Top 50 British Gangster, Crime, Prison, Urban and Hooligan film ever.
BritFlicks loves a great British Gangster film, in fact it’s due to watching Nick Love’s THE BUSINESS starring Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan back in 2005, that BritFlicks got started in the first place.
In the chart we've listed what we think to be best British Gangster, Crime, Prison, Urban and Hooligan films of all time, but If you think we've missed any we'd love to here your nominations?
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50) THE INTENT (2016)
Directed by Femi Oyeniran & Kalvadour Peterson
Jay has big dreams; but his ambitions are crippled by his allegiance to both his crew and Hackney crime boss Beverley (Sharon Duncan-Brewster). Jay sets about laying the foundations for his own organised crime ring with the help of Mustafa (Adam Deacon). Things are going well until Beverley discovers his disloyalty, and an ill-fated robbery in North London and a trip to Jamaica tears the crew apart. All the while, their actions are being monitored by an undercover Met Police officer Gunz (Dylan Duffus), who has been deployed to integrate himself into the crew.
49) THE RISE & FALL OF A WHITE COLLAR HOOLIGAN (2012)
Directed by Paul Tanter
Casual football hooligan Mike Jacobs is going nowhere in life when he meets old friend Eddie Hill at a football riot. Under Eddie's tutelage he soon finds himself inducted into the world of credit card fraud, where organised gangs withdraw hundreds of thousands of pounds from cash machines every night. As Mike becomes seduced by the money and women that come with his new lifestyle, the dangers increase and he soon finds events spiraling beyond his control.
Based on a true story, The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan follows the journey of a man tempted by the trappings of power and is the first feature film to address the huge criminal industry of credit card fraud.
48) RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER PART II (2015)
Directed by Ricci Harnett
Ricci Hartnett plays the lead character Carlton Leach, and the story picks up from where the original film left off with the infamous real-life story of the Rettendon Triple Murders, aka the 'Range Rover murders', when Pat Tate, Tony Tucker and Craig Rolfe were shot dead in a Range Rover on a farm track in Essex.
47) PIGGY (2012)
Directed by Kieron Hawkes
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 cope with grief, intent on saving him and helping him get justice for his brother's killing. As their friendship grows Joe finds himself in an increasing dangerous and murky world of violence and revenge. As Joe life collapses around him he starts to question who Piggy really is, and how honest he's really been with him. When Joe confronts Piggy a series of events are put in place that lead to a disastrous climax.
46) SMOKING GUNS (2017) aka A PUNTERS PRAYER
Directed by Savvas D. Michael
Friday afternoon in North London, Jack, a rough and ready gambler, makes one final bet at the bookies. He goes all in for a treble win. A risky gamble at best, but in the event his horse wins all three races, Jack and his friends are set to net a small fortune. When it looks as though the odds are finally turning in Jack's favour, there is a sudden vested interest in his betting slip from a local gangland boss. Jack must do everything within his power to keep his betting slip out of harm's way and rightfully claim his winnings.
45) RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER 3 - The Pat Tate Story (2015)
Directed by Zachary Adler
Rise of the Footsoldier 3: The Pat Tate Story is an all-out bare knuckle prequel to the iconic Brit crime thriller Rise Of The Footsoldier. Featuring Craig Fairbrass and Terry Stone as the original fan favourite cast and a British dream-team ensemble including Larry Lamb, Shaun Ryder and Jamie Foreman, in a brutal and bloody real life story of Essex, drugs and rock and roll.This no-holds- barred prequel, telling the tale of real life Essex Boy Pat Tate.
44) BONDED BY BLOOD (2010) Essex Boys
Directed by Sacha Bennett
Essex, 1995. Known as the most feared criminals across the south of England, Tony Tucker, Patrick Tate and Craig Ralfe dominate the local crime scene through fear and uncompromised brutality. But in a world where loyalties are constantly tested and cash fortunes are at stake, your closest friend can quickly become your worst enemy, and before long the boys find themselves in a life or death situation that leads to their inevitable downfall. Featuring an all-star cast including Tamer Hassan, Adam Deacon, Terry Stone, Kierston Wareing and Vincent Regan, BONDED BY BLOOD is a brutal portrait of he most notorious firm in British crime history.
43) CHARLIE (2004)
Directed by Malcolm Needs
Based London gangster film based on the story of real life gang boss Charlie Richardson (played by ex-Bros star Luke Goss), who, along with his brother Eddy (Langley Kirkwood), ruled the criminal underworld of South London in the early 1960s. As Charlie gets increasingly powerful, he becomes involved with white South African businessman Richard Waldeck (Leslie Grantham), and ends up being party to political crimes against members of the ANC. In 1966 Charlie is caught and put on trial, but the witnesses who testify at his court case are gruesomely punished by his gang, leading to the Judge (Antony Carrick) handing down a 25-year sentence in what bcame known as the 'Torture Trial'. Steven Berkoff and Anita Dobson play Charlie's parents.
42) 126.96.36.199. (2010)
Directed by Noel Clarke & Mark Davis
Jo has a dead-end supermarket job while her friends are having adventures. But a chance encounter with diamond thieves puts their worlds on a collision course with each other - and fate! These 4 girls are about to have 3 days they'll never forget, spanning 2 cities - if they survive!
41) THE GUVNORS (2014)
Directed by Gabe Turner
Set among the gangland clans and firms of South East London, and centring on Mitch, a devoted husband and father who puts his gang back together after his old friend and mentor is beaten up and left to die.
40) BONDED BY BLOOD 2 (2017)
Directed by Greg Hall
Based on the book Essex Boys: The New Generation by the last surviving member of the infamous Essex Boys gang, Bernard O'Mahoney, BONDED BY BLOOD 2 is an uncompromising true story of guns, girls and gangsters. The truth really is bloodier than fiction.
In the aftermath of the legendary Range Rover murders, a group of younger, flashier and even more ruthless criminals emerge to fill the vacuum of power. They are Ricky Percival, kingpin of his own thriving drugs empire; Damon Alvin, an arrogant loudmouth with a short fuse; and Dean Boshell, a small time thief prepared to go to any lengths to find acceptance. Their underworld ambitions are fuelled by ego, greed and a lust for power that will not only tear their friendships apart, but lead them to tragedy and the ultimate injustice.
39) THE WEE MAN (2013)
Directed by Ray Burdis
Scottish gangster film based on the life of Paul Ferris. Martin Compston stars as Ferris, who was brought up on Glasgow's notorious Black Hill estate in the 1960s. As a young man Ferris starts out working for two rival gang bosses, The Godfather and The Snake, but after a brutal betrayal he decides to go it alone. Carving out a dangerous and bloody career defined by violence, corruption and murder, Paul 'The Wee Man' Ferris ends up becoming the most feared man in Glasgow.
38) WE STILL KILL THE OLD WAY (2014)
Directed by Sacha Bennett
When retired East End villain CHARLIE ARCHER is murdered by a feral street gang, his brother RITCHIE returns to London from Spain to investigate. With the police investigation drawing blank after blank, Ritchie decides to take the law into his own hands and bring his old school justice back to the streets of East London. Rounding up his old firm, he leads a vigilante crusade against the vicious young criminals, using every grizzly method at his disposal to find and punish his brother s killers. They re outgunned and outnumbered, but this firm has never been outclassed yet!
37) ESSEX BOYS (2000)
Directed by Terry Winsor
Billy (Charlie Creed-Miles) has just scored an entry-level position with the local crime cartel. His first job is to mind Jason (Sean Bean), a newly released thug with a vicious temper. Jason thinks it's his job to teach Billy about crime, drugs and women. Little does he know that Billy has his eyes on Jason's own wife, Lisa (Alex Kingston). When an ecstasy deal goes bad, Jason vows revenge on the boss (Tom Wilkinson), while Billy looks to take out Jason. Before long, bodies start turning up.
36) PUSHER (2012)
Directed by Luis Prieto
Based on the edgy and explosive series by visionary director Nicolas Winding Refn, Pusher stars Richard Coyle as a drug dealer who grows increasingly desperate over the course of a week after a botched deal lands him in the merciless clutches of a ruthless crime lord. The more desperate his behavior, the more isolated he becomes until there is nothing left standing between him and the bullet his debtors intend to fire his way.
35) GOING OFF BIG TIME (2000)
Directed by Jim Doyle
While serving a four-year sentence, Mark Clayton (Neil Fitzmaurice) makes friends with Ozzi (Dominic Carter), and together they plan to form a gang and take over the city's underworld. Through a combination of scams engineered by Mark the gang becomes hugely successful, but Ozzi's violent and uncontrollable temper threatens to blow their cover.
34) THE 51st STATE (2001) aka FORMULA 1
Directed by Ronny Yu
American pharmacologist Elmo McElroy (Samuel L. Jackson) has created a powerful new party drug called POS-51 and is now on his way to Liverpool, England, where he hopes to sell the formula to crimelord Leopold Durant (Ricky Tomlinson). When he arrives, Durant's henchman Felix DeSouza (Robert Carlyle) escorts him to the meeting, which quickly disperses when assassin Dakota (Emily Mortimer) makes an attempt on the American's life. In the midst of the ensuing chaos, McElroy and DeSouza team up and begin looking for a fresh buyer for POS-51
33) MY NAME IS LENNY (2017)
Directed by Ron Scalpello
Explosive and brutal, My Name Is Lenny is based on the true story of Britain's most notorious bareknuckle fighter: Lenny McLean (Josh Helman, Mad Max: Fury Road). A known associate of The Krays, Charles Bronson and Ronnie Biggs, Lenny was an East End icon, bouncer and enforcer at the centre of the unlicensed boxing world.
Welcome to the no-holds-barred epic portrayal of his life, from a troubled and violent childhood to his early fighting years, exploring his loving but volatile relationships and bitter rivalry with Roy Shaw (UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping, xXx: Return of Xander Cage) all culminating in his championship win to become: THE GUV'NOR.
32) CASS (2008)
Directed by Jon S. Baird
The story of a Jamaican baby who loses his parents and is subsequently adopted and raised by an elderly white couple in London. During his childhood Cass (Nonso Anozie) is forced to endure racist bullying, until one day he takes matters into his own hands and responds to the constant taunts with a violent outburst. Cass becomes addicted to the buzz of fighting and soon becomes one of the most feared and respected men on the football terraces as a member of West Ham's notorious hooligans, the ICF. Unfortunately, his new way of life eventually leads to an assassination attempt against him. Cass survives but is left with an important choice - to fully embrace the violence that has shaped his life or to make a completely new start.
31) THE RISE aka WASTELAND (2012)
Directed by Rowan Athale
A young man recently released from prison recruits his three best friends and to rob the local drug kingpin who is responsible for his incarceration. Can he get revenge and win back his fed-up girlfriend?
30) THE INTENT 2: THE COME UP (2018)
Directed by Femi Oyeniran & Nicky Slimting Walker
THE INTENT 2: THE COME UP centres on Jay (Ghetts) who has big dreams; but his ambitions are crippled by his allegiance to both his crew and Hackney crime boss Beverley (Sharon Duncan-Brewster). Jay sets about laying the foundations for his own organised crime ring with the help of Mustafa (Adam Deacon). Things are going well until Beverley discovers his disloyalty, and an ill-fated robbery in North London and a trip to Jamaica tears the crew apart. All the while, their actions are being monitored by an undercover Met Police officer Gunz (Dylan Duffus), who has been deployed to integrate himself into the crew.
THE INTENT 2: THE COME UP is out on Digital 11th & DVD 21st January 2019.
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29) MEAN MACHINE (2001)
Directed by Barry Skolnick
Former football hero Danny Meehan is arrested for drunk driving and assault. He is sentenced to prison, where he coaches the prison football team, eventually playing against a team of prison guards. Danny relearns the joy of victory and regains his sense of himself as a man. A remake of "The Longest Yard."
28) ADULTHOOD (2008)
Directed by Noel Clarke
After Sam Peel is released from jail for killing Trife, he finds difficulty adjusting to life on the outside. Sam is forced to confront the people he hurt, trying to find out which one is seeking revenge on him. While trying to cope with the effect his actions had on the people he knew, he finds himself being hunted by a group of young thugs, who seem to be following the same path as Sam had in the past - but who are they and why are they hunting him?Sam's first day of freedom will be one he never forgets, and as important in his life as the one that lost him his freedom in the first place. Sam is about to go from Kidulthood to Adulthood, if he survives.
27) THE KRAYS (1990)
Directed by Peter Medak
The story of the the UK most infamous gangsters, the Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie (Gary and Martin Kemp). In the 60's they controlled London's East End and even today they are as famous as ever. The film begins with their childhood, charting their rise to power through the 1950s, and watching as their unnaturally close relationship crumbles alongside their criminal empire.
26) MCVICAR (1980)
Directed by Tom Clegg
Roger Daltrey stars as John McVicar in this true story of life behind bars. Charged and found guilty of committing armed robbery, McVicar is sentenced to eight years in a maximum security prison, but he refuses to take his punishment lying down and begins planning a daring escape. McVicar himself wrote the book on which the film is based as well as collaborating on its screenplay with director Tom Clegg. The music is by rock visionary Jeff Wayne ('War of the Worlds').
25) GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS (2005)
Directed by Lexi Alexander
Hard-hitting football hooligan drama, starring Elijah Wood. Matt Buckner (Wood) is a Harvard journalism student who has just been expelled from college. Drifting across the Atlantic to London to stay with relatives, Matt meets Pete Dunham (Charlie Hunnam), the leader of a local West Ham 'firm', and finds himself gradually drawn into the violent underworld of football hooliganism. Meanwhile, Pete's oldest friend and second in command of the firm, Bovver (Leo Gregory), starts to resent Mat's new position in the group and secretly plots to take him down.
24) KIDULTHOOD (2006)
Directed by Menhaj Huda
For 15-year-old Trife, life is a day-to-day struggle. Trapped between the worlds of his school friends, the girl he loves and the draw of his powerful and dangerous uncle, Trife must choose between the path he knows is right and a life of guns, drugs and violence that he has come to know only too well.
23) GANGSTER NO. 1 (2000)
Directed by Paul McGuigan
It’s 1968. Gangster has come to work for Freddie Mays, the Butcher of Mayfair, and he’s enjoying his job. He likes the money, the girls, the suits, the power, the violence. And Gangster is good at what he does, very good. He frightens people and he’s going to frighten Freddie Mays. When rival gang boss Lennie Taylor hatches a plot to kill Freddie and take over his territory, Gangster finds out about it and puts together a plan which will take out Lennie and Freddie at the same time. With Lennie dead and Freddie inside, Gangster finds himself alone at the top with only one way to go. Gangster No. 1 is the story of a deadly battle of wills played out by a gangland leader and a young man who emulates him to the point of psychosis and beyond. It is brutal, savage, compelling and utterly unmissable!
22) CLUBBED (2008)
Directed by Neil Thompson
Based on the international best selling book by Bafta winning writer Geoff Thompson, Clubbed is a journey thtough family and fear set in the violent world of 1980's clubland.
Danny - a lonely factory worker, intimidated by life - is battered and humiliated in front of his kids in a random act of violence. His already bleak existence sinks further into the abyss. On the verge of total breakdown he decides to fight back.
He meets a group of night-club doormen who take him in and give him the confidence to stand his ground. As he is drawn deeper into their world he becomes embroiled with the local gang boss, setting in motion a train of events with shockingly brutal consequences.
21) SHOOTERS (2001)
Directed by Dan Reed
Shooters is a drama documentary film, directed by BAFTA winning British director Dan Reed.
The Film is set in Liverpool and used local criminals as actors depicting the lives of local 'gangsters . The short film is most notable for having been completely unscripted aside from a brief outline, each scene was improvised and ad-libbed by the actors themselves.
Shooters was first broadcast in December 2000 on Channel 4 as part of their Cutting Edge series. World-renowned Liverpool-born musician John Murphy, co-wrote the score.
20) I.D. (1995)
Directed by Phil Davis
Crime drama directed by Philip Davis. Policeman John (Reece Dinsdale) is assigned with his superior, Trevor (Richard Graham), to a secret four-man squad set up to bust a violent football firm. The gang seem to be responsible for much of South London's violent crime, as well as regular crowd trouble at Shadwell Town football club. Not long after becoming fully integrated into the group, John gives Trevor cause for concern as his darker side is gradually unleashed, drawn in by the buzz of football hooliganism.
19) HARRY BROWN (2009)
Directed by Daniel Barber
Michael Caine returns to the vengeance-fuelled chills of GET CARTER for this contemporary thriller in which he seeks to avenge the death of an elderly friend. Marking his feature film directorial debut, Daniel Barber presents a London that's a million miles away from the picturesque beauty of holiday brochures but instead a hellish city where menace lurks in the shadows of its streets.
18) THE BANK JOB (2008)
Directed by Roger Donaldson
In September 1971, thieves tunnelled into the vault of a bank in London's Baker Street and looted safe deposit boxes of cash and jeweller worth millions and millions of pounds. None of it was recovered. Nobody was ever arrested. The robbery made headlines for a few days and then disappeared - the result of a UK Government 'D' Notice, gagging the press.
17) A SENSE OF FREEDOM (1979)
Directed by John Mackenzie
The true account of the Scottish criminal Jimmy Boyle who spent a decade in and out of British prisons is the subject of this film directed by John Mackenzie and produced by George Harrison's company, Hand Made Films.
Jimmy Boyle's life story is captivating - following his turbulent years in and out of captivity, until in later life he married a psychiatrist and became involved in rehabilitating convicts.
This brand new two-disc-set includes the original unedited version - as originally broadcast - along with the re-voiced edited version, the documentary 'Sarah's Story' and original news footage
16) IN BRUGES (2008)
Directed by Martin McDonagh
Violent crime comedy directed by Academy Award-winner Martin McDonagh. After being ordered to murder a priest in London, hitmen Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) are told by their boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes) to hide out in Bruges, Belgium for a couple of weeks. Finding themselves very much outside their comfort zones, Ray and Ken are drawn into increasingly dangerous situations with locals, tourists, and a film shoot, and when Harry finds out that Ken and Ray haven't been keeping their heads down, he travels to Bruges himself to deal with the wayward pair.
15) SCUM (1979)
Directed by Alan Clarke
Ray Winstone stars in one of the most seminal films of 1980's Britain. After assaulting a warder, young offender Carlin (Ray Winstone) is transferred to a tough Borstal where the staff decide to break him with savage, relentless violence. Carlin knows that there is only one way to survive. He must fight back and become the new 'Daddy'.
14) STARRED UP (2013)
Directed by David Mackenzie
David Mackenzie's 'Starred Up' stars Jack O'Connell as a troubled and explosively violent teenager transferred to adult prison where he finally meets his match - a man who also happens to be his father.
13) THE BUSINESS (2005)
Directed by Nick Love
Frankie (Danny Dyer) is on the run from the high-rises of South London to a new life in Malaga with nothing but a tin stuffed full of cash. Having no idea that this delivery of cash to super-suave playboy and ex-con Charlie (Tamer Hassan), will change his life forever, he soon becomes one of the gang, and finds himself drawn in to a flamboyant and violent world of organised crime.
12) THE FOOTBALL FACTORY (2004)
Directed by Nick Love
a study of football hooliganism and male culture in Middle England, based on the novel by John King. The main character, Tommy Johnson (Danny Dyer), is a bright but bored 30-year-old with a steady job and close-knit family, who lives for the weekend life of casual sex, lager, drugs - and violence. Through him we meet three other males in his world: Billy Bright (Frank Harper), a right-wing fascist full of bitterness at a country that he perceives as having failed him; Zeberdee (Roland Manookian), a mouthy hooligan whose life revolves around crime and drugs; and Bill Farrell (Dudley Sutton), a 70-year-old war veteran who tries to enjoy every day to the limit. Shot in documentary style using a handheld camera, the film realistically captures the lure and potency of football violence.
11) ILL MANORS (2012)
Directed by Ben Drew
In a city controlled by guns, gangs and the illegal drug trade an unseen war is raging. It is a turf war fought between rival dealers and the city's armed police units as they battle to clean up the blood-filled streets.
As the pavements become a battleground, one man (Riz Ahmed) tries to break the cycle of violence but ends up going head to head with some of the most vicious criminals that inhabit this brutal underworld. Gripping, bullet-paced and utterly unmissable, the incendiary film from Ben Drew is a breathtaking thrill ride that will blow you away.
10) LOVE, HONOR AND OBEY (2000)
Directed by Dominic Anciano
Jonny (Jonny Lee Miller) is an Eastender fed up with his boring job as a courier. When his best friend (Jude Law) offers him a job working for his uncle (Ray Winstone), a notorious gangland leader, Jonny jumps at the chance and is soon part of the most feared gang in North London. But Jonny hungers for a bigger slice of the pie and soon starts a feud with a feared South London crime gang.
9) RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER (2007)
Directed by Julian Gilbey
Action drama offering a gritty portrayal of the life of Carlton Leach (Ricci Harnett), football hooligan, whose innate ferocity propels him into an escalating life of serious crime. Over the course of three decades, Leach 'progresses' from attack-dog hooligan to nightclub bouncer, before becoming involved with the ever-expanding drug scene - his passport into the criminal elite.
8) THE ITALIAN JOB (1969)
Directed by Peter Collinson
The quintessential British crime caper film of the 1960s, The Italian Job is a flashy, fast romp that chases a team of career criminals throughout one of the biggest international gold heists in history. Michael Caine is Charlie Croker, a stylish robber and skirt-chaser just out of British prison.
7) GET CARTER (1971)
Directed by Mike Hodges
A small-time British gangster returns to his hometown to search for the truth behind his brother's death. In a harsh world of gambling and pornography, he delivers brutal and deadly justice and pays the ultimate price.
6) BRONSON (2008)
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
A brutally violent portrait of Britain's most notorious prisoner, Charles Bronson (born Michael Peterson and later re-named by his fight promoter) - who has spent 34 years of his life in prison, and 28 of those in solitary confinement. As a teenager in the early 1970s, Bronson is jailed for seven years after robbing a post office. During his sentence he becomes increasingly violent and re-styles himself as a hardened criminal, convinced that his new persona will bring him the notoriety and fame he craves#
5) LAYER CAKE (2004)
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Based upon JJ Connelly's London crime novel, "LAYER CAKE" is about a successful cocaine dealer (DANIEL CRAIG) who has earned a respected place among England's Mafia elite and plans an early retirement from the business. However, big boss Jimmy Price (Cranham) hands down a tough assignment: find Charlotte Ryder, the missing rich princess daughter of Jimmy's old pal Edward (Gambon), a powerful co..
4) LOCK STOCK & TWO SMOKING BARRELS (1998)
Directed by Guy Ritchie
After losing all their money to London crime boss Hatchet Harry (P.H. Moriarty) in a card game, twentysomething friends Eddy (Nick Moran), Tom (Jason Flemyng), Soap (Dexter Fletcher) and Bacon (Jason Statham) decide to steal from their drug-dealing neighbour, Dog. Using guns stolen from burglars in the employ of Harry, the quartet carry out their heist, leaving their money at Eddy's. However, as they set about disposing of the evidence, they are unaware that there is more to their firearms than they thought...
3) SNATCH (2000)
Directed by Guy Ritchie
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewellers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.
2) SEXY BEAST (2000)
Directed by Jonathan Glazer
Ben Kingsley was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of psychotic Dan Logan whose job it is to tempt Ray Winstone (Gal) out of retirement to do one last job... A fearsome script and moments of brilliant humour, Sexy Beast is an intelligent, enthralling and must-see British gangster film.
1) THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY (1980)
Directed by John Mackenzie
WHO LIT THE FUSE THAT TORE HAROLD'S WORLD APART?
Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins) is a businessman with great ambitions. Spotting the development potential of London s derelict Docklands area years before the Thatcher government, he tries to broker a deal with his American counterpart (Eddie Constantine) that will make them both millions. But who is killing Harold s other associates and blowing up his businesses and why?
Universally regarded as one of the greatest British gangster films ever made, The Long Good Friday rocketed Hoskins to international stardom. He s given sterling support from Helen Mirren (as his upper-crust mistress), Paul Freeman (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Derek Thompson (Casualty), and there s even an early appearance from future James Bond Pierce Brosnan.