One of the best films of the '70s is among the movies on TV tonight 1 month ago

One of the best films of the '70s is among the movies on TV tonight

It's from the director of Apocalypse Now and The Godfather Trilogy.

It may not be Friday yet but that doesn't mean you can't chill out on the sofa with a fine film this Thursday night.

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Here's the best movies airing on the box this evening.

The Conversation - 9pm - BBC Four

Has a filmmaker ever had a better hot streak than Francis Ford Coppola in the '70s during which he released the first two Godfathers, Apocalypse Now and this landmark thriller.

In The Conversation, two-time Oscar winner Gene Hackman plays a paranoid, secretive surveillance expert who has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that the couple he is spying on will be murdered.

Also featuring amongst its cast Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall and John Cazale (Fredo in The Godfather), the film is incredibly tense and suspenseful, with its exploration of surveillance and technology's role in society still resonating to this day.

Airplane! - ITV 4 - 9pm

"Surely you can't be serious?"... "I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."

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The Spy Who Dumped Me - Film4 - 9pm

Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis star in this spy spoof.

Intruders - Horror Channel - 9pm

Clive Owen leads the cast of this chiller about two children living in different countries that are visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them.

Marnie - Turner Classic Movies - 11.10pm

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One of legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock's best movies, Marnie stars Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren.

Vivarium - Turner Classic Movies - 11.15pm

In this effectively strange and unsettling Irish sci-fi horror-thriller, a couple (Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg) become trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighborhood of identical houses.

Escape from Alcatraz - TG4 - 12.05am

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Clint Eastwood leads the cast of this great '70s thriller which dramatises the 1962 prisoner escape from the maximum-security prison on Alcatraz Island.