Movies about Scotland

List of the best movies about Scotland, selected by visitors to our site: Macbeth, Outlaw King, Mary Queen of Scots, The Island, The Party's Just Beginning, The Vanishing, Matriarch, Burn Burn Burn, What We Did on Our Holiday, God Help the Girl.

In the top there are new films of 2019, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Macbeth (2015)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.6)
Genredrama, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, USA
Duration01:40
CharactersKnights, Kings, Witch
PlotRivalry
PlaceScotland
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleDepressive, Atmospheric, Tense, Fascinating

Feature film adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish play about General Macbeth whose ambitious wife urges him to use wicked means in order to gain power of the throne over the sitting king, Duncan.

Outlaw King (2018)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.9)
Genreaction, drama, military, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:57
CharactersKings, Knights, Horses
PlotWar, Uprising, On real events
PlaceScotland, England, Castle
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleAtmospheric, Exciting, Tense

Forced into exile by the English after being crowned King of Scotland, legendary warrior Robert the Bruce fights to reclaim the throne.

Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
Mark8 (imdb: 6.3)
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:04
CharactersKings, Strong women, Sisters, Gay
PlotPolitical, Intrigue, Rivalry, Betrayal
PlaceEngland, Scotland
Time16th century
StyleWomens in main roles, Depressive, Fascinating

In 1561, Mary Stuart, widow of the King of France, returns to Scotland, reclaims her rightful throne and menaces the future of Queen Elizabeth I as ruler of England, because she has a legitimate claim to the English throne. Betrayals, rebellions, conspiracies and their own life choices imperil both Queens. They experience the bitter cost of power, until their tragic fate is finally fulfilled.

The Island (2018)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryChina
Duration01:28
PlotSurvival, Death, Fear
PlaceUninhabited island, Scotland, Islands
StyleFor men, Tense, Disturbing

A cataclysmic event causes a man, who dreams of winning the lottery, to become stranded on an island with his co-workers.

The Party's Just Beginning (2018)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:09
CharactersTeens
PlotDepression, Relationship, Everyday life, Death
PlaceParty, Scotland
StyleDisturbing

In a bleak Inverness midwinter, Luisaidh is careening off the rails after the suicide of her best friend. She medicates her misery with joyless sex, chips and a belief in the power of positive drinking. Surrounded by bittersweet memories, she struggles to find someone to talk to or some reason to make life worthwhile at the most stressful time of the year.

The Vanishing (2018)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 5.8)
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:32
PlotTreasures, On real events, Mystery, Investigation
PlaceLighthouse, Islands, Scotland
StyleDisturbing, Fascinating, Tense

Three lighthouse keepers on an uninhabited island off the coast of Scotland discover something that isn't theirs to keep.

Matriarch (2018)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genrethriller, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersFarmers, Fathers
PlotLove, Death, Abduction, Ghosts, Fear, Cars
PlaceScotland, School, Lake

A pregnant woman and her husband are taken in by a farmer and his wife after crashing their car in the Scottish countryside. Once inside, they realize their hosts’ daughter is a missing child from the news years earlier. Things take a sinister twist when the farmer and his wife inform the couple they intend to keep their baby once born.

Burn Burn Burn (2016)
Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:39
CharactersLesbians, Terminally ill
PlotCancer, Death, Travel, Mystery, Funeral
PlaceScotland, Nature

Following the death of their friend, two girls in their late twenties embark on a road trip to spread his ashes. Seph and Alex take turns driving. Dan is in the glove compartment, in tupperware, decreasing in volume as the trip progresses.

What We Did on Our Holiday (2014)
Mark4 (imdb: 6.9)
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:35
CharactersFamily
PlotMystery
PlaceScotland, Nature
StyleAction, To cry

Doug and Abi and their three children travel to the Scottish Highlands for Doug's father Gordie's birthday party. It's soon clear that when it comes to keeping a secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability...

God Help the Girl (2014)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genremelodrama, drama, musical
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:52
CharactersFriends, Lifeguards
PlotAnorexia, Depression, Mental disorders, Music
PlaceScotland
StyleTouching, To cry

Eve is a catastrophe—low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless souls: posh Cass and fastidious James, and together they form a group.

Filth (2013)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 7.1)
Genrecomedy, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, USA
Duration01:33
PlotLoneliness
PlaceScotland
StyleSmart

A bigoted junkie cop suffering from bipolar disorder and drug addiction manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter.

Under the Skin (2014)
Mark5.4 (imdb: 6.3)
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Luxembourg
Duration01:48
CharactersAliens
PlotAlien invasion, Abduction
PlaceScotland
TimeFuture
StyleDepressive, Atmospheric, Action, Disturbing

A seductive alien prowls the streets of Glasgow in search of prey: unsuspecting men who fall under her spell.

Not Another Happy Ending (2013)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:42
CharactersWriters
PlaceScotland

When a struggling publisher discovers his only successful author is blocked he knows he has to unblock her or he's finished. With her newfound success, she's become too damn happy and she can't write when she's happy.The only trouble is, the worse he makes her feel, the more he realises he's in love with her.

Mary, Queen of Scots (2013)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryLuxembourg, France
PlotReligious
PlaceScotland, England
Time16th century
StyleFascinating

The life and death of the Scottish monarch.

Brave (2012)
Mark9.2 (imdb: 7.1)
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryUSA
Duration01:33
CharactersWitch, Wizards, Kings, Princesses, Family, Bears
PlotAdventure, Magic
PlaceForest, Scotland
StyleExciting, Light, Disney

Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Mérida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus and Queen Elinor. An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Mérida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Mérida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Mérida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin, the surly Lord Macintosh, and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall.

The Angels' Share (2012)
Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Belgium, Italy
Duration01:46
CharactersThieves, Friends, Partners, Losers, Good people
PlaceScotland
StyleSoulful

Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.

Doors Open (2012)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genredrama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:40
CharactersThieves
PlotRobbery
PlaceScotland
StyleDisturbing

Heist thriller and adaptation of Ian Rankin's book, which sees a bored millionaire plan to swap the contents of a gallery's warehouse with near-perfect forgeries.

The Crossing (2012)
Mark7 (imdb: 5.2)
Genrethriller
CountryFrance, Luxembourg, Belgium
Duration01:37
CharactersMute
PlotDeath
PlaceIslands, Scotland, Hotels, Beach
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Disturbing

Lola Arendt, 8, vanishes while on vacation on a wild Scottish island. Shattered by her disappearance, her parents, Sarah and Martin, separate. Two years later, Lola is found at the exact same spot. Martin returns to the island to bring her home. His delight at being reunited with Lola soon gives way to suspicion and fear. Why won't Lola talk? Who are these men watching them? What did Sarah know about Lola's disappearance? And who is beautiful and mysterious Norah Kross? When the weather conspires to stop them leaving, Martin and Lola embark on a journey across the island with Norah, headed for a tragic discovery...

Case Histories (2011)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersPolice, Detectives
PlotInvestigation, Relationship, Missing people
PlaceScotland
StyleAction, Touching, Gloomy, Disturbing

Case Histories is a British drama television series based on the Jackson Brodie detective novels by Kate Atkinson. It stars Jason Isaacs as Jackson Brodie.

Perfect Sense (2011)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 7.1)
Genrefantastic, melodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Republic of Ireland
Duration01:28
CharactersCooks, Scientists
PlotApocalypse, Love, Relationship
PlaceScotland
TimeFuture
StyleMakes me think, Philosophical

Susan is a scientist searching for answers to important questions. So important that she has given up on other things, like love - until she meets Micheal. Susan and Michael find themselves embarking on a sensual adventure while the world around them seems to be falling apart. A life-affirming look at what it means to love and be loved in turbulent times.




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