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These Are The 50 Greatest British Films Of All-Time, As Chosen By The Public

Esquire (UK) logo Esquire (UK) 26/08/2022 The Editors

Ok, so we've already given you the definitive list of Great British films as chosen by Ben Wheatley, a guy who knows a thing or two about the genre, but as in any great democracy the public need a bit of a say too, which is why Vue Cinemas polled 2,000 people to see which British films they thought were best.

Featuring all the big hitters, as well as some misses (Notting Hill? Come on GB!), read on to see which homegrown films, actors and directors were voted the best of the best of the best.

P.S: The Italian Job was voted number 1, which is ok we suppose. But it's not really the best, is it?


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The Top 50 British Films Of All Time

  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. Lawrence of Arabia
  12. The Railway Children
  13. Shaun of the Dead
  14. The 39 Steps
  15. The King's Speech
  16. The Dam Busters
  17. Slumdog Millionaire
  18. Skyfall
  19. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  20. A Clockwork Orange
  21. 28 Days Later
  22. Notting Hill
  23. The Third Man
  24. Hot Fuzz
  25. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  26. Chariots of Fire
  27. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  28. This is England
  29. The Ladykillers
  30. The Wicker Man
  31. Gandhi
  32. Get Carter
  33. Withnail & I
  34. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  35. The Theory of Everything
  36. Goldfinger
  37. Local Hero
  38. Kind Hearts and Coronets
  39. Kes
  40. Scum
  41. Lawrence of Arabia
  42. Bend it Like Beckham
  43. Snatch
  44. The Long Good Friday
  45. Sense and Sensibility
  46. Carry on Doctor
  47. Carry on Camping
  48. A Fish Called Wanda
  49. Dr. No
  50. A Hard Day's Night

The Top 10 British Actors of All Time

  1. Michael Caine
  2. Anthony Hopkins
  3. Sean Connery
  4. Alan Rickman
  5. Sir Ian McKellen
  6. Dame Judi Dench
  7. Dame Maggie Smith
  8. Laurence Olivier
  9. Alec Guinness
  10. Helen Mirren

The Top 10 British Directors of All Time

  1. Alfred Hitchcock
  2. Ridley Scott
  3. Richard Attenborough
  4. Danny Boyle
  5. Ken Loach
  6. Christopher Nolan
  7. Mike Leigh
  8. Sam Mendes
  9. Steve McQueen
  10. Ken Russell

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