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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 leave your comments at the bottom of the page and tell us about your best British gangster films! If you have produced a British Gangster Film that you would like Britflicks to feature then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to feature it.
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?!
I AM HOOLIGAN - Coming Soon (2016)
25) Rise of the Footsoldier (2007) dr. Julian Gilbey
24) The Krays (1990) dr. Peter Medak
23) Down Terrace (2009) dr. Ben Wheatley
22) London to Brighton (2006) dr. Paul Andrew Williams
21) Piggy (2012) dr. Kieron Hawkes
20) Kidulthood (2006) dr. Menhaj Huda
19) Adulthood (2008) dr. Noel Clarke
18) Brighton Rock (1947) dr. John Boulting
17) McVicar (1980) dr. Tom Clegg
16) Gangster No1 (2000) dr. Paul McGuigan
15) Essex Boys (2000) dr. Terry Winsor
14) In Bruges (2008) dr. Martin McDonagh
13) The Business (2005) dr. Nick Love
12) Love Honour and Obey (2000) dr. Dominic Anciano
11) The Football Factory (2004) dr. Nick Love
Before we hit the TOP 10 here's a clip from ORTHODOX starring Stephen Graham & Michael Smilley. ORTHODOX Is released on DVD/VOD 16 May 2016.
10)The Escapist (2008) dr. Rupert Wyatt
9) Bronson (2008) dr. Nicolas Winding Refn
8) Scum (1979) dr. Alan Clarke
7) Snatch (2000) dr. Guy Ritchie
6) Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998) dr. Guy Ritchie
5) Layer Cake (2004) dr. Matthew Vaughn
4) Get Carter (1971) dr. Mike Hodges
3) The Italian Job (1969) dr. Peter Collinson
2) Sexy Beast (2000) dr. Jonathan Glazer
1) The Long Good Friday (1980) John Mackenzie
Kill Lou Ferrigno family and you will face INSTANT DEATH - British B-Movie Mahem coming in 2016.
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!
Killer Bitch (2010) dr. Liam Galvin
Hooligan Legacy on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD from 30th May, 2016
10 Must-See British Gangster & Crime Films 2011-2015
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