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The Best British Romantic Comedies 

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Updated February 21, 2020 5.3k votes 1.5k voters 80.6k views 43 items

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Any respectable list of British romantic comedies is going to have the mainstays: Bridget Jones’s Diary, Notting Hill, About a Boy, and Love Actually are all among the best British romantic comedies ever made, so of course those films are high on this list. But if you dig a little deeper you’ll find undiscovered gems. Some of the best British rom-coms never made a huge splash outside England, but luckily, this list shows love for them all.

Among the British romantic comedy movies on this list, you'll even find some that inexplicably don't star Hugh Grant. Yes, somehow, films like Shakespeare in Love, About Time, and Alfie all manage to be swooning romances and charming comedies without the presence of the U.K.'s most endearingly nervous leading man.

Which of the films on this British romantic comedy list was love at first sight for you? Is it just the accents or is there something about London that just screams romance? Either way, join our other lovesick readers and give the best romantic comedies from across the pond a vote up.

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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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Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Rowan Atkinson

Released: 1994

Directed by: Mike Newell

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Lake Bell, Simon Pegg, Dean-Charles Chapman

Released: 2015

Directed by: Ben Palmer

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Pride & Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Romantic Comedies
Maria Popa added Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Judi Dench

Released: 2005

Directed by: Joe Wright

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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Love, Rosie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Romantic Comedies
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Released: 2014

Directed by: Christian Ditter

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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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Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

Released: 2002

Directed by: Gurinder Chadha

Bend It like Beckham is a 2002 British comedy-drama film starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Shaznay Lewis and Archie Panjabi, first released in the ...more

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Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth

Released: 2004

Directed by: Beeban Kidron

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Anne Hathaway, Patricia Clarkson, Jim Sturgess

Released: 2011

Directed by: Lone Scherfig

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Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy

Released: 2004

Directed by: Edgar Wright

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Madden

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The Young Victoria is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Romantic Comedies
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Released: 2009

Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

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Kate Beckinsale, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves

Released: 1993

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Much Ado About Nothing is a 1993 British/American romantic comedy film based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name. It was adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh who ...more

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeanne Tripplehorn, John Hannah

Released: 1998

Directed by: Peter Howitt

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Toni Collette

Released: 1996

Directed by: Douglas McGrath

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Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Colin Firth

Released: 2002

Directed by: Oliver Parker

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Lena Headey, Piper Perabo, Matthew Goode

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ol Parker

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How to Talk to Girls at Parties Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Nicole Kidman

Released: 2018

Directed by: John Cameron Mitchell

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Hugh Grant, Colm Meaney, Tara Fitzgerald

Released: 1995

Directed by: Christopher Monger

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Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas

Released: 2011

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

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Amy Adams, Mark Strong, Frances McDormand

Released: 2008

Directed by: Bharat Nalluri

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