Last Updated: April 5th
Amazon Prime is way more than just a way to get your electronics and books in two days or less. There’s a wide breadth of programming available to stream, and it’s not just recycled titles from Netflix or straight-to-DVD rejects. Although it’s not the easiest streaming service to navigate, there are some surprisingly good movies and TV shows out there to choose from if you know what you’re looking for.
To help you out, we’ve put together the 20 best movies on Amazon Prime Instant Video right now, all of them unavailable on Netflix. From new Oscar winners to classic titles, you might be surprised as to what the service has available.
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The cultural unrest of the 1970s inspired some of America’s most memorable films. From the nation’s escalating distrust of its premier institutions came a decade’s worth of challenging dramas and disaster pictures, including a series of films inspired by Arthur Hailey’s novel Airport. It’s appropriate, then, that the country’s transition into the’80s would be couriered by the silliest imaginable send-up of this legacy: Airplane! Using the simple premise of an impending airliner crash, the film manages to operate both as a biting parody of the aforementioned batch of pitch black thrillers and as a freestyle dive into uncharted depths of screwball surrealism. Whether dragging familiar genre tropes (like the airport supervisor with a drinking problem) beyond the brink of ridicule or exploiting common turns of phrase (like the very term “drinking problem”) for anarchic sight-gags, the energetic and hilarious Airplane! is responsible for bringing a new caliber of comic chaos to the big screen.