The best films on Amazon Prime UKon September 4, 2023 at 13:56 Tech Advisor


Amazon Prime is easily Netflix’s biggest streaming rival in the UK, but many people don’t realise that when it comes to movies, Amazon has the big N beat hands-down.

Amazon’s library is bigger but also better, with a wide array of blockbusters bolstered by Oscar favourites and a genuinely fantastic line-up of indie and arthouse fare too – some of the best films of the last few years have boasted an Amazon Original logo.

Every single one of the films we’ve picked out here is currently included for free as part of the Prime subscription service, but if you’re not a subscriber then you can always rent or buy a digital copy directly from Amazon too.

If you’re looking for more inspiration you might also want to consider subscribing to one of the Amazon Prime Channels: these are add-on subscriptions for your Prime account that give you access to films from rival apps like Mubi or BFI Player, along with other films selected from distributors like Arrow Entertainment or MGM, which you can then watch from within the Amazon Prime interface and apps.

Got a favourite we didn’t include? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll be updating this piece regularly as the Amazon Prime film library changes.

Don’t have Prime? Take a look at our complete guide to Amazon Prime to find out more about the service and how to sign up.

The Babadook


Watch The Babadook on Amazon Prime

This low-budget Aussie horror became an online sensation, and for good reason. Jennifer Kent’s directorial debut centres around the children’s book of your nightmares, but it’s not really about the book or the Babadook that haunts it. Instead grief, motherhood, and mental health run rampant in a film that’s almost as stressful when its monster is off the screen as when it creeps onto it.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Watch Fantastic Mr. Fox on Amazon Prime

This stop-motion animation is Wes Anderson’s take on a family film: anarchic, oddball, but consistently charming. George Clooney is the smooth-talking Mr. Fox, joined by a cast of Anderson regulars in a film that loosely adapts the classic Roald Dahl book. This is no Disney cartoon, but it’s a beautiful film no matter your age.


Watch Heat on Amazon Prime

Michael Mann’s action opus is a classic for good reason – and not only for infamously pairing Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, who in reality share mere minutes of screen time. Instead it’s the sheer tension running through Heat that makes it unforgettable, as De Niro’s crook and Pacino’s cop dance around each other in the run up to the final act, uncertainty balanced delicately with inevitability as you try not to think about how this is likely to play out.


Watch Suspiria on Amazon Prime

After the runaway success of Call Me By Your Name, Luca Guadagnino could have made almost any film he wanted – so he did an about turn from that sweet, hesitant romance and straight into abject horror. His remake of ’70s giallo classic Suspiria is nothing like the original – which is
also on Amazon right now – but is a moody, meditative horror that uses a hypnotic Thom Yorke soundtrack to lull you into an almost trance-like state – before jolting you out with some striking moments of violence.

Army of Darkness

Universal Pictures

Watch Army of Darkness on Amazon Prime

The third Evil Dead movie is a change of pace in more ways than one. After two movies in a row where Bruce Campbell’s Ash has to survive an undead onslaught in the same cabin in the woods, the trilogy closer instead sees him taken back in time to face off against evil in the middle ages.

The new setting brings a new tone: this is an upbeat action comedy with some gory grossness thrown in, not a fully-fledged horror like the films before it. It’s all the more inventive for it though, and a brilliant, madcap end to an Evil era.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Watch Borat Subsequent Moviefilm on Amazon Prime

Amazon probably spent a lot to secure exclusive rights to Borat 2, released just ahead of the 2020 US presidential election as Sacha Baron-Cohen’s not-exactly-Kazakh reporter Borat returns to the States to explore life in the time of coronavirus. It’s not quite up there with the original, but it’s damn close, and more cutting in its politics than ever before.

Look out for the follow-up mini-series, Borat Supplemental Reportings Retrieved From Floor of Stable Containing Editing Machine, containing outtakes and deleted scenes from the film.

Everything Everywhere All at Once


Watch Everything Everywhere All at Once on Amazon Prime

Pity poor Doctor Strange 2, which had the misfortune to be 2022’s other multiverse movie. Because fun as the Marvel caper is, this Michelle Yeoh flick beats it in every dimension – and has rightly earned a sweep of Oscar wins for its efforts, including Best Picture.

Surprisingly excellent action is combined with sharp wit, impeccable casting, and an emotional through line likely to leave crying real tears whenever you’re not busy crying with laughter.

Twelve Angry Men


Watch Twelve Angry Men on Amazon Prime

I know, I know: a black-and-white courtroom drama might be a hard sell for a modern audience. But trust us, Twelve Angry Men is no staid slog.

Henry Fonda is the rogue juror who realises he has to convince 11 others to save a man set to be wrongly convicted, convincing them to look past easy answers and lazy prejudices. It easily earns its reputation (and multiple Oscar nominations), finding unexpected drama from twelve white men sat in a room together.

Dawn of the Dead

Watch Dawn of the Dead on Amazon Prime

Night of the Living Dead may have come first, but Dawn of the Dead is surely Romero’s zombie magnum opus. A darkly comedic attack on consumerism – and its use to placate society – the film as much horror as social commentary, something slightly lost in Zack Snyder’s otherwise fun remake a few decades later.

If you enjoy the movie, you can even watch it all over again – right now Amazon Prime also offers the film’s extended cut with extra footage, and the European cut edited by none other than horror legend Dario Argento – who just happened to direct the original Suspiria.

Arsène Wenger: Invincible

Federation Entertainment

Watch Arsène Wenger: Invincible on Amazon Prime

An unexpectedly moving portrayal of the French football manager famous for presiding over Arsenal during the club’s most successful spell, including a still-unmatched season when the team went undefeated for an entire Premier League season.

Arsène himself is interviewed extensively, along with various players from that Invincible season and even Wenger’s great rival, Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson, begrudgingly acknowledging the Frenchman’s utterly unique achievement.



Watch X on Amazon Prime

Yes, X is yet another self-aware, post-modern horror hit from A24. It’s a great one though.

This ’70s-set slasher from Ti West takes plenty of inspiration from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but is more interested in tackling horror’s relationship with sex, following the cast and crew of a small porno flick as they attract the ire of the elderly, fundamentalist couple whose farmland they’re filming on.

Assault on Precinct 13

Watch Assault on Precinct 13 on Amazon Prime

Skip the iffy Ethan Hawke 2005 remake – though it’s on Netflix UK right now if you really insist – and instead head to Amazon for John Carpenter’s moody ’70s classic. Cops, criminals, and civilians find themselves under siege together in a near-abandoned precinct, and things understandably get a little heated.

Like most early Carpenter, the score is worth the price of admission alone, but fine performances and tense plotting make it a must-watch.

The Green Knight

Watch The Green Knight on Amazon Prime

The Green Knight may be based on an Arthurian legend, but don’t expect a rollicking adventure. Instead, this is an arthouse take on the tale of a young knight sent out on a doomed quest in the name of honour. Immaculately shot and perfectly cast, this is the round table as you’ve never seen it before.

Blade II

New Line Cinema

Watch Blade II on Amazon Prime

Amazon also has the original Blade, but feel free to skip it for the superior sequel. Wesley Snipes returns as the titular vampire hunter, forced to partner with a squad of the undead in order to fend off an invasion of new super vampires. Yes, it’s a bit daft, but the action is excellent and the gore is great.

The Big Sick

Watch The Big Sick on Amazon Prime

Kumail Nanjiani stars in this rom-com adapted from his own life, which sees a relationship in its early stages shaken by serious illness. You just have to look at Nanjiani’s real-life marriage to know the film has a happy ending, but along the way it’s a smart comedy that’s refreshingly honest and free from the standard Hollywood cliches.

The Suicide Squad

Warner Bros.

Watch The Suicide Squad on Amazon Prime

No, not Suicide Squad. The Suicide Squad.

This second attempt at DC’s antihero super squad came from Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, and is miles better than the miserable original. The black comedy is dialled up to 11 in one of the best superhero films since Endgame, which has already spawned Max spin-off Peacemaker and resulted in Gunn being put in charge of every DC film going forwards.



Watch Carol on Amazon Prime

Arguably offering career-best performances from both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, this delicate film about a burgeoning lesbian relationship in the ’50s is a modern masterpiece. It’s understated – don’t go in expecting outlandish melodrama – but is no less gut-wrenching for it.

Palm Springs

Watch Palm Springs on Amazon Prime

Groundhog Day has had a lot of imitators over the years, but Palm Springs is almost certainly the best of them. Andy Samberg (Brooklyn 99) is a wedding guest stuck in a timeloop who accidentally drags the bride’s sister – Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother) – into the same mess.

Palm Springs is very silly, impressively clever, and surprisingly heartfelt. 

The Mummy


Watch The Mummy on Amazon Prime

The best Indiana Jones film without Indy, the ’90s iteration of The Mummy is a riot. Brendan Fraser is brilliant as the classically rogueish explorer-type, offset by Rachel Weisz’s archaeologist, the brains behind the operation.

Funny, smart, and occasionally pretty gnarly (the scarab beetles haunted many a ’90s kid’s dreams), you can see why this spawned a mini-franchise of mostly rubbish sequels.

The Wailing

Watch The Wailing on Amazon Prime

If you like straightforward scares and thrills from your horror, then The Wailing might not be up your street. After a string of murders rock a small town, some suspicions turn to the recently arrived Japanese stranger, while others turn to superstition to explain the violence. This Korean thriller is dense with ambiguity to the bitter end, denying the audience any easy answers or comforting resolution, but once it grabs your attention it refuses to let go.

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