British crime/gangster films - 1969 to 1997by 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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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 »
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 »
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".
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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.
Votes: 304 | Gross: $0.15M
22. The Hit (1984)
R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
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 »
Votes: 1,457 | Gross: $1.06M
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.
Votes: 3,200 | Gross: $1.79M
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Votes: 5,181 | Gross: $0.07M