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The Best Movies Directed by Ken Loach 

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List of all movies directed by Ken Loach ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by Ken Loach are listed here and include movie posters and Ken Loach movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by Ken Loach as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest Ken Loach movie isn't as high as it should be on this list, then make sure to vote so that your opinion of what the top Ken Loach film is can be factored into this list.

From Ken Loach's studio films to Ken Loach's independent films, this Ken Loach filmography keeps tabs on all Ken Loach movies, and lets the cream of the crop rise to the top.

This list has a variety of movies in it, from Kes to My Name Is Joe.

If you’re wondering “what movies did Ken Loach direct?” or “who is Ken Loach?” then this list will explain how most people know this director. This list also answers questions like “what are the all-time best movies directed by Ken Loach?” and “what's a good selection of good Ken Loach movies?”

If you're wanting to get into Ken Loach films, then this list is a great starting point for at least starting with the most decent Ken Loach works.

All Ken Loach director credits are included. This list of every movie that Ken Loach has directed can be sorted for specific information such as what genre the Ken Loach movie is and which actors starred in the Ken Loach film.

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Brian Glover, Bill Dean, Colin Welland

Released: 1969

Directed by: Ken Loach

Kes is a 1969 drama film directed by Ken Loach and produced by Tony Garnett. The film is based on the 1968 novel A Kestrel for a Knave, written by the Barnsley-born author Barry Hines. The film ...more
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Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald

Released: 2006

Directed by: Ken Loach

The Wind That Shakes the Barley is a 2006 Irish war drama film directed by Ken Loach, set during the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. Written by long-time Loach collaborator ...more
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Martin Compston, William Ruane, Jon Morrison

Released: 2002

Directed by: Ken Loach

Sweet Sixteen is a 2002 drama film directed by Ken Loach. The film tells the story of a teenage boy from a troubled background, Liam, who dreams of starting afresh with his mother who is ...more
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Eric Cantona, Justin Moorhouse, Matthew McNulty

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ken Loach

Looking for Eric is a 2009 British-French film about the escape from the trials of modern life that football and its heroes can bring for its fans. It was written by screen writer Paul Laverty ...more
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Daniel Portman, William Ruane, Roger Allam

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ken Loach

The Angels' Share is a Scottish comedy-drama film directed by Ken Loach, starring Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, William Ruane, Gary Maitland, Jasmin Riggins, and Siobhan Reilly. It tells the ...more
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Ian Hart, Icíar Bollaín, Paul Laverty

Released: 1995

Directed by: Ken Loach

Land and Freedom is a 1995 film directed by Ken Loach and written by Jim Allen. The film narrates the story of David Carr, an unemployed worker and member of the Communist Party of Great ...more
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Ricky Tomlinson, Bruce Jones, Tom Hickey

Released: 1993

Directed by: Ken Loach

Raining Stones is a 1993 film directed by Ken Loach and starring Bruce Jones, Julie Brown, Ricky Tomlinson, Tom Hickey and Gemma Phoenix. It tells the story of a man who cannot afford to buy his ...more
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피터 뮬란, Gary Lewis, David Hayman

Released: 1998

Directed by: Ken Loach

My Name Is Joe is a 1998 British film directed by Ken Loach. The film stars Peter Mullan as Joe Kavanagh, an unemployed recovering alcoholic in Glasgow who meets and falls in love with a health ...more
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Robert Carlyle, Ricky Tomlinson, Jim Coleman

Released: 1990

Directed by: Ken Loach

Riff-Raff is a 1991 British film directed by Ken Loach, starring Robert Carlyle and Ricky Tomlinson. It won the 1991 European Film Award Best Picture award. As with most Loach films, Riff-Raff ...more
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Robert Carlyle, Scott Glenn, Gary Lewis

Released: 1996

Directed by: Ken Loach

Carla's Song is a British movie directed by Ken Loach with screenplay by Paul Laverty. Set in 1987, it tells the story of the relationship between a Scottish bus driver, George Lennox and Carla, ...more
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baba added Cathy come home /TV

Released: 1966

Cathy Come Home is a 1966 BBC television play by Jeremy Sandford, produced by Tony Garnett and directed by Ken Loach, about homelessness. A 1998 Radio Times readers' poll voted it the "best ...more
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Ray Winstone, Crissy Rock, Luke Brown

Released: 1994

Directed by: Ken Loach

Ladybird, Ladybird is a 1994 British drama film directed by Ken Loach. It is a drama-documentary about a British woman's dispute with Social Services over the care and custody of her four ...more
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Malcolm McDowell, Terence Stamp, Carol White

Released: 1967

Directed by: Ken Loach

Poor Cow is a 1967 British drama film, directed by Ken Loach and based on Nell Dunn's novel of the same name. It was Ken Loach's first feature film, after a series of successful TV productions.
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Gary Lewis, Atta Yaqub, Eva Birthistle

Released: 2004

Directed by: Ken Loach

Ae Fond Kiss… is a 2004 romantic drama film directed by Ken Loach, and starring Atta Yaqub and Eva Birthistle. The title is taken from a Scottish song by Robert Burns, the complete line being ...more
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Robin Tunney, Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ken Loach

Bread and Roses is a 2000 drama film directed by Ken Loach, starring Adrien Brody. The plot deals with the struggle of poorly paid janitorial workers in Los Angeles and their fight for better ...more
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Which side are you on?

Released: 1984

Directed by: Ken Loach

Which side are you on? is a 1984 film directed by Ken Loach.
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Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, Michelle Fairley

Released: 1990

Directed by: Ken Loach

Hidden Agenda, directed by Ken Loach, is a political thriller about British state terrorism during the Northern Irish Troubles that depicts the fictional assassination of an American civil ...more
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Martin Compston, William Ruane, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ken Loach, Ermanno Olmi, Abbas Kiarostami

Tickets is a 2005 comedy-drama film directed by Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach and Ermanno Olmi.
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It's a Free World... Kierston Wareing, Raymond Mearns, Joe Siffleet

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ken Loach

It's a Free World... is a 2007 drama film directed by Ken Loach and written by Paul Laverty. Laverty won the Golden Osella at the 2007 Venice Film Festival. An ambitious working class British ...more
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Ernest Borgnine, Tanvi Azmi, Akira Emoto

Released: 2002

Directed by: Samira Makhmalbaf, Shohei Imamura, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Claude Lelouch, Danis Tanović, + more

11'09"1 September 11 is a 2002 international film composed of 11 contributions from different filmmakers, each from a different country. Each gave their own vision of the events in New York ...more
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McLibel Morgan Spurlock, Oliver Ford Davies, Eric Schlosser

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ken Loach, Franny Armstrong

McLibel is a documentary film directed by Franny Armstrong and Ken Loach for Spanner Films about the McLibel case. The film was first completed, as a 52-minute television version, in 1997, after ...more
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Josh Brolin, Lars von Trier, Golshifteh Farahani

Released: 2007

Directed by: Zhang Yimou, Bille August, Aki Kaurismäki, Wong Kar-wai, Gus Van Sant, + more

To Each His Own Cinema is a 2007 French anthology film commissioned for the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival. The film is a collection of 34 short films, each 3 minutes in length, by ...more
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Steve Huison, Dean Andrews, Thomas Craig

Released: 2001

Directed by: Ken Loach

The Navigators is a 2001 British film directed by Ken Loach with screenplay by Rob Dawber. It tells the story of the reactions of five Sheffield rail workers to the privatisation of the railway ...more
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Up The Junction

Released: 1965

Directed by: Ken Loach

Up The Junction is a 1965 drama film written by Nell Dunn and directed by Ken Loach.
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Family Life Malcolm Tierney, Sandy Ratcliff

Released: 1971

Directed by: Ken Loach

Family Life is a 1971 British drama film directed by Ken Loach from a screenplay by David Mercer. It is a remake of In Two Minds, an episode of the BBC's Wednesday Play series first transmitted ...more