Five must-see Brit flicks from the noughties

By Alice Daveis

The noughties was a memorable and prolific era for the film industry in Britain, prompting us to compile a list of the five greatest movies of the last decade. So, the next time you fancy settling down and watching a classic, give the latest movies a miss and instead watch one of these great films.

Some star the best of British acting talent, some are produced by the best creative minds in the land and some were shot in Britain. No matter how they are eligible to make the final five, they are all stand-out films of some distinction and it may be worth checking cinema times to see if any of the following are being reshown.

An honourable mention must also go to the likes of Dead Man's Shoes, Layer Cake and Children of Men, but sadly that trio failed to make the cut. What did? Read on...

Casino Royale (2006) - Casino Royale marked a watershed moment in the James Bond franchise. New boy Daniel Craig added a much-needed grittier side to the role of Bond and the result is a film far more sinister than its predecessors Die Another Day and The World Is Not Enough, not to mention bigger and better in every way. Taking inspiration for some of the high-octane latest movies doing the rounds, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson went back to basics and back to Bond as it should be.

Snatch (2000) - Guy Ritchie's had given himself a tough challenge when he debuted with hit Brit film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and would later have to follow it up with something better. Thankfully, Ritchie stuck with his winning formula of unique cockney wise guys, gangsters and goons of all shapes and sizes and a super soundtrack to produce Snatch. Getting Hollywood a-lister Brad Pitt involved in the movie proved a major coup as Ritchie triumphed once more.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - Danny Boyle became the toast of Hollywood following the runaway success of a bittersweet tale of one teenager's battle to escape from the slums of Mumbai with his friends. Slumdog Millionaire is a real emotional rollercoaster and scooped no fewer than eight Oscars in 2009 along with a host of other awards. Boyle, of course, also directed Shallow Grave and Trainspotting, which are two classic Brit flicks from the 1990s.

28 Days Later (2002) - Boyle showed a darker side to his directorial skills in 28 Days Later as he made a mockery of the theory that Brits are incapable of making decent horror films. Actually, 28 Days Later is better than decent. In fact, it's tremendous from start to finish. The audience is gripped from the moment one survivor of a deadly virus is seen stumbling around a deserted London in an unforgettable first few minutes. A sequel duly followed in the form of 28 Weeks Later, but it was nowhere near as good as the original, as is so commonly the case.

Shaun of the Dead (2004) - The biggest names in UK comedy over the last decade or so virtually all turn up in Shaun of the Dead as the romcom genre is turned on its head with a little help from an army of zombie and the fearless duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. It's 99 minutes of blood and belly-busting laughs that was given the seal of approval from the legendary Quentin Tarantino, which says everything you need to know about this film.

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