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1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.3
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The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 205,276 | Gross: $6.00M

2. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.2
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After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 159,204 | Gross: $27.20M

3. Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Approved | 197 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.0
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The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger

Votes: 58,066 | Gross: $111.72M

4. Brief Encounter (1945)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey

Votes: 27,665

5. Great Expectations (1946)

Not Rated | 118 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director: David Lean | Stars: John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Tony Wager, Jean Simmons

Votes: 18,383

6. A Passage to India (1984)

PG | 164 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.4
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Cultural mistrust and false accusations doom a friendship in British colonial India between an Indian doctor, an Englishwoman engaged to marry a city magistrate, and an English educator.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee, Peggy Ashcroft, James Fox

Votes: 13,725 | Gross: $26.40M

7. Oliver Twist (1948)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

7.8
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An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Robert Newton, Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh, John Howard Davies

Votes: 9,079

8. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

G | 225 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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The life of Jesus Christ.

Directors: George Stevens, David Lean, Jean Negulesco | Stars: Max von Sydow, Dorothy McGuire, Charlton Heston, Michael Anderson Jr.

Votes: 6,847 | Gross: $8.00M

9. Ryan's Daughter (1970)

GP | 206 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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Set in the wake of the 1916 Easter Rising, a married woman in a small Irish village has an affair with a troubled British officer.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Christopher Jones

Votes: 6,781

10. Pygmalion (1938)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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A Victorian dialect expert makes a bet that he can teach a cockney flower girl to speak proper English and pass as a lady in high society.

Directors: Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard | Stars: Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, Wilfrid Lawson, Marie Lohr

Votes: 6,243

11. Summertime (1955)

Not Rated | 100 min | Romance, Drama

7.5
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A lonely American woman unexpectedly finds romance in Venice, Italy.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi, Isa Miranda, Darren McGavin

Votes: 5,996

12. Hobson's Choice (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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Henry Hobson is a successful bootmaker and tyrannical widower of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses as marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda de Banzie, Daphne Anderson

Votes: 4,955

13. 49th Parallel (1941)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, War, Thriller

7.4
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A World War II U-boat crew are stranded in northern Canada. To avoid internment, they must make their way to the border and get into the still-neutral USA.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier, Richard George, Eric Portman

Votes: 4,527

14. In Which We Serve (1942)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, War

7.3
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This "story of a ship," the British destroyer HMS Torrin, is told in flash backs by survivors as they cling to a life raft.

Directors: Noël Coward, David Lean | Stars: Noël Coward, John Mills, Bernard Miles, Celia Johnson

Votes: 3,998

15. Blithe Spirit (1945)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.2
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Charles and his second wife, Ruth, are haunted by the spirit of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond, Margaret Rutherford

Votes: 3,979

16. A Little Bit Zombie (2012)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

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Infected by a virus, a mild mannered HR manager attempts to fulfill his overwhelming desire for brains, all while trying to keep it together so as not to incur the wrath of his bridezilla-to-be.

Director: Casey Walker | Stars: Kristopher Turner, Crystal Lowe, Shawn Roberts, Kristen Hager

Votes: 2,387

17. This Happy Breed (1944)

Approved | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

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Noel Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after WWI the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. An ordinary sort of life is led by the ... See full summary »

Director: David Lean | Stars: Robert Newton, Celia Johnson, Amy Veness, Alison Leggatt

Votes: 2,191

18. The Passionate Friends (1949)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

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The Passionate Friends were in love when young, but separated, and she married an older man. Then Mary Justin meets Steven Stratton again and they have one last fling together in the Alps.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Ann Todd, Trevor Howard, Claude Rains, Betty Ann Davies

Votes: 1,571

19. One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)

82 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.1
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When Nazi anti-aircraft fire damages a British bomber, its crew bails out and seeks help from the Dutch underground.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams, Bernard Miles

Votes: 1,437

20. Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952)

109 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.9
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Fictionalized story of British aerospace engineers solving the problem of supersonic flight.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Ralph Richardson, Ann Todd, Nigel Patrick, John Justin

Votes: 1,156

21. Madeleine (1950)

Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama

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The middle-class family of a young woman cannot understand why she delays in marrying a respectable young man. They know nothing about her long-standing affair with a Frenchman.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Ann Todd, Norman Wooland, Ivan Desny, Leslie Banks

Votes: 969

22. Major Barbara (1941)

Approved | 121 min | Comedy

7.0
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A young and idealistic woman, who has adopted the Salvation Army and whose father is an armament industrialist, will save more souls directing her father's business. A comedy with social commentary.

Directors: Gabriel Pascal, Harold French, David Lean | Stars: Wendy Hiller, Rex Harrison, Robert Morley, Robert Newton

Votes: 953

23. As You Like It (1936)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

6.0
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A duke usurps his brother's land and power, banishing him and his retinue into the forest of Arden. The banished duke's daughter, Rosalind, remains with her cousin Celia. She has fallen in ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Czinner | Stars: Elisabeth Bergner, Laurence Olivier, Sophie Stewart, Henry Ainley

Votes: 519

24. The Dick Cavett Show (1968–1974)

90 min | Music, Talk-Show

8.6
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Daytime, primetime, then late-night talk and variety show. Often there was only one guest (GA Gov. Lester Maddox walked out angrily during one interview). Cavett was intelligent and witty, ... See full summary »

Stars: Dick Cavett, Bobby Rosengarden, Fred Foy, Muhammad Ali

Votes: 387

25. Film '72 (1971– )

30 min | Talk-Show

7.8
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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: 380

26. The Ghost Camera (1933)

66 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

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When a photograph is taken at the scene of a murder, the camera is tossed out of a castle window to destroy the evidence and lands in the back of a passing car belonging to chemist John ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Vorhaus | Stars: Henry Kendall, Ida Lupino, John Mills, Victor Stanley

Votes: 225

27. Crossroad (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama

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A father and husband tries to come to terms and forgiveness with the murderer of his family. When his attempt to meet with the murderer after his released from prison is thwarted by a ... See full summary »

Director: Shervin Youssefian | Stars: Philip Bulcock, Kim Estes, Sean Galuszka, Amy Weber

Votes: 172

28. The 30th Annual Academy Awards (1958 TV Special)

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Director: Alan Handley | Stars: Anna Maria Alberghetti, June Allyson, Fred Astaire, Ann Blyth

Votes: 120

29. The 57th Annual Academy Awards (1985 TV Special)

160 min | Documentary

5.9
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Directors: Marty Pasetta, Harrison Engle | Stars: Jack Lemmon, F. Murray Abraham, Debbie Allen, Gene Allen

Votes: 117

30. The 35th Annual Academy Awards (1963 TV Special)

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Director: Richard Dunlap | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Ann-Margret, Mary Badham, Ed Begley

Votes: 111

31. Omnibus (1967–2003)

Documentary, Biography, Music

8.1
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Arts documentary series with concerts and experimental dramatizations.

Stars: Humphrey Burton, David Collings, Kirsty Wark, Stephen Fry

Votes: 105

32. The David Frost Show (1969–1972)

90 min | Talk-Show

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Stars: David Frost, Gerri Granger, Tiny Tim, Dana Valery

Votes: 104

33. The 42nd Annual Academy Awards (1970 TV Special)

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Directors: Jack Haley Jr., Richard Dunlap | Stars: Fred Astaire, Burt Bacharach, Candice Bergen, Ingmar Bergman

Votes: 104

34. The South Bank Show (1978– )

53 min | Documentary

7.2
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Long-running arts series.

Stars: Melvyn Bragg, Ian McKellen, Peter Hall, Lenny Henry

Votes: 92

35. David Lean's Film of Doctor Zhivago (1965)

7 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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After a short biography of author Boris Pasternak, we get a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of Doctor Zhivago (1965).

Stars: David Lean, Robert Bolt, Geraldine Chaplin

Votes: 90

36. High Treason (1929)

95 min | Sci-Fi

6.2
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Women unite to prevent financiers from engineering a second world war.

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Benita Hume, Basil Gill, Humberston Wright, Jameson Thomas

Votes: 84

37. The Secret of the Loch (1934)

78 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy

6.2
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A batty Scottish professor attempts to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster, but everyone thinks he's crazy. Meanwhile, a foolish young reporter attempts to get a scoop on the story.

Director: Milton Rosmer | Stars: Seymour Hicks, Nancy O'Neil, Gibson Gowland, Frederick Peisley

Votes: 80

38. Pasternak (1965)

9 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

6.7
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This short film, a mini-biography of of writer and Nobelist Boris Pasternakserves as something of a promotional film for the upcoming film version of his novel Doctor Zhivago (1965). ... See full summary »

Stars: David Lean, Alec Guinness, Omar Sharif, Geraldine Chaplin

Votes: 67

39. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to David Lean (1990 TV Special)

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Stars: Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, Anjelica Huston, David Lean

Votes: 67

40. Moscow in Madrid (1965)

4 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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When David Lean made his film Doctor Zhivago (1965), he realized that it would be impossible to do location shooting in Moscow. Instead, he found a location on the plains outside Madrid, ... See full summary »

Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay, David Lean

Votes: 66

41. Escape Me Never (1935)

95 min | Drama

5.9
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Director: Paul Czinner | Stars: Elisabeth Bergner, Hugh Sinclair, Griffith Jones, Penelope Dudley-Ward

Votes: 64

42. Zhivago: Behind the Camera with David Lean (1966)

10 min | Short, Documentary

6.5
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In this promotional short for the feature film Doctor Zhivago (1965), director David Lean explains why he chose the performers for the leading roles in the movie.

Stars: David Lean, Robert Bolt, Omar Sharif, Geraldine Chaplin

Votes: 64

43. French Without Tears (1940)

86 min | Comedy

7.2
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The love affairs of three young Englishmen at a language cramming school in the south of France. Diana, the sister of one of the boys, arrives in town to flirt with all of her brothers' schoolmates.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Ray Milland, Ellen Drew, Janine Darcey, David Tree

Votes: 50

44. This Is Your Life (1961–2003)

25 min | Documentary, Biography

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Eamonn Andrews (later Michael Aspel) surprises celebrities by presenting them with the Big Red Book before taking them into the studio to tell viewers the story of their life, featuring ... See full summary »

Stars: Eamonn Andrews, Michael Aspel, Eric Sykes, John Mills

Votes: 45

45. Java Head (1934)

68 min | Drama, Romance

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The port city of Bristol, England, in the 1800s is home to Java Head, a sailing ship line company. The owner has two sons. One, a handsome seafarer, is in love with a local girl, but cannot... See full summary »

Director: J. Walter Ruben | Stars: Anna May Wong, Elizabeth Allan, John Loder, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 43

46. Tiger Bay (1934)

70 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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A young Englishman abroad, Michael, visits the local low-life spot of Tiger Bay to test his assertion that the spirit of human romance survives even in the most unpromising of circumstances... See full summary »

Director: J. Elder Wills | Stars: Anna May Wong, Henry Victor, Lawrence Grossmith, Margaret Yarde

Votes: 42

47. Turn of the Tide (1935)

80 min | Romance, Drama

7.2
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The arrival in a Yorkshire fishing village of the Lunns with a modern fishing boat is deeply resented by the Fosdykes. Eventually hostilities are overcome and the families join forces to get a modern deep sea fishing boat.

Director: Norman Walker | Stars: John Garrick, J. Fisher White, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Wilfrid Lawson

Votes: 32

48. The Golden Gong (1985 TV Movie)

76 min | Documentary

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Director: Tom Gutteridge | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Dirk Bogarde, Betty E. Box, Albert R. Broccoli

Votes: 31

49. Brewster's Millions (1935)

80 min | Comedy, Musical

7.1
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Jack Brewster is a pennyless English lad who learns that he has inherited 6 million pounds sterling from a recently deceased relative. But soon learns that he must spend 500,000 pounds in ... See full summary »

Director: Thornton Freeland | Stars: Jack Buchanan, Lili Damita, Nancy O'Neil, Sydney Fairbrother

Votes: 27

50. Lost and Found: The Story of Cook's Anchor (1979 TV Short)

40 min | Short

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Filmmaker David Lean is scouting locations in Tahiti for a feature film about the famous mutiny on the HMS Bounty. His property master, Eddie Fowlie, discovers the whereabouts of an anchor ... See full summary »

Director: David Lean | Stars: Robert Bolt, Eddie Fowlie, David Lean

Votes: 26