British New Wave

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1. Look Back in Anger (1959)

Approved | 98 min | Drama

A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Mary Ure, Edith Evans

Votes: 3,046

2. The Entertainer (1960)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

Archie Rice, an old-time British music hall performer sinking into final defeat, schemes to stay in show business.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Brenda de Banzie, Roger Livesey, Joan Plowright

Votes: 2,688

3. A Taste of Honey (1961)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

A pregnant teenage girl must fend for herself when her mother remarries, leaving the girl with only a new male friend for support.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens, Murray Melvin

Votes: 4,352

4. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Sport

A juvenile offender (Sir Tom Courtenay) at a tough reform school impresses its Governor (Sir Michael Redgrave) with his running ability and is encouraged to compete in an upcoming race, but faces ridicule from his peers.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Tom Courtenay, Avis Bunnage, Alec McCowen

Votes: 7,191

5. Tom Jones (1963)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Comedy, History

77 Metascore

The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th century England.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Albert Finney, Susannah York, George Devine, Rachel Kempson

Votes: 10,705 | Gross: $37.60M

6. Room at the Top (1959)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

An ambitious young accountant plots to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, Heather Sears, Donald Wolfit

Votes: 4,737

7. The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

Screenwriter Jake Armitage (Peter Finch) and his wife Jo Armitage (Anne Bancroft) live in London with six of Jo's eight children, with the two eldest boys at boarding school. The children ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch, James Mason, Janine Gray

Votes: 1,784

8. Hell Is a City (1960)

93 min | Crime, Thriller

In Britain, a Manchester police inspector becomes obsessed with capturing a criminal who escapes from prison.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Stanley Baker, John Crawford, Donald Pleasence, Maxine Audley

Votes: 863

9. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Romance

A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts, Hylda Baker

Votes: 7,052

10. Night Must Fall (1964)

101 min | Crime, Thriller

A psychotic killer gets in the good graces of his aging invalid employer, and worms his way into the affection of her beautiful daughter, with unpleasant results for all.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Albert Finney, Susan Hampshire, Mona Washbourne, Sheila Hancock

Votes: 698

11. Morgan! (1966)

97 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

After his wife leaves him for his former best friend, a failed London artist begins his descent into madness in trying to win her back.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: David Warner, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Stephens, Irene Handl

Votes: 1,550

12. The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

Wife and husband, both actors, play a couple in love from the Victorian era. Soon they begin to feel that fiction interweaves into reality.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae, Emily Morgan

Votes: 11,131 | Gross: $22.60M

13. The Angry Silence (1960)

TV-14 | 95 min | Drama

A young factory worker decides to stand up against his workmates and fellow union members when they want to hold a wildcat strike.

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Pier Angeli, Michael Craig, Bernard Lee

Votes: 1,076

14. Only Two Can Play (1962)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

John Lewis is bored by his librarian's job and henpecked at home. Then Liz, wife of a local counciller, sets her sights on him. But this is risky stuff in a Welsh valleys town - if he and ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Gilliat | Stars: Peter Sellers, Mai Zetterling, Virginia Maskell, Kenneth Griffith

Votes: 919

15. A Kind of Loving (1962)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance

After his girlfriend's pregnancy forces him to marry her, a young man must adjust to his new life and contend with his domineering mother-in-law.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Alan Bates, June Ritchie, Thora Hird, Bert Palmer

Votes: 1,456 | Gross: $0.00M

16. Billy Liar (1963)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

A lazy, irresponsible young clerk (Sir Tom Courtenay) in provincial Northern England lives in his own fantasy world and makes emotionally immature decisions as he alienates friends and family.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Tom Courtenay, Julie Christie, Wilfred Pickles, Mona Washbourne

Votes: 5,284 | Gross: $0.04M

17. Darling (1965)

TV-MA | 128 min | Drama, Romance

Beautiful, but amoral, model Diana Scott (Julie Christie) sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Julie Christie, Dirk Bogarde, Laurence Harvey, José Luis de Vilallonga

Votes: 5,365

18. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)

R | 110 min | Drama

The emotional intricacies of a polyamorous relationship between young artist Bob and his two lovers: a lonely male doctor and a frustrated female office worker.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson, Murray Head, Peggy Ashcroft

Votes: 5,060

19. Sparrows Can't Sing (1963)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

Charlie returns to the East End after two years at sea to find his house demolished and wife Maggie gone. Everyone else knows she is now shacked up with married bus driver Bert and a ... See full summary »

Director: Joan Littlewood | Stars: James Booth, Barbara Windsor, Roy Kinnear, Avis Bunnage

Votes: 271

20. The L-Shaped Room (1962)

126 min | Drama, Romance

A single, pregnant woman moves into a London boarding house where she meets a group of fellow misfits.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Leslie Caron, Anthony Booth, Avis Bunnage, Patricia Phoenix

Votes: 1,593

21. Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)

115 min | Crime, Drama

A medium and her husband stage a kidnapping in order for her to pretend to solve the crime and achieve fame.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Kim Stanley, Richard Attenborough, Margaret Lacey, Marie Burke

Votes: 5,413

22. The Whisperers (1967)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

Elderly Mrs. Ross lives alone in her meager flat, scraping by on government assistance even as she claims to have great wealth. After finding stolen money she is victimized, making it necessary to find her support in her declining years.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Edith Evans, Nanette Newman, Harry Baird, Jack Austin

Votes: 937

23. The Innocents (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Horror

A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 24,403 | Gross: $2.62M

24. A Place to Go (1963)

86 min | Crime, Drama

In 1960s Britain, a young man employed by a cigarette factory is tired of his working class status and joins a gang planning to rob the factory warehouse.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Michael Sarne, Bernard Lee, Doris Hare

Votes: 187

25. The Servant (1963)

Unrated | 116 min | Drama

93 Metascore

Upper-class Tony hires servant Hugo Barrett, who turns out to have a hidden agenda.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig, James Fox

Votes: 8,296 | Gross: $0.04M

26. This Sporting Life (1963)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Sport

Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst begins to materialize through aggression and brutality, so he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live.

Director: Lindsay Anderson | Stars: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel, William Hartnell

Votes: 5,439

27. If.... (1968)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama

In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England.

Director: Lindsay Anderson | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick, Christine Noonan

Votes: 20,616

28. A Hard Day's Night (1964)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

96 Metascore

Over two "typical" days in the life of The Beatles, the boys struggle to keep themselves and Sir Paul McCartney's mischievous grandfather in check while preparing for a live television performance.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 37,623 | Gross: $13.78M

29. The Knack... and How to Get It (1965)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy

Cool, sophisticated Tolen (Ray Brooks) has a monopoly on womanizing - with a long like of conquests to prove it - while the naïve, awkward Colin (Michael Crawford) desperately wants a piece... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Ray Brooks, Michael Crawford, Donal Donnelly

Votes: 2,721

30. Girl with Green Eyes (1964)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance

In 1960s Dublin a young girl becomes involved with an older man, a much-travelled and still married land-owner.

Director: Desmond Davis | Stars: Peter Finch, Rita Tushingham, Lynn Redgrave, Marie Kean

Votes: 950

31. The Leather Boys (1964)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance

An immature teenager marries a young biker but becomes disenchanted with the realities of working class marriage and her husband's relationship with his best friend.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Colin Campbell, Dudley Sutton, Gladys Henson

Votes: 592

32. Alfie (1966)

PG | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

An unrepentant ladies' man gradually begins to understand the consequences of his lifestyle.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin, Julia Foster

Votes: 12,669 | Gross: $18.87M

33. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Cathy Come Home (1966)

75 min | Drama

Cathy loses her home, husband and eventually her child through the inflexibility of the British welfare system.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Carol White, Ray Brooks, Winifred Dennis, Wally Patch

Votes: 868

34. Poor Cow (1967)

Approved | 101 min | Drama

A young woman lives a life filled with bad choices. She marries and has a child with an abusive thief at a young age who quickly ends up in prison. Left alone she takes up with his mate (... See full summary »

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Terence Stamp, Carol White, John Bindon, Queenie Watts

Votes: 1,174

35. Kes (1969)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Family

A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: David Bradley, Brian Glover, Freddie Fletcher, Lynne Perrie

Votes: 17,007

36. Georgy Girl (1966)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A homely but vivacious young woman dodges the amorous attentions of her father's middle-aged employer while striving to capture some of the glamorous life of her swinging London roommate.

Director: Silvio Narizzano | Stars: James Mason, Alan Bates, Lynn Redgrave, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 3,208

37. Tiger Bay (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A twelve-year-old tomboy witnesses the murder of a woman by her Polish merchant marine boyfriend, but bonds with him and thwarts the police in their investigation.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Horst Buchholz, John Mills, Yvonne Mitchell

Votes: 2,117

38. Up the Junction (1968)

R | 119 min | Drama

Addresses some of the major 60s social issues - a bored rich London-girl from Chelsea decides to go "slumming" in depressed Battersea, getting a flat and starts factory-work and makes friends... of which one has to get an illegal abortion.

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: Suzy Kendall, Dennis Waterman, Maureen Lipman, Adrienne Posta

Votes: 565

39. This Is My Street (1964)

94 min | Drama

A bored housewife has an affair with her mother's lodger. When he dumps her, she attempts suicide, which brings everyone to their senses.

Director: Sidney Hayers | Stars: Ian Hendry, June Ritchie, Avice Landone, Meredith Edwards

Votes: 119

40. Spring and Port Wine (1970)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

A stern father and lenient mother try to deal with the ups and downs of their four children's lives in working class Bolton.

Director: Peter Hammond | Stars: James Mason, Diana Coupland, Hannah Gordon, Susan George

Votes: 440

41. Bronco Bullfrog (1970)

86 min | Drama

Del and his friends agree to take part in a robbery with a boy fresh from the borstal. When Del falls in love with Irene they decide to run away from their nagging parents - and the law.

Director: Barney Platts-Mills | Stars: Del Walker, Anne Gooding, Sam Shepherd, Roy Haywood

Votes: 249



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