While Amazon Prime members get exclusive access to a library of free TV shows and movies, anyone with an Amazon account can rent videos on Prime Video using the website, mobile app, or any Prime Video TV app.
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When you rent something on Prime Video, you have up to 30 days to start watching it. Once you click play for the first time, you have unlimited access for 48 hours to pause and resume playback or to watch it as many times you like, as long as you do it within the two-day rental window.
The process to rent a video is the same whether you're using the web site, a mobile app, or the Prime Video app on a smart TV or streaming device. And no matter where you rent it, you can watch the video on any device.
1. Start by opening the Prime Video website and logging in or starting the Prime Video app on the device of your choice.
2. Find the show or movie you want to watch. You can browse Prime Video's categories or use the search tool to find videos by name, genre, actor, or director.
3. On the video's details page, choose the display quality you want to rent. You can sometimes select 'More purchase options' to see additional choices, which might include standard definition (SD), high definition (HD), and 4K UHD. Higher quality rentals usually cost a little more.© Dave Johnson/Business Insider Select the display quality you want to rent. Dave Johnson/Business Insider
4. If you've enabled a Prime Video PIN, you need to enter your PIN to complete the purchase and confirm you want to rent the video.
As soon as you choose a video, it's rented and available for immediate viewing.
If you select a video for rental by accident, you have a few minutes to undo the purchase. Immediately after choosing to rent the video, click 'Cancel Purchase.' You'll be immediately refunded the cost of the rental.© Dave Johnson/Business Insider You have a few minutes to undo an accidental rental. Dave Johnson/Business Insider
Are you making the most of your Amazon Prime subscription?
Everyone knows to turn to Prime Video when it's time to rent or purchase in-demand releases — but if you're not keeping an eye on the service's rotating movie offerings, then you're probably missing out on all the 'free' stuff Prime Video gets you. Chock full of popular recent releases and older favorites, Prime Video has a solid lineup worth sorting through.
For folks looking to stream right away without dipping further into the wallet, here are the 20 best movies included on Amazon Prime Video, curated for your convenience. Y'know, just to get you started.
Develop a powerful new fear of alligators with director Alexandre Aja's engrossing Crawl. Kaya Scodelario stars as Haley, a young woman evacuating her home ahead of a Category 5 hurricane but struggling to ensure the safety of her estranged father before she leaves. The result is like that scene from the original Jumanji, y'know with the alligator in the house? But its a horror movie and also there's a hurricane. Good luck.
How to watch: Crawl is now included with Prime Video.
Based on Darcey Bell's novel of the same name, A Simple Favoris a slinky, sexy, ridiculous comedy thriller from Paul Feig perfect for any occasion. Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively lead as moms who connect over their sons' friendship, but soon form a sinister bond far more lasting. Think interior decorating tips meets Fashion Week meets murder. It's great.
How to watch: A Simple Favor is now included with Prime Video.
Of course, the whole Nazi zombie thing has been done before. But director Julius Avery's Overlord takes that trusty horror concept to new levels of action and gore for a high-octane, sci-fi experience you won't soon forget. Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, and John Magaro band together to fight off an epic villain played by Game of Thrones' Pilou Asbæk.
How to watch: Overlord is now included with Prime Video.
Soon-to-be Marvel star Kumail Nanjiani plays himself in director Michael Showalter's telling of Nanjiani and wife Emily V. Gordon's love story with a harrowing twist. Written by Nanjiani and Gordon, The Big Sick follows a couple on the brink of a breakup who suddenly face losing each other forever. Genuinely funny and extraordinarily sweet, this meaty rom-com is perfect for when you want a meaningful watch with high entertainment value.
How to watch: The Big Sick is now included with Prime Video.
Rihanna and Donald Glover lead in this darkly joyous musical movie journey. A vibrant blend of contemporary tracks and timeless storytelling (with just a sprinkling of FX's Atlanta-esque style), Guava Island tells a of tale oppression and resistance always worth revisiting. If you haven't seen it before, make the time. At just 55 minutes, it's a steal.
How to watch: Guava Island is now included with Prime Video.
Add some Robert Eggers to your queue and revel in the baffling mystery that is The Lighthouse. This black-and-white nightmare features lead performances from Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as two lighthouse keepers spiraling into madness. It goes about as well as you'd expect.
How to watch: The Lighthouse is now included with Prime Video.
Written by Shia LaBeouf and based on his own experiences growing up, Honey Boy is a surprisingly heartfelt and impactful watch. Chronicling the life of a former child actor who spirals into alcoholism, this semi-autobiographical work offers profound insight into the pain and pressure of a man forced to evolve in the public eye.
How to watch: Honey Boy is now included with Prime Video.
If you missed writer-director Stephen Merchant's emotional sports comedy — and Florence Pugh's excellent lead performance in it — then make sure to double back for Fighting with My Family. Pugh plays Paige, a character based on a real pro-wrestler, in a delightful look at dreams that Mashable's Angie Han called 'the cinematic equivalent of comfort food, something familiar and unfussy that'll nevertheless leave you satisfied.'
How to watch: Fighting with My Family is now included with Prime Video.
Start your hero's journey all over again by rewatching the first Avengers movie. Of course, Disney+ has the most Marvel movies of any streaming service, so if you want to do a marathon that's the place to start. But if you're not subscribed there or just want to relive the Battle of New York, then this is a great opportunity to do so. Plus, shawarma!
How to watch: Marvel's The Avengers is now included with Prime Video.
Director Bo Burnham and star Elsie Fisher dazzle in this timeless and cringe-worthy reflection on growing up. An occasionally painful yet consistently spectacular narrative chronicles a 13-year-old girl's final week of middle school, a chance to set the record straight and reimagine her future high school self.
How to watch: Eighth Grade is now included with Prime Video.
Clue is one of those classically funny movies you just can't not enjoy. Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren, Colleen Camp, and the iconic Tim Curry band together to run around a mansion, make some of the best puns ever written, and solve a murder like it's a board game.
How to watch: Clue is now included with Prime Video.
Taron Egerton leaves it all on the stage in director Dexter Fletcher's Elton John biopic. Reaching the highest highs and the lowest lows, Rocketman is a roller coaster of emotional turmoil, addiction, and unparalleled showmanship that somehow manages to impart meaningful perspective on legacy and staying true to yourself. Come for the songs, stay for the heartbreak. And the glitter. So much glitter.
How to watch: Rocketman is now included with Prime Video.
If you have somehow managed to go your whole life without having this movie spoiled for you, head directly to Prime Video. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200, just go watch it. If you haven't, watch it again! There's never a bad time to enjoy Joss Whedon's unmatched horror comedy movie. It's got intrigue, it's got zombies, it's got Chris Hemsworth on a motorcycle. Go forth and rewatch!
How to watch: The Cabin in the Woods is now included with Prime Video.
With so many phenomenal Adam Driver movies out in 2019 (Marriage Story, The Dead Don't Die, The Rise of Skywalker) you may have missed The Report. Directed by Scott Z. Burns, this drama takes a chilling look at the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation of the CIA's use of torture following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Supporting performances by Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Michael C. Hall, Ted Levine, and more make this an ensemble effort worthy of your time.
How to watch: The Report is now included with Prime Video.
Train to Busan delivers in every way a zombie apocalypse film should. Director Yeon Sang-ho's breakneck vision of a passenger train suddenly fighting off undead predators has great action, sensational character development, and special effects you won't soon forget.
How to watch: Train to Busan is now included with Prime Video.
Director Ari Aster's second feature-length film combines colorful dreamscapes with terrifying occult rituals for a totally engrossing horror experience. Half scary movie, half fantasy story book, Midsommar isn't a casual watch. Save this one for when you have time process. Then, pair it with Hereditary (which Prime Video has too) for a terrifying Aster movie marathon.
How to watch: Midsommar is now included with Prime Video.
Awkwafina delivers a stunning lead performance in writer-director Lulu Wang's captivating tale of a granddaughter saying goodbye to her grandmother, played by Zhao Shu-zhen. A transporting blend of comedy and heartbreak — featuring a chihuahua named Ellen to boot — The Farewell touches on timeless themes of compassion and grief in a way that is both clever and moving.
How to watch: The Farewell is now included with Prime Video.
In director Joe Talbot's feature-length film debut, leads Jimmie Falls and Jonathan Majors present a friendship so compelling you'll have a soft spot in your heart for it always. Falls, playing a semi-autobiographical version of himself, embarks on a journey to restore his grandfather's Victorian-style home in the midst of the rapidly gentrifying city.
How to watch: The Last Black Man in San Francisco is now included with Prime Video.
Rian Johnson's Academy Award-nominated whodunit Knives Out checks every box on a movie lover's list. It's got Chris Evans in a cable-knit sweater, Daniel Craig doing the worst accent you've ever learned to accept, Ana de Armas just existing. Join the wealthy Thrombey family for a wholesome night of backstabbing in this delightful murder mystery.
How to watch: Knives Out is now included with Prime Video.
From its iconic scenes ('Tiny Dancer,' 'I am a golden god,' 'Marianne with the pot!') to its hidden gems (I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Rainn Wilson as Dave Felton!), Almost Famous remains one of the most re-watchable movies in history. Patrick Fugit stars as a teen rock journalist — a semi-autobiographical character based on writer-director Cameron Crowe's experience writing for Rolling Stone in the '70s — opposite Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, and more. Just watch it. Again. And again.
How to watch: Almost Famous is now included with Prime Video.