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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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The King's Speech is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
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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The Theory of Everything... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
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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Layer Cake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
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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The Iron Lady is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
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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Lock, Stock and Two Smok... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
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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Kidnapping Freddy Heinek... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken
Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten
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Thorne: Sleepyhead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
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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The Duchess is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
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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About a Boy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
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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I, Daniel Blake is listed (or ranked) 11 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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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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The Bad Education Movie ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
The Bad Education Movie
Lindsay Adams, Kae Alexander, Jack Binstead
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Howards End is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
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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Man Up is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
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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Marcella is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Marcella
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6 Days is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
6 Days
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Amar Akbar Anthony is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
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Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi
Amar Akbar Anthony is a 1977 Bollywood action comedy film with a lost and found theme, about three brothers separated during their childhood who grew up in three homes, adopting three religions. ...more
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Gosford Park is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Maggie Smith
Gosford Park is a 2001 British mystery film directed by Robert Altman and written by Julian Fellowes. The film stars an ensemble cast, which includes Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, ...more

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Legend is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
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Tom Cruise, Tim Curry, Mia Sara
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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Suffragette is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
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Carey Mulligan, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw
Suffragette is an upcoming 2015 British drama film directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan. The film centres on early members of the British women's suffrage movement of the late 19th ...more

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Becoming Jane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
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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Billy Elliot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Movies On Netflix
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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