Brit Crime, Violence & Prison Movies

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1. 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: 744,332 | Gross: $30.33M

2. 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: 114,007 | Gross: $0.10M

3. 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: 508,833 | Gross: $3.90M

4. 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: 3,675

5. Rise of the Footsoldier (2007)

R | 119 min | Action, Biography, Crime

The life of career criminal Carlton Leach.

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

Votes: 18,486

6. The Firm (2009)

90 min | Drama

Football hooligans organize themselves into firms that represent their favorite team.

Director: Nick Love | Stars: Paul Anderson, Calum MacNab, Daniel Mays, Doug Allen

Votes: 5,430

7. I.D. (1995)

107 min | Crime, Drama

Four policemen go undercover and infiltrate a gang of football hooligans hoping to root-out their leaders. For one of the four, the line between 'job' and 'yob' becomes more unclear as time... See full summary »

Director: Phil Davis | Stars: Reece Dinsdale, Richard Graham, Perry Fenwick, Philip Glenister

Votes: 5,858

8. The Rise & Fall of a White Collar Hooligan (2012)

R | 81 min | Crime

When unemployed soccer hooligan Mike Jacobs encounters an old friend during a bloody pregame brawl, he finds the answer to his problems - credit card fraud. But before long, the fast paced ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Tanter | Stars: Nick Nevern, Simon Phillips, Rita Ramnani, Peter Barrett

Votes: 1,785

9. 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, Kierston Wareing, Michael Socha, Alex Macqueen

Votes: 2,352

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: 12,799

11. Adulthood (2008)

99 min | Crime, Drama

Six years after KiDULTHOOD, Sam Peel is released from jail for killing Trife, he realizes that life is no easier on the outside than it was on the inside and he's forced to confront the ... See full summary »

Director: Noel Clarke | Stars: Noel Clarke, Scarlett Alice Johnson, Adam Deacon, Jacob Anderson

Votes: 11,535

12. Kidulthood (2006)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London.

Director: Menhaj Huda | Stars: Aml Ameen, Red Madrell, Noel Clarke, Adam Deacon

Votes: 17,315

13. 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: 17,830

14. Quadrophenia (1979)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music

79 Metascore

Jimmy loathes his job and parents. He seeks solace with his mod clique, scooter riding and drugs, only to be disappointed.

Director: Franc Roddam | Stars: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Phil Davis, Mark Wingett

Votes: 16,164

15. RocknRolla (2008)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

53 Metascore

In London, a real-estate scam puts millions of pounds up for grabs, attracting some of the city's scrappiest tough guys and its more established underworld types, all of whom are looking to get rich quick. While the city's seasoned criminals vie for the cash, an unexpected player -- a drugged-out rock 'n' roller presumed to be dead but very much alive -- has a multi-million-dollar prize fall into... See full summary »

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Idris Elba, Thandie Newton

Votes: 225,298 | Gross: $5.69M

16. 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: 1,104

17. 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: 4,932 | Gross: $0.00M

18. Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

52 Metascore

A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago.

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell, Stuart Wolfenden

Votes: 47,453 | Gross: $0.01M

19. 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: 12,667 | Gross: $0.03M

20. Cleanskin (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A British secret service agent is faced with the task of pursuing and eliminating a British-born suicide bomber and his terrorist cell.

Director: Hadi Hajaig | Stars: Sean Bean, Charlotte Rampling, Abhin Galeya, Tom Burke

Votes: 19,449

21. Awaydays (2009)

Unrated | 105 min | Crime, Drama

In the grim early years of Margaret Thatcher's premiership, also the crown years of hooliganism, the opportunities for thrill-seeking young men are what they've always been: sex, drugs, rock n' roll, fashion, football and fighting.

Director: Pat Holden | Stars: Nicky Bell, Liam Boyle, Stephen Graham, Oliver Lee

Votes: 3,111

22. Croupier (1998)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

An aspiring writer is hired as a croupier at a casino, where he realizes that his life as a croupier would make a great novel.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Clive Owen, Nick Reding, Nicholas Ball, Alexander Morton

Votes: 17,652 | Gross: $6.20M

23. 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: 159,114 | Gross: $2.34M

24. 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: 27,618

25. 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: 51,768 | Gross: $6.95M

26. 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: 5,521

27. 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: 7,287 | Gross: $2.06M

28. 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: 9,464

29. 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: 1,764

30. 44 Inch Chest (2009)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama

47 Metascore

A jealous husband and his friends plot the kidnapping of his wife's lover with the intention of restoring his wounded ego.

Director: Malcolm Venville | Stars: Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 6,400

31. Ghosted (2011)

102 min | Drama, Thriller

'GHOSTED' tells a story of survival inside a British Prison. Jack a model prisoner, has kept his head down and done his time. After his wife confirms that she is leaving him, on the ... See full summary »

Director: Craig Viveiros | Stars: John Lynch, David Schofield, Martin Compston, Craig Parkinson

Votes: 595

32. The Bank Job (2008)

R | 111 min | Crime, Thriller

69 Metascore

Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets - secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore, Daniel Mays

Votes: 168,664 | Gross: $30.03M

33. 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

34. 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: 82,230 | Gross: $1.82M

35. Daylight Robbery (2008)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Alex masterminds an ambitious plan to steal millions of untraceable cash that is stacked in the underground vaults of The London Exchange Bank, waiting for its last journey, Incineration. ... See full summary »

Director: Paris Leonti | Stars: Xavier Anderson, Brodie Bass, Geoff Bell, Vas Blackwood

Votes: 1,836

36. Face (I) (1997)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In the face of demise in his values, a socialist in England decides to form a gang and rob banks for a living.

Director: Antonia Bird | Stars: Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone, Steve Sweeney, Gerry Conlon

Votes: 4,106

37. This Is England (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit.

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley, Andrew Shim

Votes: 112,115 | Gross: $0.33M

38. The Sweeney (2012)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama

48 Metascore

A hardened detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan police. Based on the '70s UK TV show.

Director: Nick Love | Stars: Ray Winstone, Plan B, Hayley Atwell, Steven Mackintosh

Votes: 18,363 | Gross: $0.03M

39. 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: 12,799

40. 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: 539

41. 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: 1,106

42. Ill Manors (2012)

Not Rated | 121 min | Crime, Drama

The lives of four drug dealers, one user and two prostitutes are explored.

Director: Plan B | Stars: Riz Ahmed, Ed Skrein, Lee Allen, Mem Ferda

Votes: 9,941

43. Filth (I) (2013)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

A corrupt, junkie cop with bipolar disorder attempts to manipulate his way through a promotion in order to win back his wife and daughter while also fighting his own inner demons.

Director: Jon S. Baird | Stars: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots

Votes: 96,796 | Gross: $0.03M

44. 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: 31,043 | Gross: $0.01M

45. 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: 755

46. The Fall of the Essex Boys (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime