Best Films Free On BBC iPlayer (21st November 2021)

Weekend again which means we are having a look at a selection of the Best Films Free On BBC iPlayer. Many thanks to those who have told us they enjoyed this feature which we hope to cover every weekend. The day at the weekend may change, and every so often we may do ‘specials’  every so often. We are also looking at covering other channels  and other ideas in the near future.

The Best Films on BBC iPlayer every week will select a number of the best films currently free at BBC. Every genre is covered, new and old films, some maybe available for a long time, some only limited. We appreciate not everyone can afford Sky or even Virgin Media so this list give you an idea what you can watch…


When it comes to political satire, you can do no wrong with an Adam McKay film. Christian Bale once again in the name of art, transforms psychically into the bureaucratic Washington insider who quietly became the most powerful man in the world . 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.

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Considered one of the best films ever made, starring Orson Welles. 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.

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Some consider this David Flincher’s best film, what ever you think, what a film. A Thriller based on real events, dramatising cartoonist and author Robert Graysmith’s attempts to identify the so-called Zodiac killer, a serial murderer who terrorised San Francisco in the 1960s and 1970s and taunted police and journalists with letters offering clues to his identity. Graysmith, alongside crime reporter Paul Avery, becomes increasingly obsessed with the case and remains fixated long after the killings stop. To this day, the case remains unsolved.

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Need a uplift this film will do the trick, classic musical with screen legends Gene Kelly, Franks Sinatra. Oscar-winning musical following three sailors on shore leave. Determined to enjoy their freedom, the young men embark on whirlwind romances.

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Can a Horror film be beautiful? Yes, this one. Swedish arthouse horror romance from Tomas Alfredson whose next film was Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. It’s a gorgeous moving story is all you can really say without spoiling things .It’s one of those films that’s not a straight up horror, more a story of damaged youngsters. Rise above the inch barrier of the subtitles and enjoy.

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.

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This film took many by surprise at how funny, charming and warm the film was. More proof that those indie distributors have some fantastic films for your viewing pleasure. A feel good road film all about following your dream and friendship.

Shia LeBeouf, Dakota Johnson and Zack Gottsagen all star. A story about a young man with Down syndrome who runs away from his care home to pursue his dream of becoming a wrestler.

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Wonderful, sweet and respectful tribute to one of the greatest comedy duos who influenced so many. John C Reilly and Steve Coogan play the duo and do it so well.

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.

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The above descriptions are all taken (or partly) from the description at BBC iPlayer

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