Best British Crime Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best British Crime Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: realistic, interesting, intense, tense, suspense and suspenseful. Plot: crimes, violence, dialogue, storytelling, murder, vengeance, brutality, mentor, gangsters and death. Genre: Crime, Drama and Thriller. Country: UK and USA.
Best British Crime Movies
Best British Crime Movies
TOP Movies: The Gentlemen (2019), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), The Dark Knight (2008), Starred Up (2013), This Is England (2006), Once Upon a Time in London (2019), Shallow Grave (1994), Promising Young Woman (2020), Fargo (1996), Avengement (2019), Notes on a Scandal (2006), Snatch (2000), Saving Grace (2000), Dirty Pretty Things (2002), Following (1998), Enola Holmes (2020), Dead Man's Shoes (2004), Blue Story (2019), We're the Millers (2013), Layer Cake (2004).

List of Best Movies

 7.8
 284K
The Gentlemen (2019)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A drug lord tries to sell off his highly profitable empire.
Style: stylized, realistic, neo noir, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: money, gangsters, marijuana, gang, organized crime, crimes, british, tough guy, swearing, drug lord, conspiracy, criminal underworld ...
Time: 21st century, 2020s, 2010s
Place: london, england, united kingdom
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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 164 min.
Story: Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes to protect the late attorney's reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman ...
Style: exciting, bleak, twists and turns, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: heroes, superhero, good versus evil, batman, secret identity, chaos and mayhem, explosion, tragic villain, double life, police detective, nuclear threat, disguise ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, pentagon, italy
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 9.0
 2.4M
The Dark Knight (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, heroes, secret identity, double life, good versus evil, batman, organized crime, rivalry, anti hero, super villain, psychopath, moral dilemma ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, hong kong
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 7.4
 45K
Starred Up (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: 19-year-old Eric, arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father. As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already ...
Style: rough, captivating, serious, tense, psychological ...
Plot: prison, prison life, juvenile delinquent, teenage life, confined, family reunited, family relations, warden, parents and children, troublemaker, father son relationship, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: britain, england
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 7.7
 119K
This Is England (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
Style: rough, bleak, emotional, cult film, stylized ...
Plot: skinhead, racism, childhood, social problems, gang, vandalism, crimes, juvenile delinquency, xenophobia, neo nazi, adolescence, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: england, europe, britain, woodstock, northern england
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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A card shark and his unwillingly-enlisted friends need to make a lot of cash quick after losing a sketchy poker match. To do this they decide to pull a heist on a small-time gang who happen to be operating out of the flat next door.
Style: witty, clever, cynical, humorous, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dark humor, heist, criminal heroes, crimes, disorder, nothing goes right, crime gone awry, dishonesty, buddies, crime, chaos and mayhem, partners ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: london, europe, united kingdom, england
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After seven months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at Bill Willoughby, the town's revered chief ...
Style: ambiguous ending, psychological, cynical, sentimental, tragicomedy ...
Plot: rape, regret, small town, guilty conscience, loss of daughter, police brutality, desperation, suffering, name calling, pain, death of daughter, small town life ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: usa, missouri, idaho
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Once Upon a Time in London (2019)
Genre: Crime
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Billy Hill and Jack 'Spot' Comer were among the most notorious criminals in London up until the 1950s. Dramatising the violent reign of two of London's most notorious gangsters, Billy Hill (Leo Gregory) and Jack 'Spot' Comer ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, criminal, rivalry, vengeance, crimes, family relations, violent, crime boss, gang, deadly, blackmail, legendary ...
Time: year 1939, 1930s, 1940s
Place: london
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 7.3
 59K
Shallow Grave (1994)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Three friends discover their new flatmate dead but loaded with cash.
Style: neo noir, psychological, cynical, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: roommate, dark humor, greed, betrayal, friendship, police officer, doctor, attic, corpse, insanity, accountant, grave ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: scotland, rio de janeiro, edinburgh scotland
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Promising Young Woman (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young woman haunted by a tragedy in her past takes revenge on the predatory men unlucky enough to cross her path.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, disturbing, suspense, parody ...
Plot: violence, sexual predator, oral sex, medical school, pediatrician, lust, crimes, rapist, track down, brutality, double life, murder ...
Place: ohio, new york
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 8.1
 646K
Fargo (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to ...
Style: neo noir, interesting, atmospheric, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, dark humor, crime gone awry, greed, police investigation, snow, ransom, crime, police officer, murder, small town, policewoman ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: minnesota, north dakota, usa, minneapolis minnesota
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 6.6
 14K
Avengement (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: While on a prison furlough, a lowly criminal evades his guards and returns to his old stomping ground to take revenge on the people who turned him into a cold blooded killer.
Style: suspense, tense, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, crimes, killer, vengeance, organized crime, violence, betrayal, danger, death, greed, rivalry, life is a bitch ...
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The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A rich man's daughter is held captive in an abandoned apartment by two former convicts who abducted her and hold her ransom in exchange for her father's money.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, rough, bleak, brutal ...
Plot: woman in danger, kidnapping, hostage, ransom, bondage, confined, disappearance, crimes, danger, female nudity, isolation, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: europe, england, britain, united kingdom
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Notes on a Scandal (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.
Style: sexual, psychological, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: adultery, obsession, teacher, blackmail, teachers and students, forbidden love, older woman younger man sex, older woman younger man relationship, age difference, lust, extramarital affair, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
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 8.3
 815K
Snatch (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The second film from British director Guy Ritchie. Snatch tells an obscure story similar to his first fast-paced crazy character-colliding filled film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” There are two overlapping stories here – one is the ...
Style: humorous, witty, entertaining, funny, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, criminal heroes, gambling, cons and scams, master criminal, heist, disorder, nothing goes right, twists & turns, graphic violence, boxing, boxer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: london, england, europe, antwerp
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 18K
Saving Grace (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Unexpectedly widowed, prim and proper housewife Grace Trevethyn finds herself in dire financial straits when she inherits massive debts her late husband had been accruing for years. Faced with losing her house, she decides to use her talent for ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: date night
Plot: marijuana, family problems, drug dealing, small town life, drug dealer, crimes, partners in crime, unlikely criminals, criminal heroes, small town, drug lord, female protagonist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, london, cornwall, europe
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Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An urban hotel in London is a gathering and flash point for legal and illegal immigrants attempting to cobble together their lives in a new country. The immigrants include Senay, a Turkish woman, and a Nigerian doctor named Okwe who is working as a ...
Style: bleak, thought provoking, suspenseful, tense, harsh ...
Plot: hotel, immigrants, friendship, blackmail, theft, black market, maid, illegal immigration, surgery, prostitute, social decay, lebanese ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, nigeria, new york ...
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 7.5
 90K
Following (1998)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 69 min.
Story: A struggling, unemployed young writer takes to following strangers around the streets of London, ostensibly to find inspiration for his new novel.
Style: neo noir, psychological, thought provoking, tense, realistic ...
Plot: thief, stranger, breaking and entering, mystery, robbery, friendship, dishonesty, buddies, dangerous attraction, gangsters, voyeurism, theft ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, london, europe
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 6.6
 149K
Enola Holmes (2020)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: While searching for her missing mother, intrepid teen Enola Holmes uses her sleuthing skills to outsmart big brother Sherlock and help a runaway lord.
Style: feminist film, romantic, funny, mysterious, exciting
Plot: female detective, victorian england, runaway teen, feminism, amateur detective, private detective, sherlock holmes, teenage love, breaking the fourth wall, child prodigy, female protagonist, master of disguise ...
Time: victorian era
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Dead Man's Shoes (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A soldier returns home to his small town and exacts a deadly revenge on the thugs who tormented his dimwitted brother while he was away.
Style: tense, bleak, rough, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: brutality, punishment, gang, bullying, execution, humiliation, anger, cruelty, drug abuse, revenge, vigilantism, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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The Rise & Fall of a White Collar Hooligan (2012)
Genre: Crime
Country: UK
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Casual football hooligan Mike Jacobs is going nowhere in life when he meets old friend Eddie Hill at a football match that turns nasty off the pitch. Under Eddie’s tutelage he soon finds himself inducted into the world of credit card fraud, where ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ambition, rise and fall, cons and scams, gang, buddies, lifestyle, crimes, dishonesty, friends, crime, hoodlum, credit card fraud ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
Is relevant ?
 6.1
 5K
Blue Story (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Feature adaptation of Rapman's YouTube series about two young friends who become rivals in a street war.
Style: based on true events, thought provoking, heartbreaking, tense, dark ...
Plot: ghetto, gangsters, youth, gang, gunfight, crime, friendship, rivalry, friends, danger, gang war, gang member ...
Place: london
Is relevant ?
We're the Millers (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico.
Style: humorous, road movie, not serious, ridiculous, sexy ...
Audience: family outing, teens, girls' night
Plot: road trip, on the road, nothing goes right, journey, adolescence, smuggling, dishonesty, drug dealing, pretense, disorder, neighbor, partners in crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: mexico, usa, tucson arizona, denver colorado, new mexico
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 7.3
 174K
Layer Cake (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When a seemingly straight-forward drug deal goes awry, XXXX has to break his die-hard rules and turn up the heat, not only to outwit the old regime and come out on top, but to save his own skin...
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, tense, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, greed, drug lord, drug dealing, organized crime, betrayal, flirting, cocaine, murder, going straight, criminal heroes, cheating ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s ...
Place: london, england, europe, zurich switzerland, amsterdam ...
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Murdered for Being Different (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 61 min.
Story: Drama telling the true story of the murder of 20-year-old Sophie Lancaster in 2007, who was kicked to death in a park by a gang. Her boyfriend, Robert Maltby, was also severely beaten and put into a coma. The two of them were attacked because they ...
Style: disturbing, sincere, psychological, captivating
Plot: goth, goth girl, youth, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, investigation, violence, hate crime, beating, threat, society, young couple, confession ...
Time: year 2007
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 54K
'71 (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A young British soldier must find his way back to safety after his unit accidentally abandons him during a riot in the streets of Belfast.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, ira, survival, terrorism, military, riot, explosion, danger, irish republican army, war, rivalry, deadly ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: ireland, england, london, belfast
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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Alan Partridge has had many ups and downs in life. National television broadcaster. Responsible for killing a guest on live TV. Local radio broadcaster. Nervous breakdown in Dundee. A self-published book, 'Bouncing Back', which was ...
Style: humorous, cynical, absurd, satirical, talky ...
Plot: hostage, self involved, layoff, radio station, radio dj, desire for fame, social awkwardness, lifestyle, workplace, ambition, goofy hero, corporate world ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, california
Is relevant ?
 6.4
 45K
Free Fire (2016)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A crime drama set in 1970s Boston, about a gun sale which goes wrong.
Style: suspense, brutal, tense, stylized, dark ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, gunfight, arms dealer, sniper, violence, chase, death, brutality, murder, blood, revenge, fear ...
Time: 70s, contemporary
Place: boston
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 86K
Harry Brown (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.
Style: tense, bleak, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, murder, gang, loneliness, investigation, widower, crimes, vengeance, loss of friend, incompetent police, deadly, vigilante ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: england, europe, london, ireland
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 12K
Adulthood (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After serving six years for killing his schoolmate, a young man learns that someone is out for revenge.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, gloomy, bleak
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, society, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, criminal's revenge, crimes, youth, starting over, vengeance, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england, london
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