Richard Mowe's Top 20 Scottish films of the 20th Century

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1.
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.)
 
2.
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
 
3.
My Ain Folk (1973)
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(55 mins.)
Director: Bill Douglas
 
4.
My Way Home (1978)
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(71 mins.)
Director: Bill Douglas
 
5.
Braveheart (1995)
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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
 
6.
Floodtide (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
David Shields decides to become a ship designer instead of following the family tradition and entering farming. (90 mins.)
 
7.
Gregory's Girl (1980)
    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.
Local Hero (1983)
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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
 
9.
High and Dry (1954)
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An American businessman in Scotland is conned into shipping a valuable load of cargo to a Scottish island via a coal powered boat. (92 mins.)
 
10.
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... (101 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
11.
Behind the Lines (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Based on Pat Barker's novel of the same name, 'Regeneration' tells the story of soldiers of World War One sent to an asylum for emotional troubles... (114 mins.)
 
12.
Rob Roy (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1713 Scotland, Rob Roy MacGregor is wronged by a nobleman and his nephew, becomes an outlaw in search of revenge while fleeing the Redcoats, and faces charges of being a Jacobite. (139 mins.)
 
13.
The Spy in Black (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A German submarine is sent to the Orkney Isles in 1917 to sink the British fleet. (82 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
14.
Seawards the Great Ships (1961 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Documentary about shipbuilding on the Clyde. In 1960, Glasgow and other towns and ports on the River Clyde... (28 mins.)
Director: Hilary Harris
 
15.
Silent Scream (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
In London's seedy Soho district in 1963, Larry Winters (Iain Glen) murders a bartender with shocking violence... (85 mins.)
Director: David Hayman
 
16.
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.)
 
17.
Stella Does Tricks (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young Glaswegian prostitute in London tries to start a new life. (99 mins.)
Director: Coky Giedroyc
 
18.
Tickets for the Zoo (1991)
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(94 mins.)
Director: Brian Crumlish
 
19.
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
 
20.
Venus Peter (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(94 mins.)
Director: Ian Sellar
 
21.
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. (80 mins.)
 
22.
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