What to Watch on Amazon in August - 'Val,' 'Annette' and More

The best of Cannes is coming home with Amazon's quality slate of originals. Here's what's new, what's hot, and what you should watch this August on Amazon.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

What to Watch on Amazon - Adam Driver in "Annette."

© Amazon Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection

Amazon made a big splash at Cannes this year, and now their two big premieres, "Val" and "Annette," are coming home. Plus, on the streamer, you'll find a handful of modern hits and nostalgic gems to keep you going all month long. Here are a few of the big premieres that you should watch, along with the full list of Amazon debuts below. Happy streaming!

Val - August 6

Actor Val Kilmer has largely been out of the public eye in recent years as he battled throat cancer. The unpredictable actor now opens up with a deeply personal doc that's culled from decades of personal videos. Narrated by Kilmer's son Jack, "Val" premiered to praise at Cannes. The actor is also set to return to theaters once again later this year, reprising his role as flying ace Iceman in "Top Gun: Maverick." Want more Val? Here's our list of his 12 best performances.

Val Poster

Val

Documentary / 2021 / R

Annette - August 20

It's probably more apt to call Leos Carax's upcoming musical an opera. It's also Carax's English-language debut. "Annette" stars Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, in a film that is enticing and probably unlike anything you've ever seen. Carax collaborated with Sparks brothers Ron and Russell Mael on the original music and the screenplay. The Sparks were recently subjects of their own acclaimed documentary from Edgar Wright.

Annette Poster

Annette

Musical / 2021 / R

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The Courier - August 27

Initially known as "Ironbark" back when it premiered at Sundance last year, director Dominic Cooke's historical drama follows the true story of British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch). During the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, MI6 contacts Wynne to help take down the Russians. "Ironbark," by the way, was the code name of the Russian source that communicated with Wynne.

The Courier (2021) Poster

The Courier (2021)

Drama / 2020 / PG-13

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What to Watch on Amazon - August's Classic Hits & Modern Premieres
© Universal / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Universal / Courtesy Everett Collection

While there are a couple of great originals to look forward to this month on Amazon, you can also find plenty of recent hits and classic gems to watch. You can head back to school with Sean Penn in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," knock one into the stadium lights with "The Natural," or hit the road with Sasha Baron Cohen's looney Kazakh journalist "Borat," which pairs nicely with Cohen and Amazon's "Subsequent Movie Film." Related to that, Amazon has a ton of movie sequels to snack on, including the entire "Jaws" franchise, the original "Predator" movies, and James Cameron's "Aliens." There's also Jennifer Garner returning to her "Daredevil" character in "Elektra," while Bruce Willis dies harder in "Die Hard 2" (which no one seems to debate as being a Christmas movie, in spite of it also taking place on Christmas Eve).

See below for the full list of Amazon premieres.

What to Watch on Amazon in August - Full Schedule of Premieres
August 1 (A-M)
  • 21 (2008) - 8/1
  • Aliens (1986) - 8/1
  • All About Steve (2009) - 8/1
  • Anaconda (1997) - 8/1
  • Annie (1982) - 8/1
  • Attack the Block (2011) - 8/1
  • Borat (2006) - 8/1
  • Catch Me If You Can (2002) - 8/1
  • Center Stage (2000) - 8/1
  • Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990) - 8/1
  • Elektra (2005) - 8/1
  • Escape From Alcatraz (1979) - 8/1
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) - 8/1
  • Freedomland (2006) - 8/1
  • Hook (1991) - 8/1
  • In Her Shoes (2005) - 8/1
  • Jaws (1975) - 8/1
  • Jaws 2 (1978) - 8/1
  • Jaws 3 (1983) - 8/1
  • Jaws: The Revenge (1987) - 8/1
  • Knowing (2009) - 8/1
  • La Bamba (1987) - 8/1
  • Machete (2010) - 8/1
  • Made of Honor (2008) - 8/1
  • Max Payne (2008) - 8/1
  • Moneyball (2011) - 8/1
  • Mud (2013) - 8/1
  • My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) - 8/1
August 1 (N-Z)
  • Patriot Games (1992) - 8/1
  • Pearl Harbor (2001) - 8/1
  • Predator (1987) - 8/1
  • Predator 2 (1990) - 8/1
  • Seabiscuit (2003) - 8/1
  • Secret Window (2004) - 8/1
  • Sideways (2004) - 8/1
  • Slither (2006) - 8/1
  • Something's Gotta Give (2003) - 8/1
  • Soul Surfer (2011) - 8/1
  • The Great Debaters (2013) - 8/1
  • The Insider (1999) - 8/1
  • The Iron Lady (2011) - 8/1
  • The Legend of Zorro (2005) - 8/1
  • The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) - 8/1
  • The Natural (1984) - 8/1
  • The Roommate (2011) - 8/1
  • The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) - 8/1
  • Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys (2008) - 8/1
  • Water for Elephants (2011) - 8/1
  • You, Me and Dupree (2006) - 8/1
August 2 - 31
  • Val (2021) - 8/6 - Original
  • Evan Almighty (2007) - 8/13
  • In Bruges (2008) - 8/13
  • The Skeleton Twins (2014) - 8/17
  • Annette (2021) - 8/20 - Original
  • Killer Among Us (2021) - 8/20
  • The Courier (2021) - 8/27

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Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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