Best new British Movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best British movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Andrew Haigh, Gavin Hood & Bill Condon United Kingdom's biggest directors?

The best British films… where to start? Of course this list is far but exhaustive, but these are some recent films you definitely shouldn’t miss!

New British movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018

  • Peterloo

    DIRECTOR: Mike Leigh
    CAST: Maxine Peake, Rory Kinnear, David Bamber

    On 16 august 1819, 80.000 demonstrators gathered in Manchester, demanding political reforms. A film about the Peterloo Massacre. Read more

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  • On Chesil Beach

    DIRECTOR: Dominic Cooke
    CAST: Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Samuel West

    1962, a young couple spends their honeymoon night at the British coast. Read more

    RATING: 82/100

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  • In Fabric

    DIRECTOR: Peter Strickland
    CAST: Gwendoline Christie Sidse Babett Knudsen Marianne Jean-Baptiste

    British cult director ('Berberian Sound Studio', 'The Duke of Burgundy') returns with another vintage horror tale. 'In Fabric' takes place in a department store during a cold winter and evolves around a cursed dress. Read more

    RATING: 85/100

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Best British movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 British movies

  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

    DIRECTOR: Guy Ritchie
    CAST: Charlie Hunnam Hermione Corfield Katie McGrath

    Brilliant British filmmaker Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Lock Stock) took on the job of directing an adaptation of Shakespeare legendary epic. Sounds interesting, even more so because with this project, Ritchie seems to move away from his comfort zone. Read more

    RATING: 78/100

    RELEASE DATE: May 12th, 2017

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  • The Levelling

    DIRECTOR: Hope Dickson Leach
    CAST: Ellie Kendrick David Troughton Jack Holden

    This debut feature film about a young vet (Ellie Kendrick, Game of Thrones) returning to the village of her childhood after the tragic death of her brother stirred critics and audiences alike at several festivals. Shot in the flat, bleak surroundings of Somerset, this story about neglected family ties in an unforgiving rural setting is easily one of the best movies in 2017. Read more

    RATING: 88/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 1st, 2017

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  • God’s Own Country

    DIRECTOR: Francis Lee
    CAST: Josh O'Connor Alec Secareanu Gemma Jones

    A beautiful gay romance between a tough young farmer from the north of England and a shy, Romanian migrant worker. Read more

    RATING: 77/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 1st, 2017

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Best British movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated British movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • I, Daniel Blake

    DIRECTOR: Ken Loach
    CAST: Dave Johns Hayley Squires Sharon Percy

    With 'I, Daniel Blake', social-realist director Ken Loach won his second Palm D'Or last spring. And deservedly so; 'Daniel Blake' is a heartfelt and poignant film about the hardships that fall upon the incapacitated in the UK. Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 21st, 2016

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  • Weekend

    DIRECTOR: Andrew Haigh
    CAST: Tom Cullen Chris New Jonathan Race

    We already discussed this one earlier, but Weekend is simply too good to leave it out here. The set up is simple and brilliantly effective. Two gay guys meet each other and fall in love over the course of a weekend. Russell is an introvert guy, who still hasn’t completely come to terms with his sexuality while Glen is outgoing and slightly rebellious, but somehow the chemistry is enormous. The sad thing is however, Glen leaves for the United States after the weekend. Weekend is achingly beautiful and provokes a feeling so strong you can almost taste it. Read more

    RATING: 77/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 4th, 2011

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  • Philomena

    DIRECTOR: Stephen Frears
    CAST: Judi Dench Steve Coogan Sophie Kennedy Clark

    Philomena stole the hearts of many last year. At one point, it even seemed to have a serious chance at winning the Best Foreign Film oscar. It didn’t, which is a good thing, considering the films it was competing with. Still, Philomena is a really enjoyable and moving film. Steve Coogan, who seems to become a better actor every year, is brilliant as a cocky politician turned journalist who’s determined to unravel a simple Irishwoman’s (even more brilliantly and atypically portrayed by Judi Dench) past. Read more

    RATING: 76/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 27th, 2013

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  • Tyrannosaur

    DIRECTOR: Paddy Considine
    CAST: Peter Mullan Archie Lal Jag Sanghera

    Another promising debut film marking a bright future for British cinema. Tyrannosaur can be placed in a long English tradition of social-realist drama, the films Ken Loach and his followers have patented. It tells the unlikely story of Joseph, a lower class widower with some serious anger issues and Hannah, a devote Christian who has her domestic problems of her own. Both wounded souls in their own respect, Joseph and Hannah find comfort in each others’ company. Considine shows that these typical raw British lower class stories never wear out, providing that you tell them craftfully. Read more

    RATING: 76/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 7th, 2011

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  • Broken

    DIRECTOR: Rufus Norris
    CAST: Charlie Booty Lily James Tim Roth

    And yet another debut. And again a book adaptation; family drama film Broken is loosely based on Harper Lee’s masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird. Broken‘s tone is a lot darker, but it shares the book’s core. Skunk is an eleven year old girl who, like in so many coming of age stories, loses her innocence during a summer, after she’s confronted with a fair amount of injustice. Director Norris succeeds wonderfully in translating a classic Southern Gothic tale to a modern day story in England, but the films’ greatest asset is young Eloise Laurence, who portrays Skunk in such a nuanced way. Read more

    RATING: 73/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 22nd, 2012

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  • Submarine

    DIRECTOR: Richard Ayoade
    CAST: Craig Roberts Sally Hawkins Paddy Considine

    Before directing his debut film Submarine, Richard Ayoade was a recognisable face in Britain already, albeit as an actor. He was part of the cast of popular cult comedy series The Mighty Boosh and The IT crowd, which made his directorial debut all the more anticipated. Submarine, an adaptation of the novel with the same name is an excellent, off beat coming of age dramedy about a young Welsh boy who’s destined to lose his virginity and to save his parents’ marriage. Arctic Monkey’s frontman Alex Turner was asked to write an original score for the film, which lifts the film to an even higher level. Read more

    RATING: 73/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 18th, 2011

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  • Another Year

    DIRECTOR: Mike Leigh
    CAST: Jim Broadbent Ruth Sheen Lesley Manville

    Mike Leigh is certainly no stranger to directing honest films, inhabited by utterly real people. At the centre of Another Year is an elderly couple blessed with a large circle of friends. Friends with all sort of problems, who all, to a greater or lesser extent depend on them. You don’t need to expect big plot twists here. Another Year follows a group of friends in the autumn of their lives during four seasons. Nice things happen, awful things happen. There aren’t that much directors, however, who are able to make that worth your while. Another impressive achievement by one of England’s most beloved directors. Read more

    RATING: 73/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 4th, 2011

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  • Never Let Me Go

    DIRECTOR: Mark Romanek
    CAST: Keira Knightley Carey Mulligan Andrew Garfield

    ‘Read the book first’, is what people always say when you’re about to watch an adaptation of a novel. I’m not quite sure if that goes for British-Japanese novelist Kazuo Ishiguro’s works too, as Remains of the Day is a much better film than a book. Never Let Me Go, based on a Ishiguro novel too, is quite impressive, which makes me wonder how much I’ll like the book. It’s a dystopian romance story, set in a boarding school in an alternate time. It would be a waste to spoil the unexpected twist in the plot, but lets say it gives you a clear idea of the horrific ‘side effects’ of cloning. Read more

    RATING: 72/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 15th, 2010

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  • Locke

    DIRECTOR: Steven Knight
    CAST: Tom Hardy Olivia Colman Ruth Wilson

    Locke isn’t the first film that takes entirely place in a single space. Recently we’ve seen Buried (a coffin) and All is Lost (a yacht). In Locke, we follow Tom Hardy in a power house role as Ivan Locke, a construction foreman determined to come to terms with something he did in the recent past. The entire film takes place in a car and the only thing we see and hear is Locke making phone calls via his speakers which unravels his recent past and his current plan bit by bit to the viewer. A single location film is always tricky, as it either becomes a gimmick or just plain boring. Stephen Knights’ clever and economically written script however, makes this British film a standout in the subgenre. Read more

    RATING: 71/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 11th, 2014

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  • Bridget Jones’s Baby

    DIRECTOR: Sharon Maguire
    CAST: Renée Zellweger Gemma Jones Jim Broadbent

    Expectations were low, but 'Bridget Jones's baby' is truly a triumphant return. Older, but definitely not wiser, in this part our heroine gets knocked up. But by whom? Read more

    RATING: 67/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 15th, 2016

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  • Sightseers

    DIRECTOR: Ben Wheatley
    CAST: Alice Lowe Kenneth Hadley Steve Oram

    Even though Wheatly is still a new kid on the block in English cinema, it feels he’s already an established name. Given the years he has been active as a film maker, his output has been quite high. Which is a good thing, because his dark yet fresh films are quite something. We could easily have chosen any of his other features from the 2010’s, but picked Sightseers, as it embodies what Wheatley stands for the best. A darkly humourous, twisted film about a seemingly ordinary couple in a camper on a rampage through England. Please make sure to check his other films too! Read more

    RATING: 65/100

    RELEASE DATE: May 10th, 2013

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  • The Double

    DIRECTOR: Richard Ayoade
    CAST: Jesse Eisenberg Mia Wasikowska Wallace Shawn

    Again Richard Ayoade. Well, you could easily say he’s our favorite new British director. With The Double, which is loosely based on Dostoyevski’s famous novella,he’s in for something entirely different than Submarine. The result is daring and fascinating and ultimately better. Jesse Eisenberg, who is going through somewhat of a renaissance after a few disappointing roles, is Simon James, a colorless employee of a nondescript Soviet-like workstation. The events take a surprising turn when all of a sudden his doppelgänger, James Simon (played by Eisenberg as well) shows up. James is his, however, his opposite in literally everything, which makes Simons’ life even harder than it already was. The Double is both visually stunning and dazzling story-wise. A British film for which the word ‘kafka-esque’ seemed to be invented. Read more

    RATING: 65/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 4th, 2014

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  • Shell

    DIRECTOR: Scott Graham
    CAST: Chloe Pirrie Michael Smiley Joseph Mawle

    Out of nowhere came Scott Graham, a young and very promising Scottish director. Shell is a small, intimate coming of age story about a girl who lives with her lonely, surly father in a secluded area somewhere in the Scottish Highlands. They own a gas station and the passing drivers are about the only people who connect her to the world outside theirs. Dialogues are sparse in this film, as father and daughter merely communicate without talking, fastknit but opressive as their relationship has grown. Read more

    RATING: 64/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 15th, 2013

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  • The Woman in Black

    DIRECTOR: James Watkins
    CAST: Daniel Radcliffe Janet McTeer Ciarán Hinds

    Nobody seemed to expect much of Daniel Radcliffe’s acting skills upon finishing the Harry Potter series. In The Woman in Black, he proved he is pretty solid and he actually keeps on proving it in all the latest features he is in. The Woman in Black (produced by legendary horror company Hammer!) is a nice, old-fashioned haunted house tale about a young widowed lawyer who has to arrange the sale of an old house, located on a remote island. This film doesn’t really offer anything new, but James Watkins’ atmospheric gothic flick proves that a horror film full of cliches and archetypes can still be scary as hell. Read more

    RATING: 64/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 3rd, 2012

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  • Light Years

    DIRECTOR: Esther May Campbell
    CAST: Sophie Burton James Stuckey Mike Wright

    A charming, little coming of age film about a young girl trying to reunite her estranged family during a hot summer day. A dreamy and visually overwhelming debut. We're very much looking forward to what director Esther Campbell will do next! Read more

    RATING: 63/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 22nd, 2016

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  • Under the Skin

    DIRECTOR: Jonathan Glazer
    CAST: Scarlett Johansson Jeremy McWilliams Lynsey Taylor Mackay

    In 2004, Jonathan Glazer directed Birth, a reincarnation drama with Nicole Kidman which was met with mixed results. For years it was silent around Glazer, up to a point where it wasn’t clear whether he would ever shoot a movie again. Thank God he did. Under the Skin, which stars Scarlett Johansson in probably her most interesting role since Lost in Translation, is a small cinematic wonder. Johansson plays an alien seductress who preys on men in Scotland. Under the Skin is sexy, enigmatic and visually overwhelming. Please, make sure to watch this one on a big screen. Comparisons have been drawn to Stanley Kubricks’ work, which for once isn’t an overstatement. One of the more innovative and best British films of the last few years. Read more

    RATING: 63/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 14th, 2014

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  • Ginger & Rosa

    DIRECTOR: Sally Potter
    CAST: Elle Fanning Alice Englert Annette Bening

    There are a few pretty good films out there that show that the free (sexual) spirit of the sixties and seventies wasn’t always that great, like Lukas Moodyssons’ Together (2000) and Dorotheé van den Berghe’s My Queen Karo (2009). Ginger & Rosa is one of those films too. Elle Fanning impressively plays a young girl whose world is turned upside down when her best friend is starting an affair with her father. The film starts out as a mediocre coming of age film, but soon evolves into a poignant portrait of a time in which intellectuals could use the free spirit for their own benefits. Read more

    RATING: 63/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 19th, 2012

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  • Wuthering Heights

    DIRECTOR: Andrea Arnold
    CAST: Kaya Scodelario James Howson Solomon Glave

    Andrea Arnold left her mark with her previous efforts Red Road (2007) and Fish Tank (2009). Wurthering Heights, a remarkable take on the well known and often adapted book is something different, while at the same time Arnold maintains her distinctive raw and poetic style, reminiscent of Terence Malick’s best work. It’s daring how she made a so often told story her own. A refreshing little gem amongst that endless list of well crafted but often boring Brontë and Austen adaptations. Read more

    RATING: 61/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 21st, 2012

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