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1. The Bank Job (2008)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.3
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69 Metascore

Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets - secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore, Daniel Mays

Votes: 152,655 | Gross: $30.03M

2. Never Say Never Again (1983)

PG | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.2
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A SPECTRE agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max von Sydow

Votes: 48,813 | Gross: $55.50M

3. Across the Universe (2007)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical

7.4
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56 Metascore

The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs

Votes: 92,101 | Gross: $24.34M

4. The Commitments (1991)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.6
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When Jimmy Rabbitte wants to start a band, he has open auditions at his house.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Votes: 25,359 | Gross: $14.92M

5. Flushed Away (2006)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.7
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74 Metascore

The story of an uptown rat that gets flushed down the toilet from his penthouse apartment, ending in the sewers of London, where he has to learn a whole new and different way of life.

Directors: David Bowers, Sam Fell | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, Jean Reno

Votes: 85,458 | Gross: $64.46M

6. Lovejoy (1986–1994)

50 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Lovejoy is an irresistible rogue with a keen eye for antiques. The part-time detective scours the murky salerooms, auction halls and stately homes of Britain, always on the lookout for a find.

Stars: Ian McShane, Dudley Sutton, Chris Jury, Phyllis Logan

Votes: 1,968

7. Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

6.8
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53 Metascore

The extremely talented Santiago Munez is given a chance at professional football, after being spotted by a scout who has ties with Newcastle United.

Director: Danny Cannon | Stars: Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola, Anna Friel, Leonardo Guerra

Votes: 51,093 | Gross: $4.28M

8. Porridge (1974–1977)

45 min | Comedy

8.3
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The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay, Richard Beckinsale

Votes: 3,622

9. The Likely Lads (1976)

90 min | Comedy

6.6
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Terry is divorced from his German wife and has a Finnish girlfriend Christina. At Thelma's suggestion they join her and Bob on a caravan holiday but due to a mishap the men get separated ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Tuchner | Stars: Rodney Bewes, James Bolam, Brigit Forsyth, Mary Tamm

Votes: 754

10. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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The adventures of a gang of British workmen abroad. Combines black and white humour with moments of drama, poignancy and drunkenness. In series 1, the lads head to Germany seeking work, and... See full summary »

Stars: Timothy Spall, Jimmy Nail, Tim Healy, Kevin Whately

Votes: 1,909

11. Excess Baggage (1997)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.2
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34 Metascore

Emily has always been the rich brat who tries to pull every imaginable stunt to get attention. But one day, as she fakes her own kidnapping and locks herself in the trunk of a car, a thief ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Brambilla | Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Benicio Del Toro, Christopher Walken, Jack Thompson

Votes: 10,878 | Gross: $14.33M

12. Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973–1974)

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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Terry and Bob from The Likely Lads (1964) continue their life after Terry arrives home from serving in the Army to discover that Bob is about to marry his girlfriend Thelma. Can Thelma lead... See full summary »

Stars: James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Brigit Forsyth, Sheila Fearn

Votes: 776

13. Vice Versa (1988)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Fantasy

5.7
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During an argument, a divorced executive and his 11 year old son casually touch a magical Tibetan skull, releasing a mysterious power that transfers the father's mind to the body of the son and vice versa. Their problems have just begun.

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Judge Reinhold, Fred Savage, Corinne Bohrer, Swoosie Kurtz

Votes: 7,185 | Gross: $13.66M

14. Killing Bono (2011)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Music

6.4
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46 Metascore

Two brothers attempt to become global rock stars but can only look on as old school friends U2 become the biggest band in the world.

Director: Nick Hamm | Stars: Ben Barnes, Robert Sheehan, Krysten Ritter, Ralph Brown

Votes: 5,129

15. Still Crazy (1998)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.1
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"Strange Fruit" had everything that makes a legendary rockband: Money, Fame, Success, Groupies, a Singer who died of drugs and even a divine ending, when lightning struck the stage during ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Stephen Rea, Billy Connolly, Jimmy Nail, Timothy Spall

Votes: 6,446 | Gross: $0.48M

16. The Likely Lads (1964–1966)

30 min | Comedy

7.1
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The adventures of two "likely lads" ostensibly set in the North East of England (but filmed in Willesden Junction, London). Terry and Bob have been friends since childhood. Bob is the ... See full summary »

Stars: James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Don McKillop, Bartlett Mullins

Votes: 481

17. Archangel (2005 TV Movie)

133 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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A British college professor working in Russia investigates certain mysteries surrounding the life and death of Joseph Stalin.

Director: Jon Jones | Stars: Daniel Craig, Yekaterina Rednikova, Gabriel Macht, Lev Prygunov

Votes: 3,938

18. Spies of Warsaw (2013 TV Mini-Series)

120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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A military attaché at the French embassy is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of Warsaw.

Stars: David Tennant, Janet Montgomery, Marcin Dorocinski, Miroslaw Zbrojewicz

Votes: 1,531

19. The Two Ronnies (1971–1987)

Comedy

7.9
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Long running BBC comedy show consisting of sketches and humourous musical routines involving the large Ronnie Barker and the small Ronnie Corbett. Most sketches involved both men, but ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, The Fred Tomlinson Singers, John Owens

Votes: 1,777

20. Doing Time (1979)

93 min | Comedy, Crime

7.2
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This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade prison inmate Fletcher is ordered by Grouty to arrange a football match between the ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Clement | Stars: Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay, Brian Wilde

Votes: 1,833

21. Water (1985)

PG-13 | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.2
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A British diplomat to a West Indian island nation finds his idyllic existence thrown into chaos when a large American drilling company finds a huge source of natural mineral water there.

Director: Dick Clement | Stars: Michael Caine, Valerie Perrine, Brenda Vaccaro, Leonard Rossiter

Votes: 1,848 | Gross: $1.30M

22. Spender (1991–1993)

50 min | Action, Drama

7.9
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Stars: Jimmy Nail, Sammy Johnson, Denise Welch, Peter Guinness

Votes: 166

23. Villain (1971)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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Murderous, sadistic London gang leader Vic Dakin, a mother-obsessed homosexual modeled on real-life gangster Ronnie Kray, is worried about potential stool pigeons that may bring down his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Tuchner | Stars: Richard Burton, Ian McShane, Nigel Davenport, Donald Sinden

Votes: 603

24. Going Straight (1978– )

30 min | Comedy

7.1
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Following his release from Slade prison, Fletcher tries to stick to the straight and narrow, but it isn't easy!

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Patricia Brake, Richard Beckinsale, Nicholas Lyndhurst

Votes: 654

25. Breakfast (2000– )

180 min | Family, News, Talk-Show

5.9
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Popular morning news programme that covers many news stories from both the UK and from around the world. Other features include a sports round-up, weather reports every thirty minutes and ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Turnbull, Charlie Stayt, Carol Kirkwood, Sian Williams

Votes: 205

26. Tracey Takes On... (1996–1999)

30 min | Comedy

7.2
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Tracey Ullman takes on a different topic in each episode, giving different characters opinions on such things as vanity, royalty and law.

Stars: Tracey Ullman, Alastair Duncan, Julie Kavner, Danny Woodburn

Votes: 367

27. The Prisoner of Zenda (1979)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy

5.0
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Anthony Hope's classic tale gets a decidedly 'un-classic' treatment at the hands of Peter Sellers. Following the story somewhat, friends of the new King Rudolph of Ruritania fear for his ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Peter Sellers, Lynne Frederick, Lionel Jeffries, Elke Sommer

Votes: 796

28. The Virgin Soldiers (1969)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, War

5.9
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A group of young British soldiers billeted in Singapore of the year 1950 dreaming about winning the love of the daughter of the Regimental Sergeant Major.

Director: John Dexter | Stars: Lynn Redgrave, Hywel Bennett, Nigel Davenport, Nigel Patrick

Votes: 267

29. Hannibal Brooks (1969)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Adventure, War

6.9
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A prisoner of war working at a zoo gets the chance to escape from the Germans, so he does and he takes with him the elephant that he's been caring for. Together they head for the Swiss border and freedom.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Oliver Reed, John Alderton, Michael J. Pollard, Wolfgang Preiss

Votes: 979

30. Comedy Playhouse (1961–2016)

30 min | Comedy

9.5
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Stars: Frank Thornton, John Le Mesurier, Robert Dorning, Ronald Fraser

Votes: 15

31. Shine on Harvey Moon (1982–1995)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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Upon being demobbed RAF serviceman Harvey Moon, played by Kenneth Cranham, returns home and finds his family involved in various troubles. His wife Rita, played by Maggie Steed, is not ... See full summary »

Stars: Elizabeth Spriggs, Maggie Steed, Linda Robson, Lee Whitlock

Votes: 96

32. Omnibus (1967–2003)

Documentary, Biography, Music

8.4
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Arts documentary series.Also with concerts and experimental dramatizations.

Stars: Humphrey Burton, David Collings, Stephen Fry, John Gielgud

Votes: 98

33. Porridge (2016 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

6.0
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Reboot of the classic sitcom set 40 years on from the original series. Nigel Norman Fletcher, grandson of Norman Stanley Fletcher, is sentenced to 5 years in prison for cyber-crimes and gets into more trouble once inside.

Director: Dominic Brigstocke | Stars: Zahra Ahmadi, Jason Barnett, Kevin Bishop, Mark Bonnar

Votes: 103

34. It's Not the Size That Counts (1974)

R | 90 min | Comedy

3.6
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Percy, the man with the world's first penis transplant, discovers that there is a chemical in the city's water that makes men impotent.

Director: Ralph Thomas | Stars: Leigh Lawson, Elke Sommer, Denholm Elliott, Judy Geeson

Votes: 155

35. You Really Got Me

Biography, Drama, Musical | Announced

The story of how two brothers, Ray and Dave Davies, formed the rock band, The Kinks, in North London during the early 1960s.

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: George MacKay, Johnny Flynn

36. Film 2016 (1971– )

30 min | Talk-Show

7.8
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Stars: Danny Leigh, Claudia Winkleman, Jonathan Ross, Barry Norman

Votes: 364

37. Sheene (2017)

Biography | Announced

Barry Sheene was the charismatic cockney rebel who became a hero by winning world motorcycle championships, a legend through surviving two near-fatal crashes, and became an icon through forcing change in the most deadly sport in the world.

38. Oh My God (2009)

93 min | Documentary

6.4
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30 Metascore

People from all walks of life are asked "What is God?"

Director: Peter Rodger | Stars: Peter Rodger, Hugh Jackman, Ringo Starr, David Copperfield

Votes: 382 | Gross: $0.04M

39. Keep Your Fingers Crossed (1971)

94 min | Comedy

5.2
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Andrej (Kirk Douglas), a smuggler of microfilmed Russian manuscripts, uses the luggage of unsuspecting travelers to transport the contraband out of the country.

Director: Dick Clement | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Marlène Jobert, Trevor Howard, Tom Courtenay

Votes: 190

40. Bullshot Crummond (1983)

PG | 85 min | Action, Comedy

6.4
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The dashing Captain Hugh "Bullshot" Crummond - WWI ace fighter pilot, Olympic athlete, racing driver, part-time sleuth and all round spiffing chap - must save the world from the dastardly ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Clement | Stars: Alan Shearman, Diz White, Ronald E. House, Frances Tomelty

Votes: 535

41. The Jokers (1967)

94 min | Comedy, Crime

7.3
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The Tremayne bothers decide to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London - not for criminal purposes, but to make themselves famous.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Michael Crawford, Oliver Reed, Harry Andrews, James Donald

Votes: 584

42. On the Rocks (1975–1976)

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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Alamesa minimum security prison has four inmates in a friendly rivalry with their guards and warden.

Stars: Rick Hurst, José Pérez, Bobby Sandler, Hal Williams

Votes: 43

43. Otley (1969)

M | 91 min | Comedy

6.2
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Gerald Otley, a petty thief and garbage rummager, wakes up one morning, after a drunken night on the town, and finds that he is wanted by the police for murder. And that is only the ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Clement | Stars: Tom Courtenay, Romy Schneider, Alan Badel, James Villiers

Votes: 245

44. Honest (2000)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

4.1
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The film is an edgy black comedy set in swinging London in the late 60s. The All Saints girls play three street wise sisters who head 'up West' to rob and generally cause trouble.

Director: David A. Stewart | Stars: Nicole Appleton, Natalie Appleton, Melanie Blatt, Derek Deadman

Votes: 532

45. The Rotters' Club (2005– )

172 min | Drama

7.8
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Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais' adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Coe about three friends growing up in Birmingham in the 1970s.

Stars: Geoff Breton, Kevin Doyle, Rebecca Front, Alice O'Connell

Votes: 167

46. The Stowaway (2014)

14 min | Short, Sci-Fi

7.7
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A stowaway is discovered on an emergency dispatch ship and must come to terms with the consequence of her action.

Director: Rpin Suwannath | Stars: Brendan Fehr, Alfred Molina, William Moseley, Emily Robinson

Votes: 10

47. The Touchables (1968)

R | 97 min | Drama

5.6
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British rock star with a love-'em-and-leave-'em reputation. The tables are turned when four cute young girls kidnap the singer. After several days of sex and degradation, the poor fellow is rescued by his friends.

Director: Robert Freeman | Stars: Ester Anderson, David Anthony, Harry Baird, Joan Bakewell

Votes: 119

48. 7 of 1 (1973– )

30 min | Comedy

7.9
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An anthology of one-off episodes starring actor-comedian Ronnie Barker.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Graham Armitage, Roy Castle, Emrys James

Votes: 53

49. Comedy Connections (2003–2008)

40 min | Documentary

7.7
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Series looking at the history of favourite comedy shows.

Stars: Doon Mackichan, Julia Sawalha, John Howard Davies, Gareth Gwenlan

Votes: 52

50. Porridge: Inside Out (2014– )

Comedy

8.3
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Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the TV series Porridge.

Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Biggins, Patricia Brake, Dick Clement

Votes: 13