The Best Movies On Amazon Prime Right Now

By NY Times on July 5, 2023
The Color Purple
1985 7.7 (91170 votes) 9 Movie Drama,
An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing 'Mister' Albert Johnson, things go from bad to worse, leaving Celie to find companionship anywhere she can. She perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa. Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery, Oprah Winfrey, Willard E. Pugh, Akosua Busia, Desreta Jackson   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-06-10.   YouTube Trailer
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
2019 7.7 (865 votes) 10 Movie Documentary, Drama
This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works, and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career. Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics, and colleagues on an exploration of race, history, the United States, and the human condition. Toni Morrison, Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, Robert Gottlieb, Fran Lebowitz, Hilton Als, Russell Banks   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-07-22.   Added On Netflix 2022-11-10.   YouTube Trailer
True Grit
2010 7.6 (348120 votes) 13 Movie Crime, Drama, Family, Western
Following the murder of her father by a hired hand, a 14-year-old farm girl sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. Marshal she can find—a man with 'true grit'—Reuben J. 'Rooster' Cogburn. Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Domhnall Gleeson, Bruce Green   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-05-06.   Added On Showtime 2023-07-01.   Leaving 2023-12-31. YouTube Trailer
Dog Day Afternoon
1975 8.0 (265020 votes) 13 Movie Biography, Crime, Drama
Based on the true story of would-be Brooklyn bank robbers John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturale. Sonny and Sal attempt a bank heist which quickly turns sour and escalates into a hostage situation and stand-off with the police. As Sonny's motives for the robbery are slowly revealed and things become more complicated, the heist turns into a media circus. Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, James Broderick, William Bogert, Penelope Allen   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-06-21.   YouTube Trailer
Blazing Saddles
1974 7.7 (147332 votes) 12 Movie Comedy, Western
A town—where everyone seems to be named Johnson—stands in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, robber baron Hedley Lamarr sends his henchmen to make life in the town unbearable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor, so Hedley convinces him to send the town the first black sheriff in the west. Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks, Burton Gilliam   Added On Showtime 2023-09-01.   Leaving 2023-10-31. Added On Paramount Plus 2023-09-04.   Leaving 2023-10-31. Added On Amazon Prime 2023-07-22.   YouTube Trailer
Thelma & Louise
1991 7.6 (165832 votes) 15 Movie Adventure, Crime, Drama
Whilst on a short weekend getaway, Louise shoots a man who had tried to rape Thelma. Due to the incriminating circumstances, they make a run for it and thus a cross country chase ensues for the two fugitives. Along the way, both women rediscover the strength of their friendship and surprising aspects of their personalities and self-strengths in the trying times. Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald, Brad Pitt, Stephen Tobolowsky   Added On Amazon Prime .   Added On Paramount Plus 2023-08-02.   Leaving 2023-10-31. Added On Showtime 2023-08-01.   Leaving 2023-10-31. YouTube Trailer
Brokeback Mountain
2005 7.7 (371899 votes) 15 Movie Drama, Romance
Rodeo cowboy Jack and ranch hand Ennis are hired as sheepherders in 1963 Wyoming. One night on Brokeback Mountain, they spark a physical relationship. Though Ennis marries his longtime sweetheart and Jack marries a fellow rodeo rider, they keep up their tortured, sporadic love affair for 20 years. Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Randy Quaid, Linda Cardellini, Anna Faris   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-07-22.   Added On Starz 2023-08-01.   YouTube Trailer
Devil in a Blue Dress
1995 6.8 (21961 votes) 14 Movie Crime, Drama, Mystery
In late 1940s Los Angeles, Easy Rawlins is an unemployed black World War II veteran with few job prospects. At a bar, Easy meets DeWitt Albright, a mysterious white man looking for someone to investigate the disappearance of a missing white woman named Daphne Monet, who he suspects is hiding out in one of the city's black jazz clubs. Strapped for money and facing house payments, Easy takes the job, but soon finds himself in over his head. Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals, Don Cheadle, Maury Chaykin, Terry Kinney, Mel Winkler   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-06-10.   YouTube Trailer
Hot Fuzz
2007 7.8 (524332 votes) 15 Movie Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama
As a former London constable, Nicholas Angel finds it difficult to adapt to his new assignment in the sleepy British village of Sandford. Not only does he miss the excitement of the big city, but he also has a well-meaning oaf for a partner. However, when a series of grisly accidents rocks Sandford, Angel smells something rotten in the idyllic village. Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine, Rafe Spall, Kevin Eldon, Olivia Colman   Added On Peacock 2023-10-02.   Leaving 2023-11-01. Added On Amazon Prime 2023-07-22.   YouTube Trailer
Black Bear
2020 6.5 (14503 votes) 15 Movie Drama,
At a remote lake house in the Adirondack Mountains, a couple entertains an out-of-town guest looking for inspiration in her filmmaking. The group quickly falls into a calculated game of desire, manipulation, and jealousy, unaware of how dangerously intertwined their lives will soon become. Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott, Sarah Gadon, Paola Lázaro, Grantham Coleman, Lindsay Burdge, Lou Gonzalez   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-03-30.   YouTube Trailer
The Apartment
1960 8.3 (190352 votes) 9 Movie Comedy, Drama, Romance
Bud Baxter is a minor clerk in a huge New York insurance company, until he discovers a quick way to climb the corporate ladder. He lends out his apartment to the executives as a place to take their mistresses. Although he often has to deal with the aftermath of their visits, one night he's left with a major problem to solve. Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen, David Lewis, Hope Holiday   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-09-27.   YouTube Trailer
The Peanut Butter Falcon
2019 7.6 (94638 votes) 11 Movie Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sport
A down-on-his-luck crab fisherman embarks on a journey to get a young man with Down syndrome to a professional wrestling school in rural North Carolina and away from the retirement home where he’s lived for the past two and a half years. Shia LaBeouf, Zack Gottsagen, Dakota Johnson, Thomas Haden Church, John Hawkes, Bruce Dern, Jon Bernthal   Added On Paramount Plus 2023-02-06.   Leaving 2024-05-05. Added On Amazon Prime 2023-05-05.   YouTube Trailer
The Gospel According to André
2018 6.8 (784 votes) 10 Movie Documentary,
From the segregated American South to the fashion capitals of the world, operatic fashion editor André Leon Talley's life and career are on full display, in a poignant portrait that includes appearances by Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Bethann Hardison, Valentino, and Manolo Blahnik. André Leon Talley, Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Whoopi Goldberg, Diane von Fürstenberg, Manolo Blahnik   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-02-07.   Added On Hulu 2023-03-27.   Leaving 2024-01-01. Added On Peacock 2023-02-24.   Leaving 2024-09-01. YouTube Trailer
Train to Busan
2016 7.6 (242463 votes) 15 Movie Action, Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller
When a zombie virus pushes Korea into a state of emergency, those trapped on an express train to Busan must fight for their own survival. Gong Yoo, Kim Su-an, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok, Choi Woo-shik, An So-hee, Kim Eui-sung   Added On Paramount Plus 2023-10-01.   Leaving 2023-12-31. Added On Showtime 2023-10-01.   Leaving 2023-12-31. Added On Peacock 2022-05-15.   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-07-24.   YouTube Trailer
The Northman
2022 7.0 (232321 votes) 16 Movie Adventure, Drama
Prince Amleth is on the verge of becoming a man when his father is brutally murdered by his uncle, who kidnaps the boy's mother. Two decades later, Amleth is now a Viking who's on a mission to save his mother, kill his uncle and avenge his father. Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Ethan Hawke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Gustav Lindh, Elliott Rose   Added On Peacock 2023-08-03.   Leaving 2023-12-03. Added On Amazon Prime 2023-07-22.   YouTube Trailer
California Split
1974 7.2 (7482 votes) 14 Movie Comedy, Drama
Carefree single guy Charlie Waters rooms with two lovely prostitutes, Barbara Miller and Susan Peters, and lives to gamble. Along with his glum betting buddy, Bill Denny, Charlie sets out on a gambling streak in search of the ever-elusive big payday. While Charlie and Bill have some lucky moments, they also have to contend with serious setbacks that threaten to derail their hedonistic betting binge. George Segal, Elliott Gould, Ann Prentiss, Gwen Welles, Edward Walsh, Joseph Walsh, Bert Remsen   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-02-08.  
Afternoon Delight
2013 5.7 (11005 votes) 17 Movie Comedy, Drama
Rachel is a quick-witted and lovable stay-at-home mom. Frustrated with the realities of preschool auctions, a lacklustre sex life and career that's gone kaput, she visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and meets McKenna, a stripper she adopts as her live-in nanny. Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch, Annie Mumolo, Jessica St. Clair, John Kapelos   Added On Peacock 2021-09-09.   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-03-30.   YouTube Trailer
Jackie Brown
1997 7.5 (360056 votes) 15 Movie Crime, Drama, Thriller
Jackie Brown is a flight attendant who gets caught in the middle of smuggling cash into the country for her gunrunner boss. When the cops try to use Jackie to get to her boss, she hatches a plan — with help from a bail bondsman — to keep the money for herself. Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Robert Forster, Michael Bowen   Added On HBO 2022-06-18.   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-07-06.   YouTube Trailer
Escape from New York
1981 7.1 (151242 votes) 14 Movie Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
In the future, crime is out of control and New York City's Manhattan is a maximum security prison. Grabbing a bargaining chip right out of the air, convicts bring down the President's plane in bad old Gotham. Gruff Snake Plissken, a one-eyed lone warrior new to prison life, is coerced into bringing the President, and his cargo, out of this land of undesirables. Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Season Hubley, Harry Dean Stanton   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-07-01.   YouTube Trailer
2014 7.5 (93392 votes) 12 Movie Biography, Drama, History
"Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act. David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, Giovanni Ribisi, Alessandro Nivola   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-06-25.   Added On Paramount Plus 2023-06-02.   Leaving 2024-09-20. YouTube Trailer
The Shawshank Redemption
1994 9.3 (2759269 votes) 14 Movie Crime, Drama
Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope. Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, James Whitmore   Added On HBO 2022-06-07.   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-07-02.   YouTube Trailer
The Untouchables
1987 7.8 (322550 votes) 15 Movie Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Young Treasury Agent Eliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone, but it's not going to be easy because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jim Malone, a veteran patrolman and probably the most honorable one on the force. He asks Malone to help him get Capone, but Malone warns him that if he goes after Capone, he is going to war. Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Charles Martin Smith, Andy García, Robert De Niro, Richard Bradford, Jack Kehoe   Added On HBO 2022-06-17.   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-07-22.   YouTube Trailer
Men in Black
1997 7.3 (592957 votes) 9 Movie Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction
After a police chase with an otherworldly being, a New York City cop is recruited as an agent in a top-secret organization established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth: the Men in Black. Agent Kay and new recruit Agent Jay find themselves in the middle of a deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies. Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn, Tony Shalhoub, Siobhan Fallon Hogan   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-07-22.   YouTube Trailer
Cool Hand Luke
1967 8.1 (182489 votes) 12 Movie Crime, Drama
When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable will. Luke's bravado, even in the face of repeated stints in the prison's dreaded solitary confinement cell, "the box," make him a rebel hero to his fellow convicts and a thorn in the side of the prison officers. Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Luke Askew, Morgan Woodward, Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Hopper, Lou Antonio   Added On HBO 2022-10-03.   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-07-02.   YouTube Trailer
1973 7.7 (128696 votes) 15 Movie Biography, Crime, Drama
Frank Serpico is an idealistic New York City cop who refuses to take bribes, unlike the rest of the force. His actions get Frank shunned by the other officers, and often placed in dangerous situations by his partners. When his superiors ignore Frank's accusations of corruption, he decides to go public with the allegations. Although this causes the Knapp Commission to investigate his claims, Frank has also placed a target on himself. Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe, Biff McGuire, Barbara Eda-Young, Cornelia Sharpe, Tony Roberts   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-02-04.   Added On Paramount Plus 2023-07-02.   Leaving 2023-11-18. YouTube Trailer
The Limey
1999 6.9 (33896 votes) 14 Movie Crime, Drama, Mystery
The Limey follows Wilson, a tough English ex-con who travels to Los Angeles to avenge his daughter's death. Upon arrival, Wilson goes to task battling Valentine and an army of L.A.'s toughest criminals, hoping to find clues and piece together what happened. After surviving a near-death beating, getting thrown from a building and being chased down a dangerous mountain road, the Englishman decides to dole out some bodily harm of his own. Terence Stamp, Lesley Ann Warren, Luis Guzmán, Barry Newman, Joe Dallesandro, Nicky Katt, Peter Fonda   Added On Amazon Prime 2023-07-23.   YouTube Trailer
2016 7.9 (746670 votes) 11 Movie Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma, Mark O'Brien, Julia Scarlett Dan   Added On Starz 2022-12-01.   Added On Paramount Plus 2023-09-04.   Leaving 2024-01-01. Added On Amazon Prime 2023-07-17.   Added On Netflix 2023-09-04.   YouTube Trailer