British comedians Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones and Michael Palin in a scene from \'Monthy Python and the Holy Grail\', directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, 1975 (Photo by Warner Bros./Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

British comedians Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones and Michael Palin in a scene from 'Monthy Python and the Holy Grail', directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, 1975 (Photo by Warner Bros./Hulton Archive/Getty Images)Getty: Images

In these housebound times its important to keep oneself occupied and entertained

We're all searching for new ways to spend our time and ways of keeping ourselves occupied. 

Public gatherings are becoming less and less common around the world as everyone bunkers down and self isolates in the battle against Covid-19.

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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's the list 

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 performace) 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 recieved widespread critical aclaim. 

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 phenomenom, and received several Academy Award nominations.

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Simply put, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is timeless. Witten 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.

Trainspotting

No introduction needed. A classic.

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