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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
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    A Clockwork Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

    Released1971

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    28 Days Later...
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    28 Days Later...

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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  • 3
    Goldfinger
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    Goldfinger

    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman

    Released1964

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

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    The Prestige
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    The Prestige

    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie

    Released2006

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
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    Released1998

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a 1998 British comedy thriller film written and... more on Wikipedia

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    Casino Royale
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    Casino Royale

    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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  • 7
    Layer Cake
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    Layer Cake

    Sienna Miller, Tom Hardy

    Released2005

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

    Layer Cake is a 2005 British thriller film directed by Matthew Vaughn, in his directorial... more on Wikipedia

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    Trance
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    Trance

    Rosario Dawson, James McAvoy

    Released2013

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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    Snatch
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    Snatch

    Brad Pitt, Benicio del Toro

    Released2000

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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    Dr. No
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    Dr. No

    Sean Connery, Ursula Andress

    Released1962

    Directed byTerence Young

    Dr. No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery; it is the first James Bond film.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Disappearance of Alice Creed
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    24

    The Disappearance of Alice Creed

    Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan

    Released2009

    Directed byJ Blakeson

    The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a 2009 British thriller film about the kidnapping of a... more on Wikipedia
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    Skyfall
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    Skyfall

    Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2012

    Directed bySam Mendes

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    Get Carter
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    Get Carter

    Michael Caine, Britt Ekland

    Released1971

    Directed byMike Hodges

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    The Awakening
    36
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    The Awakening

    Rebecca Hall, Imelda Staunton

    Released2011

    Directed byNick Murphy

    The Awakening is a 2011 British horror film directed and co-written by Nick Murphy, starring... more on Wikipedia

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    The Descent
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    The Descent

    Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza

    Released2005

    Directed byNeil Marshall

    The Descent is a 2005 British adventure horror film directed by Neil Marshall. Six women enter... more on Wikipedia

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    The Woman in Black
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    The Woman in Black

    Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds

    Released2012

    Directed byJames Watkins

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    28 Weeks Later
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    28 Weeks Later

    Rose Byrne, Idris Elba

    Released2007

    Directed byJuan Carlos Fresnadillo

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    Triangle
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    Triangle

    Melissa George, Michael Dorman

    Released2009

    Directed byChristopher Smith

    Triangle is a 2009 psychological horror thriller film written and directed by Christopher... more on Wikipedia

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    Harry Brown
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    Harry Brown

    Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer

    Released2009

    Directed byDaniel Barber

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    Eden Lake
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    Eden Lake

    Michael Fassbender, Kelly Reilly

    Released2008

    Directed byJames Watkins

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    Shallow Grave
    30
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    Shallow Grave

    Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston

    Released1994

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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  • 22
    Spectre
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    Spectre

    Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz

    Released2015

    Directed bySam Mendes

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    Cherry Tree Lane
    21
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    Cherry Tree Lane

    Jennie Jacques, Rachael Blake

    Released2010

    Directed byPaul Andrew Williams

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    Donkey Punch
    22
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    Donkey Punch

    Jaime Winstone, Julian Morris

    Released2008

    Directed byOlly Blackburn

    Donkey Punch is a 2008 British horror thriller film about a group of English people on holiday... more on Wikipedia
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    Blowup
    15
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    Blowup

    Jimmy Page, Vanessa Redgrave

    Released1966

    Directed byMichelangelo Antonioni

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