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!

Our list features movies on Amazon Prime U.S. only. Some films may not be available on international platforms. We frequently update this article to remove and replace new movies on Prime.

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1. Knives Out (2019)

IMDb: 7.9/10

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.

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2. Midsommar (2019)

IMDb: 7.1/10

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.

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3. 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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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 Lighthouse (2019)

IMDb: 7.6/10

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.

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6. Fight Club (1999)

IMDb: 8.8/10

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.

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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.

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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 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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11. The Social Network (2010)

IMDb: 7.7/10

Wondering what to watch on Amazon Prime? Get in the mood for this biographical drama that centers all around the most popular social media worldwide, Facebook. Discover its beginnings through creator, Mark Zuckerberg’s journey and how he became the youngest billionaire in history.

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12. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

IMDb: 7.9/10

A classic Johnny Depp movie that mustn’t go unmissed. If you’ve yet to watch this absolute treasure of a film, make sure to stream it on Prime before it gets snatched away. This fantasy drama follows the story of an artificial man with – you guessed it – scissor hands, who meets a regular young lady (Winona Ryder) and gets sucked into her suburban world.

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13. Sleeping With the Enemy (1991)

IMDb: 6.3/10

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 on Prime 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.

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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. The Iron Lady (2011)

IMDb: 6.4/10

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.

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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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