What are the best Orson Welles movies?

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    #1Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane was the first movie directed by Orson Welles and stands as one of the best movies ever made. Based on the life of media tycoon William Randolph-Hearst, Citizen Kane tells the story of a media Emperor and his life, but what changed movie story was its script, its filming and the whole movie as a piece of narrative art.

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    Helen Wong
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "This movie is a timeless classic as it was the first film to use various angles. It was the film that was the golden standard for other future films. The storyline was original of its time that it sparked new creativity. "
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    #2F for Fake

    F for Fake

     In this Orson Welles documentary, the legendary filmmaker gleefully engages the central preoccupation of his career-the tenuous line between truth and illusion, art and lies. Beginning with portraits of world-renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally devious biographer, Clifford Irving, Welles goes on a dizzying cinematic journey that simultaneously exposes and revels in fakery and fakers of all stripes-not the least of which is Welles himself. Charming and poignant, F for Fake is an inspired prank and a searching examination of the essential duplicity of cinema.

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    Hemant Rodrigues
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "My college Lit class had us write a paper about the best Orson Welles movies. After some research, I picked F for Fake. This movie was very interesting and after watching at least 5 other movies I thought this was the best."
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    #3Macbeth

    Macbeth

    Orson Welles's adaptation of one of the best plays of Shakespeare. This story of love, treason, and prophecies remains as one of the best film adaptations of Shakespeare works and a peak in the career of the British filmmaker

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    Andrea Arroyo
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "Anyone who is a fan of Shakespeare and classic films, including myself, will find this film one of the best of its time. The actors captivates the performance and you almost get lost into the characters and film."
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    #4Touch of Evil

    Touch of Evil
    Starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Orson Welles himself, this exceptional film noir portrait of corruption and morally compromised obsessions tells the story of a crooked police chief who frames a Mexican youth as part of an intricate criminal plot.
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    Mary King
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "This movie is a total classic, and its restoration was so important for film history! I've watched all the editions of the film included in this set, and each one is really great, and worth checking out. I love the audio commentaries as well; it's so fun to hear the production staff talk about the work they did on this movie, especially the reconstruction process! Anybody who cares about film history, or is a fan of Orson Welles, would get a huge kick out of this!"
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    #5Mr Arkadin

    Mr Arkadin
    One of the best movies by Welles, it tells the story of a man that witnesses a murder. The victim whispers two names to that man, called Guy Van Stratten, one is Gregory Arkadin. Now Stratten search for him, a millionaire business man that hires him to research for his own past. A past that Arkadin can't remember.

     

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    James Ward
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "Mr. Arkadin has long been a favorite Welles movie for me! I can't actually remember how long ago it was I first watched it but I find myself re-watching Mr. Arkadin roughly once a year. Truly a classic that will keep you curious and invested."
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    #6Chimes at Midnight

    Chimes at Midnight

    Chimes at Midnight was the culmination of Welles' lifelong obsession with Shakespeare's  Sir John Falstaff. Falstaff the loyal, often soused friend of King Henry IV 's wayward son Prince Hal here becomes the focus: a robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen anti-hero played by Welles with looming, lumbering grace. 

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    Ma Han
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "As a huge Orson Welles fan I try to catch any of his films whenever I am given the opportunity. Thankfully Chimes at Midnight is now available on Amazon for Blue-Ray. I cannot tell you how frustrating it has been over the years to try and catch one of Welles' films. I am smiling ear to ear now and cannot wait for my Prime Shipping to come in two days so I can sit down and enjoy this movie with my wife."

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Best What are the best Orson Welles movies
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Citizen KaneMovies 9 Paid
2F for FakeMovies 5 Paid
3Macbeth Movies 4 Paid
4Touch of EvilMovies 3 Paid
5Mr ArkadinMovies 3 Paid
6Chimes at MidnightMovies 1 Paid
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