With British National Films (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Gaslight (1940)

Not Rated | 84 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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Twenty years after the murder of Alice Barlow, her house is finally occupied again. However, the husband from the couple who have moved in has a secret which he will do anything to keep hidden.

Director: Thorold Dickinson | Stars: Anton Walbrook, Diana Wynyard, Frank Pettingell, Cathleen Cordell

Votes: 4,195

2. One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)

Not Rated | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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During a raid on Germany a British bomber crew is forced to bail out after their plane is damaged. They land in Holland and are aided by Dutch civilians.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams, Bernard Miles

Votes: 2,109

3. The Agitator (1945)

85 min | Drama

6.2
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A socialist inherits the ownership of a major firm and begins wrestling with his beliefs.

Director: John Harlow | Stars: William Hartnell, Mary Morris, John Laurie, Moore Marriott

Votes: 85

4. 'Pimpernel' Smith (1941)

Passed | 120 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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Professor Horatio Smith, while seeming very unassuming, rescues victims of Nazi persecution during World War II.

Director: Leslie Howard | Stars: Leslie Howard, Francis L. Sullivan, Allan Jeayes, Peter Gawthorne

Votes: 1,513

5. Blackout (1940)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.9
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Early in World War II, Danish sea captain Andersen, delayed in a British port, tangles with German spies.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Hay Petrie, Joss Ambler

Votes: 1,187

6. The Dummy Talks (1943)

85 min | Crime, Drama

5.5
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A ventriloquist is murdered, leaving a show to be done. So, a midget goes undercover as the dummy. But, he always needs to find the criminal!

Director: Oswald Mitchell | Stars: Jack Warner, Claude Hulbert, G.H. Mulcaster, Beryl Orde

Votes: 103

7. Bedelia (1946)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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Bedelia, a newly remarried beautiful widow, is on honeymoon in Monte Carlo. A painter approaches her inquiring about her past. When she and her husband go back to England the artist will soon be there. Danger, crime and truth will follow.

Director: Lance Comfort | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, Ian Hunter, Barry K. Barnes, Anne Crawford

Votes: 259

8. The World Owes Me a Living (1945)

90 min | Drama, Romance, War

5.4
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A pilot loses his memory after a plane crash. A good friend helps him to remember his past by talking about a transport plane they built together.

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: David Farrar, Judy Campbell, Sonia Dresdel, Jack Livesey

Votes: 42

9. Green Fingers (1947)

83 min | Drama

6.5
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A fisherman discovers he has a gift for healing and becomes an osteopath.

Director: John Harlow | Stars: Robert Beatty, Carol Raye, Nova Pilbeam, Felix Aylmer

Votes: 98

10. Crook's Tour (1940)

80 min | Comedy, Mystery

5.7
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Charters and Caldicott, touring in the Near East, are mistaken for German agents and handed in error a gramophone record which contains vital information for Britain's enemies.

Director: John Baxter | Stars: Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Greta Gynt, Charles Oliver

Votes: 350

11. Appointment with Crime (1946)

Unrated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

6.3
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An ex-con, released after imprisonment for a jewel theft, swears vengeance on his former accomplices and devises an intricate plan to steal their fortune.

Director: John Harlow | Stars: William Hartnell, Robert Beatty, Joyce Howard, Raymond Lovell

Votes: 255

12. Turn of the Tide (1935)

Not Rated | 80 min | Romance, Drama

6.8
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The arrival in a Yorkshire fishing village of the Lunns with a modern fishing boat is deeply resented by the Fosdycks. Eventually hostilities are overcome and the families join forces to get a modern deep sea fishing boat.

Director: Norman Walker | Stars: John Garrick, J. Fisher White, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Wilfrid Lawson

Votes: 92

13. The Ghosts of Berkeley Square (1947)

85 min | Comedy, Fantasy

5.9
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Ghosts are condemned to haunt a house until it is visited by a reigning monarch,

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: Robert Morley, Felix Aylmer, Yvonne Arnaud, Claude Hulbert

Votes: 316

14. Love on the Dole (1941)

Approved | 94 min | Drama

6.7
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During the depression in England, a young lady from Lancashire decides to be a rich bookmaker's mistress, just to help the rest of her family who are unemployed.

Director: John Baxter | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Clifford Evans, George Carney, Mary Merrall

Votes: 496

15. The Butler's Dilemma (1943)

83 min | Comedy

5.1
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1943. Comedy. Directed by Leslie S. Hiscott. Stars Richard Hearne, Ronald Shiner & Hermione Gingold. In debt to gamblers Rodney (Richard Hearne) agrees to pass as a butler at a gambling party.

Director: Leslie S. Hiscott | Stars: Richard Hearne, Francis L. Sullivan, Judy Kelly, Hermione Gingold

Votes: 70

16. Courageous Mr. Penn (1942)

Approved | 78 min | Drama

5.6
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William Penn's heroic deeds, on the European and American continents, are told in this portrait of the founding father of both the Quakers and the Pennsylvania colony. Based on C.E. Vulliamy's biography "William Penn."

Director: Lance Comfort | Stars: Clifford Evans, Deborah Kerr, Dennis Arundell, Aubrey Mallalieu

Votes: 147

17. This England (1941)

Approved | 84 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.0
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This British- National-Anglo American production reinforces the theme that whoever assails the land of Britain only succeeds in uniting and cementing the landowner, the peasantry and the ... See full summary »

Director: David MacDonald | Stars: Emlyn Williams, John Clements, Constance Cummings, Frank Pettingell

Votes: 68

18. Dual Alibi (1947)

81 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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Twin trapezists fall out over a lottery ticket and a worthless woman, but later extract a unique revenge.

Director: Alfred Travers | Stars: Herbert Lom, Phyllis Dixey, Terence de Marney, Ronald Frankau

Votes: 216

19. The Seventh Survivor (1942)

75 min | Drama, Mystery, War

6.2
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Survivors from a torpedoed passenger vessel are rescued by a lighthouse crew. Ironically, the German captain responsible for the attack is also rescued and held prisoner, but a spy among the survivors plans to help him escape.

Director: Leslie S. Hiscott | Stars: Austin Trevor, Linden Travers, John Stuart, Martita Hunt

Votes: 101

20. Mrs. Fitzherbert (1947)

99 min | Drama, History

5.7
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The tangled affairs of George, Prince of Wales, leading to his illegal marriage to commoner Mrs. Fitzherbert. Also portrayed is the conflict between the future George IV and his father George III.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Peter Graves, Joyce Howard, Leslie Banks, Margaretta Scott

Votes: 33

21. The Common Touch (1941)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

6.7
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On the death of his father, an eighteen-year old lad leaves school to take over the family firm in the City of London. Realising the other directors want to keep him in the dark he starts ... See full summary »

Director: John Baxter | Stars: Geoffrey Hibbert, Harry Welchman, Greta Gynt, Joyce Howard

Votes: 121

22. Frenzy (1945)

72 min | Thriller

6.5
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A seance is held to discover the whereabouts, and the killer, of a sculptor's wife.

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: Derrick De Marney, Frederick Valk, Beresford Egan, Joan Greenwood

Votes: 75

23. Query (1945)

Approved | 87 min | Thriller

7.7
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Tom Masterick, a dock worker, is wrongfully convicted of a murder charge. His death sentence is commuted to a long prison term. When released as an old man, he vows to find the real killer.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: William Hartnell, Jimmy Hanley, Chili Bouchier, Brefni O'Rorke

Votes: 32

24. No Room at the Inn (1948)

63 min | Drama

6.6
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Two children are evacuated during World War Two into the care of an alcoholic woman.

Director: Daniel Birt | Stars: Freda Jackson, Joy Shelton, Hermione Baddeley, Joan Dowling

Votes: 161

25. Listen to Britain (1942)

Not Rated | 20 min | Documentary, Short

6.6
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A depiction of life in wartime England during the Second World War. Director Humphrey Jennings visits many aspects of civilian life and of the turmoil and privation caused by the war, all without narration.

Directors: Humphrey Jennings, Stewart McAllister | Stars: Leonard Brockington, Joseph Macleod, Bud Flanagan, Chesney Allen

Votes: 1,652

26. Tiptoes (1927)

70 min | Comedy, Romance

5.8
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A silent film version of the Gershwin stage musical

Director: Herbert Wilcox | Stars: Dorothy Gish, Will Rogers, Jack Cardiff, Ivy Ellison

Votes: 22

27. Lassie from Lancashire (1938)

81 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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A talented lass from Lancashire appears in a nightly show, hoping to be discovered.

Director: John Paddy Carstairs | Stars: Marjorie Browne, Hal Thompson, Marjorie Sandford, Mark Daly

Votes: 34

28. Welcome, Mr. Washington (1944)

90 min | Drama, War

5.7
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Two penniless sisters decide to let part of their inherited estate be used as an airbase for the U.S. military.

Director: Leslie S. Hiscott | Stars: Barbara Mullen, Donald Stewart, Peggy Cummins, Leslie Bradley

Votes: 36

29. Let the People Sing (1942)

105 min | Comedy

6.7
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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: 59

30. The Echo Murders (1945)

75 min | Thriller

5.1
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The police are investigating the suspicious death of a mine owner when they stumble upon a strange Nazi plot to invade England.

Director: John Harlow | Stars: David Farrar, Dennis Price, Pamela Stirling, Julien Mitchell

Votes: 98

31. Uneasy Terms (1948)

91 min | Thriller

6.2
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Private eye Slim Callaghan is summoned to the country home of a Colonel Stenhurst, but the latter is murdered before he can talk to the detective. Was one of the Colonel's three daughters responsible?

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: Michael Rennie, Moira Lister, Faith Brook, Joy Shelton

Votes: 130

32. Springtime (1946)

80 min | Drama

5.7
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The film follows the history of a brooch after it is given as a present by a man to a woman in 1911.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Peter Graves, Carol Raye, Lawrence O'Madden, Leni Lynn

Votes: 26

33. Old Mother Riley's Circus (1941)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy

4.8
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Mother Riley takes over a circus on the point of closing down, and makes it a success.

Director: Thomas Bentley | Stars: Arthur Lucan, Kitty McShane, John Longden, Edgar Driver

Votes: 57

34. Counterblast (1948)

90 min | Drama

6.0
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An escaped World War 2 Nazi doctor, impersonates a murdered English doctor so he can work on a vaccination to protect the Germans in their planned germ warfare.

Director: Paul L. Stein | Stars: Robert Beatty, Mervyn Johns, Nova Pilbeam, Margaretta Scott

Votes: 214

35. Old Mother Riley Detective (1943)

80 min | Comedy

5.1
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Old Mother Riley does her bit for the war effort by going undercover to foil a gang of black marketeers.

Director: Lance Comfort | Stars: Arthur Lucan, Kitty McShane, Ivan Brandt, Owen Reynolds

Votes: 58

36. The Three Weird Sisters (1948)

Not Rated | 82 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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A secretary suspects that her employer's three elderly sisters are plotting to kill him after he announces he'll no longer finance their philanthropic endeavors.

Director: Daniel Birt | Stars: Nancy Price, Mary Clare, Mary Merrall, Nova Pilbeam

Votes: 148

37. The Trojan Brothers (1946)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

5.8
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Comedy set in opposing ends of a pantomime horse. The 'head' is dating a society lady while the 'tail' is unhappily married.

Director: Maclean Rogers | Stars: Patricia Burke, David Farrar, Bobby Howes, Barbara Mullen

Votes: 15

38. Candles at Nine (1944)

75 min | Mystery

6.2
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A rich but miserly old man taunts his relatives about who will get his money when he dies, and is soon mysteriously murdered. It turns out that he has left his estate to a beautiful young ... See full summary »

Director: John Harlow | Stars: Eliot Makeham, Beatrix Lehmann, John Salew, Joss Ambler

Votes: 108

39. Meet Sexton Blake! (1945)

80 min | Drama, Thriller

5.3
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Famous detective and his trusty side-kick Tinker are called in by the War Office to find some important papers that were stolen from a man killed during an air raid.

Director: John Harlow | Stars: David Farrar, Manning Whiley, Dennis Arundell, John Varley

Votes: 76

40. Sabotage at Sea (1942)

61 min | Drama, War

5.3
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The captain of a cargo ship shanghais saboteurs unaware that the daughter of the ship's owner is among them.

Director: Leslie S. Hiscott | Stars: David Hutcheson, Margaretta Scott, Jane Carr, Felix Aylmer

Votes: 45

41. The Laughing Lady (1946)

100 min | Drama, Musical

5.7
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A nobleman is sent to England by Robespierre to steal Marie Antoinette's former pearls from the Prince of Wales in order to save his mother from the guillotine.

Director: Paul L. Stein | Stars: Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, Francis L. Sullivan, Peter Graves

Votes: 40

42. Spies of the Air (1939)

Unrated | 62 min | Adventure

6.4
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Set just before the outbreak of WWII, this is the story of a test pilot who works for the (unnamed) enemy. Made in 1939, by the time it was released in 1940, war had been declared.

Director: David MacDonald | Stars: Barry K. Barnes, Joan Marion, Roger Livesey, Basil Radford

Votes: 104

43. The Shipbuilders (1943)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

6.3
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A generation of shipbuilders is nearly wiped out by the Great Depression, but a second Great War gets them back to work.

Director: John Baxter | Stars: Clive Brook, Morland Graham, Nell Ballantyne, Finlay Currie

Votes: 62

44. The Lisbon Story (1946)

100 min | Drama, Musical, Thriller

6.1
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A musical cabaret singer meets a British agent and goes with him to Nazi occupied France to save an atomic scientist.

Director: Paul L. Stein | Stars: Patricia Burke, David Farrar, Walter Rilla, Lawrence O'Madden

Votes: 33

45. Mystery of Room 13 (1938)

71 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.0
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Mr. J.G. Reeder is called in by the Bank of England to investigate a gang of forgers. Reeder enlists the aid of a younger man, Capt. Johnnie Gray, to infiltrate the gang by going undercover in Dartmoor jail.

Director: Norman Lee | Stars: Gibb McLaughlin, Sara Seegar, Peter Murray-Hill, Sally Gray

Votes: 55

46. We'll Smile Again (1942)

93 min | Comedy, Musical

5.2
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Nazi spies infiltrate a British film studio with the intention of sending coded messages in the films they produce.

Director: John Baxter | Stars: Bud Flanagan, Chesney Allen, Meinhart Maur, Phyllis Stanley

Votes: 33

47. Old Mother Riley in Business (1941)

Comedy

5.6
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Add a Plot

Director: John Baxter | Stars: Arthur Lucan, Kitty McShane, Ernest Butcher, Cyril Chamberlain

Votes: 21

48. Nell Gwyn (1926)

80 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.6
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An actress becomes the king's mistress and persuades him to convert the palace to a serviceman's home.

Director: Herbert Wilcox | Stars: Dorothy Gish, Randle Ayrton, Juliette Compton, Sydney Fairbrother

Votes: 252

49. Medal for the General (1944)

Approved | 84 min | Drama, War

6.7
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A retired general helps out by sheltering some evacuees during WWII.

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Godfrey Tearle, Jeanne De Casalis, Morland Graham, Mabel Constanduros

Votes: 94

50. Old Mother Riley at Home (1945)

76 min | Comedy

4.9
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Mother Riley tries to convince her daughter that her current boyfriend is up to no good.

Director: Oswald Mitchell | Stars: Arthur Lucan, Kitty McShane, Freddie Forbes, Richard George

Votes: 33


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