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Best films to watch on TV today, tonight and this week

Whatever your taste, there's a movie on for everyone.

Published: Friday, 20th May 2022 at 12:40 pm
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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 whilst browsing the TV guide?

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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.

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Whether it's a classic Western like The Searchers or a recent animated favourite like Coco, there's a flick for everyone on the telly this week.

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

Friday 20th May

Bluebeard - 2:35pm, Talking Pictures TV

A mysterious strangler stalks the women of Paris, killing them and throwing their bodies in the Seine. Thriller, starring John Carradine, Jean Parker and Ludwig Stossel. Read our full review

Basic Instinct - 9pm, Great Movies

Erotic thriller starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone. After a former rock star is brutally murdered with an ice pick, San Francisco detective Nick Curran interviews Catherine Tramell, the star's novelist girlfriend, whose last book contained an identical killing. Curran, who is trying to reform his excessive lifestyle with the help of a police psychologist, soon becomes dangerously involved with his key suspect. Read our full review

Bringing Out the Dead - 9:05pm, Talking Pictures TV

Drama starring Nicolas Cage and Patricia Arquette. Over the course of three night shifts, burnt-out New York paramedic Frank Pierce becomes increasingly attracted to Mary, the daughter of a heart attack victim. But he is still haunted by visions of Rose, a young girl whose life he failed to save. Read our full review

The Fast and the Furious - 10:45pm, ITV

Action thriller starring Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. When illegal street racer Dominic Toretto is suspected of being the mastermind behind a series of truck hijacks, undercover police officer Brian O'Conner is sent to infiltrate his gang. But O'Conner's judgement becomes clouded when he falls in love with Toretto's sister, Mia. Read our full review

Saturday 21st May

Eddie The Eagle - 4:40pm, Film4

Sports drama based on a true story, starring Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton. As athletes assemble in Calgary for the 1988 Winter Olympics the dreams are of gold medals and broken records. But an irrepressible ski jumper from the Great Britain team will make headlines and capture hearts around the world for an entirely different reason. Read our full review

Back to the Future Part II - 5:55pm, ITV2

Sequel to the time-travelling comedy adventure, starring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd. Barely back to 1985 after his original jaunt, Marty McFly is whisked forward to 2015, along with his girlfriend Jennifer, by "Doc" Brown. Marty's mission this time is to prevent a crime involving his teenage son before he disgraces the whole of the McFly family. Read our full review

Zombieland: Double Tap - 9:20pm, Channel 4

Horror comedy starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. Five years after they met, makeshift family Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita and Little Rock are living a comfortable apocalyptic life in the abandoned White House. When friction arises within the group, Wichita and Little Rock fly the coop, prompting Tallahassee and Columbus to head back into the zombie wasteland to look for them. Read our full review

Crazy Rich Asians - 10:20pm, BBC One

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Romantic comedy starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh. New Yorker Rachel Chu travels to Singapore with her partner, Nick, for a friend's wedding, and discovers that Nick's family is hugely wealthy. They also expect him to remain in Singapore to inherit their hotel business - a plan that, as Nick's imperious mother Eleanor makes quite clear, does not involve Rachel. Read our full review

Taken - 10:40pm, ITV

Action drama starring Liam Neeson as former CIA operative Bryan Mills, who calls upon his tried-and-tested skills in a race-against-time bid to rescue his daughter from the sex traffickers who have kidnapped her during a holiday in France. Read our full review

Sunday 22nd May

Coco - 2:05pm, BBC One

Animated adventure featuring the voices of Anthony Gonzalez and Gael García Bernal. A young boy wants nothing more than to become a musician, but his family forbids him from pursuing his dreams. When he plays a guitar hanging in the crypt of a famous singer, the boy is transported to the magical Land of the Dead, where he embarks on a quest to uncover the truth about his roots. Read our full review

The Queen - 7pm, ITV3

Oscar-winning historical drama, starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II and Michael Sheen as Prime Minister Tony Blair. Following the death of Princess Diana in 1997, the royal family struggles to acknowledge the nation's unprecedented display of collective grief. As old-fashioned royal protocol begins to crumble, the newly elected Labour government seeks a solution to the mounting crisis. Read our full review

Air Force One - 9pm, Great Movies

Action thriller starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and Glenn Close. US President James Marshall, along with his wife and daughter, is returning home from Russia on the presidential plane when it is hijacked by Russian terrorists. Their leader, Ivan Korshunov, demands the release of an imprisoned general or else he will kill a passenger every half hour. Read our full review

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool - BBC Two

Story of the real-life romance between ageing Hollywood star Gloria Grahame and young Liverpudlian actor Peter Turner, whose family looked after Grahame when she became ill. Read our full review

Monday 23rd May

Silverado - 6:25pm, Great Movies

Western starring Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn and Kevin Costner. After surviving an ambush by mysterious gunmen as he travels to Silverado to visit his sister and her family, Emmett discovers that his relatives in the town are being terrorised by a corrupt rancher. Read our full review

Sleeping with the Enemy - 9pm, Great Movies

An emotionally abused wife fakes her own death to escape her violent, obsessional husband. She moves to a new town and starts a new life under an assumed identity. However, her brutal spouse realises she is still alive and resolves to hunt her down. Thriller, starring Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kevin Anderson and Elizabeth Lawrence. Read our full review

The Revenant - 11pm, ITV4

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Oscar-winning historical adventure starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. Rural Missouri in the 1820s: frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass acts as a guide for a hunting party when the men are attacked by a local tribe. The survivors head for Fort Kiowa but on the way, Glass is savagely mauled by a bear. Although left for dead and severely injured, Glass is determined to make it back to the fort and have his revenge. But ahead of him lies hundreds of miles of tough terrain, bitter cold, and murderous tribesmen. Read our full review

Tuesday 24th May

The Searchers - 6:30pm, TCM

Classic western starring John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter and Natalie Wood. John Ford's masterpiece tells the story of Ethan Edwards and his five-year search for the last surviving member of his murdered family - a young girl captured by Comanches. Read our full review

Casino Royale - 9pm, ITV4

Spy adventure starring Daniel Craig in his first appearance as 007. James Bond is awarded his licence to kill and sets off in pursuit of Le Chiffre, a corrupt banker who finances terrorism. Realising that the desperate Le Chiffre needs to win big on the gaming tables of Montenegro to pay off a dangerous client, Bond formulates a plan to ruin him in a high-stakes poker game. Read our full review

Sicario - 9pm, Film4

Crime thriller starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro. With the war between Mexican drug cartels and the American authorities becoming increasingly vicious, highly regarded FBI agent Kate Macer is sent to join an operation to bring down one of the more ruthless gangs. But Kate soon learns that her by-the-book approach to the job might not work in a world where nothing is quite as it seems. Read our full review

Wednesday 25th May

The Narrow Margin - 1:05pm, Great Movies Classic

Crime thriller starring Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor. Detective Walter Brown is given the dangerous task of making sure that a gangster's widow reaches Los Angeles to testify in front of the grand jury before she is silenced by the Mob. Read our full review

Star Trek: Generations - 6:45pm, Film4

Science-fiction adventure starring Patrick Stewart and featuring William Shatner. When an evil alien threatens to destroy a star system along with millions of lives, Captain Jean-Luc Picard travels into a time vortex to enlist the help of his famous predecessor, James T Kirk. Read our full review

Cathy Come Home - 10pm, BBC Four

Ken Loach's celebrated gritty drama, which indirectly inspired the founding of housing charity Shelter. It tells the tale of Cathy, who loses her home, husband and eventually her child through the inflexibility of the British welfare system. Carol White and Ray Brooks star. Read our full review

Thursday 26th May

The Man Who Would Be King - 1:15pm, Film4

Adventure based on a story by Rudyard Kipling, starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine. In 1880s India, two impoverished former British army soldiers make plans to travel to the remote wilderness of Kafiristan, where they intend to establish themselves as rulers. But their journey is fraught with difficulties. Read our full review

Suspicion - 9pm, BBC Four

Oscar-winning psychological thriller starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine. Shy Lina McLaidlaw marries handsome man-about-town Johnnie Aysgarth, but her happiness slowly becomes tainted with the fear that her charming husband is not all that he seems. Read our full review

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood - 9:00pm, Film4

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt star in ONCE UPON TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.

Faded television actor Rick Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth strive to hang on to their careers during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. As they navigate a changing film industry they barely recognise any more, they are drawn into the orbit of both ill-fated rising star Sharon Tate, and Charles Manson and his cult of zealous followers. Drama from director Quentin Tarantino, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Timothy Olyphant and Al Pacino. Read our full review

Full Metal Jacket - 9pm, TCM

Stanley Kubrick's war drama starring Matthew Modine and Adam Baldwin. After a gruelling eight weeks of extensive training and military induction under the sadistic rule of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, a disparate group of US Marines faces real combat in Vietnam. Read our full review

Friday 27th May

They Live by Night - 1:05pm, Great Movies Classic

Romantic film noir starring Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell. An innocent young convict breaks free from jail in the company of two hardened criminals and is injured in a car accident. Recovering in a darkened hide-out, he is nursed back to health by a young woman and the two fall in love. But their new-found happiness is to be short-lived. Read our full review

Passport to Pimlico - 6:15pm, Talking Pictures TV

Ealing comedy starring Stanley Holloway and Margaret Rutherford. When the residents of a small area of London discover that it is historically part of Burgundy in France, new borders are drawn up and a government is formed. Read our full review

Bridget Jones's Baby - 11:00pm, Channel 5

Romantic comedy starring Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey. Forty-something Bridget is still viewing life through a glass of Chardonnay and getting on with being single until life takes a twist when she discovers she's pregnant. All she has to do now is find out who the father is. Read our full review

Desperately Seeking Susan - 11:40pm, BBC One

Screwball comedy thriller starring Rosanna Arquette, Madonna and Aidan Quinn. Married and bored in New Jersey, Roberta happens upon a series of personal ads in the paper, through which lovers Susan and Jim communicate. When Roberta spies on the couple reuniting in a park in Manhattan, she discovers Susan is in serious trouble, and soon finds herself catapulted into a world of nightclubs, magic shows and murder. Read our full review

If you have Netflix we have rounded up the best movies on Netflix, the best series on Netflix to watch now and Disney+ viewers check out our best movies on Disney Plus guide. Amazon? We have the best movies on Amazon Prime. Wondering what to watch on TV? Visit our TV Guide.

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