Mancunians Have Revealed Their Favourite British Film Of All Time

Can you guess what it is?

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In a study by Vue Entertainment, the people of Manchester have named Peter Collinson’s 1969 classic The Italian Job the best British film of all time.

The survey revealed Mancunians put the stylish crime caper in the top spot, which follows a band of thieves as they conspire to steal a shipment of gold amidst a traffic jam in Turin. Sir Michael Caine, who played lead character Charlie Croker in The Italian Job, was voted as Best British actor among Mancunians, grabbing first place with Sir Anthony Hopkins, of Silence of the Lambs.

Other titles appearing in Mancunians’ list of best British films included stripper comedy-drama The Full Monty, which came in second, iconic World War II film The Bridge on the River Kwai in third, and another Sir Michael Caine classic, Zulu, in fourth.

Best British Film Ever

  1. The Italian Job (31%)
  2. The Full Monty (21%)
  3. The Bridge on the River Kwai (14%)
  4. Zulu (12%)
  5. Four Weddings and a Funeral (12%)


Sir Anthony Hopkins, who achieved widespread acclaim for his portrayal of serial killer Hannibal Lecter in 1991’s Silence of the Lambs, was tied for first place with Sir Michael Caine, of The Italian Job, for best British actor ever by Mancunians, followed by Sean Connery, Sir Ian McKellen and the late Alan Rickman.

Londoners had different ideas...

Best British Actor Ever according to Londoners

  1. Sir Michael Caine (29%)
  2. Sir Anthony Hopkins (28%)
  3. Dame Judi Dench (18%)
  4. Dame Maggie Smith (17%)
  5. Alan Rickman (16%)

On the survey results, Steve Gleave, General Manager at Vue Printworks, commented: 

The Italian Job is a testament to the quality of British film-making – a moment when the best of the best came together to create cinema magic that’s in our DNA as film fans at Vue. There are bigger productions on the list, starring bigger stars, but Sir Michael Caine’s appeal across the generations as an actor, and the iconic scenes of The Italian Job make it a worthy winner.”

Big Screen Entertainment

Behind the camera, Sir Alfred Hitchcock took the director’s chair in a tally of best British directors, followed by Richard Attenborough and Danny Boyle.

In terms of audio, Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, topped the pops in London for Best British film soundtrack, followed by Goldfinger and A Hard Day’s Night.

The study also revealed that Mancunians watch an average of four films a month, and with blockbusters such as Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk out on 21st July as well as Kingsman: The Golden Circle starring Colin Firth on the horizon, there is no shortage of unmissable cinematic content in cinemas this summer.

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