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The Best British Thriller Movies

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If you're sick of re-watching the same American stuff, here are the best British thriller movies to get your adrenaline pumping. Whether you’re looking for thrills in the Scottish Highlands (A Lonely Place to Die), suburban terror (Cherry Tree Lane), or panic in the big city (London to Brighton), you’ll find it on this list of the greatest English thrillers.
 

You’ll also find some major stars on this list of British thriller movies: Gillian Anderson (Closure), Daniel Craig (Layer Cake), Michael Fassbender (Eden Lake), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer). Of special note is the classic A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick’s disturbing vision of a futurist and lawless London. 

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    A Clockwork Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke
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    28 Days Later...

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston
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    Goldfinger

    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman
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    The Prestige

    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie
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    Layer Cake

    Sienna Miller, Tom Hardy
    Layer Cake is a 2005 British thriller film directed by Matthew Vaughn, in his directorial...  more
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    Snatch

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    Trance

    Rosario Dawson, James McAvoy
    Trance is a 2013 British psychological thriller film directed by Danny Boyle with a screenplay...  more
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    Casino Royale

    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green
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    Dr. No

    Sean Connery, Ursula Andress
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    Skyfall

    Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes
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    Get Carter

    Michael Caine, Britt Ekland
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    28 Weeks Later

    Rose Byrne, Idris Elba
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    The Descent

    Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza
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    The Hole

    Keira Knightley, Thora Birch
    The Hole is a 2001 psychological horror film directed by Nick Hamm, based on the novel After...  more
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    The Woman in Black

    Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds
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    Harry Brown

    Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer
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    Eden Lake

    Michael Fassbender, Kelly Reilly
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    Shallow Grave

    Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston
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    Donkey Punch

    Jaime Winstone, Julian Morris
    Donkey Punch is a 2008 British horror thriller film about a group of English people on holiday...  more
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    Spectre

    Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz
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    A Lonely Place to Die

    Melissa George, Eamonn Walker
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    Blowup

    Jimmy Page, Vanessa Redgrave
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    Eye of the Needle

    Donald Sutherland, Bill Nighy
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    The Ghost Writer

    Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor
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