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The Best British Crime Movies 

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Updated January 23, 2020 1.2k votes 264 voters 14.6k views 40 items

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

Released: 1998

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

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

Released: 2000

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

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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Sienna Miller, Tom Hardy, Daniel Craig

Released: 2004

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

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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#121 of 341 The Best Movies All Hipsters Love #8 of 51 The Best British Thriller Movies #143 of 520 The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made

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Michael Caine, Britt Ekland, Ian Hendry

Released: 1971

Directed by: Mike Hodges

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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Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

Released: 1971

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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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Michael Caine, Benny Hill, Noël Coward

Released: 1969

Directed by: Peter Collinson

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

Released: 1980

Directed by: John Mackenzie

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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Jack O'Connell, Stephen Graham, Joe Gilgun

Released: 2006

Directed by: Shane Meadows

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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Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Iain Glen

Released: 2009

Directed by: Daniel Barber

"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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Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Ray Winstone

Released: 2000

Directed by: Jonathan Glazer

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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Malcolm McDowell, Paul Bettany, Andrew Lincoln

Released: 2000

Directed by: Paul McGuigan

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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bigcraig added Legend Tom Hatdy, Taron Egerton

Released: 2015

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Gemma Arterton, Gerard Butler, Tom Hardy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

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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#268 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys #38 of 82 The Best Con Movies

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Craig Fairbrass, Billy Murray, Neil Maskell

Released: 2007

Directed by: Julian Gilbey

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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Tom Hardy, Amanda Burton, James Lance

Released: 2008

Directed by: Nicolas Winding

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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Mona Lisa
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Richard Attenborough, William Hartnell, Hermione Baddeley

Released: 1947

Directed by: John Boulting

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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The Gentlemen Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery

Released: 2020

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

The Gentlemen (a.k.a. Toff Guys and Bush) is a 2020 American crime comedy film directed by Guy Ritchie. A British drug lord tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of ...more
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Hell Drivers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
Sean Connery, David McCallum, William Hartnell

Released: 1957

Directed by: Cy Endfield

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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I.D.
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Clive Owen, Rhona Mitra, Alex Kingston

Released: 1998

Directed by: Mike Hodges

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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Christopher Eccleston, Eileen Atkins, Tom Courtenay

Released: 1991

Directed by: Peter Medak

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 Danny Dyer, Georgina Chapman, Tamer Hassan

Released: 2005

Directed by: Nick Love

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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Performance
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bigcraig added Chloë Sevigny, Crispin Glover, Elsa Pataky

Released: 2010

Directed by: Bernard Rose

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