"It would be impossible not to enjoy this fascinating book" - Jonathan Ross
Is Harry Potter more popular than the hobbits? Can Bond better Bridget Jones? From The Third Man to the 49th Parallel, via South Pacific and Tatooine, The Ultimate Film is the definitive list of the UK's all-time top 100 films based on cinema admissions.
From the 1930s to today, the book charts the diverse tastes that make up Britain's film favourites. Each film is looked at in turn. What did the critics think of it when it was released and, with the benefit of hindsight, were they right? Who featured in front of and behind the camera? Did popular success always go together with critical acclaim and Oscar(r) nominations? And what was it about these films that struck a chord with cinemagoers?
The product of extensive research by the British Film Institute, this list, the first ever to be based on cinema admissions, is sure to provoke much debate and discussion. What's more, it is impossible to open the pages of this engrossing and lavishly illustrated book without rekindling memories interwoven with many of the films - where we saw them, who we went with, what was happening at that point in our lives.
The Ultimate Film contains a number of breakout sections - lists within a list to satisfy the most ardent film buff.