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Top 10 Best British Movies in the Last 10 Years

If you look at the last decade of British films you’ll see the same names crop up again and again. Danny Boyle, Guy Ritchie, Neil Marshall… These British directors have battled the wind, rain, mud and general gloom of their tiny isle to nip and tuck the face of British cinema and influence movie-makers and goers on a global scale.

How has British film experienced a new renaissance? And why? It’s not just about the funding. It’s about ideas, and adding a fresh spin on old ideas. It’s about looking at tired old genres with new eyes, and it’s an approach to the blockbuster where Britain has helped push the boundaries. Let’s look at some of those genres, then move onto the top ten British films in the last decade…

The new-wave gangster caper

Do the gangsters of today have molls and leap on car sideboards? Sadly not – hence the rise of the British Cheeky Urban Gangster caper, as evinced by Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and several other mockney gangster movies… in fact, director Guy Ritchie created this new and commercially popular genre almost single-handedly. Attaguy.

The new-wave monster/horror movie

British directors Neil Marshall and Danny Boyle clearly grew up on a diet of comic books and late-night horror films, too much sugar and not enough vegetables. For which all movie-goers must be thankful. British monster films in the last ten years have been low on budget but high on cinematography, character acting and you’ve-just-GOT-to-tell-a-friend twists. Dog Soldiers, Severance, Creep, 28 Days Later (and the poor sequel, 28 Weeks Later)… These British films hit global cinemas with their innovative approach to tired old monster genres like werewolves and zombies. Speaking of which…

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