5 Best Amazon Prime Video Movies of 2023, Ranked

It’s been a very good year for original movies on Amazon Prime Video. While not every movie was up to the level of a theatrical release, a handful of movies on Prime Video were easily some of the best movies available to stream on any platform. However, Prime Video only gave a few movies a chance to prove themselves first in theaters.

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

5. Total Killer (2023)

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Absolutely killer does not hide the fact that it is inspired by Back to the Futurebut now the 1980s have become even more distant in the past than the 1950s were in 1985. This film begins in the present when high school student Jamie Hughes (Kiernan Shipka) loses her mother, Pam Hughes (Julie Bowen), because the infamous Sweet 16 Killer reappears to kill her after four decades.

While on the run from the serial killer who killed 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 still dead. Unfortunately for Jamie, knowing what’s going to happen doesn’t necessarily mean she can save her mother, the other murder victims, or even herself.

I’m watching Absolutely killer on Prime Video.

4. Cassandro (2023)

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

However, Armendari didn’t find success until he dropped the mask and portrayed a luscious drag wrestler (the Mexican term for wrestling is “exótico”). Armendári is finally finding his true self, embracing his Cassandro persona in and out of the ring. There have been many underdog stories in sports before, but never quite like this one.

I’m watching Cassandro on Prime Video.

3. A Million Miles Away (2023)

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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 these four, A million miles away is perhaps the most inspiring because it tells the story of Jose M. Hernandez (Michael Peña), a Mexican-American and the son of a migrant worker who dreams of becoming a NASA astronaut.

With the support of his wife Adela (Rosa Salazar) and his instructor Frederick W. Sturcow (Garrett Dillahunt), Hernandez reaches for the stars and finds the strength within himself to overcome the odds and become one of the handful of people who have spent extended time in the cosmos.

I’m watching A million miles away on Prime Video.

2. The Funeral (2023)

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Tommy Lee Jones and Jamie Foxx provide the star power The funeral, a dramatization of a case that casts an unflattering light on the funeral home 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.

Fearing that his contract attorney Mike Allred (Alan Ruck) will not be able to win his case, O’Keefe turns to Willie E. Gary (Fox), a personal injury attorney from Florida. Although O’Keefe and Gary share the same goal, they also have conflicting personalities that threaten to crush their case and prevent them from getting what O’Keefe is owed.

I’m watching The funeral on Prime Video.

1. Air (2023)

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Director Ben Affleck once again teams up with his old friend Matt Damon Air, Prime Video’s best original movie of 2023. It’s the origin story of Nike’s Air Jordan shoe and a dramatization of what it took to land an endorsement deal with Michael Jordan just as he entered the NBA . Damon plays Sonny Vaccaro, a talent scout who bets 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 himself off screen, but it stars 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.

I’m watching Air on Prime Video.

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