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The Best Alec Guinness Movies

Updated June 11, 2019 2.6k votes 365 voters 33.2k views52 items

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List of the best Alec Guinness movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Alec Guinness's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Alec Guinness movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Alec Guinness movies will be at the top of the list. Alec Guinness has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Alec Guinness movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Alec Guinness films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Alec Guinness role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Alec Guinness performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

This is a list that features films like The Stratford Adventure and The Bridge on the River Kwai.

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    Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    Great Expectations

    Alec Guinness, Jean Simmons

    Released1946

    Directed byDavid Lean

    Great Expectations is a 1946 British film directed by David Lean, based on the novel by... more on Wikipedia

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    Tunes of Glory is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    Tunes of Glory

    Alec Guinness, John Mills

    Released1960

    Directed byRonald Neame

    Tunes of Glory is a 1960 British drama film directed by Ronald Neame, based on the novel and... more on Wikipedia
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    Our Man in Havana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    Our Man in Havana

    Maureen O'Hara, Alec Guinness

    Released1959

    Directed byCarol Reed

    Our Man in Havana is a 1959 British film shot in CinemaScope, directed and produced by Carol... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    Alec Guinness, William Holden

    Released1957

    Directed byDavid Lean

    The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 WWII epic film directed by David Lean, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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    The Horse's Mouth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    The Horse's Mouth

    Alec Guinness, Robert Coote

    Released1958

    Directed byRonald Neame

    The Horse's Mouth is a 1958 film directed by Ronald Neame and filmed in Technicolor. Alec... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The... more on Wikipedia

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    Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole

    Released1962

    Directed byDavid Lean

    Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E.... more on Wikipedia
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    H.M.S. Defiant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    H.M.S. Defiant

    Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde

    Released1962

    Directed byLewis Gilbert

    H.M.S. Defiant is a British adventure Technicolor film from 1962 starring Alec Guinness and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Ladykillers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    The Ladykillers

    Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness

    Released1955

    Directed byAlexander Mackendrick

    The Ladykillers is a 1955 British black comedy film made by Ealing Studios. Directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

    The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner.... more on Wikipedia

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    The Card is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    The Card

    Alec Guinness, Petula Clark

    Released1952

    Directed byRonald Neame

    The Card is a black-and-white film version of the novel by Arnold Bennett. Entitled The... more on Wikipedia
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    The Lavender Hill Mob is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    The Lavender Hill Mob

    Audrey Hepburn, Alec Guinness

    Released1951

    Directed byCharles Crichton

    The Lavender Hill Mob is a 1951 comedy film from Ealing Studios, written by T.E.B. Clarke,... more on Wikipedia

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    Cromwell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    Cromwell

    Alec Guinness, Richard Harris

    Released1970

    Directed byKen Hughes

    Cromwell is a British 1970 historical drama film, based on the life of Oliver Cromwell who led... more on Wikipedia

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    Murder by Death is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    Murder by Death

    Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers

    Released1976

    Directed byRobert Moore

    This film is a 1976 American mystery comedy film with a cast featuring Eileen Brennan, Truman... more on Wikipedia

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    Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    Doctor Zhivago

    Omar Sharif, Julie Christie

    Released1965

    Directed byDavid Lean

    Doctor Zhivago is a British-American 1965 epic drama–romance film directed by David Lean,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Man in the White Suit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    The Man in the White Suit

    Alec Guinness, Michael Gough

    Released1951

    Directed byAlexander Mackendrick

    The Man In The White Suit is a 1951 science-fiction satirical comedy film made by Ealing... more on Wikipedia
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    Malta Story is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    Malta Story

    Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins

    Released1953

    Directed byBrian Desmond Hurst

    Malta Story is a 1953 British war film, directed by Brian Desmond Hurst, which is based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    Kind Hearts and Coronets is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    Kind Hearts and Coronets

    Alec Guinness, Dennis Price

    Released1949

    Directed byRobert Hamer

    Kind Hearts and Coronets is a British black comedy film of 1949 starring Dennis Price, Alec... more on Wikipedia
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Marquand

    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed... more on Wikipedia
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    The Comedians is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    The Comedians

    Elizabeth Taylor, James Earl Jones

    Released1967

    Directed byPeter Glenville

    The Comedians is a 1967 film directed and produced by Peter Glenville, based on the novel of... more on Wikipedia
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    The Quiller Memorandum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    The Quiller Memorandum

    Alec Guinness, Max von Sydow

    Released1966

    Directed byMichael Anderson

    The Quiller Memorandum is an Anglo-American Eurospy film adapted from the 1965 spy novel The... more on Wikipedia
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    The Prisoner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    The Prisoner

    Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins

    Released1955

    Directed byPeter Glenville

    The Prisoner is a 1955 drama film directed by Peter Glenville and based on the play by Bridget... more on Wikipedia
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    A Passage to India is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    A Passage to India

    Alec Guinness, Judy Davis

    Released1984

    Directed byDavid Lean

    A Passage to India is a 1984 drama film written and directed by David Lean. The screenplay is... more on Wikipedia
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    Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    Oliver Twist

    Alec Guinness, Diana Dors

    Released1948

    Directed byDavid Lean

    Oliver Twist is the second of David Lean's two film adaptations of Charles Dickens novels.... more on Wikipedia

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    Little Dorrit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
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    Little Dorrit

    Alec Guinness, Derek Jacobi

    Released1988

    Directed byChristine Edzard

    Little Dorrit is a 1988 film adaptation of the novel Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. It was... more on Wikipedia
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