International co-production began to be a feature of the industry. Big-budget pictures aimed at the international market and not just the British audience became the norm.
Films such as Mogambo (1953), Bhowani Junction (1956), Moby Dick (1956), and The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) mixed British and American themes and stars.
British actors to benefit from the co-productions and find success in the US included Jack Hawkins, Keneth More, Richard Todd, Laurence Harvey, Richard Burton and Peter Finch.
Carry On Sergeant (1958) started one of the longest running film series in the history of British film, while The Quatermass Experiment (1955) launched the successful Hammer horror series of films.
The decade also saw a return to World War II themes with The Dam Busters (1954), Reach for the Sky (1956) and The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), which is considered by many to be the finest film of the decade.