The 25 best things to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video

(UPDATED FOR MARCH 2015) Amazon's streaming service is teeming with good movies and TV shows - and we've trawled through it to find the very best

25 best things to watch on Amazon Prime

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 scrolling through potential films and then go to bed.

Not now, you don't - everything on this list is worth watching. And we know, because we've watched them all. The lengths we go to keep you guys happy, eh...

Of course to watch the films and TV shows here you'll need an Amazon Prime Instant Video subscription. Come on, you didn't think it was going to be free did you? 

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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.

Watch The Walking Dead on Amazon Prime Instant Video

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.

Watch Almost Famous on Amazon Prime Instant Video


The West Wing

Unquestionably the greatest achievement in the 70-year-plus history of television*, The West Wing is a seven series, 156-episode extravaganza of dialogue, intrigue, character, politics and clever stuff said by clever people. Starting it is like committing to a serious relationship with someone you've never met before, but five minutes in you'll be hopelessly in love.

It's not perfect of course: seasons four and five probably overdo the thrills at the expense of the more nuanced highs of the early seasons, but the acting and scripting is frequently superb and you'll be left thoroughly depressed that there's never been a real president like Jed Bartlet.

*View not necessarily endorsed by the entire Stuff team

Watch The West Wing on Amazon Prime Instant Video

Under The Skin

An alien takes the form of a woman and travels across Scotland, seducing men to harvest their flesh. The premise is simple enough for a low-budget indie flick but there's much more than meets the eye here, as the title implies. Rarely has there been a bolder piece of cinema. And by that we mean it unapologetically screws with your head.

To clarify this as sci-fi would be a gross oversimplification. It starts off like a straight-up predator movie but morphs into a coming-of-age/road-trip story told from the alien's perspective. Scarlett Johansson's performance is disturbing and mesmerising.

This is an aggressively artsy experiment. Director Jonathan Glazer mixes heavily stylised visuals with hidden-camera footage; much of the film doesn't even make sense. But mostly that doesn't matter. It's chilling enough to command attention and the sense of unease is so gripping it will affect you regardless of your understanding.

It'll certainly polarise opinions, but if you're open to something very different it's a singular and utterly compelling experience.

Watch Under The Skin on Amazon Prime Instant Video

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.

Watch Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa on Amazon Prime Instant Video

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