10 Best English Movies 2008

Wednesday, January 26 by Margaret Stewart

In 2008 the best films made by British filmmakers were either created in that year, or were recognized with awards of excellence in that year.  The best English movies of 2008 focus on a wide array of genres, from musicals to tragedies, and have all earned critical acclaim for the messages that they conveyed to their target audiences. 

 

  1. “Mama Mia”. Made in 2008, “Mama Mia!” grossed over $144,000,000 at the box office, making it one of the best English movies of 2008. The movie is a romantic-comedy musical that features music by ABBA and stars Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried. The basic storyline for the film focuses on a determined daughter, (Seyfried) who wants to find out which of three men is her father before she marries.
  2. “Slumdog Millionaire”. Winner of the 2009 Academy Award for Best Picture, “Slumdog Millionaire” was released in 2008. The plot for the story centers on a boy that wins a game show and then has to explain how he knew the answers in order to become a millionaire. “Slumdog Millionaire” also won awards at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, as well as the Golden Globes.
  3. “The Chronicles of Narnia:  Prince Caspian”. “The Chronicles of Narnia:  Prince Caspian” is the second in the series of Narnia movies. A family fantasy tale, four children return to their home to overthrow a wrongfully crowned king and return Prince Caspian to the thrown.
  4. “Brideshead Revisited”. Released in 2008, the film “Brideshead Revisited” shares the same title as the television series and is another of the best English movies of 2008. A historical fiction, drama, “Brideshead Revisited” focuses on a love story that takes place after WWII in England.
  5. “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”.  Filmed in Budapest, “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” tells the tale of the son of a German soldier that befriends another boy being held in a concentration camp. Despite its minor box office intake, the film was acclaimed as one of the best English movies of 2008 because of its serious subject matter and stellar performances.
  6. “Control”.  Nominated by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2008 for Best British Film, “Control” is the story of British singer, Ian Curtis, his band and his relationship with his wife, Debbie. Yet, it is also the story of the decline of his world that led to his suicide at the age of 23.
  7. “Atonement”.  Winner of the award for Best Film in 2008 by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, “Atonement” was made in 2007 and released in 2008.  Written by Ian McEwan and directed by Joe Wright, this film stars Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. The story is both a mystery and a drama, revolving around a 13-year-old girl that intentionally accuses an innocent man of rape.
  8. “The Bourne Ultimatum”.  Nominated by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2008 for Best British Film, “The Bourne Ultimatum” was released in 2007, with its franchise star, Matt Damon.  Damon plays Jason Bourne, the super spy that searches for his own identity, while evading would-be assassins.
  9. “This is England”.  Winner of the award for Best British Film in 2008 by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, “This is England”  takes a look at the life of a boy that becomes involved in the skinhead culture of England, circa 1983.
  10. “Eastern Promises”. Nominated by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2008 for Best British Film, “Eastern Promises”  stars Josef Altin and Naomi Watts.  A drama, the film focuses on a young teenage girl who dies in childbirth, but leaves behind a diary that tells of how she was forced into prostitution by the Russian mob. 
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