Harold Pinter - an original writer.

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One of the leading playwrights throughout the history of the British theatre, here is a list which includes various TV and film adaptations of Pinter's work as well as his screenplays.

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1. The Guest (1963)

105 min | Drama

While renovating his house in London, Aston, out of pity, lodges a homeless man, but Aston's brother taunts and harasses the cranky old bum.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Alan Bates, Donald Pleasence, Robert Shaw, Harold Pinter

Votes: 619

2. The Birthday Party (1968)

G | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The down-at-heel lodger in a seaside boarding house is menaced by two mysterious strangers, who eventually take him away.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Robert Shaw, Patrick Magee, Sydney Tafler, Dandy Nichols

Votes: 662

3. The Homecoming (1973)

PG | 111 min | Drama

In a dreary North London flat, the site of perpetual psychological warfare, a philosophy professor visits his family after a nine-year absence, and introduces the four men, father, uncle, and two brothers, to his wife.

Director: Peter Hall | Stars: Cyril Cusack, Ian Holm, Paul Rogers, Terence Rigby

Votes: 606

4. The Servant (1963)

Unrated | 116 min | Drama

93 Metascore

Upper-class Tony hires servant Hugo Barrett, who turns out to have a hidden agenda.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig, James Fox

Votes: 8,485 | Gross: $0.04M

5. The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

Screenwriter Jake Armitage (Peter Finch) and his wife Jo Armitage (Anne Bancroft) live in London with six of Jo's eight children, with the two eldest boys at boarding school. The children ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch, James Mason, Janine Gray

Votes: 1,832

6. Accident (1967)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

At Oxford, Austrian student Anna von Graz (Jacqueline Sassard) is dating fellow student William (Michael York), whom she plans to marry, but she ends up sleeping with two unhappily married Oxford professors instead.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Jacqueline Sassard, Michael York

Votes: 3,055

7. Tea Party (1965 TV Movie)

75 min | Drama

A self-made millionaire of humble origins acquires a new secretary just before he is due to marry a woman of aristocratic lineage. He also starts to suffer mysterious problems with his eyesight and slowly becomes delusional.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Leo McKern, Vivien Merchant, Jennifer Wright, John Le Mesurier

Votes: 8

8. Camera Three (1955–1980)

30 min | Music

An examination of the arts and literature. A weekly program on Sunday mornings when there was more likely to be an audience interested in such matters and there was less competition for ratings.

Stars: James Macandrew, Margaret Croyden, Michael Kane, Lois Nettleton

Votes: 34

11. Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)

60 min | Drama

This show was a British television drama anthology series of single plays that ran on the ITV network from 1956 to 1974. It was originally produced by Associated British Corporation, and later by Thames Television from mid 1968.

Stars: Harry H. Corbett, Billie Whitelaw, Neil McCallum, Paul Whitsun-Jones

Votes: 114

12. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

An anthology series from the U.K., from 1955 to 1974, producing about five hundred ninety-minute episodes from Granada Television.

Stars: Derek Francis, Alfred Burke, Arthur Hewlett, Peter Wyngarde

Votes: 47

13. ITV Television Playhouse (1955–1967)

60 min | Drama

Richard O. Sullivan as a child genius in the play "Honour Bright".

Stars: Campbell Singer, Thomas Heathcote, John Robinson, Dinsdale Landen

Votes: 33

15. The Quiller Memorandum (1966)

Approved | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In the West Berlin of the 1960s, two British agents are killed by a Nazi group, prompting British Intelligence to dispatch agent Quiller to investigate.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: George Segal, Alec Guinness, Max von Sydow, Senta Berger

Votes: 3,232

16. Modesty Blaise (1966)

119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A spy spoof in the 1960s tradition, featuring the comic book heroine Modesty Blaise (Monica Vitti) set in the Italian Mediterranean.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Monica Vitti, Terence Stamp, Dirk Bogarde, Harry Andrews

Votes: 2,433

17. The Lover (1963 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

A sophisticated suburban couple try to enliven their sterile marriage with erotic role-playing, but find their new games even more repressive than before.

Director: Joan Kemp-Welch | Stars: Alan Badel, Vivien Merchant, Michael Forrest

Votes: 20

18. The Go-Between (1971)

GP | 116 min | Drama, Romance

A tale of torrid and forbidden love between a couple in the English countryside.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Dominic Guard, Margaret Leighton

Votes: 4,497

21. Great Performances (1971– )


"You Can't Take It With You" is hailed one of the greatest revivals and filmed plays for PBS television. David Woods brought stunning charm, humor, and time to this Moss Hart masterpiece. ... See full summary »

Stars: Julie Andrews, Walter Cronkite, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming

Votes: 536

22. Basements (1987 TV Movie)

108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Adaptations of two early plays, The Room and The Dumb Waiter, by Noble Prize-winning, English playwright Harold Pinter. The first revolves around paranoiac woman trapped in her apartment. The other is about two small-time crooks waiting.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: John Travolta, Tom Conti, Linda Hunt, Annie Lennox

Votes: 199

23. Old Times (1975 TV Movie)

75 min | Drama

BBC adaptation of Harold Pinter's 1971 two-act play, about a married couple and the wife's friend, Anna.

Director: Christopher Morahan | Stars: Anna Cropper, Barry Foster, Mary Miller

24. The Hothouse (1982 TV Movie)

115 min | Drama

Irregular occurrences in a government psychiatric hospital - including a mystery birth and a mystery death.

Director: Harold Pinter | Stars: Derek Newark, James Grant, Angela Pleasence, Roger Davidson

Votes: 7

25. Landscape (1983 TV Movie)

45 min | Drama

A dysfunctional couple remember a better time.

Director: Kenneth Ives | Stars: Colin Blakely, Dorothy Tutin

26. Monologue (1973 TV Movie)

20 min | Drama

A man sits alone remembering the girl he lost to his best friend.

Director: Christopher Morahan | Star: Henry Woolf

27. BBC2 Play of the Week (1977– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery

Anthology of plays and novels adapted into feature length movies.

Stars: Judi Dench, Richard O'Callaghan, Frederick Treves, Anthony Jackson

Votes: 22

28. Rommet (1968 TV Movie)


We meet an elderly couple in a poor room in a lousy tenement and witness their meeting with the hostile and dangerous world outside the door.

Director: Lars Löfgren | Stars: Frimann Falck Clausen, Else Heiberg, Egil Hjorth-Jenssen, Thor Hjorth-Jenssen

29. No Man's Land (1978 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

In this television adaptation of the Harold Pinter classic, a seedy poet (Sir John Gielgud) shows up at the house of a rich writer (Sir Ralph Richardson) and they start reminiscing about the "past".

Directors: Julian Aymes, Peter Hall | Stars: John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Michael Kitchen, Terence Rigby

Votes: 48

30. The Last Tycoon (1976)

PG | 123 min | Drama, Romance

F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel is brought to life in this story of a movie producer slowly working himself to death.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Jeanne Moreau

Votes: 7,545 | Gross: $1.82M

31. A Kind of Alaska (1984 TV Movie)


A woman who fell victim to sleeping sickness many years ago wakes up in middle age.

Director: Kenneth Ives | Stars: Susan Engel, Paul Scofield, Dorothy Tutin

33. Betrayal (1983)

R | 95 min | Drama, Thriller

An affair between a literary agent and his best friend's wife. The story unfolds in reverse-chronological order.

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Ben Kingsley, Patricia Hodge, Avril Elgar

Votes: 1,409

34. Butley (1974)

R | 129 min | Drama, Romance

An English professor finds his life crumbling around him.

Director: Harold Pinter | Stars: Alan Bates, Jessica Tandy, Richard O'Callaghan, Georgina Hale

Votes: 584

36. The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

Wife and husband, both actors, play a couple in love from the Victorian era. Soon they begin to feel that fiction interweaves into reality.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae, Emily Morgan

Votes: 11,352 | Gross: $22.60M

39. The Comfort of Strangers (1990)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

A couple retreat to Venice to work on their relationship, but an encounter with a stranger leads them into a world of intrigue - where their darkest desires are in reach.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Christopher Walken, Rupert Everett, Natasha Richardson, Helen Mirren

Votes: 4,155 | Gross: $1.24M

41. Mountain Language (1988 TV Movie)

20 min | Drama

A study in interrogation and imprisonment.

Director: Harold Pinter | Stars: Anthony Askew, Eileen Atkins, Michael Gambon, George Harris

42. The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

In a dystopian, polluted right wing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth McGovern

Votes: 8,089 | Gross: $4.96M

43. The Heat of the Day (1989 TV Movie)

106 min | Drama

In World War II England, a woman is approached by a man claiming to work as an intelligence agent who has found out her lover is a spy. He promises to not arrest him if she'll have a relationship with him.

Director: Christopher Morahan | Stars: Michael Gambon, Patricia Hodge, Michael York, Ralph Michael

Votes: 51

45. Arena (1975– )


Wide-ranging arts program.

Stars: Gavin Millar, Kenneth Tynan, Jonathan Miller, John Walters

Votes: 158

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