Amazon Prime Video offers up a whole other world of films and television programmes, a lot of which aren’t always available on other streaming platforms. If you’re an Amazon Prime user, we’ve got you covered! Here’s our pick of the best films currently available on Prime Video so that you’ll never be without something to watch.
This war film offers a slightly different type of storyline to others in its category. Based on a true story, it follows an American Army Medic who unusually refuses to kill people for personal and religious reasons. We see the journey of Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, through enlisting with the Army and eventually the events at the battle at Hacksaw Ridge on the Japanese island of Okinawa. Winning a total of 53 awards, Hacksaw Ridge needs to be watched.
Set in 1960’s America, Green Book shows the unlikely friendship of Dr. Donald Shirley, a black musician, and Tony Lip, who is hired as his bodyguard for an upcoming tour of the deep South. The film reveals their blossoming friendship in a heart-warming fashion, without forgetting to explore racial issues of the time and culture. Starring Viggo Mortensen as Tony and Mahershala Ali as Dr. Donald Shirley, Green Book delves into difficult topics whilst also being an easy watch.
Horror fans will have probably seen this one already, but aren’t we all guilty of watching our favourite films more than once? Based on the novel by Stephen King, IT is the first film in a now two-part franchise and follows the story of a group of children who are terrorized by a scary clown-like creature called Pennywise, eventually resulting in a dramatic climax. This film was much anticipated and earnt a whopping $123,403,419 in its opening weekend in the US and has been followed by a sequel released in 2019.
This film might not be to everyone’s taste, but to a certain audience would definitely call the St Trinian’s series of films their guilty pleasure. The original St Trinian’s has aged like a fine wine (who can believe it was released back in 2007?) and features an unconventional all-girls secondary school fighting to stay open due to money troubles. The original has also now been followed by a sequel, St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold, which is also available now on Amazon Prime.
The Football Factory
The Football Factory is another iconic film that was released back in 2004 but it has definitely stood the test of time. Not one for the younger viewers, it centres around the life of a football hooligan and has the core themes of sex, drugs and alcohol. The story focuses on The Headhunters, who are a group that supports Chelsea football club, and the Bushwhackers, who support Millwall football club. Danny Dyer stars as Tommy Johnson alongside Frank Harper and Tamer Hassan in a film that is definitely not afraid to explore difficult issues.
The Upside is the American remake of the 2011 French film The Intouchables. The story is another unlikely tale of friendship between a paralysed man and an ex-convict who is hired as his carer; the pair do not initially get on, but they grow to love each other and eventually develop a deep friendship. The film cleverly explores several difficult themes, such as class differences and race, in a light-hearted way that is not without its deeper meaning. Hollywood superstar Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman all feature in leading roles in the film, which is based on a true story.
The Hunger Games
If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games franchise of films, you’ll be pleased to know that Amazon Prime actually has all four films ready for you to watch for free with your membership at any time. The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 are readily available on the streaming service. The movies are based on the trilogy of novels of the same name by author Suzanne Collins and star Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark) and Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne).