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)


– denotes all new movies this week!


Brand new this week: Coco, Crazy Rich Asians, The Graduate

Last chance to watch: Coco



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Coco (2017)

Despite his family’s ancestral ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming a musician like his idol, legendary singer Ernesto de la Cruz. Defying their wishes, Miguel sets off for the Land of the Dead in search of Ernesto and a chance to prove his talents.

BBC iPlayer – Coco


Available until 3rd June 2022….

Perfect Sense (2009) 

The world’s population loses its sense of smell, mystifying experts like Glasgow-based Susan. Then taste goes too, affecting the work of chef Michael, with whom Susan has struck up a tentative relationship. Society seeks to adapt to these changes, as the new couple do, making the most of things – but further challenges are to come.

BBC iPlayer – Perfect Sense


Available until 4th June 2022….

Passport to Pimlico (1948) 

In 1949, a group of Londoners discover an old royal treaty suggesting that Pimlico is legally a part of Burgundy. They declare Pimlico’s independence to avoid post war rationing. Ealing Studios comedy.

BBC iPlayer – Passport to Pimlico


Available until 5th June 2022….

Beautiful Boy (2018) 

Based on the bestselling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the experience of survival, relapse and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.

BBC iPlayer – Beautiful Boy


Available until 6th June 2022….

Sorry to Bother You (2018) 

Oakland, California: Cassius Green is young, black and broke. Living in his uncle’s garage without an income, he has accumulated debts. He finally lands a job at a local telemarketing company, where he is soon let into a peculiar secret to getting ahead. As he rises through the ranks, his telemarketing friends and colleagues, including his artist girlfriend, decide to stage a strike for better conditions. But this is precisely the moment that Cassius is offered a promotion. Which side should he choose? And how much does he know about what lies behind the alluring new career prospects?

BBC iPlayer – Sorry to Bother You

Mindhorn (2016) 

Has-been actor Richard Thorncroft, once the lead in popular TV detective series Mindhorn, filmed on the Isle of Man in the 80s, is called back to the island to re-enact his most famous role for a police sting. A killer is on the loose and will only speak to Mindhorn himself or he threatens to strike again.

BBC iPlayer – Mindhorn

The Other Side of Hope (2017) 

Khaled arrives in Helsinki, Finland, from Syria, having lost his home and his family. He applies for asylum and begins trying to find his sister, who he believes is still alive. On the other side of town, travelling salesman Waldemar Wikstrom packs up his things and sets out to fulfil his dream of owning a restaurant. Khaled and Waldemar’s paths soon cross.

BBC iPlayer – The Other Side of Hope


Available until 7th June 2022….

The Hurt Locker (2008) 

Baghdad 2004. A maverick member of a US military unit tackling IEDs and bomb disposal aggravates his team-mates. Powerful, Oscar and BAFTA-winning drama.

BBC iPlayer – The Hurt Locker


Available until 9th June 2022….

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) 

The mathematical claims of a Hindu clerk in Madras in 1914 bring him to Trinity College, Cambridge. However, his intuitive insights do not fit with academia’s demands for meticulously calculated proofs, and race proves a further bar to acceptance.

BBC iPlayer – The Man Who Knew Infinity


Available until 11th June 2022….

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.

BBC iPlayer – Scott of the Antarctic


Available until 12th June 2022….

Before I Go to Sleep (2014) 

Christine Lucas wakes up every morning next to a man she does not know, who patiently explains that he is her husband and that she has suffered a head injury and loss of memory. Every day, Christine gets a call from Dr Nasch, who explains that he is treating her condition and to look for a camera hidden in her bedroom wardrobe. Gradually, Christine begins to remember elements of her past until a terrifying truth emerges.

BBC iPlayer – Before I Go to Sleep

In Which We Serve (1942) 

This is the story of a ship – the HMS Torrin – from its construction to its participation at Dunkirk and its final sinking in the Battle of Crete. As the ship goes down, the crew remember their homes and loved ones.

BBC iPlayer – In Which We Serve

Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) 

Beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene catches the eye of local farmer Gabriel Oak when she arrives to live with her aunt in the Dorset village of Norcombe. She declines his offer of marriage, but their lives continue to intertwine as fate brings contrasting fortunes to both of them.

BBC iPlayer – Far from the Madding Crowd


Available until 13th June 2022….

Edge of Darkness (2010) 

Thriller. Tom Craven is a Boston detective whose daughter is killed on his front porch in a drive-by shooting. The initial assumption is that he was the intended victim. However, once he starts to investigate his daughter’s job at a company which conducts classified work for the defence department, he discovers a corporate cover-up and governmental collusion to keep the truth hidden.

BBC iPlayer – Edge of Darkness

This is Spinal Tap (1984) 

Britain’s legendary heavy metal band Spinal Tap tour the US to promote their latest album, Smell the Glove. Celebrated documentary maker Marty DiBergi follows the group and captures what no other film-maker has managed – the sights, the sound and the smells of a hard-working rock band on tour.

BBC iPlayer – This Is Spinal Tap

On the Town (1949) 

Oscar-winning musical following three sailors on shore leave. Determined to enjoy their freedom, the young men embark on whirlwind romances. Starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.

BBC iPlayer – On the Town

Early Man (2018) 

Young Dug’s sheltered life with his Stone Age tribe is shattered by bronze-mining invaders, led by greedy Lord Nooth. To win his home back, desperate Dug gambles on challenging these more sophisticated folk in a contest they love, but he only knows from rock paintings: football.

BBC iPlayer – Early Man


Available until 14th June 2022….

Ordinary Love (2019) 

Love doesn’t give up. Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville star as Joan and Tom in a raw and unflinching story of a couple coping with cancer.

BBC iPlayer – Ordinary Love


Available until 16th June 2022….

The Graduate (1968)

Benjamin Braddock is a shy, aimless college graduate. His well-to-do parents and their friends welcome him home with great fanfare but he feels listless, lacks ambition and can’t share their enthusiasm. When his parents’ friend Mrs Robinson takes an interest in him it kickstarts an unusual summer.

BBC iPlayer – The Graduate


Available until 18th June 2022….

Dunkirk (1958)

In 1940, more than 338,000 men were taken off Dunkirk beach in an operation that became a legend. This epic film recreates the event.

BBC iPlayer – Dunkirk


Available until 19th June 2022….

Whisky Galore! (1948)

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.

BBC iPlayer – Whisky Galore!

Operation Crossbow (1965)

World War II drama. A small group of agents is sent on a vital mission to destroy a Nazi V-2 rocket base in Holland. Their aim is to prevent flying bombs from falling on London.

BBC iPlayer – Operation Crossbow


Available until 20th June 2022….

Jawbone (2017)

Alcoholic Jimmy McCabe’s life is being torn down around him by the authorities and his inner demons. He seeks shelter in Bill’s gym with the hope of resurrecting a talent for boxing – even if it means Jimmy disobeying all advice and agreeing to an unlicensed bout.

BBC iPlayer – Jawbone

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

New Yorker Rachel Chu accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. Not only is he the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families, but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother taking aim. It soon becomes clear that the only thing crazier than love is family.

BBC iPlayer – Crazy Rich Asians

Land of Mine (2015)

Denmark, 1945. The delicate and dangerous task of clearing coastal minefields falls to a group of teenage German prisoners of war assigned to the bitter Sergeant Rasmussen. Viewed as expendable, the lads face cruel conditions and an uncertain future.

BBC iPlayer – Land of Mine

Escape to Athena (1979)

A group of Allied prisoners of war plan to escape while excavating an archaeological site on a German-occupied Greek island. But the motley crew cannot resist the idea of taking some Greek art treasures with them.

BBC iPlayer – Escape to Athena


Available until 21st June 2022….

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2020)

Story of the real-life romance between ageing Hollywood star Gloria Grahame and young Liverpudlian actor Peter Turner, whose family looked after Grahame when she became ill.

BBC iPlayer – Film Stars Dont Die in Liverpool


Available until 24th July 2022….

By the Grace of God (2018) 

Three men who were abused by the same priest as boys begin a fight to expose him and the church administration that has been harbouring and protecting him.

BBC iPlayer – By the Grace of God


Available until 14th August 2022….

Piranhas (2019) 

Naples. 15-year-old Nicola is growing tired of seeing his single mother struggle to keep his family afloat, while the local criminal gang extorts protection money from her business. One day he decides to start aping the big guys, and he soon discovers that there is money to be made by doing the Camorra’s bidding. Roping his friends into his plans is an easy job. But as the kids work their way up in the world of organised crime, are they aware of what they are getting into? Are they gaining or losing control?

BBC iPlayer – Piranhas


Available til mid 2022….

The Price of Gold (2014) (Available until May 2022) 

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.


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. 


Photograph (2019) (Available until June 2022) 

Rafi, a street photographer in Mumbai, goes about taking snaps of tourists. His revered grandmother is constantly nagging him to get married. On a whim, Rafi sends her a photograph of Miloni, a young woman studying to be an accountant, and then has to convince this complete stranger to pretend to be his girlfriend.

BBC iPlayer – Photograph

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.


Let The Right One In (2008) (Available until June 2022) 

Lonely Oskar, bullied at school and with separated parents, plays alone in the courtyard outside his house and enacts his secret fantasies of revenge. When a strange but fascinating girl named Eli moves in next door, the two form a bond, and she encourages him to stand up to his tormentors. But Eli has some dark and troubling secrets of her own.

BBC iPlayer – Let the Right One In

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.


Blind Ambition (2021) (Available until June 2022) 

At this pivotal point in his life, Jamie O’Leary wants to explore how people cope with sight loss and how blind artists achieve their creative vision of a world they see from a unique perspective. So he has hooked up with blind observational comedian Jamie MacDonald to bring light and shade to facing the condition. Together, they’re on a blind-leading-the-nearly-blind mission to uncover and collaborate with the best blind creative talent.

BBC iPlayer – Blind Ambition 

The Wee Man (2013) (Available until July 2022) 

Teenager Paul grows up in a crime-ridden area and is hired by a mob boss. He proceeds to rise through the ranks until the boss’s son and a rival gang set him up to be arrested.

BBC iPlayer – The Wee Man 

The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) (Available until July 2022) 

A young man with Down syndrome runs away from his care home to pursue his dream of becoming a wrestler.

BBC iPlayer – The Peanut Butter Falcon 

Giant Little Ones (2019) (Available until July 2022) 

Teenage boys Franky and Ballas, best friends since childhood, are stars of the high school swim team, handsome and popular with the girls. After an unexpected incident at Franky’s seventeenth birthday party, their lives are changed forever.

BBC iPlayer – Giant Little Ones

Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) (Available until August 2022) 

From acclaimed director Nick Broomfield comes a film about one of the greatest singers of all time. Whitney Houston was the epitome of a superstar, an ‘American princess’ and the most awarded female artist ever.

BBC iPlayer – Whitney: Can I Be Me?

Equals (2015) (Available until September 2022)

In a future society which lives under the Collective, citizens are mentally stabilised, and all emotions and illnesses are eradicated. Alerted to an outbreak of switched-on syndrome, a disease which is gradually restoring emotions to the victims, Silas notices that his co-worker Nia is betraying feelings, and when he is diagnosed with the condition, the couple begin a dangerous affair.

BBC iPlayer – Equals

Eaten by Lions (2018) (Available until September 2022) 

When half-brothers Omar and Pete lose the grandmother they grew up with, they are left with nothing to their name and no-one else to call family but each other. They decide to set off for Blackpool together, in search of Omar’s estranged father.

BBC iPlayer – Eaten by Lions

Any One of Us (2020) (Available until September 2022) 

When professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia experiences a devastating spinal cord injury (SCI), 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.

BBC iPlayer – Any One Of Us

Ear for Eye (2021) (Available until September 2022) 

Debbie Tucker Green’s personal, poetical and powerful examination of the black experience by UK and US individuals as they navigate their way through today’s society. The film is based on Tucker Green’s successful play of the same name at the Royal Court Theatre and offers a critical perspective on how young black people are influenced by the actions of their contemporaries and forebears.

BBC iPlayer – ear for eye

I Walked With a Zombie (1943) (Available until October 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.


Crossfire (1947) (Available until October 2022) 

Stark, claustrophobic thriller about an anti-Semitic soldier who kills a Jewish war veteran, evading detection by dint of his loyal friends’ protection. But a detective is determined that the crime will not go unsolved and sets about laying a trap for the murderer. Based on the novel ‘The Brick Foxhole’ by Richard Brooks.

BBC iPlayer – Crossfire

A Woman’s Secret (1949) (Available until October 2022) 

Drama directed by Nicholas Ray. A singer grooms a talented youngster for success, only to confess to the murder when her protege is found shot dead.

BBC iPlayer – A Womans Secret

Effie Gray (2014) (Available until October 2022) 

When young Effie Gray becomes the wife of John Ruskin, one of the most distinguished writers and critics of the day, who has known her since her childhood, it soon becomes apparent that Ruskin regards her as a muse rather than a wife, and the stifling atmosphere of their home and Ruskin’s overbearing wealthy parents soon take a toll on Effie’s health.

BBC iPlayer – Effie Gray

The Mother (2004) (Available until October 2022) 

Drama about a widow who goes to stay with her grown up son and daughter. As she begins to come to terms with the past, she embarks on a startling new relationship with her daughter’s boyfriend, which causes havoc in the family.

BBC iPlayer – The Mother

One Man and His Shoes (2020)  (Available until October 2022) 

The story of the phenomenon of Air Jordan sneakers, showing their social, cultural and racial significance and how groundbreaking marketing strategies created a multi-billion-dollar business.


Teen Spirit (2018)  (Available until October 2022) 

Shy teenager Violet lives a life of poverty on the Isle of Wight, working multiple jobs to try to help her mother keep their farm. When TV singing competition Teen Spirit begins holding auditions on the island, Violet sees a chance to fulfil her own dreams. But fearing her mother’s disapproval, she turns to a washed-up regular at her local pub for help.

BBC iPlayer – Teen Spirit

The Sun is Also a Star (2019)  (Available until October 2022) 

Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel is a boy who is going to be a doctor, but who would prefer to be a poet. Their lives collide when Daniel spots her at Grand Central Station, and he has a day to convince her that their meeting is fate, but this day is when Natasha has an interview with the immigration authorities.

BBC iPlayer – The Sun Is Also a Star

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) (Available until November 2022)

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 2022)

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? 


Man on the Moon (1999) (Available until November 2022) 

Star of Taxi and Saturday Night Live, Andy Kaufman was a troubled individual for whom the boundaries of reality and stage performance were often blurred. Frequently misunderstood, even by those closest to him, he remained a strictly maverick entertainer until his untimely death from lung cancer in 1984.

BBC iPlayer – Man on the Moon

Wonder Boys (2000) (Available until November 2022) 

Pittsburgh English Professor Grady Tripp cannot finish his latest novel. Nor can he handle his wife leaving, his girlfriend’s pregnancy announcement, the arrival of his editor or a strange talented student seeking mentorship – all in the same week

BBC iPlayer – Wonder Boys

A Simple Plan (1998) (Available until November 2022) 

Minnesota. Winter. Hank and Jacob Mitchell and their pal Lou find a downed single-engine plane buried in the snowy woods. Inside it is a decaying pilot and a bag carrying $4 million. The men decide to hide the money until spring when the snow has melted and the plane is found. But nothing goes as planned…

BBC iPlayer – A Simple Plan

Primary Colors (1998) (Available until November 2022) 

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. 

BBC iPlayer – Primary Colors 

The Relic (1997) (Available until November 2022) 

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. 

BBC iPlayer – The Relic

The Babadook (2014)  (Available until November 2022) 

Widow Amelia’s worries over her high-strung young son’s behaviour worsen when a mysterious pop-up book inspires fresh fears.


Twelve Monkeys (1995) (Available until December 2022)

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.

BBC iPlayer – Twelve Monkeys

HyperNormalisation (2016) (Available until December 2022) 

This film is the epic story of how we got to this strange place. It explains not only why these chaotic events are happening – but also why we, and our politicians, cannot understand them.

BBC iPlayer – HyperNormalisation

The Jackal (1997) (Available until December 2022)

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.


Holiday Affair (1949) (Available until December 2022) 

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.


The Gay Divorce (1934) (Available until December 2022)

Guy Holden comes to the rescue of a trapped damsel in distress in a crowded customs shed. More frustrating encounters follow until Mimi mistakes Guy for a professional correspondent in a Brighton hotel.

BBC iPlayer – The Gay Divorce

Bringing Up Baby (1938) (Available until December 2022) 

Classic screwball comedy about a madcap heiress who makes a shambles of an absent-minded palaeontologist’s life when she arrives on the scene complete with her pet leopard. The film’s rollercoaster plot formed the basis for 1972’s What’s Up, Doc? and is notable for Katharine Hepburn’s foray into zany comedy.

BBC iPlayer – Bringing Up Baby

Suspicion (1941) (Available until December 2022) 

Classic thriller in which a timid heiress becomes convinced that her husband is trying to kill her. After escaping from her oppressive parents, the woman meets and marries a fortune hunter. At first, her happiness prevents her from reflecting on his character, but when events take a sinister twist, she fears that his intentions are murderous.

BBC iPlayer – Suspicion 

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) (Available until December 2022) 

In the second in John Ford’s cavalry trilogy, a US cavalry officer suffers a setback on his last mission and is ‘retired’ before he can take further action. To avert a full-scale war, he decides to act alone.

BBC iPlayer – She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Run (2019) (Available until December 2022) 

In the northern Scottish town of Fraserburgh, young men dream of escapism through late-night drag races. Finnie used to be one such lad, but now he works at the fish factory, and it’s his son’s turn to dream and race. Until one night when Finnie steals the boy’s car for one last joyride.

BBC iPlayer – Run 

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas (2020) (Available until December 2022) 

It’s Christmas Eve at Mossy Bottom Farm, but Shaun’s seasonal excitement turns to dismay when a farmhouse raid to get bigger stockings inadvertently leads to Timmy heading off to a Christmas market in the back of the farmer’s truck. Shaun mounts a rescue mission to the local town.

BBC iPlayer – Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas

The Decoy Bride (2011) (Available until December 2022) 

When the wedding of superstar Lara Tyler to tweedy English author James Arber is sabotaged by paparazzi, they decide to relocate the event to the one place where the world’s press won’t find them: the sleepy Scottish Island of Hegg. However, when their secret location is revealed, they devise a plan to use a decoy bride and think that local girl Katie will be perfect for the job. But when James meets Katie, tempers fray, dresses get ruined and love gets complicated. Can an ordinary girl fill the most famous shoes on the planet?

BBC iPlayer – The Decoy Bride

Rory’s Way (2019) (Available until December 2022) 

Rory MacNeil (Brian Cox) is an ageing Scotsman whose health is deteriorating, leading him to visit his estranged son Ian (JJ Feild) and family. Rory’s boorish manner initially fails to charm San Francisco’s citizens, but then a chance encounter leads to an unconventional relationship with beautiful museum curator Claudia (Rosanna Arquette), revealing Rory’s softer side.

BBC iPlayer – Rorys Way

Yellow Canary (1943) (Available until December 2022) 

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 2022) 

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 2022) 

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 2022) 

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 2022) 

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 2022) 

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 2022) 

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.


I Remember Mama (1948) (Available until December 2022) 

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 2022) 

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 2022) 

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 2022) 

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.


Sus (2010) (Available until December 2022) 

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 2022) 

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.


El Cid (1961) (Available until January 2023) 

The epic story of the 11th-century Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar, better known as El Cid. Involved in a tempestuous marriage to the beautiful Chimene, Rodrigo plots against various royal factions to gain power after the death of King Ferdinand, but his greatest campaign is to rid Spain of its Moorish invaders. He drives the Moors to their last outpost – Valencia – for a tumultuous and decisive battle.

BBC iPlayer – El Cid

Wagon Master (1950) (Available until January 2023) 

Poetic story of a pioneering Mormon community. Forced out of Crystal City, a group of Mormons head westward in search of the promised land. The journey is treacherous, and two footloose horse traders are persuaded to ‘give the Lord a hand’ and guide them across the desert. On the trail, the wagon train encounters travelling entertainers, fugitive gunfighters and Native Americans.

BBC iPlayer – Wagon Master

Scottish Mussel (2015) (Available until January 2023) 

Ritchie is a Glaswegian chancer with low hopes and no prospects. Disillusioned with city life, he goes undercover at a Highland conservation centre to make his fortune as an illegal pearl fisher with the help of his two hapless and accident-prone friends Danny and Fraser. However, his plan goes awry when he falls for a pretty English conservationist who is passionate about saving endangered mussels from the clutches of pearl thieves.

BBC iPlayer – Scottish Mussel

Young Ahmed (2019) (Available until January 2023) 

A Belgian teenager sets out to kill his school teacher after adopting an extremist interpretation of the Qur’an. In French and Arabic with English subtitles.

BBC iPlayer – Young Ahmed

Rancho Notorious (1952) (Available until February 2023) 

Unusual western about a young man hunting for the brutal killers of his fiancee. The only clue he has is the mysterious word ‘Chuck-a-Luck’ whispered by a dying victim. A rare foray into the genre for director Fritz Lang.

BBC iPlayer – Rancho Notorious

Fort Apache (1948) (Available until February 2023) 

The first of John Ford’s cavalry trilogy, in which a commanding officer, bitter at his demotion after the Civil War, takes his resentment out on the men of Fort Apache, a remote outpost in the Arizona desert. He is determined to tighten up discipline but eventually shows his ignorance of American Indian behaviour when he leads his troops into a deadly confrontation.

BBC iPlayer – Fort Apache

The Young Offenders (2021) (Available until February 2023) 

Inspired by the true story of Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure in 2007, this comedy road movie sees best friends Conor and Jock, two inner-city teenagers from Cork who dress the same, act the same and even have the same bum-fluff moustaches. Jock is a legendary bike thief who plays a daily game of cat-and-mouse with Garda sergeant Healy. When a boat capsizes off the west coast of Cork and 61 bales of cocaine, each worth 7 million euros, are seized, word gets out that there is a bale missing. The boys steal two bikes and go on a road trip, hoping to find the missing bale and sell it so as to escape their troubled home lives. But Sergeant Healy is in hot pursuit.

BBC iPlayer – The Young Offenders (film)

Persian Lessons (2020) (Available until February 2023) 

World War II. Gilles, a young Jewish man in a concentration camp, has his life saved when executioners realise he owns a Persian book. Brought before a camp officer who wants to learn Farsi, Gilles agrees to teach him despite not knowing a word of the language. Being a favourite of this officer may keep him alive, but that depends on how long GIlles can sustain the lie.

BBC iPlayer – Persian Lessons

Blue Story (2018) (Available until February 2023) 

A feature adaptation of Rapman’s YouTube series about two young south London friends from different boroughs and their deepening relationships with gangs and girls.

BBC iPlayer – Blue Story

The Human Voice (2020) (Available until February 2023) 

Film adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s play of the same name. As a woman waits for her ex-lover to collect his suitcases from her flat, she gets one last chance to speak to him over the phone.

BBC iPlayer – The Human Voice

Doineann (2020) (Available until February 2023) 

Tomás, a busy TV producer, is a private man who likes to keep things quiet and ordered. He takes his wife, Siobhán, and their beloved baby son, Oisín, to their secluded holiday home on a north coast island as frequently as he can. They don’t go out, they don’t interact with the locals – he just wants to enjoy the peace. And he does, until he receives an urgent call from work – he’s needed back on the mainland.

BBC iPlayer – Doineann

Drag Me to Hell (2009) (Available until February 2023) 

Desperate to impress her boss at the bank, Christine Brown refuses a loan to an elderly lady in need. Soon she is the subject of an ancient curse, with three days to save her soul.

BBC iPlayer – Drag Me to Hell

Mission: Joy – Within Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama (2022) (Available until March 2023) 

Deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, Mission: Joy gives unprecedented access to the friendship between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the late Archbishop Tutu. The self-described ‘mischievous brothers’ were filmed over five days by an award-winning team who captured a relationship built on truth, honesty and, most importantly, joy.

BBC iPlayer – Mission: Joy – With Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama

Female Filmmakers Too: BBC Introducing Arts (2022) (Available until March 2023) 

Cultural historian Janina Ramirez presents a collection of intriguing and exciting short films by emerging female directors and artists. Each film gives a female perspective on modern-day topics from friendship and identity to freedom and belonging. Expect honest and refreshing storytelling to make you think about the world we live in today.

BBC iPlayer – Female Filmmakers Too: BBC Introducing Arts

County Lines (2020) (Available until March 2023) 

14-year-old Tyler lives with his struggling single mother and young sister. He is picked on at school, and his teachers worry about his erratic behaviour. One day, he is approached by a young man who appears to offer him protection, but this is in fact the start of Tyler being groomed as a smuggler for the man’s drug-dealing network.

BBC iPlayer – County Lines

The Plank (1967) (Available until March 2023) 

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.


The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) (Available until March 2023) 

In 1993, caught in a moment of indecency with one of her female classmates, teenager Cameron Post is sent to ‘God’s Promise’, an evangelical gay conversion therapy centre. It’s supposed to help people like her to overcome their same sex attraction. Here Cameron meets a mixture of fellow teens who have adapted in different ways to dealing with their sexuality or gender identity.

BBC iPlayer – The Miseducation of Cameron Post

I Am Greta (2020) (Available until April 2023) 

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 April 2023) 

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 April 2023) 

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.


The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) (Available until April 2023) 

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 April 2023) 

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 April 2023) 

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 April 2023) 

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.


Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018) (Available until April 2023)

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…. 


Amundsen (2019) (Available until April 2023) 

Inspired by a gift from his father when he was a child, Roald Amundsen became fascinated by the polar wilderness. It was an obsession that drove him to 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.

BBC iPlayer – Amundsen

All Stars (2013) (Available until April 2023) 

Shy kid Jaden teams up with loudmouth Ethan to raise money to save a youth club doomed by cutbacks. Their plan is to put on a super-ambitious dance show, and the result is a funny and spectacular rollercoaster ride through east London.

BBC iPlayer – All Stars

Wildlife (2018) (Available until May 2023) 

In the early 1950s, 14-year-old Joe Brinson has moved with his mother and father to a small town in Montana. When his father unjustly loses his job at the local golf course, he decides to take up firefighting in the hills. His mother Jeanette feels abandoned and increasingly treats Joe as an adult, who soon has to learn some powerful and indelible life lessons.

BBC iPlayer – Wildlife

The Thing from Another World (1951) (Available until May 2023) 

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.

BBC iPlayer – The Thing from Another World

King Kong (1933) (Available until May 2023) 

Hollywood’s most famous monster movie in which Kong, the giant gorilla, is taken from his prehistoric island home to be exhibited in the music halls of Manhattan. The brilliantly executed tale of beauty and the beast set new standards in film-making and provided some of cinema’s most powerful and lasting images.

BBC iPlayer – King Kong

Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) (Available until May 2023) 

A family forced to quit their expensive New York apartment court disaster as they try to fulfil their dream of owning their own house in the country. A sharp estate agent sells them an ancient dilapidated place in Connecticut, which horrified surveyors insist is only fit for demolition.

BBC iPlayer – Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House

Top Hat (1935) (Available until May 2023) 

In the quintessential Astaire and Rogers musical, an American dancer staying at a hotel in London falls in love with the guest staying in the room below. However, she gets her wires crossed, convinces herself that the dancer is already hitched and hotfoots it off to Venice. Classic numbers include Cheek to Cheek and Top Hat. This is Fred and Ginger’s fourth pairing, but the first with a screenplay written specifically for them.

BBC iPlayer – Top Hat

47 Metres Down: Uncaged (2019) (Available until May 2023) 

Four teenage girls go on a diving adventure to explore a submerged Mayan city in Mexico. They soon face a battle for survival after discovering that the sunken ruins are home to a school of deadly great white sharks.

BBC iPlayer – 47 Meters Down: Uncaged

My Favourite Wife (1940) (Available until May 2023) 

Screwball comedy about a woman who reappears after being shipwrecked to find that her husband has remarried. While he tries to conceal her existence from his new bride, his first wife has her own secret – namely the handsome hunk who was her companion for seven years.

BBC iPlayer – My Favourite Wife

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) (Available until May 2023) 

Orson Welles’s period drama tells the story of a wilful son of the proud Amberson family who destroys his mother’s hopes of marrying her first love – a recent widower. Refusing to move with the times, he not only causes his mother to suffer but also brings about his own financial ruin.

BBC iPlayer – The Magnificent Ambersons

Citizen Kane (1941) (Available until May 2023) 

Frequently voted one of the best films ever made, Orson Welles’s masterpiece tells the story of newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane in a series of flashbacks. A reporter is intrigued by the dying Kane’s last word – rosebud – and sets out to find a new angle on the life of one of the most powerful men in America. Nine Oscar nominations resulted in only one award for the outspoken Welles – Best Screenplay.

BBC iPlayer – Citizen Kane

Angel Face (1953) (Available until May 2023) 

Chilling drama about a family chauffeur (Robert Mitchum) who gets embroiled in the murderous schemes of his employer, a beautiful female psychopath (Jean Simmons).

BBC iPlayer – Angel Face

The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) (Available until May 2023) 

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.

BBC iPlayer – The Fall of the Roman Empire

Horror Express (1972) (Available until May 2023)

An English palaeontologist working in Manchuria in 1907 discovers a frozen two-million-year-old anthropoid monster with mystical powers. On the train journey home, the beast thaws, comes back to life and wreaks havoc among the passengers of the train. Classic cult horror starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

BBC iPlayer – Horror Express


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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