Amazon Prime Video has an amazing catalog of movies and series that you can access for free if you’re an Amazon Prime customer. It contains a wide variety of films, from box-office hits and blockbusters to timeless classics and exclusive Amazon Prime productions. However, this streaming service’s extensive catalog also has some hidden gems that many people sadly overlook.
If you’re the kind of person who prefers to watch a good movie over the latest blockbuster that’s trending right now, you’ll be pleased to know that Amazon Prime has a lot of aces up its sleeve. Hidden in its catalog, you’ll find some of the best movies to be released in recent years. That said, you need to know where to look!
In today’s article, we’re going to share a roundup of movies we consider to be the best hidden gems in the Amazon Prime Video catalog. Get your popcorn ready, it’s showtime!
Primal Fear is a superb legal thriller with a star-studded cast led by Richard Gere and Edward Norton. It tells the story of an unscrupulous attorney who will defend any criminal just to be in the spotlight. He gets his big break when he agrees to defend Aaron, a young man who is accused of murdering an archbishop in cold blood. Intelligent and full of intrigue, Primal Fear is a must-see classic for movie buffs.
Shia LaBeouf is quite the character on the Hollywood scene, and he gives us a rare, intimate look at his life through Honey Boy. Directed by Alma Har’el with a screenplay by LaBeouf himself, the film tells the story of his life and of his tumultuous relationship with his father. In fact, the actor wrote the screenplay as a part of his therapy in rehab. Personal, dramatic and hard-hitting, Honey Boy is a little gem that no film buff should miss.
Directed by Eugenio Mira, Grand Piano is a harrowing, intriguing thriller that will keep you glued to your TV from minute one. In it we meet Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood), a talented pianist who constantly strives for perfection. However, Selznick suffers from severe stage fright, something that forces him to leave the stage for a season. When he decides to play in front of an audience again, he receives a threatening note informing him that if he plays a single wrong note on his piano, he, his wife or someone in the audience will be murdered. We highly recommend it!
It’s a fact: Christian Bale is one of the most chameleonic actors in Hollywood. We have seen him be burly in Batman, markedly overweight in Vice and emaciated in The Machinist. This psychological drama follows the life of Trevor Reznik, a machinist who is grappling with severe insomnia. His problem impacts his health, slowly turning him into a shadow of his former self. What’s more, his insomnia takes a toll on his sanity, causing terrible hallucinations. Trevor’s troubles only get worse when a co-worker loses an arm in an accident in which he is involved. Mesmerizing and gripping, The Machinist is an extraordinary cult film that we highly recommend.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a haunting dramatic thriller that won Best Screenplay at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. The film tells the story of Steven Murphy, a renowned surgeon who lives a happy, fulfilling life alongside his wife, Anna, and their children, Bob and Kim. But things take a radical turn when he meets Martin, a 16-year-old orphan with whom he will strike up a peculiar friendship. After deciding to protect the young man, Steven’s life will change completely, as he will be forced to choose between making a sacrifice or losing everything he has. Creepy, enigmatic and awe-inspiring, The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a film that undeniably deserves a place on our list of hidden gems on Amazon Prime Video.
The Neon Demon
The Neon Demon is an interesting psychological thriller that will take your breath away. It tells the story of Jesse (Elle Fanning), a beautiful young woman who has just moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a model. However, not everything is as simple as she thinks, as many young women have the same dream and the competition is brutal. In a world of jealousy, envy, vanity and narcissism, Jesse will discover that she has unknowingly entered a neon hell.
The Disaster Artist
The Disaster Artist is a fun movie based on a true story. It follows the adventures of new filmmaker Tommy Wiseau during the filming of what is considered the worst movie in history, The Room. Directed and performed by the quirky James Franco, The Disaster Artist is an entertaining film whose memorable sequences are both funny and moving.
Arrival is a compelling sci-fi film based on the short story “The Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang, winner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award. The film begins with the mysterious arrival of extraterrestrial ships to our planet. Dismayed at not knowing whether they are friend or foe, senior U.S. military officials enlist the help of linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) to communicate with them. Racing against the clock, Banks must learn the aliens’ language to find out what they intend to do with the human race.
Disobedience is a romantic drama that masterfully deals with controversial issues such as the conflict between homosexuality and religion. The film tells the story of a young woman who goes home to her Orthodox Jewish family after the death of her father, a rabbi. There, she will be reunited with a childhood friend who played an important role in her life. When they meet again, something more than friendship will arise, much to the disapproval of the young woman’s family. The film is an up-to-date and extraordinary adaptation of the novel by Naomi Alderman.
Lady Bird is a brilliant film that chronicles the coming of age of young Christine (Saoirse Ronan), who lives in Sacramento and dreams of moving to the East Coast after high school to follow her dream of becoming an artist. Known to all as Lady Bird, Christine must find her place in the world, gain independence from her overprotective mother and go her own way in life.
The Big Sick
The Big Sick is based on the true story of the relationship between its two screenwriters, Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani. The film tells the tale of how the Pakistan-born comedian and the young graduate student met, and how their difficult relationship progressed despite their cultural differences. However, Emily comes down with a strange disease and Kumail must battle his Muslim parents, who had expected the young man to choose a different partner.
To bring our roundup to a close, we recommend Mother!, a haunting horror and suspense film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. In it, a poet and his young wife have recently moved into an old house. As he is struggling with writer’s block, he decides to let a series of strange people into their home who slowly turn his life into a real nightmare. But that’s not all, because his wife begins to notice her husband behaving strangely and the house contains many hidden secrets. Disturbing and full of intrigue, Mother! has an excellent cast and some plot twists that will leave you scratching your head.
We hope our selection of hidden gems in the Amazon Prime Video catalog has been helpful to you. Are there any movies that you would like to recommend? Tell us about them in the comments section!