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. 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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2. Fools Rush In (1997)

IMDb: 6.1/10

Starring Friends legend Matthew Perry and Latina star Salma Hayek, this drama romance movie is the two hours you need for the ultimate laugh and swoon. Two new lovebirds accidentally fall pregnant and make the swift decision to get married. But with marriage comes more than just sunshine and rainbows…

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3. 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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4. The King’s Speech (2010)

IMDb: 8.0/10

As a winner of four Oscars, there’s no question why The King’s Speech should be on your watchlist. Starring Colin Firth as King George VI, we follow his journey towards sitting on the throne whilst battling his speech impediment. A good biographical drama that’ll warm you towards historic members of the British royal family.

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5. The Truman Show (1998)

IMDb: 8.1/10

The Truman Show will have you questioning your own reality. This high-rated drama with a touch of comedy (duh, Jim Carrey is the lead role) follows the story of Truman Burbank who strangely discovers that his entire life and every single move has been in the public eye – more specifically, in a reality show. Make it a must-watch on your Amazon Prime list today! 

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6. Scarface (1983)

IMDb: 8.3/10

Is there really any need to introduce this classic flick? If you’ve yet to watch this crime drama movie, here goes – Tony Montana is the most famous drug lord in Miami (and on TV). Binge-watch this epic gangster film to see him battle it out with police, Colombian drug cartels, and more! Scarface is intense and fast-paced enough to keep you glued to your screen until the end credits start rolling.

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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. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

IMDb: 8.6/10

Here’s an action-drama film on Prime you don’t want to miss! If you’re a warfare movie junkie and have yet to delve into this absolute classic, you know what to do next. This Tom Hanks and Matt Damon flick will put you at the forefront of World War II as Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) takes his men to find Private James Ryan whose brothers have been killed in battle.

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11. No Time to Die (2021)

IMDb: 7.3/10

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.

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12. My Policeman (2022)

IMDb: 6.3/10

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.

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13. 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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14. Snowpiercer (2013)

IMDb: 7.1/10

During the world’s second Ice Age, a train divided by social classes shelters the last survivors of our species. Tired of their condition, the poorest, neglected residents decide to change the system by overtaking the engine room. A somber, intelligent and thought-provoking post-apocalyptic thriller – that should be enough to get you streaming this Prime movie. And did we mention Chris Evans is in it?

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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.

One Response

  1. Hi Maria,
    Just love your list of movies! We saw House of Gucci (what a treat), King’s Speech (very well done movie), and got The Report cued up. And all included in my Prime membership! My wife is finally getting interested in watchng movies again due to your advice. Seriously, getting good advice is pretty darn necessary as far as I’m concerned LOL. Now I’m getting complements but we know who’s behind it. One idea: since Prime has thousands of films in their library, not every one is a jewel. But there are cinephiles like myself who would like advice about the vast selection that never gets any notice and waiting to get discovered. Anyhow, keep up the good work! Mike

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