60 Best Movies to Watch on ITV UK

60 Best Movies to Watch on ITV UK

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From box sets to live channels, it would seem like ITVX has it all. As the streaming arm of one of the UK’s leading networks, it has over 10,000 hours of content to choose from, most of which are free (it also has a premium tier you can subscribe to if you don’t want to see pesky ads). 

But TV shows and channels aside, ITVX actually boasts an enviable collection of movies on its platform. A cursory search will show you it has no shortage of classics like Kill Bill, Atonement, Drive, Boyhood, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, among plenty of others. The films also range from the 1950s well into the current decade, so rest assured: there is a lot to choose from. Maybe even too much.

To narrow down your choices, we’ve rounded up the very best films you can stream right on ITVX below.

50. In The Loop (2009)

7.6

Country

UK, United Kingdom

Director

Armando Iannucci

Actors

Alex MacQueen, Anna Chlumsky, Chipo Chung, Chris Addison

Moods

Funny, Lighthearted, No-brainer

A hilarious comedy about politics in the UK and US. The secretary of State for Internal Development Simon Foster accidentally backs the plans for a war in the Middle East and suddenly finds he has a lot of friends in Washington. What follows is a difficult to follow maneuvering of pro- and antiwar factions in both governments. The harder it gets to follow what’s going on in the movie the more it resembles our present day politics and the funnier it becomes.

49. The Age of Innocence (1993)

7.7

Country

United States of America

Director

Martin Scorsese

Actors

Alec McCowen, Alexis Smith, Catherine Scorsese, Charles Scorsese

Moods

A-list actors, Dramatic, Emotional

Known for showcasing the grittier side of New York in his films, Martin Scorsese shifts to its upper echelons in The Age of Innocence. Based on the 1920 novel, the film follows society attorney Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he courts and marries the respectable May Welland (Winona Ryder), despite his desire for childhood friend Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer).

Undeniably gorgeous and impressively shot, what ultimately makes the film stand out among Scorsese’s work is how well the three leads embody the complex characters of the novel on multiple levels. Day-Lewis skillfully turns a corrupt, arrogant lawyer into someone who admirably refuses to be anything but himself, while Pfeiffer hides a stubbornness and frustration within Olenska. But it’s Ryder who best portrays her character’s complexity, Welland’s wide-eyed gaze concealing secret manipulations. All of them drive this story that not only mourns for lost love, but acts as a mourning for a lost Golden Age.

48. Logan Lucky (2017)

7.7

Country

United States of America

Director

Steven Soderbergh

Actors

Adam Driver, Alex ter Avest, Ann Mahoney, Autumn Dial

Moods

A-list actors, Funny, No-brainer

Two brothers played by Channing Tatum and Adam Driver decide to rob a local NASCAR event, the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

They put together a team to help them, with Daniel Craig as the demolition expert and Katie Holmes as the gateway driver. Other big names behind this project are actors Seth MacFarlane and Hilary Swank; and director Steven Soderbergh, who is best known for Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Thirteen, and Magic Mike.

The main characters are cheerful and just goofy enough to be completely unpredictable. Their heist is as chaotic as it is random, which inevitably leads to many funny moments. The performances by the whole cast are amazing, Daniel Craig is almost unrecognizable.

A friend once described this movie as Ocean’s 7 Eleven, and it’s hard to come up with a better line.

47. Swiss Army Man (2016)

7.7

Country

Sweden, United States of America

Director

Dan Kwan, Daniel Kwan

Actors

Aaron Marshall, Andy Hull, Antonia Ribero, Daniel Radcliffe

Moods

Funny, Mind-blowing, Sunday

Probably the weirdest film you’ll ever see. Paul Dano plays a borderline suicidal man who befriends a farting corpse that washed up from the sea as played by Daniel Radcliffe. It’s an adventurous, witty and hilarious film yet it is filled with discreet and very deep lessons about society and norms. The soundtrack is so charmingly unique as well, it’s a definite must-watch for anyone looking for a refreshing comedy.

46. Two Days, One Night (2014)

7.7

Country

Belgium, France, Italy

Director

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Actors

Alain Eloy, Baptiste Sornin, Batiste Sornin, Catherine Salée

Moods

Character-driven, Original, Touching

This movie originally caught my eye for all the attention it got at the Cannes festival, but I assure you, all of the hype is more than warranted. Two Days, One Night takes you on an emotional journey with Sandra, recovering from depression and ready to get back to work, when she discovers that her co-workers, having to choose between receiving a bonus and Sandra keeping her job, hold her fate in their hands. And thus, barely convinced herself and with her husband as her only support, she sets out on an unlikely mission to convince the people to vote against the bonus so that she still has a salary.

This movie will strike a chord for anyone who has encountered depression or even simply tried to understand the abstract concept that it is. Marion Cotillard flawlessly portrays through Sandra the desperate struggle of having to put up a fight despite the utter hopelessness that she finds herself drowning in. At strife with herself, watching her try even though every cell in her body has given up, is gut-wrenching and awe-inspiring at the same time. Before long Sandra’s fight on the lay-off and on her own hopelessness seem to blur together. Whether she wins, is what keeps you hooked to the very end.

45. Carol (2015)

7.8

Country

UK, United Kingdom, United States of America

Director

Todd Haynes

Actors

Amy Warner, Anita Farmer Bergman, Carrie Brownstein, Cate Blanchett

Moods

A-list actors, Discussion-sparking, Romantic

Watching Carol is like reading a really interesting book while relaxing on a Sunday afternoon. It is one of those movies that you probably heard about during its Oscar run, and have since delayed actually viewing it. Well now that it is on Netflix and other streaming services you have no excuse! It’s refreshingly unique, incredibly charming, and features a kind of story that hasn’t been told very often – a love story between two women. Both characters played by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara attempt to live true to their own principles while facing unjust yet severe backlash from society. If you are open to it, the love story in this will stay with you forever.

44. Trollhunter (2010)

7.8

Country

Norway

Director

André Øvredal, André Øvredal

Actors

André Øvredal, Anton Yelchin, Eirik Bech, Glenn Erland Tosterud

Moods

Funny, Weird

Filmed as a “found footage” of a Norwegian college film crew investigating local poachers, this movie really surprised me. To be fair, I didn’t really know what to expect. But I definitely didn’t expect to like this movie as much as I did. The pacing is on point. The suspense hits you at just the right times. There are a few drops of humour trickled throughout to keep a smile on your face. And that’s how my face stayed when the credits rolled.

43. Locke (2013)

7.8

Country

UK, United Kingdom, United States of America

Director

Steven Knight

Actors

Alice Lowe, Andrew Scott, Ben Daniels, Bill Milner

Moods

A-list actors, Character-driven, Well-acted

Tom Hardy channels (and transcends) his inner Colin Farrell with this film which takes place inside of a BMW SUV in its entirety. A mature drama that pays homage to anyone battling internal demons, Locke is an 85 minute road trip in which the viewer acts as the passenger. Intricately constructed with a series of intense phone calls and conversations, the film will reward you with an immersive experience with palpable anxiety that has moments that at times feel all too real.

42. The Breadwinner (2017)

7.9

Country

Canada, India, Ireland

Director

Female director, Nora Twomey

Actors

Ali Badshah, Ali Hassan, Kawa Ada, Laara Sadiq

Moods

Character-driven, Thought-provoking

The Breadwinner is as beautiful as it is heartbreaking. The animation is magical as it seamlessly jumps back and forth between Parvana’s stark reality and richly detailed fantasy. It’s a wonder to just look at, but it’s a tapestry brought to life by the story at the center of it. 

Set in 2001, at the height of Taliban rule in Afghanistan, the film follows Parvana, a young girl driven to desperate measures to keep her family alive. Because of the violent restrictions imposed on women (they’re not allowed to buy, sell, study, or practically do anything without a male chaperone), Parvana disguises herself as a boy so she can work for a living. The more she gets away with it, the bolder her attempts get. It’s a story of survival and standing up, but it’s also a sobering reminder of what fundamentalism is capable of doing (or more accurately, ruining). As long as cruel systems like this are taking place in the world, Breadwinner remains essential viewing for all.

41. Graduation (2016)

7.9

Country

Belgium, France, Romania

Director

Cristian Mungiu

Actors

Adrian Titieni, Adrian Văncică, Claudia Susanu, Constantin Cojocaru

Moods

Dramatic, Emotional

Graduation is a Romanian movie from the director of the Palme d’Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (also number 15 in the BBC’s 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century.)

Romeo is a 49-year-old doctor in the city of Cluj-Napoca. He is immensely proud and dedicated to his daughter, Eliza, who gets awarded a scholarship to go to Cambridge provided that she does well in her last high-school exam.

The day before this exam, Elisa is sexually assaulted outside her school, and her wrist is broken. The event haunts the family and jeopardizes Elisa’s chances of succeeding in her exam.

Romeo, still determined to ensure his daughter’s success, vows to do anything to not let the assault ruin his daughter’s future. Graduation is about this father and daughter duo as they go against a corrupt but quickly changing Romanian system.

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