Highlanders of Scotland require some good entertaining Scottish movies from time to time. There are some movies that should be owned by all of Scotland. What movies best fit that Scottish spirit and spark that Highland pride? Here are seven Scottish movies every Highlander should own.
MacBeth" (1971). Why should you own a flick involving a drama king, a couple of wicked witches, and a lot of rule-breaking to reach King of Scotland status? Scottish viewers should have a copy because the king ends up getting what he deserves. For a British-American film, it sure has Scotland weather down, so it will feel like home without all of the murder and mayhem.
"Local Hero" (1983). A man must displace a community in Scotland, but falls in love with the community after experiencing the Scottish tradition of human kindness. This PG film is exciting in a notable way, and it offers a feel good storyline for those proud Scottish property owners.
"Dr. No" (1962). Sir Sean Connery is from Scotland, and he is part of the Scottish National Party connected with Scottish Independence. This movie is one to be proud of for a highlander since it began as the first in a string of savvy James Bond films that keenly continue to represent the hometown.
"Highlander" (1986). The "Highlander" was originally transported from 1536 Scotland Highlands to New York City (1985/86), and he ultimately gives a good old fashioned highlander style butt kicking that can make any highlander proud. The "Highlander" is definitely a series worth adding to that shelf of Scottish flicks.
"Whisky Galore" (1949). Thousands of whisky bottles just sit on a boat awaiting the arrival of some thieves from Scotland. But Scotland beware! You'll want to break open those bottles after viewing the face of one bad actor when he's told that there is no more whisky, and the story narrator describes "life not worth living" without whisky. This film deserves a place in Scottish history as one of the best black and white highlander party flick classics.
"Brigadoon" (1954 MGM). Who doesn't like Pennsylvania-born Gene Kelly pumping out a couple of moves in a Scottish setting? This Scotland-related film takes place in a location so unrealistic, when a villager leaves, it no longer exists. Confused by the storyline? This classic film delivers one scene that includes the gathering of clans, so keep that rewind button close because you may want to see that again. Spoiler alert! They fall in love, he ends up with the village girl on her turf as it disappears inside of the mist again. Sure, it may be another overdose of Hollywood, but it features the Scottish bagpipes.
Braveheart" (1995). In the movie "Braveheart", William Wallace (Mel Gibson) fights remarkable battles for the sake of freedom and independence from King Edward I of England. The Scottish film nails some techniques, but it fails on others. For example, indigo paint was used in history to paint the faces of warriors, much like Gibson does in certain Wallace battle scenes, but the warriors did not paint their faces as dramatically in battle. Also, the princess was allegedly under three years old in "real" time, but old enough to have sex with in the movie. All the same, "Braveheart" will break out that Scottish warpath to victory for "FREEDOM!", and it's movie every highlander should own. Independently.