15 Best Drama Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now

Stop wasting your time scrolling through movie options when you can find one here!
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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. 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 good 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. We frequently update this article to remove and replace new movies on Prime.

1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

IMDb: 7.8/10

One of Brad Pitt’s greatest achievements (3 Oscars won!), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a drama that will stay with you forever. Telling the absurd yet amazing story of a man who ages backwards (yes, it’s as wacky as it sounds), this is a movie you won’t want to miss. Indeed, this drama movie on Prime, only available for a limited time, is worth streaming now.

2. The Flash (2023)

IMDb: 6.7/10

The Flash may be crammed with action and adventure, but there’s always room for some drama in a movie like this. Ezra Miller does a perfect job in the role of the uber-powerful DC hero The Flash throughout this epic DCEU movie. Barry Allen uses his super speed powers in the race for his life as he travels to the past to save his family. It’s so fun, we’re all sitting here tapping our foot, waiting for the next opus. Make it a must-watch on your Amazon Prime list today!

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. By the looks of its rating, this is one of the best drama movies on Amazon Prime. Don’t be fooled by this rather standard premise, that’s only the tip of the fabulous, intricate iceberg that is The Handmaiden.

4. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

IMDb: 7.1/10

If you’re wondering what to watch on Amazon Prime, consider the 1994 classic, Four Weddings and a Funeral. Hugh Grant shines (as usual) in this romance movie which is ideal for a girls’ night in. Charles is unlucky in love until he meets the woman of his dreams. She moves back to America, but the two soulmates keep bumping into each other at – you guessed it – a few weddings and a funeral.

5. Top Gun (1986)

IMDb: 6.9/10

Another classic that’s available to stream this month! Top Gun is the first of many iconic movies in its saga which sees daredevil pilot Maverick make his way and compete through the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school. This is an action-drama film on Prime that probably won’t be around for long, so even if you’ve watched it 100 times over, make sure you get one last viewing of the legendary movie.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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!

9. The Notebook (2004)

IMDb: 7.8/10

There’s no question why this film should be on your watchlist. One of the best drama movies on Amazon Prime and possibly the greatest romance film out there. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams star together in The Notebook, a beautiful love story of two young lovers over the decades. Be warned: There are laughs, tears, and a whole lot of heartbreaks in this absolute gem of a movie.

10. Spectre (2015)

IMDb: 6.8/10

A beloved James Bond movie is available on Prime! Daniel Craig takes on the role of 007, giving fans the ultimate action-packed, spy-filled ride. In this opus, Bond works to stop and destroy the looming threat of SPECTRE, a foreboding organization. Whether you’ve watched the previous installments or not, now’s your chance to tuck in on one of the most iconic movie sagas of our time.

11. Batman Forever (1995)

The third opus of the original Batman trilogy isn’t the best film of the Batman saga, but it’s still a superhero movie you don’t want to skip. This classic adventure film also stars icons Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman and Tommy-Lee Jones. Batman Forever surprises you at every turn and by the end of it, you’ll find yourself as breathless as the hero himself.

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.

13. Sicario (2015)

IMDb: 7.7/10

Here’s a good drama film on Prime you don’t want to miss! FBI agent Kate Macer sets out on a journey to the border between the United States and Mexico, to break down an escalating war against drugs. This blockbuster’s worthy of its high rating and has every bit of dramatic action and suspense you’ve been looking for.

14. Basic Instinct (1992)

IMDb: 7.0/10

Basic Instinct stars Hollywood legends Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone – that should be enough to get you streaming this Prime movie. Also a mystery thriller, this classic movie follows detective Nick Curran as he investigates a brutal murder, and meets a suspicious novelist on the way.

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…

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 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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mike loft
1 year ago

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