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Film UK feature film classifications
Feature length productions. Trailers and advertisements are included here only until 1944; BBFC data includes these until 1986.
Records prior to 1931 are incomplete or lost.
Total is of both certificated films and those refused certificates.
Cut: films that were initially refused classification but were subsequently issued after re-editing.

  U A H       refused cut total
1931 1,031 243       34 147 1,308
1932 895 263 0       22 195 1,180
1933 762 298 0       25 233 1,085
1934 874 291 0       27 232 1,192
1935 1,019 231 1       16 140 1,267
1936 1,140 220 0       8 162 1,368
1937 922 218 0       9 176 1,149
1938 1,007 163 0       3 139 1,172
1939 1,009 323 5       6 164 1,343
1940 983 283 0       1 112 1,267
1941 1,005 234 2       0 80 1,241
1942 1,110 217 0       3 84 1,330
1943 822 205 0       1 75 1,028
1944 757 270 0       1 133 1,028
1945 165 301 3       0 0 469
1946 216 305 10       0 0 531
1947 187 255 2       0 0 444
1948 214 340 5       0 0 559
1949 280 301 0       10 0 591
1950 332 227 1       5 0 565
  U A X       refused cut total
1951 354 246 31       5 0 636
1952 407 164 24       3 0 598
1953 412 184 34       10 0 640
1954 347 154 28       8 0 537
1955 271 186 35       8 0 500
1956 257 213 51       6 0 527
1957 264 233 77       9 0 583
1958 261 197 71       12 0 541
1959 238 163 80       25 0 506
1960 199 181 98       10 0 488
1961 224 173 102       13 0 512
1962 171 168 102       11 0 452
1963 184 157 96       9 0 446
1964 172 127 112       18 0 429
1965 155 144 95       3 0 397
1966 132 114 111       7 0 364
1967 130 133 112       12 0 387
1968 99 124 169       9 2 401
1969 91 114 219       21 8 445
  U A AA X     refused cut total
1970 104 84 77 212     25 11 502
1971 98 77 77 228     22 8 502
1972 78 81 77 222     30 8 488
1973 62 78 85 249     30 10 504
1974 72 80 93 268     27 6 540
1975 74 96 73 164     17 6 424
1976 53 73 74 187     15 1 402
1977 39 86 78 164     8 1 375
1978 35 81 66 138     4 0 324
1979 33 88 87 120     3 1 331
1980 25 82 84 124     4 0 319
1981 15 57 87 115     4 0 278
1982 17 54 115 139     1 0 326
  U PG 15 18 R18   refused cut total
1983 23 95 100 137 33   2 0 390
1984 12 92 126 130 13   3 0 376
1985 16 88 144 103 0   1 0 352
1986 54 86 139 107 0   1 44 387
1987 31 85 132 96 0   0 36 344
1988 25 89 143 112 0   0 54 369
  U PG 12 15 18 R18 refused cut total
1989 41 79 20 161 105 0 0 59 406
1990 34 80 50 144 115 0 1 45 424
1991 49 67 48 129 86 0 0 47 379
1992 38 99 34 124 76 0 0 28 371
1993 32 83 54 126 84 1 0 37 380
1994 46 92 60 122 81 0 0 21 401
1995 37 110 49 123 91 0 0 27 410
1996 42 98 65 166 75 0 0 21 446
1997 38 115 60 134 92 0 0 16 439
1998 56 109 40 174 69 0 0 14 448
1999 67 127 72 193 73 0 0 19 532
2000 63 112 88 175 86 0 1 12 525
2001 43 121 107 177 60 0 0 14 508
  U PG 12A 15 18 R18 refused cut total
2002 71 143 122* 201 48 0 0 20 585
2003 61 132 152 186 51 1 0 11 588
2004 41 102 148 222 49 0 0 5 562
2005 63 100 153 218 55 1 0 7 590

*of which 48 were classified as 12 prior to introduction of 12A Source: British Board of Film Censors/Classification

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