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. 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. Rocketman (2019)
A drama movie on Amazon that will put you in the mood for music! Everyone knows Elton John, but do you really know the man behind the legend? This musical biopic answers (almost) every question you might have on the Tiny Dancer singer’s first steps as an artist. Taron Egerton does such a stellar job as the British star, that you’ll sometimes forget you’re not watching a documentary.
3. 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.
4. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
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. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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!
11. 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.
12. Rain Man (1988)
If you’ve yet to see Rain Man, then make it a must-watch on your Amazon Prime list! This is a wonderful tale of two estranged brothers who finally meet and set out on a cross-country trip of a lifetime. One of them is motivated by their father’s money while the other is autistic. A sweet story that will stay with you forever – oh and it stars Tom Cruise!
13. The Terminal (2004)
Victor Navorski finds himself stuck at JFK Airport after arriving from a politically unstable country. Forced to make the airport his home and befriend those who work there, Navorski remains within the closed walls for months on end until he can leave. This may sound like a snooze-fest, but believe us, it’s not. The Terminal is fantastic. Needless to say Tom Hanks is in it, so it must be good.
14. Zodiac (2007)
Loosely based on the real-life killer from the 70s, Zodiac is guaranteed to be your new favorite crime-drama movie on Prime. Detectives and investigators are put to the test when they’re faced with tracking down an unknown serial killer who taunts them with letters and cryptic messages. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo, this star-studded film is ideal for a thrilling night in.
15. 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.
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.
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