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The Best British Romance Movies 

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Updated October 8, 2019 3.5k votes 1k voters 63.4k views 29 items

List Rules Vote for the most romantic British love movies that you would recommend to others.

Jane Austen is a British national treasure, giving Brits special claim to the romantic movie genre she very nearly invented. This list ranks the best British romance movies, and includes two films connected to Austen in very different ways. First, there is the stellar adaptation of Austen’s masterpiece Pride and Prejudice starring Kiera Knightley. Then you have Bridget Jones’ Diary starring Renee Zellweger and very loosely based on Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Both films have Mr. Darcy’s.   

Also on this list of British romance movies are the delightful Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually (all starring Hugh Grant!).

What is your favorite British love movie? Join our other romance junkies and give the most romantic British films on this list a thumbs up, or send a love note in the comment section below.

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Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Judi Dench

Released: 2005

Directed by: Joe Wright

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Pride & Prejudice is a 2005 British romance film directed by Joe Wright and based on Jane Austen's novel of the same name, published in 1813. The film depicts five sisters from an English ...more

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Me Before You is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman

Directed by: Thea Sharrock

Me Before You is a 2016 American-British romantic comedy drama film directed by Thea Sharrock and adapted by Jojo Moyes from her 2012 novel of the same name. The film was released on June 3,

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About Time is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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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Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard Curtis

Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis. The screenplay delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate ...more

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Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Mischa Barton

Released: 1999

Directed by: Roger Michell

Notting Hill is a 1999 British romantic comedy film set in Notting Hill, London, released on 21 May 1999. The screenplay was by Richard Curtis and the film was produced by Duncan Kenworthy and ...more

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Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth

Released: 2001

Directed by: Sharon Maguire

Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 British romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire. It is based on Helen Fielding's novel of the same name which is a reinterpretation of Austen's Pride and ...more

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Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet

Released: 2006

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

The Holiday is a 2006 American Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers. Distributed by Columbia Pictures and Universal Pictures and filmed in both ...more

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Sense and Sensibility is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson

Released: 1995

Directed by: Ang Lee

Sense and Sensibility is a 1995 British–American period drama film directed by Ang Lee and based on Jane Austen's 1811 novel of the same name. Actress Emma Thompson wrote the script and stars as ...more

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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Mia Wasikowska

Released: 2011

Directed by: Cary Fukunaga

Jane Eyre is a 2011 British romantic drama film directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. The screenplay is written by Moira Buffini based on the 1847 novel ...more

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Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Rowan Atkinson

Released: 1994

Directed by: Mike Newell

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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan

Released: 2007

Directed by: Joe Wright

Atonement is a 2007 British romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright and based on Ian McEwan's 2001 novel of the same name. The film stars James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Romola ...more

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The Young Victoria is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Emily Blunt, Mark Strong, Paul Bettany

Released: 2009

Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

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One Day is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Anne Hathaway, Patricia Clarkson, Jim Sturgess

Released: 2011

Directed by: Lone Scherfig

One Day is a 2011 romance drama film directed by Lone Scherfig. It was adapted by David Nicholls from his 2009 novel of the same name. It stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. Focus Features ...more

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Toni Collette

Released: 1996

Directed by: Douglas McGrath

Emma is a 1996 period film based on the novel of the same name by Jane Austen. Directed by Douglas McGrath, the film stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Cumming, Toni Collette, Ewan McGregor, and Jeremy ...more

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Mansfield Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Jonny Lee Miller, Anna Popplewell, James Purefoy

Released: 1999

Directed by: Patricia Rozema

Mansfield Park is a 1999 British romantic comedy-drama film based on Jane Austen's novel of the same name, written and directed by Patricia Rozema. The film departs from the original novel in ...more
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About a Boy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant, Toni Collette

Released: 2002

Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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 Guernsey Literary an... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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Released: 2018

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Shakespeare in Love is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Madden

Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Madden, written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard. The film depicts an imaginary love affair ...more

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Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth

Released: 2004

Directed by: Beeban Kidron

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Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Colin Firth

Released: 2002

Directed by: Oliver Parker

The Importance of Being Earnest is a 2002 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Oliver Parker, based on Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners play The Importance of Being ...more

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A Room with a View is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench

Released: 1985

Directed by: James Ivory

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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett

Released: 1964

Directed by: George Cukor

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeanne Tripplehorn, John Hannah

Released: 1998

Directed by: Peter Howitt

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Howards End is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Thompson

Released: 1992

Directed by: James Ivory

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Miss Pettigrew Lives for... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Amy Adams, Mark Strong, Frances McDormand

Released: 2008

Directed by: Bharat Nalluri

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