The 5 Best Amazon Prime Video Movies of 2023, Ranked

It was a very good year for original movies Amazon Prime Video. While not every movie reached the level of a theatrical release, a handful of Prime Video movies were easily among the best movies available for streaming on any platform. However, Prime Video only gave a few movies a chance to be shown in theaters first.

Most of the movies in our roundup of the five best Prime Video movies of 2023 went straight to streaming. But that’s no shame for this batch of films. And we can only hope that Prime Video’s best movies of 2024 will continue to uphold that tradition.

5. Total Killer (2023)

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An absolute killer they make no secret of the fact that they were inspired Back to the futurebut now the 1980s have become an even more distant past than the 1950s were in 1985. This film begins in the present day when high school student Jamie Hughes (Kiernan Shipka) loses her mother Pam Hughes (Julie Bowen) to the infamous Sweet 16 Killer reappears to kill her after four decades.

On the run from the serial killer who murdered her mother, Jamie is accidentally transported back to 1987, where Pam (Olivia Holt) is a teenager and none of the Sweet 16 Killer’s victims are yet dead. Unfortunately for Jamie, knowing what’s going to happen doesn’t necessarily mean he can save his mother, the other murder victims, or even himself.

Watches An absolute killer on Prime Video.

4. Cassandra (2023)

Gael García Bernal in Cassandro.
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American wrestling fans may not have heard of Cassandra, but he was one of the few openly gay wrestlers on the Mexican lucha libre scene who became a true star. The Cassandra The biopic stars Gael Garcia Bernal as Saul Armendáriz. Armendáriz is a Mexican-American who crosses the border from Texas into Mexico to pursue his dream of becoming a masked wrestler in wrestling.

However, Armendári doesn’t find success until he drops the mask and portrays a flamboyant drag wrestler (the Mexican wrestling term for this is “exótico”). Armendári is finally finding her true self by embracing her Cassandra persona in and out of the ring. There have been many sports underdog stories before, but never quite like this one.

Watches Cassandra on Prime Video.

3. A Million Miles Away (2023)

Michael Peña as José in a spacesuit walking down the hall in A Million Miles Away.
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Prime Video really loves its biopics and true stories, and it’s no coincidence that four of our picks fall into those categories. Of the four, A million miles away is perhaps the most inspiring as it tells the story of José M. Hernández (Michael Peña), a Mexican-American and the son of a migrant worker who dreamed of becoming a NASA astronaut.

With the support of his wife Adela (Rosa Salazar) and his instructor Frederick W. Sturckow (Garret Dillahunt), Hernández reaches for the stars and finds it within himself to overcome the odds and become one of a handful of people who have spent extended time in space.

Watches A million miles away on Prime Video.

2. Funeral (2023)

Tommy Lee Jones and Jamie Foxx in The Burial.
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Tommy Lee Jones and Jamie Foxx provide the star power Funeral, a dramatization of a case that cast an unflattering light on the funeral business. Jeremiah O’Keefe (Jones) had a verbal agreement with Raymond Loewen (Bill Camp) that could have saved his family business if Loewen had actually kept his word.

Concerned that his contract attorney Mike Allred (Alan Ruck) won’t win his case, O’Keefe turns to Willie E. Gary (Foxx), a personal injury attorney from Florida. Although O’Keefe and Gary share the same goal, they also have conflicting personalities that threaten to overturn their case and prevent them from getting what O’Keefe is owed.

Watches Funeral on Prime Video.

1. Air (2023)

Ben Affleck in the air.
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Director Ben Affleck reunites with his old friend Matt Damon Air, the best original film on Prime Video in 2023. This is the story of the origin of the Nike Air Jordan shoes and the dramatization of what it took to land an endorsement deal with Michael Jordan just as he was entering the NBA. Damon plays Sonny Vaccaro, a talent scout who staked his career on landing Jordan as a client while trying to convince Nike founder Phil Knight (Affleck) to accept the deal.

The film does its best to keep Jordan alone off-screen, but does feature Viola Davis as Jordan’s mother, Deloris Jordan. And Deloris proves to be a very shrewd negotiator when her son’s financial future is at stake.

Watches Air on Prime Video.

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