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The Best British Movies On Netflix  

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From intense dramas to hilarious comedies, here are the best British movies streaming on Netflix Instant, ranked by Netflix junkies like you. This list of British Netflix movies has it all, but you might notice that Brits love to make movies about royalty. The British movies streaming on Netflix about royals include The Duchess.

No listing of the best British films available on Netflix would be complete without mentioning the film versions of classic literature, but if you're looking for British comedies, check out Hot Fuzz and Bridget Jones's Baby. 

English films streaming on Netflix aren't limited to movies about monarchs or stuffy adaptations, though. This list of U.K. Netflix movies includes a wide variety of styles and genres, including British dramas, like Atonement, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, and The Trip to Italy.

Be a love, put the kettle on, whip up some cucumber sandwiches, and settle in with these British movies on Netflix. Don't forget to vote up your favorites. And if we missed any streaming British films, don't hesitate to add them!

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Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith
In Bruges is a 2008 British-American comedy film written and directed by Martin McDonagh. The film stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two Irish hitmen in hiding, with Ralph Fiennes as ...more
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Calibre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Jack Lowden, Martin McCann, Tony Curran
Calibre is a 2018 thriller film directed by Matt Palmer. Two lifelong friends head up to an isolated Scottish Highlands village for a weekend hunting trip, but nothing could prepare them for ...more
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Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce
The King's Speech is a 2010 British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. Colin Firth plays King George VI who, to cope with a stammer, sees Lionel Logue, an ...more
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Thorne: Sleepyhead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Thorne: Sleepyhead Aidan Gillen, Joshua Close
As Detective Inspector Tom Thorne investigates the first three murders by a serial killer, a fourth victim is found alive but paralyzed and unable to move or communicate. David Morrisey and ...more
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Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Harry Lloyd
The Theory of Everything is a 2014 British biographical coming of age romantic drama film directed by James Marsh and adapted by Anthony McCarten from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life ...more
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Kidnapping Freddy Heineken is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten
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Sunset Song is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Sunset Song Peter Mullan, Agyness Deyn, Jack Greenlees
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Hiroshima: BBC History of Worl... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Hiroshima: BBC History of World War II John Hurt, Ed Bishop, Shane Rimmer
Hiroshima is a BBC docudrama that premiered as a television special on 5 August 2005, marking the eve of the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The program was aired on the ...more
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Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Hayley Atwell
The Duchess is a 2008 British-American drama film directed by Saul Dibb. It is based on Amanda Foreman's biography of the 18th-century English aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of ...more
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The Riot Club is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth
The Riot Club is a 2014 British drama film directed by Lone Scherfig and written by Laura Wade. It is set among the Riot Club, a fictional all-male, exclusive dining club at Oxford University.
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Hector is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Hector Peter Mullan, Keith Allen

En route to London for an annual Christmas meet-up with friends, homeless Scotsman Hector attempts to reconnect with the family he left behind.

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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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Virunga is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Virunga is a 2014 British documentary film directed by Orlando von Einsiedel; it focuses on the conservation work of rangers within Virunga National Park, and the activity of a British company, ...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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I, Daniel Blake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Dylan McKiernan
I, Daniel Blake is a 2016 drama film directed by Ken Loach and written by Loach's frequent collaborator Paul Laverty. It stars Dave Johns as Daniel Blake, who is denied employment and support ...more
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Scarlett Johansson, Kryštof Hádek, Paul Brannigan
Under the Skin is a 2013 science fiction film directed by Jonathan Glazer, loosely based on Michel Faber's 2000 novel. A mysterious young woman (Scarlett Johansson) seduces lonely men in the ...more
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Mindhorn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Mindhorn

When a twisted killer tells the police he'll only speak to a fictional 1980s TV detective, the washed-up actor who played him takes the gig.

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Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Thompson
Howards End is a 1992 film based upon the novel of the same name by E. M. Forster, a story of class relations in turn-of-the-20th-century England. The film—produced by Merchant Ivory Productions ...more
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Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant, Toni Collette
About a Boy is a 2002 British-American comedy-drama film co-written and directed by brothers Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz. It is an adaptation of the 1998 novel of the same name by Nick Hornby. ...more
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Anne Hathaway, Maggie Smith, James McAvoy
Becoming Jane is a 2007 British-Irish historical biographical film directed by Julian Jarrold. It depicts the early life of the English author Jane Austen and her perpetual love and regret with ...more
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MI-5 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
MI-5
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Una is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed
Una is an American-British-Canadian drama film directed by Benedict Andrews based upon the play Blackbird. A woman (Rooney Mara) confronts an older man (Ben Mendelsohn) to find out why he ...more
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Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Zoe Bell
Billy Elliot is a 2000 British dance drama film written by Lee Hall and directed by Stephen Daldry. Set in north-eastern England during the 1984-85 coal miners' strike, it stars Jamie Bell as ...more
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Kaleidoscope is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Warren Beatty, Susannah York, Clive Revill
Kaleidoscope is a 1966 British crime film starring Warren Beatty and Susannah York. The film had its World Premiere on 8 September 1966 at the Warner Theatre in the West End of London.
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Lake Bell, Simon Pegg, Dean-Charles Chapman
Man Up is a 2015 British-French romantic comedy film directed by Ben Palmer. A single 34-year-old woman (Lake Bell) is mistaken for a stranger's blind date and find the perfect boyfriend in a ...more