Starring Rami Malek, this long-awaited biopic is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary frontman Freddie Mercury, one of the most beloved entertainers who ever lived. The film chronicles the years leading up to Queen’s legendary performance at the Live Aid concert in 1985, where Mercury led the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music.
We’re starting off with a classic British movie that most people know by now. The title of this movie is very suitable as Love Actually is all about couples in love. It’s a lighthearted story particularly enjoyable to watch around Christmas. The movie stars a number of well-known British actors like Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Martin Freeman, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, and many more.
Johnny English Reborn
The legendary Rowan Atkinson reprises his role as the titular Johnny English, a blatant parody of the famous James Bond. This time around, English is tasked with hunting down a group of assassins that are targeting the Chinese premier. The Johnny English series is responsible for offering us some of the best British comedy movies on Netflix but this installment in particular is the funniest of the bunch.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
This timeless classic is by far one of the best British movies. The legendary series includes a number of movies and TV shows but Monty Python and the Holy Grail is definitely the most famous of them all. The unique brand of British humor we all know and love truly shines here and this 1975 masterpiece will no doubt be remembered for many more decades to come.
The Inbetweeners 2
Arguably one of the best British movies from 2014, The Inbetweeners 2 is the sequel to the movie based on the E4 TV shows of the same name. Just like the popular sitcom, the movie follows a group of four friends and their hilarious antics. This time around the boys take a trip to Australia where, of course, they get into all sorts of crazy adventures.
Despite coming out in 2016, Sing Street provides viewers with a faithful recreation of 1985 Dublin. The coming of age movie centers around a teenage boy who starts his own band just so he can impress a girl. A simple and relatable premise that works great thanks to the smart casting choices and results in one of the best British movies on Netflix in recent years.
Green Street Hooligans
Even though it may not fit the genre perfectly, it’s easy to see why many would consider Green Street Hooligans to be one of the best British gangster movies. There are indeed gangs in the film but in this case they’re represented by hooligans that have a tendency to get a bit too aggressive during football matches. British hooligans are infamous around the world for their acts of violence and this movie gives us a bit of insight into their world.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy and Colin Firth star in this spy-themed drama/thriller set during the Cold War. The movie provides a much more realistic look at espionage compared to something like James Bond but is no less enjoyable. In fact, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was nominated for three Oscars so you know you’ll be in for a good time with this one.
The Young Victoria
You can’t have a list of best British movies without including at least one period drama. Just as its name suggests, The Young Victoria is a biopic that follows the life and long reign of Queen Victoria of England. The beloved queen ruled for no less than 64 and helped her country cement its place as one of the strongest empires in the world.
Keira Knightley and James McAvoy are the main stars of this 2007 adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel of the same name. The film is set during WWII and has everything – romance, drama, mystery, you name it. A must see for any Netflix user that enjoys British movies.
Hot Fuzz is hands down one of the best British movies and also one of the best comedies in recent memory. The legendary duo comprised on Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are up to their usual shenanigans again only this time they play over-the-top police officers tasked with unraveling a dark secret surrounding a small unassuming town.
Bad Times At The El Royale
In one of the most exciting ensemble casts of the year, Bad Times At The El Royale stars Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Cynthia Erivo and Dakota Johnson. Directed by Drew Goddard, the horror thriller plays host to an eventful night when seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past, where everyone will have one last shot at redemption.