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. Knives Out (2019)
In this witty and impossibly clever ‘whodunit’ led by the charismatic detective, Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), a team of sleuths investigate the murder of a wealthy crime novelist whose eccentric relatives are potential suspects. With a star-studded cast and plot twists that will make your jaw drop to the ground like a Looney Tunes character, you’ll wonder where this movie has been all your life.
2. Midsommar (2019)
In this tormenting and well-crafted drama-horror film, a young woman who recently lost her parents and sister accompanies her boyfriend and his friends to a strange yet captivating midsummer festival in Sweden. What starts out as a unique experience eventually turns into an absolute nightmare for everyone involved… not sure this movie does wonders for Sweden’s tourism industry, but fans of dramas and psychological horrors will be thrilled.
3. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
A sweet drama and romance movie casting none other than 90s sweethearts Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz. My Best Friend’s Wedding is a classic comedy drama for when you need a pick me up or just fancy a good old throwback. Julianne (Roberts) is ridiculously in love with her BFF, so much so, that she goes out of her way to ruthlessly destroy his upcoming wedding. Will he choose friendship over love? Press play to find out.
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 Lighthouse (2019)
If lighthouse keepers who slowly lose their minds whilst bearing solitude and boredom on an isolated island sounds like your type of stuff, you might just be in for a treat. This little minimalist masterpiece might not make you want to become a lighthouse keeper, but it will definitely reinforce your love for cinema (and your love for Robert Pattinson). A drama movie on Amazon Prime that deserves a spot on your watchlist.
6. Zodiac (2007)
Loosely based on the real-life killer from the 70s, Zodiac is guaranteed to be your new favorite crime-drama movie on Prime. Detectives and investigators are put to the test when they’re faced with tracking down an unknown serial killer who taunts them with letters and cryptic messages. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo, this star-studded film is ideal for a thrilling night in.
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.
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. Riding In Cars With Boys (2001)
A great drama movie from the early noughties starring Drew Barrymore and Brittany Murphy – what more could you ask for if you’re in the mood for a touching chick flick? This is a true story about writer Beverly Donofrio who navigates life after having a son at the age of 15 and a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father. A sweet ride you won’t regret going on.
11. Seven Pounds (2008)
One of Will Smith’s greatest movies, Seven Pounds is one of those drama flicks that goes unnoticed and totally deserves more. Follow Ben as he embarks on an inspiring journey to change the lives of seven people. If you’re wondering what to watch on Amazon Prime, consider this heartwarming blockbuster that’s bound to leaving you feeling good by the end of it.
12. Premonition (2007)
This blockbuster starring Sandra Bullock promises to take you on a suspenseful ride as you follow Linda Hanson who tries to stop a premonition of her husband’s death from becoming a reality. A time-hopping and emotional journey it is, and a must-watch on your Amazon Prime list if you’re up for a thrill!
13. Secret Window (2004)
If you’re up for solving a good ol’ mystery, this Amazon Prime movie deserves the play button. With elements of thriller and drama combined into one, this great Johnny Depp movie sees its main character being stalked by someone who wants serious retribution. Start streaming for a phycological thriller you won’t regret watching.
14. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Based on a novel of the same name, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a crime drama movie surrounding disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his mysterious assistant hacker Lisbeth Salander as they try to investigate the murder of a young girl named Harriet Vanger. A dark tale and chilling thriller that will take you through the world of crime and corruption. Did we mention Daniel Craig stars in it?
15. The Iron Lady (2011)
There’s no rejecting a Meryl Streep movie, right? Especially one that sees her embodying the renowned Iron Lady. Indeed, Streep is Margaret Thatcher in this drama movie on Amazon that chronicles key points in the former prime minister’s life. Those who get a kick out of biographies and British politics might just enjoy this one.
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.