The best films on BBC iPlayer (9th February 2024)
James R | On 09, Feb 2024
Who needs to pay for a subscription when you can stream new and old cinematic gems alike for free on BBC iPlayer?
What films are currently available on BBC iPlayer? We round up the best movies on BBC iPlayer right now, with their expiry dates listed so you know how long you have to stream them. (Click here to see our reviews of the best TV shows on BBC iPlayer.)
Glenn Close delivers a powerhouse turn in this quietly gripping drama.
A funny but underwhelming entry marks an insect-sized step forward for the Marvel canon.
A moving, masterful adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel.
Disney’s classic musical, starring Julie Andrews as the iconic nanny, is practically perfect in every way.
Mel Brooks was on peak form once again for this Western, which sees a Black sheriff mosey into an extremely white town. The laughs-per-minute ratio is almost unmatched.
The French Connection
New York cops Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider face up to drug lord Fernando Rey as they struggle to break his narcotics operation.
Spielberg’s masterpiece is beautifully made, disturbing and vital cinema.
Christian Bale and Amy Adams are superb in Adam McKay’s uneven but entertaining Dick Cheney takedown.
A Fish Called Wanda
Kevin Kline is hysterical in this screwball farce that might be the funniest British movie ever made.
This political rom-com is unabashedly rude, surprisingly sweet and very, very funny.
A Star Is Born
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga shine in this foot-stomping tearjerker of a musical.
Duncan Jones’ philosophical sci-fi is a brilliant directorial debut.
The Theory of Everything
Eddie Redmayne is remarkable in this winning, if unoriginal, biopic of Stephen Hawking.
Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin are superb in Jane Campion’s moving drama.
Decision to Leave
Park Chan-wook’s psycho-romance is the South Korean master’s most mature work to date.
The Hurt Locker
Kathryn Bigelow‘s claustrophobic war drama is intense, unflinching and utterly riveting.
Blade Runner 2049
Denis Villeneuve’s remarkable sci-fi sequel is a profound evolution of the timeless original.
Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling are wonderful together in this important but feel-good comedy about the need for diversity in the workplace.
Pedro Almodóvar’s thrilling, thoughtful and playful melodrama is powered by two phenomenal performances.
What We Do in the Shadows
Taiki Waititi’s vampire comedy is moving, clever and mercilessly quick, but most of all, it’s exceedingly funny.
Unsettling Australian horror tale. Widow Amelia’s worries about her highly strung young son’s behaviour worsen when a mysterious pop-up book inspires fresh fears.
The first horror film producer Val Lewton made for RKO Pictures redefined the genre by leaving its terrors to the audience’s imagination. A Serbian émigré in Manhattan believes that, because of an ancient curse, any physical intimacy with the man she loves will turn her into a feline predator.
I Walked with a Zombie
A nurse tending a paralysed woman on a Caribbean island discovers that her charge hides a terrifying secret. Jacques Tourneur’s 1943 classic stars Frances Dee and Tom Conway.
Natalie Erika James’ thoughtful, terrifying debut is a haunted house tale with heart.
An Irish Goodbye
This superb Bafta and Oscar-winning dark comedy follows the reunion of estranged brothers Turlough and Lorcan following the untimely death of their mother
Ali & Ava
Clio Barnard’s beautifully warm tale of acceptance and affection is an understated delight.
This Beautiful Fantastic
When a reclusive young woman is threatened with eviction unless she gives her garden a makeover, she sets to work, watched by her curmudgeonly neighbour.
Brad Pitt plays a convict from 2035 is sent back in time to find the cause of a virus which has wiped out most of the planet’s population in Terry Gilliam’s time travel classic.
By the Grace of God
François Ozon’s timely drama about victims of abuse within the Catholic church is a powerful display of restrained, urgent filmmaking.
This funny Shakespeare biopic from the Horrible Histories team is Monty Python for kids.
Matthew Lewis and Rose Matafeo are a hugely charming couple in this endearing, funny comedy about parenthood.
A strong cast elevates this unusual, uneven but ultimately moving wartime drama.
James Norton is excellent in this tough but essential drama about the 1930s famine in the Ukraine.
Alfre Woodard delivers a heartbreaking performance in Chinonye Chukwu’s powerful death row drama.
A Bunch of Amateurs
This warm-hearted documentary about a film club in Bradford is a winning celebration of community and cinema.
Paul Dano directs a stellar cast in this enthralling all-American drama.
My Summer of Love
Natalie Press and Emily Blunt star in Paweł Pawlikowski’s drama about an unlikely relationship that develops over the course of a summer.
This brooding deconstruction of masculinity and profound tale of identity is one of the best films of 2017.
A Farewell to Arms
Helen Hayes and Gary Cooper are on iconic form in this adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel about an American serving as an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I, who falls in love with a nurse.
Man on the Moon
Jim Carrey is remarkable in this biopic of controversial comedian Andy Kaufman. Star of Taxi and Saturday Night Live, Kaufman’s unorthodox humour was often misunderstood.
Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House
Cary Grant and Myrna Loy star in this comedy about a family forced out of their Manhattan apartment court disaster when they buy a dilapidated country house, fit only for demolition.
The Young Offenders
A smartly written, brilliantly acted and very funny comedy that’s well worth seeking out.
Rapman leaps to the big screen with this authentic, urgently told story of young lives in a gang war.
The first of John Ford’s cavalry trilogy, in which a demoted commanding officer takes his resentment out on the men of Fort Apache, a remote outpost in the Arizona desert.
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Western drama with John Wayne as a US cavalry officer on his last duty before retiring, escorting two women civilians to a stagecoach. The second in John Ford’s cavalry trilogy.
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.
Unusual western about a young man hunting for the brutal killers of his fiancee. A rare foray into the genre for director Fritz Lang.
Silver Screen Classics
Silver Screen Classics: Collection 1
BBC iPlayer has the rights to a bunch of classics from old Hollywood studio RKO, including Citizen Kane (1941), King Kong (1933), Suspicion (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) and Top Hat (1935). Others include Angel Face (1952), Beautiful But Dangerous (1954), Blackbeard the Pirate (1952), Bringing Up Baby, Carefree (1938), Fort Apache (1948), The Gay Divorce (1934), Kitty Foyle (1940), Love Affair (1939), Miracle of the Bells (1948), Mr Blandings Builds His Dreamhouse (1948), My Favourite Wife (1940), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), The Sky’s the Limit (1943), The Spanish Main (1945), The Velvet Touch (1948), Vivacious Lady (1938) and Wagon Master (1950).
Silver Screen Classics: Collection 2
Just when you think BBC iPlayer can’t spoil us any more, up pops a second wave of classic films from RKO Pictures, one of Hollywood’s Golden Age studios. This collection includes the classic Gershwin musical A Damsel in Distress, classic 1950s chiller The Thing from Another World, and more Katherine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and Cary Grant than you can shake a stick at. Other titles include: Second Chance, I Remember Mama, Holiday Affair, Bachelor Knight, Yellow Canary, Primrose Path, Sylvia Scarlett, Hotel Reserve, Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Windy Poplars.
iPlayer Originals and Exclusives
Happy New Year, Colin Burstead
Tragicomedy directed by Ben Wheatley about the difficulty of family relations. Middle-aged Colin organises a New Year’s Eve gathering for his extended family. Read our review
The Fear of God: 25 Years of The Exorcist
The Exorcist is, without a doubt, one of the scariest films ever made – and, without a doubt, the man most determined to convince you of that fact is Mark Kermode. The BBC critic is known for his ardent love of William Friedkin’s seminal horror, so it is no surprise that in 1998, he wound up presenting a documentary marking its 25th anniversary. 21 years on, however, it is a surprise that BBC iPlayer should bring it back to our screens for Halloween, after the documentary has existed in various cuts in various places but never available to stream legally until now. Read our full review
The definitive adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s book tells the magical tale of a mouse who takes a walk through the woods in search of a nut – and tells everyone he meets of his imaginary creature.
The Gruffalo’s Child
A little Gruffalo ignores her father’s warnings and tiptoes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse in this charming sequel.
The story of a keen young dragon in his first years at Dragon School.
Room on the Broom
A kind witch invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat.
The Highway Rat
A greedy rat (David Tennant) travels the highway in search of other animals’ food, before his sweet tooth finally leads him to a sticky outcome.
Stick Man tells the tale of a happy-go-lucky father’s epic journey to make it home in time for Christmas.