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    Hello all,



    I've spent time looking through the decades of British films and funnily enough, production was high around the mid. 80's but everything i've seen from then was pretty awful. Does anyone have suggestions for great Britfilms from this decade? My own view of great films would be something like 'Secrets & Lies', 'Get Carter!', 'The Maggie', 'Peeping Tom', 'Millions Like Us', 'The Red Shoes', 'Chu Chin Chow', 'A Canterbury Tale', 'Black Narcissus', 'Small Back Room', 'A Matter of Life and Death', 'Kes', 'The Wicker Man'. I have to admit I don't really want to investigate films that were quite liked only. Any suggestions?

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    name='M.Powell']Hello all,



    I've spent time looking through the decades of British films and funnily enough, production was high around the mid. 80's but everything i've seen from then was pretty awful. Does anyone have suggestions for great Britfilms from this decade? My own view of great films would be something like 'Secrets & Lies', 'Get Carter!', 'The Maggie', 'Peeping Tom', 'Millions Like Us', 'The Red Shoes', 'Chu Chin Chow', 'A Canterbury Tale', 'Black Narcissus', 'Small Back Room', 'A Matter of Life and Death', 'Kes', 'The Wicker Man'. I have to admit I don't really want to investigate films that were quite liked only. Any suggestions?
    Have there been any films from any decade to match the likes of A Matter of Life and Death, The Red Shoes, A Canterbury Tale, Black Narcissus, The Small Back Room and Peeping Tom?



    Except of course a few like The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, I Know Where I'm Going!



    Steve

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    I don't think 1980's is as bad as this decade, although clearly not as good as 1970's and inferior to 1990's. Two years to go but this could well be first decade to not produce one single classic.

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    The 80s did contain the lowest year for production and there was little to no government support. Thankfully it was also the decade CH4 launched and by the mid-80s they were churning out challenging films that were also popular.

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    name='Wolfgang']Two years to go but this could well be first decade to not produce one single classic.


    I predict 'The Descent' in years to come will be seen as a classic Horror movie - it certainly should be.

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    The Elephant Man (1980)

    The Shining (1980)

    Ghandi (1982)

    Brazil (1984)

    Room with a View(1986)

    Full Metal Jacket(1987)

    A Fish Called Wanda(1987)



    Can't think of many others from the UK, the US had a bumper decade with the likes of Top Gun and Pretty Woman It seems like the Brit movie scene was a bit thin on the ground in the 80s.

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    name='christoph404']The Elephant Man (1980)

    The Shining (1980)

    Ghandi (1982)

    Brazil (1984)

    Room with a View(1986)

    Full Metal Jacket(1987)

    A Fish Called Wanda(1987)



    Can't think of many others from the UK, the US had a bumper decade with the likes of Top Gun and Pretty Woman It seems like the Brit movie scene was a bit thin on the ground in the 80s.


    I'd class those two Kubrick's as US. We also had The Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa, Educating Rita, The Killing Fields, Withnail and I, Local Hero and Gregory's Girl.

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    How about 'Buster', I always thought it was quite a good Film!

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    Some of my fave 80s Brit movies:



    Bad Timing (Nicolas Roeg, 1980)

    Elephant Man, The (David Lynch, 1980)

    Flash Gordon (Mike Hodges, 1980)

    Long Good Friday, The (John Mackenzie, 1980)

    Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (Steve Roberts, 1980)



    Time Bandits (Terry Gilliam, 1981)



    Britannia Hospital (Lindsay Anderson, 1982)

    Made in Britain (Alan Clarke, 1982)

    Plague Dogs, The (Martin Rosen, 1982)



    Bloodbath at the House of Death (Ray Cameron, 1983) - bad but fun

    Screamtime (Michael Armstrong & Stanley Long, 1983) - ditto



    Company of Wolves, The (Neil Jordan, 1984)

    Don't Open 'till Christmas (Edmund Purdom, 1984) - another camp epic



    Gothic (Ken Russell, 1986)

    When the Wind Blows (Jimmy T. Murakami, 1986)

    Withnail & I (Bruce Robinson, 1986)



    Eat the Rich (Peter Richardson, 1987) - words fail me

    Hellraiser (Clive Barker, 1987)

    Magic Toyshop, The (David Wheatley, 1987)



    Edge of Sanity (Gerard Kiko�ne, 1988)

    Firm, The (Alan Clarke, 1988)



    Woman in Black , The (Herbert Wise, 1989)

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    name='DB7']I'd class those two Kubrick's as US. We also had The Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa, Educating Rita, The Killing Fields, Withnail and I, Local Hero and Gregory's Girl.


    I'd forgotten about The Long Good Friday and Local Hero! Would you really class Kubricks films as US films? Entirley filmed in the UK with brit crew and brit production companies "Hawk Films" and "Harrier Film", under the umbrella of Warners of course, if not entirely Brit films I would tend to see them as Britain/USA co productions! The presence on screen of predominantly US actors does give them a US feel but Im not so sure if they are any different in other respects from Kubricks other films made in the UK such as Clockwork Orange and Barry Lyndon. I guess Kubrick himself is an ex pat American, but then NOTD director was from the US as was its producer and thats considered a Brit film.....but I guess thats another story.............

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    name='Wolfgang']Two years to go but this could well be first decade to not produce one single classic.


    Well, off the top of my head we've had Gosford Park, 24 Hour Party People, Control, 28 Days Later, The Descent, London To Brighton, The Queen, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Vera Drake, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Last Resort, My Summer of Love, The Last King of Scotland, Atonement, Touching the Void, Bend It Like Beckham, Billy Elliot, Red Road, This Is England, Dead Men's Shoes, Bridget Jones's Diary, Sexy Beast, Casino Royale, Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit, A Cock and Bull Story, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Sweet Sixteen, The Magdalene Sisters, Finding Neverland - and a couple of the Harry Potter films weren't too bad either.



    In all seriousness, I think the 2000s has been a damn sight better than the two preceding decades when it comes to half-decent British films.

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    name='christoph404'] Would you really class Kubricks films as US films? Entirley filmed in the UK with brit crew and brit production companies "Hawk Films" and "Harrier Film", under the umbrella of Warners of course, if not entirely Brit films I would tend to see them as Britain/USA co productions! The presence on screen of predominantly US actors does give them a US feel but Im not so sure if they are any different in other respects from Kubricks other films made in the UK such as Clockwork Orange and Barry Lyndon. I guess Kubrick himself is an ex pat American, but then NOTD director was from the US as was its producer and thats considered a Brit film.....but I guess thats another story.............


    Yeah I know where you're coming from, I'd certainly count a handful of Stanley's films as British but not those two. Maybe that the others contain Brirish actors or source material is the clincher. (NotD had MR James)

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    I'l give these suggestions a go - thanks! I'm not sure anyone here would say anything from the '80's was amongst there favourite films, which is what I was looking for; a 'Secrets and Lies' or 'Red Shoes' to amaze me. But thanks for so many, which is surprising in itself.

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    Bad Timing is one of my favourite films, and Long Good Friday is brilliant too. Although having only come out in 1980 they are technically 1970 films. But they would be standouts in any era.

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    Has anybody mentioned 'A Passage to India' (1984) yet? Not David Lean's finest but a brilliant last note to his career and a movie I love.



    Has anybody mentioned 'Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes'... in my estimation, the greatest Tarzan movie of all - 1984 again.



    Also, my all time favourite movie, 'Link' was made during the 1980s. OK... I know its hardly remembered and certainly not the best movie ever made... but its my favourite.

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    name='Aaryk Noctivagus']Has anybody mentioned 'A Passage to India' (1984) yet? Not David Lean's finest but a brilliant last note to his career and a movie I love.



    Has anybody mentioned 'Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes'... in my estimation, the greatest Tarzan movie of all - 1984 again.



    Also, my all time favourite movie, 'Link' was made during the 1980s. OK... I know its hardly remembered and certainly not the best movie ever made... but its my favourite.


    Ah....another couple of brilliant 80s films that have slipped from memory! David Leans comeback and final film "A Passage to India" brilliant, and I agree with you about "Greystoke..." its the ultimate Tarzan film! The 1980s don't look so baron after all!.....

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    name='Wolfgang']Bad Timing is one of my favourite films, and Long Good Friday is brilliant too. Although having only come out in 1980 they are technically 1970 films. But they would be standouts in any era.
    Most people count 1980 as being part of the 1980s and taking their cue from the IMDb use the date when a film was first released, not when it was actually made. So a film with a release date in 1980 like The Long Good Friday (1980) is considered to be a 1980s film by most people.



    Steve

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    name='Steve Crook']So a film with a release date in 1980 like The Long Good Friday (1980) is considered to be a 1980s film by most people.



    Steve




    IIRC despite the recognition it gets as gangster Thatcherism it was actually penned when Labour were still power. The IRA plotline also gives it a degree of gritty realiism.



    Second only to Get Carter in my book.

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    I thought the 80's were a pretty damn good decade for British cinema, if only for the output of Channel Four Films/Film Four. Of course, unless you happened to see these films when they gained their (usually) once only television screening, you'll probably never see them - that's why the 80's seemed so thin on the ground to me film-wise. The good stuff was made, but it has dipped below the radar which is a crying shame. I sometimes toy with the idea of lobbying FilmFour to show their 80's film but it would probably be a waste of time.



    Also the BBC moved away from set-bound plays and opened up production with Screen One and Two - those films (and they were films) might have been made for television but they could just as easily have gone to cinema. Again, sadly, because they appeared on television they rarely see a screening or release.



    For me the current decade is the worst yet, by a long way, followed by the 90's.

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    name='M.Powell']I'l give these suggestions a go - thanks! I'm not sure anyone here would say anything from the '80's was amongst there favourite films, which is what I was looking for; a 'Secrets and Lies' or 'Red Shoes' to amaze me. But thanks for so many, which is surprising in itself.


    Then you'd be wrong...and no-one has mentioned it yet, either. John Boorman's Excalibur. Fantastic operatic filmmaking.

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