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The Best Jack Hawkins Movies 

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Updated June 11, 2019 709 votes 147 voters 9.2k views 58 items

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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.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Jack Hawkins movies?" and "What are the greatest Jack Hawkins roles of all time?"

John Ford and Richard Brooks both worked with Jack Hawkins over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors.

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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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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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Denholm Elliott, Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins

Released: 1953

Directed by: Charles 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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Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

Released: 1959

Directed by: William 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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Richard Attenborough, Oliver Reed, Jack Hawkins

Released: 1959

Directed by: Basil 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 ...more
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Michael Caine, Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins

Released: 1964

Directed by: Cy 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 ...more

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Orson Welles, Christopher Plummer, Rod Steiger

Released: 1970

Directed by: Sergei 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 ...more

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Gideon's Day Jack Hawkins, Cyril Cusack, James Hayter

Released: 1958

Directed by: John 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 ...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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Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach, Jack Hawkins

Released: 1965

Directed by: Richard 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 ...more
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The Long Arm Jack Hawkins, Geoffrey Keen, Dorothy Alison

Released: 1956

Directed by: Charles 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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Joan Collins, Jack Hawkins, James Robertson Justice

Released: 1955

Directed by: Howard Hawks

Land of the Pharaohs is a 1955 American epic film in Cinemascope, directed and produced by Howard Hawks and starring the two British actors Jack Hawkins and Joan Collins as Pharaoh Khufu and his ...more
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Jack Hawkins, Phyllis Calvert, Nancy Price

Released: 1952

Directed by: Fred 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 ...more
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Jack Hawkins, Dulcie Gray, John Gregson

Released: 1952

Directed by: George 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 ...more
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Mia Farrow, Richard Attenborough, Jack Hawkins

Released: 1964

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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The Intruder Jack Hawkins, Dennis Price, George Baker

Released: 1953

Directed by: Guy 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 ...more
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Ralph Richardson, Jack Hawkins, Michèle Morgan

Released: 1948

Directed by: Carol Reed

The Fallen Idol is a 1948 film directed by Carol Reed and based on the short story "The Basement Room", by Graham Greene. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director ...more
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Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Kenneth Griffith

Released: 1955

Directed by: Peter Glenville

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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Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave

Released: 1969

Directed by: Richard 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, ...more
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Sid James, Michael Gough, Jack Hawkins

Released: 1949

Directed by: Emeric 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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James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Jack Hawkins

Released: 1951

Directed by: Henry Koster

No Highway in the Sky is a 1951 British disaster film directed by Henry Koster and starring James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich. The film is based on the novel No Highway by Nevil Shute, and was ...more

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Laurence Olivier, Brian Cox, Ian Holm

Released: 1971

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

Nicholas and Alexandra is a 1971 biographical film which partly tells the story of the last ruling Russian monarch, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra. The film was ...more
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Claudette Colbert, Jack Hawkins

Released: 1952

Directed by: Ken 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 ...more
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Donald Pleasence, Jack Hawkins, Lionel Jeffries

Released: 1957

Directed by: Charles 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 ...more
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Anthony Hopkins, Jack Hawkins, Robert Morley

Released: 1971

Directed by: Étienne 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