The best Amazon Prime Video movies in Australia for February 2019

Adam Mathew 25 June 2018 NEWS

Prime Video has officially launched in Australia and while the movie library might be lacking, there's still some cinematic gold to be found.

Amazon Prime has finally come to Australia and the streaming service is a gold mine for some of the greatest movies ever made.

Here are the best movies we've found so far, ranked.

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1. 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 realized 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.

2. Jurassic Park


  • Year: 1993
  • Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

The movie that sparked an entire franchise, Jurassic Park takes place in an adventure park full of cloned dinosaurs. As expected, things go very wrong and the dinosaurs escape, leaving the survivors running for their lives.

The monster of all monster movies, Jurassic Park was released in 1993 but still holds up today, despite all the sequels and reboots. A box office hit at the time, the movie offers plenty of thrills, so it might be time to revisit this beloved classic.

3. Closer


  • Year: 2004
  • Cast: Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen

Set in London, Closer follows four people as they engage in a series of chance meetings, doomed relationships, and casual betrayals.

Explosive performances and delicious dialogue make Closer stand out from the crowd, regardless of how toxic the relationships depicted on screen may get. You’re not sure if you should be rooting for these flawed characters, but you definitely want to find out what happens next. All in all, this movie will make you uncomfortable in the best way possible… you know, if you’re into that.

4. The Adjustment Bureau


  • Year: 2011
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Jon Stewart, Anthony Mackie

Loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short story Adjustment Team, The Adjustment Bureau centers on a United States congressman who discovers that what appear to be chance events in his life are actually orchestrated by a technologically advanced intelligence network. As a result, he has to decide whether to follow his premeditated path or risk it all for a chance at love.

Intriguing and riveting, The Adjustment Bureau is a clever romance disguised as a thriller, compelling and incredibly well-acted. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt have great chemistry, so there’s no wonder the congressman is contemplating abandoning success to be with the woman who caught his eye. You’ll have to tune in to see if he succeeds.

5. Chi-raq


  • Year: 2015
  • Cast: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett

The portmanteau of Chicago and Iraq (pronounced “shy-rack”) is worryingly apt. That said, don't go in expecting Spike Lee to deliver a docu-drama exposé of this Illinois gangland. Re-adjust your expectations to a modern hip-hop remix of Aristophanes’s Lysistrata, a bawdy Greek classic in which women from warring sides refuse their husbands bedroom action in pursuit of an armistice.

Via narration from a slick-suited Dolmedes (Samuel L Jackson), the sorry state of affairs is laid out in iambic pentameter rhymes. On one side we have the Spartans, headed by our hero Lysistrata’s boyfriend and they're beefing with their rivals, the Trojans, when an innocent citizen catches a stray bullet. From there Chi-raq escalates into a musical that delivers an incendiary look at violence and guns, men and women, and sex and power.

6. Indiana Jones 1 - 4


  • Year: 1989
  • Cast: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Denholm Elliott, Alison Doody

If you want to hear a heated debate, try asking my friends what the best Indiana Jones film is after they've all been drinking. There's always the purist who stands up for the original Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lucas and Spielberg's incredibly tight re-imagining of ye olde action serials. There's often an ever-so-slightly larger group who insist that the best entry was Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, a father and son quest for the Holy Grail. And then there'll be that edgier outlier who swears by the darker, heart-ripping antics of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Before fist fights can break out, my crew usually bond over one simple fact: despite our differences, we can universally agree on the letdown nature of Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Avoid it, stick to the original trilogy and you can't go wrong. You're guaranteed to be swinging into a priceless, (whip) cracking action-adventure series that belongs in a museum.

7. 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, and 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 America, and No Country For Old Men is a modern masterpiece.

8. Jaws


  • Year: 1975
  • Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary

Sometimes great horror is purely in the music and what you can't see. It's been nearly 40 years but the creeping dread of John Williams “duunn dunnnn” theme still sends chills up my spine. I'm confident that if you were to play that swelling double-note menace over the speakers of any indoor pool complex, people would cast reason aside and get out.

The power of this music was a godsend for Steven Spielberg, a fledgling director who invested too much faith in his prop department's ability to create lifelike sharks. Turning what was a 25-foot polystyrene lemon into lemonade, Spielberg shifted course onto some of the most creative and (cost) effective jump-scares in the history of film. The end result is a great monster flick that's made damn near perfect, thanks to the plight of a hapless Chief Brody and a strong set of supporting characters, all of whom you don't want to be on the menu (but totally are).

9. L.A. Confidential


  • Year: 1997
  • Cast: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell

Widely regarded as Hollywood's last great noir film, L.A. Confidential tells the 1950s tale of compromised dreams and the unfortunates who fell victim to the siren's song of Tinseltown. When a massacre takes place at a cafe and one of the dead is a young prostitute, further investigation reveals an employer who specializes in surgically altering “the wares” to better resemble movie stars. Cue: a much wider conspiracy that's picked apart by three vastly different law-enforcers. You have Ed Exley, an ice-cold careerist; Jack Vincennes, a spotlight-chasing "Hollywood Cop" who does studio consultancy; and Bud White, an ask-questions-later brute.

While director Curtis Hanson had his bases well covered with top-billed stars like Kevin Spacey and Kim Basinger, he elevated this film from good to great by filling out his ensemble cast with relatively unknowns Guy Pearce and Russel Crowe. Allow yourself to be seduced by L.A. Confidential and you'll go on a complex, engrossing thrill ride that thoroughly deserves every Oscar it won.

10. Gleason


  • Year: 2016
  • Cast: Steve Gleason, Mike Gleason, Scott Fujita, Mike McKenzie

After being diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), formerly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, New Orleans Saints football player Steve Gleason decides to put up the best fight possible and record a series of video journals for his unborn son. When the battle starts to look insurmountable, the plan shifts to submitting this footage to charity to raise awareness about this disease as the film documents Gleason's slow deterioration over the course of a five-year period.

Equal parts inspirational, heartbreaking and brutally candid, Gleason runs the full gamut of human emotions. This is a front row seat to a man moving through the five stages of grief, plus the film juggles the themes of marital stress, religious conviction and even a bit of lighthearted toilet humour when the worst indignities of the disease kick in. This is a tough watch but an important one, too – an unflinching portrayal of a person fighting back against incredible adversity.

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