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List of Alan Bennett Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
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2
Prick Up Your Ears
R
12
2

This biographical film revolves around the story of Joe Orton, British playwright. The film shows how he befriended the older Kenneth, and begins a relationship with him. Although both aspire to become writers, it is only Orton who is able to receive fame and success. Over time, his success begins to take him further away from his friend and lover.

Starring:
Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, Wallace Shawn, Lindsay Duncan
Directed By:
2. The Madness of King George (1994)
11
2
The Madness of King George
PG-13
11
2

The Madness of King George is a historical comedy drama film which tells the story of King George III, who goes mentally unstable, after which his Lieutenants try to adjust the rules to run the country without his participation. Meanwhile, an ex-minister attempts to cure him.

Starring:
Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Nigel Hawthorne, Amanda Donohoe
Directed By:
Nicholas Hytner
3. The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1982)
10
2
The Secret Policeman's Other Ball
R
10
2

Fourth of ‘The Secret Policeman’s Ball,’ the charity benefit show was staged for Amnesty International and was directed by John Cleese. It features music acts by Sting, Phil Collins, Bob Geldof, Donovan, Pete Townsend and re-united ex-Yardbird members Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. The comedy performances included skits by John Cleese with former Monty Python members, Rowan Atkinson, Barry Humphries and others.

Role:
Himself / Various Roles
Starring:
Rowan Atkinson, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman, John Bird
Directed By:
Julien Temple
4. A Private Function (1984)
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2
A Private Function
R
10
2
Starring:
Maggie Smith, Michael Palin, Denholm Elliott, Tony Haygarth, Richard Griffiths
Directed By:
Malcolm Mowbray
5. Dreamchild (1985)
9
2
Dreamchild
PG
9
2
Starring:
Ian Holm, Coral Browne, Peter Gallagher, Steve Whitmire
Directed By:
Gavin Millar
6. The History Boys (2006)
10
2
The History Boys
R
10
2

The film which revolves around a group of talented but unruly schoolboys whose worlds are changed after they encounter two eccentric ‘teachers with opposing viewpoints. Both the teachers do their best to get the boys accepted into Oxford or Cambridge.

Starring:
James Corden, Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Stephen Campbell Moore, Samuel Anderson
Directed By:
Nicholas Hytner
7. The Lady in the Van (2015)
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2
The Lady in the Van
PG-13
11
2

Based on the memoir of playwright Alan Bennett, it revolves around an eccentric, homeless Miss Mary Shepherd. Initially indifferent to her, Bennett later befriends the elderly lady, allowing her to park her van temporarily in his driveway, but she continues living there for 15 years. He learns that the gifted lady was a former student of pianist Alfred Cortot, and had played at ‘The Proms.’ 

Starring:
Maggie Smith, James Corden, Jim Broadbent, Alex Jennings, Clare Hammond
Directed By:
Nicholas Hytner
8. Long Shot (1978)
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2
Long Shot
8
2
Starring:
Neville Smith, John Boorman, Stephen Frears, Wim Wenders
Directed By:
Maurice Hatton
9. In Love and War (1996)
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2
In Love and War
PG-13
8
2

In Love and War is a biographical war romantic drama film which tells the story of a young man Ernest Hemingway, who is working as an ambulance driver during the First World War in Italy. When he gets seriously wounded, he ends up in a hospital, where he meets a nurse named Agnes. The two soon develop an attraction for one another.

Role:
Porter
Starring:
Sandra Bullock, Mackenzie Astin, Chris O'Donnell, Margot Steinberg
Directed By:
10. Every Home Should Have One (1970)
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1
Every Home Should Have One
R
7
1

Teddy is an executive working at an advertising agency, whose boss gives him an assignment to come up with an attractive campaign for frozen porridge. Teddy decides to put suggestive material into the commercials in order to attract more customers.

Starring:
Marty Feldman, Hy Hazell, Shelley Berman, Judy Cornwell
Directed By:
Jim Clark
11. National Theatre Live: The Habit of Art (2010)
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2
National Theatre Live: The Habit of Art
11
2
Starring:
Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings, Adrian Scarborough, Stephen Wight, Philip Childs
12. Little Dorrit (1987)
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2
Little Dorrit
G
10
2
Starring:
Miriam Margolyes, Derek Jacobi, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Max Wall, Patricia Hayes
Directed By:
Christine Edzard

TV Movie(s)

1. One Fine Day (1979)
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3
One Fine Day
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3
Starring:
Leslie Sands, Robert Stephens, Dominic Guard, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Dave Allen
Directed By:
Stephen Frears
2. Beyond the Fringe (1964)
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2
Beyond the Fringe
12
2
Role:
Various Characters
Starring:
Peter Edward Cook, Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller
Directed By:
Duncan Wood
3. Afternoon Off (1979)
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2
Afternoon Off
11
2
Starring:
Philip Jackson, Benjamin Whitrow, Henry Man, Angela Morant
Directed By:
Stephen Frears
4. Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1978)
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2
Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf
11
2
Starring:
Neville Smith, Frank Middlemass, Julie Walters, Robert Longden
Directed By:
Stephen Frears
5. An Englishman Abroad (1983)
11
2
An Englishman Abroad
11
2
Starring:
Coral Browne, Alan Bates, Charles Gray, Vernon Dobtcheff, Harold Innocent
Directed By:
John Schlesinger
6. A Day Out (1972)
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2
A Day Out
13
2
Starring:
Philip Locke, James Cossins, David Waller, John Normington
Directed By:
Stephen Frears
7. Pleasure at Her Majesty's (1976)
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2
Pleasure at Her Majesty's
11
2
Role:
Various
Starring:
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Eleanor Bron
Directed By:
Jonathan Miller, Roger Graef
8. Doris and Doreen (1978)
10
2
Doris and Doreen
10
2
Starring:
Prunella Scales, Patricia Routledge, Pete Postlethwaite, Joan Sanderson
Directed By:
Stephen Frears
9. Alice in Wonderland (1966)
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2
Alice in Wonderland
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2
Role:
Mouse
Starring:
Eric Idle, John Gielgud, Peter Sellers, Peter Edward Cook, Wilfrid Brambell, Finlay Currie, Peter Sellers
Directed By:
Jonathan Miller
10. The Merry Wives of Windsor (1982)
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2
The Merry Wives of Windsor
10
2
Role:
Justice Shallow
Starring:
Ben Kingsley, Bryan Marshall, Judy Davis, Richard O'Callaghan
Directed By:
David Hugh Jones
11. The Old Crowd (1979)
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2
The Old Crowd
10
2
Starring:
Peter Jeffrey, Isabel Dean, John Moffatt, Philip Stone, Frank Grimes
Directed By:
Lindsay Anderson
12. National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage (2013)
11
2
National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage
11
2
Role:
Hector
Starring:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Ralph Fiennes, James Corden, Roger Allam, Jonathan Bailey, Simon Russell Beale
13. Julie Walters and Friends (1991)
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2
Julie Walters and Friends
11
2
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Alan Bleasdale, Julie Walters, Willy Russell, Victoria Wood
Directed By:
Alasdair Macmillan
14. All Day on the Sands (1979)
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2
All Day on the Sands
11
2
Starring:
Jane Freeman, Marjorie Yates, Alun Armstrong, Gary Carp, Susan Hopkins
Directed By:
Giles Foster
15. Portrait or Bust (1994)
10
2
Portrait or Bust
10
2
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Melvyn Bragg, Lily Bennett, Walter Bennett, Tom Wood
Directed By:
Jonathan Stedall
16. The Young Visiters (2003)
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2
The Young Visiters
9
2
Starring:
Hugh Laurie, Geoffrey Palmer, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent
Directed By:
David Yates

Animation(s)

The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (1992)
The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends
Starring:
Pam Ferris, Derek Jacobi, Hugh Laurie, Ian Holm, Rik Mayall
Family Guy (1999)
Family Guy
TV-14
Starring:
Bryce Dallas Howard, Liam Neeson, Christina Milian, Tamera Mowry, Tom Hiddleston, Emma Roberts, Connie Britton
Directed By:
Peter Shin, James Purdum, Dominic Bianchi, Pete Michels, John Holmquist
The Willows in Winter (1996)
The Willows in Winter
Role:
Mole (voice)
Starring:
Vanessa Redgrave, Michael Palin, Rik Mayall, Enn Reitel
Directed By:
Dave Unwin
The Wind in the Willows (1995)
The Wind in the Willows
Role:
Mole (voice)
Starring:
Vanessa Redgrave, Michael Palin, Rik Mayall, James Villiers
Directed By:
Dave Unwin, Dennis Abey
Mouse and Mole at Christmas Time (2013)
Mouse and Mole at Christmas Time
Role:
Mole (voice)
Starring:
Richard Briers, Imelda Staunton
Directed By:
Joy Whitby
Meg and Mog (2003)
Meg and Mog
Role:
Owl (18 episodes, 2003-2004)
Starring:
Fay Ripley, Paul Shearer, Phil Cornwell

TV Shows and Videos

Not Only... But Also (1965)
Not Only... But Also
Starring:
Barry Humphries, Ronnie Barker, Spike Milligan, Dudley Moore, Peter Edward Cook, Peter Cook
Objects of Affection (1982)
Objects of Affection
Starring:
Thora Hird, Patricia Routledge, Constance Chapman, Marjorie Yates, Elizabeth Spriggs
BBC2 Play of the Week (1977)
BBC2 Play of the Week
Starring:
Jeremy Irons, Malcolm McDowell, Judi Dench, Harold Pinter, Patrick Stewart, Michael York, Jonathan Pryce
Directed By:
Don Taylor, Alan Cooke, Stephen Frears, Leonard Lewis, David Hugh Jones
Play for Today (1970)
Play for Today
Starring:
Anthony Hopkins, Billy Connolly, Tim Curry, Ian McKellen, John Hurt, Pierce Brosnan, George Lazenby
Directed By:
Barry Davis, Alan Clarke, John Mackenzie, Philip Saville, Claude Whatham
The Saint (1962)
The Saint
Starring:
Donald Sutherland, Ronnie Corbett, Lois Maxwell, Julie Christie, Roger Moore, Ronnie Barker, Oliver Reed
Directed By:
John Llewellyn Moxey, Ray Austin, John Ainsworth, Jeremy Summers, John Gilling
Fortunes of War (1987)
Fortunes of War
Starring:
Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Ronald Pickup, Charles Kay, Mark Drewry
Directed By:
James Cellan Jones
Sunday Night (1965)
Sunday Night
Starring:
Leo McKern, Tony Church, Roddy Maude-Roxby, Robert Gillespie
Directed By:
Ken Russell, John Boorman
Telling Tales (2000)
Telling Tales
Role:
Himself (10 episodes, 2000)
The South Bank Show (1978)
The South Bank Show
Role:
Himself / ... (6 episodes, 1979-2010)
Starring:
Lenny Henry, Ian McKellen, Peter Hall, Melvyn Bragg
Directed By:
Ken Russell
ITV Saturday Night Theatre (1969)
ITV Saturday Night Theatre
Starring:
Glenda Jackson, George C. Scott, Corin Redgrave, Sean Connery, Laurence Olivier, Laurence Harvey, Ian McShane
Directed By:
John Jacobs, Marc Miller, Valerie Hanson, Barry Davis, John Sichel
Screen Two (1985)
Screen Two
Starring:
Alan Cumming, Tommy Lee Jones, Stephen Fry, Jerry Stiller, Helena Bonham Carter, Clive Owen, Tim Roth
Directed By:
Tristram Powell, Christopher Morahan, Udayan Prasad, Michael Whyte, Jim Goddard
Screen One (1985)
Screen One
Starring:
Ewan McGregor, Lauren Bacall, Keira Knightley, Kim Cattrall, Minnie Driver, Jeanne Moreau, Geraldine Chaplin
Directed By:
Les Blair, Robert Young, Robert Bierman, Dewi Humphreys, Christopher Morahan
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Single Drama

Alan Bennett Awards

BAFTA Awards
Screen One Best Single Drama 1992