Great British Films

A list of my favourite British films.
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1.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
2.
This Is England (2006)
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A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit. (101 mins.)
Director: Shane Meadows
 
3.
Dead Man's Shoes (2004)
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A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago. (90 mins.)
Director: Shane Meadows
 
4.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
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A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. (99 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
 
5.
Tyrannosaur (2011)
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Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction, earns a chance of redemption that appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. (92 mins.)
Director: Paddy Considine
 
6.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
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A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns. (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
7.
Trainspotting (1996)
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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
 
8.
28 Days Later... (2002)
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Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. (113 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
 
9.
Scum (1979)
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Uncompromising story of life in a Borstal prison, a British juvenile offender institution in the 70's (98 mins.)
Director: Alan Clarke
 
10.
Quadrophenia (1979)
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London, 1965: Like many other youths, Jimmy hates the philistine life, especially his parents and his job in a company's mailing division... (120 mins.)
Director: Franc Roddam
 
11.
Snatch (2000)
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Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
12.
Neds (2010)
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Encompassed by violent street gangs, neglectful parents, bullying teachers and a dearth of positive role models, a studious but emotionally abandoned kid turns thug. (124 mins.)
Director: Peter Mullan
 
13.
Sexy Beast (2000)
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Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them. (89 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
 
14.
28 Weeks Later (2007)
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Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan. (100 mins.)
 
15.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
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Exceptional London cop Nicholas Angel is involuntarily transferred to a quaint English village and paired with a witless new partner. While on the beat, Nicholas suspects a sinister conspiracy is afoot with the residents. (121 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
 
16.
Eden Lake (2008)
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Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences. (91 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
 
17.
The Long Good Friday (1980)
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Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places... (114 mins.)
Director: John Mackenzie
 
18.
Nil by Mouth (1997)
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The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also... (128 mins.)
Director: Gary Oldman
 
19.
Hunger (2008)
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Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike. (96 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
 
20.
Anuvahood (2011)
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Kenneth (who likes to call himself Kay) begins to realise he's just another wannabe bad boy... even less than a loser in fact... (88 mins.)
 
21.
The Descent (2005)
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A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
 
22.
Get Carter (1971)
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When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate. (112 mins.)
Director: Mike Hodges
 
23.
Layer Cake (2004)
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A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement. (105 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
 
24.
Fish Tank (2009)
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Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend. (123 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
 
25.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
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Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson. (84 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
 
26.
RocknRolla (2008)
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In London, a real-estate scam puts millions of pounds up for grabs, attracting some of the city's scrappiest tough guys and its more established underworld types, all of whom are looking to get rich quick. While the city's seasoned criminals vie for the cash, an unexpected player -- a drugged out rock 'n' roller presumed to be dead but very much alive -- has a multi-million dollar prize fall into his hands. (114 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
27.
Piggy (2012)
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London, modern day: Joe, a mild mannered young man is bored by his life. When his beloved brother is murdered Joe finds solace in Piggy... (106 mins.)
Director: Kieron Hawkes
 
28.
The Krays (1990)
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This fact-based movie follows the life of the twin crime-lords in London's '60s underworld. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
 
29.
Made in Britain (1982 TV Movie)
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Trevor is a 16 year old, sometimes-violent skinhead with no regard for authority, and would rather spend... (76 mins.)
Director: Alan Clarke
 
30.
The Full Monty (1997)
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Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity. (91 mins.)
Director: Peter Cattaneo
 
31.
Dog Soldiers (2002)
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A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness. (105 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
 
32.
The Italian Job (1969)
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Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Collinson
 
33.
Billy Elliot (2000)
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A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family. (110 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
 
34.
Kes (1969)
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A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon. (110 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Loach
 
35.
London Boulevard (2010)
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An ex-con with a reputation tries to go straight by working as a handy man for a reclusive actress but this is unfortunately not the wish of London's underground crime lord. (103 mins.)
Director: William Monahan
 
36.
In Bruges (2008)
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Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be. (107 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
 
37.
Red Road (2006)
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Jackie works as a CCTV operator. Each day she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day a man appears on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she never wanted to see again. Now she has no choice, she is compelled to confront him. (113 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
 
38.
Severance (2006)
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During a team-building retreat in the mountains a group of sales representatives are hunted down one by one. (96 mins.)
 
39.
Doghouse (2009)
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A group of men head to a remote village to help one of their friends get over his divorce; when they get there, though, they discover that all the women have been infected with a virus that makes them man-hating cannibals. (89 mins.)
Director: Jake West
 
40.
The Football Factory (2004)
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An insight on the gritty life of a bored male, Chelsea football hooligan who lives for violence, sex, drugs & alcohol. (91 mins.)
Director: Nick Love
 
41.
Bonded by Blood (2010)
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In 1995, drug suppliers and career criminals Tony Tucker, Patrick Tate and Craig Rolfe were blasted... (96 mins.)
Director: Sacha Bennett
 
42.
The Firm (2009)
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Football hooligans organize themselves into firms that represent their favorite team. (90 mins.)
Director: Nick Love
 
43.
Villain (1971)
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Murderous, sadistic London gang leader Vic Dakin, a mother-obsessed homosexual modeled on real-life gangster Ronnie Kray... (98 mins.)
Director: Michael Tuchner
 
44.
44 Inch Chest (2009)
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A jealous husband and his friends plot the kidnapping of his wife's lover with the intention of restoring his wounded ego. (95 mins.)
 
45.
Rise of the Footsoldier (2007)
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The life of career criminal Carlton Leach. (119 mins.)
Director: Julian Gilbey
 
46.
Kidulthood (2006)
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A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London. (89 mins.)
Director: Menhaj Huda
 
47.
Adulthood (2008)
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Six years after KIdULTHOOD, Sam Peel is released from jail for killing Trife, he realizes that life... (99 mins.)
Director: Noel Clarke
 
48.
Essex Boys (2000)
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The film is based loosely around events in December 1995 that culminated in the murders of three drug dealers in Rettendon... (102 mins.)
Director: Terry Winsor
 
49.
Cherrybomb (2009)
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Three teenagers go on a wild weekend of drink, drugs, shop-lifting and stealing cars that quickly spins beyond their control. (86 mins.)
 
50.
Cass (2008)
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An orphaned Jamaican baby is adopted by an elderly white couple and brought up in an all white area of London and becomes one of the most feared and respected men in Britain. Based on a true story. (108 mins.)
Director: Jon S. Baird
 
51.
Green Street Hooligans (2005)
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A wrongfully expelled Harvard undergrad moves to London, where he is introduced to the violent underworld of football hooliganism. (109 mins.)
Director: Lexi Alexander