Amazon’s Prime Video has a pile of great movies available to rent or buy for under $5. Plan your next movie night around these popular titles!
Amazon Prime membership offers a ton of exclusive bonuses – like free and fast shipping and access to member-only sales and huge discounts. Of course, it also provides access to thousands upon thousands of movies and TV series, all with a pretty generous 30-day free trial when many other streaming platforms only offer 7 days. But some find that they don't get a lot of use out of streaming subscriptions or have too many and only want to buy movies and TV shows ad hoc when they want to watch something in particular.
If this sounds like you, Prime Video still has plenty on offer and there are always steep discounts on movies and entire TV series – often as low as $3, available either to rent or buy. When it comes to rental, viewers get 30 days to start watching the video and 48 hours to finish it once it's been started. For cheap and cheerful movie nights, this round-up includes some of the best in the $4.99 and under category, with renowned classics and horror hits just some of the options to pick up at a steal.
Released in 2006, "Akeelah and the Bee" follows Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer), a young girl with a natural talent for spelling, who strives to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. With guidance from her coach Dr. Joshua Larabee (Laurence Fishburne), Akeelah overcomes obstacles and cultural challenges, inspiring her community. The film won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture and has captivated audiences with its empowering story of determination and self-discovery.
When an insomniac office worker with nothing to lose (Edward Norton) meets an unhinged soap maker (Brad Pitt), they decide to form an underground fight club that devolves into chaos and the unexpected. Also starring Helena Bonham Carter.
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods. Directed by Drew Goddard, the 2011 movie stars Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, and Anna Hutchison.
Yipee-ki-yay! Watch Bruce Willis in this action movie that has all the right elements that made it a classic – evil baddies in the form of Alan Rickman, romance, contained suspense in the Nakatomi Plaza, and some major a%$ whooping! Willis is a New York City police officer who is unexpectedly tasked with saving his estranged wife and other hostages from terrorists during an office Christmas party.
Jason Statham stars as Frank Martin, a skilled driver who transports sensitive cargo without questions. When he breaks his own rules by opening a package, he's thrown into a high-octane battle against ruthless criminals. Action-packed car chases, intense fights, and Statham's signature charisma make 2002's The Transporter a wild ride from start to finish.
Released in 1986, "Big Trouble In Little China" stars Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, a truck driver who becomes entangled in a mystical battle beneath San Francisco's Chinatown. Alongside his friend Wang Chi, played by Dennis Dun, Burton faces ancient sorcery, sinister villains, and a rescue mission to save Wang's fiancée. The film is a mix of action, fantasy, and humor, blending Russell's iconic performance with John Carpenter's direction for a unique and entertaining adventure. Also starring Kim Cattrall.
Released in 1991, "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" continues the saga with Arnold Schwarzenegger in his role as the Terminator, this time sent back to protect John Connor (Edward Furlong) from a more advanced and deadly Terminator (Robert Patrick). The film follows their efforts to prevent Judgment Day while facing relentless pursuit and action. The movie features groundbreaking special effects while it explores themes of humanity, destiny, and sacrifice. A true sci-fi classic!
2008's Max Payne stars Mark Wahlberg as a haunted NYPD detective seeking vengeance for the murder of his wife and child. Plunged into a world of conspiracy and supernatural forces, Payne teams up with assassin Mona Sax (Mila Kunis) to unravel a web of deceit. Set against a gritty backdrop, the film blends gritty noir aesthetics with intense action sequences, capturing the essence of the popular video game series.
While the above-mentioned movies are available to rent and buy without a Prime membership, it's recommended to pick one up or even try the free 30-day free trial if you watch any TV and movies on a regular basis. As one of the more affordable streaming platforms out there, Prime also gets you access to some of the most popular TV series out there today – and it really comes in handy during any big holiday when you need to buy gifts, as well as on Black Friday – when Amazon has huge deals exclusive for Prime members. Click the link below to grab a free trial.
Prime Video is Amazon's streaming service that began as Amazon Unbox back in September 2006. The streaming service has gone through many rebrandings over the year but has managed to successfully compete with other streamers such as Netflix, Max, and Disney+. Some of their most notable titles include The Boys, Carnival Row, and Sound of Metal.
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