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. Pulp Fiction (1994)
One of the highest rated movies on IMDb and starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood (John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson), Pulp Fiction deserves a spot on your watchlist if you haven’t seen it yet. This is a crime drama with addictive tales of violence and redemption that’s bound to stay with you for life. A classic you don’t want to miss.
2. House of Gucci (2021)
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.
3. Good Will Hunting (1997)
This Robin Williams movie is an engrossing drama worth watching in your spare time. Matt Damon plays Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T. who has a genius-level IQ. The touching story sees Hunting seek help from a psychologist (Robin Williams) to set straight other issues that consume his mind. With a plot that will move you, this is a film you won’t forget for a while.
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 Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett star in crime-drama The Talented Mr. Ripley, which delves into the story of Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) as he uses his ‘talents’ of forgery and lying to bring home millionaire playboy Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) from Italy. It’s so good, it won 10 Oscars. If that’s not enough to get you streaming this Prime movie, we don’t know what is.
6. The King’s Speech (2010)
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.
7. The Big Sick (2017)
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.
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. What’s more? This film is based on a book and true story.
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. Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
If you’ve been alive for more than a decade, then you’ve heard about the Indiana Jones franchise whether you remember it or not. One of Harrison Ford’s best roles, but also one of the most entertaining action films of the last century, the first opus, Raiders of the Lost Ark will take you on a journey around the world to retrieve a precious object before Nazis get their hands on it. It doesn’t get much better than that!
11. No Time to Die (2021)
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.
12. My Policeman (2022)
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. The Help (2011)
Here’s a drama movie you must stream on Prime before it’s gone. The Help has all the drama and emotions to leave an imprint in your heart. Set in the 1960s, starring Emma Stone as author Skeeter Phelan, the film sees her write a book about African American maids and how they deal with life’s hardships during the civil rights movement.
14. I, Robot (2004)
One of Will Smith’s greatest movies, I, Robot takes place in a far future – year 2035. Detective Del Spooner investigates the murder of U.S. Robotics founder Alfred Lanning, and comes to suspect that a human-like robot is the one who murdered him. Yeah, intense stuff. It’s worth making it a must-watch on your Amazon Prime list.
15. Being the Ricardos (2021)
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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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