Trainspotting was one of Danny Boyle's first feature movies. It's also one of his best. I like Trainspotting so much because it feels very gritty and real. It shows the highs of drugs and also the depths of despair. Trainspotting has been one of the most well loved British movies of all time, it's a cult classic. One which definitely stands the test of time. Trainspotting focuses around a guy, Renton who's deeply involved in the drug scene in Edinburgh. Renton tries to help himself, clean up and get out of the cycle, however the allure of drugs and friends won't let him go so easily. Check out the Trainspotting trailer below.
For some reason, Dead Man's Shoes always seems to fall under everyones radar. For those of you who have seen it, I'm sure you'll agree it certainly belongs in the list. Shane Meadows directs and depicts a broken man, a war veteran who's out for revenge. Revenge on those who've wronged and caused fate in his brothers death. Richard smells blood, blood of everyone who was involved in the crime. Dead Man's Shoes is one of the best of british. Check out the Dead Man's Shoes trailer below.
Another Shane Meadows masterpiece, another to add to the best of British tally. This Is England is one of those movies that you can relate to in someway. For me it does anyway. The story portrays a young boy in 1983 who leads a troubled life. He meets a group of wasters on his way home, after a fight they become his friends, a brotherhood. This Is England is based partially on Shane Meadows life. The acting is superb and the story is brilliant. It's one of those movies that you never really see coming. Check out the 'This Is England' trailer below.
The best thing about Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels isn't that it's just a great gangster movie, which it is. But it's actually incredibly well written and Directed and on top of that it's very funny. It has all the ingredients to be a classic, which it's slowly but surely becoming. One of the best things I like about Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is the humour and comedy, it's funny. Funny in the most brutal way, but still, funny. Check out the trailer below for Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
The Full Monty was a movie I watched as a young kid, I remember for the time people telling me it was quite inappropriate for a young boy to watch. However, looking back, they were just full of shit. The Full Monty is everything a great British movie needs. Good acting, a great funny script, good location and setting and just to have fun with it using a plethora of accents. Check out The Full Monty trailer below
My Left Foot is the story of Christy Brown, a man who was born with cerebral palsy, a condition, for Christy which left him only the use of one controllable limb - his left foot (how poignant). Daniel Day Lewis takes on the behemoth of trying to take on the role, which he does - flawlessly. This is the movie that gave Daniel Day Lewis his first Academy Award. Which he rightly deserved. A lot of the crew from filming on 'My Left Foot' stated that Day Lewis remained in character the whole time filming, he was adamant that he was to be carried from his wheelchair and refused to walk, he even broke a few ribs in the process.
I think I only watched In the Name of the Father a few months ago, what a fool I was for waiting so long, it's an amazing movie. Truly amazing. Showing the brutality of life, a time ago. In the Name of the Father kept me captivated from start to finish. A young Irish man, has his sights set on London. Trying to make something of his life when he's framed for an IRA bombing. After being tortured and brutalized, he is finally coerced into a confession, along with his father. A British lawyer helps fight for his freedom. Check out the trailer for 'In the Name of the Father' below.