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The Best Laurence Olivier Movies

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

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

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    Spartacus

    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier
    Spartacus is a 1960 American epic historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The...  more

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    Henry V

    Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton
    Henry V is a 1944 British Technicolor film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the...  more

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    Hamlet

    Christopher Lee, Laurence Olivier
    Hamlet is a 1948 British film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, adapted and...  more

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    Carrie

    Laurence Olivier, Jennifer Jones
    Carrie is a 1952 feature film based on the novel Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser. Directed...  more
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    Fire Over England

    Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier
    Fire Over England is a 1937 London Film Productions film drama, notable for providing the...  more
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    Wuthering Heights

    Laurence Olivier, David Niven
    Wuthering Heights is a 1939 American black-and-white film directed by William Wyler and...  more

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    #29 of 81 The Best Period Romance Movies#50 of 105 The Best Valentine's Day Movies

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    Battle of Britain

    Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier
    Battle of Britain is a 1969 British action film directed by Guy Hamilton. In 1940, the British...  more

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    #126 of 175 The Best Movies Of The '60s#30 of 75 The Best Movies About Hitler

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    Rebecca

    Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock
    Rebecca is a 1940 American psychological thriller-drama film. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, it...  more

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    The Magic Box

    Laurence Olivier, Robert Donat
    The Magic Box is a 1951 British, Technicolor, biographical drama film, directed by John...  more
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    Sleuth

    Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier
    Sleuth is a 1972 mystery thriller film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The screenplay by...  more

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    #196 of 231 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#35 of 247 The Best Whodunit Movies

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    King Lear

    John Hurt, Laurence Olivier
    King Lear is a video production of William Shakespeare's 1606 play of the same name, directed...  more
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    Richard III

    Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud
    Richard III is a 1955 British Technicolor film adaptation of William Shakespeare's historical...  more

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    #102 of 333 The Best Political Films Ever Made#22 of 37 The Best Shakespeare Film Adaptations

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    Oh! What a Lovely War

    Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier
    Oh! What a Lovely War is a 1969 British comedy musical film directed by Richard Attenborough...  more
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    The Prince and the Showgirl

    Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier
    The Prince and the Showgirl is a 1957 British-American Technicolor romantic comedy film...  more
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    49th Parallel

    Laurence Olivier, Leslie Howard
    49th Parallel is a 1941 British war drama film; it was the third film made by the British...  more
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    The Jazz Singer

    Laurence Olivier, Neil Diamond
    The Jazz Singer is a 1980 American drama film and a remake of the 1927 classic The Jazz...  more

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    Romeo and Juliet

    Laurence Olivier, Michael York
    Romeo and Juliet is a 1968 British-Italian romance film based on the tragic play of the same...  more

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    That Hamilton Woman

    Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier
    That Hamilton Woman, is a 1941 black-and-white historical film drama, produced and directed by...  more
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    Othello

    Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier
    Othello is a 1965 film based on the National Theatre Company's staging of Shakespeare's...  more
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    Love Among the Ruins

    Katharine Hepburn, Laurence Olivier
    Love Among the Ruins is a 1975 British television film directed by George Cukor and starring...  more
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    Pride and Prejudice

    Laurence Olivier, Greer Garson
    Pride and Prejudice is a 1940 American film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Pride and...  more

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    The Divorce of Lady X

    Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon
    The Divorce of Lady X is a 1938 British colour romantic comedy film made by London Films; it...  more
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    The Entertainer

    Laurence Olivier, Albert Finney
    The Entertainer is a 1960 drama film directed by Tony Richardson, based on the stage play of...  more
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    The Boys from Brazil

    Laurence Olivier, Gregory Peck
    The Boys from Brazil is a 1978 British-American thriller film directed by Franklin J....  more

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    Dracula

    Laurence Olivier, Frank Langella
    Dracula is a 1979 American/British horror film starring Frank Langella as Count Dracula, based...  more

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