British Film Registry – Vote Now For Your Favourite British Films

The National Film Registry annually preserves 25 historically, culturally or aesthetically significant works produced in America within the prestigious Library of Congress. You’ll find Alien next to The African Queen; Blazing Saddles next to Ben-Hur. It’s a beautiful chronicling of American success in Cinema- a fine tribute to Hollywood and beyond.

However, each year when the National Film Registry release their list of selections… don’t you as a Brit feel a little left out?

Well rather than sit and sulk about those over the pond getting all the glory, we’ve decided to bring you our very own annual British Film Registry.

There have been thousands of British films over the years but we are only interested in celebrating those that you the public deem historically, culturally or aesthetically significant to old Blighty. We’ll be inducting 5 British films every December– chosen by you, our wonderful readers – into our soon to be fully operational virtual vault at – along with two personalities who have in their career, you guessed it, cultural, historical or aesthetic value to British film.

Voting for this year’s round of inductees is now open. You can nominate you’re maximum of five picks by filling out the form below. Need some inspiration? See what film critics and bloggers are choosing here.


Guidelines For Voting

  • Much like the NFR, our Registry will be open to anything you might care to vote for. It doesn’t even necessarily have to be a feature film; it could be a documentary, a short, an experimental art piece or even a newsreel.
  •  The only solid criteria is that the piece must be 5 years old or older.
  • As for “What is a British film?” – We think it can be whatever you deem that to be, whether it is funded in Britain, made in, for or to benefit the British public in some way and of course, be of cultural, historical or aesthetic value to Britain. We won’t be the ones to decide what exactly is a British film… your public voting will be.
  • You must leave an email address in the form for your vote to register.


Movie Critics/Bloggers Picks

If you want some inspiration for the list, check out the following sources; Empire’s The 100 Best British Films Ever, Time Out’s 100 Best British Films, BFI’s Top 100 British Films.

Below are a selection of nominations from movie critics and bloggers.

Jordan McGrath
Publication: EatSleepLiveFilm
Film Picks

  • Withnail and I
  • The Red Shoes
  • Blow-Up
  • Monty Python’s Life of Brian
  • A Matter of Life and Death

Personality Picks

  • Michael Powell
  • Alfred Hitchcock

CineVue Staff
Publication: CineVue
Film Picks

  • The Great White Silence
  • The Third Man
  • Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Naked

Personality Picks

  • Vincent Price
  • Peter Sellars

Adam Stephen Kelly (Britgeek)
Publication: AintItCool
Film Picks

  • The Third Man
  • Get Carter
  • The Long Good Friday
  • Withnail and I
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Personality Picks

  • Charles Chaplin
  • Laurence Olivier