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The Best British Crime Movies

Updated May 6, 2021 1.8k votes 297 voters 16.4k views41 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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    Gangster No. 1

    Malcolm McDowell, Paul Bettany

    Released2000

    Directed byPaul 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....  more
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    Layer Cake

    Sienna Miller, Tom Hardy

    Released2005

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

    Layer Cake is a 2005 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 produced by...  more
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    Released1998

    Directed byGuy 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 £500,000 to a...  more

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    This is England

    Jack O'Connell, Stephen Graham

    Released2006

    Directed byShane 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 its...  more

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    Rise of the Footsoldier

    Craig Fairbrass, Billy Murray

    Released2007

    Directed byJulian 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 story of...  more
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    Snatch

    Brad Pitt, Benicio del Toro

    Released2000

    Directed byGuy 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 for a...  more

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    Harry Brown

    Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer

    Released2009

    Directed byDaniel 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 set in...  more
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    Hell Drivers

    Sean Connery, David McCallum

    Released1957

    Directed byCy 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 and...  more
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    The Italian Job

    Michael Caine, Benny Hill

    Released1969

    Directed byPeter 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 have...  more

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    A Clockwork Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

    Released1971

    Directed byStanley 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 images...  more

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    I.D.

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    Get Carter

    Michael Caine, Britt Ekland

    Released1971

    Directed byMike 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 Lewis'...  more

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    The Long Good Friday

    Pierce Brosnan, Helen Mirren

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn 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 number...  more
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    Brighton Rock

    Richard Attenborough, William Hartnell

    Released1947

    Directed byJohn 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 was...  more
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    Let Him Have It

    Christopher Eccleston, Eileen Atkins

    Released1991

    Directed byPeter 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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    The Business

    Danny Dyer, Georgina Chapman

    Released2005

    Directed byNick 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 also...  more
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    RocknRolla

    Gemma Arterton, Gerard Butler

    Released2008

    Directed byGuy 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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    Legend

    Tom Hatdy, Taron Egerton

    Released2015

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    Bronson

    Tom Hardy, Amanda Burton

    Released2008

    Directed byNicolas 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 prisoner...  more

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    King of Thieves

    Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent

    Released2019

    Directed byJames Marsh

    King of Thieves is a 2019 British crime film directed by James Marsh, based on the Hatton Garden safe deposit burglary of 2015. 77 year old widower Brian Reader (Michael Caine) pulls together a band...  more
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    Mona Lisa

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    Mr. Nice

    Chloë Sevigny, Crispin Glover

    Released2010

    Directed byBernard 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
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    Sexy Beast

    Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane

    Released2001

    Directed byJonathan Glazer

    Sexy Beast is a 2001 British-Spanish crime thriller film directed by Jonathan Glazer. A gangster recruits his old friend, a "retired" safecracker, for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them....  more
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    Villain

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    The Gentlemen

    Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam

    Released2020

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    The Gentlemen (a.k.a. Toff Guys and Bush) is a 2020 British crime comedy film directed by Guy Ritchie. A British drug lord tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma...  more