Included with Prime | The best free movies & shows on Amazon | Spring 2019
Check out the best of what Amazon Prime has to offer this Spring.
An Amazon Prime subscription unlocks a number of features for Amazon users, not least access to Prime Video. With hundreds of different shows and movies to watch as part of your subscription, Prime Video is the number one reason to upgrade your account to Prime. From excited exclusives to shows you might not have seen for twenty years, Prime Video currently has its strongest library to date. Here’s the pick of what to watch currently.
You Were Never Really Here
This stunning thriller from Lynn Ramsay (who previously helmed We Need To Talk About Kevin) was one of 2018’s best, and is now available to watch on Amazon Prime Video. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here follows a PTSD-ridden veteran who works as an enforcer for hire. When he gets hired to rescue the daughter of a senator, he’s plunged into the dark underbelly of New York’s high society.
You Were Never Really Here is a terrific and harrowing watch, but one that swiftly comes and goes. Short, punchy and memorable, it’s one of the best of Amazon’s Prime offerings.
Parks and Recreation
This hilarious comedy from the creator of the US version of The Office and former Simpsons writer Greg Daniels is one of the best comedy outings available on the platform, and is available to stream in full now.
Parks and Recreation follows the titular department of the local government of Pawnee, Indiana, with hard-working Leslie Knope leading the way. Filmed in mockumentary style (like The Office) Parks and Rec often has the feel of a live-action Simpsons, with many crazy and memorable characters popping up throughout the series.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Following on from his surrealist dark comedy The Lobster, director Yorgos Lanthimos offers up something darker still with The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Colin Farrell stars as Dr. Steven Murphy, a privileged surgeon who is given a grim choice: kill one of your children, or all your family dies.
What follows is a grimly awkward tale that takes the more bizarre elements of The Lobster and spins them with eerie folk horror. Farrell is exceptional in the lead role and Nicole Kidman provides a great supporting role as his suffering wife.
This classic US sitcom essentially wrote the rulebook for comedy going forward, with a huge amount of shows owing a debt to Seinfeld’s blend of biting cynicism, everyday faux pas and crazy characters.
Written by Larry David (who you might be familiar with thanks to his own series Curb Your Enthusiasm), and starring comedian Jerry Seinfeld, this series is a must-see for any comedy fans. Filled with hilarious observational wit and some unforgettable moments, Seinfeld is well worth diving into. Think of it as Friends if the friends from Friends were terrible people.
This stylish and unsettling thriller stars Dan Stevens as a war veteran visiting a dead friend’s family, The Guest is one of the most unique films you’ll see on Amazon Prime Video. The film is one of those that’s better the less you know about it, with the story going places you’ll never guess.
The Guest is a film that’s effective because it branches a number of different genres, moving effortlessly between thriller, action and eventually horror. Dan Stevens is enigmatic and terrifying as David, the charming former marine that takes the small town by storm.
Darren Aronofsky takes his unique style and aims it at the grim but interesting world of professional wrestling, whilst giving a resurgence to Mickey Rourke in the process. Rourke stars as Randy “The Ram” Robinson, a washed up wrestler who was once at the top of the world but now survives on performing in community halls and signing autographs.
Whilst deeply sad, The Wrestler is a fascinating look into a world that not many people know about, with Rourke’s breathtaking performance taking its roots from real-life examples. The Wrestler is a unique type of sports movie, showing the darker side of a profession that many dismiss.
Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan’s hilarious comedy is one of the most authentic looks at adult relationships on TV, with the first 3 series available to watch on Amazon now. Catastrophe sees Rob and Sharon expecting a baby after an intense week-long fling and having to balance becoming parents despite barely knowing each other.
Catastrophe is full of darkly funny humour and genuinely good drama, offering a blend that satisfies on both fronts. Delaney and Horgan are fantastic in the lead roles and have a believable chemistry that makes their romance more interesting than your standard TV drama.
The Death of Stalin
This black comedy from Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci lampoons the power vacuum that’s created when Soviet Union leader Stalin dies. Starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, Jeffery Tambor and Paddy Considine, The Death of Stalin is packed full of the dry, sweary brilliance we’ve come to expect from Iannucci projects whilst not shying away from the dark and harsh world of 1950’s Russia.
The Death of Stalin is unique in that it allows the actors to all speak in their native accents, giving the film a bizarre tone that somehow works, with a mixture of fast-paced, improvised dialogue and authentic set design combining to create a funny and unforgettable film.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
This classic ‘90s teen horror series is one of a number of older shows available on Amazon Prime that still hold up today, including The X-Files, Battlestar Galactica and Seinfeld. Continuing from the feature film, Buffy the Vampire Slayer follows teenage demon-hunter Buffy as she slays creatures of the night whilst balancing her school and social life.
Featuring many memorable characters, spooky horror moments and prime teen drama, Buffy is a show you’ll want to revisit even if you watched it when it originally aired. If you’ve never seen it, you owe it to yourself to check it out if you’re a horror fan and love ‘90s TV. You can also watch the full series of Buffy spin-off Angel right now.
Hereditary was one of 2018’s most talked-about horror films and is available to watch now. Starring Toni Collette as an artist hurrying her work for an exhibition whilst dark things happen to her family, Heredity is a horror you won’t be able to stop thinking about, with its slow-burn terror really sticking with you.
Hereditary is part of the “post-horror” wave of recent years, but really offers more standard horror scares than most audiences were expecting. That doesn’t stop it being a thoughtful and fascinating spectacle that goes places you won’t expect, just with more decapitations.