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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! And if you like these movies, check out our list of the best British shows on Netflix.

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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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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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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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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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Thorne: Sleepyhead is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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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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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I, Daniel Blake is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Iain Glen
The Iron Lady is a 2011 drama and biography film written by Abi Morgan and directed by Phyllida Lloyd.
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Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Rowan Atkinson
This film is a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell. It was the first of several films by screenwriter Richard Curtis to feature Hugh Grant. It was made in six weeks and ...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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The Riot Club is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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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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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MI-5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
MI-5
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Virunga is listed (or ranked) 16 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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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
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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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Mindhorn is listed (or ranked) 19 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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The Trip to Spain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Steve Coogan, Claire Keelan, Rob Brydon
Steve and Rob sample the restaurants and hotels of the Spanish coastline, trading jokes and impressions over their lunches.
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A Little Chaos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci
A Little Chaos is a 2014 British period drama film directed by Alan Rickman and written by Allison Deegan. The film stars Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Helen McCrory, Matthias ...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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Trespass Against Us is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Sean Harris
Trespass Against Us is a British-American crime drama film directed by Adam Smith and written by Alastair Siddons. After an elaborate heist goes south, reluctant criminal Chad must find a way to ...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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Rachel McAdams, Margot Robbie, Bill Nighy
About Time is a 2013 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Richard Curtis. A young man (Domhnall Gleeson) with the special ability to time travel tries to change his past in order to ...more