David Lean Movies List: Ranked Best To Worst

Lawrence of Arabia
PG

Lawrence of Arabia

(1962)
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0
As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Adventure, War, Biography, Drama, History
Star Cast:
Alec Guinness, Peter O'Toole, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif
Plot:

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. 

1
0
The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai

(1957)
1
0
As:
Director
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, War
Star Cast:
Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, James Donald
Plot:

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.

1
0
Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter

(1945)
0
0
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Noël Coward, Stanley Holloway, Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Joyce Carey
Plot:

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.

0
0
Doctor Zhivago
PG-13

Doctor Zhivago

(1965)
1
0
As:
Director
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
War, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Alec Guinness, Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger
Plot:

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. 

1
0
Great Expectations

Great Expectations

(1946)
0
0
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Mystery, Adventure
Star Cast:
Alec Guinness, John Mills, Tony Wager, Valerie Hobson, Jean Simmons
0
0
Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

(1948)
1
0
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alec Guinness, John Howard Davies, Robert Newton, Kay Walsh, Francis L. Sullivan
1
0
Money for Speed

Money for Speed

(1933)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Bernard Vorhaus
Genres:
Drama, Sport
Star Cast:
Marie Ault, John Loder, Moore Marriott, Ida Lupino, David Lean
0
0
Hobson's Choice

Hobson's Choice

(1954)
0
0
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
John Mills, Charles Laughton, Brenda de Banzie, Daphne Anderson, Prunella Scales
0
0
The Passionate Friends

The Passionate Friends

(1949)
0
0
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ann Todd, Claude Rains, Trevor Howard, Betty Ann Davies, Isabel Dean
0
0
Ryan's Daughter
GP

Ryan's Daughter

(1970)
1
0
As:
Director
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Trevor Howard, John Mills, Christopher Jones, Leo McKern, Robert Mitchum
1
0
A Passage to India
PG

A Passage to India

(1984)
1
0
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Drama, History, Adventure
Star Cast:
Alec Guinness, Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee, Peggy Ashcroft, James Fox
1
0
Summertime

Summertime

(1955)
0
0
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Katharine Hepburn, Isa Miranda, Darren McGavin, Rossano Brazzi, Mari Aldon
0
0
In Which We Serve

In Which We Serve

(1942)
0
0
As:
Director
Director:
Noël Coward, David Lean
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Celia Johnson, Richard Attenborough, John Mills, Kay Walsh, Bernard Miles
0
0
This Happy Breed

This Happy Breed

(1944)
0
0
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Celia Johnson, Laurence Olivier, John Mills, Robert Newton, Stanley Holloway
0
0
Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit

(1945)
0
0
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Noël Coward, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond, Hugh Wakefield, Rex Harrison
0
0
Madeleine

Madeleine

(1950)
0
0
As:
Director
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Ann Todd, Leslie Banks, Anthony Newley, Norman Wooland, Ivan Desny
0
0
Major Barbara

Major Barbara

(1941)
0
0
As:
Director
Director:
Gabriel Pascal, Harold French, David Lean
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Sybil Thorndike, Rex Harrison, Robert Newton, Robert Morley, Deborah Kerr
0
0
The Sound Barrier

The Sound Barrier

(1952)
0
0
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Drama, War, Romance
Star Cast:
Ann Todd, Ralph Richardson, Dinah Sheridan, Nigel Patrick, John Justin
0
0
The Greatest Story Ever Told

The Greatest Story Ever Told

(1965)
0
0
As:
Director
Director:
Jean Negulesco, George Stevens, David Lean
Genres:
Biography, History, Drama
Star Cast:
Ina Balin, Telly Savalas, Shelley Winters, Carroll Baker, Victor Buono
0
0