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10 Best Drama Movies on Amazon Prime Video

It can be hard to navigate Prime Video’s massive library, but we’re here with some hand-picked dramas to keep you riveted.

  • The Truman Show

    June 4, 1998

    Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) is the star of “The Truman Show,” a 24-hour-a-day reality TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for consumption by the rest of the world. And everyone he knows, including his wife (Laura Linney) and his best friend (Noah Emmerich) is really an actor, paid to be part of his life.

    This amazing film was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Director (Peter Weir), Best Original Screenplay (Andrew Niccol), and Best Supporting Actor (Ed Harris).

    Don’t overlook the dramatic power of this film just because it stars Jim Carrey. He’s seriously good in this unique story.

  • The Sixth Sense

    August 6, 1999

    Following an unexpected tragedy, a child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) meets an 8-year-old boy named Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), who is hiding a dark secret.

    This film was an absolute phenomenon in 1999. It stayed in theaters for a jaw-dropping 73 weeks, raking in over $672 million worldwide. Only “Star Wars: Episode I” sold more tickets that year.

    “The Sixth Sense” was nominated six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for M. Night Shyamalan, Best Supporting Actor (Haley Joel Osment), and Best Supporting Actress (Toni Collette).

  • Sound of Metal

    November 20, 2020

    Metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to lose his hearing. When a doctor tells him his condition will worsen, he thinks his career and life is over. His girlfriend Lou checks the former addict into a rehab for the deaf hoping it will prevent a relapse and help him adapt to his new life. After being welcomed and accepted just as he is, Ruben must choose between his new normal and the life he once knew.

    This film won two Academy Awards (Best Editing, Best Sound) and was nominated for four more (Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Actor - Riz Amed, and Best Supporting Actor - Paul Raci).

  • Fargo

    March 8, 1996

    Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt… but he’s got a plan. He’s going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It’s going to be a snap and nobody’s going to get hurt… until people start dying. Enter Police Chief Marge, a coffee-drinking, parka-wearing - and extremely pregnant - investigator who’ll stop at nothing to get her man. And if you think her small-time investigative skills will give the crooks a run for their ransom… you betcha!

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    December 20, 1946

    A holiday favourite for generations… George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George’s modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve the business’s $8,000 is lost and George’s troubles begin.

    You don’t have to wait for Christmas to celebrate this masterpiece of goodwill, hope, joy, and dashed dreams.

  • Ran

    June 1, 1985

    With Ran, legendary director Akira Kurosawa reimagines Shakespeare’s King Lear as a singular historical epic set in sixteenth-century Japan. Majestic in scope, the film is Kurosawa’s late-life masterpiece, a profound examination of the folly of war and the crumbling of one family under the weight of betrayal, greed, and the insatiable thirst for power.

  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    October 31, 2008

    In 2001, Andrew Bagby, a medical resident, is murdered not long after breaking up with his girlfriend. Soon after, when she announces she’s pregnant, one of Andrew’s many close friends, Kurt Kuenne, begins this film, a gift to the child.

    This documentary packs some absolute gut punches, but it’s incredibly powerful. Brace yourself for an unforgettable film.

  • Sunset Boulevard

    August 10, 1950

    A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

  • The Great Escape

    June 20, 1963

    The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocate them to a high-security ‘escape-proof’ camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II. Based on a true story.

  • Hotel Rwanda

    March 4, 2004

    Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his hotel in attempt to save their lives.

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