Brian Pendreigh's Top 20 Scottish Films

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1.
Braveheart (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
 
2.
Trainspotting (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
 
3.
Whisky Galore (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship. (82 mins.)
 
4.
The 39 Steps (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information. (86 mins.)
 
5.
Local Hero (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected. (111 mins.)
Director: Bill Forsyth
 
6.
The Wicker Man (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. (88 mins.)
Director: Robin Hardy
 
7.
Gregory's Girl (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Gregory is a normal teen who is infatuated with a classmate. He must work to win her affection. (91 mins.)
Director: Bill Forsyth
 
8.
My Childhood (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The second part (My ain folk) of Bill Douglas' influential trilogy harks back to his impoverished upbringing in early-'40s Scotland... (46 mins.)
Director: Bill Douglas
 
9.
My Ain Folk (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
(55 mins.)
Director: Bill Douglas
 
10.
My Way Home (1978)
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(71 mins.)
Director: Bill Douglas
 
11.
Highlander (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize". (116 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
 
12.
Brigadoon (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two Americans on a hunting trip in Scotland become lost. They encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon, in which people harbor a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past. (108 mins.)
 
13.
Shallow Grave (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Three friends discover their new flatmate dead but loaded with cash. (89 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
 
14.
The Brothers (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The MacFarishes and the Macraes are lifelong enemies living on a remote island in the Western Isles of Scotland... (98 mins.)
Director: David MacDonald
 
15.
Tunes of Glory (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Major Jock Sinclair has been in this Highland regiment since he joined as a boy piper. During the Second World War... (107 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
16.
Rob Roy (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In the highlands of Scotland in the 1700s, Rob Roy tries to lead his small town to a better future,... (139 mins.)
 
17.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view. (116 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
18.
Breaking the Waves (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another. (159 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
 
19.
The Battle of Culloden (1964 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A reconstruction of the Battle of Culloden, the last battle to take place on British soil, as if modern TV cameras were present. (69 mins.)
Director: Peter Watkins
 
20.
Small Faces (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Three teenage brothers, gang-member Bobby, troubled mama's boy Alan and self-assured prankster Lex, reside in a downtrodden section of Glasgow... (108 mins.)
 
21.
Mrs Brown (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown... (105 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
22.
Orphans (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Mullan