criterion channel what to watch

Criterion Channel

Stream thousands of classic films on the Criterion Channel

Here's what you should watch on the new streaming service.


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Apr 8, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 3:25 pm CDT

The Criterion Collection is debuting a new streaming service, the Criterion Channel, which will include thousands of titles from its library and Janus Films’ catalogue, original programming that previously aired on the now-shuttered FilmStruck, and daily themed series.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Criterion Channel, including what to watch, how it works, and how much it costs.

criterion channel what to watch
Criterion Channel

What is the Criterion Channel?

The Criterion Channel launches April 8 and brings films from directors Agnès Varda, Chantal Akerman, David Lynch, Wim Wenders, and many more. Subscribers will also have access to spotlight series on Columbia Pictures’ noir films and French actress Simone Signoret. The Criterion Channel was announced in early 2019 after the closing of FilmStruck, a collaboration between Criterion and Turner Classic Movies. It aims to serve the same audience—cinephiles and classic movie buffs—and fill a void for streaming classic cinema. 


How does the Criterion Channel work?

To subscribe to the Criterion Channel, sign up at The monthly service is currently only available in the U.S. and Canada.

How much does the Criterion Channel cost?

A Criterion Channel subscription costs $10.99 a month or $99.99 a year. 

What devices can you use to watch the Criterion Channel?

The Criterion Channel is available on desktop, Amazon Fire, Roku, and Apple TV, as well as iOS and Android devices.

criterion channel what to watch
Criterion Channel


What can you watch on the Criterion Channel?

The Criterion Channel offers access to more than 1,000 feature films, 350 shorts, and special weekly programming. FlimStruck programs Meet the Filmmakers, Adventures in Moviegoing, Observations on Film Art, and Split Screen will be available, as will films from Alfred Hitchcock, Federico Fellini, Luis Buñuel, Jean-Luc Godard, Kelly Reichardt, François Truffaut, Orson Welles, and more. If you’re looking for a place to start, check out the Agnès Varda collection and Barbara Loden’s Wanda.

criterion channel what to watch
Criterion Channel

Here’s what’s coming to the Criterion Channel in April.

What to watch on the Criterion Channel: Movies, shorts, and special features in April 2019

April 8

Spotlight: Columbia Noir
My Name Is Julia Ross, Joseph H. Lewis, 1945
So Dark the Night, Joseph H. Lewis, 1946
The Big Heat, Fritz Lang, 1953
Human Desire, Fritz Lang, 1954
Drive a Crooked Road, Richard Quine, 1954
Pushover, Richard Quine, 1954
Nightfall, Jacques Tourneur, 1957
The Burglar, Paul Wendkos, 1957
The Lineup, Don Siegel, 1958
Murder by Contract, Irving Lerner, 1958
Experiment in Terror, Blake Edwards, 1962
Mildred Pierce, Michael Curtiz, 1945

April 9

Short + Feature: Yearbook and Y tu mamá también

April 10

Wanda, Barbara Loden, 1970
Screenwriter: Suso Cecchi d’Amico
Bicycle Thieves, Vittorio De Sica, 1948
Senso, Luchino Visconti, 1954
Le amiche, Michelangelo Antonioni, 1955
Le notti bianche, Luchino Visconti, 1957
Big Deal on Madonna Street, Mario Monicelli, 1958
Rocco and His Brothers, Luchino Visconti, 1960
Salvatore Giuliano, Francesco Rosi, 1962

April 11

Directed by David Lynch
Eraserhead, 1977
The Elephant Man, 1980
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, 1992
Mulholland Dr., 2001

Six Men Getting Sick, 1967
The Alphabet, 1968
The Grandmother, 1970
The Amputee Version 1, 1974
The Amputee Version 2, 1974
Premonitions Following an Evil Deed, 1995
Ace in the Hole, Billy Wilder, 1951

April 12

Double Feature: Last Hurrah for Chivalry and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Jubal, Delmer Daves, 1956

April 13

Saturday Matinee: Bugsy Malone

April 14

Julie Taymor’s Adventures in Moviegoing
Baby Face, Alfred E. Green, 1933
Great Expectations, David Lean, 1946
Rashomon, Akira Kurosawa, 1950
Sawdust and Tinsel, Ingmar Bergman, 1953
Nights of Cabiria, Federico Fellini, 1957
The Cranes Are Flying, Mikhail Kalatozov, 1957

April 15

Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1972

April 16

Short + Feature: The Silence and Taste of Cherry

April 17

Directed by Susanne Bier
Brothers, 2004
After the Wedding, 2006
In a Better World, 2010

April 18

Kaili Blues/The Poet and Singer

April 19

Double Feature: Hamlet and To Be or Not to Be

April 20

Saturday Matinee: The Kid

April 21

Meet the Filmmakers: Charles Burnett
My Brother’s Wedding, 1983
To Sleep with Anger, 1990
Hollywood Shuffle, Robert Townsend, 1987

Several Friends, 1969
The Horse, 1973
When It Rains, 1995
The Final Insult, 1997
Quiet as Kept, 2007

April 22

David Simon on Paths of Glory

April 23

Short + Feature: Fauve and The Wages of Fear
The Hidden Fortress, Akira Kurosawa, 1958

April 24

The Virgin Suicides, Sofia Coppola, 1999

April 25

Killer Couples x 3
The Honeymoon Killers, Leonard Kastle, 1969
Eating Raoul, Paul Bartel, 1982
Sightseers, Ben Wheatley, 2012

April 26

Double Feature: Murder by Contract and Le samouraï

April 27

Saturday Matinee: Mon oncle

April 28

Spotlight: Simone Signoret
La ronde, Max Ophuls, 1950
Casque d’or, Jacques Becker, 1952
Diabolique, Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955
Room at the Top, Jack Clayton, 1959
Adua and her Friends, Antonio Pietrangeli, 1960
Army of Shadows, Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969
The Widow Courdec, Pierre Granier-Deferre, 1971

April 29

Observations on Film Art No. 26: The Revolutionary Subjectivity of Memories of Underdevelopment

April 30

Short + Feature: Surface Tension and News from Home

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*First Published: Apr 8, 2019, 7:30 am CDT