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The Best Movies Directed by Ken Russell

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List of all movies directed by Ken Russell ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by Ken Russell are listed here and include movie posters and Ken Russell movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by Ken Russell as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest Ken Russell 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 Russell film is can be factored into this list.

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

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different movies, including Altered States and Women in Love.

If you’re wondering “what movies did Ken Russell direct?” or “who is Ken Russell?” 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 Russell?” and “what's a good selection of good Ken Russell movies?”

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

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

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  • Salome's Last Dance1
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    Salome's Last Dance

    Glenda Jackson, Ken Russell

    Released1988

    Directed byKen Russell

    Salome's Last Dance is a 1988 film by British film director, Ken Russell. Although most of the... more on Wikipedia
  • The Music Lovers2
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    The Music Lovers

    Richard Chamberlain, Glenda Jackson

    Released1970

    Directed byKen Russell

    The Music Lovers is a 1970 British drama film directed by Ken Russell. The screenplay by... more on Wikipedia
  • Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World3
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    Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World

    Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World is a BBC TV film based on the life of the... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Devils4
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    The Devils

    Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed

    Released1971

    Directed byKen Russell

    The Devils is a 1971 British historical drama horror film directed by Ken Russell and starring... more on Wikipedia

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  • Altered States5
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    Altered States

    Drew Barrymore, William Hurt

    Released1980

    Directed byKen Russell

    Altered States is a 1980 American science fiction-horror film adaptation of a novel by the... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Boy Friend6
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    The Boy Friend

    Twiggy, Glenda Jackson

    Released1971

    Directed byKen Russell

    The Boy Friend is a 1971 film directed by Ken Russell.Amazon_watch buy button
  • Women in Love7
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    Women in Love

    Oliver Reed, Glenda Jackson

    Released1969

    Directed byKen Russell

    Women in Love is a 1969 British romantic drama film directed by Ken Russell and starring Alan... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • Gothic8
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    Gothic

    Gabriel Byrne, Timothy Spall

    Released1986

    Directed byKen Russell

    Gothic is a 1986 British horror film directed by Ken Russell, starring Gabriel Byrne as Lord... more on Wikipedia
  • The Lair of the White Worm9
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    The Lair of the White Worm

    Hugh Grant, Peter Capaldi

    Released1988

    Directed byKen Russell

    The Lair of the White Worm is a 1988 British horror film based loosely on the Bram Stoker... more on Wikipedia
  • Tommy10
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    Tommy

    Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson

    Released1975

    Directed byKen Russell

    Tommy is a 1975 British musical fantasy film based upon The Who's 1969 rock opera album Tommy.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Mahler11
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    Mahler

    Oliver Reed, Robert Powell

    Released1974

    Directed byKen Russell

    Mahler is a 1974 biographical film based on the life of composer Gustav Mahler. It was written... more on Wikipedia
  • Crimes of Passion12
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    Crimes of Passion

    Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins

    Released1984

    Directed byKen Russell

    Crimes of Passion is a 1984 film directed by Ken Russell starring Kathleen Turner, Anthony... more on Wikipedia
  • Savage Messiah13
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    Savage Messiah

    Helen Mirren, Michael Gough

    Released1972

    Directed byKen Russell

    Savage Messiah is a 1972 British biographical film of the life of French sculptor Henri... more on Wikipedia
  • Amelia and the Angel14
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    Amelia and the Angel

    Amelia and the Angel is a 1957 short film directed by Ken Russell.Amazon_watch buy button
  • The Rainbow15
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    The Rainbow

    Paul McGann, Glenda Jackson

    Released1989

    Directed byKen Russell

    The Rainbow is a 1989 British drama film directed by Ken Russell. The story, adapted from the... more on Wikipedia
  • Faust16
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    Faust

    Ruggero Raimondi, Gabriela Beňačková

    Released1985

    Directed byKen Russell

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  • Song of Summer17
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    Song of Summer

    Ken Russell, Christopher Gable

    Released1968

    Directed byKen Russell

    Song of Summer is a 1968 black-and-white television film written, produced and directed by Ken... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Lady Chatterley18
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    Lady Chatterley

    Sean Bean, Joely Richardson

    Released1993

    Directed byKen Russell

    Lady Chatterley is a 1993 BBC television serial starring Sean Bean and Joely Richardson. It is... more on Wikipedia
  • Lisztomania19
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    Lisztomania

    Ringo Starr, Roger Daltrey

    Released1975

    Directed byKen Russell

    Lisztomania is a 1975 film by Ken Russell, drawn from a biography of Franz Liszt. Depicting... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ken Russell's Fall of the Louse of Usher20
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    Ken Russell's Fall of the Louse of Usher

    Ken Russell, James Johnston

    Released2002

    Directed byKen Russell

    The Fall of the Louse of Usher is a 2002 British horror film directed by Ken Russell. The film... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Elgar21
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    Elgar is a drama documentary made in 1962 by the British director Ken Russell. Made for BBC... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Valentino22
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    Valentino

    Leslie Caron, Carol Kane

    Released1977

    Directed byKen Russell

    Valentino is a 1977 American biographical film directed by Ken Russell and starring Rudolf... more on Wikipedia
  • Whore23
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    Whore

    Theresa Russell

    Released1991

    Directed byKen Russell

    Whore is a 1991 British-American drama film directed by Ken Russell and starring Theresa... more on Wikipedia
  • Watch The Birdie24
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    Watch The Birdie

    Watch The Birdie is a 1963 short film directed by Ken Russell.Amazon_watch buy button
  • The Boy Friend25
    A boyfriend is a regular male companion in a romantic or sexual relationship. Boyfriend(s) or... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button