20 best British comediesby amelia-harvey | created - 22 Jun 2011 | updated - 22 Jun 2011 | Public
Pretty self explanatory, its loosely in order- but after 5 the order isn't organized. I suppose it's unfair to reduce an entire genre into a couple films, like it'd be a daunting task to make a list of only 15 or 20 great American comedies. Oh well.
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Play for Today (1970–1984)
Nuts in May
84 min | Comedy, Drama
A middle-class couple go camping in Dorset, but peace and quiet elude them.
I love Mike Leigh (Life is sweet and topsy turvy could also go on this list), and Nuts in May is my favorite of his. It embodies British comedy with its subtleties and goofy characters and antics. It's so fun. I'd recommend the entire Pay for Today series, they are oft overlooked.
2. Withnail & I (1987)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama
In 1969, two substance-abusing, unemployed actors retreat to the countryside for a holiday that proves disastrous.
Votes: 34,081 | Gross: $1.54M
3. Life of Brian (1979)
R | 94 min | Comedy
Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.
Votes: 303,799 | Gross: $20.05M
Pretty much any Monty Python, I considered just adding Monty Pythons flying circus. It's the best.
4. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime
A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.
5. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Crime
A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipment of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eiffel Towers.
I should just include all the Ealing comedies, they're brilliant.
6. The Ruling Class (1972)
R | 154 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other, somewhat more respectable, members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensue.
7. The Man in the White Suit (1951)
Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
An altruistic chemist invents a fabric which resists wear and stain as a boon to humanity, but both big business and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons.
Votes: 7,317 | Gross: $0.01M
8. Snatch (2000)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.
Votes: 670,001 | Gross: $30.33M
9. Death at a Funeral (2007)
R | 87 min | Comedy
Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family.
Votes: 96,778 | Gross: $8.58M
Fffffff why did they remake this?
11. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)
R | 94 min | Comedy
Director Michael Winterbottom (Northam) attempts to shoot the adaptation of Laurence Sterne's essentially unfilmable novel, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman."
Votes: 11,663 | Gross: $1.25M
A lot of Coognan could go on here.
12. I'm All Right Jack (1959)
Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy
A naive aristocrat in search of a career becomes caught up in the struggles between his profit-minded uncle and an aggressive labour union.
13. The Tall Guy (1989)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Romance
Dexter King plays straight man to unpleasant comedian Ron Anderson. He falls in love with Kate, a pretty nurse he meets when he is receiving injections for hay fever. When Anderson fires ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,935 | Gross: $0.51M
16. 24 Hour Party People (2002)
R | 117 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.
Votes: 28,962 | Gross: $1.13M
Love this film.
17. Bedazzled (1967)
Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A hapless loser sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for seven wishes, but has trouble winning over the girl of his dreams.
The original. Great fun.
20. Blithe Spirit (1945)
Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Fantasy
Charles and his second wife, Ruth, are haunted by the spirit of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost.