The best films on TV: Wednesday, 20 May

Ben Dadds
·3-min read
The Cable Guy, Lakeview Terrace, Julie & Julia.
The Cable Guy, Lakeview Terrace, Julie & Julia.

Why not celebrate humpday by watching a film on TV today? You can choose from a sprawling Australian war drama, Die-Hard-in-a-hockey-stadium or an astonishing life affirming documentary as TopFilmTip brings you the best films on TV today: Wednesday, 20 May.

Some films may require a Sky subscription.

Four skilled mercs hired to rescue a rich man’s wife shoot, kill and explode their way across the Old West in The Professionals 11:00am Film4

Two Australian sprinters follow idealistic fervour into the wasteful workings of an unwinnable war in Peter Weir's Gallipoli 3:55pm Film4

The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad, lobbycard, (aka THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD), Kathryn Grant, Kerwin Mathews, 1958. (Photo by LMPC via Getty Images)
The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad, lobbycard, (aka THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD), Kathryn Grant, Kerwin Mathews, 1958. (Photo by LMPC via Getty Images)

Sexy snake-lady strips, sailors eat a baby monster, and get squished by cyclops in Ray Harryhausen’s The 7th Voyage of Sinbad 4:00pm Horror Channel

An uncomfortable tragic comedy regarding unrequited friendship, Jim Carrey stars in Ben Stiller's The Cable Guy 7:05pm Sony Movies

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Antisocial racist makes neighbour's lives a living hell while literal and metaphorical fire draws near in Sam Jackson’s Lakeview Terrace 9:00pm Horror Channel

A profiler must track a serial killer using the advice of one Hannibal Lecter in Michael Mann’s chromatically emotive Manhunter 9:00pm Sky Atlantic

Inexplicably English DEA agent's poor parenting precipitates meth-head feud in chump-bashing deep southern action fun Homefront 9:00pm Sony Movies

Jean Claude Van Damme stands over the crowd in a scene from the film 'Sudden Death', 1995. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)
Jean Claude Van Damme stands over the crowd in a scene from the film 'Sudden Death', 1995. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)

Ex-fire fighter brings the Van-Dammage to terrorists during ice hockey finals in mascot-killing, chopper fireball-ing fun Sudden Death 9:00pm ITV4

Abandoned astronaut sciences himself into a poo-planting, potato farming, space pirate to aid maverick rescue mission The Martian 9:00pm Film4

Deep cover agent feeds gangster's lion, hacks off limbs with saw and forgoes his family for duty, in stunning true story Donnie Brasco 11:05pm Sony Movies

American actor Ronny Cox on the set of RoboCop, directed by Paul Verhoeven. (Photo by Orion Pictures Corporation/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor Ronny Cox on the set of RoboCop, directed by Paul Verhoeven. (Photo by Orion Pictures Corporation/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Killed-cop-cyborg seeks bullet bathed vengeance in penis shooting, toxic waste mutilating, visceral dystopian catharsis RoboCop (1987) 11:10pm ITV4

Manipulated by malevolent puppetmaster, ineffectual everyman plays game of arson, amputation and assault in conspiracy horror 13 Sins 00:55am Horror Channel

After suffering a catastrophic stroke, lyricist loses his capacity for language in life affirming documentary The Possibilities Are Endless 1:35am Film4

Parallel narratives interweave present day food blogger with influential '50s French cookery guru in the delectable Julie & Julia 3:35am Sony Movie

Everything new on streaming in May:

Netflix UK: May’s new releases

NOW TV: May’s new releases

Amazon Prime Video UK: May's new releases

Disney+ UK: May's new releases