The 56 best movies streaming free for Amazon Prime members (January 2021) – For The Win


It’s Saturday night and, if NFL playoff football isn’t your thing, you’re probably looking for a movie to check out. This month, Amazon has a TON of new movies available for its Prime members to stream for free.

They’re kicking off the new year right with a ton of new offerings, and we’ve got 56 of our favorites listed below.

Not a Prime member? You can sign up here.

You can also check out some of our other lists:

The 48 best movies streaming on Netflix (January 2021)
Our favorite shows to binge on Hulu
26 great free video games to play while stuck at home

Alright, let’s get to our list:

1. 28 DAYS LATER — This raw zombie masterpiece imagines an abandoned London, and finds a chilly horror in its emptiness.

2. CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER — Harrison Ford gives an iconic performance as Jack Ryan in this spy thriller.

3. ALMOST FAMOUS — Cameron Crowe’s ode to rock n’ roll still tugs at the heartstrings in all the right ways.

4. DEAD POETS SOCIETY — This prep school ode to the power of poetry features one of the all-time great acting performances from Robin Williams.

5. THE FIRM — Tom Cruise gets to object (and run around a bit!) in this adaptation of the John Grisham legal thriller, which holds up better than you’d expect.

6. LAST OF THE MOHICANS — Daniel Day Lewis stars in this 90s blockbuster about a Native American tribe.

7. LOST IN TRANSLATION — Sofia Coppola’s masterpiece stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson as two lost souls in Japan.

8. CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR — Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman have a blast in this political dramedy, written by Aaron Sorkin.

9. MASTER AND COMMANDER — I’m a sucker for a movie on the open seas. Forget sea shanties for a minute and get in on the real thing.

10. ERIN BROCKOVICH — Julia Roberts stars as the legal aid who fought hard for those no one else would fight for.

11. THE TOWN — Ben Affleck directs this Boston shoot-em-up heist film, which has a scene-stealing turn from Jeremy Renner as his best friend.

12. LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS — Guy Ritchie’s breakthrough film is an English gangster romp with an all-time great soundtrack.

13. BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN — Ang Lee directs this film about forbidden love, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhall.

14. THE TRUMAN SHOW — Jim Carrey dazzles in this commentary on reality TV, but Ed Harris steals the show as the demented Christof.

15. MAJOR LEAGUE — One of the great sports comedies ever made, and a must-watch for any baseball fan. (Well, those who can handle a lot of curse words.)

16. BOURNE ULTIMATUM — Another perfect movie in the Bourne franchise, starring Matt Damon.

17. CHINATOWN — Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway star in this noir masterpiece; one of the great films ever made.

18. DONNIE BRASCO — Al Pacino and Johnny Depp square off in this gangster flick.

19. FRIENDS WITH KIDS — A loaded cast gets laughs and poignant moments as well, in this story about a group of friends struggling with adulthood.

20. THE LIGHTHOUSE — Straight up one of the wildest movies I’ve ever seen. I don’t even know how to describe this. Buckle up.

21. THE GOLDFINCH — This adaptation of the Donna Tartt novel has some gorgeous set pieces.

22. THE FAREWELL — Awkwafina stars in this movie about a family that travels home to say goodbye to a dying matriarch.

23. THE LOST CITY OF Z — Charlie Hunnam stars in this period piece which has plenty of adventure and incredible scenery.

24. SUSPIRIA — A modern update of one of the most upsetting horror films ever made, this one manages to be a bit more palatable.

25. THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS — Wes Anderson’s finest film, with a loaded cast and just enough emotional grounding for his style.

26. THE REPORT — Adam Driver gives a committed performance in this film about a government investigation into war crimes.


28. ONE CHILD NATION — A documentary tells a personal story about the unintended consequences of China’s one-child policy.

29. THE VAST OF NIGHT — This ultra low budget sci-fi film has a pure style and unexpectedly wonderful dialogue.

30. RAMBO: LAST BLOOD — This ain’t Shakespeare, but if you want to watch Sly Stallone blow stuff up, it’s got that in spades.

31. TROOP ZERO — Allison Janney stars in this charming little comedy about an off-kilter girl scout troop.

32. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL — Another perfect entry in one of the best action film series ever made.

33. SUPER SIZE ME — This documentary quite fundamentally changed the way America consumed food.

34. MY SPY — A surprisingly charming and witty little action comedy, with Dave Bautista.

35. GENERATION WEALTH — One of the most grotesque documentaries you’ll ever see, about a country obsessed with wealth.

36. THE HUSTLE — This update on the Steve Martin classic DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS has Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway having a blast as con artists.

37. LOGAN LUCKY — A perfect heist film, with Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, and Daniel Craig having so much fun you get the sense he’d have done the movie for free.

38. LIGHT OF MY LIFE — A chilling post-apocalyptic film starring Casey Affleck.

39. LATE NIGHT — A quirky comedy about a late night host who’s struggling to get her groove back and connect with a millenial audience.

40. LAST FLAG FLYING — Three Vietnam veteran friends go on a road trip to lay one of their sons to rest.

41. KNIVES OUT — Maybe my favorite whodunnit of the last decade, directed by Rian Johnson and again with Daniel Craig stealing every scene he’s in.

42. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO — This documentary on James Baldwin eschews talking heads for the most part and lets the man tell his own story.

43. APOCALYPTO — Mel Gibson directs this action thriller on the final days of a dying empire.

44. MID90S — Jonah Hill directs this ode to growing up as a skater punk. The soundtrack is perfect and the performances find depth.

45. GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO — The Swedish version may not have the style of David Fincher’s film adaptation, but it features a breakthrough performance from Noomi Rapace.

46. CLUE — One of the funniest and most quotable movies ever made, with Tim Curry in an iconic role.

47. CASINO ROYALE — The film that relaunched the Bond franchise and made Daniel Craig a star.

48. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA — This movie will leave you in a puddle of tears. It’s brilliant and heartbreaking and it will wreck you.

49. BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON — A charming little comedy about a young woman who can’t seem to get her life together until she takes up running.

50. HOTEL ARTEMIS — This film borrows pretty heavily from the JOHN WICK universe, but that’s an awesome thing to borrow from!

51. ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ — Clint Eastwood grimaces through this classic escape flick.

52. FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY — A surprisingly wonderful and funny look at the world of professional wrestling, through the eyes of an English family.

52. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT — This series doesn’t miss. They’re all amazing.

53. 7500 — Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a pilot in a plane taken over by hijackers in this thriller.

54. THE BIG SICK — A perfect little romantic comedy that takes place almost entirely inside a hospital. Who knew?

55. HONEY BOY — Shia LaBeouf gives an incredible performance as, more or less, his dad, in this partly autobiographical film.

56. A SIMPLE FAVOR — This hilarious thriller has a preposterous plot, but director Paul Feig and stars Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick seem to understand how preposterous it is, and have a blast with it.

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