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List of Peter Finch Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Network (1976)
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2
Network
R
16
2

Aging Howard Beale, the longtime anchor of UBS Evening News, learns that he will be fired in two weeks due to declining ratings and decides to go on a rant about his feelings on live television. Noticing the spike in viewership and ratings, network executives decide to exploit his emotional outbursts by taking the show to a new extreme.

Role:
Howard Beale
Starring:
William Holden, Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, Wesley Addy, William Holden
Directed By:
Sidney Lumet
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in Motion Picture - Drama, BAFTA Award for Best Actor
2. The Nun's Story (1959)
16
2
The Nun's Story
16
2

Based on a 1956 novel of the same name, this drama film revolves around the life of a woman, who decides to enter a convent and become a nun. However, the decision she has taken will require her to make several sacrifices.

Role:
Dr. Fortunati
Starring:
Audrey Hepburn, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft, Dean Jagger
Directed By:
Fred Zinnemann
3. The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
14
2
The Flight of the Phoenix
14
2

The Flight of the Phoenix is a survival drama film which is based on a novel of the same name. It revolves around a small group of men who try to survive, after their aircraft is forced to land in the Sahara Desert. Things take a turn when one of the survivors says that he can build a new airplane from the wreckage.

Role:
Captain Harris
Directed By:
Robert Aldrich
5. Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)
14
3
Far from the Madding Crowd
PG
14
3

From the Madding Crowd is a romantic drama film which tells the story of Bathsheba, an independent and headstrong woman in England, during the Victorian era. The film revolves around her relationship with three men, i.e. a sheep farmer named Gabriel, a reckless sergeant named Frank and a prosperous bachelor William, who are all pursuing her, for her affection.

Role:
William Boldwood
Starring:
Julie Christie, Robert Powell, Alan Bates, Terence Stamp
Directed By:
John Schlesinger
6. A Town Like Alice (1956)
14
3
A Town Like Alice
14
3
Role:
Joe Harman
Starring:
Jean Anderson, Virginia McKenna, Kenji Takaki, Tran Van Khe
Directed By:
Jack Lee
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best British Actor
7. No Love for Johnnie (1961)
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4
No Love for Johnnie
12
4

A cynical and burnt-out middle-aged Labour MP finds himself in a stalled career and failed marriage, all thanks to his stubbornly leftist leanings. After a brief affair with a younger woman, he has the chance to salvage his marriage but it may come at the cost of his career.

Role:
Johnnie Byrne
Starring:
Donald Pleasence, Oliver Reed, Stanley Holloway, Billie Whitelaw
Directed By:
Ralph Thomas
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best British Actor
8. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
12
2
Sunday Bloody Sunday
R
12
2

Sunday Bloody Sunday is a drama film which tells the story of a bisexual artist named Bob Elkin, who begins a polyamorous relationship with a divorced woman named Alex Greville, and a middle-aged doctor named Daniel Hirsh.

Role:
Daniel Hirsh
Starring:
Glenda Jackson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Peggy Ashcroft, Tony Britton
Directed By:
John Schlesinger
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Actor
9. The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960)
13
2
The Trials of Oscar Wilde
PG
13
2

Renowned Irish author, Oscar Wilde, lands up in court clashing with the powerful Marquess of Queensberry, who is father to Wilde’s young lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. What starts as a libel case by Wilde turns in to the writer’s own trial for indecency and homosexuality. The subsequent imprisonment and humiliation start the downfall of Oscar Wilde.

Role:
Oscar Wilde
Starring:
James Mason, Nigel Patrick, Yvonne Mitchell, Lionel Jeffries
Directed By:
Ken Hughes
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best British Actor
10. Gilbert and Sullivan (1953)
12
3
Gilbert and Sullivan
12
3
Role:
Richard D'Oyly Carte
Starring:
Maurice Evans, Robert Morley, Eileen Herlie, Martyn Green
Directed By:
Sidney Gilliat
11. Girl with Green Eyes (1964)
11
3
Girl with Green Eyes
11
3

This 1964 British film revolves around a naïve, young girl named Kate who moves to Dublin, where she meets Eugene Gaillard, a middle-aged author. Things take a turn when she starts developing an attraction for him, despite their age and martial status. 

Role:
Eugene Gaillard
Starring:
Lynn Redgrave, Rita Tushingham, Marie Kean, Arthur O'Sullivan
Directed By:
Desmond Davis
12. The Wooden Horse (1950)
13
1
The Wooden Horse
13
1
Starring:
David Tomlinson, Leo Genn, Anthony Steel, David Greene
Directed By:
Ian Dalrymple, Jack Lee
13. Krasnaya palatka (1969)
11
2
Krasnaya palatka
G
11
2
Role:
Gen. Nobile
Starring:
Claudia Cardinale, Sean Connery, Mario Adorf, Luigi Vannucchi, Eduard Martsevich
Directed By:
Mikhail Kalatozov
14. Father Brown (1954)
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2
Father Brown
11
2

A professional art thief and a master of disguise, Flambeau, successfully manages to steal holy relic from Father Brown. Father Brown can figure out how a criminal mind works and therefore lays out a trap to catch Flambeau. His aim is to not only get the priceless relic back, but also save the soul of the thief.

Role:
Gustave Flambeau
Starring:
Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker, Bernard Lee
Directed By:
Robert Hamer
15. The Heart of the Matter (1953)
10
3
The Heart of the Matter
10
3

This drama film takes us to the time of the Second World War. It revolves around a Catholic police officer stationed in Sierra Leone, who is going through a loveless marriage. He eventually falls in love with a young Austrian woman and starts an affair with her. However, he soon starts feeling guilty due to his religion.

Role:
Father Rank
Starring:
Trevor Howard, Elizabeth Allan, Denholm Elliott, Maria Schell
Directed By:
George More O'Ferrall
16. The Shiralee (1957)
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2
The Shiralee
13
2
Role:
Macauley
Starring:
Elizabeth Sellars, George Rose, Rosemary Harris, Dana Wilson
Directed By:
Leslie Norman
17. The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)
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3
The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men
12
3

After defeating overbearing Sheriff of Nottingham at an archery contest, the Earl of Huntington is deprived of his title and property, and his father is murdered. He turns into an outlaw, Robin Hood, who along with other oppressed men, rises against the tyrannical rule and over-taxation of the Sheriff of Nottingham, and Prince John, who has held his lady-love, Maid Marian, hostage. 

Role:
Sheriff of Nottingham
Starring:
Richard Todd, James Hayter, James Robertson Justice, Joan Rice
Directed By:
Ken Annakin
18. Train of Events (1949)
10
3
Train of Events
10
3
Starring:
Jack Warner, Anthony Quayle, Susan Shaw, Gladys Henson,
Directed By:
Basil Dearden, Sidney Cole, Charles Crichton
19. Make Me an Offer (1955)
10
3
Make Me an Offer
10
3
Role:
Charlie
Starring:
Finlay Currie, Adrienne Corri, Rosalie Crutchley, Meier Tzelniker
Directed By:
Cyril Frankel
20. 10:30 P.M. Summer (1966)
12
2
10:30 P.M. Summer
12
2

Maria and Paul are traveling through Spain along with their daughter and a young woman named Claire. On their way to Madrid, they stop at a small town, where they learn that a local man who had murdered his wife and her lover is on the loose. Due to a thunderstorm, they have no choice but to take shelter in the town’s only hotel.  

Role:
Paul
Starring:
Romy Schneider, Melina Mercouri, Julián Mateos, Isabel María Pérez
Directed By:
Jules Dassin
21. The Battle of the River Plate (1956)
13
3
The Battle of the River Plate
13
3
Role:
Captain Hans Langsdorff - 'Admiral Graf Spee'
Starring:
Anthony Newley, Christopher Lee, John Gregson, Anthony Quayle, Ian Hunter
Directed By:
Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
22. First Men in the Moon (1964)
11
2
First Men in the Moon
11
2

A team of multinational astronauts reach the moon, and it seems to be a new accomplishment for humanity. But things take a turn when they find a Union Jack flag claiming the land for Queen Victoria. Soon, it becomes clear that a Victorian party had completed the trip years ago, and investigators try to find out more.

Starring:
Miles Malleson, Martha Hyer, Lionel Jeffries, Edward Judd
Directed By:
Nathan Juran
23. Mr. Chedworth Steps Out (1939)
10
2
Mr. Chedworth Steps Out
10
2
Starring:
Cecil Kellaway, James Raglan, Joan Deering, Rita Pauncefort
Directed By:
Ken G. Hall
24. Kidnapped (1960)
10
2
Kidnapped
10
2
Role:
Alan Breck Stewart
Starring:
Peter O'Toole, John Laurie, Niall MacGinnis, Bernard Lee
Directed By:
Robert Stevenson
25. The Nelson Affair (1973)
10
2
The Nelson Affair
PG
10
2

The Nelson Affair is a historical drama film which depicts the relationship between Admiral Lord Nelson and his mistress Lady Hamilton during the era of the Napoleonic Wars.

Role:
Adm. Lord Horatio Nelson
Starring:
Glenda Jackson, Margaret Leighton, Anthony Quayle, Michael Jayston
Directed By:
James Cellan Jones
26. Massacre Hill (1949)
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3
Massacre Hill
10
3
Starring:
Gordon Jackson, Peter Illing, Chips Rafferty, Jane Barrett
Directed By:
Harry Watt
27. The Farmer Goes to Town (1938)
10
2
The Farmer Goes to Town
10
2
Starring:
Ann Richards, Bert Bailey, Fred MacDonald, Billy Rayes
Directed By:
Ken G. Hall
28. The Miniver Story (1950)
10
2
The Miniver Story
10
2

After WWII, the Miniver family reunites, as Kay, husband Clem, daughter Judy return from their war-service and young Toby is back from America. Clem plans to move to Brazil, and Judy loves a senior married general, though Tom Foley waits to marry her. Kay conceals her fatal heart issue as she has only a year to make everything right for her family.

Starring:
Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, John Hodiak, Leo Genn, Cathy O'Donnell
Directed By:
Victor Saville, H.C. Potter
29. Simon and Laura (1955)
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2
Simon and Laura
9
2

TV producers select Simon and his wife Laura to be the subject for a live TV series that documents a complete happy marriage, as they find the couple to be the perfect choice. Although, on camera the couple is quite caring and supporting, the reality is actually different.

Role:
Simon Foster
Starring:
Nicholas Parsons, Maurice Denham, Muriel Pavlow, Hubert Gregg, Kay Kendall
Directed By:
Muriel Box
30. Operation Amsterdam (1959)
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2
Operation Amsterdam
11
2

When Holand is invaded by Germany in 1940, a British intelligence officer makes his way to Amsterdam along with two Dutch diamond merchants, in order to convince the other diamond merchants to evacuate their diamond supplies to England, so that they don’t get into the Nazi’s hands.

Role:
Jan Smit
Starring:
Malcolm Keen, Alexander Knox, Eva Bartok, Tony Britton
Directed By:
Michael McCarthy
31. Elephant Walk (1954)
10
2
Elephant Walk
10
2
Role:
John Wiley
Starring:
Elizabeth Taylor, Dana Andrews, Abraham Sofaer, Abner Biberman
Directed By:
William Dieterle
32. England Made Me (1973)
9
2
England Made Me
PG
9
2

England Made Me is a drama film which tells the story of Anthony Farrant, a naïve businessman, who pays a visit to Germany while on his way from a business trip. He meets a financier Erich Krogh, who, unlike him, is greedy, opportunistic and corrupt.

Role:
Erich Krogh
Starring:
Joss Ackland, Michael York, Michael Hordern, Hildegard Neil
Directed By:
Peter Duffell
33. I Thank a Fool (1962)
9
2
I Thank a Fool
9
2

I Thank a Fool is a crime drama mystery film, which tells the story of a doctor who is prosecuted for mercy killing by a district attorney. However, he also hires the same doctor to care for the victim's mentally-ill wife.

Role:
Stephen Dane
Starring:
Diane Cilento, Susan Hayward, Cyril Cusack, Kieron Moore
Directed By:
Robert Stevens
34. Windom's Way (1957)
10
2
Windom's Way
10
2
Role:
Alec Windom
Starring:
Robert Flemyng, Natasha Parry, Michael Hordern, Mary Ure
Directed By:
Ronald Neame
35. The Fighting Rats of Tobruk (1944)
9
2
The Fighting Rats of Tobruk
9
2
Role:
Peter Linton
Starring:
Chips Rafferty, Grant Taylor, Pauline Garrick, Mary Gay
Directed By:
Charles Chauvel
36. The Abdication (1974)
9
2
The Abdication
PG
9
2

The Abdication is a historical drama film which takes us to 1654, and revolves around Swedish Queen Christina’s conversion to Roman Catholicism.

Role:
Cardinal Azzolino
Starring:
Liv Ullmann, Cyril Cusack, Paul Rogers, Graham Crowden
Directed By:
Anthony Harvey
37. Robbery Under Arms (1957)
10
2
Robbery Under Arms
10
2

Robbery Under Arms is a Western action adventure drama film which tells the story of two brothers, who become gunfighters, following in their father’s footsteps.  Without expecting the consequences, they soon join a gang led by the notorious Captain Starlight.

Role:
Starlight
Starring:
David McCallum, Maureen Swanson, Ronald Lewis, Jill Ireland
Directed By:
Jack Lee
38. The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
9
2
The Legend of Lylah Clare
9
2

Arrogant Hollywood director Lewis Zarkan, who had made lowly German prostitute Lylah Clare a star, has lost his footing since her mysterious death two decades ago. When he finds Elsa Brinkmann, the spitting image of Lylah, he makes a film on Lylah starring Elsa, but the latter becomes obsessed with the former's personality as filming continues.

Role:
Lewis Zarken / Louie Flack
Starring:
George Harris Kennedy, Jr, Ernest Borgnine, George Kennedy, Kim Novak, Rossella Falk
Directed By:
Robert Aldrich
39. The Dark Avenger (1955)
9
2
The Dark Avenger
9
2

Also known as The Warriors in the United States, the story is set during the 100 Years War.  It shows the French plotting to kill Edward the Black Prince, son of King Edward III, after being routed by him. Failing in this, they kidnap his paramour, Lady Joan Holland, requiring the prince to go through numerous adventures to rescue his lady love. 

Role:
Comte De Ville
Starring:
Errol Flynn, Christopher Lee, Joanne Dru, Yvonne Furneaux
Directed By:
Henry Levin
40. The Sins of Rachel Cade (1961)
9
2
The Sins of Rachel Cade
9
2

Loosely based on Charles Mercer’s novel Rachel Cade, the story revolves around a protestant missionary doctor, serving in a small medical station in Congo during the WWII.  Although initially skeptical, the military administrator is soon attracted towards her. But drawn towards an injured RAF pilot, she makes love to him the night before he leaves.  

Role:
Colonel Henry Derode
Starring:
Angie Dickinson, Scatman Crothers, Mary Wickes, Roger Moore, Woody Strode, Errol John
Directed By:
Gordon Douglas
41. Passage Home (1955)
9
2
Passage Home
9
2

A young woman Ruth, who in a difficult situation is rescued by a ship bound to South America. On the way, Captain Ryland, and Vosper, his second mate, find themselves attracted to her. Ryland eventually proposes to her, but when she turns him down, he attempts to rape her in his cabin. However, Vosper rescues her. Things turn worse, when their ship faces a severe storm.  

Role:
Captain Lucky Ryland
Starring:
Diane Cilento, Cyril Cusack, Hugh Griffith, Geoffrey Keen, Anthony Steel
Directed By:
Roy Ward Baker
42. Josephine and Men (1955)
9
2
Josephine and Men
9
2
Role:
David Hewer
Starring:
Jack Buchanan, Glynis Johns, Heather Thatcher, Donald Sinden
Directed By:
Roy Boulting
43. Judith (1966)
8
2
Judith
8
2

This drama film tells the story of a Jewish woman who survived a concentration camp, and decides to track down her Nazi ex-husband who had betrayed her. She soon comes to know that a British major may know where her ex-husband is located.  

Role:
Aaron Stein
Starring:
Sophia Loren, Jack Hawkins, Hans Verner, Frank Wolff
Directed By:
Daniel Mann
44. Something to Hide (1972)
9
2
Something to Hide
9
2

Something to Hide is a British crime drama thriller film which tells the story of a man who is harassed by his bad-tempered wife. After his wife disappears, he picks up a pretty hitchhiker who is pregnant. Before he knows it, he finds himself involved in violence and murder.

Role:
Harry Field
Starring:
Shelley Winters, Colin Blakely, Linda Hayden, John Stride
Directed By:
Alastair Reid
45. Come Spy with Me (1967)
8
2
Come Spy with Me
8
2

Come Spy With Me is a spy action film which tells the story of Jill Parsons, a female agent who is assigned by the US intelligence, to investigate the mysterious deaths of two secret agents in the Caribbean. It soon seems that there is a scheme to assassinate several world leaders who will be arriving for a meeting in the area.  

Starring:
Albert Dekker, Troy Donahue, Valerie Allen, Mart Hulswit
Directed By:
Marshall Stone
46. Lost Horizon (1973)
9
3
Lost Horizon
G
9
3
Role:
Richard Conway
Starring:
John Gielgud, Charles Boyer, Olivia Hussey, Michael York, George Harris Kennedy, Jr, Liv Ullmann, George Kennedy
Directed By:
Charles Jarrott
47. In the Cool of the Day (1963)
7
1
In the Cool of the Day
7
1

Although Sam is very devoted and overly protective about his chronically ill wife Christine, their marriage is not working, mainly because she wants a little space. At this juncture, she is introduced to Sam’s co-worker, Murray, who is also unhappy in his marriage. They quickly develop a bond and decide to go for a vacation in Greece. 

Role:
Murray Logan
Starring:
Angela Lansbury, Jane Fonda, Arthur Hill, Constance Cummings
Directed By:
Robert Stevens
48. The Greatest Mother of Them All (1969)
11
2
The Greatest Mother of Them All
11
2
Role:
Sean Howard
Starring:
Ann Sothern, Katherine Woodville, Alexandra Hay, Barry Russo
Directed By:
Robert Aldrich

TV Movie(s)

1. Raid on Entebbe (1976)
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2
Raid on Entebbe
11
2
Role:
Yitzhak Rabin
Starring:
Charles Bronson, James Woods, Kim Richards, Martin Balsam, Horst Buchholz, Yaphet Kotto
Directed By:
Irvin Kershner

Peter Finch Awards

Academy Awards
Network Best Actor in a Leading Role 1977
Golden Globe Awards
Network Best Actor in Motion Picture - Drama 1977
BAFTA Awards
Network Best Actor 1978
Sunday Bloody Sunday Best Actor 1972
No Love for Johnnie Best British Actor 1962
The Trials of Oscar Wilde Best British Actor 1961
A Town Like Alice Best British Actor 1957