Amazon Prime Streaming Guide: Best Movies and TV Shows

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Amazon's increasing role as a film promoter pays off for Prime viewers. June brings fresh films, including Jim Jarmusch's Paterson, and Academy Award winner The Salesman. Amazon also debuts two original documentary series: one about football and one about racing. Even if you don't purchase the Showtime add-on channel to see the new Twin Peaks, you can watch the original series and two David Lynch arrivals: the 1986 classic Blue Velvet and the new documentary David Lynch: The Art Life.

TV Shows

Le Mans: Racing Is Everything, Season 1 (June 9)

Three thousand miles in 24 hours: The Le Mans Formula 1 race pushes humans and machines to their limits. Amazon's documentary explores the world of Le Mans, following six teams through their preparation and races.

All or Nothing, Season 2 (June 30)

This unscripted series by NFL Films and Amazon goes behind the scenes of football teams through victory and defeat. After its first season about the Arizona Cardinals, Season 2 follows the Rams as they relocate from St. Louis to Los Angeles.

Movies and Specials

Blue Velvet (June 1)

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David Lynch wrote and directed this cult-classic 1986 noir/horror film about a beautiful singer, Dorothy (Isabella Rossellini) who's at the mercy of the psychotic pervert Frank (Dennis Hopper). Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern play the young sweethearts who try to solve the mystery and rescue Dorothy.

City of God (Cidade de Deus) (June 1)

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Inspired by true events in the slums (or "favelas") of 1980s Rio de Janeiro, this 2002 film shows how little boys quickly grow up to become deadly brutes. While most of the boys turn to crime and its shifting set of alliances, one of them, Buscapé, chooses journalism, publishing photos that make him and the gangs famous.

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Gone Baby Gone (June 1)

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Ben Affleck directs his younger brother Casey in Gone Baby Gone, an adaptation of the novel of the same name about the Boston criminal world. The younger Affleck plays Patrick Kenzie, a private investigator brought in to find a kidnapped girl. He uncovers a lot more.

Hammett (June 1)

This entirely fictional story directed by Wim Wenders centers on author Dashiell Hammett. In the film, Hammett lives the life of noir intrigue that he created in mystery novels such as The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man.

Magnolia (June 1)

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Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights) takes on the intersecting-narrative genre brilliantly in these tales of lost souls whose lives overlap during a 24-hour period in Los Angeles. The cast includes Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Tom Cruise, John C. Reilly and many, many more.

The Queen (June 1)

The monarchy is an institution, not a person with emotion and opinions. So believes Queen Elizabeth II, even during the national mourning of Princess Diana. But the public, press and new Prime Minister Tony Blair insist that Elizabeth show more humanity in addressing the tragedy. Helen Mirren won the Academy Award for Best Actress — and the praise of Elizabeth II — for portraying the queen's struggle to adapt to changing expectations.

The Salesman (June 1)

This 2017 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film is a tense crime drama set in modern Tehran, Iran. When his wife is assaulted in their new home and refuses to go to the police, a husband embarks on a vigilante hunt for the perpetrator.

20th Century Women (June 5)

Set in 1979 in Santa Barbara, California, this film tells the story of a single mom (Annette Bening) struggling to raise her teenage son. She enlists the help of the tenants in her boarding house, played by Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup, as well as her son's best friend, played by Elle Fanning.

Ocean's Eleven (June 5)

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This 2001 crime caper's all-star cast includes George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Julia Roberts. Fresh out of prison, Danny Ocean (Clooney) hatches an ambitious scheme to rob three Vegas casinos in one night, recruiting the perfect quirky specialists to make it work. It's a worthy remake of the 1960 original. Less worthy is the sequel, Ocean's Twelve, which also comes to Amazon this month.

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip (June 8)

This animated PBS special for preschoolers features 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, the son of the Daniel Striped Tiger puppet from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. As Daniel sets off on his first family road trip, he and the viewers learn about the skills and strategies of traveling.

I Am Not Your Negro (June 8)

Author James Baldwin completed just 30 pages of his book Remember This House, which is about the assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Filmmaker Raoul Peck used the unfinished manuscript as a narrator track (read by Samuel L. Jackson), which was combined with archival footage of Baldwin and contemporary images of strife, to examine African Americans' estrangement from white America.

An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life (June 9)

Inspired by the toy line, this live-action movie follows three girls at a science-oriented summer camp. There, they work through clues to discover the true identity of a mysterious camp counselor.

Star Trek Beyond (June 17)

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The young Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is already suffering a midlife crisis and planning to take a desk job when duty calls. The crew of the Enterprise sets off on an emergency rescue mission that puts them at the mercy of a supervillian's diabolical plan to destroy Starfleet. With everything in jeopardy, the crew must find its groove again.

Paterson (June 22)

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Writer-director Jim Jarmusch tells the story of a working-class poet (Adam Driver) in the historic-but-overlooked town of Paterson, New Jersey. The poet, also named Paterson, drives a city bus by day, experiences the culinary experiments of his artist wife at dinner and drinks at the same bar every night. This predictable pattern provides the rhythm over which he composes and refines his poems (which were written in real life by Ron Padgett).

Arthur: D.W. & the Beastly Birthday (June 29)

Set in the universe of Arthur the Aardvark, this children's special tells two adventure stories. Arthur is transported four years into the future, while his pal D.W. skips out on her birthday and travels to the magical island of Ukubonga.

David Lynch: The Art Life (June 29)

People either love or hate cult filmmaker David Lynch. If you are among the former group, check out this documentary in which Lynch describes how his early life experiences shaped his vision for both film and painting.

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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