisset
Directed by: Sarah Adina Smith
Kate is a young ballerina who wins a scholarship at a famous ballet school in Paris. Marine, a fellow dancer who recently lost her brother, puts her confidence to the test when she arrives. While initially antagonistic, their relationship develops into an emotionally charged, competitive partnership fraught with falsehoods and sexual awakening as they risk everything to join the Opéra National de Paris.
- Justin Beiber: Our World
Starring: Justin Bieber
Directed by: Michael D. Ratner
Michael D. Ratner, an award-winning filmmaker, documents the final 30 days of preparation for a historic performance on the roof of the Beverly Hilton on New Year’s Eve 2020.
Starring: Caroline Vigneaux, Issa Doumbia, Emy Letertre
Directed by: Caroline Vigneaux
Dylan O’Brien (THE MAZE RUNNER) is tormented by thoughts of a friend who has vanished in this mind-bending thriller, so he goes on a perilous mental voyage to discover her—and himself.
Genre: Suspense, Science Fiction, Drama
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Octavia Spencer, Rory Cochrane
Directed by: Michael Pearce
A distinguished Marine embarks on a rescue operation to protect his two young boys from an unknown menace. The lads will have to leave their childhoods behind as their adventure leads them on more perilous paths.
- Blow the Man Down
Starring: June Squibb, Annette O’Toole, Marceline Hugot
Directed by: Danielle Krudy, Sophie Lowe, Margo Martindale
Mary Beth and Priscilla Connolly try to conceal a horrible encounter with a dangerous guy. The sisters must go deep into their hometown’s criminal underbelly to hide their crime, revealing the town’s darkest secrets.
- Chasing Happiness
Starring: Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas
Directed by: John Lloyd Taylor
The narrative of Chasing Happiness is one of brotherhood. The Jonas Brothers’ friendship seemed unbreakable from their modest beginnings as pastor’s kids in New Jersey to their stratospheric ascent to fame—until a shocking and traumatic separation pushed Joe, Kevin, and Nick onto very divergent paths. The Jonas Brothers are like you’ve never seen them before, with intensely intimate interviews, previously unseen films, and exclusive songs.
- The Big Sick
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter
Directed by: Michael Showalter
Based on a true story of a Pakistani-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani (Nanjiani), and grad student Emily Gordon (Zoe Kazan), who fall in love but suffer when their cultures collide. When Emily gets an unknown sickness, Kumail is forced to confront her obstinate parents, his family’s expectations, and his actual feelings.
- Crown Heights
Starring: Ron Canada, Nestor Carbonell, Natalie Paul
Directed by: Matt Ruskin
Colin Warner, a Trinidadian immigrant, was wrongly charged with murder in Brooklyn, New York, in 1980. Colin is sentenced to 20 years in jail for a crime he did not commit, while his buddy Carl King battles for his release.
- Sylvie’s Love
Starring: Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Eva Longoria
Directed by: Eugene Ashe
When a young lady meets an aspiring saxophonist at her father’s record store in Harlem in the 1950s, their love sparks a broad romance that transcends shifting eras, geography, and professional accomplishment.
- Being the Ricardos
Starring: Javier Bardem, Nicole Kidman, J.K. Simmons
Directed by: Aaron Sorkin
In writer-director Aaron Sorkin’s behind-the-scenes drama, Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) endure a series of personal and professional crises that endanger their show, their careers, and their marriage during the course of one production week of “I Love Lucy.”
- City of Ghosts
Starring: Abdelaziz Alhamza, Mohamad Almusari, Hamoud Almousa
Directed by: Matthew Heineman
City of Ghosts recounts the story of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently,” a group of nameless activists who got together after ISIS took over their hometown in 2014.
- Generation Wealth
Genre: Arthouse, Documentary
Director: Lauren Greenfield
Lauren Greenfield investigates materialism, celebrity culture, social standing, and the urge to be affluent at any cost. This visual chronicle of the rising fascination with money employs first-person interviews conducted in Los Angeles, Moscow, Dubai, China, and other locations worldwide to testify to the global boom-and-bust economy and its multifaceted implications.
- Brittany Runs a Marathon
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Starring: Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar
Directed by: Paul Downs Colaizzo
A hard-partying woman gets a rude awakening when a doctor’s visit exposes how ill she is. She begins jogging to help her prepare for her ultimate aim of racing in the New York City Marathon after being motivated to reduce weight.