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

In fact, more than a few of these could almost qualify as cult thrillers - 'Southern Comfort', in particular. As you'd expect with Amazon Prime, 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.

 

'Midnight Special'

Borrowing from John Carpenter's 'Starman', this drama-thriller sees Michael Shannon play a father trying to get a young child to safety after they bolted from a cult that's been raided by the FBI. It's not before long that we realise the child has incredible abilities and the garbled messages he repeats might have some significance after all. There's an incredible supporting cast, including the late great Sam Shepard, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst and Bill Camp, but really what 'Midnight Special' has in spades is atmosphere and depth.

 

'Harry Brown'

Michael Caine might be best known nowadays for the likes of 'Inception', 'The Dark Knight' and so on, but his early career was marked by one of the grittiest British movies ever made - 'Get Carter'. Caine channels that same level of menace and rage in 'Harry Brown', which takes more inspiration from Charles Bronson's 'Death Wish' than anything else. In fact, think of this of the modern remake and not that awful one with Bruce Willis.

 

'Fracture'

Before Ryan Gosling was Ryan Gosling, he starred in this courtroom drama / Hitchcockian thriller with Anthony Hopkins. The central premise is this - a hotshot attorney on his final case is landed with an impenetrably smart killer who murdered his wife. He was in the room when it happened, yet none of the material evidence says he did it. So how can he prove it? Tightly plotted, 'Fracture' has an intriguing concept that's neatly woven in with Gosling and Hopkins sparring off one another well.

 

'Prisoners'

Denis Villeneuve is now one of the hottest directors working today, and is currently deep in post-production on 'Dune' with Timothee Chalamet and Oscar Isaac. But before all that, he directed three cracking thrillers - 'Sicario', 'Enemy' and 'Prisoners'. By far the most disturbing out of the three, 'Prisoners' features a powerhouse performance by Hugh Jackman as the father of a kidnapped child who unravels as the investigation - led by Jake Gyllenhaal - fails to deliver results. Beautifully shot by Roger Deakins, 'Prisoners' is one of those movies that stays with you for days, if not weeks.

 

'Southern Comfort'

Keith Carradine and Power Boothe star in this life-or-death thriller about a group of National Guardsmen in the bayous of Louisiana who antagonise a group of locals, but soon gets more than they bargained for as they're cut off from the rest of their squad. Although it drew comparisons with John Boorman's 'Deliverance', that's really doing a disservice to 'Southern Comfort'. For one, the texture of the two movies is completely different. Not only that, 'Southern Comfort' was more of an allegory on American interventionism and the folly of it all. Plus, there's a great soundtrack by blues legend Ry Cooder in there as well.

 

'Source Code'

Think 'Quantum Leap' but it's about a terrorist attack, and you're on the right track with 'Source Code'. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a soldier who is transported into the final moments of a commuter train that explodes in a blast, killing everyone aboard. While there, he has to search for clues that point the way to another terrorist attack, but also understand how he came to be there in the first place. For such a mind-bending idea, the story follows a strict structure and never loses itself to it, topped off by a real sense of urgency throughout.

 

'LA Confidential'

When you talk about neo-noir thrillers, there are often only a handful that merit discussion. 'Chinatown' is one of them. The other is 'LA Confidential'. Off the record, on the QT, it's the best movie of Russell Crowe's career - yes, better than 'Gladiator' - and probably Guy Pearce's too, for that matter. You can watch it again and again, and still pick up new things each time. Even if you don't, it's the kind of movie that's just so well made, it just holds up to repeat viewings again and again.

 

'Heat'

Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino have only starred in a couple of movies together, but when they're on scree together, it really is something to behold. After 'The Godfather, Part II', the only movie they'd starred in for a long time was Michael Mann's sprawling crime epic, 'Heat'. DeNiro plays an ice-cold robber who catches the attention of a dedicated LAPD detective who'll stop at nothing to find him. Strip away all that, and what 'Heat' is really about is the price of being the best at what you do and the toll that takes on the people around you - whether it's DeNiro's non-existence or Pacino's crumbling home life.