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Top 25 films set in London

Posted on February 14 2017

 

With all the recent talk of BAFTAs and Oscars we thought we'd give you our take on film and what could be a better setting than the Big Smoke it's self. So we've put together a list of our top 25 films set right here in London, enjoy.

 

The Girl With All The Gifts (2016) 

This eerie but powerful zombie movie will have your moral compass flying all over the place.  

 

Kill Your Friends (2015)

Nicholas Hoult takes you into the dark underbelly of AR in 90s London, want to work in the music biz, think again.

 

Skyfall (2012)

Perhaps the best Bond film in recent years. Its very hard to fault this film, with the exception perhaps of blowing up that lovely DB5.

 

 

The Kings Speech (2010)

Multiple Oscars, quintessentially English and an all round incredible account of the courage and will power shown by King George the Sixth (Colin Firth) in overcoming his stammer and leading our country through World War 2. Long, live the King. 

 

Snatch (2000)

Incredible imagination from Guy Ritchie to create a film full of cartoon like characters such as Mickey O'Neil the gypsy bare knuckle boxer (played by Brad Pitt) and Alan Ford as the menacing 'Brick Top'.

 

28 Days Later (2002)

A long time before Peaky Blinders Cillian Murphy stared in this zombie epic about a brutal virus that spreads from monkeys in a lab experiment. You will be on the edge of your seat.

 

In The Loop (2009)

Hilarious and sharp political satire, a genre that is vastly overlooked in English comedy. Regardless of whether or not you have an interest in politics this will tickle you.  

 

Ill Manors (2013)

A hard hitting, grimy film picking up themes that Noel Clarke pioneered with films like Kidulthood and Adulthood. Ben Drew (Plan B) does a pretty good job of writing, directing and scoring this film, whilst also juggling a successful music and acting career. Feel lazy yet?  

 

Withnail and I (1987)

Two struggling actors decide to escape from London for a 'relaxing' country break, hilarity ensues. Arguably Richard E. Grant's finest hour playing the alcoholic Withnail, "We've gone on holiday by mistake".

 

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

There seems to be something about London and zombie films that go together very well, however this isn't your usual tale of a hero protagonist that saves the day, its more "lets go to the Winchester and wait for this all to blow over" 

 

Kidulthood (2006)

Gritty, original and powerful. Kidulthood follows the lives of a group of teenagers from the ends after they get the day off school following the suicide of one of their classmates. 

 

Adulthood (2008)

The sequel to Kidulthood (in case you didn't guess) this film picks up with the same characters six years on. I can't give much else away with out ruining the first, you better watch them both! 

 

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

It doesn't get more 'Landan' than Guy Ritchie. In Lock, Stock he shows for the first time his talent for creating brilliant crime comedies that couldn't be set anywhere else but the Big Smoke. After a card game gone wrong, this band of small time crooks must make a plan, fast. 

 

RocknRolla (2008)

Guy does it again, a classic London gangster flick not to mention an all star cast including Gerard Butler, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong and Idris Elba. All that plus a killer soundtrack and we have a winner. 

 

Legend (2015)

I know, I know more London gangsters, I think this genre has overtaken the zombie films now! The kings of all London in the 1960s, The Kray Twins get a stylish and super slick biopic in which Tom Hardy plays both twins. His best performance yet.

 

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Weird, wonderful and pretty disturbing. This classic from Stanley Kubrick follows a gang led by Alex (Malcom McDowell) as they carry out a series of assaults in a dystopian future.

 

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

An entirely original take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Robert Downey and Jude Law have great chemistry as Watson and Holmes. The question is who's better Cumberbatch or Downey Jr?

 

Layer Cake (2005)

Before he was Bond Daniel Craig was on the other side of the law playing the unnamed protagonist in Mathew Vaughn's Layer Cake. The film follows, Craig who portrays a slick, high end drug dealer as he prepares to wind up his dealing days and retire, however as you can imagine, it doesn't quite go that smoothly.

 

Alfie (1966)

A revolutionary comedy at the time for its use of breaking the fourth wall and speaking directly to camera. Micheal Caine is the epitome of cool in 1960's London, as he plays the suave bachelor Alfie Cartwright. The old ones are always the best.

 

Harry Brown (2009)

Fast forward 40 odd years and Michael Caine isn't quite the young bachelor he used to be but he is still just as cool. Some of his one liners are legendary in this film as he play a pensioner on a mission to clean up his area from a local violent gang, "you failed to maintain your weapon son."

 

Mr Turner (2014)

Timothy Spall plays the eccentric English romanticist landscape painter J.M.W. Turner in this inspired biopic by Mike Leigh. Turner was considered very controversial in his day but his now seen as one of the greatest and most influential British artists of all time. He is commonly referred to as 'The Painter of Light'


 

Dom Hemmingway (2013)

Jude Law plays the larger than life Dom Hemmingway, a safe cracker who has just finished a seven year stint in jail. Hemmingway is now on the search for the money he is owed by his former employer, really not as serious as it sounds!

 

Ali G Indahouse (2002)

Sacha Baron-Cohen gives his character 'Ali G' a feature length film as the skunk smoking, drum and base listening man from Staines sets out on a mission to save his beloved leisure centre.

 

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

The ultimate spy thriller, so tense and confusing you'll be left gasping for air, equipped with a pedigree cast including Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Hurt and Tom Hardy, need I go on? 

 

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

After 15 years in Australia for a crime he did not commit, the demon barber Sweeny Todd (Johnny Depp) silts his customers throats and sends the bodies down to Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) to be turned into meat pies. Todd won't rest however until he kills the evil Judge Turpin that sent him away all those years ago.

 

 

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