Ken Russell Features

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1. French Dressing (1964)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

A drab little English seaside town tries to improve its image - and increase its revenues - by holding a film festival. When a famous continental star agrees to attend, things get out of hand.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: James Booth, Roy Kinnear, Marisa Mell, Alita Naughton

Votes: 218

2. Billion Dollar Brain (1967)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Thriller

A former British spy stumbles onto a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom?

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Michael Caine, Karl Malden, Ed Begley, Oskar Homolka

Votes: 4,247

3. Women in Love (1969)

R | 131 min | Drama, Romance

Two best friends fall in love with a pair of women, but the relationships soon go in very different directions.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Alan Bates, Oliver Reed, Glenda Jackson, Jennie Linden

Votes: 6,455

4. The Music Lovers (1971)

R | 123 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Piano teacher Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky struggles against his homosexuality by marrying, but unfortunately he chooses a nymphomaniac whom he cannot satisfy.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Glenda Jackson, Max Adrian, Christopher Gable

Votes: 2,177

5. The Devils (1971)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

49 Metascore

In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Dudley Sutton, Max Adrian

Votes: 11,952

6. The Boy Friend (1971)

G | 137 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

When the leading lady of a low-budget musical revue sprains her ankle, the assistant stage manager is forced to understudy and perform in her place, becoming a star and finding love in the process.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Twiggy, Christopher Gable, Max Adrian, Bryan Pringle

Votes: 2,746

7. Savage Messiah (1972)

R | 97 min | Biography, Drama

Biographical film of the life of French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Dorothy Tutin, Scott Antony, Helen Mirren, Lindsay Kemp

Votes: 1,191

8. Mahler (1974)

PG | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Composer Gustav Mahler's life, told in a series of flashbacks as he and his wife discuss their failing marriage during a train journey.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Robert Powell, Georgina Hale, Lee Montague, Miriam Karlin

Votes: 2,144

9. Tommy (1975)

PG | 111 min | Drama, Musical

66 Metascore

A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and, subsequently, the figurehead of a cult.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Elton John

Votes: 18,046 | Gross: $34.25M

10. Lisztomania (1975)

R | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Music

Composer and pianist Franz Liszt (Roger Daltrey) attempts to overcome his hedonistic life-style while repeatedly being drawn back into it by the many women in his life and fellow composer Richard Wagner (Paul Nicholas).

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Roger Daltrey, Sara Kestelman, Paul Nicholas, Ringo Starr

Votes: 2,083

11. Valentino (1977)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama

In 1926, the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female movie-goers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide - that actor was Rudolph Valentino. ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Rudolf Nureyev, Leslie Caron, Michelle Phillips, Carol Kane

Votes: 1,529

12. Altered States (1980)

R | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

58 Metascore

A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid

Votes: 29,761 | Gross: $19.85M

13. Crimes of Passion (1984)

R | 107 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

A mysterious woman, fashion designer by day and prostitute by night, is hounded by two men: a married father of two, and a sexually repressed preacher.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, Bruce Davison, Gordon Hunt

Votes: 5,861 | Gross: $2.91M

14. Gothic (1986)

R | 87 min | Horror

The Shelleys visit Lord Byron and compete to write a horror story.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Natasha Richardson, Myriam Cyr

Votes: 6,602 | Gross: $0.92M

15. Aria (1987)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Ten short pieces directed by ten different directors, including Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, and Nicolas Roeg. Each short uses an aria as soundtrack/sound (... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, Bill Bryden, Jean-Luc Godard, Derek Jarman, Franc Roddam, Nicolas Roeg, Ken Russell, Charles Sturridge, Julien Temple | Stars: John Hurt, Theresa Russell, Stephanie Lane, Roy Hyatt

Votes: 2,428 | Gross: $1.03M

"Nessun dorma" segment directed by Russell.

16. Salome's Last Dance (1988)

R | 89 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Late on Guy Fawkes Day, 1892, Oscar Wilde arrives at a high-class brothel where a surprise awaits: a staging of his play "Salome," with parts played by prostitutes, Wilde's host, his lover ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Glenda Jackson, Stratford Johns, Nickolas Grace, Douglas Hodge

Votes: 1,278 | Gross: $0.33M

17. The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

R | 93 min | Horror

61 Metascore

When an archeologist uncovers a strange skull in foreign land, the residents of a nearby town begin to disappear, leading to further unexplainable occurrences.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant, Catherine Oxenberg, Peter Capaldi

Votes: 9,050 | Gross: $1.19M

18. The Rainbow (1989)

R | 113 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A young woman deals in her own personal way with the trials of adolescence and young adulthood in early 1900s England.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Sammi Davis, Amanda Donohoe, Paul McGann, Christopher Gable

Votes: 1,179 | Gross: $0.44M

19. Whore (1991)

NC-17 | 85 min | Drama

The prostitute Liz works on the streets of Los Angeles. She recalls her life in flashback, when she marries an alcoholic man. She leaves him with their son. Then she works as waitress in a ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Theresa Russell, Benjamin Mouton, Antonio Fargas, Elizabeth Morehead

Votes: 3,250 | Gross: $1.01M

20. Tales of Erotica (1996)

R | 170 min | Drama, Comedy

24 Metascore

A series of erotic short films, all with similar unexpected endings.

Directors: Bob Rafelson, Ken Russell, Susan Seidelman, Melvin Van Peebles | Stars: Sharon Angela, Richard Barboza, Hetty Baynes, Charles Gerbel

Votes: 244

"The Insatiable Mrs. Kirsch" segment directed by Russell.

21. The Fall of the Louse of Usher: A Gothic Tale for the 21st Century (2002)

83 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Rock star Roddy Usher's wife is murdered and Rod is sent to a lunatic asylum in this gothic-comedy-horror-musical.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: James Johnston, Lisi Tribble, Marie Findley, Ken Russell

Votes: 279

22. Trapped Ashes (2006)

R | 105 min | Horror

Seven strangers on a Hollywood movie studio tour are trapped inside an infamous House of Horror and forced to tell their most terrifying stories to get out alive.

Directors: Sean S. Cunningham, Joe Dante, John Gaeta, Monte Hellman, Ken Russell | Stars: Jayce Bartok, Henry Gibson, Lara Harris, Scott Lowell

Votes: 1,438

"The Girl With Golden Breasts" segment directed by Russell.



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