Are you making the most out of your Amazon Prime subscription?
Sure, you know to turn to Prime Video when it’s time to rent or purchase major new releases. But if you’re not keeping an eye on the rotating movies included with the service you already have, then you’re probably missing out on the awesome “free” films that Prime Video gets you.
From heralded rom-coms to creepy horror, daring dramas, and much more, Prime Video has a solid lineup worth sorting through. Some of the best stuff only stays for a little while, so you’ll want to hop on it.
For folks looking to stream ASAP (without dipping further into their wallet), here are the 10 best free movies streaming on Amazon Prime Video right now.
10. The Big Sick
Eternals star Kumail Nanjiani plays himself in director Michael Showalter’s telling of Nanjiani and wife Emily V. Gordon’s love story with a harrowing twist. Written by Nanjiani and Gordon, The Big Sick follows a couple on the brink of a breakup who suddenly face losing each other forever. Genuinely funny and extraordinarily sweet, this meaty rom-com is perfect for when you want a meaningful watch with high entertainment value. —Alison Foreman, Entertainment Reporter
How to watch: The Big Sick is now included with Prime Video.
9. Guava Island
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Rihanna and Donald Glover lead in this darkly joyous musical movie journey. A vibrant blend of contemporary tracks and timeless storytelling (with just a sprinkling of FX’s Atlanta-esque style), Hiro Murai’s Guava Island tells a tale of oppression and resistance always worth revisiting. If you haven’t seen it before, make the time. At just 55 minutes, it’s a steal. — A.F.
How to watch: Guava Island is now included with Prime Video.
8. The Report
With so many phenomenal Adam Driver movies out in recent years (House of Gucci, Marriage Story, The Rise of Skywalker) you may have missed The Report. Directed by Scott Z. Burns, this drama takes a chilling look at the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the CIA’s use of torture following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Supporting performances by Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Michael C. Hall, Ted Levine, and more make this an ensemble effort worthy of your time. — A.F.
How to watch: The Report is now included with Prime Video.
7. Honey Boy
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Written by Shia LaBeouf and based on his own experiences growing up, Honey Boy is a surprisingly heartfelt and impactful watch. Chronicling the life of a former child actor who spirals into alcoholism, this semi-autobiographical work offers profound insight into the pain and pressure of a man forced to evolve in the public eye. Alma Har’el directs. — A.F.
How to watch: Honey Boy is now included with Prime Video.
6. Napoleon Dynamite
It’s awkward, it’s off-beat, it’s endearing… it’s Napoleon Dynamite! The cult classic behind “Vote for Pedro” and the absolute strangest way to store tater tots still holds up. Follow Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) as he navigates a high school presidential election, relationships, and the arrival of his intense Uncle Rico (Jon Gries). Every interaction is loaded with meteoric amounts of quirk sure to get you laughing. Heder’s performance is deadpan in all the right ways, and the big dance scene where he cuts loose to Jamiroquai’s “Canned Heat” is a phenomenal climax to this oddball flick. * — Belen Edwards, Entertainment Reporter
How to watch: Napoleon Dynamite is now included with Prime Video.
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Director Sean Baker’s low-budget tour de force follows transgender sex worker Sin-Dee Rella, played by the effervescent Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, as she seeks to enact revenge on the man who cheated on her and the cisgender woman he cheated with. Bittersweet and hysterical, Tangerine is a one-of-a-kind viewing experience you’ll cherish forever. *— A.F.
How to watch: Tangerine is now included with Prime Video.
4. Sleepless in Seattle
It might get frequently confused with You’ve Got Mail, but Nora Ephron’s Sleepless in Seattle is solid company in the excellent Tom-Hanks-and-Meg-Ryan-fall-in-love-without-meeting genre.
Hanks plays widower Sam, whose son (Ross Malinger) convinces him to talk about his late wife on the radio. His story captivates listeners around the country, including Annie (Ryan), who writes to Sam and asks him to meet her at the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day. As the day ticks closer, life mostly goes on, but chance encounters and missed connections pile up until the fateful meeting. * — Proma Khosla, Senior Entertainment Reporter
How to watch: Sleepless in Seattle is now included with Prime Video.
3. The Lighthouse
Add some Robert Eggers to your queue and revel in the baffling mystery that is The Lighthouse. This black-and-white nightmare features lead performances from Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as two lighthouse keepers spiraling into madness. It goes about as well as you’d expect. — A.F.
How to watch: The Lighthouse is now included with Prime Video.
2. Train to Busan
Train to Busan delivers in every way a zombie apocalypse film should. Director Yeon Sang-ho’s breakneck vision of train travelers suddenly fighting off undead predators has great action, sensational character development, and special effects you won’t soon forget. — A.F.
How to watch: Train to Busan is now included with Prime Video.
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In this reporter’s personal favorite Joel and Ethan Coen joint ever (my sincere apologies to Mr. Lebowski), William H. Macy stars as Jerry Lundegaard, a Minneapolis car salesman who finds himself at the center of a kidnapping scheme gone wrong. Frances McDormand plays Marge Gunderson, the police officer tasked with solving Fargo’s central crime; Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare dazzle as Jerry’s accomplices. The best black comedy on Prime by a snowy mile (you’ll get that when ya watch the movie), Fargo is a top-shelf title. * — A.F.
How to watch: Fargo is now included with Prime Video.