In this challenging period of isolation, there is at least plenty of time to sit down and enjoy a film. Almost all of the major streaming services offer an enormous range of movies, including the free BBC iPlayer. Whether you fancy watching something you’ve never seen before, or revisiting a classic from last century, we’ve got you covered.
Here, Age Space has put together our 10 best films to watch from across iPlayer, Netflix and Amazon Prime. You can watch films from these streaming services on your laptop, computer, phone, tablet or smart TV.
Best Films to Watch on BBC iPlayer
The BBC iPlayer is completely free as long as you have paid your TV licence fee (if you are of the age that you are required to!).
Made in Dagenham (2010)
This comedy drama follows the women from the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968 as they rally for equal pay and treatment. A funny yet moving watch, and a good insight in to how the 1970 Equal Pay Act came in to being!
Based on a book by Martin Amis, this classic comedy from 1957 is about a junior professor who is desperate to impress the new university chancellor. Despite his good intentions, he rarely fails to make a fool of himself.
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is the moving tale of the real-life romance between youthful Liverpudlian actor Peter Turner and older Hollywood star Gloria Graham, and how their fates change as she falls ill. Bell and Bening were both nominated for BAFTAs for their portrayals of Turner and Graham, respectively.
Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise star in this Oscar-winning comedy-drama. It tells the heartwarming and hilarious story of two brothers brought together by their surprise at their estranged father’s will upon his passing, eventually setting off on a cross-country journey to Los Angeles.
Best Films to Watch on Netflix
If you’re not familiar with it, Netflix is a subscription-based service with a wide array of TV series and films. Basic plans start from £5.99 a month, but it may be worth asking some of your friends and families if they are interested in sharing an account that allows you to use one account across multiple devices.
If you do have Netflix, you should also check out Age Space’s Top 10 Netflix Series Recommendations for the Elderly.
The King’s Speech
Colin Firth plays the future King George VI in this critically-acclaimed historical drama. The film follows George’s friendship with the Australian speech and language therapist Lionel Logue, who helps the new King to make his first wartime radio broadcast in spite of his stammer.
Julie & Julia
Julie & Julia is a sweet and original film which contrasts the life of the chef Julia Child with that of a young author, Julie Powell, who is aiming to cook all 524 recipes in Child’s cookbook in the space of one year. Meryl Streep gives a great performance as the iconic American chef.
West Side Story
The movie release of this musical was an instant classic when it was released in 1961 and it has certainly stood the test of time. Based on Romeo and Juliet, the story follows the tensions between the Jets and Sharks, two gangs in the Upper West Side of New York. This film was widely acclaimed for its musical score, including the singalong hit Maria.
Best Films to Watch on Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime is a subscription streaming service similar to Netflix, also boasting a fantastic range of films and TV shows. A basic plan costs £5.99 a month, or you can choose to begin with a 30-day free trial.
The Imitation Game
The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the British X who designed a machine to decipher Enigma messages during World War II. The film is about more than his war heroics, however, and looks deeply in to the struggles Turing endured as a gay man at a time when homosexuality was still illegal.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
With a star-studded cast, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was one of the most highly-acclaimed films of 2011. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a spy thriller, set in London during the Cold War, and follows the team that is searching for a Soviet double agent operating within the British secret service. An exciting and puzzling movie that will keep you on your toes throughout.
Paddington 1 & 2
The Paddington movies have been a revelation, winning the hearts of viewers of all ages. The films tell the story of the adorable Paddington Bear as he migrates from Peru to London and settles in with the Brown family, encountering some enemies comical enemies along the way. Both Paddington 1 and 2 are available on Amazon Prime, and are both charming and feel-good choices to watch.