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The Best Alan Bates Movies

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List of the best Alan Bates movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Alan Bates's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Alan Bates movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Alan Bates movies will be at the top of the list. Alan Bates has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Alan Bates movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Alan Bates films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Alan Bates role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Alan Bates performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

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    Far from the Madding Crowd

    Julie Christie, Terence Stamp

    Released1967

    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

    Far from the Madding Crowd is a 1967 British drama film adapted from Thomas Hardy's book of the same name. The film, starring Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Terence Stamp, and Peter Finch, and directed...  more
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    The Go-Between

    Julie Christie, Alan Bates

    Released1970

    Directed byJoseph Losey

    The Go-Between is a 1971 British romantic drama film, directed by Joseph Losey. Its screenplay, by Harold Pinter, is an adaptation of the 1953 novel of the same name by L. P. Hartley. The film stars...  more
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    Whistle Down the Wind

    Hayley Mills, Alan Bates

    Released1961

    Directed byBryan Forbes

    Whistle Down the Wind is a 1961 British film, directed by Bryan Forbes, screenplay by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, from the novel by Mary Hayley Bell....  more
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    Zorba the Greek

    Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates

    Released1964

    Directed byMichael Cacoyannis

    Zorba the Greek is a 1964 British-Greek drama film directed by Cypriot Michael Cacoyannis and starring Anthony Quinn as the title character. It is based on the novel Zorba the Greek by Nikos...  more

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    The Shout

    Tim Curry, John Hurt

    Released1978

    Directed byJerzy Skolimowski

    The Shout is a 1978 British horror film directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, based on a short story by Robert Graves that was adapted for the screen by Michael Austin. The film was the first to be produced...  more
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    A Kind of Loving

    Alan Bates, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1962

    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

    A Kind of Loving is a 1962 British drama film directed by John Schlesinger, based on the 1960 novel of the same name by Stan Barstow. It stars Alan Bates and June Ritchie as two lovers in 1960s...  more
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    The Fixer

    Ian Holm, Dirk Bogarde

    Released1968

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    The Fixer is a 1968 British drama film based on the 1966 semi-biographical novel of the same name, written by Bernard Malamud. It was directed by John Frankenheimer and stars Alan Bates....  more
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    The Return of the Soldier

    Ann-Margret, Julie Christie

    Released1982

    Directed byAlan Bridges

    The Return of the Soldier is a 1982 British film starring Alan Bates as Baldry and co-starring Julie Christie, Ian Holm, Glenda Jackson, and Ann-Margret about a shell-shocked officer's return from...  more
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    Georgy Girl

    Charlotte Rampling, Lynn Redgrave

    Released1966

    Directed bySilvio Narizzano

    Georgy Girl is a 1966 British film based on a novel by Margaret Forster. The film was directed by Silvio Narizzano and starred Lynn Redgrave as Georgy, Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates, and James...  more
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    The Mothman Prophecies

    Richard Gere, Debra Messing

    Released2002

    Directed byMark Pellington

    The Mothman Prophecies is a 2002 supernatural thriller film directed by Mark Pellington, based on the 1975 book of the same name by parapsychologist and Fortean author John Keel. The screenplay was...  more

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    Hamlet

    Mel Gibson, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released1990

    Directed byFranco Zeffirelli

    Hamlet is a 1990 drama film based on the Shakespearean tragedy of the same name directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Mel Gibson as the eponymous character. The film also features Glenn Close,...  more

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    The Caretaker

    Robert Shaw, Donald Pleasence

    Released1963

    Directed byClive Donner

    The Caretaker is a 1963 British drama film directed by Clive Donner and based on the Harold Pinter play of the same name. It was entered into the 13th Berlin International Film Festival where it won...  more
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    The Grotesque

    Sting, Lena Headey

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn-Paul Davidson

    The Grotesque is a 1995 British film by John-Paul Davidson, adapted from the 1989 novel of the same name by Patrick McGrath. It stars Alan Bates, Lena Headey, Theresa Russell and Sting. Academy...  more
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    The Cherry Orchard

    Gerard Butler, Charlotte Rampling

    Released1999

    Directed byMichael Cacoyannis

    The Cherry Orchard is a 1999 drama film directed by Mihalis Kakogiannis and starring Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates and Owen Teale. It was based on the 1904 play The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov....  more
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    The Rose

    Bette Midler, Alan Bates

    Released1979

    Directed byMark Rydell

    The Rose is a 1979 American drama film which tells the story of a self-destructive 1960s rock star who struggles to cope with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless...  more

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    King of Hearts

    Alan Bates, Geneviève Bujold

    Released1966

    Directed byPhilippe de Broca

    King of Hearts is a 1966 French comedy-drama film directed by Philippe de Broca and starring Alan Bates. The film is set in a small town in France near the end of World War I. As the Imperial German...  more
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    Gosford Park

    Helen Mirren, Clive Owen

    Released2002

    Directed byRobert Altman

    Gosford Park is a 2002 British mystery film directed by Robert Altman and written by Julian Fellowes. The film stars an ensemble cast, which includes Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Derek...  more
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    Three Sisters

    Laurence Olivier, Derek Jacobi

    Released1970

    Directed byLaurence Olivier, John Sichel

    Three Sisters is a 1970 film starring Alan Bates, Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright, based on the 1900 play by Anton Chekhov. Olivier also directed, with co-director John Sichel. The film was based...  more
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    The Sum of All Fears

    Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman

    Released2002

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

    The Sum of All Fears is a 2002 American action political thriller film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. The motion picture, which is set in the Jack Ryan...  more

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    Story of a Love Story

    Alan Bates, Dominique Sanda

    Released1973

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    Story of a Love Story, also known as Impossible Object, is a 1973 drama film starring Alan Bates and Dominique Sanda. It was directed by John Frankenheimer and based on a novel by Nicholas Mosley. It...  more
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    An Unmarried Woman

    Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates

    Released1978

    Directed byPaul Mazursky

    An Unmarried Woman is a 1978 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Mazursky, and starring Jill Clayburgh. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and Clayburgh...  more

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    In Celebration

    Brian Cox, Alan Bates

    Released1975

    Directed byLindsay Anderson

    In a Yorkshire mining town, three educated brothers return to their blue-collar home to celebrate the 40th wedding anniversary of their parents, but dark secrets come to the fore."Anderson and a...  more
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    An Englishman Abroad

    Alan Bates, Charles Gray

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

    An Englishman Abroad is a 1983 BBC television drama film, based on the true story of a chance meeting of an actress, Coral Browne, with Guy Burgess, a member of the Cambridge spy ring who spied for...  more
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    Nothing But the Best

    Denholm Elliott, Alan Bates

    Released1964

    Directed byClive Donner

    Nothing But the Best is a 1964 British comedy film directed by Clive Donner based on the 1952 short story 'The Best of Everything' by Stanley Ellin....  more
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    Walker

    Ed Harris, Joe Strummer

    Released1987

    Directed byAlex Cox

    Walker is a 1987 American-Mexican Acid Western film directed by Alex Cox and starring Ed Harris, Richard Masur, Rene Auberjonois, Peter Boyle, Sy Richardson, Xander Berkeley, Alfonso Arau, Marlee...  more