Top 10 British Films to Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee

harry_potter_and_the_deathly_hallows_part_2This month the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee – that’s 60 years on the throne!

To celebrate in style, our friends at Filmclub have released a list of 60 of the greatest British films, one for each year of the Queen’s reign, dating back to 1952!

w-eugene-smith-charlie-chaplin-limelight-1952There’s something for everyone, from a classic Charlie Chaplin film called Limelight through to boy wizard Harry Potter.

Not only are these films made  by the best British directors, writers and actors, but they also show some of the best bits of Britain, from beautiful scenery to Wensleydale cheese!

Click here to see the full list of films!

And so you can get watching right now, here are our top 10 favourite British films:

wallacegromitrabbit1. Wallace & Gromit – The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, U):
The only feature-length film about much-loved British characters Wallace and Gromit, the absentminded inventor and his smart dog, brought to life by Bristol animation studio Aardman.

2. Millions (2004, 12):
Comedy from English filmmaker Danny Boyle about two brothers who find a bag containing £265,000 – which they have a few days to spend before the pound is replaced with the Euro.

3. The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007, PG):
This likeable family film, set in a remote corner of Scotland in the early ‘40s, sees a young boy find a mysterious egg – which hatches into a sweet-natured loch serpent.

secretgarden934. The Secret Garden (1993, U):
Based on a great classic of English children’s books. A young girl who’s lost her parents is taken to live in her uncle’s strange, gloomy house – where she finds many hidden places and stories.

5. The BFG (1989, U):
Roald Dahl’s adorable BFG (Big Friendly Giant) is voiced by Brit favourite David Jason and brought to life by the animators of respected British animation studio Cosgrove Hall, a major producer of children’s television and animation until 2009.!

watershipbungroup6. Watership Down (1978, U):
A powerful and emotional tale of life, love and loss, this British animation based on the novel by Richard Adams features a stellar voice cast that includes some of Britain’s finest actors.

7. Swallows and Amazons (1974, U):
A heartwarming British family favourite based on Leeds born author Arthur Ransome’s novel, this is a summer holiday sailing adventure set in the Lake District in the ‘20s.

8. The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972, U):
Children’s Film Foundation classic and the last film from iconic British duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, this puts a spin on electricity and the history of the Tower of London.

U15062899. Dr. No (1962, PG):
Marking the 50th anniversary of Britain’s favourite spy adventure franchise, this is the first James Bond film in the series. It stars Scottish actor Sean Connery as 007.

10. Limelight (1952, U):
A classic of British silent-era comic master Charlie Chaplin’s later career, this sees him as an ageing stage actor who helps a young, shy girl make it as a successful dancer.



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