Foreign Films The Best British Crime Movies  

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If you enjoy a bit of English larceny in your films, you'll definitely appreciate this list of the best British crime movies, ranked by cinephiles like you. London gangsters, Irish conmen, small-time Brighton thugs- these British crime dramas have everything you're looking for and more.Vote for your favorites, and use the top rated British movies about crime on this poll to pick some good films to watch.

Of note are two films by director Guy Ritchie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch (which features Brad Pitt sporting a unique Irish accent). Other great films on this list of British crime dramas are The Long Good Friday (featuring Pierce Brosnan in a very early role), Mona Lisa, and Layer Cake (in which Daniel Craig is very un-Bond-like).

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Sting, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a 1998 British comedy thriller film written and directed by Guy Ritchie. The story is a film involving a self-confident young card sharp who loses ...more

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Brad Pitt, Benicio del Toro, Vinnie Jones Snatch is a 2000 comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, featuring an ensemble cast. Set in the London underworld, the film contains two intertwined plots: one dealing with the search ...more

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Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. It employs disturbing, violent ...more

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Sienna Miller, Tom Hardy, Daniel Craig Layer Cake is a 2004 British thriller film directed by Matthew Vaughn, in his directorial debut. The screenplay was adapted by J. J. Connolly from his novel of the same name. The film was ...more

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Michael Caine, Britt Ekland, Ian Hendry Get Carter is a 1971 British film directed by Mike Hodges and starring Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne and Bryan Mosley. The screenplay was adapted by Hodges from Ted ...more

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Michael Caine, Benny Hill, Noël Coward The Italian Job is a 1969 British caper film, written by Troy Kennedy Martin, produced by Michael Deeley and directed by Peter Collinson. Subsequent television showings and releases on video ...more

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Pierce Brosnan, Helen Mirren, Bob Hoskins The Long Good Friday is a British film starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren. It was completed in 1979 but, because of release delays, it is generally credited as a 1980 film. It was voted at ...more

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Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Ray Winstone Sexy Beast is a 2000 British-Spanish film and the directorial debut of Jonathan Glazer. Glazer had previously directed music videos and commercials for companies such as Guinness and Levi's. The ...more

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Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Iain Glen "Harry Brown marks the feature film debut for talented upcoming director Daniel Barber, Academy Award®-nominated in 2008 for his short film The Tonto Woman. The film is an urban western ...more

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Craig Fairbrass, Billy Murray, Neil Maskell Rise of the Footsoldier is a British crime film released on 7 September 2007. The third production from BAFTA Award-nominated director Julian Gilbey, it is a gangster film based on the true ...more

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Jack O'Connell, Stephen Graham, Joe Gilgun This Is England is a 2006 British drama film written and directed by Shane Meadows. The story centres on young skinheads in England in 1983. The film illustrates how their subculture, which has ...more

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Gemma Arterton, Gerard Butler, Tom Hardy RocknRolla is a 2008 British comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, and starring Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Jimi Mistry and Toby ...more

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Mona Lisa

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Hell Drivers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
Sean Connery, David McCallum, William Hartnell Hell Drivers is a British film directed by Cy Endfield and starring Stanley Baker, Herbert Lom, Peggy Cummins, Patrick McGoohan and Sean Connery. The film was produced by the Rank Organisation ...more

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Malcolm McDowell, Paul Bettany, Andrew Lincoln This film is a 2000 British film directed by Paul McGuigan. It stars Paul Bettany in the title role, and features Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis and Saffron Burrows.

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Richard Attenborough, William Hartnell, Hermione Baddeley Brighton Rock is a 1947 British film noir directed by John Boulting and starring Richard Attenborough as Pinkie, Carol Marsh as Rose, William Hartnell as Dallow and Hermione Baddeley as Ida. It ...more

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Tom Hardy, Amanda Burton, James Lance Bronson is a 2008 British fictionalised biographical psychological drama film co-written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Tom Hardy. The film follows the life of notorious ...more

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bigcraig added Danny Dyer, Georgina Chapman, Tamer Hassan The Business is a 2005 film written and directed by Nick Love. The film stars Danny Dyer, Tamer Hassan and Roland Manookian all of which were in Love's previous film The Football Factory. It ...more

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Christopher Eccleston, Eileen Atkins, Tom Courtenay Let Him Have It is a 1991 British film, which was based on the true story of the case against Derek Bentley, who was hanged for murder under controversial circumstances on 28 January 1953. While ...more

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bigcraig added Chloë Sevigny, Crispin Glover, Elsa Pataky Mr. Nice is a 2010 film directed by Bernard Rose. "The true story of Howard Marks. He was Britain's most wanted man. He spent seven years in America's toughest penitentiary. You'll like ...more

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Clive Owen, Rhona Mitra, Alex Kingston Croupier is a 1998 British film starring Clive Owen as a croupier, and was directed by Mike Hodges. It was the released on DVD by Alliance Atlantis in Canada and Image Entertainment in the USA. ...more

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Blitz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
mhunter added Jason Statham, Paddy Constantine, David Morrissey Blitz is a 2011 British crime thriller film directed by Elliott Lester, based on the novel by Ken Bruen. A tough cop (Jason Statham) is dispatched to take down a serial killer who has been ...more

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mjayh87 added Ben Drew, Riz Ahmed, Ed Skrein Ill Manors is a British crime drama film written, co-scored and directed by Plan B. The film revolves around the lives of eight main characters, played by Riz Ahmed, Ed Skrein, Keith Coggins, ...more

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bigcraig added John Hannah, Patrick Bergin, Martin Compston The Wee Man is a 2013 Scottish gangster film directed by Ray Burdis which depicts the true life story of Scottish criminal Paul Ferris. It stars Martin Compston and John Hannah. The film was ...more

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Robbery is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
Stanley Baker, Barry Foster, Joanna Pettet Robbery is a 1967 British crime film directed by Peter Yates and starring Stanley Baker. The story is a heavily fictionalised version of the 1963 Great Train Robbery. The film was produced by ...more

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bigcraig added Luke Goss, Steven Berkoff, Langley Kirkwood Charlie is a 2004 film written and directed by Malcolm Needs.

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The Hit

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Ray Winstone, Kathy Burke, Laila Morse Nil by Mouth is a 1997 British-French drama film portraying a family of characters living in South East London. It was Gary Oldman's debut as a writer and director; the film was produced by ...more

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Night and the City is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
Gene Tierney, Richard Widmark, Herbert Lom Night and the City is a 1950 British film noir directed by Jules Dassin and starring Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney and Googie Withers. It is based on the novel of the same name by Gerald Kersh. ...more

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They Made Me a Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
Trevor Howard, Maurice Denham, Mary Merrall They Made Me a Fugitive is a 1947 British film noir set in postwar England. Based on the Jackson Budd novel A Convict has Escaped, the black-and-white film was directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, ...more

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Payroll is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
Billie Whitelaw, Kenneth Griffith, Tom Bell Payroll is a 1961 British crime thriller starring Michael Craig and Françoise Prévost. Directed by Sidney Hayers, it was based by screenwriter George Baxt on a novel by Derek ...more

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Mr In-Between

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bigcraig added Jason Flemyng, Kate Groombridge, Francesca Annis Shifty is a British urban thriller, written and directed by Eran Creevy. Set on the outskirts of London, it follows themes of friendship and loyalty over the course of twenty-four hours in the ...more

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Emilia Clarke, Jude Law, Richard E. Grant Dom Hemingway is a 2013 British black comedy–crime drama film directed and written by Richard Shepard. The film stars Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demián Bichir, and Emilia Clarke. It was ...more