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The Best London Movies 

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Updated September 27, 2019 612 votes 78 voters 4.5k views 52 items

List Rules Movies about or set in London, England

From Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, and Piccadilly Circus to William Shakespeare, the Beatles, and Queen Elizabeth – London is full of culture. It's also the capital of and most populous city in the United Kingdom and is an enormous tourist attraction. Films set in London are popular and this list will help you find the best one to watch when you're in a British mood.

Since London is such a large city and is home to some of the most influential, iconic landmarks within Europe it only makes sense that movies like Alfie, Bend it Like Beckham, Closer, and An Education all feature this famous global city. There are also several action movies set in London like Sherlock Holmes, Attack the Block, and V for Vendetta.

This list has the best movies about Paris including: Harry Potter, Oliver!, An American Werewolf in London, Mary Poppins, and A Clockwork Orange.

Vote up your favorite movies that take place in London, vote down the films you hated, or add one that isn't on this list.

 

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Released: 2001

Directed by: David Yates

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the 2010/2011 two-part epic finale of the Harry Potter film series. Both Part 1 and Part 2 were directed by David Yates, written by Steve Kloves, and form ...more
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Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tom Hooper

The King's Speech is a 2010 British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. Colin Firth plays King George VI who, to cope with a stammer, sees Lionel Logue, an ...more

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Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1964

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more

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Released: 1999

Directed by: Roger Michell

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 and the film was produced by Duncan Kenworthy and ...more

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Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

Released: 1971

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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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Released: 2007

Directed by: Tim Burton

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 2007 musical slasher film directed by Tim Burton. It is an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning 1979 musical ...more

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Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

Released: 2009

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 British–American action mystery film based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The film was directed by Guy Ritchie. In the film, ...more

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Judy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best London Movies
Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock

Released: 2019

Directed by: Rupert Goold

Judy is a 2019 British biographical drama film directed by Rupert Goold, it is an adaptation of the Olivier and Tony-nominated West End and Broadway play End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter. ...more
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Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox

Released: 2007

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 American-German action spy thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass loosely based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same title. The screenplay was written by Tony ...more

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Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

Released: 2002

Directed by: Danny Boyle

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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Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving

Released: 2005

Directed by: James McTeigue

V for Vendetta is a 2006 American political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and written by the Wachowski Brothers, based on the 1988 Vertigo graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore ...more

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Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall

Released: 1981

Directed by: John Landis

An American Werewolf in London is a 1981 horror comedy film written and directed by John Landis, and starring David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, and Griffin Dunne. The film starts with two young ...more

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Oliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter, Hugh Griffith

Released: 1968

Directed by: Carol Reed

Oliver! is a 1968 British musical drama film directed by Carol Reed and based on the stage musical of the same name, with book, music and lyrics written by Lionel Bart. The screenplay was ...more

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Released: 1987

Directed by: David Hugh Jones

84 Charing Cross Road is a 1987 British-American drama film directed by David Jones. The screenplay by Hugh Whitemore is based on a play by James Roose-Evans, which itself was an adaptation of ...more
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clash1977 added Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

Released: 1964

Directed by: Richard Lester

A Hard Day's Night is a 1964 British black-and-white comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—during the ...more

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Released: 2011

Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd

The Iron Lady is a 2011 drama and biography film written by Abi Morgan and directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Stephen Fry

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Cleese, Charles Crichton

A Fish Called Wanda is a 1988 film written by John Cleese and Charles Crichton. It was directed by Crichton and stars Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin. Kline won the ...more

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Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, Ray Milland

Released: 1954

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

This film is a 1954 3-D American thriller film in Warnercolor directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, and Robert Cummings. The screenplay and the successful stage play ...more

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Nick Frost, John Boyega, Luke Treadaway

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joe Cornish

Attack the Block is a 2011 British science fiction comedy film. The film was written and directed by Joe Cornish and stars Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Nick Frost and Luke Treadaway. Attack the ...more

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best London Movies
Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

Released: 2006

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón. The screenplay, based on P. D. James's 1992 novel of the same name, was credited to five ...more

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Released: 2008

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

The Bank Job is a 2008 British film written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, directed by Roger Donaldson, and starring Jason Statham, based on the 1971 Baker Street in central London, from ...more
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Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman

Released: 2011

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay was written by Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, based on the 1974 novel of the same name by ...more

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Bridget Jones’s Diary

Released: 2001

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Released: 2001

Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2006

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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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