Most Popular British Films on Netflix

From interesting dramas to hilarious comedies, there are plenty of British films streaming on Netflix. One thing about Brits, they love to create films about royalty. So, if you’re into movies about royals, definitely check out Netflix’s British movies. British movies on Netflix aren’t limited to movies about Kings, Queens, and Princes, however, they are extremely diverse. There are a wide variety of styles and genres available today. Whatever type of British movie you’re wanting to watch, there’s many to choose from. Grab your hot tea, cucumber sandwiches, and your favorite blanket, and get ready to watch these popular British films on Netflix.

Coffee mug near TV with Netflix on screen
Coffee mug near TV with Netflix on screen

Howards End

Howards End, a romantic drama made back in 1992, stars Anthony Hopkins and Vanessa Redgrave. It’s based on the novel of the same name, by E.M. Forster. The story is about a woman, Helen Schlegel who admires Paul Wilcox, but is rejected. Her sister, Margaret, becomes friends with Paul’s mother, who promises her the family house, Howards End. Unfortunately, after her death, the will ends up disappearing and it appears the inheritance will disappear as well. That is, until the widower, Henry Wilcox becomes attracted to Margaret. It’s a film that depicts many different emotions, from anger and passion to greed and emotional violence.

Life of Brian

Life of Brian is a comedy from 1979, starring Graham Chapman and John Cleese. Life of Brian is about a young man by the name of Briana, who was born one stable down and on the exact same night as Jesus. Brian becomes intrigued by a young rebel by the name of Judith. Brian wants to impress her so he sets out to join the independence movement against the Romans, the People’s Front of Judea. In an attempt to hide from the Romans, he passes on some of the teachings he learned from Jesus, which ends up getting the crowd going and making them believe that he is the Messiah. While Brian tries to get rid of his followers to reunite with Judith, he ends up embarking on several crazy, misadventures.

Mansfield Park

Made in 1999, Mansfield Park is a drama directed by Patricia Rozema and starring Frances O’Connor. The story follows a woman, Fanny, who is sent to live in Mansfield Park with her wealthy uncle, Sir Thomas, his wife, and their four children. She’s sent to live with them so that she can be raised properly and introduced to society. She isn’t treated so well by her relatives, all, except for her cousin, Edmund. Edmund and Fanny grow close. However, Fanny’s life is a mess with the arrival of worldly Mary Crawford and her brother, Henry. Fanny’s actions throw Mansfield Park into a whirlwind of adultery, betrayal, and romance.

The Duchess

The Duchess is a film from 2008, starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes. The movie is based on the novel ‘Georgianna, Duchess of Devonshire.’ It depicts the life of the 18th-century Duchess of Devonshire, who’s a bright and popular aristocrat that marries a much older Duke amid personal and family expectations. She feels trapped in her failed marriage and is forced to face personal conflicts, such as living with her husband’s mistress and falling madly in love with a young politician, Charles Grey. The Duchess ends up staying true to her passions in a world full of rules, gossip and protocol.

The Exception

The Exception is a 2016 drama directed by David Leveaux and starring Lily James and Jai Courtney. The movie is about a German soldier, Stefan Brandt, who goes on a mission to investigate the exiled German Monarch, Kaiser Wilhelm II. The Kaiser lives in a private mansion in the Netherlands, and the country’s authorities are afraid that Dutch spies may be watching Kaiser, since Germany is taking over Holland. As Brandt begins to invade the Kaiser’s life looking for clues, he ends up lusting after and embarking on a romance with Mieke, one of the Kaiser’s maids. The movie is suspenseful and romantic.

The Theory of Everything

Person holding clapper board
Person holding clapper board

The Theory of Everything is a 2014 biographical drama by James Marsh, starring Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne. The film is about a student and future physicist, Stephen Hawking, who falls in love with a fellow student, Jane Wilde. At 21, Hawking learns that he has motor neuron disease, and that he doesn’t have very long to live. With Jane by his side, he and Jane defy terrible odds and break new ground in the fields of medicine and science, achieving more than either of them would have ever imagined.

As someone who loves to set around with a nice cup of hot tea and watch British films, I am always ecstatic to find a good English movie. When I am not watching movies, you can find me playing skittles or spinning the reels on my phone. However, there’s nothing I get more pleasure out of than watching a good British film. If you’re like me, you should check out the films mentioned above. You can easily find them streaming on Netflix.

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