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List of Michael Apted Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. 21 Up (1977)
12
2
21 Up
12
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Biography, Documentary
Star Cast:
Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby
2. The Triple Echo (1972)
11
2
The Triple Echo
R
11
2

During World War II, in England, a man named Barton deserts the army and finds refuge on the farm of Alice. With Alice’s help, Barton hides under the disguise of a woman named Cathy. When a local sergeant takes interest in Cathy and invites her to a party, tragedy is waiting just around the corner. 

As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Glenda Jackson, Oliver Reed, Brian Deacon, Anthony May, Gavin Richards
3. Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
12
2
Coal Miner's Daughter
PG
12
2

Loretta Webb is the daughter of a poor coal miner who gets married at the age of fifteen. When her husband recognizes her musical talent, he encourages her to become a musician and over time, she rises to become a star.

As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Music, Musical, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens-Liptak, Bill Anderson Jr.
4. Dracula (1992)
11
2
Dracula
R
11
2

In the 15th century, Vlad Dracula returns from a war to find that his wife has committed suicide. In the 19th century, he returns as the client of solicitor Jonathan Harker, whose fiancé Mina, he believes is the reincarnation of his wife. Dracula captures Jonathan and wreaks havoc, especially on Mina’s friend Lucy. Now Lucy’s friends and a vampire killer, Van Helsing, decide to end his terror.

As:
Producer
Genres:
Horror
5. Amazing Grace (2006)
11
2
Amazing Grace
PG
11
2

Amazing Grace is a biographical drama film which takes us to 18th century England. The film revolves around William Wilberforce and William Pitt, two politicians who begin a battle to abolish the slave trade in Great Britain.

As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Biography, History
Star Cast:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Albert Finney, Ioan Gruffudd, Romola Garai, Michael Gambon
6. Gorky Park (1983)
10
2
Gorky Park
R
10
2

Gorky Park is a mystery thriller film which revolves around Detective Renko, who is assigned to solve a triple murder that occurs in Gorky Park in Moscow. He soon suspects that there is a big political conspiracy behind the murder, and that the Russian government might be involved.

As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime, Mystery
Star Cast:
Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy, Ian McDiarmid, William Hurt, Ian Bannen, Joanna Pacula
7. Stardust (1974)
11
2
Stardust
R
11
2

The film, which is a sequel to That’ll be the Day, shows how rock-star, Jim MacLaine, rapidly climbs the ladder of success while he loses almost everything on personal front. Jim’s supposed best friend and manager Mike is largely the root cause, though he pretends to do everything for Jim’s good. Ultimately, the star ends up with drug addiction and other issues. 

As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Drama, Music
Star Cast:
David Essex, Edd Byrnes, Larry Hagman, Paul Nicholas, Adam Faith, Rosalind Ayres
8. Chasing Mavericks (2012)
10
2
Chasing Mavericks
PG
10
2

Chasing Mavericks is a sports drama film, which tells the story of Jay Moriarty, a young surfer, whose goal is to ride the Mavericks, one of the world’s biggest tidal waves. In order to help him reach his goal, he takes the help of a local surfing legend.

As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted, Curtis Hanson
Genres:
Sport, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
9. The Squeeze (1977)
10
2
The Squeeze
R
10
2
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Stephen Boyd, Carol White, David Hemmings, Stacy Keach, Edward Fox
10. Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
10
2
Gorillas in the Mist
PG-13
10
2

Gorillas in the Mist is a biographical drama film based on the life of wildlife expert Dian Fossey. She leaves the US for Rwanda and Uganda where she studies the gorillas.  She soon starts developing a bond with the animals, and feels worried as they may go extinct due to the ongoing poaching. She puts her own life at risk in order to try and protect the animals.  

As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Sigourney Weaver, Julie Harris, Iain Cuthbertson, Bryan Brown, John Omirah Miluwi
11. The River Rat (1984)
10
2
The River Rat
PG
10
2

Billy returns home after serving 13 years for a crime he didn’t commit, and meets his teenage daughter Jonsy for the first time. Their relationship is somewhat strained at first, but as he draws her into a boat restoration task, the two bond together. Threats from his corrupt parole officer turn things difficult for him, but Jonsy stands by Billy in support. 

As:
Producer
Director:
Thomas Rickman
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Adventure
Star Cast:
Tommy Lee Jones, Brian Dennehy, Martha Plimpton, Shawn Smith, Nancy Lea Owen
12. Thunderheart (1992)
11
2
Thunderheart
R
11
2

An FBI agent of mixed blood is sent to a reservation for an investigation of a homicide. He is partnered with a veteran named Agent Frank who thinks that the culprit might be Maggie Bear, a Native American political activist.

As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Mystery, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Sam Shepard, Val Edward Kilmer, Val Kilmer, Graham Greene, Fred Ward, Fred Dalton Thompson
15. Continental Divide (1981)
10
2
Continental Divide
PG
10
2
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
John Belushi, Blair Brown, Allen Garfield, Carlin Glynn, Tony Ganios
16. Nell (1994)
9
2
Nell
PG-13
9
2

Raised in a remote mountain cabin of North Carolina, young Nell’s entire world is her mother and twin sister, Mae, with whom she communicates in a mangled language. Country doctor Jerome Lovell, who finds her after her mother’s death, is fascinated by her. Psychology student Paula Olsen also wants to observe Nell. They both try to introduce Nell to the outer world. 

As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, Nick Searcy, Richard Libertini
17. The World Is Not Enough (1999)
9
2
The World Is Not Enough
PG-13
9
2

Following the assassination of a British oil tycoon, Bond is assigned to protect his daughter Elektra King from Renard, a KGB agent-turned-terrorist who cannot feel pain because of a bullet lodged in his brain. He begins to question the motives of his charge as he attempts to save Europe from Renard's nuclear plot with physicist Dr. Christmas Jones.

As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Action, Thriller, Adventure
18. Enigma (2001)
9
2
Enigma
R
9
2

Enigma is a war thriller romance film which takes us to the time of the Second World War. The British authorities enlist the help of Tom Jericho, a young genius, to help them break an important code of the Nazis. Meanwhile, he needs to solve another mystery behind a woman whom he is in love with.    

As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Thriller, War, Drama, Romance, Mystery
Star Cast:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Corin Redgrave, Kate Winslet, Dougray Scott, Saffron Burrows, Jeremy Northam
19. Class Action (1991)
9
2
Class Action
R
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Gene Hackman, Laurence Fishburne, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Colin Friels, Joanna Merlin
20. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
9
2
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
PG
9
2

Lucy and Edmund Pevensie, with their cousin Eustace, are swept to the ocean of Narnia where King Caspian and his royal ship ‘The Dawn Treader’ rescue them. As they join Caspian in his mission to find the mystical swords of the seven lost lords of Telmar, they face dragons, merfolks, dwarves and lost warriors while traveling to the edge of the world.  

As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Family, Fantasy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Will Poulter, Simon Pegg, Tilda Swinton, Liam Neeson, Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley
21. Unlocked (2017)
9
2
Unlocked
R
9
2

Unlocked is a mystery action thriller film which tells the story of a CIA Agent Alice Racine, who is assigned to investigate an intelligence alert about a biological attack in London.

As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Mystery, Action, Drama, Thriller
22. Blink (1993)
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2
Blink
TV-14
9
2

Emma is a beautiful girl in her 20s who has been blind for two decades. Eventually, her eyesight is restored by a new type of revolutionary surgery, but the problem is that sometimes she is unable to remember what she sees. When Emma becomes a witness to a murder, she joins up with the police to track down a serial killer.

As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Laurie Metcalf, Aidan Quinn, Madeleine Stowe, James Remar, Bruce A. Young
23. Extreme Measures (1996)
9
2
Extreme Measures
R
9
2

Based on the novel of the same name, Extreme Measures is a crime thriller film which tells the story of a young doctor who confronts one of his colleagues after he comes across unethical medical sacrifices being conducted in his hospital.  

As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Crime, Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
24. Enough (2002)
8
2
Enough
PG-13
8
2

Enough is a suspense crime drama film, which tells the story of Slim, a former waitress, who is married to a wealthy contractor named Mitch. However, when Mitch becomes abusive, Slim has no other option but to empower herself to battle him. 

As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Jennifer Lopez, Juliette Lewis, Billy Campbell, Tessa Allen, Dan Futterman
25. Critical Condition (1987)
8
1
Critical Condition
R
8
1
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Richard Pryor, Wesley Snipes, Joe Mantegna, Rubén Blades, Rachel Ticotin
26. CinemAbility (2012)
12
2
CinemAbility
PG-13
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Jenni Gold
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Ben Affleck, Adam Arkin, Peter Bogdanovich, Paris Barclay
27. 21 Up America (2006)
11
2
21 Up America
11
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Christopher Dillon Quinn
Genres:
Biography, Documentary
Star Cast:
Alexis, Ashtyn, Douglas, Eric Nicolaides, Julio
28. Incident at Oglala (1992)
12
2
Incident at Oglala
PG
12
2
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Documentary, History
Star Cast:
Norman Zigrossi, Robert Sikma, Darelle 'Dino' Butler, Bob Robideau, Norman Brown
29. Moving the Mountain (1994)
11
2
Moving the Mountain
11
2
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
History, Documentary
Star Cast:
Jinming Zhang, Yiming Huang, Yi-fen Kan, Ke-Hsi Hsiang, Tsung-cheng Hou
30. Eddie (2013)
11
2
Eddie
11
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Cort Kristensen
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Mystery, Short
Star Cast:
Ioan Gruffudd, Channon Roe, Peter Katona, Brian Johnson
31. Bring on the Night (1985)
10
2
Bring on the Night
PG-13
10
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Music, Documentary
Star Cast:
Gil Friesen, Miles A. Copeland III, Darryl Jones, Vic Garbarini, Omar Hakim
Awards:
Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Long Form
32. The Loneliest Time (2016)
10
2
The Loneliest Time
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Cort Kristensen
Genres:
Short, War, Drama
Star Cast:
Dan Poole, Alice Henley, Louise Dylan, Nala Kibbey, Daisy Curtis
33. The Power of the Game (2007)
10
2
The Power of the Game
10
2
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Documentary, Drama, Sport
34. Inspirations (1997)
10
2
Inspirations
10
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
David Bowie, Tadao Andô, Dale Chihuly, Louise LeCavalier, Roy Lichtenstein
35. Bending the Light (2014)
10
2
Bending the Light
10
2
As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Role:
(voice)
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Family, Biography, History, News, Documentary
37. Me & Isaac Newton (1999)
9
2
Me & Isaac Newton
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Paul G. Allen, Michio Kaku, Gertrude Elion, Ashok Gadgil, Maja Mataric
38. Lipstick (2002)
9
2
Lipstick
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Lisa Ackerman, Kristina Bartlett, Margaret Emery

TV Movie(s)

1. 28 Up (1984)
12
2
28 Up
12
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Biography, Documentary
Star Cast:
Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby
Awards:
BAFTA Award for
2. 7 Plus Seven (1970)
12
2
7 Plus Seven
12
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Documentary, Biography
Star Cast:
Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby
3. 42 Up (1998)
12
2
42 Up
12
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Documentary, Biography
Star Cast:
Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby
4. 35 Up (1991)
12
2
35 Up
12
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Documentary, Biography
Star Cast:
Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby
Awards:
BAFTA Award for
5. 49 Up (2005)
11
2
49 Up
11
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Paul Almond, Michael Apted
Genres:
Biography, Documentary
Star Cast:
Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby
6. 56 Up (2012)
11
2
56 Up
11
2
As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Role:
Himself - Narrator / Interviewer (voice)
Director:
Paul Almond, Michael Apted
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield
7. P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang (1982)
11
2
P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang
PG
11
2
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Alison Steadman, Abigail Cruttenden, John Albasiny, Maurice Dee, Mark Brailsford
9. Haunted: Poor Girl (1974)
9
2
Haunted: Poor Girl
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Stuart Wilson, Angela Thorne, John Boxer, Lynne Miller, Matthew Pollock
11. 14 Up in America (1998)
11
2
14 Up in America
11
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Phil Joanou
Genres:
Documentary, Biography
Star Cast:
Phil Joanou, Kate Greathead, Lucy, Alexis, Luis
12. Married in America (2003)
11
2
Married in America
11
2
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Documentary
13. Age 7 in America (1991)
10
2
Age 7 in America
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Phil Joanou
Genres:
Biography, Documentary
Star Cast:
Alexis, Ashtyn, Brandon, Douglas, Edie
14. Married in America 2 (2006)
10
2
Married in America 2
10
2
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Documentary
15. A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears (1995)
10
2
A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Stephen Frears, Michael Dibb
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Alan Parker, Alexander Mackendrick, Gavin Lambert, Stephen Frears,
17. Nathan Dixon (1999)
9
2
Nathan Dixon
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Star Cast:
John Hawkes, Michael Gaston, Michael Harding, Christopher Jones, Christopher Fennell
18. The Long Way Home (1989)
9
2
The Long Way Home
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Biography, Documentary, Music
Star Cast:
Boris Grebenshchikov
19. Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story (1992)
8
2
Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story
M
8
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Kevin Hooks
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Carla Gugino, Cuba Gooding Jr., Anna Maria Horsford, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Taurean Blacque

TV Shows and Videos

Rome (2005)
Rome
TV-MA
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Timothy Van Patten, Steve Shill, Allen Coulter, Alan Poul, Alan Taylor
Genres:
Drama, History, Romance, Action, War
Star Cast:
Indira Varma, Polly Walker, Ray Stevenson, Kevin McKidd, Ian McNeice, James Purefoy
Follyfoot (1971)
Follyfoot
As:
Director
Director:
Stephen Frears, Michael Apted
Genres:
Drama, Family
Star Cast:
Arthur English, Desmond Llewelyn, Christian Rodska, Gillian Blake, Steve Hodson
Born in the USSR (1991)
Born in the USSR
As:
Producer
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
James McAvoy, Seva Novgorodtsev, Almaz, Andrei, Anton
Black and Blue (1973)
Black and Blue
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Warren Mitchell, Clifford Rose, David Collings, Julian Holloway, Tony Robinson
Big Breadwinner Hog (1969)
Big Breadwinner Hog
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Donald Burton, Timothy West, Peter Egan, William Simons, Rosemary McHale
P.O.V. (1988)
P.O.V.
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Mike Rauch, Tim Rauch, Marshall Curry, Natalia Almada, Katie Galloway
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Peter Dinklage, Angela Davis, Deann Borshay
My Life and Times (1991)
My Life and Times
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
History, Drama
Star Cast:
Megan Mullally, Helen Hunt, Harriet Medin, Tom Irwin, Matt McGrath
The Lovers (1970)
The Lovers
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Richard Beckinsale, Robin Nedwell, Paula Wilcox, Joan Scott, Alison King
Reckless (2014)
Reckless
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
David Keith, Gregory Harrison, Kim Wayans, Henry Simmons, Cam Gigandet
World in Action (1963)
World in Action
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted, Paul Greengrass
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Chris Kelly, Andrew Brittain, Mike Walsh, Derek Cooper, Wilfrid Thomas
The Fifa 2006 World Cup Film: The Grand Finale (2006)
The Fifa 2006 World Cup Film: The Grand Finale
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Pierce Brosnan, Fabio Cannavaro, Shakira
Plays for Britain (1976)
Plays for Britain
As:
Director
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Miriam Margolyes, Ian Charleson, Kevin McNally, Deborah Norton, Sheila Gish
Blind Justice (2005)
Blind Justice
As:
Director
Director:
Gary Fleder, John Badham, Bobby Roth
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Frank Grillo, Jane Lynch, Page Kennedy, Ron Eldard, Marisol Nichols, Michael Gaston
Parkin's Patch (1969)
Parkin's Patch
As:
Director
Director:
Stephen Frears, Michael Apted
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Urquhart, Gareth Thomas, John Flanagan, Heather Page, Malcolm Rogers

Michael Apted Awards

BAFTA Awards
Play for Today Best Single Play 1974
Grammy Awards
Bring on the Night Best Music Video, Long Form 1987