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The British Film Institutes Top 100 films.

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1
The Third Man 1949,  Unrated)
2
Brief Encounter 1945,  Unrated)
Brief Encounter
A simple and terribly British tale of true love. Everything about it is perfect, from the two lead performances, to the locations to the brilliant Rachmaninov soundtrack.
3
Lawrence of Arabia 1962,  PG)
4
The 39 Steps 1935,  PG)
The 39 Steps
Brilliant film by Hitchcock. Only slightly disappointing part was the ending.
5
Great Expectations 1947,  Unrated)
Great Expectations
As is the case with the later Oliver Twist, this is a great Dickens adaption by David Lean. Right from the first shot Lean and photographer Guy Green capture the bleakness perfectly. Whilst not giving a bad performance I think John Mills was too old to play Pip as a young man. Pip and Estella in their younger years however, played by Tony Wager and Jean Simmons, were perfectly cast.
6
Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949,  Unrated)
Kind Hearts and Coronets
Great performances from Dennis Price as the quintessentially British and exceedingly charming serial killer plus man of many faces Alec Guinness, as no less than eight members of the D'Ascoyne family.

"I shot an arrow in the air; she fell to earth in Berkeley Square."
7
Kes 1969,  PG-13)
Kes
Really great film from Ken Loach, "gritty Northern drama"
8
Don't Look Now 1973,  R)
Don't Look Now
A great horror film with a bizarre twist at the end.
9
The Red Shoes 1948,  R)
The Red Shoes
Powell and Pressburger do it again. A beautiful film shot in technicolor about a woman forced to chose between her two loves, her husband and the ballet. The 15 minute dance sequence is glorious.
10
Trainspotting 1996,  R)
11
The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957,  PG)
12
If.... 1968,  R)
If....
Classic. A stunning film which to this day is still powerful. Malcolm McDowell gives a great performance in what was his first major role. Love the jumps from colour to black and white, even if it was down to budget!
13
The Ladykillers 1955,  Unrated)
14
Saturday Night And Sunday Morning 1961,  Unrated)
Saturday Night And Sunday Morning
A classic of the British New Wave genre. A truly great film not to be missed.
15
Brighton Rock 1947,  Unrated)
Brighton Rock
An excellent Brit Noir, with an outstanding performance by Richard Attenborough as the ruthless young gangster "Pinkie".
16
Get Carter 1971,  R)
17
The Lavender Hill Mob 1951,  Unrated)
18
Henry V (The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France 1946,  Unrated)
19
Chariots of Fire 1981,  PG)
20
Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) (Stairway to Heaven) 1946,  PG)
Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) (Stairway to Heaven)
They don't make films like this anymore. David Niven is the fighter pilot who falls in love with Kim Hunter in his final few minutes, yet his angel of death misses him so he appeals for his chance to live.
Earth is portrayed in rich technicolour while the afterlife is monochrome. A beautiful, ahead of it's time fantasy by Powell & Pressburger. A must see.
21
The Long Good Friday 1982,  R)
22
The Servant 1964,  Unrated)
23
Four Weddings and a Funeral 1994,  R)
24
Whisky Galore! (Tight Little Island) 1949,  Unrated)
25
The Full Monty 1997,  R)
26
The Crying Game 1992,  R)
27
Doctor Zhivago 1965,  PG-13)
28
Monty Python's Life of Brian 1979,  R)
Monty Python's Life of Brian
"He's not the Messiah. He's a very naughty boy!"

Monty Python is genius.
29
Withnail and I 1987,  R)
Withnail and I
" We've gone on holiday by mistake"

Probably the best British comedy ever.
30
Gregory's Girl 1981,  PG)
31
Zulu 1964,  PG)
32
Room at the Top 1959,  Unrated)
33
Alfie 1966,  PG)
Alfie
I enjoyed this film. The character Alfie was a bit of a bastard towards his women (always refering to them as "it")but Michael Caine bought a certain charm to the character making him more likeable. This is meant to be a comedy but there were some pretty grim scenes (mainly the illegal abortion scen...(read more)e). Shelley Winters also put in a good performance who in the end gave Alfie a taste of his own medicine.
In all a good film showing another side of 60s London, but nowadays is slightly dated.
34
Gandhi 1982,  PG)
35
The Lady Vanishes 1938,  PG)
The Lady Vanishes
An early masterpiece by Hitchcock. As previously said, the start is a bit slow but once they get on the train the suspense kicks in and your hooked.
36
The Italian Job 1969,  G)
37
Local Hero 1983,  PG)
38
The Commitments 1991,  R)
39
A Fish Called Wanda 1988,  R)
40
Secrets & Lies 1996,  R)
Secrets & Lies
Incredibly moving and real piece of cinema. One of the best British films of the 90s.
41
Dr. No 1962,  PG)
42
The Madness of King George 1994,  PG-13)
43
A Man for All Seasons 1966,  G)
44
Black Narcissus 1947,  Unrated)
Black Narcissus
A masterpiece from Powell and Pressburger.
The Technicolour is just beautiful, the colours are just so powerful, especially in the scene with Kathleen Byron putting on the lipstick. The scenery is also beautiful, looking like a painting at times. In fact the whole film was shot in Britian, so the scenery are just enlarged black and white photographs painted over.
Now, onto the acting. Deborah Kerr is brilliant as the Sister Superior who is struggling with her past and is also trying keep together the small order of nuns. A young Jean Simmons is also great in what is an almost mute role. But the person who really steals the show for me is Kathleen Byron as the crazy Sister Ruth. The climax of the film where Sister Ruth finally flips and lets the tension get to her is a worthy performance.
This is a brilliant, beautiful piece of British cinema.
45
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943,  Unrated)
46
Oliver Twist 1951,  Unrated)
Oliver Twist
The master David Lean directs the best adaptation of the classic Oliver Twist. Alec Guinness puts in a fine performance as Fagin, and the transformation is amazing. The black and white visuals are stunning and add to the grim, dark atmosphere perfectly.
47
I'm All Right Jack 1959,  Unrated)
48
Performance 1970,  R)
49
Shakespeare in Love 1998,  R)
50
My Beautiful Laundrette 1985,  R)
My Beautiful Laundrette
Deals with some very serious issues such as sexuality, rascism and class divide during the Thatcher years, yet I found it not brilliant just OK.
51
Tom Jones 1963,  Unrated)
Tom Jones
Disappointing compared to Tony Richardson's earlier films.

The best part of the film has got to be:

THE HIGHWAYMAN:"Stand and deliver!"
MISS WESTERN:"What?"
THE HIGHWAYMAN:"Stand and deliver!"
MISS WESTERN:"Deliver?Deliver what?I am no traveling midwife!"
52
This Sporting Life 1963,  Unrated)
This Sporting Life
Powerful performances by both Richard Harris and Rachel Roberts.
53
My Left Foot 1989,  R)
54
Brazil 1985,  R)
55
The English Patient 1996,  R)
56
A Taste of Honey 1961,  Unrated)
A Taste of Honey
A fine piece of British social realism. Rita Tushingham puts in a brilliant performance.
57
The Go-Between 1970,  PG)
The Go-Between
"The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there"
58
The Man in the White Suit 2012,  Unrated)
59
The Ipcress File 1965,  Unrated)
60
Blow-Up 1966,  Unrated)
Blow-Up
Brilliant film.
61
Sense and Sensibility 1995,  PG)
62
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 1962,  Unrated)
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
Brilliant!
63
Passport to Pimlico 1949,  Unrated)
Passport to Pimlico
When it comes to Brit movies I prefer ones from the 60s but this was actually alright and better than I expected. Margaret Rutherford was rather funny too.
64
The Remains of the Day 1993,  PG)
65
Sunday, Bloody Sunday 1971,  R)
66
The Railway Children 1970,  G)
67
Mona Lisa 1986,  R)
68
The Dam Busters 1954,  G)
69
Hamlet 1948,  Unrated)
70
Goldfinger 1964,  PG)
71
Elizabeth 1998,  R)
72
Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1939,  Unrated)
73
A Room With A View 1985,  R)
74
The Day of the Jackal 1973,  PG)
75
The Cruel Sea 1953,  Unrated)
76
Billy Liar 1963,  Unrated)
Billy Liar
One of my favourites. Has some great comic moments as well as being one of the best known of the "kitchen sink dramas". The story revolves around Billy who does nothing but daydream and let his imagination run wild. Its through his wild imagination that Billy has managed to find himself engaged to not one but 3 girlfriends. It may seem that Billy is uncaring towards his family and 3 girlfriends but it becomes clear that Billy?s wild imagination and habit of lying is his way of escaping the humdrum life of 1960s Northern England. Also a great performance by Julie Christie in her first major film role.
77
Oliver! 1968,  G)
78
Peeping Tom 1960,  Unrated)
Peeping Tom
Totally ahead of it's time. A classic.
79
Far From the Madding Crowd 1967,  PG)
80
The Draughtsman's Contract 1982,  R)
The Draughtsman's Contract
An intelligent and witty film which really requires several viewings to work everything out. The costumes are gloriously over the top, and the Michael Nyman soundtrack fits brilliantly. Overlooked and misunderstood but worth seeing.
81
A Clockwork Orange 1971,  R)
A Clockwork Orange
"Viddy well, little brother. Viddy well."
82
Distant Voices, Still Lives 1988,  PG-13)
Distant Voices, Still Lives
Terence Davies's autobiographical film of working-class life in 1940s/50s Liverpool.
A brilliant, emotional and powerful film full of great acting. The story is told through memories and switches between childhood and adulthood.
Unique and highly recommended.
83
Darling 1965,  Unrated)
84
Educating Rita 1983,  PG-13)
Educating Rita
A little predictable at times yet there are some great moments in this film.
85
Brassed Off 1997,  R)
86
Genevieve 1953,  Unrated)
87
Women In Love 1969,  R)
88
A Hard Day's Night 1964,  G)
A Hard Day's Night
"Are you a Mod or a Rocker?"
"Actually I'm a Mocker"

Even if you are not a fan of The Beatles this is a highly enjoyable film. John, Paul, George and Ringo provide their own unique brand of comedy plus some classic early Beatles tunes.
89
Fires Were Started 1943,  Unrated)
Fires Were Started
Documentary style propaganda film by Humphrey Jennings. Follows the story of civilian firefighters in London during the Blitz. We see all the horrors close hand. The firefighters are portrayed as hard working heroes, which they are. The cast were all real firemen, not actors, so it certainly feels real even though they were actually reconstructions.
Overall a brilliant, memorable look at the period and events.
90
Hope and Glory 1987,  PG-13)
91
My Name Is Joe (Mein Name ist Joe) 1999,  R)
92
In Which We Serve 1942,  Unrated)
93
Caravaggio 1986,  R)
94
The Belles of St. Trinian's 1953,  Unrated)
95
Life Is Sweet 1991,  R)
96
The Wicker Man 1973,  R)
The Wicker Man
A cult classic. Still very weird and creepy even today.
97
Nil by Mouth 1998,  R)
Nil by Mouth
Bleak, depressing, gritty but still bloody good.
98
Small Faces 1996,  R)
99
Carry On... Up the Khyber 1968,  Unrated)
100
The Killing Fields 1984,  R)

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