Are you getting the most out of your Amazon Prime membership?
Of course, you know to turn to Prime Video when it’s time to rent or buy major new releases. But if you’re not keeping an eye out for the rotating movies included with the service you already have, you’re probably missing out on the great “free” movies that Prime Video gives you.
From heralded rom-coms to spooky horror, daring dramas and more, Prime Video has a solid lineup worth sorting through. Some of the best things only last a short time, so you’ll want to jump on them.
For people looking to stream ASAP (without further draining their wallets), here are the 10 best free movies streaming on Amazon Prime Video right now.
ten. The big sick
Eternals star Kumail Nanjiani plays himself in director Michael Showalter’s tale of Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon’s love affair with a heartbreaking twist. Written by Nanjiani and Gordon, The big sick follows a couple on the verge of breaking up who suddenly risk losing each other forever. Genuinely funny and extraordinarily sweet, this meaty romantic comedy is perfect when you want a meaningful watch with great 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 this dark and joyful musical journey. A vibrant mix of contemporary tracks and timeless stories (with just a sprinkle of FX’s Atlanta-style), Hiro Murai Guava Island tells a story of oppression and resistance that is always worth revisiting. If you haven’t seen it yet, take the time. At only 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 films released in recent years (Gucci House, 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 into the CIA’s use of torture in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. 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.
seven. honey boy
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Written by Shia LaBeouf and based on her own experiences growing up, honey boy is a surprisingly sincere and impactful watch. Chronicling the life of a former child actor who descended into alcoholism, this semi-autobiographical work offers deep insight into the pain and pressure of a man forced to evolve in the public eye. Alma Har’el conducts. — A F
How to watch: honey boy is now included with Prime Video.
6. Napoleon Dynamite
It’s awkward, it’s quirky, it’s endearing… it’s Napoleon Dynamite! The cult classic behind “Vote for Pedro” and the weirdest way to store tater tots still stands. 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 searing amounts of quirkiness that will make you laugh. Heder’s performance is deadpan in every way, and the big dance scene where he goes wild to Jamiroquai’s “Canned Heat” is a phenomenal highlight for this quirky movie. * — 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 revenge on the man who cheated on her and the cisgender woman he cheated on her with. Bittersweet and hysterical, Mandarin is a unique visual experience that you will cherish forever. *— A F
How to watch: Mandarin is now included with Prime Video.
4. Insomnia in Seattle
It can often be confused with You’ve got mailbut that of Nora Ephron Insomnia in Seattle is a solid company in the excellent Tom-Hanks-and-Meg-Ryan-fall-in-love-without-meeting genre.
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Hanks plays widower Sam, whose son (Ross Malinger) convinces him to talk about his late wife on the radio. Her story captivates listeners nationwide, 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 approaches, life goes on, but chance encounters and missed connections build up to the fateful reunion. * — Proma Khosla, Senior Entertainment Reporter
How to watch: Insomnia in Seattle is now included with Prime Video.
Add a few Robert Eggers to your queue and revel in the unnerving mystery that is Lighthouse. This black-and-white nightmare features starring roles from Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as two lighthouse keepers who descend into madness. It’s going as well as expected. — A F
How to watch: Lighthouse is now included with Prime Video.
2. Train to Busan
Train to Busan delivers in all the ways a zombie apocalypse movie should. Director Yeon Sang-ho’s frantic vision of train travelers suddenly battling 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 (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 gone wrong. Frances McDormand plays Marge Gunderson, the police officer tasked with solving Fargothe central crime; Steve Buscemi and Peter Storm are dazzling as Jerry’s accomplices. Best Black Comedy on Prime by a Snowy Mile (you’ll get it when you watch the movie), Fargo is a premium title. * — A F
How to watch: Fargo is now included with Prime Video.