London based crime films and DVD’S
Bare Knuckle Boxing, heists, madmen, history, criminals, villains, Football hooligans and probably lots of violence!, If You want the best in both new and British london gangster films, then look no further! you’re in the right place. Watching gangster films at the cinema is great, Don’t get us wrong, especially you want to treat the family to see the latest new releases and blockbuster movies, that’s absolutely fine! But most cinema’s film listings are very limited, especially if you’re after the best in violent British Gangster films…
As well as paying a small fortune in snacks and drinks at the cinema, you will be tortured with lengthy adverts before your gangster film begins!, and then you have to keep standing up to let people past because they need the loo/more food or whatever (very frustrating!) . Not much fun when you’re trying to watch any of the violent British films!
The latest new films at the cinema are not necessarily the ones that you want to watch, as a lot of the best London Gangster films don’t get released for the cinema, and instead they go straight to blu-ray and dvd (or can be streamed through various outlets like Amazon and Netflix)
So, don’t queue at the cinema….
WATCH AT HOME!
So, you don’t need to know what’s on at the cinema, get some snacks and drinks, invite your mates around, and have a butcher’s at this ever-growing fantastic list of some of the best London British gangster films ever! We have London based crime and gangster films, east, west, north and south London based films, there’s films here you may have missed, so if you’re looking for some a good London based British gangster films, classic crime films or a fascinating gangster documentary this is the place to be. We will build on a selection of videos and DVDs with some of the best British gangster films based around London crime.
Winner of the Best Feature award at the East End Film Festival, this no-holds-barred documentary was produced and directed by the twin daughters of a real-life Cockney gangster. The film explores the violent underworld that grew out of the poverty of London’s war-torn East End. Various ex-gangsters catalogue some of the horrific crimes in which they were involved, reflect on their early lives, and talk about the changes that have taken place in the area in which they grew up.
The Drugs Game
A dark and sinister modern day film of Britain’s notorious underworld, based on true events. Charlie returns home from a 10 year prison sentence to find out that things aren’t quite like they used to be. He soon finds himself on one hell of a mission to take back the empire that was once his. Taking things from one extreme to another , Charlie gets mixed up in all kinds of shady activities.
From Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) and Working Title (The Theory of Everything) comes the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in a powerhouse double performance. Together, the Kray Twins take over the city. One of the best British gangster films about the Kray twins.
The Krays: Dead Man Walking
Inspired by true events, the shocking story of London’s most feared and notorious brothers Reggie and Ronnie Kray as they break Frank ‘The Mad Axeman’ Mitchell from Dartmoor Prison in December 1966.
Once Upon a Time in London
The violent reign of two of London’s most notorious gangsters, Jack ‘Spot’ Comer and Billy Hill, is grippingly presented by visionary director Simon Rumley, in a saga of madness, mayhem and manipulation, reminiscent of British favourites Legend and Peaky Blinders. Starring Leo Gregory (Green Street), Terry Stone (Rise of the Footsoldier) and Jamie Foreman (Layer Cake).
In a city controlled by guns, gangs and the illegal drug trade an unseen war is raging. It is a turf war fought between rival dealers and the city’s armed police units as they battle to clean up the blood-filled streets.
As the pavements become a battleground, one man tries to break the cycle of violence but ends up going head to head with some of the most vicious criminals that inhabit this brutal underworld.
Detective Inspector Jack Regan and his loyal partner George Carter are old school crime fighters. Armed and dangerous, the Flying Squad have their own way of operating, and when an old enemy makes a re-appearance on the London crime scene, Regan will do whatever it takes to get the job done.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Eddy persuades his three pals to pool money for a vital poker game against a powerful local mobster, Hatchet Harry. Eddy loses, after which Harry gives him a week to pay back 500,000 pounds. An absolute “must see”!
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond in this crime comedy.
From director Reg Traviss (Joy Division, Screwed) and starring Meghan Markle (Suits, Horrible Bosses), Gregg Sulkin (Faking it) and Sophie Colquhoun (The Inbetweeners Movie, Captain America: The First Avenger) comes this “best British gangster picture in decades” -Jocks&Nerds.
Fred: The Godfather of British Crime
This is a sombre examination into the psyche of former London gangster Freddie Foreman: 85 years old, allegedly responsible for multiple murders, and nearing the end of his life. Fred is the only gangster who lived through the turbulent history of the British underworld and survived to tell the tale.
After Jack Cregan and his men rob a London money depot, their haul is stolen from them and Cregan’s father is murdered. Cregan thinks he’s found the killer, but the truth is never simple.
A bent cop hires a group of Russian gangsters to take out a small-time heroin dealer and his associates.
Hooligan boss Billy Evans (Leo Gregory – Cass, Wild Bill) has it all – a successful business, a beautiful family and respect on the terraces. But when he clashes with gangster Mickey (Ricci Harnett – Rise of the Footsoldier) over a backstreet protection racket, Billy soon finds himself out of his depth as they look to finally settle the question – who is Top Dog?
The Hatton Garden Job
A remarkable true story of the largest heist in English legal history. Four ageing East End criminals – led by 76 year-old Brian Reader (Larry Lamb) drill into a steel-and-concrete secured safety deposit vault in London’s Hatton Garden jewellery quarter. With everyone from the Hungarian mob to Scotland Yard on their tail, will they commit the crime of the century or pay with their lives?
Deviation will take you on a white-knuckle journey into the mind of Frank Norton (Danny Dyer The Business, Severance), a dangerous schizophrenic murderer as he escapes from Broadmoor Hospital and embarks on a murderous rampage across London. But when Frankie takes a hostage (Anna Walton – Hellboy II), the deadly game of cat-and mouse truly begins. WE DARE YOU TO WATCH THIS ALONE.
My Name Is Lenny
Explosive and brutal, My Name Is Lenny is based on the true story of Britain’s most notorious bareknuckle fighter: Lenny McLean (Josh Helman, Mad Max: Fury Road). A known associate of The Krays, Charles Bronson and Ronnie Biggs, Lenny was an East End icon, bouncer and enforcer at the centre of the unlicensed boxing world. Welcome to the no-holds-barred epic portrayal of his life, from a troubled and violent childhood to his early fighting years, exploring his loving but volatile relationships and bitter rivalry with Roy Shaw (UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping, xXx: Return of Xander Cage) all culminating in his championship win to become: THE GUV’NOR.
Based on his real-life autobiography, 2007’s Rise of the Footsoldier follows Carlton Leach (Ricci Harnett) as he evolves from feared football terrace general to a member of one of the most notorious British gangs that operated throughout the late eighties and early nineties. Also starring Craig Fairbrass, Roland Manookian and Terry Stone.
Daylight Robbery [DVD]
A gang of daring robbers plan to steal 70 million pounds in used notes destined for the incinerator, from the vaults of the London Exchange Bank. Alex (Geoff Bell), the brains behind the operation, recruits six seat-of-their-pants London geezers to help him on the job, which seems simplicity itself. Using the World Cup in Germany as their alibi, the boys, posing as English football fans, arrive at the airport and check-in, only to sneak out, hop in a van and head for central London. Once there, they ram-raid the bank, aiming to grab the cash and still have time to catch their flight. Unfortunately, they’re forced to change their plan when one of the crew is injured, resulting in a stalemate with police who are preparing to storm the bank.
Danny Dyer stars as a hitman in this British gangster thriller. Jamie (Dyer)’s professional and private lives collide when he’s hired to kill the father of the woman he loves. After choosing the girl over his career, he is forced to take on his employers, the notorious gang bosses the Alberts brothers (Martin and Gary Kemp), as they don’t take his refusal to carry out their bidding too lightly.
The Long Good Friday
The Long good friday is universally regarded as one of the greatest British gangster films ever made, The Long Good Friday rocketed Bob Hoskins to international stardom playing the part of Harold Shand. Bob Hoskins plays the part brilliantly in The Long Good Friday, this is a gangster movie with a great plot, fantastic views, and is a pure slice of movie history. Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins) is a businessman with great ambitions, a London gangster, who aspires to become a legitimate businessman that is trying to form a partnership with a boss of the American Mafia, with plans to redevelop London’s Docklands. Spotting the development potential of London’s derelict Docklands area years before the Thatcher government, he tries to broker a deal with his American counterpart that will make them both millions. But who is killing Harold’s other associates and blowing up his businesses – and why?
An all time classic film, The long good Friday has some real decent footage of London in the late 70’s. (The film was actually completed in 1979, but delays in the release tends to see this a 1980 release.
Age Of Kill (DVD)
Sam Blake is running out of time. Living in the shadow of a botched mission that claimed an innocent victim, the disgraced special ops sniper is plunged into a world of darkness when his daughter is taken hostage by a mysterious terrorist. Out of options and with no one to turn to, Blake is forced to carry out their evil bidding and must assassinate six seemingly random targets within six hours on the streets of London. With his old unit closing in and his daughter at the mercy of a psychopath, every second counts.
Get Carter (DVD)
Acclaimed 1970s British thriller starring Michael Caine as a hardened gangster returning to his hometown in search of the truth behind his brother’s death. Though originally from Newcastle, Jack Carter (Caine) has made his name in London as a tough enforcer for the crime boss, Gerald Fletcher (Terence Rigby). On hearing of his brother’s death, Carter returns to Newcastle for his funeral and to investigate his suspicion that his sibling may have been murdered. After visiting local gangster Cyril Kinnear (John Osborne), Carter is threatened and advised to head back to London. Jack refuses and descends further and further into the city’s underworld as his investigations begin to pay off. His search is merciless, unrelenting and fraught with danger and it becomes clear that he will stop at nothing to exact his own brand of justice. This is an absolute classic of the British Gangster films genre..
The Bank Job
Thriller based on the true story of a 1971 London bank robbery that baffled the authorities and captivated the public. Jason Statham stars as Terry Leather, a former crooked car salesman who wants to put his shady past behind him and start a family. But when Terry’s old neighbour, Martine Love (Saffron Burrows), proposes a fool-proof plan to rob a Baker Street bank, Terry reluctantly agrees to come on board. As the operation gets underway, the resourceful group of thieves tunnel their way into a safe-deposit vault at the Lloyds Bank in Marylebone where they discover millions of pounds worth of cash and priceless gems. However, Terry and his crew don’t realise the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal that spans London’s criminal underworld, the British government, and even the Royal Family.
A semi-comic look at the real-life experiences of Buster Edwards (Phil Collins), who fled England with his wife (Julie Walters) after helping perpetrate the Great Train Robbery of 1963. Arriving in Mexico, they hoped to find paradise, but life was not quite as they expected. With a soundtrack partially written and performed by Collins.
Roger Daltrey stars as John McVicar in this true story of life behind bars. Charged and found guilty of committing armed robbery, McVicar is sentenced to eight years in a maximum security prison, but he refuses to take his punishment lying down and begins planning a daring escape. McVicar himself wrote the book on which the film is based. A well-made drama based on the life of the professional British criminal John McVicar, and based on his autobiography. Starring Roger Daltrey as the eponymous anti-hero, McVicar realistically depicts many of the often shocking and brutal aspects of prison life, and his eventual rehabilitation. Porridge this ain’t.
Five years after The Long Good Friday, Bob Hoskins returned to the gangster genre as George, a chauffeur hired by a slimy gangland kingpin (Michael Caine) to transport a high-class prostitute (Cathy Tyson) from client to client. When she enlists his help in tracking down an old friend, George finds himself exploring a hellish underworld that he never imagined existed. Director Neil Jordan (The Company of Wolves, The Crying Game) and co-writer David Leland (Made in Britain) achieve a perfect blend of hard-edged realism and unexpected fantasy whilst Hoskins’ immensely complex, subtle and moving performance received awards around the globe.
Jason Marriner – Football Hooligan
Jason Marriner was one of Britain’s most feared football hooligans. Known as ‘The General’ he was a key member of the notorious Chelsea Head Hunters and was jailed for 6 years after the BBC’s Donal MacIntyre infiltrated his Firm. Now Jason tells the story of his brutal life on the Terraces. The Fights, the Firms & what he really thinks of MacIntyre! It’s a Riot!
British drama based on the true story of a Jamaican baby who loses his parents and is subsequently adopted and raised by an elderly white couple in London. During his childhood Cass (Nonso Anozie) is forced to endure racist bullying, until one day he takes matters into his own hands and responds to the constant taunts with a violent outburst. Cass becomes addicted to the buzz of fighting and soon becomes one of the most feared and respected men in the city. Unfortunately, his new way of life eventually leads to an assassination attempt against him. Cass survives but is left with an important choice – to fully embrace the violence that has shaped his life or to make a completely new start.
The former members of a legendary football firm reunite to take on the lawless hoodies that now rule their old stomping ground
Mitch lives buried in suburban London after turning his back on violence and intimidation in a legendary South East London firm. Beneath his aura of respectability are the echoes of a darker past, until tragedy forces Mitch and his old firm to accept that past demons can never truly be laid to rest. A tale of retribution and honour across the generational divide, The Guvnors is a brutal ode to strength of the alpha male.
VENDETTA is a hard hitting urban vigilante film set against the backdrop of broken Britain. A British film from the producer of White Collar Hooligan and Fall of the Essex Boys starring Vincent Regan, Nick Nevern, Danny Dyer, Bruce Payne, Josef Altin and Tony Denham. Produced by Jonathan Sothcott (White Collar Hooligan, Devil’s Playground). Written and directed by Stephen Reynolds (Fall of the Essex Boys). A former Special Forces Interrogator on the run from the military returns home to avenge the murders of his parents. With the police closing in & his old unit on his trail, he has to evade capture long enough to complete his gruesome crusade.
One Man And His Dog
Underworld comedy set in South London. Wayne (Paul Danan) is regarded as ‘the man’ even though he still lives with his Mum and has the same family and money problems as everyone else. When Tony ‘The Butcher’ Barton, a gangster recently released from prison, calls on Wayne and his mates to steal a champion greyhound from a fellow criminal boss, the boys find themselves in trouble.
King Of Thieves
KING OF THIEVES is the incredible true story of the spectacular Hatton Garden diamond heist, the biggest and most daring in British history, humorously told through career best performances from a stellar cast; Sir Michael Caine (DUNKIRK, KINGSMAN), Jim Broadbent (SENSE OF AN ENDING, MOULIN ROUGE), Ray Winstone (THE DEPARTED, COLD MOUNTAIN), Michael Gambon (KING’S SPEECH, HARRY POTTER), Tom Courtenay (GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, GAMBIT) and Charlie Cox (THEORY OF EVERYTHING, STARDUST). KING OF THIEVES is written by Joe Penhall (THE ROAD, MINDHUNTER), directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (MAN ON WIRE, THEORY OF EVERYTHING) and produced by BAFTA winning and Academy Award nominees Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (THEORY OF EVERYTHING, LES MISERABLES), alongside Ali Jaafar (THE IDOL) and Michelle Wright (7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE).
A classic based on James Barlow’s novel, ‘Burden of Proof’,; Cathleen Burnett plays the long suffering mother who attempts to keep her wayward and viscious son in line. Richard Burton plays the confused, angry young man who cannot get to grips with his homosexuality.
We Still Kill the Old Way
When retired East End villain Charlie Archer is murdered by a feral street gang, his brother Ritchie returns to London from Spain to investigate. With the police investigation drawing blank after blank, Ritchie decides to take the law into his own hands and bring his old school justice back. Rounding up his old firm, he leads a vigilante crusade against the vicious young criminals.
We Still Steal The Old Way
The Archer Gang are back in this explosive follow-up. When the 70s underworld legends are tasked with robbing Britain’s richest Banker, they are caught mid-heist and sentenced to do time in Britain’s toughest prison. Encountering their old nemesis Slick Vic, who is intent on murdering the gang, the old-school criminals need to use all their wits to stage a daring escape!
Times are tough for Jez and his motley crew of car mechanics, scraping a dishonest living in a small town on the Essex coast. So when they hear on the grapevine that a million pounds in cash is being transported across town, Jez plans an elaborate heist. There’s just one problem – the cash belongs to local crime kingpin.
St George’s Day [DVD]
St George’s Day is a British crime thriller that follows the story of infamous gangster cousins Micky Mannock and Ray Collishaw. Having long since graduated from the terraces they now run the top firm in London. But when they lose a drug shipment belonging to the Russian Mafia, a turf war threatens to tear their empire apart. Their only hope is a potential heist in Berlin that’ll clear their debts and set them up for life. Pursued by the Russians and the police they travel undercover with a huge English super firm who are heading across to watch the 3 Lions play Germany on St George’s Day.
Green Street Hooligans
Hard-hitting football hooligan drama, starring Elijah Wood. Matt Buckner (Wood) is a Harvard journalism student who has just been expelled from college. Drifting across the Atlantic to London to stay with relatives, Matt meets Pete Dunham (Charlie Hunnam), the leader of a local West Ham ‘firm’, and finds himself gradually drawn into the violent underworld of football hooliganism. Meanwhile, Pete’s oldest friend and second in command of the firm, Bovver (Leo Gregory), starts to resent Mat’s new position in the group and secretly plots to take him down.
City lawyer Brad (Matt Di Angelo, Eastenders) is having the worst day of his life. His high-maintenance girlfriend has left him and to add insult to injury, he’s been fired too…. Things are not going his way, until he overhears a deal about to go down between East End gangsters Jack (Alan Ford, Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and Ben (Stephen Marcus, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) that will change his life forever. Before long, Brad manages to make off with a sports car, a call girl and £400,000 of stolen hard cash.
It’s amazing how quickly you can turn your luck around in two days in The Smoke.
Rock n Rolla
From Guy Ritchie, the writer/director of the acclaimed films Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, comes RocknRolla, a story of sex, thugs and rock ‘n roll.
When a Russian mobster orchestrates a crooked land deal, millions of dollars are up for grabs. And all of London’s criminal underworld wants a piece of the action.
In RocknRolla, London’s criminals learn of a scheme that makes them see dollar signs and they’ll do anything to pad their pockets with the loot. Director Guy Ritchie is back in the familiar terrain in which he made his name with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrells and Snatch. Ritchie populates this action film with memorable characters played by the likes of Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Jeremy Piven, Idris Elba, and Tom Wilkinson.
The Italian Job (DVD)
The quintessential British caper film of the 1960s, The Italian Job is a flashy, fast romp that chases a team of career criminals throughout one of the biggest international gold heists in history. Michael Caine is Charlie Croker, a stylish robber and skirt-chaser just out of British prison. A true classic
24 Hours in London
Released after a 10 year prison sentence, a killer hits the streets seeking vengeance against his sister’s murderers. Helped by those he believes he can trust, they go on a 24 hour killing spree to settle scores as a detective, whose superior questions her every move, tries to uncover the shocking truth behind their motives. ’24 Hours In London’ is an edge-of-your-seat British crime thriller.
Not to be missed Crime drama from 1995 directed by Philip Davis. Policeman John (Reece Dinsdale) is assigned with his superior, Trevor (Richard Graham), to a secret four-man squad set up to bust a violent football firm. The gang seem to be responsible for much of South London’s violent crime, as well as regular crowd trouble at Shadwell Town football club. Not long after becoming fully integrated into the group, John gives Trevor cause for concern as his darker side is gradually unleashed, drawn in by the buzz of football hooliganism.
Gangster No.1 (2000) [DVD]
London, 1968. Gangster (Paul Bettany) is rising fast through the ranks of Freddie Mays’ (David Thewlis) crime organization, his ruthless efficiency soon making him Freddie’s right-hand man. But when Freddie falls for nightclub hostess Karen (Saffron Burrows), Gangster becomes jealous and begins to hatch a plot which will get rid of Freddie for good. Not for the squeemish! Get your copy of another of the classic British gangster films for your collection.
Layer Cake is a British gangster film based on the London-set crime novel by J.J. Connelly. ‘X’ (Daniel Craig) is a successful, smooth-talking cocaine dealer – respected among London’s crime elite – whose plan is to bankroll enough cash to make an early retirement from ‘business’ and lead a quiet, crime-free life. He sees the opportunity to make a final score when big crime boss Jimmy Price (Kenneth Cranham) asks him to track down Charlotte Ryder (Nathalie Lunghi), the wayward daughter of his old friend Eddie (Michael Gambon). But complicating matters are 2 million pounds’ worth of Grade A drugs, a neo-Nazi sect and endless ‘layers’ of deals and double-deals…
When underworld kingpin John Morgan (Billy Murray) returns to London with his wife Sadie (Jeanine Nerissa Sothcott) from their perfect life abroad, a feud is reignited with vengeful cop Frank Conway (Nick Moran) who is obsessed with bringing him down.
Meanwhile, pressure from big boss Damien Osbourne (Bruce Payne) only adds unnecessary heat to the rising tension within the family business, with Morgan’s brother Richard (Frank Harper) and nephew Eddie (Danny Bear) constantly at each other’s throats.
Craig Fairbrass stars in VILLAIN which follows Eddie Franks (Craig Fairbrass). After being released from prison after 10 years, Eddie attempts to help his family by reconnecting with his daughter and clearing his brother’s debt. Despite his best efforts, he finds himself drawn back into a life of crime, with devastating consequences.