The Most Successful British Movie of All Time: Ranking the Ultimate Triumph

Choose the movie you think is the most successful!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Apr 4, 2024 07:53
Are you a film fanatic with a penchant for British cinema? Well, look no further, as StrawPoll is here to quench your thirst for the ultimate UK film showdown! We're on a mission to find the most successful British movie of all time, and we need your help to do it! Cast your vote from a diverse selection of critically acclaimed blockbusters and underrated gems or suggest a missing masterpiece that deserves the spotlight. So, grab some popcorn, put on your thinking cap, and join fellow cinephiles as we embark on a thrilling journey through the rich tapestry of British filmmaking. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to make your voice heard and crown the true champion of UK cinema. The reels are rolling, and the stage is set - let the voting begin!

What Is the Most Successful British Movie of All Time?

  1. 1

    "Avatar" (2009)

    James Cameron
    "Avatar" (2009) technically a British-American co-production, but the majority of the film was filmed and produced in the UK, and it remains the highest-grossing film of all time worldwide.
    Avatar is a science fiction film released in 2009. It is set in the mid-22nd century on the planet Pandora and follows the story of a paraplegic former Marine who is sent to Pandora as an avatar operator. The film explores themes of colonization, imperialism, and spiritual connection to nature.
    • Release date: December 18, 2009
    • Director: James Cameron
    • Box office: $2.79 billion
    • Running time: 162 minutes
    • Genre: Science fiction, action, adventure, fantasy
  2. 2

    "Skyfall" (2012)

    Sam Mendes
    "Skyfall" (2012) the 23rd James Bond film, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig, grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide and is the highest-grossing film ever in the UK.
    Skyfall (2012) is a British movie from the James Bond film franchise. It is the 23rd installment in the series and also one of the most successful British movies of all time. The film was directed by Sam Mendes and written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and John Logan.
    • Release Date: October 26, 2012
    • Running Time: 143 minutes
    • Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
    • Production Company: Eon Productions
    • Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Columbia Pictures
  3. 3
    "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" is the final installment in the Harry Potter series, directed by David Yates and starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide.
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the eighth and final installment of the Harry Potter film series. It is based on the second half of J.K. Rowling's novel 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'. The movie follows the epic conclusion of the battle between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort.
    • Release Date: July 15, 2011
    • Runtime: 130 minutes
    • Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
    • Language: English
    • Budget: $125 million
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) in other rankings
  4. 4
    "Titanic" - another British-American co-production, directed by James Cameron and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, grossed over $2.1 billion worldwide and held the record for highest-grossing film for 12 years.
    The soundtrack for Titanic (1997) is a highly acclaimed and iconic film score that perfectly complements the epic romance of the movie. It was composed by James Horner.
    • Release Date: November 18, 1997
    • Genre: Film Score
    • Length: 74:07
    • Label: Sony Classical
    • Certification: 2x Diamond (US)
  5. 5
    "The Lion King" (2019) directed by Jon Favreau and featuring a star-studded voice cast, this live-action adaptation of the classic Disney animated film grossed over $1.6 billion worldwide.
    The Lion King (2019) is a live-action/CGI animated musical film that serves as a reimagined version of Disney's 1994 animated film of the same name. Directed by Jon Favreau and written by Jeff Nathanson, the film brings the African savannah and its beloved characters to life in a visually stunning way.
    • Genre: Musical
    • Release Date: July 19, 2019
    • Director: Jon Favreau
    • Writer: Jeff Nathanson
    • Production Companies: Walt Disney Pictures, Fairview Entertainment
  6. 6

    "The Dark Knight" (2008)

    Christopher Nolan
    "The Dark Knight" (2008) directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger, this Batman film grossed over $1 billion worldwide and won two Academy Awards.
    The Dark Knight (2008) is a British movie that falls under the genre of superhero action-thriller film. It is the second installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy and is based on the DC Comics character Batman. The movie follows Batman as he faces off against the Joker, a psychopathic criminal mastermind, in the city of Gotham.
    • Genre: Superhero Action-Thriller
    • Release Year: 2008
    • Director: Christopher Nolan
    • Producer: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Charles Roven
    • Box Office: $1.004 billion
  7. 7
    Mamma Mia! (2008)
    Daniel Åhs Karlsson · CC BY 3.0
    "Mamma Mia!" is based on the hit stage musical, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, and Amanda Seyfried, this feel-good romp grossed over $600 million worldwide.
    Mamma Mia! (2008) is a musical romantic comedy film based on the Broadway musical of the same name. The story revolves around a bride's search for her father on a Greek island, leading to a series of comedic and heartfelt encounters. The film features popular songs by the Swedish pop group ABBA.
    • Budget: $52 million
    • Box Office: $615.7 million
    • Release Date: July 3, 2008
    • Running Time: 108 minutes
    • Genre: Musical, Romance, Comedy
    Mamma Mia! (2008) in other rankings
  8. 8

    "Beauty and the Beast" (2017)

    Directed by Bill Condon
    "Beauty and the Beast" (2017) directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, this live-action adaptation of the classic Disney animated film grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide.
    Beauty and the Beast (2017) is a live-action adaptation of the 1991 animated film of the same name. It tells the story of Belle, a young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her initial fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's exterior to recognize the kind heart and soul within.
    • Release Date: March 17, 2017
    • Running Time: 129 minutes
    • Genre: Fantasy, Musical, Romance
    • Rating: PG
    • Box Office: $1.264 billion
  9. 9
    "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" - directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen, this epic fantasy film won 11 Academy Awards and grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide.
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) in other rankings
  10. 10
    "Jurassic World" - directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, this long-awaited fourth installment in the Jurassic Park series grossed over $1.6 billion worldwide.
    Jurassic World is a blockbuster dinosaur movie released in 2015. It is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series and serves as a direct sequel to Jurassic Park III (2001). The movie is set on the fictional island of Isla Nublar, where a new luxury resort called Jurassic World has been created featuring genetically modified dinosaurs. However, when a genetically engineered dinosaur named Indominus rex escapes and goes on a rampage, chaos ensues as the park's staff and visitors struggle to survive.
    • Release Date: June 12, 2015
    • Running Time: 124 minutes
    • Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
    • Box Office: $1.672 billion
    • Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio
    Jurassic World (2015) in other rankings

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Ranking factors for successful movie

  1. Box Office Revenue
    The total amount of money a movie made in the box office is a key indicator of its success.
  2. Critical Acclaim
    A movie's critical reception can also be used to measure its success. If it was well-reviewed by critics and received a lot of awards recognition, it can be considered successful.
  3. Cultural Impact
    A movie's long-lasting impact on popular culture and societal discourse can also be used to measure its success. If it inspired a lot of cultural references and continues to be relevant or influential years after its release, it can be considered successful.
  4. Genre
    The genre of the movie should also be taken into account. Certain genres, like action and adventure movies, tend to have higher box office revenues but may not have the same critical acclaim as drama or independent films.
  5. Audience Appeal
    The movie's appeal to audiences should also be considered. If it was popular among different age groups, genders, and ethnicities, it can be considered successful.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most successful British movie of all time. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or Film is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


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Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each Film once every 24 hours. The rank of each Film is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most successful british movie of all time

The British film industry has produced some of the most iconic movies of all time, and determining the most successful one is a tough task. However, when it comes to box office success, the 2012 James Bond movie "Skyfall" takes the crown. Grossing over $1.1 billion worldwide, it is not only the most successful British movie but also the highest-grossing James Bond film of all time. Other notable British movies in the list of top-grossing films include "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2" and "Mamma Mia!" The success of these movies not only showcases the talent of British filmmakers but also emphasizes the global appeal of British cinema.

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