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The Best British Romance Movies  

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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 romance 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
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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Sense and Sensibility is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson
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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About Time is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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
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Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Mischa Barton
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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Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson
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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Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth
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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Me Before You is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman
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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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Mia Wasikowska
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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Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet
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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The Young Victoria is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Emily Blunt, Mark Strong, Paul Bettany
The Young Victoria is a 2009 British-American period drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and written by Julian Fellowes, based on the early life and reign of Queen Victoria, and her ...more
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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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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan
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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Mansfield Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Jonny Lee Miller, Anna Popplewell, James Purefoy
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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Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Toni Collette
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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A Room with a View is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench
A Room with a View is a British romance drama film directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant of E. M. Forster's 1908 novel of the same name. The film follows closely the novel by ...more
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Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Colin Firth
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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One Day is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Anne Hathaway, Patricia Clarkson, Jim Sturgess
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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About a Boy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett
My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical of the same name based on the 1938 film adaptation of the original 1913 stage play Pygmalion by ...more
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Shakespeare in Love is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench
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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The Guernsey Literary and Pota... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode
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Howards End is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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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Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeanne Tripplehorn, John Hannah
Sliding Doors is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Peter Howitt and starring Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah, while also featuring John Lynch, Jeanne ...more
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Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is a 2004 English-French-American romantic comedy film directed by Beeban Kidron, based on Helen Fielding's novel of the same name. It stars Renée ...more
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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
Amy Adams, Mark Strong, Frances McDormand
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a 2008 romantic comedy film directed by Bharat Nalluri. The screenplay by David Magee and Simon Beaufoy is based on the 1938 novel of the same name by Winifred ...more