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The British Film Institute surveyed a thousand members of the British public over what was their favourite British movie from the 20th century. These films were selected over how "culturally British" they were, from the cast and crew to the national pride.

Director David Lean had the most films appear in the list, whereas actors Sir Michael Caine, Sir Alec Guinness and Julie Christie had the most film appearances in the list.

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The list

  1. The Third Man (1945)
  2. Brief Encounter
  3. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  4. The 39 Steps (1935)
  5. Great Expectations (1946)
  6. Kind Hearts and Coronets
  7. Kes
  8. Don't Look Now (1973)
  9. The Red Shoes (1948)
  10. Trainspotting (1996)
  11. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
  12. If (1968)
  13. The Ladykillers (1955)
  14. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
  15. Picnic at Hanging Rock
  16. Get Carter (1971)
  17. The Lavender Hill Mob
  18. Henry V (1944)
  19. Chariots of Fire (1981)
  20. A Matter of Life and Death
  21. The Long Good Friday
  22. The Servant
  23. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
  24. Whisky Galore!
  25. The Full Monty (1997)
  26. The Crying Game (1992)
  27. Doctor Zhivago (1963)
  28. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
  29. Withnail & I (1987)
  30. Gregory's Girl (1971)
  31. Zulu
  32. Room at the Top
  33. Alfie (1966)
  34. Gandhi (1982)
  35. The Lady Vanishes
  36. The Italian Job (1969)
  37. Local Hero
  38. The Commitments (1991)
  39. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
  40. Secrets & Lies
  41. Dr. No (1962)
  42. The Madness of King George (1995)
  43. A Man for All Seasons (1966)
  44. Black Narcissus
  45. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  46. Oliver Twist (1948)
  47. I'm All Right, Jack
  48. Performance (1970)
  49. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
  50. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
  51. Tom Jones (1963)
  52. This Sporting Life
  53. My Left Foot (1989)
  54. Brazil (1985)
  55. The English Patient (1996)
  56. A Taste of Honey (1961)
  57. The Go-Between
  58. The Man in the White Suit
  59. The Ipcress File
  60. Blow Up (1968)
  61. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
  62. Sense and Sensibility
  63. Passport to Pimlico
  64. The Remains of the Day
  65. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  66. The Railway Children
  67. Mona Lisa
  68. The Dam Busters
  69. Hamlet (1948 Laurence Olivier version)
  70. Goldfinger (1964)
  71. Elizabeth (1998)
  72. Goodbye, Mr. Chips
  73. A Room with a View (1985)
  74. The Day of the Jackal
  75. The Cruel Sea
  76. Billy Liar
  77. Oliver! (1968)
  78. Peeping Tom
  79. Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)
  80. The Draughtsman's Contract
  81. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  82. Distant Voices Still Lives
  83. Darling
  84. Educating Rita
  85. Brassed Off
  86. Genevieve
  87. Women in Love (1969)
  88. A Hard Day's Night (1964)
  89. Fires Were Started
  90. Hope and Glory (1987)
  91. My Name Is Joe
  92. In Which We Serve
  93. Caravaggio
  94. The Belles of St Trinian's (1954)
  95. Life Is Sweet
  96. The Wicker Man (1973)
  97. Nil by Mouth (1997)
  98. Small Faces
  99. Carry On... Up the Khyber
  100. The Killing Fields (1984)
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