Top 7 Best Films on Blu-ray

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What makes film earn consideration as a "top" or "best" film is highly subjective. While there are certain parameters that can help to make the decision, such as its box office take or its success during awards show season, in the end, a determination about the quality of a film takes these considerations and more into account. When looking for the best films from a certain country, one important criteria is that the film either be made in or feature that country prominently or, at the very least, star a number of its actors. To that end, the United Kingdom has been responsible for some of the best films ever made, many of which are available for purchase on Blu-ray.
1 The Third Man
The Third Man

The Third Man, released in 1949 and directed by Carol Reed, is the story of an American writer who comes to war-torn Vienna, Austria looking for a long-lost friend and a job, only to find mystery and intrigue instead. "The Third Man" stars Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles and won numerous awards, including the British Academy Award for Best Film.


2 Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia is a sweeping epic adventure released in 1962 that stars Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, and Omar Sharif. "Lawrence of Arabia," directed by David Lean, comes from T.E. Lawrence's book of the same name, which depicted the writer's experiences while he was in Arabia during World War I. The film received numerous awards, including five Gold Globe Awards, four British Academy Film Awards, and seven Academy Awards.


3 The Full Monty
The Full Monty

The Full Monty saw its release toward the end of the 20th century, hitting cinemas in 1997. The film was directed by Peter Cattaneo and stars Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, and Tom Wilkinson as out-of-work men (with most of them being steelworkers) who come up with the idea of performing a male striptease act to make money. Nominated for several awards, "The Full Monty" was tabbed by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) as Best Film for 1997.


4 The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps

Directed by legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, "The 39 Steps" debuted in 1935 and starred Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. "The 39 Steps" is a spy thriller where the lead character tries to prevent a team of spies from stealing government secrets. It won an award for being the best British film in 1935 and is regarded as one of the top 100 films ever by the BFI.


5 Don't Look Now
Don't Look Now

Starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland and directed by Nicolas Roeg, 1973's "Don't Look Now" earned a reputation as one of the 10 best British films of all time, nabbing the top spot in a Time Out poll in 2011. It follows the story of a married couple whose late daughter is supposedly trying to warn them of impending danger from the afterlife. "Don't Look Now" was controversial in its time due to its subject matter and its editing style, but has become a revered film in the years since its release.


6 The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai

Yet another film directed by David Lean, "The Bridge on the River Kwai" is a war film released in 1957. Its stars William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, and Sessue Hayakawa and features the story of the building of a bridge during World War II. "The Bridge on the River Kwai" won several awards, including Best Picture from the Academy Awards, Best British Film and Best Film from any Source from BAFTA, and Best Motion Picture from the Golden Globes.


7 Monty Python's Life of Brian
Monty Python's Life of Brian

Britain's seminal comedy troupe enjoyed their second film success with "Monty Python's Life of Brian," released in 1979 as their follow-up to "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." The movie follows Brian, a Jew who was born in the next stable on the same night as Jesus, and who is often mistaken for the Messiah. Several outlets, including Total Film, Channel 4, and The Guardian, named it one of the best comedy films of all time.


How to Buy the Top 7 Best Films on Blu-ray

The above serves as just a small sampling of the best British films that are available on Blu-ray. Many of these are available on eBay and are easy to find on the website. Using the search box found on every eBay page, you can enter the search terms for the titles of the movies that you want to find, such as "Monty Python movies." You can also choose between new and used Blu-ray discs while considering your shipping options. Once your movies arrive, you settle in for a fun and enjoyable night with family and friends watching some of the best films ever made.
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