The best Amazon Prime Video movies in Australia for May 2022

Prime Video now boasts more than 5,000 movies, but which are the best ones to watch?

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Amazon Prime Video once had a very minimal library of content as it took its first steps into the streaming scene. That's no longer the case. Now it boasts a huge movie library, with new titles being created and added all the time.

Using our decade of experience in the industry, we have come up with our choices for the best titles on the Prime Video platform, in no particular order.

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1. Without Remorse


  • Year: 2021
  • Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Jodie Turner-Smith, Jamie Bell, Guy Pearce

Based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name, Without Remorse follows an elite Navy SEAL seeking revenge for the murder of his pregnant wife. As he digs deeper, he uncovers a conspiracy of huge proportions, one that might lead to an all-out war.

Violent and action-packed, the movie greatly benefits from an arresting lead performance from Michael B. Jordan. Stream it when you need an extra dose of adrenaline in your life.

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2. Coming 2 America


  • Year: 2021
  • Cast: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley

A highly anticipated sequel to the 1988 film Coming to America, Coming 2 America sees Eddie Murphy reprise his role as Akeem. Together with his confidante Semmi, he once again embarks on hilarious adventure that will take him to New York, this time in order to meet his unexpected heir.

The fact that Murphy and Arsenio Hall have great chemistry is no secret – and that connection stands the test of time. Coming 2 America is funny and comforting. In other words, it's perfect for fans of the original who want to see their favourite characters once again.

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3. The Mauritanian


  • Year: 2021
  • Cast: Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley, Benedict Cumberbatch

Based on true events, The Mauritanian centres on Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who fights for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the US government for years.

With the help of a defence attorney and her associate, who are willing to go the extra mile, he might finally be able to see the outside of Guantanamo Bay. The story is heartbreaking and riveting. If that's not reason enough to tune in, Jodie Foster and Tahar Rahim are excellent.

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4. Sound of Metal


  • Year: 2019
  • Cast: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci, Lauren Ridloff

Sound of Metal follows a drummer who is slowly losing his hearing. He thinks his life is over, but his girlfriend manages to get him some help. Soon, he'll be welcomed into a community that teaches him how to accept his new circumstances, even as he's dreading silence more than anything else.

A stunning and powerful movie, Sound of Metal is a triumph. With a great performance from Riz Ahmed in the lead, it's the kind of film you'll be thinking about long after the end credits roll.

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5. I Care a Lot


  • Year: 2020
  • Cast: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Chris Messina, Dianne Wiest

A deliciously dark comedy thriller, I Care a Lot centres on a crooked legal guardian whose specialty is to drain the savings of the elderly people she's supposed to protect. Things take a turn when she finally meets her match in the form of a nefarious gangster.

Rosamund Pike gives an amazing performance in the lead role, but that's just the cherry on top. I Care a Lot is engaging, fast-paced, funny, clever and outrageous. You'll be glued to the screen from beginning to end.

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6. One Night in Miami...


  • Year: 2020
  • Cast: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr., Lance Reddick

Directed by Regina King, One Night in Miami... is a fictional account of an incredible night back in the 1960s where 4 Black icons of sport, music and activism gathered to celebrate one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. They were Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown.

One Night in Miami... is a phenomenal film with excellent performances from everyone involved. As the title suggests, the story is set over the course of one monumental night, but the themes the movie touches on are as relevant today as they were back in the 60s.

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7. Sylvie's Love


  • Year: 2020
  • Cast: Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Regé-Jean Page, Aja Naomi King

Sylvie's Love is a beautiful romantic drama about young couple in the 50s who are separated as life takes them in different directions. When they reunite years later, their feelings are still there, but finding their way back to each other isn't as easy as they might desire.

Moving and compelling, Sylvie's Love will make you sigh and say something along the lines of "they don't make movies like this anymore". Thankfully, they do. Stream it when you're in the mood for an old-fashioned, memorable romance.

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8. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm


  • Year: 2020
  • Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Maria Bakalova

Originally titled Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, the mockumentary follows the real-life adventures of the infamous and fictional Kazakh television journalist, just released from prison for bringing shame to his country. This time around, Borat risks life and limb when he returns to the US with his 15-year-old daughter.

Poignant and insightful, the sequel may be even smarter than the original. Don't worry though, it's just as hilarious. As for what happens when Borat arrives in the US, you'll need to tune in to find out.

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9. The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee


  • Year: 2020
  • Cast: Paul Hogan, Jacob Elordi, Mel Gibson, Chevy Chase

Paul Hogan is enjoying the quiet life, but he is reluctantly thrust back into the spotlight when he finds out that he's going to receive a knighthood for services to comedy. As a result, he desperately attempts to restore his sullied reputation.

A light-hearted comedy, The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee is a good time, especially if you're a fan of the always charming Hogan. Buckle up for some exciting cameos.

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10. Freaky


  • Year: 2020
  • Cast: Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton, Katie Finneran, Celeste O'Connor, Alan Ruck

Into horror comedies? Then Freaky will be right up your alley. The movie revolves around a teen girl who swaps bodies with a deranged serial killer. Even worse, she has a very small window of time to reverse this change or it will become permanent.

Freaky is gruesome and hilarious, with a great cast and memorable one-liners. Seeing Vince Vaughn play a teen girl is a delight. This is the perfect movie to stream with friends, offering an ideal balance of laughs and gore.

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11. The Aeronauts


  • Year: 2019
  • Cast: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Himesh Patel

In 1862, headstrong scientist James Glaisher and wealthy young widow Amelia Wren mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. But as their chances of survival become slim, they start to discover things about themselves that will help both of them find their place in the world.

The Aeronauts is a thrilling adventure from beginning to end, greatly benefiting from the amazing chemistry between the leads, who also starred together in the universally beloved The Theory of Everything. The special effects are also well done, creating some memorable visuals.

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12. The Report


  • Year: 2019
  • Cast: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm

The Report chronicles the real investigation into the CIA's use of torture on suspected terrorists in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack. The movie centres on Daniel J. Jones, who works under a senator and is tasked with running the investigation.

He compiles a massive report about his findings, but finds the CIA isn’t particularly keen on bringing his discoveries to the public’s attention.

Here's the deal: The Report is mostly about people in suits staring at computers. Yet the movie manages to be clever and tense, keeping viewers glued to the screen, eager to find out what happens next. Plus, the cast is A+, with Adam Driver in particular shining in the lead role.

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13. Brittany Runs a Marathon


  • Year: 2019
  • Cast: Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Lil Rel Howery

Inspiring and often hilarious, Brittany Runs a Marathon follows a hard-partying woman who receives worrisome news during a doctor’s appointment. As a result, she gets motivated to lose weight and decides to compete in the New York City Marathon.

The premise of the movie can seem overdone – after all, it follows someone who is struggling to overcome the odds and achieve success. But Brittany Runs a Marathon is like a breath of fresh air, especially because Brittany isn’t always a likeable character. Yet you won’t be able to help yourself and cheer for her anyway.

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14. Suspiria


  • Year: 2018
  • Cast: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Grace Moretz

One of the most hyped horror releases of recent years, Suspiria revolves around a world-renowned dance company, whose female directors are accused of witchcraft. At the same time, an inquisitive psychotherapist and a member of the troupe uncover dark and sinister secrets as they probe the depths of the studio's hidden underground chambers.

Bonkers and ambitious, this film is not recommended for the faint of heart. Everyone else, buckle up for a wild ride. Suspiria is inspired by the 1977 Italian film of the same title directed by Dario Argento, which quickly gained cult status. We’re guessing this will follow in its footsteps in no time.

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15. Beautiful Boy


  • Year: 2018
  • Cast: Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan

Beautiful Boy centres on Nic, a teenager who seems to have it all – talent, good grades and a knack for several extracurricular activities. But when Nic's addiction to meth threatens to destroy everything, it will come down to his father to do whatever it takes to save his son and family.

Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell both deliver mesmerising performances in this inspiring tale of addiction, survival, recovery and relapse. Beautiful Boy is often devastating, but it’s a fascinating and important movie as it doesn’t glamourise drug use. Instead, it perfectly captures addiction in its most destructive form.

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16. Generation Wealth


  • Year: 2018
  • Cast: Lauren Greenfield, Limo Bob, George W. Bush, Caitlyn Jenner

For the past 25 years, photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield has travelled the world, documenting a vast range of cultural movements and moments. Yet, she realised that much of her work pointed at one uniting phenomenon: wealth culture. That’s what this documentary is all about – it examines materialism, celebrity culture and social status.

Greenfield forces viewers to examine the current culture of wealth and understand that humanity should strive for balance – and she does so by showing, not telling, which makes this whole endeavour even more compelling. All in all, Generation Wealth might be a tad bleak, but it’s very thought-provoking.

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17. No Country For Old Men


Year: 2007
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson

Prepare to meet Anton Chigurh, the most magnetic on-screen villain since Anthony Hopkins was laced into a face mask as Hannibal Lector. Chigurh's an absolute terminator, an implacable hitman hired to locate Llewelyn Moss, a good ol' boy who's stumbled across a suitcase full of cash left in a drug deal gone wrong. Slight problem: said luggage carries a fairly primitive tracking device, too, so what follows is a state-wide game of cat-and-mouse. To make matters even more complicated, an ageing and disillusioned Sheriff Bell is only half a step behind them both, plus the cartels have decided to hire a plan-B merc.

Admittedly, the ending isn't for everybody, but there's also a general consensus that everything leading up to it represents an incredibly taut neo-noir thriller. Couple this with intense moments of ultra-violent action, plus some darkly humorous musings on the moral rot in the US, and No Country For Old Men is a modern masterpiece.

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18. Captain Phillips


Year: 2013
Cast:
Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman


Intense and emotional, Captain Phillips tells the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama in 2009. When the pirates take everyone on the vessel hostage, it's up to the captain of the ship to protect his crew and use his wits to make sure everyone returns home safely.

The movie is suspenseful and sharp, to the point where you will be unable to look away for even a single second. Add a wonderful performance from Tom Hanks into the mix and you've got yourself a stunner.

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19. The Tomorrow War


Year: 2021
Cast: Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J. K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson

An exciting action extravaganza, The Tomorrow War kicks off when a group of people from the future pop up in present day to recruit soldiers to fight in a deadly war against aliens. Among them is a biology teacher hoping to secure a better future for his young daughter, even if that means reaching out to his estranged father for help.

If you find the idea of watching humans battle aliens appealing, you should stream this one ASAP. The special effects are spectacular and the creature design is top-notch. Overall, The Tomorrow War is a crowd-pleasing action movie. Enjoy it on the biggest screen you have.

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20. Val


Year: 2021
Cast: Val Kilmer, Kevin Bacon, Marlon Brando, Jim Carrey

An insightful and revelatory documentary, Val chronicles the career of Val Kilmer, who has been video-documenting his life for over 40 years. Now, he's ready to tell his story.

Featuring never-before-seen footage of his time spent on the set of iconic movies like Top Gun and The Doors, as well as home movies, Val paints an intimate portrait of a complex man. Whether you're a fan or just a movie buff in general, this documentary is a must-watch.

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21. Cinderella


Year: 2021
Cast: Camila Cabello, Nicholas Galitzine, Idina Menzel, Pierce Brosnan

A delightful musical, this version of Cinderella takes a modern approach to the beloved fairy tale.

Cinderella is an aspiring dressmaker who, with a little help with her fabulous godparent, gets a chance to attend the royal ball. She manages to squeeze in some networking and steals the prince's heart, which is no easy feat.

Did we need another take on the classic fairy tale? Probably not, but we're not mad at this one. The 2021 Cinderella is fun and charming, with a solid cast and a feminist message. If you're looking for an engaging movie for family night, you can't go wrong with this one.

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22. The Green Knight


Year: 2021
Cast: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury

An epic fantasy adventure based on the Arthurian legend, The Green Knight follows King Arthur's headstrong nephew. He embarks on a quest to confront a mysterious giant, all in an effort to prove his worth before the court.

A mind-bending affair, the movie grabs you from the very first scene, taking you on an adventure for the ages. The Green Knight isn't afraid to get weird – and to give you plenty to think about in the process.

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23. Burning


Year: 2021
Cast: Rebecca Mcgowan, Rachel Mounsey, Tony Abbot

A powerful documentary, Burning explores the deadly Australian bushfires of 2019-2020, known as 'Black Summer'. Coming from Oscar-winning producer Eva Orner, it acts both as an exploration of what happened and a call to action in the face of climate change.

Burning features victims of the fires, activists and scientists, along with heart-rending images of the devastating effects of the bushfires. It's a sobering and necessary watch.

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24. Being the Ricardos


Year: 2021
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, J. K. Simmons, Nina Arianda, Tony Hale

Being the Ricardos is set in the 50s and revolves around Hollywood power couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The movie is set over an eventful production week of the influential sitcom I Love Lucy, with the couple facing numerous obstacles that threaten their careers and their marriage.

With excellent production values and dedicated performances, Being the Ricardos gives the audience a behind-the-scenes peek at an iconic couple. You know you won't be able to resist.

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25. Hotel Transylvania 4: Transformania


Year: 2022
Cast: Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan

The final entry in the Hotel Transylvania franchise is a hoot. The story takes off when Van Helsing's new invention transforms Drac and his pals into humans, while Johnny becomes a monster. Now, they have to find a way to switch themselves back before the changes become permanent.

The movie boasts stellar animation and has a creative premise that enables it to come across as fresh and inspired. It's fun for kids and adults alike.

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26. The Tender Bar


Year: 2021
Cast: Ben Affleck, Tye Sheridan, Daniel Ranieri, Lily Rabe, Christopher Lloyd

Directed by George Clooney, The Tender Bar is inspired by true events. The movie centres on a boy in desperate need of a father figure who becomes close to his uncle, a charismatic bartender.

We follow the boy as he grows up and faces the first challenges of adulthood, all while being cheered on by the patrons at his uncle's watering hole.

Touching and well-acted, this coming-of-age drama is a crowd pleaser. The plot may be predictable, but there's enough emotion to compensate for that. Ben Affleck offers a tremendous performance as the boy's uncle.

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27. I Want You Back


Year: 2022
Cast: Charlie Day, Jenny Slate, Gina Rodriguez, Scott Eastwood

A delightful romantic comedy, I Want You Back follows Peter and Emma. Complete strangers, they bond after they meet by chance and realise that they were both dumped on the same weekend.

Peter and Emma start by commiserating, but soon find a new purpose as they hatch a crazy plan to win back their exes. The movie is a good time, mainly thanks to the appealing cast. You'll fall head over heels for these characters in no time.

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28. Deep Water


Year: 2022
Cast: Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Tracy Letts, Lil Rel Howery, Dash Mihok

An erotic thriller starring real-life exes? Yes, please!

Deep Water revolves around an affluent couple with problems: she has affairs, he grows increasingly jealous of her escapades. When her lovers start to go missing, he becomes a prime suspect.

If that sounds intriguing, you'll be happy to know that the movie offers fun twists along the way. Get the popcorn ready and dive in.

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29. All the Old Knives


Year: 2022
Cast: Chris Pine, Thandiwe Newton, Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Pryce

When the CIA discovers that one of its agents leaked information that led to a tragedy, a veteran operative is tasked with looking into whether his ex-lover may be guilty of the crime. Sparks still fly between the two, but secrets won't stay buried for long.

A slow spy thriller with a heart-breaking romance at its core, All the Old Knives excels thanks to the palpable chemistry between the two leads. Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton are wonderful together.

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