Best British films of all time – BFI list

The best British film ever

The Third Man – is it the best British film ever?

Here’s a list of the best British films of all time as published by the BFI in 1999.

1 The Third Man
2 Brief Encounter
3 Lawrence of Arabia
4 The 39 Steps
5 Great Expectations
6 Kind Hearts and Coronets
7 Kes
8 Don’t Look Now
9 The Red Shoes
10 Trainspotting
11 The Bridge on the River Kwai
12 If…
13 The Ladykillers
14 Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
15 Brighton Rock
16 Get Carter
17 The Lavender Hill Mob
18 Henry V
19 Chariots of Fire
20 A Matter of Life and Death
21 The Long Good Friday
22 The Servant
23 Four Weddings and a Funeral
24 Whisky Galore!
25 The Full Monty
26 The Crying Game
27 Dr Zhivago
28 Monty Python’s Life of Brian
29 Withnail and I
30 Gregory’s Girl
31 Zulu
32 Room at the Top
33 Alfie
34 Gandhi
35 The Lady Vanishes
36 The Italian Job
37 Local Hero
38 The Commitments
39 A Fish Called Wanda
40 Secrets & Lies
41 Dr No
42 The Madness of King George
43 A Man for All Seasons
44 Black Narcissus
45 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
46 Oliver Twist
47 I’m All Right Jack
48 Performance
49 Shakespeare in Love
50 My Beautiful Laundrette
51 Tom Jones
52 This Sporting Life
53 My Left Foot
54 Brazil
55 The English Patient
56 A Taste of Honey
57 The Go-Between
58 The Man in the White Suit
59 The Ipcress File
60 Blow Up
61 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
62 Sense and Sensibility
63 Passport to Pimlico
64 The Remains of the Day
65 Sunday, Bloody Sunday
66 The Railway Children
67 Mona Lisa
68 The Dam Busters
69 Hamlet
70 Goldfinger
71 Elizabeth
72 Goodbye, Mr Chips
73 A Room with a View
74 The Day of the Jackal
75 The Cruel Sea
76 Billy Liar
77 Oliver
78 Peeping Tom
79 Far From the Madding Crowd
80 The Draughtsman’s Contract
81 A Clockwork Orange
82 Distant Voices, Still Lives
83 Darling
84 Educating Rita
85 Brassed Off
86 Genevieve
87 Women in Love
88 A Hard Day’s Night
89 Fires Were Started
90 Hope and Glory
91 My Name is Joe
92 In Which We Serve
93 Caravaggio
94 The Belles of St Trinian’s
95 Life Is Sweet
96 The Wicker Man
97 Nil By Mouth
98 Small Faces
99 Carry On Up the Khyber
100 The Killing Fields

Source: British Film Institute (BFI) - 1999

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