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1. A Hard Day's Night (1964)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

7.7
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96 Metascore

Over two "typical" days in the life of The Beatles, the boys struggle to keep themselves and Paul McCartney's mischievous grandfather in check while preparing for a live television performance.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 37,004 | Gross: $13.78M

2. The L-Shaped Room (1962)

126 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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A single, pregnant woman moves into a London boarding house where she meets a group of fellow misfits.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Leslie Caron, Anthony Booth, Avis Bunnage, Patricia Phoenix

Votes: 1,557

3. Kes (1969)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Family

7.9
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A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: David Bradley, Brian Glover, Freddie Fletcher, Lynne Perrie

Votes: 16,599

4. Help! (1965)

G | 92 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

7.3
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Ringo Starr finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult, and his fellow members of The Beatles must try to protect him from it.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 15,943

5. If.... (1968)

R | 111 min | Drama

7.6
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In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England.

Director: Lindsay Anderson | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick, Christine Noonan

Votes: 20,243

6. Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)

PG | 168 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.2
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55 Metascore

Bathsheba Everdene, a willful, flirtatious, young woman, unexpectedly inherits a large farm and is romantically pursued by three very different men.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Julie Christie, Peter Finch, Alan Bates, Terence Stamp

Votes: 4,787

7. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts, Hylda Baker

Votes: 6,872

8. A Kind of Loving (1962)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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After his girlfriend's pregnancy forces him to marry her, a young man must adjust to his new life and contend with his domineering mother-in-law.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Alan Bates, June Ritchie, Thora Hird, Bert Palmer

Votes: 1,382 | Gross: $0.00M

9. A Taste of Honey (1961)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

7.6
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A pregnant teenage girl must fend for herself when her mother remarries, leaving the girl with only a new male friend for support.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens, Murray Melvin

Votes: 4,251

10. Room at the Top (1959)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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84 Metascore

An ambitious young accountant plots to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, Heather Sears, Donald Wolfit

Votes: 4,583

11. Georgy Girl (1966)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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A homely but vivacious young woman dodges the amorous attentions of her father's middle-aged employer while striving to capture some of the glamorous life of her swinging London roommate.

Director: Silvio Narizzano | Stars: James Mason, Alan Bates, Lynn Redgrave, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 3,144

12. This Sporting Life (1963)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Sport

7.8
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Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst begins to materialize through aggression and brutality, so he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live.

Director: Lindsay Anderson | Stars: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel, William Hartnell

Votes: 5,336

13. The Servant (1963)

Unrated | 116 min | Drama

7.9
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93 Metascore

Upper-class Tony (James Fox) hires servant Hugo Barrett (Sir Dirk Bogarde), who turns out to have a hidden agenda.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig, James Fox

Votes: 8,040 | Gross: $0.04M

14. Tiger Bay (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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A twelve-year-old tomboy witnesses the murder of a woman by her Polish merchant marine boyfriend, but bonds with him and thwarts the police in their investigation.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Horst Buchholz, John Mills, Yvonne Mitchell

Votes: 2,073

15. These Are the Damned (1962)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.8
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72 Metascore

An American tourist, a youth gang leader, and his troubled sister find themselves trapped in a top secret government facility experimenting on children.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field, Viveca Lindfors, Alexander Knox

Votes: 2,623

16. Poor Cow (1967)

Approved | 101 min | Drama

6.9
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A young woman lives a life filled with bad choices. She marries and has a child with an abusive thief at a young age who quickly ends up in prison. Left alone she takes up with his mate (... See full summary »

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Terence Stamp, Carol White, John Bindon, Queenie Watts

Votes: 1,145

17. The Knack... and How to Get It (1965)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy

6.7
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Cool, sophisticated Tolen (Ray Brooks) has a monopoly on womanizing - with a long like of conquests to prove it - while the naïve, awkward Colin (Michael Crawford) desperately wants a piece... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Ray Brooks, Michael Crawford, Donal Donnelly

Votes: 2,597

18. The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Romance

7.2
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When the U.S. and Russia unwittingly test atomic bombs at the same time, it alters the nutation (axis of rotation) of the Earth.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Edward Judd, Janet Munro, Leo McKern, Michael Goodliffe

Votes: 4,140

19. Hell Is a City (1960)

93 min | Crime, Thriller

7.2
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In Britain, a Manchester police inspector becomes obsessed with capturing a criminal who escapes from prison.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Stanley Baker, John Crawford, Donald Pleasence, Maxine Audley

Votes: 831

20. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Sport

7.7
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A juvenile offender (Sir Tom Courtenay) at a tough reform school impresses its Governor (Sir Michael Redgrave) with his running ability and is encouraged to compete in an upcoming race, but faces ridicule from his peers.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Tom Courtenay, Avis Bunnage, Alec McCowen

Votes: 7,062

21. The Entertainer (1960)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

7.2
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Archie Rice, an old-time British music hall performer sinking into final defeat, schemes to stay in show business.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Brenda de Banzie, Roger Livesey, Joan Plowright

Votes: 2,645

22. Robbery (1967)

110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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A group of British criminals plans the robbery of the Royal Mail train on the Glasgow-London route.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Stanley Baker, Joanna Pettet, James Booth, Frank Finlay

Votes: 948

23. Concrete Jungle (1960)

TV-14 | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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In UK, after pulling a racetrack robbery, repeat offender Johnny Bannion hides the loot in a farmer's field but the police and the local mob come looking for Johnny and for the money.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Stanley Baker, Sam Wanamaker, Grégoire Aslan, Margit Saad

Votes: 1,061

24. The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

7.3
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Film screenwriter Jake Armitage and his wife Jo Armitage live in London with six of Jo's eight children, with the two eldest boys at boarding school. The children are spread over Jo's three... See full summary »

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch, James Mason, Janine Gray

Votes: 1,749

25. The Whisperers (1967)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

7.2
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Elderly Mrs. Ross lives alone in her meager flat, scraping by on government assistance even as she claims to have great wealth. After finding stolen money she is victimized, making it necessary to find her support in her declining years.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Edith Evans, Nanette Newman, Harry Baird, Jack Austin

Votes: 919

26. Morgan! (1966)

97 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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After his wife leaves him for his former best friend, a failed London artist begins his descent into madness in trying to win her back.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: David Warner, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Stephens, Irene Handl

Votes: 1,506

27. Billy Liar (1963)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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82 Metascore

A lazy, irresponsible young clerk (Sir Tom Courtenay) in provincial Northern England lives in his own fantasy world and makes emotionally immature decisions as he alienates friends and family.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Tom Courtenay, Julie Christie, Wilfred Pickles, Mona Washbourne

Votes: 5,169 | Gross: $0.04M

28. The War Game (1965 TV Movie)

48 min | Drama, War

8.0
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A docudrama depicting a hypothetical nuclear attack on Britain.

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Michael Aspel, Peter Graham, Dave Baldwin, Kathy Staff

Votes: 5,778

29. Look Back in Anger (1959)

Approved | 98 min | Drama

7.2
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A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Mary Ure, Edith Evans

Votes: 2,979

30. Isadora (1968)

M | 131 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.6
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A biography of the dancer Isadora Duncan, the 1920s dancer who forever changed people's ideas of ballet. Her nude, semi-nude, and pro-Soviet dance projects as well as her attitudes on free ... See full summary »

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, James Fox, Jason Robards, John Fraser

Votes: 1,989

31. Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)

115 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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A medium and her husband stage a kidnapping in order for her to pretend to solve the crime and achieve fame.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Kim Stanley, Richard Attenborough, Margaret Lacey, Marie Burke

Votes: 5,336

32. Deadfall (1968)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama

5.7
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Cat burglar Henry Clarke and his accomplices, the Moreaus, attempt to steal diamonds from the château of millionaire Salinas. However, Henry's partners in crime aren't the most emotionally stable people.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Michael Caine, Giovanna Ralli, Vladek Sheybal, Emilio Rodríguez

Votes: 693

33. King & Country (1964)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, War

7.5
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During World War I, Army Private Arthur James Hamp (Sir Tom Courtenay) is accused of desertion during battle. The officer assigned to defend him at his court-martial, Captain Hargreaves (Sir Dirk Bogarde), finds out there is more to the case than meets the eye.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Tom Courtenay, Leo McKern, Barry Foster

Votes: 1,685

34. Privilege (1967)

103 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.0
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Steven Shorter is the ultimate British music star. His music is listened to by everyone from pre-teens to grandparents. He has no trace of public bad habits or drug involvement. Everyone in... See full summary »

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Paul Jones, Jean Shrimpton, Mark London, William Job

Votes: 977

35. Our Mother's House (1967)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

7.5
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When their deeply religious mother dies, the seven Hook children bury her in the garden and continue life as normal. Then their absent father, Charlie, reappears...

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Margaret Leclere, Pamela Franklin, Louis Sheldon Williams

Votes: 1,497

36. Night Must Fall (1964)

101 min | Crime, Thriller

6.6
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A psychotic killer gets in the good graces of his aging invalid employer, and worms his way into the affection of her beautiful daughter, with unpleasant results for all.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Albert Finney, Susan Hampshire, Mona Washbourne, Sheila Hancock

Votes: 628

37. All Night Long (1962)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Music

7.0
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This movie, based on William Shakespeare's Othello, is neatly positioned as a vehicle to showcase some of the best jazz musicians of the period, including Dave Brubeck and Charles Mingus.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Keith Michell, Betsy Blair, Paul Harris

Votes: 857

38. It Happened Here (1965)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

6.8
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In 1940, the Nazis invade Britain and transform it into a fascist state where some Britons collaborate and others resist. In 1944, an apolitical Irish nurse becomes a reluctant player in the fight between the two sides.

Directors: Kevin Brownlow, Andrew Mollo | Stars: Pauline Murray, Sebastian Shaw, Bart Allison, Reginald Marsh

Votes: 927

39. Jigsaw (1962)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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A woman is found murdered in a house along the coast from Brighton. Local detectives Fellows and Wilks lead an investigation methodically following up leads and clues mostly in Brighton and... See full summary »

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Jack Warner, Ronald Lewis, Yolande Donlan, Michael Goodliffe

Votes: 636

40. The Sailor from Gibraltar (1967)

91 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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In Italy, a vacationing Englishman leaves his girlfriend for a wealthy mysterious American widow who's sailing the seas in search of her long-lost sailor friend.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Ian Bannen, Vanessa Redgrave, Orson Welles

Votes: 263

41. The Guest (1963)

105 min | Drama

7.2
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While renovating his house in London, Aston, out of pity, lodges a homeless man, but Aston's brother taunts and harasses the cranky old bum.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Alan Bates, Donald Pleasence, Robert Shaw, Harold Pinter

Votes: 570

42. Having a Wild Weekend (1965)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Music

6.0
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Dinah is a model whose face appears in an ad campaign for meat. While shooting a TV commercial, she and Steve, one of the stunt men, run off together. The advertising executives use their ... See full summary »

Director: John Boorman | Stars: The Dave Clark Five, Barbara Ferris, David Lodge, Robin Bailey

Votes: 482

43. The Mind Benders (1963)

99 min | Drama, Thriller

6.6
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Dedicated British scientist Dr. Henry Laidlaw Longman (Sir Dirk Bogarde) tests the possibility of brainwashing. If the experiment succeeds, he will stop loving his wife Oonagh (Mary Ure).

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Mary Ure, John Clements, Michael Bryant

Votes: 387

44. A Place to Go (1963)

86 min | Crime, Drama

6.7
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In 1960s Britain, a young man employed by a cigarette factory is tired of his working class status and joins a gang planning to rob the factory warehouse.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Michael Sarne, Bernard Lee, Doris Hare

Votes: 174

45. Walk in the Shadow (1962)

93 min | Drama

7.1
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When John Harris's daughter is badly injured in an boating accident, the hospital tells him that she will need an urgent blood transfusion. Due to his religious beliefs Harris refuses ... See full summary »

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Michael Craig, Patrick McGoohan, Janet Munro, Paul Rogers

Votes: 147

46. 80,000 Suspects (1963)

113 min | Drama

5.8
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A doctor's already-shaky marriage is tested to an even greater extent when he has to contend with a smallpox epidemic.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Yolande Donlan, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 192

47. Red and Blue (1967)

36 min | Short

7.8
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An English cabaret singer goes to Paris for a nightclub engagement, where the romantic image of her songs is very different from the reality of her solitary life.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Bird, Gary Raymond

Votes: 66

48. Bombed Out

Music | Announced

A Punk coming of age film set in the vibrant Punk and New Wave landscape of 1980s Liverpool. A teenager aspires to musical fame and glory, but gets his head turned by a hopeless ambition to study law, fueled by his harsh band experiences.

49. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Cathy Come Home (1966)

75 min | Drama

8.0
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Cathy loses her home, husband and eventually her child through the inflexibility of the British welfare system.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Carol White, Ray Brooks, Winifred Dennis, Wally Patch

Votes: 849

50. Hollywood U.K. (1993– )
Episode: Northern Lights (1993)

Documentary

8.9
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Stars: Richard Lester, Lindsay Anderson, Michael Caine, Julie Christie

Votes: 11



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