15 Best Drama Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now

drama movies on amazon prime

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. Unbreakable (2000)

IMDb: 7.3/10

Looking for a drama mystery movie on Prime? Find Unbreakable and press play! This star-studded movie with Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson is a serious and thrilling take on superheroes that promises a enthralling watch. One guy is ‘unbreakable’, while his enemy is as fragile as glass. We promise you – your movie night-in just got totally better!

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2. Signs (2002)

IMDb: 6.7/10

If you’re a fan of the supernatural and all things outer space, this drama movie on Amazon crammed with sci-fi shenanigans is available for you. When a family on a farm find mysterious crop circles in their fields, things take a sinister turn, making the family grow suspicious of alien activities. Suspense is one word for it.

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3. Pearl Harbor (2001)

IMDb: 6.2/10

A drama movie on Amazon Prime that deserves a spot on your watchlist – especially if a blend of war and romance sounds like your thing! Based on the real-life attack on Pearl Harbor, this film unfolds the story of two friends and a nurse who find themselves in the midst of the terrible event in 1941. 

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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. Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

IMDb: 7.7/10

Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Josh Hartnett – what more could you ask for in a drama flick? If you’ve yet to see Lucky Number Slevin, now’s the time to stream and make it a must-watch on your Amazon Prime list. Watch all the fast action, suspense and entertainment unfold as the innocent Slevin is landed in a war controlled by two rival crime bosses. 

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6. Cast Away (2000)

IMDb: 7.6/10

It’s everyone’s biggest fear. Crash landing on a deserted island. Alone. Running on just fruit and veg, making his own fire in isolation, with just a ball to keep him company and motivate him to find refuge, Tom Hanks stars as Chuck Noland in this survival film that will keep you at the edge of your seats. If you haven’t seen it yet, Cast Away is a 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. The Proposal (2009)

IMDb: 6.7/10

Fancy tucking into a drama romance movie? The Proposal is available to stream on Prime! Starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, this heartwarming comedy sees editor Margaret push her young assistant into marrying her so she can remain in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada. It’s funny, it’s sweet, and it’s yet another flick you’ll in no doubt enjoy on a Friday eve.

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11. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

IMDb: 7.3/10

This Robin Williams movie will keep you grinning from ear to ear. Good Morning, Vietnam isn’t just a blockbuster for comedy fans, but for war-movie junkies, too. Chronicalling the story of DJ Adrian Cronauer who is assigned to work for the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam, this wonderful film currently streaming on Prime is certainly one to watch if you haven’t already.

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12. Flightplan (2005)

IMDb: 6.3/10

A great drama movie on Prime for those who could do with a thrill and some edge-of-your-seat entertainment. Flightplan will have you questioning every character’s motive as you watch Kyle Platt (Jodie Foster) hunt for her missing daughter – on a plane. Indeed, it’s as bizarre as it sounds, but the suspense is worth every minute of your time.

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11. 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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