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In 1999 the British Film Institute surveyed 1000 people from the world of British film and television to produce the BFI 100 list of the greatest British films of the 20th century. Voters were asked to choose up to 100 films that were 'culturally British'. Some of the selected films were wholly or partly produced by non-UK companies, or made with input from film makers born overseas, but were regarded by voters as having significant British involvement.

List breakdown

  • The 1960s came out as the most popular decade, with 26 films, and 1949, 1963 and 1971 as the most popular years, with four films each. The earliest film chosen was from 1935 (The 39 Steps), with only two other 1930s films featuring in the list. After 1935, the only years not represented are 1936–1937, 1940–1941, 1950, 1956, 1972, and 1974–78.
  • The most represented actor was Alec Guinness, starring in nine films on the list, though three appearances were in supporting roles. The most represented living actor is Michael Caine, starring in seven films.
  • The most represented actress is Julie Christie, starring in six films on the list.

The films

Rank Title Year Director
1 Template:HsThe Third Man 1949 Template:HsCarol Reed
2 Brief Encounter 1945 Template:HsDavid Lean
3 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 Template:HsDavid Lean
4 Template:HsThe 39 Steps 1935 Template:HsAlfred Hitchcock
5 Great Expectations 1946 Template:HsDavid Lean
6 Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949 Template:HsRobert Hamer
7 Kes 1969 Template:HsKen Loach
8 Don't Look Now 1973 Template:HsNicolas Roeg
9 Template:HsThe Red Shoes 1948 Powell and Pressburger
10 Trainspotting 1996 Template:HsDanny Boyle
11 Template:HsThe Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 Template:HsDavid Lean
12 if.... 1968 Template:HsLindsay Anderson
13 Template:HsThe Ladykillers 1955 Template:HsAlexander Mackendrick
14 Saturday Night and Sunday Morning 1960 Template:HsKarel Reisz
15 Brighton Rock 1947 Template:HsJohn Boulting
16 Get Carter 1971 Template:HsMike Hodges
17 Template:HsThe Lavender Hill Mob 1951 Template:HsCharles Crichton
18 Henry V 1944 Template:HsLaurence Olivier
19 Chariots of Fire 1981 Template:HsHugh Hudson
20 Template:HsA Matter of Life and Death 1946 Powell and Pressburger
21 Template:HsThe Long Good Friday 1980 Template:HsJohn Mackenzie
22 Template:HsThe Servant 1963 Template:HsJoseph Losey
23 Four Weddings and a Funeral 1994 Template:HsMike Newell
24 Whisky Galore! 1949 Template:HsAlexander Mackendrick
25 Template:HsThe Full Monty 1997 Template:HsPeter Cattaneo
26 Template:HsThe Crying Game 1992 Template:HsNeil Jordan
27 Doctor Zhivago 1965 Template:HsDavid Lean
28 Monty Python's Life of Brian 1979 Template:HsTerry Jones
29 Withnail and I 1987 Template:HsBruce Robinson
30 Gregory's Girl 1980 Template:HsBill Forsyth
31 Zulu 1964 Template:HsCy Endfield
32 Room at the Top 1958 Template:HsJack Clayton
33 Alfie 1966 Template:HsLewis Gilbert
34 Gandhi 1982 Template:HsRichard Attenborough
35 Template:HsThe Lady Vanishes 1938 Template:HsAlfred Hitchcock
36 Template:HsThe Italian Job 1969 Template:HsPeter Collinson
37 Local Hero 1983 Template:HsBill Forsyth
38 Template:HsThe Commitments 1991 Template:HsAlan Parker
39 Template:HsA Fish Called Wanda 1988 Template:HsCharles Crichton
40 Secrets & Lies 1996 Template:HsMike Leigh
41 Dr. No 1962 Template:HsTerence Young
42 Template:HsThe Madness of King George 1994 Template:HsNicholas Hytner
43 Template:HsA Man for All Seasons 1966 Template:HsFred Zinnemann
44 Black Narcissus 1947 Powell and Pressburger
45 Template:HsThe Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943 Powell and Pressburger
46 Oliver Twist 1948 Template:HsDavid Lean
47 I'm All Right Jack 1959 Template:HsJohn Boulting
48 Performance 1970 Template:HsDonald Cammell
Nicolas Roeg
49 Shakespeare in Love 1998 Template:HsJohn Madden
50 My Beautiful Laundrette 1985 Template:HsStephen Frears
51 Tom Jones 1963 Template:HsTony Richardson
52 Template:HsThis Sporting Life 1963 Template:HsLindsay Anderson
53 My Left Foot 1989 Template:HsJim Sheridan
54 Brazil 1985 Template:HsTerry Gilliam
55 Template:HsThe English Patient 1996 Template:HsAnthony Minghella
56 Template:HsA Taste of Honey 1961 Template:HsTony Richardson
57 Template:HsThe Go-Between 1971 Template:HsJoseph Losey
58 Template:HsThe Man in the White Suit 1951 Template:HsAlexander Mackendrick
59 Template:HsThe IPCRESS File 1965 Template:HsSidney J. Furie
60 Blowup 1966 Template:HsMichelangelo Antonioni
61 Template:HsThe Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 1962 Template:HsTony Richardson
62 Sense and Sensibility 1995 Template:HsAng Lee
63 Passport to Pimlico 1949 Template:HsHenry Cornelius
64 Template:HsThe Remains of the Day 1993 Template:HsJames Ivory
65 Sunday Bloody Sunday 1971 Template:HsJohn Schlesinger
66 Template:HsThe Railway Children 1970 Template:HsLionel Jeffries
67 Mona Lisa 1986 Template:HsNeil Jordan
68 Template:HsThe Dam Busters 1955 Template:HsMichael Anderson
69 Hamlet 1948 Template:HsLaurence Olivier
70 Goldfinger 1964 Template:HsGuy Hamilton
71 Elizabeth 1998 Template:HsShekhar Kapur
72 Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1939 Template:HsSam Wood
73 Template:HsA Room with a View 1985 Template:HsJames Ivory
74 Template:HsThe Day of the Jackal 1973 Template:HsFred Zinnemann
75 Template:HsThe Cruel Sea 1952 Template:HsCharles Frend
76 Billy Liar 1963 Template:HsJohn Schlesinger
77 Oliver! 1968 Template:HsCarol Reed
78 Peeping Tom 1960 Template:HsMichael Powell
79 Far from the Madding Crowd 1967 Template:HsJohn Schlesinger
80 Template:HsThe Draughtsman's Contract 1982 Template:HsPeter Greenaway
81 Template:HsA Clockwork Orange 1971 Template:HsStanley Kubrick
82 Distant Voices, Still Lives 1988 Template:HsTerence Davies
83 Darling 1965 Template:HsJohn Schlesinger
84 Educating Rita 1983 Template:HsLewis Gilbert
85 Brassed Off 1996 Template:HsMark Herman
86 Genevieve 1953 Template:HsHenry Cornelius
87 Women in Love 1969 Template:HsKen Russell
88 Template:HsA Hard Day's Night 1964 Template:HsRichard Lester
89 Fires Were Started 1943 Template:HsHumphrey Jennings
90 Hope and Glory 1987 Template:HsJohn Boorman
91 My Name Is Joe 1998 Template:HsKen Loach
92 In Which We Serve 1942 Template:HsDavid Lean
93 Caravaggio 1986 Template:HsDerek Jarman
94 Template:HsThe Belles of St Trinian's 1954 Template:HsFrank Launder
95 Life is Sweet 1990 Template:HsMike Leigh
96 Template:HsThe Wicker Man 1973 Template:HsRobin Hardy
97 Nil by Mouth 1997 Template:HsGary Oldman
98 Small Faces 1995 Template:HsGillies MacKinnon
99 Carry On... Up the Khyber 1968 Template:HsGerald Thomas
100 Template:HsThe Killing Fields 1984 Template:HsRoland Joffé

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