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Award Winning

With garlands and glamour, cinema’s spirit of self-congratulation has long fascinated, allowing great works to gain recognition and reach wide audiences.

The famous example is Kurosawa’s Rashomon, which astounded Venice and thrust Japanese cinema on the world stage. But awards still have the power to elevate films and help secure their place in the pantheon.

Our collection highlights the films that have won the praise of peers over the years, from Palme d’Or recipients to prize-winners from the BFI London Film Festival.

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View Bicycle Thieves
Bicycle Thieves

Bicycle Thieves 1948 U

Vittorio De Sica’s story of a father and son searching for a stolen bicycle on the streets of Rome is a classic of post-war Italian cinema.

88 mins Italy Director. Vittorio De Sica

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Breathless / À bout de souffle
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Breathless / À bout de souffle 1960 PG

Jean-Luc Godard’s extraordinary debut feature, an insouciant and iconoclastic crime film that paved the way for the French New Wave.

90 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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The Arbor
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The Arbor 2010 15

Clio Barnard's film about Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar mixes reconstruction, interviews (performed by actors) and scenes from the plays.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Clio Barnard

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All in Good Time
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All in Good Time 2011 12

A pair of newlyweds endure a honeymoon staying with the groom's parents in a comedy from East Is East writer Ayub Khan-Din.

93 mins United Kingdom

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Black Narcissus

Black Narcissus 1947 U

Tensions grow when a group of nuns open a convent in the Himalayas in Powell and Pressburger's remarkable melodrama, starring Deborah Kerr.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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Blancanieves
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Blancanieves 2011 12A

Pablo Berger’s imaginative black-and-white ‘silent’ movie relocates the story of Snow White to 1920s Spain – complete with bullfighting dwarfs

105 mins

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Brick Lane

Brick Lane 2007 15

Sarah Gavron’s subtle and intelligent adaptation of Monica Ali’s acclaimed novel charts the experiences of a Bangladeshi woman in London.

102 mins United Kingdom Director. Sarah Gavron

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Brief Encounter
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Brief Encounter 1945 PG

Noël Coward’s tale of a love affair, thrillingly played out with tight British reserve.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lean

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Distant Voices Still Lives

Distant Voices Still Lives 1988 15

Terence Davies' debut feature is a remarkable evocation of working-class family life in the 40s and 50s and a visionary exploration of memory.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies

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Dodes'Ka-Den

Dodes'Ka-Den 1970 12

Akira Kurosawa’s first colour film is an eccentric and joyous account of a group of disparate people living in a city dump.

127 mins Japan Director. Akira Kurosawa

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Dogtooth
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Dogtooth 2009 18

Yorgos Lanthimos' scary, witty tale of a dysfunctional Greek family is original, ingenious and sadly relevant as a study of parent-child relationships

96 mins Greece Director. Yorgos Lanthimos

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The Elephant Man
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The Elephant Man 1980 PG

John Hurt stars David Lynch's exceptionally moving true-life tale of the severely deformed Joseph Merrick and his rescue from the hell of a Victorian circus sideshow.

124 mins USA Director. David Lynch

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Fitzcarraldo

Fitzcarraldo 1981 PG

One of Werner Herzog's most acclaimed and audacious films, Fitzcarraldo tells the incredible story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an opera-loving fortune hunter who dreams of bringing opera to the heart of the Peruvian jungle.

158 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Werner Herzog

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For Those in Peril
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For Those in Peril 2013 18

An intense and mysterious drama about the lone survivor of a strange fishing accident who’s outcast and persecuted by his fellow villagers.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Paul Wright

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Gertrud

Gertrud 1964 PG

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s final masterpiece centres on a woman who rejects the compromise of her marriage and retreats into a serene isolation.

120 mins Denmark Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

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Great Expectations
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Great Expectations 1946 PG

The first of David Lean’s two Dickens adaptations is one of the finest British literary interpretations and one of the most acclaimed of all British films.

118 mins United Kingdom

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Hamlet

Hamlet 1948 U

The first British film to win the Best Picture Oscar remains one of the strongest examples of Shakespeare on film.

155 mins United Kingdom Director. Laurence Olivier

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Henry V

Henry V 1944 U

Laurence Olivier rouses an all-star cast and an imperiled nation with his magnificent adaptation of Shakespeare's warrior monarch.

137 mins United Kingdom Director. Laurence Olivier

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How I Ended This Summer
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How I Ended This Summer 2010 12

Alexei Popogrebski's taut psychological drama depicts two Arctic meteorologists (a veteran and a novice); secrets, lies and isolation take their toll

124 mins Russian Federation Director. Alexei Popogrebsky

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The Hunt
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The Hunt 2012 15

Mads Mikkelsen stars in a distressing examination of a false indictment, and the collective hysteria that ensues, in this electrifying drama from Festen director Thomas Vinterberg.

Denmark Director. Thomas Vinterberg

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My Brother the Devil
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My Brother the Devil 2012 15

Sally El Hosaini's award-winning feature debut tells of the love and disenchantment between two British-Egyptian brothers, as gangs, drugs and sexuality come between them.

107 mins United Kingdom Director. Sally El Hosaini

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Opening Night

Opening Night 1977 15

John Cassavetes’s emotionally charged film stands as one of the great American movies about theatre and the art of performance.

144 mins USA Director. John Cassavetes

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Ordet.

Ordet. 1955 12

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s beautifully photographed tale explores the religious intolerance and familial tensions within a Danish farming family.

126 mins Denmark Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

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Paisà

Paisà 1946 PG

Roberto Rossellini’s ambitious and enormously moving follow-up to his breakthrough Rome, Open City.

125 mins Italy Director. Roberto Rossellini

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Ran
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Ran 1985 12

Akira Kurosawa’s visually spectacular epic transplants Shakespeare’s King Lear from Celtic Britain to feudal Japan.

155 mins France Director. Akira Kurosawa

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Red Beard

Red Beard 1965 15

Kurosawa’s episodic, poignant story of a 19th-century doctor (Toshiro Mifune) working in a clinic for the poor and his tumultuous friendship with young intern.

172 mins Japan Director. Akira Kurosawa

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Red Road

Red Road 2006 18

Andrea Arnold’s highly acclaimed film, winner of top prizes at Cannes and the BFI London Film Festival, is a haunting drama about a woman confronting past demons.

109 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrea Arnold

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Rome, Open City

Rome, Open City 1945 12

Roberto Rossellini’s landmark of Italian neorealism often cited as one of the greatest films ever made.

103 mins Italy Director. Roberto Rossellini

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Seven Samurai
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Seven Samurai 1954 PG

Farmers hire a band of samurai to defend them against marauding bandits in Kurosawa’s influential epic, a touchstone for action movies ever since.

200 mins Japan Director. Akira Kurosawa

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She, a Chinese
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She, a Chinese 2009 18

British-Chinese director Xiaolu Guo’s story of a young woman's journey from a remote Chinese village to London, in an attempt to realise the Western consumer dream.

United Kingdom Director. Xiaolu Guo

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The Shout

The Shout 1978 15

Cannes’ Grand Jury Prize was awarded to this unnerving drama about a man who claims to be able to kill people with a ‘terror shout’ learned from an Aboriginal shaman.

82 mins United Kingdom Director. Jerzy Skolimowski

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A Simple Life
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A Simple Life 2011 PG

A wealthy film executive reconnects with the nanny who raised him, in a touching drama from the great humanist of the Hong Kong New Wave, Ann Hui.

Director. Ann Hui On-wah

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This Sporting Life

This Sporting Life 1963 12

Lindsay Anderson’s fantastic first feature masterfully dissects the brutal life struggles of a rough-edged rugby footballer on and off the field.

134 mins United Kingdom Director. Lindsay Anderson

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The Village Church

The Village Church 1947

Carl Theodor Dreyer recounts the history of churches in Denmark, in this hypnotic and powerfully realised short.

14 mins Denmark Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

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Whisky Galore!
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Whisky Galore! 1949 U

Ealing's thirstiest comedy: "the longest unsponsored advertisement ever to reach cinema screens"?

82 mins United Kingdom Director. Alexander Mackendrick

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A Woman Under the Influence

A Woman Under the Influence 1974 15

John Cassavetes's powerful drama stars Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk as a blue-collar couple struggling to cope with the wife's slide into mental illness.

156 mins USA Director. John Cassavetes

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Yojimbo

Yojimbo 1961 PG

Kurosawa’s classic about a drifting samurai who plays two gangs off against each other, famously remade as A Fistful of Dollars.

106 mins Japan Director. Akira Kurosawa

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