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The Best Jack Hawkins Movies

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List of the best Jack Hawkins movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Jack Hawkins'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 Jack Hawkins movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Jack Hawkins movies will be at the top of the list. Jack Hawkins has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Jack Hawkins movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Jack Hawkins films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

These films, like Five Finger Exercise and The Bridge on the River Kwai include images when available.

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    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    Alec Guinness, William Holden

    Released1957

    Directed byDavid Lean

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    The Long Arm

    Jack Hawkins, Geoffrey Keen

    Released1956

    Directed byCharles Frend

    The Long Arm is a 1956 British police procedural crime film starring Jack Hawkins. The film, which is based on a screenplay by Robert Barr, was directed by Charles Frend and produced by Michael...  more
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    The Cruel Sea

    Denholm Elliott, Stanley Baker

    Released1953

    Directed byCharles Frend

    The Cruel Sea is a 1953 British war film starring Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, Denholm Elliott, Stanley Baker, Liam Redmond, Virginia McKenna and Moira Lister. The film, which was made by Ealing...  more
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    Ben-Hur

    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins

    Released1959

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic historical drama film, directed by William Wyler, produced by Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Hugh...  more

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    Guns at Batasi

    Mia Farrow, Richard Attenborough

    Released1964

    Directed byJohn Guillermin

    Guns at Batasi is a 1964 drama film starring Richard Attenborough, Jack Hawkins, Flora Robson, John Leyton and Mia Farrow. The film was based on the 1962 novel The Siege of Battersea by Robert Holles...  more
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    Mandy

    Jack Hawkins, Phyllis Calvert

    Released1952

    Directed byFred F. Sears, Alexander Mackendrick

    Mandy was a 1952 Ealing Studios film, based on the book The Day Is Ours by Hilda Lewis, with screenplay by Nigel Balchin and Jack Whittingham, and direction by Alexander Mackendrick and Fred Sears....  more
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    Angels One Five

    Jack Hawkins, Dulcie Gray

    Released1952

    Directed byGeorge More O'Ferrall

    Angels One Five is a 1952 British film directed by George More O'Ferrall, and starring Jack Hawkins, Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray, John Gregson, Cyril Raymond and Veronica Hurst. Based on the book...  more
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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. 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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    The Intruder

    Jack Hawkins, Dennis Price

    Released1953

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    The Intruder is a 1953 British drama film directed by Guy Hamilton and starring Jack Hawkins, George Cole, Dennis Price and Michael Medwin. The film is based on the 1949 novel by Robin Maugham called...  more
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    The League of Gentlemen

    Richard Attenborough, Oliver Reed

    Released1959

    Directed byBasil Dearden

    The League of Gentlemen is a 1960 British crime drama directed by Basil Dearden and starring Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick, Roger Livesey, and Richard Attenborough. It is based on the 1958 novel The...  more
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    The Small Back Room

    Sid James, Michael Gough

    Released1949

    Directed byEmeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

    The Small Back Room is a film by the British producer-writer-director team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger starring David Farrar and Kathleen Byron and featuring Jack Hawkins and Cyril...  more
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    Waterloo

    Orson Welles, Christopher Plummer

    Released1970

    Directed bySergei Bondarchuk

    Waterloo is a 1970 Soviet-Italian film directed by Sergei Bondarchuk and produced by Dino De Laurentiis. It depicts the story of the preliminary events and the Battle of Waterloo, and is famous for...  more

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    Zulu

    Michael Caine, Stanley Baker

    Released1964

    Directed byCy Endfield

    Zulu is a 1964 epic film depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift between the British Army and the Zulus in January 1879. It depicts 150 British soldiers who successfully held off a force of 4,000 Zulu...  more

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    Gideon's Day

    Jack Hawkins, Cyril Cusack

    Released1958

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Gideon's Day is a 1958 police procedural crime film starring Jack Hawkins, Dianne Foster and Cyril Cusack. The film, which was directed by John Ford, was adaptated from John Creasey's novel of the...  more
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    Oh! What a Lovely War

    Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier

    Released1969

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

    Oh! What a Lovely War is a 1969 British comedy musical film directed by Richard Attenborough (in his directorial debut), with an ensemble cast including Maggie Smith, Dirk Bogarde, John Gielgud, John...  more

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    Lord Jim

    Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach

    Released1965

    Directed byRichard Brooks

    Lord Jim is a 1965 adventure film made by Columbia Pictures. The picture was produced and directed by Richard Brooks with Jules Buck and Peter O'Toole as associate producers, from a screenplay by...  more
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    When Eight Bells Toll

    Anthony Hopkins, Jack Hawkins

    Released1971

    Directed byÉtienne Périer

    When Eight Bells Toll is a 1971 action film set in Scotland, based upon Scottish author Alistair MacLean's 1965 novel of the same name. Producer Elliott Kastner planned to produce a string of...  more
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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 heroic air defence of Malta during the Siege of Malta in the Second World War. The film uses real and...  more
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    Man in the Sky

    Donald Pleasence, Jack Hawkins

    Released1957

    Directed byCharles Crichton

    Man in the Sky is a 1957 film starring Jack Hawkins and produced by Ealing Studios, although the on - screen credit was changed to Ealing Films as this was the first Ealing production to be made at...  more
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    The Planter's Wife

    Claudette Colbert, Jack Hawkins

    Released1952

    Directed byKen Annakin

    The Planter's Wife is a 1952 British drama film directed by Ken Annakin, and starring Claudette Colbert, Jack Hawkins and Anthony Steel. It is set against the backdrop of the Malayan Emergency and...  more
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    The Two-Headed Spy

    Michael Caine, Jack Hawkins

    Released1958

    Directed byAndré de Toth

    The Two-Headed Spy is a 1958 British spy thriller, set in World War II. It starred Jack Hawkins and was directed by Andre De Toth. It also starred Gia Scala, Erik Schumann and Alexander Knox. The...  more
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    Who Goes Next?

    Jack Hawkins, Sophie Stewart

    Released1938

    Directed byMaurice Elvey

    Who Goes Next? is a 1938 British war film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Barry K. Barnes, Sophie Stewart and Jack Hawkins. During the First World War, a number of captured British officers...  more
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    Front Page Story

    Jack Hawkins, Elizabeth Allan

    Released1954

    Directed byGordon Parry

    Front Page Story is a 1954 black-and-white British drama film directed by Gordon Parry and starring Jack Hawkins, Elizabeth Allan and Eva Bartok....  more
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    The Seekers

    Kenneth Williams, Jack Hawkins

    Released1954

    Directed byKen Annakin

    The Seekers is a 1954 British adventure film produced by the Universal-International and directed by Ken Annakin. It starred Jack Hawkins, Glynis Johns, Noel Purcell, and Kenneth Williams. It was the...  more
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    Rampage

    Robert Mitchum, Jack Hawkins

    Released1963

    Directed byPhil Karlson

    Rampage is a 1963 adventure film about big game hunters set in Malaysia and starring Robert Mitchum, Jack Hawkins, and Elsa Martinelli. The movie was directed by Phil Karlson from the novel by Alan...  more