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List of Roman Polanski Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Chinatown (1974)
30
5
Chinatown
R
30
5

Los Angeles private detective Jake Gittes, who specializes in adultery cases, is hired by a woman to spy on her husband, high-profile engineer Hollis Mulwray. However, after he exposes Mulwray's affair with a young blonde woman, he is sued by the real Mrs. Mulwray, and gets further entangled into a conspiracy following the sudden death of Mr. Mulwray.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Jack Nicholson, John Huston, Diane Ladd, Faye Dunaway, John Hillerman
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Direction
2. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
24
6
Rosemary's Baby
R
24
6

Director Roman Polanski’s first American movie is about Guy and Rosemary Woodhouse, who move into an apartment where Rosemary meets their friendly, yet a little weird neighbors. She experiences strange incidences and nightmares, and hears odd sounds. When she gets pregnant, Rosemary is worried that their neighbors and suddenly-distant husband are planning some sinister conspiracy against her baby.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, Horror
Star Cast:
Mia Farrow, Charles Grodin, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans
3. The Pianist (2002)
19
10
The Pianist
R
19
10

Adapted from the memoir of prominent Polish-Jewish pianist Władysław Szpilman, this film records how his world crumbles following Nazi invasion of Poland. His family is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto and later transported to Treblinka extermination camp, which he escapes with a friend's help, and drifts from one shelter to another for years until World War II ended.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, War, Biography, Music
Star Cast:
Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox, Maureen Lipman, Michal Zebrowski, Ed Stoppard
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Director, BAFTA Award for Best Film, BAFTA Award for
4. Le locataire (1976)
18
4
Le locataire
R
18
4

A bureaucrat rents an apartment in a spooky old building. He soon finds that the inhabitants of the building are quite suspicious, and eventually also comes to know that the previous tenant tried to kill herself by jumping out of the window. As he grows more and more paranoid, he reaches the conclusion that his new neighbors want to kill him. 

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Trelkovsky
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Isabelle Adjani, Shelley Winters, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet
5. G.G. Passion (1966)
12
8
G.G. Passion
12
8
As:
Producer
Director:
David Bailey
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Caroline Munro, Eric Swayne, Rory Davis, Janice Haye, Greta Rantwick
6. Repulsion (1965)
14
6
Repulsion
14
6

Carol is a disturbed young woman from Belgium, living and working in London as a manicurist. She suffers from an unusual fear of men and their advances trigger violent hallucinations and nightmares. The British psychological-horror film follows Carol's point of view and her vivid visions.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Horror, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Catherine Deneuve, Patrick Wymark, Ian Hendry, Renee Houston
7. Zezowate szczescie (1960)
9
4
Zezowate szczescie
9
4
As:
Cast
Director:
Andrzej Munk
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Bogumil Kobiela, Maria Ciesielska, Helena Dabrowska, Barbara Lass
8. Nóz w wodzie (1962)
13
6
Nóz w wodzie
13
6

Andrej is an ageing man who along with his wife, Krystyna, drives to a lake to go for a sail. They come upon a young man hitchhiking in the middle of the road, and invites him to go sailing with them. The young man accepts the offer, but soon he finds himself attracted towards Krystyna.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Young Man
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Anna Ciepielewska
9. The Tragedy of Macbeth (1971)
13
4
The Tragedy of Macbeth
R
13
4
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Biography, History, Drama
Star Cast:
Francesca Annis, Jon Finch, Martin Shaw, Terence Bayler, John Stride
10. Weekend of a Champion (1972)
10
2
Weekend of a Champion
10
2

Filmmaker Roman Polanski spends a weekend with world champion driver Jackie Stewart as he tries to win the 1971 Monaco Grand Prix. This documentary film offers an extraordinary glimpse into the life of a gifted athlete. 

As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Role:
Himself
Director:
Roman Polanski, Frank Simon
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Joan Collins, Grace Kelly, Helen Stewart, Jackie Stewart
11. Tess (1979)
16
6
Tess
PG
16
6
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, John Collin, Tony Church, Brigid Erin Bates
12. Dance of the Vampires (1967)
14
5
Dance of the Vampires
14
5

Vampire researcher Professor Abronsius and his dim-witted assistant Alfred reach a far-off Transylvanian village looking for vampires. Alfred falls for the inn-keeper’s daughter Sarah who gets kidnapped by inscrutable Count von Krolock. When Professor and Alfred reach Count’s castle to rescue Sarah, the Count invites them for the ball at night. They must attend to save Sarah and kill their undead host. 

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Alfred
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Horror, Comedy
Star Cast:
Sharon Tate, Jack MacGowran, Alfie Bass, Jessie Robins
13. Una pura formalità (1994)
11
2
Una pura formalità
PG-13
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Inspector
Director:
Giuseppe Tornatore
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Gérard Depardieu, Sergio Rubini, Nicola Di Pinto, Tano Cimarosa
14. Niewinni czarodzieje (1960)
8
3
Niewinni czarodzieje
8
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Andrzej Wajda
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Tadeusz Lomnicki, Krystyna Stypulkowska, Wanda Koczeska, Kalina Jedrusik
15. Pokolenie (1955)
10
3
Pokolenie
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Mundek
Director:
Andrzej Wajda
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Tadeusz Lomnicki, Urszula Modrzynska, Tadeusz Janczar, Janusz Paluszkiewicz
16. Cul-de-sac (1966)
12
4
Cul-de-sac
12
4
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Thriller
Star Cast:
Donald Pleasence, Jacqueline Bisset, Lionel Stander, Françoise Dorléac, Jack MacGowran, Geoffrey Sumner
17. The Ghost Writer (2010)
19
2
The Ghost Writer
PG-13
19
2

A ghostwriter, The Ghost, is assigned to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, who is charged with war-crimes and human rights scandals. As he starts working, he realizes that probably his predecessor McAra had unearthed some dark secrets about Lang which had cost him his life. The Ghost goes after the truth knowing the risks to his life.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Drama
18. Do widzenia, do jutra... (1960)
8
2
Do widzenia, do jutra...
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Janusz Morgenstern
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Wlodzimierz Bielicki, Zbigniew Cybulski, Teresa Tuszynska, Grazyna Muszynska
19. Bitter Moon (1992)
17
3
Bitter Moon
R
17
3

Bitter Moon tells the story of a couple Nigel and Fiona who are on a cruise ship. During their journey, they encounter another couple, Oscar and Mimi. Nigel soon finds himself drawn towards Mimi, after learning about Oscar’s erotic and sadistic past with her.  

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Thriller
Star Cast:
Emmanuelle Seigner, Hugh Grant, Kristin Scott Thomas, Peter Coyote, Victor Banerjee
20. Le bateau sur l'herbe (1971)
8
2
Le bateau sur l'herbe
8
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Gérard Brach
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jean-Pierre Cassel, Valentina Cortese, John McEnery, Claude Jade, Paul Préboist
21. Gdy spadaja anioly (1959)
9
3
Gdy spadaja anioly
9
3

Also known as When Angels Fall, the Roman Polanski directed short film is based on Leszek Szymański’ short story ‘Klozet Babcia’. Narrated in flashbacks, it tells the story of a washroom attendant reminiscing about her former life, while stuck in her boring job. 

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Old woman
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Barbara Lass, Henryk Kluba, Andrzej Kondratiuk, Ryszard Filipski
22. Carnage (2011)
13
3
Carnage
R
13
3

After 11-year-old Zachary has a fight with his classmate Ethan, his parents, Alan and Nancy Cowan, decide to meet and sort out the matter with Ethan's parents, Michael and Penelope Longstreet. However, the cordial meeting soon turns into a mudslinging fest as the parents begin to throw hurtful comments about each other's behavior and competency as parents.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Elvis Polanski
23. Nikodem Dyzma (1956)
8
2
Nikodem Dyzma
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Jan Rybkowski
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Urszula Modrzynska, Lech Madalinski, Adolf Dymsza, Tadeusz Gwiazdowski
24. An Officer and a Spy (2019)
9
1
An Officer and a Spy
9
1
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
A Listener at a Concert (uncredited)
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, History, Thriller
Star Cast:
Emmanuelle Seigner, Jean Dujardin, Louis Garrel, Hervé Pierre
25. Death and the Maiden (1994)
10
3
Death and the Maiden
TV-MA
10
3

Death and the Maiden is a mystery drama film which revolves around a woman named Paulina, a political activist, who suspects that her house guest is the very same man who had kidnapped, raped as well as tortured her.  She decides to hold him captive and make him confess that he was the one who committed the crimes.  

As:
Director
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Stuart Wilson, Krystia Mova, Jonathan Vega
26. La Vénus à la fourrure (2013)
11
2
La Vénus à la fourrure
11
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric
27. Dwaj ludzie z szafa (1958)
8
3
Dwaj ludzie z szafa
8
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Bad boy
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Jakub Goldberg, Barbara Lass, Henryk Kluba, Andrzej Kondratiuk
28. A Day at the Beach (1972)
8
1
A Day at the Beach
8
1
As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Simon Hesera
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Peter Sellers, Fiona Lewis, Jack MacGowran, Beatie Edney, Maurice Roëves
29. Frantic (1988)
12
2
Frantic
R
12
2

In a hotel room in Paris, a visiting doctor does not pay much attention when his wife complains that she cannot unlock her suitcase. But on coming out of the shower he finds her missing. When neither the police nor the US embassy takes any worthwhile step, he decides to take the matter in his hand, even if it requires him to deal with the underworld. 

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Harrison Ford, Emmanuelle Seigner, Betty Buckley, Djiby Soumare, Dominique Virton
30. Koniec nocy (1957)
8
1
Koniec nocy
8
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Julian Dziedzina, Pawel Komorowski, Walentyna Maruszewska
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Anna Ciepielewska, Zbigniew Cybulski, Ryszard Filipski, Adam Fiut
31. Lampa (1959)
8
1
Lampa
8
1
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
A passer-by
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Short
32. The Ninth Gate (1999)
18
6
The Ninth Gate
R
18
6

A wealthy book collector, Boris Balkan hires Dean Corso, a book dealer who specialises in finding rare books. His motive – to verify the authenticity of his purchased book The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows that has the capability to summon the Devil himself. Corso sets out on a journey to uncover the truth about the book and finds himself in a series of strange events.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Emmanuelle Seigner, Lena Olin, Barbara Jefford
33. Le gros et le maigre (1961)
8
1
Le gros et le maigre
8
1

In this short silent film, a thin slave does a variety of work for his master – from feeding and entertaining him to washing his feet – as the latter lazily passes his entire day sitting on his rocking chair. However, when the slave decides to go to Paris and explore more in his life, the master thrashes him and tries to prevent him from going.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Role:
The lean
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Music, Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
André Katelbach
34. Oliver Twist (2005)
8
1
Oliver Twist
PG-13
8
1

Based on the popular novel of the same name by Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist tells the story of an orphan who meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. He soon becomes part of a household of boys who are trained to steal for their eccentric master.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Ben Kingsley, Timothy Bateson, Ian McNeice, Richard Durden, Jeremy Swift, Andy de la Tour
35. Samson (1961)
7
1
Samson
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Andrzej Wajda
Genres:
War, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Serge Merlin, Alina Janowska, Elzbieta Kepinska, Jan Ciecierski
36. Caos calmo (2008)
7
2
Caos calmo
7
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Antonello Grimaldi
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Valeria Golino, Alessandro Gassman, Nanni Moretti, Isabella Ferrari
37. Rower (1955)
8
1
Rower
8
1
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Boy who wants to buy a bicycle
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Adam Fiut
38. Blood for Dracula (1974)
8
1
Blood for Dracula
X
8
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Morrissey
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Udo Kier, Joe Dallesandro, Vittorio De Sica, Maxime McKendry, Arno Juerging
41. Lotna (1959)
7
1
Lotna
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Andrzej Wajda
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Jerzy Pichelski, Adam Pawlikowski, Jerzy Moes, Mieczyslaw Loza
42. Zaczarowany rower (1955)
7
1
Zaczarowany rower
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Silik Sternfeld
Genres:
Drama, Action, Sport
Star Cast:
Józef Nalberczak, Teodor Gendera, Bernard Michalski, Wlodzimierz Skoczylas
43. Grosse fatigue (1994)
7
1
Grosse fatigue
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Michel Blanc
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Carole Bouquet, Philippe Noiret, Josiane Balasko, Christian Clavier
44. Usmiech zebiczny (1957)
8
1
Usmiech zebiczny
8
1

A man coming down the stairs of an apartment building suddenly stops near a small washroom window to peek on a young woman drying her hair with only a towel covering her face. He is interrupted by a man who comes out to leave empty bottles and pretends to leave, but returns for a surprise soon after.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Nikola Todorow
45. Che? (1972)
9
2
Che?
R
9
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Marcello Mastroianni, Guido Alberti, Hugh Griffith, Sydne Rome
46. Ssaki (1962)
7
1
Ssaki
7
1

Ssaki also known as Mammals tells the absurd story of two men who seem to take turns on pulling each other on a small sleigh in a barren winter landscape. Accidents, arguments and the appearance of a third man willing to steal the sleigh brings up deeper questions about human existence. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Henryk Kluba, Michal Zolnierkiewicz, Voytek Frykowski
47. Les plus belles escroqueries du monde (1964)
8
2
Les plus belles escroqueries du monde
8
2

The film comprises of different sketches created by different writers and directors from partially real facts, and set in different cities. The swindlers appear in various forms…. In Tokyo, she is a bar-hostess, while a young prostitute swindles people in Naples. A trickster in Paris cheats an ardent admirer of Eiffel Tower, whereas a journalist in Marrakech gets entangled in counterfeit money.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jean Seberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Catherine Deneuve, Mie Hama, Ken Mitsuda, Nicole Karen, Gabriella Giorgelli
48. Rush Hour 3 (2007)
6
1
Rush Hour 3
PG-13
6
1

After a failed attempt on Ambassador Han’s life, Hong Kong Chief Inspector Lee and LAPD detective Carter together fly to Paris to safeguard a French woman who has vital information about Chinese Triads. As the lethal syndicate Triads strike to stop them from reaching the information, Lee continues to fight even after recognizing one of the Triads as his childhood friend.

As:
Cast
Director:
Brett Ratner
Genres:
Crime, Action, Comedy, Thriller
49. Pirates (1986)
7
2
Pirates
PG-13
7
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Comedy, Family, Adventure
Star Cast:
Walter Matthau, David Kelly, Ferdy Mayne, Damien Thomas, Cris Campion
50. Rozbijemy zabawe (1957)
6
1
Rozbijemy zabawe
6
1

Rozbijemy zabawe (English Break up the Dance) is an eight-minute short film, written and directed by Roman Polański. It is also his first work to feature a soundtrack. It centers on a dance party, in which entry is highly restricted. As the guests begin to arrive, a group of ruffians is found to be watching the arrangements through the fence. Do they intend to join the party?  

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, Short
51. Wraki (1957)
6
1
Wraki
6
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Ewa Petelska, Czeslaw Petelski
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Zbigniew Cybulski, Zbigniew Józefowicz, Urszula Modrzynska, Jadwiga Prolinska
52. Morderstwo (1957)
6
1
Morderstwo
6
1
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Short
53. La fille d'en face (1968)
5
1
La fille d'en face
5
1
As:
Writer
Director:
Jean-Daniel Simon
Star Cast:
Bernard Verley, Joël Barbouth, Marika Green, Albane Navizet, Dani
54. Co rekne zena? (1958)
5
1
Co rekne zena?
5
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Jaroslav Mach
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Barbara Polomska, Wienczyslaw Glinski, Josef Bek, Hanka Bielicka
55. Aimez-vous les femmes (1964)
5
1
Aimez-vous les femmes
5
1
As:
Writer
Director:
Jean Léon
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Grégoire Aslan, Sophie Daumier, Guy Bedos, Edwige Feuillère, Gérard Séty
56. Zemsta (2002)
5
1
Zemsta
5
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Józef Papkin
Director:
Andrzej Wajda
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Daniel Olbrychski, Andrzej Seweryn, Janusz Gajos, Katarzyna Figura
57. Trzy opowiesci (1953)
5
1
Trzy opowiesci
5
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Ewa Petelska, Czeslaw Petelski, Konrad Nalecki
Genres:
Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Ignacy Gogolewski, Marian Rulka, Zygmunt Listkiewicz, Adam Kwiatkowski
58. Ostroznie, Yeti! (1961)
5
1
Ostroznie, Yeti!
5
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Andrzej Czekalski
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jarema Stepowski, Stefan Bartik, Ludwik Benoit, Bogusz Bilewski
59. Chassé-croisé (1982)
5
1
Chassé-croisé
5
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Arielle Dombasle
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Arielle Dombasle, Pascal Greggory, Alexandra Stewart, Pierre Clémenti
60. D'après une histoire vraie (2017)
6
2
D'après une histoire vraie
6
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Thriller, Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Eva Green, Emmanuelle Seigner, Dominique Pinon, Vincent Perez, Damien Bonnard
61. Weekend of a Champion (2013)
7
1
Weekend of a Champion
7
1
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Frank Simon
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Juan Manuel Fangio, Graham Hill, Nina Rindt, Helen Stewart
63. Castelnuovo (1999)
6
2
Castelnuovo
6
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Michael Di Jiacomo
Genres:
Comedy
64. The King of Ads (1991)
6
1
The King of Ads
6
1
As:
Director
Director:
Patrice Leconte, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, David Lynch, Bob Giraldi
Genres:
Documentary
65. Hommage à Alfred Lepetit (2000)
5
1
Hommage à Alfred Lepetit
5
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Jean Rousselot
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Jake Eberts, Thierry Berbezy, Jean-Claude Brialy, Laetitia de Fombelle
66. Back in the U.S.S.R. (1992)
6
2
Back in the U.S.S.R.
R
6
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Kurilov
Director:
Deran Sarafian
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Brian Blessed, Frank Whaley, Andrew Divoff, Dey Young, Natalya Negoda
67. Godzina bez slonca (1955)
5
1
Godzina bez slonca
5
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Pawel Komorowski
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Andrzej Kozak
68. En attendant Godot (1989)
6
2
En attendant Godot
6
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lucky
Director:
Walter D. Asmus
Star Cast:
Jean-François Balmer, Jean-Pierre Jorris, Rufus, Philippe Deschamps

TV Shows and Videos

Greed, a New Fragrance by Francesco Vezzoli (2009)
Greed, a New Fragrance by Francesco Vezzoli
As:
Director
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams

Roman Polanski Awards

Academy Awards
The Pianist Best Director 2003
Golden Globe Awards
Chinatown Best Director - Motion Picture 1975
BAFTA Awards
The Pianist Best Film 2003
Chinatown Best Direction 1975