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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.

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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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The Devils 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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Women in Love 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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The Music Lovers 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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Altered States 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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Mahler 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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The Lair of the White Worm 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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Tommy 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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Crimes of Passion 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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The Boy Friend Twiggy, Glenda Jackson, Barbara Windsor The Boy Friend is a 1971 film directed by Ken Russell.

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Gothic 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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Savage Messiah 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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Song of Summer 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

The Best Movies Directed by Women

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Lisztomania 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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Whore 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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Salome's Last Dance 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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Valentino 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

The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

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Elgar 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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The Boy Friend 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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Billion Dollar Brain 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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Aria 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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Amelia and the Angel Amelia and the Angel is a 1957 short film directed by Ken Russell.

The Best R-Rated Musical Drama Movies

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Lady Chatterley 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

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The Rainbow 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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Watch The Birdie Watch The Birdie is a 1963 short film directed by Ken Russell.

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Faust Ruggero Raimondi, Gabriela Beňačková, Francisco Araiza

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Prisoner of Honor Richard Dreyfuss, Oliver Reed, Brian Blessed 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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Ken Russell's Fall of the Louse of Usher Ken Russell, James Johnston, Alex 'Alien' Russell The Fall of the Louse of Usher is a 2002 British horror film directed by Ken Russell. The film is loosely based on several Edgar Allan Poe stories, notably "The Fall of the House of

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French Dressing Roy Kinnear, Marisa Mell, James Booth French Dressing is a 1964 British comedy film directed by Ken Russell, his first feature film, which stars James Booth, Roy Kinnear and Marisa Mell. Its plot concerns a deckchair attendant in ...more

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Tales of Erotica Mira Sorvino, Ken Russell, Aida Turturro Tales of Erotica is a compilation of four short films released in 1996.

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Clouds of Glory: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Clouds of Glory: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a 1978 television film directed by Ken Russell.

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In Search of the English Folk Song Donovan, June Tabor, Eliza Carthy

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Clouds of Glory: William and Dorothy Clouds of Glory: William and Dorothy is a 1978 television film directed by Ken Russell.

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Mindbender Terence Stamp, Ishai Golan Mindbender is the 1996 Tv film written by Ken Russell, Yael Stern-O'Dwyer and directed by Ken Russell.

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Diva: The Video Collection Sarah Brightman Diva: The Video Collection is a video longform.

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Women & Men: Stories of Seduction James Woods, Melanie Griffith, Molly Ringwald Women and Men: Stories of Seduction is a 1990 TV film Directed by Frederic Raphael, Tony Richardson and Ken Russell.

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Dogboys Tia Carrere, Dean Cain, Bryan Brown Dogboys is a 1998 action and thriller film written by Rob Stork and David Taylor and directed by Ken Russell.