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 2019 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. Fight Club (1999)
One of the many Amazon Prime movies that fall into the ‘iconic’ category. Tired of his repetitive routine, an ordinary man follows a charismatic misfit’s advice and joins an underground club where bored men beat each other up to spice up their lives. David Fincher keeps you glued to the screen from beginning to end in this book-turned-movie that has understandably become an absolute cult classic.
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. Fighting With My Family (2019)
In this heartfelt comedy drama inspired by the life of WWE star Paige, the young daughter and son of a wrestling family decide to try their luck in the WWE, only to be separated when only one of them makes it past the first auditions. If you already thought Florence Pugh was talented, this simple but sincere little movie will officially make you worship her.
7. Fast Color (2018)
In this unique sci-fi drama film released in 2018, three generations of women gifted with superpowers join forces to defend themselves against dark forces. This fascinating tale also explores racism and family ties in a way that you’ve probably never seen in a science fiction story, proving that superhero movies can be just as efficient without big blockbuster-ish special effects.
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. Sleeping With the Enemy (1991)
You can always count on Julia Roberts to deliver a great drama movie in the 90s. Sleeping With the Enemy is an age-old classic that follows a young lady who fakes her death in order to escape her abusive husband. If you enjoy dramas with a touch of thrill, this blockbuster is for you.
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. Dear John (2010)
A must-watch on your Amazon Prime list if you’re up for a sweet drama and romance movie! A couple’s awe-inspiring love story is tested to its limits when one of them – a soldier has to go on leave. You might shed a few tears, but that’s a given when you’re watching a story that’s from the author of The Notebook. One of Channing Tatum’s best roles!
13. Unbreakable (2000)
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!
14. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
It’s rare to find a decent comedy that’s got an IMDb rating of over seven, nowadays. Forgetting Sarah Marshall is the ultimate comedy drama romance flick for those who simply want to sit back and enjoy and easy-going movie. Peter just wants to get over his ex-girlfriend while on holiday, but it proves a difficult (and hilarious) task when she ends up at the same resort – with her new man.
15. Signs (2002)
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.
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.