Top Five English Movie Directors

England has a long and renowned history when it comes to movies. Famous studios include Ealing, Elstree and Pinewood, housed in London and Buckinghamshire, respectively. Not only has its iconic landmarks and grand houses been the setting for may dramas and period pieces, but it has also produced some of the finest movie directors in the industry. Here, we take an entertaining look at the top five, along with their most famous movies or scenes.

Alfred Hitchcock

No list of famous directors would be complete without the addition of Hitchcock, famous for his use of suspense, in such movies as Vertigo (1958), Psycho (1960) and Rear Window (1954). Ask anybody to name their most remembered scene from a Hitchcock movie, and it would invariably be from The Birds (1963), when the star, Tippi Hedren, is being chased by a pack of crows who injure several children.

David Lean

When it comes to everyone’s perception of a typical English gentleman, then David Lean fits the bill. Known for his grand epics, his movies included Dr Zhivago (1965), Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), and the unforgettable Lawrence of Arabia (1962). This incredible historical drama won numerous Oscars, including for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor. Of the top 100 British films, Lean has seven movies on the list.

Ridley Scott

Some may be surprised to learn that Scott is English, given his phenomenal success in Hollywood, the heart of the movie industry. His epic stories embrace astonishing visual effects and include Alien (1979), Gladiator (2000) and Blade Runner (1982). The success of Alien led to three sequels, and who could forget that classic scene when the creature burst out of John Hurt’s chest.

Danny Boyle

Among the list of English directors of the modern age, Danny Boyle never disappoints with the iconic Trainspotting (1996) being his crowning glory. Despite its shocking portrayal of heroin addicts, this would be a great movie to watch on your newly refurbished macbook air, allowing you to see all the clever use of humour throughout. Boyle was also responsible for the dramatic opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics and later turned down a knighthood.

Ken Loach

He may be best remembered for his shocking BBC drama of Cathy Come Home (1966), but his movies certainly stand the test of time, especially Kes (1969) and The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006). Loach is a well-known social activist, and this shows in his movies, with their themes of poverty, capital punishment and working class people.

An evening watching any of these classic movies will not be wasted and could be seen as an education in the timeless art of film directing.

Medicine In Movies

Patch Adams

This comedy film tells the true story of a doctor who uses humour to treat his patients. It stars Robin Williams in the main role. The core message of the movie is that people in the medical profession should have compassion for those that they treat.

The Last King of Scotland

This historical drama explores the moral dilemma of a doctor. He is tasked with being the private practitioner for a violent dictator. As he witnesses the conflict of 1970’s Uganda he questions whether is doing the right thing.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Mental health is the core theme of this iconic Jack Nicholson film. Set in an asylum, it depicts the abuses that can take place if staff members are left unchecked. The main villain, Nurse Ratched has gone on to become an iconic example of cold cruelty.

An American Werewolf In London

Despite being a werewolf movie it takes place mostly inside a hospital room. After a hitchhiker is attacked he recovers in the bed of a medical facility. His doctor travels to the location of the incident to learn more. This is due to the fact that his symptoms are mysterious. Meanwhile, one of the nurses grows attached to the patient, unaware that he will soon transform into a monster.

Innerspace

This 1980’s sci fi fantasy has a hypochondriac as a main character. He knows there is something wrong with his body but is unsure what. Luckily in modern times there are apps available to help people in the same situation. For instance, livi is an app that allows a user to video chat with GPs. By doing this they can get consultations, prescriptions and referrals.

Carry On Doctor

The Carry On series was very popular for the people of Britain during the 1970’s. Each movie was set in a themed location where bawdy scenarios occurred. Most of these were in different periods of time. However, Carry On Doctor is set in contemporary days and depicts a humorous hospital where numerous quirky incidents happen.

Bringing Out The Dead

Directed by Martin Scorsese, this dark drama examines the difficult work that New York paramedics have to do. Nicholas Cage plays a medic who is beginning to collapse due to the strain that the job has on his life.

Day Of The Dead

The core conflict of this post apocalyptic horror is medicine versus military. Set in an underground base, survivors struggle after a zombie outbreak. The doctors of this facility wish to examine the un-dead in order to find a potential cure. However, the soldiers in command begin to get frustrated over their futile situation and the group fights each other.

Iconic Movie Stars

Charlie Chaplin

With his toothbrush moustache and ill-fitting suit, Charlie Chaplin is instantly recognisable to people all over the world. During the days of silent comedy, he entertained the masses. However, his career suffered from the advent of talking pictures. After being incorrectly accused of being a communist, he was forced to emigrate to Europe and did not release another film.

Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton is another important maker of silent comedy films. His work is known for its daring stunts which Keaton performed himself. Even today the death-defying spectacles in movies such as The General continue to impress modern audiences.

James Dean

Despite having an extremely short career, James Dean has become a huge star thanks to his stirring performances. The 1950’s teen drama Rebel Without A Cause is one of the best movies of the decade.

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor was a style icon who received substantial press coverage for what she wore on and off screen. Today, people can purchase the same style type of shoes that she sometimes wore through online sites such as Footway. This just goes to show that fashion once unattainable can now be ordered with the click of a button.

Marilyn Monroe

One of the most well-known images of Hollywood history is Marilyn Monroe standing on an air vent wearing a white dress. This was just one dramatic moment in her spectacular career as an actress. All of her films are worth seeking out.

James Stewart

James Stewart started his career in the western genre. During this time he played a wide variety of heroes, some more morally ambiguous than others. However, it was his work with director Frank Capra that has cemented his status as one of the greatest actors of all time.

He plays George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life. This film has since become a festive favourite for many people during the holiday season. It also often lands on lists of the greatest movies of all time.

The Marx Brothers

The Marx Brothers were innovators of cinematic comedy. They started off as performers on the vaudeville circuit. They later found that their act translated very well on the silver screen. Their work remains relevant with people due to its anarchic silliness and witty one-liners.

Lillian Gish

During her heyday, Lillian Gish was one of the most famous actresses around. She is most recognised for her work with epic film director D.W. Griffith. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she managed to maintain her career well into the talkies era.

In fact, one of her most famous films is the 1955 thriller, Night Of The Hunter. In it, she shelters two orphans from a homicidal preacher played by the menacing Robert Mitchum.