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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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    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 Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. Russell's screenplay is based partially on the 1952 book The Devils of...  more
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    Billion Dollar Brain

    Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland

    Released1967

    Directed byKen Russell

    Billion Dollar Brain is a 1967 British espionage film directed by Ken Russell and based on the novel of the same name by Len Deighton. The film features Michael Caine as secret agent Harry Palmer,...  more
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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 same name by playwright and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky in his only novel he ever wrote and his final film....  more

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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. It was directed by Ken Russell and featured a star-studded cast, including the band members themselves....  more

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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 Bates, Oliver Reed, Glenda Jackson, and Jennie Linden. The film was adapted by Larry Kramer from D. H....  more

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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 novel of the same name and drawing upon the English legend of the Lambton Worm. The film was written and...  more

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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 Perkins, John Laughlin and Annie Potts. The film explores themes of human relationships and mental illness....  more
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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 and directed by Ken Russell for Goodtimes Enterprises, and starred Robert Powell as Gustav Mahler and...  more
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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 Gaudier-Brzeska, made by Russ-Arts and distributed by MGM. It was directed and produced by Ken Russell with...  more
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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 action is a verbatim performance of Oscar Wilde's 1893 play Salome, which is itself based on a story...  more
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    The Boy Friend

    Twiggy, Christopher Gable

    Released1971

    Directed byKen Russell

    The Boy Friend is a 1971 British-American musical comedy film directed by Ken Russell, based on the 1953 musical The Boy Friend by Sandy Wilson. When the leading lady of a low-budget musical revue...  more
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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 Melvyn Bragg, based on Beloved Friend, a collection of personal correspondence edited by Catherine Drinker...  more
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    Amelia and the Angel

    Amelia and the Angel is a 1957 short film directed by Ken Russell....
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    Prisoner of Honor

    Richard Dreyfuss, Oliver Reed

    Released1991

    Directed byKen Russell

    Prisoner of Honour is a 1991 British dramatic television film made by Warner Bros. Television and distributed by HBO about the Dreyfus Affair. It was directed by Ken Russell and starring Richard...  more
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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....  more
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    Elgar is a drama documentary made in 1962 by the British director Ken Russell. Made for BBC Television's long-running Monitor programme, it dramatised in vigorous style the life of the archetypically...  more
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    Faust

    Ruggero Raimondi, Gabriela Beňačková

    Released1985

    Directed byKen Russell

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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 the flamboyant Liszt as the first classical pop star, Lisztomania features contemporary rock star Roger...  more

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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 Russell for the BBC's Omnibus series which was first broadcast on 15 September 1968. It portrays the...  more
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    Watch The Birdie

    Watch The Birdie is a 1963 short film directed by Ken Russell....
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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 American dancer Isadora Duncan first broadcast on 22 September 1966. The film was written by Sewell Stokes...  more
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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 Nureyev as Rudolph Valentino. The film is very loosely based on the life of Valentino as recounted in the...  more
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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 Russell. The screenplay by Russell is based on David Hines's prize-winning monologue, Bondage. While not a...  more
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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 Byron, Julian Sands as Percy Bysshe Shelley, Natasha Richardson as Mary Shelley, Myriam Cyr as Claire...  more
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    Clouds of Glory: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a 1978 television film directed by Ken Russell....  more