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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.

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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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David Lynch and Benicio del Toro are among the many great actors who have worked on a Ken Loach movie.

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Brian Glover, Bill Dean, Colin Welland
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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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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Ian Hart, Icíar Bollaín, Paul Laverty
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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Martin Compston, William Ruane, Jon Morrison
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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Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald
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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Ricky Tomlinson, Bruce Jones, Tom Hickey
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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Eric Cantona, Justin Moorhouse, Matthew McNulty
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
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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피터 뮬란, Gary Lewis, David Hayman
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
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
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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Malcolm McDowell, Terence Stamp, Carol White
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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Ray Winstone, Crissy Rock, Luke Brown
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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Robin Tunney, Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody
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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Gary Lewis, Atta Yaqub, Eva Birthistle
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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Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, Michelle Fairley
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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It's a Free World... Kierston Wareing, Raymond Mearns, Joe Siffleet
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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Steve Huison, Dean Andrews, Thomas Craig
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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Josh Brolin, Lars von Trier, Golshifteh Farahani
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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Family Life Malcolm Tierney, Sandy Ratcliff
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
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Up The Junction
Up The Junction is a 1965 drama film written by Nell Dunn and directed by Ken Loach.
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Tony Pitts, Deirdre Costello, Phil Askham
Looks and Smiles is a 1981 British drama film directed by Ken Loach. It is based on the novel of the same name, written by Barry Hines. The film was entered into the 1981 Cannes Film Festival, ...more
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Black Jack is a 1979 period children’s adventure film, directed by Ken Loach and based on the Leon Garfield novel. It is set in Yorkshire in 1750 and follows a young boy, Tolly and his ...more
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Stephen Lord, Geoff Bell, Mark Womack
Route Irish is a 2010 drama-thriller film directed by Ken Loach and written by Paul Laverty. It is set in Liverpool and focuses on the consequences suffered by private security contractors after ...more
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Which side are you on?
Which side are you on? is a 1984 film directed by Ken Loach.