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The Best Movies to Stream on Amazon Prime This Month

If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, a nice perk is included along with free overnight package delivery: access to countless streaming films and original series. (On Amazon and elsewhere, here are now-streaming classic TV shows that will keep you on the edge of your seat.)

But if you’ve ever found yourself scrolling through the streamer’s selection of films on the hunt for the perfect movie, you know how daunting a task it can be. With an astounding 24,000 movies in its catalog, it’s conceivable that you could spend more time sorting through the library, looking for the right movie to watch, than watching the actual movie itself.

And even after you make your selection, there’s no guarantee that you’re actually going to enjoy your chosen film. (One safe bet might be to stick to the Best Picture nominees and winners you can stream right now.)

To determine the best movies to stream on Amazon Prime this October, 24/7 Tempo developed an index using average ratings on IMDb, an online movie database owned by Amazon, and a combination of audience scores and Tomatometer scores on Rotten Tomatoes, an online movie and TV review aggregator, as of September 2022, weighting all ratings equally. We considered only movies with at least 5,000 audience votes on either IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes that are streaming on Hulu Plus. Documentaries were not considered. (Data on streaming availability, current as of this month, comes from the streaming guide Reelgood, and directorial credits are from IMDb.)

From classic CIA spy thrillers (“Three Days of the Condor”) to beloved indie romantic comedies (“The Big Sick”) to “Fight Club” and “The Usual Suspects,” these are the best movies to stream on Amazon Prime this month.

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50. Dead End (1937)
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10 (7,110 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 77% (2,031 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 91% (11 reviews)
> Directed by: William Wyler

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49. Blue Jay (2016)
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10 (16,105 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 77% (2,427 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 91% (32 reviews)
> Directed by: Alex Lehmann

Source: Courtesy of RKO Radio Pictures

48. The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (15,300 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 81% (8,004 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 84% (25 reviews)
> Directed by: Henry Koster

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47. Paterson (2016)
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (75,911 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 72% (16,194 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (262 reviews)
> Directed by: Jim Jarmusch

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46. California Split (1974)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (6,516 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 83% (2,929 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 88% (25 reviews)
> Directed by: Robert Altman

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45. Bound (1996)
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10 (52,954 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 82% (33,442 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 89% (47 reviews)
> Directed by: Lana & Lilly Wachowski

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44. No Time to Die (2021)
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10 (359,361 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 88% (10,000 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 83% (416 reviews)
> Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga

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43. Three Days of the Condor (1975)
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (52,010 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 83% (11,762 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 87% (47 reviews)
> Directed by: Sydney Pollack

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42. The Hospital (1971)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (6,168 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 74% (2,119 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (12 reviews)
> Directed by: Arthur Hiller

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41. The Naked Kiss (1964)
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10 (7,465 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 80% (3,156 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 93% (14 reviews)
> Directed by: Samuel Fuller

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40. Stella Dallas (1937)
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (5,176 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 83% (2,147 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 89% (9 reviews)
> Directed by: King Vidor

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39. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
> IMDb user rating: 8.2/10 (1,265,388 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 83% (181,234 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 79% (286 reviews)
> Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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38. Heathers (1989)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (95,825 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 83% (75,561 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 93% (56 reviews)
> Directed by: Michael Lehmann

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37. The Big Combo (1955)
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (7,137 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 81% (2,213 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 93% (14 reviews)
> Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis

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36. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (99,007 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 85% (115,651 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 88% (56 reviews)
> Directed by: John Landis

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35. Dr. No (1962)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (156,015 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 82% (111,697 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 95% (59 reviews)
> Directed by: Terence Young

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34. Thief (1981)
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (28,472 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 81% (7,277 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 94% (31 reviews)
> Directed by: Michael Mann

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33. Source Code (2011)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (499,931 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 82% (125,685 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 92% (263 reviews)
> Directed by: Duncan Jones

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32. Living in Oblivion (1995)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (17,678 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 87% (7,886 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 88% (32 reviews)
> Directed by: Tom DiCillo

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31. Meet John Doe (1941)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (12,873 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 83% (4,584 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 91% (22 reviews)
> Directed by: Frank Capra

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30. Love and Monsters (2020)
> IMDb user rating: 7.0/10 (107,648 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 89% (54 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 93% (107 reviews)
> Directed by: Michael Matthews

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29. The Shootist (1976)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (23,342 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 88% (9,640 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 87% (23 reviews)
> Directed by: Don Siegel

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28. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10 (39,050 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 81% (22,745 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 99% (170 reviews)
> Directed by: Mark Burton & Richard Starzak

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27. Manchester by the Sea (2016)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (261,587 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 78% (50,382 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (352 reviews)
> Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan

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26. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (632,802 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 89% (424,606 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 90% (293 reviews)
> Directed by: Francis Lawrence

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25. Skyfall (2012)
> IMDb user rating: 7.7/10 (648,708 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 86% (374,338 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 92% (381 reviews)
> Directed by: Sam Mendes

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24. Dead Man Walking (1995)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (91,822 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 86% (61,910 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 95% (61 reviews)
> Directed by: Tim Robbins

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23. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (172,751 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 91% (242,815 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 89% (53 reviews)
> Directed by: Blake Edwards

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22. The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
> IMDb user rating: 7.7/10 (5,940 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 83% (2,302 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (28 reviews)
> Directed by: Raoul Walsh

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21. Wuthering Heights (1939)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (16,674 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 85% (8,793 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (23 reviews)
> Directed by: William Wyler

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20. Fat City (1972)
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10 (8,448 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 85% (2,341 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (24 reviews)
> Directed by: John Huston

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19. Honey Boy (2019)
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10 (32,827 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 92% (560 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 94% (231 reviews)
> Directed by: Alma Har’el

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18. Little Big Man (1970)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (34,080 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 87% (17,453 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (26 reviews)
> Directed by: Arthur Penn

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17. Days of Heaven (1978)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (55,552 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 89% (16,348 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 92% (53 reviews)
> Directed by: Terrence Malick

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16. The Big Sick (2017)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (127,850 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 88% (32,924 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 98% (303 reviews)
> Directed by: Michael Showalter

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15. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
> IMDb user rating: 7.9/10 (461,303 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 91% (1,033,117 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 90% (60 reviews)
> Directed by: Tim Burton

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14. The Conversation (1974)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (105,754 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 90% (35,231 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (57 reviews)
> Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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13. Stagecoach (1939)
> IMDb user rating: 7.9/10 (46,215 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 86% (14,658 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (45 reviews)
> Directed by: John Ford

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12. Charade (1963)
> IMDb user rating: 7.9/10 (72,875 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 92% (42,943 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 94% (50 reviews)
> Directed by: Stanley Donen

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11. Fight Club (1999)
> IMDb user rating: 8.8/10 (1,940,882 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 96% (1,093,796 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 79% (179 reviews)
> Directed by: David Fincher

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10. Scarlet Street (1945)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (15,674 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 88% (3,697 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (16 reviews)
> Directed by: Fritz Lang

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9. My Man Godfrey (1936)
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (22,597 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 90% (7,668 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 97% (37 reviews)
> Directed by: Gregory La Cava

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8. His Girl Friday (1940)
> IMDb user rating: 7.9/10 (56,106 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 90% (24,333 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 99% (67 reviews)
> Directed by: Howard Hawks

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7. Paper Moon (1973)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10 (44,587 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 94% (11,421 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 93% (41 reviews)
> Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

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6. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
> IMDb user rating: 7.9/10 (14,002 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 91% (5,423 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (30 reviews)
> Directed by: Charles Reisner & Buster Keaton

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5. The Usual Suspects (1995)
> IMDb user rating: 8.5/10 (1,028,997 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 96% (435,145 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 88% (77 reviews)
> Directed by: Bryan Singer

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4. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10 (693,881 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 91% (312,983 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 99% (212 reviews)
> Directed by: Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders

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3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
> IMDb user rating: 8.8/10 (1,731,527 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 95% (1,355,751 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 91% (235 reviews)
> Directed by: Peter Jackson

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2. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
> IMDb user rating: 8.6/10 (422,428 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 95% (219,179 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 94% (87 reviews)
> Directed by: Frank Capra

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1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
> IMDb user rating: 8.6/10 (1,332,128 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 95% (847,443 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (104 reviews)
> Directed by: Jonathan Demme

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