Amazon Prime Streaming Guide: Best Movies and TV Shows

October is a truly rich month for Amazon. Its original content includes two new series and one movie. It also offers a rich selection of films from 1970s, '80s and '90s. They include the Lethal Weapon and Pink Panther franchises, as well as a few Woody Allen flicks. Enjoy!

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TV Shows

American Horror Story, Season 5: Hotel (Oct. 4)

American Horror Story, Season 5: Hotel

Those who know this horrific anthology from previous seasons may be shocked to discover that this one is considered especially dark. Hotel has an expansive cast, headlined by Lady Gaga playing The Countess. She owns the Hotel Cortez, which features a creepy, bizarre and deadly crew of tenants. Longtime series stars Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy sit this one out, but there's no shortage of great regulars, including Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Chloë Sevigny and Wes Bentley.

Goliath, Season 1 (Oct. 14)


Billy Bob Thornton stars in this Amazon original series about washed-up, alcoholic lawyer Billy McBride. Billy gets a chance to strike back at the law firm, Cooperman & McBride, which he founded and was later expelled from. He puts together a team to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the firm's biggest client and discovers a "vast and deadly conspiracy," as Amazon describes it. William Hurt and Maria Bello also star.

Good Girls Revolt, Season 1 (Oct. 28)

Good Girls Revolt

Based on real stories of female writers in the late 1960s (including Nora Ephron), this Amazon series is the story of women rebelling against a media industry where they were forbidden from writing at news outlets. The show channels the aesthetic of Mad Men and stars Anna Camp (True Blood) and Grace Gummer (Mr. Robot, American Horror Story).


Bananas (Oct. 1)


Woody Allen lampoons the American left and leftist rebellions in this 1971 film. Working schlub Fielding Mellish (Allen) falls for an activist Nancy (Louise Lasser), following her down to a fictional South American country in the midst of a rebellion. By wild happenstance, he becomes their leader.

Before Sunrise (Oct. 1)

Before Sunrise

This 1995 film is in the pantheon of Gen-X movies. A young American man (Ethan Hawke) and a fortunately-fluent-in-English French woman (Julie Delpy) meet on a train and decide to run off for an extended layover in Vienna.

Before Sunset (Oct. 1)

Before Sunset

The second film in Richard Linklater's romantic trilogy finds Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) meeting by chance in Paris nine years after their romantic night in Vienna, after which they thought they'd never see each other again. Will this be their second chance?

Bowling for Columbine (Oct. 1)

Bowling for Columbine

Fourteen years after what used to be the worst school shooting in U.S. history, mass shootings continue — as does the debate over gun ownership in the U.S. Left-wing documentarian and NRA member Michael Moore travels around the country to explore its fascination with, and passion for, guns. The movie culminates in an awkward interview between Moore and an aged Charlton Heston, the actor-turned-NRA president.

Chinatown (Oct. 1)


This 1974 film noir revival is set in the 1930s and based loosely on the dirty dealing that secured Los Angeles a source of cheap water. That's the backdrop to the story of mysterious heiress Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) and private eye J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson). Mulwray employs Gittes on a job that takes him deeper and deeper into an underground conspiracy in the city, and into Mulwray's own dark family past.

Complete Unknown (Oct. 27)

Complete Unknown

This Amazon film is a dark tale of starting over, and over, and over. Rachel Weisz plays the central character, Alice — at least that's the name she has when we meet her. Twenty years earlier, she decided to walk away from her life, changing her name and career — and kept doing it. In Complete Unknown, she re-encounters an old lover, Tom (Michael Shannon), and tries to persuade him to join her on the adventure in anonymity.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask) (Oct. 1)

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Based on the popular 1969 book "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex," this 1972 Woody Allen film takes the book's chapter titles as the themes for seven farcical vignettes. In "What Is Sodomy?", Gene Wilder plays a doctor who falls in love with a sheep. "Why Do Some Women Have Trouble Reaching an Orgasm?" is covered as a mini 1960s auteur-style Italian movie about a woman who can succeed only if she and her husband have sex in public. There's the spoof game show "What's My Perversion," and a brilliant finale, as it were, with Allen and fellow actors dressed as sperm who are preparing for their big moment.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (Oct. 1)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

The dystopic four-part Hunger Games trilogy wraps up with the once-oppressed citizens of Panem in the process of wiping out the tyrannical Capitol. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has sparked the global rebellion based on the example she set in two rounds of Hunger Games. Now she's itching to end the process by killing the evil President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Last Night (Oct. 1)

Last Night

What would you do if it were your last night on Earth — in fact, the last night for the entire Earth? In this quirky indie film, all we know is that the planet is going to end at exactly midnight; apparently, there's something wrong with the sun. So how will people spend their final hours? Some have family gatherings; some have lots of sex; some have fun looting and killing. One guy just wants to stay home.

The Last Waltz (Oct. 1)

The Last Waltz

Martin Scorsese's documentary recounts the greatest night in music history—at least 1960s/70s music history. It was the farewell concert for The Band: a Canadian roots rock group, known for its collaborations with Bob Dylan. They had lots of company that night, with performances by Dylan, Paul Butterfield, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Neil Diamond, Bobby Charles, The Staple Singers and Eric Clapton.

Let the Right One In (Oct. 1)

Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In is like Stranger Things, but even creepier. This is another story of an odd little girl arriving in a town and befriending a 12-year-old boy, just as ghastly murders start occurring. Not to spoil all the surprise, but she seems to have a serious, persistent iron deficiency.

Lethal Weapon (Oct. 1)

Lethal Weapon

Mel Gibson plays suicidal cop Martin Riggs mismatched with tired, middle-aged partner Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) in this 1987 beginning of the blockbuster buddy-film franchise. Lethal Weapon has fantastic gunfight and fisticuff scenes, but its best aspect is the comical repartee between the unlikely partners. Amazon offers the entire series this month.  Lethal Weapon 2 is still OK, though it goes downhill fast with 3 and 4.

Love and Death (Oct. 1)

Love and Death

Woody Allen spoofs War and Peace, as well as anti-Semitism, in this raunchy satire from 1975. His character, Boris Grushenko, distinguishes himself as the worst soldier in the Russian army, hilariously botches a pistol duel, and fruitlessly pursues his true love, and cousin, Sonja (Diane Keaton).

Misery (Oct. 1)


This is what happens when you stay at home and read for too long. In this film adapted from the Stephen King novel, Kathy Bates became an A-lister and won a Best Actress Oscar. Annie Wilkes (Bates) is a superfan of author Paul Sheldon (James Caan), whom she imprisons in her home so that they can be together, always.

The Pink Panther (Oct. 1)

The Pink Panther

The iconic Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers) was meant to be just a slapstick secondary character in this jewel heist comedy. It centers on Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven), who leads a secret life as a jewel thief, and his plot to steal an enormous pink diamond from Princess Dala of a fictitious Middle Eastern country. The bumbling Clouseau somehow manages to catch the would-be thieves, but gets convicted of the crime himself. He also launched an 11-film franchise, but not all of them are great.


The Pink Panther: A Shot in the Dark (Oct. 1)

A Shot in the Dark (1/11) Movie CLIP - Clouseau Is On Fire (1964)

The second in what became a series of films is often considered the best.  Inspector Jacques Clouseau returns, this time as the lead character, introducing staple elements like his ridiculously exaggerated French accent, his long-suffering boss Commissioner Dreyfus and his manservant/insane sparring partner, Cato.

Pride and Prejudice (Oct. 1)

Pride and Prejudice

This 2005 rendition of the Jane Austen romcom novel features Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet, a woman of moderate social rank whose family is pressing her to make a good marriage and save them from destitution. She finds herself both drawn to and repelled by the very wealthy, eccentric Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen), who happens to already have a fiancée.

Roger Dodger (Oct. 1)

Roger Dodger

Jesse Eisenberg plays — no big stretch — a neurotic kid named Nick in this 2002 coming-of-age comedy. An awkward teenage virgin, Nick enlists his ladykiller Uncle Roger (Campbell Scott) to show him how to woo the women. The cast includes Isabella Rossellini and Jennifer Beals.

Secretary (Oct. 1)


Based on the grim short story by Mary Gaitskill, this 2002 film is a merely darkly comic — almost romantic — tale of a sadomasochistic relationship between the sleazy lawyer Mr. Grey (James Spader) and his mentally ill secretary Lee (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

Slap Shot (Oct. 1)

Slap Shot

Paul Newman was a genius of dry, sometimes absurdist, humor, as this 1977 flick shows. He plays the washed-up coach of a washed-up hockey team. But then he hires a bunch of brute players who teach him a valuable lesson: If you play dirty, really dirty, you can win.

Training Day (Oct. 1)

Training Day

Denzel Washington rightfully earned a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of an ultra-corrupt cop who tries to manipulate his rookie recruit into taking the fall for his shady schemes. But co-star Ethan Hawke, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, deserves at least as much praise. He had an even greater challenge in playing the scared, confused underling Jake Hoyt, constantly questioning whether his new boss was a clever teacher testing him or a genuine psychopath threatening him.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (Oct. 1)


Alan Tudyk (Firefly) and Tyler Labine (Deadbeat) play the titular characters in this gory screwball comedy about two kind-hearted good ol' boys who get misconstrued as Deliverance-style killers.

The Warriors (Oct. 1)

The Warriors

A true story about ancient Greek mercenaries who escape from deep within the Persian Empire is retold in The Warriors. This fictional 1979 film recounts the adventures of a pretty harmless street gang fleeing many very harmful gangs through the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn. This hokey exploitation film is an absolute cult classic.

Other films

  • Curse of the Pink Panther (Oct. 1)
  • Happy Gilmore (Oct. 1)
  • The Patriot (Oct. 1)
  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again (Oct. 1)
  • Revenge of the Pink Panther (Oct. 1)
  • Son of the Pink Panther (Oct. 1)
  • Spectre (Oct. 21)
  • Throw Momma from the Train (Oct. 1)
  • Trail of the Pink Panther (Oct. 1)

What Else to Stream

Keep making the most of your Amazon Prime membership by using it to the fullest. When you're done with all these shows, check out our list of the best shows to binge watch.

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