With British Transport Films (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. The Finishing Line (1977)

21 min | Short

7.4
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This British government public-information film is aimed at children and shows them the dangers of playing on railroad tracks.

Director: John Krish | Stars: Antony Carrick, Kevin Flood, Don Henderson, Peter Hill

Votes: 104

2. Robbie (1979)

13 min | Short, Horror

8.2
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Young Robbie, a keen footballer and a railway enthusiast, is persuaded by his big brother to go through a hole in a railway fence on to the track for some reason. His laces become caught on... See full summary »

Director: Ronald Dunkley | Stars: Peter Purves, Robin Crane, Deborah Norton, Peter Bolt

Votes: 40

3. Terminus (1961)

33 min | Short, Documentary

7.1
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The movie follows the routine of a busy train station - London's Waterloo Station - making a brief yet important cultural portrait of 1960s England, mixing reality and fiction.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Margaret Ashcroft, Gertrude Dickin, Margaret Lacey, Matthew Perry

Votes: 262

4. Snow (1963)

9 min | Documentary, Short

7.0
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Documental account of trains, railway workers, passengers and landscapes in the winter of 1963 in the UK (The Big Freeze).

Director: Geoffrey Jones

Votes: 232

5. ...All That Mighty Heart... (1962)

23 min | Documentary, Short

8.6
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A day in the life of London and the Home Counties in 1962, seen from the perspective of the use of London Transport facilities from buses and tubes to long distance coach routes. ... See full synopsis »

Director: R.K. Neilson-Baxter | Star: Hilary Mason

Votes: 8

6. Under the River (1959)

27 min | Documentary, Short

7.6
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Director: R.K. Neilson-Baxter

Votes: 9

7. Holiday (1957)

17 min | Documentary, Short

7.2
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Lively holiday in Blackpool, with jazz accompaniment.

Director: John Taylor | Stars: Sandra Burslem, Robert Shaw

Votes: 39

8. This Year-London (1951)

24 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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Directors: J.B. Holmes, John Krish

Votes: 38

9. Berth 24 (1950)

40 min | Documentary

7.0
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Director: J.B. Holmes | Stars: William Devlin, Richard Huson

Votes: 18

10. The Age of the Train (2012 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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In 1976, British Rail introduced an iconic new train, the HST (High Speed Train) 125, which was capable of travelling at up to 125 mph. A marketing campaign fronted by Jimmy Savile using ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Taylor | Stars: Lucy Hester, Ronnie Barker, Jimmy Savile, Peter Parker

11. Overhaul (1957)

17 min | Documentary, Short

7.8
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A guided tour of the once famous Aldenham bus overhaul works of London Transport in the 1950s.

Director: Tony Thompson | Star: J.B. Holmes

Votes: 5

12. Wild Wings (1965)

34 min | Documentary, Short

6.8
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Exploration of the Slimbridge Wild Fowl Trust in Gloucestershire, England, which boasts the largest collection of living wild fowl in the world.

Directors: Patrick Carey, John Taylor | Star: Peter Scott

Votes: 29

13. A Day of One's Own (1956)

20 min | Short

6.7
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Director: Ken Fairbairn | Stars: MacDonald Hobley, Marianne Stone

Votes: 10

14. Journey Into Spring (1958)

28 min | Documentary, Short

7.8
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Director: Ralph Keene | Star: Stephen Murray

Votes: 16

15. Locomotion (1975)

15 min | Short

7.0
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Director: Geoffrey Jones

Votes: 27

16. The Elephant Will Never Forget (1953)

11 min | Documentary, Short

7.5
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Commemorates the closure of London's tramways.

Director: John Krish | Star: Brewster Mason

Votes: 50

17. Blue Pullman (1960)

26 min | Documentary, Short

8.3
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Blue Pullman is a 1960 short documentary film directed by James Ritchie, which follows the development, preparation and a journey from Manchester to London on new British Railways Blue ... See full summary »

Director: James Ritchie

Votes: 39

18. Grierson (1973)

58 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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The story of John Grierson, the British documentary movement, and Canada's National Film Board.

Director: Roger Blais | Stars: Michael Kane, Monique Miller, John Amess, Edgar Anstey

Votes: 23

19. A City for All Seasons (1969)

19 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Norman Prouting | Star: Ian Holm

20. Where Do They Play? (1966)

9 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Ian Woolf

21. How They Dug the Victoria Line (1969 TV Movie)

40 min | Documentary

6.1
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Directors: Bob Privett, Donald Washbourne | Star: Macdonald Hastings

Votes: 8

22. Between the Tides (1959)

20 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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Director: Ralph Keene | Star: Stephen Murray

Votes: 16

23. Omnibus 150 (1979)

16 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: C. David Lochner | Star: David Firth

24. Giants of Steam (1963 TV Movie)

40 min | Documentary

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Director: John Read | Stars: Paula Jacobs, John Slater

25. A Letter for Wales (1960)

25 min | Short

6.7
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Director: Tony Thompson | Star: Donald Houston

Votes: 6

26. John Betjeman Goes by Train: King's Lynn to Hunstanton (1962 TV Short)

10 min | Documentary, Short

7.8
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John Betjeman goes on a train journey from King's Lynn to Hunstanton in Norfolk, extolling the pleasures of traveling on a rural branch line.

Director: Malcolm Freegard | Star: John Betjeman

Votes: 26

27. Overture: One-Two-Five (1978)

7 min | Short

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This was the final full 35mm film produced by British Transport Films and one of their last high-budget productions, with the unit concentrating on internal films for the rest of its life.

Director: C. David Lochner

28. Thirty Million Letters (1963)

30 min | Documentary, Short

6.8
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28 minute account of sorting and delivering letters.

Director: James Ritchie

Votes: 12

29. Operation London Bridge (1961)

18 min | Short

6.7
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Directors: C. David Lochner, Norman Prouting | Star: Gabriel Woolf

Votes: 7

30. The England of Elizabeth (1957)

26 min | Short

5.9
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A romantic overview of England in the Elizabethan Age.

Director: John Taylor | Star: Alec Clunes

Votes: 11

31. Train Time (1952)

30 min | Documentary, Short

7.6
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Director: John Shearman | Star: Frank Duncan

Votes: 9

32. Robbie (1986)

14 min | Short, Horror

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Director: Ronald Dunkley | Stars: Peter Bolt, Alison Bond, Keith Chegwin, Robin Crane

33. Railways for Ever! (1970)

7 min | Short

7.0
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A poet's eulogy to his beloved mode of transport.

Director: Norman Prouting | Star: John Betjeman

Votes: 18

34. Down to Sussex (1964)

17 min | Documentary, Short

7.2
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Director: Ken Fairbairn | Star: Peter Halliday

Votes: 5

35. People in Railways (1970)

19 min | Documentary, Short

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BTF compilation film about the complex railway systems of Great Britain.

36. Rail Report 13: On Track for the Eighties (1980)

15 min | Short

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Director: John Legard

Votes: 7

37. A Hundred Years Undergound (1963)

39 min | Documentary

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Director: John Rowdon | Stars: John Rowdon, C.E. Dunton, H.J.B. Harding, Herbert Morrison

38. Snowdrift at Bleath Gill (1955)

10 min | Documentary, Short

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A Freight Train travelling between Kirkby and Barnard Castle has become snowbound in the Westmoreland hills. The Motive Power, Operating and Engineering Departments go to work with snowploughs to reach the trapped train.

Director: Ken Fairbairn | Stars: Deryck Guyler, Ben Williams

Votes: 25

39. They Take the High Road (1960)

23 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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The work of a team of men who tackle a special British Road Services job in the treacherous terrain of the Scottish Highlands.

Director: James Ritchie

Votes: 5

40. Cybernetica (1972)

20 min | Documentary, Short

6.7
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Director: Peter Sims | Star: Michael Aspel

Votes: 9

41. Express Link with Europe (1972)

11 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: R.K. Neilson-Baxter | Star: R.K. Neilson-Baxter

42. The 75 Tonne High Capacity Rail Crane (1980)

27 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: John Sharples

43. The Long Night Haul (1956)

20 min | Documentary, Short

6.7
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The history of the BRS (British Road Services), the general haulage network of the UK.

Director: James Ritchie | Stars: Leonard Martin, John Warren

Votes: 6

44. The Class 86 Locomotive (1970)

25 min | Documentary, Short

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Training film for railway drivers, introducing a new, more versatile locomotive.

Star: John Shearman

45. The Diesel Train Driver: Part 1 - An Introduction to the Diesel Train (1959)

7 min | Documentary, Short

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Votes: 8

46. Rail (1967)

14 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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A collage of trains running on London railway lines set to music.

Director: Geoffrey Jones

Votes: 45

47. Careful Charlie (1970)

3 min | Animation, Short

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Animated safety guide, featuring Charlie, an accident-prone railwayman.

Director: Bob Privett | Star: Stephen Jack

48. Solutions? (1972)

7 min | Documentary, Short

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Exploring the contrast between road transport congestion and rail transport.

Director: Norman Prouting

49. The Great Highway (1966)

21 min | Documentary, Short

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The history of British Railways from George Stephenson's early inventions in 1825 to the present day.

Director: R.K. Neilson-Baxter | Star: John Stockbridge

Votes: 9

50. Rail 150 (1975)

14 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Ronald Craigen

Votes: 7


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