Harold Pinter - an original writer.

by alexanderdavies-99382 | created - 30 Jul 2019 | updated - 06 Aug 2019 | Public

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: 749

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: 798

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: 736

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: 10,836 | Gross: $0.04M

5. The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

Londoner Jo and her third husband Jake live with six of her children but the marriage is strained by numerous factors. Her doctor thinks Jo uses childbirth as a rationale for sex. Jo's issues leave her in a fragile mental state.

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

Votes: 2,284

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: 4,150

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: 15

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, Michael Kane, Margaret Croyden, Lois Nettleton

Votes: 41

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: 160

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, Esther Lawrence

Votes: 57

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, Richard Caldicot, June Brown

Votes: 43

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: 3,689

16. Modesty Blaise (1966)

119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Stylish ex-con Modesty Blaise and her partner Willie Garvin are tasked by the British Secret Service with preventing her rival Gabriel from stealing diamonds that are to be delivered to her adoptive father, a Sheikh.

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

Votes: 2,679

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: 23

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: 5,407 | Gross: $0.75M

19. The Basement (1972 TV Movie)

Law receives an unexpected late night visit from his friend Stott and Stott's girlfriend Jane, during which they take over Law's bed to make love and then plant roots in Law's flat for weeks.

Director: Kris Betz | Stars: Rik Andries, Bob Van der Veken, Veerle Wijffels

21. Great Performances (1971– )

TV-G | Drama

Filmed and televised versions of theater productions, such as plays, musicals, operas, ballets, and concerts from around the world.

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

Votes: 636

22. Basements (1987 TV Movie)

108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Adaptations of two early plays, The Room and The Dumb Waiter, by Nobel Prize-winning English playwright Harold Pinter. The first revolves around a 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: 224

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

Votes: 7

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: 12

25. Landscape (1983 TV Movie)

45 min | Drama

A dysfunctional couple remember a better time.

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

Votes: 5

26. Monologue (1973 TV Short)

20 min | Short, Drama

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

Director: Christopher Morahan | Star: Henry Woolf

Votes: 6

27. BBC2 Play of the Week (1977–1979)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

Anthology of plays and novels adapted into feature length movies.

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

Votes: 26

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: Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Michael Kitchen, Terence Rigby

Votes: 61

30. The Last Tycoon (1976)

PG | 123 min | Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

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: 8,267 | 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: 1,519

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: 706

36. The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

Anna and Mike portray two characters in a film set in 19th century England who fall in love despite the fact that Mike's character is engaged.

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

Votes: 12,774 | 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: 5,036 | Gross: $1.24M

41. Mountain Language (1988 TV Short)

20 min | Short, Drama

A study in interrogation and imprisonment.

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

Votes: 8

42. The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

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

53 Metascore

Under a dystopian religious tyranny, most women cannot conceive children. Those young women who can live in a form of sexual slavery to provide children for influential families.

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

Votes: 9,198 | Gross: $4.96M

43. The Heat of the Day (1990 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: 75

45. Arena (1975– )


Wide-ranging arts program.

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

Votes: 204

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