Amazon has always wanted its Prime subscription service to be a no-brainer, which is why in addition to free shipping for millions of products, it also offers access to a vast collection of entertainment at no additional cost. If you order once a month from Amazon, the benefits of Prime Video (and Prime Music) are effectively free. That means thousands of movies at your disposal, though Amazon doesn’t make it easy to watch on the big screen still, with no support for Chromecast and a lack of apps across platforms.
To prepare this list, we used aggregate ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb to draw up a shortlist, and then picked our top 80. Unlike with Netflix, Amazon doesn’t have enough great films to warrant a top-100 list. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video in India, sorted alphabetically. This list will be updated once every month if there are any worthy additions or if some movies are removed from the service, so bookmark this page and keep checking in.
- 20th Century Women (2016)
Set in 1970s Southern California, and based in part on the writer-director’s own childhood, this dramedy is the story of a teenage boy who was brought up by his mother and two other women: a free-spirited punk artist, and a teenage neighbour.
- A Few Good Men (1992)
A US military lawyer (Tom Cruise) defends two US marines being court-martialled for the murder of a fellow marine, who contend they were acting under orders from a colonel (Jack Nicholson).
- Almost Famous (2000)
Cameron Crowe turns his teenage experiences as a writer for Rolling Stone into a semi-autobiographical work, in which a child prodigy lost his virginity, fell in love and met his heroes while covering a rock band.
- Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
Two slackers (Aamir Khan and Salman Khan) who belong to middle-class families vie for the affections of an heiress, and inadvertently become her protectors from a local gangster in Rajkumar Santoshi’s cult comedy favourite.
- Aparajito (1956)
In this second part of Satyajit Ray’s acclaimed The Apu Trilogy, the film picks up where the original ended with the family moving to Varanasi, and then charts Apu’s life from childhood to teenage years, right up to the death of his mother.
- Argo (2012)
Ben Affleck directs and stars in this film about a CIA agent posing as a Hollywood producer scouting for location in Iran, in order to rescue six Americans during the US hostage crisis of 1979.
- Baby Driver (2017)
Coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), a young, getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who syncs his driving to the perfect soundtrack find himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. Edgar Wright directs.
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Audrey Hepburn lights up the screen as a young, broke socialite who takes a fancy to a young, struggling writer after he moves into her apartment building, as she tries to keep her ugly past buried.
- Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Katherine Paterson’s novel about two 12-year-old neighbours who create a fantasy world to escape the tragedies of reality, and spend their free time in an abandoned tree house comes to life with great visuals.
- Cast Away (2000)
After his plane crash-lands in the Pacific, a FedEx employee (Tom Hanks) wakes up on a deserted island and must use everything at his disposal and transform himself physically to survive living alone.
- Chak De! India (2007)
Ostracised and vilified by the press and public, a former Muslim men’s hockey captain (Shah Rukh Khan) plans to redeem himself by coaching the unpolished Indian women’s hockey team to glory.
- Chinatown (1974)
A private detective (Jack Nicholson) hired to investigate an adultery case stumbles onto a murder plot involving incest and privatisation of water, and uncovers a vast conspiracy despite threat of legal action against him.
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
With an economic crisis looming on the horizon, a failed scientist unleashes his latest invention on his small town, which starts to rain food from the sky. It sounds great, but things are about to go south.
- Collateral (2004)
Tom Cruise plays a hitman who takes a taxi driver, played by Jamie Foxx, hostage in Michael Mann’s neo-noir crime thriller, in which the latter must figure out how to stop the former.
- Deepwater Horizon (2016)
Based on the real-life oil spill incident in the Gulf of Mexico, workers at the eponymous oil rig (Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell) struggle to survive after a series of malfunctions causes a massive explosion.
- Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
Farhan Akhtar’s directorial debut about three inseparable childhood friends whose wildly different approach to relationships creates a strain on their friendship remains a cult favourite. Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, and Preity Zinta star.
- Don’t Breathe (2016)
After learning that a blind man has won prize money, a trio of thieves break into his house hoping to walk away with an easy fortune, but then realise he’s not as helpless as he seems.
- Easy A (2010)
Emma Stone delivers a winning performance as an average clean-cut high school student who uses the school’s gossip-driven rumour mill to advance her social and financial standing, landing herself in trouble on every front.
- Elle (2016)
Isabelle Huppert stars as the successful CEO of a video game company in this French psychological thriller, who is raped in her home and then tries to learn the man’s identity without any help from the police, due to her past experience.
- Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Roald Dahl’s children’s novel about a fox who steals food from three mean and wealthy farmers gets the stop-motion treatment from Wes Anderson, featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, and Michael Gambon.
- Fences (2016)
A working-class African-American father (Denzel Washington), who missed the opportunity to be a baseball player in his youth due to racism, takes out his frustration on his loved ones in this family drama set in the 1950s.
- Fight Club (1999)
Brad Pitt and Edward Norton star in this cult hit from David Fincher, about a white-collared insomniac disappointed with his capitalistic lifestyle, who forms an underground fight club with a devil-may-care soapmaker, which evolves into something much more.
- Gandhi (1982)
The life of M.K. Gandhi (Ben Kingsley), India’s iconic leader in its non-violent independence movement against the British, from his days in South Africa to his assassination in 1948 won eight Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor.
- Ghare Baire (1984)
Based on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel of the same name, and set in the chaotic aftermath of the partition of Bengal, writer-director Satyajit Ray tells the story of a woman married to a forward-thinking man whose lives are upended by the appearance of the husband’s radical friend.
- Gone Girl (2014)
Based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel and directed by David Fincher, a confounded husband (Ben Affleck) becomes the primary suspect in the sudden mystery disappearance of his wife (Rosamund Pike).
- Gravity (2013)
Two US astronauts, a first-timer (Sandra Bullock) and another on his final mission (George Clooney), are stranded in space after their shuttle is destroyed, and then must battle debris and challenging conditions to return home.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
In this final thrilling chapter, the famous trio – Harry, Ron, and Hermione – face a race against time to find and destroy Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes, while the students and teachers of Hogwarts unite to defend the school.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Alfonso Cuarón stepped behind the camera for what many consider to be the best Harry Potter film, as the boy who lived enters his third year at Hogwarts, and is told that Sirus Black, an escapee from the wizarding world prison Azkaban, is after his life.
- Heat (1995)
Al Pacino and Robert De Niro star on opposite sides of the law – the former a detective, the latter a thief – in Michael Mann’s stylistic crime drama, with a group of bank robbers planning a heist unaware the police are onto them.
- Hugo (2011)
In 1930s Paris, a boy who lives alone in the walls of a train station tries to figure out the mystery involving his late father and his most treasured possession, an automaton, that needs a key to function. Martin Scorsese directs.
- Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
Before Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi made this terrific adventure comedy about a young kid who finds himself on the run with his bad-tempered foster uncle, and how they form a close bond while a national manhunt looks for them across New Zealand.
- Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Directed by Steven Spielberg off a story by George Lucas, an eponymous archaeologist (Harrison Ford) travels the world and battles a group of Nazis while looking for a mysterious artefact, in what is now often considered as one of the greatest films of all-time.
- Into The Wild (2007)
Based on Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction book, Sean Penn goes behind the camera to direct the story of a top student and athlete who gives up all possessions and savings to charity, and hitchhikes across America to live in the Alaskan wilderness.
- It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
As a desperately frustrated businessman contemplates suicide on Christmas Eve, a guardian angel descends from Heaven to show him how different life in his community would be if he had never existed, in Frank Capra’s personal favourite that’s now screened around Christmas every year around the world.
- L.A. Confidential (1997)
As corruption brews in post-war Los Angeles, three police officers – one sordid (Kevin Spacey), one brutal (Russell Crowe) and one moralistic (Guy Pearce) – investigate a series of murders in their own way, and form an uneasy alliance.
- La La Land (2016)
In this musical from Damien Chazelle, a struggling jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) meet and fall in love while pursuing their respective dreams in Los Angeles, and explore the accompanying joy and pain of it.
- Lipstick Under My Burkha (2016)
Denied for a release for six months, this black comedy centres on four women in small town India who set out on a journey to discover freedom and happiness in a conservative society.
- Mean Girls (2004)
Tina Fey’s cult hit teen comedy follows a home-schooled 16-year-old (Lindsay Lohan) who’s an instant hit with A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for the ex-boyfriend of the clique’s alpha.
- Men in Black (1997)
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones star as two agents of an eponymous secret organisation, whose job is to monitor extraterrestrial life on Earth and hide their presence from humans, using neuralysers to erase memories if need be.
- Minority Report (2002)
Steven Spielberg loosely adapts Philip K. Dick’s short story of a future where a special police unit can catch criminals before a crime is committed thanks to a technology, and what happens when an officer from that unit (Tom Cruise) is himself accused of a murder.
- Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
After the agency he works for is wrongly implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and a new team are forced to go rogue and clear their employer’s name in this fourth entry of the franchise.
- Mustang (2015)
Set in a remote Turkish village, this debut feature by a Turkish-French director depicts the lives of five young orphaned sisters and the challenges they face growing up in a conservative society.
- Newton (2017)
Winner of the National Award for best Hindi film, in which Rajkummar Rao stars as a government clerk who tries to run a free and fair election in the Naxal-controlled conflict-ridden jungles of India.
- No Country for Old Men (2007)
In this Coen brothers’ neo-Western that’s often called their best work, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin engage in a cat and mouse thriller across eighties Texas, for two million dollars that cause a lot of bloodshed.
- Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
In this first of Steven Soderbergh’s trilogy, which features an ensemble cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon, Danny Ocean (Clooney) and his eleven associates plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos at the same time.
- Once Upon A Time in America (1984)
Spanning four decades, Sergio Leone’s final sprawling film about a kid in a Jewish slum (Robert De Niro) who rises to prominence in New York’s world of organised crime remains one of the greatest gangster films of all-time.
- Rescue Dawn (2006)
Werner Herzog turns his 1997 documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly into a war film with Christian Bale as a pilot who was shot down and captured by villagers during the Vietnam War, and then came up with an escape plan that only brought more troubles.
- Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
In this psychological horror based on Ira Levin’s best-selling novel, a young pregnant woman (Mia Farrow) suspects an evil cult – involving her neighbours – wants to take her baby for use in their rituals.
- Salaam Bombay! (1988)
Mira Nair’s feature-length directorial debut, which won National Award for best Hindi film and two awards at Cannes, focuses on the day-to-day life of children living in the slums of Mumbai (then Bombay).
- Saving Private Ryan (1998)
In Steven Spielberg’s World War II drama, while war rages on in Normandy, an army captain (Tom Hanks) is given the task of searching for a particular private (Matt Damon), whose three brothers have already been killed.
- School of Rock (2003)
Kicked out of his band, a struggling rock singer (Jack Black) slyly becomes a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school, and trains a group of fourth-graders to be a band and win an upcoming competition.
- South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
In this feature-length expansion of the popular adult animated comedy, which took a musical turn with 12 original songs, the four boys Stan, Kyle, Eric and Kenny start cursing after watching an R-rated movie featuring Canadians, and then must stop their parents from waging war against Canada.
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
After a brief experience with the Avengers, Peter Parker returns home to New York, balancing his life as a high school student with his superhero alter-ego, all under the watchful eye of his mentor, Tony Stark aka Iron Man.
- Spotlight (2015)
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams star as Boston Globe journalists in this based-on-a-true-story, which explores how they uncovered a massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local church.
- Star Trek (2009)
J.J. Abrams reboots the Trek film franchise by taking it into an alternate timeline, where the young Kirk and Spock aboard USS Enterprise must combat a determined enemy from the future, who’s creating black holes to destroy planets one by one.
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Often considered the best Trek film ever, in which Admiral Kirk going through a midlife crisis must pull himself to stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, who’s on the hunt for revenge and a destructive device.
- Sully (2016)
The true story of the 2009 emergency plane landing on New York’s Hudson River gets the everyday-hero treatment from Clint Eastwood, focusing on the pilot’s (Tom Hanks) heroics and the subsequent investigation that tried to paint him otherwise.
- Superman (1978)
Groundbreaking for its time, director Richard Donner brought together an ensemble cast to tell the tale of Superman’s origin: as an infant on Krypton, growing up in Smallville, and being a reporter and falling in love with Lois Lane in Metropolis, while battling Lex Luthor.
- Taxi Driver (1976)
A mentally unstable Vietnam War vet (Robert de Niro) takes a job as a taxi driver, and turns to violent action after seeing the sleaze, dysfunction and prostitution in New York. Martin Scorsese directs.
- The Big Sick (2017)
Kumail Nanjiani stars as himself in this rom-com loosely based on his romance with his wife, in which an aspiring comedian connects with his girlfriend’s parents after she falls into a mysterious coma.
- The Conjuring (2013)
A pair of paranormal investigators (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are hired by a family who have been experiencing increasingly disturbing events at their farmhouse, in this effective horror from James Wan.
- The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
In this coming-of-age comedy, the life of an awkward young woman gets more complex after her older brother starts dating her best friend, though she finds solace in an unexpected friendship and a teacher-slash-mentor (Woody Harrelson).
- The Fugitive (1993)
Falsely convicted for his wife’s murder, a prominent surgeon (Harrison Ford) escapes from prison, sets out to prove his innocence and find the real killer, while being the target of a nationwide manhunt.
- The Godfather (1972)
In what is considered one of the greatest films of all-time, an aging leader (Marlon Brando) of a New York mafia transfers control of his empire to his youngest son (Al Pacino), who goes from a reluctant outsider to a ruthless boss.
- The Godfather Part II (1974)
Francis Ford Coppola’s follow-up to his original, centering on Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) at the top of the pecking order while offering a look back at his father’s (Robert De Niro) past, is considered by some to be better than its predecessor.
- The Karate Kid (1984)
Bullied by boys at school in a new town, a teenager decides to learn karate from martial arts master Mr. Miyagi, and learns there’s more to the art from than just fighting.
- The King of Comedy (1982)
In Martin Scorsese’s overlooked satire of celebrity worship and media culture, an aspiring comic (Robert De Niro) stalks his late-night talk show idol to earn a big break, and then kidnaps him when things don’t work out.
- The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
Batman must work together with a teenage orphan Robin he accidentally adopted and the new police commissioner, Barbara Gordon, in this frenetic animated comedy, to stop the Joker from taking over Gotham City.
- The Lego Movie (2014)
An ordinary, rules-following Lego minifigure (Chris Pratt) is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world from an evil tyrant, for which he is hilariously underprepared. It spawned the hit single, “Everything Is Awesome”.
- The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003)
Peter Jackson brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s expansive Middle-Earth to life in these three three-hour epics, which charts the journey of a meek hobbit (Elijah Wood) and his various companions, as they try to stop the Dark Lord Sauron by destroying the source of his power, the One Ring.
- The Prestige (2006)
After a tragic accident, two fellow magicians (Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale) turn bitter enemies in this thriller from Christopher Nolan, and engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion, while sacrificing everything they have.
- The Proposition (2005)
Set in the Australian outback in the 1880s, a lawman nabs a notorious outlaw (Guy Pearce) and gives him nine days to find and kill his older brother, or else they’ll execute his younger brother.
- The Rainmaker (1997)
Matt Damon stars as a young underdog attorney in Francis Ford Coppola’s legal drama based on John Grisham’s novel, in which he’s hired by a couple to take on a fraudulent insurance company that won’t pay for their son’s leukaemia operation.
- The Town (2010)
While a group of lifelong Boston friends plan a major final heist at Fenway Park, one of them (Ben Affleck) falls in love with the hostage from an earlier robbery, complicating matters.
- The Untouchables (1987)
With mobster Al Capone (Robert De Niro) making use of the rampant corruption during the Prohibition period in the US, federal agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) hand picks a team to expose his business and bring him to justice. Brian De Palma directs.
- The Usual Suspects (1995)
A small-time con man (Kevin Spacey) lays out an elaborate story during a police investigation of how he got mixed up in a massacre, telling them about the legend of a crime lord known as Keyser Söze.
- Titli (2014)
Set in the badlands of Delhi’s underbelly, the youngest member of a violent car-jacking brotherhood tries to escape his family business, and finds an unexpected confidant in his new wife, chosen for him by his unruly brothers.
- Up in the Air (2009)
A corporate downsizing expert (George Clooney) who loves living out of a suitcase finds his lifestyle threatened due to a potential love interest (Vera Farmiga) and an ambitious new hire (Anna Kendrick).
- Wonder Woman (2017)
After a pilot crashes and informs them about an ongoing World War, an Amazonian princess (Gal Gadot) leaves her secluded life to enter the world of men, and stop what she believes to be the return of Amazons’ nemesis.
- Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, and Abhay Deol star as three childhood friends who set off on a bachelor trip across Spain, which becomes an opportunity to heal past wounds, combat their worst fears, and fall in love with life.