With such a wealth of new movies to rent on Amazon Prime, it can be hard to keep track of and parse new movies as they are added to the platform. Here we cover the 10 new movies landing on Amazon Prime in August 2020. You can also read our list of the best overall films available on Amazon Prime right now. All movies will be available as of June 1st unless otherwise noted. Now let’s take a look at what’s new on Amazon Prime Video.

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10. Big Time (1988)

A little something to wet your appetite

Big Time is an obscure little film that finally finds a home on Amazon Prime this month. Until now, the film had been a rarity, difficult to track down in decent quality. Big Time is a Tom Waits film, performance hybrid. It is a unique experience that is a true must-see for fans of the legendary artist. 

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If you’re unfamiliar with Tom Waits, you can give his excellent music a listen, or check out his roles in films like Seven Psychopaths, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, or Down By Law. Few people can ever hope to be as cool as Tom Waits.

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9. The Mechanic (1972)

A quick flash of what’s to come

If you saw the 2011 film The Mechanic starring Jason Statham, you may not have been aware that it was a remake of this 1972 film starring Charles Bronson. Neither version of The Mechanic is incredible, but the original certainly comes out in a more favorable light. It’s a simple, entaining action film. Fans of Bronson’s Death Wish series, which began just two years later, will likely find a lot to enjoy in The Mechanic.

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For more action-packed goodness, be sure to check our list of the 100 Best Action Films of All Time.

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8. The Birdcage (1996)

Robin Williams discusses The Birdcage

The beloved Robin Williams was truly in a league of his own. The Birdcage just misses out on being one of his most iconic films but it has a loyal fanbase.

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The Birdcage was one of a handful of films that found Robin Williams playing somewhat against type. The film features one of his most restrained performances, and is a worthwhile film all around.

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7. The Bank Job (2008)

A behind the scenes look at The Bank Job

The Bank Job is a slick heist film that stands amongst the best of the subgenre. See where we ranked it in our list of the best heist films ever made. 

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Jason Statham is in good form and leads the cast through a tense ride with a decent dose of both wit and style at a script level.

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6. Rambo (2008)

A taste of the brutality in Rambo

The somewhat confusingly titled Rambo (it’s actually the fourth film in the series) stands at the top of pile as far as this series is concerned. After the initial First Blood, Rambo is pretty safe to place in the number two spot. The story is simple, but the film really excels when it comes to the action. Rambo is an extremely violent, surprisingly gory action film that at times almost feels like a horror film with how bloody it is. 

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If you’re looking for brutal action, Rambo is a good choice.

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5. The Last House on the Left (1972)

She lived in the last house on the left

The Last House on the Left is an important film in the history of horror cinema in more ways than one. It can be extremely rough around the edges at times and there are some tonal imbalances due to out of place comedy, but the grungy visual aesthetic, brazen approach to violence, and antagonistic performances remain compelling to this day. Most importantly, The Last House on the Left was the filmmaking debut of Wes Craven, one of the masters of horror.

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For all you horror lovers out there, you’re sure to enjoy our list of the 100 greatest horror films ever made.

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4. Casino Royale (2006)

Hear how Sebastian Foucan pulled off the stunning parkour chase

Casino Royale was just the right breath of fresh air that the James Bond franchise needed after Pierce Brosnan’s underwhelming final film as the iconic character. Martin Campbell returned to the series to usher in a new Bond with Daniel Craig and with a new, grittier style, similar to how he first introduced audiences to Pierce Brosnan 11 years earlier with GoldenEye.

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Casino Royale is one of the lengthy franchise’s best films on all fronts.

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3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

A detailed behind the scenes documentary

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is one of the most iconic sci-fi films of all time. From master filmmaker Steven Spielberg, this sci-fi classic served as his followup after exploding to mainstream success and universal acclaim with the release of Jaws in 1975. 

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With two back-to-back smash hits, Spielberg cemented himself as a cinematic tour de force from the get go.

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2. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Insights from the editor of the film

Kramer vs. Kramer is a powerful drama that takes unflinching aim at the matter of child custody in the wake of divorce. If you enjoyed the more recent Marriage Story, you will likely enjoy Kramer vs. Kramer as well. 

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Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman turn in absolutely incredible performances. They hold nothing back, leaving all of their raw, heartbreaking emotions up on the screen.

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1. The Graduate (1967)

Looking back on The Graduate 50 after its release

The Graduate is one of the most iconic films of not just the 60s but of all time. It’s a true American classic with a timeless story. The film tackles the subjects of youth, purpose, love, and more, all in clever and often subversive ways. The Graduate is chock full of iconic moments and visuals: the wedding objection, the wetsuit in the pool, the final image on the bus, but none more iconic than our protagonist framed by Mrs. Robinson’s leg in the foreground accompanied by that unforgettable line.

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If you’re in the mood for more love stories, check our list of the Best Sappy, Romantic Movie Quotes.


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Those were 10 of the best new movies on Amazon Prime. For a rundown of all the best films currently available on Prime video right now, be sure to give this next article a read. It is updated each month with fresh picks.

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