9 Greatest British Gangster Films

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The criminal underworld of Britain has always held a fascination with filmmakers, offering a very specific kind of gritty realism that is often absent in its more polished counterparts from across the pond. To celebrate the release of not one, but two incredible British gangster films, (Fall of the Krays and Rise of the Footsoldier 2), courtesy of Signature Entertainment, we€™re taking a look back at some of the greatest British gangster films to hit the big screen. Both of these upcoming titles are based on real life accounts of the British criminal underworld, adding a heady dose of realism to the stories, and combining it with what€™s best about the genre- larger-than-life characters and a no-holds-barred approach to violence. The list could be twice as long, but we€™ve picked out a few of our favourites- enjoy!

9. Fall of the Krays (2016)

Following on from the huge success of The Rise Of The Krays, this sequel picks up the story of the infamous Firm as the cracks start to show in the brothers€™ business plans and their sanity. Directed by Zackary Adler, and once again starring Simon Cotton as Ronnie and Kevin Leslie as Reggie, we follow the brothers as they fight to hold on to both their empire and their infamy, despite the obsession of one police officer; plus, a burgeoning romance and a dangerous state of mind for Reggie and Ronnie respectively.
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