The Prime Video movies hot list: From Borat Subsequent Moviefilm to The Big Sick - the best Amazon Original films to watch now

It's not all box sets and binge watching TV shows on Prime Video. We round up the best Amazon Original films to watch on Prime Video now.

By Sophia Moir Published: 29 October 2020 - 4.01pm
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It's not just binge watching box sets on Amazon Prime Video - there’s plenty of films on there to add to your watchlist too.

In fact, the tech giant has its own production arm - called Amazon Studios - and it often puts its own films on Prime Video before they’re available to buy or rent.

And they’re not just any old films - they’re Oscar-winning, critically-acclaimed movies that you won’t find anywhere else.

From Manchester by the Sea to The Big Sick, we round up our pick of the best Amazon Original films to stream now - and they’re all included in your Prime subscription.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Amazon Prime Video

How can I watch it?

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is streaming on Amazon Prime Video now.

What’s it about?

Released from prison for bringing shame to his country, Kazakh funnyman Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) risks life and limb when he returns to America with his 15-year-old daughter.

Why watch it?

According to industry website Variety, the sequel to Borat (2006) was streamed by "tens of millions" of viewers around the world over its opening weekend.  Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said the film's launch was "tremendous" and proved that customers "want content that is both relevant and entertaining”.

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Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea film still Rex Features

How can I watch it?

Manchester by the Sea is streaming on Amazon Prime Video now.

What’s it about?

Casey Affleck (Interstellar, Gone Baby Gone) stars as Lee, a man whose spare existence is suddenly ruptured when the death of his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) forces him to return to the hometown he abandoned years before. He’s rocked by contact with his estranged ex-wife (Michelle Williams) and the revelation that Joe has made him guardian of his teenage son.

Why watch it?

How about the fact it's double Oscar-winning? It scopped the awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor - for Casey Affleck - at the 2017 Academy Awards.

The Big Sick

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How can I watch it?

The Big Sick is streaming on Amazon Prime Video now.

What’s it about?

The Big Sick is based on the real-life courtship between Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani, playing himself, and grad student Emily (played by Zoe Kazan). They fall in love but struggle while dealing with Emily's mysterious illness and their families’ culture clash. 

Why watch it?

The film's been called the "best romantic comedy in years" by various critics, and was praised for "finding the light in the dark".

Last Flag Flying

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How can I watch it?

Last Flag Flying is streaming on Amazon Prime Video now.

What’s it about?

A Vietnam veteran visits two of his fellow Marines to ask them for help in bringing the body of his son - a fallen soldier in Iraq - to Arlington. As they learn the truth about his death, they bond over the raw memories of their own troubled pasts.

Why watch it?

Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne all star in the film, which was described as a "starry, sombre and comic war movie" by the New York Times.

Beautiful Boy

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How can I watch it?

Beautiful Boy is streaming on Amazon Prime Video now.

What’s it about?

Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.

Why watch it?

Described as an "authentic, powerfully acted portrait of addiction", the performances of both of its leads Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet were universally praised by critics.

Guava Island

Guava Island film still Amazon Prime Video

How can I watch it?

Guava Island is streaming on Amazon Prime Video now.

What’s it about?

A young musician seeks to hold a festival to liberate the oppressed people of Guava Island, even if only for a day.

Why watch it?

Directed by Hiro Murai (Atlanta, Barry), Guava Island stars Letitia Wright, as well as Donald Glover and Rihanna.

Brittany Runs a Marathon

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How can I watch it?

Brittany Runs a Marathon is streaming on Amazon Prime Video now.

What’s it about?

Hard partier Brittany (Jillian Bell) decides to make positive changes in her life by training for the New York City Marathon.

Why watch it?

Hannah Wales from The World of Celebrity calls it "heartwarming and motivating". She adds: "You’ll come away with a big smile on your face."

The Report

The Report film still Amazon Prime Video

How can I watch it?

The Report is streaming on Amazon Prime Video now.

What’s it about?

The Report follows Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones who's tasked by his boss to investigate the CIA's use of torture following the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Why watch it?

Adam Driver (Girls, Marriage Story) has been tipped for an Oscar nomination for his role as Jones in the film.

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