Best British Crime Dramas

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1. Layer Cake (2004)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Daniel Craig, Sienna Miller, Michael Gambon, Tom Hardy

Votes: 162,061 | Gross: $2.34M

2. London Boulevard (2010)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

An ex-con with a reputation tries to go straight by working as a handy man for a reclusive actress but this is unfortunately not the wish of London's underground crime lord.

Director: William Monahan | Stars: Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Ray Winstone, David Thewlis

Votes: 45,772 | Gross: $0.01M

3. The Long Good Friday (1980)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An up-and-coming gangster is tested by the insurgence of an unknown, very powerful threat.

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Paul Freeman, Leo Dolan

Votes: 18,277

4. Harry Brown (2009)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.

Director: Daniel Barber | Stars: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, David Bradley, Charlie Creed-Miles

Votes: 82,918 | Gross: $1.82M

5. Brotherhood (2006–2008)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

Set in an Irish neighbourhood in Providence, the series reflects around two brothers on opposite sides of the law: one a gangster (Jason Isaacs) and the other a politician (Jason Clarke).

Stars: Jason Isaacs, Jason Clarke, Annabeth Gish, Kevin Chapman

Votes: 6,696

6. Get Carter (1971)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne

Votes: 27,794 | Gross: $0.39M

7. Snatch (2000)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime

55 Metascore

Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina

Votes: 758,474 | Gross: $30.33M

8. Rollin' with the Nines (2006)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Action, Drama

Too Fine and his friends Finny, Pushy and Rage hope to set up a successful urban underground garage act and escape the lives they're trying to leave behind. But this dream all goes ... See full summary »

Director: Julian Gilbey | Stars: Vas Blackwood, Robbie Gee, Naomi Taylor, Terry Stone

Votes: 1,109

9. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham

Votes: 518,693 | Gross: $3.90M

10. Outlaw (2007)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

45 Metascore

A group of people who feel betrayed by their government and let down by their Police force form a modern-day outlaw posse in order to right what they see as the wrongs of society.

Director: Nick Love | Stars: Sean Bean, Danny Dyer, Rupert Friend, Sean Harris

Votes: 12,092

11. Rise of the Footsoldier (2007)

R | 119 min | Action, Biography, Crime

The life of career criminal Carlton Leach.

Director: Julian Gilbey | Stars: Ricci Harnett, Craig Fairbrass, Terry Stone, Roland Manookian

Votes: 18,706

12. Rise of the Footsoldier Part II (2015)

R | 111 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The life of underworld icon Carlton Leach.

Director: Ricci Harnett | Stars: Charlie Heaton, Steven Berkoff, Craig Fairbrass, Tygo Gernandt

Votes: 1,328

13. The Football Factory (2004)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

An insight on the gritty life of a bored male, Chelsea football hooligan who lives for violence, sex, drugs & alcohol.

Director: Nick Love | Stars: Danny Dyer, Frank Harper, Tamer Hassan, Roland Manookian

Votes: 28,055

14. The Krays (1990)

R | 115 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

This fact-based movie follows the life of the twin crime-lords in London's '60s underworld.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Billie Whitelaw, Tom Bell

Votes: 7,414 | Gross: $2.06M

15. Let Him Have It (1991)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, History

In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley (Christopher Eccleston) falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig (Paul Reynolds), a teenager with a fondness for American ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Tom Courtenay, Christopher Eccleston, Eileen Atkins, Rebecca Eccleston

Votes: 3,157

16. The Business (2005)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Frankie is sent from London to Spain to make a delivery to Charlie, who likes the kid and shows him the ropes including the use of guns and drugs. Frankie likes the sun, pools and the cute, bikini clad girls and stays in Spain.

Director: Nick Love | Stars: Danny Dyer, Tamer Hassan, Geoff Bell, Georgina Chapman

Votes: 12,962

17. Baseline (2010)

96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The Baseline is the centre of the East London grime club scene and the queue regularly stretches around the block. Danny works on the door - breaking up fights and managing drunk kids. ... See full summary »

Director: Brendon O'Loughlin | Stars: Jamie Foreman, Dexter Fletcher, Zoë Tapper, Gary Stretch

Votes: 579

18. Welcome to the Punch (2013)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

49 Metascore

When a notorious criminal is forced to return to London, it gives a detective one last chance to take down the man he's always been after.

Director: Eran Creevy | Stars: James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough, Peter Mullan

Votes: 31,385 | Gross: $0.01M

19. Bonded by Blood (2010)

96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In 1995, drug suppliers and career criminals Tony Tucker, Patrick Tate and Craig Rolfe were blasted to death by a shot gun whilst waiting in a Range Rover in Rettendon, Essex. The film ... See full summary »

Director: Sacha Bennett | Stars: Vincent Regan, Michael Socha, Simon Phillips, Kierston Wareing

Votes: 2,380

20. Kick-Ass (2010)

R | 117 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Garrett M. Brown

Votes: 514,488 | Gross: $48.07M

21. Jack Says (2008)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The film opens with Jack tied to a chair in a warehouse, guarded by heavies. He seems to have evoked the wrath of the Guv'nor, who lectures him about 'losing respect'. A girl called Natalie... See full summary »

Directors: Bob Phillips, Lee Warren | Stars: Simon Phillips, Rita Ramnani, Aurélie Amblard, Daniel Roberts

Votes: 356

22. Jack Said (2009)

101 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Jack is an undercover cop infiltrating a criminal gang. Things go pear-shaped when Jack's chancer pal does a runner with a box belonging to the boss and ends up in a perilous situation which threatens to explode into disaster.

Directors: Leander Basannavar, Michael Tchoubouroff | Stars: Simon Phillips, Danny Dyer, Ashlie Walker, Terry Stone

Votes: 546

23. Jack Falls (2011)

100 min | Crime

Former undercover police officer Jack Adleth returns to London seeking those who tried to have him killed in Amsterdam.

Directors: Paul Tanter, Alexander Williams | Stars: Tamer Hassan, Simon Phillips, Olivia Hallinan, Alan Ford

Votes: 1,109

24. Inside Men (2012)

240 min | Crime, Drama

The story of three employees of a security depot who plan and execute a multi-million pound cash heist.

Stars: Steven Mackintosh, Warren Brown, Nicola Walker, Ashley Walters

Votes: 2,356

25. The Samaritan (I) (2012)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

37 Metascore

After twenty years in prison, Foley is finished with the grifter's life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris, the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion.

Director: David Weaver | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Luke Kirby, Ruth Negga, A.C. Peterson

Votes: 9,330 | Gross: $0.00M

26. Clubbed (2008)

95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An underworld drama set in the early 1980s, about a lonely factory worker whose life is transformed when he becomes a nightclub doorman.

Director: Neil Thompson | Stars: Mel Raido, Colin Salmon, Shaun Parkes, Scot Williams

Votes: 3,445

27. Love, Honor and Obey (2000)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime

23 Metascore

A north London postman who gets involved with a gang of criminals

Directors: Dominic Anciano, Ray Burdis | Stars: Sadie Frost, Jonny Lee Miller, Jude Law, Ray Winstone

Votes: 5,000 | Gross: $0.00M

28. Cass (2008)

108 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

An orphaned Jamaican baby is adopted by an elderly white couple and brought up in an all white area of London and becomes one of the most feared and respected men in Britain. Based on a true story.

Director: Jon S. Baird | Stars: Nonso Anozie, Gavin Brocker, Leo Gregory, Natalie Press

Votes: 5,638

29. Gangster No. 1 (2000)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

60 Metascore

Chronicles the rise and fall of a prominent, and particularly ruthless English gangster.

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis, Paul Bettany, Saffron Burrows

Votes: 12,875 | Gross: $0.03M

30. Conned (2010)

Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

The Boston Underworld is too small for all of them. And there's only one big prize left. It's about to go under. All the smart operators have gone to jail, and all that's left behind are ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Luhn | Stars: Charlie Alejandro, Rudi Anna, Hilary Barraford, Charles Cafarella

Votes: 80

31. Charlie (2004)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A man who ran a brutal gang in the 1960s.

Director: Malcolm Needs | Stars: Luke Goss, Leslie Grantham, Marius Weyers, Steven Berkoff

Votes: 693

32. Pressed (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two joyriders Jesse and Sam discover something hidden in the back seat of the car that could change their lives forever. Brian, unknown to Jesse and Sam, is desperately trying to seek a "... See full summary »

Director: Justin Donnelly | Stars: Luke Goss, Tyler Johnston, Jeffrey Ballard, Michael Eklund

Votes: 1,336

33. Interview with a Hitman (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An elite hitman returns to erase his past only to find that somebody has messed with his future.

Director: Perry Bhandal | Stars: Luke Goss, Caroline Tillette, Stephen Marcus, Danny Midwinter

Votes: 9,573

34. Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

Martin McGartland joins the I.R.A. and feeds information to Britain's Special Branch Agent Fergus.

Director: Kari Skogland | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess, Kevin Zegers, Natalie Press

Votes: 10,646

35. Formula 51 (2001)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

23 Metascore

An American master chemist plans to score big on a once in a lifetime drug deal. All does not go as planned and he is soon entangled in a web of deceit.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle, Emily Mortimer, Nigel Whitmey

Votes: 47,021 | Gross: $5.20M

36. Bullet Boy (2004)

R | 89 min | Drama

In one of East London's most volatile neighborhoods, pride, rivalry and revenge are the only codes on the street. Touted as a British Boyz in the Hood, Bullet Boy is a gripping and ... See full summary »

Director: Saul Dibb | Stars: Ashley Walters, Luke Fraser, Leon Black, Clare Perkins

Votes: 2,384

37. The Limey (1999)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

An extremely volatile and dangerous Englishman goes to Los Angeles to find the man he considers responsible for his daughter's death.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda, Lesley Ann Warren, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 29,014 | Gross: $3.19M

38. Sucker Punch (2008)

R | 92 min | Action

After a lost fight, a fighter wants back in the ring, seeking revenge on the fighter who knocked him out. When he comes toe to toe with him, he'll make sure his fists do the talking.

Director: Malcolm Martin | Stars: Gordon Alexander, Antonio Fargas, Ian Freeman, Tom Hardy

Votes: 1,220

39. B.U.S.T.E.D (1999)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama

In the Pepperhill Estate of Manchester, an ongoing battle rages between Triad gangs and street gangs. Gang leaders Ray (Andrew Goth) and Terry (Goldie), who are cousins and lifelong friends... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Goth | Stars: Rachel Shelley, Clint Dyer, David Baker, David Bowie

Votes: 647

40. Unleashed (2005)

R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

58 Metascore

A man enslaved by the mob since childhood and raised into behaving like a human attack dog escapes his captors and attempts to start a new life.

Director: Louis Leterrier | Stars: Jet Li, Bob Hoskins, Morgan Freeman, Kerry Condon

Votes: 96,924 | Gross: $24.52M

41. Sket (I) (2011)

83 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

When a young woman is cruelly and indiscriminately attacked by a notorious gang led by the violent Trey, her little 16 year old sister Kayla wants revenge and will stop at nothing to get it... See full summary »

Director: Nirpal Bhogal | Stars: Lily Loveless, Riann Steele, Aimée Kelly, Emma Hartley-Miller

Votes: 1,525

42. Neds (2010)

TV-14 | 124 min | Drama

Encompassed by violent street gangs, neglectful parents, bullying teachers and a dearth of positive role models, a studious but emotionally abandoned kid turns thug.

Director: Peter Mullan | Stars: Conor McCarron, Greg Forrest, Joe Szula, Mhairi Anderson

Votes: 7,913

43. Sugarhouse (2007)

R | 90 min | Crime, Thriller

Determined to kill his wife's lover, a middle-class accountant attempts to purchase a .38 from an inner-city crackhead, unaware the gun actually belongs to a psychotic drug lord who'd kill to get his weapon back.

Director: Gary Love | Stars: Steven Mackintosh, Ashley Walters, Andy Serkis, Adam Deacon

Votes: 1,249

44. Hard Men (1996)

R | 86 min | Crime

A Cockney thug becomes a daddy just before he and his two colleagues are supposed to put the screws to some unfortunate deadbeat. The new dad decides that he has had enough killing and ... See full summary »

Director: J.K. Amalou | Stars: Layla Aldridge, Victoria Bensted, Ross Boatman, Keith Brown

Votes: 511

45. The Big I Am (2010)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A cruel twist of fate catapults small time crook Mickey Skinner into the big league, as head of a brutal London gang poised on the brink of a lucrative human-trafficking deal

Director: Nic Auerbach | Stars: Leo Gregory, Vincent Regan, Beatrice Rosen, Phil Davis

Votes: 1,197

46. The Sweeney (2012)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama