British Gangster Films

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British Gangster Films

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1. 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: 18,265

2. Sexy Beast (2000)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them.

Director: Jonathan Glazer | Stars: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman

Votes: 52,938 | Gross: $6.95M

3. The Italian Job (1969)

G | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

70 Metascore

Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam.

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: Michael Caine, Noël Coward, Benny Hill, Raf Vallone

Votes: 39,739

4. 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: 27,766 | Gross: $0.39M

5. Scum (1979)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

An uncompromising story of life in a British juvenile offender institution in the 70's.

Director: Alan Clarke | Stars: Ray Winstone, Mick Ford, Julian Firth, John Blundell

Votes: 9,687

6. Bronson (2008)

R | 92 min | Action, Biography, Crime

71 Metascore

A young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter-ego, Charles Bronson.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Tom Hardy, Kelly Adams, Luing Andrews, Katy Barker

Votes: 116,068 | Gross: $0.10M

7. The Escapist (2008)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict fourteen years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined to make peace with her before it's ... See full summary »

Director: Rupert Wyatt | Stars: Brian Cox, Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes, Seu Jorge

Votes: 16,106 | Gross: $0.01M

8. 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: 28,047

9. 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: 4,998 | Gross: $0.00M

10. 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: 12,955

11. In Bruges (2008)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds, Elizabeth Berrington

Votes: 379,546 | Gross: $7.76M

12. Essex Boys (2000)

R | 102 min | Crime, Thriller

The film is based loosely around events in December 1995 that culminated in the murders of three drug dealers in Rettendon, Essex, UK. On 6th December Patrick Tate, Craig Rolfe and Tony ... See full summary »

Director: Terry Winsor | Stars: Charlie Creed-Miles, Sean Bean, Gareth Milne, Alex Kingston

Votes: 3,716

13. 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: 18,703

14. 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: 1,324

15. 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: 2,378

16. Bonded by Blood 2 (2017)

91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In the aftermath of the infamous 'Essex Boys' Range Rover killings, a group of younger, flashier criminals emerge to fill the power vacuum.

Director: Greg Hall | Stars: Terry Stone, Sam Strike, Christopher Ellison, Josh Myers

Votes: 1,104

17. Essex Boys Retribution (2013)

Not Rated | 82 min | Crime

Twenty years after Britain's most notorious gangland murders, the next generation of Essex Boys vie for control as revenge is sought by all sides.

Director: Paul Tanter | Stars: Ian Virgo, Ryan Winsley, Alex Esmail, Kyle Summercorn

Votes: 761

18. The Fall of the Essex Boys (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime

The rise and fall of the Essex Boys gang - the drugs, the violence and, of course, the murders. The real story is the most shocking of all.

Director: Paul Tanter | Stars: Robert Cavanah, Kierston Wareing, Peter Barrett, Jay Brown

Votes: 757

19. Essex Boys: Law of Survival (2015)

88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Danny, an ex-street-thug, takes on the Essex underworld after they turn his life upside-down.

Director: Steven M. Smith | Stars: Chris Bell, Ross Boatman, James Hodcroft, Megan Lockhurst

Votes: 716

20. Essex Vendetta (2016)

89 min | Drama

An ordinary working family man dares reach beyond his grasp. Even if it means risking death at the hands of the drug underworld.

Director: Terry Lee Coker | Stars: Michael McKell, Kris Johnson, Danniella Westbrook, Lucinda Rhodes Thakrar

Votes: 151

21. Legend (I) (2015)

R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1960s.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Paul Anderson

Votes: 150,828 | Gross: $1.87M

22. The Rise of the Krays (2015)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama

Two brothers unleash a psychotic reign of terror on their journey to build an empire of unprecedented power in the British Mafia.

Director: Zackary Adler | Stars: Matt Vael, Simon Cotton, Kevin Leslie, Olivia Moyles

Votes: 1,758

23. The Fall of the Krays (2016)

116 min | Crime

Simon Cotton as Ronnie Kray and Kevin Leslie as Reggie Kray, picks up the story of the infamous Firm as the sanity of the two brothers bring uncertainties to their business plans . now with... See full summary »

Director: Zackary Adler | Stars: Phil Dunster, Nicola Stapleton, Adrian Bouchet, Josh Myers

Votes: 507

24. London to Brighton (2006)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

55 Metascore

Desperate to evade an angry pimp, a London prostitute and a young girl flee by train to Brighton after an appointment with a powerful client goes violently wrong.

Director: Paul Andrew Williams | Stars: Lorraine Stanley, Georgia Groome, Johnny Harris, Nathan Constance

Votes: 8,025

25. Piggy (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 106 min | Thriller

London, modern day: Joe, a mild mannered young man is bored by his life. When his beloved brother is murdered Joe finds solace in Piggy, one of his brother's old friends. Piggy helps Joe to... See full summary »

Director: Kieron Hawkes | Stars: Paul Anderson, Ed Skrein, Martin Compston, Josh Herdman

Votes: 1,414

26. Brighton Rock (1948)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama

In Brighton in 1935, small-time gang leader Pinkie Brown murders a journalist and later desperately tries to cover his tracks but runs into trouble with the police, a few witnesses and a rival gang.

Director: John Boulting | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley, William Hartnell, Harcourt Williams

Votes: 5,021 | Gross: $0.22M

27. McVicar (1980)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama

'John McVicar' was a London Bad Boy. He graduated to armed bank robbery and was Britain's "Public Enemy No. 1". He was captured and put into a high security prison. Will even the highest ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Clegg | Stars: Roger Daltrey, Adam Faith, Cheryl Campbell, Billy Murray

Votes: 1,794

28. 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: 12,863 | Gross: $0.03M

29. The Hatton Garden Job (2017)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Can 4 elderly men do the largest burglary in English history, in the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company with an underground safe deposit facility in London's Hatton Garden area, with a value of up to £200 million.

Director: David Beton | Stars: Matthew Goode, Phil Daniels, Larry Lamb, Clive Russell

Votes: 4,176

30. Jawbone (2017)

R | 91 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Former youth boxing champion Jimmy McCabe, after hitting rock bottom, returns to his childhood boxing club and his old team, gym owner Bill and corner-man Eddie.

Director: Thomas Napper | Stars: Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley, Johnny Harris

Votes: 2,518

31. Smoking Guns (2016)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

On a Friday afternoon in North London, Jack decides to bet £250 on a horse win treble which, if all three horses win, would net him and his friends a fortune.

Director: Savvas D. Michael | Stars: Tommy O'Neill, Daniel Caltagirone, Andreas Karras, Jamie Crew

Votes: 1,025

32. City of Tiny Lights (2016)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

55 Metascore

In the teeming, multicultural metropolis of modern-day London, a seemingly straightforward missing-person case launches a down-at-heel private eye into a dangerous world of religious fanaticism and political intrigue.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Riz Ahmed, Billie Piper, James Krishna Floyd, Cush Jumbo

Votes: 1,737

33. We Still Kill the Old Way (2014)

94 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

When retired East End villain Charlie Archer is murdered by a feral street gang, his brother Ritchie returns to London from Spain to investigate.

Director: Sacha Bennett | Stars: Ian Ogilvy, Alison Doody, Christopher Ellison, Danny Hatchard

Votes: 3,628

34. We Still Steal the Old Way (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

The Archer Gang are back and doing a daring heist in London. Remanded in prison, they will try to break out their old friend Briggs.

Director: Sacha Bennett | Stars: Lysette Anthony, Julian Glover, Patrick Bergin, Ian Ogilvy

Votes: 880

35. London's Finest (2014)

TV-MA | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A small-time drug-dealer gets into big trouble when a corrupt East London cop tries to steal a consignment meant for Welsh-Jamaican Yardies.

Director: Chris Bouchard | Stars: Nathanael Wiseman, Arin Alldridge, Enoch Frost, Marlon G. Day

Votes: 391

36. Hyena (I) (2014)

Unrated | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

Good policing doesn't necessarily mean doing everything by the book. But as the business of crime in London turns to favour the Albanians and Turks, how does a "good" policeman survive?

Director: Gerard Johnson | Stars: Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham, Neil Maskell, Elisa Lasowski

Votes: 2,732

37. The Guvnors (2014)

Not Rated | 95 min | Thriller

The Guvnors is a violent thriller set amongst the clans and firms of South East London, bringing two generations together in brutal conflict.

Director: Gabe Turner | Stars: Charley Palmer Rothwell, Martin Hancock, Melanie Gutteridge, Doug Allen

Votes: 2,773

38. Undercover Hooligan (2016)

90 min | Drama

Known for his brutally violent policing tactics, suspended police officer Michael Clarke is sent undercover to infiltrate the notorious London criminal enterprise of Terance Turner, with the task of bringing the gang boss to justice.

Director: Nicholas Winter | Stars: Aggy K. Adams, Sapphire Elia, Ali Bastian, Madalina Bellariu Ion

Votes: 359

39. Kill List (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.

Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Harry Simpson, Michael Smiley

Votes: 34,978 | Gross: $0.03M

40. Hooligan Legacy (2016)

70 min | Crime

Four men, no strangers to unlawful transgressions, execute a daring football stadium robbery, but the volatile dynamic soon turns sour when the leader of the group becomes paranoid and ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas Winter | Stars: Terri Dwyer, Rocci Williams, Kris Johnson, Lee Wakefield

Votes: 139

41. Dangerous Mind of a Hooligan (2014)

78 min | Crime

Five criminals unknown to each other are hired to complete a bank robbery. What should have been a smooth operation soon descends into paranoia, violence and horror.

Director: Greg Hall | Stars: Samuel Anoyke, Roger Griffiths, Shane Hart, Marcus Langford

Votes: 387

42. I Am Hooligan (2016)

81 min | Action, Drama

A young lad is brainwashed into thinking his only way out of his life on a London Estate is to become a football hooligan and fight his way out. When his best friend tries to steer him in the right path, there is a tragic turn of events.

Director: Steven M. Smith | Stars: Mark Wingett, Darren James King, Chris Bell, Ryan Regis

Votes: 231

43. Who Needs Enemies (2013)

Unrated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

When ex-boxer Tom Sheridan agrees to hire his strip club out to lifelong friend and colleague Ian Levine he soon discovers the private party involves something so atrocious that it sparks a bloody feud between the two old friends.

Director: Peter Stylianou | Stars: Michael McKell, Ian Pirie, Emma Barton, Kris Johnson

Votes: 257

44. Green Street Hooligans (2005)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

55 Metascore

A wrongfully expelled Harvard undergrad moves to London, where he is introduced to the violent underworld of football hooliganism.

Director: Lexi Alexander | Stars: Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani, Marc Warren

Votes: 138,770 | Gross: $0.34M

45. Green Street Hooligans 2 (2009 Video)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

After the brutal mass brawl fans of two football teams go to jail, where their feud raised to a new level of cruelty.

Director: Jesse V. Johnson | Stars: John Bariamis, Nicola Bertram, Matt Candito, Lonnie Cayetano

Votes: 13,402