Action blockbusters, comedies, musicals and more – streaming platforms show movies in all categories. And it’s not just about acquiring other productions from the studio. Like other platforms, Amazon also produces its own movies. The company has invested heavily in original films, sometimes released exclusively on Prime Video but sometimes also, more recently, in theaters.
First launched in 2016 as Amazon Unbox, the platform’s catalog of original movies has grown significantly and is now even comparable to some competing production studios. The list of critically acclaimed Amazon Studios original movies continues to grow. In 2022, the company even landed four Oscar nominations, led by three acting accolades for “Being the Ricardos,” a film about “I Love Lucy” stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. (These are the most nominated actors who still don’t have an Oscar.)
To determine the top Amazon Prime Original Movies, 24/7 Tempo developed an index using average ratings on IMDban online movie database owned by Amazon, and a combination of Audience Scores and Tomatometer scores on rotten tomatoes, an online film and TV review aggregator, as of August 2022, weighting all ratings equally. Only films originally produced or distributed by Amazon Studios were considered. Documentaries were not included.
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There are Oscar-winning and nominated films and actors on the list, as well as a range of directors – including Regina King, Gus Van Sant and Woody Allen – representing different generations of Hollywood filmmakers. (Amazon also produces original series. These are the best Amazon Prime original series of all time.)
Of the 25 movies on our list, 11 have a Critics’ Tomatometer score of 90% or higher, and each one is worth sticking in.