25 Best British Crime and Gangster Films
Last updated at Thu, 17 Jul 2014

25 Best British Films of the Crime and Gangster genre....and one so Bad it's Brilliant.

Compiling a list of Best British Films whatever the genre is not a perfect science, ranking them in preference order even less so.

If you’re thinking why the hell did I include that or why the hell I haven’t included that? Then send me an email to contacts@britflicks.com and tell us your best British gangster films! 

From the list two acting performances really stick in my mind, Ben Kingsley’s psychotic performance as Don Logan in ‘Sexy Beast’ and Bob Hoskin’s portrayal of Gangland Boss Harold Shand in ‘The Long Good Friday’

Funnily enough I kept avoiding watching ‘Sexy Best’ as I didn't believe that the guy who played ‘Ghandi’ could play a Cockney gangster, how wrong was I?!

 

Briish film The Rise of the Foot soldier 25) Rise of the Footsoldier (2007) dr. Julian Gilbey

 

Rise of the footsoldier

Gangster film The Krays 24) The Krays (1990) dr. Peter Medak 

the krays

Crime film Down Terrace 23) Down Terrace (2009) dr. Ben Wheatley

Down Terrace

Best British film London to Brighton 22) London to Brighton (2006) dr. Paul Andrew Williams

From London To Brighton

Best british crime film Piggy 21) Piggy (2012) dr. Kieron Hawkes 

Piggy

Kidulthood 20) Kidulthood (2006) dr. Menhaj Huda 

 Kidulthood

Adulthood 19) Adulthood (2008) dr. Noel Clarke 

Adulthood

Best british gangster film Brighton Rock (1947) 18) Brighton Rock (1947) dr. John Boulting 

Brighton Rock

British film McVicar 17) McVicar (1980) dr. Tom Clegg 

McVicar

Gangster No116) Gangster No1 (2000) dr. Paul McGuigan 

Gangster No 1

Best british film Essex Boys (2000) 15) Essex Boys (2000) dr. Terry Winsor  

Essex Boys

In Bruges, Colin Farrell 14) In Bruges (2008) dr. Martin McDonagh 

In Bruges

The Business 13) The Business (2005) dr. Nick Love 

The Business

Love Honour and Obey  12) Love Honour and Obey (2000) dr. Dominic Anciano 

Love Honer and Obey

The Football Factory 11) The Football Factory (2004) dr. Nick Love 

Football Factory

The Escpaist 10)The Escapist (2008) dr. Rupert Wyatt

The Escapist  

Bronson Film  9) Bronson (2008) dr. Nicolas Winding Refn  

Bronson

Scum 8) Scum (1979) dr. Alan Clarke  

Scum

Snatch (2000) 7) Snatch (2000) dr. Guy Ritchie 

Snatch

Lock Stock and Two Smokin Barrels 6) Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998) dr. Guy Ritchie

Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels  

Layer Cake 5) Layer Cake (2004) dr. Matthew Vaughn  

Gangster film Layer Cake

Get Carter  4)  Get Carter (1971) dr. Mike Hodges 

Gangster Get Carter

The Italian Job 3) The Italian Job (1969) dr. Peter Collinson  

The Italian Job

Sexy Beast  2)  Sexy Beast (2000) dr. Jonathan Glazer  

Sexy Beast

The Long Good friday  1) The Long Good Friday (1980) John Mackenzie 

The Long Good Friday 

And finally there should be a mention for the worst British Gangster Film. A film that's so bad it would have trouble qualifying as a Z Movie let alone a B movie. Let’s set the scene, you come home with your mates after a night on the lash clutching a large fat dripping Donar Kebab with extra chili sauce, you want something to wash it down with so someone slips in a DVD, and there it is in full 1080p ‘Killer Bitch’. A film so bad it’s Brilliant!

Gangster film Killer Bitch  Killer Bitch (2010) dr. Liam Galvin

COMING SOON - 'THE GUVNORS' (This British Gangster/Crime films is looking like a must see!)  

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Your Comments:
  • John Monk Nice to see PIGGY in the list, its a great film.
  • Don Oink ... the italian job on 3rd place... better than lock stock and 2 smokin barrels which has an imdb rating of 8.2 o.O
  • Britflicks It’s all a matter of opinions Don Oink whatever IMDB says. 'The Italian Job‘ is a classic that helped inspire Guy Richie to make Lock Stock. Both great films but with all them Mini's ‘The Italian Job’ edges it for us. This is the self preservation society .......
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