British New Wave/ Kitchen Sink Realism

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1.
Room at the Top (1959)
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An ambitious young accountant plots to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman. (117 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
 
2.
Look Back in Anger (1959)
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A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values. (98 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
3.
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)
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A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child. (89 mins.)
Director: Karel Reisz
 
4.
Hell Is a City (1960)
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In Britain, a Manchester police inspector becomes obsessed with capturing a criminal who escapes from prison. (98 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
 
5.
The Entertainer (1960)
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Archie Rice, an old-time British music hall performer sinking into final defeat, schemes to stay in show business. (96 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
6.
A Taste of Honey (1961)
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The moving story of a plain young girl who becomes pregnant by a black sailor, befriends a homosexual, and gradually becomes a woman. (101 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
7.
The Innocents (1961)
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A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted. (100 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
 
8.
A Kind of Loving (1962)
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After his girlfriend's pregnancy forces him to marry her, a young man must adjust to his new life and contend with his domineering mother-in-law. (113 mins.)
 
9.
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
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A juvenile offender at a tough reform school impresses its governor with his running ability and is encouraged to compete in an upcoming race, but faces ridicule from his peers. (104 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
10.
The L-Shaped Room (1962)
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Jane, a young French woman, pregnant and unmarried, takes a room in a seedy London boarding house, which is inhabited by an assortment of misfits... (126 mins.)
Director: Bryan Forbes
 
11.
Billy Liar (1963)
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A lazy, irresponsible young clerk in provincial Northern England lives in his own fantasy world and makes emotionally immature decisions as he alienates friends and family. (98 mins.)
 
12.
This Sporting Life (1963)
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Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst begins to materialize through aggression and brutality, so he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live. (134 mins.)
 
13.
The Servant (1963)
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The aristocratic Tony moves to London and hires the servant Hugo Barrett for all services at home. Barrett seems to be a loyal and competent employee... (116 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
 
14.
Tom Jones (1963)
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The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th century England. (128 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
15.
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
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A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs. (87 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
 
16.
Girl with Green Eyes (1964)
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In 1960s Dublin a young girl becomes involved with an older man, a much-travelled and still married land-owner. (91 mins.)
Director: Desmond Davis
 
17.
The Leather Boys (1964)
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An immature teenager marries a young biker but becomes disenchanted with the realities of working class marriage and her husband's relationship with his best friend. (108 mins.)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
 
18.
The Pumpkin Eater (1964)
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Film screenwriter Jake Armitage and his wife Jo Armitage live in London with six of Jo's eight children... (118 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
 
19.
Darling (1965)
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A beautiful but amoral model sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties. (128 mins.)
 
20.
The Knack... and How to Get It (1965)
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In England, the times are a changing: it's mods and rockers. On the day Nancy gets off the London train... (85 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
 
21.
Georgy Girl (1966)
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A homely but vivacious young woman dodges the amorous attentions of her father's middle-aged employer... (99 mins.)
 
22.
Alfie (1966)
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An unrepentant ladies' man gradually begins to understand the consequences of his lifestyle. (114 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
23.
Poor Cow (1967)
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A young woman lives a life filled with bad choices. She marries and has a child with an abusive thief at a young age who quickly ends up in prison... (101 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Loach
 
24.
Up the Junction (1968)
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Movie version of the BBC TV play that first addresses some of the major social issues of the day. A... (119 mins.)
Director: Peter Collinson
 
25.
If.... (1968)
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In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England. (111 mins.)
 
26.
Kes (1969)
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A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon. (110 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Loach
 
27.
Spring and Port Wine (1970)
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A stern father and lenient mother try to deal with the ups and downs of their four children's lives in working class Bolton. (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Hammond
 
28.
That'll Be the Day (1973)
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Abandoned by his father at an early age, Jim MacLaine seems to have inherited the old man's restlessness... (91 mins.)
Director: Claude Whatham
 
29.
O Lucky Man! (1973)
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This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe. Many actors play multiple roles, giving the film a stagy tone. (178 mins.)
 
30.
Quadrophenia (1979)
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London, 1965: Like many other youths, Jimmy hates the philistine life, especially his parents and his job in a company's mailing division... (120 mins.)
Director: Franc Roddam