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1. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)
Episode: Flushing Out the Mole (1979)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Thriller

8.7
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Smiley springs his trap and catches the spy. He later interrogates the spy and learns about how and why it happened, and the answers he gets robs him of any sense of victory.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, George Sewell

Votes: 146

2. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)
Episode: Tinker Tailor (1979)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Thriller

8.7
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Smiley goes to meet Jim Prideaux who is now back in Britain having survived his experience in Czechoslovakia. His testimony and that of others sheds new light on the "Testify" fiasco and source "Merlin".

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, George Sewell

Votes: 183

3. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)

TV-14 | 290 min | Drama, Thriller

8.6
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In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced out of semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6's echelons.

Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, George Sewell

Votes: 6,864

4. Arena (1975– )
Episode: Alec Guinness: A Secret Man (2003)

90 min | Documentary

8.6
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Arena documentary chronicles the life and work of one of Britain's greatest actors.

Director: David Thompson | Stars: Eileen Atkins, Frith Banbury, Sam Beazley, Simon Callow

Votes: 16

5. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)
Episode: How It All Fits Together (1979)

TV-14 | 50 min | Drama, Thriller

8.6
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While Guillam and Tarr come under pressure, Smiley recounts his one meeting with the Soviet master spy Karla, who is undoubtedly running the spy inside MI6.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Warren Clarke, George Sewell

Votes: 147

6. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)
Episode: Smiley Sets a Trap (1979)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Thriller

8.6
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Smiley confronts one of his suspects and gives him the results of his investigations, which could prove a considerable embarrassment to those concerned.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Alec Guinness, Ian Bannen, Joss Ackland, Bernard Hepton

Votes: 137

7. Arena (1975– )

Documentary

8.5
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Wide-ranging arts program.

Stars: Gavin Millar, Kenneth Tynan, John Walters, Paul McCartney

Votes: 151

8. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)
Episode: Smiley Tracks the Mole (1979)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Thriller

8.5
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The investigation begins, with Peter Guillam burgling the archives for information, while Smiley visits an old comrade whose past knowledge could prove vital to locating the spy.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, Ian Richardson

Votes: 155

9. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)
Episode: Tarr Tells His Story (1979)

TV-14 | 49 min | Drama, Thriller

8.5
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A British agent, who was thought to have defected, resurfaces with sensational information - confirmation of a Russian spy mole existing in the Service.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, Hywel Bennett

Votes: 156

10. Hard Times (1977– )

60 min | Drama

8.3
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Thomas Gradgrind, a wealthy, retired merchant in the industrial city of Coketown, England, devotes his life to a philosophy of rationalism, self-interest, and fact. He raises his oldest ... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick Allen, Timothy West, Rosalie Crutchley, Jacqueline Tong

Votes: 76

11. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)
Episode: Return to the Circus (1979)

TV-14 | 49 min | Drama, Thriller

8.3
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Retired espionage veteran George Smiley is called out on a top secret mission: to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Alec Guinness, Bernard Hepton, Terence Rigby, Michael Aldridge

Votes: 189

12. The Nearly Man (1975– )

60 min

7.8
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Stars: Tony Britton, Wilfred Pickles, Ann Firbank, Michael Elphick

Votes: 5

13. The Writer with No Hands: Final Cut (2017)

71 min | Documentary

7.8
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In this independent documentary, British academic Matthew Alford explores fresh evidence in a Hollywood cold case. Was the death of screenwriter Gary Devore in 1997 an improbable accident or a government assassination?

Director: William Westaway | Stars: Claudia Christian, Wendy Oates, Matthew Alford, John Irvin

Votes: 15

14. Film 2017 (1971– )

30 min | Talk-Show

7.6
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The BBC's flagship cinema review television programme featuring reviews of new releases, news items and interviews. The title of the programme changes each year to incorporate the year of broadcast.

Stars: Barry Norman, Danny Leigh, Claudia Winkleman, Jonathan Ross

Votes: 401

15. Hard Times (1977– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (1977)

50 min | Drama

7.6
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Thomas Gradgrind, a leading citizen of Coketown, raises his daughter and son to prize hard facts above soft sentiment. His friend Josiah Bounderby, shares the philosophy and applies it to ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Patrick Allen, Timothy West, Alan Dobie, Rosalie Crutchley

Votes: 5

16. Mandela's Gun (2016)

Biography

7.5
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Set in 1962 MANDELAS GUN is a political thriller, based on Mandelas African Odyssey. As Commander-in-Chief of the Liberation Army Umkhonto we Sizwe (the MK) he undergoes military training ... See full synopsis »

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Tumisho Masha, Khaled Benaïssa, Nick Boraine, Francis Chouler

Votes: 15

17. An Evening with George Smiley (2017)

Biography

7.5
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Broadcast live from London's Royal Festival Hall, join us for a celebration of one of the world's greatest writers as he shares the secrets behind the creation of his most beloved character.

Director: John Kirby | Stars: Hossein Amini, Simon Russell Beale, Tom Hiddleston, John Irvin

Votes: 12

18. The Writer with No Hands (2014)

86 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

7.4
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A propaganda expert goes to Hollywood to solve an apparent CIA murder mystery - but his cameraman has other ideas.

Director: William Westaway | Stars: Haskell Wexler, Claudia Christian, John Irvin, Matthew Alford

Votes: 150

19. When Trumpets Fade (1998 TV Movie)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama, War

7.2
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A private in the latter days of WWII on the German front struggles between his will to survive and what his superiors perceive as a battlefield instinct.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Ron Eldard, Zak Orth, Frank Whaley, Dylan Bruno

Votes: 6,097

20. Tomorrow Night in London (1969)

5 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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Sporadically edited footage of London's streets and night life.

Director: John Irvin

Votes: 14

21. ITV Playhouse (1967– )

Comedy, Drama

7.0
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Stars: Michael Bryant, William Simons, Katherine Barker, Geoffrey Palmer

Votes: 37

22. Turtle Diary (1985)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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Two separate people, a man and a woman, find something very stirring about the sea turtles in their tank at the London Zoo. They meet and form an odd, but sympathetic camaraderie as they ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Glenda Jackson, Ben Kingsley, Richard Johnson, Michael Gambon

Votes: 671 | Gross: $2.16M

23. Hamburger Hill (1987)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Anthony Barrile, Michael Boatman, Don Cheadle, Michael Dolan

Votes: 21,566 | Gross: $13.84M

24. Widows' Peak (1994)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.7
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Edwina has just moved into the neighborhood known as "Widows' Peak," so called due to the prevalent marital status of the residents, who tend to be a rather exclusive bunch. The residents ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Joan Plowright, Mia Farrow, Natasha Richardson, Adrian Dunbar

Votes: 1,486 | Gross: $6.24M

25. The Boys & Girl from County Clare (2003)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.6
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59 Metascore

In 1965, Jimmy McMahon and his group of Liverpudlians plot to win the annual céilí music competition in Ireland.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Colm Meaney, Bernard Hill, Shaun Evans, Andrea Corr

Votes: 1,301 | Gross: $0.14M

26. Crazy Horse (1996 TV Movie)

90 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.5
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The legendary Native American chieftain refuses to go with his people peacefully to the reservation and starts a rebellion.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Michael Greyeyes, Victor Aaron, Nathaniel Arcand, Frankie Avina

Votes: 348

27. Champions (1984)

PG | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.5
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The true story of Bob Champion, a British steeple chase jockey who, in the late 1970s, was diagnosed with cancer. Rather than succumb to the disease, however, Bob stages a miraculous ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin | Stars: John Hurt, Gregory Jones, Mick Dillon, Ann Bell

Votes: 536 | Gross: $0.17M

28. A Month by the Lake (1995)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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For 16 years Miss Bentley has been spending April at an elegant hillside villa on Lake Como. This year, 1937, her London society artist father has recently died and the only other ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 2,024 | Gross: $2.20M

29. Haunted: The Ferryman (1974 TV Movie)

49 min | Horror

6.4
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A horror novelist and his wife go to a house in the country for a short vacation. However, they soon find that one of his novels is coming true when they are haunted by the ghost of a drowned ferryman.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Jeremy Brett, Natasha Parry, Geoffrey Chater, Lesley Dunlop

Votes: 82

30. Gala Day (1963)

25 min | Documentary, Short

6.4
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Director: John Irvin | Stars: Tony Benn, George Brown, Hugh Gaitskell

Votes: 22

31. Ghost Story (1981)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.3
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Two generations of men find themselves haunted by the presence of a spectral woman. When the son of one of the elderly men returns to his hometown after his brother's mysterious death, they attempt to unravel her story.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Craig Wasson, Alice Krige, Fred Astaire, John Houseman

Votes: 6,836 | Gross: $23.37M

32. The Dogs of War (1980)

R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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56 Metascore

Mercenary James Shannon, on a reconnaissance job to the African nation of Zangaro, is tortured and deported. He returns to lead a coup.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Christopher Walken, Tom Berenger, Colin Blakely, Hugh Millais

Votes: 7,122

33. City of Industry (1997)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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A retired thief swears revenge on the lunatic who murdered his brother and partner, while going on the run with the loot they stole.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Stephen Dorff, Timothy Hutton, Famke Janssen

Votes: 5,419 | Gross: $1.50M

34. The Moon and the Stars (2007)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.2
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Together in Rome to shoot a film, a German actress (McCormack) and an English actor (Pryce) contend with forces that complicate their romance as well as the production itself.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Alfred Molina, Catherine McCormack, András Bálint

Votes: 290

35. Carousella (1966)

28 min | Documentary, Short

6.2
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A controversial documentary studying the lives of three London strippers and their costume designer.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Katy Jordan, Tina Samuels, Julie Lester, Bill Dane

Votes: 40

36. Shiner (2000)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.0
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The past catches up with a ruthlessly ambitious boxing promoter.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Michael Caine, Martin Landau, Frances Barber, Frank Harper

Votes: 1,929

37. Possessions (1974 TV Movie)

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Director: John Irvin | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Rhoda Lewis

Votes: 12

38. Eminent Domain (1990)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama

5.9
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A high-ranking Polish politburo member is banished from the party, and must find out why. Set in 1979 Poland before the Solidarity events.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Anne Archer, Paul Freeman, Anthony Bate

Votes: 304 | Gross: $0.15M

39. Next of Kin (1989)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

5.8
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Truman, a Chicago cop, sets out to find the killer of his brother. Meanwhile, another of his brothers, Briar (a hillbilly) decides to find the killer himself.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson, Adam Baldwin, Helen Hunt

Votes: 8,459 | Gross: $15.94M

40. Robin Hood (1991)

TV-14 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.8
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The Swashbuckling legend of Robin Hood unfolds in the 12th century when the mighty Normans ruled England with an iron fist.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Patrick Bergin, Uma Thurman, Jürgen Prochnow, Edward Fox

Votes: 4,283

41. The Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha (2005)

102 min | Drama, Mystery

5.6
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"Laughing Water - Mine Ha-Ha" is based on "Mine-Haha or Physical Education of Young Girls" by German author Frank Wedekind (Spring Awakening, Lulu, Pandora's Vase). Thuringia, Germany, in ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Natalia Tena, Anna Maguire

Votes: 530

42. Raw Deal (1986)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

5.5
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A former FBI agent turned small-town sheriff agrees to help the FBI chief infiltrate the Chicago mafia when the FBI chief's son is killed by them.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold, Sam Wanamaker, Paul Shenar

Votes: 27,752 | Gross: $16.21M

43. The Fourth Angel (2001)

R | 96 min | Thriller, Drama, Action

5.4
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A man seeks justice after his wife and two daughters are gunned down in a terrorist attack.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Forest Whitaker, Jason Priestley, Briony Glassco

Votes: 2,870

44. The Garden of Eden (2008)

R | 111 min | Drama, Thriller

5.3
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28 Metascore

A young American writer completes his service in WWI and travels across Europe with his wife and her attractive Italian girlfriend. Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Jack Huston, Mena Suvari, Caterina Murino, Carmen Maura

Votes: 861 | Gross: $0.02M

45. Dot.Kill (2005)

R | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

4.8
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A detective tries to hunt down a serial killer who broadcasts his murders live on the internet.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Armand Assante, Sonny Marinelli, Raffaello Degruttola, Stanley Townsend

Votes: 724

46. Freefall (1994)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

4.6
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Wildlife photographer Katy is sent to Africa by her fiance Dex, the CEO of the international company that publishes the magazine she works for, to take photos of a rare bird of prey ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Eric Roberts, Jeff Fahey, Pamela Gidley, Ron Smerczak

Votes: 558

47. Noah's Ark (1999– )

Unrated | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

3.9
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In the Biblical story from Genesis, God floods the world as Noah rescues his family and the animals in a gigantic ark.

Stars: Jon Voight, Mary Steenburgen, F. Murray Abraham, Carol Kane

Votes: 1,841

48. Goose Green

War | Announced

Plot unknown.

Director: John Irvin

49. All for Love (1982–1983)

60 min | Romance

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Stars: Alick Hayes, Dilys Worsfold, Frank Finlay, Geraldine McEwan

50. The Sunday Drama (1977– )

Drama

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A little boy is going to spend the day with his divorced father and he is looking forward to it. But things will not go according to plan.

Stars: Richard Beale, Josie Kidd, Jeremy Clyde, Jane Wenham



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