10 Classic Hollywood Cliches Still Used Today

British Invasion
If there's evil lurking in Hollywood, a British accent is not far behind; here, Anthony Hopkins plays Hannibal Lecter in 'Silence of the Lambs.' Brits are in great demand when the script calls for someone highbrow, villainous or just 'foreign.' Phil Bray/MGM Pictures/Universal Pictures/Dino DeLaurentiis

More than 53 million people call England home, according to Britain's Office for National Statistics. That's certainly not a paltry number, but compared with the planet's 7 billion and counting ... well, it's a drop in the proverbial bucket. Nevertheless, British accents dominate the box office anytime someone needs to sound highbrow, royal, evil, intelligent or otherwise not American.

English accents occur regardless of the geographic location of the film. You'll even hear it in movies set in periods before England existed. "The Lord of the Rings" series? "Troy"? "Les Miz"? "300"? English accents were featured in all these movies. Perhaps it's because the dialect is pleasing (and understandable) to the American ear while still conveying the message that "this film is set in another place and time." Plus, an exotic accent totally ups the hotness factor of any actor.