Michael Caine in The Italian Job.

Michael Caine in The Italian Job.

In these more housebound times of coronavirus, it's important to keep oneself occupied and entertained.

We're all searching for new ways to spend our time and ways of keeping ourselves occupied, even while the COVID restrictions have been slightly lifted. Public gatherings are becoming less and less common around the world as everyone bunkers down and self isolates in the battle against COVID-19.

In times like this, it is important that we all keep up with these social distancing measures, to help fight against this virus. While it is certainly no fun being forced to stay at home, the better we all adhere to these measures the sooner the virus will be defeated.

An age-old time killer is simply watching a movie. For that reason, we thought we would compile a list of some of our absolute favorite British classics.

Here is our list of classic British films:

The Italian Job

Directed in 1969 by Peter Collinson, The Italian Job is regarded as an absolute classic when it comes to British comedy.

Michael Caine (who received an Academy Award nomination for his performance) plays Charlie Croker, a Cockney mobster who, after being released from prison, clearly still fancies himself as somewhat of a dab hand when it comes to crime.

Hilarity ensues. Some cracking car-chase scenes and action-packed escapes helped cement this film as one of the all-time classics. Set in Italy, the movie played a huge part in growing the popularity of car brands such as the Mini-Cooper and remains a must-see for any movie buff.

The King's Speech

Released in 2010, The King's Speech will certainly be on the radar for anyone with even a passing interest in the Royal Family.

A biographical drama, this film details the story of King George VI, who was an unassuming man that had the crown thrust upon him. The King had a speech impediment, which caused a stammer and made speaking in public particularly difficult.

This film chronicles the journey that King George took, along with his speech therapist, to combat his impediment. It is a moving and entertaining watch and received widespread critical acclaim. 

Colin Firth, who played King George, garnered international plaudits for his portrayal of the King.

Billy Elliot

Originally adapted from a play called Dancer, Billy Elliot is a true British classic. Set in England during the height of the Miner's strike, this film tells the story of a young working-class boy who discovers he has a passion for ballet.

Billy Elliot deals with class, social issues, and political strife as the young dancer (played by Jamie Bell) navigates through a world that simply does not want to let him dance.

Set in Newcastle, Billy Elliot was a cultural phenomenon and received several Academy Award nominations.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Simply put, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is timeless. Written and performed by the Monty Python Comedy Group, this film remains one of the funniest things to ever come out of the UK.

A comedy based on the Arthurian legend, this film perhaps crossed lines that hadn't been crossed before and served to poke fun at several institutions that were rarely touched by comedians.


No introduction needed. A classic.

* Originally published in March 2020.