Wednesday, June 29, 2011

100 Best British Films (according to Ron)

This is a guest contribution from  Ron, which he gave me in hopes to change my mind on British cinema. Though, I have to say, Ron’s list is quite legitimate, which includes a lot of titles and names that are already on my list of films and directors that deserve further investigation. – D. D.

Ron’s Favorite British Films
- The League of Gentlemen (Basil Dearden, 1960)
- Victim (Basil Dearden, 1961)
- The Servant (Joseph Losey, 1963)
- The Go-Between (Joseph Losey, 1970)
- Sunday Bloody Sunday (John Schlesinger, 1971)
- The Last Holiday (Mark Callum, 2009)
- Tunes of Glory (Ronald Neame, 1960)
- Tiger Bay (J. Lee Thompson, 1959)
- Another Country (Marek Kanievska, 1984)
- About a Boy (Chris & Paul Weitz, 2002)
- Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Karel Reisz, 1960)
- A Taste of Honey (Tony Richardson, 1961)
- This Sporting Life (Lindsay Anderson, 1963)
- Alfie (Lewis Gilbert, 1966)
- Get Carter (Mike Hodges, 1971)
- Maurice (James Ivory, 1987)
- Brideshead Revisited (Julian Jarrold, 2008)
- The Ruling Class (Peter Medak, 1972)
- The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy, 1973)
- The Lavender Hill Mob (Charles Crichton, 1951)
- The Man in the White Suit (Alexander Mackendrick, 1951)
- Women in Love (Ken Russell, 1969)
- The Devils (Ken Russell, 1971)
- The Music Lovers (Ken Russell, 1970)
- Savage Messiah (Ken Russell, 1972)
- If… (Lindsay Anderson, 1968)
- O Lucky Man (Lindsay Anderson, 1973)
- Far From the Madding Crowd (John Schlesinger, 1967)
- The Chalk Garden (Ronald Neame, 1964)
- The Mark (Guy Green, 1961)
- Room at the Top (Jack Clayton, 1959)
- The Wrong Box (Bryan Forbes, 1966)
- Peeping Tom (Michael Powell, 1960)
- Brief Encounter (David Lean, 1945)
- The Romantic Englishwoman (Joseph Losey, 1975)
- Accident (Joseph Losey, 1967)
- Morgan (Karel Reisz, 1966)
- The Knack… and How to Get It (Richard Lester, 1965)
- The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock, 1938)
- Frenzy (Alfred Hitchcock, 1972)
- The Trials of Oscar Wilde (Ken Hughes, 1960)
- Billy Budd (Peter Ustinov, 1962)
- The Collector (William Wyler, 1965)
- The Magic Christian (Joseph McGrath, 1969)
- I’ll Never Forget What’s’isname (Michael Winner, 1967)
- Shirley Valentine (Lewis Gilbert, 1989)
- Tom Jones (Tony Richardson, 1963)
- The Leather Boys (Sidney J. Furie, 1964)
- Sons and Lovers (Jack Cardiff, 1960)
- The Virgin and the Gypsy (Christopher Miles, 1970)
- A Night to Remember (Roy Ward Baker, 1958)
- Black Narcissus (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1947)
- Educating Rita (Lewis Gilbert, 1983)
- Withnail & I (Bruce Robinson, 1987)
- My Beautiful Laundrette (Stephen Frears, 1985)
- All Ken Loach films starting with Poor Cow (1967) and Kes(1969)
- All Mike Leigh
- The Killing of Sister George (Robert Aldrich, 1968)
- Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Douglas Hickox, 1970)
- Prick Up Your Ears (Stephen Frears, 1987)
- Billy Liar (John Schlesinger, 1963)
- The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Tony Richardson, 1962)
- Quartet (James Ivory, 1981)
- A Room with a View (James Ivory, 1985)
- The Remains of the Day (James Ivory, 1993)
- A Passage to India (David Lean, 1984)
- The Angry Silence (Guy Green, 1960)
- The Battle of the Sexes (Charles Crichton, 1959)
- Cal (Pat O’Connor, 1984)
- The Draughtman’s Contract (Peter Greenaway, 1982)
- Mountains of the Moon (Bob Rafelson, 1990)
- Dance with a Stranger (Mike Newell, 1985)
- Priest (Antonia Bird, 1994)
- Dead of Night (Alberto Cavalcanti, 1945)
- Mona Lisa (Neil Jordan, 1986)
- Truly Madly Deeply (Anthony Minghella, 1990)
- Look Back in Anger (Tony Richardson, 1959)
- The Rocking Horse Winner (Anthony Pelissier, 1949)
- The Winslow Boy (David Mamet, 1999)
- The Browning Version (Mike Figgis, 1994)
- The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1948)
- Odd Man Out (Carol Reed, 1947)
- Georgy Girl (Silvio Narizzano, 1966)
- Nothing But the Best (Clive Donner, 1964)
- The Hill (Sidney Lumet, 1965)
- Sapphire (Basil Dearden, 1959)
- Hobson’s Choice (David Lean, 1954)
- The Yellow Canary (Buzz Kulik, 1963)
- Up the Junction (Peter Collinson, 1968)
- The Heart of the Matter (George More O’Ferrall, 1953)
- Whistle Down the Wind (Bryan Forbes, 1961)
- So Long at the Fair (Antony Darnborough & Terence Fisher, 1950)

4 comments:

Dylan said...

Do you know Peter Watkins? His films rule.

David Davidson said...

Dylan, I have seen a few Walkings films which I have liked. Were you referring to anyone in particular?

Dylan said...

You should definitely see Punishment Park if you have not seen that one. I'm Arielle's friend by the way. I really like this blog. I hate when critics are prejudiced against the mainstream. A young buck such as myself can learn a thing or two from your posts.

David Davidson said...

'Punishment Park' is a vicious little film. Always nice to hear from one of Arielle's friends. All of the best, keep letting me know what you think of my site.