Best movies on Amazon Prime Video: top films to watch in Australia right now

Need some kid-friendly entertainment that will keep the young ones entertained? Here are some of the best family movies that Amazon Prime Video is currently streaming. Don't worry – all of these picks are child friendly. 

Spider-Man: Far From Home

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Spider-Man: Far From Home

(Image credit: Sony Pictures)

Disney Plus may boast just about every other film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it won't be offering Sony's standalone Spider-Man movies anytime soon. Enter Amazon Prime Video, a service which not only offers Spidey's latest adventure, Spider-Man: Far From Home, but also its predecessor Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, both entries in the lacklustre Amazing Spider-Man series and the Academy Award-winning animated masterpiece, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Simply put, Prime Video has basically become the web-slinger's streaming home in Australia. As the MCU's first film post-Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home manages to simultaneously bring the action back down to Earth while raising the bar in terms of spectacle. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) just wants to enjoy his school trip to Europe in peace, and maybe even confess his feelings to M.J. (Zendaya). However, the destructive arrival of creatures known as Elementals forces him to don his Spider-Man suit and join forces with Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), an enigmatic figure who's said to be a hero from another Earth. If you've ever read a Spider-Man comic in your life, you'll probably know how that plays out, but regardless of this, Spider-Man: Far From Home might just be Spidey's best live-action film to date. 

IMDB Rating: 7.5, Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

(Image credit: Sony Pictures / Marvel)

A legitimate contender for best Spider-Man film to date, the computer animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse defied all odds with its success (it was a global smash and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film earlier this year), namely the fact that it exists totally outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and introduces a new Spidey in Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore). Sporting an entirely-original pop-art aesthetic and hip-hop edge that makes most other superhero movies feel bland and safe by comparison, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse feels entirely fresh from the outset. That said, while the film deals in multiple realities and alternate universe versions of ol' webhead, Into the Spider-Verse never forgets the core appeal of Spider-Man, which is that there's a hero in all of all so long as we accept the responsibility.

IMDB Rating: 8.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

The Karate Kid

Image credit: Sony / Columbia Pictures

Image credit: Sony / Columbia Pictures

One of the most beloved family films of the '80s, The Karate Kid tells the story of Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), a teenager who moves from New Jersey to California and finds himself the target of bullies at his new school. Turns out these bullies all train at the local Cobra Kai martial arts school under a brutal teacher.  During one beating, Daniel is rescued by the handyman from his building, Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), who then vows to train the boy in the Okinawan art of Karate so that he can compete against his tormenters at an upcoming tournament. An uplifting story anchored by the heartwarming friendship that develops between Daniel and Mr. Miyagi, The Karate Kid is true classic for young and old. 

IMDB Rating: 7.2, Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Credit: Sony Pictures

Credit: Sony Pictures

Before Phil Lord and Chris Miller hit it big directing The LEGO Movie, the duo released Cloudy wth a Chance of Meatballs, a surprisingly hilarious, clever and visually inventive animated kids film that even grown-ups can enjoy. In an effort to save his struggling community, wacky scientist Flint (Bill Hader) invents a machine that can turn water into food. While the machine is initially a success, it somehow ends up in the atmosphere, causing endless amounts of food to rain down on the city, causing all sorts of chaos in the process. 

IMDB Rating: 7.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 86%

Despicable Me

Credit: Universal

Credit: Universal

Love them or hate them, kids (and possibly your mum) can't get enough of these crazy Minions, so why get the family together to watch the first movie in the enormously successful Despicable Me franchise? This animated film stars Steve Carrell as the voice of Gru, a criminal mastermind with an army of Minions to do his bidding for him (if only he could get them to pay attention). Things change, however, when Gru meets three orphaned girls who see him as a father figure. Will the girls (and the Minions) be able to melt this grump's miserable heart?

IMDB Rating: 7.7, Rotten Tomatoes: 81%

How to Train Your Dragon

Credit: Dreamworks Animation

Credit: Dreamworks Animation

One of the best animated films of the last decade, How to Train Your Dragon surprised everyone with its tale of a young Viking boy who defies his village's dragon hunting ways to become the very first dragon rider. When Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) stumbles upon an injured Night Fury, the rarest and most-feared dragon in existence, he manages to befriend the creature (which he adorably names 'Toothless'), eventually teaching his family a valuable lesson in the process. Packed with incredible action and adventure, How to Train Your Dragon is a classic that can be enjoyed by both young and old. 

IMDB Rating: 81%, Rotten Tomatoes: 98%

Stephen Lambrechts
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Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 


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