Top 20 British Films

All the answers are the top 20 British films of the 20th Century, as decided by the British Film Institute. Guess the film from the description provided, director and year of release are in brackets.
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Last updated: May 30, 2015
First submittedMay 10, 2014
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Orson Welles plays a ruthless black marketeer in post-war Vienna (Carol Reed, 1949)
The Third Man
A married woman begins an affair with a Doctor she meets at a Railway Station (David Lean, 1945)
Brief Encounter
Peter O'Toole plays a real life British Army officer who played a crucial role in the Arab Revolt (David Lean, 1962)
Lawrence of Arabia
Early adaptation of a John Buchan novel as a man goes on the run from a murderous spy ring (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935)
The 39 Steps
Charles Dickens classic with John Mills as Pip and Jean Simmons as Estella (David Lean, 1946)
Great Expectations
Black comedy with Alec Guinness playing eight members of the D'Ascoyne family, who Dennis Price plots to murder (Robert Hamer, 1949)
Kind Hearts and Coronets
Bullied and abused boy forges a close relationship with a Kestrel (Ken Loach, 1969)
Occult thriller that sees Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie in Venice trying to deal with the death of their daughter (Nic Roeg, 1973)
Don't Look Now
Moira Shearer plays a doomed ballet dancer torn between love and the need to dance (Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, 1948)
The Red Shoes
Crime drama based on an Irvine Welsh novel about a group of heroin addicts in Edinburgh (Danny Boyle, 1996)
British prisoners in World War Two Burma undergo forced labour and brutality as they build a vitally important railway link for the Japanese (David Lean, 1957)
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Malcolm McDowell leads a savage rebellion at a Boarding School (Lindsay Anderson, 1968)
Black comedy which sees a criminal gang's robbery plans unwittingly foiled by their elderly landlady (Alexander Mackendrick, 1955)
The Ladykillers
'Kitchen sink' drama with Albert Finney as a young factory worker who begins an affair with the wife of a co-worker (Karel Reisz, 1960)
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
Richard Attenborough plays Pinkie, a small time teenage gangster living in a popular seaside town (John Boulting, 1947)
Brighton Rock
A London gangster returns home to investigate the death of his brother and sets out for revenge (Mike Hodges, 1971)
Get Carter
Comedy that sees a bank clerk hatch a perfect plan to steal some gold bullion and enlist the help of a man who makes Eiffel Tower paperweights (Charles Crichton, 1951)
The Lavender Hill Mob
Shakespeare play adaptation about the Battle of Agincourt (Laurence Olivier, 1944)
Henry V
The story of two athletes who compete at the 1924 Olympic Games, one a devout Christian running in honour of his faith, the other to overcome prejudice (Hugh Hudson, 1981)
Chariots of Fire
A World War Two airman cheats death and must face a heavenly tribunal to decide his fate (Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, 1946)
A Matter of Life and Death
Level 67
May 11, 2014
Great quiz!
Level 43
May 11, 2014
Cheers! I try my best. :-)
Level 75
May 12, 2014
Level 78
May 21, 2014
Only got four, but it's good to learn new things.
Level 62
Aug 26, 2014
A great quiz. Very good descriptions
Level 67
Jan 13, 2015
Could you accept 'The Thirty Nine Steps' for 'The 39 Steps'?
Level 43
Jan 18, 2015
Done. :-)
Level 52
May 19, 2015
Could you accept "Bridge over the river Kwai" without the "the"?
Level 43
May 30, 2015
Sure. It's done.
Level 77
Dec 8, 2020
Loved doing that. Should've got the lot, but just couldn't bring The Lavender Hill Mob to mind... :)