British crime/gangster films - 1969 to 1997

by jim_skreech | created - 05 Apr 2014 | updated - 05 Apr 2014 | Public

British crime/gangster films - 1969 to 1997. From 1969's Italian Job, up until Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels kickstarted the new era.

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1. The Italian Job (1969)

G | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam.

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: Michael Caine, Noël Coward, Benny Hill, Raf Vallone

Votes: 35,988

2. The Reckoning (1970)

R | 111 min | Drama

Michael Marler, a successful business man in London, is about to make his way to the top. The death of his father brings him - after five years - back to his hometown Liverpool, where he is... See full summary »

Director: Jack Gold | Stars: Nicol Williamson, Ann Bell, Lilita De Barros, Tom Kempinski

Votes: 275

3. Performance (1970)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama

A violent gangster seeks refuge from the mob in the Bohemian home of a former rock star.

Directors: Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg | Stars: James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, Michèle Breton

Votes: 7,887

4. Loot (1970)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime

Based on the play by Joe Orton, this film follows the adventures of two pals who have pulled off a bank robbery and have to hide the loot. Fortunately one of them works in a funeral parlor ... See full summary »

Director: Silvio Narizzano | Stars: Lee Remick, Richard Attenborough, Hywel Bennett, Milo O'Shea

Votes: 379

5. The Bullet Machine (1970)

R | 87 min | Crime, Drama

Detective Harry Clegg must track down the crazed prostitute responsible for a string of murders.

Director: Lindsay Shonteff | Stars: Gilbert Wynne, Norman Claridge, Gilly Grant, Noel Davis

Votes: 35

6. A Touch of the Other (1970)

92 min | Crime, Drama

Delger, "the man who gets things done", finds himself involved in London's vice world, in between sleeping with his two neighbours Elaine and Wendy, a masseuse who "can't give a man a massage without turning him on".

Director: Arnold L. Miller | Stars: Kenneth Cope, Shirley Anne Field, Hélène Françoise, Timothy Craven

Votes: 7

7. Get Carter (1971)

R | 112 min | Crime, Thriller

When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne

Votes: 25,261

8. Villain (1971)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Murderous, sadistic London gang leader Vic Dakin, a mother-obsessed homosexual modeled on real-life gangster Ronnie Kray, is worried about potential stool pigeons that may bring down his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Tuchner | Stars: Richard Burton, Ian McShane, Nigel Davenport, Donald Sinden

Votes: 959

9. Man of Violence (1971)

107 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A mercenary joins forces with 2 crooked cops in an attempt to steal a fortune in gold bullion from a corrupt Arab country.

Director: Pete Walker | Stars: Michael Latimer, Luan Peters, Derek Aylward, Maurice Kaufmann

Votes: 136

10. Sitting Target (1972)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Imprisoned Harry Lomart is a vicious, brute of a man and yet he is prepared to do his long jail term as he is confident that on his release his beautiful wife Pat will be waiting for him, but a visit from Pat brings him his worst nightmare.

Director: Douglas Hickox | Stars: Oliver Reed, Jill St. John, Ian McShane, Edward Woodward

Votes: 1,046

11. Brannigan (1975)

PG | 111 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Chicago police lieutenant Jim Brannigan is sent to the UK to escort organized crime boss Ben Larkin back to the USA but Larkin's hit-men prepare an ambush for Brannigan.

Director: Douglas Hickox | Stars: John Wayne, Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, Mel Ferrer

Votes: 4,413

12. The Squeeze (1977)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama

A dangerous, violent gang kidnaps a woman and her daughter to extort some money from her rich husband. He and her down-on-his-luck ex-cop ex-husband decide to deal with the kidnappers themselves.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Stacy Keach, David Hemmings, Edward Fox, Stephen Boyd

Votes: 430

13. Sweeney! (1977)

89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Hard-bitten Flying Squad officer Jack Regan gets embroiled in a deadly political plot when an old friend asks him to investigate the death of his girlfriend. Framed on a drunk-drive charge ... See full summary »

Director: David Wickes | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Barry Foster, Ian Bannen

Votes: 850

14. Sweeney 2 (1978)

104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Second theatrical spin-off from the popular 1970's police series. Regan and Carter head a Flying Squad investigation into a series of bank raids by a team of well-armed villains who are flying in from the continent.

Director: Tom Clegg | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Denholm Elliott, Ken Hutchison

Votes: 603

15. Give Us Tomorrow (1978)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama

Masked intruders take the family of a bank manager hostage in order to rob his bank.

Director: Donovan Winter | Stars: Sylvia Syms, Derren Nesbitt, James Kerry, Donna Evans

Votes: 67

16. A Sense of Freedom (1979)

81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The life and imprisonment of Glasgow hard man and gangster Jimmy Boyle.

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: David Hayman, Jake D'Arcy, Sean Scanlan, Alex Norton

Votes: 370

17. The Long Good Friday (1980)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An up-and-coming gangster is tested by the insurgence of an unknown, very powerful threat.

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Paul Freeman, Leo Dolan

Votes: 16,318

18. McVicar (1980)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama

'John McVicar' was a London Bad Boy. He graduated to armed bank robbery and was Britain's "Public Enemy No. 1". He was captured and put into a high security prison. Will even the highest ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Clegg | Stars: Roger Daltrey, Adam Faith, Cheryl Campbell, Billy Murray

Votes: 1,617

19. Loophole (1981)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

When architect Stephen Booker loses his partnership, he finds jobs hard to come by, and with money in short supply, he unwittingly becomes involved in a daring scheme to rob one of London's biggest bank vaults.

Director: John Quested | Stars: Albert Finney, Martin Sheen, Susannah York, Colin Blakely

Votes: 486

20. Slayground (1983)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama

Thieves run over a child while escaping after a robbery. A deadly hitman who likes to taunt his targets is hired to track them down. Stone moves to England, but the assassin follows. Loosely based on Donald Westlake's cult crime novel.

Director: Terry Bedford | Stars: Peter Coyote, Mel Smith, Billie Whitelaw, Philip Sayer

Votes: 304 | Gross: $0.15M

22. The Hit (1984)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

Ten years later, after ratting on his old mobster friends in exchange for personal immunity, two hit men drive a hardened criminal to Paris for his execution. However, while on the way, whatever can go wrong, does go wrong.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Freddie Stuart, Ralph Brown, A.J. Clarke, Terence Stamp

Votes: 6,239 | Gross: $0.88M

23. Comfort and Joy (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy

Radio host Alan Bird witnesses how an ice cream van is attacked and destroyed by an angry competitor. This leads him into the struggle between two Italian families, the Bernardis and the ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Forsyth | Stars: Bill Paterson, Eleanor David, Clare Grogan, Alex Norton

Votes: 1,457 | Gross: $1.06M

24. Mona Lisa (1986)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A man recently released from prison manages to get a job driving a call girl from customer to customer.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine, Robbie Coltrane

Votes: 11,388 | Gross: $5.79M

25. For Queen & Country (1988)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A retired British soldier struggles to adjust to everyday life, with increasing difficulty.

Director: Martin Stellman | Stars: Denzel Washington, Dorian Healy, Sean Chapman, Graham McTavish

Votes: 1,966 | Gross: $0.19M

26. Stormy Monday (1988)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Music

A crooked American businessman tries to push the shady influential owner of a nightclub in Newcastle, England to sell him the club. The club's new employee and the American's ex lover fall in love and inadvertently stir the pot.

Director: Mike Figgis | Stars: Melanie Griffith, Tommy Lee Jones, Sting, Sean Bean

Votes: 3,200 | Gross: $1.79M

27. The Krays (1990)

R | 115 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

This fact-based movie follows the life of the twin crime-lords in London's '60s underworld.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Billie Whitelaw, Tom Bell

Votes: 6,800 | Gross: $2.06M

28. Crossing the Line (1990)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

An unemployed Scottish miner (Liam Neeson) is forced into bare-knuckle boxing to make ends meet.

Director: David Leland | Stars: Kenny Ireland, Liam Neeson, Joanne Whalley, Billy Connolly

Votes: 928 | Gross: $0.06M

29. Let Him Have It (1991)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, History

In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster films. Chris and Derek's friendship... See full summary »

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Tom Courtenay, Christopher Eccleston, Eileen Atkins, Rebecca Eccleston

Votes: 3,021

30. The Young Americans (1993)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama

Experienced New York Police Detective John Harris is sent to London to help a local task force investigate a series of gangster killings organized by a new player in town, an American. Harris uses a teen wronged by gangsters to get to him.

Director: Danny Cannon | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Iain Glen, John Wood, Terence Rigby

Votes: 2,263

31. The Frontline (1993)

70 min | Crime, Drama

On his release from mental hospital, James rekindles his relationship with pirate DJ Marion, helping her to kick her heroin addiction and moving in together with plans for marriage. However... See full summary »

Director: Paul Hills | Stars: Paul Betts, Chris Constantinou, Leroy Cooper, Renny Krupinski

Votes: 24

32. Small Faces (1996)

R | 108 min | Drama

Three teenage brothers, gang-member Bobby, troubled mama's boy Alan and self-assured prankster Lex, reside in a downtrodden section of Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1968. But while Bobby and ... See full summary »

Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: Iain Robertson, Joe McFadden, Steven Duffy, Laura Fraser

Votes: 1,347

33. Hard Men (1996)

R | 86 min | Crime

A Cockney thug becomes a daddy just before he and his two colleagues are supposed to put the screws to some unfortunate deadbeat. The new dad decides that he has had enough killing and ... See full summary »

Director: J.K. Amalou | Stars: Layla Aldridge, Victoria Bensted, Ross Boatman, Keith Brown

Votes: 497

34. The Innocent Sleep (1996)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The young, bright and decent London tramp Alan Terry accidentally witnesses a mob execution. He gets away, but leaves enough evidence for them to come looking for him among the homeless, ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Michell | Stars: Oliver Cotton, Tony Bluto, Paul Brightwell, Michael Gambon

Votes: 302

35. Small Time (I) (1996)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime

Ben is a small-time gangster who gets the opportunity to earn a lot of money. His boss sends him to a remote ranch with bag full of drugs and orders him to wait for the buyer. But the ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Reiner | Stars: Glenn Plummer, Patrick Cupo, Ernie Reyes Jr., Darren McGavin

Votes: 209

36. Twin Town (1997)

Unrated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

Twin Town opens with wide sweeping shots of seaside Swansea; to be the place of action for the next one and a half hours. The serene setting with miles upon miles of old semi-detached ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Allen | Stars: Llyr Ifans, Rhys Ifans, Dorien Thomas, Dougray Scott

Votes: 5,181 | Gross: $0.07M

37. Face (I) (1997)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In the face of demise in his values, a socialist in England decides to form a gang and rob banks for a living.

Director: Antonia Bird | Stars: Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone, Steve Sweeney, Gerry Conlon

Votes: 3,929



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