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Our video on-demand service features contemporary and classic films, hand-picked from our festivals, cultural programme and the BFI National Archive.

    • Ida

      A novice nun questions faith and truth as she explores her family’s past. Award-winning story from Pawel Pawlikowski.

    • Only Lovers Left Alive

      Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton star as ageless, blood-drinking lovers in Jim Jarmusch’s clever, funny and sexy vampire tale.

    • China on Film

      Travel back in time to a lost China with this collection of extraordinary, rare and beautiful travelogues, newsreels and home movies.

    • Goltzius and the Pelican Company

      Peter Greenaway’s new film showcases his trademark breathtaking visual framing and provocative subject matters.

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The Greatest Films of All Time

Once a decade Sight & Sound asks critics to select the best films of all time.

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Every week we publish a list of 10 great films, all of which are available to view in the UK.

    • 10 great American sci-fi films of the 1950s

      In the 1950s, cold war paranoia and the fear of imminent destruction gave rise to an unparalleled wave of alien invasion movies and apocalyptic space adventures. As Invasion of the Body Snatchers returns to cinemas, we count down 10 of the best.

      Matthew Thrift
      30 October 2014

    • 10 great sci-fi films of the 21st century

      The 21st century was once just a subject for science fiction – now we're living it. But what are the best sci-fi movies made since we crossed into the new millennium?

      Neil Mitchell
      23 October 2014

    • 10 great battleship and war-at-sea films

      Battleships, submarines and sea warfare are the co-ordinates of this week's list, in celebration of the London Film Festival Archive Gala screening and nationwide rerelease of one of the great, forgotten British war films.

      David Parkinson
      16 October 2014

    • 10 great black British films

      With Destiny Ekaragha’s new comedy Gone Too Far! now only the fourth British film directed by a black woman to be released in cinemas in the UK, it felt the right time to ask: what are some of the best films about black British experience? 

      Ashley Clark
      9 October 2014

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