Who needs Netflix and Prime? Turns out that BBC iPlayer has a terrific collection of films to watch – here’s our fully updated list.
Whilst all eyes tend to be on streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime when it comes to movie updates, on the quiet the BBC iPlayer service continues to play host to a limited, diverse selection of films. What’s more, a good number of them you can download to your tablet to watch on the move.
So, without further ado, welcome to the weekly updated iPlayer film list. This list will be updated every Monday with the latest available data from the BBC, in order of how long you have left to watch (so you can prioritise your viewing pleasure)
New releases this week include the story of Diana, Princess of Wales’ great-great-great aunt Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, in The Duchess.
Disappearing soon … catch them while you can! (Available til 21st July 2020….)
In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man’s arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.
Available til 22nd July 2020….
Burton & Taylor (2013)
Legendary acting duo and married couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor prepare for a 1983 theatrical production of the play “Private Lives”.
Available til 25th July 2020….
On Chesil Beach (2017)
Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle star in Ian McEwan’s tale of a young married couple in 1962, who find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure.
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
A debonair, adventuresome bank executive believes he has pulled off the perfect multi-million dollar heist, only to match wits with a sexy insurance investigator who will do anything to get her man.
Available til 27th July 2020….
This Beautiful Fantastic (2016)
A young woman who dreams of becoming a children’s book author makes an unlikely friendship with a cantankerous, rich old widower.
The Lady in the Van (2015)
The true story of Alan Bennett’s strained friendship with Mary Shepherd, an eccentric homeless woman who allows her temporarily to park her Bedford van in the driveway of his home.
Available til 2nd August 2020….
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Remake of the 1957 film, Russell Crowe and Christian Bale star as a small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who’s awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.
Borg vs McEnroe (2017)
The story of the 1980 tennis rivalry between the placid Björn Borg and the volatile John McEnroe. There’s no ‘love’ lost in this relationship.
Available til 3rd August 2020….
Two Days, One Night (2014)
Sandra is a factory worker in Liège, Belgium who discovers that her workmates have opted for a EUR1,000 bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only a weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to keep her job.
Ice Station Zebra (1968)
US Navy nuclear sub USS Tigerfish must rush to the North Pole to rescue the staff of Drift Ice Station Zebra weather station.
Available til 8th August 2020….
The History Boys (2006)
An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their headmaster pushes for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge.
Available til 9th August 2020….
The merciless 1970s rivalry between playboy James Hunt and methodical Niki Lauda is played out by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, playing the respective drivers, based on the true story set in the glamorous golden age of Formula One racing.
The 39 Steps (1935)
A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.
Available til 10th August 2020….
A socially awkward teenage maths prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
The Ipcress File (1965)
In London, a counter espionage Agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists.
Available til 11th August 2020….
Mum’s List (2016)
A woman dying of incurable breast cancer creates a list of memories and lessons for the husband and sons she is about to leave behind.
Available til 12th August 2020….
Joan of Arc (1948)
In the 15th century, 14-year-old farm girl Joan of Arc claims to hear voices from heaven asking her to lead God’s army against Orleans and crowning the weak Dauphin Charles VII as King of France.
Available til 16th August 2020….
20th Century Women (2016)
The story of a teenage boy, his mother, and two other women who help raise him among the love and freedom of Southern California of 1979.
Available til 17th August 2020….
The Duchess (2008)
A chronicle of the life of 18th-century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (great-great-great aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales), who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life. Starring Keira Knightley as the eponymous duchess.
Iona (Ruth Negga) takes her teenage son to the holy island where she was born, so they can hide from a violent crime. As her son seeks forgiveness for what he has done Iona comes to terms with her loss of faith.
Maps to the Stars (2014)
Starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson. A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.
Short Term 12 (2013)
A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and long-time boyfriend.
Available til Autumn 2020….
Paranormal Activity (2007) (Available until September 2020)
The low budget horror that spawned six (seven next year!) sequels and found-footage imitations, a young couple believe they are being haunted and set up a camera to film at night. Full of suspense, jump scares – expect full-on heebie-jeebies from this. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) (Available until September 2020)
Angelina Jolie is Lara Croft (until Alicia Vikander anyway), as the eponymous heroine of the classic video games races against time to find an ancient relic before the planets align for the first time in 5,000 years. Can she save the day? The sequel’s below so chances are, she might….
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) (Available until September 2020)
Angelina Jolie is Lara Croft, again. Lara discovers that the mythical Pandora’s Box is no myth, and must once again race against time to prevent an evil billionaire bio-weapons dealer from finding it and unleashing its plague onto the world. Can she save the day once more?
The Blair Witch Project (1999) (Available until September 2020)
Credited with reviving the “found-footage” horror technique, and often imitated, three student film-makers hike in the Black Hills to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch.
Twelve Monkeys (1995) (Available until October 2020)
A deadly virus, believed to be released by a group known as the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, wipes out almost all of humanity in 1996. In 2035, James Cole is sent back in time to find the original virus to find a cure. Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt lead this neo-noir science fiction cult favourite.
The Relic (1997) (Available until October 2020)
A container of findings from a Natural History Museum expedition in South America is sent to Chicago, and coincidentally a series of violent murders occurs soon after. Turns out it’s a lizard-like monster who’s eating people.
Primary Colors (1998) (Available until October 2020)
No red, blue or yellow in sight, this is actually John Travolta at a career best as Jack Stanton, a governor running an election campaign for President. Based on an anonymous insider novel on the 1992 Clinton campaign.
Man on the Moon (1999) (Available until October 2020)
Biopic on the life of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman, star of Taxi and self-declared Intergender Wrestling Champion of the world. A rare non-comedic performance from Jim Carrey.
A Simple Plan (1998) (Available until October 2020)
Directed by Sam Raimi (of The Evil Dead and the first Spider-Man trilogies), three blue collar workers in Minnesota randomly come across $4 million and hatch a plan to keep their haul from authorities
Wonder Boys (2000) (Available until October 2020)
Michael Douglas is Grady Tripp, an English Professor who tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in.
The Jackal (1997) (Available until November 2020)
Fictitious story based upon Carlos the Jackal, Bruce Willis stars as The Jackal, a master of disguise assassin hired to carry out a hit on a high profile American government target as retaliation for the US meddling in Russian business.
Don’t Take Me Home (2020) (Available until November 2020)
The remarkable story of how Wales rose through the FIFA world rankings and onto their first international tournament for 58 years
One Deadly Weekend in America (2017) (Available until November 2020)
Documentary showing the stories of several young people who were shot by friends, enemies, or law enforcement, and the aftermath that ensued.
Available til early 2021….
It Follows (2017) (Available until January 2021)
Psychological horror about a young woman pursued by a supernatural entity after having sex. It’s enough to make you never want it again.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) (Available until February 2021)
The classic low budget horror masterpiece from George A Romero, which spawned numerous imitations and parodies. A group of young people barricade themselves in an old farmhouse as the dead rise as zombies, hungry for their flesh.
Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl (2018) (Available until February 2021)
Singer/songwriter Kate Nash burst onto the pop scene with overnight success in 2007 with her song Foundations, (the one about eating lemons and being bitter). This documentary details her rise to fame and subsequent nervous breakdown and bankruptcy as she struggles to re-establish herself in Los Angeles.
Adam Curtis – HyperNormalisation (2016) (Available until February 2021)
BBC Documentary, arguing that governments, financiers and technological utopians have given up on the real world due to its complexity, and have instead built a fake world they can control.
A High School Rape Goes Viral: Roll Red Roll (2018) (Available until February 2021)
True crime documentary investigating the societal and media-fuelled norm of ‘boys will be boys’ culture that underpins sexual assault at high schools across America.
Cat People (1942) (Available until February 2021)
Serbian Irena arrives in New York and meets Oliver. They soon fall in love and marry, but Irena fears she suffers from an ancient curse from her homeland that means they can never be intimate, or she might literally kill him.
The Curse of the Cat People (1944) (Available until February 2021)
Sequel to Cat People (so probably best to watch the above movie first!). Young Amy Reed makes an imaginary friend; her fathers dead first wife Irena.
I Walked With a Zombie (1943) (Available until February 2021)
Young Canadian nurse Betsy comes to the West Indies to care for the wife of a plantation manager in an offbeat zombie horror movie. From the director of aforementioned Cat People.
Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018) (Available until February 2021)
A New Year’s Eve party is the setting for a fractious family comedy-drama, as Colin Burstead plans a lavish event for his extended family, which doesn’t exactly go to plan….
Minding the Gap: An American Skateboarding Story (2018) (Available until February 2021)
Oscar-nominated documentary shot in Rockford, Illinois following the story of three young men, all living in volatile family situations due to decades of recession.
The Queen of Versailles (2013) (Available until February 2021)
A beauty queen and her billionaire husband build their dream home, a replica of the Palace of Versailles in Florida and the largest residential property in America, as the economic crisis hits.
Simon Amstell: Carnage (2017) (Available until February 2021)
Mockumentary, set in 2067 when everyone is vegan and the population looks back to today and our meat-eating culture and future society’s guilt on eating animals.
Female Filmmakers: BBC Introducing Arts (2020) (Available until February 2021)
Janina Ramirez presents short films from talented emerging female artists, using comedy, drama and dance to tell stories from a uniquely female perspective.
Available til mid 2021….
Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things (2019) (Available until May 2021)
A celebration of the First Lady of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, from a talent contest in 1934, across five decades of remarkable talent and how her music because the soundtrack of the century.
Love Affair (1939) (Available until June 2021)
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 June 2021)
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 June 2021)
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 June 2021)
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 June 2021)
A professor marries a nightclub singer, much to the consternation of his family and friends back home.
The Velvet Touch (1948) (Available until June 2021)
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 June 2021)
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 June 2021)
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 June 2021)
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 June 2021)
After being wronged by the Caribbean authorities, a Dutch captain turns pirate to wage war.
Angel Face (1952) (Available until June 2021)
Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.
My Favourite Wife (1940) (Available until June 2021)
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 June 2021)
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 June 2021)
Honest Edward Maynard finds himself serving as ship’s surgeon under the infamous pirate Blackbeard.
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) (Available until June 2021)
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 June 2021)
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 June 2021)
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 June 2021)
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 June 2021)
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 June 2021)
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 June 2021)
A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her.
Fort Apache (1948) (Available until June 2021)
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 June 2021)
Granting her final request, a Hollywood press agent brings the dead body of an actress, who died after making her first and only film, back to her home town for burial. To arouse public interest, and to get the reluctant studio head to release the film, he asks all the local churches to ring their bells for three days.
We’ve done our best to list all the available films on BBC iPlayer and the date they’re removed from the service as detailed by the BBC, but it goes without saying that the BBC probably reserve the right to add or remove films from their service at any time, for any reason. The BBC also list an expiration time for each film, which could be 6pm or 1am on the expiration date. We’re not including those for purely logistical reasons. We’ll try our best to keep this list as up to date as possible, though.
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