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1. Reach for the Sky (1956)

Not Rated | 123 min | Biography, Drama, War

Biopic of RAF Group Captain Douglas Bader who, after having lost both legs, flew a British fighter plane during WW2.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Kenneth More, Muriel Pavlow, Lyndon Brook, Lee Patterson

Votes: 2,047

2. 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 labor union.

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

Votes: 3,201

3. The Great Global Warming Swindle (2007 TV Movie)

74 min | Documentary

Everything you've ever been told about Global Warming is probably untrue. This film blows the whistle on the biggest swindle in modern history. We are told that 'Man Made Global Warming' is... See full summary »

Director: Martin Durkin | Stars: Tim Ball, Nir Shaviv, Ian Clark, Piers Corbyn

Votes: 1,785

4. The Ballad of Narayama (1958)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

A kabuki theatre-inflected story about a poor village whose people have to be carried to a nearby mountain to die once they get old.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Teiji Takahashi, Yûko Mochizuki, Danko Ichikawa

Votes: 2,332

5. The Cruel Sea (1953)

Approved | 126 min | Drama, War

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

Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, John Stratton, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 3,616

6. The Barchester Chronicles (1982– )

385 min | Drama

When a crusade against the Church of England's practice of self-enrichment misfires, scandal taints the cozy community of Barchester when their local church becomes the object of a scathing, investigative report.

Stars: Donald Pleasence, Janet Maw, Nigel Hawthorne, Angela Pleasence

Votes: 958

7. The Colditz Story (1955)

94 min | Drama, History, War

Allied prisoners of various nationalities pool their resources to plan numerous escapes from an "escape-proof" German P.O.W. camp housed in a Medieval castle.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: John Mills, Eric Portman, Christopher Rhodes, Lionel Jeffries

Votes: 1,992

8. The Blue Bird (1918)

Not Rated | 75 min | Fantasy

Two peasant children, Mytyl and Tyltyl, are led by Berylune, a fairy, to search for the Blue Bird of Happiness. Berylune gives Tyltyl a cap with a diamond setting, and when Tyltyl turns the... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Tourneur | Stars: Tula Belle, Robin Macdougall, Edwin E. Reed, Emma Lowry

Votes: 724

9. Zulu Dawn (1979)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A dramatization of the Battle of Isandlwana, where the British Army met its match against the Zulu nation.

Director: Douglas Hickox | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Simon Ward, Denholm Elliott, Peter Vaughan

Votes: 5,726

10. The Great White Silence (1924)

108 min | Documentary

In 1910 the British Antarctic Expedition, led by Capt. Robert F. Scott, embarks from Lyttleton, NZ on a quest to become the first to reach the South Pole.

Director: Herbert G. Ponting | Stars: Robert Falcon Scott, Herbert G. Ponting, Henry R. Bowers, Edgar Evans

Votes: 708

11. The Big City (1963)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

Life at home changes when a house-wife from a middle-class, conservative family in Calcutta gets a job as a saleswoman.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Jaya Bhaduri, Haren Chatterjee

Votes: 2,726

12. Days and Nights in the Forest (1970)

115 min | Drama

A group of Calcutta city slickers, including the well-off Asim (Soumitra Chatterjee), the meek Sanjoy (Subhendu Chatterjee) and the brutish Hari (Samit Bhanja), head out for a weekend in the wilderness.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sharmila Tagore, Kaberi Bose, Simi Garewal, Soumitra Chatterjee

Votes: 1,953

13. Sundays and Cybèle (1962)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

After killing a child when his plane crashes in a Vietnamese village, Pierre suffers from delayed stress and partial amnesia. Returning to France, he lives like a vegetable until he meets a... See full summary »

Director: Serge Bourguignon | Stars: Hardy Krüger, Nicole Courcel, Patricia Gozzi, Daniel Ivernel

Votes: 2,507

14. The 47 Ronin (1941)

241 min | Action, Drama, History

In 1701, Lord Takuminokami Asano has a feud with Lord Kira and he tries to kill Kira in the corridors of the Shogun's palace. The Shogun sentences Lord Asano to commit suppuku and deprives ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Chôjûrô Kawarasaki, Yoshizaburo Arashi, Utaemon Ichikawa, Kan'emon Nakamura

Votes: 1,695

15. Dad's Army (1971)

G | 95 min | Comedy, War

The misadventures of a ragtag group of elderly Home Guard local defense volunteers at the onset of WW2.

Director: Norman Cohen | Stars: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie

Votes: 2,546

16. Rooster Cogburn (1975)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

Marshal Rooster Cogburn unwillingly teams up with Eula Goodnight to track down the killers of her father.

Director: Stuart Millar | Stars: John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Zerbe, Richard Jordan

Votes: 9,696 | Gross: $8.02M

17. Oh, God! (1977)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Fantasy

56 Metascore

When God appears to an assistant grocery manager as a good natured old man, the Almighty selects him as his messenger for the modern world.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: John Denver, George Burns, Teri Garr, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 7,909 | Gross: $41.69M

18. Ride Him, Cowboy (1932)

Passed | 55 min | Romance, Western

John Drury saves Duke, a wild horse accused of murder, and trains him. When he discovers that the real murderer, a bad guy known as The Hawk, is the town's leading citizen, Drury arrested on a fraudulent charge.

Director: Fred Allen | Stars: John Wayne, Duke, Ruth Hall, Henry B. Walthall

Votes: 528

19. My Childhood (1972)

Not Rated | 46 min | Biography, Drama

The second part (My ain folk) of Bill Douglas' influential trilogy harks back to his impoverished upbringing in early-'40s Scotland. Cinema was his only escape - he paid for it with the ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Douglas | Stars: Stephen Archibald, Hughie Restorick, Jean Taylor Smith, Karl Fieseler

Votes: 958

20. Yellow Earth (1984)

89 min | Drama, History, Music

'Yellow Earth' focuses on the story of a communist soldier who is sent to the countryside to collect folk songs for the Communist Revolution. There he stays with a peasant family and learns... See full summary »

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Xueqi Wang, Bai Xue, Quiang Liu, Tuo Tan

Votes: 1,926

21. Life, and Nothing More... (1992)

95 min | Adventure, Drama

A director and his son return to a region damaged by the Guilan earthquake, hoping to find the children who appeared in his film a few years earlier.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Farhad Kheradmand, Buba Bayour, Hocine Rifahi, Ferhendeh Feydi

Votes: 3,296

22. Fires Were Started (1943)

63 min | Drama, War

A new man joins the civilian firefighters at a London unit during the Second World War. He meets his fellow firemen and firewomen, manages to enjoy some leisure time with them, and then ... See full summary »

Director: Humphrey Jennings | Stars: Philip Dickson, George Gravett, Fred Griffiths, Johnny Houghton

Votes: 850

23. 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: 1,232

24. Outcast of the Islands (1951)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Adventure

A man occupies a position of trust with a merchant in an East Asian port. He's sacked when he's caught stealing, but he pretends to commit suicide, and a Captain he befriended agrees to take him to a secret trading post.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Ralph Richardson, Trevor Howard, Robert Morley, Wendy Hiller

Votes: 755

25. Johnny in the Clouds (1945)

87 min | Drama, Romance, War

The wartime daily routine on a British bomber base in southeastern England is revealed through the eyes of newly arrived Flying Officer Peter Penrose.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Michael Redgrave, John Mills, Rosamund John, Douglass Montgomery

Votes: 1,165

26. Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (1984– )

924 min | Drama, History, War

The village of Schabbach experiences the shifting fortunes of Germany from 1919 to 1982.

Stars: Marita Breuer, Kurt Wagner, Rüdiger Weigang, Eva Maria Schneider

Votes: 2,824

27. London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isles of Wonder (2012 TV Special)

352 min | Sport

The world's best all-round sporting event returns in 2012, this time in London, and England's capital has a lot in store.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Darius Alexander, Kirstie Abbott, Afia Abusham, Sarah Jane Adams

Votes: 2,591

28. Ten Canoes (2006)

Unrated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and ... See full summary »

Directors: Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr | Stars: Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin, Peter Minygululu

Votes: 4,143 | Gross: $0.28M

29. The Baker's Wife (1938)

Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama

A small village rejoices at the arrival of a new baker. But when his young wife runs off with another man, he is unable to keep baking and the village is thrown into disarray.

Director: Marcel Pagnol | Stars: Raimu, Ginette Leclerc, Fernand Charpin, Robert Vattier

Votes: 1,436

30. Souls for Sale (1923)

Passed | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young woman hits Hollywood, determined to become a star.

Director: Rupert Hughes | Stars: Eleanor Boardman, Frank Mayo, Richard Dix, Mae Busch

Votes: 737

31. Lady for a Day (1933)

Passed | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

A gangster tries to make Apple Annie, the Times Square apple seller, a lady for a day.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Warren William, May Robson, Guy Kibbee, Glenda Farrell

Votes: 3,420

32. Millions Like Us (1943)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, War

Categorised as a British World War II propaganda film this less known example is a superb work of morale-boosting films from mid World War 2. Well written and directed the film has a simple... See full summary »

Directors: Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder | Stars: Patricia Roc, Gordon Jackson, Anne Crawford, Moore Marriott

Votes: 726

33. Passenger (1963)

62 min | Drama, War

While being aboard a transatlantic ship, German woman Liza notices someone who looks like Marta, the former inmate at Auschwitz, where Liza used to be the guard.

Directors: Andrzej Munk, Witold Lesiewicz | Stars: Aleksandra Slaska, Anna Ciepielewska, Jan Kreczmar, Marek Walczewski

Votes: 1,280

34. Blue Steel (1934)

Passed | 52 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

U.S. marshal John Carruthers observes a robbery and Sheriff Jake thinks he may be the culprit. Meanwhile the town's leading citizen is planning to rob everybody blind.

Director: Robert N. Bradbury | Stars: John Wayne, Eleanor Hunt, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Edward Peil Sr.

Votes: 1,234

35. The Big House (1930)

Passed | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A convict falls in love with his new cellmate's sister, only to become embroiled in a planned break-out which is certain to have lethal consequences.

Directors: George W. Hill, Ward Wing | Stars: Chester Morris, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, Robert Montgomery

Votes: 1,613

36. Murderers Among Us (1946)

85 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

After returning from a concentration camp, Susanne finds an ex-soldier living in her apartment. Together the two try to move past their experiences during WWII.

Director: Wolfgang Staudte | Stars: Hildegard Knef, Elly Burgmer, Erna Sellmer, Hilde Adolphi

Votes: 1,768

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

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Family

The schoolgirls of St. Trinian's are more interested in racing forms than books as they try to get-rich-quick. They are abetted by the headmistress' brother.

Director: Frank Launder | Stars: Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole, Hermione Baddeley

Votes: 2,108

38. The Way Ahead (1944)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, War

World War II drama that follows a group of British draftees, starting with their rigorous basic training, and ending with their deployment in North Africa.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: David Niven, Stanley Holloway, James Donald, John Laurie

Votes: 1,487

39. The Bowery (1933)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

"In the Gay Nineties New York had grown up into bustles and balloon Sleeves ... but The Bowery had grown younger, louder and more rowdy until it was known as the 'Livest Mile on the face of... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Wallace Beery, George Raft, Jackie Cooper, Fay Wray

Votes: 383

40. Munyurangabo (2007)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

From opposing ethnicities, Ngabo and Sangwa are tested when old-timers warn, "Hutus and Tutsis should not be friends." An intense and inspiring portrait of youth in Rwanda, 'Munyurangabo' ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Isaac Chung | Stars: Jeff Rutagengwa, Eric Ndorunkundiye, Jean Marie Vianney Nkurikiyinka, Jean Pierre Harerimana

Votes: 467 | Gross: $0.01M

41. School for Scoundrels (1960)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy

Based on the Stephen Potter "One Upmanship" and "Lifemanship" books, Henry Palfrey tries hard to impress but always loses out to the rotter Delauney. Then he discovers the Lifeman college ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Hamer, Hal E. Chester, Cyril Frankel | Stars: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Alastair Sim, Janette Scott

Votes: 2,799

42. A Room for Romeo Brass (1999)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

Two twelve-year-old boys, Romeo and Gavin, undergo an extraordinary test of character and friendship when Morell, a naive but eccentric and dangerous stranger, comes between them. Morell ... See full summary »

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Martin Arrowsmith, Dave Blant, Darren Campbell, Paddy Considine

Votes: 5,055 | Gross: $0.02M

43. Went the Day Well? (1942)

Approved | 92 min | Thriller, War

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

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: Leslie Banks, C.V. France, Valerie Taylor, Marie Lohr

Votes: 2,834 | Gross: $0.02M

44. The Puppetmaster (1993)

142 min | Biography, Drama, War

Puppeteer Li Tian-lu tells his life story, and through it, the story of Taiwan in the first half of the 20th century.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Tien-Lu Li, Giong Lim, Kuei-Chung Cheng, Chien-ru Huang

Votes: 1,465

45. Oh, Mr. Porter! (1937)

85 min | Comedy

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.

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt, Sebastian Smith

Votes: 1,496

46. Big Jim McLain (1952)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Drama, History

In the post-war Hawaii, House Un-American Activities Committee investigators Jim McLain and Mal Baxter hunt down Communists.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: John Wayne, Nancy Olson, James Arness, Alan Napier

Votes: 1,788

47. The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Fantasy

A young boy receives a rocking horse for Christmas and soon learns that he is able to pick the winning horse at the races.

Director: Anthony Pelissier | Stars: Valerie Hobson, John Howard Davies, Ronald Squire, John Mills

Votes: 940

48. Alice in Wonderland (1966 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

A girl named Alice falls down a rabbit-hole and wanders into the strange Wonderland.

Director: Jonathan Miller | Stars: Anne-Marie Mallik, Freda Dowie, Jo Maxwell Muller, Wilfrid Brambell

Votes: 654

49. Jack Frost (1934)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Family