the 23 FILMS of ORSON WELLES, Director (1915 - 1985)

God was sad on this date when Welles died in Hollywood in 1985. He was a creative force in Hollywood in the 30s and 40s. He directed 23 feature films during his career.

Highest IMDb rated movie - Citizen Kane (1941)
Lowest IMDb rated movie - David & Goliath (1960)

IMDb averages for his movies -
Mean - 7.1
Median - 7.4
Mode - 6.6, 7.5 (3 films)

I will create a separate list for Welles' acting career next May on his birthday
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1.
Too Much Johnson (1938)
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A woman has two lovers. When one man finds out about the other, he acts as a villain and chases after the protagonist. (67 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
2.
Citizen Kane (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ won Oscar for Best Writing in Original Screenplay in 1942 ” - milam_ogden
 
3.
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
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The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved. (88 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
4.
Journey Into Fear (1942)
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An American ballistics expert in Turkey finds himself targeted by Nazi agents. Safe passage home by ship is arranged for him, but he soon discovers that his pursuers are also on board. (68 mins.)
Director: Norman Foster
“ an okay suspense thriller ” - milam_ogden
 
5.
The Stranger (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi. (95 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ a mediocre film noir movie ” - milam_ogden
 
6.
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot. (87 mins.)
“ a good film noir moive ” - milam_ogden
 
7.
Macbeth (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In 11th century Scotland, nobleman Macbeth and his wife plot to murder the king and usurp the throne in order to fulfill an evil prophecy made by three witches. (92 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
8.
Black Magic (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Charlie searches for a murderer amidst numerous ghosts conjured up by a strange variety of spiritualists and occultists. (67 mins.)
Director: Phil Rosen
 
9.
Othello (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago. (90 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
10.
Three Cases of Murder (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Three stories of murder and the supernatural. In the first, a museum worker is introduced to a world behind the pictures he sees every day... (99 mins.)
 
11.
Mr. Arkadin (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An American adventurer investigates the past of mysterious tycoon Arkadin...placing himself in grave danger. (93 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
12.
Touch of Evil (1958)
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A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. (95 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ an excellent film noir classic ” - milam_ogden
 
13.
David and Goliath (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
King Saul of the Israelites is visited in Jerusalem by the Prophet Samuel who foretells him that a war with The Philistines is inevitable and the shepherd David will become king. (113 mins.)
 
14.
Sinners Go to Hell (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A valet enters a hotel room with a man in tow. The windowless room has a single entrance and no mirrors... (85 mins.)
Director: Tad Danielewski
 
15.
The Trial (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Tony Perkins is excellent in this film ” - milam_ogden
 
16.
Chimes at Midnight (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
17.
The Southern Star (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
In 1912 West Africa, diamond tycoon Kramer hires penniless American fortune hunter Dan Rockland, who's posing as a geologist, but when a huge diamond is found, everyone wants to steal it. (104 mins.)
Director: Sidney Hayers
 
18.
The Deep (1970)
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A couple's honeymoon trip aboard a yacht leads to a claustrophobic drama when another vessel runs into their voyage, apparently drifting. (111 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
19.
F for Fake (1973 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A documentary about fraud and fakery. (89 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
20.
Filming 'Othello' (1978 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Essay film shot for TV including Orson Welles reflections on Othello close to the Moviola, a chat with Hilton Edwards and Micheál MacLiammóir and fragments of a conversation with the audience in Boston after a screening of the film. (84 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
21.
Filming 'The Trial' (1981 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After a screening of 'The Trial' at the University of Southern California, Welles discussed with the public and tried to answer their questions. (82 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
22.
Don Quixote (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The story of a Spanish gentlemen gone mad and his dim-witted squire sancho panza, who set forth on a journey to right wrongs and accomplish good deeds in the name of chivalry. (116 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
23.
It's All True (1993 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A documentary about Orson Welles's unfinished three-part film about South America. (87 mins.)