British TV shows that made it to the BIG Screen

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1. Rising Damp (1980)

98 min | Comedy, Romance

Stingy landlord Rigsby manages to scam his lodgers Cooper, an arts student, and Philip, a medical student making both pay for a room they must share. However Rigsby's favorite lodger, Miss ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph McGrath | Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour, Don Warrington, Christopher Strauli

Votes: 768

2. Dad's Army (2016)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, War

38 Metascore

The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion.

Director: Oliver Parker | Stars: Mark Tandy, Russell Balogh, Andrew Havill, Heinz

Votes: 6,952

3. Steptoe & Son (1972)

98 min | Comedy, Romance

Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers. Harold meets a stripper, marries her and takes her home. Albert, of course, is furious and tries every trick he knows to drive the new bride from his household.

Director: Cliff Owen | Stars: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Carolyn Seymour, Arthur Howard

Votes: 1,290

4. Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973)

99 min | Comedy, Sport

Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers, complete with horse and cart to tour the neighbourhood. They also live amicably together at the junk yard. Always on the lookout for ways... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sykes | Stars: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Diana Dors, Milo O'Shea

Votes: 1,020

5. Doing Time (1979)

93 min | Comedy, Crime

This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade prison inmate Fletcher is ordered by Grouty to arrange a football match between the ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Clement | Stars: Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay, Brian Wilde

Votes: 2,494

6. Are You Being Served? (1977)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The staff of Grace Bros. take a trip to Costa Plonka while the department is being remodeled.

Director: Bob Kellett | Stars: John Inman, Mollie Sugden, Frank Thornton, Trevor Bannister

Votes: 2,217

7. The Likely Lads (1976)

90 min | Comedy

Terry is divorced from his German wife and has a Finnish girlfriend Christina. At Thelma's suggestion they join her and Bob on a caravan holiday but due to a mishap the men get separated ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Tuchner | Stars: Rodney Bewes, James Bolam, Brigit Forsyth, Mary Tamm

Votes: 982

8. The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005)

91 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

The notorious fictional town of Royston Vasey is under threat and its inhabitants are forced to leave.

Director: Steve Bendelack | Stars: Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, Michael Sheen

Votes: 5,181

9. Man About the House (1974)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy

A property developer wants to flatten the street to make new buildings. Householder George Roper is happy to take the offered money and run but his wife Mildred join with other residents to take a stand and keep things as they are.

Director: John Robins | Stars: Richard O'Sullivan, Paula Wilcox, Sally Thomsett, Brian Murphy

Votes: 437

10. Whoops Apocalypse (1986)

R | 93 min | Comedy

A British satire on the beginning of WWIII.

Director: Tom Bussmann | Stars: Stuart Saunders, Graeme Garden, Marc Smith, Loretta Swit

Votes: 789

11. Are You Being Served? (2016 TV Movie)

31 min | Comedy

A reboot of the classic sitcom Are You Being Served? (1972).

Director: Dewi Humphreys | Stars: Jason Watkins, Sherrie Hewson, John Challis, Roy Barraclough

Votes: 451

12. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

63 Metascore

Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

Director: Garth Jennings | Stars: Martin Freeman, Yasiin Bey, Sam Rockwell, Zooey Deschanel

Votes: 181,219 | Gross: $51.09M

13. George and Mildred (1980)

93 min | Comedy

Mildred decides that she and George will celebrate their anniversary at a posh London hotel - whatever the cost. However, a shady businessman mistakes George for a hit man.

Director: Peter Frazer-Jones | Stars: Yootha Joyce, Brian Murphy, Stratford Johns, Norman Eshley

Votes: 559

14. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

93 Metascore

King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 478,704 | Gross: $1.23M

15. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

77 Metascore

Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus Christ, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 348,344 | Gross: $20.05M

16. And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

An anthology of the best sketches from the first and second seasons of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969).

Director: Ian MacNaughton | Stars: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 27,921

17. The Meaning of Life (1983)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Musical

The comedy team takes a look at life in all its stages in their own uniquely silly way.

Directors: Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam | Stars: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones

Votes: 108,870 | Gross: $14.93M

18. Stella Street (2004)

R | 80 min | Comedy

41 Metascore

As the Beatles did in the 1960s, Michael Caine convinces Jack Nicholson, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to move to Stella Street, an unassuming residential area of Surrey. But along with the new neighbors come hoods and thieves, all determined to make off with the stars' cash. Based on the BBC sketch comedy series.

Director: Peter Richardson | Stars: Phil Cornwell, John Sessions, Ronni Ancona, Harry Enfield

Votes: 424 | Gross: $0.00M

19. The Sweeney (2012)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama

48 Metascore

A hardened detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan police. Based on the '70s UK TV show.

Director: Nick Love | Stars: Ray Winstone, Plan B, Hayley Atwell, Steven Mackintosh

Votes: 18,369 | Gross: $0.03M

20. Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966)

Not Rated | 84 min | Family, Sci-Fi

The Daleks' fiendish plot in 2150 against Earth and its people is foiled when Dr. Who and friends arrive from the 20th century and figure it out.

Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: Peter Cushing, Bernard Cribbins, Ray Brooks, Andrew Keir

Votes: 3,001

21. Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)

Not Rated | 82 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

An eccentric inventor and his companions travel in his TARDIS to the Planet Skaro and battle the evil menace of the Daleks.

Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Jennie Linden, Roberta Tovey

Votes: 3,538

22. Life in Emergency Ward 10 (1959)

86 min | Drama

A new registrar, with a revolutionary heart lung machine he has bought from America, joins a small county hospital, and has to win over his colleagues, including the senior house surgeon, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Christopher Witty, Rupert Davies, Dorothy Alison, Joan Sims

Votes: 58

23. Alan Partridge (2013)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

When famous DJ Alan Partridge's radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege.

Director: Declan Lowney | Stars: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Tim Key, Karl Theobald

Votes: 28,743 | Gross: $0.15M

24. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime

59 Metascore

After attracting both media and police attention for accidentally knocking Kate Moss into the River Thames, Edina and Patsy hide out in the south of France.

Director: Mandie Fletcher | Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Jane Horrocks, Julia Sawalha

Votes: 11,355 | Gross: $4.75M

25. Doctor Who (1996 TV Movie)

89 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

The newly-regenerated Doctor takes on the Master on the turn of the millennium, 31 December 1999.

Director: Geoffrey Sax | Stars: Paul McGann, Eric Roberts, Daphne Ashbrook, Sylvester McCoy

Votes: 8,527

26. On the Buses (1971)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

Stan gets a little annoyed when his Mum and Sister keep buying expensive items on hire purchase, but the money he earns for overtime working as a bus driver means that he can afford it... ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Booth | Stars: Reg Varney, Doris Hare, Michael Robbins, Anna Karen

Votes: 1,512

27. Holiday on the Buses (1973)

85 min | Comedy

Stan and Jack seek work at a bus driving holiday camp after being fired from the bus company for crashing two buses, only to find Inspector Blake works there also.

Director: Bryan Izzard | Stars: Reg Varney, Stephen Lewis, Doris Hare, Michael Robbins

Votes: 1,467

28. Mutiny on the Buses (1972)

PG | 89 min | Comedy

Bus driver Stan Butler agrees to marry Suzy, much to the anguish of Mum, her son-in-law, Arthur, and daughter Olive. How, they wonder, will they ever manage without Stan's money coming in? Then Arthur is sacked, and Stan agrees to delay the wedding. Meanwhile, he hits on an idea: Arthur should learn to drive a bus. Somehow he does just that, and even gets a job. Stan then blackmails the Depot ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Booth | Stars: Reg Varney, Doris Hare, Michael Robbins, Anna Karen

Votes: 1,107

29. All Creatures Great and Small (1975 TV Movie)

92 min | Biography, Drama

The story of a young veterinarian's apprenticeship to a somewhat eccentric older vet in the English countryside, and the young man's hesitating courtship of the daughter of a local farmer.

Director: Claude Whatham | Stars: Brenda Bruce, Christine Buckley, John Collin, Jane Collins

Votes: 711

30. Dad's Army (1971)

G | 95 min | Comedy, War

The misadventures of a ragtag group of elderly Home Guard local defense volunteers at the onset of WW2.

Director: Norman Cohen | Stars: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie

Votes: 2,718

31. Bless This House (1972)

87 min | Comedy, Romance

1970s English suburbia: middle-aged homeowner Sid Abbot just wants to get on with building his illegal whisky still, but is frustrated by his workshy son, and otherworldly daughter. Then ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Sidney James, Diana Coupland, Sally Geeson, Peter Butterworth

Votes: 768

32. Wombling Free (1978)

Not Rated | 96 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The adventures of The Wombles, strange creatures who live on Wimbledon Common and pick up the litter left by the humans. There's always time for a nice song and dance as well. This was a ... See full summary »

Director: Lionel Jeffries | Stars: David Tomlinson, Frances de la Tour, Bonnie Langford, Bernard Spear

Votes: 173

33. The Alf Garnett Saga (1972)

90 min | Comedy

Based on the BBC television series, and a sequel to 'Till Death Us Do Part (1968)', it tells of the family relationship between Alf Garnett, his wife, daughter and son-in-law, all living in a council flat.

Director: Bob Kellett | Stars: Warren Mitchell, Dandy Nichols, Adrienne Posta, Paul Angelis

Votes: 127

34. Up Pompeii (1971)

R | 90 min | Comedy

Roman slave Lurcio (Frankie Howerd) inadvertently becomes the possessor of a scroll naming the proposed assassins of the Emperor Nero (Patrick Cargill). Administering to the participants of... See full summary »

Director: Bob Kellett | Stars: Frankie Howerd, Patrick Cargill, Bill Fraser, Michael Hordern

Votes: 972

35. Guest House Paradiso (1999)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Thriller

Richie and Eddie, a perverted loser and his alcoholic partner in crime, run the worst hotel in Britain: the Guest House Paradiso.

Director: Adrian Edmondson | Stars: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Bill Nighy, Kate Ashfield

Votes: 8,872

36. The Thick of It (2007 TV Movie)

Comedy

A put-upon member of Congress is harassed by inept politicians. Based on the BBC series, "The Thick of It."

Director: Christopher Guest | Stars: Carrie Aizley, Priya Ayyar, Alex Borstein, Kelvin Brown

Votes: 166

37. The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)

R | 97 min | Comedy

44 Metascore

Four socially troubled 18-year-olds from the south of England go on holiday to Malia.

Director: Ben Palmer | Stars: James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas, Simon Bird

Votes: 75,280 | Gross: $0.04M

38. The Bad Education Movie (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy

Mr Wickers and his class go on one final school trip after they finish their GCSEs.

Director: Elliot Hegarty | Stars: Jack Whitehall, Charlie Wernham, Nikki Runeckles, Weruche Opia

Votes: 6,018

39. The Avengers (1998)

PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

12 Metascore

Two British Agents team up to stop Sir August de Wynter from destroying the world with a weather-changing machine.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, Patrick Macnee

Votes: 39,725 | Gross: $23.32M

40. Dougal and the Blue Cat (1970)

82 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Life at the Magic Roundabout is disrupted when a blue cat called Buxton finds his way into town. Everyone loves Buxton except for Dougal, who discovers the cat's mad plan to become the king of blue army and destroy all who are not blue.

Directors: Serge Danot, Eric Thompson | Stars: Christian Riehl, Paul Bisciglia, Nadine Legrand, Jean-Luc Tardieu

Votes: 309

41. Dougal (2005)

85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A group of friends embark on a dangerous journey in an effort to imprison their oppressor, the evil wizard Zeebad.

Directors: Dave Borthwick, Jean Duval, Frank Passingham | Stars: Robbie Williams, Ian McKellen, Bill Nighy, Kylie Minogue

Votes: 2,904 | Gross: $7.42M

42. Spooks (2011)

70 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A geeky pizza boy who always dreamed of being a spy, recruits his loser friends to help him prove that a local dry cleaner is a front for espionage.

Director: Michael Keller | Stars: Jason Castle, Nina Harada, Michael Keller, Luis Anguiano

Votes: 12

43. Edge of Darkness (2010)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

55 Metascore

As homicide detective Thomas Craven investigates the murder of his activist daughter, he uncovers a corporate cover-up and government conspiracy that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic

Votes: 86,830 | Gross: $43.31M

44. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

R | 122 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong

Votes: 179,214 | Gross: $24.15M

45. London's Burning (2011 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

Using CCTV footage of the actual riots that bedevilled parts of England in the summer of 2011, allegedly triggered by the shooting of unarmed Mark Duggan, the film omits any real motives ... See full summary »

Director: Justin Hardy | Stars: David Morrissey, Samantha Bond, Emily Bruni, Jack Chissick

Votes: 32



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