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The 20 Best Movies On TV Today

The 20 Best Movies On TV Today

Every day over the Christmas break here on the Rewind, we scrawl through the listings to find you the best movies on TV to enjoy as we spend Christmas in lockdown.

As always at this time of year, there's a lot to choose from, but the quality varies wildly.

We have waded through the never-ending list of films to find what we think are the best or most enjoyable 20 films available today.

As usual, all of these films are available on non subscription channels, though may not be on all platforms.

 

An American in Paris: 1.00pm, TG4

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Year: 1951

Cast: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant

Plot: Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.. (IMDb)

Rating: 96% (Rotten Tomatoes)

 

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Love & Friendship: 1.35PM, BBC Two

Year: 2016

Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel

Plot: Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica -- and herself too, naturally. (IMDb)

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Rating: 97% (Rotten Tomatoes)

 

Zootropolis: 1.55PM, BBC One

Year: 2016

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Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

Plot: In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. (IMDb)

Rating: 98% (Rotten Tomatoes)

 

Emma: 3.05PM, BBC 2

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Year: 1996

Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, James Cosmo, Greta Scacchi

Plot: While matchmaking for friends and neighbours, a young 19th Century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love.(IMDb)

Rating: 87% (Rotten Tomatoes)

 

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Frozen: 3.35PM, BBC One

Year: 2013

Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff

Plot: When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. (IMDb)

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Rating: 90% (Rotten Tomatoes)

 

Zoo: 3.55PM, RTE One

Year: 2017

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Cast: Toby Jones, Penelope Wilton, Ian McElhinney

Plot: Young Tom Hall (Art Parkinson) and his misfit friends fight to save "Buster" the baby elephant during the German air raid bombings of Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1941. (IMDb)

Rating: 88% (Rotten Tomatoes)

 

Marley & Me: 4.50PM, TG4

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Year: 2008

Cast: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane

Plot: A family learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog. (IMDb)

Rating: 62% (Rotten Tomatoes)

 

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The Remains of the Day: 6.20PM, Sony Movie Channel

Year: 1993

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, John Haycraft

Plot: A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer. (IMDb)

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Rating: 95% (Rotten Tomatoes)

 

Shanghai Noon: 7.00PM, Comedy Central

Year: 2000

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Cast: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu

Plot: A Chinese man travels to the Wild West to rescue a kidnapped Princess. After teaming up with a train robber, the unlikely duo takes on a Chinese traitor and his corrupt boss. (IMDb)

Rating: 79% (Rotten Tomatoes)

 

Hellboy II: The Golden Army: 9.00PM, ITV4

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Year: 2008

Cast: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones

Plot: A prince of the mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, and Hellboy his team must fight to stop him from locating the all-powerful Golden Army. (IMDb)

Rating: 86% (Rotten Tomatoes)

 

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The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!: 9.00PM, Comedy Central

Year: 1988

Cast: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, OJ Simpson

Plot: Incompetent police Detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II. (IMDb)

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Rating: 88% (Rotten Tomatoes)

 

Forrest Gump: 9.00PM, Film Four

Year: 1994

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Cast: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise

Plot: The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate and other historical events unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart. (IMDb)

Rating: 71% (Rotten Tomatoes)

 

Zodiac: 9.00PM, TCM

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Year: 2007

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo

Plot: In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree. (IMDb)

Rating: 95% (Rotten Tomatoes)

 

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True Romance: 9.00PM, Sony Movie Channel

Year: 1993

Cast: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper

Plot: In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine, the Mob, track them down in an attempt to reclaim it. (IMDb)

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Rating: 93% (Rotten Tomatoes)

 

Jimmy's Hall: 10.00PM, Virgin Media One

Year: 2014

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Cast: Barry Ward, Francis Magee, Aileen Henry

Plot: During the Depression, Jimmy Gralton returns home to Ireland after ten years of exile in America. Seeing the levels of poverty and oppression, the activist in him reawakens and he looks to re-open the dance hall that led to his deportation. (IMDb)

Rating: 76% (Rotten Tomatoes)

 

Little Voice: 10.20PM, TG4

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Year: 1998

Cast: Brenda Blethyn, Jane Horrocks, Michael Caine

Plot: A shy reclusive lady is convinced by an invisible entity to sing. Subsequently, she finds herself noticed by a sleazy talent agent and her talent being showcased on-stage. She also meets a kind but nervous man who becomes her best friend. (IMDb)

Rating: 76% (Rotten Tomatoes)

 

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The Field: 10.25PM, RTE One

Year: 1990

Cast: Richard Harris, John Hurt, Sean Bean

Plot: When a field (which has been farmed by the McCabe family for generations) goes up for auction, the patriarch of the McCabe family will stop at nothing to prevent a rich American from buying it. (IMDb)

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Rating: 43% (Rotten Tomatoes)

 

Role Models: 11.20PM, ITV4

Year: 2008

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Cast: Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Elizabeth Banks

Plot: Wild behavior forces a pair of energy drink reps to enroll in a Big Brother program. (IMDb)

Rating: 77% (Rotten Tomatoes)

 

21 Grams: 11.25PM, Sony Movie Channel

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Year: 2003

Cast: Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts

Plot: A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con. (IMDb)

Rating: 80% (Rotten Tomatoes)

 

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Point Break: 11.55PM, BBC One

Year: 1991

Cast: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

Plot: An F.B.I. Agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers. (IMDb)

Rating: 70% (Rotten Tomatoes)

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