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If you're in the mood for a good romantic British movie, look no further than Netflix. As of this moment, there are at least 18 strong contenders for a spot in your Netflix queue (though we'll be the first to admit, at least one of them is a bit…unconventional).
Not looking for something romantic? Check out our complete list of British Movies on Netflix instead.
Romantic British Movies Streaming on Netflix
Stardust – This 2007 film has a little bit of everything – adventure, action, fantasy, and romance. When a young man promises his love he'll retrieve a fallen star to gain her hand in marriage, he begins a great adventure. Stardust is based on the Neil Gaiman novel by the same name. You can get it HERE.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – A young writer travels to Guernsey to learn about a mysterious society with roots in the German occupation of the island during WWII. Along the way, there is drama, mystery, and a healthy dose of romance. Interestingly, this film wasn't actually filmed in Guernsey. Instead, it was shot around London, Bristol, and coastal Devon.
The Duchess – The Duchess tells the story of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, a noblewoman known for scandalous personal life and highly influential social life. A big part of the film deals with Georgiana Spencer’s extra-marital affair with Charles Grey, a prominent politician (played by Ralph Fiennes).
Man Up – Who says the rom-com is dead? In this Tess Morris-written film, a young woman realizes she needs a change in her life, then hijacks another woman's blind date and fumbles her way toward love.
Leap Year – This one's actually set in Ireland, but it's totally charming so we're including it anyway. When a woman decides to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day, she encounters some obstacles and meets a handsome innkeeper. Will she carry on with the man who's not right for her, or will she make the right decision and follow her heart? We all know the answer, but the journey is the fun part – along with the pretty Irish scenery.
God's Own Country – A young gay sheep farmer in Yorkshire is bored until the arrival of a Romanian migrant who makes things interesting. It's a little like a Yorkshireman's Brokeback Mountain, but younger.
The Decoy Bride – David Tennant stars as a blocked writer preparing to marry his famous fiancée on an island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. When the paparazzi gets wind of the impending ceremony, things start to get a little crazy. Oh, and of course there's another woman – one much better suited to him. This movie goes down smooth, and the gorgeous Scottish scenery makes it even better.
Bright Star – This movie examines the one great passionate love of John Keats' tragically short life, his relationship with Fanny Brawne. The film's title is a reference to a sonnet by Keats titled “Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art”, which he wrote while he was with her. Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish star as Keats and Brawne.
Sliding Doors – This film explores how a woman's life would have gone if she had and had not caught one particular train. Gwyneth Paltrow stars alongside John Hannah and John Lynch in this imaginative 1998 romantic comedy classic.
Love Actually – This classic ensemble film is all about love, Christmas, and London. I speak from personal experience when I say it's not a great film to watch with family, though. Even without little kids in the room, there are a few scenes guaranteed to make things awkward. The movie features a star-studded cast that includes Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Laura Linney, and Rowan Atkinson.
Easy Virtue – Jessica Biel stars as the unwelcome new American bride to a well-off Englishman. Colin Firth also makes an appearance. The film is an adaptation of the Noel Coward play by the same name, and it was previously made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock.
I Give it a Year – This comedy tells the undoing of a brand new marriage that nobody expected to succeed. The good part, though, is that it comes with a happy ending (as happy as an ending can be in a moving about impending divorce, I suppose). If you've missed Simon Baker since The Mentalist went off the air, check this one out.
Atonement – Kiera Knightley and James MacAvoy star in this dramatic tale of the consequences of false accusations from a loved one. The movie is based on the book Atonement by Ian McEwan.
A Streetcat Named Bob – Not every great love is between two people. Sometimes, a relationship with an animal can be just as important. Based on a true story, this film tells the story of a cat that transformed a rough sleeper's life. Prefer to read the book? You can get it HERE: A Streetcat Namved Bob: And How He Saved My Life.
Sunset Song – A Scottish farmer's daughter comes of age in the early 1900s, finding she may want more than her family has planned for her.
Howards End – Set in Edwardian England, this movie tells the story of what happens when you choose to go against the deathbed wishes of a spouse. This one's been done a time or two, so if you don't like the shorter movie version, check out this TV version on Prime (or the book HERE).
An Education – A young and impressionable Oxford-bound woman meets a fascinating older man in this 2009 film. While not a massive box office hit, it was nominated for three Academy Awards.
Bridget Jones's Baby – Renee Zellweger returns to her most famous role as a single, pregnant 40-something. Unfortunately, Netflix doesn't have the previous Bridget Jones films so you can do a proper marathon. If you want those you'll need to go here: Bridget Jones's Diary | Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
What's Your Favorite Romantic British Movie?
It doesn't have to be on Netflix – feel free to share your favorites in the comments!