The 25 best things to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video

Long-time LoveFilm lover? Netflix nay-sayer? Don't worry, Amazon's streaming service is teeming with good films, and there's even a bit of decent TV on it, too.

We know, we know, there's too much choice these days. You can't just sit down and watch a movie because there are too many to choose from, so you just spend hours scroling through potential films and then go to bed. Not now, you don't - everything on this list is worth watching. And everything on this list is exclusive to Amazon Instant Video, and can be streamed by Prime subscribers (rather than rented or bought), so if you’re on a free trial of Prime, you can watch this lot and then bow out with your wallet firmly and smugly shut. Not that we'd suggest such a thing.


25. The Walking Dead (S1-3)

The zombie apocalypse scenario has now been covered so many times that when the dead do eventually start clawing their way out of the ground in a shambling tide of brain-hungry violence, it’ll hardly be worth mentioning. That’s not to say that it doesn’t make cracking TV, though, and if you’re one of the few people who hasn’t yet seen The Walking Dead, you owe it to yourself to do so now.

24. Almost Famous

In 1973, a nerdy 15-year-old journalist gets commissioned by Rolling Stone magazine to go on tour with a ‘70s stadium rock band in this fun coming-of-age story. It’s the movie that made Stuff writer Sophie Charara want to be a journalist, and it fairly accurately depicts the sort of things that happen in our office during a typical week. Well, minus the parties and the fame and the excitement, but sometimes we have music on, and bus travel is often involved.

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23. Chronicle

If you haven’t seen a decent found footage movie since Cloverfield (or the excellent Troll Hunter), don’t write Chronicle off. It takes a smart look at the sort of things that would actually happen if a person - or in this case, three teenage boys - had superpowers.

22. Another Earth

This thoughtful indie sci-fi film is hardly a sci-fi film at all, although it does feature a duplicate Earth appears in the sky. The story is terrestrial, though, following about a brilliant young student who makes a single, life-changing mistake and her search for redemption. It stars Brit Marling, who also features in another exceptional indie sci-fi film, Sound of My Voice.

21. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Worth watching merely for the scene in which Alan lip-syncs to Andrew Roachford’s Cuddly Toy, Alpha Papa is an unmitigated joy from start to finish. Lovely stuff.

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Most of the movies listed are NOT on amazon prime. 

BBC Bottom the series classic comedy with Rik Mayal.

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