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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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Love Actually 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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Bridget Jones's Diary

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About Time Rachel McAdams, Margot Robbie, Bill Nighy About Time is a 2013 romantic comedy-drama film about a young man with the special ability to time travel who tries to change his past in order to improve his future. The film was written and ...more

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Notting Hill 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, who had written Four Weddings and a Funeral, and ...more

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Four Weddings and a Funeral Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Rowan Atkinson Four Weddings and a Funeral 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 ...more

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Man Up Lake Bell, Simon Pegg, Dean-Charles Chapman

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Pride & Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Romantic Comedies
Maria Popa added Pride & Prejudice 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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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 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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About a Boy 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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Bend It Like Beckham Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher 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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Shaun of the Dead Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 British horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright and written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. Pegg plays Shaun, a man attempting to get ...more

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The Young Victoria is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Romantic Comedies
ann-wilson-clark added The Young Victoria 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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Emma 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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One Day 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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Shakespeare in Love Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day 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

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Much Ado About Nothing

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Sliding Doors 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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The Importance of Being Ernest

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Starter for 10 Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, James McAvoy Starter for 10 is a 2006 British comedy-drama film directed by Tom Vaughan from a screenplay by David Nicholls, adapted from his own novel Starter for Ten. The film stars James McAvoy as a ...more

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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a 2012 drama film directed by Lasse Hallström.

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Imagine Me & You Lena Headey, Piper Perabo, Matthew Goode Imagine Me & You is a 2006 British-American comedy-romance film written and directed by Ol Parker. It centres on the relationship between Rachel and Luce, who meet on Rachel's wedding day. ...more

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The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain Hugh Grant, Colm Meaney, Tara Fitzgerald The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain is a 1995 British film with a story by Ifor David Monger and Ivor Monger, written and directed by Christopher Monger. It was entered ...more

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Love, Rosie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Romantic Comedies
Guest_40280d03-6a8e-48a3-bb39-fe2d7bea9306 added Love, Rosie Alisha Heng Love, Rosie is a British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Christian Ditter and written by Juliette Towhidi, based on the 2004 novel Where Rainbows End by Irish author Cecelia Ahern. The ...more

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I Give It a Year Anna Faris, Rose Byrne, Minnie Driver I Give It a Year is a 2013 British comedy film, written and directed by Dan Mazer and starring Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Anna Faris and Simon Baker. The film was based and filmed in London and was ...more

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My Beautiful Laundrette Daniel Day-Lewis, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth My Beautiful Laundrette is a 1985 British comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi. The film was also one of the first films released by Working Title ...more

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Alfie Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Denholm Elliott Alfie is a 1966 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Michael Caine. It is an adaptation by Bill Naughton of his own novel and play of the same name. The film ...more

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Mickey Blue Eyes Hugh Grant, James Caan, Jeanne Tripplehorn Mickey Blue Eyes is a 1999 British-American romantic comedy crime film directed by Kelly Makin. Hugh Grant stars as Michael Felgate, an English auctioneer living in New York City who becomes ...more

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Easy Virtue

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I Know Where I'm Going! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best British Romantic Comedies
ann-wilson-clark added I Know Where I'm Going! Petula Clark, Wendy Hiller, Pamela Brown I Know Where I'm Going! is a 1945 romance film by the British-based filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It stars Wendy Hiller and Roger Livesey, and features Pamela Brown, Finlay ...more

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Cheri

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The Theory of Flight Helena Bonham Carter, Kenneth Branagh, Ray Stevenson The Theory of Flight is a 1998 film directed by Paul Greengrass from a screenplay written by Richard Hawkins, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Kenneth Branagh. It premiered at the 23rd Toronto ...more

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A Life Less Ordinary Cameron Diaz, Ewan McGregor, Holly Hunter A Life Less Ordinary is a 1997 American-British black comedy film directed by Danny Boyle, written by John Hodge. It stars Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, Delroy Lindo, Ian Holm and ...more

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A Matter of Life and Death is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best British Romantic Comedies
ann-wilson-clark added A Matter of Life and Death David Niven, Richard Attenborough, Raymond Massey A Matter of Life and Death is a romantic fantasy film created by the British writing-directing-producing team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and set in England during the Second World ...more

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Nina's Heavenly Delights

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Blood In, Blood Out is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best British Romantic Comedies
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Gnomeo & Juliet