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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Jack Nicholson and Sean Connery both worked on a Ken Russell directed movie, as have many other great actors.

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Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Gemma Jones
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 ...more
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Oliver Reed, Glenda Jackson, Alan Bates
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. ...more
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Oliver Reed, Robert Powell, Kenneth Colley
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 ...more
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Drew Barrymore, William Hurt, Bob Balaban
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 ...more
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Richard Chamberlain, Glenda Jackson, Kenneth Colley
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 ...more
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Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson, Elton John
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 ...more
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Hugh Grant, Peter Capaldi, Catherine Oxenberg
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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Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, Annie Potts
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 ...more
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Twiggy, Glenda Jackson, Barbara Windsor
The Boy Friend is a 1971 film directed by Ken Russell.
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Gabriel Byrne, Timothy Spall, Natasha Richardson
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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Ringo Starr, Roger Daltrey, Oliver Reed
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 ...more
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Helen Mirren, Michael Gough, Peter Vaughan
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 ...more
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Ken Russell, Christopher Gable, David Collings
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 ...more
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Glenda Jackson, Ken Russell, David Doyle
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 ...more
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Theresa 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 ...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 ...more
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Leslie Caron, Carol Kane, Michelle Phillips
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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The Boy Friend is a musical by Sandy Wilson. The musical's original 1954 London production ran for 2,078 performances, making it briefly the third-longest running musical in West End or Broadway ...more
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Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Karl Malden
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 ...more
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Elizabeth Hurley, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton
Aria is a 1987 British anthology film produced by Don Boyd from Virgin Group's visual section consisting of ten short films by a variety of directors. It was entered into the 1987 Cannes Film ...more
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Paul McGann, Glenda Jackson, Amanda Donohoe
The Rainbow is a 1989 British drama film directed by Ken Russell. The story, adapted from the D. H. Lawrence novel of the same name, is a prequel to Lawrence's Women in Love, which was also made ...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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Ruggero Raimondi, Gabriela Beňačková, Francisco Araiza
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Sean Bean, Joely Richardson, James Wilby
Lady Chatterley is a 1993 BBC television serial starring Sean Bean and Joely Richardson. It is an adaption of D. H. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover, first broadcast on BBC One in four ...more