There are few great movies specifically about England, so it's best to concentrate on the 10 best movies about England that focus on a particular era or circumstance. Therefore, the movies in this bunch will teach you a little English history, while all the while engrossing you in a great story.
"Gosford Park". This is an oh-so-formal film, directed by Robert Altman. He is, of course, an American, but he expertly captured British mannerisms with this fine film. This is easily one of Altman's 10 best movies.
"Yanks". World War 2 films are a dime a dozen. This one is worth more than chump change, however, as it looks at that terrible conflict from a distinctly British perspective.
"The Madness of King George". What's better than British royalty and insanity? Well, this 1994 film is England being royally bad.
- "Wuthering Heights". England does have a flare for the dramatic, showcased by this romantic heartbreaker. It's one of the best books ever, as well as one of the 10 best movies.
"National Velvet". Key elements include Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, and, well, horses. But it's not as corny as it sounds. This is one of the 10 best films set in England.
"Tom Jones". Are you looking for a film with old time, randy sex? Look no further than here.
"Brideshead Revisited". This film, based on an Evelyn Waugh book, is set in the high class educational institution, Oxford. You'll be speaking with an upper caste accent after watching this one.
- "Goodbye, Mr. Chips". Somehow, boarding schools seem to be such an English thing, even though they're all over the place. Yet this story about a teacher and his students makes even boarding schools seem like okay places.
"This Is England". This relatively current film tells the tragic story of a young, impressionable boy, who is sucked into a white supremacist group. It's not a famous movie, but it's one of the 10 best of all time — whether you've heard of it or not.
- "Secrets & Lies". Secrets & Lies is another one of those under-the-radar films. Nevertheless, do all you can to seek it out; you'll learn plenty—much of which you'd rather not know—about modern England.
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