My Favorite and Gritty British Films

A list of some of my favorites, quite a varied list, from the disturbing 'Eden Lake' to the lighthearted and funny 'Anuva Hood'. Hope you enjoy, all worth a watch
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1.
Eden Lake (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences. (91 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
“ Disturbing and gritty, edge of the seat all the way...one of my favorite thrillers of all time. ” - rynocov
 
2.
Kidulthood (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London. (89 mins.)
Director: Menhaj Huda
 
3.
Adulthood (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Six years after KiDULTHOOD, Sam Peel is released from jail for killing Trife, he realizes that life... (99 mins.)
Director: Noel Clarke
 
4.
Scum (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Uncompromising story of life in a Borstal prison, a British juvenile offender institution in the 70's (98 mins.)
Director: Alan Clarke
 
5.
I.D. (1995)
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Four policemen go undercover and infiltrate a gang of football hooligans hoping to root-out their leaders... (107 mins.)
Director: Philip Davis
 
6.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
 
7.
Snatch (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
 
8.
28 Days Later... (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. (113 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
 
9.
This Is England (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
10.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
11.
Nil by Mouth (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also... (128 mins.)
Director: Gary Oldman
 
12.
Trainspotting (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
 
13.
Twin Town (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Twin Town opens with wide sweeping shots of seaside Swansea; to be the place of action for the next one and a half hours... (99 mins.)
Director: Kevin Allen
 
14.
Shopping (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
You've run out of options, no school, no job. Steal a car, smash a shop with a heavy car and reap the proceeds!. This movie is about underground England. The causes, the benefits, and the result of a life of 'crash and carry'. (105 mins.)
Director: Paul Anderson
 
15.
East Is East (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In early 1970s England, a Pakistani father finds the authority he has previously maintained challenged by his increasingly Anglicized children. (96 mins.)
 
16.
Human Traffic (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Five friends spend one lost weekend in a mix of music, love and club culture. (99 mins.)
Director: Justin Kerrigan
 
17.
Borstal Boy (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Irish writer and political activist Brendan Behan, is befriended as a teenager in a British labor camp by a liberal warden. (91 mins.)
Director: Peter Sheridan
 
18.
Gangster No. 1 (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Chronicles the rise and fall of a prominent, and particularly ruthless English gangster. (103 mins.)
Director: Paul McGuigan
 
19.
Mean Machine (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A soccer star jailed for assault leads a group of inmates in a match against prison guards. (99 mins.)
Director: Barry Skolnick
 
20.
Ali G Indahouse (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Ali G unwittingly becomes a pawn in the evil Chancellor's plot to overthrow the Prime Minister of Great Britain... (85 mins.)
Director: Mark Mylod
 
21.
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
After seeing his ex-girlfriend (Henderson) turn down a nationally televised marriage proposal, a small-time crook (Carlyle) returns to his hometown to try and win back her heart. (104 mins.)
Director: Shane Meadows
 
22.
Bullet Boy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In one of East London's most volatile neighborhoods, pride, rivalry and revenge are the only codes on the street... (89 mins.)
Director: Saul Dibb
 
23.
Creep (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Trapped in a London subway station, a woman who's being pursued by a potential attacker heads into the unknown labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city's streets. (85 mins.)
 
24.
Layer Cake (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement. (105 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
 
25.
Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Follows the sexual antics of a group of potato delivery men in Birmingham. (82 mins.)
Director: Andy Humphries
 
26.
The Business (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
 
27.
Revolver (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Gambler Jake Green enters into a game with potentially deadly consequences. (111 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
28.
28 Weeks Later (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan. (100 mins.)
 
29.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Exceptional London cop Nicholas Angel is involuntarily transferred to a quaint English village and paired with a witless new partner. While on the beat, Nicholas suspects a sinister conspiracy is afoot with the residents. (121 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
 
30.
RocknRolla (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
31.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (120 mins.)
 
32.
Anuvahood (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Kenneth (who likes to call himself Kay) begins to realise he's just another wannabe bad boy... even less than a loser in fact... (88 mins.)
 
33.
Killer Elite (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When his mentor is taken captive by a disgraced Arab sheik, a killer-for-hire is forced into action. His mission: kill three members of Britain's elite Special Air Service responsible for the death of his sons. (116 mins.)
Director: Gary McKendry
 
34.
Sightseers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn. (88 mins.)
Director: Ben Wheatley