ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

Note: This list will be updated regularly to reflect the best, new movies being added to Amazon Prime. Newest additions are at the top.

These days, there are countless online platforms that boast the crème de la crème of cinema on the Internet. Currently, Amazon Prime has a library that offers some of the best new movies, ranging from spine-tingling horror flicks, jam-packed action blockbusters, timeless classics and thought-provoking dramas.

Stop your scrolling and look no further than the comprehensive list of notable films below for your selection of the best movies on Amazon Prime available right now for your viewing pleasure.

The Best Movies On Amazon Prime This October:

21. 'The Machinist' (2004)

'The Machinist' [Credit: Paramount Classics/
Filmax Entertainment]
'The Machinist' [Credit: Paramount Classics/ Filmax Entertainment]
  • Director: Brad Anderson
  • Who's in it? Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, John Sharian

Psychological thriller The Machinist isn't an easy watch by any means, starring Christian Bale at his most intense in the role of a factory operator who develops a crippling case of insomnia. After being involved in an accident at work after his lack of sleep begins to break him down physically and mentally, his co-workers turn against him and he starts seeing things that may, or may not, be there.

20. 'Fargo' (1996)

'Fargo' [Credit: Gramercy Pictures]
'Fargo' [Credit: Gramercy Pictures]
  • Director: Joel Coen, Ehtan Coen
  • Who's in it? William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi

These days, remains largely synonymous with the Coen brothers-produced FX television series of the same name. However, it's important to remember that it all stems from 1996's American black comedy crime film, starring Frances McDormand and Steve Buscemi.

The premise is as follows: A pregnant police officer investigates a series of homicides across the frozen Minnesota landscape. Meanwhile, a car salesman concocts a plan to kidnap his wife. Rapidly, the plot — peppered with bursts of mayhem and unsettling humor — turns deadly in what is one of the most original screenplays to ever receive an Academy Award.

19. 'Wedding Crashers' (2005)

'Wedding Crashers' [Credit: New Line Cinema]
'Wedding Crashers' [Credit: New Line Cinema]
  • Director: David Dobkin
  • Who's in it? Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Bradley Cooper

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson pair up in hilarious Wedding Crashers, where they play a couple of womanizers who make it their mission to sneak into weddings, eat all the fancy canapés and to bed single women. However, when Wilson's character John falls for Rachel McAdams's maid of honor Claire, they find themselves out of their depth and at odds with one another.

With a fantastic ensemble cast, legitimately funny gags and rapid-fire dialogue, it's no surprise that Dobkin's movie is still the King of Rom-Coms over a decade on.

18. 'The Lost City Of Z' (2016)

  • Director: James Gray
  • Who's in it? Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller

Release by Amazon Studios, focuses on the true story surrounding British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett and fellow adventurer Henry Costin, who embarked on a journey through the dense Bolivian jungle at the beginning of the 20th century in attempts to find an ancient civilization. And now, following it's successful release, the exploration epic — led by a spectacular cast comprised of Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller — is available on Amazon Prime.

17. 'Florence Foster Jenkins' (2016)

'Florence Foster Jenkins' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
'Florence Foster Jenkins' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
  • Director: Stephen Frears
  • Who's in it? Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg

In biographical comedy Florence Foster Jenkins, multiple Oscar-winning goddess Meryl Streep stars as a New York heiress dreaming of becoming an opera singer. The problem is — she has a horrendous voice, one that was once described as "the world's worst" by historians.

The crowd-pleasing dramedy went on to pick up a host of nominations, including four at the Golden Globes.

16. 'Breakfast At Tiffany’s' (1961)

'Breakfast at Tiffany's' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
'Breakfast at Tiffany's' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
  • Director: Blake Edwards
  • Who's in it? Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal

Romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany's is often regarded as one of the most fantastic examples of the genre, starring a beautiful Audrey Hepburn at the height of her career. Loosely based on a novella of the same name penned by Truman Capote, it tells the story of a naïve and eccentric socialite who becomes interested in a young man who moves into her apartment building.

As well as picking up two Academy Awards at the time of its release, in 2012, the movie was also marked as "culturally, historically [and] aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress.

15. 'Braveheart' (1995)

'Braveheart' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
'Braveheart' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
  • Director: Mel Gibson
  • Who's in it? Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan

If you're in the mood for a wild, historically inaccurate re-telling of the William Wallace tale starring heartthrob Mel Gibson, Amazon Prime is giving viewers the opportunity to sink their teeth into 1995's Braveheart from July. A lavish spectacle of rousing battles and manly men parading flashing their bits in kilts, this old-fashioned hero movie about a 13th century Scottish warrior also delivers as a satisfying romance.

Adapted for the big screen by Randall Wallace, it also marked Gibson out as a noteworthy director and won Best Picture at the 68th Academy Awards.

14. 'The Salesman' (2016)

'The Salesman' [Credit: Memento Films]
'The Salesman' [Credit: Memento Films]
  • Director: Asghar Farhadi

  • Who's in it? Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi 

Earlier this year, The Salesman won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, bringing to the forefront the story of a husband searching for the person who sexually assaulted his wife. A fine example of Iranian cinema, the entire feature was shot in Tehran and is one of the most dazzling and devastating human dramas on the Amazon streaming platform right now.

13. 'Paterson' (2016)

'Paterson' [Credit: Amazon Studios]
'Paterson' [Credit: Amazon Studios]
  • Director: Jim Jarmusch
  • Who's in it? Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Nellie

Starring Adam Driver, Paterson shows one week in the life of a bus driver and an aspiring poet who lives with his wife, who dreams of being a country music star. A touching glimpse into the small triumphs and defeats of day-to-day existence, the movie is littered with moment of raw beauty that beautifully compliment director Jim Jarmusch's cinematic style.

12. 'Apocalypse Now' (1979)

'Apocalypse Now' [Credit: United Artists]
'Apocalypse Now' [Credit: United Artists]
  • Director: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Who's in it? Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

Perhaps one of the most iconic movies from the '70s, Francis Coppola's Apocalypse Now continues to influence modern-day cinema just as much as it did back when it was released. Starring Marlon Brando as Colonel Kurtz and Martin Sheen as Captain Benjamin Willard, the bold adaptation of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness depicts an individual's rabid descent into primal madness.

When one man is sent into the dark depths of the Cambodian jungle to assassinate a renegade colonel, played by the legendary Brando, he encounters more than he bargained for in an intense Vietnam War nightmare filled with unfathomable horror.

11. 'Moonlight' (2016)

'Moonlight' [Credit: A24]
'Moonlight' [Credit: A24]
  • Director: Barry Jenkins
  • Who's in it? Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris

The Academy Award Best Picture winner brings US audiences a heart-wrenching chronicle of childhood, adolescence and adulthood relating to an African-American gay man growing up in difficult circumstances in a rough Miami neighborhood. Moonlight is a must-watch masterpiece of poignant relevance and is streaming on Amazon Prime from May.

10. 'Manchester By The Sea' (2016)

'Manchester by the Sea' [Credit: Amazon Studios]
'Manchester by the Sea' [Credit: Amazon Studios]
  • Director: Kenneth Lonergan
  • Who's in it? Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

Casey Affleck's performance as a grief-stricken janitor in 2017's Best Picture contender Manchester by the Sea allowed him to joined the ranks of Hollywood greats who have succeeded in scooping up an Academy Award for Best Actor. After receiving critical acclaim upon its release, the melancholy feature is now available on Amazon Prime from May 5 onwards.

9. 'What We Do In The Shadows' (2014)

'What We Do In The Shadows' [Credit: Madman Entertainment]
'What We Do In The Shadows' [Credit: Madman Entertainment]
  • Director: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
  • Who's in it? Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

Boasting the comedic genius of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, What We Do In The Shadows is another — and arguably the best — take on the vampire genre. The quirky mockumentary follows the low-key lives of three vampire flatmates as they attempt to blend into the modern world of humans. Naturally, things don't exactly go to plan.

8. 'Into The Wild' (2007)

  • Director: Sean Penn
  • Who's in it? Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener

After graduating from university, Christopher McCandless abandons his former life and all personal possessions, giving all of his entire $24,000 savings to charity. Hitchhiking into the Alaskan wilderness, he embarks on a profound journey of self-realization.

7. 'Swiss Army Man' (2016)

'Swiss Army Man' [Credit: A24]
'Swiss Army Man' [Credit: A24]
  • Director: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
  • Who's in it? Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Who wouldn't want to see a flatulent Daniel Radcliffe playing a corpse in Swiss Army Man? As one of the most stand-out movies of 2016, the adventure comedy introduces a tale about a hopeless man stranded on a desert island with nothing but a talking dead body to make his journey home with. Yes, it's as batshit crazy and depressing as it sounds.

6. 'Café Society' (2016)

'Café Society' [Credit: Amazon Studios/Lionsgate]
'Café Society' [Credit: Amazon Studios/Lionsgate]
  • Director: Woody Allen
  • Who's in it? Steve Carell, Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg

Written and directed by Woody Allen, Café Society is a charming story about a young man who moves to 1930s Los Angeles to work for a talent agent, who also happens to be his uncle. While there, he also ends up falling in love with his assistant.

With wonderful performances from an array of big Hollywood names, this lightweight comedy falls in line with Allen's typical vibe and is once again, a film of rare beauty.

5. 'The Lobster' (2016)

'The Lobster' [Credit: Picturehouse Entertainment]
'The Lobster' [Credit: Picturehouse Entertainment]
  • Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Who's in it? Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden

Dive into the dystopian society that has been making headlines in the movie world over the last year with The Lobster on Amazon Prime. Starring Colin Farrell, it introduces us to a peculiar story about a world in which single people must find a mate within 45 days or risk being turned into an animal of their choice. Yes, really.

4. 'Spectre' (2015)

'Spectre' [Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Columbia Pictures]
'Spectre' [Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Columbia Pictures]
  • Director: Sam Mendes
  • Who's in it? Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux

Daniel Craig is an all-guns-blazing James Bond in 2015's Spectre, a movie that sends him on a perilous path to uncover a sinister organization of the same name. Also starring French actress Léa Seydoux, this often regarded as one of the most explosive additions to the Bond series in recent years.

3. 'Sicario' (2015)

'Sicario' [Credit: Lionsgate]
'Sicario' [Credit: Lionsgate]
  • Director: Danis Villeneuve
  • Who's in it? Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro

A star-studded cast of industry big-hitters brings together a story about an FBI agent who is enlisted to combat the increasingly threatening war against drugs on the tense border between American and Mexico.

2. 'No Country For Old Men' (2007)

'No Country For Old Men' [Credit: Miramax Films/Paramount Vantage]
'No Country For Old Men' [Credit: Miramax Films/Paramount Vantage]
  • Director: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
  • Who's in it? Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin

The Coen Brothers' neo-Western thriller No Country For Old Men tells the tale of a hunter in '80s rural Texas, who stumbles upon a huge sum of money near the Rio Grande after a violent drug deal goes wrong.

1. 'Inside Llewyn Davis' (2013)

'Inside Llewyn Davis' [Credit: CBS Films]
'Inside Llewyn Davis' [Credit: CBS Films]
  • Director: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
  • Who's in it? Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman

Inside Llewyn Davis shadows the life of a young, struggling folk singer in the heart of the New York music scene in the early '60s. Trying to combat the various obstacles that lie in his way, he finds himself in a deep existential crisis in a world of love and hope, as well as pain and intense suffering.

Which of the best movies on Amazon Prime are you most excited to watch?

'Matilda''[Credit: TriStar Films]
'Matilda''[Credit: TriStar Films]


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