British cinema.

by andygberry1 | created - 09 Sep 2015 | updated - 25 Dec 2016 | Public

British films that I think are amongst the best to come from the British isles. Some well known and respected titles mixed with some lesser known gems.

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1. Hinterland (III) (2014)

78 min | Drama

Harry Macqueen's debut film is a tender and honest exploration of love and change. When Harvey (Harry Macqueen) hears that his old friend Lola (Lori Campbell) is returning home after years ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Macqueen | Stars: Lori Campbell, Harry Macqueen

Votes: 71

2. Archipelago (2010)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama

82 Metascore

Deep fractures within a family dynamic begin to surface during a getaway to the Isles of Scilly.

Director: Joanna Hogg | Stars: Christopher Baker, Kate Fahy, Tom Hiddleston, Andrew Lawson

Votes: 2,155

3. Small Time (II) (1996)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

Follows a gang of small time crooks in an English town. Malc is in danger of losing his girlfriend Kate if he doesn't spend more time at home and the gang leader Jumbo looks like he is ... See full summary »

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Mat Hand, Dena Smiles, Shane Meadows, Gena Kawecka

Votes: 449

4. Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

52 Metascore

A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago.

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell, Stuart Wolfenden

Votes: 46,793 | Gross: $0.01M

5. Pressure (1976)

120 min | Drama

A British-born younger son of an immigrant family from Trinidad finds himself adrift between two cultures.

Director: Horace Ové | Stars: Herbert Norville, Oscar James, Frank Singuineau, Lucita Lijertwood

Votes: 141

6. Babylon (1980)

95 min | Drama

80 Metascore

The movie centers around Brindsley Forde's character Blue. He fronts a reggae sound system based in west London. The movie captures the trials and tribulations of young black youths in troubled London in the early eighties.

Director: Franco Rosso | Stars: David N. Haynes, Trevor Laird, Victor Romero Evans, Brian Bovell

Votes: 754 | Gross: $0.11M

7. Burning an Illusion (1981)

101 min | Drama

A young black woman in England becomes increasingly frustrated with her life with her lazy, demanding boyfriend, and with the help of friends seeks something better.

Director: Menelik Shabazz | Stars: Cassie McFarlane, Victor Romero Evans, Beverley Martin, Angela Wynter

Votes: 85

8. Wild Bill (2011)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

A street-toughened parolee finds his two boys abandoned by their mum and fending for themselves. Time to step up, or not.

Director: Dexter Fletcher | Stars: Charlie Creed-Miles, Will Poulter, Sammy Williams, Iwan Rheon

Votes: 11,433

9. Joy Division (2007)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Music

A chronological account of the influential late 1970s English rock band.

Director: Grant Gee | Stars: Richard Boon, Anton Corbijn, Kevin Cummins, Ian Curtis

Votes: 3,005

10. The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2013)

97 min | Documentary, Music

74 Metascore

Shane Meadows documents the reunion of iconic British band, The Stone Roses.

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Shane Meadows, Ian Brown, The Stone Roses, Mani

Votes: 2,310

11. Kes (1969)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Family

A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: David Bradley, Brian Glover, Freddie Fletcher, Lynne Perrie

Votes: 16,883

12. Billy Liar (1963)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

A lazy, irresponsible young clerk (Sir Tom Courtenay) in provincial Northern England lives in his own fantasy world and makes emotionally immature decisions as he alienates friends and family.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Tom Courtenay, Julie Christie, Wilfred Pickles, Mona Washbourne

Votes: 5,263 | Gross: $0.04M

13. 10 Rillington Place (1971)

GP | 111 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Based on the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and what happened to his neighbors Tim and Beryl Evans.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, John Hurt, Pat Heywood

Votes: 6,790

14. Sexy Beast (2000)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them.

Director: Jonathan Glazer | Stars: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman

Votes: 50,949 | Gross: $6.95M

15. The Servant (1963)

Unrated | 116 min | Drama

93 Metascore

Upper-class Tony hires servant Hugo Barrett, who turns out to have a hidden agenda.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig, James Fox

Votes: 8,219 | Gross: $0.04M

16. Get Carter (1971)

R | 112 min | Crime, Thriller

When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne

Votes: 26,801

17. Made in Britain (1982 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 76 min | Crime, Drama

Trevor is a 16 year old, sometimes-violent skinhead with no regard for authority, and would rather spend his time stealing cars than sitting in the detention centre to which he is sent. His... See full summary »

Director: Alan Clarke | Stars: Tim Roth, Terry Richards, Bill Stewart, Eric Richard

Votes: 5,596

18. Bronco Bullfrog (1970)

86 min | Drama

Del and his friends agree to take part in a robbery with a boy fresh from the borstal. When Del falls in love with Irene they decide to run away from their nagging parents - and the law.

Director: Barney Platts-Mills | Stars: Del Walker, Anne Gooding, Sam Shepherd, Roy Haywood

Votes: 249

19. Radio On (1979)

104 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

Set in 1970's Britain, a man drives from London to Bristol to investigate his brother's death. The purpose of his trip is offset by his encounters with a series of odd people.

Director: Christopher Petit | Stars: David Beames, Lisa Kreuzer, Sandy Ratcliff, Andrew Byatt

Votes: 651

20. TwentyFourSeven (1997)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In a typical English working-class town, the juveniles have nothing more to do than hang around in gangs. One day, Alan Darcy, a highly motivated man with the same kind of youth experience,... See full summary »

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Danny Nussbaum, Toby, Bruce Jones

Votes: 2,326

21. Radiator (2014)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

Radiator will have its British Premiere 58th London Film Festival on 15th October 2014 and features the oldest, oddest couple by a very long chalk. It is a darkly comic examination of family life, marriage, age and love.

Director: Tom Browne | Stars: Daniel Cerqueira, Richard Johnson, Gemma Jones, Monty

Votes: 206

22. Whistle Down the Wind (1961)

Unrated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

When an injured wife murderer takes refuge on a remote Lancashire farm, the owners three children mistakenly believe him to be the Second Coming of Christ.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Alan Bates, Bernard Lee, Norman Bird, Diane Clare

Votes: 2,794

23. Another Year (2010)

PG-13 | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

80 Metascore

A look at four seasons in the lives of a happily married couple and their relationships with their family and friends.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, Oliver Maltman

Votes: 26,560 | Gross: $3.21M

24. Back to the Garden (2013)

95 min | Drama

It is a year since the death of an inspirational theatre director and teacher, and his widow is struggling to come to terms with her loss. A group of close friends, many of whom are or were... See full summary »

Director: Jon Sanders | Stars: Emma Garden, Bob Goody, Anna Mottram, Tanya Myers

Votes: 21

25. Shell (I) (2012)

91 min | Drama

The story of Shell, a girl who lives with her father Pete in a remote gas station in the Scottish Highlands, in their struggle against the elements and the impossible love they feel during the last winter that she will be in that place.

Director: Scott Graham | Stars: Chloe Pirrie, Michael Smiley, Joseph Mawle, Iain De Caestecker

Votes: 1,396

26. Light Years (I) (2015)

89 min | Drama

Rose longs to see mum, but nobody will take her. Ever. Dad disappears to work. Sister waits for a boy on a damp golf course while their brother communes with spirits online. But Rose ... See full synopsis »

Director: Esther May Campbell | Stars: Sophie Burton, James Stuckey, Mike Wright, Muhammet Uzuner

Votes: 73

27. Northern Soul (2014)

R | 102 min | Drama, Music

64 Metascore

Set in 1974, an authentic and uplifting tale of two friends whose horizons are opened up by the discovery of black American soul music.

Director: Elaine Constantine | Stars: Elliot James Langridge, Steve Coogan, Antonia Thomas, James Lance

Votes: 3,385 | Gross: $0.01M



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