10 Best British Comedy Movies

Thursday, March 24 by Sheldon Reid

The ten best British comedy movies offer a mix of witty dialogue and zany action. Many of them serve as parodies, making a mockery of everything from zombies to the adventures of King Arthur.

  1. "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." King Arthur gathers his men and embarks on an absurd hunt for the Holy Grail. The Monty Python gang, featuring comedians such as John Cleese and Graham Chapman, wrote and starred in this British comedy.
  2.  "Monty Python's The Life of Brian." No subject is too taboo for Monty Python. This British comedy movie parodies the life and times of Jesus Christ.
  3. "Shaun of the Dead." Shaun is an unlucky soul caught between dying relationships and an undead invasion. This British comedy isn’t afraid to poke fun at the horror movie genre.
  4. "Hot Fuzz.” Nicholas Angel is an efficient cop. In fact, he is too efficient. Jealous peers aim to bust his reputation. This British comedy movie pays homage to numerous action films. Can you catch the references?
  5. “Death at a Funeral.” The shameful secrets of a dead man threaten to pop up when an old friend approaches his family. In 2010, a remake of this British comedy movie landed on American shores.
  6. “A Fish Called Wanda.” This 1988 film follows the exploits of four backstabbing robbers. John Cleese and Jamie Lee Curtis head the colorful cast. “A Fish Called Wanda” won numerous awards for its acting talents and original screenplay.
  7. “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” The comedic adventures of Wallace and Gromit, a man and his dog, continue in this short British comedy. This time, the duo tries to save a local vegetable growing contest from a horrifying creature.  
  8. “Whatever Happened To Harold Smith?” Tom Courtenay plays Harold Smith, a love struck man who discovers that he has psychic powers. Peter Hewitt directed this 1999 British comedy movie.
  9. "The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins.” This British movie is actually comprised of a series of short, comedic stories, with each story revolving around one of the seven dead sins. Graham Stark directed this odd 1971 film.  
  10. “Dr . Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb.” Stanley Kubrick directed this old, British comedy about nuclear holocaust. The film earned four Oscar nominations in 1965.
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COMMENTS

  1. March 24, 2011 10:43 pm

    Barbara Silkstone

    Yippee! Glad to see A Fish Called Wanda.
    Funniest flick ever.


  2. March 24, 2011 10:43 pm

    Paul

    Hey! Where are “Personal Services”, “Saving Grace”, and “Battle of the Sexes” ??????


  3. March 24, 2011 10:43 pm

    kent hadley

    I laugh everytime I think about Deat at a Funeral.