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List of Harold Pinter Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Servant (1963)
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2
The Servant
11
2

Tony is a British aristocrat who hires a mysterious man named Hugo Barrett as his household servant. However, Tony is forced to send him away after Hugo causes unrest in the household and brings his girlfriend to live with him. However, Hugo has a darker side to him, which Tony is yet to experience.

As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Joseph Losey
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Dirk Bogarde, Catherine Lacey, Sarah Miles, James Fox
2. The Go-Between (1971)
11
2
The Go-Between
PG
11
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Joseph Losey
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Julie Christie, Michael Redgrave, Margaret Leighton, Alan Bates, Dominic Guard
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay
4. The Caretaker (1963)
12
2
The Caretaker
12
2

Based on the play of the same name by Harold Pinter, this British drama film tells the story of a naive and lonely man named Aston, who allows a homeless old man to live with him, out of sympathy for the latter. However, Aston’s brother Mick starts tormenting the old man. 

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Man (uncredited)
Director:
Clive Donner
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Donald Pleasence, Alan Bates, Robert Shaw
5. Betrayal (1983)
11
2
Betrayal
R
11
2
As:
Writer
Director:
David Hugh Jones
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Jeremy Irons, Ben Kingsley, Patricia Hodge, Avril Elgar, Ray Marioni
6. Butley (1974)
10
2
Butley
R
10
2

Ben Butley is a professor of literature at the University of London. On a disastrous day, the alcoholic and cynical professor’s life comes crumbling down around him as his estranged wife Anne decides to divorce him while his long time affair with Joey gets over. Moreover, his career also takes a downward plunge. Will his brilliant wit see him through the crisis?

As:
Director
Director:
Harold Pinter
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Jessica Tandy, Alan Bates, Michael Byrne, Susan Engel, Georgina Hale
7. The Homecoming (1973)
10
2
The Homecoming
PG
10
2

Teddy, a professor of philosophy living in California, returns after nine years to his family in North London and introduces his wife Ruth to his father, uncle and two brothers. Though Teddy, now used to a different lifestyle, is not very comfortable with his family; surprisingly, enigmatic Ruth doesn’t have any trouble getting along with the all-men family and their psychological games.   

As:
Writer
Director:
Peter Hall
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ian Holm, Cyril Cusack, Paul Rogers, Michael Jayston, Terence Rigby
8. Accident (1967)
10
2
Accident
10
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Joseph Losey
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Michael York, Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Jacqueline Sassard
9. The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970)
10
3
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer
R
10
3

The satirical film follows Michael Rimmer who joins an insignificant British ad agency where he manipulates his way to a place of authority and taking the company to the top position, he becomes a polling specialist. He enters politics to become MP, and acquires wealth and attractive wife. Ruthlessly, he climbs the ladder of success to procure total power of the country.

As:
Cast
Director:
Kevin Billington
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Peter Edward Cook, John Cleese, Ronnie Corbett, Graham Chapman, Denholm Elliott, Arthur Lowe, James Cossins
10. The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
11
2
The French Lieutenant's Woman
R
11
2

The French Lieutenant’s Woman is a romantic drama film which revolves around two romantic affairs; one in the Victorian period, between Charles and Sarah, and the other in the modern day between actors Mike and Anna.      

As:
Writer
Director:
Karel Reisz
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae, Emily Morgan, Charlotte Mitchell
11. The Birthday Party (1968)
11
2
The Birthday Party
G
11
2
As:
Writer
Director:
William Friedkin
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Moultrie Kelsall, Sydney Tafler, Robert Shaw, Patrick Magee, Dandy Nichols
12. Mansfield Park (1999)
10
2
Mansfield Park
PG-13
10
2

As her parents do not have enough money to support all their children, Fanny is sent to live with her wealthy uncle and aunt at a young age. She soon develops feelings for her uncle’s son, Edmund, and after a few years, though her uncle tries to match her with a neighbor, she refuses.

As:
Cast
Director:
Patricia Rozema
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Lindsay Duncan, James Purefoy, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Justine Waddell
13. The Quiller Memorandum (1966)
9
2
The Quiller Memorandum
9
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Michael Anderson
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Max von Sydow, Alec Guinness, George Segal, Senta Berger, George Sanders
15. Sleuth (2007)
9
2
Sleuth
R
9
2

An aging writer comes to know that his wife is having an affair. Therefore, he comes up with a cunning plan to teach her lover a lesson.

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Man on T.V.
Director:
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
16. The Comfort of Strangers (1990)
9
2
The Comfort of Strangers
R
9
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Paul Schrader
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Helen Mirren, Christopher Walken, Rupert Everett, Natasha Richardson, Manfredi Aliquo
17. The Tailor of Panama (2001)
9
2
The Tailor of Panama
R
9
2

The Tailor of Panama is a comedy drama thriller film which tells the story of a tailor living in Panama, who is hired by the British intelligence for espionage activities.

As:
Cast
Director:
John Boorman
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
20. Modesty Blaise (1966)
8
2
Modesty Blaise
8
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Joseph Losey
Genres:
Adventure, Crime, Action, Comedy
Star Cast:
Dirk Bogarde, Harry Andrews, Terence Stamp, Monica Vitti, Clive Revill
21. National Theatre Live: No Man's Land (2016)
11
2
National Theatre Live: No Man's Land
11
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Sean Mathias
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Damien Molony, Owen Teale
22. Victoria Station (2003)
11
2
Victoria Station
11
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Douglas Hodge
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Rufus Sewell, Robert Glenister
24. Reunion (1989)
9
2
Reunion
PG-13
9
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Jerry Schatzberg
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jason Robards, Françoise Fabian, Maureen Kerwin, Christien Anholt, Samuel West
25. Catastrophe (2000)
9
2
Catastrophe
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
The Director
Director:
David Mamet
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
John Gielgud, Rebecca Pidgeon
26. Mojo (1997)
8
2
Mojo
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Jez Butterworth
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Andy Serkis, Alexander Armstrong, Ian Hart, Aidan Gillen

TV Movie(s)

1. Abendkurs (1966)
13
3
Abendkurs
13
3
As:
Writer
Director:
Rainer Wolffhardt
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Karin Hübner, Martin Hirthe, Rose Renée Roth, Peer Schmidt, Klaus Miedel
2. No Man's Land (1978)
13
3
No Man's Land
13
3
As:
Writer
Director:
Julian Aymes
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Michael Kitchen, Terence Rigby
3. The Lover (1963)
12
2
The Lover
12
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Joan Kemp-Welch
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alan Badel, Vivien Merchant, Michael Forrest
4. Wit (2001)
11
2
Wit
PG-13
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Mike Nichols
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Atkins, Audra McDonald
5. Teekutsut (1965)
11
2
Teekutsut
11
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Seppo Wallin
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Lasse Pöysti, Toivo Mäkelä, Marita Nordberg, Birgitta Ulfsson, Ossi Hyvönen
6. Rogue Male (1976)
11
2
Rogue Male
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Saul Abrahams
Director:
Clive Donner
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, John Standing, Michael Byrne
7. Viceværten (1971)
8
2
Viceværten
8
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Palle Wolfsberg
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Paul Hagen, Baard Owe, Bent Mejding
8. The Birthday Party (1961)
12
2
The Birthday Party
12
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Wolfgang Spier
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Paul Esser, Paul Albert Krumm, Hugo Schrader, Helmut Hildebrand, Maria Krasna
9. Against the War (1999)
12
2
Against the War
12
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Presenter / Himself
Director:
Stuart Urban
Genres:
Documentary
11. Working with Pinter (2007)
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2
Working with Pinter
12
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Harry Burton
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Fintan McKeown, Stephen Greif, Sarah Hadland, Patrick Brennan, Harry Burton
12. The Caretaker (2004)
11
2
The Caretaker
11
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Thommy Berggren
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ingvar Hirdwall, Peter Andersson, Johan Rabaeus
13. Der Hausmeister (1973)
10
2
Der Hausmeister
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
August Everding
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Heinz Rühmann, Gerd Baltus, Michael Schwarzmaier
14. Krapp's Last Tape (2007)
10
2
Krapp's Last Tape
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Krapp
Director:
Ian Rickson
Genres:
Drama
15. The Dumb Waiter (1999)
10
2
The Dumb Waiter
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Slobodan Z. Jovanovic
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Boris Komnenic, Dragan Petrovic-Pele
16. Breaking the Code (1996)
10
2
Breaking the Code
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Herbert Wise
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Derek Jacobi, Prunella Scales, Alun Armstrong, Blake Ritson
17. Celebration (2007)
9
2
Celebration
9
2
As:
Writer
Director:
John Crowley
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Colin Firth, James Bolam, James Fox, Michael Gambon, Janie Dee
18. The Heat of the Day (1989)
9
2
The Heat of the Day
9
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Christopher Morahan
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Michael York, Ralph Michael, Patricia Hodge, Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton

Animation(s)

TV Shows and Videos

Playdate (1961)
Playdate
As:
Writer
Star Cast:
Christopher Plummer, Jackie Mason, Gerard Parkes, Michael Learned, Jack Creley
Estudio 1 (1965)
Estudio 1
As:
Writer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
José Bódalo, Ana María Vidal, Fernando Delgado, Luisa Sala, José María Escuer
The Dick Emery Show (1963)
The Dick Emery Show
As:
Writer
Director:
Harold Snoad, Mike Crisp, Colin Charman, Bill Ersser
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Richard Todd, Dick Emery

Harold Pinter Awards

BAFTA Awards
The Go-Between Best Screenplay 1972
The Pumpkin Eater Best British Screenplay 1965