Vanessa Redgrave Best Performances

by surrealisttheatre | created - 26 Feb 2015 | updated - 26 Sep 2017 | Public

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1. Second Serve (1986 TV Movie)

120 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Fact-based story about tennis pro Renee Richards, whose player status was challenged in 1976 when it was revealed that she was a transsexual. Flashback to 1964 and meet Richard Radley, a ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Page | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Martin Balsam, William Russ, Alice Krige

Votes: 230

2. Playing for Time (1980 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama, Music

Female prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp (Auschwitz) are spared from death in return for performing music for their captors.

Directors: Daniel Mann, Joseph Sargent | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Alexander, Maud Adams, Christine Baranski

Votes: 2,484

3. The Trojan Women (1971)

GP | 105 min | Drama

The women of Troy face enslavement after the fall of their city.

Director: Michael Cacoyannis | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Geneviève Bujold, Irene Papas

Votes: 1,222 | Gross: $0.11M

4. If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000 TV Movie)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance

Trio of stories about lesbian couples in three different decades.

Directors: Jane Anderson, Martha Coolidge, Anne Heche | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Marian Seldes, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Perkins

Votes: 6,604

5. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

A tangled triangle. In the rural South of the early 20th century, Miss Amelia is the town eccentric, selling corn liquor and dispensing medicine. She takes in her half-sister's son, a ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Callow | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Keith Carradine, Cork Hubbert, Rod Steiger

Votes: 639 | Gross: $0.18M

6. Isadora (1968)

M/PG | 131 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A biography of the 1920s dancer Isadora Duncan, who forever changed people's ideas of ballet. Her nude, semi-nude, and pro-Soviet dance projects as well as her attitude and lifestyle shocked the public of her time.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, James Fox, Jason Robards, John Fraser

Votes: 2,128

7. The Bostonians (1984)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

A Boston feminist and a conservative Southern lawyer contend for the heart and mind of a beautiful and bright girl unsure of her future.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Tandy, Madeleine Potter

Votes: 1,769 | Gross: $1.01M

8. The Devils (1971)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

49 Metascore

In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Dudley Sutton, Max Adrian

Votes: 13,545 | Gross: $1.13M

9. Howards End (1992)

PG | 142 min | Drama, Romance

89 Metascore

A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 28,790 | Gross: $25.97M

10. As You Like It (1963 TV Movie)

140 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

After the overthrowing of Duke Senior by his tyrannical brother, Senior's daughter Rosalind disguises herself as a man and sets out to find her banished father while also counseling her clumsy suitor Orlando in the art of wooing.

Directors: Michael Elliott, Ronald Eyre | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Patrick Allen, Max Adrian, Patrick Wymark

Votes: 59

11. Morgan! (1966)

97 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

After his wife leaves him for his former best friend, a failed London artist begins his descent into madness in trying to win her back.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: David Warner, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Stephens, Irene Handl

Votes: 1,722

12. Playhouse Presents (2012– )
Episode: The Call Out (2013)

Drama

Policemen Len and Vic are called to Union Square flats after a middle-aged woman reports seeing an intruder. However,on arrival, Len discovers that the woman is not really concerned with ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Gabriel Nero | Stars: Samantha Bond, Sushil Chudasama, Stephen Graham, Suzette Llewellyn

Votes: 67

13. How About You (2007)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

50 Metascore

A young British woman struggling with the direction of her life spends Christmas watching over a retirement home filled with demanding residents.

Director: Anthony Byrne | Stars: Joss Ackland, Hayley Atwell, Orla Brady, Kevin Flood

Votes: 1,572 | Gross: $0.08M

14. A Month by the Lake (1995)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

At a Lake Como resort, Miss Bentley, an attractive older guest, meets a handsome, well-to-do bachelor. But when he's more interested in a beautiful young flirt, the mischievous Miss Bentley goes to outrageous lengths to reel in her catch.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Edward Fox, Uma Thurman, Alida Valli

Votes: 2,189 | Gross: $2.20M

15. Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

R | 105 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

Biographer John Lahr is writing a book about playwright Joe Orton. Joe and Kenneth meet at drama school and live together for ten years as lovers and collaborators. Both want to be writers, but only one of them is successful.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, Wallace Shawn

Votes: 5,550 | Gross: $1.65M

16. Wetherby (1985)

R | 102 min | Drama, Mystery

The mysterious death of an enigmatic young man newly arrived in the suburb of Wetherby releases the long-repressed, dark passions of some of its residents.

Director: David Hare | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Ian Holm, Judi Dench, Marjorie Yates

Votes: 1,383 | Gross: $1.30M

17. American Playhouse (1980– )
Episode: Three Sovereigns for Sarah: Part I (1985)

171 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

This is a true story based on transcripts of the Salem Witch Trials. Sarah (Vanessa Redgrave) and her two sisters are put on trial for suspicion of witchcraft. While her sisters are hanged,... See full synopsis »

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Kim Hunter, Phyllis Thaxter, Patrick McGoohan

Votes: 195

18. Yanks (1979)

R | 138 min | Drama, War

Joining WWII, USA ships soldiers to UK. Matt and John arrive in 1942. Each see a local woman - married or to be engaged with soldiers serving faraway.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Vanessa Redgrave, William Devane

Votes: 3,098 | Gross: $3.93M

19. Agatha (1979)

PG | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

December 1926, Agatha Christie's husband asks for a divorce. She leaves her car and goes missing 11 days. She books into a hotel as Mrs. Neele. Fiction: A US reporter looks for her and investigates.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Dalton, Helen Morse

Votes: 2,790

20. Julia (1977)

PG | 117 min | Drama

58 Metascore

At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Maximilian Schell

Votes: 8,662

21. A Picture of Katherine Mansfield (1973– )

50 min | Drama

The life of Katherine Mansfield (Vanessa Mansfield), a prominent writer of the early twentieth century, interwoven with adaptations of some of her best-known short stories.

Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Jeremy Brett, Phyllida Law, Annette Crosbie

Votes: 64

22. Orpheus Descending (1990 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

Val Xavier is a drifter in 1940's Mississippi who brings new life to an Italian immigrant woman trapped in a loveless marriage.

Director: Peter Hall | Stars: Kevin Anderson, Brad Sullivan, Manning Redwood, Vanessa Redgrave

Votes: 251

23. Young Catherine (1991 TV Movie)

Unrated | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

A German princess is chosen to marry the heir to the Russian Throne, but faces plots and intrigues against her.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Plummer, Franco Nero, Marthe Keller

Votes: 933



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