The best movies with Orson Welles

List of the 10 best movies starring Orson Welles, order based on the average from the IMDB, TMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings
The Muppet Movie
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The Muppet Movie

Role in movie: Lew Lord
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ermit the Frog is persuaded by agent Dom DeLuise to pursue a career in Hollywood. Along the way, Kermit picks up Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and a motley crew of other Muppets with similar aspirations. Meanwhile, Kermit must elude the grasp of a frog-leg restaurant magnate.

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A Man for All Seasons
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A Man for All Seasons

Role in movie: Cardinal Wolsey
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Man for All Seasons is the filmed version of the life of Thomas More. An English man comes to Sir Thomas More to ask if he can divorce his wife since King Henry VIII has made it illegal. Sir Thomas More stands up in opposition to the King even though he knows he’s risking his own life. An award winning film from 1966.

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Orson Welles: The One-Man Band
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Orson Welles: The One-Man Band

Role in movie: Himself (archive footage)
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rson Welles' archives of unfinished/never released movies and the last years of his life from the perspective of Oja Kodar (life and artistic partner of Orson Welles in his last years).

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Touch of Evil
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Touch of Evil

Role in movie: Police Captain Hank Quinlan
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tark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in Mexican border town.

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The Fountain of Youth
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The Fountain of Youth

Role in movie: the narrator
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short film was directed by Orson Welles, which was based on the short story "Youth from Vienna"

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La Classe Américaine (La classe americaine)
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La Classe Américaine (La classe americaine)

Role in movie: Himself (Archive Footage)
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eorge Abitbol, "the Most Classy Man on Earth", dies sputtering his famous last words: "Crappy world!" What the heck did he mean? Reporters Steven, Peter and Dave investigate. La Classe Américaine is a montage of scenes taken from the Warner Bros. catalog and dubbed to fit the narration of what is arguably the greatest story ever told.

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The Magnificent Ambersons
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The Magnificent Ambersons

Role in movie: Narrator (voice)
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he spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.

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A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
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A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

Role in movie:
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artin Scorsese celebrates American movies from the silent classics to the Hollywood of the Seventies. Films featured include: 'The Searchers', 'Citizen Kane', 'Intolerance' and 'The Crowd'.

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The Third Man
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The Third Man

Role in movie: Harry Lime
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n American pulp writer arrives in post-WWII Vienna only to find that the friend who waited for him is killed under mysterious circumstances. The ensuing mystery entangles him in his friend's involvement in the black market, with the multinational police, and with his Czech girlfriend.

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Citizen Kane
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Citizen Kane

Role in movie: Charles Foster Kane
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ollowing the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

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Orson Welles

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985), best known as Orson Welles, was an American film director, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio. Noted for his innovative dramatic productions as well as his distinctive voice and personality, Welles is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished dramatic artists of the twentieth century, especially for his significant and influential early work—despite his notoriously contentious relationship with Hollywood. His distinctive directorial style featured layered, nonlinear narrative forms, innovative uses of lighting such as chiaroscuro, unique camera angles, sound techniques borrowed from radio, deep focus shots, and long takes. Welles's long career in film is noted for his struggle for artistic control in the face of pressure from studios. Many of his films were heavily edited and others left unreleased. He has been praised as a major creative force and as "the ultimate auteur." After directing a number of high-profile theatrical productions in his early twenties, including an innovative adaptation of Macbeth and The Cradle Will Rock, Welles found national and international fame as the director and narrator of a 1938 radio adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds performed for the radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was reported to have caused widespread panic when listeners thought that an invasion by extraterrestrial beings was occurring. Although these reports of panic were mostly false and overstated,[2] they rocketed Welles to instant notoriety. Citizen Kane (1941), his first film with RKO, in which he starred in the role of Charles Foster Kane, is often considered the greatest film ever made. Several of his other films, including The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Lady from Shanghai (1947), Touch of Evil (1958), Chimes at Midnight (1965), and F for Fake (1974), are also widely considered to be masterpieces. In 2002, he was voted the greatest film director of all time in two separate British Film Institute polls among directors and critics, and a wide survey of critical consensus, best-of lists, and historical retrospectives calls him the most acclaimed director of all time. Well known for his baritone voice, Welles was also an extremely well regarded actor and was voted number 16 in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars list of the greatest American film actors of all time. He was also a celebrated Shakespearean stage actor and an accomplished magician, starring in troop variety shows in the war years. Description above from the Wikipedia article Orson Welles, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
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