Let England Shake

by ceciliewoldandersen | created - 20 Apr 2013 | updated - 21 Apr 2013 | Public

Movies describing England during the Tatcher Era.

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1. The Iron Lady (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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54 Metascore

An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.

Director: Phyllida Lloyd | Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Susan Brown

Votes: 90,285 | Gross: $30.02M

2. Withnail & I (1987)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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In 1969, two substance-abusing, unemployed actors retreat to the countryside for a holiday that proves disastrous.

Director: Bruce Robinson | Stars: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown

Votes: 33,917 | Gross: $1.54M

3. Meantime (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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When one brother gets a job from their wealthy aunt, the other becomes increasingly jealous.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Marion Bailey, Tim Roth, Phil Daniels, Pam Ferris

Votes: 2,451

4. The Commitments (1991)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.6
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When Jimmy Rabbitte wants to start a band, he has open auditions at his house.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Votes: 28,149 | Gross: $14.92M

5. Billy Elliot (2000)

R | 110 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.7
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74 Metascore

A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood, Jamie Draven

Votes: 105,951 | Gross: $22.00M

6. My Left Foot (1989)

R | 103 min | Biography, Drama

7.9
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97 Metascore

Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan, Kirsten Sheridan

Votes: 55,808 | Gross: $14.74M

7. High Hopes (1988)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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84 Metascore

The life of a working class couple living in London and their complicated relationships with other members of the family.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Phil Davis, Ruth Sheen, Edna Doré, Philip Jackson

Votes: 3,333 | Gross: $1.19M

8. Looks and Smiles (1981)

104 min | Drama

7.1
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Thatcherism and the Irish troubles provide the backdrop for this study of Mick, a well-meaning youth in Sheffield, who has, unlike Dickens' Pip, no expectations. Mick lives with his parents... See full summary »

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Graham Green, Carolyn Nicholson, Tony Pitts, Roy Haywood

Votes: 292

9. The Last of England (1987)

Unrated | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.8
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The artist's personal commentary on the decline of his country in a language closer to poetry than prose. A dark meditation on London under Thatcher.

Director: Derek Jarman | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Spencer Leigh, 'Spring' Mark Adley, Gerrard McArthur

Votes: 934