As more people cut the cord, the demand for streaming content is steadily increasing, and streaming services are having to keep their movie rosters fresh to stay relevant. This is especially true for Amazon Prime Video, and they’ve recently added some of the most popular movies to their catalog.
With so many indie flicks, action-comedies, and animated films on the roster, it can be hard to figure out what you’ll watch next. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. Here are our five must watch movies on Amazon Prime Video.
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Selah and the Spades (Free with Prime Video)
In her directorial debut, Tayarisha Poe, tells the story of Selah Summers. A dark skinned black girl whose talent for drug trafficking and overall commanding presence puts her at the top of her boarding school’s social strata. Selah leads the Spades, the most exclusive and prominent of the four factions at her school, and the movie follows the decline of her reign shortly after she enters her senior year. Her search for a successor leads her to form an alliance with Paloma, a new student, who takes to running the Spades and drugs better than Selah herself. Their tense relationship, and Selah’s inability to let go of her power drive this dark coming of age story. It’s a must watch for its ability to depict black characters in new ways, and to make sense of the tumultuous world of adolescence.
Knives Out (Newly added to rent for $5.99)
The death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey during his 85th birthday party springs a Detective into action in this modern noir mystery. Everyone is a suspect to Detective Benoit Blanc, and the story follows his pursuit of the truth. In his search for clues and leads, Blanc discovers there’s much more than meets the eye to the Thrombey family, and soon becomes embroiled in a more sinister plot. Facing danger on all sides, he must solve the mystery before it’s too late. It’s a movie where the stakes are high, but a few slapstick scenes and humor add some levity to the overall grim premise. Plus, the movie includes an all star cast with names like: Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Craig, and Lakeith Stanfield making up the ensemble. It’s a must watch because it’s got a propulsive and engaging plot, one that will have you dying (pun intended) to know who killed Harlan Thrombey.
My Spy (Free with Prime Video)
A spy, a nine year old, and a weapons deal gone wrong combine to make this movie about what happens when a young girl named Sophie blackmails a CIA agent into teaching her how to become a spy, one of the best action-comedies of 2020. The movie pits brawn against brains, as Sophie works with her new favorite secret agent to solve a dangerous plot. As the story progresses, she begins to realize that it doesn’t take much to be a good spy and her knack for secret agentry may just be the thing that breaks the case. It’s a must watch for its endearing moments, twisty plot, and overall fun premise.
Scoob! (Newly added to buy for $19.99)
The latest installment in the Scooby Doo franchise sees the gang facing its greatest threat yet, a dangerous group working to resurrect a ghost dog named Cereberus. This movie takes you all the way back, starting with the very first meeting between Shaggy and a stray dog that he names Scooby-Dooby Doo. They meet new friends, and as the years go by and the mysteries pile up, Scooby and the gang become inseparable. But, with this new foe threatening to separate them from one another permanently, they must fight to preserve their make-shift family. It’s a must watch because it builds off of the classic themes of friendship central to the Scooby Doo franchise and comes complete with a lot of cute and funny moments.
The Invisible Man (Newly added to rent for $5.99)
A retelling of the classic Invisible Man story follows Elizabeth Moss as Cecilia, a woman who believes she is being tormented by her ex-boyfriend who fakes his own death and becomes invisible. The premise of the film is complicated, but it’s executed brilliantly, providing just enough suspenseful moments and action to keep you interested for the entirety of its over two hour run time. The movie puts Moss in her element, haunted by her past and fighting for her future, and audiences will delight in her ability to bring to life the damaged character of Cecilia. It’s a must watch for its discussion of psychological trauma, its action, and jump-scare scenes that make the danger of the movie palpable.
Figuring out what to watch next on Amazon Prime shouldn’t be a chore. We’ve been there before, so we hope that these titles will help make picking the title for your next movie night a breeze.
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Malin Curry graduated from UNC Chapel Hill where he studied politics, public relations, and English. Malin uses multiple streaming services and enjoys having access to all his favorite shows and movies on his Fire TV Stick. He writes a blog on culture and race and began contributing to Cord Cutters News in 2020.