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 this week: Young Guns, Zodiac, Dunkirk (2017), Pride and Prejudice (2005), Young Adult
Last chance to watch: Florence Foster Jenkins, Early Man, Shaun the Sheep: The Movie, The Peanut Butter Falcon, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Vice, Monster’s Inc., Blade Runner 2049
Disappearing soon … catch them while you can! (Available until 12th August 2022…)
Hollywood’s Brightest Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)
Documentary about Hollywood wild child Hedy Lamarr. Fleeing to America after escaping her Nazi sympathiser husband, Hedy Lamarr conquered Hollywood. Known as ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’, she was infamous for her marriages and affairs, from Spencer Tracy to JFK. This film rediscovers her not only as an actress, but as the brilliant mind who co-invented 1940s wireless technology.
Available until 13th August 2022….
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
Based on a true heartwarming story. In the autumn of 1944, as war rages in the Pacific, New York heiress and founder of the Verdi Club Florence Foster Jenkins devotes her life to music with the unswerving support of her eminent actor and monologist husband St Clair Bayfield. Delighted to provide support for other musicians, she is finally inspired by a Lili Pons recital to revive her own singing career, despite having very little talent in that regard.
Available until 14th August 2022….
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?
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.
Shaun the Sheep: The Movie (2015)
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets more fun than he bargained for. A mix-up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead Shaun and the flock to the big city, and it is up to Shaun to return everyone to the green green grass of home.
Dark Victory (1939)
Judith Traherne (Bette Davis) is a free-spirited young socialite whose fortune suddenly changes when she is diagnosed with a brain tumour. Kindly Dr Fredrik Steele (George Brent) takes charge of her care and the two grow increasingly fond of each other. But Judith’s negative prognosis casts a shadow over their romance, as she must prepare to face the worst.
Now, Voyager (1942)
Heartwrenching drama about a repressed woman’s struggles to break free from her overbearing mother and assert her independence. On the advice of a skilled psychiatrist, she embarks on a cruise, during which she finds love and self-esteem for the first time in her life. But her newfound confidence is shaken when it is revealed her beau is a married man.
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)
A young man with Down syndrome runs away from his care home to pursue his dream of becoming a wrestler.
Available until 15th August 2022….
Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
Dodging responsibilities, Peter Parker takes a school trip to Europe but lands in monstrous trouble. Nick Fury expects Spider-Man to step up and help prevent further disaster, alongside a newly arrived hero, but the teen from Queens doubts himself.
Quirky biographical drama chronicling the remarkable rise to power of the apparently unremarkable Dick Cheney, George W Bush’s vice-president, during 9/11 and beyond.
The Railway Children (1970)
When their father is mysteriously arrested, the Waterbury children and their mother downsize and move to the Yorkshire countryside. Bobbie, Phyllis and Peter discover the local steam railway, and on their adventures they befriend the station porter Mr Perks and try to discover the truth about their father.
Monsters Inc. (2006)
Animated comedy from the creators of Toy Story and Finding Nemo. Sully the ogre and Mike, his lime green one-eyed friend, are monsters whose job it is to scare children. When a little girl follows Sulley back to their world of Monstropolis, Sulley and Mike must overcome their own fear of humans to get her back home.
Giant Little Ones (2019)
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.
Available until 16th August 2022….
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
One of the new, compliant replicants, K, is tasked with tracking and ‘retiring’ runaway older models. But then a discovery he makes disturbs the authorities and disrupts his own sense of self. Seeking answers, he goes after the one person he suspects can help.
Available until 17th August 2022….
Fast Girls (2012)
When sassy, streetwise Shania meets ambitious, middle-class Lisa, their two worlds collide on the athletics track with explosive results. As the fast girls strive to qualify for a major world athletics championship, they battle adversity and rivalry on their dramatic, heartwarming and inspirational journey.
Available until 18th August 2022….
Magic Mike (2012)
A male stripper by night, Mike has more business-like ambitions, but over one summer in Tampa, Florida, an encounter with youngster Adam threatens to derail his plans.
Available until 19th August 2022….
The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case (2016)
Haunted by a horror in Amityville in 1977, paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren unwillingly come to north London to aid a single mother and her children – victims of a possessive poltergeist. Based on documented events.
Available until 22nd August 2022….
While King Philip of Spain plots to kill Queen Elizabeth of England, young Bill Shakespeare leaves Stratford to follow his latest dream, to be a playwright in London – despite the theatres being closed due to plague. Luckily the Queen desires a new play – unluckily she chooses creepy Lord Crawley to write it.
Up Periscope (1959)
Adventure set in World War II. A US Navy lieutenant aboard a submarine is assigned the dangerous task of retrieving a top-secret code book from the Japanese.
Reach for the Sky (1956)
Classic British biopic about the heroic life of Douglas Bader, who became a World War II ace after losing both legs in an air crash. With both legs amputated, Bader pushes himself through the pain barrier to accustom himself to his artificial limbs. Determined to get his life completely back to normal, he makes it his goal to be back in the pilot’s seat.
Emma Woodhouse, wealthy and beautiful, lives with her father and searches for a new companion when her beloved governess Miss Taylor gets married. She settles on Harriet Smith, whose parents are unknown, and becomes determined to make a match for her. Her father and her dear friend Mr Knightley caution her against her plans.
Available until 23rd August 2022….
The Mule (2018)
A 90-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran turns drug mule for a Mexican cartel.
All the President’s Men (1976)
In the early 1970s, Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate scandal – a conspiracy to cover up abuses of power leading all the way to the Oval Office and eventually to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
Available until 26th August 2022….
Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
Young Catholic widow Mary Stuart returns to Scotland from France determined to rule. But intolerant nobles seek to control her, and her older cousin Queen Elizabeth’s sympathies are torn.
Available until 27th August 2022….
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Terrifying gothic chiller about two sisters, Blanche and ‘Baby Jane’ Hudson – ageing former movie stars who live together in a decaying Hollywood mansion. When the last of their domestic staff is finally dismissed, Blanche is left at the mercy of the alcoholic, increasingly demented and sadistic Jane.
Only You (2018)
A chance meeting on New Year’s Eve results in a passionate relationship between Spanish arts council worker Elena and PhD student Jake. The couple are seemingly made for each other and quickly move in together. But although they are soon ready to try for a family, Elena’s biological clock is ticking.
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Period drama based on Jane Austen’s classic novel about the five husband-hunting Bennet sisters and the impact of the handsome but apparently aloof Mr Darcy on the spirited Elizabeth. Though attracted to Darcy, Elizabeth – the second of the Bennet daughters – is repelled by his cold manner and by rumours of the man’s cruelty towards one of his friends.
Available until 28th August 2022….
Some Like it Hot (1959)
Musicians Joe and Jerry accidentally witness the St Valentine’s Day massacre. The boys decide to make a getaway by joining a jazz band heading for Florida. There’s just one problem – it’s an all-girl group.
Summer Holiday (1963)
Don and his friends persuade their employer to lend them a London bus for their summer holiday. En route to the south of France, the boys run into some girls and offer them a lift to Athens. Then, they pick up an American boy who isn’t exactly what he seems but who is running away from an exploitative mother.
Available until 29th August 2022….
Man Up (2015)
Nancy, 34 years old and single, is travelling across London to toast another ten years of her parents’ magical marriage. She runs into a 40-year-old divorcee, Jack, who mistakes her for his blind date. Nancy decides to go with it and starts the most chaotic journey of her life.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Classic comedy musical. A transatlantic trip brings romantic problems for showgirls Lorelei and Dorothy, seeking different things from men.
Available until 30th August 2022….
Everything, Everything (2017)
Seventeen-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?
President Nelson Mandela enlists the national rugby union team to try to unite the apartheid-torn nation by winning the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Kiss Me Kate (1953)
Musical comedy. Singer Fred Graham is to play the lead in a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. However, in casting both his ex-wife and his girlfriend in the other leading roles, he makes the production a battlefield onstage and off.
Available until 31st August 2022….
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (1979)
In 1970, Captain Willard on R&R in Saigon is given a secret mission by the top brass to travel the perilous river route through war-torn South Vietnam into neighbouring Cambodia to ‘terminate’ a decorated American colonel who has gone rogue and is presumed insane.
Zeppelins flying above the range of British fighter planes are dropping bombs on London. Desperate to develop a counter-weapon, the British decide to plant a spy at the German airship factory.
Easter Parade (1948)
Star performer Don Hewes hires Hannah Brown as his new dance partner to prove to his former partner that he can make a star of anyone.
Empire of the Sun (1987)
December 1941. Eleven-year-old Jim Graham lives with his family in Shanghai’s International Settlement. When the Imperial Japanese army marches into the city, their life of privileged splendour is shattered forever, and the family must flee for their lives. But in the turmoil of thousands of refugees, Jim is separated from his parents.
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.
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.
Thriller based on real events, dramatising cartoonist and author Robert Graysmith’s attempts to identify the so-called Zodiac killer, a serial murderer who terrorised San Francisco in the 1960s and 1970s and taunted police and journalists with letters offering clues to his identity. Graysmith, alongside crime reporter Paul Avery, becomes increasingly obsessed with the case and remains fixated long after the killings stop. To this day, the case remains unsolved.
Available until 3rd September 2022….
Musical. Hollywood star Tony Hunter has not made a movie for three years. But, with persuasion from his old friends, he agrees to take the lead in a new Broadway show.
Available until 4th September 2022….
Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017)
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.
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.
Available until 5th September 2022….
Every Day (2018)
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.
The Bennet family of Longbourn are delighted to learn of the occupancy of nearby Netherfield Park by Charles Bingley, a wealthy young bachelor. Bingley develops an interest in Jane, the eldest of the five unmarried Bennet girls, but her sister Elizabeth is far from impressed by Bingley’s haughty companion Mr Darcy.
Human drama with a fantastical edge. On the run with his son, Roy attempts to protect him – but the forces pursuing them, and those luring the gifted boy on, prove dangerously powerful.
Dragged out of retirement by his old C2 bosses, ex-intelligence operative turned art teacher, Jonathan Hemlock, reluctantly agrees to carry out two final ‘sanctions’ – in other words, assassinations. The first ‘mark’ is an easy target, but the second involves a treacherous climb up the brutal Eiger, one of the most inhospitable mountains in the Swiss Alps, setting up a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Available until 7th September 2022….
In 18th-century Amsterdam, at the height of tulip mania, a young artist is hired to paint the portrait of a wealthy merchant and his wife.
Available until 8th September 2022….
Mavis Gary, a self-centred writer of young adult fiction who lives a life of drunken nights and one-night stands in Minneapolis, receives an email from an old flame in her hometown. Deciding that he must have sent it to her as a sign that he is trapped in a boring life and wants to see her, Mavis resolves to head back to her hometown to relive past glories and win him back. But everyone else in Mercury, Minnesota, has moved on – kind of.
Available til end 2022….
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tove (2020) (Available until October 2022)
Biopic of Tove Jansson, the renowned Finnish artist, author and creator of the Moomins. Born in the 1910s to an artist family, young Tove is always creative, but from early on she has to contend with the shadow of her father, established Finnish sculptor Viktor Jansson. The film charts Tove’s formative years – her love affairs with philosopher Atos Wirtanen and theatre director Vivica Bandler, her early career as a painter, and how she came up with the Moomin characters that eventually made her famous.
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.
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
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
One Deadly Weekend in America (2017) (Available until June 2023)
Documentary showing the stories of several young people who were shot by friends, enemies, or law enforcement, and the aftermath that ensued.
A Farewell to Arms (1932) (Available until June 2023)
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 June 2023)
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.
Lullaby (2019) (Available until June 2023)
French film thriller. A nanny’s care for her charges develops into an obsession. In French with English subtitles.
Mission: Joy – With Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama (2022) (Available until June 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.
What We Do in the Shadows (2015) (Available until June 2023)
Flatmates Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are three vampires who are just trying to get by in modern society. From paying rent and doing the housework to trying to get invited in to nightclubs, they are just like anyone else – except they are immortal and must feast on human blood.
Masked and Anonymous (2004) (Available until June 2023)
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 2023)
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.
Love Affair (1939) (Available until July 2023)
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 2023)
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 2023)
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 2023)
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 2023)
A professor marries a nightclub singer, much to the consternation of his family and friends back home.
The Velvet Touch (1948) (Available until July 2023)
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 2023)
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 2023)
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 2023)
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 2023)
After being wronged by the Caribbean authorities, a Dutch captain turns pirate to wage war.
Angel Face (1952) (Available until July 2023)
Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.
My Favourite Wife (1940) (Available until July 2023)
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 2023)
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 2023)
Honest Edward Maynard finds himself serving as ship’s surgeon under the infamous pirate Blackbeard.
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) (Available until July 2023)
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 2023)
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 2023)
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 2023)
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 2023)
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 2023)
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 2023)
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 2023)
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 2023)
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.
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1947) (Available until July 2023)
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 2023)
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 2023)
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 2023)
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.
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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