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The Best British Romantic Comedies

Updated November 11, 2020 7.2k votes 1.9k voters 96.5k views48 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 English 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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    Notting Hill

    Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin

    Released1999

    Directed byRoger Michell

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    Bridget Jones's Diary

    Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant

    Released2001

    Directed bySharon Maguire

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    Love Actually

    Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Curtis

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  • About Time4
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    About Time

    Rachel McAdams, Margot Robbie

    Released2013

    Directed byRichard Curtis

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  • Four Weddings and a Funeral5
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    Four Weddings and a Funeral

    Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell

    Released1994

    Directed byMike Newell

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  • Pride & Prejudice6
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    Pride & Prejudice

    Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan

    Released2005

    Directed byJoe Wright

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  • Love, Rosie7
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    Love, Rosie

    Lily Collins, Sam Claflin

    Released2014

    Directed byChristian Ditter

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    Man Up

    Lake Bell, Simon Pegg

    Released2015

    Directed byBen Palmer

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    About a Boy

    Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant

    Released2002

    Directed byChris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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  • Bend It Like Beckham10
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    Bend It Like Beckham

    Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Released2002

    Directed byGurinder Chadha

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    Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

    Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant

    Released2004

    Directed byBeeban Kidron

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  • Me Before You12
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    Me Before You

    Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin

    Directed byThea Sharrock

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    Shaun of the Dead

    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

    Released2004

    Directed byEdgar Wright

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  • One Day14
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    One Day

    Anne Hathaway, Patricia Clarkson

    Released2011

    Directed byLone Scherfig

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  • Sliding Doors15
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    Sliding Doors

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeanne Tripplehorn

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Howitt

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    The Young Victoria

    Emily Blunt, Mark Strong

    Released2009

    Directed byJean-Marc Vallée

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  • Much Ado About Nothing17
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    Much Ado About Nothing

    Kate Beckinsale, Denzel Washington

    Released1993

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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  • Shakespeare in Love18
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    Shakespeare in Love

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Madden

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  • Imagine Me & You19
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    Imagine Me & You

    Lena Headey, Piper Perabo

    Released2005

    Directed byOl Parker

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  • The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain20

    Released1995

    Directed byChristopher Monger

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    The Holiday

    Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz

    Released2006

    Directed byNancy Meyers

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    Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

    Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor

    Released2011

    Directed byLasse Hallström

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  • Emma23
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    Emma

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor

    Released1996

    Directed byDouglas McGrath

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    Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson

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    Directed byJoel Hopkins

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    The Importance of Being Ernest

    Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench

    Released2002

    Directed byOliver Parker

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