Prime Video top 10 movies — here's the 3 worth watching right now

Liam Neeson as John Ottway in "The Grey" now streaming on Prime Video
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The ever-shifting Prime Video top 10 most-watched movies list is a great starting point when looking for something to watch on the Amazon-owned streaming service

However, just because a movie claims a spot on the list doesn’t guarantee it’s worth watching. It’s not uncommon for a low-quality flick to find its way into the top 10. For example, “Die Hart 2: Die Harter” holds the No. 4 spot despite a terrible 14% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. So, to help you pick out the entries worth watching, I’ve selected my three favorite picks from the Prime Video top 10 as of 6 a.m. ET on Tuesday, June 25. 

Below you’ll find a riveting historical drama, an intense survival thriller and a compelling documentary about one of the greatest athletes in sporting history. Here are the three movies in the Prime Video top 10 that you need to watch first. 

Best movies in the Prime Video top 10

‘Oppenheimer’ (2023)

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I’ve written about (and recommended) “Oppenheimer” dozens of times. I even named it my favorite movie of 2023. And I’ve got no intention of shutting up about this remarkable biographical drama anytime soon. It’s arguably Christopher Nolan’s best-ever work, which is some achievement considering the director’s impressive filmography. It features career-best performances across its star-studded cast, from Cillian Murphy in the titular role to Robert Downey Jr. delivering a post-Iron Man performance that reminded us of his immense talent (and both actors rightly won Oscars).  

“Oppenhemier” focuses on the life of J. Robert Oppenhemier, and explores the Manhattan Project that led to the creation of the first nuclear weapon. But rather than present the scientific breakthrough as a triumphant achievement, Nolan lays bare the traumatic aftermath experienced by the theoretical physicist in the wake of unleashing a weapon of such unimaginable destruction on the world. Despite its often bleak subject matter, “Oppenheimer” is never less than engrossing, building tension and momentum throughout. It’s three hours long but it absolutely flies by. 

Stream "Oppenheimer" on Prime Video now

‘The Grey’ (2011)

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The survival thriller genre is littered with shlocky movies offering nothing but cheap thrills, but “The Grey” is a different beast. There’s a remarkable humanity to this Liam Neeson vehicle and while it does still pack all the tension and adrenaline-spiking moments you’d expect, it finds great success in its quieter, more reflective scenes. Naturally, having an actor with the gravitas of Neeson in top form helps immeasurably, and director Joe Carnahan does a phenomenal job of squeezing every moment of drama from the movie’s enjoyable premise.  

“The Grey” sees a group of oil refinery workers trapped in the Alaskan wilderness following a plane crash. With precious few resources to sustain them, and the bitter cold biting, the leader of the group, John Ottway (Neeson), battles to keep his compatriots alive as they endure one of the harshest environments on Earth. However, if the sub-zero temperatures and frigid elements weren’t enough, the group also has to square off with a pack of hungry grey wolves. 

Stream "The Grey" on Prime Video now

‘Superbad’ (2007)

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The quintessential teen movie, and one of the funniest comedies ever, “Superbad” is a coming-of-age classic that is embarrassingly relatable for anybody who experienced an awkward adolescence. It packs some of the brightest comedic talent of the era including Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Seth Rogan and Bill Hader. Plus, the 2007 flick marks the feature film debut of Emma Stone, and she shines even with limited screen time. 

This very crude comedy follows two best friends, Seth (Hill) and Evan (Cera), during their final few weeks of high school as they hatch a plan to attend a house party as heroes bringing a supply of liquor. They rope in their dorky pal Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), with a fake I.D. under the name “McLovin”, and things derail from there. What follows is a riotously silly journey as the duo attempts to make it to the party in time. 

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Prime Video top 10 movies right now

  • "Oppenheimer" (2024)
  • "I Am: Celine Dion" (2024)
  • "The Grey" (2011)
  • "Minions: The Rise of Gru" (2022)
  • "The Idea of You" (2024)
  • "Mean Girls" (2024)
  • "The Boys in the Boat" (2023)
  • "The Bad Guys" (2022)
  • "Superbad" (2007)
  • "Federer: Twelve Final Days" (2024)

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Rory Mellon
Entertainment Editor (UK)

Rory is an Entertainment Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on gaming and streaming. When he’s not reviewing the latest games, searching for hidden gems on Netflix, or writing hot takes on new gaming hardware, TV shows and movies, he can be found attending music festivals and getting far too emotionally invested in his favorite football team.