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The best 100 British films were chosen by 1,000 people from the UK's film industry, including producers, directors, writers, actors, technicians, academics, exhibitors, distributors, executives and critics. The final selection spans seven decades and accommodates the work of 70 film directors. Unsurprisingly, literary adaptations feature strongly - ranging from Shakespeare and Dickens to Roddy Doyle and Irvine Welsh - and the highbrow mixes easily with the low.

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  1. 81 -

    A Clockwork Orange

    1971, in 33 top lists Check
  2. 10 -

    Trainspotting

    1996, in 15 top lists Check
  3. 28 -

    Life of Brian

    1979, in 19 top lists Check
  4. 54 -

    Brazil

    1985, in 20 top lists Check
  5. 3 -

    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962, in 40 top lists Check
  6. 1 -

    The Third Man

    1949, in 32 top lists Check
  7. 11 -

    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    1957, in 28 top lists Check
  8. 49 -

    Shakespeare in Love

    1998, in 11 top lists Check
  9. 39 -

    A Fish Called Wanda

    1988, in 6 top lists Check
  10. 34 -

    Gandhi

    1982, in 14 top lists Check
  11. 70 -

    Goldfinger

    1964, in 14 top lists Check
  12. 9 -

    The Red Shoes

    1948, in 25 top lists Check
  13. 60 -

    Blowup

    1966 — a.k.a. Blow-Up, in 18 top lists Check
  14. 96 -

    The Wicker Man

    1973, in 12 top lists Check
  15. 29 -

    Withnail & I

    1987, in 12 top lists Check
  16. 55 -

    The English Patient

    1996, in 16 top lists Check
  17. 2 -

    Brief Encounter

    1945, in 20 top lists Check
  18. 88 -

    A Hard Day's Night

    1964, in 18 top lists Check
  19. 23 -

    Four Weddings and a Funeral

    1994, in 11 top lists Check
  20. 6 -

    Kind Hearts and Coronets

    1949, in 20 top lists Check
  21. 35 -

    The Lady Vanishes

    1938, in 14 top lists Check
  22. 62 -

    Sense and Sensibility

    1995, in 11 top lists Check
  23. 8 -

    Don't Look Now

    1973, in 17 top lists Check
  24. 4 -

    The 39 Steps

    1935, in 16 top lists Check
  25. 78 -

    Peeping Tom

    1960, in 20 top lists Check
  26. 25 -

    The Full Monty

    1997, in 8 top lists Check
  27. 27 -

    Doctor Zhivago

    1965, in 17 top lists Check
  28. 40 -

    Secrets & Lies

    1996, in 13 top lists Check
  29. 20 -

    A Matter of Life and Death

    1946, in 22 top lists Check
  30. 44 -

    Black Narcissus

    1947, in 15 top lists Check
  31. 41 -

    Dr. No

    1962, in 5 top lists Check
  32. 45 -

    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    1943, in 17 top lists Check
  33. 12 -

    If....

    1968, in 19 top lists Check
  34. 64 -

    The Remains of the Day

    1993, in 6 top lists Check
  35. 7 -

    Kes

    1969, in 12 top lists Check
  36. 53 -

    My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown

    1989, in 6 top lists Check
  37. 100 -

    The Killing Fields

    1984, in 11 top lists Check
  38. 71 -

    Elizabeth

    1998, in 4 top lists Check
  39. 26 -

    The Crying Game

    1992, in 8 top lists Check
  40. 16 -

    Get Carter

    1971, in 11 top lists Check
  41. 73 -

    A Room with a View

    1985, in 9 top lists Check
  42. 13 -

    The Ladykillers

    1955, in 8 top lists Check
  43. 5 -

    Great Expectations

    1946, in 18 top lists Check
  44. 43 -

    A Man for All Seasons

    1966, in 13 top lists Check
  45. 36 -

    The Italian Job

    1969, in 4 top lists Check
  46. 77 -

    Oliver!

    1968, in 6 top lists Check
  47. 38 -

    The Commitments

    1991, in 2 top lists Check
  48. 19 -

    Chariots of Fire

    1981, in 12 top lists Check
  49. 74 -

    The Day of the Jackal

    1973, in 4 top lists Check
  50. 22 -

    The Servant

    1963, in 14 top lists Check
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