Our round-up of the best Amazon Prime Video movies includes the latest blockbuster like Top Gun Maverick as well as all-time classics such as Pulp Fiction. But if you’re looking for something fresh, then you’re in the right spot as here we’re rounding up the best Amazon Prime Video movies that you (probably) haven’t seen.
While the 13 movies on this list might not have much in the way of name recognition they certainly aren’t lacking in the quality department. From a skin-crawling psychological thriller to a charming rom-com about a wash-up rockstar and his obsessive No.1 fan, there’s a film to suit just about every taste down below.
So, if you’re looking for something new to watch this evening, any of these Amazon Prime Video movies that you (most likely) haven’t watched yet deserves consideration. In fact, these 13 under-appreciated Prime Video flicks prove that sometimes you should look beyond a streaming service’s homepage to find the real gems.
In 7500, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays an American pilot in a nightmare situation when hijackers attempt to take control of a commercial plane that is traveling from Berlin to Paris. While trying to ensure no harm comes to the passengers and crew on board, the pilot begins to forge a surprise connection with one of the hijackers. This unexpected twist could be the key to surviving the ordeal.
7500 packs all the mounting tension you’d expect considering its central premise, but what really helps its take flight is the central performance of Joesph Gordon-Levitt. The actor is excellent as a soft-spoken pilot trying to keep his cool in a nearly impossible situation. 7500’s final act is also seriously gripping, as the tension is ratcheted up to an extremely high level.
Based on the timeless 19th-century play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, this modern retelling sees Peter Dinklage play the eponymous role of a poet who agrees to help a young man win the heart of the beautiful Roxanne by passing off Cyrano’s writing as his own. But there is a twist to this tale, Cyrano himself is madly in love with Roxanne as well.
Directed by Joe Wright, this musical-drama is seriously romantic with a strong leading performance from Peter Dinklage at its core. Haley Bennett and Jelvin Harrison Jr are also excellent in supporting roles, and the direction is stunning. This movie was a box office flop but it deserves a second shot at finding an audience and hopefully, its inclusion in the Prime Video catalog will give it one.
American Animals (2018)
Based on the remarkable true story of a heist that took place at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky in 2004, American Animals focuses on a group of outcast adolescents who devise a plan to steal a rare first-edition book and then sell it on the black market. Naturally, a foursome of overconfident college students are not best equipped to pull off such a scheme and things quickly unravel.
American Animals is so outlandish that it’s hard to believe that it’s inspired by real-life events, but the film also includes interview footage with the real-life people who inspired the characters in the movie. It’s a novel idea from director Bart Layton and makes American Animals feel unique compared to other heist movies.
Saint Maud (2019)
The feature film debut of writer/director Rose Glass, Saint Maud is a prickly psychological horror that will chill you to the bone. It stars Morfydd Clark as a devoutly religious hospice nurse who becomes obsessed with one of her patients, a former dancer with a terminal illness. Maud believes it's her duty to save the souls of all in her care, but what happens when somebody doesn’t want to be saved?
Saint Maud is that rare movie that will stay with you long after watching, that’s in part due to its shocking final scene, but also become the film expertly blends horror and drama to create a film that is occasionally hard to watch but is gripping all the way through. The leading performance from Clark is especially noteworthy as she carries the weight of the entire movie on her back with apparent ease.
Juliet, Naked (2018)
If you’ve been enjoying The Big Door Prize on Apple TV Plus and want more Chris O’Dowd, then Juliet, Naked is exactly what you’re after. In this rom-com based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name, O’Dowd plays Duncan, a college teacher obsessed with a faded American musician, much to the chagrin of his dissatisfied girlfriend Annie (Rose Byrne). But when said rockstar comes to their small English town, Annie strikes up a spark that sends Duncan mad with jealousy.
If you’re in the mood for something light hearted then be sure to give Juliet, Naked a spin. But don’t mistakenly believe that Juliet, Naked is disposable. It may have a breezy nature but it’s still plenty relatable with some interesting things to say about growing older and finding something that makes you happy. Plus, Ethan Hawke is excellent as an arrogant American rockstar.
Vengeance is a mystery film that follows a big-city journalist (B.J. Novak) living in New York who travels to Texas to investigate the mysterious death of a woman he’d previously had a casual romantic affair with in order to get material for a new episode of his podcast.
Written and directed by Novak (who you may recognize as Ryan from The Office), Vengeance is a dark comedy with some serious smarts. It probably won’t click with all tastes, but there are some interesting themes at play here and Novak weaves together a compelling mystery right up until the final moments.
Troll Hunter (2010)
Troll Hunter is a Norwegian fantasy film presented as a found-footage documentary. It follows a group of students as they investigate what they initially believe to be a series of bear killings. But they soon discover there are much more dangerous creatures at play and become embroiled with a mysterious figure who claims to be a troll hunter.
Taking clear inspiration from The Blair Witch Project (don't worry it's nowhere near as terrifying), Troll Hunter fully commits to its outlandish premise, and that’s its biggest strength. But it’s also not afraid to have a little fun with things, and that helps to make Troll Hunter a fun but also very thrilling watch.
High Rise (2015)
This silver-screen adaptation of the 1975 novel of the same name by J.G. Ballard has only become more concerning and relevant in recent years. It focuses on a high-rise apartment block that functions essentially as its own society, insulated from the outside world. But when the block's carefully balanced infrastructure begins to crack, tensions between residents bubble to the surface and the building threatens to devolve into total chaos.
High Rise boasts a seriously sparkling cast that includes Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss, and, even better, they’re pretty much all on top form in this dystopian thriller. This was another box office disappointment at release, but its messages about class structure and our concerning dependency on convenience remain even more vital in 2023.
The Neon Demon (2016)
There’s no denying that The Neon Demon will be the most polarizing movie on this list, what else would you expect from Nicolas Winding Refn? This surreal psychological horror film centers on an aspiring model (Elle Fanning) whose beauty and youth propel her into the limelight, but also inspire dangerous jealousy among her peers who will do anything to claim the spotlight back.
The film received a mixed reception at launch (Some critics loved it, some hated it), but if you like surreal movies that place the focus on style rather than substance, you might just find yourself enchanted by The Neon Demon. If you’re seeking a fairly conventional movie, then perhaps skip this one, but if you like your films to be a little odd, then you should allow Refn to invite you into his bizarre world.
A Man Called Ove (2015)
If you enjoyed A Man Called Otto starring Tom Hanks, then you’ll definitely want to meet Ove. This Swedish movie was the inspiration for the 2022 Hanks-led comedy-drama and sees Rolf Lassgård play Ove, the world’s grumpiest man. He’s rude to his neighbors and refuses to lend a hand in practically all situations. But when he meets a young mother named Parvaneh (Bahar Pars), his whole world is turned upside down and he slowly begins to rediscover his zest for life.
A Man Called Ove is a hilarious and heartwarming movie, that is sure to have you laughing, smiling and tearing up across its two-hour runtime. The central performance from Lassgård is really quite special, and it’s little wonder that this charming flick was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
The Endless (2017)
The Endless opens with two brothers receiving a cryptic videotape that relates back to a UFO death cult they escaped from decades earlier. Seeking closure and answers, they return back to the scene of their difficult childhoods in an attempt to uncover the tape's origins. But as the remaining cult members prepare for a mysterious impending event, strange phenomena occur, and the brothers find themselves forced to confront seemingly impossible truths.
If you’re looking for a movie that combines several genres, look no further than The Endless. Part sci-fi, part drama, and part horror, there’s a real mixture on offer here, but it’s the core mystery that will keep you hooked until the final moments. Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are excellent in the leading roles and the duo also directed the film, with Benson on writing duties as well. These two are seriously talented and The Endless is a real testament to their abilities.
Val is a powerful documentary that recounts the remarkable story of iconic American actor Val Kilmer. The star of classic movies such as Heat, Top Gun and Batman Forever, Kilmer is one of the most celebrated actors of his generation, and this feature-length doc lifts the lid on his life and career
Told through Kilmer’s own words and narrated by his son, Val incorporates footage shot by the actor himself throughout his youth and his professional career. That gives Val a sense of authenticity that is somewhat rare in biographical docs. And this movie isn’t afraid to go beyond the glitz and glam of stardom as it chronicles the actor’s battle with throat cancer and the scars left by the childhood death of his brother Wesley.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2019)
Based on the Shirley Jackson novel of the same name, We Have Always Lived in the Castle tells the story of two sisters, Merricate (Taissa Farmiga) and Constance (Alexandra Daddario), who live in isolation with their Uncle Julian (Crispin Glover) in the wake of a family tragedy six years earlier. But when their charismatic cousin Charles (Sebastian Stan) arrives on the scene, the family’s dark secrets threaten to be exposed, and ulterior motives also come to light.
This highly compelling mystery thriller pairs together a strong cast with a twisting tale that will have you second-guessing pretty much everything. Overall, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a seriously fun watch, and it’s the type of movie that is elevated by knowing as little as possible before viewing. So, in order to avoid further spoilers, you should go stream this one now before you learn anymore.