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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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The Bridge on the River Kwai Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 World War II 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 ...more

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Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness 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 through his British company, Horizon ...more

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Kind Hearts and Coronets Alec Guinness, Dennis Price, Hugh Griffith 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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The Ladykillers Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness, Frankie Howerd 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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Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill 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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Oliver Twist Alec Guinness, Diana Dors, Anthony Newley 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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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill 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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The Lavender Hill Mob Audrey Hepburn, Alec Guinness, Robert Shaw 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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Great Expectations Alec Guinness, Jean Simmons, John Mills 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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Doctor Zhivago Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness 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 World War I and ...more

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Tunes of Glory Alec Guinness, John Mills, Susannah York 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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The Man in the White Suit Alec Guinness, Michael Gough, Cecil Parker 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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Father Brown Alec Guinness, Peter Finch, Cecil Parker 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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Murder by Death Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness Murder by Death 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, ...more

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The Horse's Mouth Alec Guinness, Robert Coote, Kay Walsh 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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Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas was from a story by Lucas, who was also the executive ...more

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Our Man in Havana Maureen O'Hara, Alec Guinness, Burl Ives 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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The Fall of the Roman Empire Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif, Christopher Plummer 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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Smiley's People Alec Guinness, Eileen Atkins, Bill Paterson 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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H.M.S. Defiant Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde, Dick Gregory 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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Cromwell Alec Guinness, Richard Harris, Timothy Dalton Cromwell is a British 1970 historical drama film, based on the life of Oliver Cromwell who led the Parliamentary forces during the English Civil War and, as Lord Protector, ruled Great Britain ...more

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The Card Alec Guinness, Petula Clark, Joan Hickson 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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A Passage to India Alec Guinness, Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee 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

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The Quiller Memorandum Alec Guinness, Max von Sydow, George Sanders The Quiller Memorandum is an Anglo-American Eurospy film adapted from the 1965 spy novel The Berlin Memorandum, by Elleston Trevor under the name "Adam Hall", screenplay by Harold ...more

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Malta Story Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Flora Robson 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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The Captain's Paradise Alec Guinness, Yvonne De Carlo, Celia Johnson 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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The Prisoner Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Kenneth Griffith The Prisoner is a 1955 drama film directed by Peter Glenville and based on the play by Bridget Boland. The film stars Alec Guinness and Jack Hawkins.

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The Comedians Elizabeth Taylor, James Earl Jones, Richard Burton The Comedians is a 1967 film directed and produced by Peter Glenville, based on the novel of the same name by Graham Greene, who also wrote the screenplay. The stars were Richard Burton, ...more

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Little Lord Fauntleroy Patrick Stewart, Alec Guinness, Ricky Schroder Little Lord Fauntleroy is a 1980 film directed by Jack Gold.

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Little Dorrit Alec Guinness, Derek Jacobi, Miriam Margolyes Little Dorrit is a 1988 film adaptation of the novel Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. It was written and directed by Christine Edzard, and produced by John Brabourne and Richard B. Goodwin. The ...more

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The Scapegoat Bette Davis, Alec Guinness, Nicole Maurey The Scapegoat is a 1959 crime film based on the novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier, and starring Alec Guinness, Nicole Maurey and Bette Davis.

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Scrooge Alec Guinness, Albert Finney, Kenneth More Scrooge is a 1970 musical film adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic 1843 story, A Christmas Carol. It was filmed in London between January and May 1970 and directed by Ronald Neame, and ...more

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A Majority of One Alec Guinness, Rosalind Russell, Mae Questel A Majority of One is a 1961 comedy film written by Leonard Spigelgass and directed by Mervyn LeRoy.

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Last Holiday Alec Guinness, Sid James, Wilfrid Hyde-White Last Holiday is a 1950 British film featuring Alec Guinness in his sixth starring role. The low-key, dark comedy was written and co-produced by J. B. Priestley and directed by Henry Cass, ...more

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The Mudlark Alec Guinness, Irene Dunne, Finlay Currie The Mudlark is a 1950 film made in Britain by 20th Century Fox. It is a fictional account of how Queen Victoria was eventually brought out of her mourning for her dead husband, Prince Albert. It ...more

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Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious Robert Redford, Alec Guinness, Mike Connors Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious is a 1965 comedy film starring Alec Guinness, Mike Connors and Robert Redford. It is based on the novel The Hiding Place by Robert Shaw. The title is a ...more

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A Handful of Dust Judi Dench, Anjelica Huston, Alec Guinness A Handful of Dust is a 1988 film directed by Charles Sturridge, based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Evelyn Waugh. It stars James Wilby and Kristin Scott Thomas. It was nominated at the ...more

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Brother Sun, Sister Moon Alec Guinness, Judi Bowker, Peter Firth Brother Sun, Sister Moon is a 1972 film directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Graham Faulkner and Judi Bowker. The film is a biopic of Saint Francis of Assisi.

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Hotel Paradiso Alec Guinness, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley Hotel Paradiso is a Metrocolor 1966 film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in Panavision. It was directed by Peter Glenville and based on the play L'Hôtel du libre échange by Maurice ...more

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Kafka Jeremy Irons, Alec Guinness, Ian Holm Kafka is a 1991 mystery thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh. Ostensibly a biopic, based on the life of Franz Kafka, the film blurs the lines between fact and Kafka's fiction, creating a ...more

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A Foreign Field Lauren Bacall, Alec Guinness, Jeanne Moreau A Foreign Field is a 1993 BBC television film about British and American Second World War veterans returning to the beaches of Normandy as old men. It is more a drama than a comedy, although it ...more

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Hitler: The Last Ten Days Alec Guinness, Julian Glover, Peter Sallis Hitler: The Last Ten Days is a 1973 British-Italian biographical drama film depicting the days leading up to Adolf Hitler's suicide. The film stars Alec Guinness and Simon Ward and the original ...more

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Barnacle Bill Alec Guinness, Wallace Beery, Charles Lane Barnacle Bill is a 1957 Ealing Studios comedy film, starring Alec Guinness. He plays an unsuccessful Royal Navy officer, and six of his maritime ancestors. This was the last film Guinness made ...more

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A Run for Your Money Alec Guinness, Hugh Griffith, Joyce Grenfell A Run for Your Money is a 1949 Ealing Studios comedy film starring Donald Houston and Meredith Edwards as two Welshmen visiting London for the first time. The supporting cast includes Alec ...more

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To Paris with Love Alec Guinness, Austin Trevor, Jacques Brunius To Paris with Love is a 1955 British comedy film directed by Robert Hamer and starring Alec Guinness, Odile Versois and Vernon Gray.

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Twelfth Night Alec Guinness, Joan Plowright, Ralph Richardson

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The Stratford Adventure is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alec Guinness Movies
The Stratford Adventure Alec Guinness The Stratford Adventure is a 1954 Canadian documentary film about the founding of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, directed by Morten Parker. It was named Film of the Year at the Canadian ...more

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The Swan Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness, Agnes Moorehead The Swan is a remake of The Swan, a Paramount Pictures release. Another film version was released as One Romantic Night. The 1956 film is a romantic comedy released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, ...more

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Mute Witness Alec Guinness, Oleg Yankovsky, Fay Ripley Mute Witness is a 1994 thriller/horror film written, directed, and produced by Anthony Waller. The film was shot in Moscow, Russia, while Alec Guinness's scenes were filmed in Germany in 1985. ...more

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Edwin Alec Guinness, Paul Rogers, Renée Asherson Edwin is a 1984 drama film written by John Mortimer and directed by Rodney Bennett.