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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. 2 -

    Brief Encounter

    1945, in 20 top lists Check
  2. 3 -

    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962, in 40 top lists Check
  3. 5 -

    Great Expectations

    1946, in 18 top lists Check
  4. 7 -

    Kes

    1969, in 12 top lists Check
  5. 8 -

    Don't Look Now

    1973, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Red Shoes

    1948, in 25 top lists Check
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    Trainspotting

    1996, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    1957, in 28 top lists Check
  9. 12 -

    If....

    1968, in 19 top lists Check
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    Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

    1960, in 8 top lists Check
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    Brighton Rock

    1948, in 8 top lists Check
  12. 18 -

    The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fifth...

    1944 — a.k.a. Henry V, in 12 top lists Check
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    Chariots of Fire

    1981, in 12 top lists Check
  14. 20 -

    A Matter of Life and Death

    1946, in 22 top lists Check
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    The Long Good Friday

    1980, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Servant

    1963, in 14 top lists Check
  17. 23 -

    Four Weddings and a Funeral

    1994, in 11 top lists Check
  18. 25 -

    The Full Monty

    1997, in 8 top lists Check
  19. 26 -

    The Crying Game

    1992, in 8 top lists Check
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    Doctor Zhivago

    1965, in 17 top lists Check
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    Withnail & I

    1987, in 12 top lists Check
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    Gregory's Girl

    1980, in 10 top lists Check
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    Zulu

    1964, in 8 top lists Check
  24. 32 -

    Room at the Top

    1959, in 7 top lists Check
  25. 33 -

    Alfie

    1966, in 3 top lists Check
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    Gandhi

    1982, in 14 top lists Check
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    Local Hero

    1983, in 10 top lists Check
  28. 38 -

    The Commitments

    1991, in 2 top lists Check
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    Secrets & Lies

    1996, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Madness of King George

    1994, in 3 top lists Check
  31. 43 -

    A Man for All Seasons

    1966, in 13 top lists Check
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    Black Narcissus

    1947, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    1943, in 17 top lists Check
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    Oliver Twist

    1948, in 6 top lists Check
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    Performance

    1970, in 16 top lists Check
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    Shakespeare in Love

    1998, in 11 top lists Check
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    My Beautiful Laundrette

    1985, in 6 top lists Check
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    This Sporting Life

    1963, in 8 top lists Check
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    My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown

    1989, in 6 top lists Check
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    The English Patient

    1996, in 16 top lists Check
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    A Taste of Honey

    1961, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Go-Between

    1971, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Man in the White Suit

    1951, in 5 top lists Check
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    Blowup

    1966 — a.k.a. Blow-Up, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

    1962, in 7 top lists Check
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    Sense and Sensibility

    1995, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Remains of the Day

    1993, in 6 top lists Check
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    Sunday Bloody Sunday

    1971, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Railway Children

    1970, in 3 top lists Check
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    Mona Lisa

    1986, in 5 top lists Check
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