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.
'From Russia With Love'
Now that Prime Video has added every single one of the Bond movies, you're pretty much free to pick and choose from them all as you please, whether it be the most recent one in 'No Time To Die' or something of a further vintage. For our money, 'From Russia With Love' is the best of the Connery era, which by extension makes it the best of the entire series. It's every bit as glossy and glamourous now as it was in 1963, and Sean Connery's screen presence cannot be ignored. Yes, the sexual politics are utterly horrendous and kind of hilarious for how outdated they are, but the thrilling setpieces and the sharp direction still hold up after all these years.
As if one Tom Hardy wasn't enough, 'Legend' sees the former winner of The Big Breakfast's Find Me A Model competition take on the dual role of London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray in a Hollywoodised retelling of their rise and downfall. Hardy's performance zig-zags between the two brothers, one of them smooth and laconic, the other utterly unhinged and vaguely looking like Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan from 'The Day Today'. It's not as psychologically deep as 'The Krays' with Gary and Martin Kemp, but it's nevertheless a ripping crime thriller with an engaged performance by Hardy.
'The Usual Suspects'
Always good for a rewatch, 'The Usual Suspects' is unlike most thrillers which you can usually run through in one sitting.'The Usual Suspects' is a movie that almost requires you to cycle through it again to see where it leads and where it twists to better appreciate them. The ensemble cast of our own Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Spacey (eeshk), and Benicio del Toro breathe life into Christopher McQuarrie's script, who is these days devising ways for Tom Cruise to defy death on screen.
The late, great Tony Scott was no strange to good old-fashioned thrillers and 'Unstoppable' stands as one of his finest works. Denzel Washington plays a grizzled train driver who's paired up with rookie Chris Pine on a day that goes from bad to worse when a runaway train carrying dangerous chemicals speeds towards a city. While Rosario Dawson leads the rescue effort back in the control centre, the two reluctant allies have to come up with a way of stopping the train without killing themselves in the process. It's basic stuff, yes, but Tony Scott always had a remarkable way of elevating these kinds of potboilers into an artform.
'Killing Them Softly'
Brad Pitt leads this slow-burning crime thriller where he plays a smooth-talking fixer for a crime syndicate sent into a shithole town to clean up a mess left behind by Ben Mendelsohn's character. Part '70s crime drama, part incisive treatise on late-stage capitalism (no, wait, come back), 'Killing Them Softly' never got its flowers on its cinematic release and is only just now getting them through streaming services. It's not to everyone's cup of tea and the pacing can be too glacial for some, but it's nevertheless a darkly cynical thriller that's all too rare these days.
Didn’t see the first shark for about a half-hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that in the water, Chief? You can tell by lookin’ from the dorsal to the tail. What we didn’t know, was that our bomb mission was so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn’t even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin’ by, so we formed ourselves into tight groups. It was sorta like you see in the calendars, you know the infantry squares in the old calendars like the Battle of Waterloo and the idea was the shark come to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin’ and hollerin’ and sometimes that shark he go away… but sometimes he wouldn’t go away.
Sometimes that shark looks right at ya. Right into your eyes. And the thing about a shark is he’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, he doesn’t even seem to be livin’… ’til he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then… ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin’. The ocean turns red, and despite all your poundin’ and your hollerin’ those sharks come in and… they rip you to pieces.
While the visual concept of 'Searching' might suggest something gimmicky - it's set entirely inside a computer screen - the actual story and the performances of John Cho and Debra Messing is anything but. Cho plays a father who has been tracking the disappearance of his daughter with the help of Messing's veteran detective. As Cho's aggravated father hunts desperately for clues as to his daughter's disappearance, websites flash up on screen and video footage from people's phones give the drama a sense of time and place. Moving through a tight, 100-minute script, 'Searching' is one of the most engaging and inventive thrillers you're ever likely to see.