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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.

As:
Cast, Director
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Comedy, Music, Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy
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.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
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. 

As:
Cast, Director, uncredited
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Crime, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Randy Quaid, John Hurt, Paul L. Smith, Bo Hopkins, Brad Davis
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.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens
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. 

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
History, Drama, Musical, Biography
Star Cast:
Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Nail, Madonna, Victoria Sus
6. A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears (1995)
5
3
A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears
5
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Stephen Frears, Michael Dibb
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Michael Apted, Alexander Mackendrick, Gavin Lambert, Stephen Frears

TV Shows

Pink Floyd: Hey You (1982)
12
4
Pink Floyd: Hey You
12
4
As:
Director
Director:
Alan Parker, Gerald Scarfe
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:
Bob Geldof
Madonna: You Must Love Me (1996)
11
5
Madonna: You Must Love Me
11
5
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
Madonna: Don't Cry for Me Argentina (1996)
8
4
Madonna: Don't Cry for Me Argentina
8
4
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
Jonathan Pryce, Antonio Banderas, Madonna

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.

As:
Director
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif, R. Lee Ermey
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.

As:
Cast, Director
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Comedy, Music, Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy
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.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
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. 

As:
Cast, Director, uncredited
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Crime, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Randy Quaid, John Hurt, Paul L. Smith, Bo Hopkins, Brad Davis
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.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling, Stocker Fontelieu
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.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens
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. 

As:
Director
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Matthew Modine, Nicolas Cage, John Harkins, Sandy Baron, Karen Young
The Evacuees (1975)
7
3
The Evacuees
7
3
As:
Director
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Margery Withers, Ian East, Gary Carp, Aubrey Edwards, Michael Marcus
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.   

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Crime, Comedy, Musical, Family
Star Cast:
Scott Baio, Jodie Foster, John Cassisi, Florrie Dugger, Martin Lev
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay
Shoot the Moon (1982)
7
3
Shoot the Moon
R
7
3
As:
Director
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Albert Finney, Diane Keaton, Peter Weller, Karen Allen, Dana Hill
Come See the Paradise (1990)
7
3
Come See the Paradise
R
7
3
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
War, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Michael York, Dennis Quaid, Tamlyn Tomita, Sab Shimono, Shizuko Hoshi
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.  

As:
Director
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Music, Drama, Musical
Star Cast:
Richard Belzer, Anne Meara, Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri
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. 

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
History, Drama, Musical, Biography
Star Cast:
Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Nail, Madonna, Victoria Sus
No Hard Feelings (1976)
5
3
No Hard Feelings
5
3
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Kate Williams, Joe Gladwin, Anthony Allen, Mary Larkin, Jane Baker
Footsteps (1974)
5
3
Footsteps
5
3
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Short, Thriller
Star Cast:
Gemma Jones, Anna Cropper, Hugh Cross, Robert Bridges, Rose Hill
Renegade MTV Special (1990)
3
3
Renegade MTV Special
3
3
As:
Director
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Musical
Star Cast:
Luis Cardenas, Tony De La Rosa, Kenny Marquez, Steve Mercado, Renegade
Our Cissy (1974)
2
3
Our Cissy
2
3
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
John Barrett, Ian East, Ellis Dale, Michael O'Hagan, Graham Ashley

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.

As:
Director
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Music, Musical, Drama, Animation, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Bob Hoskins, James Laurenson, Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, Eleanor David

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. 

As:
Cast, Director, uncredited
Role:
Long-Haired Man at Airport (uncredited)
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Crime, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Randy Quaid, John Hurt, Paul L. Smith, Bo Hopkins, Brad Davis
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