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Most Popular Films of 2021

Exclusive releases and cult classics that cut through in 2021 – here are the year’s most popular subscription titles.

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After LoveAfter Love

Drama202090 minsDirector: Aleem Khan

In this knockout feature debut from filmmaker Aleem Khan, Joanna Scanlan is superb as a woman left reeling upon discovering her late husband’s secrets. Winner of six BIFAs.

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Mulholland Dr.Mulholland Dr.

Thriller2001142 minsDirector: David Lynch

David Lynch’s beautifully baffling, surreal psychological thriller.

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La HaineLa Haine

Drama199598 minsDirector: Mathieu Kassovitz

Mathieu Kassovitz’s landmark mid-90s drama throws a cinematic Molotov cocktail at structural racism, police brutality and media manipulation.

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Mogul MowgliMogul Mowgli

Drama202089 minsDirector: Bassam Tariq

Bassam Tariq’s visceral directorial debut, co-written with Riz Ahmed, finds a British-Pakistani rapper’s life spiralling out of control when, on the cusp of success, he succumbs to a debilitating illness.

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County LinesCounty Lines

Drama201990 minsDirector: Henry Blake

Blistering thriller of a teen groomed to work for a brutal, organised drugs network.

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The StreetThe Street

Documentary201995 minsDirector: Zed Nelson

The working-class community of Hoxton Street face the upheavals of gentrification, austerity and the eruption of Brexit, in this portrait of a rapidly changing London.

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Blood SimpleBlood Simple

Film noir198392 minsDirector: Joel Coen

The Coen Brothers' neo-noir thriller debut is both brilliantly grisly and darkly comic.

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PatrickPatrick

Drama201996 minsDirector: Tim Mielants

Life on the nudist colony is fairly routine for handyman Patrick (Kevin Janssens), that is until the mystery of his missing hammer sets in motion a quest of self-discovery.

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The TribeThe Tribe

Drama2014132 minsDirector: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

A new arrival at a school for young deaf people is drawn into a nightmarish world of crime and brutality, in this audacious and acclaimed modern classic told in unsubtitled sign.

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Personal ShopperPersonal Shopper

Drama2016106 minsDirector: Olivier Assayas

Kristen Stewart reunites with Olivier Assayas to play an A-List celebrity's personal shopper, who keeps receiving strange text messages from an unknown source.

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The LunchboxThe Lunchbox

Drama2013105 minsDirector: Ritesh Batra

Mismatched lunchboxes lead to an unlikely romance in this exquisite Indian drama, brimful of tantalising food and elegantly delivered wisdom.

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at NightA Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Horror2014101 minsDirector: Ana Lily Amirpour

If you only see one Iranian vampire western this year, make sure it’s this one. A female vampire stalks a ghost town in Ana Lily Amirpour’s arresting debut.

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CrashCrash

Drama1996100 minsDirector: David Cronenberg

Technology and sexuality meet in head-on collision in David Cronenberg’s controversial adaptation of writer J.G. Ballard’s hugely transgressive 1973 novel, starring James Spader and Holly Hunter.

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The Duke of BurgundyThe Duke of Burgundy

Drama2014104 minsDirector: Peter Strickland

Peter Strickland’s visually and aurally intoxicating tale of sadomasochistic power-play is a daringly erotic sensory feast.

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HiddenHidden

Drama2004113 minsDirector: Michael Haneke

A literary TV chat-show host (Daniel Auteuil) discovers the drawbacks to celebrity when he and his wife (Juliette Binoche) start receiving anonymous messages in the form of videos of their home and naively violent drawings.

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MLK/FBIMLK/FBI

Documentary2020106 minsDirector: Sam Pollard

Sam Pollard's resonant exploration of the US government's surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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BaitBait

Drama201889 minsDirector: Mark Jenkin

Simmering tensions between locals and newcomers in a modern-day Cornish fishing village reach boiling point in this hugely acclaimed British independent film.

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Lift to the ScaffoldLift to the Scaffold

Crime195891 minsDirector: Louis Malle

Julien Tavernier plans the perfect murder of his boss. Having emerged from the scene of the crime, he returns to retrieve a vital piece of evidence but finds himself trapped in a lift, increasingly desperate to escape before the police arrive.

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ArchipelagoArchipelago

Drama2010109 minsDirector: Joanna Hogg

Starring Tom Hiddleston, a family holiday to the Isles of Scilly sees fractures emerge in this sun-filled drama from Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir).

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Force MajeureForce Majeure

Drama2014120 minsDirector: Ruben Östlund

On a family holiday to the French Alps, a couple see stress put on their marriage when, during a crisis, the father abandons his family.

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EnemyEnemy

Drama201391 minsDirector: Denis Villeneuve

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as doppelgangers in this dark, pulsating thriller from Denis Villeneuve.