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1. The Ladykillers (1955)

91 min | Comedy, Crime

7.8
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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.

Writer: William Rose | Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom

2. Went the Day Well? (1942)

92 min | Thriller, War

7.6
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An English village is occupied by disguised German paratroopers as an advance post for a planned invasion.

Writers: Graham Greene, John Dighton, Diana Morgan, Angus MacPhail | Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: Leslie Banks, C.V. France, Valerie Taylor, Marie Lohr

3. The Captive Heart (1946)

Approved | 86 min | War, Drama

7.2
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In 1940, a concentration-camp escapee assumes the identity of a dead British officer, only to become a prisoner of war.

Writers: Angus MacPhail, Guy Morgan, Patrick Kirwan | Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Rachel Kempson, Frederick Leister, Mervyn Johns

4. The Cruel Sea (1953)

Approved | 126 min | Drama, War

7.7
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The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers.

Writers: Nicholas Monsarrat, Eric Ambler | Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, John Stratton, Denholm Elliott

5. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

8.2
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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.

Writers: Roy Horniman, Robert Hamer, John Dighton | Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood

6. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Crime

7.8
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A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipment of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eifel Towers.

Writer: T.E.B. Clarke | Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James, Alfie Bass

7. Dead of Night (1945)

Approved | 77 min | Horror

7.7
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An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales.

Writers: H.G. Wells, E.F. Benson, John Baines, Angus MacPhail, T.E.B. Clarke | Directors: Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer | Stars: Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave, Roland Culver, Mary Merrall

8. Crash of Silence (1952)

Approved | 93 min | Drama

7.4
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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.

Writers: Hilda Lewis, Nigel Balchin, Jack Whittingham | Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Phyllis Calvert, Jack Hawkins, Terence Morgan, Godfrey Tearle

9. Whisky Galore (1949)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Crime

7.4
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Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship.

Writers: Compton MacKenzie, Angus MacPhail | Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Basil Radford, Joan Greenwood, Catherine Lacey, Bruce Seton

10. The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

84 min | Comedy

7.2
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Volunteers take over their local passenger train service (against bus company resistance) when the government announces its closure.

Writer: T.E.B. Clarke | Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Stanley Holloway, George Relph, Naunton Wayne, John Gregson

11. The Man in the White Suit (1951)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Drama

7.4
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An altruistic chemist invents a fabric that resists wear and stain as boon to humanity but both capital and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons.

Writers: Roger MacDougall, John Dighton, Alexander Mackendrick | Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker, Michael Gough

12. Scott of the Antarctic (1948)

PG | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.1
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The true story of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his ill-fated expedition to try to be the first man to discover the South Pole - only to find that the murderously cold ... See full summary »

Writers: Walter Meade, Ivor Montagu, Mary Hayley Bell | Director: Charles Frend | Stars: John Mills, Derek Bond, Diana Churchill, Harold Warrender

13. Passport to Pimlico (1949)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy

7.2
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Residents of a part of London declare independence, when they discover an old treaty. This leads to the need for a 'Passport to Pimlico'.

Writer: T.E.B. Clarke | Director: Henry Cornelius | Stars: Stanley Holloway, Betty Warren, Barbara Murray, Paul Dupuis

14. Dunkirk (1958)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, History, War

7.1
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Two stories in one - an easygoing British Corporal in France finds himself responsible for the lives of his men when their officer is killed. He has to get them back to Britain somehow. ... See full summary »

Writers: Trevor Dudley Smith, Ewan Butler, J.S. Bradford, David Divine, W.P. Lipscomb | Director: Leslie Norman | Stars: John Mills, Richard Attenborough, Robert Urquhart, Ray Jackson

15. The Blue Lamp (1950)

Approved | 84 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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The daily routine of two London policemen is interrupted by a killer.

Writers: T.E.B. Clarke, Jan Read, Ted Willis, Alexander Mackendrick | Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Jack Warner, Dirk Bogarde, Jimmy Hanley, Robert Flemyng

16. It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house but she has since married and is far from keen on the idea.

Writers: Arthur La Bern, Angus MacPhail, Robert Hamer, Henry Cornelius | Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Googie Withers, Jack Warner, John McCallum, Edward Chapman

17. Nowhere to Go (1958)

89 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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Paul Gregory is sprung from jail in London by his accomplice after getting a stretch as expected for robbing a woman who falls for his charms. Only he knows how to get to the money, but his... See full summary »

Writers: Seth Holt, Donald MacKenzie, Kenneth Tynan | Directors: Seth Holt, Basil Dearden | Stars: George Nader, Maggie Smith, Bernard Lee, Geoffrey Keen

18. Hue and Cry (1947)

82 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.0
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A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip's wording each week, unknown to writer and printer. The first of the Ealing ... See full summary »

Writer: T.E.B. Clarke | Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Alastair Sim, Frederick Piper, Harry Fowler, Vida Hope

19. San Demetrio London (1943)

104 min | Adventure, Drama

6.9
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The San Demetrio of the title is a British merchant ship in an Atlantic convoy in 1940. Disabled and left to the mercy of patrolling U-boats the crew must keep her afloat and out of harms ... See full summary »

Writers: Robert Hamer, Charles Frend, F. Tennyson Jesse | Directors: Charles Frend, Robert Hamer | Stars: Arthur Young, Walter Fitzgerald, Ralph Michael, Neville Mapp

20. Secret People (1952)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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This tale of intrigue finds Valentina Cortese involved in an assassination plot. She helps the police apprehend the conspirators after an innocent bystander is accidentally killed.

Writers: Thorold Dickinson, Joyce Cary, Wolfgang Wilhelm | Director: Thorold Dickinson | Stars: Valentina Cortese, Serge Reggiani, Charles Goldner, Audrey Hepburn

21. Crying Wolf (2015)

Comedy, Horror | Post-production

From the Director of 'DEADTIME' and 'Zombie Harvest' comes Crying Wolf! They're Hungry, Hairy and ready to hunt you down! The comedy horror Crying Wolf tells the story of strange and weird ... See full summary »

Writers: Andy Davie, Michael Dale, Tony Jopia | Director: Tony Jopia | Stars: Caroline Munro, Joe Egan, Kristofer Dayne, Chloe Farnworth

22. High and Dry (1954)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy

7.1
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An American businessman in Scotland is conned into shipping a valuable load of cargo to a Scottish island via a coal powered boat.

Writers: William Rose, Alexander Mackendrick | Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Paul Douglas, Alex Mackenzie, James Copeland, Abe Barker

23. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947)

Approved | 108 min | Drama

6.9
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Nineteenth century England. When Nicholas Nickleby's father dies and leaves his family destitute, his uncle, the greedy moneylender, Ralph Nickleby, finds Nicholas a job teaching in a ... See full summary »

Writers: Charles Dickens, John Dighton | Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: Derek Bond, Cedric Hardwicke, Mary Merrall, Sally Ann Howes

24. The Halfway House (1944)

78 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

6.9
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A group of travellers, all with something to hide in their past, take shelter from a storm in an old inn. The inn-keeper seems a little mysterious...

Writers: Denis Ogden, Angus MacPhail, Diana Morgan, Roland Pertwee, T.E.B. Clarke | Directors: Basil Dearden, Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: Mervyn Johns, Glynis Johns, Tom Walls, Françoise Rosay

25. All at Sea (1957)

87 min | Comedy

7.1
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A seasick sea captain commands an amusement pier despite local opposition.

Writer: T.E.B. Clarke | Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Alec Guinness, Irene Browne, Maurice Denham, Percy Herbert

26. The Proud Valley (1940)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama, Music

6.7
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In a Welsh coal mining valley, a young man with a beautiful singing voice is called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice when a pit disaster threatens.

Writers: Alfredda Brilliant, Louis Golding, Jack Jones, Herbert Marshall, Roland Pertwee, Pen Tennyson | Director: Pen Tennyson | Stars: Paul Robeson, Edward Chapman, Simon Lack, Rachel Thomas

27. Saraband (1948)

Approved | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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A young woman marries Prince George but it's far from a love match. Then she falls for a Swedish Count.

Writers: Helen Simpson, John Dighton, Alexander Mackendrick | Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Stewart Granger, Joan Greenwood, Flora Robson, Françoise Rosay

28. The Third Key (1956)

96 min | Drama, Mystery

7.1
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Police drama. The sleuths of Scotland Yard try to solve a series of burglaries.

Writers: Robert Barr, Janet Green, Dorothy Christie, Campbell Christie | Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Jack Hawkins, John Stratton, Dorothy Alison, Michael Brooke

29. Against the Wind (1948)

96 min | Action, War, Drama

6.3
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British agents engage in hazardous duty behind German lines.

Writers: J. Elder Wills, Michael Pertwee, T.E.B. Clarke, Paul Vincent Carroll | Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Robert Beatty, Simone Signoret, Jack Warner, Gordon Jackson

30. The Night My Number Came Up (1955)

94 min | Thriller

7.3
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At a fashionable dinner party in Hong Kong a naval officer is coaxed into revealing details of a dream in which eight persons take off from Bangkok in a Dakota bound for Tokyo and crash in ... See full summary »

Writers: Victor Goddard, R.C. Sherriff | Director: Leslie Norman | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Sheila Sim, Alexander Knox, Denholm Elliott

31. The Gentle Gunman (1952)

Approved | 86 min | Drama

6.4
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IRA member Terry modifies his violent views after working undercover in wartime London. When his co-conspirators are arrested, he ensures that his brother Matt escapes back to Ireland. ... See full summary »

Writer: Roger MacDougall | Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: John Mills, Dirk Bogarde, Robert Beatty, Elizabeth Sellars

32. Frieda (1947)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, War

7.0
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An RAF pilot who was shot down during WWII returns home to his English village with his new bride. The trouble is that she is the German lady who helped him escape. Then her brother arrives.

Writers: Angus MacPhail, Ronald Millar | Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: David Farrar, Glynis Johns, Mai Zetterling, Flora Robson

33. Pool of London (1951)

85 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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When their ship docks the crew disembark as usual to pick up their lives in postwar London. For one of them his petty smuggling turns more serious when he finds himself caught up with a robbery in the City.

Writers: John Eldridge, Jack Whittingham | Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Bonar Colleano, Earl Cameron, Susan Shaw, Renée Asherson

34. The Magnet (1950)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy

7.2
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A boy steals a powerful magnet from a younger boy and gets him into all sorts of trouble.

Writer: T.E.B. Clarke | Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Stephen Murray, Kay Walsh, James Fox, Meredith Edwards

35. A Run for Your Money (1949)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy

6.9
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Brothers from a Welsh village take their first trip to London to collect a prize, and meet a con artist and sundry other urban distractions.

Writers: Clifford Evans, Richard Hughes, Leslie Norman, Charles Frend, Diana Morgan | Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Donald Houston, Meredith Edwards, Moira Lister, Alec Guinness

36. Train of Events (1949)

88 min | Drama

6.9
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A train disaster is told as four short stories to give character studies of the people involved, how it will affect them and how they deal with it.

Writers: T.E.B. Clarke, Basil Dearden, Angus MacPhail, Ronald Millar | Directors: Sidney Cole, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden | Stars: Jack Warner, Gladys Henson, Susan Shaw, Patric Doonan

37. The Bells Go Down (1943)

90 min | Drama, War

6.5
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Comedian Tommy Trinder plays it straight in this tribute to the wartime AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service). The dedicated band who kept the fires of London under control during the blitz and fire... See full summary »

Writers: Stephen Black, Roger MacDougall | Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Tommy Trinder, James Mason, Philip Friend, Mervyn Johns

38. Decision Against Time (1957)

87 min | Drama, Thriller

6.8
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The efforts of test pilot John Mitchell to make a better life for his wife Mary and their two children seem doomed to failure and he blames himself. At the Conway Aero-Manufacturing Company... See full summary »

Writers: John Eldridge, William Rose | Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Elizabeth Sellars, Jeremy Bodkin, Gerard Lohan

39. The Shiralee (1957)

99 min | Drama

6.9
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When Jim Macauley finds his wife with another man, he takes their young daughter and they hit the road. With a young child as his responsibility, he finds he can't be quite the fancy-free ... See full summary »

Writers: D'Arcy Niland, Leslie Norman, Neil Paterson | Director: Leslie Norman | Stars: Peter Finch, Dana Wilson, Elizabeth Sellars, George Rose

40. The Goose Steps Out (1942)

79 min | Comedy

6.9
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A bumbling teacher (Will Hay) conveniently turns out to be the double of a German general. In the true spirit of wartime propoganda high jinks, he is flown into Germany to impersonate the ... See full summary »

Writers: John Dighton, Reg Groves, Angus MacPhail, Bernard Miles | Directors: Basil Dearden, Will Hay | Stars: Will Hay, Frank Pettingell, Julien Mitchell, Charles Hawtrey

41. The Next of Kin (1942)

102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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Wartime propaganda piece giving the warning "Be like Dad, Keep Mum". A gossipy housewife is overheard talking about what her son is doing by a Nazi spy.

Writers: Basil Bartlett, Thorold Dickinson, John Dighton, Angus MacPhail | Director: Thorold Dickinson | Stars: Mervyn Johns, John Chandos, Nova Pilbeam, Reginald Tate

42. PT Raiders (1955)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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A trio of ex-servicemen begin smuggling innocuous black market items into post-war Britain but through greed they graduate to more sinister cargo.

Writers: Nicholas Monsarrat, John Whiting, Michael Relph, Basil Dearden | Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Richard Attenborough, George Baker, Bill Owen, Virginia McKenna

43. Nine Men (1943)

68 min | Drama, War

6.5
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The Nine men of the title are a British WWII Army patrol stuck in a desert fort during the African campaign. The Men must defend the fort against the Italian and German troops until they ... See full summary »

Writers: Gerald Kersh, Harry Watt | Director: Harry Watt | Stars: Jack Lambert, Gordon Jackson, Frederick Piper, Grant Sutherland

44. Convoy (1940)

78 min | Drama, War

6.6
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A tale of the highs and lows of life protecting the vital convoys between America & England during WWII.

Writers: Patrick Kirwan, Pen Tennyson | Director: Pen Tennyson | Stars: Clive Brook, John Clements, Edward Chapman, Judy Campbell

45. Cage of Gold (1950)

83 min | Crime, Drama

6.5
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A young bride believes her husband has been killed. After a suitable period of mourning, she re-marries. But then her "dead" husband comes back and tries to extort money from her.

Writers: Paul L. Stein, Jack Whittingham, Jack Whittington | Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Jean Simmons, David Farrar, James Donald, Herbert Lom

46. The Black Sheep of Whitehall (1942)

80 min | Comedy

7.0
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Will Hay plays a Professor teaching at a correspondence school who discovers that a Nazi agent is trying to prevent a trade treaty being signed between England and South America. The agent ... See full summary »

Writers: John Dighton, Angus MacPhail | Directors: Basil Dearden, Will Hay | Stars: Will Hay, John Mills, Basil Sydney, Henry Hewitt

47. The Foreman Went to France (1942)

Passed | 87 min | Adventure, Drama, War

6.7
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Based on the true story of Melbourne Johns, an aircraft factory foreman sent to France to prevent the Nazis getting hold of some vital equipment.

Writers: Leslie Arliss, John Dighton, Angus MacPhail, J.B. Priestley | Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Tommy Trinder, Constance Cummings, Clifford Evans, Robert Morley

48. The Ghost of St. Michael's (1941)

82 min | Comedy

7.2
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Will Hay, back in his role as a hapless teacher, is hired by a grim school in remotest Scotland. The school soon starts to be haunted by a legendary ghost, whose spectral bagpipes signal ... See full summary »

Writers: Angus MacPhail, John Dighton | Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: Will Hay, Claude Hulbert, Felix Aylmer, Raymond Huntley

49. The Divided Heart (1954)

Approved | 89 min | Drama

7.1
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A three-year-old orphan is adopted by a German couple shortly after World War II. On his tenth birthday, he is told that his mother, a Yugoslav refugee, is alive and wants him back. The ... See full summary »

Writer: Jack Whittingham | Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Cornell Borchers, Yvonne Mitchell, Armin Dahlen, Alexander Knox

50. Lease of Life (1954)

Approved | 94 min | Drama

7.0
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The parson of a small rural community knows he is dying and this makes him reconsider his life so far and what he can still do to help the community.

Writer: Eric Ambler | Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Robert Donat, Kay Walsh, Denholm Elliott, Adrienne Corri