British films are full of class. There’s only something about them that stands out from the breathtaking, overhyped world of Hollywood. Despite the fact that America has given us some of the biggest blockbusters till date, the lesser investigated sort of British film holds some pure artful masterpieces that we, unfortunately, missed up a major opportunity for. Obviously, some of them went ahead to increase worldwide acknowledgment.
From the cinematography to the language, the actors to the directors, you can differentiate when you hit PLAY. The clever way to deal with filmmaking is simply something different. It’s a different world altogether; you’ll know it when you explore it. That’s why we brought some of the best British movies that you should watch right now, without wasting any time!
1. Trainspotting (1996)
Director: Danny Boyle
This iconic movie is all about hardcore drug addiction which revolves around a boy who tries his best to quit substance abuse but keeps getting dragged back in by his influential friends.
2. This is England (2006)
Director: Shane Meadows
This legendary British gem follows a boy who becomes very friendly with a gang of skinheads after losing his father. They soon become like family.
3. 24 Hour Party People (2002)
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Tony is a bored TV anchor who wants to do something worthy. When he sees a rock band at a concert, he gets them on air. That makes him one of the most looked for artist managers of all time.
4. Testament of Youth (2014)
Director: James Kent
The story takes us along with an elite, independent British woman who has to watch both her brother and fiancé go to war while dealing with pain and longing.
5. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
This blockbuster movie featured the Kingsmen, a secret spy organization with a great legacy, and a boy’s entry into that legendary world. This movie is an award winning movie.
6. High-Rise (2015)
Directors: Ben Wheatley, Benjamin Taylor
A doctor moves into a rich apartment suite in a high-class high rise and joins the elites thusly. But as time goes by, issues like power cuts begin, throwing everyone into madness.
7. Hunger (2008)
Director: Steve McQueen
This is a historical drama about a convict called Bobby Sands leads other inmates in a North Ireland prison to begin a hunger strike that went down in history books as one of the most controversial.
8. The King’s Speech (2010)
Director: Tom Hooper
Ruler George VI had an awful and known case of a stammer. The motivating movie takes us on his journey to getting better and recovering pride with the help of a fine, decided specialist.
9. The Lobster (2015)
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Set in a tragic near future, this clever transports us to times while being single can transform you into an animal and sent to the forested areas unless you discover another partner within 45 days.
10. Ex Machina (2015)
Director: Alex Garland
An intelligent programmer starts a progressive venture with the prestigious researcher that expects him to connect with a dazzling AI android robot to understand her likeliness to people.
11. Fish Tank (2009)
Director: Andrea Arnold
Fish Tank stars a teenage girl as she chases her dream of being a professional dancer while being attracted to her mother’s boyfriend. It is the most honored British movie of the year 2009.
12. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Director: Mike Newell
This perfect romantic comedy sees a shy young man go from one wedding to another with his friends, meeting a lovely woman along the way. He doesn’t get her till fate makes it happen.
13. Frank (2014)
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Whenever Jon, an aspiring musician, joins a mysterious band profound issues, driven by an unusual frontman who wears a major head on his head, he gets pulled into a chaotic world.
14. The Falling (2014)
Director: Carol Morley
An apparently ordinary all-young ladies life experience school gets disturbed when a peculiar ‘fainting epidemic’ hits students. Two best friends fight it and set out on a mental trip to make sense of reality.
15. Slow West (2015)
Director: John Maclean
In this movie, a lovelorn man travels across America to find the woman he’s in love with. Along the way, he meets a man who offers to be his guide and help him, but with a hidden agenda.
16. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Director: Edgar Wright
Shaun is a sales guy with nothing much to look forward to. He decides to win back his lover, and fight an entire army of zombies to change his life once and for all.
17. Weekend (2011)
Director: Andrew Haigh
A man met an artist at a nightclub. The two became friends instantly and went home together. What follows is an intense weekend of passion and emotional bonding that’ll last a lifetime.
18. Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
Director: Stephen Frears
Okwe is a nice and carefree guy. He works at a hotel that deals with prostitution and drug dealing. But when he finds a human heart in the toilet, he knows something bigger is going on.
19. Naked (1993)
Director: Mike Leigh
This movie is all about sexually rampant lives which run side by side. One man likes to hurt and torture his women. The other likes to walk around London making connections with strangers and living it up.
20. Brooklyn (2015)
Director: John Crowley
Eilis, an Irish worker, moves to Brooklyn to make a life of her own. Despite leaving behind a lover, she falls for an Italian man. Before long, self-doubt and rumors begin killing her days, each one in turn.
21. An Education (2009)
Director: Lone Scherfig
Jenny is a smart student and her teacher’s favorite. But when she meets an older man who encourages her with vacations and luxury, she gives up her dreams and ambition for a rude shock awaiting her.
22. Get Carter (1971)
Director: Mike Hodges
Michael Caine was a gangster before we fell in love with the good old butler in Batman. This action-packed ride sees him as a ruthless and feared criminal. When his brother dies, he’s convinced of murder. He then sets out on a mission of revenge to find the killer.
23. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Director: Guy Ritchie
An iconic classic through the ages, this thriller is about three close friends who throw in all their money to play a heavy game of poker against a mobster, only to lose. Now in debt, they’re given a week to pay back the money or face the consequences.
24. Sexy Beast (2000)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Gal is a retired gangster who just wants to enjoy the rest of his days relaxing, far away from his past life of crime. But when his ex-boss calls, threatens and forces him to take up one final job, he’s pulled back into the world he had left behind.
25. In Bruges (2008)
Director: Martin McDonagh
Two hitmen found themselves stranded in Belgium after a job they were allotted together turns out badly. As they’re making sense of what to do next, they get a call from their manager, who asked one of them to kill the other.
So these are the 25 best British movies that can blow your mind and can take you away from Hollywood. So what are you waiting for? Get started already! 😉