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List of Alan Parker Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Commitments (1991)
11
3
The Commitments
R
11
3

The Commitments is a musical comedy drama film which tells the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a unemployed young man in Dublin. He comes up with an idea to create a jazz band which would be ‘The World’s Hardest Working Band’, and would comprise entirely of the Irish working class.

Starring:
Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy
Directed By:
Alan Parker
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Direction, BAFTA Award for Best Film
2. The Life of David Gale (2003)
18
6
The Life of David Gale
R
18
6

David Gale, an anti-capital punishment advocate, is charged with the brutal rape and murder of his fellow activist. Few days before his execution, he agrees to give an exclusive interview to an investigative reporter, Elizabeth Bloom, on certain terms. Meanwhile, she also receives evidence that might prove Gale’s innocence. Bloom needs to figure out the truth before it is too late.

Starring:
Directed By:
Alan Parker
3. Midnight Express (1978)
14
5
Midnight Express
R
14
5

An American college student receives a four year prison term for trying to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. In the jail, he has to endure inhuman torture; but refuses to join an escape attempt because he believes that four years will pass swiftly. But as he nears the end of the term, he learns that his prison term has been extended to thirty years. 

Starring:
Randy Quaid, John Hurt, Paul L. Smith, Bo Hopkins, Brad Davis
Directed By:
Alan Parker
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Direction
4. Angela's Ashes (1999)
9
3
Angela's Ashes
R
9
3

Based on an autobiography by Frank McCourt, Irish-American writer and teacher, this drama film revolves around the early days of his life. As a child, he loses his infant sister Margaret, after which his mother Angela slips into depression. Due to his father’s alcoholism, Frank and his brother are left without food. Eventually, their mother is forced to go to charitable organizations to beg.

Starring:
Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens
Directed By:
Alan Parker
5. Evita (1996)
8
5
Evita
PG
8
5

Evita is a biographical musical drama film, which revolves around the story of Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón. The film portrays her life from rags to riches. It shows how she fought poverty and slowly climbed the ladder of success, as well as helped society through her charity work. 

Starring:
Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Nail, Madonna, Victoria Sus
Directed By:
Alan Parker
6. A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears (1995)
5
3
A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears
5
3
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Michael Apted, Alexander Mackendrick, Gavin Lambert, Stephen Frears
Directed By:

TV Shows

Pink Floyd: Hey You (1982)
12
4
Pink Floyd: Hey You
12
4
Starring:
Bob Geldof
Directed By:
Alan Parker, Gerald Scarfe
Madonna: Don't Cry for Me Argentina (1996)
8
4
Madonna: Don't Cry for Me Argentina
8
4
Starring:
Jonathan Pryce, Antonio Banderas, Madonna
Directed By:
Alan Parker

Director

Mississippi Burning (1988)
23
7
Mississippi Burning
R
23
7

FBI agents, Rupert Anderson and Alan Ward, are sent to investigate when 3 civil rights workers go missing in Jessup County, Mississippi. The agents, with diverse approach towards investigation, encounter non-cooperating residents, hostile police, and aggressive Ku Klux Klan. As the KKK assault the local African-Americans and set their houses on fire, the agents have to resort to unorthodox methods of investigations.

Starring:
Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif, R. Lee Ermey
Directed By:
Alan Parker
The Commitments (1991)
13
4
The Commitments
R
13
4

The Commitments is a musical comedy drama film which tells the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a unemployed young man in Dublin. He comes up with an idea to create a jazz band which would be ‘The World’s Hardest Working Band’, and would comprise entirely of the Irish working class.

Starring:
Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy
Directed By:
Alan Parker
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Direction, BAFTA Award for Best Film
The Life of David Gale (2003)
25
8
The Life of David Gale
R
25
8

David Gale, an anti-capital punishment advocate, is charged with the brutal rape and murder of his fellow activist. Few days before his execution, he agrees to give an exclusive interview to an investigative reporter, Elizabeth Bloom, on certain terms. Meanwhile, she also receives evidence that might prove Gale’s innocence. Bloom needs to figure out the truth before it is too late.

Starring:
Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Melissa McCarthy, Cleo King, Constance Jones
Directed By:
Alan Parker
Midnight Express (1978)
19
6
Midnight Express
R
19
6

An American college student receives a four year prison term for trying to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. In the jail, he has to endure inhuman torture; but refuses to join an escape attempt because he believes that four years will pass swiftly. But as he nears the end of the term, he learns that his prison term has been extended to thirty years. 

Starring:
Randy Quaid, John Hurt, Paul L. Smith, Bo Hopkins, Brad Davis
Directed By:
Alan Parker
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Direction
Angel Heart (1987)
20
7
Angel Heart
R
20
7

Private investigator, Harry Angel, is hired by Louis Cyphre to track down a crooner professionally known as Johnny Favorite. Eventually his enquiries lead him to New Orleans, where he learns that Favorite was involved in black magic. But surprisingly everybody he meets in the course of the investigation encounters a tragic death.

Starring:
Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling, Stocker Fontelieu
Directed By:
Alan Parker
Angela's Ashes (1999)
10
4
Angela's Ashes
R
10
4

Based on an autobiography by Frank McCourt, Irish-American writer and teacher, this drama film revolves around the early days of his life. As a child, he loses his infant sister Margaret, after which his mother Angela slips into depression. Due to his father’s alcoholism, Frank and his brother are left without food. Eventually, their mother is forced to go to charitable organizations to beg.

Starring:
Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens
Directed By:
Alan Parker
Birdy (1984)
10
4
Birdy
R
10
4

The award-winning film, set in the Philadelphia of the 1960s, follows friendship between athletic Al Columbato and introvert Birdy, who is fascinated with birds, their flights, and often imagines himself flying. After serving in the Vietnam War, Al returns home with major injuries, while Birdy, traumatized by the war experience, lies comatose in mental institution. Despite injuries, Al keeps visiting, trying to get through to Birdy. 

Starring:
Matthew Modine, Nicolas Cage, John Harkins, Sandy Baron, Karen Young
Directed By:
Alan Parker
The Evacuees (1975)
7
3
The Evacuees
7
3
Starring:
Margery Withers, Ian East, Gary Carp, Aubrey Edwards, Michael Marcus
Directed By:
Alan Parker
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Single Play
Bugsy Malone (1976)
9
4
Bugsy Malone
G
9
4

This musical crime comedy film is a spoof of gangster movies which tells the story of Bugsy Malone with a cast consisting only of children.   

Starring:
Scott Baio, Jodie Foster, John Cassisi, Florrie Dugger, Martin Lev
Directed By:
Alan Parker
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay
Shoot the Moon (1982)
7
3
Shoot the Moon
R
7
3
Starring:
Albert Finney, Diane Keaton, Peter Weller, Karen Allen, Dana Hill
Directed By:
Alan Parker
Come See the Paradise (1990)
7
3
Come See the Paradise
R
7
3
Starring:
Michael York, Dennis Quaid, Tamlyn Tomita, Sab Shimono, Shizuko Hoshi
Directed By:
Alan Parker
Fame (1980)
9
5
Fame
R
9
5

Fame is a musical drama film which chronicles the lives of a few teenagers who try to prove themselves at the New York High School of Performing Arts.  

Starring:
Richard Belzer, Anne Meara, Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri
Directed By:
Alan Parker
Evita (1996)
10
6
Evita
PG
10
6

Evita is a biographical musical drama film, which revolves around the story of Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón. The film portrays her life from rags to riches. It shows how she fought poverty and slowly climbed the ladder of success, as well as helped society through her charity work. 

Starring:
Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Nail, Madonna, Victoria Sus
Directed By:
Alan Parker
No Hard Feelings (1976)
5
3
No Hard Feelings
5
3
Starring:
Kate Williams, Joe Gladwin, Anthony Allen, Mary Larkin, Jane Baker
Directed By:
Alan Parker
The Road to Wellville (1994)
6
4
The Road to Wellville
R
6
4

Dr John Harvey Kellogg runs a health facility, where he wants to promote his eccentric and progressive ideas about well-being.

Starring:
Lara Flynn Boyle, Dana Carvey, John Cusack, Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Broderick, Bridget Fonda
Directed By:
Alan Parker
Footsteps (1974)
5
3
Footsteps
5
3
Starring:
Gemma Jones, Anna Cropper, Hugh Cross, Robert Bridges, Rose Hill
Directed By:
Alan Parker
Renegade MTV Special (1990)
3
3
Renegade MTV Special
3
3
Starring:
Luis Cardenas, Tony De La Rosa, Kenny Marquez, Steve Mercado, Renegade
Directed By:
Alan Parker
Our Cissy (1974)
2
3
Our Cissy
2
3
Starring:
John Barrett, Ian East, Ellis Dale, Michael O'Hagan, Graham Ashley
Directed By:
Alan Parker

Animation Movies

Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)
12
3
Pink Floyd: The Wall
R
12
3

Pink is a depressed rock star going through a mental breakdown. The film reveals through a flashback how his father died during the Second World War, when he was still an infant, after which he was raised alone by his mother. Due to his depression, he isolates from everyone physically and socially, and slowly starts descending into madness.

Starring:
Bob Hoskins, James Laurenson, Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, Eleanor David
Directed By:
Alan Parker

Special Appearance/Cameo

Midnight Express (1978)
11
4
Midnight Express
R
11
4

An American college student receives a four year prison term for trying to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. In the jail, he has to endure inhuman torture; but refuses to join an escape attempt because he believes that four years will pass swiftly. But as he nears the end of the term, he learns that his prison term has been extended to thirty years. 

Role:
Long-Haired Man at Airport (uncredited)
Starring:
Randy Quaid, John Hurt, Paul L. Smith, Bo Hopkins, Brad Davis
Directed By:
Alan Parker
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Direction

Alan Parker Awards

BAFTA Awards
The Commitments Best Direction 1992
The Commitments Best Film 1992
Midnight Express Best Direction 1979
Bugsy Malone Best Screenplay 1977
The Evacuees Best Single Play 1976