best gritty british films

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1.
RocknRolla (2008)
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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 his hands. (114 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
2.
Rise of the Footsoldier (2007)
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The life of career criminal Carlton Leach. (119 mins.)
Director: Julian Gilbey
 
3.
Essex Boys (2000)
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The film is based loosely around events in December 1995 that culminated in the murders of three drug dealers in Rettendon... (102 mins.)
Director: Terry Winsor
 
4.
Nil by Mouth (1997)
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The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also... (128 mins.)
Director: Gary Oldman
 
5.
The Business (2005)
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Frankie decides he's had enough with his life as a street thug living on a South London estate, and... (97 mins.)
Director: Nick Love
 
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City Rats (2009)
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Eight lost souls search for solutions to problems ranging from finding a better suicide method, to defeating creative block, to losing their virginity. (94 mins.)
Director: Steve M. Kelly
 
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The Bank Job (2008)
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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. (111 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
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Face (1997)
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Ray is an aging ex-socialist who has become a bankrobber after seeing the demise of socialism in 1980s Britain... (105 mins.)
Director: Antonia Bird
 
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High Heels and Low Lifes (2001)
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A nurse eavesdrops with a friend on a cell phone conversation that describes a bank heist. She and the friend then conspire to blackmail the robbers for $2 million. (86 mins.)
Director: Mel Smith
 
10.
London River (2009)
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Two strangers come to discover the fate of their respective children in the 2005 terrorist attacks on London. (84 mins.)
 
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Love, Honor and Obey (2000)
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A north London postman who gets involved with a gang of criminals (103 mins.)
 
12.
This Is England (2006)
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A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit. (101 mins.)
Director: Shane Meadows
 
13.
Malice in Wonderland (2009)
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A modern take on the classic fairytale, Alice in Wonderland, set in the North East of England. (87 mins.)
Director: Simon Fellows
 
14.
Wasp (2003 Short Film)
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Zoë is a single mother who lives with her four children in Dartford. She is poor and can't afford to buy food... (26 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
 
15.
Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004)
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Follows the sexual antics of a group of potato delivery men in Birmingham. (82 mins.)
Director: Andy Humphries
 
16.
The Firm (2009)
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Football hooligans organize themselves into firms that represent their favorite team. (90 mins.)
Director: Nick Love
 
17.
Green Street Hooligans (2005)
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A wrongfully expelled Harvard undergrad moves to London, where he is introduced to the violent underworld of football hooliganism. (109 mins.)
Director: Lexi Alexander
 
18.
Adulthood (2008)
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Six years after KiDULTHOOD, Sam Peel is released from jail for killing Trife, he realizes that life... (99 mins.)
Director: Noel Clarke
 
19.
Kidulthood (2006)
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A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London. (89 mins.)
Director: Menhaj Huda
 
20.
Dead Man Running (2009)
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A loan shark gives ex-con Nick a period of 24 hours in order to pay back the money he owes. Up against it... (92 mins.)
Director: Alex De Rakoff
 
21.
Pimp (2010)
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A week in the life of Woody; a Soho pimp, as seen through the eyes of concealed documentary cameras: A week which spirals brutally out of control. (91 mins.)
Director: Robert Cavanah
 
22.
Gangster No. 1 (2000)
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Chronicles the rise and fall of a prominent, and particularly ruthless English gangster. (103 mins.)
Director: Paul McGuigan
 
23.
Fish Tank (2009)
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Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend. (123 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
 
24.
Goodbye Charlie Bright (2001)
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Goodbye Charlie Bright is the humorous and heart-warming story of the friendship between two teenage boys from a tough council estate. Set during a long hard summer it charts the close but volatile relationship between Charlie and Justin. (87 mins.)
Director: Nick Love
 
25.
Screwed (2011)
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The film is a semi-biographical story based on the experiences of former prison guard Ronnie Thompson... (110 mins.)
Director: Reg Traviss
 
26.
Shank (2010)
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An action film for the youth generation, set in a decaying future London. A gang set out on a chase to avenge the murder of one of their own. (90 mins.)
Director: Mo Ali
 
27.
Sket (2011)
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When a young woman is cruelly and indiscriminately attacked by a notorious gang led by the violent Trey... (83 mins.)
Director: Nirpal Bhogal
 
28.
Snatch (2000)
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Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
29.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
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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. (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
30.
Closure (2007)
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After surviving a gang rape and mugging, a middle aged businesswoman and her 23 year old boyfriend plot to murder their attackers, but find themselves conflicted about carrying out their plans. (80 mins.)
Director: Dan Reed
 
31.
The Guard (2011)
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An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is partnered with an up-tight F.B.I. agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring. (96 mins.)
 
32.
Trainspotting (1996)
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Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
 
33.
Turnout (2011)
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Based on an original screenplay by Director Lee Sales and actors Francis Pope and George Russo, Turnout is set in Hoxton... (97 mins.)
Director: Lee Sales
 
34.
Sexy Beast (2000)
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Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them. (89 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Glazer