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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 Polish nun explores her family’s past in this stunning exploration of faith and history, the winner of last year’s Best Film award at the London Film Festival.

    • 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.

    • American Translation

      A sexually ambiguous Frenchman tours his native countryside with his naive American lover in pursuit of the ultimate thrill.

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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 European road movies

      With the release of Pawel Pawlikowski's award-winning drama Ida on BFI Player, we're setting off on 10 more unmissable road trips across Europe.

      Samuel Wigley
      25 September 2014

    • 10 great horror films of the 21st century

      With the Cult section of the BFI London Film Festival offering a tasting menu of the some of the most striking new horror cinema, we got to thinking: what are the best horror films made since the year 2000?

      Michael Blyth
      18 September 2014

    • 10 great prison break films

      Escapist entertainment par excellence – with the return to cinemas of Jim Jarmusch's off-kilter jailbird classic Down by Law, here are 10 of the best prison breakout movies.

      Matthew Thrift
      11 September 2014

    • 10 great films set in Berlin

      With the return to cinemas of Fritz Lang's groundbreaking thriller M, about a manhunt for a serial killer on the streets of the German capital, we take a tour through 10 of the best Berlin movies.

      Thirza Wakefield
      4 September 2014

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