15 Best Drama Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now

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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.

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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. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

IMDb: 7.4/10

Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett star in crime-drama The Talented Mr. Ripley, which delves into the story of Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) as he uses his ‘talents’ of forgery and lying to bring home millionaire playboy Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) from Italy. It’s so good, it won 10 Oscars. If that’s not enough to get you streaming this Prime movie, we don’t know what is. 

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2. House of Gucci (2021)

IMDb: 6.6/10

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.

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3. Ali (2001)

IMDb: 6.7/10

A biographical drama movie on Amazon Prime that deserves a spot on your watchlist – especially if boxing in movie format sounds like your thing! One of Will Smith’s greatest movies and based on the real-life legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, this blockbuster details his triumphs and tribulations throughout his peak of fame in the 60s and 70s.

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4. The Handmaiden (2016)

IMDb: 8.3/10

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.

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5. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

IMDb: 7.3/10

A great drama movie on Prime for those who enjoy sweet viewing just to pass the time. A group of elderly Britons head to India and reside in a hotel that turns out to be less luxurious than expected. Soon enough, they each discover its wonderful charms and embark on an exotic adventure.

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6. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

IMDb: 7.6/10

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…

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7. The Big Sick (2017)

IMDb: 7.5/10

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.

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8. The Lost City of Z (2016)

IMDb: 6.6/10

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.

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9. The Report (2019)

IMDb: 7.2/10

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!

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10. Step Up Revolution (2012)

IMDb: 6.4/10

Dance movies were all the rage in the 2010’s. If you happened to miss this one, now’s the time to stream and make it a must-watch on your Amazon Prime list. Step Up Revolution follows young dancer Emily who has big dreams of performing and soon enough meets her ideal partner Sean, a leader of a dance crew. It doesn’t star Channing Tatum, but it’s very much still worth the ride!

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11. Gladiator (2000)

IMDb: 8.5/10

Russell Crowe leads in this action-packed modern-day classic about a Roman General who’s seeking vengeance on an emperor who killed his family. A historical epic with magnificent gladiator fights, brilliant costumes and sets, and enough emotion and thrill to keep you gripped for hours on end.

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12. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

IMDb: 6.9/10

A drama classic you won’t want to miss! Indeed, the timeless Devil Wears Prada is listed on Amazon Prime and makes for a wonderful watch if you haven’t seen it already. Have a blast watching Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway perform some of their best roles yet. There’s high fashion, there’s laughter, and there’s some romance there’s no doubt you’ll enjoy.

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13. A League Of Their Own (1992)

IMDb: 7.3/10

An endearing, touching and comical movie with a fine cast that will give you all the entertainment you need. Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Lori Petty star in this drama-comedy that puts two sisters in a professional baseball league in the spotlight. There’s rivalry and romance and even if you’re not exactly a sports fan, this film has a lot more to offer!

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14. The Usual Suspects (1995)

IMDb: 8.5/10

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.

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15. Being the Ricardos (2021)

IMDb: 6.7/10

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…

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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.

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Maria Supplisson

Maria Supplisson

Maria is a screenwriting student at the London Film Academy with a Bachelors' degree in English & Creative Writing, blogger and storytelling-obsessed, from literature to TV shows, movies to documentaries. During her time at the London Film Academy, Maria wrote two short films that were produced by the school, one of which was showcased at the BFI for graduation, and she is now working on multiple projects from a short film to a play, while also translating articles from English to French about film, series, and celebrities for a London-based entertainment news agency. Unhealthily addicted to Game of Thrones lore.

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