Best U.K. Films of the Year: 2022

A precocious child prodigy stands up. A domestic worker follows her couture dreams all the way to Paris. Two refugee sisters dream of becoming swimmers, stopping at nothing to get there. This was an excellent year for films from the United Kingdom (with honorary mentions for France and Ireland too), and our Executive Editor Danny Brogan, head of Streaming, carefully chose his favorites on this list from all of the year's releases. Whether you're in the mood for a fun musical or an inspiring true story, this list has it all. Be sure to check out our Best of 2022 lists for other media, linked below!

Make sure to check out the rest of our Best of 2022 favorites: Movies | TV | Books | Video Games | Podcasts

Fireheart movie poster
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Fireheart

age 7+

Animated mystery has positive female role model, messages.

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Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical Movie Poster
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Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical

age 8+

Musical adaptation has positive messages, some scares.

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Scrooge: A Christmas Carol movie poster
MOVIE

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol

age 8+

Animated adaptation has positive messages, scary scenes.

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Brian and Charles Movie Poster
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Brian and Charles

age 10+

Warm comedy studies loneliness, celebrates quiet ingenuity.

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Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris Movie Poster
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Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

age 10+

Charming 1950s-set comedy drama has drinking, smoking.

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Petite Maman movie poster
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Petite Maman

age 10+

Tender French fantasy drama explores grief; brief smoking.

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Catherine Called Birdy movie poster
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Catherine Called Birdy

age 12+

Heartfelt medieval comedy adaptation tackles adult themes.

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Operation Mincemeat movie poster
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Operation Mincemeat

age 12+

Incredible WWII true story has disturbing scenes, smoking.

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Explorer documentary poster
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Explorer

age 13+

Inspiring docu about iconic adventurer has injury detail.

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The Phantom of the Open movie poster
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The Phantom of the Open

age 13+

Feel-good golf biopic dramedy has smoking, strong language.

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Aftersun movie poster
MOVIE

Aftersun

age 14+

Nostalgic drama studies depression; smoking, some language.

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The Swimmer movie poster
MOVIE

The Swimmers

age 14+

Inspiring true refugee story has sexual violence and peril.

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Ali & Ava movie poster
MOVIE

Ali & Ava

age 15+

British drama has language, sex, domestic abuse references.

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The Banshees of Inisherin Poster
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The Banshees of Inisherin

age 15+

Dark Irish comedy has language, violence, drinking, smoking.

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