While Disney+ might have some of the best family-friendly favourites, Amazon Prime has a wide selection of adult thrillers and action movies to choose from.

As you'd expect with Prime Video, the curated suggestions are often a complete mess and you'll find yourself digging through reams of junk before finding something interesting.

Luckily for you, however, we've done the hard work and come back with some of the best thrillers on the streaming service right now.


Probably one of the very few roles in which Tom Cruise plays an out-and-out villain, Michael Mann's moody LA-set thriller sees 'Ol Tom play a hitman who's in town on business, and has hired Jamie Foxx to be his cabbie for the night. If you've enjoyed 'Heat' or basically any of Michael Mann's works and you haven't yet watched 'Collateral', you're missing out on some of his best stuff. Effortlessly smooth and stylish with a cracking soundtrack, 'Collateral' never misses the mark. Pun intended.

'The Infiltrator'

The War on Drugs in the '70s and '80s is a familiar enough topic nowadays. You only need to look at the success of Netflix's excellent crime series, 'Narcos', to see how well it can be done. 'The Infiltrator' takes a similar angle, though it focuses in on the financial dealings of the Medellin Cartel and how a lone US Customs Agent - played by Bryan Cranston - managed to chain together the world's largest cartel, a Pakistani business magnate, and an international banking consortium in a wide-ranging conspiracy.

'A Cure For Wellness'

You know how people talk about wellness resorts and yoga retreats? Well, imagine that but if it was run by psychotic Swiss aristocrats who were big into eels. Dane DeHaan stars as a sleazy businessman who's sent to the Alps to retrieve the CEO of his company from a "wellness center", only to find himself staying there as a patient. It's not before long that he begins to realise that there's more to the idyllic village and the castle he's staying in than meets the eye. Incredibly well-designed and ambitious, with a real Gothic sensibility, 'A Cure For Wellness' is a stylish little thriller.


Although it's set in Belfast during the height of the Troubles, '71' feels like it has more in common with something like 'Apocalypto' or John Carpenter's 'Escape From New York'. Jack O'Connell plays a British squaddie who gets separated from his unit during a demonstration and is forced to sprint across Belfast and back to his barracks, but soon finds himself witnessing his own army's involvement with Loyalist terrorists. Tightly paced and acted, '71' is a pitched thriller with strong performances and a deft touch of thrills and historical accuracy too.


The '90s were a golden age for thrillers. You had the likes of 'The Fugitive', 'Copycat', 'Misery', all of the John Grisham adaptations, but in the middle of all these sits 'Sneakers'. It's a strangely comfortable, feel-good thriller - the kind that could be easily enjoyed by all of the family or just on your own. Robert Redford leads an ensemble cast that includes Sydney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix, and David Straithairn, who are hired by the NSA to investigate and steal a box that has the potential to decrypt any and all codes everywhere. While the technology might be practically ancient, its themes of government surveillance, technology and privacy, and its overall good charm means it's still more than enjoyable to watch now.

'The Senator'

Originally released in the US as 'Chappaquiddick', 'The Senator' is a dramatic retelling of one of the most pivotal moments in US political history - namely, the incident at Chappaquiddick wherein Ted Kennedy and Mary Jo Kopechne crashed a car off a bridge and resulted in Mary Jo's death. Jason Clarke plays Ted Kennedy, and manages to portray both the potential and the petulance in the character without giving into the potential for lurid conspiracy theories. The supporting cast of characters - Kate Mara, Bruce Dern, and Ed Helms - all help to maintain the balance in the well-crafted screenplay, and gives it a methodical, almost clinical retelling of the story.

'LA Confidential'

What can be said about 'LA Confidential' that hasn't already been said? It's easily one of the finest studio thrillers of the '90s. In terms of the noir genre, it sits comfortably alongside the likes of 'Chinatown'. Every single person in the cast is giving some of their best work. The tone and the setting is captured perfectly without drawing attention to it. Dante Spinotti's cinematography takes in all of the dark glamour of Los Angeles in the '50s, and Jerry Goldsmith's score just adds to the atmosphere. While its runtime and its labyrinthine plot might put some people off, 'LA Confidential' is nonetheless a masterpiece that totally deserves your time and attention.