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The Best Movies Directed by Stephen Frears  

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

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

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

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

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Stephen Frears has had the pleasure of working with tremendous talent, including George Clooney and Bruce Willis.

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drkaramaniac added Judi Dench, Michelle Fairley, Steve Coogan
Philomena is a 2013 drama film directed by Stephen Frears, based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by journalist Martin Sixsmith. Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, it tells the ...more
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Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell
The Queen is a 2006 British historical drama film depicting the British Royal Family's response to Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997. The film was directed by Stephen Frears, written by ...more
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High Fidelity is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Stephen Frears
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Black
High Fidelity is a 2000 American comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and starring John Cusack and Iben Hjejle. The film is based on the 1995 British novel of the same name by Nick ...more
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Annette Bening, John Cusack, Martin Scorsese
The Grifters is a 1990 neo-noir film directed by Stephen Frears, produced by Martin Scorsese, and stars John Cusack, Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening. The screenplay was written by Donald E. ...more
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Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman, Keanu Reeves
Dangerous Liaisons is a 1988 historical drama film based upon Christopher Hampton's play Les liaisons dangereuses, which in turn was a theatrical adaptation of the 18th-century French novel Les ...more
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Daniel Day-Lewis, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth
My Beautiful Laundrette is a 1985 British comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi. The film was also one of the first films released by Working Title ...more
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Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave
Prick Up Your Ears is a 1987 film, directed by Stephen Frears, about the playwright Joe Orton and his lover Kenneth Halliwell. The screenplay was written by Alan Bennett, based on the book by ...more
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Audrey Tautou, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Okonedo
Dirty Pretty Things is a 2002 British thriller film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Steven Knight, a drama about two illegal immigrants in London. It was produced by BBC Films and ...more
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Florence Foster Jennings is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Stephen Frears
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Afternoon Off Benjamin Whitrow, Angela Morant
Afternoon Off is a 1979 television play by Alan Bennett. Broadcast under the umbrella title Six Plays by Alan Bennett, it was produced for London Weekend Television and directed by Stephen ...more
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John Hurt, Tim Roth, Terence Stamp
The Hit is a 1984 British road crime film directed by Stephen Frears and starring John Hurt, Terence Stamp and Tim Roth. The Hit was Stamp's first starring role in over a decade and Roth won an ...more
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Chevy Chase, Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis
Hero is a 1992 comedy-drama film directed by English film director Stephen Frears, written by David Webb Peoples and based on a story by Laura Ziskin, Alvin Sargent and David Webb Peoples. The ...more
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Shashi Kapoor, Frances Barber, Ayub Khan-Din
Sammy and Rosie Get Laid is a 1987 film directed by Stephen Frears, with a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi.
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Michael Sheen, Tony Blair, David Morrissey
The Deal is a 2003 British television film directed by Stephen Frears from a script by Peter Morgan, based in part upon The Rivals by James Naughtie. The film stars David Morrissey as Gordon ...more
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Gemma Arterton, Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper
Tamara Drewe is a 2010 comedy feature film directed by Stephen Frears. The screenplay was written by Moira Buffini, based on the newspaper comic strip of the same name written by Posy Simmonds. ...more
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Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Christopher Guest
Mrs Henderson Presents is a 2005 British comedy film written by American playwright Martin Sherman and directed by Stephen Frears. It stars Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Kelly Reilly, and Pop Idol ...more
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Diva: The Video Collection Sarah Brightman
Diva: The Video Collection is a video longform.
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George Clooney, Hank Azaria, Don Cheadle
Fail Safe is a 2000 televised broadcast play, based on Fail-Safe, the Cold War novel by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. The play, broadcast live in black and white on CBS, starred George ...more
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Loving Walter Ian McKellen, Jim Broadbent, Sarah Miles
Walter and June is a 1986 drama film directed by Stephen Frears.
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December Flower Jean Simmons, Jim Carter, Bryan Forbes
December Flower is a British single drama first broadcast at Christmas 1984. It featured the first acting appearance for 17 years by Bryan Forbes.
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Colm Meaney, Brendan O'Carroll, Rúaidhrí Conroy
The Van is a 1996 film, based on the novel The Van by Roddy Doyle. Like The Snapper, it was directed by Stephen Frears. It was entered into the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.
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Doris and Doreen is a 1978 TV film directed by Stephen Frears.
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Ian Hart, Anne Reid, Megan Burns
Liam is a 2000 British-German film directed by Stephen Frears and written by novelist/screenwriter Jimmy McGovern. McGovern adapted Joseph Mckeown's novel Back Crack Boy into this emotionally ...more
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Brendan Gleeson, Colm Meaney, Stanley Townsend
The Snapper is a 1993 Irish television film which was directed by Stephen Frears and starred Tina Kellegher, Colm Meaney and Brendan Gleeson. The film is based on the novel by Irish writer Roddy ...more
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Bloody Kids Jack Douglas, Gary Holton, Derrick O'Connor
Bloody Kids is a British television film written by Stephen Poliakoff and directed by Stephen Frears, made by Black Lion Films for ATV, and first shown on ITV on 22 March 1980.