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The Best Alec Guinness Movies 

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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.

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

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Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

Released: 1957

Directed by: David Lean

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 WWII epic film directed by David Lean, based on the novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai by Pierre Boulle. The film is a work of fiction but borrows the ...more

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Alec Guinness, Dennis Price, Hugh Griffith

Released: 1949

Directed by: Robert Hamer

Kind Hearts and Coronets is a British black comedy film of 1949 starring Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, and Valerie Hobson. Guinness famously plays eight members of the D'Ascoyne ...more
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Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

Released: 1962

Directed by: David Lean

Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel. The film stars Peter O'Toole in the ...more

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Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness, Frankie Howerd

Released: 1955

Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick

The Ladykillers is a 1955 British black comedy film made by Ealing Studios. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick, it stars Katie Johnson, Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, ...more

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Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more

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Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1980

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay, with George Lucas writing the film's story ...more

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Audrey Hepburn, Alec Guinness, Robert Shaw

Released: 1951

Directed by: Charles Crichton

The Lavender Hill Mob is a 1951 comedy film from Ealing Studios, written by T.E.B. Clarke, directed by Charles Crichton, starring Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway and featuring Sid James and ...more

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Alec Guinness, Diana Dors, Anthony Newley

Released: 1948

Directed by: David Lean

Oliver Twist is the second of David Lean's two film adaptations of Charles Dickens novels. Following the success of his 1946 version of Great Expectations, Lean re-assembled much of the same ...more

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Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness

Released: 1965

Directed by: David Lean

Doctor Zhivago is a British-American 1965 epic drama–romance film directed by David Lean, starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. It is set in Russia between the years prior to WWI, and is ...more

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Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness

Released: 1976

Directed by: Robert Moore

This film is a 1976 American mystery comedy film with a cast featuring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie ...more

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The Man in the White Suit Alec Guinness, Michael Gough, Cecil Parker

Released: 1951

Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick

The Man In The White Suit is a 1951 science-fiction satirical comedy film made by Ealing Studios. It starred Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood and Cecil Parker and was directed by Alexander ...more

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Alec Guinness, Jean Simmons, John Mills

Released: 1946

Directed by: David Lean

Great Expectations is a 1946 British film directed by David Lean, based on the novel by Charles Dickens and starring John Mills, Bernard Miles, Finlay Currie, Jean Simmons, Martita Hunt, Alec ...more

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Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1983

Directed by: Richard Marquand

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Alec Guinness, John Mills, Susannah York

Released: 1960

Directed by: Ronald Neame

Tunes of Glory is a 1960 British drama film directed by Ronald Neame, based on the novel and screenplay by James Kennaway. The film is a "dark psychological drama" focusing on events ...more
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Maureen O'Hara, Alec Guinness, Burl Ives

Released: 1959

Directed by: Carol Reed

Our Man in Havana is a 1959 British film shot in CinemaScope, directed and produced by Carol Reed and starring Alec Guinness, Burl Ives, Maureen O'Hara, Ralph Richardson, Noël Coward and ...more
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Alec Guinness, Robert Coote, Kay Walsh

Released: 1958

Directed by: Ronald Neame

The Horse's Mouth is a 1958 film directed by Ronald Neame and filmed in Technicolor. Alec Guinness wrote the screenplay from the 1944 novel The Horse's Mouth by Joyce Cary, and also played the ...more
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Alec Guinness, Peter Finch, Cecil Parker

Released: 1954

Directed by: Robert Hamer

Father Brown is a 1954 British mystery comedy film. Technically, the film is a remake of the 1934 Paramount picture Father Brown, Detective, starring Walter Connolly, Paul Lukas and Gertrude ...more
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Alec Guinness, Eileen Atkins, Bill Paterson

Released: 1982

Directed by: Simon Langton

Smiley’s People was a 1982 drama miniseries in six parts, made for the BBC. Directed by Simon Langton, produced by Jonathan Powell, it is the television adaptation of the 1979 spy novel of the ...more
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Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1964

Directed by: Anthony Mann

The Fall of the Roman Empire is a 1964 epic film starring Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason, Christopher Plummer, Mel Ferrer and Omar Sharif. It was directed by Anthony Mann ...more

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Alec Guinness, Petula Clark, Joan Hickson

Released: 1952

Directed by: Ronald Neame

The Card is a black-and-white film version of the novel by Arnold Bennett. Entitled The Promoter for its American audience, it was adapted by Eric Ambler and directed by Ronald Neame. It was ...more
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Alec Guinness, Richard Harris, Timothy Dalton

Released: 1970

Directed by: Ken Hughes

Cromwell is a British 1970 historical drama film, based on the life of Oliver Cromwell who led the Parliamentary forces and, as Lord Protector, ruled Great Britain and Ireland in the 1650s. It ...more

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Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde, Dick Gregory

Released: 1962

Directed by: Lewis Gilbert

H.M.S. Defiant is a British adventure Technicolor film from 1962 starring Alec Guinness and Dirk Bogarde. It tells the story of a mutiny aboard the fictitious ship of the title at around the ...more
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Alec Guinness, Yvonne De Carlo, Celia Johnson

Released: 1953

Directed by: Anthony Kimmins

The Captain's Paradise is a 1953 British comedy film starring Alec Guinness and directed by Anthony Kimmins. It is set in Gibraltar, Morocco and on Captain Henry St. James's, passenger ship as ...more
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Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Flora Robson

Released: 1953

Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst

Malta Story is a 1953 British war film, directed by Brian Desmond Hurst, which is based on the heroic air defence of Malta during the Siege of Malta in the Second World War. The film uses real ...more
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Alec Guinness, Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee

Released: 1984

Directed by: David Lean

A Passage to India is a 1984 drama film written and directed by David Lean. The screenplay is based on the 1924 novel of the same title by E. M. Forster and the 1960 play by Santha Rama Rau that ...more