Foreign Films 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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Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman The Prestige is a 2006 mystery drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay adapted by him and his brother Jonathan Nolan from Christopher Priest's 1995 World Fantasy ...more

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Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. It employs disturbing, violent ...more

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Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris 28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, ...more

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Sting, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a 1998 British crime comedy thriller film written and directed by Guy Ritchie. The story is a heist film involving a self-confident young card sharp who ...more

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Brad Pitt, Benicio del Toro, Vinnie Jones Snatch is a 2000 crime comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, featuring an ensemble cast. Set in the London criminal underworld, the film contains two intertwined plots: one dealing ...more

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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Thriller Movies
Smitty93k added Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The film ...more

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Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Thriller Movies
Smitty93k added Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig Casino Royale is the twenty-first film in the Eon Productions James Bond film series and the first to star Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Directed by Martin Campbell and ...more

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Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Thriller Movies
Smitty93k added Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It features Daniel Craig in his third performance as James Bond, and Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film's villain. It ...more

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Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner 28 Weeks Later is a 2007 British-Spanish post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film, structured as a sequel to the 2002 critical and commercial success, 28 Days Later. 28 Weeks Later was ...more

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Sienna Miller, Tom Hardy, Daniel Craig Layer Cake is a 2004 British crime thriller film directed by Matthew Vaughn, in his directorial debut. The screenplay was adapted by J. J. Connolly from his novel of the same name. The film was ...more

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Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, Kim Cattrall The Ghost Writer is 2010 thriller film written by Robert Harris and Roman Polanski and directed by Roman Polanski.

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Michael Caine, Britt Ekland, Ian Hendry Get Carter is a 1971 British crime film directed by Mike Hodges and starring Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne and Bryan Mosley. The screenplay was adapted by Hodges from Ted ...more

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Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, 피터 뮬란 Shallow Grave is a 1994 British dark comedy crime film that marked the cinematic directorial debut of Danny Boyle with an original screenplay by John Hodge. The film also provided starring roles ...more

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Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Thriller Movies
slaft added Donald Sutherland, Bill Nighy, Kate Nelligan Eye of the Needle is a 1981 American spy film directed by Richard Marquand and starring Donald Sutherland and Kate Nelligan. Based on the novel of the same title by Ken Follett, the film is ...more

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Dr. No is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Thriller Movies
Smitty93k added Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord Dr. No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery; it is the first James Bond film. Based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, it was adapted by Richard Maibaum, Johanna ...more

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Gabi Golan, Keren Miedzinski, Shosh Miedzinski The Descent is a 2009 short drama film written and directed by Shai Miedzinski.

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Paddy Constantine, Toby Kebbell, Gary Stretch Dead Man's Shoes is a 2004 British psychological thriller film written and directed by Shane Meadows, and co-written by Paddy Considine, who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Toby ...more

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Rosario Dawson, James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel Trance is a 2013 British psychological thriller film directed by Danny Boyle with a screenplay by Joe Ahearne and John Hodge from a story by Ahearne. The film stars James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, ...more

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The Woman in Black

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Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a 2009 British thriller film about the kidnapping of a young woman by two ex-convicts. The film is written and directed by J Blakeson and stars Gemma Arterton ...more

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Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Iain Glen "Harry Brown marks the feature film debut for talented upcoming director Daniel Barber, Academy Award®-nominated in 2008 for his short film The Tonto Woman. The film is an urban western ...more

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Blow Up is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Thriller Movies

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Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Thriller Movies
Dan Thompson added Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Helen Mirren Hitchcock is a 2012 American biographical drama film directed by Sacha Gervasi and based on Stephen Rebello's non-fiction book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. The film was released in ...more

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Spectre is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Thriller Movies
Smitty93k added Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux Spectre is a 2015 spy film directed by Sam Mendes, and the twenty-fourth film in the James Bond film series. James Bond (Daniel Craig) is pitted against the global criminal organization Spectre ...more

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Michael Fassbender, Kelly Reilly, Jack O'Connell Eden Lake is a 2008 British thriller film written and directed by James Watkins and starring Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender and Jack O'Connell.

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Jack Lowden, Martin McCann, Tony Curran Calibre is a 2018 thriller film directed by Matt Palmer. Two lifelong friends head up to an isolated Scottish Highlands village for a weekend hunting trip, but nothing could prepare them for ...more

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Rebecca Hall, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West The Awakening is a 2011 British horror film directed and co-written by Nick Murphy, starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Isaac Hempstead-Wright and Imelda Staunton.

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Kevin McKidd, Liam Cunningham, Sean Pertwee Dog Soldiers is a 2002 British horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall, and starring Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee and Liam Cunningham. A British production, set in the highlands of ...more

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MyAnna Buring, Ben Crompton, Emma Fryer Kill List is a 2011 British horror film directed by Ben Wheatley, co-written and co-edited with Amy Jump, and starring Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley, and MyAnna Buring. When a British soldier ...more

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Malcolm McDowell, Paul Bettany, Andrew Lincoln Gangster No. 1 is a 2000 British crime film directed by Paul McGuigan. It stars Paul Bettany in the title role, and features Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis and Saffron Burrows.

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Unman, Wittering and Zigo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best British Thriller Movies
Carolyn Seymour, Tony Haygarth, Douglas Wilmer Unman, Wittering and Zigo is a 1971 action-thriller film directed by John Mackenzie.

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Melissa George, Michael Dorman, Rachael Carpani Triangle is a 2009 psychological horror thriller film written and directed by Christopher Smith. Jess (Melissa George) plays a single mother who goes on a boating trip with several friends. When ...more

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Haunted is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best British Thriller Movies
hixoman added Kate Beckinsale, John Gielgud, Aidan Quinn Haunted is a 1995 British film, by veteran director Lewis Gilbert and starring Aidan Quinn, Kate Beckinsale, Anthony Andrews and John Gielgud. It is based on a novel of the same name by James ...more

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Bulldog Drummond is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best British Thriller Movies
Dan Thompson added Joan Bennett, Ronald Colman, Lawrence Grant Bulldog Drummond is a crime film in which Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond helps a beautiful young woman in distress. The film stars Ronald Colman as the title character, Claud Allister, ...more

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Keira Knightley, Thora Birch, Embeth Davidtz The Hole is a 2001 psychological horror film directed by Nick Hamm, based on the novel After the Hole by Guy Burt. The film stars Thora Birch, whose headlining credit and highly publicized seven ...more

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Jaime Winstone, Julian Morris, Nichola Burley Donkey Punch is a 2008 British horror thriller film about a group of English people on holiday in Spain who end up fighting for their lives. The film was written and directed by Oliver Blackburn ...more

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John Hurt, Sara Stewart, Alice Lowe Sightseers is a 2012 comedy film written by Amy Jump, Steve Oram, Alice Lowe and directed by Ben Wheatley.

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Melissa George, Eamonn Walker, Ed Speleers A Lonely Place to Die is a 2011 British thriller film directed by Julian Gilbey and based on a screenplay from Will Gilbey and Julian Gilbey. It stars Melissa George, Ed Speleers, Karel Roden, ...more

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Jennie Jacques, Rachael Blake, Ashley Chin Cherry Tree Lane is a 2010 British urban dramatic real-time horror-thriller film, written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams.

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Closure

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Outpost

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Hush

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Michael Smiley, Sara Dee, Tony Way "In 2007, the people behind the venerable Mondo Macabro DVD label released their first feature film production: a Pakistani gore film called HELL'S GROUND. Now, Mondo Macabro Movies has ...more

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London to Brighton Sam Spruell, Claudie Blakley, Alexander Morton London to Brighton is a 2006 award-winning British film. The film was written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams.

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The Children

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Jason Flemyng, Kate Groombridge, Francesca Annis Shifty is a British urban thriller, written and directed by Eran Creevy. Set on the outskirts of London, it follows themes of friendship and loyalty over the course of twenty-four hours in the ...more

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Tony

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The Descent: Part 2

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Toby Kebbell, Sean Pertwee, Lenora Crichlow Wilderness is a 2006 British-Irish horror film directed by Michael J. Bassett and written by Dario Poloni.

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Tony Curran, Martin Compston, Kate Dickie Red Road is a 2006 British film directed by Andrea Arnold. It tells the story of a CCTV security operator who observes through her monitors a man from her past. It is named after, and partly set ...more