It might not necessarily be the first video streaming service you think of, but Amazon Prime Video Australia has some of the best movies around (not to mention an incredible selection of TV shows). Whether you’re wanting a movie to watch by your lonesome or you’re planning your next movie night with either your partner or mates, the key is to pick an excellent film… Which is easier said than done.
With an abundance of films and streaming platforms available nowadays, it’s incredibly tough to actually sift through which movies are worth your precious time. Be honest; how many times have you spent half an hour (or more) looking for a movie to watch and then you end up putting on the same old reliable film you’ve seen twenty times? We bet a lot.
Don’t worry, we’ve here to save you from this endless cycle. If you’ve got a subscription with Amazon Prime Video Australia, these are the best movies to stream on the platform.
7.8 IMDb score, stars Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy & Margot Robbie, Comedy, Drama & Fantasy, released in 2013
This delightful film follows Tim, whose dad informs him on his 21st birthday that every male in their family can time travel. Of course, Tim uses his newfound power to get a girlfriend. Fresh and original, this romantic comedy has a heartfelt message that’ll stay with you long after the credits roll.
About Time is a fantastic and charming film that anyone, no matter their film tastes, would highly enjoy.
7.6 IMDb score, stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, John Hamm & Jamie Foxx, Action, Crime & Drama, released in 2017
Baby Driver is about a young hearing-impaired man who is indebted to a crime boss and is forced to take part in an ill-fated heist as the getaway driver. Thrilling with a face-paced story and a phenomenal soundtrack, Baby Driver is hugely entertaining.
If you’re a fan of cars, music, or heist-films, you’ll definitely love Baby Driver.
Back To The Future
8.5 IMDb score, stars Michael J. Fox & Christopher Lloyd, Adventure, Comedy & Sci-Fi, released in 1985
It’s the film that loosely inspired Rick & Morty and spawned a popular trilogy, Back To The Future. Teenager Marty McFly finds himself travelling back in time to the 1950s thanks to his friend’s, Doc Brown, experiment going wrong. Marty encounters his parents as teens and has to make sure they fall in love otherwise he’ll cease to exist.
Lighthearted and clever, you’ll get a few good laughs while watching this charming 80’s comedy.
The Big Short
7.8 IMDb score, stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling & Brad Pitt, Comedy, Drama & Biography, released in 2015
The Big Short isn’t a movie that you just put on to relax. Because it’s based on the true story of the housing market crash, following a group of investors that predicted it, this is a movie that you really need to pay attention to. Based on the book of the same name and featuring an ensemble cast including Bale, Gosling, Carell and Pitt, The Big Short is an eye-opening movie that helps to explain the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 in a smart and funny way.
If you don’t have an Amazon Prime Video Australia subscription, but you want to watch The Big Short, then you can check it out on Netflix Australia.
7.8 IMDb score, stars Tom Hanks & Barkhad Abdi, Action, Biography & Crime, released in 2013
Based on the very true story of Captain Richard Phillips and how he handled Somali pirates hijacking his cargo ship. A tense thriller complete with exceptional performances, especially from Hanks & Abdi who both earned Golden Globe acting nominations for Captain Phillips.
If you’re after an intense yet enjoyable film, you have to watch Captain Phillips.
8.8 IMDb score, stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter & Meat Loaf, Drama, released in 1999
Fight Club is the epitome of a cult classic movie. It follows Norton’s unnamed character, who is an insomniac, and his chance meeting with Pitt’s Tyler Durden. The duo start up an underground fight club that escalates, quickly. If you don’t know about the ending – and considering the first rule of Fight Club is to not talk about Fight Club, we hope you don’t – then you’re certainly in for a wild ride.
Bold and gritty, if you liked the films Shutter Island or Being John Malkovich, you’ll love Fight Club. If you don’t have an Amazon Prime subscription, then you can still check out Fight Club on Disney Plus.
8.1 IMDb score, stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike & Neil Patrick Harris, Drama, Mystery & Thriller, released in 2014
When Nick Dunne’s wife, Amy goes missing, Nick himself becomes the prime suspect. When the media descend upon Nick, it certainly seems like they, and the police, have got their guy. But, with this being a thriller, not everything is as it seems.
Based on the best-selling book of the same name, Gone Girl is one of the best thriller movies on Prime Video. If you don’t have a Prime Video subscription, you can still enjoy watching Gone Girl on Netflix Australia.
8.0 IMDb score, stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams & Scarlett Johansson, Drama, Romance & Sci-Fi, released in 2013
Her follows Theodore, a lonely recently-divorced writer, who purchases OS1- the world’s first artificially intelligent operating system. However, Theodore quickly falls in love with the voice behind OS1, Samantha (Samantha’s like Siri or Alexa).
With fantastic performances, an intriguing plot and stunning cinematography and direction, if you’re a fan of Black Mirror, you’ll love Her.
8.3 IMDb score, stars Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Daniel Brühl & Diane Kruger, written & directed by Quentin Tarantino, Drama, War & Comedy, released in 2009
Set during World War II in Nazi-occupied France, a young Jewish woman plans to kill the most important Nazi officers during a film premiere at the cinema she owns. However, a group of Jewish-American freedom fighters also plan to attack the Nazi officers during the premiere.
Clever dialogue, Tarantino’s signature violence and gore, and Waltz’s performance – which earned him an Academy Award – make Inglorious Basterds a must-watch.
7.4 IMDb score, stars Keanu Reeves, Action, Crime & Thriller, released in 2014
Master assassin John Wick is forced out of retirement due to unfortunate circumstances and, naturally, he wants revenge. What ensues is a series of some incredibly well-choreographed fight and action sequences that have made John Wick and its sequels loved by so many. Keanu Reeves is perfect casting, embodying a man who you wouldn’t necessarily assume has the skills and strategic way of thinking that he displays. Not only will you be drawn to the action on screen, but the soundtrack is equally as engaging.
If you want to watch a well-done action flick, make sure you watch John Wick. You can also watch the second and third John Wick films on Amazon Prime Video Australia too. If you don’t have a Prime Video subscription, then you can check out the John Wick films on Netflix Australia.
Man On Fire
7.7 IMDb score, stars Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken & Dakota Fanning, Action, Crime & Drama, released in 2004
A burnt-out, ex-CIA operative is hired to protect a nine-year-old girl. When she is kidnapped, he is finally motivated and swears to rescue her and get revenge on the people who took her. Extremely violent in places and with a captivating performance from Washington, if you love thrillers, Man on Fire is for you.
If you liked Taken, you’ll enjoy Man on Fire.
7.4 IMDb score, stars Tahar Rahim & Jodie Foster, Biography, Drama & Thriller, released in 2021
The Mauritanian is based on the sad but very true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was detained and imprisoned for years – despite the fact he was never charged by the US Government. This incredible and powerful film highlights Slahi’s fight for freedom and is enthralling and informative.
If you’re after a film that will stay with you long after the credits roll, The Mauritanian is for you.
7.4 IMDb score, stars Bob Odenkirk & Christopher Lloyd, Crime, Action & Drama, released in 2021
A timid and bored family man who is considered by everyone – including his family – as a ‘nobody’ is triggered into going back to his former assassin roots when his family home is robbed. Very similar to John Wick; it’s even written by Derek Kolstad who wrote John Wick, but Odenkirk’s performance makes the story feel original.
If you enjoyed Odenkirk in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, you’ll love him in this entertaining action flick.
No Country For Old Men
8.1 IMDb score, stars Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem & Josh Brolin, directed by Ethan & Joel Coen, Crime, Drama & Thriller, released in 2007
In No Country For Old Men, a man named Moss, played by Brolin, stumbles upon the crime scene of a drug deal gone wrong and can’t resist taking $2 million dollars cash that was left at the scene. A hitman, played by Bardem, tasked with finding the money then pursues Moss while a local sheriff, played by Jones, investigates the whole affair.
A dark yet captivating film about coincidence and fate, No Country For Old Men is considered one of the best films of the 21st century.
7.4 IMDb score, stars Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti & J.K. Simmons, Comedy, Fantasy & Mystery, released in 2020
Whilst at her sister’s wedding, Sarah, played by Milioti, meets Nyles, played by Samberg, and the two get stuck living the same day over and over again in an eternal time loop. Hilarious and extremely well-written, Palm Springs is a philosophical comedy that’s well worth a watch.
If you’re a fan of Samberg and his comedy trio, The Lonely Island, you’ll highly enjoy Palm Springs.
7.1 IMDb score, stars Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow & Rebel Wilson, Comedy & Music, released in 2012
A jaded college student wants to drop out to be a DJ, and her father agrees to help and support her if she gets involved with a college program for one year. She ends up joining The Barden Bellas, an all-girl a cappella group desperate to beat their rivals – the Treblemakers; an all-male a cappella group – at Nationals. Don’t let the premise fool you, this movie is surprisingly hilarious.
If you’re after a good laugh and enjoy killer tunes, make sure you check out Pitch Perfect.
Ready Player One
7.4 IMDb score, stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, TJ Miller & Simon Pegg, directed by Steven Spielberg, Action, Adventure & Sci-Fi, released in 2018
Set in the not so distant future, the creator of OASIS – a virtual reality where life is much more fun – announces posthumously to all users that there’s a challenge: find his easter egg. Whoever finds it first will inherit his fortune and gain complete control of OASIS. There’s no doubt about it, Ready Player One is a love letter to nerds who love all things video games, film, pop culture etc.
If that’s you, you’ll highly enjoy Ready Player One.
School Of Rock
7.1 IMDb score, stars Jack Black, Comedy & Music, released in 2003
When Dewey, played by Black, is kicked out of his rock band and is forced to get a job by his roommate, he poses as said roommate to get a job at an elite private school as a substitute teacher. When Dewey discovers most of his young students are accomplished musicians, he teaches them rock in the hopes that they will win a local rock band comp.
School Of Rock is still absolutely hilarious almost twenty years after its release and while we’re guessing you’ve seen it before, the film’s so rewatchable we’re telling you to watch it again.
7.1 IMDb score, stars Shane Warne, Ed Sheeran & Chris Martin, Documentary & Sport, released in 2022
A wonderful documentary that provides viewers with an insight into the late (and great) Shane Warne’s life. Hailed the best bowler in cricketing history, the film explores Warne’s life on and off the pitch and features interviews with the Aussie legend himself (the film was released just before Warne’s death) as well as interviews with family and friends.
Any cricketing or Warnie fan will love Shane, but be prepared to get emotional.
The Social Network
7.7 IMDb score, stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield & Justin Timberlake, Biography & Drama, released in 2010
Based on how Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook and the two lawsuits that ensued, The Social Network is considered one of the best films of the 21st century. Eisenberg and Garfield provide exceptional performances and the direction, screenplay, editing, cinematography, and score are superb.
The Social Network is compelling and you should definitely watch it at least once before you die.
8.1 IMDb score, stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James & Stanley Tucci, Biography, Crime & Drama, released in 2015
Based on the true story of how Spotlight, the team of investigative reporters at the Boston Globe newspaper uncovered in the early 2000s the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese. The film earned two Academy Awards and was nominated for six overall.
Spotlight has a flawless screenplay that’s acted to perfection by the cast; especially Ruffalo and McAdams. Plus, Spotlight also features fantastic cinematography and direction and is scored wonderfully.
6.9 IMDb score, stars Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly & Adam Scott, directed by Adam McKay, Comedy, released in 2008
Filled with many laugh-out-loud moments, Step Brothers follows two 40-year-olds who still live at home and have absolutely no life goals. The two middle-aged men become step-brothers after their parents marry, and are essentially forced to become roommates. Despite a ridiculous premise, Step Brothers is hilarious with dialogue that’s highly quotable.
If you’re in the mood to laugh, look no further than Step Brothers.
Super Size Me
7.2 IMDb score, Documentary, released in 2004
Super Size Me is a documentary that follows the film’s director Morgan Spurlock as he eats nothing but McDonald’s for an entire month. Plus, he must eat every item on the menu at least once over the course of the month and anytime a McDonald’s employee asks if he wants his meal ‘super sized’, he must say yes.
An eye-opening and highly interesting look at the fast-food industry and the US’s attitude to obesity, Super Size Me is a film you’ll enjoy even if you’re not usually a fan of documentaries.
The Truman Show
8.2 IMDb score, stars Jim Carrey, Ed Harris & Laura Linney, Comedy & Drama, released in 1998
Truman Burbank thinks he’s had a very normal life. But he’s actually the star of a 24/7 reality show and has no idea thousands of hidden cameras are recording and broadcasting his every move; nor does he know that his wife is just an actress who’s a part of the elaborate tv show scheme.
Thought-provoking but still funny, The Truman Show is one of Carrey’s best films.
The Wolf Of Wall Street
8.2 IMDb score, stars Leonardo Dicaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie & Matthew McConaughey, directed by Martin Scorsese, Crime, Comedy & Biography, released in 2013
The Wolf Of Wall Street sees DiCaprio take on the role of real-life former stockbroker Jordan Belfort and his incredible rise to become the most famous man on New York’s famous Wall Street. The movie follows Belfort’s journey of setting up his own brokerage firm and then defrauding wealthy investors out of millions of dollars. Entertaining, raunchy, and exquisitely stylistic, there’s a reason your mates constantly bring up how good The Wolf Of Wall Street is.
Hill and McConaughey make for excellent supporting stars, making this an absolute must-watch movie. If you don’t have a Prime Video subscription, then you can still check out The Wolf of Wall Street on Netflix Australia.