BAFTA Award for Best Film by British Academy of Film and Television Arts

"The BAFTA Award for Best Film is given annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and presented at the British Academy Film Awards. It has been given since the 1st BAFTA Awards, representing the best films of 1947, but until 1969 it was called the BAFTA Award for Best Film From Any Source."


All winners from 1947 through 2016.

Last updated: February 17th, 2017

Weight: 70


  1. Voted on by industry employee(s) (-20)
  2. Limited to ~75 years or less (-10)

Films (71)

1. La La Land

Directed by Damien Chazelle | PG-13 | 128 min | 2016|

A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.

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2. The Revenant

Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu | R | 156 min | 2015|

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

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3. Boyhood

Directed by Richard Linklater | R | 165 min | 2014|

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.

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4. 12 Years a Slave

Directed by Steve McQueen | R | 134 min | 2013|

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

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5. Argo

Directed by Ben Affleck | R | 120 min | 2012|

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.

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6. The Artist

Directed by Michel Hazanavicius | PG-13 | 100 min | 2011|

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

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7. The King's Speech

Directed by Tom Hooper | R | 118 min | 2010|

The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

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8. Slumdog Millionaire

Directed by Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan | R | 120 min | 2008|

A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"

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9. The Hurt Locker

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow | R | 131 min | 2008|

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

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10. Atonement

Directed by Joe Wright | R | 123 min | 2007|

Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.

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11. The Queen

Directed by Stephen Frears | PG-13 | 103 min | 2006|

After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

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12. Brokeback Mountain

Directed by Ang Lee | R | 134 min | 2005|

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.

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13. The Aviator

Directed by Martin Scorsese | PG-13 | 170 min | 2004|

A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s.

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14. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Directed by Peter Jackson | PG-13 | 201 min | 2003|

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

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15. The Pianist

Directed by Roman Polanski | R | 150 min | 2002|

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

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16. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Directed by Peter Jackson | PG-13 | 178 min | 2001|

A meek Hobbit and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the One Ring and the Dark Lord Sauron.

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17. Gladiator

Directed by Ridley Scott | R | 155 min | 2000|

When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.

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18. American Beauty

Directed by Sam Mendes | R | 122 min | 1999|

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

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19. Shakespeare in Love

Directed by John Madden | R | 123 min | 1998|

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

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20. The Full Monty

Directed by Peter Cattaneo | R | 91 min | 1997|

Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity.

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21. The English Patient

Directed by Anthony Minghella | R | 162 min | 1996|

At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

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22. Sense and Sensibility

Directed by Ang Lee | PG | 136 min | 1995|

Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites.

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23. Four Weddings and a Funeral

Directed by Mike Newell | R | 117 min | 1994|

Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love.

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24. Schindler's List

Directed by Steven Spielberg | R | 195 min | 1993|

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

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25. Howards End

Directed by James Ivory | PG | 140 min | 1992|

A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman.

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26. The Commitments

Directed by Alan Parker | R | 118 min | 1991|

When Jimmy Rabbitte wants to start a band, he has open auditions at his house.

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27. Goodfellas

Directed by Martin Scorsese | R | 146 min | 1990|

Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy.

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28. Dead Poets Society

Directed by Peter Weir | PG | 128 min | 1989|

English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.

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29. The Last Emperor

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci | PG-13 | 163 min | 1987|

The story of the final Emperor of China.

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30. Jean de Florette

Directed by Claude Berri | PG | 120 min | 1986|

A greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell.

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31. The Purple Rose of Cairo

Directed by Woody Allen | PG | 82 min | 1985|

In New Jersey in 1935, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world.

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32. A Room with a View

Directed by James Ivory | 117 min | 1985|

When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting...

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33. The Killing Fields

Directed by Roland Joffé | R | 141 min | 1984|

A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians.

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34. Educating Rita

Directed by Lewis Gilbert | PG | 110 min | 1983|

A young wife decides to complete her education and take her exams. She meets a professor who teaches her to value her own insights while still being able to beat the exams. The change in ...

35. Gandhi

Directed by Richard Attenborough | PG | 191 min | 1982|

Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.

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36. Chariots of Fire

Directed by Hugh Hudson | PG | 125 min | 1981|

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

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37. The Elephant Man

Directed by David Lynch | PG | 124 min | 1980|

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.

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38. Manhattan

Directed by Woody Allen | R | 96 min | 1979|

The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.

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39. Annie Hall

Directed by Woody Allen | PG | 93 min | 1977|

Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.

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40. Julia

Directed by Fred Zinnemann | PG | 117 min | 1977|

At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.

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41. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Directed by Milos Forman | R | 133 min | 1975|

A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

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42. Lacombe, Lucien

Directed by Louis Malle | R | 138 min | 1974|

A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe, whose father is a prisoner in Germany and whose mother dates ...

43. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Directed by Martin Scorsese | PG | 112 min | 1974|

A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer.

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44. Day for Night

Directed by François Truffaut | PG | 115 min | 1973|

A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.

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45. Cabaret

Directed by Bob Fosse | PG | 124 min | 1972|

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

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46. Sunday Bloody Sunday

Directed by John Schlesinger | R | 110 min | 1971|

Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same answering service but also the favours of young Bob Elkin who bed-hops between them as ...

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47. Midnight Cowboy

Directed by John Schlesinger | X | 113 min | 1969|

A naive hustler goes to New York to seek personal fortune but in the process finds himself a new friend.

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48. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Directed by George Roy Hill | M | 110 min | 1969|

Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close.

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49. The Graduate

Directed by Mike Nichols | 106 min | 1967|

A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.

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50. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Directed by Mike Nichols | TV-MA | 131 min | 1966|

A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other.

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51. A Man for All Seasons

Directed by Fred Zinnemann | 120 min | 1966|

The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage.

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52. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Directed by Stanley Kubrick | PG | 95 min | 1964|

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.

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53. My Fair Lady

Directed by George Cukor | 170 min | 1964|

A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.

54. Tom Jones

Directed by Tony Richardson | 128 min | 1963|

In eighteenth century England, "first cousins" Tom Jones and Master Blifil grew up together in privilege in the western countryside, but could not be more different in nature. Tom, the ...

55. Lawrence of Arabia

Directed by David Lean | PG | 216 min | 1962|

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

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56. The Hustler

Directed by Robert Rossen | 134 min | 1961|

An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.

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57. The Apartment

Directed by Billy Wilder | 125 min | 1960|

A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.

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58. Room at the Top

Directed by Jack Clayton | N/A | 115 min | 1959|

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

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59. Ben-Hur

Directed by William Wyler | G | 212 min | 1959|

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

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60. Ballad of a Soldier

Directed by Grigoriy Chukhray | 88 min | 1959|

Young Russian soldier Alyosha earns a medal, but asks to visit his mother instead. His journey recounts various kinds of love during wartime.

61. The Bridge on the River Kwai

Directed by David Lean | PG | 161 min | 1957|

After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

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62. Gervaise

Directed by René Clément | N/A | 116 min | 1956|

Gervaise Macquart, a young lame laundress, is left by her lover Auguste Lantier with two boys... She manages to make it, and a few years later she marries Coupeau, a roofer. After working ...

63. Richard III

Directed by Laurence Olivier | 161 min | 1955|

Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed king and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.

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64. The Wages of Fear

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot | 131 min | 1953|

In a decrepit South American village, men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.

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65. Breaking the Sound Barrier

Directed by David Lean | N/A | 109 min | 1952|

Fictionalized story of British aerospace engineers solving the problem of supersonic flight.

66. Forbidden Games

Directed by René Clément | 86 min | 1952|

A young French girl orphaned in a Nazi air attack is befriended by the son of a poor farmer, and together they try to come to terms with the realities of death.

67. All About Eve

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz | 138 min | 1950|

An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

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68. La Ronde

Directed by Max Ophüls | 97 min | 1950|

An all-knowing interlocutor guides us through a series of affairs in Vienna, 1900. A soldier meets an eager young lady of the evening. Later he has an affair with a young lady, who becomes ...

69. Hamlet

Directed by Laurence Olivier | 155 min | 1948|

Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king.

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70. Bicycle Thieves

Directed by Vittorio De Sica | 89 min | 1948|

Set in Post-WWII Italy, a working class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.

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71. The Best Years of Our Lives

Directed by William Wyler | 172 min | 1946|

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

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