BRitish TOP 100 FILMS

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1.
Green for Danger (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After the nurse who declares that a recent surgical death was a murder dies also, an enigmatic Scotland Yard inspector arrives to investigate. (91 mins.)
Director: Sidney Gilliat
“ Awesome dark atmospheric thriller, years ahead of its time. ” - tom-barwick
 
2.
Hobson's Choice (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Henry Hobson is a successful bootmaker and tyrannical widower of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses as marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements. (108 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ The man the legend raised in a Hotel in Scarborough one of Britain's greatest Charles Laughton. Never finer than here in this. ” - tom-barwick
 
3.
Get Carter (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate. (112 mins.)
Director: Mike Hodges
“ One of the best Cat fights you will see on film sets the scene for Carters arrival in 'THE NORTH'. ” - tom-barwick
 
4.
The Ipcress File (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In London, a counter espionage agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists. (109 mins.)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
“ Worth it for the amazing John Barry soundtrack alone ” - tom-barwick
 
5.
The Mouse on the Moon (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A tiny country persuades the Americans and Soviets that they're starting a space program, when they really just want some money for new plumbing. (82 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ Bernard Cribbin's is great in this, without this Wallace and Gromit just wouldn't have made it off the ground. ” - tom-barwick
 
6.
O Lucky Man! (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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.)
“ NOt really rated as highly as 'IF' the film the director did before this one, but it is way way better though. The soundtrack is by Alan Price and at one point in the film the director Lindsay Anderson just pans mid scene across the room and you see the band in the room playing the soundtrack live in the film. Its full of ideas and truly captures BRITAIN at that point in time. "Chocolate sandwich. Chocolate sandwich." Arthur Lowe (dads army) is brilliant. ” - tom-barwick
 
7.
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts... (139 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
“ Oh my God David Bowies cock just fell off ” - tom-barwick
 
8.
The Railway Children (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After the enforced absence of their father, three children move with their mother to Yorkshire, where during their adventures they attempt to discover the reason for his disappearance. (109 mins.)
Director: Lionel Jeffries
“ "Daddy my DAddy !" I will cry to order if you play the end scene of this film. ” - tom-barwick
 
9.
Red Road (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Jackie works as a CCTV operator. Each day she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day a man appears on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she never wanted to see again. Now she has no choice, she is compelled to confront him. (113 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
“ Filmed in the same block of flats that two Imigrants jumped off to there deaths in real life, this is a grim film. Cleverly shot, often disorientating. to keep you right inside the claustrophobia of the main heroine's obsession. ” - tom-barwick
 
10.
Royal Flash (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Ne'er-do-well Harry Flashman is coerced by Otto von Bismark into impersonating a prince. (102 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ Guy Richie IS richard Lester's bastard offspring. Funny historical romping of the finest quality. ” - tom-barwick
 
11.
Billy Liar (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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.)
“ If you grew up in a small british town watch this film. ” - tom-barwick
 
12.
The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1959 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
There is no plot as such. This is a slapstick comedy. It shows a lots of gags. (11 mins.)
Director: Dick Lester
“ Does what it says on the tin ” - tom-barwick
 
13.
Bedazzled (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A hapless loser sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for seven wishes, but has trouble winning over the girl of his dreams. (103 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
“ Two complete *beep* star in this piquant tale ” - tom-barwick
 
14.
Gumshoe (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Nightclub comedian Eddie Ginley fulfills his Dashiell Hammett love by putting an ad in the paper as a private eye. (88 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ British New Wave anyone … ” - tom-barwick
 
15.
Time Bandits (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young boy accidentally joins a band of time traveling dwarves as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal. (116 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ The best time travelling dwarf film ever made ! ” - tom-barwick
 
16.
Life of Brian (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah. (94 mins.)
Director: Terry Jones
“ Not often really seen as indie cinema simply because its so funny, this is British Cinema at its funniest and that is often what we do better than anyone else, we do FUNNY, a frenchman could not of made this film. This is an indy classic. George harrison mortgaged his house to pay for it to be made. ” - tom-barwick
 
17.
Walkabout (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two young siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Australian boy on "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe. (100 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
 
18.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles. (91 mins.)
 
19.
Oh, Mr. Porter! (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
With the help of a relative, a hopeless railway employee is made stationmaster of Buggleskelly. Determined to make his mark, he devises a number of schemes to put Buggleskelly on the railway map, but instead falls foul of a gang of gun runners. (85 mins.)
Director: Marcel Varnel
“ Way ahead of its time, still really funny. ” - tom-barwick
 
20.
Two Way Stretch (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Dodger Lane (Peter Sellers) has planned the perfect robbery while in prison. He intends to break out of prison... (78 mins.)
Director: Robert Day
 
21.
The Ladykillers (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians. (91 mins.)
“ if this is EVER on TV i will sit and watch it in a kind of groovy trance. ” - tom-barwick
 
22.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists. (97 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ Yes it is a BRITISH film. If its got Jenny Agutter's Tits in it its a BRITISH film. Its amazing, really feels british too funny yet dark. Honorary 'British' film number 1 ” - tom-barwick
 
23.
Equus (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A psychiatrist attempts to uncover a troubled stable boy's disturbing obsession with horses. (137 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ based on a true story fact fans ” - tom-barwick
 
24.
Excalibur (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the round table of Camelot even as forces conspire to tear it apart (140 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ Ben Rivers used one of the suits of armour made for this film in his first film 'The Joy of Walking'. The armour in this is important too, its new and shiny. ” - tom-barwick
 
25.
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession. (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Hamer
 
26.
Oliver Twist (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master. (116 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
27.
The Third Man (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. (104 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
28.
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two British soldiers in India decide to resign from the Army and set themselves up as deities in Kafiristan--a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander. (129 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
29.
Zulu (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift. (138 mins.)
Director: Cy Endfield
 
30.
Swallows and Amazons (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
On holiday with their mother in the Lake District in 1929 four children are allowed to sail over to... (92 mins.)
Director: Claude Whatham
 
31.
That'll Be the Day (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Abandoned by his father at an early age, Jim MacLaine seems to have inherited the old man's restlessness... (91 mins.)
Director: Claude Whatham
 
32.
Stairway to Heaven (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court. (104 mins.)
“ Just check out the long tracking shot of the opening scene alone and its worth the ticket. Observe Kim Hunter's ruby red lips, and settle back into your chair with a large Gin and Tonic. This film is a feast a delicious delight. For me the best Powell and Pressburger movie, you can keep The Red Shoes for me and that awful Cantebury tales film too. ” - tom-barwick
 
33.
Performance (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out... (105 mins.)
“ Brilliant. The house is in fact Jagger's brain. One part gangster, one part rock star, one part accountant ( the board meeting ) one part Sexy Blonde Hippy chic. ” - tom-barwick
 
34.
Blow-Up (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A mod London photographer finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park. (111 mins.)
 
35.
The Three Musketeers (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young swordsman comes to Paris and faces villains, romance, adventure and intrigue with three Musketeer friends. (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
 
36.
Odd Man Out (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery. Action takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (116 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
37.
The Entertainer (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Archie Rice, an old-time British music hall performer sinking into final defeat, schemes to stay in show business. (96 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
38.
Doing Time (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade... (93 mins.)
Director: Dick Clement
 
39.
Sweet Sixteen (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home. (106 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
“ Kurosawa casts a shadow over this film but its a friendly one that lifts this from the usual 'Loach Approach'. For me this is easily Ken Loach's best film. ” - tom-barwick
 
40.
School for Scoundrels (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Based on the Stephen Potter "One Upmanship" and "Lifemanship" books, Henry Palfrey tries hard to impress but always loses out to the rotter Delauney... (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Hamer
 
41.
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train. (96 mins.)
 
42.
Watership Down (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home. (91 mins.)
Director: Martin Rosen
 
43.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In future Britain, Alex DeLarge, a charismatic and psycopath delinquent, who likes to practice crimes and ultra-violence with his gang, is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
44.
The 39 Steps (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (86 mins.)
“ In order to get a good reaction of shock from the stunning Madeline Carol Alfred Hitchcock got his cock out on set. This story was told by MC in a recent interview of Radio 4. ” - tom-barwick
 
45.
Brighton Rock (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course... (92 mins.)
Director: John Boulting
 
46.
Jamaica Inn (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In Cornwall in 1819, a young woman discovers that she's living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit. (108 mins.)
 
47.
Gregory's Girl (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Gregory is a normal teen who is infatuated with a classmate. He must work to win her affection. (91 mins.)
Director: Bill Forsyth
 
48.
That Sinking Feeling (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Ronnie, Wal, Andy and Vic are four bored, unemployed teens in dreary, rainy Glasgow. Ronnie comes up with a great idea... (93 mins.)
Director: Bill Forsyth
 
49.
A Taste of Honey (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
50.
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A chronicle of events that led to the British involvement in the Crimean War against Russia and which... (139 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
51.
Skeletons (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two exorcists literally remove the skeletons from the cupboards from people's homes. Some fairly embarrassing secrets are revealed along the way. A case where the skeletons have hidden themselves turns the lives of all those involved. (94 mins.)
Director: Nick Whitfield
 
52.
Whistle Down the Wind (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When an injured wife murderer takes refuge on a remote Lancashire farm, the owners three children mistakenly believe him to be the Second Coming of Christ. (99 mins.)
Director: Bryan Forbes