And a funeral: 30 British eccentric funerocentricsby aqsd-30344 | created - 01 Oct 2017 | updated - 10 months ago | Public
Why do some many movies from the UK revolve around a funeral?
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1. Death at a Funeral (2007)
R | 90 min | Comedy
Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family.
Votes: 102,634 | Gross: $8.58M
Includes one of the funniest drug-taking scenes ever filmed.
2. Last Orders (2001)
R | 109 min | Drama
A group of old friends reminisce about their lives over the years after the death of one of their crew.
Votes: 5,392 | Gross: $2.33M
Ending... it ain't nuffin.
3. The Ruling Class (1972)
PG | 154 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other, somewhat more respectable, members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensue.
Some brilliant dialogue. "How do you know you’re God?" "Simple – when I pray to him, I find I am talking to myself."
4. Travels with My Aunt (1972)
PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy
At his mother's funeral, stuffy bank clerk Henry Pulling meets his Aunt Augusta, an elderly eccentric with more-than-shady dealings who pulls him along on a whirlwind adventure as she ... See full summary »
Maggie Smith at her most magnificent.
5. The Hippopotamus (2017)
Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy
Disgraced poet Ted Wallace is summoned to his friend's country manor to investigate a series of unexplained miracles.
Swerves around in tone between highly comedic and highly sentimental.
6. The Vacillations of Poppy Carew (1995 TV Movie)
Unrated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
When Poppy Carew is faced with having to organize a funeral by herself, she finds new strength and learns much about love's true meaning. The film is based on a novel by the same name by Mary Wesley.
The characters' behaviours and motives are quite bizarre.
7. What We Did on Our Holiday (2014)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama
Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. ... See full summary »
Taking the funeral into their own hands.
8. Patagonia (2010)
119 min | Adventure, Drama
A young Welsh couple travel to Argentina to work on their relationship.
Funereally like What We Did on Our Holiday.
9. Chaos and Cadavers (2003)
86 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Two young newlyweds, geeky Edward and innocent but alluring Samantha, turn up at a majestic and remote country house hotel for their honeymoon, which has been taken over by the ... See full summary »
Perhaps they would have preferred a honeymoon in Gravesend.
10. Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973)
99 min | Comedy, Sport
Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers, complete with horse and cart to tour the neighbourhood. They also live amicably together at the junk yard. Always on the lookout for ways... See full summary »
11. Gypsy Girl (1966)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance
A young, lonely, emotionally challenged teenage girl finds solace in burying dead animals after the sudden traumatic death of a childhood friend 10 years earlier.
John Mills' vehicle for his daughter Hayley, it is over-egged but nonetheless an unusual and touching story.
12. Unconditional Love (2002)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
After her husband unexpectedly leaves her, Grace Beasley (Kathy Bates) spontaneously travels to Great Britain to attend the funeral of Victor Fox, a singer she adored. There, she meets the ... See full summary »
Never regret, never forget.
13. Down the Road (2013 Video)
Not Rated | 78 min | Comedy, Drama
Down The Road is the feature film debut from co-writer/directors Rob Reed and Aidan Synnott, devised with and starring Steve Marsh. In the vein of 'Withnail and I' and 'The Trip', this part... See full summary »
An uncomfortable wake on an uncomfortable road trip.
14. Skeletons (2010)
Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Two exorcists literally remove the skeletons from the cupboards from people's homes. Some fairly embarrassing secrets are revealed along the way. A case where the skeletons have hidden themselves turns the lives of all those involved.
Obliquely funereal and wonderfully eccentric.
15. Morvern Callar (2002)
R | 97 min | Drama
After her beloved husband's suicide, a mourning supermarket worker and her best friend hit the road in Scotland, but find that grief is something that you can't run away from forever.
Votes: 8,474 | Gross: $0.27M
A brilliant strange atmospheric adaptation of a brilliant novel.
16. Mr. Love (1985)
PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy
An elderly mild-mannered gardener becomes a lovable legend in his town for his talent to romantically please every woman that fancies him.
Votes: 123 | Gross: $0.00M
You've always got to watch the quiet ones.
17. The Oblong Box (1969)
R | 96 min | Horror
Aristocrat Julian Markham keeps his disfigured brother, Sir Edward, locked in a tower of his house. Sir Edward occasionally escapes and causes havoc around the town.
More comedy than horror with the terrible twins Vincent Price and Christopher Lee.
18. Orphans (1998)
101 min | Comedy, Drama
Four siblings gathered together for their mother's funeral in Glasgow face individual torments over night during a tumultuous storm that rips the roof off the church.
Votes: 1,525 | Gross: $0.05M
Nobody wants to outlive their children.
19. My Life So Far (1999)
PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Memoir of the lives of a family growing up on a post World War I British estate headed up by a strong disciplinarian, her daughter, her inventor husband, their ten year old son and his ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,691 | Gross: $0.62M
Poshly offhand about everything, including the funeral.
20. That's Your Funeral (1972)
79 min | Comedy
The animosity between two rival undertakers is amplified when drug traffickers attempt to use coffins and hearses to smuggle their wares.
Presages Saving Grace.
21. Saving Grace (2000)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime
A small-town English widow, facing financial troubles after her husband's suicide, turns to agriculture of an illegal kind.
Votes: 16,853 | Gross: $12.12M
Classic case of a death setting off a comic adventure.
22. Undertaking Betty (2002)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Romance
A woman, whose husband is cheating on her, and an undertaker, who has been in love with her since their childhood, decide to fake her death so they can be together.
Brenda Blethyn, always funny and kind, rolls again. And Christopher Walken puts the "fun" back into funeral.
23. Still Life (I) (2013)
TV-14 | 92 min | Drama
A council case worker looks for the relatives of those found dead and alone.
In praise of the humble.
24. The Loved One (1965)
Approved | 122 min | Comedy
Satire on the funeral business, in which a young British poet goes to work at a Hollywood cemetery.
The odd star turns (Liberace?) make up for the highly contrived script.
25. The Death of Stalin (2017)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, History
Moscow, 1953. After being in power for nearly 30 years, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin takes ill and quickly dies. Now the members of the Council of Ministers scramble for power.
Votes: 64,373 | Gross: $8.04M
Love love love the accents.
26. To Sir, with Love (1967)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama
Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.
Votes: 14,310 | Gross: $42.43M
Time for a lump in the throat when the teenagers come around at the funeral.
27. Trainspotting (1996)
R | 93 min | Drama
Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Votes: 592,250 | Gross: $16.50M
Something to do with toxoplasmosis.
28. St. Trinian's (2007)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Family
In order to save their bankrupt school, a group of troublesome girls stage a robbery with a group of geniuses on their backs
The dog's funeral, while perhaps not central to the story, is a funny tribute to The Italian Job.
29. Before You Go (2002)
94 min | Comedy, Drama
The imperfect lives of three sisters are revealed at their unloved mother's funeral.
Lewis Gilbert's farewell movie.
30. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love.
Votes: 127,194 | Gross: $52.70M
The most famous of the lot. Seems that every Richard Curtis film invokes a funeral: Love Actually, About Time...