Top 10 British films ranked

Aug. 15, 2004 at 11:37 AM

LONDON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The Oscar-winning epic "Lawrence of Arabia" has been named the best British film of all time by a poll of 230 actors, technicians, writers and directors.

The poll, conducted by the Sunday Telegraph, named director David Lean as Best Director and four of his films were named in the top 10 best British films: "Brief Encounter," was ranked No. 2, with "Great Expectations," ranked fourth, and "The Bridge On The River Kwai," tied for seventh place.

The 1949 thriller, "The Third Man," placed third place ahead of "The Ladykillers," "Kind Hearts and Coronets," "The Thirty-Nine Steps," "A Matter of Life and Death" and "Four Weddings and A Funeral."

Alfred Hitchcock was named the most influential Briton in film, while Alec Guinness was named the most influential British actor in world cinema and Judi Dench was named favorite actress in Britain.

"Carry On Columbus," released in 1992, was chosen as the worst British film.

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