HBO Max and Netflix may get all the press, but Amazon’s Prime Video service has quietly built up an impressive library of movies, TV shows, and documentaries to watch. Whether you’re looking for a sci-fi blockbuster, a thought-provoking documentary, or a hilarious comedy, Prime Video will have something to keep you entertained.
Recently, Amazon has invested heavily in original movies and acquisitions of films from other studios to stream exclusively on Prime Video. Today, the collection is impressive and deep, which could be problematic when you want to find something to watch.
To help you out, we’ve rounded up the best Amazon original movies that you can stream right now.
Ever wonder how a young man became a legend? That’s what director Ben Affleck explores in his new movie Air, which stars Matt Damon as Sonny Vaccaro, a gung-ho Nike salesman who believes a young basketball player named Michael Jordan will revolutionize sports and thus should be the face of Nike. In 1984, Nike dominated the running market, but basketball was its weakness as rival companies Converse and Adidas had all the best NBA players wearing their shoes. Vaccaro convinces Nike co-founder Phil Knight (Affleck) to devote all its resources to signing Jordan to wear its shoes, a gamble that eventually led to a billion-dollar empire.
In addition to Damon and Affleck, Air also stars Viola Davis (The Suicide Squad) as Michael Jordan’s mother Deloris, Jason Bateman (Ozark) as Nike employee Rob Strasser; Marlon Wayans (The Curse of Bridge Hollow) as George Raveling, Jordan’s assistant coach on the 1984 U.S. Olympic team; Chris Messina (Based on a True Story) as Jordan’s agent, David Falk; Chris Tucker (Rush Hour) as Nike executive Howard White; Matthew Maher (Our Flag Means Death) as Nike designer Peter Moore; and Julius Tennon (How to Get Away with Murder) as Jordan’s father, James R. Jordan Sr.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about Amazon Studios’ new documentary Judy Blume Forever is that the author herself, Judy Blume, is not only still alive, but she was able to be an active participant in the movie. The film essentially tells her life story, often in her own words, as it chronicles her journey from a housewife to a beloved children’s author whose books are still widely read.
Several famous commentators also share their thoughts about Blume, including Molly Ringwald, Lena Dunham, Anna Konki, Samantha Bee, Mary H.K. Choi, and Jacqueline Woodson. But the ones who really stand out are the ordinary women whose lives were deeply touched by Blume and her stories.
Darcy (Jennifer Lopez) and Tom (Josh Duhamel) dreamed up the ultimate destination wedding.
Unfortunately, upon their arrival, the entire wedding party is taken hostage. Now, despite both individuals suffering from cold feet, as well as some opinionated and grumpy family members, everyone has to dig deep to give “‘Til Death Do Us Part” a whole new meaning.
Dave Franco and Alison Brie team up for this romantic comedy that casts Brie as a workaholic television producer who decides to return to her hometown after suffering a professional setback.
The film is directed by Franco and co-written by him and Brie, and has her character reconnecting with her currently engaged first love (Jay Ellis). Their reunion sets off a series of events that has everyone getting in touch with who they are and who they really want to be in life and love.
This critically acclaimed historical drama released in 2022 explores the events surrounding 1985’s “Trial of the Juntas,” in which the ringleaders of Argentina’s last bloody civil-military dictatorship were prosecuted.
The events that transpired became the basis for the most prominent war crimes trial since the Nuremberg Trials, and the first major trial for war crimes conducted by a civilian court. Nominated for an Oscar for Best International Feature (it lost to Netflix’s All Quiet on the Western Front), Argentina 1985 also won a Golden Globe Award en route to becoming one of the country’s most celebrated films of all time.
In the same way that audiences fell in love with Pixar’s cute Wall•E, watching Good Night Oppy draws you into the gushy human emotion surrounding a robot roaming Mars 50 million miles away. But that’s because this documentary is as much about the people at NASA that made the Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover mission possible as it is about the rover itself.
Narrated by Angela Basset, Good Night Oppy tells the inspiring story of Opportunity, a six-wheeled, solar-powered vehicle that touched down on the Red Planet in January 2004 and was supposed to roam and explore the landscape for a predetermined 90 days. But beyond anyone’s expectations, Oppy’s mission endured for nearly 15 years before going dark. Told through interviews with many of the scientists and engineers on the project, as well as archival footage, this is a feel-good doc that’s not to be missed.
Amazon breaks the rom-com mold with this Gen Z romance that focuses on a trans high school girl navigating the troubles of dating while trans. Kelsa (Eva Reign) knows who she is, but she can’t control the stigma that her classmates fear they may endure from asking her out. Khal (Abubakr Ali), however, develops feelings for Kelsa that he can’t shake. So, despite knowing the drama that might ensue, Khal summons up the courage to ask Kelsa out and see where those feelings lead.
Billy Porter directs this off-the-cuff coming-of-age rom-com (enough hyphens for you?) that stars Eva Reign as Kelsa, a trans high school girl who is supremely confident in her skin yet can’t seem to find romance. That’s in part due to the stigma feared by her classmates should someone ask her out. But when Khal (Abubakr Ali) gets a crush on Kelsa, he summons the courage to ask her out, despite what his peers might say.
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