Saturday, October 13, 2012

World Cinema Guide: UK (288 Greatest Films 1929-2005)


When I say ‘greatest’ in the title above I mean ‘most critically acclaimed, based on a consensus of opinion’ and for details of how I established that - and why this list only goes up to 2005 - please see ‘World Cinema Guide: Introduction’. 

In the alphabetical table of contents at the right you will also find similar lists for other countries: World Cinema Guide China, World Cinema Guide France, World Cinema Guide Germany etc

Note that within this list there is in effect a ‘best of the best’ list: the most critically acclaimed 10-20% of films from this country are marked with a *.


1929 Blackmail* (Alfred Hitchcock)
1929 Piccadilly (E. A. Dupont)
1933 The Private Life of Henry V111* (Alexander Korda)
1934 Man of Aran* (Robert Flaherty)
1934 The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock)
1935 First a Girl (Victor Saville)
1935 The Ghost Goes West (Rene Clair)
1935 The Thirty-Nine Steps* (Alfred Hitchcock)
1936 Rembrandt (Alexander Korda)
1936 Sabotage (Alfred Hitchcock)
1936 Secret Agent (Alfred Hitchcock)
1936 Things to Come* (William Cameron Menzies)
1937 Oh Mr. Porter!* (Marcel Varnel)
1937 Young and Innocent (Alfred Hitchcock)
1938 Ask a Policeman (Marcel Varnel)
1938 Pygmalion* (Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard)
1938 The Lady Vanishes* (Alfred Hitchcock)
1939 Goodbye Mr. Chips* (Sam Wood)
1939 The Four Feathers* (Zoltan Korda)
1939 The Spy in Black (Michael Powell)
1940 Gaslight (Thorold Dickinson)
1940 The Thief of Bagdad* (Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan)
1941 49th Parallel* (Michael Powell)
1941 Major Barbara (Gabriel Pascal)
1941 The Stars Look Down (Carol Reed)
1942 In Which We Serve* (Noel Coward, David Lean)
1942 One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
1942 Went the Day Well?* (Alberto Cavalcanti)
1943 Fires Were Started (Humphrey Jennings)
1943 Millions Like Us (Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat)
1943 My Learned Friend (Basil Dearden, Will Hay)
1943 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp* (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
1944 A Canterbury Tale (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
1944 Henry V* (Laurence Olivier)
1944 This Happy Breed (David Lean)
1944 The Way Ahead (Carol Reed)
1945 Blithe Spirit* (David Lean)
1945 Brief Encounter* (David Lean)
1945 The Way to the Stars (Anthony Asquith)
1946 A Matter of Life and Death* (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
1946 Dead of Night* (Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, etc)
1947 Black Narcissus* (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
1947 Brighton Rock (John Boulting)
1947 Great Expectations* (David Lean)
1947 Green for Danger* (Sidney Gilliat)
1947 I Know Where I'm Going (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
1947 It Always Rains on Sunday (Robert Hamer)
1947 Odd Man Out* (Carol Reed)
1948 Hamlet (Laurence Olivier)
1948 Oliver Twist* (David Lean)
1948 Passport to Pimlico* (Henry Cornelius)
1948 The Fallen Idol (Carol Reed)
1948 The Red Shoes* (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
1949 Kind Hearts and Coronets* (Robert Hamer)
1949 The Third Man* (Carol Reed)
1949 Whisky Galore (Alexander Mackendrick)
1950 Night and the City (Jules Dassin)
1950 Seven Days to Noon (John Boulting, Roy Boulting)
1950 The Happiest Days of Your Life (Frank Launder)
1951 A Christmas Carol (Brian Desmond Hurst)
1951 The Browning Version (Anthony Asquith)
1951 The Lavender Hill Mob* (Charles Chrichton)
1951 The Man in the White Suit* (Alexander Mackendrick)
1951 The Tales of Hoffmann (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)
1952 The Sound Barrier (David Lean)
1953 The Cruel Sea (Charles Frend)
1954 Hobson's Choice (David Lean)
1954 The Belles of St Trinian's (Frank Launder)
1954 The Detective (Robert Hamer)
1954 Thursday's Children (Lindsay Anderson, Guy Brenton)
1955 The Dambusters (Michael Anderson)
1955 The Ladykillers* (Alexander Mackendrick)
1955 Summertime (David Lean)
1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai* (David Lean)
1957 The Curse of Frankenstein (Terence Fisher)
1958 We Are the Lambeth Boys (Karel Reisz)
1959 Blind Date (Joseph Losey)
1959 Look Back in Anger* (Tony Richardson)
1959 Room at the Top* (Jack Clayton)
1959 Sapphire (Basil Dearden)
1960 I'm All Right, Jack* (John Boulting)
1960 Peeping Tom* (Michael Powell)
1960 Saturday Night and Sunday Morning* (Karel Reisz)
1960 Sons and Lovers (Jack Cardiff)
1960 The Entertainer (Tony Richardson)
1961 A Taste of Honey (Tony Richardson)
1961 The Innocents (Jack Clayton)
1961 The Mark (Guy Green)
1962 A Kind of Loving (John Schlesinger)
1962 Dr No (Terence Young)
1962 Lawrence of Arabia* (David Lean)
1962 The Damned (Joseph Losey)
1962 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner* (Tony Richardson)
1963 Billy Liar* (John Schlesinger)
1963 Jason and the Argonauts (Don Chaffey)
1963 The Servant* (Joseph Losey)
1963 This Sporting Life* (Lindsay Anderson)
1963 Tom Jones* (Tony Richardson)
1964 A Hard Day's Night* (Richard Lester)
1964 Becket (Peter Glenville)
1964 Dr Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying ...* (Stanley Kubrick)
1964 Goldfinger* (Guy Hamilton)
1964 King and Country (Joseph Losey)
1964 Masque of the Red Death (Roger Corman)
1964 Seance on a Wet Afternoon (Bryan Forbes)
1964 The Pumpkin Eater (Jack Clayton)
1964 Zulu (Cy Endfield)
1965 Darling (John Schlesinger)
1965 Repulsion* (Roman Polanski)
1965 The Ipcress File (Sidney J. Furie)
1965 The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Martin Ritt)
1966 A Man for All Seasons* (Fred Zinnemann)
1966 Alfie* (Lewis Gilbert)
1966 Blow Up* (Michelangelo Antonioni)
1966 Carry on Screaming (Gerald Thomas)
1966 Cul De Sac (Roman Polanski)
1966 It Happened Here (Kevin Brownlow, Andrew Mollo)
1966 Morgan! (Karel Reisz)
1966 The War Game (Peter Watkins)
1967 Far from the Madding Crowd (John Schlesinger)
1967 Poor Cow (Ken Loach)
1968 2001: A Space Odyssey* (Stanley Kubrick)
1968 Oliver!* (Carol Reed)
1968 Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves)
1968 Yellow Submarine (George Dunning)
1969 If . . .* (Lindsay Anderson)
1969 Kes* (Ken Loach)
1969 Performance* (Nicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell)
1969 The Italian Job (Peter Collinson)
1969 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie* (Ronald Neame)
1969 Women in Love (Ken Russell)
1970 Three Sisters (Laurence Olivier, John Sichel)
1971 A Clockwork Orange* (Stanley Kubrick)
1971 Get Carter* (Mike Hodges)
1971 King Lear (Peter Brook)
1971 Macbeth (Roman Polanski)
1971 Sunday Bloody Sunday (John Schlesinger)
1971 Ten Rillington Place (Richard Fleischer)
1971 The Go Between (Joseph Losey)
1971 Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg)
1972 A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Peter Medak)
1972 Sleuth* (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
1973 Don't Look Now* (Nicolas Roeg)
1973 O Lucky Man* (Lindsay Anderson)
1973 The Day of the Jackal (Fred Zinnemann)
1973 The Hireling (Alan Bridges)
1974 Butley (Harold Pinter)
1975 Barry Lyndon* (Stanley Kubrick)
1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam)
1975 The Man Who Would Be King (John Huston)
1976 Nuts in May (Mike Leigh)
1976 The Man Who Fell to Earth* (Nicolas Roeg)
1977 Abigail's Party* (Mike Leigh)
1977 The Spy Who Loved Me (Lewis Gilbert)
1978 The Shout (Jerzy Skolimowski)
1979 Alien* (Ridley Scott)
1979 Midnight Express (Alan Parker)
1979 Monty Python's Life of Brian (Terry Jones)
1979 Quadrophenia* (Franc Roddam)
1979 Scum (Alan Clarke)
1980 Bad Timing (Nicolas Roeg)
1980 Tess (Roman Polanski)
1980 The Falls (Peter Greenaway)
1981 Chariots of Fire* (Hugh Hudson)
1981 Excalibur (John Boorman)
1981 Gregory's Girl* (Bill Forsyth)
1981 The French Lieutenant's Woman (Karel Reisz)
1982 Ascendancy (Edward Bennett)
1982 Gandhi* (Richard Attenborough)
1982 Made in Britain* (Alan Clarke)
1982 Moonlighting* (Jerzy Skolimowski)
1982 The Draughtsman's Contract* (Peter Greenaway)
1982 The Long Good Friday (John Mackenzie)
1982 The Return of the Soldier (Alan Bridges)
1983 Educating Rita (Lewis Gilbert)
1983 Heat and Dust (James Ivory)
1983 Local Hero* (Bill Forsyth)
1983 The Dresser (Peter Yates)
1983 The Ploughman's Lunch (Richard Eyre)
1984 Cal (Pat O'Connor)
1984 The Killing Fields (Roland Joffe)
1985 Brazil* (Terry Gilliam)
1985 Dance with a Stranger (Mike Newell)
1985 Wetherby (David Hare)
1986 A Room with a View (James Ivory)
1986 Caravaggio (Derek Jarman)
1986 Defence of the Realm (David Drury)
1986 Mona Lisa* (Neil Jordan)
1986 My Beautiful Laundrette* (Stephen Frears)
1987 Hope and Glory* (John Boorman)
1987 The Belly of an Architect (Peter Greenaway)
1987 Withnail and I* (Bruce Robinson)
1988 A World Apart (Chris Menges)
1988 Distant Voices, Still Lives* (Terence Davies)
1988 High Hopes (Mike Leigh)
1988 Little Dorrit (Christine Edzard)
1988 The Firm (Alan Clarke)
1989 The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover* (Peter Greenaway)
1990 Hidden Agenda* (Ken Loach)
1990 Riff-Raff (Ken Loach)
1991 Drowning by Numbers (Peter Greenaway)
1991 Life Is Sweet (Mike Leigh)
1992 Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (Nick Broomfield)
1992 Close My Eyes (Stephen Poliakoff)
1992 Hedd Wyn (Paul Turner)
1992 Howards End* (James Ivory)
1992 The Crying Game* (Neil Jordan)
1992 Waterland (Stephen Gyllenhaal)
1993 Blue (Derek Jarman)
1993 Orlando (Sally Potter)
1993 Raining Stones (Ken Loach)
1993 Shadowlands (Richard Attenborough)
1993 The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies)
1993 The Wrong Trousers* (Nick Park)
1994 Backbeat (Iain Softley)
1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral (Mike Newell)
1994 Ladybird, Ladybird (Ken Loach)
1994 London* (Patrick Keiller)
1994 Naked* (Mike Leigh)
1994 Shallow Grave (Danny Boyle)
1994 The Madness of King George (Nicholas Hytner)
1995 Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam (Nick Broomfield)
1995 Land and Freedom* (Ken Loach)
1995 Persuasion (Roger Michell)
1995 Sense and Sensibility* (Ang Lee)
1995 The Neon Bible (Terence Davies)
1996 Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (Isaac Julien)
1996 Gallivant (Andrew Gotting)
1996 Secrets and Lies* (Mike Leigh)
1996 Small Faces (Gillies MacKinnon)
1996 Trainspotting* (Danny Boyle)
1997 Face (Antonia Bird)
1997 Nil by Mouth* (Gary Oldman)
1997 Orphans (Peter Mullan)
1997 Regeneration (Gillies MacKinnon)
1997 Robinson in Space (Patrick Keiller)
1997 The Full Monty* (Peter Cattaneo)
1997 The Pillow Book (Peter Greenaway)
1997 The Wings of the Dove (Iain Softley)
1997 Twenty Four Seven* (Shane Meadows)
1997 Under the Skin (Carine Adler)
1998 Elizabeth (Shekhar Kapur)
1998 Hilary and Jackie (Anand Tucker)
1998 Kurt & Courtney (Nick Broomfield)
1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Guy Ritchie)
1998 My Name Is Joe* (Ken Loach)
1999 The End of the Affair (Neil Jordan)
1999 The War Zone (Tim Roth)
1999 Topsy-Turvy* (Mike Leigh)
1999 Wonderland (Michael Winterbottom)
2000 24 Hour Party People* (Michael Winterbottom)
2000 Billy Elliot* (Stephen Daldry)
2000 Chicken Run (Peter Lord, Nick Park)
2000 Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh)
2000 Last Resort (Pawel Pawlikowski)
2000 One Day in September* (Kevin Macdonald)
2000 The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition (George Butler)
2001 Gosford Park (Robert Altman)
2001 Last Orders (Fred Schepisi)
2001 Lawless Heart (Tom Hunsinger, Neil Hunter)
2001 Sexy Beast (Jonathan Glazer)
2001 The Warrior* (Asif Kapadia)
2002 All or Nothing (Mike Leigh)
2002 Biggie and Tupac (Nick Broomfield)
2002 Bloody Sunday* (Paul Greengrass)
2002 Dirty Pretty Things (Stephen Frears)
2002 In This World* (Michael Winterbottom)
2002 Morvern Caller (Lynne Ramsay)
2002 Sweet Sixteen (Ken Loach)
2002 Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (Lone Scherfig)
2003 16 Years of Alcohol (Richard Jobson)
2003 Bodysong (Simon Pummell)
2003 Girl with a Pearl Earring (Peter Webber)
2003 I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (Mike Hodges)
2003 Touching the Void* (Kevin Macdonald)
2003 Young Adam (David Mackenzie)
2004 Ae Fond Kiss (Ken Loach)
2004 Bullet Boy (Saul Dibb)
2004 Dead Man's Shoes (Shane Meadows)
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabhan (Alfonso Cuaron)
2004 My Summer of Love (Pawel Pawlikowski)
2004 The Libertine (Laurence Dunmore)
2004 Vera Drake* (Mike Leigh)
2004 Yes (Sally Potter)
2005 On a Clear Day (Gaby Dellal)
2005 The Constant Gardener (Fernando Meirelles)
2005 Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (Michael Winterbottom)
2005 Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Steve Box, Nick Park)

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