The theatrical poster for Gone with the Wind.
Gone with the Wind has generated the most admissions at cinemas in the United Kingdom.

This list charts the most successful films at cinemas in the United Kingdom (a box office territory that also includes Republic of Ireland), by box office sales in pounds sterling and admissions. An overview of the top-earning films and record-holders is provided, as well as the highest-grossing British productions, the most successful non-English-language films and the sound films that have generated the most admissions. A summary of the most popular films over the course of the last century is also included.

American productions dominate, with all films earning over £50 million at the box office either completely or partly produced by Hollywood studios. British film is well represented, with about half the films on the list qualifying as British productions; however, due to the globalization of the film industry most successful British productions since the start of the twenty-first century have been co-produced with other countries. While there is no universally accepted definition of a film's nationality, a legal definition for the Britishness of a film has existed in UK law since 2007, and this is the criteria used here. For films made prior to 2007, the nationalities listed by the sources supplying the data are used where they are given.

The 2015 Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, is the highest-grossing film in terms of nominal box-office sales. The effects of inflation are a significant contributing factor to recent films surpassing the box-office records of older films, so when considering the number of admissions Gone with the Wind (1940) is the most successful film, although this was achieved over several release cycles prior to the home video era.

Highest-grossing films by box-office revenue

Top earning films

The highest earners at the box-office are mostly American films and UK-US co-productions. Sequels, remakes and adaptations dominate, with seven films in the Harry Potter franchise, five Star Wars instalments, the five Daniel Craig James Bond films, five films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Peter Jackson's first four Tolkien adaptations having earned in excess of £50 million. This table only charts films released since 1989, but due to inflation it is unlikely anything released prior to then will surpass the films on the list in nominal terms.[1]

Films with earnings over £50 million since 1989[2][3]
Rank Title Gross
(£ million)
Year
01 United Kingdom* Star Wars: The Force Awakens 123.3 2015
02 United Kingdom* Skyfall 102.8 2012
03 United Kingdom* No Time to Die 98.0 2021
04 Spider-Man: No Way Home 97.2 2021
05 Avatar 96.7 2009
06 United Kingdom* Barbie 95.7[4] 2023
07 United Kingdom* Spectre 95.2 2015
08 United Kingdom* Avengers: Endgame 88.7 2019
09 Top Gun: Maverick 83.7 2022
10 United Kingdom* Star Wars: The Last Jedi 82.7 2017
11 Titanic 82.7[nb 1] 1998
12 Avatar: The Way of Water 76.9[6] 2022
13 United Kingdom* The Lion King 76.0 2019
14 Toy Story 3 74.1 2010
15 United Kingdom* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 73.1 2011
16 United Kingdom* Beauty and the Beast 72.5 2017
17 United Kingdom* Avengers: Infinity War 70.8 2018
18 United Kingdom* Mamma Mia! 68.9 2008
19 United Kingdom* Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 67.1 2001
20 Toy Story 4 66.2 2019
21 United Kingdom* Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 66.0 2016
22 United Kingdom* Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again 65.6[7] 2018
23 Jurassic World 64.5 2015
24 United Kingdom* Casino Royale 64.1[nb 2] 2006
25 United Kingdom* Wonka 63.2[8] 2023
26 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 63.0 2001
27 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 61.1 2003
28 Oppenheimer 59.6[9] 2023
29 United Kingdom* Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 58.3[10] 2019
30 Joker 57.9[11] 2019
31 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 57.6 2002
32 United Kingdom* Dunkirk 56.8[12] 2017
33 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 56.4 1999
34 United Kingdom* The Dark Knight Rises 56.4[13] 2012
35 Incredibles 2 56.2 2018
36 United Kingdom* Bohemian Rhapsody 55.4[14] 2018
37 United Kingdom* Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 55.0[15] 2002
38 The Super Mario Bros. Movie 54.8[9] 2023
39 United Kingdom* Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 54.7[16] 2016
40 Frozen II 53.5[17] 2019
41 United Kingdom* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 52.6[18] 2010
42 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 52.5 2006
43 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 52.3 2012
44 United Kingdom* The Full Monty 52.2 1997
45 Marvel Avengers Assemble 51.9 2012
46 United Kingdom* Quantum of Solace 51.2 2008
47 United Kingdom* Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 50.9[18] 2009
48 Black Panther 50.7[19] 2018
49 United Kingdom* Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 50.0[18] 2007
Films marked as United Kingdom* are classified as UK-qualifying productions by the British Film Institute.
 indicates the film's gross has increased since 29 January 2023.

Record-holders

As many as fifteen films may have held the record of "highest-grossing film" in Post-war Britain. Emerging from the Second World War in 1945, Gone with the Wind is generally accepted to have been the record-holder, retaining the top spot until 1962 when it was surpassed by South Pacific.[20] South Pacific was comprehensively beaten four years later in 1966 by another musical, The Sound of Music, which trebled the earnings of its predecessor.[21][22] Regular tracking of box-office performance only started in 1975, so it is only possible to chart the transition of the record with any serious degree of accuracy within this period. It is possible that some of the earlier films in the chart did not surpass the box office of The Sound of Music, and it may have retained the record until the release of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.[nb 3]

Skyfall, the twenty-third James Bond film in the long-running Eon series, became the first film to gross over £100 million in setting a new record at the box office.[26] All the record-holders since tracking began have been either partially or fully produced by Americans, although The Full Monty, Mamma Mia!, Skyfall and Star Wars: The Force Awakens were UK–US collaborations. Only the grosses that set records are included in the timeline; earnings from subsequent re-releases after the film conceded the record are omitted.

Timeline of the highest-grossing film record since 1975[26]
Year of
record#
Title Record setting gross
(£ million)
1975 Jaws 11.8
1977 Star Wars 14.4
1978 Grease 14.7
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 21.7
1990 Ghost 23.3
1993 Jurassic Park 47.9
1998 United Kingdom* The Full Monty 52.2
1998 Titanic 69.0
2008 United Kingdom* Mamma Mia![nb 4] 68.6/69.2
2010 Avatar 94.0
2012 United Kingdom* Skyfall 102.8[2]
2016 United Kingdom* Star Wars: The Force Awakens[27] 123.3[2]
Films marked as United Kingdom* are classified as UK-qualifying productions by the British Film Institute.
 indicates the film's gross has increased since May 2021.
# Year of release is used between 1975 and 1990 because it is not known in which year the film set a new record.

British productions

Since 2007, under UK law films can qualify as British via a cultural test (set out by the Cultural Test for Film, High-end Television and Video Games Regulations), an official bilateral co-production agreement, or under the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production.[28]

The Cultural Test for Film, High-end Television and Video Games Regulations, was introduced under the Finance Act 2006 and came into force on January 1, 2007. The regulations set out a points-based system to determine whether a film, high-end television programme or video game qualifies as a "British film" or "British programme" and is therefore eligible for UK tax relief. The test takes account of cultural content, creative elements and heritage, the nationality of the cast and crew and where the bulk of the production takes place.[29] The application of this process can draw to counter-intuitive conclusions; films not classified as British under this system may have British elements, such as being based on books by British authors and featuring British actors—as was the case with The Hobbit trilogy—while films that are regarded as quintessentially American—such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens or The Dark Knight—can result in being classified as British.

The most successful British productions in the modern marketplace generally have American investment, with The King's Speech and The Inbetweeners Movie the only fully British films to have earned in excess of £40 million. Sequels, remakes and adaptations still dominate; the remaining films—with the exception of The Full Monty—are biographical or based on historical events. The King's Speech replaces Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the most successful British production if the criterion is restricted to solely British-produced films.

Non-English-language films

The South Korean film Parasite, winner in the Best Film Not in the English Language category at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards, is the highest-grossing non-English-language film. Chinese and Spanish films are the most represented among high performers in the twenty-first century, with three entries apiece among the top ten non-English-language films. Mel Gibson has directed two films—both featuring dead languages—in the top ten, with The Passion of the Christ in second place and Apocalypto at fifth.

Top ten non-English-language films of the twenty-first century[39][40]
Rank Title Language Gross
(£ million)
Year
01 Parasite Korean 12.12[41] 2019
02 The Passion of the Christ Aramaic/Latin/Hebrew 11.08 2004
03 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Mandarin 9.37 2001
04 Amélie French 5.01 2001
05 Pathaan Hindi 4.17[42] 2022
06 Apocalypto Mayan 4.11 2007
07 Hero Mandarin 3.82 2004
08 House of Flying Daggers Mandarin 3.78 2004
09 Jawan Hindi 3.10[43] 2023
10 Volver Spanish 2.88 2006
 indicates the film's gross has increased since May 2021.

Highest-grossing films by box-office admissions

Up to and including 2003, the British Film Institute (BFI) estimate fifty-two sound films have generated over 10 million admissions. The European Audiovisual Observatory (Lumiere) have been tracking UK admissions since 1996, and they estimate that twenty-two films have generated over 10 million admissions in that period. Due to conflicting estimates, both sets of figures are presented together here in chronological order. While the two datasets are generally consistent with each other, the estimates from LUMIERE are on average slightly lower than those from the BFI, leading to Bridget Jones's Diary being included in the BFI dataset but excluded from the LUMIERE one. The largest discrepancy is in the estimates for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone; there is a difference of 5 million admissions, but Lumiere do not include any UK data for 2002 while they do for other countries, which may explain the shortfall.

Re-releases also exacerbate the differences in some cases: both Star Wars Episode I and Titanic were successfully re-released in 2012, and while the LUMIERE dataset includes admissions from the reissues the BFI chart does not. While The Lion King did not generate 10 million admissions during its original release, it may have accumulated 10 million admissions due to a re-release: according to the BFI it had generated over 8 million admissions during its first run in 1994, and LUMIERE estimate it generated another 2 million with its 2011 reissue. If Bridget Jones and The Lion King are included, sixty-seven sound films in total have generated over 10 million admissions at UK cinemas.

Sound films with over 10 million admissions
Year Title Admissions (millions) Ref(s)
BFI[44] LUMIERE[nb 6]
1938 0 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 28.00 [# 1]
1940 0 Gone with the Wind 35.00 [# 2]
1942 0 Mrs. Miniver 10.20 [# 3]
1943 0 Random Harvest 12.00 [# 4]
1944 United Kingdom0 Fanny by Gaslight 11.70 [# 5]
1945 United Kingdom0 The Wicked Lady 18.40 [# 6]
United Kingdom0 The Seventh Veil 17.90 [# 7]
United Kingdom0 I Live in Grosvenor Square 10.30 [# 8]
1946 0 The Bells of St. Mary's 15.20 [# 9]
United Kingdom0 Piccadilly Incident 11.50 [# 10]
1947 0 The Best Years of Our Lives 20.40 [# 11]
United Kingdom0 The Courtneys of Curzon Street 15.90 [# 12]
0 The Jolson Story 11.60 [# 13]
1948 United Kingdom0 Spring in Park Lane 20.50 [# 14]
1949 United Kingdom0 The Third Man 14.00 [# 15]
1950 United Kingdom0 The Blue Lamp 13.30 [# 16]
1951 0 The Great Caruso 12.40 [# 17]
1952 0 The Greatest Show on Earth 13.00 [# 18]
1954 United Kingdom0 Doctor in the House 12.20 [# 19]
1956 0 The Ten Commandments 15.00 [# 20]
1957 United Kingdom* The Bridge on the River Kwai 12.60 [# 21]
1958 0 South Pacific 16.50 [# 22]
1959 United Kingdom0 Carry On Nurse 10.40 [# 23]
1960 0 Ben Hur 13.20 [# 24]
1961 United Kingdom* The Guns of Navarone 11.40 [# 25]
1964 0 Mary Poppins 14.00 [# 26]
United Kingdom0 Goldfinger 13.90 [# 27]
1965 0 The Sound of Music 30.00 [# 28]
United Kingdom0 Thunderball 15.60 [# 29]
1966 United Kingdom* Doctor Zhivago 11.20 [# 30]
1968 0 The Jungle Book 19.80 [# 31]
1972 0 The Godfather 11.00 [# 32]
1974 0 The Sting 11.08 [# 33]
1975 0 Jaws 16.20 [# 34]
0 The Towering Inferno 11.78 [# 35]
1977 United Kingdom0 The Spy Who Loved Me 12.46 [# 36]
1978 0 Star Wars 20.76 [# 37]
0 Grease 17.20 [# 38]
United Kingdom0 Superman 10.19 [# 39]
1982 0 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 13.13 [# 40]
1993 0 Jurassic Park 16.10 [# 41]
1994 0 The Lion King 8.08 (1994) 2.15 (reissues) [# 42][# 43]
1996 0 Independence Day 10.79 10.58 [# 44][# 45]
1997 United Kingdom* The Full Monty[nb 7] 14.19 11.10 [# 46][# 47]
1998 0 Titanic 18.91 18.96 [# 48][# 49]
1999 0 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 13.59 12.84 [# 50][# 51]
2000 0 Toy Story 2 12.18 10.32 [# 52][# 53]
2001 United Kingdom* Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 17.56 12.62 [# 54][# 55]
0 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 15.98 15.34 [# 56][# 57]
United Kingdom* Bridget Jones's Diary 10.15 9.73 [# 58][# 59]
2002 0 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 14.40 12.38 [# 60][# 61]
United Kingdom* Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 14.18 12.29 [# 62][# 63]
2003 0 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 15.22 11.64 [# 64][# 65]
2004 0 Shrek 2 10.72 [# 66]
United Kingdom* Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 10.29 [# 67]
2005 United Kingdom* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 10.43 [# 68]
2006 0 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 10.78 [# 69]
United Kingdom* Casino Royale 11.62 [# 70]
2008 United Kingdom* Mamma Mia! 13.39 [# 71]
2009 0 Avatar[nb 8] 16.86 [# 72]
2010 0 Toy Story 3 12.64 [# 73]
2011 United Kingdom* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 12.09 [# 74]
2012 United Kingdom* Skyfall 16.15 [# 75]
2015 United Kingdom* Spectre 13.32 [# 76]
United Kingdom* Star Wars: The Force Awakens[nb 9] 17.28 [# 77]
2017 United Kingdom* Star Wars: The Last Jedi[nb 9] 11.14 [# 78]
2019 United Kingdom* Avengers: Endgame[nb 9] 12.49 [# 79]
2021 United Kingdom* No Time to Die 13.23 [# 80]
2022 Top Gun: Maverick 10.86 [# 81]
Films marked as United Kingdom are classified as British by the accompanying source.
Films marked as United Kingdom* are classified as UK-qualifying productions by the British Film Institute.

Most popular films

Most successful films

Highest-grossing

  • Film – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • British co-production – The Force Awakens
  • British film – The King's Speech
  • Non-British – Spider-Man: No Way Home
  • Non-English language – Parasite
  • Animated – The Lion King (2019)

Admissions

  • Film – Gone with the Wind
  • British silent film – The Battle of the Somme
  • British sound film – Spring in Park Lane
  • Animated – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Overview of the twentieth century

In 2004, the British Film Institute published a list charting sound films that generated the most admissions at cinemas in the United Kingdom.[45] The list is reproduced here ranking the top fifty films released in the UK throughout the twentieth century, defined as covering the period from 1 January 1901 until 31 December 2000. The later films that appear on the BFI list—2001 onwards—are omitted from this chart for the purpose of providing an overview of the century. The second table ranks British sound productions from the twentieth century, five of which are co-productions with other countries.

Market conditions, industry practices, demographic and cultural shifts have all impacted on cinema attendance throughout the century. Cinemagoing steadily rose during the 1930s with the arrival of sound and peaked in the 1940s, with 1946 setting a record of over 1,635 million annual admissions; roughly equivalent to thirty visits to the cinema per capita. Attendance dropped off after the Second World War, mainly due to the rising popularity of television. The decline of the cinema was compounded by the rise of home video in the 1980s and reached an all-time low of 54 million admissions in 1984.[46] With declining attendance came the closure of many cinemas; a trend that was not reversed until the birth of the multiplex in the late 1980s, with annual cinema admissions climbing back up to around 176 million in 2002.[46][47] As expected, the 1940s—when cinema attendance was at an all-time high—is the most represented decade on the chart accounting for nearly a third of all entries, while the 1980s—when attendance was at its lowest—is the least represented post-war decade.[45] However, the disparity between the two extremes is not as great as the overall attendance figures suggest due to the fact that vastly more titles were distributed in the 1940s.[47]

When comparing the films in the chart, several trends emerge. British films account for half the entries during the 1940s—as opposed to just one entry in the last twenty years of the century—due in part to the British government imposing quota caps on foreign features, as well as the inherent difficulties in importing films during the Second World War.[45] With so many men away on national service, films that performed well were also heavily skewed toward female audiences, exemplified by no fewer than four films headlined by Anna Neagle during this period.[46][47] Prior to the 1980s when home video became popular, there was also a lot more repeat viewing, with some films during the 1950s and '60s enjoying extended runs—sometimes lasting up to several years—as roadshows.[45][47] A film's content can also have a prohibitive effect on its success: most films in the chart are either family or children's films, with only two films (The Godfather and A Clockwork Orange) carrying an X rating or its replacement, the 18 classification, denying entry to minors.[48]

Overall, Gone with the Wind has generated the most admissions at the UK box office with 35 million and Spring in Park Lane is the most successful British sound film with 20 million, while 1938's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the oldest film in the chart with 28 million admissions. While the chart does not take into account silent films, 1916's The Battle of the Somme is generally regarded to be the most successful film of the silent era, with over 20 million admissions.[48]

Overview of the twenty-first century

Film series and adaptations have been the highest earners in the twenty-first century, with only two films—Avatar in 2009 and 1917 in 2020—that are not adapted from a pre-existing property or a sequel emerging as the highest-grossing film of the year. Since the British Film Institute does not regularly track admissions, the only complete metric available for assessing a film's success is the box office revenue, and over a period of time inflation of the currency becomes a key factor when comparing the relative success of films.[1] Ticket prices rose rapidly at the beginning of the twenty-first century, with the average cost increasing by over 70 per cent since 2000.[49] To this end it is useful to adjust the box office gross for inflation, so a chart ranking films by the real value of their earnings is provided alongside a chart of the years' biggest films. After recalculating the grosses using the HM Treasury UK GDP deflator, Star Wars: The Force Awakens remains the most successful film of the twenty-first century.

The Harry Potter series is particularly well represented, topping the year on four occasions with two films in the adjusted top ten. The James Bond films and The Lord of the Rings trilogy also have a strong presence, with two films apiece among the top ten, adjusted for inflation, and with two films from the latter series topping the year. The top ten British productions adjusted for inflation are all international co-productions, and—with the exception of Mamma Mia and Beauty and the Beast—are all Star Wars, James Bond and Harry Potter films. If the criterion is restricted to solely British-produced films, The King's Speech is the most successful British production.[39]

Highest-grossing films of the year in the twenty-first century[1]
Year Title Gross
(£ million)
2001 United Kingdom* Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 66.1
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers[nb 11] 57.6
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 61.1
2004 Shrek 2 48.2
2005 United Kingdom* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 49.2
2006 United Kingdom* Casino Royale 55.6
2007 United Kingdom* Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 49.9
2008 United Kingdom* Mamma Mia! 68.6
2009 Avatar 94.0
2010 Toy Story 3 74.0
2011 United Kingdom* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 73.1
2012 United Kingdom* Skyfall 103.2
2013 Despicable Me 2 47.5
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 41.2
2015 United Kingdom* Star Wars: The Force Awakens 123.2
2016 United Kingdom* Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 66.0
2017 United Kingdom* Star Wars: The Last Jedi 82.6[50]
2018 United Kingdom* Avengers: Infinity War 70.8[39]
2019 United Kingdom* Avengers: Endgame 88.7[51]
2020 United Kingdom* 1917 44.1[41]
2021 United Kingdom* No Time to Die 98.0[2]
2022 Top Gun: Maverick 83.7[2]
Films marked as United Kingdom* are classified as UK-qualifying productions by the British Film Institute.

Notes

  1. ^ The gross for Titanic also includes revenue from the 2012 and 2023 re-releases.[5]
  2. ^ a b The gross for Casino Royale also includes revenue of £8,434,000 from a staging of the film by Secret Cinema as a live cinema experience, and £51,000 from a re-release in 2022.[31][32]
  3. ^ It is not known exactly how much The Sound of Music grossed at the box office, since accurate records were not maintained at the time. Hall and Neale (2010) states that the "foreign" rentals (the distributor's share of the box office outside of the US market after deducting the exhibitor's cut) were as high as $50 million, with approximately half coming from Britain alone.[22] The film was the top money-maker of the year for four consecutive years between 1965 and 1968,[21] during which time the US dollar to pound sterling exchange rate was approximately $2.68 to £1 averaged over the four years,[23] meaning $25 million would translate to roughly £9.3 million. This estimate is consistent with Roger Manvell's (the first director of the British Film Academy), who estimated its earnings as of 1968 at over £7 million.[24] 20th Century Fox collected roughly two-thirds of the gross,[25] so rentals of £7–10 million would equate to an exhibition gross of £10–15 million.
  4. ^ According to earlier BFI Yearbooks Mamma Mia! earned £69.2 million, beating the £69.0 million earned by Titanic, but more recently the British Film Institute has revised the gross to £68.6 million.[1] If the revised estimate is correct and the original gross for Titanic is not subject to any revision then Mamma Mia! would not have assumed the record.
  5. ^ The British Film Institute calculated that Shirley Valentine had grossed £21.9 million, adjusted to 2016 prices using the HM Treasury UK GDP deflator.[1] The 1989 calendar index of 52.278 can be used to reverse the process and deflate the adjusted gross back to 1989 levels, which yields a nominal gross of £11.5 million.[38]
  6. ^ Prior to the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, the Lumiere database combined admissions for the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Following the UK's exit from the EU, Lumiere decoupled the British admissions from the Irish admissions, reflecting the fact that the Republic of Ireland remains in the EU. This has resulted in three different totals: the combined total (GB_IE) for admissions in the two territories prior to Brexit, and individual totals for the UK (GB) and Republic of Ireland (IE) post-Brexit. Some films are represented by three different totals in some instances, where a pre-Brexit film had admissions in both periods. To maintain consistency throughout the chart—and also with the British Film Institute continuing to treat the UK and Ireland as a single territory—the British and Irish totals are added together and continue to be treated as a single territory.
  7. ^ The British Film Institute and European Audiovisual Observatory disagree over the national classification of The Full Monty. The BFI considers it a British-American co-production while the Observatory regards it as a solo British effort. The BFI designation is used here for consistency.
  8. ^ The British Film Institute and European Audiovisual Observatory disagree over the national classification of Avatar. Since 2007, a legal definition exists for whether a film is British, and Avatar does not meet the criteria. The Observatory uses its own methodology and reverses this categorization, classifying Avatar as a British-American co-production The BFI designation is used here for consistency.
  9. ^ a b c The British Film Institute and European Audiovisual Observatory disagree over the national classifications of some of the UK-produced Disney films. Since 2007, a legal definition exists for whether a film is British, with The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and Avengers: Endgame meeting the UK-qualifying criteria. The BFI designations are used here for consistency.
  10. ^ The twentieth century is defined to be the period from 1 January 1901 up to 31 December 2000. However, the common perception is that the century ended on 31 December 1999—coinciding with the millennium celebrations—and if Toy Story 2 is discounted on this basis, then One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1976) would occupy the fiftieth place in the chart with 9.65 million admissions.
  11. ^ The British Film Institute have possibly made an error in listing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as the highest-grossing 2002 release. Its UK earnings of £54.8 million were second to those of Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers which was released in the same year and grossed £57.6 million.

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Admissions data
  1. ^ "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Gone with the Wind". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Mrs. Miniver". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Random Harvest". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Fanny by Gaslight". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  6. ^ "The Wicked lady". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  7. ^ "The Seventh Veil". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  8. ^ "I Live in Grosvenor Square". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  9. ^ "The Bells of St. Mary's". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Piccadilly Incident". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  11. ^ "The Best Years of Our Lives". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  12. ^ "The Courtneys of Curzon Street". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  13. ^ "The Jolson Story". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  14. ^ "Spring in Park Lane". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  15. ^ "The Third Man". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  16. ^ "The Blue Lamp". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  17. ^ "The Great Caruso". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  18. ^ "The Greatest Show on Earth". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  19. ^ "Doctor in the House". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  20. ^ "The Ten Commandments". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  21. ^ "The Bridge on the River Kwai". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  22. ^ "South Pacific". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  23. ^ "Carry On Nurse". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  24. ^ "Ben Hur". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  25. ^ "The Guns of Navarone". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  26. ^ "Mary Poppins". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  27. ^ "Goldfinger". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  28. ^ "The Sound of Music". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  29. ^ "Thunderball". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  30. ^ "Doctor Zhivago". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  31. ^ "The Jungle Book". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  32. ^ "The Godfather". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  33. ^ "The Sting". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  34. ^ "Jaws". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  35. ^ "The Towering Inferno". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  36. ^ "The Spy Who Loved Me". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  37. ^ "Star Wars". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  38. ^ "Grease". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  39. ^ "Superman". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  40. ^ "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  41. ^ "Jurassic Park". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  42. ^ "The Lion King". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  43. ^ "The Lion King". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 24 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  44. ^ "Independence Day". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  45. ^ "Independence Day". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 23 June 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  46. ^ "The Full Monty". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  47. ^ "The Full Monty". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 24 June 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  48. ^ "Titanic". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  49. ^ "Titanic". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  50. ^ "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  51. ^ "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 7 June 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  52. ^ "Toy Story 2". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  53. ^ "Toy Story 2". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 24 June 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  54. ^ "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  55. ^ "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 28 November 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
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  58. ^ "Bridget Jones's Diary". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  59. ^ "Bridget Jones's Diary". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 23 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
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  61. ^ "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  62. ^ "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
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  65. ^ "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 24 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  66. ^ "Shrek 2". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 24 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  67. ^ "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 23 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  68. ^ "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 25 December 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  69. ^ "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 24 June 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  70. ^ "Casino Royale". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 13 October 2020. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  71. ^ "Mamma Mia!". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 24 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  72. ^ "Avatar". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 23 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  73. ^ "Toy Story 3". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 24 June 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  74. ^ "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 23 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  75. ^ "Skyfall". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 24 June 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  76. ^ "Spectre". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 24 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  77. ^ "Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 1 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  78. ^ "Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  79. ^ "Avengers: Endgame". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  80. ^ "No Time to Die". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Archived from the original on 29 April 2022. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  81. ^ "Top Gun: Maverick". LUMIERE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Retrieved 7 June 2023.