20 movies that Prime members can watch for free right now on Amazon Prime Video


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  • Prime Video is one of the best perks of a Prime membership, but it has more options than you can get through before picking something to watch.
  • Below, you’ll find 20 great movies already included in your Prime membership at no extra cost — all available to stream right now.
  • For more streaming entertainment recommendations, check out our guide to the best streaming services.


Aside from two-day shipping, the best perk of having a Prime membership is probably Prime Video, the site’s free video streaming service. Without any extra cost, users can stream thousands of TV series and movies. They can rent or buy others, and subscribe to the select channels they really want instead of getting cable. 

But, like all of Amazon, sometimes the effort it takes to find great movies on Prime Video outweighs the desire to watch them. To make your nights in a bit more enjoyable, we’ve done the legwork for you. Below, you can scroll through 20 solid options that are already included in your membership — and available to stream right now. 

Our picks include a mix of recent releases and classic films across various genres, ensuring that all viewing tastes are accounted for. All of the titles we’ve included are categorized as fresh by critics and audience members on the review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. 

Updated on 04/16/2020 by Steven Cohen: Removed films no longer available  for free on Amazon Prime Video. Added “The Avengers,” “The Disaster Artist,” “The Graduate,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Blue Velvet,” and “Bumblebee”.

Browse 20 of the best movies free on Amazon Prime Video below, or search the categories for yourself here.

“The Big Sick” (2017)

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“The Big Sick” is based on the real-life courtship between Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani (Nanjiani) and grad student Emily Gordon (Zoe Kazan) who fall in love but struggle while dealing with Emily’s mysterious illness and their families’ culture clash. 

“I Am Not Your Negro” (2017)

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Director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, “Remember This House.” It’s a journey into black history that connects the Civil Rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter, and it questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond.

“Manchester by the Sea” (2016)

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Casey Affleck leads an all-star cast in this acclaimed and poignant film about a solitary janitor whose life is transformed after he becomes the guardian of his 16-year-old nephew.

“Lady Bird” (2017)

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A warm, affecting comedy about a high school senior (Saoirse Ronan) who must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother over the course of her eventful and poignant senior year of high school.

“Eighth Grade” (2018)

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Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school — the end of her thus far disastrous eighth-grade year — before she begins high school.

“The Handmaiden” (2016)

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From Park Chan-wook, the celebrated director of “Oldboy” and “Stoker,” comes a ravishing crime drama. A gripping and sensual tale of two women — a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of a large inheritance.

“Beautiful Boy” (2018)

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Starring Steve Carell and Golden Globe nominee Timothée Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy” chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. Based on the bestselling memoirs from David and Nic Sheff.

“Heathers” (1989)

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Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannen Doherty star in this cruelly hilarious dark comedy which became one of the biggest cult classics of the 80s.

“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (1994)

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Taking care of Arnie is mostly Gilbert’s task which can be pretty demanding, at least while you’re working at the local grocery store. Then one day Becky and her grandmother pass through Endora, and Gilbert falls in love with Becky — but runs into problems when he tries to find time for his own private life.

“Short Term 12” (2013)

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“Short Term 12” follows Grace (Academy Award Winner Brie Larson), a 20-something staff member at a foster care facility as she reckons with caring for the teens in her charge and her own past. 

“Cold War” (2018)

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Nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Director, comes a passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds, who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.

“It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946)

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After George Bailey wishes he had never been born, an angel is sent to earth to make George’s wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there.

“Thelma and Louise” (1991)

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In one of the greatest road movies of all time, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon ride to everlasting fame as two women who embark on a crime spree across the American southwest.

“Rosemary’s Baby” (1968)

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The story of a loving, young New York City couple who are expecting their first child. Like most first-time mothers, Rosemary (Mia Farrow) experiences confusion and fear. Her husband (John Cassavetes), an ambitious but unsuccessful actor, makes a pact with the devil that promises to send his career skyward.

“The Avengers” (2012)

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Marvel’s first major team-up movie remains one of the studio’s best films. Though the franchise’s many sequels have been great, nothing quite matches the initial thrill of seeing iconic comic book heroes, like Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America, on screen together for the first time. A blockbuster superhero flick of epic proportions, “The Avengers” is the perfect popcorn movie. 

“The Disaster Artist” (2017)

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Based on the real-life story behind one of the worst movies ever made, “The Disaster Artist” is a surprisingly heartfelt comedy about filmmaking and friendship. The plot focuses on an eccentric aspiring actor, Tommy Wiseau (James Franco), who attempts to make his dreams come true by directing and starring in his own independent movie. The only problem? He doesn’t really know what he’s doing. In addition to starring in “The Disaster Artist,” James Franco also serves as the film’s director.

“The Graduate” (1967)

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Directed by Mike Nichols (“Closer”, “The Birdcage”), “The Graduate” is a genuine classic of American cinema. The unique coming-of-age story stars Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock, a disillusioned college graduate who finds himself in a love triangle with an older woman and her daughter. Set to a memorable soundtrack by Simon and Garfunkel, and full of iconic images and lines, “The Graduate” feels just as fresh and innovative today as it did when it was first released in theaters over 50 years ago.

“Inside Llewyn Davis” (2013)

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The Coen Brothers (“Fargo,” “No Country for Old Men”) are known for directing films with a unique mixture of offbeat humor, quirky characterizations, and bittersweet observations. Their 2013 black comedy “Inside Llewyn Davis” is no different. The movie follows a down-on-his-luck folk musician struggling to get by in New York City during the 1960s. Stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, and Adam Driver all perform their own musical numbers.   

“Blue Velvet” (1986)

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A darkly surreal examination of the sinister underbelly resting beneath the wholesome veneer of small-town America, “Blue Velvet” is a dreamlike thriller from director David Lynch (“Twin Peaks”). When a college student discovers a severed ear, he’s thrust into a dangerous murder mystery. Though the film’s sometimes disturbing content won’t be for everyone, Lynch’s hypnotic style leaves a lasting impression. 

“Bumblebee” (2018)

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Though some entries in the Transformers franchise have been criticized for their emphasis on mindless action, “Bumblebee” takes a slightly different approach, offering a surprising amount of heart to go along with all the film’s explosions. Set in 1987, the movie follows a teenager who finds a broken-down transformer, Bumblebee, in serious need of repair. “Bumblebee” is directed by Travis Knight (“Kubo and the Two Strings”), and stars Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena.