Films to watch on BBC iPlayer right now

Films to watch on BBC iPlayer
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Who needs Netflix and Prime? BBC iPlayer has a terrific collection of films to watch – here’s our updated list of what to watch right now (and when they’re leaving the service).


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 week with the test available data from the BBC, in order of how long you have left to watch (so you can prioritise your viewing pleasure)

NEW! – denotes all new movies this week!

BRAND-NEW THIS WEEK: The Heat, The Others, A Dog’s Journey, Pride and Prejudice (2005), Darkest Hour

LEAVING THIS WEEKThe Imitation Game, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, The Witches (2020), The Place Beyond the Pines

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Disappearing soon… catch them while you can! (Available until 15th June 2024…)

Quartet (2012)

An opera star arrives at a performers’ retirement home amidst fraught preparations for a fundraising concert. Her presence adds to the tension, but it also offers an opportunity to reunite a successful quartet. The diva’s one-time husband is upset to see her, while the two other former members relish the challenge.

BBC iPlayer – Quartet

Available until 16th June 2024…

The Imitation Game (2014)

During the Second World War, mathematician Alan Turing and his team of cryptographers set out to decipher the German Enigma code.

BBC iPlayer – The Imitation Game

G.I. Blues (1960)

Tulsa, a soldier with dreams of running his own nightclub, places a bet with his friend Dynamite that he can win the heart of an untouchable dancer. But when Dynamite is transferred, Tulsa must replace him in the bet.

BBC iPlayer – G.I. Blues

Available until 17th June 2024…

Blue Hawaii (1962)

Chad Gates returns home to Hawaii after two years in the army. Reluctant to work for his father’s family pineapple business, he prefers to make his own way by becoming a tourist guide, with his first clients an attractive school teacher and her four students.

BBC iPlayer – Blue Hawaii

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.

BBC iPlayer – Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Mindhorn (2016)

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

BBC iPlayer – Mindhorn

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

Powell and Pressburger’s classic British epic about the life and loves of a reactionary army officer, Clive Candy VC, told episodically in flashback.

BBC iPlayer – The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

The Witches (2020)

Based on the Roald Dahl novel, a young boy and his grandmother have a run-in with a coven of witches and their leader.

BBC iPlayer – The Witches

Available until 18th June 2024…

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

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.

BBC iPlayer – The Place Beyond the Pines

A Little Chaos (2014)

Sabine de Barra’s designs for part of the gardens of Versailles in 1680s France cause taciturn landscape architect Andre Le Notre to take an interest in her fresh outlook. Though Sabine is not afraid to get her hands dirty, her introduction to the muddied morality of the royal court of Louis XIV proves much harder work, with secrets and sadness buried just beneath the surface glamour.

BBC iPlayer – A Little Chaos

Available until 20th June 2024…

All Is True (2018)

After London’s Globe Theatre burns to the ground in 1613, William Shakespeare stops writing and returns to his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, much to the surprise of his family members, who he has neglected for two decades. Here, Shakespeare faces new challenges as he grapples with the story of his own life and sets out to resolve its final chapter.

BBC iPlayer – All Is True

Available until 21st June 2024…

Ben Is Back (2018)

Recovering teenage drug addict Ben Burns unexpectedly returns to the family home on Christmas Eve. Though wary, mother Holly agrees to let him stay for 24 hours, but these hours turn out to be incredibly challenging for all the family. Is Ben to be trusted?

BBC iPlayer – Ben Is Back

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Despite an Avengers encounter, Peter Parker’s amazing abilities and Tony Stark-supplied costume are stuck serving only his own New York neighbourhood. Then an encounter with crooks using alien tech, led by the cynical Vulture, draws him into a dangerous adventure – almost as perilous as wanting to take the girl of his dreams to their high school homecoming dance.

BBC iPlayer – Spider-Man: Homecoming

Available until 22nd June 2024…

Florence Nightingale (2008)

Drama about the life of Florence Nightingale, based largely on her own words, which tells the true and unexpected story behind this most unusual woman – adored by the masses, hated by the few and credited by historians as the brilliant birth-mother of modern nursing.

BBC iPlayer – Florence Nightingale

Available until 23rd June 2024…

Late Night (2019)

Legendary talk show host Katherine Newbury tries to boost her show’s falling ratings by hiring a new writer. Molly joins the all-male writers’ room determined to prove she is not just a diversity hire, but the one person who can turn her idol’s career around.

BBC iPlayer – Late Night

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.

BBC iPlayer – Spider-Man: Far from Home

Laura (1944)

When a body with its face destroyed by a shotgun blast is discovered in Laura Hunt’s apartment, the police are called in to investigate. But what begins as a murder inquiry into Laura’s death starts to take many sinister twists and turns. Haunting musical theme and an Oscar winner for its cinematography.

BBC iPlayer – Laura

Available until 24th June 2024…

Do the Right Thing (1989)

An uncompromising comedy about the racial tensions surrounding a white-owned pizzeria in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn on the hottest day of the summer and the violence that eventually erupts.

BBC iPlayer – Do the Right Thing

D-Day the Sixth of June (1956)

On the morning of the biggest coastal invasion of the war, two men, an American and a British officer, think about a woman – the same woman. They both love her, but only one will survive to return to her.

BBC iPlayer – D-Day the Sixth of June

Available until 25th June 2024…

Tenet (2020)

A hardened CIA agent is recruited into a mind-bending mystery with cause and effect ‘inverted’, so weapons can strike from the future. His suspect is ruthless Russian oligarch Andrei Sator.

BBC iPlayer – Tenet

Memento (2000)

Complex thriller about a man whose struggle to piece his life back together after the brutal murder of his wife is hindered by his loss of short-term memory, the result of the beating he received at the hands of his wife’s killer.

BBC iPlayer – Memento

Available until 26th June 2024…

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Revealed as the web-slinging superhero, Peter Parker wants the world to forget, so he begs a spell from Dr Strange, but with grave consequences. Foes from across the multiverse materialise – along with an unexpected friend or two. 

BBC iPlayer – Spider-Man: No Way Home

Hope and Glory (1987)

Second World War London is Bill’s playground, though there are also lessons to be learned as the boy observes the behaviour of the adults around him. John Boorman’s autobiographical drama.

BBC iPlayer – Hope and Glory

Early Man (2018) 

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

BBC iPlayer – Early Man

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.

BBC iPlayer – Shaun the Sheep: The Movie 

Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon (2019) 

When an alien crash-lands near the farm, Shaun has to help her return home before the Ministry of Alien Detection discovers her.

BBC iPlayer – Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon

Available until 28th June 2024…

The Prestige (2006)

Period thriller set in Edwardian London where two rival magicians, partners until the tragic death of an assistant during a show, feud bitterly after one of them performs the ultimate magic trick – teleportation. His rival tries desperately to uncover the secret of his routine, experimenting with dangerous new science as his quest takes him to the brink of insanity and jeopardises the lives of everyone around the pair.

BBC iPlayer – The Prestige

Available until 29th June 2024…

Blazing Saddles (1974) 

When the citizens of Rock Ridge ask Governor Lepetomane to find a new sheriff to clean up their town, his nefarious assistant Hedley Lamarr picks Bart, a black convict, reasoning that the racist townsfolk will soon get rid of Bart and leave him free to get on with destroying Rock Ridge in secret. But Bart and his newfound friend, the Waco Kid, have other ideas and set about winning over the people of Rock Ridge and spoiling Lamarr’s dastardly plans at every turn.

BBC iPlayer – Blazing Saddles

Available until 30th June 2024…

Dunkirk (2017) 

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 a beach as the German troops close in. A quickly assembled British fleet leads the legendary evacuation of over 300,000 Allied military forces.

BBC iPlayer – Dunkirk

Meet Me in St Louis (1944) 

Vincente Minnelli’s colourful MGM musical about the everyday adventures and romantic entanglements of the Smith family in St Louis, starring Judy Garland.

BBC iPlayer – Meet Me in St Louis

Marram (2023) 

A contemporary story following a family on a Hebridean island as they try to understand and revive a beloved son. Kevin has not spoken in months. His mother Maragaidh embarks on a journey to collect something which may help him. Somewhere along the way, she also retrieves something forgotten in herself. On her return, she must reconcile all this with the frustrations of her other son, Seamus. Meanwhile, the marram grass they need to thatch the roof over their heads recedes from a gradually eroding coastline.

BBC iPlayer – Marram

Available until 1st July 2024…

A Cock and Bull Story (2006) 

An imaginative and witty adaptation of Laurence Sterne’s ‘unfilmable’ novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. Tristram Shandy, played by Steve Coogan, guides viewers through the epic tale of his life and opinions, chopping back and forth in time, commenting on his tale as he tells it.

BBC iPlayer – A Cock and Bull Story

The Longest Day (1962) 

Epic WWII movie recounting the events of the D-Day landings. In English, German and French with some English subtitles. 

BBC iPlayer – The Longest Day

Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) 

Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope risk it all by travelling to the World Wide Web in search of a part to save her game, Sugar Rush. They’re in way over their heads, so they must rely on the citizens of the internet, including Yesss, the head algorithm and heart and soul of the trend-making site BuzzzTube, and Shank, a tough-as-nails driver from the gritty online auto-racing game Slaughter Race, to help them navigate their way.

BBC iPlayer – Ralph Breaks the Internet

Available until 2nd July 2024…

Bones and All (2022) 

A story of first love between Maren, a young woman learning how to survive on the margins of society, and Lee, an intense and disenfranchised drifter, as they meet and join together for a thousand-mile odyssey, which takes them through the back roads, hidden passages and trapdoors of Ronald Reagan’s America.

BBC iPlayer – Bones and All

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) 

Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love.

BBC iPlayer – Four Weddings and a Funeral

Colette (2019) 

In late 1880s rural Burgundy, Sidonie-Gabrielle is courted by literary entrepreneur Henri Gauthier-Villars, who brings her back to Paris as his wife. Becoming painfully aware that the newlyweds’ expenditure exceeds their income, Colette is persuaded to write up her semi-autobiographical tales which, published under his name, become a sensation.

BBC iPlayer – Colette

Available until 3rd July 2024…

The King’s Speech (2010) 

Following the scandalous abdication of his brother King Edward VIII, Bertie, who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of the United Kingdom. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife Elizabeth seeks out the help of eccentric speech therapist Lionel Logue.

BBC iPlayer – The Kings Speech

Available until 4th July 2024…

The Heat (2013) NEW!

FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn and Boston cop Shannon Mullins couldn’t be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected… best buddies.

BBC iPlayer – The Heat

Available until 5th July 2024…

The Others (2001) NEW!

Supernatural thriller set at the end of WWII about a devoutly religious mother who moves to a Jersey mansion with her ailing children to await the return of her soldier husband. Soon, a series of strange and chilling events prompts the newcomers to believe that the house is haunted.

BBC iPlayer – The Others

Available until 6th July 2024…

The Truth (2019)  

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.

BBC iPlayer – The Truth

The Big Country (1958) NEW!

Having travelled west to claim the hand of Patricia Terrill, daughter of a powerful landowner, James McKay finds himself at the centre of a vicious feud between the Terrills and the Hannassey family.

BBC iPlayer – The Big Country

A Dog’s Journey (2019) NEW!

Bailey, an old St Bernard dog, lives happily with his owners, Ethan and Hannah. Their daughter-in-law Gloria is living with them and their baby granddaughter CJ after the death of their only son in a car crash. Bailey is aware of the tensions in the family, and as his soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he promises Ethan that he will always be there to protect CJ.

BBC iPlayer – A Dogs Journey

Pride and Prejudice (2005) NEW!

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.

BBC iPlayer – Pride and Prejudice

Available until 7th July 2024…

Darkest Hour (2017) NEW!

May 1940. As the Nazis advance against Britain’s European allies, newly elected prime minister Winston Churchill must decide whether to leave neighbouring countries to their fate by striking a peace deal with Hitler, or fight on against terrifying odds for the greater good.

BBC iPlayer – Darkest Hour

Available until 9th July 2024…

Kursk: The Last Mission (2018) 

Captain-Lieutenant Mikhail Averin prepares for an exercise in the Barents Sea by the Russian Northern Fleet. Budget cuts have meant that he and his colleagues have not received their pay in months, but the submariners of the Oscar II-class submarine Kursk still head out into deep waters. However, the exercise does not go to plan.

BBC iPlayer – Kursk: The Last Mission

Available until 10th July 2024…

The Conversation (1974) NEW!

Acclaimed psychological thriller. Harry Caul is a surveillance expert – a wire tapper and industrial spy for hire. He is also a man who obsessively guards his own privacy, but when his latest job appears to involve a murder plot, his work and private life become terrifyingly entangled.

BBC iPlayer – The Conversation

Available until 30th August 2024…

Close (2022)

The intense friendship between two 13-year-old boys Leo and Remi suddenly gets disrupted. Struggling to understand what has happened, Leo approaches Sophie, Remi’s mother. Close is a film about friendship and responsibility.

BBC iPlayer – Close

Available til Early 2024…

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018) (Available until April 2024)

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…. 

BBC iPlayer – Happy New Year, Colin Burstead

Amundsen (2019) (Available until April 2024) 

Inspired by a gift from his father when he was a child, Roald Amundsen became fascinated by the polar wilderness. It was an obsession that drove him to explore both poles. He led the first expedition to the South Pole in 1911 as well as the first proven to have reached the North Pole, in a dirigible, in 1926. His achievements, however, came at a cost to both his family and his colleagues.

BBC iPlayer – Amundsen

All Stars (2013) (Available until April 2024) 

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

BBC iPlayer – All Stars

Wild Men (2021) (Available until April 2024) 

Martin’s version of a midlife crisis looks a little different from most. Despite being hilariously ill-equipped to live off the land, he wanders the Norwegian forest in a misguided attempt to regain his independence. But when he crosses paths with an injured drug dealer, he finds an unlikely ally in his quest for ‘manhood’.

BBC iPlayer – Wild Men

The Road Dance (2021) (Available until April 2024)

Kirsty MacLeod dreams of a better life away from the isolation of small village life on an island in the Outer Hebrides. Suppressing these aspirations, she sees her lover, Murdo, conscripted for service in the First World War, soon to set off and fight alongside the other young men from the village. A road dance is held in their honour the evening before they depart, and it’s on this fateful evening that Kirsty’s life takes a dramatic and tragic turn.

BBC iPlayer – The Road Dance

Tove (2020) (Available until April 2024) 

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.

BBC iPlayer – Tove

Homeward (2023) (Available until May 2024) 

Mustafa, a Crimean Tatar, and his son Alim transport the body of Mustafa’s other son, a soldier killed in combat, from Kyiv to Crimea to give him a proper burial.

BBC iPlayer – Homeward

Baby Done (2020) (Available until May 2024) 

Auckland-based Zoe, a successful arborist working with her boyfriend Tim, has serious ambitions to win the world tree-climbing competition in Canada. On discovering she is pregnant, she is determined to fulfil her dreams and attempts to conceal the news and remain in a state of denial.

BBC iPlayer – Baby Done

Denmark (2019) (Available until May 2024) 

Divorced, demoralised and nearly destitute in Wales, Herb hits upon the dodgy idea of heading to Denmark, intent on being thrown in a Danish jail – which seems more comfy and safe than life at home.

BBC iPlayer – Denmark

What We Do in the Shadows (2014) (Available until May 2024) 

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.

BBC iPlayer – What We Do in the Shadows (Film)

Whisky Galore! (2016) (Available until June 2024) 

In 1943, disaster strikes on the remote Hebridean island of Todday when they run out of whisky. Salvation arrives when a ship carrying 50,000 cases of whisky founders on the island’s rocks. But the islanders clash with authority in the shape of Home Guard commander Captain Waggett.

BBC iPlayer – Whisky Galore!

Law of Tehran (2019) (Available until June 2024)

The police relentlessly pursue a drug lord named Nasser Khakzad, but when they finally manage to catch him, he tries whatever he can think of to escape and save his family. Iranian thriller.

BBC iPlayer – Law of Tehran

Burton and Taylor (2013) (Available until June 2024) 

Drama telling the story of Hollywood’s most glamorous couple, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, who acted together for the last time in Noel Coward’s Private Lives in 1983.

BBC iPlayer – Burton and Taylor

Hero: The Extraordinary Life of Mr Ulric Cross (2013) (Available until June 2024) 

The story of Ulric Cross, who left his small island home of Trinidad in 1941 to join the war effort and became the RAF’s most decorated West Indian airman of the Second World War.

BBC iPlayer – Hero: The Extraordinary Life of Mr Ulric Cross

Wild Men (2021) (Available until June 2024) 

Martin’s version of a midlife crisis looks a little different from most. Despite being hilariously ill-equipped to live off the land, he wanders the Norwegian forest in a misguided attempt to regain his independence. But when he crosses paths with an injured drug dealer, he finds an unlikely ally in his quest for ‘manhood’.

BBC iPlayer – Wild Men

Wildlife (2018) (Available until July 2024) 

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

BBC iPlayer – Wildlife

The Thing from Another World (1951) (Available until July 2024) 

Scientists at a lonely Arctic outpost dig up an alien from the permafrost and face a desperate fight for their lives when it is accidentally thawed.

BBC iPlayer – The Thing from Another World

47 Metres Down: Uncaged (2019) (Available until July 2024) 

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

BBC iPlayer – 47 Meters Down: Uncaged

Citizen Kane (1941) (Available until July 2024) 

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

BBC iPlayer – Citizen Kane

Angel Face (1953) (Available until July 2024) 

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

BBC iPlayer – Angel Face

Horror Express (1972) (Available until July 2024) 

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

BBC iPlayer – Horror Express

A Farewell to Arms (1932) (Available until July 2024) 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000w0pc/a-farewell-to-arms

Papadopoulos and Sons (2012)  (Available until July 2024)

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04zlzfk/papadopoulos-and-sons

Mission: Joy – With Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama (2022) (Available until July 2024) 

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

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

Masked and Anonymous (2004) (Available until July 2024) 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00dvqpy/masked-and-anonymous

Tycoon (1947) (Available until July 2024) 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00780g1/tycoon

Don’t Take Me Home (2020) (Available until July 2024) 

In 2015, Wales hadn’t qualified for a major football tournament since 1958. When the young national manager, Gary Speed, tragically took his own life in 2011, a youthful side and nation was left devastated. Qualification felt further away than ever and less important. However, spurred on by the enduring memory of the late manager, Wales qualified for Euro 2016. How would they fare?

BBC iPlayer – Dont Take Me Home

Food for Ravens (1997) (Available until July 2024) 

Powerful drama on the life of Aneurin Bevan, founder of the National Health Service. Written by Trevor Griffiths, the play focuses on Bevan’s final days, showing him musing on his life and career from his sickbed in Buckinghamshire.

BBC iPlayer – Food for Ravens

Effie Gray (2014) (Available until July 2024) 

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

BBC iPlayer – Effie Gray

Love Affair (1939) (Available until September 2024)

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00781h9/love-affair

Kitty Foyle (1940) (Available until September 2024)

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00779d3/kitty-foyle

Citizen Kane (1941) (Available until September 2024)

Following the death of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; ‘Rosebud’.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074n82/citizen-kane

Bringing Up Baby (1938) (Available until September 2024)

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078ddk/bringing-up-baby

Vivacious Lady (1938) (Available until September 2024)

A professor marries a nightclub singer, much to the consternation of his family and friends back home.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0077dzz/vivacious-lady

The Velvet Touch (1948) (Available until September 2024)

A Broadway star unintentionally kills her impresario but keeps mum about it when the police investigator targets a rival actress.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03fgcqs/the-velvet-touch

The Sky’s the Limit (1943) (Available until September 2024)

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078nqj/the-skys-the-limit

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) (Available until September 2024)

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007894r/she-wore-a-yellow-ribbon

King Kong (1933) (Available until September 2024)

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074mrz/king-kong

The Spanish Main (1945) (Available until September 2024)

After being wronged by the Caribbean authorities, a Dutch captain turns pirate to wage war.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00792m6/the-spanish-main

Angel Face (1952) (Available until September 2024)

Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00785fw/angel-face

My Favourite Wife (1940) (Available until September 2024)

Missing for seven years and presumed dead, a woman returns home on the day of her husband’s second marriage.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00785v4/my-favourite-wife

Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) (Available until September 2024)

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007870c/mr-blandings-builds-his-dream-house

Blackbeard the Pirate (1952) (Available until September 2024)

Honest Edward Maynard finds himself serving as ship’s surgeon under the infamous pirate Blackbeard.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00cw2fr/blackbeard-the-pirate

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) (Available until September 2024)

The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078b9s/the-magnificent-ambersons

Wagon Master (1950) (Available until September 2024)

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00c6s7w/wagon-master

Beautiful but Dangerous (1954) (Available until September 2024)

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”.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00780nq/beautiful-but-dangerous

Top Hat (1935) (Available until September 2024)

An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074r4k/top-hat

Carefree (1938) (Available until September 2024)

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078lxg/carefree

The Gay Divorce (1934) (Available until September 2024)

An American woman travels to England to seek a divorce from her absentee husband, where she meets – and falls for – a dashing performer.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074r43/the-gay-divorce

Suspicion (1941) (Available until September 2024)

A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00gmlrx/suspicion

Fort Apache (1948) (Available until September 2024)

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0077zzm/fort-apache

The Miracle of the Bells (1948) (Available until September 2024)

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0077nz2/miracle-of-the-bells

Letter from an Unknown Woman (1947) (Available until September 2024) 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074swy/letter-from-an-unknown-woman

Double Dynamite (1951) (Available until September 2024) 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00780f5/double-dynamite

Rosie (2018) (Available until September 2024) 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p09lk76z/rosie

The Outlaw (1943) (Available until September 2024)  

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00zp6cd/the-outlaw

Gold Run (2022) (Available until September 2024) 

​​This is the incredible true story of how 55 tonnes of gold was transported through rough winter landscapes on trucks, trains and boats​ by a group of unlikely resistance fighters ahead of the invading Nazi forces.​

BBC iPlayer – Gold Run

The Babadook (2014)  (Available until September 2024) 

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p08t685m/the-babadook

Boiling Point (2019) (Available until October 2024)

During the busy run-up to Christmas, a single-take snapshot of the immense stress and skills of a talented head chef reveals that things are about to burst behind the restaurant’s flash façade.

BBC iPlayer – Boiling Point (2019 Short Film)

Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave (1995) (Available until September 2023) 

Oscar-winning claymation comedy thriller from Nick Park, featuring the popular inventor and his dog. Wallace’s whirlwind romance with the proprietor of the local wool shop puts his head in a spin, and Gromit is framed for sheep rustling in a fiendish criminal plot, meeting a sheep named Shaun along the way. Will Wallace snap out of his daze in time to rescue his canine companion?

BBC iPlayer – Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave 

Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers (1993) (Available until September 2023) 

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.

BBC iPlayer – Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers

Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out (1992) (Available until September 2023) 

Bafta-winning, Oscar-nominated claymation by Nick Park, which introduced the world to inventor Wallace and his canine companion Gromit. The pair blast off in a homemade rocket to go on a bank holiday outing to the moon and test the theory that it is made of cheese. What they find there surprises them.

BBC iPlayer – Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out

Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008) (Available until September 2023) 

Wallace and Gromit have opened a new bakery – Top Bun – and business is booming, not least because a deadly Cereal Killer has murdered all the other bakers in town. Gromit is worried that they may be the next victims, but Wallace does not care, as he has fallen head over heels in love with Piella Bakewell, former star of the Bake-O-Lite bread commercials. So Gromit is left to run things on his own, when he would much rather be getting better acquainted with Piella’s lovely pet poodle Fluffles.

BBC iPlayer – Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death

Ali & Ava (2021) (Available until October 2024) 

Devoted mother and grandmother Ava, a teaching assistant with a love of country and folk music, is offered a lift home from school by the charismatic Ali, who is estranged from his wife but continuing with the charade of marital domesticity for the sake of their close-knit relatives in Bradford. On the journey, they find many things in common, including a love of music, and begin an unusual and secretive courtship.

BBC iPlayer – Ali & Ava

The Eichmann Show (2015) (Available until October 2024) 

The behind-the-scenes true life story of groundbreaking 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.

BBC iPlayer – The Eichmann Show

An Ideal Husband (1999) (Available until October 2024) 

Sir Robert Chiltern, a brilliant politician and a perfect gentleman, is the ideal husband for the morally upstanding Lady Chiltern. They have a widely envied marriage until charming Mrs Cheveley appears with the intention of revealing a dark secret from Chiltern’s past.

BBC iPlayer – An Ideal Husband

Moonlight (2016) (Available until October 2024)

A coming-of-age drama that presents the childhood, adolescence and early adult life of Chiron, born to a drug-addicted single mother in Miami and facing difficulties with his sexuality and identity. His first role model is the Afro-Cuban drug dealer Juan, who takes pity on the bullied youth.

BBC iPlayer – Moonlight

Macbeth (1948) (Available until November 2024) 

Classic film version of Shakespeare’s play about a Scottish nobleman heavily influenced by his wife’s lust for power. Dominated by actor/director/producer Orson Welles, both in terms of his screen presence and his departures from the text, the film was shot in just 23 days in the summer of 1947.

BBC iPlayer – Macbeth

Bulldozer (2022) (Available until November 2024) 

Ray’s estate is being bulldozed. On the way to a fireworks night, Ray and her daughter take a detour through the new development that is being built in its place.

BBC iPlayer – Bulldozer

King Lear (2018) (Available until November 2024) The 80-year-old King Lear divides his kingdom among his daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia, according to their affection for him. Cordelia refuses to flatter him, so he banishes her. Having acquired power, Goneril and Regan expel their father from their homes. At the same time, Lear’s prime minister, Gloucester, is betrayed by his son Edmund and his other son, Edgar, is forced to go into hiding. Lear becomes mad, Gloucester is blinded: both the kingdom and the family collapse into chaos and warfare. Lear and Cordelia are reunited; for a brief moment love reigns, then tragedy descends.

BBC iPlayer – King Lear

Black Box (2021) (Available until November 2024) 

Obsessive forensic analyst Mathieu Vasseur is disappointed to be sidelined in the examination of the black box of an Atrian 800 airliner which has mysteriously crashed in the Alps.

BBC iPlayer – Black Box

Schemers (2023) (Available until November 2024) 

Davie is a dreamer from the council schemes, constantly hustling for his next buck then losing it on the horses. After a football injury, Davie falls for trainee nurse Shona and tries to impress her by running a disco. Along with friends John and Scot, Davie starts promoting bands, culminating in a hugely ambitious Iron Maiden gig at Caird Hall in Dundee.

BBC iPlayer – Schemers

Let It Snow (2020) (Available until November 2024) 

A thrill-seeking American couple are determined to experience snowboarding – but they must survive against not only nature but a malevolent snowmobile rider, seemingly out for their blood.

BBC iPlayer – Let It Snow

The Curse of the Cat People (1944) (Available until November 2024) 

The follow-up to the seminal Cat People, this is the tale of a lonely young girl who conjures up the spirit of Irena – her father’s first wife – to provide herself with a companion. But Irena believed herself to be descended from a race of cat people, and before long the fiendish feline is on the prowl again.

BBC iPlayer – The Curse of the Cat People

Lizard (2021) (Available until November 2024) 

After eight-year-old Juwon, who has the ability to sense danger, gets removed from Bible class by her Sunday school teacher, she follows an agama lizard into the bowels of the Heaven’s Gate mega church. Her journey into the labyrinth exposes the inner financial workings and hidden activities behind the scenes, plunging her deeper and deeper – until she is confronted by a spellbinding sermon and a congregation worshipping in a hypnotised frenzy.

BBC iPlayer – Lizard

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) (Available until November 2024)

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… 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074fln/lara-croft-tomb-raider

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) (Available until November 2024)

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? 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007ck00/lara-croft-tomb-raider-the-cradle-of-life

Equals (2015) (Available until November 2024) 

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

BBC iPlayer – Equals Final Cut (2022) (Available until December 2024)

A small film crew shooting a low-budget zombie movie remake for a live broadcast find that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. In French with English subtitles.

BBC iPlayer – Final Cut

Three Faces (2018) (Available until December 2024) 

Actress Behnaz Jafari is distraught when she comes across a young girl’s video plea for help after her family prevents her from taking up her studies at the Tehran drama conservatory. Behnaz abandons her shoot and turns to the film-maker Jafar Panahi to help her with the young girl’s troubles. They travel by car to the rural, Azeri-speaking north west of Iran, where they encounter the charming and generous folk of the girl’s mountain village. But Behnaz and Jafar also discover that old traditions die hard.

BBC iPlayer – Three Faces

Kindling (2022) (Available until December 2024)

A group of young men return to their home town in order to turn their friend’s final days into a celebration of life and friendship.

BBC iPlayer – Kindling

The Last Bus (2021) (Available until December 2024) 

Tom, an elderly widower, uses his trusty free bus pass to take a series of local buses on a deeply nostalgic trip across the length of the UK, from John o’Groats to Land’s End. His mission is to fulfil a promise he made to his late wife to take her back to the place where they first met and lived happily together.

BBC iPlayer – The Last Bus

Eat the Peach (1986) (Available until December 2024) 

Inspired by the 1964 Elvis Presley film Roustabout, Vinnie (Stephen Brennan) and Arthur (Eamon Morrissey) decide to build their own ‘Wall of Death’, a high-walled, barrel-like tank where centrifugal force keeps the rider circling up in the air. Against his wife’s wishes, Vinnie clears a patch near his house and begins work, with the aim being that the wall will be a source of income as people buy tickets to watch his and Arthur’s daring performances.

BBC iPlayer – Eat the Peach

Persian Lessons (2020) (Available until December 2024) 

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

BBC iPlayer – Persian Lessons

Any One of Us (2020) (Available until January 2025) 

When professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia experiences a devastating spinal cord injury (SCI), his life is changed in an instant. Discovering that he’s become paralysed, Paul begins an intense physical and emotional journey to recover and adapt, initially living in the hope of one day being able to walk again as he once did. His excruciating recovery unfolds in real time through raw, intimate footage- much of which was filmed by Paul himself- as we see him wrestle with the agonies of an unpredictable journey and uncertain future.

BBC iPlayer – Any One Of Us

I Walked With a Zombie (1943) (Available until January 2025) 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078t0v/i-walked-with-a-zombie

A Woman’s Secret (1949) (Available until January 2025) 

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

BBC iPlayer – A Womans Secret

The Mother (2004) (Available until January 2025) 

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

BBC iPlayer – The Mother

Bulldozer (2022) (Available until January 2025) 

Ray’s estate is being bulldozed. On the way to a fireworks night, Ray and her daughter take a detour through the new development that is being built in its place.

BBC iPlayer – Bulldozer

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009) (Available until January 2025)

Comedy about three ordinary men who hold the fate of the world in their hands when they discover a rift in the space-time continuum in their local pub. Chris O’Dowd stars.

BBC iPlayer – Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel

Red Dust (2004) (Available until January 2025) 

A woman leaves her law career in New York to return to South Africa to assist an old friend as prosecutor on a Truth Commission hearing. The man she is representing, a social activist, is shocked to discover that the former police deputy who once tortured him is now seeking amnesty for his actions.

BBC iPlayer – Red Dust

Love + Hate (2008) (Available until January 2025) 

A love story set across the racial frontline in a town in northern England. Adam has been brought up in a community that fosters racial hatred. Naseema is a second-generation Asian who abhors the way her peers have espoused violence as a way of reclaiming the lost pride of their fathers. But what they share is a privately held desire to break free from their small town, something they discover they have in common whilst working at the local DIY store.

BBC iPlayer – Love + Hate

Opal Dream (2006) (Available until January 2025) 

Pobby and Dingan are invisible. They live in an opal town in Australia and are friends with Kellyanne, the nine-year-old daughter of an opal miner. The film tells the story of the bizarre and inexplicable disappearance of Pobby and Dingan, Kellyanne’s imaginary friends, and the impact this has on her family and the whole town. The story is told through the eyes of Kellyanne’s eleven-year-old brother Ashmol.

BBC iPlayer – Opal Dream

My Summer of Love (2004) (Available until January 2025) 

In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona meets the exotic, pampered Tamsin. Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together. Mona, behind a spiky exterior, hides an untapped intelligence and a yearning for something beyond the emptiness of her daily life; Tamsin is well-educated, spoiled and cynical. Complete opposites, each is wary of the other’s differences when they first meet, but this coolness soon melts into mutual fascination, amusement and attraction. 

BBC iPlayer – My Summer of Love

Expensive Sh*t (2022) (Available until January 2025) 

In a Glasgow nightclub, Tolu, a Nigerian toilet attendant desperate for survival, manipulates the behaviour of unsuspecting women for the titillation of men watching behind the mirrors. But tonight, a line has been crossed, and as the night spins out of control, Tolu has to find the strength to change everything.

BBC iPlayer – Expensive Sh*t

2003 (2021) (Available until January 2025) 

Before embarking on his first tour of duty, a young soldier and his father must face up to the painful realities that have long gone unspoken between them.

BBC iPlayer – 2003

Bill (2015) (Available until October 2024)

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.

BBC iPlayer – Bill

Man on the Moon (1999) (Available until January 2025) 

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

BBC iPlayer – Man on the Moon

Wonder Boys (2000) (Available until January 2025) 

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

BBC iPlayer – Wonder Boys

A Simple Plan (1998) (Available until January 2025) 

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

BBC iPlayer – A Simple Plan

Primary Colors (1998) (Available until January 2025) 

No red, blue or yellow in sight, this is actually John Travolta at a career best as Jack Stanton, a governor running an election campaign for President. Based on an anonymous insider novel on the 1992 Clinton campaign. 

BBC iPlayer – Primary Colors 

The Relic (1997) (Available until January 2025) 

A container of findings from a Natural History Museum expedition in South America is sent to Chicago, and coincidentally a series of violent murders occurs soon after. Turns out it’s a lizard-like monster who’s eating people. 

BBC iPlayer – The Relic

Twelve Monkeys (1995) (Available until January 2025)

A deadly virus, believed to be released by a group known as the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, wipes out almost all of humanity in 1996. In 2035, James Cole is sent back in time to find the original virus to find a cure. Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt lead this neo-noir science fiction cult favourite.

BBC iPlayer – Twelve Monkeys

HyperNormalisation (2016) (Available until January 2025) 

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

BBC iPlayer – HyperNormalisation

The Jackal (1997) (Available until January 2025)

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007q86z/the-jackal

Holiday Affair (1949) (Available until January 2025) 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078tph/holiday-affair

The Gay Divorce (1934) (Available until January 2025)

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

BBC iPlayer – The Gay Divorce

Bringing Up Baby (1938) (Available until January 2025) 

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

BBC iPlayer – Bringing Up Baby

Suspicion (1941) (Available until January 2025) 

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

BBC iPlayer – Suspicion 

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) (Available until January 2025) 

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

BBC iPlayer – She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Yellow Canary (1943) (Available until January 2025) 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074sv6/yellow-canary

Sylvia Scarlett (1935) (Available until January 2025) 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b017k9v9/sylvia-scarlett

Second Chance (1953) (Available until January 2025) 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p08x87lb/second-chance

Anne of Green Gables (1934) (Available until January 2025) 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078bpy/anne-of-green-gables

Anne of Windy Poplars (1940) (Available until January 2025) 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078f49/anne-of-windy-poplars

Primrose Path (1940) (Available until January 2025) 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078r6w/primrose-path

Bachelor Knight (1947) (Available until January 2025) 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00780qm/bachelor-knight

I Remember Mama (1948) (Available until January 2025) 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00786y6/i-remember-mama

Hotel Reserve (1944) (Available until January 2025) 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078mdf/hotel-reserve

The Thing from Another World (1951) (Available until January 2025) 

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’. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078gj8/the-thing-from-another-world

A Damsel in Distress (1937) (Available until January 2025) 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078tnk/a-damsel-in-distress

Alice in Wonderland (1966) (Available until January 2025) 

Adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Starring Ann-Marie Mallik, Michael Redgrave and Peter Sellers. Directed by Jonathan Miller.

BBC iPlayer – Alice in Wonderland

Aftersun (2022) (Available until February 2025) 

Sophie is beginning to remember a formative holiday her divorced dad Calum took her on as a child. What her 11-year-old self experienced is now conjuring up things that perhaps went unseen.

BBC iPlayer – Aftersun

Full Time (2021) (Available until February 2025) 

Single mother of two children Julie Roy is the head chambermaid at a five-star hotel in central Paris. Her commute from the suburbs is precision-timed, as she relies on a tolerant neighbour for childcare.

BBC iPlayer – Full Time

The Commitments (1991) (Available until February 2025)

Jimmy Rabbitte, an unemployed Dublin boy, decides to put together a soul band made up entirely of the Irish working class.

BBC iPlayer – The Commitments

Anna Karenina (1961) (Available until February 2025)

Anna, the wife of government minister Alexis Karenin, visits Moscow to help straighten out a family quarrel. There, Count Alexis Vronsky falls in love with her. Television adaptation of a play based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel by Marcelle Maurette.

BBC iPlayer – Anna Karenina

Sicario (2015) (Available until February 2025)

FBI special agents Kate Macer and Reggie Wayne lead a raid on a drug cartel safe house in Chandler, Arizona, where two police officers are killed. Subsequently recruited to a joint task force overseen by CIA officer Matt Graver and a secretive ex-prosecutor Alejandro Gillick to flush out and apprehend a cartel drug lord, Kate is soon out of her depth in the murky world of a lawless borderland.

BBC iPlayer – Sicario

The Railway Station Man (1993) (Available until February 2025)

Painter Helen Cuffe has fled to Donegal with her young son Jack after the killing of her husband in Northern Ireland. She lives in isolation until she meets a mysterious, disabled American, who is obsessed with restoring an abandoned railway station. Romance blossoms, but then a group of so-called freedom fighters decides to store arms in the railway station – and enlists the help of Helen’s son.

BBC iPlayer – The Railway Station Man

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (2019) (Available until February 2025) 

Oscar-nominated Bhutanese drama. Disillusioned young teacher Ugyen dreams of moving to Australia to pursue a singing career but instead finds himself posted to the most remote school in the world – high in the Himalayan mountains.

BBC iPlayer – Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947) (Available until April 2025) 

Drama set in 19th-century Paris. Adapted from the novel by Guy de Maupassant, the film tells the story of Georges Duroy, a womanising rogue whose ambitions to gain wealth and social status leave a string of broken hearts in his wake.

BBC iPlayer – The Private Affairs of Bel Ami

The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) (Available until April 2025) 

Star-studded recreation of the death throes of the greatest empire in world history. After Marcus Aurelius is poisoned, the role of emperor goes not to his adopted son as he had wished, but to his cruel son Commodus – who soon displays a tyrannical streak.

BBC iPlayer – The Fall of the Roman Empire

Master Cheng (2019) (Available until April 2025) 

Professional chef Cheng arrives in a remote Finnish village with his young son looking for ‘Fongtron’, but nobody can help him. Sarkki, owner of the local café, offers them a meal and a room. Cheng repays her hospitality by cooking his own food, which soon entrances the locals.

BBC iPlayer – Master Cheng

Dolly Parton – Here I Am (2019) (Available until April 2025) 

A landmark documentary that explores the extraordinary life and music of Dolly Parton. From her humble beginnings to her global success, the film discovers how a young girl from the Smoky Mountains conquered Nashville to become the queen of country music.

BBC iPlayer – Dolly Parton – Here I Am

Mr Jones (2019) (Available until March 2025) 

Drama based on a true story. In 1933, suspicious of Russia’s miraculous resurgence under Stalin, Gareth Jones escapes Moscow’s decadence and discovers Ukraine’s desperation. However, it is not just the Soviets who want word of the terrible reality suppressed. 

BBC iPlayer – Mr Jones

Luzzu (2021) (Available until April 2025) 

Jesmark, like his father before him, makes a precarious living from fishing on his 12-foot luzzu on the inshore waters of Malta. On learning that his infant son is not showing normal growth and needs specialist attention, his financial situation becomes critical, and he has to make a potentially life-changing decision.

BBC iPlayer – Luzzu

Eternal Beauty (2019) (Available until April 2025) 

Jilted at the altar as a young woman, Jane has been living with depression and paranoid schizophrenia for many years. But one day, while attending a mental health clinic, Jane runs into the flamboyant but equally troubled Mike, who opens a window of opportunity to experience life as never before.

BBC iPlayer – Eternal Beauty

El Cid (1961) (Available until April 2025) 

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

BBC iPlayer – El Cid

Wagon Master (1950) (Available until April 2025) 

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

BBC iPlayer – Wagon Master

Rancho Notorious (1952) (Available until April 2025) 

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

BBC iPlayer – Rancho Notorious

Fort Apache (1948) (Available until April 2025) 

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

BBC iPlayer – Fort Apache

Blue Story (2018) (Available until April 2025) 

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

BBC iPlayer – Blue Story

I Am Greta (2020) (Available until April 2025) 

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.

BBC iPlayer – I Am Greta

Cat People (1942) (Available until April 2025) 

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. 

BBC iPlayer – Cat People

The Blair Witch Project (1999) (Available until March 2025)

On the trail of a local legend about a witch, three student film-makers ignore warnings from locals and go into the Maryland woods for the weekend. Deep in the forest and miles from help, they learn the terrifying truth.

BBC iPlayer – The Blair Witch Project

Nowhere Special (2021) (Available until March 2025) 

A terminally ill single father searches for a new family to take in his young son after his passing.

BBC iPlayer – Nowhere Special

The History Boys (2006) (Available until April 2025)

A class of likely lads, caught in a clash of educational styles as they prepare to apply to Oxford or Cambridge, find their loyalties as well as their intellects tested.

BBC iPlayer – The History Boys

Odd Squad: The Movie (2017) (Available until May 2025)

The Odd Squad investigate strange events. When a group of adults run Odd Squad out of business, the agents are forced to become regular kids again.

BBC iPlayer – Odd Squad: The Movie

Citizen Ashe (2022) (Available until May 2025)

Documentary that tells the little-known story of sports legend Arthur Ashe off the tennis court. Known to most on account of his stellar sports career – he became the first black man to win Wimbledon in 1975 – the film uncovers Ashe’s work as a social activist, a role that embraced the civil rights movement in the US, African Americans and oppressed people throughout the world.

BBC iPlayer – Citizen Ashe

Lie with Me (2022) (Available until May 2025) 

Successful novelist Stéphane Belcourt returns to his provincial hometown at the invitation of the local cognac makers, who are celebrating their bicentennial. There, he meets Lucas, a young marketing executive for the company who turns out to be the son of his first love, Thomas.

BBC iPlayer – Lie with Me

The Phantom of the Open (2021) (Available until May 2025) NEW!

The heartwarming true story of shipyard crane operator Maurice Flitcroft, who, having never played a round of golf in his life, entered the 1976 British Open and subsequently shot the worst round of golf in Open history, drawing the ire of the golfing elite but becoming a folk hero in the process.

BBC iPlayer – The Phantom of the Open

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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