We do love seeing Southend-on-Sea on the screen! Whether it’s seeing our sunny Southend seaside in a TV advert, or our sunny Southend seaside in a music video, we’re proud of our picturesque little seaside town!

This “TOP 10” list was compiled by taking the list of films from IMDB with a filming location of Southend-on-Sea, and ranking them according to IMDB’s number of votes as a metric of popularity. This way, popularity is ranked by how well known a film is, as opposed to being ranked according to the actual 5* rating system itself, which can be significantly more misleading in terms of “popularity”.

1) Goldfinger (1964)

Ratings: 7.8/10 from 113,347 users   

James Bond, played by Sean Connery, drives his Aston Martin DB5 into Southend Airport, having tracked Goldfinger’s Rolls Royce there, and takes his Aston Martin to Geneva in Switzerland via Carvair from Southend Airport.

2) Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

Ratings: 7.0/10 from 27,989 users

The main character, Poppy, and her sisters go to visit their pregnant younger sister who lives with her husband in Southend-on-Sea. Of course, there are views of all the usual iconic landmarks in Southend such as Adventure Island, Southend seaside and the Southend pier.

3) Essex Boys (2000)

Ratings: 6.0/10 from 2,581 users   

Hitting the night clubs, followed by a high speed car chase down the Esplanade? Just your typical Friday night on Southend seafront…. ;)

4) Malice in Wonderland (2009)

Ratings: 6.1/10 from 2,424 users   

Danny Dyer stars in a modern gangster take of the Alice in Wonderland fairytale. Danny Dyer plays the “White Rabbit” taxi driver. Enough said.

5) Bonded By Blood (2010)

Ratings: 5.4/10 from 1,498 users   

Southend Pier makes an appearance in another film loosely based around the 1995 Rettendon murders. Bonded By Blood revolves around the same characters that appeared in Rise of the Footsoldier.

6) Funny Man (1994)

Ratings: 4.6/10 from 665 users   

Christopher Lee stars in this movie as he loses his home to the main character in a game of poker. However, a demonic jester called the Funny Man, brutally murders members of the main character’s family one by one with his strange and imaginative repertoire of homicidal techniques. Yeah, it’s a bit odd.

7) Axed (2012)

Ratings: 3.6/10 from 612 users   

This movie follows the man Kurt Wendell who can’t bear the idea of his family finding out that he’s been axed from his big city job. So he takes his kids out of school and his wife out of work for a family break miles away from civilisation. Put it this way: He got AXED from his job, and now he’s a crazy AXE-wielding maniac. Get it? GET IT? HA! HA!

8) Hardboiled Sweets (2012)

Ratings: 4.5/10 from 596 users   

Another Essex crime drama in which a London crime boss travels to Southend to collect some owed money from a local Southend gangster.

9) Trash House (2005)

Ratings: 2.5/10 from 265 users   

Distributed by the same UK distributors as legendary comedy-horrors such as “I Spit On Your Grave” and “Faces of Death”, Trash House is another one of THOSE movies. Monsters. Zombies. Chainsaws. Somebody Doesn’t Love Lucy…

10) KillerKiller (2007)

Ratings: 3.7/10 from 189 users  

Written and directed by Pat Higgins, following the success of his first movie Trash House, KillerKiller was his second.

2 Responses

  1. Charlie

    Whatever happened to the Lilt adverts that were filmed in Southend????

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