some favourite British moviesby maddox-richard | created - 18 Feb 2012 | updated - 04 Dec 2016 | Public
Some favourite British movies, pre-'65 era. Perhaps old-fashioned and of their time (so not to everyone's taste), yet in some ways quite modern and worth watching now more than ever. Not for nostalgia but as an enquiry into national identity. Though mostly 'fantastic', not realist, I find these films richer than the kitchen sink type (59-) and as entertaining as the Bond-style actioners (62-). If you can recommend similar movies I'd be most grateful.
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1. The 39 Steps (1935)
Not Rated | 86 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.
2. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Not Rated | 96 min | Mystery, Thriller
While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.
5. 'I Know Where I'm Going!' (1945)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance
A young Englishwoman goes to the Hebrides to marry her older, wealthier fiancé. When the weather keeps them separated on different islands, she begins to have second thoughts.
7. Black Narcissus (1947)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama
After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension - both with the natives and also within their own group - as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings.
8. The Fallen Idol (1948)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
A butler working in a foreign embassy in London falls under suspicion when his wife accidentally falls to her death, the only witness being an impressionable young boy.
Votes: 6,205 | Gross: $0.06M
9. Hour of Glory (1949)
Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
As the Germans drop explosive booby-traps on Britain in 1943, the embittered expert who'll have to disarm them fights a private battle with alcohol.
10. Night and the City (1950)
Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter.
12. Crash of Silence (1952)
Approved | 93 min | Drama
Mandy Garland was born deaf and has been mute for all of her life. Her parents believe she is able to speak if she can only be taught and enroll her with a special teacher.
15. The Edge of the World (1937)
Passed | 74 min | Drama, History, Romance
A way of life is dying on an Outer Hebridean island fishing port, but some of the inhabitants resist evacuating to the mainland.
17. It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)
Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house, but she has since married and is reluctant to help him.
Votes: 973 | Gross: $0.01M
22. Yesterday's Enemy (1959)
95 min | War, Drama
In WW2, during the Japanese invasion of Burma, the lost remnant of a British Army Brigade HQ, led by the ruthless captain Alan Langford, escapes through the jungle toward the British lines.