Fritz Lang’s expressionist, dystopian vision is one of the first science fiction feature films, and is arguably the most influential. In a stunningly designed high-rise future, society is segregated into a subterranean worker class and their above-ground oppressors, but a mad scientist has designed a robot that threatens to inspire a revolution.
Countless filmmakers have been inspired by Lang’s audacious futuristic vision and the film’s incredible production design, while the film’s iconic fembot has inspired numerous musicians and fashion designers, from Beyoncé to Jeff Mills and Karl Lagerfeld. Metropolis is presented here in its most complete 147-minute version, featuring the inserted previously missing reels that were discovered in Argentina in 2008.
Horror 1957 81 mins Director: Val Guest
While researching for his moon colonisation programme, Professor Quatermass (Brian Donlevy) is intrigued by the strange readings his radar is picking up.
Horror 1957 85 mins Director: Val Guest
Two men with opposing views undertake a dangerous Himalayan search for the legendary lost creature, in this typically intelligent take on the Yeti mythology from the pen of Nigel Kneale.
Horror 1955 82 mins Director: Val Guest
When the sole survivor from an orbital mission returns, the brilliant Professor Quatermass (Brian Donlevy) discovers the astronaut is not quite all that he seems...
Horror 2016 98 mins Director: Amat Escalante
Amat Escalante follows Heli with a boundary-pushing, mind-blowing mix of sex, sci-fi and social drama.
Science Fiction 1961 100 mins Director: Val Guest
The BFI’s new HD remaster of the British sci-fi classic. A journalist discovers that the Earth has been knocked off its axis and is moving ever closer to the sun. Is the Earth doomed?
Science Fiction 2000 114 mins Director: Kenji Fukasaku
Before The Hunger Games there was Battle Royale, Kinji Fukasaku's magnificently twisted shocker in which tearaway teens are given three days to kill or be killed.
Road movie 1979 100 mins Director: Chris Petit
Chris Petit's cult classic is one of the most striking feature debuts in British cinema – a haunting blend of edgy mystery story and existential road movie.
Horror 1919 77 mins Silent Director: Robert Wiene
One of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history, Robert Wiene’s expressionist nightmare shook filmgoers worldwide and changed the direction of the art form.
Drama 1982 109 mins Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Jeanne Moreau plays a jaded brothel madam caught up in the violent sexual awakening of Brad Davis' naïve young sailor in Fassbinder's fever dream of subversive eroticism.
War 1978 106 mins Director: David Hemmings
David Bowie stars as the soldier-turned-drifter-turned-dancer for rent, in David Hemmings' Berlin melodrama set at the end of the Great War.
Drama 1981 131 mins Director: Uli Edel
David Bowie’s image and music gives brooding energy to this tale of a junkie sex-worker in 70s Berlin.
War 1982 123 mins Director: Nagisa Oshima
An unflinching study of brutality and resistance, fear and desire in a Japanese WWII POW camp, directed with verve by Oshima and starring David Bowie, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Tom Conti.
Directed by Fritz Lang
Crime 1931 111 mins Director: Fritz Lang
Peter Lorre is unforgettable as the compulsive child murderer on the run from both police and criminals alike, in Fritz Lang’s seminal crime film.
Drama 2018 119 mins Director: Peter Strickland
A beautiful blood-red dress unleashes a curse on its wearers in Peter Strickland's erotic and twisted horror.
Comedy 2017 151 mins Director: Ruben Östlund
From director Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure) comes a satire on the hypocrisy of the art world, starring Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West. Winner of the Palme d'Or.
Drama 2009 106 mins Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Abbas Kiarostami directs Juliette Binoche in a personal and playful drama about a day in the life of a French gallery owner and a British author.
Drama 2021 110 mins Director: Fred Baillif
A gripping drama of girls living in residential care that bristles with rare intensity and dangerous energy.
Drama 2021 103 mins Director: Pascual Sisto
A troubled teenager holds his family captive in this gripping psychological thriller starring Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Ehle as his parents.
Drama 2019 119 mins Director: Agnieszka Holland
James Norton stars as Welsh journalist Gareth Jones whose 1930s visit to Soviet Ukraine uncovered the truth of Stalin’s state-sponsored famine and reputedly inspired George Orwell’s Animal Farm.