The 35 best things to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video

Our pick of the streaming service's highlights, updated for December 2015

35 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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Mr. Robot (S1)

An office drone by day, Elliott Alderson (played brilliantly by Rami Malek) is also a morphine-dependent keyboard vigilante who hacks the lives of everyone he meets. That is until he’s lured in by Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) to join the hacktivist group ‘F Society’, whose grand plan is to cancel world debt by attacking ubiquitous conglomerate E Corp (or Evil Corp, as Elliott calls it).

Cue a trip down a rabbit hole that twists through Lynchian dream sequences, episode-long musings about the hackability of human minds, and a mounting sense of paranoia that leaves you suspicious of everything down to Elliott’s malfunctioning radiator.

That Mr. Robot resists Hollywood’s ‘Computers for dummies’ approach to the Internet is just one of the reasons why it’s great. The others are that it’s stylishly shot, unpredictable and offers a new take on cyberpunk, while wearing its influences (The Matrix, Fight Club and American Psycho) as proudly as the badge on its title character’s shirt.

Watch Mr Robot on Amazon Prime Instant Video

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain's top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

Benedict Cumberbatch steals the show as the awkward genius in one of the most important, interesting, tough and painful films of recent years.

Watch The Imitation Game on Amazon Instant Video


There's a moment in Paddington that will make you jump off the sofa and howl out loud in agony. Whether you're a grown-ass adult or bushy-eyed sprog, this filmic ode to everyone's favourite marmalade fiend finds a way to nestle itself around your heartstrings.

It's stuffed full of belly laughs, impeccable voice acting from Ben Whishaw and a refreshingly affectionate take on immigration. Can a Peruvian bear vanquish the dastardly Nicole Kidman, and find a home for himself in Blighty? We're not telling, but you'll have a blast finding out.

Watch Paddington on Amazon Instant Video

The Man in the High Castle (S1)

What if the Allies had lost the Second World War, and America was currently ruled by Germany in its eastern half and Japan in its western half? Well, you can find out in this big budget Amazon Prime original series, a thriller which zips around a 1960s North America that’s more “Ja wohl!” than “Aw shucks!”.

Dealing with underground resistance groups, various plots and an alternative Cold War (waged between Imperial Japan and the German Reich, now the world’s only superpowers), it’s the kind of series that’ll appeal to history buffs, sci-fi fans and anyone who’s into high concept, high budget television.

Watch The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime Instant Video

12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave is the kind of film that you’ll watch once and struggle to forget about. Steve McQueen’s follow-up to the exacting sex addiction drama Shame is unflinching in its portrayal of the slave trade.

Based on the true story of Solomon Northup, it shows the cruelty humans can inflict on each other without offering much in the way of hope or respite from the savagery on show. Set against the stunning landscapes of rural America, this is a movie where beauty and brutality intertwine to ruinous effect. A modern day classic.

Watch 12 Years A Slave on Amazon Instant Video

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