British Melodramas: 20 English Love Films

Ladies and gentlemen, would you like to take a look at the ladies and gentlemen? If yes, then here is a selection for you, where there was a place not only for the best English melodramas of recent years, but also for simply interesting projects for sensitive hearts. It features comedy, war, motivational and historical films in a sentimental genre with magnificent costumes, architectural landmarks and expressive acting.

Emma. (2020)

The novelty of English cinema will send the viewer to the UK of the 19th century. Emma, ​​a girl living in the outskirts of London, believes that she understands people so much that she can decide their fate, deciding who and with whom to enter into a marriage union. Emma herself is not going to get married, not wanting to leave her father alone. A self-confident matchmaker tries to arrange a personal life for her acquaintances and gets into comical situations at the same time. A costumed comedy melodrama based on the book by British writer Jane Austen recreates in detail the atmosphere of the Victorian era.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

original name :
Emma

Actors:
Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Mia Goth …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Downton Abbey (2019)

The favorite series of the British royal family is a highly rated English film about the love and intrigues of the inhabitants of an old estate. The continuation of the popular project was this successful full-length sequel. The dream of any aristocrat is to host a monarch in his house. And the Crowley family is no exception. In 1927, the inhabitants of the mansion are preparing for the arrival of George V and his wife. So far, no one knows that an assassination attempt is being prepared on the king and that members of the Crowley family will be directly involved in the fate of the ruler.

Original title:
Downton Abbey

Actors:
Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Geraldine James …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Christmas for two (2019)

A romantic film about love is a good old melodrama designed to create a Christmas mood . Kate the saleswoman gave up on herself for a long time. During the day, a lively girl with vulgar make-up sells Christmas goods, and in the evenings she fills her spiritual emptiness with alcohol and fleeting connections. And then he appears – a sincere and sympathetic Tom. The guy travels by bike, knows all the romantic places in London and helps the homeless. Meeting with an unusual stranger helps Kate look at herself from the side and understand that it is no longer possible to live like this.

Original title:
Last Christmas

Actors:
Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Emma Thompson…

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Book and Potato Peel Pie Club (2018)

An English-made historical melodrama about a book club on an island occupied by the Nazis during World War II . Juliet is a young writer who lost her family during the war. One day she receives a letter from Guernsey pig farmer Dawsey. A young man tells Juliet about a book club that has become a cover for secret meetings of the inhabitants of the city captured by the enemy. An interested girl travels to Guernsey to write about the story.

Original title:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Actors:
Lily James, Michiel Houseman, Glen Powell …

Country:
UK, France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4

Age Limits :
12+


Where Hands Touch (2018)

Tragic circumstances bring two young men, heroes of British war melodrama, to Berlin in 1944. The family of 15-year-old Leyla is forced to constantly change their place of residence due to the fear that a black girl might suffer from the Nazis, despite the fact that her mother is German. The skin color of the teenager got from his father – a black Frenchman. The plot of the British film is based on the relationship between Leila and the son of an influential SS officer. Young people will meet in the most difficult conditions, and forbidden love will save or destroy both.

Original title:
Where Hands Touch

Actors:
Abbie Cornish, Amandla Stenberg, Christopher Eccleston …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Breathe for us (2017)

One of the best British melodramas is a feature film about love and fortitude that can bring tears to tears or surprise even skeptics. The real story tells about the fate of Robin Cavendish, who was stricken with polio shortly after his marriage. The disease overtook a cheerful young man in Kenya, where he was on business with his pregnant wife. Such patients are not taken from clinics – a paralyzed Robin is unable to breathe without a ventilator. The doctors gave the guy a few months, but his wife Diana turned this miserable period into 36 years of life among a loving family and friends at home.

Original title:
Breathe

Actors:
Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Edward Speleers…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.2

Age limits :
16+


On the Shore (2017)

British film in the genre of melodrama – adaptation of the novel by Ian McEwan, winner of the Booker Prize. Many plots end with a wedding , and our film begins with this bright celebration. Newlyweds Edward and Florence go to a hotel on the English Channel. That’s just the first wedding night for the couple comes out dramatic. After all, the characters are virgins who are afraid of intimacy, and the stress of the fiasco reveals all the hidden contradictions between the characters. Will the new family’s boat be able to withstand this storm, or will it crash before it makes it to the open ocean?

Original title:
On Chesil Beach

Actors:
Billy Hole, Saoirse Ronan, Andy Burse …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age Limits :
18+


See You (2016)

The ambitious son of wealthy parents, handsome Will is now an invalid, forever bedridden. Friends visit less and less, and the girlfriend left for her best friend. All the guy is left with is sarcasm, irritability, and self-hatred. The opposite of Will is his new nurse, Lou, in colorful tights and a perpetual smile on her face. The melodrama, filmed by British filmmakers, will tell how two completely different people can change each other’s lives and make sensitive spectators cry.

Original title:
Me Before You

Actors:
Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.4

Age limits :
16+


Lady Macbeth (2016)

British version of the famous story by Nikolai Leskov. The events unfold in 19th century England. The landowner Lester dreams of grandchildren, so he buys a small plot of land for his son Alexander, and with him his young wife Catherine. Arriving at her new home, the girl is faced with rudeness and cruelty. The newly-made husband – an insensitive cracker – locks Katherine in the estate, forbidding her to go anywhere. Bored within the four walls, the young mistress starts an affair with a local farm worker. A fleeting connection develops into uncontrollable passion , which led to terrible events.

Original title:
Lady Macbeth

Actors:
Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.8

Age Limits :
18+


Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)

A costumed English melodrama about love against the backdrop of picturesque landscapes reveals the great and eternal drama of the relationship between a man and a woman. Bathsheba Everdeen inherited the farm from her uncle. And while the girl is doing business, several men immediately pay attention to her – the poor farmer Gabriel, the wealthy neighbor William and Sergeant Troy. The film is worth watching for its accurately conveyed historical atmosphere and brilliant acting – this film adaptation of the novel by Thomas Hardy has become the best in the opinion of fans of his work.

Original title:
Far from the Madding Crowd

Actors:
Carey Mulligan, Mattias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Stolen Date (2015)

The heroine of an English film about love knows firsthand what it is like when you are a little over 30, and on the horizon there is a maximum of a cat from the male representatives . Yes, and Nancy’s relatives do not let the girl get bored, constantly reminding about the clock that is ticking. One day, she ends up on someone else’s blind date, where she meets 40-year-old Jack. From this moment begins an inventive British comedy with unexpected plot twists in a purely English style.

Original title:
Man Up

Actors:
Lake Bell, Simon Pegg, Rory Kinnear…

Country:
Great Britain, France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


London Holidays (2014)

Among the best melodramas comes from the UK, a film that, on the one hand, is a classic comedy parody, and on the other, an almanac of English manners and customs. On a May evening in 1945, Mr. Churchill announces the end of the war. The people are inspired and celebrate the great victory with all their hearts. The king prepares to make a speech as the young princesses Margaret and Elizabeth rush out of the palace to rejoin the cheering crowd. Having received permission, the girls will plunge into the thick of London’s nightlife.

Original title:
A Royal Night Out

Actors:
Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Jack Reynor …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


X+Y (2014)

The English film will tell the story of an unusual teenager Nathan. He has autistic disorders, as a result of which the child prodigy leads a very secluded lifestyle. He shuns all affection, especially after the death of his father. However, a meeting with a teacher from the UK will forever change his fate. Having revealed the boy’s talent, the mathematician pushes him to participate in the international Olympiad – a competition that will help Nathan find friends and open up to the world.

Original title:
X + Y

Actors:
Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Boyfriend from the Future (2013)

The highlight of the British film about love and romance was the home version of the time machine, which is why the melodrama is watched in one breath by lovers of plots with time loops . On his 21st birthday, Tim learns a secret from his father. It turns out that men of his kind have the ability to move in time . The young man decides to use his gift to win the heart of a beautiful stranger. The love story will stretch for many years – there are many comical and tragic events ahead of the hero, and most importantly, he will understand that the most important thing in life is what is happening here and now.

Original title:
About Time

Actors:
Domhnall Gleason, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Margot Robbie …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.8

Age limit:
16+


Diana: A Love Story (2013)

Princess Diana is the most popular member of the English royal family and has already become a legend. The British film will tell about the fate of Lady Dee after her divorce from Charles. The princess is completely immersed in charitable activities and she has absolutely no time for herself or for love. But one day a woman meets a Pakistani surgeon and feelings instantly flare up between two different people. Such an unexpected union of the West and the East, due to the noise in the yellow press, becomes scandalous for the reputation of the House of Windsor.

Original title:
Diana

Actors:
Naomi Watts, Navin Andrews, Juliet Stevenson …

Country:
UK, France, Sweden, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Anna Karenina (2012)

The next film in our top is a large-scale English cinema in the genre of melodrama, a free and controversial interpretation of Russian classics. Official Alexander Karenin, who holds a high post in St. Petersburg, is married to the beautiful Anna. A woman is distinguished by a meek disposition and complaisance. However, after meeting the young officer Vronsky, forbidden love bursts into the life of a previously impeccable and faithful wife. Rumors about the connection of a married woman quickly spread among noble society, and Anna becomes persona non grata.

Original title:
Anna Karenina

Actors:
Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Jane Eyre (2011)

English melodrama is another adaptation of the famous sentimental work. Orphan Jane takes a job as a governess at Thornfield Manor, Mr. Rochester’s estate. A man brings up the daughter of his former mistress, but rarely appears within the walls of the mansion. Despite the gloomy nature of Rochester, Jane’s modesty and different social status, deep feelings flare up between the characters. However, the past of a man can prevent lovers from finding family happiness.

Original title:
Jane Eyre

Actors:
Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench…

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
12+


WE. We believe in love (2011)

The director of the romantic English film in the genre of melodrama was the singer Madonna. The story closely intertwines the fates of the modern housewife Wally and Wallis Simpson, the sensational woman who prompted King Edward VIII of Great Britain to abdicate. Wally is passionate about the story of an independent American woman, she admires the strength and courage of a woman, because she herself is not the mistress of her own life. Almost a century separates the two heroines, but there are many parallels in their destinies.

Original title:
WE

Actors:
Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, James D’Arcy …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.3

Age limits :
16+


Don’t Let Me Go (2010)

The list of the best melodramas filmed in Britain will continue with a one-part film based on the science fiction novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Three friends live in a closed boarding school – a modest honors student Katie, an independent Tommy and an emotional Ruth. The guys study, go in for sports, are fond of creativity, fall in love and make friends. In general, they live like ordinary teenagers. However, the boarding school has a special purpose, and young people have no future – it is already a foregone conclusion how long their life will last.

Original title:
Never Let Me Go

Actors:
Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Submarine (2010)

An intelligent comedy melodrama with a high rating about an English teenager who is trying to sort out his problems. Oliver Tate is only 15 years old, but he is already a neurotic, narcissist and introvert. He has clear plans for the near future. Firstly, to win the love of a gloomy classmate and lose her virginity. Secondly, to save the marriage of the parents, not allowing the mother to meet again with the admirer living in the neighborhood.

Original title:
Submarine

Actors:
Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine, Craig Roberts…

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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