The Best '80s British Movieby ElMaruecan82 | created - 4 months ago | updated - 4 months ago | Public
They had the Cure, Genesis, Margaret Thatcher... and the movies. Indeed, if only for the many masterpieces that graced the silver screen, the British could proudly claim "Rule, Brittania! Brittania, rule... the screen!"
Which of these 1980s British movies is your personal favorite?
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2. Gandhi (1982)
PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History
Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.
Votes: 202,888 | Gross: $52.77M
3. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime
In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.
Votes: 120,007 | Gross: $63.49M
5. The Mission (1986)
PG | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Eighteenth century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.
Votes: 50,609 | Gross: $17.22M
7. Local Hero (1983)
PG | 111 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 18,210 | Gross: $5.90M
9. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.
Votes: 12,578 | Gross: $2.45M
12. A Room with a View (1985)
Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance
When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting... See full summary »
Votes: 35,011 | Gross: $20.97M
13. The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, History
A young artist is commissioned by the wife of a wealthy landowner to make a series of drawings of the estate while her husband is away.
14. Educating Rita (1983)
PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama
In London, twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny. She joins a literature course in an open ... See full summary »
Votes: 11,034 | Gross: $14.65M
15. Hope and Glory (1987)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A semi-autobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War 2. For a young boy, this time in history was ... See full summary »
Votes: 11,107 | Gross: $10.02M
16. The Killing Fields (1984)
R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History
A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.
Votes: 46,710 | Gross: $34.70M
17. The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
R | 124 min | Drama, Romance
A film is being made of a story, set in 19th century England, about Charles, a biologist who's engaged to be married, but who falls in love with outcast Sarah, whose melancholy makes her ... See full summary »
Votes: 10,620 | Gross: $22.60M
21. A Passage to India (1984)
PG | 164 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Cultural mistrust and false accusations doom a friendship in British colonial India between an Indian doctor, an Englishwoman engaged to marry a city magistrate, and an English educator.
Votes: 15,177 | Gross: $27.19M
22. Cry Freedom (1987)
PG | 157 min | Biography, Drama, History
South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country, after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend, the black activist Steve Biko.
Votes: 11,313 | Gross: $5.90M
23. Shirley Valentine (1989)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg, wondering what happened to her life. She compares scenes in ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,088 | Gross: $6.35M
24. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
NC-17 | 124 min | Crime, Drama
The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband's restaurant.
Votes: 30,943 | Gross: $7.72M
25. Time Bandits (1981)
PG | 110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
A young boy accidentally joins a band of time travelling dwarves, as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal.
Votes: 52,209 | Gross: $42.37M
26. Caravaggio (1986)
93 min | Biography, Drama, History
A retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld.
Votes: 4,538 | Gross: $0.00M
27. Burning an Illusion (1981)
101 min | Drama
A young black woman in England becomes increasingly frustrated with her life with her lazy, demanding boyfriend, and with the help of friends seeks something better.
28. Sid and Nancy (1986)
R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Votes: 26,656 | Gross: $2.83M
29. Moonlighting (1982)
PG | 97 min | Drama
A Polish contractor, Nowak, leads a group of workmen to London so they can provide cheap labor for a government official based there. Nowak (Irons) has to manage the project and the men as ... See full summary »
30. Henry V (1989)
PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Biography, Drama
In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.
Votes: 26,025 | Gross: $10.16M
31. Babylon (1980)
95 min | Drama
The movie centers around Brindsley Forde's character blue. He fronts a reggae sound system based in west London. The movie captures the trials and tribulations of young black youths in troubled London in the early eighties.
32. Maurice (1987)
R | 140 min | Drama, Romance
After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.
Votes: 13,538 | Gross: $3.13M
33. Wish You Were Here (1987)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama
In a staid English seaside town after the Second World War, young Lynda grows up with her widowed father and younger sister. Rebellious Lynda has been swearing constantly from an early age.... See full summary »
Votes: 2,334 | Gross: $3.28M
34. Threads (1984 TV Movie)
112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War
The effects of a nuclear holocaust on the working class city of Sheffield, England and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization.
35. Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama
Realistic story of working class Yorkshire life. Two schoolgirls have a sexual fling with a married man. Serious and light-hearted by turns.
Votes: 2,987 | Gross: $0.12M