Roman Polanski Movies List: Ranked Best To Worst

Chinatown
R

Chinatown

(1974)
20
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, John Hillerman, Roman Polanski
Plot:

Los Angeles private detective Jake Gittes, who specializes in adultery cases, is hired by a woman to spy on her husband, high-profile engineer Hollis Mulwray. However, after he exposes Mulwray's affair with a young blonde woman, he is sued by the real Mrs. Mulwray, and gets further entangled into a conspiracy following the sudden death of Mr. Mulwray.

20
3
Rosemary's Baby
R

Rosemary's Baby

(1968)
14
4
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, Horror
Star Cast:
Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans
Plot:

Director Roman Polanski’s first American movie is about Guy and Rosemary Woodhouse, who move into an apartment where Rosemary meets their friendly, yet a little weird neighbors. She experiences strange incidences and nightmares, and hears odd sounds. When she gets pregnant, Rosemary is worried that their neighbors and suddenly-distant husband are planning some sinister conspiracy against her baby.

14
4
The Pianist
R

The Pianist

(2002)
10
7
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, War, Biography, Music
Star Cast:
Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox, Maureen Lipman, Michal Zebrowski, Ed Stoppard
Plot:

Adapted from the memoir of prominent Polish-Jewish pianist Władysław Szpilman, this film records how his world crumbles following Nazi invasion of Poland. His family is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto and later transported to Treblinka extermination camp, which he escapes with a friend's help, and drifts from one shelter to another for years until World War II ended.

10
7
Le locataire
R

Le locataire

(1976)
9
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Trelkovsky
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Shelley Winters, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet, Isabelle Adjani
9
2
G.G. Passion

G.G. Passion

(1966)
4
6
As:
Producer
Director:
David Bailey
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Caroline Munro, Eric Swayne, Rory Davis, Janice Haye, Greta Rantwick
4
6
Repulsion

Repulsion

(1965)
6
4
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Horror, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Patrick Wymark, Ian Hendry, Catherine Deneuve, Renee Houston
6
4
The Tragedy of Macbeth
R

The Tragedy of Macbeth

(1971)
6
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Biography, History, Drama
Star Cast:
Francesca Annis, Jon Finch, Martin Shaw, Terence Bayler, John Stride
6
2
Zezowate szczescie

Zezowate szczescie

(1960)
1
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Andrzej Munk
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Bogumil Kobiela, Maria Ciesielska, Helena Dabrowska, Barbara Lass
1
2
Nóz w wodzie

Nóz w wodzie

(1962)
5
4
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Young Man
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Anna Ciepielewska
5
4
Weekend of a Champion

Weekend of a Champion

(1972)
3
1
As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Role:
Himself
Director:
Roman Polanski, Frank Simon
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Joan Collins, Grace Kelly, Helen Stewart, Jackie Stewart
3
1
Dance of the Vampires

Dance of the Vampires

(1967)
7
4
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Alfred
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Horror, Comedy
Star Cast:
Sharon Tate, Jack MacGowran, Alfie Bass, Jessie Robins
7
4
Tess
PG

Tess

(1979)
8
5
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, John Collin, Tony Church, Brigid Erin Bates
8
5
Una pura formalità
PG-13

Una pura formalità

(1994)
4
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Inspector
Director:
Giuseppe Tornatore
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Gérard Depardieu, Sergio Rubini, Nicola Di Pinto, Tano Cimarosa
4
1
Niewinni czarodzieje

Niewinni czarodzieje

(1960)
1
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Andrzej Wajda
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Tadeusz Lomnicki, Krystyna Stypulkowska, Wanda Koczeska, Kalina Jedrusik
1
2
Pokolenie

Pokolenie

(1955)
3
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mundek
Director:
Andrzej Wajda
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Tadeusz Lomnicki, Urszula Modrzynska, Tadeusz Janczar, Janusz Paluszkiewicz
3
2
Cul-de-sac

Cul-de-sac

(1966)
5
3
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Thriller
Star Cast:
Lionel Stander, Donald Pleasence, Françoise Dorléac, Jack MacGowran, Geoffrey Sumner
5
3
Do widzenia, do jutra...

Do widzenia, do jutra...

(1960)
1
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Janusz Morgenstern
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Wlodzimierz Bielicki, Zbigniew Cybulski, Teresa Tuszynska, Grazyna Muszynska
1
1
The Ghost Writer
PG-13

The Ghost Writer

(2010)
9
1
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, Kim Cattrall, Jon Bernthal, Tim Preece
Plot:

A ghostwriter, The Ghost, is assigned to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, who is charged with war-crimes and human rights scandals. As he starts working, he realizes that probably his predecessor McAra had unearthed some dark secrets about Lang which had cost him his life. The Ghost goes after the truth knowing the risks to his life.

9
1
Bitter Moon
R

Bitter Moon

(1992)
10
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Thriller
Star Cast:
Kristin Scott Thomas, Hugh Grant, Peter Coyote, Emmanuelle Seigner, Victor Banerjee
10
2
Le bateau sur l'herbe

Le bateau sur l'herbe

(1971)
1
1
As:
Writer
Director:
Gérard Brach
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jean-Pierre Cassel, Valentina Cortese, John McEnery, Claude Jade, Paul Préboist
1
1
Gdy spadaja anioly

Gdy spadaja anioly

(1959)
2
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Old woman
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Barbara Lass, Henryk Kluba, Andrzej Kondratiuk, Ryszard Filipski
Plot:

Also known as When Angels Fall, the Roman Polanski directed short film is based on Leszek Szymański’ short story ‘Klozet Babcia’. Narrated in flashbacks, it tells the story of a washroom attendant reminiscing about her former life, while stuck in her boring job. 

2
2
Carnage
R

Carnage

(2011)
6
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly, Elvis Polanski
Plot:

After 11-year-old Zachary has a fight with his classmate Ethan, his parents, Alan and Nancy Cowan, decide to meet and sort out the matter with Ethan's parents, Michael and Penelope Longstreet. However, the cordial meeting soon turns into a mudslinging fest as the parents begin to throw hurtful comments about each other's behavior and competency as parents.

6
2
Death and the Maiden
TV-MA

Death and the Maiden

(1994)
3
1
As:
Director
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver, Stuart Wilson, Krystia Mova, Jonathan Vega
3
1
Nikodem Dyzma

Nikodem Dyzma

(1956)
1
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Jan Rybkowski
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Urszula Modrzynska, Lech Madalinski, Adolf Dymsza, Tadeusz Gwiazdowski
1
1
An Officer and a Spy

An Officer and a Spy

(2019)
2
0
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
A Listener at a Concert (uncredited)
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, History, Thriller
Star Cast:
Jean Dujardin, Louis Garrel, Hervé Pierre, Emmanuelle Seigner
2
0
La Vénus à la fourrure

La Vénus à la fourrure

(2013)
4
1
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner
4
1
Dwaj ludzie z szafa

Dwaj ludzie z szafa

(1958)
1
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Bad boy
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Jakub Goldberg, Barbara Lass, Henryk Kluba, Andrzej Kondratiuk
1
2
A Day at the Beach

A Day at the Beach

(1972)
1
0
As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Simon Hesera
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Peter Sellers, Fiona Lewis, Jack MacGowran, Beatie Edney, Maurice Roëves
1
0
Koniec nocy

Koniec nocy

(1957)
2
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Julian Dziedzina, Pawel Komorowski, Walentyna Maruszewska
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Anna Ciepielewska, Zbigniew Cybulski, Ryszard Filipski, Adam Fiut
2
0
Lampa

Lampa

(1959)
2
0
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
A passer-by
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Roman Polanski
2
0
The Ninth Gate
R

The Ninth Gate

(1999)
11
4
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner, Barbara Jefford
Plot:

A wealthy book collector, Boris Balkan hires Dean Corso, a book dealer who specialises in finding rare books. His motive – to verify the authenticity of his purchased book The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows that has the capability to summon the Devil himself. Corso sets out on a journey to uncover the truth about the book and finds himself in a series of strange events.

11
4
Frantic
R

Frantic

(1988)
4
1
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Harrison Ford, Betty Buckley, Emmanuelle Seigner, Djiby Soumare, Dominique Virton
4
1
Le gros et le maigre

Le gros et le maigre

(1961)
2
0
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Role:
The lean
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Music, Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
André Katelbach
Plot:

In this short silent film, a thin slave does a variety of work for his master – from feeding and entertaining him to washing his feet – as the latter lazily passes his entire day sitting on his rocking chair. However, when the slave decides to go to Paris and explore more in his life, the master thrashes him and tries to prevent him from going.

2
0
Oliver Twist
PG-13

Oliver Twist

(2005)
2
0
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Timothy Bateson, Ian McNeice, Richard Durden, Jeremy Swift, Andy de la Tour
2
0
Samson

Samson

(1961)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Andrzej Wajda
Genres:
War, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Serge Merlin, Alina Janowska, Elzbieta Kepinska, Jan Ciecierski
1
0
Caos calmo

Caos calmo

(2008)
1
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Antonello Grimaldi
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Valeria Golino, Alessandro Gassman, Nanni Moretti, Isabella Ferrari
1
1
Rower

Rower

(1955)
2
0
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Boy who wants to buy a bicycle
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Adam Fiut
2
0
Blood for Dracula
X

Blood for Dracula

(1974)
2
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Morrissey
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Vittorio De Sica, Maxime McKendry, Arno Juerging
2
0
Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence

Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence

(2007)
1
1
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Michael Cimino, David Lynch, Ken Loach
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Josh Brolin, Anouk Aimée, Isabelle Adjani, Pegah Ahangarani, Leonid Alexeenko
1
1
The Magic Christian
PG

The Magic Christian

(1969)
2
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Joseph McGrath
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
John Cleese, Yul Brynner, Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers
2
0
Lotna

Lotna

(1959)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Andrzej Wajda
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Jerzy Pichelski, Adam Pawlikowski, Jerzy Moes, Mieczyslaw Loza
1
0
Zaczarowany rower

Zaczarowany rower

(1955)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Silik Sternfeld
Genres:
Drama, Action, Sport
Star Cast:
Józef Nalberczak, Teodor Gendera, Bernard Michalski, Wlodzimierz Skoczylas
1
0
Grosse fatigue
R

Grosse fatigue

(1994)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Michel Blanc
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Carole Bouquet, Philippe Noiret, Josiane Balasko, Christian Clavier
1
0
Usmiech zebiczny

Usmiech zebiczny

(1957)
2
0
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Nikola Todorow
Plot:

A man coming down the stairs of an apartment building suddenly stops near a small washroom window to peek on a young woman drying her hair with only a towel covering her face. He is interrupted by a man who comes out to leave empty bottles and pretends to leave, but returns for a surprise soon after.

2
0
Che?
R

Che?

(1972)
3
1
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Marcello Mastroianni, Guido Alberti, Hugh Griffith, Sydne Rome
3
1
Ssaki

Ssaki

(1962)
1
0
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Henryk Kluba, Michal Zolnierkiewicz, Voytek Frykowski
Plot:

Ssaki also known as Mammals tells the absurd story of two men who seem to take turns on pulling each other on a small sleigh in a barren winter landscape. Accidents, arguments and the appearance of a third man willing to steal the sleigh brings up deeper questions about human existence. 

1
0
Les plus belles escroqueries du monde

Les plus belles escroqueries du monde

(1964)
2
1
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Hiromichi Horikawa, Roman Polanski, Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Ugo Gregoretti
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Catherine Deneuve, Mie Hama, Ken Mitsuda, Nicole Karen, Gabriella Giorgelli
2
1
Rush Hour 3
PG-13

Rush Hour 3

(2007)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Brett Ratner
Genres:
Crime, Action, Comedy, Thriller
Star Cast:
Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Max von Sydow, Hiroyuki Sanada
Plot:

After a failed attempt on Ambassador Han’s life, Hong Kong Chief Inspector Lee and LAPD detective Carter together fly to Paris to safeguard a French woman who has vital information about Chinese Triads. As the lethal syndicate Triads strike to stop them from reaching the information, Lee continues to fight even after recognizing one of the Triads as his childhood friend.

0
0
Pirates
PG-13

Pirates

(1986)
0
1
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Comedy, Family, Adventure
Star Cast:
Walter Matthau, David Kelly, Ferdy Mayne, Damien Thomas, Cris Campion
0
1
Rozbijemy zabawe

Rozbijemy zabawe

(1957)
0
0
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Drama, Short
Plot:

Rozbijemy zabawe (English Break up the Dance) is an eight-minute short film, written and directed by Roman Polański. It is also his first work to feature a soundtrack. It centers on a dance party, in which entry is highly restricted. As the guests begin to arrive, a group of ruffians is found to be watching the arrangements through the fence. Do they intend to join the party?  

0
0
Wraki

Wraki

(1957)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Ewa Petelska, Czeslaw Petelski
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Zbigniew Cybulski, Zbigniew Józefowicz, Urszula Modrzynska, Jadwiga Prolinska
0
0
Morderstwo

Morderstwo

(1957)
0
0
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Short
0
0
La fille d'en face

La fille d'en face

(1968)
0
0
As:
Writer
Director:
Jean-Daniel Simon
Star Cast:
Bernard Verley, Joël Barbouth, Marika Green, Albane Navizet, Dani
0
0
Co rekne zena?

Co rekne zena?

(1958)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Jaroslav Mach
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Barbara Polomska, Wienczyslaw Glinski, Josef Bek, Hanka Bielicka
0
0
Aimez-vous les femmes

Aimez-vous les femmes

(1964)
0
0
As:
Writer
Director:
Jean Léon
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Grégoire Aslan, Sophie Daumier, Guy Bedos, Edwige Feuillère, Gérard Séty
0
0
Zemsta

Zemsta

(2002)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Józef Papkin
Director:
Andrzej Wajda
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Daniel Olbrychski, Andrzej Seweryn, Janusz Gajos, Katarzyna Figura
0
0
Trzy opowiesci

Trzy opowiesci

(1953)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Ewa Petelska, Czeslaw Petelski, Konrad Nalecki
Genres:
Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Ignacy Gogolewski, Marian Rulka, Zygmunt Listkiewicz, Adam Kwiatkowski
0
0
Ostroznie, Yeti!

Ostroznie, Yeti!

(1961)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Andrzej Czekalski
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jarema Stepowski, Stefan Bartik, Ludwik Benoit, Bogusz Bilewski
0
0
Chassé-croisé

Chassé-croisé

(1982)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Arielle Dombasle
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Arielle Dombasle, Pascal Greggory, Alexandra Stewart, Pierre Clémenti
0
0
D'après une histoire vraie

D'après une histoire vraie

(2017)
2
1
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Thriller, Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Eva Green, Dominique Pinon, Emmanuelle Seigner, Vincent Perez, Damien Bonnard
2
1
Weekend of a Champion

Weekend of a Champion

(2013)
0
0
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Frank Simon
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Juan Manuel Fangio, Graham Hill, Nina Rindt, Helen Stewart
0
0
A Therapy

A Therapy

(2012)
0
0
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Kingsley
0
0
Castelnuovo

Castelnuovo

(1999)
0
1
As:
Producer
Director:
Michael Di Jiacomo
Genres:
Comedy
0
1
The King of Ads

The King of Ads

(1991)
0
0
As:
Director
Director:
Patrice Leconte, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, David Lynch, Bob Giraldi
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Emmanuelle Seigner, Vanessa Paradis
0
0
Hommage à Alfred Lepetit

Hommage à Alfred Lepetit

(2000)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Jean Rousselot
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Jake Eberts, Thierry Berbezy, Jean-Claude Brialy, Laetitia de Fombelle
0
0
Back in the U.S.S.R.
R

Back in the U.S.S.R.

(1992)
1
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Kurilov
Director:
Deran Sarafian
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Frank Whaley, Andrew Divoff, Dey Young, Natalya Negoda
1
1
Godzina bez slonca

Godzina bez slonca

(1955)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Pawel Komorowski
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Andrzej Kozak
1
0
En attendant Godot

En attendant Godot

(1989)
0
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Lucky
Director:
Walter D. Asmus
Star Cast:
Jean-François Balmer, Jean-Pierre Jorris, Rufus, Philippe Deschamps
0
1

TV Shows and Videos

Love Story

Love Story (1963)

As:
Writer
Director:
Mike Newell, Dennis Vance, John Nelson-Burton, Quentin Lawrence, George More O'Ferrall
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
John Hurt, Keith Barron, Gwen Watford, Alexis Kanner, Patrick Macnee
Greed, a New Fragrance by Francesco Vezzoli

Greed, a New Fragrance by Francesco Vezzoli (2009)

As:
Director
Director:
Roman Polanski
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams

Roman Polanski Awards

Academy Awards
The Pianist Best Director 2003
Golden Globe Awards
Chinatown Best Director - Motion Picture 1975
BAFTA Awards
The Pianist Best Film 2003
Chinatown Best Direction 1975