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What would be some of your favourite British movies?

Asked by ucme (39384 points ) May 22nd, 2012

Just checked & surprisingly this has yet to be put out there.
Best Brit sit-com/actor, but no movies…..until now.

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Blackberry's avatar

James Bond.

marinelife's avatar

Brassed Off
Bend It Like Beckham
Calendar Girls

Sunny2's avatar

There are so many! I’d need a list to refresh my memory in order to choose favorites. Monty Python movies, for example. Movie versions of Shakespeare and other classics. The Man in the White Suit.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

MONTY PYTHON FTW

gailcalled's avatar

I just revisited “Amazing Grace,”:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0195234/

with Brenda Blethyn, Martin Clunes and the young Craig Ferguson. Grieving garden-club widow and Scottish layabout gardener grow uber-marijuana plants in the greenhouse of the manor, surrounded by scores of eccentric Brits who live in a lovely fishing village in Cornwall. Flawed but lovely example of its kind.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

The Prisoner series

Any Monty Python

elbanditoroso's avatar

Did you mean ‘favorite’?

I liked the one about the prisoners and the flower show: Greenfingers http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9C05E6DD143DF934A15754C0A9679C8B63

For romantic comedies, Notting Hill or anything with Hugh grant in it.

ucme's avatar

@elbanditoroso Squeeze me, baking powder, could you spray that again?
No, I meant favourite, that why it’s there see.

rebbel's avatar

Of course the Carry On…. movies must be on this list.

jca's avatar

I remember one when I was young called Educating Rita. That was good.

Trillian's avatar

The Abominable Dr Phibes- A Clockwork Orange – The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Tommy – The Man who fell to earth
The Song Remains the Same – Force 10 from Navarone – Lifeforce
Monty Python’s Life of Brian – Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence –
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life – A Passage to India – The Bride – King David
The Highlander – Lady Jane – Witchboard – THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM!!!!!
Erik the Viking – The Three Musketeers – The Return of the Musketeers
Impromptu – 1492: Conquest of Paradise – Wuthering Heights – The Crying Game Howards End – Four weddings and a funeral – Immortal Beloved – Angels and Insects
Carrington – The Full Monty – Chocolat – Quills – 28 Days Later – Ladies in Lavender
Enchanted April – A Room with a view – Girl with a Pearl Earring -Troy – Vanity Fair – Monsoon Wedding – Beowulf & Grendel – Amazing Grace
The Last King of Scotland – Transsiberian – Dorian Gray – Knowing
Centurion – The King’s Speech – Ironclad

ucme's avatar

@Trillian Yeah…....but apart from those ;¬}

Lightlyseared's avatar

Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead

King_Pariah's avatar

Well… if by British movie you mean directed by a Brit… I’d say Memento takes the cake… :D

Otherwise, I believe @Lightlyseared and @Trillian named off all the ones I can think of.

flutherother's avatar

28 Days Later
Trainspotting
Blow Up
2001 A Space Odyssey
Local Hero
A Clockwork Orange
Brazil
Withnail and I

ucme's avatar

Some of my faves include the following…..

The Long Good Friday
Get Carter
The Lavender Hill Mob
The Ladykillers
Snatch
Zulu
The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Wicker Man
& of course, Python’s Holy Grail & Life of Brian.

flutherother's avatar

How could I forget Peter Sellars and Dr Strangelove

harple's avatar

Brief Encounter holds a special place in my heart… and there’s the Hitchcock Films of course – Vertigo and Rear Window in particular…

If Austinlad were here, he would say The Red Shoes.

6rant6's avatar

I loved Feintheart although I’m not sure if it counts as British.

filmfann's avatar

Lawrence of Arabia
Goldfinger
Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Sunny2's avatar

@harple The Hitchcock films were all American, but I can see why you might think they were British. They had that extra something that British films seem to have more of than American films, in general.

tranquilsea's avatar

All the Monty Python movies
The Full Monty
A Fish Called Wanda
The English Patient
In The Name of the Father
Saving Grace

lillycoyote's avatar

There are so many great one’s to choose from. Some of these have already been mentioned and I’ve left some of my own favorites out probably but ..

I second the Carry On films and the Monty Python films.

Also

The Man in the White Suit
Whisky Galore!
Gregory’s Girl
Local Hero (1983)
Clockwork Orange
Brazil
Lawrence of Arabia
If
Don’t Look Now
The Commitments
Ken Russell’s The Devils
The Remains of the Day
The Full Monty
The Crying Game
Educating Rita

Stephen Frears’ films

Prick Up Your Ears
The Snapper
Sammy and Rosie Get Laid
My Beautiful Laundrette

‪Comfort and Joy ‬
Shirley Valentine
Truly, Madly, Deeply
Bedazzled (the 1968 original only, thank you)
The Lavender Hill Mob

The Ladykillers
Shaun of the Dead
28 Days Later

The Bridge on the River Kwai
Morgan
Georgy Girl
Tom Jones
The Mouse That Roared

Any Kubrick

And I love Michael Apted’s Up films, though I’m one up behind. I haven’t seen 56 Up yet.

And one of my all time favorites, though it’s actually an Australian production and it’s a also a T.V. miniseries, not a film… so technically it probably doesn’t count, but I believe it was produced in cooperation with the BBC and Masterpiece Theatre and there are a lot more British people in it than Australians so…

A Town Like Alice

based on Neville Shute’s book. I can’t get enough of that one.

lillycoyote's avatar

I forgot The Man Who Would be King. That a great one. I’m going to stop now, though.

SuperMouse's avatar

I second The Full Monty and also loved The Commitments, and My Beautiful Laundrette along with many Merchant/Ivory productions. Just this past Sunday I saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and absolutely loved it.

jca's avatar

@tranquilsea: I felt like The English Patient went on and on and on and on and on forever.

If we’re including Irish in the British Film category, then I must include Waking Ned Devine. Hi-lar-ious!

laurenkem's avatar

28 Days Later and A Clockwork Orange still haunt me at night.

zenvelo's avatar

My favorite from the 1940’s is “Passport to Pimlico”.

lillycoyote's avatar

@jca The English Patient actually pretty much did on and on and on and on and on forever. It was 2 hours and 45 minutes long. I had had more than enough of it after about an hour and a half. I know a lot of people liked it, but I wasn’t really one of them. :-) The one thing I did like about that movie though, was that there was a really hot sex scene with a woman, Kristen Scott Thomas, who is even more flat-chested than I am. That impressed me a lot. I don’t know if there were any issues or discussions about that during the production of the film, but Scott was brave enough to do it, in all her flat-chested glory, and the director was also brave enough to do it that way. No body double. Flat-chested women can be sexy too!

The only film I remember as being even more interminable than The English Patient was Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock; and even though that film was 10 minutes shy of 2 hours, I thought the damn thing would never end.

jca's avatar

@lillycoyote: I remember being baffled that year at the awards that movie got. It was like “are you kidding me?”

Leanne1986's avatar

Is The Elephant Man classed as a British film (wikipedia claims that it’s British/American!) because that is one of my all time favourite films.

gailcalled's avatar

edit: “Saving Grace” and not “Amazing Grace.” Sorry.

Kardamom's avatar

Haven’t looked at the other responses yet, so sorry if I stole anybody’s stuff : )

Sense and Sensibility (the one with Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant)

A Hard Day’s Night (The Beatle’s first movie)

Bleak House (actually a miniseries, the one with Gillian Andersen)

Ghandi

The Elephant Man

The Barchester Chronicles (also a miniseries, with a young Alan Rickman as a hot, sexy but unctuous minister called Obadiah Slope, some have said that J.K. Rowlings saw this and used his character for part of the personality for Severus Snape)

Cranford (also a miniseries with Judy Densch)

All Creatures Great and Small (also a miniseries)

Goodnight Mr. Tom (a heart-wrenching tale of an old British bachelor curmudgeon and what happens when he is “forced” to take in an orphan boy during WWII)

Becoming Jane (Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy, swoooooon)

Mrs. Brown

Mrs. Henderson Presents (Bob Hoskins full frontal!)

Is Anybody There? (Michael Caine at his best in this loving, heartbreaking story)

Educating Rita

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

To Sir With Love

The Lion in Winter

Venus

Dracula (the one with Frank Langella, although he’s not British, the rest of the cast, including Donald Pleasance and Laurence Olivier are)

Star Wars Episode IV (mostly British made)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 (this is my favorite in the series, but I love them all)

Love Actually

Bridget Jone’s Diary

Peter Pan (the live action version from 2003 with Rachel Hurd-Wood as Wendy)

The Piano

The Young Sherlock Holmes (with Nicolas Rowe as Sherlock)

A Christmas Carol (the one with Patrick Stewart)

The Little Princess (even though Shirley Temple wasn’t British, the other actors were and it’s set in England)

Oliver Twist (from 2005 with Ben Kingsley as Fagin)

Wind in the Willows (the live-action version from 2006 with Matt Lucas as Toad)

Jane Eyre (the one from 1996 with Anna Paquin as the young Jane)

The Winter Guest (starring Emma Thompson’s mother Phyllida law, and written and directed by Alan Rickman)

Victor Victoria (from 1995 with Julie Andrews)

The Sound of Music (mostly British cast)

Mary Poppins

The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo (loved both versions, I think I liked the British one just slightly better than the original because of the more lush, freezing cold-feeling scenery)

The Pink Panther Strikes Again (my favorite of the Inspector Clousea/Peter Sellers series)

jca's avatar

Since Irish movies are included, I just saw one called “Garage” about a mentally challenged man who works in a garage and his friendship with a teen assistant. It was deep.

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