The 25 best things to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video

(UPDATED FOR JUNE 2015) Our pick of the streaming service's highlights

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


Django Unchained

Django Unchained subscribes to the motto “there’s nothing a little ultra-violent killing spree won’t fix”, but that doesn’t undermine its brilliance. The tale of a former slave determined to liberate his wife (whilst murdering half the population of Antebellum America on the way) packs the disquieting themes that only the most ballsy of ballsy directors could turn into entertaining action and get away with it. Which of course he does.

Though let’s be clear, Quentin Tarantino’s penchant for violence pales in comparison to his talent for making us feel uncomfortable. The real delight of Django lies in the pregnant pauses when you’re waiting for the worst to happen. Which of course it does.

Watch Django Unchained 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

Nathan Barley

Now over 10 years old, Chris Morris and Charlie Brooker’s worryingly prescient sitcom followed the exploits of Nathan Barley, an East London-dwelling ‘self­-facilitating media node’ – a much nicer description than the four ­letter title he was given in the spoof TV listing that spawned him.

With bizarre slang (“totally Mexico”), even stranger fashion (Barley’s Geek Pie hairdon't was inspired by an accident with some paint) and a complete lack of self ­awareness, there's nothing Nathan won't do to be respected by his equally narcissistic contemporaries. Featuring career-­launching performances from Richard Ayoade and Bond's latest Q, Ben Whishaw, it's only now that most people are able to appreciate just how brilliant Nathan Barley was, or is. Keep it chopped out, yeah?

Watch Nathan Barley on Amazon Prime Instant Video

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