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The Best British Crime Movies

Updated January 23, 2020 1.4k votes 275 voters 15.5k views40 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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    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Ba is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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    Released1998

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a 1998 British comedy thriller film written and... more

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    Layer Cake is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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    Layer Cake

    Sienna Miller, Tom Hardy

    Released2004

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

    Layer Cake is a 2004 British thriller film directed by Matthew Vaughn, in his directorial... more
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    Get Carter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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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... more

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    Snatch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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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.... more
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    The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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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... more

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    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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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... more

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    The Long Good Friday is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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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... more
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    Legend is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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    Legend

    Tom Hatdy, Taron Egerton

    Released2015

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    Gangster No. 1 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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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... more
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    Performance is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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    Performance

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    Sexy Beast is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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    Sexy Beast

    Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane

    Released2000

    Directed byJonathan Glazer

    Sexy Beast is a 2000 British-Spanish film and the directorial debut of Jonathan Glazer. Glazer... more
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    RocknRolla is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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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... more

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    Bronson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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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... more

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    Rise of the Footsoldier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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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... more
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    Mona Lisa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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    Mona Lisa

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    Brighton Rock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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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... more
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    Hell Drivers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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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... more
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    This is England is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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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... more

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    The Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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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 American crime comedy film directed by Guy... more
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    Villain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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    Villain

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    I.D. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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    I.D.

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    Harry Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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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,... more
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    Ill Manors is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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    Ill Manors

    Ben Drew, Riz Ahmed

    Released2012

    Directed byBen Drew

    Ill Manors is a British crime drama film written, co-scored and directed by Plan B. The film... more
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    The Wee Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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    The Wee Man

    John Hannah, Patrick Bergin

    Released2013

    Directed byRay Burdis

    The Wee Man is a 2013 Scottish gangster film directed by Ray Burdis which depicts the true... more
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    King of Thieves is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Crime Movies
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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... more
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