With such a wealth of new movies to rent on Amazon Prime, it can be hard to keep track of and parse new movies as they are added to the platform. Here we cover 10 new movies worth your time landing on Amazon Prime in October 2020 with plenty of horror in the mix for the Halloween season. You can also read our list of the best overall films available on Amazon Prime right now. All movies will be available as of October 1st unless otherwise noted. Now let’s take a look at what’s new on Amazon Prime Video.
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10. The Iron Lady (2011)
The Iron Lady is a biopic on British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The film jumps back and forth through time from Thatcher as an elderly woman dealing with her husband’s death, to pivotal moments in her life and career. Jim Broadbent and Richard E. Grant are great in their supporting roles but the show is thoroughly stolen by Meryl Streep in the lead role. She won the Oscar for her performance and it is the main reason to watch The Iron Lady in spite of a somewhat weak narrative surrounding her excellent performance.
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9. The Insider (1999)
The Insider follows Russell Crowe as a researcher who, despite threats from Big Tobacco, decides to participate in a television exposé on the industry. Attempts to silence him at any cost follow. Michael Mann directs this taut thriller with his trademark style. Al Pacino acts opposite Russell Crowe with a strong supporting role from Christopher Plummer.
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8. Bombshell (2019) Available November 26th
Bombshell tells the true story of Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson, and Kayla Pospisil as they navigate the toxic work environment of Fox News and attempt to take down Roger Ails, the head of the network. John Lithgow plays Roger Ails opposite the triple threat of Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbit. Theron and Robbie were both Oscar nominated for their performances and the film took home the Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
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7. Wall Street (1987)
Oliver Stone’s Wall Street follows a fresh-faced but ambitious stockbroker who is taken under the wing of a greedy corporate elite player. Real-life father and son, Martin Sheen and Charlie Sheen, play father and son in the film, but it is Michael Douglas who steals the show as the oft-imitated Gordon Gekko, the ruthless Wall Street mogul.
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6. Ronin (1998)
Ronin follows an elite team of mercenaries who attempt to stop a valuable macguffin from falling into the hands of international threats. The film is headlined by two of the best car chases in all of cinema. David Mamet serves as a co-writer (under the pseudonym Richard Weisz) and John Frankenheimer directs a star-studded cast with the likes of Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Jonathan Pryce, Sean Bean, Stellan Skarsgård, and Natascha McElhone.
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5. Boyz N the Hood (1991)
Boyz N the Hood takes an incisive look at life in LA’s Crenshaw ghetto. It was director John Singleton’s first film and would spawn a wave of copycat films and contribute to a major stylistic shift in films of similar subject matter. The passionate cast featured the likes of Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Regina King, and Angela Bassett.
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4. Dead Poets Society (1989)
Robin Williams gives a tour de force performance in this Peter Weir about a passionate boarding school teaching inspiring and emboldening his students. Williams plays wonderfully off of the young, fresh cast around him with the standouts being Robert Sean Leonard and Ethan Hawke. Dead Poets Society has a handful of iconic moments and lines of dialogue that often imitated throughout popular culture but their resonance within the film holds just as strong today as they did back in 1989.
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3. Platoon (1986)
Oliver Stone writes and directs this vietnam war film. Platoon follows Charlie Sheen as a young soldier experiencing the horrors of war first hand. Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger steal the show as U.S. soldier personifications of the best and worst of humanity respectively. The literal plot is relatively simple all things considered but the thematic heft and broader implications add an immense amount of substance to the narrative.
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This classic of the martial arts and Wu Xia genres was directed by Ang Lee. The epic story revolves around the theft of a one-of-a-kind sword known as the ‘Green Destiny’, and the attempts to recover it, as well as the passionate love story that gets caught up in the mix. Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, and Ziyi Zhang all shine in their roles.
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1. 28 Days Later (2002)
28 Days Later is an excellent zombie film from writer Alex Garland and director Danny Boyle. The film follows Jim, an every-man courier who awakens from a coma to find his home of London deserted following the outbreak of a virus that turns people into rage-filled zombies. This film popularized the idea of the ‘fast zombie’ over the more traditional shambling zombie. Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, and Brendan Gleeson make for extremely likable protagonists and Christopher Eccelston plays an excellent antagonist in the third act.
Find out where 28 Days Later ranks on our list of the best zombie films ever made.
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Those were 10 of the best new movies on Amazon Prime. For a rundown of all the best films currently available on Prime video right now, be sure to give this next article a read. It is updated each month with fresh picks.