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Came across this just now and thought some of you might find it interesting. usually these annoy me, but I'm not too mad at this list, other than to say DON'T LOOK NOW suuuuuuuuuuuucks and THE WICKER MAN should have been in the TOP TEN.

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Rank Title Year Director
1 The Third Man 1949 Carol Reed
2 Brief Encounter 1945 David Lean
3 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 David Lean
4 The 39 Steps 1935 Alfred Hitchcock
5 Great Expectations 1946 David Lean
6 Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949 Robert Hamer
7 Kes 1969 Ken Loach
8 Don't Look Now 1973 Nicolas Roeg
9 The Red Shoes 1948 Powell and Pressburger
10 Trainspotting 1996 Danny Boyle
11 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 David Lean
12 if.... 1968 Lindsay Anderson
13 The Ladykillers 1955 Alexander Mackendrick
14 Saturday Night and Sunday Morning 1960 Karel Reisz
15 Brighton Rock 1947 John Boulting
16 Get Carter 1971 Mike Hodges
17 The Lavender Hill Mob 1951 Charles Crichton
18 Henry V 1944 Laurence Olivier
19 Chariots of Fire 1981 Hugh Hudson
20 A Matter of Life and Death 1946 Powell and Pressburger
21 The Long Good Friday 1980 John Mackenzie
22 The Servant 1963 Joseph Losey
23 Four Weddings and a Funeral 1994 Mike Newell
24 Whisky Galore! 1949 Alexander Mackendrick
25 The Full Monty 1997 Peter Cattaneo
26 The Crying Game 1992 Neil Jordan
27 Doctor Zhivago 1965 David Lean
28 Monty Python's Life of Brian 1979 Terry Jones
29 Withnail and I 1987 Bruce Robinson
30 Gregory's Girl 1980 Bill Forsyth
31 Zulu 1964 Cy Endfield
32 Room at the Top 1959 Jack Clayton
33 Alfie 1966 Lewis Gilbert
34 Gandhi 1982 Richard Attenborough
35 The Lady Vanishes 1938 Alfred Hitchcock
36 The Italian Job 1969 Peter Collinson
37 Local Hero 1983 Bill Forsyth
38 The Commitments 1991 Alan Parker
39 A Fish Called Wanda 1988 Charles Crichton
40 Secrets & Lies 1996 Mike Leigh
41 Dr. No 1962 Terence Young
42 The Madness of King George 1994 Nicholas Hytner
43 A Man for All Seasons 1966 Fred Zinnemann
44 Black Narcissus 1947 Powell and Pressburger
45 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943 Powell and Pressburger
46 Oliver Twist 1948 David Lean
47 I'm All Right Jack 1959 John Boulting
48 Performance 1970 Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell
49 Shakespeare in Love 1998 John Madden
50 My Beautiful Laundrette 1985 Stephen Frears
51 Tom Jones 1963 Tony Richardson
52 This Sporting Life 1963 Lindsay Anderson
53 My Left Foot 1989 Jim Sheridan
54 Brazil 1985 Terry Gilliam
55 The English Patient 1996 Anthony Minghella
56 A Taste of Honey 1961 Tony Richardson
57 The Go-Between 1970 Joseph Losey
58 The Man in the White Suit 1951 Alexander Mackendrick
59 The Ipcress File 1965 Sidney J. Furie
60 Blow Up 1966 Michelangelo Antonioni
61 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 1962 Tony Richardson
62 Sense and Sensibility 1995 Ang Lee
63 Passport to Pimlico 1949 Henry Cornelius
64 The Remains of the Day 1993 James Ivory
65 Sunday, Bloody Sunday 1971 John Schlesinger
66 The Railway Children 1970 Lionel Jeffries
67 Mona Lisa 1986 Neil Jordan
68 The Dam Busters 1955 Michael Anderson
69 Hamlet 1948 Laurence Olivier
70 Goldfinger 1964 Guy Hamilton
71 Elizabeth 1998 Shekhar Kapur
72 Goodbye, Mr Chips 1939 Sam Wood
73 A Room with a View 1985 James Ivory
74 The Day of the Jackal 1973 Fred Zinnemann
75 The Cruel Sea 1953 Charles Frend
76 Billy Liar 1963 John Schlesinger
77 Oliver! 1968 Carol Reed
78 Peeping Tom 1960 Michael Powell
79 Far from the Madding Crowd 1967 John Schlesinger
80 The Draughtsman's Contract 1982 Peter Greenaway
81 A Clockwork Orange 1971 Stanley Kubrick
82 Distant Voices, Still Lives 1988 Terence Davies
83 Darling 1965 John Schlesinger
84 Educating Rita 1983 Lewis Gilbert
85 Brassed Off 1996 Mark Herman
86 Genevieve 1953 Henry Cornelius
87 Women in Love 1969 Ken Russell
88 A Hard Day's Night 1964 Richard Lester
89 Fires Were Started 1943 Humphrey Jennings
90 Hope and Glory 1987 John Boorman
91 My Name Is Joe 1998 Ken Loach
92 In Which We Serve 1942 Noël Coward and David Lean
93 Caravaggio 1986 Derek Jarman
94 The Belles of St Trinian's 1954 Frank Launder
95 Life Is Sweet 1990 Mike Leigh
96 The Wicker Man 1973 Robin Hardy
97 Nil by Mouth 1997 Gary Oldman
98 Small Faces 1995 Gillies Mackinnon
99 Carry On... Up the Khyber 1968 Gerald Thomas
100 The Killing Fields 1984 Roland Joffé
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5 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

Came across this just now and thought some of you might find it interesting. usually these annoy me, but I'm not too mad at this list, other than to say DON'T LOOK NOW suuuuuuuuuuuucks and THE WICKER MAN should have been in the TOP TEN.

Full list

Rank Title Year Director
1 The Third Man 1949 Carol Reed
2 Brief Encounter 1945 David Lean
3 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 David Lean
4 The 39 Steps 1935 Alfred Hitchcock
5 Great Expectations 1946 David Lean
6 Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949 Robert Hamer
7 Kes 1969 Ken Loach
8 Don't Look Now 1973 Nicolas Roeg
9 The Red Shoes 1948 Powell and Pressburger
10 Trainspotting 1996 Danny Boyle
11 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 David Lean
12 if.... 1968 Lindsay Anderson
13 The Ladykillers 1955 Alexander Mackendrick
14 Saturday Night and Sunday Morning 1960 Karel Reisz
15 Brighton Rock 1947 John Boulting
16 Get Carter 1971 Mike Hodges
17 The Lavender Hill Mob 1951 Charles Crichton
18 Henry V 1944 Laurence Olivier
19 Chariots of Fire 1981 Hugh Hudson
20 A Matter of Life and Death 1946 Powell and Pressburger
21 The Long Good Friday 1980 John Mackenzie
22 The Servant 1963 Joseph Losey
23 Four Weddings and a Funeral 1994 Mike Newell
24 Whisky Galore! 1949 Alexander Mackendrick
25 The Full Monty 1997 Peter Cattaneo
26 The Crying Game 1992 Neil Jordan
27 Doctor Zhivago 1965 David Lean
28 Monty Python's Life of Brian 1979 Terry Jones
29 Withnail and I 1987 Bruce Robinson
30 Gregory's Girl 1980 Bill Forsyth
31 Zulu 1964 Cy Endfield
32 Room at the Top 1959 Jack Clayton
33 Alfie 1966 Lewis Gilbert
34 Gandhi 1982 Richard Attenborough
35 The Lady Vanishes 1938 Alfred Hitchcock
36 The Italian Job 1969 Peter Collinson
37 Local Hero 1983 Bill Forsyth
38 The Commitments 1991 Alan Parker
39 A Fish Called Wanda 1988 Charles Crichton
40 Secrets & Lies 1996 Mike Leigh
41 Dr. No 1962 Terence Young
42 The Madness of King George 1994 Nicholas Hytner
43 A Man for All Seasons 1966 Fred Zinnemann
44 Black Narcissus 1947 Powell and Pressburger
45 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943 Powell and Pressburger
46 Oliver Twist 1948 David Lean
47 I'm All Right Jack 1959 John Boulting
48 Performance 1970 Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell
49 Shakespeare in Love 1998 John Madden
50 My Beautiful Laundrette 1985 Stephen Frears
51 Tom Jones 1963 Tony Richardson
52 This Sporting Life 1963 Lindsay Anderson
53 My Left Foot 1989 Jim Sheridan
54 Brazil 1985 Terry Gilliam
55 The English Patient 1996 Anthony Minghella
56 A Taste of Honey 1961 Tony Richardson
57 The Go-Between 1970 Joseph Losey
58 The Man in the White Suit 1951 Alexander Mackendrick
59 The Ipcress File 1965 Sidney J. Furie
60 Blow Up 1966 Michelangelo Antonioni
61 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 1962 Tony Richardson
62 Sense and Sensibility 1995 Ang Lee
63 Passport to Pimlico 1949 Henry Cornelius
64 The Remains of the Day 1993 James Ivory
65 Sunday, Bloody Sunday 1971 John Schlesinger
66 The Railway Children 1970 Lionel Jeffries
67 Mona Lisa 1986 Neil Jordan
68 The Dam Busters 1955 Michael Anderson
69 Hamlet 1948 Laurence Olivier
70 Goldfinger 1964 Guy Hamilton
71 Elizabeth 1998 Shekhar Kapur
72 Goodbye, Mr Chips 1939 Sam Wood
73 A Room with a View 1985 James Ivory
74 The Day of the Jackal 1973 Fred Zinnemann
75 The Cruel Sea 1953 Charles Frend
76 Billy Liar 1963 John Schlesinger
77 Oliver! 1968 Carol Reed
78 Peeping Tom 1960 Michael Powell
79 Far from the Madding Crowd 1967 John Schlesinger
80 The Draughtsman's Contract 1982 Peter Greenaway
81 A Clockwork Orange 1971 Stanley Kubrick
82 Distant Voices, Still Lives 1988 Terence Davies
83 Darling 1965 John Schlesinger
84 Educating Rita 1983 Lewis Gilbert
85 Brassed Off 1996 Mark Herman
86 Genevieve 1953 Henry Cornelius
87 Women in Love 1969 Ken Russell
88 A Hard Day's Night 1964 Richard Lester
89 Fires Were Started 1943 Humphrey Jennings
90 Hope and Glory 1987 John Boorman
91 My Name Is Joe 1998 Ken Loach
92 In Which We Serve 1942 Noël Coward and David Lean
93 Caravaggio 1986 Derek Jarman
94 The Belles of St Trinian's 1954 Frank Launder
95 Life Is Sweet 1990 Mike Leigh
96 The Wicker Man 1973 Robin Hardy
97 Nil by Mouth 1997 Gary Oldman
98 Small Faces 1995 Gillies Mackinnon
99 Carry On... Up the Khyber 1968 Gerald Thomas
100 The Killing Fields 1984 Roland Joffé

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Said List Is Sans Some MIGHTY EXQUISITE, - TRANSCENDENTAL Titles and Stories ..

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Whistle Down the Wind is a glaring omission. Unfortunately, it is difficult to see this film. Perhaps the Lloyd Webber people have the rights tied up because of the musical version? This was shown at the second TCM festival to great acclaim, which made me think that the film would be shown on TCM and be available for purchase on DVD. Not so.

Are King Rat, The Hill, and The Man Who Would Be King British films? They have largely British casts, though made elsewhere, and have much to do with British history and society. What exactly does BFI consider a British film?

I'm shocked that the Powell & Pressburger films are rated so low.

Tried to watch Kes once or twice, but found it really dull. As for If . . . , if the extremely dated revolutionary fantasies of a closet queen are your thing . . . . Actually, that makes it sound more interesting than it is.

For all that, this BFI list is better than any AFI list I've ever seen. Granted, there aren't nearly as many British films to choose from, and there isn't the AFI bias toward more recent films because the British film industry has been is such bad shape for the last forty years or so.

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Hm. I like it a lot, but why is The Day of the Jackal an English film?

Also missing: Carol Reed's A Kid for Two Farthings, not like any other film on this list, and Reed's The Key, which stars William Holden and Sophia Loren but has a supporting cast of Englishmen, deals with English history during WWII, and is much more British than The Day of the Jackal. Olivier's Richard III is much better than his Hamlet. I would include The Pumpkin Eater for the brilliance of Oswald Morris' cinematography.

Three excellent specimens of Brit noir, The Long Memory, The Criminal, and Hell Drivers, would have my vote, as would the delightful comedy The Captain's Paradise.

Signs of changing tastes? I believe that twenty years ago Blow-Up and A Clockwork Orange would rank much higher, and Joseph Losey's Accident would have made the cut, probably the top half. In this case, I applaud the revisionist downgrading.

 

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12 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

Came across this just now and thought some of you might find it interesting. usually these annoy me, but I'm not too mad at this list, other than to say DON'T LOOK NOW suuuuuuuuuuuucks and THE WICKER MAN should have been in the TOP TEN.

 

What an interesting list, thanks! And Don't Look Now most certainly does NOT suck!

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I agree that A Passage to India -- Lean's masterpiece -- should be on the list. Also although it's nice to see a Carry On film on the list, they didn't pick the best one (though I do like the one that they did select).

And although I have thoughts about many of the selections -- and omissions , I do have to say, that Brazil, a load of pretentious twaddle, is possibly the worst film I've ever seen. 

 

 

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5 hours ago, skimpole said:

When is this list from?  Where did you see it?

Haven't seen an answer to your question, but it appears this is a BFI list of the 100 best 20th Century British films...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BFI_Top_100_British_films

There's a more recent, more international BFI list here (film critics poll):

https://www2.bfi.org.uk/greatest-films-all-time

 

Here's the link to the BFI poll section, for more polls and details:

https://www2.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/polls-surveys

 

 

 

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20 minutes ago, txfilmfan said:

Haven't seen an answer to your question, but it appears this is a BFI list of the 100 best 20th Century British films...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BFI_Top_100_British_films

There's a more recent, more international BFI list here (film critics poll):

https://www2.bfi.org.uk/greatest-films-all-time

 

Here's the link to the BFI poll section, for more polls and details:

https://www2.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/polls-surveys

 

 

 

And This is in No Offense /Dissrespect to #LornaHansonForbes,, with this .. Thank You .

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13 hours ago, Arsan404 said:

I also agree A Passage to India should be on the list, and high on the list. I don't get how The Crying Game and The Full Monty are ranked higher than The Lady Vanishes , Black Narcissus and Secrets and Lies.

I saw THE FULL MONTY once.

I didn't get it.

(THE FILM or THE REACTION TO IT.)

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14 hours ago, Aritosthenes said:

And This is in No Offense /Dissrespect to #LornaHansonForbes,, with this .. Thank You .

NOT A PROBLEM.

I saw MONA LISA (1986) for the first time this weekend and it's WIKIPEDIA entry mentioned it was on this BFI LIST, which the article linked to. Apparently the BRITISH FILM INSTINTUTE made this list at the end of the 20th century, a practice popular at the time. I NOTICED QUITE  A FEW FILMS that we have been discussing in other threads lately on it and thought it would be interesting.

while I REALLY DISAGREE with the AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE'S list of top 100 titles, I was mostly okay with this list.

 

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On 4/19/2021 at 9:14 AM, LornaHansonForbes said:

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Some of my favorites on here:

Brief Encounter

The Crying Game

Gregory's Girl

Dr No

The Remains Of The Day

Goldfinger

The Wicker Man

I would include these:

A Kind Of Loving (1962)

Horror Of Dracula (1958)

The Collector (1965) though maybe this is considered a Hollywood movie, though much was filmed in England

Victim (1961)

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17 hours ago, kingrat said:

Hm. I like it a lot, but why is The Day of the Jackal an English film?

 

Maybe because except for director Fred Zinnemann  it was mostly a British cast and produced movie based on a novel by a British novelist Frederick Forsyth?

Sepiatone

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42 minutes ago, Det Jim McLeod said:

Some of my favorites on here:

Brief Encounter

The Crying Game

Gregory's Girl

Dr No

The Remains Of The Day

Goldfinger

The Wicker Man

I would include these:

A Kind Of Loving (1962)

Horror Of Dracula (1958)

The Collector (1965) though maybe this is considered a Hollywood movie, though much was filmed in England

Victim (1961)

This is not the only list GREGORYS GIRL has made. I made a point of watching it many many years ago, I don’t remember much about it now besides I liked it and thought the dialogue was pretty good.

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9 minutes ago, NipkowDisc said:

I agree about Richard III.

"no one shall usurp the throne of England from her true king....

no one!

:)

Richard III (1955)

 

2 interesting tidbits about this tenacious english monarch.

Richard III was the last Plantagenet king and the last english king to die on the battlefield.

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I was surprised to see Carry On make the list, for old-home value, but once on, for cultural-symbolic status, I wasn't surprised to see it be "Up the Khyber".  
That's the one that seems to be considered the Classic.

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