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

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

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?

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.

Whether it’s a modern classic like Kingsman: the Golden Circle or a beloved family-friendly movie Big, there’s a flick for everyone on the telly this week – and if you’re a NOW subscriber, we’ve listed our recommendations for the best movies streaming over there as well.

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

Saturday 23th October

Kingsman: the Golden Circle – 9pm, C4

Spy action adventure starring Taron Egerton, Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. Now a card-carrying Kingsman agent, Egerton plays a certified super-spy who has inherited the title of his late mentor. But when the head of a major drugs cartel takes out most of his fellow agents, Eggsy must confront a new nemesis, and join forces with his American counterparts: the Statesmen. Read our full review

The Hustler – 8:40pm, Talking Pictures TV

Classic sports drama starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie and George C Scott. Streetwise pool hustler “Fast” Eddie Felson journeys across America conning unsuspecting players into high-stake games before beating them with apparent good fortune. Determined to become the best, Felson arrives in New York and tries to fix a game with the legendary champion, Minnesota Fats. Read our full review

Hotel Transylvania 3: a Monster Vacation – 4:25pm, ITV2

Animated comedy horror featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg. Exhausted from running the hotel, Count Dracula heads off on a sea cruise with the family. Romance beckons in the form of the ship’s mysterious captain – but she is hiding a deadly secret that could spell disaster for the monsters. Read our full review

Saving Private Ryan– 9pm, 5 Star

Second World War drama directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns, and featuring Matt Damon. As the horror of the Normandy landings takes its toll, three brothers lie dead. Captain Miller is sent on a special mission in occupied France to bring home the fourth brother, Private Ryan – no matter what the cost. Read our full review

Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason – 10:45pm, ITV

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Universal Pictures

Romantic comedy sequel starring Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. When Bridget discovers her seemingly perfect barrister boyfriend Mark Darcy has unattractive qualities that she’d previously overlooked, she finds herself drawn once again to the dastardly Daniel Cleaver. Read our full review

Sunday 24th October

Big – 4:55pm, Great Movies

Comedy starring Tom Hanks. At a fairground fortune-telling booth, 12-year-old Josh Baskin wishes that he could be “big”. The next morning he is astonished to find himself fully grown. He soon learns that, in the adult world, being a grown-up is not all that it is cracked up to be. Read our full review  

Holy Matrimony – 1:50pm, Talking Pictures TV

Comedy starring Monty Woolley and Gracie Fields. British artist Priam Farli returns to England after many years on a Pacific island and causes all sorts of confusion when he assumes the identity of his recently deceased valet.. Read our full review

Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit – 3:10pm, BBC One

Animated comedy adventure featuring the voices of Peter Sallis, Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter. As the annual Giant Vegetable Competition approaches, enterprising Wallace and Gromit cash in with their humane pest-control outfit, “Anti-Pesto”. But business turns sour when a huge, mysterious beast begins destroying every garden in the area. Read our full review

Dead Ringers – 9pm, Horror Channel

Psychological thriller from David Cronenberg, starring Jeremy Irons and Geneviève Bujold. Beverly and Elliot Mantle are brilliant identical twins who run a fertility clinic in Toronto. When they both become involved with the same patient, their lives take a strange and horrific turn. Read our full review

The Stanford Prison Experiment – 11:05pm, ITV4

Drama based on a true story, starring Billy Crudup and Michael Angarano. Eighteen volunteers are locked in a mock prison and assigned the roles of “guards” and “prisoners”. Over six days, the group undergoes a disturbing breakdown. Read our full review

Monday 25th October

Arctic – 9pm, Great Movies Action

A man is stranded in the freezing Arctic after a plane crash and desperately seeks rescue. One day he thinks salvation has come, but a disaster leaves him fighting not just for his own survival, but also that of another who is critically injured. Director Joe Penna’s thriller, starring Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smaradottir and Tintrinai Thikhasuk. Read our full review

Earth Girls are Easy – 4:40pm, Great Movies

Musical satire starring Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum and Jim Carrey. Valerie Dale thinks she is hallucinating when a spacecraft with three furry aliens crash-lands in her Los Angeles swimming pool. Read our full review

True Romance – 11:20pm, Great Movies

Black comedy thriller written by Quentin Tarantino, starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette. When young Clarence Worley falls in love with beautiful prostitute Alabama, she’s only too willing to give up her life to be with him. However, things get hot when Clarence unwittingly steals a case of cocaine and the couple flee to California with a gang of mobsters on their tail. Read our full review

Tuesday 26th October

Manhunter – 9pm, ITV4

Psychological thriller starring William Petersen and Brian Cox. Ex-FBI investigator Will Graham is called in to solve a series of brutal murders by a killer dubbed the “Tooth Fairy”. To help him in his search, Graham uses the extraordinary talents of Dr Hannibal Lecktor, a brilliant psychotherapist with a taste for human flesh. Read our full review

A Nightmare on Elm Street – 11:05pm, 5 Star

Horror starring Robert Englund and featuring Johnny Depp. Four teenagers in a small town become possessed by the same horrific nightmare in which a hideously disfigured man with razors as fingernails stalks them. And it soon becomes apparent that this monster can be brought into real life. Read our full review

Call Northside 777 – 3:25pm, Talking Pictures TV

Crime drama based on a true story, starring James Stewart. A cynical journalist is at first sceptical when he interviews a mother who’s offering a large sum of money to anyone who can prove that her son is innocent of murder. But when he investigates the case, he has a change of heart. Read our full review

Wednesday 27th October

Wildlife – 11:15pm, BBC2

Drama starring Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould and Jake Gyllenhaal. Jerry and Jeanette Brinson move with their teenage son to a small town in Montana in 1960. When breadwinner Jerry loses his job at a golf course, Jeanette is forced to start teaching at a local swimming pool to make ends meet. As Jerry’s decision to fight fires in the northern part of the state puts further strain on their marriage, Jeanette begins an affair with a wealthy businessman. Read our full review

Sinister – 9pm, Horror Channel

Horror starring Ethan Hawke. In an effort to boost his flagging career, a crime writer moves his family into the actual house where a murder he is researching was committed. His discovery of 8mm home movies suggests that dark forces were at work… and they may still be there. Read our full review

District 9 – 11:10pm, Great Movies

Sci-fi action drama starring Sharlto Copley. Nearly 30 years after aliens landed near Johannesburg, the extraterrestrial visitors are living in a squalid refugee camp called District 9. With the initial welcoming attitude of the human population long since faded, the order is given for the space visitors to be forcibly evicted. For one man, the operation will be a life-changing experience. Read our full review

Thursday 28th October

Don’t Look Now – 9pm, BBC4

Nicolas Roeg’s supernatural thriller, adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s short story, starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. Following the tragic drowning of their young daughter, John and Laura Baxter go to Venice – he to work, she to recuperate. There they meet two sisters, one of whom claims to be able to communicate with the dead child. Caught up in the bizarre events that follow, the Baxters are drawn inexorably toward a mysterious and forbidding fate. Read our full review

A Private Function – 9pm, Talking Pictures TV

In post-war Yorkshire, with rationing still very much in force, a mild-mannered chiropodist tries to prove his worth to the snobbish locals by kidnapping a pig which is being fattened up for a local banquet. Alan Bennett’s comedy, starring Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Alison Steadman and Liz Smith. Read our full review

Red Sparrow – 9pm, Film4

Spy thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton and Matthias Schoenaerts. After her ballet career ends in injury, a young Russian woman begins work as a spy and is sent to entrap a CIA operative. But when the assignment becomes more complicated than anticipated, the spy considers becoming a double agent. Read our full review

Friday 29th October

Zodiac – 11:25pm, BBC One

Crime drama based on a true story, starring Mark Ruffalo, Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr. San Francisco, 1969: following a series of homicides, a cryptic message is delivered to the offices of a local newspaper. It is the first in a series of letters that taunt Inspector David Toschi and his team who are on the trail of a serial murderer. It also launches the paper’s cartoonist Robert Graysmith on an obsessive quest of his own to find the Zodiac killer. Read our full review

Robin & Marian – 9pm, Film4

Adventure starring Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn and Robert Shaw. After fighting in the Crusades and following the death of King Richard, Robin Hood and his long-time companion Little John return to Sherwood Forest to be reunited with Maid Marian and once again confront the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. Read our full review

The Prodigy – 9pm, Film4

Premiere. A mother worried about her young son’s erratic behaviour suspects something supernatural may be affecting him. Director Nicholas McCarthy’s psychological horror, starring Taylor Schilling and Peter Mooney. Read our full review

The Village – 9pm, Great Movies

Horror thriller starring Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard and Adrien Brody. An isolated rural community maintains an uneasy truce with the mysterious creatures who live in the surrounding woods… until a villager crosses the boundary. 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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