David Lean Movies

List of the best David Lean movies: Lawrence of Arabia(1962), The Bridge on the River Kwai(1957), Brief Encounter(1945), Doctor Zhivago(1965), Hobson's Choice(1954), Ryan's Daughter(1970), A Passage to India(1984), The Passionate Friends(1949), In Which We Serve(1942), Blithe Spirit(1945), Summertime(1955), Breaking the Sound Barrier(1952) ... ...

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Lawrence of Arabia

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

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The Bridge on the River Kwai

British POWs are forced to build a railway bridge across the river Kwai for their Japanese captors, not knowing that the allied forces are planning to destroy it.

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Brief Encounter

Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband.

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Doctor Zhivago

The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during World War I and then the October Revolution.

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Hobson's Choice

Henry Hobson (Charles Laughton) is a successful bootmaker, a widower and a tyrannical father of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses because marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements.

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Ryan's Daughter

Set in the wake of the 1916 Easter Rising, a married woman in a small Irish village has an affair with a troubled British officer.

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A Passage to India

Cultural mistrust and false accusations doom a friendship in British colonial India between an Indian doctor, an Englishwoman engaged to marry a city magistrate, and an English educator.

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The Passionate Friends

A woman meets a man whose love she rejected years ago.

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In Which We Serve

This "story of a ship", the British destroyer H.M.S. Torrin, is told in flashbacks by survivors as they cling to a life raft.

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Blithe Spirit

A man and his second wife are haunted by the ghost of his first wife.

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An American spinster's dream of romance finally becomes a bittersweet reality when she meets a handsome--but married--Italian man while vacationing in Venice.

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Breaking the Sound Barrier

A British manufacturer (Ralph Richardson) loses a son and a son-in-law (Nigel Patrick) trying to fly faster than the speed of sound.

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This Happy Breed

An adaptation of Noel Coward's play traces a number of years in the life of a middle-class London family.

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Upper-class Madeleine Smith (Ann Todd) stands trial for killing her French lover (Ivan Desny) in Victorian Scotland.

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Oliver Twist

Dickens' London waif (John Howard Davies) is pressed into Fagin's (Alec Guinness) street gang led by bully Bill Sikes (Robert Newton) and the Artful Dodger.

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