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)
Never let it be said that the BBC iPlayer only shows the same movies. Available until the same day are the very different Nativity! and Apocalypse Now: Final Cut. Like chalk and cheese, those two….
Disappearing soon … catch them while you can! (Available until 3rd December 2021….
Dancing Through Christmas (2021)
When widower Michael meets Olivia, his daughter’s dance teacher, a flame is sparked in the firefighter’s heart. However, young Lily’s jealousy and Olivia’s clouded outlook seem to extinguish any hope of romance.
A Christmas to Savour (2021)
Ambitious chef and restaurant owner Scarlett, is set in her ways and dismisses her co-owner’s suggestion to make her menus more seasonal for the Christmas period. When she is persuaded to go on a holiday cooking getaway, she is reunited with a rival chef from her past who along with his students offers some lessons in life.
Falling in Love at Christmas (2021)
Miranda, a tech guru, has developed an app to help Christmas shoppers select the perfect gift for their loved ones. At a Christmas party she is attracted to a mysterious “santa” who seems to be on her wave-length but they are parted before they can exchange numbers. Meanwhile she is disappointed to learn that her app has been sold to another company and they are merging with their greatest rivals.
Heart of the Holidays (2020)
When her job transfer falls through, stockbroker Sam Wallace is forced to return home to upstate New York. Happy to be reconnecting with her mother for the Christmas holiday, she is less happy to be forced to confront her high school sweetheart, whom she left to pursue her business career.
Christmas A La Carte (2021)
When food correspondent, Carly, gets a shot at her own show, she is sent to Angel Heights to help Grant open his diner and film it as a Holiday special for her TV show. Will Grant and Carly open their hearts too?
Fixing Up Christmas (2021)
Party planner Holly must persuade architect Theo that a festive event will build his business, while he thinks a digital presentation is enough to win the commercial contract he is after.
Available until 5th December 2021….
The Cruel Sea (1953)
Classic documentary-style account of the trials of a British warship during World War II. A captain is haunted by the loss of his past vessel and seeks revenge.
Available until 6th December 2021….
Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers (1993)
Oscar-winning animated adventure featuring Wallace and Gromit. The duo are plunged into a hilarious tale of skulduggery involving an extraordinary pair of automated trousers and a villainous penguin. Featuring Peter Sallis as the voice of Wallace.
Pawn Sacrifice (2017)
Biographical drama. Bobby Fischer lives for chess, winning all his junior matches. To become the youngest ever world champion, he needs to beat the Russian masters and his own increasing paranoia.
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.
Available until 7th December 2021….
Suddenly Last Summer (1993)
Adaptation of Tennessee Williams’s classic play, A wealthy matriarch seeks out a neurosurgeon to help her niece erase the memory of a tragic event.
Available until 10th December 2021….
Journey’s End (2017)
France, March 1918. Raleigh, a naive and idealistic young officer, arrives at the Western Front and asks to be posted to the company of his old schoolfriend Captain Stanhope. He joins a trench full of fear as the men await their grim fate while trying to cope with the daily pressures of the war.
Available until 11th December 2021….
The Eiger Sanction (1975)
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 12th December 2021….
Half a Sixpence (1967)
Musical comedy in which draper’s clerk Arthur Kipps comes into an unexpected inheritance. Moving into high society, he temporarily forgets his former associates, but soon finds that money doesn’t buy happiness.
Available until 13th December 2021….
The Salesman (2016)
An acting couple find their relationship tested when the wife is attacked in their home as they work on a production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. The husband is determined to find the assailant, despite his wife’s objections.
The NeverEnding Story (1985)
One day, while trying to get away from the school bullies, young Bastian takes refuge in an old bookshop. Here, he starts reading an old storybook about a mythical world, Fantasia, which is full of weird and wonderful creatures. As he reads on, Bastian discovers that Fantasia is becoming endangered, its lovely empress gravely ill and its very existence threatened by a powerful dark force known as The Nothing.
Available until 14th December 2021….
They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
Employing state-of-the-art technology to transform audio and moving image archive footage more than a century old, Peter Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell the story of World War I: the men who were there.
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.
Hardened Philadelphia cop John Book is assigned to the investigation when a child witnesses a savage murder. But when the boy identifies a policeman as one of the killers, Book realises that they are in imminent danger. Forced to flee the city, Book takes the boy and his mother back to their home among the reclusive Amish community, where he slowly assimilates into their unfamiliar way of life.
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.
Available until 16th December 2021….
The Band Wagon (1953)
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 18th December 2021….
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Fact-based story set in America’s former maximum-security prison, from which escape was supposed to be impossible. For habitual jailbreaker Frank Morris, Alcatraz is just another set of bars and walls that will never hold him.
Available until 19th December 2021….
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
Offbeat black comedy in which a con artist uses her female charms to steal a stash of jewels from her gangster boyfriend, taking advantage of his henchman and a lawyer – with whom she later falls in love – to realise her cunning plan. The group’s various criminal escapades are often complicated by the presence of a hapless mobster, whose mission to kill an elderly witness proves increasingly hard.
Dancing drama. A London dance crew training for the UK Street Dance Championships are forced to work with ballet dancers from the Royal Dance School in return for rehearsal space. With no common ground and with passions riding high, they realise they need to find a way to join forces to win.
The Third Man (1949)
Classic film noir about an American writer who visits postwar Vienna to see an old friend, but is told that his friend is dead. Incredulous at the suggestion his friend was a criminal, the writer attempts to clear the dead man’s name, but soon finds events taking a strange turn – his friend is very much alive, dealing drugs on the black market.
Mary Poppins (1964)
Musical comedy set in London circa 1910. The wind is in the east and carries with it Mary Poppins, a practically perfect nanny who answers an advertisement to look after the children of a stuffy banker and his suffragette wife. Poppins soon takes the kids on a magical tour, jumping into pavement drawings, dancing on rooftops and levitating towards ceilings, all with the assistance of Bert, a busking chimney sweep.
Available until 20th December 2021….
The Midwife (2017)
Claire works as a midwife at a maternity hospital, which is soon to be shut down. One day, her late father’s former mistress, whom Claire resents for having abandoned him shortly before he died, decides, out of the blue, to come back into her life.
Available until 21st December 2021….
The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)
The mathematical claims of a Hindu clerk in 1914 Madras 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.
8 Minutes Idle (2012)
A call centre idler ends up living in the call centre where he works in this quirky adaptation of Matt Thorne’s award-winning novel. When he is kicked out of the family home, slacker Dan has no choice but to doss down with his cat at the Bristol office where he works. The future doesn’t look bright, but lovely colleague Teri offers a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel
Available until 25th December 2021….
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 December 2021….
Touring motorcycle stuntman Luke finds out he has a son in Schenectady, New York. He stays around to get to know the boy and his mother Romina but his desire to provide for them creates tensions with Romina’s new partner Kofi. Turning to bank robbery to fund his family, Luke falls foul of honest, straightforward cop Avery, setting off a chain of events that will have repercussions for years to come.
When a UK street dancer is humiliated in a challenge from a top American crew, he sets out to gain their respect by gathering together a team of the best dancers from around Europe – with a dance style they weren’t expecting. With landmark international locations, a spectacular fusion of dance styles and an unparalleled vibrancy, the sequel to StreetDance sees our hero fall in love with a beautiful Latin dancer as he discovers the magic, power and passion of dancing ‘a deux’ for the ultimate global dance-off.
Available until 27th December 2021….
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.
Paul Maddens is charged with the biggest challenge of his life – mounting his primary school’s musical version of the Nativity. Competing against the posh neighbouring school for the honour of the best-reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when Paul idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer, a Hollywood producer, is coming to see his show with a view to turning it into a film. The only trouble is – they haven’t spoken in years…
Available until 28th December 2021….
This breathtakingly beautiful Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar-winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the City of Light. Featuring the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin, including the classic hits ‘S Wonderful and I Got Rhythm, stunning designs and show-stopping choreography.
Available until 1st January 2022….
In-depth documentary showing an interesting insight into Sir Frank Williams, his career and family. From nothing other than an obsession with speed, Williams builds one of the world’s most enduring Formula One racing teams, but a near fatal car accident in 1986 at the height of this success leaves Frank fighting for his life and the future of the team hanging in the balance.
Available until 10th January 2022….
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
In late 18th-century Brittany, painter Marianne is commissioned by an affluent countess to paint a portrait of her sheltered daughter Héloïse so that she can be appraised by a prospective suitor in Milan. A previous attempt couldn’t be completed as Héloïse refused to pose for the artist, so Marianne has to finish the portrait in secret by pretending to be a companion for Héloïse, who is unhappy at the prospect of marriage to a stranger.
Available until 24th January 2022….
The motherless Ophelia is picked out by Queen Gertrude and taken on as a lady- in-waiting. Never losing her independent spirit, she catches the eye of young prince Hamlet, but their love seems doomed as the king’s brother Claudius sets his eye on the throne of Denmark.
Available til late 2021….
Yellow Canary (1943) (Available until December 2021)
Wartime thriller set aboard a ship bound for Canada from Britain, in which an undercover agent is approached by a Nazi spy with a scheme to sabotage a British convoy in Nova Scotia.
Sylvia Scarlett (1935) (Available until December 2021)
Comedy drama in which a widowed, ne’er-do-well father on the run disguises his daughter as a boy to escape the law. They travel from France to England in a bid to start afresh and, during the journey, the pair make the acquaintance of a jewel thief.
Second Chance (1953) (Available until December 2021)
A disillusioned boxer and a gangster’s fugitive girlfriend meet in Mexico where they are trying to rebuild their lives. However, their growing romance is shadowed by a killer.
Anne of Green Gables (1934) (Available until December 2021)
Adaptation of LM Montgomery’s Canadian classic following the adventures of determined, imaginative optimist Anne Shirley. Middle-aged brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert want some help on the farm, so they decide to adopt a boy. However, the orphanage sends them a girl by mistake.
Anne of Windy Poplars (1940) (Available until December 2021)
Sentimental drama about an ambitious young teacher who arrives in a small town to take the job of vice-principal. Based on one of L M Montgomery’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ sequels.
Primrose Path (1940) (Available until December 2021)
Teenager Ellie May lives on the wrong side of the tracks with her family, and when she meets handsome beach café owner Ed, they quickly fall in love and get married. Ellie May tries to keep Ed from learning of her background and when he finally meets her family it causes a major strain on the relationship.
Bachelor Knight (1947) (Available until December 2021)
Comedy about a teacher (Cary Grant) whose playboy antics are curbed by a judge who insists that he romance a girl (Shirley Temple), until her crush on him wears off.
I Remember Mama (1948) (Available until December 2021)
Saga about a family of Norwegian immigrants struggling to get by in San Francisco at the turn of the century. At the heart of the penniless family is the warm, caring figure of the mother, Mama Hanson, who is surrounded by a variety of engaging and loveable relatives and friends.
Hotel Reserve (1944) (Available until December 2021)
An atmospheric thriller based in the south of France prior to the outbreak of World War II. While on holiday at the Hotel Reserve, an Austrian medical student is wrongly charged with espionage by the French police. Threatened with deportation, he is forced to embark on a search for the real spy among the hotel guests.
The Thing from Another World (1951) (Available until December 2021)
Scientists at a lonely Arctic outpost dig up an alien from the permafrost and face a desperate fight for their lives when it is accidentally thawed. Famously re-made in 1982 by John Carpenter as ‘The Thing’.
A Damsel in Distress (1937) (Available until December 2021)
Sparkling Gershwin musical-comedy. A dance star pursues an aristocratic heiress. Songs include Foggy Day in London Town, Nice Work If You Can Get It.
Sus (2010) (Available until December 2021)
It is election night, 1979. After his wife has been found dead, Delroy is brought in for what he believes will be casual police questioning. However, the racist DS Karn and his violent colleague DC Whilby carry out a rough and highly confrontational interrogation in which they try to force Delroy to confess to the crime.
Amundsen (2019) (Available until December 2021)
Inspired by a gift from his father when he was a child, Roald Amundsen became fascinated by the polar wildernesses. It was an obsession that drove to him explore both poles. He led the first expedition to the South Pole in 1911 as well as the first proven to have reached the North Pole, in a dirigible, in 1926. His achievements, however, came at a cost to both his family and his colleagues.
The Price of Gold (2014) (Available until December 2021)
Just weeks before the Olympics in 1994 at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Nancy Kerrigan was injured by an unknown assailant. Tonya Harding’s ex-husband had plotted the attack with his misfit friends to eliminate Kerrigan from the competition. Twenty years later, The Price of Gold takes a fresh look at the scandal that elevated the popularity of professional figure skating with Harding still facing questions over what she knew when she knew it.
Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) (Available until December 2021)
From acclaimed director Nick Broomfield comes a film about one of the greatest singers of all time. Whitney Houston was the epitome of superstar, an ‘American princess’ and the most awarded female artist ever.
Hector (2015) (Available until December 2021)
Every year, homeless Hector McAdam makes his journey from Glasgow to London in search of friendship and warmth at Christmas. Having lived on the sidelines for years, surviving the realities of homelessness by frequenting service stations the length and breadth of the UK, Hector makes his way to his temporary home of a shelter in London, where he can forget his dire situation for a day. However, this year, he decides to not only venture to visit his Christmas family but to seek out also the family he left behind 15 years ago.
The Angels’ Share (2012) (Available until December 2021)
When Robbie sneaks into the maternity hospital to visit his young girlfriend Leonie and hold his new-born son Luke for the first time, he is overwhelmed. He swears that Luke will not lead the same stricken life he has led. On community service Robbie meets Rhino, Albert and Mo for whom, like him, work is little more than a distant dream. Little did Robbie imagine that turning to drink might change their lives – not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world. What will it be for Robbie? More violence and vendettas or a new future with ‘Uisge Beatha’, the ‘Water of Life’? Only the angels know…
A Lonely Place to Die (2011) (Available until December 2021)
A group of five mountaineers are hiking and climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they discover a young Serbian girl buried in a small chamber in the wilderness. They become caught up in a terrifying game of cat and mouse with the kidnappers as they try to get the girl to safety.
The Truth (2019) (Available until December 2021)
The daughter of a famous French actress visits her mother from America, troubled by the star’s memoir being far from truthful. Joining her on set, while she is filming the role of an aged child whose mother never grows old, offers a surreal parallel to their simmering resentments.
The Eichmann Show (2015) (Available until January 2022)
The behind-the-scenes true life story of ground-breaking producer Milton Fruchtman and blacklisted TV director Leo Hurwitz, who, overcoming enormous obstacles, set out to capture the testimony of one of the war’s most notorious Nazis, Adolf Eichmann. He is accused of executing the ‘final solution’ and organising the murder of six million Jews. This is the extraordinary story of how Eichmann’s trial came to be televised and the team that made it happen.
I Am Greta (2020) (Available until February 2022)
The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never-before-seen footage in this intimate documentary about a young girl who has become the voice of a generation. Starting with her one-person school strike for climate justice outside the Swedish Parliament, the film follows Greta – a shy student with Asperger’s – as she rises to prominence, and her galvanising global impact as she sparks school strikes around the world.
Britt-Marie Was Here (2019) (Available until February 2022)
Discovering that her husband of 40 years has been cheating on her, Britt-Marie, at the age of 63, is faced with finding a new purpose in life. Accepting a supremely unglamorous job at a ramshackle youth centre in the backwater town of Borg, she reluctantly takes on the impossible task of coaching the children’s football team to victory.
Jellyfish (2018) (Available until February 2022)
Sarah Taylor’s hard life in Margate has turned her into a teenage terror. When her drama teacher helps her channel her ferocious wit into comedy, her life’s delicate balance is set on a collision course with her new passion. An unfiltered look at a young woman who, against all odds finds her voice in stand-up comedy.
Stan & Ollie (2018) (Available until February 2022)
Once the world’s most famous comedy double act, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy reunite for a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. As they set out on their demanding schedule, with their wives back home in the US, Stan is distracted by his attempts to pin down the producer of their proposed comeback film and Ollie tries to heal a rift caused by a perceived professional betrayal.
The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) (Available until February 2022)
Jang, a non-conformist and cocky cop, realises there is a serial killer at large, randomly selecting his victims in the city. When one of those victims is Jung, a noted crime boss who manages to escape with his life, an unlikely coalition is formed to bring the perpetrator to justice, by fair means or foul.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) (Available until February 2022)
The classic low budget horror masterpiece from George A Romero, which spawned numerous imitations and parodies. A group of young people barricade themselves in an old farmhouse as the dead rise as zombies, hungry for their flesh.
Cat People (1942) (Available until February 2022)
Serbian Irena arrives in New York and meets Oliver. They soon fall in love and marry, but Irena fears she suffers from an ancient curse from her homeland that means they can never be intimate, or she might literally kill him.
The Curse of the Cat People (1944) (Available until February 2022)
Sequel to Cat People (so probably best to watch the above movie first!). Young Amy Reed makes an imaginary friend; her fathers dead first wife Irena.
Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018) (Available until February 2022)
A New Year’s Eve party is the setting for a fractious family comedy-drama, as Colin Burstead plans a lavish event for his extended family, which doesn’t exactly go to plan….
Simon Amstell: Carnage (2017) (Available until February 2022)
Mockumentary, set in 2067 when everyone is vegan and the population looks back to today and our meat-eating culture and future society’s guilt on eating animals.
Women in Film: BBC Introducing Arts (2021) (Available until February 2022)
Cultural historian Janina Ramirez presents a collection of intriguing and exciting short films by emerging women directors and artists. Each film gives a female perspective on modern-day topics from body image and new love to grief and belonging. Expect honest and refreshing storytelling that will make you laugh, make you cry and make you think.
The Plank (1967) (Available until February 2022)
Classic comedy directed by and starring Eric Sykes. Two workmen struggle with a plank of work as they attempt to move it from a timber yard to their building site.
My Feral Heart (2016) (Available until February 2022)
Luke, a young man with Down’s syndrome who prizes his independence, is forced into a care home after the death of his mother. There he rails against the restrictions imposed on him, but his frustrations are allayed by his budding friendships with his care worker Eve and a mysterious feral girl.
The Keeper (2018) (Available until February 2022)
Recruited from the local prisoner-of-war camp by the manager of non-league St Helens, Bert Trautmann has to overcome the prejudices of his fellow team members who are all appalled at the prospect of playing with the enemy. At the end of the war, Bert is free to return to his home in Bremen, but his growing connection with Margaret, the boss’s daughter, leads him to stay and pursue a career in professional football.
The Spy Gone North (2018) (Available until February 2022)
In 1993, Park Seok-young, an army major in South Korean military intelligence, is assigned a mission to determine whether the North Koreans are adhering to their commitment to cease developing nuclear weapons. Based in Beijing, Park disguises himself as a businessman, desperate to trade with North Korea, and soon reaches the attention of Lee Myng-woon, a high-ranking North Korean official.
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) (Available until April 2022)
Star-studded recreation of the death throes of the greatest empire in world history. After Marcus Aurelius is poisoned, the role of emperor goes not to his adopted son as he had wished, but to his cruel son Commodus – who soon displays a tyrannical streak.
Destroyer (2019) (Available until April 2022)
Damaged LAPD detective Erin Bell embarks on a last-ditch personal mission to track down charismatic criminal Silas, whom she went undercover to expose years earlier. That operation imploded, and Bell’s personal failings could sabotage this new quest, as they have already destroyed her family life.
A Farewell to Arms (1932) (Available until May 2022)
In World War I, an American serving as an ambulance driver in Italy falls in love with a nurse in this adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel.
Papadopoulos and Sons (2012) (Available until May 2022)
After a financial market collapse, self-made millionaire Harry loses everything he has apart from an abandoned fish and chip shop half-owned by his estranged brother. With no alternative, Harry and his family are forced to abandon their old lifestyle and try to bring the old family business back to life.
Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl (2018) (Available until May 2022)
Singer/songwriter Kate Nash burst onto the pop scene with overnight success in 2007 with her song Foundations, (the one about eating lemons and being bitter). This documentary details her rise to fame and subsequent nervous breakdown and bankruptcy as she struggles to re-establish herself in Los Angeles.
Minding the Gap: An American Skateboarding Story (2018) (Available until May 2022)
Oscar-nominated documentary shot in Rockford, Illinois following the story of three young men, all living in volatile family situations due to decades of recession.
Masked and Anonymous (2004) (Available until June 2022)
Written by and starring Bob Dylan and set in the near-future in a fictional America. Against the backdrop of a nation on the brink of revolution, a singer, whose career has gone on a downward spiral, is forced to make a comeback to the performance stage for a benefit concert.
Tycoon (1947) (Available until June 2022)
Romantic melodrama about an engineer battling to build a railroad in the Andes while trying to save his marriage to the boss’s daughter. After wedding his bride against her father’s wishes, he then jeopardises his marriage and the railroad enterprise by single-mindedly battling to get the extraordinary engineering project completed on time and within budget.
Together (2021) (Available until June 2022)
Hilarious and heartbreaking story of a couple forced to re-evaluate themselves and their relationship through the reality of lockdown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Wildlife (2018) (Available until November 2022)
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.
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.
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.
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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