While there are so many streaming sites that boast a seemingly endless collection of movies, isn't it great when you stumble across an absolute classic while browsing the TV guide?


If you're wondering where to find some of the best films, both old and new, on the terrestrial channels this week, then we've got you sorted with our picks for the next seven days.

And we have another exciting list this week, with everything from classic British films such as The Red Shoes to moderns gems like The Father, so there really is something for everyone.

With so many amazing films airing, we've compiled a list of the best flicks for you to choose from below.


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Friday 23rd February

Vera Cruz - 2:30pm, Film4

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Western starring Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster. A former Confederate soldier and an outlaw head for Mexico in search of mercenary work and are hired to guard a shipment of gold being taken from Mexico City to Vera Cruz. But the two men have their own ideas about who should get the fortune. Read our full review

Assault on Precinct 13 - 9pm, Legend XTRA

Cult thriller starring Austin Stoker and Darwin Joston. In the Los Angeles ghetto of Anderson, six young gang members are shot dead by police. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Ethan Bishop is given the easy job of caretaking the last few hours of a precinct police station. But when he gives refuge to a man on the run, a nightmare begins. Read our full review

American Gangster - 10pm, MTV

Biographical crime drama starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. Following the death of his mentor, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one distributor of heroin in the US by coming up with a unique new method of importing. But then he attracts the attention of dogged Newark detective Richie Roberts. Read our full review

Only You - 10:05pm, BBC Three

A chance meeting on New Year's Eve results in a passionate relationship between Spanish arts council worker Elena and PhD student Jake. The couple are seemingly made for each other and quickly move in together. But although they are soon ready to try for a family, Elena's biological clock is ticking. Romantic drama, starring Laia Costa and Josh O'Connor. Read our full review

Saturday 24th February

The Red Shoes - 1:30pm, BBC Two

Classic ballet drama starring Anton Walbrook, Moira Shearer and Marius Goring. Ballet impresario Boris Lermontov enlists promising dancer Victoria Page and young composer Julian Craster in his company. But when the couple fall in love, Lermontov decides that romance will not interfere with their careers. Read our full review

Megamind - 2:45pm, Film4

Animated comedy adventure with the voices of Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt. Bulbous-headed supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the dashing Metro Man. But life without an adversary proves dull, so Megamind creates a new hero to fight. Read our full review

The Browning Version – 5:10pm, Talking Pictures TV

Drama based on the play by Terence Rattigan, starring Michael Redgrave and Jean Kent. On his retirement, a staid classics master, derided by his pupils and hated by his unfaithful wife, is forced to reflect upon his failures in life. Read our full review

The Commitments - 10:15pm, BBC Two

Alan Parker's musical drama, based on Roddy Doyle's novel. When working-class Dubliner Jimmy Rabbitte is asked by two friends to manage their band he transforms their style, bringing in new musicians and encouraging them to play 1960s soul music. But the addition of three female backing singers to the "Commitments" leads to tension within the group. Read our full review

Quo Vadis, Aida? – 11:15pm, BBC Four

Historical war drama starring Jasna Djuricic. In July 1995, the Bosnian town of Srebrenica is invaded by Serb forces, forcing thousands of residents to seek shelter in a makeshift UN camp. With the town's male citizens under imminent threat of execution, local teacher and UN translator Aida Selmanagic is torn between her diplomatic responsibilities and ensuring the safety of her husband and two sons. Read our full review

Sunday 25th February

Doctor Zhivago - 2pm, BBC Two

David Lean's epic romantic drama, starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. Doctor and poet Yuri Zhivago is brought up in the family of Alexander Gromeko, whose daughter Tonya he marries. But his true love is the beautiful Lara, the mistress of a political opportunist. With the outbreak of the Great War, and with Moscow transformed by the Revolution, their romance is disrupted by the social upheaval surrounding them. Read our full review

Roman Holiday - 4:35pm, Film4

Romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Joe Bradley, a journalist at an American news bureau in Rome, discovers a pretty girl apparently in a drunken stupor and reluctantly takes her home. Next morning, he is amazed to discover that his guest is a princess on a state visit. Read our full review

Matilda - 5:50pm, ITV2

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Comic fantasy based on the book by Roald Dahl, starring Mara Wilson and Danny DeVito. Matilda, the daughter of Harry and Zinnia Wormwood, has adored reading from a precociously early age, but her parents refuse to let her go to school. Until, that is, her father sends her to the unforgiving Miss Trunchbull's Crunchem Hall, where she discovers that she has other more useful gifts. Read our full review

Mission: Impossible – Fallout - 9pm, Film4

Action spy thriller starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson and Henry Cavill. Ethan Hunt is sent to Berlin to buy three stolen plutonium cores before a terrorist group can get a hold of them. But after a hostage crisis leads to the failure of the mission, Hunt is targeted by a CIA assassin who could derail the IMF for good. Read our full review

The Rescue - 9pm, BBC Two

Documentary. In June 2018, 12 schoolboys and their football coach become trapped in a flooded Thai cave. With rainy season imminent and the military's initial efforts stymied by the waterlogged tunnel system, the situation looks grave. But then a small group of amateur explorers emerge as unlikely potential heroes. Read our full review

Monday 26th February

Zulu - 3:20pm, Film4

Historical war drama starring Stanley Baker, Michael Caine and Jack Hawkins. In 1879, Cetewayo, ruler of the great Zulu kingdom, inflicts a heavy defeat upon the British army at Isandhlwana and marches towards the small garrison of Rorke's Drift, where two officers desperately rally their meagre forces. Read our full review

Apostasy - 11:15pm, BBC Two

Drama starring Siobhan Finneran, Sacha Parkinson and Molly Wright. A young Jehovah's Witness is shunned from the community when she becomes pregnant, leaving her mother and sister to question their relationship with the faith. Read our full review

Minority Report - 10:55pm, Film4

Futuristic action thriller from director Steven Spielberg, based on the Philip K Dick short story, starring Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton. In the mid-21st century, John Anderton is in charge of the Justice Department's Precrime unit, an elite force that can predict offences and make arrests before the crimes are committed. But Anderton's life falls apart when he is labelled a future murderer and forced to go on the run to clear his name. Read our full review

Tuesday 27th February

El Dorado - 3:10pm, Film4

Western from director Howard Hawks, starring John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and James Caan. Gunfighter Cole Thornton joins forces with old friend and sheriff JP Harrah to rid the town of El Dorado of a cattle baron's hired guns. As Thornton has a paralysed arm and Harrah has a drink problem, they face a stern test of their resolve. Read our full review

The Departed - 9pm, Film4

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Martin Scorsese's The Departed
Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Martin Scorsese's The Departed

Oscar-winning crime drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. In the brutal South Boston underworld, a criminal gang led by the ruthless Frank Costello plants a man in the police force in a concerted effort to keep one step ahead of the law. But the authorities also have their mole, and a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues as both men struggle to conceal their true identity. Read our full review

Loving - 11:15am, BBC Two

Drama based on a true story starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga. After marrying and starting to build a home together in the late 1950s, mixed-race Virginia couple Richard and Mildred Loving are arrested and banished from the state. They then mount a court battle to have their status declared legal. Read our full review

Wednesday 28th February

My Best Friend’s Wedding - 6:55pm, Film4

Romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney and Cameron Diaz. When food critic Julianne Potter learns that her best friend and ex-lover, sportswriter Michael O'Neal, is getting married, she vows to sabotage the wedding. Thwarted in her initial efforts, she resorts to more underhand methods when she introduces her gay friend George (Rupert Everett) as her fiancé! Read our full review

Little Women - 8pm, Great Movies

Period drama starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson and Florence Pugh. New England, 1860s: with their father away fighting in the Civil War, the four March sisters, each smart, strong-willed and with different aspirations, are brought up by their mother. Soon they are experiencing the joys and pains of romance, and an unexpected tragedy. Read our full review

The Father - 9pm, Film4

Psychological drama starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman. Anthony, an 80-year-old man with dementia, has increasing difficulty recognising the world around him and the people who care for him, including his daughter Anne. Matters grow more distressing as Anthony begins to suspect the people around him of malevolent intent. Read our full review

Thursday 29th February

It’s Great to Be Young - 5:25pm, Talking Pictures TV

Musical comedy starring John Mills. When a popular teacher is sacked for trying to assemble a school band, the pupils decide to take action. Read our full review

Star Trek: Nemesis - 6:45pm, Film4

Sci-fi adventure - the tenth entry in the franchise - starring Patrick Stewart. The crew of the Enterprise are on the verge of splitting up, following the wedding of Riker and Troi, when they are sent to investigate a suspect Romulan treaty. On arrival, they discover that the new leader of Romulus is the spitting image of Captain Picard. Read our full review

12 Years a Slave - 11:55pm, Film4

Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
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Period drama based on a true story, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender. Solomon Northup is a black man living free with his family in 1800s New York, that is until he is kidnapped and sold to a plantation owner in the Deep South. Escape is never far from his mind, but as the years pass by his resolve is sorely tested. Read our full review

Friday 1st March

Suffragette - 6:50pm, Film4

Historical drama starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep. London, 1912: women campaigning for the right to vote are forced into increasingly desperate acts as the state continues to brutalise and oppress them. The struggle draws women from all walks of life to the female ranks, from seasoned political activist Emmeline Pankhurst to simple laundry worker Maud Watts. Read our full review

The Miseducation of Cameron Post - 10:15pm, BBC Three

Comedy drama starring Chloë Grace Moretz. In 1993, teenager Cameron Post is caught in the back seat of a car with another girl, and is sent to an evangelical camp that promotes gay "conversion therapy". While there, she befriends her fellow outcasts and rebels against the camp's abusive programme. Read our full review

Rocky - 10:45pm, ITV1

Oscar-winning sports drama written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. Rocky Balboa is a down-on-his-luck boxer scraping a living collecting debts for a Philadelphia loan shark. But when heavyweight champion Apollo Creed puts his title up for grabs in a US Bicentennial publicity stunt, Balboa receives an unexpected shot at the big time. Read our full review

The Impossible - 11:05pm, BBC Two

Drama based on a true story, starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. The holiday of a lifetime in Thailand turns into a nightmare for a family separated by the deadly 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. With the area a devastated wasteland, the struggle begins to find out who has survived. Read our full review

If you have Netflix, we have rounded up the best movies on Netflix and the best series on Netflix to watch now - and Disney Plus viewers can check out our best movies on Disney Plus guide. Got Prime Video? We also have the best movies on Amazon Prime.

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