The 100 best British films

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Time Out counts down the best British films, as chosen by the film industry

What's your favourite British film?

Here's the 100 best British films as chosen by a panel of 150 film industry experts, including directors Sam Mendes, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach and Wes Anderson, actors David Morrissey, Sally Hawkins and Thandie Newton, newspaper and magazine critics and the heads of the UK's major cultural organisations. Read our full analysis of the poll – and how we did it.

By Dave Calhoun, Tom Huddleston and David Jenkins, with Derek Adams, Geoff Andrew, Adam Lee Davies, Gareth Evans, Paul Fairclough and Wally Hammond.

Roll over the grid below to explore the 100 best British films and click on the images to read more

In This World (2002) The Railway Children (1970) School for Scoundrels (1960) 28 Days Later… (2002) Theatre of Blood (1973) London to Brighton (2006) 24 Hour Party People (2002) Zulu (1964) Dead Man's Shoes (2004) Land and Freedom (1995) Blue (1993) The Go Between (1970) This Is England (2006) Night and the City (1950) The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) I'm Alright Jack (1959) Fish Tank (2009) A Cottage on Dartmoor (1929) Orlando (1993) Dr No (1962) Under the Skin (1997) The Offence (1972) Billy Liar (1963) Piccadilly (1929) Penda's Fen (1974) A Room for Romeo Brass (1999) Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) The Man in the White Suit (1951) The Long Day Closes (1992) Edvard Munch (1974) Bad Timing (1980) Oliver! (1968) Dead of Night (1945) Whisky Galore! (1949) Wonderland (1999) Dracula (1958) Topsy-Turvy (1999) Nuts In May (1976) Deep End (1970) Walkabout (1971) The Long Good Friday (1980) Blackmail (1929) Gregory's Girl (1981) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Caravaggio (1986) Radio-On (1980) Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974) This Sporting Life (1963) Robinson in Space (1997) Local Hero (1983) Culloden (1964) Gallivant (1996) Hunger (2008) Blow-Up (1966) The Fallen Idol (1948) Repulsion (1965) Sabotage (1936) Fires Were Started (1941) Listen to Britain (1942) Witchfinder General (1968) Ratcatcher (1999) London (1994) Went the Day Well? (1942) It Always Rains on Sunday (1947) The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) The Servant (1963) A Clockwork Orange (1971) Secrets and Lies (1996) Get Carter (1971) The Lady Vanishes (1938) The Ladykillers (1955) Peeping Tom (1960) The Wicker Man (1973) The Bill Douglas Trilogy (1972, 1973, 1978) I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) Great Expectations (1946) Brazil (1985) Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) Nil by Mouth (1997) Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) Barry Lyndon (1975) The Innocents (1961) A Canterbury Tale (1944) Black Narcissus (1947) Withnail and I (Robinson, 1987) The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) The 39 Steps (1935) Brief Encounter (1945) Naked (1993) Click here… Click here… Click here… Click here… Click here… Click here… Click here… Click here… Click here… Click here…

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manzi
manzi

Snatch, Snatch and Snatch...

remy
remy

that's some ambitious list, eh? well, I know powell will be "top 10" material (and my personal favorite from him would be "a matter of life and death"). but I would really LOVE if terence davies's brilliant, timeless "distant voices, still lives" (one of me favorite films) made the cut.

Popcorn
Popcorn

Black Narcissus, Great Expectations (1946), A Room with a view, Victim, Pride & Prejudice, Brighton Rock, A Tale of Two Cities (1958)

Gort
Gort

Nooo! Who cares about British movies? OK Irish and Scottish are OK but English are crap like "All About a Boy", "Love Actually", "Bridget Jones"...

Jackie
Jackie

Trainspotting is definitely the best, but Notting Hill is still my favorite.

Hannah
Hannah

for me it would be a toss up between This Is England and Snatch!

Kate
Kate

Withnail and I

Rob
Rob

So many tho choose from: Passport to Pimlico, Children of men, Land and Freedom, Waiting for Eric, Vera Drake, Beautiful Thing, Fish Tank, 28 Days Later, Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, Bend it like Beckham, East is East, etc.

Erica
Erica

Harry Potter, of course itt's the best.

Oli
Oli

Withnail and I, Children of Men, 28 Days Later etc

James
James

Very much looking forward to another one of your possibly definitive lists.

frank
frank

Death Line! 'mind the dooooooooors'...

frank
frank

Death Line! 'mind the dooooooooors'...

Mick
Mick

A Powell and Pressburger, surely? Colonel Blimp? Red Shoes?