Ah, that famous Saturday night dilemma! The curtains are drawn, the popcorn is ready, the couch has never seemed more comfortable… then before you know it, you realize you’ve been scrolling through hundreds of movie titles and it’s already time for bed.
With the countless options that streaming platforms offer nowadays, it can be daunting choosing something to watch.
So, to make things easier for you, we’ve selected 15 of the best drama movies on Amazon Prime right now.
You can thank us later!
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1. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
A classic Johnny Depp movie that stole the hearts of many decades ago. If you’ve yet to watch this absolute treasure of a film, make sure to stream it on Prime before it gets snatched away. This fantasy drama follows the story of an artificial man with – you guessed it – scissor hands, who meets a regular young lady (Winona Ryder) and gets sucked into her suburban world.
2. House of Gucci (2021)
House of Gucci unravels the endless talent of singer-turned-actress Lady Gaga, but most of all, represents the family empire behind the Italian fashion house of Gucci. Also starring Adam Driver and Al Pacino, this drama movie on Amazon, only available for a limited time, is worth streaming now.
3. Léon: The Professional (1994)
With action, crime and drama wrapped into one brilliant blockbuster, what more could you ask for when looking for an Amazon Prime movie to stream? Léon, a professional assassin takes in a young girl and trains her to learn the trade after the murder of her family. Thrilling and violent as well as emotionally intense, this movie is one to watch over and over again.
4. The Handmaiden (2016)
Fans of period dramas will fall head over heels for this steamy South Korean adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel “Fingersmith”. A young handmaiden helps a con man steal her beautiful young employer’s fortune until love ruins her plans. Don’t be fooled by this rather standard premise, that’s only the tip of the fabulous, intricate iceberg that is The Handmaiden.
5. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
A great drama and fantasy movie on Prime for those who want a thrill. Dive into Middle-earth and go on a journey with Frodo and co (the Fellowship) to destroy the powerful One Ring. The fellowship face evil and powerful forces across Middle-earth, giving you all the fantasy tropes you’ve been craving. We promise you’ll be itching to watch more of the ever-popular Lord of the Rings saga when this one comes to an end.
6. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
The oldest movie on our list of flicks to stream on Amazon Prime, yet one of the most golden and treasured of all time. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the greatest of Audrey Hepburn’s works. If you haven’t seen it yet, this is a comedy drama movie worth watching in your spare time…
7. The Big Sick (2017)
In this heartfelt comedy drama, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gardner find love in a hopeless place where cultures and families clash. Combining three genres into one (romance, comedy, drama), this blockbuster offers a superb cast (Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan) and poignant story of cultural conflict alongside some brilliant laugh-out-loud funny moments.
8. The Lost City of Z (2016)
If you’re yearning for a great adventure film set in the early 1900s, you’ve come to the right place. In this epic drama movie, an explorer sets out to prove that the Amazon once sheltered an highly advanced, unknown civilization, even as everyone around him believes he has lost his mind. Fans of exploration epics will enjoy this beautifully shot, intense drama from beginning to end. What’s more? This film is based on a book and true story.
9. The Report (2019)
There isn’t a film that Adam Driver stars in that isn’t excellent. The Report features one of the actor’s most recent performances and is certainly a movie that all drama, crime and thriller enthusiasts will love. Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones is ordered to investigate the CIA’s use of torture following the September 11 attacks, meanwhile uncovering shocking secrets that make jaws drop. Tuck in if you’re up for a real thrill!
10. Things I Hate About You (1999)
Rom-coms (or shall we say “chick flicks”?) were all the rage in the 90s. If you happened to miss this one, now’s the time to stream and make it a must-watch on your Amazon Prime list. 10 Things I Hate About You stars the late Heath Ledger alongside Julia Stiles, playing the roles of Patrick and Kat, who fall in love under unusual circumstances. It’s sweet, funny and definitely romantic. If that’s your thing, it’s time to press play.
11. No Time to Die (2021)
Available on Amazon Prime this month is the last of the latest James Bond saga, No Time To Die. Daniel Craig takes on the role of 007 as he goes on one last mission and faces his final foe, Lyutsifer Safin. Breathtaking car chase scenes, dramatic action and a whole lotta drama (especially for Mr. Bond), this one may not be ranked as the best James Bond movie, but it’s still worth a watch.
12. My Policeman (2022)
Harry Styles stars in this romance drama that will tug at your heartstrings. Policeman Tom marries a teacher named Marion, while simultaneously falling in love with a museum curator, Patrick during the 1950s when homosexuality was illegal. This poignant blockbuster is listed on Amazon Prime and makes for a wonderful watch if you haven’t seen it already.
13. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
A thriller drama movie on Amazon that really needs no introduction. The Silence of the Lambs is one of the most highly-rated crime horror flicks from the early 90s that chronicles F.B.I. cadet Clarice Starling’s investigation to track down a serial killer. Only the case involves getting the help of a cannibal killer to help find the criminal. Intense stuff, we promise.
14. The Usual Suspects (1995)
Make this a must-watch on your Amazon Prime list if you’re into crime drama mysteries. Considered one of IMDb’s top 250 movies, The Usual Suspects is a story about five criminals who meet at a police lineup, join forces for an illegal mission and wind up working for a criminal mastermind. A film with plot twists and edge-of-your-seat suspense that we won’t say much more about in case we spoil the ending.
15. Being the Ricardos (2021)
A biographical drama that can’t go unmissed. With an all-star cast including Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem and J.K. Simmons, this story will have you gripped as you learn about the behind-the-scenes lives of iconic television stars Lucille Balland Desi Arnaz in the 1950s. Personal and professional struggles of the I Love Lucy couple will open your eyes in more ways than expected…
There you have it, the best drama movies on Amazon Prime Video right now. Your friends and family will thank you for reading this list, so you don’t have to subject them to hours of hesitant scrolling every movie night.
What did you think of this list? Let us know your recommendations of some hidden gems on Amazon Prime that you think we’ve forgotten.
This article was originally published in July 2020.