BFI Top 100 British films

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In 1999 the British Film Institute surveyed 1,000 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'. [1]

List breakdown[edit]

  • The 1960s led the pack with 26 films of merit for the decade; four films for each year, 1949, 1963 and 1971; and The earliest film selected was The 39 Steps (1935). Only two other 1930s films made the list, and after 1935, the only years not represented are 1936–1937, 1940–1941, 1950, 1956, 1972 and 1974–78.
  • David Lean, with seven films, is the most popular director; followed by Michael Powell (five films, of which four were collaborations with Emeric Pressburger); Powell and Pressburger ("The Archers") and John Schlesinger had four films each while Alexander Mackendrick and Tony Richardson each had three. Seven of the films were produced by Ealing Studios during the years 1949–55.
  • The most represented actor is Alec Guinness, with nine films of merit although three appearances were in supporting roles. Michael Caine is the most represented living actor, starring in seven films.
  • Julie Christie is the most represented actress, with six films on the list.
  • All of the directors in this list are male.

Full list[edit]

Rank Title Year Director
1 The Third Man 1949 ReedCarol Reed
2 Brief Encounter 1945 LeanDavid Lean
3 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 LeanDavid Lean
4 The 39 Steps 1935 HitchcockAlfred Hitchcock
5 Great Expectations 1946 LeanDavid Lean
6 Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949 HamerRobert Hamer
7 Kes 1969 LoachKen Loach
8 Don't Look Now 1973 RoegNicolas Roeg
9 The Red Shoes 1948 Powell and PressburgerPowell and Pressburger
10 Trainspotting 1996 BoyleDanny Boyle
11 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1959 LeanDavid Lean
12 if... 1968 AndersonLindsay Anderson
13 The Ladykillers 1955 MackendrickAlexander Mackendrick
14 Saturday Night and Sunday Morning 1960 ReiszKarel Reisz
15 Brighton Rock 1947 BoultingJohn Boulting
16 Get Carter 1971 HodgesMike Hodges
17 The Lavender Hill Mob 1951 CrichtonCharles Crichton
18 Henry V 1944 OlivierLaurence Olivier
19 Chariots of Fire 1981 HudsonHugh Hudson
20 A Matter of Life and Death 1946 Powell and PressburgerPowell and Pressburger
21 The Long Good Friday 1980 MackenzieJohn Mackenzie
22 The Servant 1963 LoseyJoseph Losey
23 Four Weddings and a Funeral 1994 NewellMike Newell
24 Whisky Galore! 1949 MackendrickAlexander Mackendrick
25 The Full Monty 1997 CattaneoPeter Cattaneo
26 The Crying Game 1992 JordanNeil Jordan
27 Doctor Zhivago 1965 LeanDavid Lean
28 Monty Python's Life of Brian 1979 JonesTerry Jones
29 Withnail and I 1987 RobinsonBruce Robinson
30 Gregory's Girl 1980 ForsythBill Forsyth
31 Zulu 1964 EndfieldCy Endfield
32 Room at the Top 1959 ClaytonJack Clayton
33 Alfie 1966 GilbertLewis Gilbert
34 Gandhi 1982 AttenboroughRichard Attenborough
35 The Lady Vanishes 1938 HitchcockAlfred Hitchcock
36 The Italian Job 1969 CollinsonPeter Collinson
37 Local Hero 1983 ForsythBill Forsyth
38 The Commitments 1991 ParkerAlan Parker
39 A Fish Called Wanda 1988 CrichtonCharles Crichton
40 Secrets & Lies 1996 LeighMike Leigh
41 Dr No 1962 YoungTerence Young
42 The Madness of King George 1994 HytnerNicholas Hytner
43 A Man for All Seasons 1966 ZinnemannFred Zinnemann
44 Black Narcissus 1947 Powell and PressburgerPowell and Pressburger
45 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943 Powell and PressburgerPowell and Pressburger
46 Oliver Twist 1948 LeanDavid Lean
47 I'm All Right Jack 1959 BoultingJohn Boulting
48 Performance 1970 Roeg and CammellNicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell
49 Shakespeare in Love 1998 MaddenJohn Madden
50 My Beautiful Laundrette 1985 FrearsStephen Frears
51 Tom Jones 1963 RichardsonTony Richardson
52 This Sporting Life 1963 AndersonLindsay Anderson
53 My Left Foot 1989 SheridanJim Sheridan
54 Brazil 1985 GilliamTerry Gilliam
55 The English Patient 1996 MinghellaAnthony Minghella
56 A Taste of Honey 1961 RichardsonTony Richardson
57 The Go-Between 1970 LoseyJoseph Losey
58 The Man in the White Suit 1951 MackendrickAlexander Mackendrick
59 The Ipcress File 1965 FurieSidney J. Furie
60 Blow Up 1966 AntonioniMichelangelo Antonioni
61 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 1962 RichardsonTony Richardson
62 Sense and Sensibility 1995 LeeAng Lee
63 Passport to Pimlico 1949 CorneliusHenry Cornelius
64 The Remains of the Day 1993 IvoryJames Ivory
65 Sunday, Bloody Sunday 1971 SchlesingerJohn Schlesinger
66 The Railway Children 1970 JeffriesLionel Jeffries
67 Mona Lisa 1986 JordanNeil Jordan
68 The Dam Busters 1955 AndersonMichael Anderson
69 Hamlet 1948 OlivierLaurence Olivier
70 Goldfinger 1964 HamiltonGuy Hamilton
71 Elizabeth 1998 KapurShekhar Kapur
72 Goodbye, Mr Chips 1939 WoodSam Wood
73 A Room with a View 1985 IvoryJames Ivory
74 The Day of the Jackal 1973 ZinnemannFred Zinnemann
75 The Cruel Sea 1953 FrendCharles Frend
76 Billy Liar 1963 SchlesingerJohn Schlesinger
77 Oliver! 1968 ReedCarol Reed
78 Peeping Tom 1960 PowellMichael Powell
79 Far From the Madding Crowd 1967 SchlesingerJohn Schlesinger
80 The Draughtsman's Contract 1982 GreenawayPeter Greenaway
81 A Clockwork Orange 1971 KubrickStanley Kubrick
82 Distant Voices, Still Lives 1988 DaviesTerence Davies
83 Darling 1965 SchlesingerJohn Schlesinger
84 Educating Rita 1983 GilbertLewis Gilbert
85 Brassed Off 1996 HermanMark Herman
86 Genevieve 1953 CorneliusHenry Cornelius
87 Women in Love 1969 RussellKen Russell
88 A Hard Day's Night 1964 LesterRichard Lester
89 Fires Were Started 1943 JenningsHumphrey Jennings
90 Hope and Glory 1987 BoormanJohn Boorman
91 My Name is Joe 1998 LoachKen Loach
92 In Which We Serve 1942 Coward and LeanNoël Coward and David Lean
93 Caravaggio 1986 JarmanDerek Jarman
94 The Belles of St Trinian's 1954 LaunderFrank Launder
95 Life Is Sweet 1990 LeighMike Leigh
96 The Wicker Man 1973 HardyRobin Hardy
97 Nil By Mouth 1997 OldmanGary Oldman
98 Small Faces 1995 MackinnonGillies Mackinnon
99 Carry On... Up the Khyber 1968 ThomasGerald Thomas
100 The Killing Fields 1984 JofféRoland Joffé

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References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC. 23 September 1999. Entertainment: Best 100 British films - full list. Accessed 30 January 2014.