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1. Creative Process: Norman McLaren (1993)

117 min | Documentary, Biography

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Directors: Donald McWilliams, Claude Dionne | Stars: John Grierson, Susan Huycke, Norman McLaren, Gavin Millar

Votes: 38

2. BBC: The Voice of Britain (1935)

53 min | Documentary

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Director: Stuart Legg | Stars: Adrian Boult, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Henry Hall, BBC Dance Hall Orchestra

Votes: 12

3. Man of Africa (1956)

73 min | Drama

7.3
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Director: Cyril Frankel | Stars: Frederick Bijuerenda, Gordon Heath, Violet Mukabuerza

Votes: 7

4. Seawards the Great Ships (1961)

28 min | Documentary, Short

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Documentary about shipbuilding on the Clyde. In 1960, Glasgow and other towns and ports on the River Clyde, on the west coast of Scotland, were still one of the world's great centres of ... See full summary »

Director: Hilary Harris | Stars: Bryden Murdoch, Kenneth Kendall

Votes: 45

5. Time, Gentlemen, Please! (1952)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy

7.0
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Because of its high productivity and "almost" 100 per cent employment, the village of Little Heyhoe, England is expecting a visit from the Prime Minister. The "almost" is because of Dan ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Eddie Byrne, Jane Barrett, Robert Brown, Raymond Lovell

Votes: 152

6. The Brave Don't Cry (1952)

89 min | Drama

6.9
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A story about a true mining accident.

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: John Gregson, Meg Buchanan, John Rae, Fulton Mackay

Votes: 50

7. Night Mail (1936)

25 min | Short, Documentary

6.8
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Shows the special train on which mail is sorted, dropped and collected on the run, and delivered in Scotland overnight.

Directors: Harry Watt, Basil Wright | Stars: Arthur Clark, John Grierson, Stuart Legg, Robert Rae

Votes: 968

8. Drifters (1929)

49 min | Documentary

6.7
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A silent documentary film by John Grierson telling the story of Britain's North Sea herring fishery.

Director: John Grierson

Votes: 242

9. Scotch on the Rocks (1953)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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A parliamentary delegation is sent to a remote community in the Scottish Highlands where the residents are protesting at their poor links with the outside world. After a few days amongst ... See full summary »

Director: John Eldridge | Stars: Ronald Squire, Kathleen Ryan, Raymond Huntley, Sebastian Shaw

Votes: 94

10. Judgment Deferred (1952)

88 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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A group of very strange men, refugees and casualties of the war, rally round when one of their number is framed by a drug racketeer. Co-opting a well-known journalist to their cause, they ... See full summary »

Director: John Baxter | Stars: Hugh Sinclair, Helen Shingler, Abraham Sofaer, Leslie Dwyer

Votes: 13

11. Edge of Divorce (1953)

Approved | 83 min | Drama

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In post-war London, upper-middle class barrister John Lomax and his wife Barbie decide after several years of constant bickering to divorce. They underestimate the effect of their ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Birt | Stars: Valerie Hobson, Philip Friend, Norman Wooland, Janette Scott

Votes: 19

12. Trade Tattoo (1937)

5 min | Short, Animation, Drama

6.4
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Abstract animation drawn directly on Technicolor film, some with underlying real life footage of unrelated subjects. Various colorful shapes and patterns move and interact, set to upbeat music.

Director: Len Lye

Votes: 389

13. The Horse's Mouth (1953)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.4
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An Irish "oracle" foretells the next day's track results to a newspaperman, resulting in a national uproar.

Director: C.M. Pennington-Richards | Stars: Robert Beatty, Michael Medwin, Virginia McKenna, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 45

14. The Song of Ceylon (1934)

38 min | Short, Documentary

6.3
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A short film which documents the lives of the Sinhalese people.

Director: Basil Wright | Star: Lionel Wendt

Votes: 316

15. A Colour Box (1935)

3 min | Animation, Short

6.3
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Animated shapes dance to Cuban music. This was one of the first animations to be painted directly onto the film.

Director: Len Lye

Votes: 602

16. Coal Face (1935)

11 min | Documentary, Short

6.3
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Documentary showing the dangerous working conditions in a Welsh coal mining community.

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: W.H. Auden, Montagu Slater

Votes: 246

17. Industrial Britain (1931)

21 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Robert J. Flaherty | Star: Donald Calthrop

Votes: 107

18. The Private Life of the Gannets (1934)

Approved | 10 min | Documentary, Short

6.3
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A 1934 GB production that was picked up in 1937 by Educational for 20th Century Fox distribution about the gannet, (a beautiful white and exceedingly graceful bird deemed the best fisherman... See full summary »

Director: Julian Huxley | Star: A.L. Alexander

Votes: 40

19. A Job in a Million (1937)

15 min | Documentary, Short

6.3
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A Cockney lad trains to be a messenger boy.

Director: Evelyn Cherry

Votes: 10

20. The Country Comes to Town (1933)

21 min | Documentary, Short

6.3
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Director: Basil Wright

Votes: 11

21. Miss Robin Hood (1952)

Approved | 76 min | Comedy

6.2
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Henry Wrigley is happy writing stories for a children's' comic. Then he meets Miss Honey, who encourages him to go into minor crime.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Richard Hearne, Edward Lexy, Fanny Rowe

Votes: 150

22. You're Only Young Twice (1952)

81 min | Comedy

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Ada Shore is mistaken for a new secretary, she brings a breath of fresh air to the traditional university.

Director: Terry Bishop | Stars: Duncan Macrae, Joseph Tomelty, Patrick Barr, Charles Hawtrey

Votes: 67

23. Brandy for the Parson (1952)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

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A young couple get involved with a smuggler.

Director: John Eldridge | Stars: James Donald, Kenneth More, Jean Lodge, Frederick Piper

Votes: 110

24. North Sea (1938)

Approved | 24 min | Drama, Documentary, Short

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A dramatic reconstruction of the fishing trawler 'John Gillman' in trouble in a storm.

Director: Harry Watt | Star: Bill Blewitt

Votes: 95

25. The Saving of Bill Blewitt (1937)

25 min | Drama, Short

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A rare dramatic production for the GPO, although it is told in documentary style. It shows two fishermen who lose their boat and manage to save to buy another, and is intended to show people how one can scrimp and save.

Director: Harry Watt | Star: Bill Blewitt

Votes: 12

26. Devil on Horseback (1954)

88 min | Drama

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A young jockey is determined to win whatever the cost, but finds that there are more important things than success.

Director: Cyril Frankel | Stars: Googie Withers, John McCallum, Jeremy Spenser, Meredith Edwards

Votes: 15

27. Shadow on the Mountains (1931)

20 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Arthur Elton

Votes: 22

28. Weather Forecast (1934)

20 min | Short

5.9
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Director: Evelyn Cherry

Votes: 7

29. We Live in Two Worlds (1937)

15 min | Documentary, Short, War

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The author J.B. Priestley delivers a talk about cross-border trade and communications as a benign force, which he contrasts with the military preoccupations of individual nations.

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Star: J.B. Priestley

Votes: 16

30. Pett and Pott: A Fairy Story of the Suburbs (1934)

29 min | Short, Comedy

5.8
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Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: J.M. Reeves, Marjorie Fone, June Godfrey, Bruce Winston

Votes: 28

31. Cable Ship (1933)

12 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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Directors: Stuart Legg, Alexander Shaw

Votes: 9

32. Children at School (1937)

23 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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Director: Basil Wright | Star: H. Wilson Harris

Votes: 7

33. Granton Trawler (1934)

11 min | Documentary, Short

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Documentary about the fishing trawler, "Isabella Grieg". We follow her from her base in Granton Harbour, in Edinburgh, right up the east coast of Edinburgh, up to the fishing grounds between Shetland and Norway.

Directors: Edgar Anstey, John Grierson

Votes: 138

34. Post-haste (1934)

9 min | Documentary, Short

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A short film from the British Postal Service which reminds users of the deadline for parcels for the upcoming holidays.

Director: Humphrey Jennings

Votes: 53

35. The Coming of the Dial (1933)

15 min | Documentary, Short

5.5
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Director: Stuart Legg

Votes: 12

36. The Face of Scotland (1938)

14 min | Documentary, Short, History

5.5
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The history of Scotland and the factors that have shaped the character of its people.

Director: Basil Wright | Stars: John Laurie, John Grierson

Votes: 8

37. Child's Play (1954)

68 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

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Director: Margaret Thomson | Stars: Christopher Beeny, Ernest Scott, Patrick Wells, Ian Smith

Votes: 50

38. 6.30 Collection (1934)

15 min | Documentary, Short

5.0
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Directors: Edgar Anstey, Harry Watt

Votes: 6

39. The Line to Tschierva Hut (1937)

Documentary

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Director: Alberto Cavalcanti

40. This Wonderful World (1957– )

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Star: John Grierson

41. The Londoners (1939)

37 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: John Taylor | Star: Howard Marshall

42. On the Fishing Banks of Skye (1938)

Documentary, Short

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43. Hitchcock on Grierson (1965 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary

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A tribute to the Father of Documentary, by the Master of Suspense.

Stars: John Grierson, Alfred Hitchcock

44. John Grierson (1959)

15 min | Short

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Director: Hazel Wilkinson | Star: John Grierson

45. Rivers at Work (1960)

21 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Lewis Davidson | Star: John Grierson

46. O'er Hill and Dale (1932)

17 min | Documentary, Short

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An overview of the shepherd's life during the lambing season.

Director: Basil Wright | Star: Mr. Martin

47. Daily Round (1937)

Short

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A simple postman dreams about how his life could be improved

Directors: Richard Massingham, Karl Urbahn | Stars: Russell Waters, Cedra Neville, Richard Massingham, James Donald

48. Spring on the Farm (1933)

9 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Evelyn Cherry

49. Making Movie History: Wartime Women (2014)

5 min | Short

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Canadian women filmmakers at the National Film Board of Canada during World War II.

Director: Joanne Robertson | Stars: Beth Bertram, Red Burns, Evelyn Cherry, John Grierson

50. The Heart of Scotland (1961)

25 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Laurence Henson | Star: Bryden Murdoch