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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.

List ranges from A Little Romance to The Seven-Per-Cent Solution and more.

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

Laurence Olivier was no stranger to working with popular directors, including Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and Michael Powell. If Laurence Olivier movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Peter O'Toole and Rod Steiger too.

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Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine

Released: 1940

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Rebecca is a 1940 American psychological thriller-drama film. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, it was his first American project, and his first film produced under contract with David O. Selznick. ...more

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Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Merle Oberon

Released: 1939

Directed by: William Wyler

Wuthering Heights is a 1939 American black-and-white film directed by William Wyler and produced by Samuel Goldwyn. It is based on the novel, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. The film ...more

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Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Stanley Baker

Released: 1955

Directed by: Laurence Olivier

Richard III is a 1955 British Technicolor film adaptation of William Shakespeare's historical play of the same name, also incorporating elements from his Henry VI, Part 3. It was directed and ...more

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Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

Released: 1960

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Spartacus is a 1960 American epic historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by Dalton Trumbo was based on the novel Spartacus by Howard Fast. It was inspired by the life ...more

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Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks

Released: 1944

Directed by: Laurence Olivier

Henry V is a 1944 British Technicolor film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name. The on-screen title is The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought ...more
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Christopher Lee, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons

Released: 1948

Directed by: Laurence Olivier

Hamlet is a 1948 British film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, adapted and directed by and starring Sir Laurence Olivier. Hamlet was Olivier's second film as director, and also ...more

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Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Sara Allgood

Released: 1941

Directed by: Alexander Korda

That Hamilton Woman, is a 1941 black-and-white historical film drama, produced and directed by Alexander Korda for his American company during his exile in the United States. Set during the ...more

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Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Eve Channing

Released: 1972

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Sleuth is a 1972 mystery thriller film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The screenplay by British playwright Anthony Shaffer was based on his 1970 Tony Award-winning play Sleuth. The film stars ...more

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Laurence Olivier, Jennifer Jones, Eddie Albert

Released: 1952

Directed by: William Wyler

Carrie is a 1952 feature film based on the novel Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser. Directed by William Wyler, the film stars Jennifer Jones in the title role and Laurence Olivier as Hurstwood. ...more
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Laurence Olivier, Gregory Peck, Steve Guttenberg

Released: 1978

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

The Boys from Brazil is a 1978 British-American thriller film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. It stars Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier and features James Mason, Lilli Palmer, Uta Hagen and ...more

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Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider

Released: 1976

Directed by: John Schlesinger

Marathon Man is a 1976 suspense/thriller film directed by John Schlesinger. It was adapted by William Goldman from his novel of the same name and stars Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy ...more

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Laurence Olivier, Greer Garson, Maureen O'Sullivan

Released: 1940

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

Pride and Prejudice is a 1940 American film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice, directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. The screenplay ...more

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Laurence Olivier, Albert Finney, Alan Bates

Released: 1960

Directed by: Tony Richardson

The Entertainer is a 1960 drama film directed by Tony Richardson, based on the stage play of the same name by John Osborne. It stars Laurence Olivier as a failing third-rate music-hall stage ...more
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Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Raymond Massey

Released: 1937

Directed by: William K. Howard

Fire Over England is a 1937 London Film Productions film drama, notable for providing the first pairing of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. It was directed by William K. Howard and written by ...more
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Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford

Released: 1977

Directed by: Richard Attenborough

A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 epic film based on the 1974 book of the same name by Cornelius Ryan, adapted by William Goldman. It was produced by Joseph E. Levine and Richard P. Levine and directed ...more

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Laurence Olivier, Carol Lynley, Noël Coward

Released: 1965

Directed by: Otto Preminger

Bunny Lake Is Missing is a 1965 British psychological thriller film starring Laurence Olivier and directed and produced by Otto Preminger, who filmed it in black and white widescreen format in ...more

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Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Terence Rattigan

Released: 1957

Directed by: Laurence Olivier

The Prince and the Showgirl is a 1957 British-American Technicolor romantic comedy film produced at Pinewood Studios starring Marilyn Monroe and co-starring Laurence Olivier who also served as ...more
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Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1969

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

Battle of Britain is a1969 action film directed by Guy Hamilton.

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Laurence Olivier, Leslie Howard, Raymond Massey

Released: 1941

Directed by: Michael Powell

49th Parallel is a 1941 British war drama film; it was the third film made by the British writer-director team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It was released in the United States as ...more
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Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson

Released: 1966

Directed by: Basil Dearden, Eliot Elisofon

Khartoum is a 1966 film written by Robert Ardrey and directed by Basil Dearden. It stars Charlton Heston as British Gen. Charles "Chinese" Gordon and Laurence Olivier as the Mahdi and ...more
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Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier, Michael Gambon

Released: 1965

Directed by: Stuart Burge

Othello is a 1965 film based on the National Theatre Company's staging of Shakespeare's Othello staged by John Dexter. Directed by Stuart Burge, the film starred Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, ...more
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Laurence Olivier, Michael York, Olivia Hussey

Released: 1968

Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli

Romeo and Juliet is a 1968 British-Italian romance film based on the tragic play of the same name by William Shakespeare. The film was directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, and stars ...more

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Laurence Olivier, Robert Donat, Margaret Rutherford

Released: 1951

Directed by: John Boulting, Roy Boulting

The Magic Box is a 1951 British, Technicolor, biographical drama film, directed by John Boulting. The film stars Robert Donat as William Friese-Greene, with a host of cameo appearances by such ...more
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Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon, Ralph Richardson

Released: 1938

Directed by: Tim Whelan

The Divorce of Lady X is a 1938 British colour romantic comedy film made by London Films; it stars Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson and Binnie Barnes. It was directed by Tim ...more
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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