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Never seen Clockwise but i remember my brother once said that its fun stuff but watching it makes you feel uneasy [Big Grin]
Im finally going to pick it up and check it out, the dvd goes dirt cheap here.

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Gandhi is a brilliant movie! Then again, so is Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.
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I'm a big Anglophile when it comes to British movies, many of which are fantastic.
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Ok everyone, help me out. I'm newly a fan of British movies. I should have figured this out sooner, but I love subtle humor and British shows/movies seem to do that well. I also love 80's movies. But I have not really seen any British 80's movies. What would you suggest for movies for me to initially watch (the best of the best)? I tend to like light hearted comedies or laugh out loud comedies. I'm open to anything, so if there are some other must sees, please let me know! Thanks!
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My Top Ten favorite 80s British comedies, no particular order:

Anything by director Bill Forsyth: Gregory's Girl, Local Hero, and my favorite of his stuff, Comfort and Joy. When he was at the top of his game, this Scottish director made some of the best UK films.

Monty Python's Meaning of Life, while not their best film, is still pretty hilarious.

A Fish Called Wanda--John Cleese and Michael Palin from Python, along with Jamie Lee Curtis and an Oscar-winning performance from Kevin Kline. Very, very funny, though not always in the best of taste.

A Private Function and The Missionary--two droll, very low-keyed Michael Palin period pieces with a lot of chuckles.

Educating Rita, probably the best rom-com from the UK during that era with great performances from Michael Caine and Julie Walters.

Withnail and I, the cult classic.

And finally, my guilty pleasure, Morons from Outer Space. Stupid, but funny.

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That's a good list! The British film industry had more or less died by the 80's with only a few independent producers making the occasional movie (George Harrison's Handmade Films was one of them).

I'll add 'Wilt' to the list... and maybe 'Restless Natives'.

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Good list of comedies provided there by Crash. Any or all of those are certainly worth a gander.

Here's one I'd add to it..

The Missionary (1982)
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Not comedy, but The Long Good Friday (1980) and Mona Lisa (1986), both starring the late Bob Hoskins, are superb !

Lots of cool cult flicks came out of the UK in the late 60s / early 70s such as Herostratus (1967), Privilege (1967),
Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush (1968), Permissive (1970), and Deep End (1970)..
and if that still isn't "cult-ish" enough, the cinema of Jane Arden and Jack Bond was really pushing the boundaries !

But like Crash already mentioned, you just can't go wrong with Gregory's Girl (1981) and Withnail And I (1987). [Smile]

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Thanks! I'm looking forward to trying to dive in to a few of these. I have seen a few Monty Python movies and I've seen a few parts of A Fish Called Wanda. Have always wanted to actually watch it someday. If there are more on peoples "must see" list, let me know.
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Ignore Guest House Paradiso as that is not 1980s (saying that neither is Life Of Brian) though there both good fun all the same,but here's a few random picks of my shelf!

From these I especially love The Life Of Brian,The Company Of Wolves and Restless Natives but also find the Monster Club and The Rachel Papers to be very enjoyable and might I add slightly underatted!

Some really great mentions here with a fair few I've yet to see,i would love to watch Comfort And Joy and A Private Function,also The Missionary and Withnail And I and I've always been curious of Morons From Outer Space as it got ripped apart by the critics upon it's original release but has built up a much better reputation over the following years!


Also a couple of honourable mentions

Water (1985) - another that got slated but I quite enjoy.

Rita Sue And Bob Too (1987).

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