Total Film Magazine's 23 Awesome Welsh Movies

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1. Above Us the Earth (1977)

85 min | Documentary, Drama

7.0
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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.

Director: Karl Francis | Stars: Windsor Rees, Gwenllian Francis, Dai Morgan, Evan Jones

Votes: 11

2. Twin Town (1997)

Unrated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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Twin Town opens with wide sweeping shots of seaside Swansea; to be the place of action for the next one and a half hours. The serene setting with miles upon miles of old semi-detached ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Allen | Stars: Llyr Ifans, Rhys Ifans, Dorien Thomas, Dougray Scott

Votes: 5,038 | Gross: $0.07M

3. The Proud Valley (1940)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama, Music

6.7
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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.

Director: Pen Tennyson | Stars: Paul Robeson, Edward Chapman, Simon Lack, Rachel Thomas

Votes: 288

4. David (1952)

40 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

7.0
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Director: Paul Dickson | Stars: Gomer Roberts, Sam Jones, Gwenyth Petty, Ieuan Davies

Votes: 17

5. Hedd Wyn (1992)

Unrated | 123 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.2
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A young poet living in the North Wales countryside competes for the most coveted prize of all in Welsh Poetry - that of the chair of the National Eisteddfod, a tradition dating back a ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Turner | Stars: Huw Garmon, Catrin Fychan, Ceri Cunnington, Llio Silyn

Votes: 320

6. House of America (1997)

Drama

6.3
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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. Their father has vanished when they were small ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Evans | Stars: Siân Phillips, Steven Mackintosh, Matthew Rhys, Lisa Palfrey

Votes: 110

7. Zulu (1964)

Unrated | 138 min | Drama, History, War

7.8
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Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth

Votes: 31,215

8. Grand Slam (1978 TV Movie)

62 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.6
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A group of Welsh rugby fans descend on Paris for the final game of the season.

Director: John Hefin | Stars: Windsor Davies, Hugh Griffith, Dewi Morris, Sion Probert

Votes: 193

9. How Green Was My Valley (1941)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, Family

7.8
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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.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Anna Lee, Donald Crisp

Votes: 17,388

10. Human Traffic (1999)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Music

7.1
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53 Metascore

Five friends spend one lost weekend in a mix of music, love and club culture.

Director: Justin Kerrigan | Stars: John Simm, Lorraine Pilkington, Shaun Parkes, Nicola Reynolds

Votes: 20,475 | Gross: $0.10M

11. Only Two Can Play (1962)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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John Lewis is bored by his librarian's job and henpecked at home. Then Liz, wife of a local counciller, sets her sights on him. But this is risky stuff in a Welsh valleys town - if he and ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Gilliat | Stars: Peter Sellers, Mai Zetterling, Virginia Maskell, Kenneth Griffith

Votes: 756

12. Milwr Bychan (1986)

105 min | Drama

6.7
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A young Welsh soldier on duty in northern Ireland shoots a terrorist in self defense and is used as scapegoat by the political system.

Director: Karl Francis | Stars: Simon Coady, Dylan Davies, James Donnelly, Emer Gillespie

Votes: 41

13. Tiger Bay (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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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.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Horst Buchholz, John Mills, Yvonne Mitchell

Votes: 1,821

14. Women of Dolwyn (1949)

95 min | Drama

7.2
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A peaceful North Wales village is about to disappear once and for all under the waters of a dam that is about to be built by a powerful water company commanded by a city businessman, at one... See full summary »

Director: Emlyn Williams | Stars: Edith Evans, Emlyn Williams, Richard Burton, Anthony James

Votes: 118

15. Un nos ola' leuad (1991)

98 min | Drama

7.5
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Director: Endaf Emlyn | Stars: Dyfan Roberts, Tudor Roberts, Betsan Llwyd, Delyth Einir

Votes: 31

16. The Citadel (1938)

Passed | 110 min | Drama

7.2
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Andrew Manson, a young, enthusiastic doctor takes his first job in a Welsh mining town, and begins to wonder at the persistent cough many of the miners have. When his attempts to prove its ... See full summary »

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Robert Donat, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Richardson, Rex Harrison

Votes: 1,567

17. Gadael Lenin (1994)

90 min | Comedy

7.5
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Seven teenagers and three teachers from a Welsh school visit Russia in a bid to rediscover themselves. On the overnight sleeper service to St Petersburg the students get separated from the ... See full summary »

Director: Endaf Emlyn | Stars: Sharon Morgan, Wyn Bowen Harries, Ifan Huw Dafydd, Steffan Trefor

Votes: 51

18. A Run for Your Money (1949)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy

6.8
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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.

Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Donald Houston, Meredith Edwards, Moira Lister, Alec Guinness

Votes: 384

19. The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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When an English cartographer must tell a Welsh village that their mountain is only a hill, the offended community sets out to change that.

Director: Christopher Monger | Stars: Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Colm Meaney, Ian McNeice

Votes: 14,503 | Gross: $10.90M

20. Darklands (1996)

90 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

4.5
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A newspaper reporter is lured into a mire of pagan rituals and human sacrifice.

Director: Julian Richards | Stars: Craig Fairbrass, Jon Finch, Rowena King, Roger Nott

Votes: 323

21. Solomon & Gaenor (1999)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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58 Metascore

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

Director: Paul Morrison | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Nia Roberts, Sue Jones-Davies, William Thomas

Votes: 1,049 | Gross: $0.30M

22. Hang Up Your Brightest Colours (1973 TV Movie)

77 min | Documentary

9.1
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Actor/writer Kenneth Griffith's polemic eulogy to Irish patriot Michael Collins.

Director: Antony Thomas | Star: Kenneth Griffith

Votes: 22

23. Very Annie Mary (2001)

104 min | Comedy, Musical

6.8
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33 Metascore

After her father suffers a stroke, his daughter is forced to take care of him.

Director: Sara Sugarman | Stars: Rachel Griffiths, Jonathan Pryce, Ioan Gruffudd, Matthew Rhys

Votes: 1,093