While Disney+ might have some of the family-friendly favourites, Amazon Prime has a surprisingly 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.

 

'No Country For Old Men'

Described by the Coens themselves as the closest they'll ever come to making an action movie, 'No Country For Old Men' is a slow-burn thriller that has one of Tommy Lee Jones' best on-screen performances in his career, and made the bowl haircut terrifying again. Javier Bardem steals every scene as the emotionally void Anton Chigurh, but Josh Brolin manages to hold his own against him. Now call it. Just call it.

 

'Imperium'

Daniel Radcliffe hasn't had quite the same success as, say, Robert Pattinson in distancing himself from the YA franchise that bore him to super-stardom. Still, he's plugging away, making fresh and vital indie thrillers like this. 'Imperium' has a queasy relevance to today's world, where Radcliffe plays an FBI infiltrator who joins a white-supremacist group that may have illegally imported materials to make a nuclear dirty bomb.

 

'Copycat'

It might be a bit dated, and it doesn't help that some of the set design is painfully '90s, but 'Copycat' is nevertheless a grimly fascinating thriller about a psychologist - played by Sigourney Weaver - who specialises in serial killers becomes severely agoraphobic when she's brutally attacked and almost killed by a former patient. However, she's drawn out of her sheltered life when a copycat killer is on the loose and is mimicking the same designs as killers she's profiled, and is seemingly obsessed by her.

 

'Zodiac'

David Fincher's eye for detail beyond reason plays wonderfully into the warped sense of justice that Jake Gyllenhaal's character feels in 'Zodiac', and how he alone is the only one to discover the deranged killer's identity. It's peppered with black humour and some incredible music choices throughout, but it's in the three central performances - from Gyllenhaal's nebbish investigator, Mark Ruffalo's bull-headed detective, and Robert Downey Jr.'s languorous journalist - that provides so much of the movie's charm.

 

'A History of Violence'

David Cronenberg is primarily known for creating body horrors like 'The Fly', 'Naked Lunch', and 'Videodrome', but in 'A History of Violence', the director jettisons his usual methods of gore for something much more emotionally resonant. Viggo Mortensen plays a humble coffee shop owner who springs into action when two killers attempt to rob his shop. After killing both men and becoming a local hero, a one-eyed mobster - played brilliantly by Ed Harris - arrives at his coffee shop and begins to torment his family, believing him to be someone else entirely.

 

'The Fugitive'

Harrison Ford has made a career out of jumping off stuff and making it look like it's him, and 'The Fugitive' can be described as his crowning achievement in that regard. Based on the popular '60s TV show of the same name, Ford plays a heart surgeon who is wrongfully convicted of his wife's murder by a one-armed, and sets out to prove his innocence while a relentless US marshal, played by Tommy Lee Jones, pursues him across the country. An absolute cracker of a thriller, and one that hasn't aged a day since it was released in the '90s.

 

'The Hurt Locker'

Jeremy Renner might be more associated with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as is his co-star in this, Anthony Mackie. Yet, for both actors, 'The Hurt Locker' and the dynamic that forms between them is what broke both of them through. Renner plays a free-wheeling bomb expert who's paired up with Mackie, a tightly-wound soldier that's constantly at odds with him. Kathryn Bigelow won an Oscar for Best Director, the first time a woman won the award, and it's not hard to see why. Every second of the movie is built up with unbearable tension, and the camerawork puts the audience right in the middle of the action.