The Best Movies on Amazon Prime Video (November 2021)

How many hours have we all lost the endless streaming scroll? Aiming for a little kickback, you end up perusing title after title, intent on finding just the right movie, ultimately unsure what to choose in the face of overwhelming options. Fret not, the Collider staff did all that scrolling for you, scanning through the catalogue in search of the best picks for an entertaining night in. Now, we've put together a wide-ranging list of the best movies streaming on Amazon Prime Video right now.

What's more, we'll be updating the list regularly with additional picks, so you won't run out of viewing material any time soon. The list spans genres, decades, and ratings, so there should be a little something for everyone, but if you can't find what you're looking for below (and you're a multi-platform streamer), be sure to check out our picks for the best tv shows and best movies on Netflix.

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Editor's Note: This article was last updated on November 19.

10 Things I Hate About You

Director: Gil Junger

Writers: Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith

Cast: Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik, Andrew Keegan, Larry Miller

The best post-Clueless modernized and teen-ified retelling of classic lit by far (shout out to She's The Man though, which also rules), 10 Things I Hate About You adapts Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" and turns it into one of the best high school comedies of all time. Julia Stiles stars as the title spitfire, Kat, alongside the late great Heath Ledger as the school renegade who dares try to tame her. Instead, of course, they fall in love. A definitive teen film of its era, 10 Things I Hate About You holds up incredibly well, no small thanks to Ledger's outrageous on-screen magnetism and the exceptional chemistry he shared with Stiles (who also did fantastic work navigating the thorny "difficult woman" archetype, and iconic work navigating a poetic monologue through tears.) But it's also just one of the great crowd-pleasers all-around; endlessly quotable, always rewatchable, and genuinely heartfelt. -Haleigh Foutch

Children of Men

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Writers: Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby

Cast: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam

If you're a bit burnt out on apocalyptic stories after the last few years, I don't blame you, but Alfonso Cuarón's 2006 sci-fi thriller Children of Men also offers something that often feels all too rare: hope. Rather than show us how the world falls apart, the film jumps ahead to a near-future that's already in shambles and puts the spotlight on the moments of grace and enduring spirit it takes to start to rebuild. Jam-packed with stunning performances (Michael Caine, in particular, is at his most tender and effective), Children of Men also boasts some of the most staggering cinematography of the 21st century, and the result is a film that's utterly immersive and unyielding without becoming maudlin or resigned - Haleigh Foutch

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Director: Jonathan Butterell

Writer: Tom MacRae

Cast: Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire, Lauren Patel, Shobna Gulati, Ralph Ineson, Adeel Akhtar, Samuel Bottomley, Sharon Horgan, Richard E. Grant

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, and you should be, too! The sparkling musical, based on an acclaimed stage show, follows gay teenager Jamie New (newcomer Max Harwood, immediate star) in rural England as he realizes his dreams of becoming a drag queen. While he finds a strong pillar of support in single mom Sarah Lancashire, best friend Lauren Patel, and drag queen mentor Richard E. Grant (always essential), he also faces challenges in the form of school bully Samuel Bottomley, unencouraging teacher Sharon Horgan, and deadbeat dad Ralph Ineson. Through its wonderfully rendered songs, many of which serve as a history of queer pop music, you’ll feel the sweeping waves of every emotion from despair to euphoria, and you will walk away inspired to find the best version of yourself. Put Everybody’s Talking About Jamie on immediately, and, uh, keep your letters to a certain other musical teenager in the drawer. - Gregory Lawrence

Jennifer's Body

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Director: Karyn Kusama

Writer: Diablo Cody 

Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Megan Fox, Johnny Simmons, Kyle Gallner, J.K. Simmons, Adam Brody, Amy Sedaris

It took a decade and some change, but Jennifer’s Body is finally being vindicated as a cult classic and ahead-of-its-time horror-comedy thanks to the power of the internet (and, in all honesty, the rise of Megan Fox on social media). Which was far, far too long for this movie to get the credit it deserves. Amanda Seyfried stars as Needy, a timid teen who couldn’t be more different than her lifelong BFF, Jennifer (Fox), the hyperconfident, hyper-gorgeous cheerleading popular girl. But “sandbox love dies hard,” and when Jennifer is mistakenly offered up as a virgin sacrifice, she winds up with a man-eating demon inside her that finally pushes their fraying friendship to the breaking point. Jennifer’s Body isn’t just an A-tier horror-comedy, with a whip-smart performance for the long underestimated Fox and an endlessly quotable script by Diablo Cody, it’s also an incisive look at toxic friendships, repressed sexuality, and the way women’s bodies are treated like disposable tender in the exchanges of ambitious men. - Haleigh Foutch

The Social Network

Director: David Fincher

Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Max Minghella, Armie Hammer, Rashida Jones, Brenda Song, Rooney Mara

The Social Network was already an exceptional, fascinating film when it arrived in 2010, but in the aftermath of Cambridge Analytica, “Pivot to Video,” and all the other society-changing scandals that have plagued Facebook in the decade since, now it’s an absolutely essential film. And it arguably plays better, hits harder, and grows ever more impressive with each passing year.

Jesse Eisenberg stars as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, chronicling the ethically dubious rise of the social media site that changed the world. With an Oscar-winning, absolutely ripping score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross and an also Oscar-winning script from Aaron Sorkin, every moment of The Social Network sings and stings. Through the lens of David Fincher, Sorkin’s script is elevated even further, and The Social Network might just be the most impeccable technical accomplishment in Fincher’s extremely accomplished resume. Beyond the technical merits and the incisive social commentary, The Social Network is also just a complex and tremendously woven character drama with an ensemble of killer performances. It’s a good movie! You should watch it! - Haleigh Foutch

One Night in Miami

Director: Regina King

Writer: Kemp Powers

Cast: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr.

Regina King makes a commanding directorial debut with One Night in Miami, an understated historical drama set during a meeting of extraordinary minds, when Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay, Eli Goree), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.), and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) spent a night in a quiet Florida hotel room. Based on Kemp Powers’ play of the same name, King’s film digs deep into an imagined discourse spun from those historical events, a celebration of the young black men who carved a space in all avenues of public life during the civil rights movement and an intellectual investigation into their individual methods of activism. The performances are stunners, especially from Ben-Adir and Odom, whose conflicting approaches to their shared ideologies make for the film’s most moving dramatic heights. And King, who would know a thing or two about great performances, just directs the hell out of all of it. – Haleigh Foutch

Director: Darius Marder

Writers: Darius Marder and Abraham Marder

Cast: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci, Lauren Ridloff, Mathieu Amalric

Don't sleep on Sound of Metal, the touching new drama might just be Amazon's best original movie of the year. Starring Riz Ahmed as a metal drummer who rapidly loses his hearing and has to re-learn how to live his life, the film originally debuted at Toronto International Film Festival in 2019 and was poised for a splashier summer release before the pandemic turned the film industry upside down. The film's arrival on Amazon feels a lot quieter than it should, because it's a beautiful and phenomenally well-acted story about empathy and rebirth, with yet another outstanding performance by the always-reliable Ahmed. He's well-matched by Olivia Cooke as his girlfriend and bandmate, as well as Paul Raci as a man who runs a community for deaf recovering addicts in one of the most memorable supporting performances of the year. Sound of Metal is a slow, steady, and compelling portrait of addiction, the sneaky and insidious tolls you pay for its false relief, and why it's worth the much more obvious tolls you have to pay to take back your life. And it's a striking glimpse at human grace, reminding us that just because challenging, even devastating new circumstances can alter the texture of our lives forever, that doesn't diminish the beauty those lives can have. -- Haleigh Foutch

Coming 2 America

Director: Craig Brewer

Writers: Kenya Barris, Barry W. Blaustein, David Sheffield

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Shari Headley, Teyana Taylor, Wesley Snipes, James Earl Jones

Do you love Coming to America? Good news, so do the folk who made Coming 2 America, the new sequel arriving exclusively on Amazon Prime Video this month. Nearly the entire original cast reunites, led by Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall as Prince Akeem and his right-hand-man Semmi, in a slim, but cheerful and vibrant follow-up that sweeps audiences back to the kingdom of Zamunda (and of course, back 2 America) for a new take on the fish-out-of-water comedy that sees Akeem unite with his unexpected heir (Jermaine Fowler), while learning how to be a good king. Directed by Craig Brewer, who previously teamed with Murphy on the magnetic Dolemite Is My Name, Coming 2 America isn’t quite as funny or groundbreaking as its predecessor, but it maintains the sweetness and spirit of the original, even if it sometimes feels like more of a celebration of the 1988 classic than a cohesive comedy in its own right. But guess what, the original is worth celebrating, and Murphy and Brewer make sure you have a dang good time doing it. - Haleigh Foutch

Knives Out

Writer/Director: Rian Johnson

Cast: Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, LaKeith Stanfield, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Jaeden Martell, Don Johnson, Katherine Langford, Noah Segan

From Brick to Looper to The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson has made a career as a filmmaker who brings his singular touch to familiar genres, reenvisioning them with panache while honoring the hallmarks of their respective cinematic staples. With his Oscar-nominated ensemble powerhouse Knives Out, Johnson brings that touch to the old-fashioned murder mystery, staging a twisy tale of death and inheritance through the lens of one fractured, fabulously over-the-top family. Knives Out is funny and breezy, but it’s also gorgeously composed, with some supremely sly performances from its killer cast. It’s honestly worth your time just to watch Michael Shannon scream about cookies, but fortunately, that’s just one of many, many moments that make Knives Out such a delightful and unusual film. --Haleigh Foutch

Vivarium

Director: Lorcan Finegan

Writer: Garret Shanley

Cast: Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg, Jonathan Aris

If you like Twilight Zone inspired contained tales of horror and existential dread, boy does Amazon have the right horror movie streaming for you this month. Lorcan Finegan's Vivarium is dark as hell and a walloping bummer, but it's a very good bad time. Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg star as a couple on the hunt for their first home and wind up trapped in a surreal suburban neighborhood from which there's no escaping. No matter how many streets they drive through, how many fences they hop, they just can't get out. Then the nightmare baby shows up. On the surface, Vivarium is an effective portrait of the horrors of getting trapped in a white-picket-fence life you never wanted, but the scarier, much more effective undercurrent comes from the way the film embraces the cruel indifference of nature's life cycles and the helplessness of being stuck in them. -- Haleigh Foutch

The Vast of Night

Director: Andrew Patterson

Writers: James Montague and Craig W. Sanger

Cast: Sierra McCormick and Jake Horowitz

The indie sci-fi film The Vast of Night is hands down one of the best films of 2020, and a wonderful surprise. Set in 1950s New Mexico, the story basically follows a switchboard operator (Sierra McCormick) and a radio DJ (Jake Horowitz) investigating a strange sound coming through the radio during a big high school basketball game. That premise could go wrong any number of ways, but at every turn Vast of Night pleasantly surprises. It’s Spielbergian in that it clearly draws influence from films like E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but also has a voice and style all its own. The wildly compelling screenplay is full of delightfully crackerjack dialogue that evokes screwball comedies of the 40s and 50s, while Andrew Patterson’s direction favors long takes and unique shots that lay the intrigue on thick as the story plays out entirely in real-time. Add in a layer of Twilight Zone-esque terror, and The Vast of Night is a film you won’t soon forget, announcing its writers, director, and cast as new talents to watch. - Adam Chitwood

The Lighthouse

Writer/Director: Robert Eggers

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe

The Witch filmmaker Robert Eggers earned a whole heap of critical acclaim, instantly held the attention of cinephiles, and helped cement the A24 horror brand with his debut movie. So how could he top it with his second? With an absolutely bonkers, brutal and bizarrely hilarious mythological tale of two men driven to madness on a tiny little island with only each other and their farts to keep them company. A two-hander with sublime performances from Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as its engine, The Lighthouse affirms Eggers as a singular voice and force of innovative formalist filmmaking that builds new nightmares from the technical tools of classical cinema. What a treat. Genuinely unique, surreal, and ballsy as hell from all involved, The Lighthouse is the pirate-talking, bean-snacking, gods and monsters isolationist nightmare of a movie nerd's dreams. And once you've been thoroughly confounded, be sure to read Vinnie Mancuso's excellent analysis of the wild ending. -- Haleigh Foutch

Midsommar

Writer/Director: Ari Aster

Cast: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, Will Poulter

There are few up-and-coming filmmakers out there who have delivered the technical mastery and emotional savagery that Ari Aster one-two punched with his first two films. First with Hereditary (see below) and now with Midsommar, his sun-drenched folk horror ode to classics like The Wickerman that sends the audience to gorgeous a summer solstice hellscape of grief, anxiety and codependence. Florence Pugh gives a knockout performance as a young woman dealing with an insurmountable tragedy when she journeys abroad with her checked-out boyfriend (Jack Reynor) and his friends, and winds up smack in the middle of a terrifying pagan ritual. Gorgeously shot, scored, staged, etc., etc., Midsommar isn't just a deviously elegant spin on a classic horror subgenre, it also packs a wicked sense of humor and pitch-black comedy. -- Haleigh Foutch

The Farewell

Writer/Director: Lulu Wang

Cast: Awkwafina, Shuzhen Zhao, Diana Lin, X Mayo, Tzi Ma, Becca Khalil

Lulu Wang's Golden Globe and Spirit award-winning gem The Farewell may not have received the Academy attention it so deserved, but that doesn't make it any less an essential, cathartic watch. Based on her real-life experiences, Wang crafts a nuanced and deeply emotional journey through the highs and lows of loving someone with your whole heart. And the seemingly impossible task of saying goodbye with grace when the time comes.

Awkwafina stars in her best performance to date as Billi, a young Chinese-American woman who returns to China when she learns her grandmother (a truly extraordinary Shuzhen Zhao) is diagnosed with terminal cancer. And her struggles only intensify when she realizes her family intends to keep the diagnosis a secret from her grandma so that she can live the rest of her life in peace. The result is some of the best happy-sad filmmaking this side of Taika Waititi with wonderful moments of wit layered into the rich emotional story and a thoughtful examination of what happens when cultural values clash in a moment of crisis. And if you've ever had to say goodbye to someone you love, you won't find a lovelier or more honest depiction of the crushing weight of mortality when that person is still right in front of you but you know it might be the last time. -- Haleigh Foutch

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Director: Joe Talbot

Writers: Jimmie Fails, Robert Richart

Cast: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan, Mike Epps, Finn Wittrock

Quietly gorgeous, with a palette of rich, sumptuous colors and arguably even more beautiful character work, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a knockout. Jimmie Fails stars in a story partially based on his own life, as a young man determined to reclaim his childhood home in a gentrified San Francisco neighborhood where it now goes for about $4 million on the market. Fails has described the film as a love story between him and the house, and in many ways, it is that, a rapturous descent into the obsessions of love and the increasingly desperate and determined steps a man will take to win back the object of his affection.

But it's also a moving story of friendship (including a singular and staggering performance from Jonathan Majors as Jimmie's longtime best friend) and a poetic, heartfelt meditation on the emotional and historical power of the past even as it's being purged for profit, the search for legacy in a culture that's left you behind, and the breaking point when looking towards the past poisons your present. The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a lovely film with a haunted heart, and marks a stunning debut for director Joe Talbot. -- Haleigh Foutch

The Report

Director/Writer: Scott Z. Burns

Cast: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Michael C. Hall, Ted Levine, Corey Stoll, Maura Tierney, and Sarah Goldberg

The Report is an excellent procedural thriller in the vein of All the President’s Men. It marks the directorial debut of Contagion and Side Effects writer Scott Z. Burns and chronicles the Senate’s investigation into the CIA’s use of torture following the 9/11 attacks, with Adam Driver playing the staffer assigned to head up the investigation at the behest of Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening). This is a contained, sharp, and incisive thriller that doesn’t take detours to dig into the character’s personal life or a love story—it’s extremely matter-of-fact in simply following the path that led to the creation of the titular report, and it’s as engrossing as it is infuriating. Driver is spectacular. – Adam Chitwood

Late Night

Director: Nisha Ganatra

Writer: Mindy Kaling

Cast: Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson, Hugh Dancy, John Lithgow, Denis O’Hare, Reid Scott, and Amy Ryan

If you’re a fan of behind-the-scenes Hollywood stories and romcoms, you’ll probably like Late Night. The film follows a young woman (Mindy Kaling) who joins the all-male writing staff of a formerly famous but now in decline late night host, played by Emma Thompson. The idealistic young writer meets the cynicism of the host and her staff head-on, as they try to turn the show around while other obstacles arise. It’s sweet and fun and funny, but also surprisingly emotional as it reaches the end. Thompson delivers a terrific performance as a complex and powerful woman, and Kaling is charming as the naïve comedy newbie who idolizes her boss. – Adam Chitwood

To Catch a Thief

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Writer: John Michael Hayes

Cast: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Hughs, Charles Vanel

Alfred Hitchcock's visually stunning caper embodies Old Hollywood glamour. Set in the ritzy locations of Cannes, To Catch a Thief stars Cary Grant as John "The Cat" Robie, a retired jewel thief who gets caught up in a new round of crimes when he takes the heat for a new string of robberies in the French Riviera. Looking to clear his name, he gets tangled up in a romantic escapade with a beautiful young socialite (played by the great Grace Kelly) that sends him zipping through the stunning locale on the hunt for the real criminal. Gorgeous, romantic, thrilling, and elegant to the bone, To Catch a Thief is one of the great capers; an enchanting mystery bolstered by two of cinema's most charming movie stars. -- Haleigh Foutch

The Big Sick

Director: Michael Showalter

Writers: Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani

Cast: Kumail Najiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Bo Burnham, Aidy Bryant

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon’s real-life love story serves as inspiration for the most delightful romantic comedy in years in The Big Sick. Directed by Michael Showalter from a script by Nanjiani and Gordon, the film stars Nanjiani as himself and Zoe Kazan as Emily in the stranger-than-fiction story of two people falling in love despite clashing cultures, family expectations, and a mysterious life-threatening illness.

The story follows a standup comic (Nanjiani) who falls for a woman who heckles him (Kazan) at a show. He tries to hide the relationship from his parents, who expect a strictly traditional arranged marriage to a Muslim woman, but their romance faces an even greater hurdle when she falls into an inexplicable coma and he bonds with her parents (who you can't help but fall in love with thanks to the performances from Ray Romano and Holly Hunter). Bursting with heart and earnest good nature, The Big Sick is a witty and charming exploration of love, commitment and family, and it’s a bonafide crowd-pleaser to boot. — Haleigh Foutch

Brittany Runs a Marathon

Director/Writer: Paul Downs Colaizzo

Cast: Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Abudkar, Lil Rel Howery, and Micah Stock

Brittany Runs a Marathon is not the movie you think it is, in the very best way. The film stars Jillian Bell as an overweight woman who sets out to train for and run the New York marathon as a way to get in shape, which she also believes will change her life for the better. Changes do come, but they’re a mix of positive and negative as Bell’s character learns the hard way that her issues are related to who she is as a person rather than how she looks on the outside. It’s a surprising, sweet, and frequently hilarious comedy with a dash of romance for good measure. But it’s also genuinely moving, and Bell gives a star-making performance that deftly navigates both comedic and dramatic territory. Brittany Runs a Marathon isn’t just one of the best comedies of 2019, it’s also one of the best films of the year full-stop. – Adam Chitwood

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