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1. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.8
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78 Metascore

After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke.

Writers: Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas | Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

2. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.7
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91 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the universe from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.

Writer: George Lucas | Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

3. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979– )
Episode: Tinker Tailor (1979)

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".

Writers: John le Carré, Arthur Hopcraft | Director: John Irvin | Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, George Sewell

4. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979 TV Mini-Series)

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

5. Smiley's People (1982 TV Mini-Series)

360 min | Drama, Mystery

8.6
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Called out of retirement to settle the affairs of a friend, Smiley finds his old organization, the Circus, so overwhelmed by political considerations that it doesn't want to know what ... See full summary »

Stars: Alec Guinness, Eileen Atkins, Bill Paterson, Vladek Sheybal

6. Arena (1975– )

Documentary

8.5
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Wide-ranging arts programme.

Creator: Anthony Haas | Stars: Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Penelope Wilton, Harold Pinter

7. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

PG | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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52 Metascore

After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels attempt to destroy the Second Death Star, while Luke Skywalker tries to bring his father back to the Light Side of the Force.

Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas | Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

8. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.4
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100 Metascore

A flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during his World War I service in the Middle East.

Writers: T.E. Lawrence, Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson | Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

9. Smiley's People (1982– )
Episode: Episode #1.4 (1982)

60 min | Drama, Mystery

8.4
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Smiley gets into trouble with his superiors, who want the investigation closed. But he finally encounters the woman and gets her account.

Writers: John Hopkins, John le Carré | Director: Simon Langton | Stars: Alec Guinness, Mario Adorf, Vladek Sheybal, Eileen Atkins

10. Smiley's People (1982– )
Episode: Episode #1.5 (1982)

60 min | Drama, Mystery

8.4
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Smiley is hot on the trail leading to Karla, but must make the ultimate sacrifice: cutting off his wife Ann.

Writers: John Hopkins, John le Carré | Director: Simon Langton | Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Lonsdale, Barry Foster, Bill Paterson

11. Smiley's People (1982– )
Episode: Episode #1.6 (1982)

60 min | Drama, Mystery

8.4
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The final confrontation between Smiley and Karla takes place. But in this game there are no victors, only losers.

Writers: John Hopkins, John le Carré | Director: Simon Langton | Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Lonsdale, Bernard Hepton, Rosalie Crutchley

12. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.3
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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.

Writers: Pierre Boulle, Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson | Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

13. Smiley's People (1982– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (1982)

60 min | Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Smiley makes inquiries among many Russian exiles, and uncovers a photograph revealing an astonishing secret.

Writers: John Hopkins, John le Carré | Director: Simon Langton | Stars: Alec Guinness, Curd Jürgens, Eileen Atkins, Maureen Lipman

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

60 min | Drama, Thriller

8.3
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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.

Writers: John le Carré, Arthur Hopcraft | Director: John Irvin | Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, George Sewell

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

50 min | Drama, Thriller

8.3
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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.

Writers: John le Carré, Arthur Hopcraft | Director: John Irvin | Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Warren Clarke, George Sewell

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

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.

Writers: John le Carré, Arthur Hopcraft | Director: John Irvin | Stars: Alec Guinness, Bernard Hepton, Terence Rigby, Michael Aldridge

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

60 min | Drama, Thriller

8.3
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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.

Writers: John le Carré, Arthur Hopcraft | Director: John Irvin | Stars: Alec Guinness, Ian Bannen, Joss Ackland, Bernard Hepton

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

60 min | Drama, Thriller

8.3
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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.

Writers: John le Carré, Arthur Hopcraft | Director: John Irvin | Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, Ian Richardson

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

Drama, Thriller

8.3
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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.

Writers: John le Carré, Arthur Hopcraft | Director: John Irvin | Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, Hywel Bennett

20. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

8.2
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A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.

Writers: Roy Horniman, Robert Hamer, John Dighton | Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood

21. Omnibus (1967–2002)

Documentary, Biography

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Arts documentary series.

Stars: David Collings, John Gielgud, Kirsty Wark, Eric Morecambe

22. The South Bank Show (1978– )
Episode: David Lean: A Life in Film (1985)

Documentary

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Steven Spielberg, Alec Guinness and Omar Sharif appear in this tribute to the great British filmmaker, David Lean. Clips from many of his films, such as "Brief Encounter," "Hobson's Choice,... See full summary »

Director: Nigel Wattis | Stars: Alec Guinness, Maurice Jarre, David Lean, Steven Spielberg

23. Smiley's People (1982– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (1982)

60 min | Drama, Mystery

8.2
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What is the connection between a penniless Russian woman in Paris and the brutal murder of an old man in a London park? And so begins a new conundrum for George Smiley to sort out.

Writers: John le Carré, John Hopkins | Director: Simon Langton | Stars: Alec Guinness, Curd Jürgens, Eileen Atkins, Dudley Sutton

24. Smiley's People (1982– )
Episode: Episode #1.3 (1982)

60 min | Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Smiley learns that his nemesis, the dreaded Soviet spymaster Karla, has a deep secret hidden involving his personal life. He now attempts to track down certain Russian individuals who could aid him, but they keep disappearing.

Writers: John Hopkins, John le Carré | Director: Simon Langton | Stars: Alec Guinness, Mario Adorf, Eileen Atkins, Bernard Hepton

25. Screen One (1985–2002)
Episode: A Foreign Field (1993)

95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Veterans return to Normandie on the 50th anniversary of D Day for their own special and poignant reasons, among them two looking for an old love who turns out to the same woman for both.

Writers: Roy Clarke, Roy Clarke | Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Alec Guinness, Leo McKern, Edward Herrmann, John Randolph

26. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Monsignor Quixote (1987)

Biography, Drama, Music

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In this modern adaptation of the Don Quixote theme based on a novel by Graham Greene Quixote is an old spanish village priest who travels through Spain with his friend, Sancho, the ... See full summary »

Writers: Graham Greene, Christopher Neame | Director: Rodney Bennett | Stars: Alec Guinness, Leo McKern, Ian Richardson, Graham Crowden

27. Doctor Zhivago (1965)

PG-13 | 197 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.0
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Life of a Russian doctor/poet who, although married, falls for a political activist's wife and experiences hardships during the Bolshevik Revolution.

Writers: Boris Pasternak, Robert Bolt | Director: David Lean | Stars: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger

28. Biography (1987– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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The life stories of various historical figures and celebrities are told.

Creator: Agnes Nixon | Stars: Jack Perkins, Peter Graves, Harry Smith, Roddy McDowall

29. Great Expectations (1946)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Romance

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

Writers: Charles Dickens, David Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock-Allan, Kay Walsh, Cecil McGivern | Director: David Lean | Stars: John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Tony Wager, Jean Simmons

30. The Ladykillers (1955)

91 min | Comedy, Crime

7.9
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Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

Writer: William Rose | Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom

31. The Morecambe & Wise Show (1978–1983)

30 min | Comedy

7.9
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Stars: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Frank Coda, Gemma Craven

32. Oliver Twist (1948)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.8
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Based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist is about an orphan boy who runs away from a workhouse and meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. Oliver is taken in by the pickpocket ... See full summary »

Writers: Charles Dickens, David Lean, Stanley Haynes | Director: David Lean | Stars: Robert Newton, Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh, Francis L. Sullivan

33. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy, Crime

7.8
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A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipment of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eifel Towers.

Writer: T.E.B. Clarke | Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James, Alfie Bass

34. Tunes of Glory (1960)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Romance

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Major Jock Sinclair has been in this Highland regiment since he joined as a boy piper. During the Second World War, as Second-in-Command, he was made acting Commanding Officer. Now the ... See full summary »

Writer: James Kennaway | Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Alec Guinness, John Mills, Susannah York, Dennis Price

35. The Horse's Mouth (1958)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy

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A somewhat vulgar but dedicated painter searches for the perfect realization of his artistic vision, much to the chagrin of others.

Writers: Joyce Cary, Alec Guinness | Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh, Renee Houston, Mike Morgan

36. Prophets of Science Fiction (2011– )

Documentary

7.8
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The science-fiction imaginings of the writers of the past are now becoming the science realities of our day.

Stars: Ridley Scott, Jonathan Adams, Michio Kaku, David Brin

37. Last Holiday (1950)

88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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When a lonely, unappreciated farm equipment salesman discovers he has only weeks to live, he withdraws his savings for a final holiday at a 'posh' resort.

Writer: J.B. Priestley | Director: Henry Cass | Stars: Alec Guinness, Beatrice Campbell, Kay Walsh, Grégoire Aslan

38. The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (1956–1960)

60 min | Comedy

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Stars: Steve Allen, Gene Rayburn, Skitch Henderson, Les Brown

39. Great Performances (1971– )

132 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.7
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Creators: Marion J. Caffey, Daniel Ezralow, Josh Groban | Stars: Julie Andrews, Walter Cronkite, Plácido Domingo, Chita Rivera

40. Parkinson (1971–2007)

50 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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Talk show with celebrity guests.

Stars: Michael Parkinson, Billy Connolly, Barry Humphries, Kenneth Williams

41. Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965–1973)

30 min | Drama

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Stars: Deborah Lavin, Helen Lindsay, Paul Moriarty, Donald Sinden

42. Startime (1959–1961)
Episode: The Wicked Scheme of Jebal Deeks (I) (1959)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.7
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Writer: John D. Hess | Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Patricia Barry, Charles Coburn, Alec Guinness, Arthur Hughes

43. Little Dorrit (1988)

G | 357 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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Arthur Clennam returns to London after working abroad for many years with his now deceased father. Almost at once he becomes involved in the problems of his mother's seamstress Amy Dorrit ... See full summary »

Writers: Charles Dickens, Christine Edzard | Director: Christine Edzard | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Max Wall

44. Caesar and Cleopatra (1976 TV Movie)

75 min | Drama

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Writers: Audrey Maas, George Bernard Shaw | Director: James Cellan Jones | Stars: Alec Guinness, Geneviève Bujold, Margaret Courtenay, Iain Cuthbertson

45. Murder by Death (1976)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery.

Writer: Neil Simon | Director: Robert Moore | Stars: Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Eileen Brennan

46. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

7.5
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The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and its rock music performances.

Stars: Ed Sullivan, Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Jack Carter

47. The Man in the White Suit (1951)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Drama

7.5
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An altruistic chemist invents a fabric that resists wear and stain as boon to humanity but both capital and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons.

Writers: Roger MacDougall, John Dighton, Alexander Mackendrick | Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker, Michael Gough

48. Scrooge (1970)

G | 113 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.5
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A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale.

Writers: Charles Dickens, Leslie Bricusse | Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans, Kenneth More

49. Late Night with David Letterman (1982–1993)

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

7.5
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David Letterman hosted this popular late-night comedy/talk-show. Often, Dave would go on location or to the phone lines to play pranks. Some famous features of the show include the "Top Ten... See full summary »

Stars: David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Elliott

50. Interview Day (1996 TV Movie)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

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Comedy drama about the trials and tribulations of three sets of parents as they finally realise that their children have grown up and reluctantly they have to let them enroll at Cambridge ... See full summary »

Writer: Jack Rosenthal | Director: Piers Haggard | Stars: Maureen Lipman, David Ross, Benedict Sandiford, Tom Wilkinson