Classic British Films.by alexanderdavies-99382 | created - 21 Feb 2019 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
A whole variety of genres throughout the decades, starring some of the biggest actors from the British acting industry. The likes of Alec Guinness, John Mills and Robert Newton brought the incredible storylines to life, not to mention the directors who would place their own style on their films. Apart from the classics, my list also includes some of the more obscure titles.
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1. A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court.
A defining film of the times.
2. The Fallen Idol (1948)
Approved | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A butler working in a foreign embassy in London falls under suspicion when his wife accidentally falls to her death, the only witness being an impressionable young boy.
Votes: 7,901 | Gross: $0.34M
3. Green for Danger (1946)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
After the nurse who declares that a recent surgical death was a murder dies also, an enigmatic Scotland Yard inspector arrives to investigate.
Although billed amongst the supporting cast, Alastair Sim steals the film.
4. Brighton Rock (1948)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama
In Brighton in 1935, small-time gang leader Pinkie Brown murders a journalist and later desperately tries to cover his tracks but runs into trouble with the police, a few witnesses and a rival gang.
Votes: 5,324 | Gross: $0.22M
Raw, unyielding and unforgettable!
6. The 39 Steps (1959)
Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
In London, a diplomat accidentally becomes involved in the death of a British agent who's after a spy ring that covets British military secrets.
A good film in itself but Kenneth More is superb.
7. Paradise Lagoon (1957)
Approved | 94 min | Comedy
In 1905, Lord Henry Loam, his family and his servants are shipwrecked on a deserted island where the survival of the fittest renders the rigid class system irrelevant.
Fun from beginning to end.
8. Genevieve (1953)
Approved | 86 min | Comedy
Two British couples pit their vintage automobiles against each other in an exciting cross-country race.
An engaging comedy. A classic.
9. Island Rescue (1951)
Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, War
During WW2, British Major Valentine Moreland is tasked with rescuing a prized pedigree cow from the German-occupied Channel Island of Armorel.
10. The Heart of the Matter (1953)
Approved | 100 min | Drama
An unhappily married British security officer stationed in Sierra Leone during World War II falls in love with a young Austrian woman and starts an affair. He soon starts feeling guilty.
11. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Not Rated | 163 min | Drama, Romance, War
From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military.
12. Black Narcissus (1947)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama
A group of nuns struggle to establish a convent in the Himalayas, while isolation, extreme weather, altitude, and culture clashes all conspire to drive the well-intentioned missionaries mad.
14. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
Unrated | 114 min | Drama, Romance
An aged teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school recalls his career and his personal life over the decades.
Donat's Oscar is well deserved.
16. An Inspector Calls (1954)
Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
When a young girl is found dead an inspector is sent to investigate a prosperous Yorkshire household. It emerges that each member of the family has a guilty secret - each one is partly responsible for her death.
No other version has matched this adaptation.
17. Inspector Hornleigh (1939)
Not Rated | 76 min | Comedy, Mystery
Inspector Hornleigh and his assistant Sergeant Bingham are called in to investigate a murder that involves the theft of government secrets.
The two leads are effective and the story has intrigue.
18. Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday (1939)
77 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
It comes as no surprise when Inspector Hornleigh and his assistant, Sergeant Bingham, go to enjoy the winds and rains on their annual seaside vacation, when they run into a "busman's ... See full summary »
19. Mail Train (1941)
Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama
The plot pits Hornleigh and Bingham against a clever gang of Nazi espionage agents. Most of the action takes place aboard a speeding train, with our heroes never quite certain who can be ... See full summary »
20. The Secret Four (1939)
Approved | 85 min | Thriller, Drama, Mystery
The Four Men of the title are British WWI veterans who decide to work secretly against enemies of the country. They aren't above a bit of murder or sabotage to serve their ends, but they ... See full summary »
Overall, effective story and solidly made film.
21. The Missing Million (1942)
84 min | Crime, Thriller
A millionaire disappears after a blackmail attempt by criminal, The Panda. His sister tries to help the police find him and deal with an aftermath of murder and mystery.
22. The Terror (1938)
64 min | Crime, Mystery
A mysterious criminal mastermind plots a spectacular gold robbery, then after the robbery is completed he makes sure his gang is caught by the police, keeps the gold and disappears. After ... See full summary »
Underrated Edgar Wallace adaptation.
23. Query (1945)
Approved | 87 min | Thriller
Tom Masterick, a dock worker, is wrongfully convicted of a murder charge. His death sentence is commuted to a long prison term. When released as an old man, he vows to find the real killer.
24. The Blue Lamp (1950)
Approved | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
The daily routine of two London Policemen is interrupted by a killer.
Shocking for its time.
25. Train of Events (1949)
Approved | 88 min | Drama
A train disaster is told as four short stories to give character studies of the people involved, how it will affect them, and how they deal with it.
26. The Human Monster (1939)
Approved | 73 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
Insurance agent-physician collects on policies of men murdered by a disfigured resident of the home for the blind where he acts as doctor-on-call.
27. Death at a Broadcast (1934)
71 min | Mystery
When an actor is murdered at the BBC Inspector Gregory finds he has many suspects to choose from.
28. The House in Marsh Road (1960)
70 min | Horror, Thriller
A novelist and his sexy lover plot to kill the novelist's wife so he can inherit her fortune including her house that happens to be haunted.
29. The League of Gentlemen (1960)
Unrated | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A disgruntled veteran recruits a group of disgraced colleagues to perform a bank robbery with military precision.
30. The Third Key (1956)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Mystery
Police drama. The sleuths of Scotland Yard try to solve a series of burglaries.
The "documentary" style of filming, suits the film well.
32. Mr. Denning Drives North (1951)
Approved | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A British aircraft engineer accidentally kills his daughter's nasty foreign boyfriend and then tries to cover up his deed.
33. West 11 (1963)
93 min | Crime, Drama
This Michael Winner directed film looks into life at Notting Hill, London, then a seedy slum. A down on his luck Joe Beckett (Alfred Lynch) is recruited into crime by Richard Dyce (Eric Portman).
34. Cover Girl Killer (1959)
Not Rated | 61 min | Crime, Thriller
Set in the sleazy world of a backstreet 1950s nightclub, a serial-killer is believed to be murdering the models of a glamour magazine.
Effective and quite suspenseful.
35. Trent's Last Case (1952)
Approved | 90 min | Mystery
When a wealthy business man is found dead reporter Philip Trent is sent to investigate. Against the police conclusions, he suspects the assumed suicide is really a murder, and becomes ... See full summary »
38. Trouble in the Sky (1960)
88 min | Drama, Thriller
In Britain, at the dawn of jet-powered commercial aviation, an aircraft manufacturer tries to shift the blame from mechanical failure to pilot error when its newest jet airliner has a series of accidents.
Tedious film, despite the excellent cast.