And a funeral: 30 British eccentric funerocentrics

by aqsd-30344 | created - 01 Oct 2017 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

Why do some many movies from the UK revolve around a funeral?

 Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc
  • Instant Watch Options
  • Genres
  • Movies or TV
  • IMDb Rating
  • In Theaters
  • On TV
  • Release Year
  • Keywords





IMDb user rating (average) to
Number of votes to »




Reset



Reset
Release year or range to »




































































































1. Death at a Funeral (2007)

R | 90 min | Comedy

67 Metascore

Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Dinklage, Ewen Bremner, Keeley Hawes

Votes: 102,634 | Gross: $8.58M

Includes one of the funniest drug-taking scenes ever filmed.

2. Last Orders (2001)

R | 109 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A group of old friends reminisce about their lives over the years after the death of one of their crew.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Tom Courtenay, David Hemmings

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.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe, Hugh Owens

Votes: 5,403

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 »

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Maggie Smith, Alec McCowen, Louis Gossett Jr., Robert Stephens

Votes: 1,704

Maggie Smith at her most magnificent.

5. The Hippopotamus (2017)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy

46 Metascore

Disgraced poet Ted Wallace is summoned to his friend's country manor to investigate a series of unexplained miracles.

Director: John Jencks | Stars: Roger Allam, Tim Charles, Rod Glenn, Amanda Holt

Votes: 2,976

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.

Director: James Cellan Jones | Stars: Tara Fitzgerald, Owen Teale, Daniel Massey, Samuel West

Votes: 101

The characters' behaviours and motives are quite bizarre.

7. What We Did on Our Holiday (2014)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

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 »

Directors: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin | Stars: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly, Ben Miller

Votes: 17,217

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.

Director: Marc Evans | Stars: Matthew Rhys, Marta Lubos, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Nia Roberts

Votes: 510

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 »

Director: Niklaus Hilber | Stars: Nick Moran, Keeley Hawes, Steve Huison, Ian McNeice

Votes: 91

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 »

Director: Peter Sykes | Stars: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Diana Dors, Milo O'Shea

Votes: 953

Funereal japery.

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.

Director: John Mills | Stars: Hayley Mills, Annette Crosbie, Laurence Naismith, Geoffrey Bayldon

Votes: 627

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 »

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Kathy Bates, Rupert Everett, Jonathan Pryce, Ashley Anne Ayer

Votes: 3,417

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 »

Directors: Rob Reed, Aidan Synnott | Stars: Steve Marsh, Aidan Synnott, Joseph Kennedy, Martin Maynard

Votes: 26

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.

Director: Nick Whitfield | Stars: Ed Gaughan, Andrew Buckley, Tuppence Middleton, Paprika Steen

Votes: 1,756

Obliquely funereal and wonderfully eccentric.

15. Morvern Callar (2002)

R | 97 min | Drama

78 Metascore

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.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Samantha Morton, Kathleen McDermott, Linda McGuire, Paul Popplewell

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.

Director: Roy Battersby | Stars: Barry Jackson, Maurice Denham, Margaret Tyzack, Linda Marlowe

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.

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Vincent Price, Alister Williamson, Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies

Votes: 2,648

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.

Director: Peter Mullan | Stars: Douglas Henshall, Gary Lewis, Rosemarie Stevenson, Stephen McCole

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 »

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Colin Firth, Rosemary Harris, Irène Jacob, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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.

Director: John Robins | Stars: Bill Fraser, Raymond Huntley, David Battley, Dennis Price

Votes: 132

Presages Saving Grace.

21. Saving Grace (2000)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime

62 Metascore

A small-town English widow, facing financial troubles after her husband's suicide, turns to agriculture of an illegal kind.

Director: Nigel Cole | Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson, Martin Clunes, Tchéky Karyo

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.

Director: Nick Hurran | Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Alfred Molina, Christopher Walken, Naomi Watts

Votes: 4,570

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

45 Metascore

A council case worker looks for the relatives of those found dead and alone.

Director: Uberto Pasolini | Stars: Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Karen Drury, Andrew Buchan

Votes: 6,696

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.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Robert Morse, Jonathan Winters, Anjanette Comer, Rod Steiger

Votes: 3,073

The odd star turns (Liberace?) make up for the highly contrived script.

25. The Death of Stalin (2017)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, History

88 Metascore

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.

Director: Armando Iannucci | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Andrea Riseborough

Votes: 64,373 | Gross: $8.04M

Love love love the accents.

26. To Sir, with Love (1967)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

55 Metascore

Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.

Director: James Clavell | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Judy Geeson, Christian Roberts, Suzy Kendall

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

83 Metascore

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.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd

Votes: 592,250 | Gross: $16.50M

Something to do with toxoplasmosis.

28. St. Trinian's (2007)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Family

39 Metascore

In order to save their bankrupt school, a group of troublesome girls stage a robbery with a group of geniuses on their backs

Directors: Oliver Parker, Barnaby Thompson | Stars: Talulah Riley, Rupert Everett, Gemma Arterton, Jodie Whittaker

Votes: 20,457

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.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Julie Walters, John Hannah, Joanne Whalley, Victoria Hamilton

Votes: 397

Lewis Gilbert's farewell movie.

30. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

81 Metascore

Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, James Fleet, Simon Callow

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...



Recently Viewed