Classic British Comedy

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1. Dead of Night (1945)

Approved | 77 min | Horror

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.

Directors: Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer | Stars: Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave, Roland Culver, Mary Merrall

Votes: 9,119

2. Hue and Cry (1947)

82 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

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 »

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Alastair Sim, Frederick Piper, Harry Fowler, Vida Hope

Votes: 1,146

3. Passport to Pimlico (1949)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy

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

Director: Henry Cornelius | Stars: Stanley Holloway, Betty Warren, Barbara Murray, Paul Dupuis

Votes: 3,411

4. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

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.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood

Votes: 31,041

5. Whisky Galore (1949)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Crime

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

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Basil Radford, Joan Greenwood, Catherine Lacey, Bruce Seton

Votes: 4,245

6. A Run for Your Money (1949)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy

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.

Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Donald Houston, Meredith Edwards, Moira Lister, Alec Guinness

Votes: 442

7. The Magnet (1950)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy

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

Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Stephen Murray, Kay Walsh, James Fox, Meredith Edwards

Votes: 322

8. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Crime

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 Eiffel Towers.

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James, Alfie Bass

Votes: 10,976

9. The Man in the White Suit (1951)

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

An altruistic chemist invents a fabric which resists wear and stain as a boon to humanity, but both big business and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker, Michael Gough

Votes: 7,622 | Gross: $0.01M

10. The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy

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

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Stanley Holloway, George Relph, Naunton Wayne, John Gregson

Votes: 2,174

11. Meet Mr. Lucifer (1953)

83 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A television given as a retirement present is sold on to different households, causing misery each time.

Director: Anthony Pelissier | Stars: Stanley Holloway, Peggy Cummins, Jack Watling, Barbara Murray

Votes: 120

12. High and Dry (1954)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy

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

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

Votes: 1,015

13. The Ladykillers (1955)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime

91 Metascore

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.

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

Votes: 23,393

14. All at Sea (1957)

Unrated | 87 min | Comedy

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

Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Alec Guinness, Harry Locke, Frederick Piper, Fred Griffiths

Votes: 732

15. Private's Progress (1956)

102 min | Comedy, War

In World War II, a failed British Officer is selected by his uncle, a Brigadier with the War Office, to participate in a secret operation to "recover" looted artworks from the Nazis.

Director: John Boulting | Stars: Ian Carmichael, Ronald Adam, Henry B. Longhurst, Peter Jones

Votes: 591

16. Brothers in Law (1957)

94 min | Comedy

Roger Thursby is just starting out as a barrister, full of ideals but he is a bit too keen for his fellow lawyers.

Director: Roy Boulting | Stars: Henry B. Longhurst, Edith Sharpe, Ian Carmichael, Henry Hewitt

Votes: 257

17. Lucky Jim (1957)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy

Jim Dixon feels anything but lucky. At the university he has to do the bidding of absent-minded and boring Professor Welch to have any hope of keeping his job. Worse, he has managed to get ... See full summary »

Director: John Boulting | Stars: John Welsh, Ronald Cardew, Hugh Griffith, Kenneth Griffith

Votes: 517

18. Man in a Cocked Hat (1959)

TV-PG | 88 min | Comedy

A former British colony in dire need of economic aid tries to play the British against the Soviets in an attempt to secure economic aid from either side in return for political loyalty.

Directors: Roy Boulting, Jeffrey Dell | Stars: Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Luciana Paluzzi, Ian Bannen

Votes: 648

19. I'm All Right Jack (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy

A naive aristocrat in search of a career becomes caught up in the struggles between his profit-minded uncle and an aggressive labour union.

Director: John Boulting | Stars: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 3,098

20. Heavens Above! (1963)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy

A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

Directors: John Boulting, Roy Boulting | Stars: Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Isabel Jeans, Ian Carmichael

Votes: 1,189

21. Adventure for Two (1943)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Ivan Kouznetsoff, a Russian engineer, recounts during World War II his stay in England prior to the war working on a new propeller for ice-breaking ships. Naïve about British people and ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Penelope Dudley-Ward, Marjorie Fielding, Margaret Rutherford

Votes: 346

22. Blithe Spirit (1945)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Charles and his second wife, Ruth, are haunted by the spirit of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond, Margaret Rutherford

Votes: 4,536

23. Miranda (1948)

Not Rated | 80 min | Fantasy, Comedy, Romance

A young married physician discovers a mermaid, and gives into her request to be taken to see London. Comedy and romantic entanglements ensue soon after.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Glynis Johns, Googie Withers, Griffith Jones, John McCallum

Votes: 759

24. The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy

Chaos ensues for staff and students alike when an all-boys and an all-girls school are amalgamated into one.

Director: Frank Launder | Stars: Alastair Sim, Margaret Rutherford, John Turnbull, Richard Wattis

Votes: 1,149

25. The Taming of Dorothy (1950)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Crime

While casing a bank he intends to rob, tough-gangster Leo discovers that Antonio, a meek, mild clerk in the bank is his exact double. Leo kidnaps Antonio and robs the bank. making certain ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Soldati | Stars: Jean Kent, Robert Beatty, Gordon Harker, Margaret Rutherford

Votes: 33

26. The Magic Box (1951)

Approved | 118 min | Biography, Drama

A chronicle of the life of William Friese-Greene, a British inventor and early pioneer in cinema.

Director: John Boulting | Stars: Robert Donat, Maria Schell, Renée Asherson, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 984

27. Curtain Up (1952)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy

In a small town in the 1950's a repertory company meets on Monday morning to start rehearsing the following week's play. This is a ghastly thing written by the aunt of one of the theatre's ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Smart | Stars: Robert Morley, Margaret Rutherford, Kay Kendall, Michael Medwin

Votes: 160

28. The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

When Algernon discovers that his friend, Ernest, has created a fictional brother for whenever he needs a reason to escape dull country life, Algernon poses as the brother, resulting in ever increasing confusion.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Richard Wattis, Michael Denison, Walter Hudd

Votes: 4,602

29. Innocents in Paris (1953)

102 min | Adventure, Comedy

A selection of passengers catch the plane from London for an early 1950's weekend in Paris. The Scotsman in his kilt, the elderly lady painter, the international negotiator, and the pretty ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Parry | Stars: Peter Illing, Gaby Bruyère, James Copeland, Monique Gérard

Votes: 281

30. The Runaway Bus (1954)

78 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

When heavy fog prevents all aircraft from leaving London airport, a group of passengers take an airline bus to get them to an alternative airport. However, one among their number is the ... See full summary »

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Marianne Stone, Lionel Murton, Lisa Gastoni, Margaret Rutherford

Votes: 423

31. Mad About Men (1954)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Flirtatious mermaid Miranda swaps places with a schoolteacher who has gone on holiday. All is well until she falls in love with a human.

Director: Ralph Thomas | Stars: Glynis Johns, Donald Sinden, Anne Crawford, Margaret Rutherford

Votes: 374

32. Aunt Clara (1954)

84 min | Comedy

A wealthy old man dies and leaves his holdings--including a brothel and a gambling den, racing greyhounds and a sleazy bar--to his eccentric niece Clara. Clara vows to "clean up" her new ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Kimmins | Stars: Ronald Shiner, Margaret Rutherford, A.E. Matthews, Fay Compton

Votes: 114

33. An Alligator Named Daisy (1955)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Peter Weston is engaged to Vanessa Colebrook, the daughter of a wealthy businessman. On a journey home on a steamer he meets an old sea hand who shares with him how his wife won't let him ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Donald Sinden, Diana Dors, Jeannie Carson, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 239

34. Big Time Operators (1957)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy

A young couple inherits a debt-ridden old movie theater, appropriately nicknamed "The Flea Pit," and the three eccentric senior citizens who work there.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Margaret Rutherford, Peter Sellers

Votes: 1,481

35. Murder She Said (1961)

Unrated | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When Miss Marple reports witnessing a murder through the window of a passing train, the police dismiss her as a dotty spinster when no trace of the crime can be found.

Director: George Pollock | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Arthur Kennedy, Muriel Pavlow, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 5,240

36. The Mouse on the Moon (1963)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

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.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Bernard Cribbins, David Kossoff

Votes: 1,261

37. The V.I.P.s (1963)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama

Fog delays a group of travelers headed for New York. They wait at the V.I.P. lounge of London Airport, each at a moment of crisis in his or her life.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Louis Jourdan, Elsa Martinelli

Votes: 2,931 | Gross: $10.21M

38. Murder at the Gallop (1963)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When a wealthy old man appears to have been "frightened to death" by a cat, Miss Marple suspects one of his four relatives, all heirs to his estate, of his murder.

Director: George Pollock | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Stringer Davis, Robert Morley, Flora Robson

Votes: 4,306

39. Murder Most Foul (1964)

Unrated | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When Miss Marple joins a theatrical company after a blackmailer is murdered, several members of the troupe are also dispatched by this mysterious killer.

Director: George Pollock | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Andrew Cruickshank

Votes: 3,894

40. Murder Ahoy (1964)

Unrated | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

After Miss Marple is made a trustee of a merchant marine training vessel, a fellow trustee is poisoned, and ship's officers are later murdered after she comes on board.

Director: George Pollock | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Lionel Jeffries, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, William Mervyn

Votes: 3,753

41. The Alphabet Murders (1965)

90 min | Crime, Mystery, Comedy

Hercule Poirot investigates a series of murders in London in which the victims are killed according to their initials.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Tony Randall, Robert Morley, Anita Ekberg, Maurice Denham

Votes: 1,103

42. The Riverside Murder (1935)

64 min | Crime, Mystery

A gentleman is shot dead in his study. The police come in to solve the crime. A young detective weaves his way through danger and an intricate set of clues to catch the killer. Watch for ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Parker | Stars: Basil Sydney, Judy Gunn, Zoe Davis, Alastair Sim

Votes: 163

43. Gangway (1937)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

Newspaper reporter becomes involved with gang of crooks who take her for a tough American gangster.

Director: Sonnie Hale | Stars: Jessie Matthews, Barry MacKay, Nat Pendleton, Alastair Sim

Votes: 76

44. This Man Is News (1938)

63 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

David Kier, one of the thieves in a sensational jewel robbery and subsequent trial, is set free when the turns King's Evidence on the other members. Kier refuses to give reporter Simon ... See full summary »

Director: David MacDonald | Stars: Barry K. Barnes, Valerie Hobson, Alastair Sim, John Warwick

Votes: 55

45. Climbing High (1938)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy

Wealthy young man (Redgrave) pretends to be poor to be close to a model (Matthews) though he nearly engaged to an aristocrat (Vyner).

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Jessie Matthews, Michael Redgrave, Noel Madison, Alastair Sim

Votes: 140

46. Law and Disorder (1940)

74 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

On the eve of WWII a young defence lawyer, assisted by his wife, invaigles his way into a gang of foreign saboteurs. Comedy thriller, ably executed by a satisfactory cast.

Director: David MacDonald | Stars: Alastair Sim, Barry K. Barnes, Diana Churchill, Edward Chapman

Votes: 19

47. Let the People Sing (1942)

105 min | Comedy

A Czech political exile and a washed-up music hall comedian form an unlikely partnership to try and save a town's concert hall from the planners, businessmen and bureaucrats.

Director: John Baxter | Stars: Alastair Sim, Fred Emney, Edward Rigby, Oliver Wakefield

Votes: 32

48. Laughter in Paradise (1951)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy

When a millionaire practical joker dies, he divides his fortune among four heirs who must carry out his zany instructions to cash in.

Director: Mario Zampi | Stars: Alastair Sim, Fay Compton, Guy Middleton, George Cole

Votes: 1,126

49. Bikini Baby (1951)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy

An unsophisticated and impressionable young girl finds herself in trouble after winning a beauty pageant.

Director: Frank Launder | Stars: Dennis Price, John McCallum, Stanley Holloway, Pauline Stroud

Votes: 209

50. The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Family

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