Netflix, Hulu, and other online streaming services have helped bring many of the best in British TV shows and movies to the States in recent years. The Office, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, and Shaun of the Dead all hold a special place in hearts and minds on both sides of the pond now. The programs and films on this list should satisfy any Anglophile in their quest for entertainment of the British variety...
Page Eight: Bill Nighy is practically British Royalty when it comes to actors, and it's films like this one that prove it. Page Eight is about a veteran MI5 agent (the equivalent of a FBI operative) whose loyalty is tested when secret government documents are leaked and reveal the not-so-pretty truth about certain government operations. It's like something straight out of the headlines.
Spaced: For fans of comedies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, or specifically buddies Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, this show provides a hilarious introduction to their early acting careers.
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes: Any fan of Arthur Conan Doyle knows Sherlock Holmes is a serial bachelor. When a few ladies come into his life, this Billy Wilder film shows a more flustered side of the consulting detective.
From Time to Time: For fans of Downton Abbey, this 2009 movie brings together two key elements of the series onto the big screen: Maggie Smith and Director Julian Fellowes. Think the Crawley Family meets time travel.Neverland:
This two-part series plays a lot like a long movie. It features a young man who must travel through a familiar fictional place: Neverland. Even when the Brits have some trouble with special effects, they make up for it with quality storytelling.
GoldenEye: There are literally a dozen 007 movies on Netflix at the moment, but this 1995 hit starring Pierce Brosnan stands the test of time. Arguably as exciting as the Daniel Craig era films, this Bond film also includes one of it's seminal pieces: Judi Dench. There's a lot more to appreciate here than Brosnan's hair.
Nowhere Boy: A coming of age story portraying John Lennon's struggle after meeting his mother after years of being raised by his aunt. Actor Aaron Johnson offers an incredible performance, an under-appreciated portrayal of the Beatle legend before he became an icon.
Death at a Funeral: Funerals aren't normally funny, but leave it up to the British to somehow find comedy in the most somber of occasions. The ensemble cast features Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, Alan Tudyk, and Rupert Graves, who all work to bring this dark comedy to life. This film was also later adapted by Chris Rock for US audiences.
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life: It just wouldn't be a proper list about British movies without this all-time comedic classic.
A Room With A View: Take some of Britain's best talents, throw them into a classic literary adaptation, add a bit of romance, and what you have is this Merchant Ivory classic. Based on the book by E.M. Forster, this 1980s film features Maggie Smith, a young Helena Bonham Carter, Rupert Graves, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Judi Dench (yet again).
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