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1. Great Expectations (1946)

Not Rated | 118 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

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: 19,434

2. Oliver Twist (1948)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

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: 9,637

3. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

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.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood

Votes: 30,541

4. A Run for Your Money (1949)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy

Brothers from a Welsh village take their first trip to London to collect a prize, and meet a con artist and sundry other urban distractions.

Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Donald Houston, Meredith Edwards, Moira Lister, Alec Guinness

Votes: 419

5. Last Holiday (1950)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Henry Cass | Stars: Alec Guinness, Beatrice Campbell, Kay Walsh, Grégoire Aslan

Votes: 1,108

6. The Mudlark (1950)

Approved | 99 min | Drama

In 1875 London, young Wheeler (who lives by scavenging) finds a cameo of Queen Victoria which he thinks so beautiful he risks his life to save it. Possessed of a desire to see the Queen, he... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Irene Dunne, Alec Guinness, Andrew Ray, Beatrice Campbell

Votes: 624

7. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Crime

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 Eiffel Towers.

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James, Alfie Bass

Votes: 10,704

8. The Man in the White Suit (1951)

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

An altruistic chemist invents a fabric which resists wear and stain as a boon to humanity, but both big business and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker, Michael Gough

Votes: 7,421 | Gross: $0.01M

9. The Promoter (1952)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy

A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing- some honest, some not quite so. If he can just manage to avoid a ... See full summary »

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns, Valerie Hobson, Petula Clark

Votes: 966

10. The Square Mile (1953)

19 min | Documentary, Short

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Star: Alec Guinness

Votes: 20

11. The Captain's Paradise (1953)

94 min | Comedy, Romance

The bigamist captain of a ferry boat between the restricted British colony in Gibraltar and Spanish Morocco has a woman of differing appeal and temperament in each port.

Director: Anthony Kimmins | Stars: Alec Guinness, Yvonne De Carlo, Celia Johnson, Charles Goldner

Votes: 1,228

12. Malta Story (1953)

97 min | Drama, History, War

In WW2, the island of Malta, strategically located and vital to supply lines in the Mediterranean Sea, is fiercely attacked by the Germans but staunchly defended by the British.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Steel, Muriel Pavlow

Votes: 1,181

13. The Detective (1954)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Works of art are disappearing, stolen by a master thief, a master of disguise. Father Brown has two goals: to catch the thief and to save his soul.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Peter Finch, Cecil Parker

Votes: 882

14. To Paris with Love (1955)

Not Rated | 78 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A middle-aged widower takes his son on a trip to Paris, where they try to find wives for each other.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Alec Guinness, Odile Versois, Vernon Gray, Elina Labourdette

Votes: 336

15. The Prisoner (1955)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

A cardinal is arrested for treason against the state. As a prince of his church, and a popular hero of this people, for his resistance against the Nazis during the war and afterward his ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Glenville | Stars: Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Wilfrid Lawson, Kenneth Griffith

Votes: 594

17. The Ladykillers (1955)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime

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.

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

Votes: 22,895

18. The Swan (1956)

Approved | 104 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

Princess Beatrice's days of enjoying the regal life are numbered unless her only daughter, Princess Alexandra, makes a good impression on a distant cousin when he pays a surprise visit to ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness, Louis Jourdan, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 1,917

19. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

87 Metascore

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: 175,719 | Gross: $44.91M

20. All at Sea (1957)

Unrated | 87 min | Comedy

A seasick sea captain commands an amusement pier despite local opposition.

Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Alec Guinness, Harry Locke, Frederick Piper, Fred Griffiths

Votes: 708

21. The Horse's Mouth (1958)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy

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

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

Votes: 2,800

22. The Scapegoat (1959)

Unrated | 91 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

An English schoolteacher meets his lookalike, a French count; and unwillingly swaps identities with him.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Alec Guinness, Bette Davis, Nicole Maurey, Irene Worth

Votes: 1,372

23. Our Man in Havana (1959)

Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Jim Wormold, who is a vacuum cleaner salesman, participates as an agent in the British Secret Service. But he soon realizes that his plans by lying are going to get him into trouble.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Alec Guinness, Maureen O'Hara, Burl Ives, Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 3,980

24. Tunes of Glory (1960)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

After WW2, a Highland Regiment's acting Commanding Officer, who rose from the ranks, is replaced by a peace-time Oxford-educated Commanding Officer, leading to a dramatic conflict between the two.

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

Votes: 2,856

25. A Majority of One (1961)

Approved | 156 min | Comedy, Family, Drama

A gentle love story about a Japanese businessman and widower, and a Brooklyn widow. But before a happy ending can ensue, they must learn again the lessons of tolerance, kindness and forgiveness.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness, Ray Danton, Madlyn Rhue

Votes: 863

26. Damn the Defiant! (1962)

Approved | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

On the H.M.S. Defiant, during the French Revolutionary Wars, fair Captain Crawford is locked in a battle of wills against his cruel second-in-command Lt. Scott-Paget whose heavy-handed command style pushes the crew to mutiny.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde, Maurice Denham, Nigel Stock

Votes: 1,902

27. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

100 Metascore

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: 226,577 | Gross: $44.82M

28. The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)

Approved | 188 min | Drama, History, War

The death of Marcus Aurelius leads to a succession crisis, in which the deceased emperor's son, Commodus, demonstrates that he is unwilling to let anything undermine his claim to the Roman Empire.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason

Votes: 7,002 | Gross: $4.75M

29. Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious (1965)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, War

During World War II, two Americans are forced to bail out and parachute into a small German town. Herr Frick, being equal parts patriotic and lonely, keeps them as prisoners of war in his ... See full summary »

Director: Gottfried Reinhardt | Stars: Alec Guinness, Mike Connors, Robert Redford, Anita Höfer

Votes: 289

30. Doctor Zhivago (1965)

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

69 Metascore

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: 61,355 | Gross: $111.72M

31. Hotel Paradiso (1966)

98 min | Comedy

Monsieur Feydeau has writer's block, and he needs a new play. But he takes an opportunity to observe the upper class of 1900 Paris - Monsieur Boniface with a domineering wife, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Glenville | Stars: Gina Lollobrigida, Alec Guinness, Robert Morley, Peggy Mount

Votes: 608

32. The Quiller Memorandum (1966)

Approved | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In the West Berlin of the 1960s, two British agents are killed by a Nazi group, prompting British Intelligence to dispatch agent Quiller to investigate.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: George Segal, Alec Guinness, Max von Sydow, Senta Berger

Votes: 2,790

33. The Comedians (1967)

Approved | 150 min | Drama

A cynical Welsh hotel owner secretly romances a diplomat's wife in Haiti under the violent reign of the despot "Papa Doc" Duvalier.

Director: Peter Glenville | Stars: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Alec Guinness, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 1,573 | Gross: $5.20M

34. Cromwell (1970)

G | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

Oliver Cromwell can no longer tolerate King Charles' policies, and the self-interest of the ruling class, and leads a civil war to install Parliament as the ultimate ruler of England.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Richard Harris, Alec Guinness, Robert Morley, Dorothy Tutin

Votes: 4,069

35. Scrooge (1970)

G | 113 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans, Kenneth More

Votes: 7,632

36. Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)

PG | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope, including his friendship with St. Clare.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker, Leigh Lawson, Kenneth Cranham

Votes: 3,577

37. Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973)

PG | 108 min | Biography, Drama, History

A dramatization based on eye witness accounts of Hitler's final days in an underground bunker, his military henchmen, and his stormy relationship with Eva Braun.

Director: Ennio De Concini | Stars: Alec Guinness, Simon Ward, Adolfo Celi, Diane Cilento

Votes: 1,157

39. Caesar and Cleopatra (1976 TV Movie)

75 min | Drama

Julius Caesar's arrival in Egypt proves more than interesting to the beautiful Cleopatra, ambitious sister to the boy pharaoh.

Director: James Cellan Jones | Stars: Alec Guinness, Geneviève Bujold, Margaret Courtenay, Iain Cuthbertson

Votes: 33

40. Murder by Death (1976)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

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

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

Votes: 28,054

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

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

90 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 1,055,062 | Gross: $322.74M

42. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)

TV-14 | 290 min | Drama, Thriller

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: 6,219

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

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

82 Metascore

After the rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 983,759 | Gross: $290.48M

44. Raise the Titanic (1980)

PG | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

To obtain a supply of a rare mineral, a ship raising operation is conducted for the only known source, the Titanic.

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Jason Robards, Richard Jordan, David Selby, Anne Archer

Votes: 3,305 | Gross: $7.00M

45. Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980 TV Movie)

103 min | Drama, Family, Romance

An American boy turns out to be the long-lost heir of a British fortune. He is sent to live with the cold and unsentimental lord who oversees the trust.

Director: Jack Gold | Stars: Ricky Schroder, Alec Guinness, Eric Porter, Colin Blakely

Votes: 3,268

46. Smiley's People (1982)

360 min | Drama, Mystery

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

Votes: 2,976

47. Lovesick (1983)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A psychiatrist who falls in love with a patient is visited by the spirit of Sigmund Freud, who gives him advice on how to handle it.

Director: Marshall Brickman | Stars: Dudley Moore, Elizabeth McGovern, Alec Guinness, Christine Baranski

Votes: 661 | Gross: $10.17M

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

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

58 Metascore

After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 808,622 | Gross: $309.13M

49. Edwin (1984 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

Touching comedy about a high court judge, now retired to his English countryside home, who resolves to end years of suspicion about his wife's fidelity and the true paternity of their son.

Director: Rodney Bennett | Stars: Alec Guinness, Renée Asherson, Paul Rogers

Votes: 63

50. A Passage to India (1984)

PG | 164 min | Adventure, Drama, History

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: 14,753 | Gross: $27.19M