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List of David Lean Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
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Lawrence of Arabia
PG
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The movie is based on the life of T.E. Lawrence who was sent to Arabia to aide Prince Faisal. He becomes a liaison between the British and the Arabs who are fighting the Turks. His daring victories against the Turks makes Lawrence the hero, but his own exploits weigh heavily on his soul. 

As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Adventure, War, Biography, Drama, History
Star Cast:
Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Director
2. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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The Bridge on the River Kwai
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After Japanese commandant Colonel Saito orders British POWs to build a railway bridge over the River Kwai, senior British officer Colonel Nicholson initially opposes illegal use of prisoners but later convinces fellow soldiers against delay-tactics in order to prove British superiority. Meanwhile, escaped US commander Shears is forced to join a four-man commando mission to destroy the bridge.

As:
Director
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, War
Star Cast:
William Holden, Sessue Hayakawa, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, James Donald
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Director
3. Brief Encounter (1945)
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Brief Encounter
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Brief Encounter is an American romantic drama film, which tells the story of a bored suburban housewife Laura Jesson, who, while returning from a shopping trip from a nearby town, gets acquainted with a virtuous doctor Alec Harvey. She eventually finds herself attracted to him, and is tempted to cheat on her husband.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Trevor Howard, Noël Coward, Stanley Holloway, Celia Johnson, Joyce Carey
4. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
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Doctor Zhivago
PG-13
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The age-old tale of romance is set against the backdrop of World War I, the 1917 Russian revolution, and the Russian Civil War. Yuri Zhivago is in love with Lara, who ends up marrying Pasha Antipov. Zhivago marries Tonya. Years later, fate brings Yuri and Lara back together again only to cruelly tear them apart. 

As:
Director
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
War, Drama, Romance
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Director
5. Great Expectations (1946)
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Great Expectations
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2

Philip is an orphan who lives with his older sister and her husband who is a blacksmith. He falls for Estella, a beautiful and cruel teenage girl. However, after some time, he is unable to meet her anymore as she leaves for France, and Philip begins his apprenticeship as a blacksmith. His life takes an interesting turn when a mysterious benefactor offers to transform him into a gentleman.   

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Mystery, Adventure
Star Cast:
Sir John Mills, Jean Simmons, Alec Guinness, John Mills, Tony Wager, Valerie Hobson
6. Oliver Twist (1948)
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Oliver Twist
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As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alec Guinness, John Howard Davies, Robert Newton, Kay Walsh, Francis L. Sullivan
7. Money for Speed (1933)
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Money for Speed
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2
As:
Cast
Director:
Bernard Vorhaus
Genres:
Drama, Sport
Star Cast:
Marie Ault, John Loder, Moore Marriott, Ida Lupino,
8. Hobson's Choice (1954)
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Hobson's Choice
10
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Laughton, Sir John Mills, John Mills, Brenda de Banzie, Daphne Anderson, Prunella Scales
9. The Passionate Friends (1949)
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The Passionate Friends
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2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Trevor Howard, Ann Todd, Claude Rains, Betty Ann Davies, Isabel Dean
10. A Passage to India (1984)
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A Passage to India
PG
11
2

A Passage to India is an adventure drama film which takes us to the 20th century when India was still under British rule. The film revolves around Adela Quested who is sailing from England to India, with Mrs Moore, the mother of her intended bridegroom. She soon gets acquainted with Dr Aziz, whom she later accuses of attempting to rape her.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Drama, History, Adventure
Star Cast:
Alec Guinness, Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee, Peggy Ashcroft, James Fox
12. Summertime (1955)
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Summertime
10
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Katharine Hepburn, Isa Miranda, Darren McGavin, Rossano Brazzi, Mari Aldon
13. In Which We Serve (1942)
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In Which We Serve
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
Noël Coward, David Lean
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Richard Attenborough, Sir John Mills, Celia Johnson, John Mills, Kay Walsh, Bernard Miles
14. This Happy Breed (1944)
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This Happy Breed
9
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Laurence Olivier, Sir John Mills, Celia Johnson, John Mills, Robert Newton, Stanley Holloway
15. Blithe Spirit (1945)
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Blithe Spirit
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As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Noël Coward, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond, Hugh Wakefield, Rex Harrison
16. Major Barbara (1941)
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Major Barbara
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2
As:
Director
Director:
Gabriel Pascal, Harold French, David Lean
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Deborah Kerr, Sybil Thorndike, Rex Harrison, Robert Newton, Robert Morley
17. Madeleine (1950)
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Madeleine
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As:
Director
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Ann Todd, Leslie Banks, Anthony Newley, Norman Wooland, Ivan Desny
18. The Sound Barrier (1952)
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The Sound Barrier
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As:
Producer, Director
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Drama, War, Romance
Star Cast:
Ann Todd, Ralph Richardson, Dinah Sheridan, Nigel Patrick, John Justin

David Lean Awards

Academy Awards
Lawrence of Arabia Best Director 1963
The Bridge on the River Kwai Best Director 1958
Golden Globe Awards
Doctor Zhivago Best Director 1966
Lawrence of Arabia Best Director 1963
The Bridge on the River Kwai Best Director 1958