Total Film Magazine's 23 Awesome Welsh Movies

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1.
Above Us the Earth (1977 Documentary)
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A mixture of actors and real people in a human story about the affects of pit closure on a close-knit Welsh village mining community. (85 mins.)
Director: Karl Francis
 
2.
Twin Town (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Twin Town opens with wide sweeping shots of seaside Swansea; to be the place of action for the next one and a half hours... (99 mins.)
Director: Kevin Allen
 
3.
The Proud Valley (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In a Welsh coal mining valley, a young man with a beautiful singing voice is called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice when a pit disaster threatens. (76 mins.)
Director: Pen Tennyson
 
4.
David (1952 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(40 mins.)
Director: Paul Dickson
 
5.
Hedd Wyn (1992)
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A young poet living in the North Wales countryside competes for the most coveted prize of all in Welsh Poetry... (123 mins.)
Director: Paul Turner
 
6.
House of America (1997)
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Boyo lives with his brother Sid, his sister Gwenny and their elderly mother Marlene in an economically depressed area of South-West Wales...
Director: Marc Evans
 
7.
Zulu (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift. (138 mins.)
Director: Cy Endfield
 
8.
Grand Slam (1978 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A group of Welsh rugby fans descend on Paris for the final game of the season. (62 mins.)
Director: John Hefin
 
9.
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life. (118 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
10.
Human Traffic (1999)
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Five friends spend one lost weekend in a mix of music, love and club culture. (99 mins.)
Director: Justin Kerrigan
 
11.
Only Two Can Play (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
John Lewis is bored by his librarian's job and henpecked at home. Then Liz, wife of a local counciller... (106 mins.)
Director: Sidney Gilliat
 
12.
Milwr Bychan (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young Welsh soldier on duty in northern Ireland shoots a terrorist in self defense and is used as scapegoat by the political system. (105 mins.)
Director: Karl Francis
 
13.
Tiger Bay (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A 12 year old tomboy witnesses the murder of a woman by her Polish merchant marine boyfriend but bonds with him and thwarts the police in their investigation. (105 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
14.
Women of Dolwyn (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A peaceful North Wales village is about to disappear once and for all under the waters of a dam that... (95 mins.)
Director: Emlyn Williams
 
15.
Un nos ola' leuad (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(98 mins.)
Director: Endaf Emlyn
 
16.
The Citadel (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Andrew Manson, a young, enthusiastic doctor takes his first job in a Welsh mining town, and begins to... (110 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
17.
Gadael Lenin (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Seven teenagers and three teachers from a Welsh school visit Russia in a bid to rediscover themselves... (90 mins.)
Director: Endaf Emlyn
 
18.
A Run for Your Money (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Brothers from a Welsh village take their first trip to London to collect a prize, and meet a con artist and sundry other urban distractions. (85 mins.)
Director: Charles Frend
 
19.
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
When an English cartographer must tell a Welsh village that their mountain is only a hill, the offended community sets out to change that. (99 mins.)
 
20.
Darklands (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
A newspaper reporter is lured into a mire of pagan rituals and human sacrifice. (90 mins.)
Director: Julian Richards
 
21.
Solomon & Gaenor (1999)
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A tragic love story between a Jewish young man and a Welsh woman in the beginning of the century. The movie is mostly in English with parts in Welsh and Yiddish (105 mins.)
Director: Paul Morrison
 
22.
Hang Up Your Brightest Colours (1973 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Actor/writer Kenneth Griffith's polemic eulogy to Irish patriot Michael Collins. (77 mins.)
Director: Antony Thomas
 
23.
Very Annie Mary (2001)
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After her father suffers a stroke, his daughter is forced to take care of him. (104 mins.)
Director: Sara Sugarman