CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981)

Maybe the most British sports movie ever made, it uses track & field in the 1920s deal with complicated issues of personal conviction, racism, and classism, and also some guys run on a beach.

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)

An epic of Russian history that’s more interested in its central love dodecahedron than it is in Russian history, a fact that leaves me wondering what the point of it all is.

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (1943)

A truly amazing movie that takes a negative stereotype and helps us understand him, in beautiful technicolor, with some of the most interesting performances I’ve seen, all made in England during the Blitz.

LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS (1998)

The raucous Cockney crime pic that introduced Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham to the world.

TOM JONES (1963)

A movie set in the 1700s, released in the early 1960s, that still feels startlingly modern today. I absolutely loved it. Why did no one tell me this movie was so good? He said about the Oscar winner.

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957)

A famous war drama that is actually about something more interesting, told on a grand scale by David Lean and bunch of great actors.

RYAN’S DAUGHTER (1970)

Lots of beautiful Irish locations can’t save a movie that is incredibly long for the amount of story it has and includes a series of truly awful performances.

ODD MAN OUT (1947)

I really enjoyed this dream-like film noir about a doomed man’s wanderings through Belfast.

MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE (1985)

Daniel Day-Lewis had his first starring role in this low-key 1980s British LGBT romance.