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The Best British Romance Movies

Updated October 8, 2019 4.3k votes 1.1k voters 67.0k views29 items

List RulesVote 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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    Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    Pride and Prejudice

    Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan

    Released2005

    Directed byJoe Wright

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    About Time is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    About Time

    Rachel McAdams, Margot Robbie

    Released2013

    Directed byRichard Curtis

    About Time is a 2013 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Richard Curtis. A young... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    Love Actually

    Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Curtis

    Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Notting Hill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    Notting Hill

    Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin

    Released1999

    Directed byRoger Michell

    Notting Hill is a 1999 British romantic comedy film set in Notting Hill, London, released on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Me Before You is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    Me Before You

    Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin

    Directed byThea Sharrock

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    Sense and Sensibility is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    Sense and Sensibility

    Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie

    Released1995

    Directed byAng Lee

    Sense and Sensibility is a 1995 British–American period drama film directed by Ang Lee and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Holiday is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    The Holiday

    Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz

    Released2006

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    The Holiday is a 2006 American Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written, produced and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Bridget Jones’s Diary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    Bridget Jones’s Diary

    Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant

    Released2001

    Directed bySharon Maguire

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    Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    Jane Eyre

    Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench

    Released2011

    Directed byCary Fukunaga

    Jane Eyre is a 2011 British romantic drama film directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Mia... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Four Weddings and a Funeral is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    Four Weddings and a Funeral

    Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell

    Released1994

    Directed byMike Newell

    This film is a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell. It was the first of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Young Victoria is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    The Young Victoria

    Emily Blunt, Mark Strong

    Released2009

    Directed byJean-Marc Vallée

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    One Day is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    One Day

    Anne Hathaway, Patricia Clarkson

    Released2011

    Directed byLone Scherfig

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    Atonement is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    Atonement

    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2007

    Directed byJoe Wright

    Atonement is a 2007 British romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright and based on Ian... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Blood In, Blood Out is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    Blood In, Blood Out

    Jesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt

    Released1993

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

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    The Guernsey Literary and Pota is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay

    Released2018

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    Mansfield Park is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    Mansfield Park

    Jonny Lee Miller, Anna Popplewell

    Released1999

    Directed byPatricia Rozema

    Mansfield Park is a 1999 British romantic comedy-drama film based on Jane Austen's novel of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Emma is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    Emma

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor

    Released1996

    Directed byDouglas McGrath

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    About a Boy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    About a Boy

    Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant

    Released2002

    Directed byChris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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    My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    My Fair Lady

    Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison

    Released1964

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

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    A Room with a View is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    A Room with a View

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released1985

    Directed byJames Ivory

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    The Importance of Being Earnes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    The Importance of Being Earnest

    Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench

    Released2002

    Directed byOliver Parker

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    Shakespeare in Love is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    Shakespeare in Love

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Madden

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    Bridget Jones: The Edge of Rea is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

    Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant

    Released2004

    Directed byBeeban Kidron

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    Sliding Doors is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    Sliding Doors

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeanne Tripplehorn

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Howitt

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    Howards End is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Romance Movies
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    Howards End

    Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released1992

    Directed byJames Ivory

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