Britain has had a considerable influence on the history of cinema. The British director Alfred Hitchcock and David Lean is the most critically acclaimed of all time, with other important directors including Charlie Chaplin, Michael Powell, Carol Reed and Ridley Scott. Many British actors have achieved international fame and success, including:. Julie Andrews, Richard Burton, Michael Caine, Charlie Chaplin, Sean Connery, Vivien Leigh, David Niven, Laurence Olivier, Peter Sellers and Kate Winslet Some of the most successful films of all time have been commercially produced in the UK, including the two most successful film franchises (Harry Potter and James Bond) Ealing Studios has a claim as the oldest film studio continued to work in the world ..

Despite a history of significant and successful production, the industry is often characterized by the debate about the identity and magnitude of the influence of America and Europe. Many British films co-production with American producers, often using both British and American actors, and British actor featuring regularly in Hollywood films. Many successful Hollywood movies have been based on the UK, the story of people or events, including Titanic, The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean.

In 2009 the British films earned about $ 2 billion worldwide and achieved a market share of about 7% globally and 17% in England [407]. UK box-office revenues of 944 million pounds in 2009, with about 173 million in revenue. British Film Institute has produced a poll ranking of what is considered the 100 greatest British films of all time, BFI Top 100 British films annual British Academy Film Awards, organized by the British Academy Film. and Television Arts, is the British equivalent of the Oscar.
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