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The Best British Films of All Time

The Top British Films of All Time, Ranked

According to a new survey, Peter Collinson's 1969 cult film The Italian Job is the greatest British film. Participants also praised Sir Michael Caine in his role as the film's Charlie Croker, putting the actor in the top spot for best British actor above the likes of Anthony Hopkins, Dame Judi Dench, and Helen Mirren. Contenders for the title of top film include The Full Monty at No. 2, Trainspotting coming in at No. 5, and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone at No. 6.

The survey, performed by Vue Entertainment, surveyed 2,000 Brits and celebrates the relaunch of the cinema chain's Leicester Square location, which originally opened in 1938. Apparently, we watch an average of four films per month, and with a third of our favourite films being made on British soil, there's no denying that these films have defined British culture and, in turn, stolen the nation's hearts.

  1. The Italian Job
  2. The Full Monty
  3. Zulu
  4. Love Actually
  5. Trainspotting
  6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  7. Four Weddings and a Funeral
  8. The Bridge on the River Kwai
  9. Monty Python's Life of Brian
  10. Billy Elliot
  11. Holding the spot of No. 10, Billy Elliot introduced us to a young Jamie Bell.

  12. Lawrence of Arabia
  13. The Railway Children
  14. Shaun of the Dead
  15. The 39 Steps
  16. The King's Speech
  17. The Dam Busters
  18. Slumdog Millionaire
  19. Skyfall
  20. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  21. A Clockwork Orange
  22. Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead, at No. 13, still remains a firm favourite 13 years on.

  23. 28 Days Later
  24. Notting Hill
  25. The Third Man
  26. Hot Fuzz
  27. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  28. Chariots of Fire
  29. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  30. This Is England
  31. The Ladykillers
  32. The Wicker Man
  33. This Is England was so popular that it inspired a TV miniseries four years after its 2006 release.

  34. Gandhi
  35. Get Carter
  36. Withnail & I
  37. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  38. The Theory of Everything
  39. Goldfinger
  40. Local Hero
  41. Kind Hearts and Coronets
  42. Kes
  43. Scum
  44. The 1987 cult black comedy Withnail & I proudly sits at No. 33.

  45. The Imitation Game
  46. Bend It Like Beckham
  47. Snatch
  48. The Long Good Friday
  49. Sense and Sensibility
  50. Carry on Doctor
  51. Carry on Camping
  52. A Fish Called Wanda
  53. Dr. No
  54. A Hard Day's Night
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