No longer restricted to tea, crumpets and fisticuffs at noon, cinema from across the pond can get its hands as dirty as any American film. Although, to be fair, their monologues and verbal jousts are usually much more high-brow than their American counterparts. But even still, there’s nothing proper about these seven British action movies so put down your monocle and get ready to roughhouse.

“Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”

With a deep weaving of disparate lives, Guy Ritchie ties numerous little stories together with both violence and humor as the glue. With great performances even from minor characters, like the antique gun thieves, “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” delivers all you’d want from a British action movie. Guy Ritchie can get a little too fancy with his camera work, but even that can't diminish the sharp action and dialog.

Dead Man’s Shoes”

Paddy Considine utterly destroys the scenery in his role as a man seeking vengeance for the abuse a drug gang has perpetuated on his mentally handicapped brother. The action in “Dead Man’s Shoes” is just as much behind the eyes of the characters as it is out in the open, making for a film that is a true spectacle to behold. Richard’s talk with Sonny is a scene that pulses with threat and danger as you see just how much rage lies underneath Richard’s skin.

“Attack the Block”

Criminally focused kids and hungry for love aliens make “Attack the Block” massively different from any Masterpiece Theatre you might’ve seen before. An apartment complex becomes the battleground for an alien invasion and the heroes are atypical thugs in training. Probs and Mayhem make serious Super Soaker trouble for one of the aliens in a scene that has some of the funniest little kid dialog you’ll hear in any film.

“Lesbian Vampire Killers”

Definitely not stodgy in name or story, “Lesbian Vampire Killers” tells the tale of two buddies on a vacation, one fleeing his constantly “ex” girlfriend and the other just looking for wine and women. A goofy but loveable take on the classic vampire mythos, this film is glorious junk food for the eyes. Check out Smitty’s refusal to go after his friend until the priest practically forces him to man up in the bathroom scene.

“Harry Brown”.

As the elder statesman of acting, Sir Michael Caine’s acting prowess has not diminished one iota. In “Harry Brown” he is keenly aware of both his physical limitations and the strength his experience gives him and uses them to his advantage. Watch Harry’s criminal on a rope trick as he goes after the people who murdered his friend.

“Kill List”

Pack whatever hipster repellent you have in case you can only find “Kill List” at an independent movie theatre but make sure to see it. This tale of contract killing is hypnotic as it lulls you into its embrace, murmuring to you to ignore those warning signals your instinct keeps sending. The sudden springing of a blood pact on Jay by a client is a scene so bizarre it will first make you laugh and then slowly make you fear something even more sinister is at work.