Amazon Prime can deliver almost anything your heart desires, but it can’t give you more time. And more time is exactly what you need, because Prime Video is losing a lot of great titles when the month comes to a close. This is a normal part of the content churn for any streaming service, but it doesn’t mean that you have to like it. However, there is a solution, if you’re willing to find a few slots in your schedule. We’ve put together a list of the best movies leaving Amazon Prime Video at the end of September. If you plan accordingly, you may even be able to watch all of them. At the very least, pick your favorites and go from there.
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The Abyss (1989)
After taking movie lovers to space in Aliens, director James Cameron arranged for an otherworldly encounter deep beneath the waves in The Abyss. After a U.S. submarine sinks during an encounter with an unidentified object, a team led by an estranged couple, Virgil “Bud” Brigman (Ed Harris ) and Dr. Lindsey Brigman (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), accompanies a Navy SEAL unit on a mission to investigate. They soon discover a “noniterrestrial intelligence” that can animate the water around it. However, the increasingly paranoid SEAL team leader, Lieutenant Hiram Coffey (Michael Biehn), wants to destroy the alien entity, even if his plan kills everyone else on the mission.
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Stars: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Leo Burmester, Todd Graff
Director: James Cameron
Runtime: 140 minutes
Across The Universe (2007)
Imagine if The Beatles’ songs were the basis of a Broadway musical. That’s essentially the premise of Across the Universe. You may also notice that many of the main characters share names mentioned in some of The Beatles’ music, including Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), Jude (Jim Sturgess), Jo-Jo (Martin Luther McCoy), and Prudence (T.V. Carpio). If you’re able to overlook that convention, the story is a compelling period piece that chronicles the lives of these young men and women against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s. Lucy and Jude fall for each other, but their opposing reactions to the antiwar movement tear them apart. Yet the power of love and music may bring them back together.
Rotten Tomatoes: 53%
Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther McCoy
Director: Julie Taymor
Runtime: 133 minutes
Crimson Tide (1995)
The late Tony Scott delivered a thrilling drama with Crimson Tide. Denzel Washington leads a stellar cast as Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter, the executive officer of a nuclear submarine under Captain Frank Ramsey (Gene Hackman). As tensions rise in the aftermath of the Cold War, a rogue group may have seized control of nuclear weapons in Chechnya. When the USS Alabama is ordered to fire its own nukes, Commander Hunter refuses over a potential recall order. Soon, the ship’s crew is forced to choose whether they should follow their captain or their Hunter into dangerous territory.
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Stars: Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, George Dzundza, Viggo Mortensen, James Gandolfini
Director: Tony Scott
Runtime: 116 minutes
Escape From Alcatraz (1979)
No one gets off the Rock. That was the reputation behind Alcatraz, the supposedly inescapable prison. But in 1962, three men dared to try to pull off the impossible. Escape From Alcatraz dramatizes their story, with Clint Eastwood in the leading role as Frank Morris. After arriving at Alcatraz, Frank is disgusted by the casual cruelty of the Warden (Patrick McGoohan). When Frank reunites with his old friends, John (Fred Ward) and Clarence Anglin ( Jack Thibeau), they hatch an ambitious scheme to break out of their cells and get off the island. Their subsequent actions made them legends, and led to the downfall of Alcatraz itself.
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Fred Ward, Jack Thibeau, Larry Hankin
Director: Don Siegel
Runtime: 112 minutes
Guillermo del Toro just loves his monsters, doesn’t he? And the director certainly found a monster worthy of love in Mike Mignola’s Hellboy. He may be a demon from Hell, but Hellboy (Ron Perlman) was raised as a hero by his adoptive father, Trevor Bruttenholm (John Hurt). Alongside his friends at the B.P.R.D. — Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) and Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) — Hellboy battles the things that go bump in the night. However, Hellboy’s unresolved romantic feelings for Liz are used against him in a bid to unleash the apocalypse. That forces Hellboy to choose between his destiny and the man that he wants to be.
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Stars: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor, Rupert Evans, John Hurt
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Runtime: 122 minutes
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Midnight In Paris is kind of a modern fairy tale. In the present, Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) is on vacation in Paris with his fiancée, Inez (Rachel McAdams). While experiencing discontent with his wife-to-be and the life he picked for himself, Gil inexplicably finds himself transported back to the pas, where he hobnobs with luminaries like F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston), Zelda Fitzgerald (Alison Pill), Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll), and Salvador Dalí (Adrien Brody). As Gil finds a way back and forth between the two time periods, he questions himself about where he truly belongs — and who he really loves.
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill
Director: Woody Allen
Runtime: 94 minutes
The Natural (1984)
The Natural is a purely American baseball fable. Robert Redford stars as Roy Hobbs, a man whose talent for the game includes power hitting and a pitching prowess that allows him to strike out a legendary player called “The Whammer” (Joe Don Baker). After losing the better part of two decades of his career to a near-fatal injury, Roy becomes the oldest rookie ever to sign with the New York Knights. But as his game starts to flounder, Roy finds new hope when he is reunited with Iris Gaines (Glenn Close), the woman he left behind to chase his baseball dreams.
Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Stars: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley
Director: Barry Levinson
Runtime: 138 minutes
It doesn’t get more ’80s action movie than Predator, an iconic flick that has yet to be topped by any of its sequels. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Dutch, the leader of an elite military unit that includes Blain Cooper (Jesse Ventura), Mac Eliot (Bill Duke), and Jorge “Poncho” Ramírez (Richard Chaves). Dutch’s old CIA friend, Al Dillon (Carl Weathers), accompanies the team on a morally dubious mission in South America. Much to their horror, they soon encounter the Predator (Kevin Peter Hall), a seemingly invincible (and occasionally invisible) alien who hunts them down for sport.
Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Richard Chaves
Director: John McTiernan
Runtime: 107 minutes
Guy Ritchie’s Snatch is a crime movie with some very dark humor and two interconnected stories. Brad Pitt stars as Mickey O’Neil, a fighter who is ordered to take a dive. However, Mickey’s inadvertent victory causes big problems for his promoter, Turkish (Jason Statham), thanks to a very angry (and a very violent) crime boss, “Brick Top” Pulford (Alan Ford). Both Turkish and Brick Top want Mickey to throw his next fight, and deadly consequences ensue when he refuses. Meanwhile, Franky Four-Fingers (Benicio del Toro) manages to steal a very valuable diamond, and the entire criminal underworld is willing to kill him for it.
Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Stars: Jason Statham, Stephen Graham, Brad Pitt, Alan Ford, Dennis Farina
Director: Guy Ritchie
Runtime: 102 minutes