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The Best British Movies On Netflix 

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Updated July 2, 2020 3.4k votes 1.7k voters 167.4k views 31 items

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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Tinker Tailor Soldier Sp... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman

Released: 2011

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay was written by Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, based on the 1974 novel of the same name by ...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

Released: 2018

Directed by: Matt Palmer

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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The Theory of Everything... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Harry Lloyd

Released: 2014

Directed by: James Marsh

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 Heinek... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten

Directed by: Daniel Alfredson

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6 Days is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
6 Days
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The Iron Lady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Iain Glen

Released: 2011

Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd

The Iron Lady is a 2011 drama and biography film written by Abi Morgan and directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

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Once Upon a Time in Lond... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Once Upon a Time in London Carl Froch
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Marcella is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Marcella
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Love Wedding Repeat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Sam Claflin, Olivia Munn, Eleanor Tomlinson

Released: 2020

Directed by: Dean Craig

Love Wedding Repeat is a 2020 romantic comedy film written and directed by Dean Craig, a remake of French wedding comedy 'Plan de Table'. Troubles arise for a man when he is abruptly reunited ...more
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Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

Released: 1979

Directed by: Terry Jones

Monty Python's Life of Brian, also known as Life of Brian, is a 1979 British comedy film starring and written by the comedy group Monty Python, and directed by Jones. It tells the story of Brian ...more

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A Little Chaos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci

Released: 2014

Directed by: Alan Rickman

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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Suffragette is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Joe Donley added Carey Mulligan, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw

Released: 2015

Directed by: Sarah Gavrona

Suffragette is a 2015 British drama film directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan. The film centers on early members of the British women's suffrage movement of the late 19th and early ...more
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Howards End is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Thompson

Released: 1992

Directed by: James Ivory

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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Under the Skin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Scarlett Johansson, Kryštof Hádek, Paul Brannigan

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jonathan Glazer

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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The Queen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell

Released: 2006

Directed by: Stephen Frears

The Queen is a 2006 British historical drama film depicting the British Royal Family's response to Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997. The film was directed by Stephen Frears, written by ...more

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About Time is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Rachel McAdams, Margot Robbie, Bill Nighy

Released: 2013

Directed by: Richard Curtis

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

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Starred Up is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Jack O'Connell, Rupert Friend, Ben Mendelsohn

Released: 2013

Directed by: David Mackenzie

Starred Up is a 2013 British prison crime drama film directed by David Mackenzie and written by Jonathan Asser. The film stars Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, and Rupert Friend. The film is ...more

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The Bad Education Movie ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
The Bad Education Movie Lindsay Adams, Kae Alexander, Jack Binstead

Released: 2015

Directed by: Elliot Hegarty

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The Exception is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
The Exception Lily James, Jai Courtney, Janet McTeer

Directed by: David Leveaux

The Exception is a 2016 romantic war drama film directed by David Leveaux. It is about a German officer and a Dutch spy, each tasked to watch the former German Kaiser Wilhelm II, who fall in
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Spooks: The Greater Good... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
MI-5 Kit Harington, Lara Pulver, David Harewood

Released: 2015

Directed by: Bharat Nalluri

Spooks: The Greater Good is a 2015 British spy film directed by Bharat Nalluri, based on the British spy series Spooks (a.k.a. MI5).
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Legend is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Joe Donley added Tom Cruise, Tim Curry, Mia Sara

Released: 1985

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Legend is a 1985 British-American fantasy adventure film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten, Billy Barty, Cork Hubbert, and ...more

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W.E. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Natalie Dormer, Abbie Cornish, Katie McGrath

Released: 2011

Directed by: Madonna

W.E. is a 2011 British romantic drama film co-written and directed by Madonna. It stars Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, Oscar Isaac, Richard Coyle, and James D'Arcy. The screenplay was ...more
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The Eichmann Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
The Eichmann Show Martin Freeman, Anthony LaPaglia, Rebecca Front

Released: 2015

Directed by: Paul Andrew Williams

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Trespass Against Us is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Trespass Against Us Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Sean Harris

Directed by: Adam Smith

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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In Darkness is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Natalie Dormer, Emily Ratajkowski, Ed Skrein

Released: 2018

Directed by: Anthony Byrne

In Darkness is a 2018 thriller film directed by Anthony Byrne. Blind pianist Sophia (Natalie Dormer) is caught up in the dangerous underworld of London after she hears someone kill a girl.