Best British Gangster Films

British Gangster Snatch

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Guy Ritchie’s debut and forever his calling card. Lock Stock… introduced the world to Ritchie’s penchant for frantic editing, sharply written dialogue and non-linear plotlines. Four friends with unscrupulous backgrounds (of course) are involved in a botched card game that launches them into a world of unexpected events, crime and two antique shotguns. Sit back in your leather armchair whilst wearing your smoking jacket, light up your pipe and pour the whisky, you’re in for a chaotic and exhilarating treat.

Snatch (2000)

Do you like dogs? Never have we wept so much over the incineration of a caravan than in Guy Ritchie’s magnum opus, Snatch. The fast cuts, relentless action and wise cracks that have coloured a majority of British gangster films in the 21st century have their roots in this early-noughties favourite.

With simultaneous plots involving boxing promoters, incompetent robbers, a stolen diamond and a Russian hitman, Snatch has to be seen rather than explained. Big hitters Benicio Del Toro, Jason Statham and Brad Pitt (to name but a few) are at their comical/gangstery best here, in what became a decade defining film. Ps. If you can actually understand what Brad Pitt is saying, please post a transcript below. Thanks in advance.

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