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

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Clint Eastwood in The Good The Bad And The Ugly. ©MGM

As the winter months draw in and the days get shorter, there’s nothing better to do than to cuddle up on the sofa in front of a film and while many automatically head to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video – they aren’t the other ways to watch movies in the comfort of your own home.

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From NOW TV and Disney+, to terrestrial TV offerings – there’s so much to choose from across all different genres so no matter what mood you’re in, you can find something to watch.

With so many amazing films airing on TV this week, we’ve compiled a list of the best flicks for you to choose from.

Friday 20th November

The Million Pound Note – 12:50pm, Film4

An eccentric multimillionaire bets his equally rich brother that if a man is known to be wealthy, he can obtain everything he needs on credit. To put this theory to the test, they give a £1million note to a penniless seaman, but instruct him never to spend it. Read our full review

Quantum of Solace – 9pm, ITV4

James Bond sets out on a personal mission of vengeance as he pursues the secret criminal organisation Quantum. His search leads him to the head of an ecological corporation, who is plotting to orchestrate a coup in a Latin American country to get his hands on a precious natural resource. Read our full review

A Fistful of Dollars – 9pm, Channel 5

A mysterious gunslinger rides into a town on the Mexican border divided by two warring families. After killing the henchmen of one clan, he seems to have made it clear where his loyalties lie and is hired by their rivals. However, he is secretly planning to play them off against each other to his own advantage. Read our full review

Disturbia- 12:05pm, Channel Four

A troubled teenager is sentenced to three months under house arrest for attacking a teacher, and passes the time by spying on his neighbours. However, one day he notices something suspicious and becomes convinced one of them is a serial killer. Read our full review

Saturday 21st November

Finding Neverland – 1pm, 5Star

Fact-based period drama based on the life of Peter Pan author JM Barrie. As a young-at-heart playwright, Barrie is uncomfortable with life in the critical spotlight. However, his friendship with four boys and their free-spirited widowed mother brings him the inspiration for his greatest work. Read our full review

White Christmas – 4:30pm, Film4

A pair of former soldiers start a new career as nightclub entertainers. They try to boost the popularity of their old commanding officer’s struggling winter resort in Vermont by staging a series of extravagant shows, with a little help from their former army buddies and a talented singing sister act. Read our full review

Brief Encounter – 4:50pm, BBC Two

A suburban housewife meets a married doctor by chance in a railway station waiting room. Later, their paths cross many times until the pair become friends and their meetings a fixed arrangement. But as their feelings for each other transform from friendship into passion, both come to realise the affair is doomed to fail. Read our full review

The Martian – 8:45pm, Channel 4

The Martian
The Martian
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A manned mission to Mars is abruptly abandoned, with one crew member left for dead. However, the astronaut has survived and faces a series of challenges – to contact Earth and arrange his rescue and to survive for the years it will take for a spacecraft to reach him on resources intended to last a month. Read our full review

Lynn and Lucy – 10:45pm, BBC Two

Having grown up together, young mothers Lynn and Lucy are inseparable – neighbours and best friends, they are as close as can be. But when tragedy befalls the pair, a chain of events is set in motion that severely tests their bond. Read our full review

Sunday 22nd November

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner– 12noon, 5Select

A rebellious working-class teenager drifts into a life of petty crime and finds himself in a young offender’s institution, but decides to join an athletics team to gain recognition and help pass the time in Borstal. Read our full review

Death Becomes Her – 1:35pm, ITV

Two romantic rivals are both granted the secret of eternal youth by a mysterious mystic. However, as they battle to get their claws into a plastic surgeon, they discover their now-immortal bodies are capable of taking whatever damage they can dish out. Read our full review  

The Apartment – 3:10pm, BBC Two

A lowly insurance clerk tries to curry favour with his seedy manager by lending him his flat for his extramarital flings. But the clerk soon grows wise to the nastiness of corporate ethics and infidelity when his heartless boss seduces the elevator girl, whom he has always loved from afar. Read our full review

Oliver – 4pm, Comedy Central

Oscar-winning musical version of the stage play based on Charles Dickens’ classic tale about a lonely workhouse orphan who ends up on the cold streets of London, where he falls under the wing of petty crook Fagin and his gang of young backstreet thieves. Featuring the iconic songs Food, Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, As Long as He Needs Me and You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two. Read our full review

Back to the Future Part II – 6:50pm, ITV2

Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly travels to the 21st century, where he has to save his children from a terrible fate. However, this proves to have unforeseen consequences when the future version of arch enemy Biff sees a chance to rewrite history for his own benefit, leaving Marty stuck in a twisted parallel universe. Read our full review 

Monday 23th November

Man in the Saddle – 3:15pm, Film4

A wealthy and ambitious cattleman plans to seize all the land surrounding his own. A peaceful rancher living nearby ignores warnings to sell up and avoid a conflict, and as he suffers a campaign of intimidation, he is forced to adopt violent methods to defend his livelihood. Read our full review

The Kidnappers – 6:30pm, Talking Pictures TV

Two orphaned boys living with their strict grandfather in Nova Scotia are disappointed by his refusal to allow them to keep a dog. However, their loneliness is alleviated when they discover a baby apparently abandoned in woodlands – and decide to raise the child themselves. Read our full review

Bram Stoker’s Dracula – 10pm, Horror Channel 

Bram Stoker's Dracula
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
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A 15th-century Transylvanian knight becomes a vampire after the death of his beloved wife. Centuries later, he learns she has been reincarnated, and travels to Victorian London with the intent of seducing her into joining him in living death. Read our full review

Tuesday 24th November

The Man from Laramie – 4:50pm, Film4

A cavalry officer determines to avenge the death of his brother, but rather than target the Apaches who killed him, he vows to go after the gang who supplied them with their weapons – leading to conflict with the sadistic son of an elderly rancher. Read our full review

The Wonderful Country – 6:50pm, TCM 

A solitary gunman lies low for years in Mexico hiding out from the American authorities, until circumstances force him to return to the US – where he reluctantly agrees to take on dangerous work with a team of Texas Rangers patrolling the border. Read our full review

A Fistful of Dollars – 11pm, Channel 5

A mysterious gunslinger rides into a town on the Mexican border divided by two warring families. After killing the henchmen of one clan, he seems to have made it clear where his loyalties lie and is hired by their rivals. However, he is secretly planning to play them off against each other to his own advantage. Read our full review

Wednesday 25th November

The Blue Dahlia – 9:30am, TCM

A war-weary pilot returns home from service in Europe, but his welcome is far from warm. Not only must he deal with the news of his wife’s infidelities, but he also finds himself accused of her murder. However, the wife of his dead spouse’s lover is on hand to help him prove his innocence. Read our full review

King of Thieves – 9pm, Paramount Network 

Retired criminals attempt to pull off a major burglary in London’s jewellry district. Read our full review

Fish Tank – 11pm, BBC Four

Angry and rebellious teenager Mia lives with her single mother and sister in an Essex council estate. Suspended from school, she searches for an escape from her claustrophobic existence and becomes attracted to her mother’s new boyfriend, driving the family even further apart. Read our full review

Thursday 26th November

The Way to the Stars – 12:40pm, Film4

A naive young pilot is assigned to a British bomber base during the Second World War, and is involved in the opening skirmishes of the Battle of Britain. He encounters the first wave of American recruits to the Allies, and falls for a local girl – but when his squadron leader is killed leaving a wife and child behind, he questions whether he can afford to marry. Read our full review

The Sheepman – 5:10pm, TCM

A stranger arrives in a cattle-farming frontier town and announces his intention to farm livestock in the area. When it emerges that his animal of choice is sheep rather than cows, he earns the mistrust of the locals, and one rancher in particular, who will stop at nothing to drive him from the area. Read our full review

The Bourne Ultimatum– 10pm, ITV4

The Bourne Ultimatum
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Amnesiac rogue assassin Jason Bourne’s long-buried memories are reawakened by a British journalist researching the secret organisation that was responsible for transforming him into a killing machine. Meanwhile, a ruthless CIA director becomes convinced Bourne is still a security risk, and plans to dispose of him once and for all. Read our full review

Friday 27th November

The Hound of the Baskervilles – 1:30pm, TCM

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are asked to protect the last remaining member of the aristocratic Baskerville family, who is believed to be the target of a monstrous spectral hound roaming the remote Devon moors. Read our full review

Die Hard 4.0 – 9pm, Film4

Tough New York cop John McClane is sent to escort a computer hacker to Washington for questioning. During this routine operation he stumbles on a criminal mastermind’s plan to launch a technological terrorist attack on the US, and is forced to enlist the hacker’s aid in foiling the evil scheme. Read our full review

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 9pm, Channel 5

A laconic gunslinger, a ruthless hired killer and a conniving outlaw hunt for a cache of loot during the chaos of the American Civil War. However, each is privy to only part of the information necessary to find it, setting in motion a series of deadly betrayals. Read our full review

Patti Cake$ – 12midnight, Channel 4

Aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski lives a dead-end day in a dead-end New Jersey town. However, she is determined not to let life keep her down as she, her best friend Jheri and a growing band of misfits look to make their hip-hop dreams come true. Read our full review

What’s on NOW TV this week?

If you’ve not found anything on the regular TV schedules that tickles your fancy, NOW TV are regularly adding some new films to their collection – with you can access with a Sky Cinema pass.

Here are this week’s highlights:

The Secret Garden – now available

The film tells the well-loved story of a young girl who is sent to live with her uncle, where she discovers a beautiful garden and a local boy who helps her understand the garden’s hidden secrets

A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood – now available

In 1998, magazine journalist Lloyd Vogel is sent to interview beloved TV entertainer Fred Rogers, an assignment he feels is beneath him. However, a friendship soon forms between the two men. Starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys and Chris Cooper. Read our full review.

Le Mans ’66 – now available

Matt Damon stars as Carroll Shelby, the visionary American driver and car designer who was enlisted by Ford to assemble a car – the Ford GT40 – to beat out Enzo Ferrari’s vehicles and their dominance over the race. Shelby recruits rogue driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale), and together they battle corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car.

Abominable – now available

After discovering a magical creature they believe to be a Yeti, teenager Yi and her two friends embark on an epic adventure. They try to reunite the creature with his family, whilst evading a wealthy financier and a determined zoologist who want to capture the creature for their own needs. Read our full review.

Looking for more? Take a look at our best movies on NOW TV guide – Get 12 months of Sky Cinema for just £11.99 £9.99 / month.

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