Who needs Netflix and Prime? Turns out that BBC iPlayer has a terrific collection of films to watch – here’s our fully updated list.
Whilst all eyes tend to be on streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime when it comes to movie updates, on the quiet the BBC iPlayer service continues to play host to a limited, diverse selection of films. What’s more, a good number of them you can download to your tablet to watch on the move.
So, without further ado, welcome to the weekly updated iPlayer film list. This list will be updated every Monday with the latest available data from the BBC, in order of how long you have left to watch (so you can prioritise your viewing pleasure)
Disappearing soon … catch them while you can! (Available til 25th Feb)
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
The true horror of a Nazi extermination camp, through the eyes of two 8-year-old boys; the son of a Nazi commandant and a Jewish inmate.
The Fits (2015)
Eleven-year-old Toni joins the local girls’ dance team as other members mysteriously start to suffer from unexpected and violent seizures, and it appears there might be something in the water….
Available til 26th Feb
The Windermere Children (2020)
Child survivors of the Holocaust are sent to the Calgarth Estate near Lake Windermere. Carrying nothing but the clothes on their backs, they bear the emotional and physical scars of suffering, but eventually find a family with each other and an unbreakable bond.
Available til 29th Feb
At Any Price (2012)
Choosing to become a professional racing driver over expanding the family agricultural business, Zac Efron’s Dean is pushed into an unexpected crisis with his father Henry (Dennis Quaid).
In The Heat of the Night (1967)
A black police detective (Sidney Poitier) becomes involved in a murder investigation in Mississippi and is forced to collaborate with a bigoted sheriff. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture at the 40th Academy Awards in 1967.
Available til 2nd March
Whisky Galore! (2016)
Remake of the 1949 comedy, set during the Second World War, as Scottish islanders attempt to plunder cases of whisky from a ship stranded offshore during rationing.
Anna, a young German woman mourns the death of her fiancé Frantz during the First World War. Adrien, a young French man also mourns him, and feels intense guilt at being responsible for his death.
Keeping Rosy (2014)
Charlotte is defined by her career, and has built a media agency from scratch. After she’s betrayed in the boardroom, she takes her anger and frustration out on her Polish cleaner…
Available til 3rd March
The Red Shoes (1948)
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale, eager ballerina Victoria joins an established ballet company, but must choose between her fledgling ballet career and her secret relationship with a composer.
Available til 4th March
Black Narcissus (1947)
Based on the 1939 novel, tensions grow in a small convent as the repressed nuns begin feeling complex emotions about a handsome, well-educated British expatriate.
Available til 8th March
Bros: After the Screaming Stops (2018)
Matt and Luke Goss were once the biggest boyband in the world, with legions of screaming women at their feet. Now, with a fractured relationship, the twins have only weeks to go til a sold-out reunion gig in London.
Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour (2016)
Fancy seeing Madonna on tour? This contains footage from multiple concerts and behind-the-scenes moments following the Queen of Pop on her Rebel Heart tour.
Southside with You (2016)
The story of how Harvard Law student Barack Obama won the heart of a talented, beautiful young lawyer at his firm, Michelle Robinson. They would go on to become U.S. President and First Lady respectively.
Available til 9th March
As An Eilean/From The Island (1992)
An isolated Scottish island is the setting for a story about a young man preparing to leave to go to mainland Scotland for university, but falls for a young woman from a neighbouring village.
Free State of Jones (2016)
Matthew McConaughey stars in a historical period war film about Newton Knight’s armed revolt against the Confederacy in Jones County, Mississippi during the American Civil War.
The Other Side of Hope (2017)
Syrian refugee Khaled arrives in Helsinki for asylum, meets a Finnish businessman who hires him and helps him find his missing sister.
Score: Cinema’s Greatest Soundtracks (2016)
Hollywood’s elite composers come together for this in-depth look into the creative challenges of scoring a film. How do they make such unforgettable pieces of music?
Not the blue teleporting X-Men character, but Jake Gyllenhaal, who gives his most chilling and disturbing performance as Louis Bloom, a freelance photojournalist who records violent events and accidents and sells the footage, in a film critiquing consumer culture and the modern news media.
To Catch a Thief (1955)
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in Alfred Hitchcock’s romantic thriller. This was one of Kelly’s final roles before retiring from acting to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco.
Available til 10th March
The Unknown Girl (2016) (Available until 10th Mar)
Belgian GP Jenny ignores the buzzer at her clinic after hours and finds out a young African woman was found dead shortly after. Surveillance footage shows the young woman desperately seeking help from the clinic after hours, and Jenny is determined to find out who the unknown girl is….
My Week with Marilyn (2011) (Available until 10th Mar)
Not many aspiring filmmakers straight out of university get their first job on a Laurence Olivier production starring screen legend Marilyn Monroe, but that’s what happened for Colin Clark, who spent time with Monroe during shooting of The Prince and the Showgirl. Michelle Williams shines as the late Marilyn Monroe.
Available til 12th March
Carefree(1938) (Available until 12th Mar)
A reunion for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, as Dr Tony Flagg (Astaire) takes on his friend’s fiancée Amanda Cooper (Rogers) as a patient. Contains multiple infectious dance numbers.
Available til 14th March
End of Watch (2012) (Available until 14th Mar)
The late Roger Ebert gave this police drama four out of four stars, and called it one of the best police movies in recent years. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena.
Available til 15th March
Captain Fantastic (2016) (Available until 15th Mar)
Disillusioned with capitalism, the Cash family choose to live and raise six children in the American wilderness, but when their mother commits suicide, the children and their father are forced to address living a more conventional lifestyle.
I Was Monty’s Double (1958) (Available until 15th Mar)
Based on the true story of M. E Clifton James, an actor who became the decoy for General Bernard Montgomery during the Second World War, and starring M. E. Clifton James in the title role, playing himself.
The Salesman (2016) (Available until 15th Mar)
Married couple Ernad and Rana are starring in the theatre production of Death of a Salesman when Rana is brutally attacked at their apartment and Ernad attempts to determine the attacker’s identity.
Available til 22nd March and beyond…
The BFG (1989) (Available until 22nd Mar)
Based on the beloved book by Roald Dahl, orphan Sophie is snatched from her orphanage by a big friendly giant, voiced by Danger Mouse himself David Jason, to a far away land of giants and dreams.
Dunkirk (1958) (Available until 22nd Mar)
Not the recent Christopher Nolan war film, but the 1958 version, directed by Leslie Norman and starring John Mills, Richard Attenborough and Bernard Lee, as three men tell their stories of the World War II defeat at Dunkirk.
In The Dark Half (2011) (Available until 22nd Mar)
15-year-old Marie babysits for her neighbour’s young son who dies of natural causes whilst in her care. She becomes obsessed with her neighbour, who tells her stories of the spirits in the hills, and begins to believe she is haunted….
The Midwife (2017) (Available until 22nd Mar)
During a turbulent period in Claire’s life, her father’s former mistress Beatrice turns up and informs her she is suffering from brain cancer and Claire needs to decide how to manage it….
Available til July 2020….
Burton & Taylor (2013) (Available until 22nd Jul)
Legendary acting duo and married couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor prepare for a 1983 theatrical production of the play “Private Lives”.
Available til Autumn 2020….
Paranormal Activity (2007) (Available until September 2020)
The low budget horror that spawned six (seven next year!) sequels and found-footage imitations, a young couple believe they are being haunted and set up a camera to film at night. Full of suspense, jump scares – expect full-on heebie-jeebies from this. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) (Available until September 2020)
Angelina Jolie is Lara Croft (until Alicia Vikander anyway), as the eponymous heroine of the classic video games races against time to find an ancient relic before the planets align for the first time in 5,000 years. Can she save the day? The sequel’s below so chances are, she might….
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) (Available until September 2020)
Angelina Jolie is Lara Croft, again. Lara discovers that the mythical Pandora’s Box is no myth, and must once again race against time to prevent an evil billionaire bio-weapons dealer from finding it and unleashing its plague onto the world. Can she save the day once more?
Twelve Monkeys (1995) (Available until October 2020)
A deadly virus, believed to be released by a group known as the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, wipes out almost all of humanity in 1996. In 2035, James Cole is sent back in time to find the original virus to find a cure. Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt lead this neo-noir science fiction cult favourite.
The Relic (1997) (Available until October 2020)
A container of findings from a Natural History Museum expedition in South America is sent to Chicago, and coincidentally a series of violent murders occurs soon after. Turns out it’s a lizard-like monster who’s eating people.
Primary Colors (1998) (Available until October 2020)
No red, blue or yellow in sight, this is actually John Travolta at a career best as Jack Stanton, a governor running an election campaign for President. Based on an anonymous insider novel on the 1992 Clinton campaign.
Man on the Moon (1999) (Available until October 2020)
Biopic on the life of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman, star of Taxi and self-declared Intergender Wrestling Champion of the world. A rare non-comedic performance from Jim Carrey.
A Simple Plan (1998) (Available until October 2020)
Directed by Sam Raimi (of The Evil Dead and the first Spider-Man trilogies), three blue collar workers in Minnesota randomly come across $4 million and hatch a plan to keep their haul from authorities
Wonder Boys (2000) (Available until October 2020)
Michael Douglas is Grady Tripp, an English Professor who tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in.
The Jackal (1997) (Available until November 2020)
Fictitious story based upon Carlos the Jackal, Bruce Willis stars as The Jackal, a master of disguise assassin hired to carry out a hit on a high profile American government target as retaliation for the US meddling in Russian business.
Available til early 2021….
Night of the Living Dead (1968) (Available until February 2021)
The classic low budget horror masterpiece from George A Romero, which spawned numerous imitations and parodies. A group of young people barricade themselves in an old farmhouse as the dead rise as zombies, hungry for their flesh.
Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl (2018) (Available until February 2021)
Singer/songwriter Kate Nash burst onto the pop scene with overnight success in 2007 with her song Foundations, (the one about eating lemons and being bitter). This documentary details her rise to fame and subsequent nervous breakdown and bankruptcy as she struggles to re-establish herself in Los Angeles.
Adam Curtis – HyperNormalisation (2016) (Available until February 2021)
BBC Documentary, arguing that governments, financiers and technological utopians have given up on the real world due to its complexity, and have instead built a fake world they can control.
A High School Rape Goes Viral: Roll Red Roll (2018) (Available until February 2021)
True crime documentary investigating the societal and media-fuelled norm of ‘boys will be boys’ culture that underpins sexual assault at high schools across America.
Cat People (1942) (Available until February 2021)
Serbian Irena arrives in New York and meets Oliver. They soon fall in love and marry, but Irena fears she suffers from an ancient curse from her homeland that means they can never be intimate, or she might literally kill him.
The Curse of the Cat People (1944) (Available until February 2021)
Sequel to Cat People (so probably best to watch the above movie first!). Young Amy Reed makes an imaginary friend; her fathers dead first wife Irena.
I Walked With a Zombie (1943) (Available until February 2021)
Young Canadian nurse Betsy comes to the West Indies to care for the wife of a plantation manager in an offbeat zombie horror movie. From the director of aforementioned Cat People.
Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018) (Available until February 2021)
A New Year’s Eve party is the setting for a fractious family comedy-drama, as Colin Burstead plans a lavish event for his extended family, which doesn’t exactly go to plan….
Minding the Gap: An American Skateboarding Story (2018) (Available until February 2021)
Oscar-nominated documentary shot in Rockford, Illinois following the story of three young men, all living in volatile family situations due to decades of recession.
The Queen of Versailles (2013) (Available until February 2021)
A beauty queen and her billionaire husband build their dream home, a replica of the Palace of Versailles in Florida and the largest residential property in America, as the economic crisis hits.
Simon Amstell: Carnage (2017) (Available until February 2021)
Mockumentary, set in 2067 when everyone is vegan and the population looks back to today and our meat-eating culture and future society’s guilt on eating animals.
We’ve done our best to list all the available films on BBC iPlayer and the date they’re removed from the service as detailed by the BBC, but it goes without saying that the BBC probably reserve the right to add or remove films from their service at any time, for any reason. The BBC also list an expiration time for each film, which could be 6pm or 1am on the expiration date. We’re not including those for purely logistical reasons. We’ll try our best to keep this list as up to date as possible, though.
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