Robot & Frank is the charming and heartfelt tale of Frank and his digital companion who are brought together through illness but become partners in crime with surprising consequences. To celebrate Robot & Frank coming to Blu-ray, DVD and to download on 15 July we have compiled a list of our favourite robot films and the stories that have held our fascination.

Short Circuit

With the adorable story line of Number 5,
also known as Johnny 5, one of a group of
experimental military robots undergoes a
sudden transformation after being struck by
lightning. He develops self-awareness,
consciousness, and a fear of the
reprogramming that awaits him back at the
factory. With the help of a young woman, Number 5 tries to evade capture and convince his creator that he has truly become alive.

The Terminator

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most iconic role as The Terminator a vicious killing machine that will do whatever it takes to kill his target – including murdering people who happen to share her name. As a cyborg sent from the future on a deadly mission, to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), a young woman whose life will have a great significance in years to come. The Terminator uses

his exceptional intelligence and strength to find her.

Star Wars

Star Wars may not be considered a Robot film due to the fact that it follows the life of a simple farm boy, Luke Skywalker, as he attempts to rescue a Rebel leader, Princess Leia from the clutches of the Empire. But his allies C-3PO and R2-D2 are two of the most memorable Robot characters. Their unusual friendship – CP30 is the only one who can understand R2-D2’s beeps and whistles – stand as the backbone of the entire original trilogy.


Set in a future and crime-ridden, Detroit, which is controlled by a corporation who have developed a huge crime-fighting robot, which unfortunately develops a rather dangerous glitch. The company sees a way to get back in favour with the public when a cop called Alex Murphy is killed by a street gang. Murphy’s body is reconstructed within a steel shell and named Robocop. The Robocop is very successful

against criminals, and becomes a target of supervillian Boddicker.


Disney takes on the thoughts and feelings of Robots and brings us Wall-E. Wall-E is a Robot in a distant future, where mankind has abandoned earth because it has become covered in rubbish from products sold by the powerful multi-national corporation. Setting the scene for a Robot love story, as Wall-E is left alone on earth to clean up the mess until sleek and dangerous Eve comes to Earth to find proof that life can once again return.

Robot & Frank

From the producers of Lost in Translation and Where The Wild Things Are, comes a heartfelt and charming comedy about an unusual friendship between Frank (Frank Langella) retired cat burglar and a Robot. Frank’s two grown children (James Marsden, Liv Tyler) are

concerned he can no longer live alone. Against the old man’s wishes, his son buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. Slowly, and with a fair bit of reluctance, Frank begins to accept his new digital companion, seeing an opportunity to use Robot’s unique skills to try their luck as a heist team.


A long time ago, far away on the planet of Cybertron, a war is being waged between the noble Autobots (led by the wise Optimus Prime) and the devious Decepticons (commanded by the dreaded Megatron) for control over the Allspark, a mystical talisman that would grant

unlimited power to whoever possesses it. This ancient struggle comes to Earth, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a young teenager (Shia Laboeuf). Using amazing special effects the giant Robots really come to life and take on a life of their own, going from car to Robot in a matter of seconds.

Bicentennial Man

This charming film follows the ‘life’ and times of the lead character, an android who is purchased as a household robot programmed to perform menial tasks. Within a few days the Martin family realises that they don’t have an ordinary droid as Andrew (Robin Williams) begins to experience emotions and creative thought. In a story that spans two centuries, Andrew learns the intricacies of humanity while trying to stop those who created him from destroying him.

I Robot

Based on the famous short story collection by Isaac Asimov, Blockbuster hit set in the year 2035 follows a techno-phobic cop (Will Smith) as he investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which eventually leads to uncovering a larger threat to humanity. At the center of the storyline is Sonny, a robot who

possesses a desire to overcome his rigid programming and become more than just another cog in a very large machine. With dazzling special effects, Robots come to life and take on a mind of their own.

Robot & Frank is out now on 15 July on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download.