The 15 Best Movies On TV Today

The 15 Best Movies On TV Today
By Michael McCarthy
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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 15  films available today.

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


To Catch a Thief: 1.05pm, BBC Two

Year: 1955


Cast: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis

Plot: A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation. (IMDb)

Rating: 96% (Rotten Tomatoes)



Queen of Katwe: 1.35PM, RTE One

Year: 2016


Cast: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o

Plot: A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess. (IMDb)

Rating: 94% (Rotten Tomatoes)



A League of Their Own: 1.35PM, Sony Movie Channel

Year: 1992


Cast: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty

Plot: Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry. (IMDb)

Rating: 78% (Rotten Tomatoes)



The Secret Garden: 1.45PM, RTE Two

Year: 1993

Cast: Kate Maberly, Maggie Smith, Heydon Prowse

Plot: A young, recently-orphaned girl is sent to England after living in India all of her life. Once there, she begins to explore her new, seemingly-isolated surroundings, and its secrets. (IMDb)

Rating: 88% (Rotten Tomatoes)


Trolls: 1.50PM, BBC One

Year: 2016

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel

Plot: After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends. (IMDb)

Rating: 76% (Rotten Tomatoes)


North by Northwest: 2.30PM, BBC Two

Year: 1959

Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason

Plot: A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies. (IMDb)

Rating: 99% (Rotten Tomatoes)


How to Train Your Dragon 2: 3.35PM, BBC One

Year: 2014

Cast: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler

Plot: When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. (IMDb)

Rating: 91% (Rotten Tomatoes)


Dumb and Dumber: 6.45PM, Comedy Central


Year: 1994

Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly

Plot: After a woman leaves a briefcase at the airport terminal, a dumb limo driver and his dumber friend set out on a hilarious cross-country road trip to Aspen to return it. (IMDb)

Rating: 68% (Rotten Tomatoes)


How to Train Your Dragon: 7.30PM, E4

Year: 2010

Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Plot: A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. (IMDb)

Rating: 99% (Rotten Tomatoes)


The Fugitive: 9.00PM, ITV4

Year: 1993

Cast: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward

Plot: Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt led by a seasoned U.S. Marshal. (IMDb)

Rating: 96% (Rotten Tomatoes)


The Matrix: 9.00PM, TCM

Year: 1999

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

Plot: When a beautiful stranger leads computer hacker Neo to a forbidding underworld, he discovers the shocking truth--the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence. (IMDb)

Rating: 88% (Rotten Tomatoes)


The Playboys: 10.10PM, Virgin Media One

Year: 1992

Cast: Albert Finney, Aidan Quinn, Robin Wright

Plot: A young woman, Tara Maguire scandalizes her provincial Irish village in the 1950s by having a baby out of wedlock, and refusing to name the father. She has a rare beauty and every man in town desires her, especially Sergeant Hegarty. The arrival of a dramatic troupe stirs things up even more, especially when she falls in love with one of the "Playboys", Tom Casey (IMDb)

Rating: 92% (Rotten Tomatoes)


Inside Llewyn Davis: 10.30PM, TG4

Year: 2013

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman

Plot: A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. (IMDb)

Rating: 92% (Rotten Tomatoes)


Hunt for the Wilderpeople: 10.50PM, FilmFour

Year: 2016

Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata

Plot: A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush. (IMDb)

Rating: 97% (Rotten Tomatoes)


The War of the Roses: 12.10AM, RTE One

Year: 1989

Cast: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

Plot: A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle. (IMDb)

Rating: 85% (Rotten Tomatoes)

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