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 Wednesday 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)
Brand-new to the iPlayer service this week: Classic vampire horror with Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys, teen drama with Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird or if mind-bending thrillers are your thing, you need to check out Christopher Nolan’s Memento.
Disappearing soon … catch them while you can! (Available until 30th July 2021….
Gregory’s Girl (1981)
Awkward teenager Gregory loses his place as striker in the school’s shambolic football team, but soon finds comfort with the arrival of a new star signing, Dorothy. He sets out to win her heart, but when he finally gets his dream date, there’s a surprise in store for Gregory.
Favourite characters from Monsters vs Aliens return in this animated adventure that follows BOB, Dr Cockroach PhD and the macho Missing Link on their mission to outsmart grizzled General WR Monger and stage a daring escape from Area 52.
Available until 31st July 2021….
The Lady Vanishes (1979)
Beautiful and wealthy young socialite Iris Carr is used to being at the heart of her social group, but when her friends’ raucous and unsociable behaviour escalates whilst on holiday in the Balkans, she resolves to seek out some tranquillity and travel home alone. But her expectations of peace are short-lived when, at the railway station, Iris wavers in the scorching heat and constant jostle of passengers, fainting suddenly on the platform.
Available until 1st August 2021….
Borg vs McEnroe (2017)
In the summer of 1980, Bjorn Borg sits atop of the tennis world, dominating the sport both on and off the court. A powerful and rigorously disciplined player, there is only one obstacle in his pursuit of a record-breaking fifth Wimbledon championship – the highly talented but ferociously abrasive young American John McEnroe.
Available until 2nd August 2021….
In 1984, with Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party in power, a group of lesbian and gay activists, led by Mark Ashton, find unlikely allies in a collective of Welsh miners taking industrial action following pit closures. With both groups equally despised by Thatcher, Ashton proposes a show of solidarity between them, but tabloid smears and a frosty reception from the miners’ families threaten to derail his plans.
Limousin farm girl Delphine moves to Paris in 1971 and meets radical feminist and teacher Carole. In French with English subtitles.
Short animated film about super-intelligent alien Megamind and his sidekick Minion. Newly appointed as protectors of Metro City, the pair must resort to old tricks to combat the gigantic robot Mega-Megamind and restore order.
Available until 3rd August 2021….
Clash of the Titans (1981)
In the time of legends, Perseus – mortal son of immortal Zeus – must face terrifying ordeals in his quest to win the heart and hand of fair Andromeda. While the gods of Mount Olympus feud, the youth battles such mighty menaces of myth as the snake-haired Medusa and dreaded Kraken.
Following a road accident, struggling singer-songwriter Jack Malik wakes up in an alternative reality where no-one seems to have ever heard of The Beatles. As he plays their songs and almost unwittingly starts to take credit for them, his career suddenly takes off.
Molly’s Game (2017)
When aspiring Olympic skier Molly Bloom’s career is abruptly cut short, she accidentally becomes the assistant to a boorish Hollywood film producer who also happens to run the biggest poker game in town. Learning the ropes quickly, she soon becomes indispensable to the Tuesday night game, until she realises that her job security relies on running the game herself.
Available until 4th August 2021….
In 1947, Dalton Trumbo is the highly paid writer of many Hollywood hits but his fortunes are about to change with the beginning of the Cold War and the rise of an anti-communist witch hunt, which seeks to blacklist those artists and dramatists with communist sympathies.
Available until 6th August 2021….
Comfort and Joy (1984)
Bill Forsyth’s black comedy starring Bill Paterson as Alan Bird, a successful radio DJ whose life seems pretty well-ordered until his girlfriend dumps him just before Christmas. With Alan now feeling lost and alone, he inadvertently stumbles into the middle of a feud between two Italian gangsters over the future of the lucrative ice cream market. Alan decides to try to settle the long-standing dispute.
Available until 8th August 2021….
Out of Sight (1998)
Habitual criminal Jack Foley is planning one last robbery, but determined federal marshal Karen Sisco is out to stop him. The fact they are attracted to each other is only one of many complications as their lives collide on the way from jailbreak in Florida to shoot-out in Michigan.
Available until 9th August 2021….
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Reform Club member Phileas Fogg makes a wager with his fellow clubmen that he can go round the world in 80 days. Accompanied by his servant Passepartout, Fogg begins his momentous voyage.
Darkest Hour (2017)
May 1940. As the Nazis advance against Britain’s European allies, newly elected prime minister Winston Churchill must decide whether to leave neighbouring countries to their fate, by striking a peace deal with Hitler, or fight on against terrifying odds for the greater good.
Weird Science (1985)
A pair of adolescent computer buffs, unsuccessful with the opposite sex, are stunned by the creation of a beautiful woman in an experiment involving a computer, a Barbie doll and the centrefold from a pin-up magazine.
Available until 10th August 2021….
The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
Screen adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s celebrated play in which two Victorian gentlemen both adopt a double identity under the name of Ernest and end up in trouble when they both turn up at the same country house one weekend.
The Duchess (2008)
Period drama based on the tumultuous life of the 18th-century duchess of Devonshire, a bright, popular aristocrat who is trapped in a failed marriage and has to face personal conflicts – including living with her husband’s mistress and falling passionately in love with a young politician.
Available until 12th August 2021….
A US space mission is destroyed when it is hit by flying debris. Seasoned astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and brilliant medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) end up alone and drifting in space, tethered to nothing but each other.
Available until 14th August 2021….
Poignant dramatisation of Oscar Wilde’s life, telling the story of the devoted husband and kind father who also happened to be attracted to men – in particular to the spoilt Alfred Lord Douglas, or ‘Bosie’. Their relationship outraged Bosie’s father, the maniacal Marquess of Queensberry, and led to a sensational trial which spelled Wilde’s downfall, vividly highlighting the brutal homophobia of the Victorian legal system.
Available until 15th August 2021….
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars (2018)
Documentary charting the life of Eric Clapton, widely renowned as one of the greatest performers of all time. But behind the scenes lay restlessness and tragedy. The insatiable search to grow his artistic voice left fans surprised as he constantly quit successful bands, from the groundbreaking Yardbirds to 60s supergroup Cream. His isolated pursuit of his craft, and fear of selling out, served as a catalyst for his evolution as an artist.
A Simple Favour (2018)
Stephanie, a small-town vlogger and single mother, tries to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s sudden disappearance. She is joined by Emily’s husband Sean on a thrilling investigation filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge.
A tough new case for the indigenous Australian police detective from the Mystery Road film and TV series. Jay Swan’s investigation of a young woman’s disappearance causes friction in an outback township under a mining company’s sway, where local cop Josh is growing used to looking the other way over everyday corruption, while Aboriginal elder Jimmy sees Jay has a deeper link to the territory.
Dad’s Army (1971)
Feature-length version of the classic sitcom about the Home Guard unit of a small seaside town. In 1940, with a German invasion looming, the defence of Walmington-on-Sea is in the hands of local bank manager Captain Mainwaring and a motley collection of volunteers. After a series of blunders, the Home Guard finally get the glory they deserve.
Available until 16th August 2021….
An epic wartime action thriller written, directed and produced by Christopher Nolan. Hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops find themselves surrounded by enemy forces in Dunkirk, northern France, during World War II. They face an impossible situation, trapped on the beach as the German troops close in. A quickly assembled British fleet leads the legendary evacuation of over 300,000 Allied military forces.
Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019)
The honest and emotional story of how one of the most electrifying rock ’n’ roll frontmen went from the dizzying heights of his champagne supernova years in Oasis to a life of notoriety and bitter legal battles.
Young Guns (1988)
Outlaw William H Bonney joins a group of young ranch hands working for the kindly Englishman John Tunstall, who has rehabilitated them all from a life of crime. When Tunstall is brutally murdered by a rival, the young friends set out to avenge him, becoming deputies to issue warrants for the arrest of his killers. But Bonney has other plans and leads them on a rampage of revenge until they are the hunted ones.
Available until 17th August 2021….
Williams: Formula 1 in the Blood (2017)
In-depth documentary showing an interesting insight into Sir Frank Williams, his career and family. From nothing other than an obsession with speed, Williams builds one of the world’s most enduring Formula One racing teams, but a near fatal car accident in 1986 at the height of this success leaves Frank fighting for his life and the future of the team hanging in the balance.
The Limehouse Golem (2016)
After a series of violent murders scandalises Victorian London, the Limehouse Golem strikes fear into the hearts of the public, whilst also capturing people’s imagination. Into this melting pot is thrust the well-meaning Inspector Kildare, who has never been given a murder case before. He knows he has been set up to fail but soon uncovers a lead that implicates Karl Marx, George Gissing and the popular music hall star Dan Leno, and follows the trail, wherever it may lead, through the seediest and most intriguing parts of London.
Scott of the Antarctic (1948)
A documentary-style dramatic depiction of the ill-fated 1911 expedition to the South Pole. Determined to lead the first expedition to reach the South Pole, naval officer Scott assembles a team to try to beat a Norwegian attempt. However, the conditions the men face in the Antarctic prove draining and disastrous.
Available until 18th August 2021….
The Man in the White Suit (1951)
Biting Ealing satire about an eccentric research scientist working in a menial job in a textile factory, who invents a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. When the tycoons of the clothes industry discover his secret, they ruthlessly set out to destroy the formula, and the scientist is forced to go on the run, wearing a suit made from the miracle yarn, with just about everyone in pursuit.
Available until 19th August 2021….
School for Scoundrels (1960)
Kind-hearted but weak-willed Henry Palfrey is cheated and abused by car salesmen, a head waiter, an upper-class cad and his employees. When charming April Smith is stolen away from him, Henry takes drastic action and enrols in the College of Lifemanship, run by Mr Potter, where he can learn to beat others in life.
Available until 20th August 2021….
After the death of their mother, a group of siblings are torn apart during a long, dark night of mishaps and misunderstandings. Each must find their own way to come to terms with their grief through emotional and meteorological turbulence. Oldest brother Thomas stubbornly holds to a promise he has made to their mother, whilst younger siblings Michael and John, are embroiled in a dangerous and violent game of revenge, and Sheila, well Sheila just wants to get home.
Complex thriller about a man whose struggle to piece his life back together after the brutal murder of his wife is hindered by his loss of short-term memory, the result of the beating he received at the hands of his wife’s killer. As he attempts to track down the culprit, he is unable to retain new information and must arduously write notes, take photographs and tattoo his body with essential clues to the elusive truth.
Available until 21st August 2021….
Adaptation of Stella Gibbons’s comic novel about an expensively educated young woman who is suddenly orphaned and goes to live with her eccentric relatives in the country. She then sets about reordering the life of the family, who have been cut off from the modern world and kept firmly in their places by her tyrannical yet terrified aunt.
Available until 22nd August 2021….
Classic Ealing comedy about a whisky-laden ship that runs aground off the coast of the Outer Hebrides during the Second World War. The local islanders have depleted their supply of the amber nectar and are overjoyed at the thought of stocking up again. But it is Sunday, and the teetotallers object to making free with the unexpected cargo.
When their mother moves them to a small town on the California coast, two teenage brothers discover that a local gang of bikers are all vampires.
Available until 23rd August 2021….
After his mother’s sudden death, Courgette is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, which is filled with other orphans his age.
High school senior Lady Bird expects much from life, but the strained relationship with her mother and failing family finances keep clipping her wings, while early romance leads to heartache.
Jeff, a 27-year-old, working-class Boston man attends the marathon to try and win back his ex-girlfriend Erin. Waiting for her at the finish line when the blast occurs, he loses both his legs in the attack. After regaining consciousness in the hospital, Jeff is able to help law enforcement identify one of the bombers, but his own battle has just begun.
Paris in the 1920s. Wealthy Marguerite Dumont is an enthusiastic lover of opera. She often holds private concerts at home, during which she sings for friends and acquaintances, but she seems completely oblivious to the fact that she has been gifted with an astonishing lack of singing talent. Her fanciful delusions are aided by her entire social circle, in thrall to her money, as well as her servants and her husband – none of whom has ever uttered a single word of criticism. One day, however, she gets a chance to sing at a public event.
Eccentric inventor Professor Branestawm fights the forces of evil in this comedy adventure film, based on Norman Hunter’s iconic children’s books. Armed with a multitude of crazy inventions, and alongside his eccentric allies Colonel Dedshott, Mrs Flittersnoop and young apprentice Connie, Branestawm, the original mad professor, takes on scheming businessman Mr Bullimore and officious local councillor Harold Haggerstone, to try to stop their plans to bulldoze his workshop to make way for a giant munitions factory right in the middle of town.
Available until 24th August 2021….
A teenage boy and his battle-weary father live a simple life in Norfolk. Days are spent hunting, fishing and daydreaming. Then out of nowhere, the father, a mercenary, is given a final deadly mission, one that threatens to destroy not just the target, but the love between a father and his son.
Available til mid 2021….
The Australian Dream (2020) (Available until July 2021)
The inspirational story of Indigenous Australian Football League (AFL) legend Adam Goodes. A deep and powerful story about race, identity and belonging, the film centres on an incident where a 13-year-old opposition supporter called Goodes an ape during a football match. The film unpicks the unfolding events from 2013 to 2015, raising fundamental questions about the nature of racism and discrimination in society today.
Morvern Callar (2004) (Available until July 2021)
Drama based on the novel by Alan Warner. Following the suicide of her boyfriend, supermarket worker Morvern Callar passes off his unpublished novel as her own and heads to Spain.
One Deadly Weekend in America (2017) (Available until July 2021)
Documentary showing the stories of several young people who were shot by friends, enemies, or law enforcement, and the aftermath that ensued.
The Odyssey (2020) (Available until July 2021)
Biographical drama following the life of biologist and adventurer Jacques Cousteau and his sometimes stormy relationship with his son Philippe, who followed in his father’s footsteps as an explorer and conservationist.
Any One Of Us (2020) (Available until August 2021)
When professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia experiences a devastating spinal cord injury, his life is changed in an instant. Discovering that he’s become paralysed, Paul begins an intense physical and emotional journey to recover and adapt, initially living in the hope of one day being able to walk again as he once did. His excruciating recovery unfolds in real time through raw, intimate footage- much of which was filmed by Paul himself- as we see him wrestle with the agonies of an unpredictable journey and uncertain future.
Available til late 2021….
Adam Curtis – HyperNormalisation (2016) (Available until September 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.
One Man and His Shoes (2020) (Available until October 2021)
The story of the phenomenon of Air Jordan sneakers, showing their social, cultural and racial significance and how ground-breaking marketing strategies created a multi-billion-dollar business.
The Babadook (2014) (Available until October 2021)
Widow Amelia’s worries over her high-strung young son’s behaviour worsen when a mysterious pop-up book inspires fresh fears.
The Children Act (2017) (Available until October 2021)
As her marriage to Jack flounders because of her dedication to her job, High Court judge Fiona Maye is given the case of a 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness who refuses to undergo a blood transfusion for leukaemia that could save his life. Her decision is to have a profound impact on both of their lives
Make Up (2019) (Available until October 2021)
After Ruth moves in with her boyfriend in a remote holiday park, tensions rise as she makes an unsettling discovery that lures her into a spiral of obsession.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) (Available until November 2021)
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 November 2021)
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?
Balloon (2018) (Available until November 2021)
1979, Thuringen, East Germany. Like many of the country’s citizens, the Strelzyk family are desperate to escape to the west. Under the watchful eye of the Stasi and the fearsome lieutenant colonel Seidel, they pursue a plan so crazy that most of their neighbours would not believe it if they saw it. With the help of their friends the Wetzels, they try to cross the border in a homemade hot air balloon.
The Relic (1997) (Available until December 2021)
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 December 2021)
No red, blue or yellow in sight, this is actually John Travolta at a career best as Jack Stanton, a governor ruing an election campaign for President. Based on an anonymous insider novel on the 1992 Clinton campaign.
Man on the Moon (1999) (Available until December 2021)
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 December 2021)
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 December 2021)
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.
Yellow Canary (1943) (Available until December 2021)
Wartime thriller set aboard a ship bound for Canada from Britain, in which an undercover agent is approached by a Nazi spy with a scheme to sabotage a British convoy in Nova Scotia.
Sylvia Scarlett (1935) (Available until December 2021)
Comedy drama in which a widowed, ne’er-do-well father on the run disguises his daughter as a boy to escape the law. They travel from France to England in a bid to start afresh and, during the journey, the pair make the acquaintance of a jewel thief.
Second Chance (1953) (Available until December 2021)
A disillusioned boxer and a gangster’s fugitive girlfriend meet in Mexico where they are trying to rebuild their lives. However, their growing romance is shadowed by a killer.
Anne of Green Gables (1934) (Available until December 2021)
Adaptation of LM Montgomery’s Canadian classic following the adventures of determined, imaginative optimist Anne Shirley. Middle-aged brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert want some help on the farm, so they decide to adopt a boy. However, the orphanage sends them a girl by mistake.
Anne of Windy Poplars (1940) (Available until December 2021)
Sentimental drama about an ambitious young teacher who arrives in a small town to take the job of vice-principal. Based on one of L M Montgomery’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ sequels.
Primrose Path (1940) (Available until December 2021)
Teenager Ellie May lives on the wrong side of the tracks with her family, and when she meets handsome beach café owner Ed, they quickly fall in love and get married. Ellie May tries to keep Ed from learning of her background and when he finally meets her family it causes a major strain on the relationship.
Bachelor Knight (1947) (Available until December 2021)
Comedy about a teacher (Cary Grant) whose playboy antics are curbed by a judge who insists that he romance a girl (Shirley Temple), until her crush on him wears off.
Holiday Affair (1949) (Available until December 2021)
Connie is a war widow devoted to her small son, Timmy. Carl is the solid man she intends to marry in order to achieve security. But Steve, a drifter in Christmastime New York, comes into their lives and proceeds to woo Connie through her little boy’s desire for a train set.
I Remember Mama (1948) (Available until December 2021)
Saga about a family of Norwegian immigrants struggling to get by in San Francisco at the turn of the century. At the heart of the penniless family is the warm, caring figure of the mother, Mama Hanson, who is surrounded by a variety of engaging and loveable relatives and friends.
Hotel Reserve (1944) (Available until December 2021)
An atmospheric thriller based in the south of France prior to the outbreak of World War II. While on holiday at the Hotel Reserve, an Austrian medical student is wrongly charged with espionage by the French police. Threatened with deportation, he is forced to embark on a search for the real spy among the hotel guests.
The Thing from Another World (1951) (Available until December 2021)
Scientists at a lonely Arctic outpost dig up an alien from the permafrost and face a desperate fight for their lives when it is accidentally thawed. Famously re-made in 1982 by John Carpenter as ‘The Thing’.
A Damsel in Distress (1937) (Available until December 2021)
Sparkling Gershwin musical-comedy. A dance star pursues an aristocratic heiress. Songs include Foggy Day in London Town, Nice Work If You Can Get It.
Twelve Monkeys (1995) (Available until December 2021)
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.
Sus (2010) (Available until December 2021)
It is election night, 1979. After his wife has been found dead, Delroy is brought in for what he believes will be casual police questioning. However, the racist DS Karn and his violent colleague DC Whilby carry out a rough and highly confrontational interrogation in which they try to force Delroy to confess to the crime.
Amundsen (2019) (Available until December 2021)
Inspired by a gift from his father when he was a child, Roald Amundsen became fascinated by the polar wildernesses. It was an obsession that drove to him explore both poles. He led the first expedition to the South Pole in 1911 as well as the first proven to have reached the North Pole, in a dirigible, in 1926. His achievements, however, came at a cost to both his family and his colleagues.
The Jackal (1997) (Available until December 2021)
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.
The Price of Gold (2014) (Available until December 2021)
Just weeks before the Olympics in 1994 at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Nancy Kerrigan was injured by an unknown assailant. Tonya Harding’s ex-husband had plotted the attack with his misfit friends to eliminate Kerrigan from the competition. Twenty years later, The Price of Gold takes a fresh look at the scandal that elevated the popularity of professional figure skating with Harding still facing questions over what she knew when she knew it.
Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) (Available until December 2021)
From acclaimed director Nick Broomfield comes a film about one of the greatest singers of all time. Whitney Houston was the epitome of superstar, an ‘American princess’ and the most awarded female artist ever.
Hector (2015) (Available until December 2021)
Every year, homeless Hector McAdam makes his journey from Glasgow to London in search of friendship and warmth at Christmas. Having lived on the sidelines for years, surviving the realities of homelessness by frequenting service stations the length and breadth of the UK, Hector makes his way to his temporary home of a shelter in London, where he can forget his dire situation for a day. However, this year, he decides to not only venture to visit his Christmas family but to seek out also the family he left behind 15 years ago.
The Angels’ Share (2012) (Available until December 2021)
When Robbie sneaks into the maternity hospital to visit his young girlfriend Leonie and hold his new-born son Luke for the first time, he is overwhelmed. He swears that Luke will not lead the same stricken life he has led. On community service Robbie meets Rhino, Albert and Mo for whom, like him, work is little more than a distant dream. Little did Robbie imagine that turning to drink might change their lives – not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world. What will it be for Robbie? More violence and vendettas or a new future with ‘Uisge Beatha’, the ‘Water of Life’? Only the angels know…
A Lonely Place to Die (2011) (Available until December 2021)
A group of five mountaineers are hiking and climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they discover a young Serbian girl buried in a small chamber in the wilderness. They become caught up in a terrifying game of cat and mouse with the kidnappers as they try to get the girl to safety.
The Eichmann Show (2015) (Available until January 2022)
The behind-the-scenes true life story of ground-breaking producer Milton Fruchtman and blacklisted TV director Leo Hurwitz, who, overcoming enormous obstacles, set out to capture the testimony of one of the war’s most notorious Nazis, Adolf Eichmann. He is accused of executing the ‘final solution’ and organising the murder of six million Jews. This is the extraordinary story of how Eichmann’s trial came to be televised and the team that made it happen.
I Am Greta (2020) (Available until February 2022)
The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never-before-seen footage in this intimate documentary about a young girl who has become the voice of a generation. Starting with her one-person school strike for climate justice outside the Swedish Parliament, the film follows Greta – a shy student with Asperger’s – as she rises to prominence, and her galvanising global impact as she sparks school strikes around the world.
Britt-Marie Was Here (2019) (Available until February 2022)
Discovering that her husband of 40 years has been cheating on her, Britt-Marie, at the age of 63, is faced with finding a new purpose in life. Accepting a supremely unglamorous job at a ramshackle youth centre in the backwater town of Borg, she reluctantly takes on the impossible task of coaching the children’s football team to victory.
Jellyfish (2018) (Available until February 2022)
Sarah Taylor’s hard life in Margate has turned her into a teenage terror. When her drama teacher helps her channel her ferocious wit into comedy, her life’s delicate balance is set on a collision course with her new passion. An unfiltered look at a young woman who, against all odds finds her voice in stand-up comedy.
Stan & Ollie (2018) (Available until February 2022)
Once the world’s most famous comedy double act, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy reunite for a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. As they set out on their demanding schedule, with their wives back home in the US, Stan is distracted by his attempts to pin down the producer of their proposed comeback film and Ollie tries to heal a rift caused by a perceived professional betrayal.
The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) (Available until February 2022)
Jang, a non-conformist and cocky cop, realises there is a serial killer at large, randomly selecting his victims in the city. When one of those victims is Jung, a noted crime boss who manages to escape with his life, an unlikely coalition is formed to bring the perpetrator to justice, by fair means or foul.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) (Available until February 2022)
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.
Cat People (1942) (Available until February 2022)
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 2022)
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 2022)
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 2022)
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….
Simon Amstell: Carnage (2017) (Available until February 2022)
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.
Women in Film: BBC Introducing Arts (2021) (Available until February 2022)
Cultural historian Janina Ramirez presents a collection of intriguing and exciting short films by emerging women directors and artists. Each film gives a female perspective on modern-day topics from body image and new love to grief and belonging. Expect honest and refreshing storytelling that will make you laugh, make you cry and make you think.
The Plank (1967) (Available until February 2022)
Classic comedy directed by and starring Eric Sykes. Two workmen struggle with a plank of work as they attempt to move it from a timber yard to their building site.
My Feral Heart (2016) (Available until February 2022)
Luke, a young man with Down’s syndrome who prizes his independence, is forced into a care home after the death of his mother. There he rails against the restrictions imposed on him, but his frustrations are allayed by his budding friendships with his care worker Eve and a mysterious feral girl.
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) (Available until April 2022)
Star-studded recreation of the death throes of the greatest empire in world history. After Marcus Aurelius is poisoned, the role of emperor goes not to his adopted son as he had wished, but to his cruel son Commodus – who soon displays a tyrannical streak.
A Farewell to Arms (1932) (Available until May 2022)
In World War I, an American serving as an ambulance driver in Italy falls in love with a nurse in this adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel.
Papadopoulos and Sons (2012) (Available until May 2022)
After a financial market collapse, self-made millionaire Harry loses everything he has apart from an abandoned fish and chip shop half-owned by his estranged brother. With no alternative, Harry and his family are forced to abandon their old lifestyle and try to bring the old family business back to life.
Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl (2018) (Available until May 2022)
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.
Minding the Gap: An American Skateboarding Story (2018) (Available until May 2022)
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.
Masked and Anonymous (2004) (Available until June 2022)
Written by and starring Bob Dylan and set in the near-future in a fictional America. Against the backdrop of a nation on the brink of revolution, a singer, whose career has gone on a downward spiral, is forced to make a comeback to the performance stage for a benefit concert.
Tycoon (1947) (Available until June 2022)
Romantic melodrama about an engineer battling to build a railroad in the Andes while trying to save his marriage to the boss’s daughter. After wedding his bride against her father’s wishes, he then jeopardises his marriage and the railroad enterprise by single-mindedly battling to get the extraordinary engineering project completed on time and within budget.
Together (2021) (Available until June 2022)
Hilarious and heartbreaking story of a couple forced to re-evaluate themselves and their relationship through the reality of lockdown.
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1947) (Available until July 2022)
Classic melodrama in which a young woman falls in love with a concert pianist, beginning a lifelong infatuation. The story of unrequited love is told through a series of flashbacks as the pianist finally comes to read a letter from the dying woman he never really knew.
Double Dynamite (1951) (Available until July 2022)
Bank teller Johnny Dalton, too poor to marry his sweetheart, saves a big-time bookie from a beating and receives a munificent reward… which just happens to match a mysterious shortage at the bank.
Rosie (2018) (Available until July 2022)
Mother-of-four Rosie tries to keep her young family afloat as they become homeless when their rented house is put on the market for a price they can’t afford. The story unfolds over 36 hours, as Rosie’s partner John-Paul works long hours in a restaurant kitchen, while she spends the day driving around with the kids and making countless phone calls in the search for emergency accommodation.
The Outlaw (1943) (Available until July 2022)
Unconventional western about the life of outlaw Billy the Kid, including his partnership with Doc Holliday and clashes with lawman Pat Garrett. Stars Jane Russell and Jack Buetel.
Every Day (2018) (Available until July 2022)
16-year old Rhiannon falls in love with a mysterious soul named A, who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find one another, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of the situation take a toll, leaving the couple to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make.
Everything, Everything (2017) (Available until July 2022)
17-year-old Maddy is confined to her home by a debilitating and rare illness which causes a possible fatal reaction to everyday substances – including human contact. Her constrained life is about to be transformed with the arrival of Olly next door. Love blossoms via phone and text, but can their relationship ever become more than a distant friendship?
Love Affair (1939) (Available until July 2022)
A French playboy and an American former nightclub singer fall in love aboard a ship. They arrange to reunite six months later, after he has had a chance to earn a decent living.
Kitty Foyle (1940) (Available until July 2022)
A hard-working, white-collar girl from a middle-class family meets and falls in love with a young socialite, but she soon clashes with his family.
Citizen Kane (1941) (Available until July 2022)
Following the death of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; ‘Rosebud’.
Bringing Up Baby (1938) (Available until July 2022)
While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled palaeontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby.
Vivacious Lady (1938) (Available until July 2022)
A professor marries a nightclub singer, much to the consternation of his family and friends back home.
The Velvet Touch (1948) (Available until July 2022)
A Broadway star unintentionally kills her impresario but keeps mum about it when the police investigator targets a rival actress.
The Sky’s the Limit (1943) (Available until July 2022)
Flying Tiger Fred Atwell sneaks away from his famous squadron’s personal appearance tour and goes incognito for several days of leave. He quickly falls for photographer Joan Manion, pursuing her in the guise of a carefree drifter.
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) (Available until July 2022)
Captain Nathan Brittles, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittles finds his mission imperilled.
King Kong (1933) (Available until July 2022)
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
The Spanish Main (1945) (Available until July 2022)
After being wronged by the Caribbean authorities, a Dutch captain turns pirate to wage war.
Angel Face (1952) (Available until July 2022)
Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.
My Favourite Wife (1940) (Available until July 2022)
Missing for seven years and presumed dead, a woman returns home on the day of her husband’s second marriage.
Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) (Available until July 2022)
A man and his wife decide they can afford to have a house in the country built to their specifications. It’s a lot more trouble than they think.
Blackbeard the Pirate (1952) (Available until July 2022)
Honest Edward Maynard finds himself serving as ship’s surgeon under the infamous pirate Blackbeard.
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) (Available until July 2022)
The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.
Wagon Master (1950) (Available until July 2022)
Two young drifters guide a Mormon wagon train to the San Juan Valley and encounter cut-throats, Indians, geography, and moral challenges on the journey.
Beautiful but Dangerous (1954) (Available until July 2022)
Lina, a music hall singer, has fallen in love with Sergei, a Russian prince. Maestro Doria, who gives her voice lessons and who hopes to make her his mistress, takes her to Paris where she becomes the star of the “Folies-Plastiques”.
Top Hat (1935) (Available until July 2022)
An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer.
Carefree (1938) (Available until July 2022)
A psychiatrist agrees to hypnotize his friend’s girlfriend in order to convince her to accept his proposals of marriage, but she ends up falling for the psychiatrist instead.
The Gay Divorce (1934) (Available until July 2022)
An American woman travels to England to seek a divorce from her absentee husband, where she meets – and falls for – a dashing performer.
Suspicion (1941) (Available until July 2022)
A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her.
Fort Apache (1948) (Available until July 2022)
At Fort Apache, an honourable and veteran war captain finds conflict when his regime is placed under the command of a young, glory hungry lieutenant colonel with no respect for the local Indian tribe.
The Miracle of the Bells (1948) (Available until July 2022)
Granting her final request, a Hollywood press agent brings the dead body of an actress, who died after making her first and only film, back to her home town for burial. To arouse public interest, and to get the reluctant studio head to release the film, he asks all the local churches to ring their bells for three days.
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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