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Top 10 Must-Watch British Movies of the 21st Century Like Slumdog Millionaire

Updated on November 9, 2016
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Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy, and produced by Christian Colson. Set and filmed in India, it is a loose adaptation of the novel Q & A (2005) by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup, telling the story of Jamal Malik, age 18, from the Juhu slums of Mumbai. As a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? who is able to answer every stage correctly, he is accused of cheating. Jamal recounts his history, illustrating how he is able to answer each question.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Regarded as a sleeper hit, Slumdog Millionaire was widely acclaimed, being praised for its plot, soundtrack and direction. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards in 2009 and won eight—the most for any 2008 film—including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It won seven BAFTA Awards including Best Film, five Critics' Choice Awards and four Golden Globes.

Here is a list of few more British movies just like Slumdog Millionaire:

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

DIRECTOR:

Edgar Wright

WRITER:

Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright

STARS:

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield

PLOT SUMMARY:

Shaun isn't having the greatest of times: the staff at the store he works in don't take him very seriously as temporary boss; his girlfriend Liz has had enough of always meeting at the Winchester Arms along with his best mate; and his relationship with his dad--sorry, stepdad--remains heavily fraught. And now the living dead have risen and are spreading their zombie curse to everyone they can get their teeth into. Just doesn't seem worth getting out of bed some days.

This Is England (2006)

DIRECTOR:

Shane Meadows

WRITER:

Shane Meadows

STARS:

Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley

PLOT SUMMARY:

12 year old Shaun lives with his widowed mother in a small town in Britain. His father, an army officer, was one of the Falkland casualties. A loner, he is befriended by some older skinhead youth, who shave off his hair, date an older young woman, and subsequently introduce him to ex-convict Combo. Shaun unwittingly volunteers to be part of Combo's gang, and is taken to a meeting hosted by Britain's right-winged National Front, which openly advocates ethnic cleansing; re-defines Racism as Reality; and Nazism as Nationalism. Combo then takes his followers on a spree of sword and knife-wielding terror, looting a corner store run by Sandhu, all eventually get stoned and violence ensues.

Moon (2009)

DIRECTOR:

Duncan Jones

WRITER:

Duncan Jones, Nathan Parker

STARS:

Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott

PLOT SUMMARY:

With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. The long period of time alone however has resulted in him talking to himself for the most part, or to his plants. Direct communication with Earth is not possible due to a long-standing communication malfunction but he does get an occasional message from his wife Tess. When he has an accident however, he wakens to find that he is not alone. He also comes to realize that his world is not what he thought it was.

Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

DIRECTOR:

Shane Meadows

WRITER:

Paddy Considine, Shane Meadows

STARS:

Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell

PLOT SUMMARY:

Richard returns home from military service to a small town in the Midlands. He has one thing on his mind: revenge. Payback for the local bullies who did some very bad things to his brother. At first his campaign employs guerrilla tactics, designed to frighten the men and put them ill at ease. But then he steps up his operation, and one by one these local tough guys are picked off by the terrifying angel of vengeance that Richard has become.

Borat (2006)

DIRECTOR:

Larry Charles

WRITER:

Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Peter Baynham, Dan Mazer

STARS:

Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell

PLOT SUMMARY:

Borat Sagdiyev and his producer Azamat Bagatov are granted rights to travel across America to film a documentary of American life. On his journey, there will be many high and low points, including his quest to meet up with his "future wife" Pamela Anderson.

The Descent (2005)

DIRECTOR:

Neil Marshall

WRITER:

Neil Marshall

STARS:

Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid

PLOT SUMMARY:

A group of women organize a descent into a large cave. Soon, they will lose their mind when realizing they are not alone in this cave where something crawls in the deepest and narrowest holes. And that every time they suffocate miles under the surface of Earth, something smells their skin.

28 Days Later... (2002)

DIRECTOR:

Danny Boyle

WRITER:

Alex Garland

STARS:

Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston

PLOT SUMMARY:

A powerful virus escapes from a British research facility. Transmitted in a drop of blood and devastating within seconds, the virus locks those infected into a permanent state of murderous rage. Within 28 days the country is overwhelmed and a handful of survivors begin their attempts to salvage a future, little realizing that the deadly virus is not the only thing that threatens them.

Mr. Turner (2014)

DIRECTOR:

Mike Leigh

WRITER:

Mike Leigh

STARS:

Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson

PLOT SUMMARY:

Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.

Monsters (2010)

DIRECTOR:

Gareth Edwards

WRITER:

Gareth Edwards

STARS:

Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able, Mario Zuniga Benavides

PLOT SUMMARY:

Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over North America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain "the creatures"...... Our story begins when a US journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.

Hot Fuzz (2007)

DIRECTOR:

Edgar Wright

WRITER:

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg

STARS:

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman

PLOT SUMMARY:

Top London cop, PC Nicholas Angel is good. Too good. And to stop the rest of his team looking bad, he is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford. He is paired with Danny Butterman, who endlessly questions him on the action lifestyle. Everything seems quiet for Angel, until two actors are found decapitated. It is called an accident, but Angel isn't going to accept that, especially when more and more people turn up dead. Angel and Danny clash with everyone, whilst trying to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the apparent "accidents".

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      Sam Dreiberg 10 months ago from India

      Yes.. True that.. This post is about movies made in Britain.. Or British crew..

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      Gautam 10 months ago from Mumbai

      Well Slumdog millionaire was all about India although it had British crew