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1. Too Many Crooks (1930)

38 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

One of the British Film Institute's "75 Most Wanted", this currently lost movie is about a man who tries to burgle his safe the same night as a group of professionals plan to do the same.

Director: George King | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Dorothy Boyd, A. Bromley Davenport, Arthur Stratton

Votes: 15

4. Friends and Lovers (1931)

Passed | 68 min | Drama, Romance, War

British Army Captain Geoff Roberts carries on an affair with Alva, the wife of the cruel Victor Sangrito. Sangrito, however, is well aware of the affair, as he uses his beautiful wife to ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Schertzinger | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Lili Damita, Laurence Olivier, Erich von Stroheim

Votes: 294

5. The Yellow Ticket (1931)

Passed | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, War

A young Russian girl is forced into a life of prostitution in Czarist Russia, and she and a British journalist find their lives endangered when she reveals to him information regarding the ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Elissa Landi, Lionel Barrymore, Laurence Olivier, Walter Byron

Votes: 138

6. Westward Passage (1932)

Passed | 73 min | Drama, Romance

A struggling writer divorces his wife to pursue his career without interference, but they meet in Europe years later after she has remarried.

Director: Robert Milton | Stars: Ann Harding, Laurence Olivier, Zasu Pitts, Irving Pichel

Votes: 226

7. Perfect Understanding (1933)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young couple decide to marry under the condition that they agree never to disagree. That agreement is soon put to the test when the husband finds himself attracted to a beautiful young woman.

Director: Cyril Gardner | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Laurence Olivier, John Halliday, Nigel Playfair

Votes: 585

9. I Stand Condemned (1935)

Approved | 76 min | Drama, Romance, War

During World War I, Russian Captain Ivan Ignatoff falls in love with his nurse, Natasha Kovrin. But she is subject to an upcoming marriage of family convenience to Brioukow, a wealthy ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Harry Baur, Penelope Dudley-Ward, Laurence Olivier, Athene Seyler

Votes: 62

10. As You Like It (1936)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

A Duke usurps his brother's land and power, banishing him and his entourage into the forest of Arden. The banished Duke's daughter, Rosalind, remains with her cousin Celia. She has fallen ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Czinner | Stars: Elisabeth Bergner, Laurence Olivier, Sophie Stewart, Henry Ainley

Votes: 611

11. The Conquest of the Air (1936)

Not Rated | 71 min | Drama, History

This documentary traces man's attempts to fly from ancient times through the 1930s.

Directors: Alexander Esway, Zoltan Korda, John Monk Saunders, Alexander Shaw, Donald Taylor | Stars: Frederick Culley, Laurence Olivier, Franklin Dyall, Henry Victor

Votes: 178

12. Fire Over England (1937)

92 min | Adventure, History, Romance

Queen Elizabeth is running this show. The men in her court should be thinking about how to add to the glory of the Elizabethan Age and how to foil those pesky Spanish who got far too much ... See full summary »

Director: William K. Howard | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Flora Robson, Vivien Leigh, Raymond Massey

Votes: 1,495

13. The Divorce of Lady X (1938)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Divorce lawyer Everard Logan thinks the woman who spent the night in his hotel room is the erring wife of his new client.

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Binnie Barnes, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 1,121

14. Clouds Over Europe (1939)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

A quirky British Secret Service Agent named Major Hammond tries to discover who is using a secret weapon to steal experimental planes.

Directors: Tim Whelan, Arthur B. Woods | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Valerie Hobson, George Curzon

Votes: 662

15. Wuthering Heights (1939)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveller the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Flora Robson

Votes: 14,973

16. 21 Days Together (1940)

72 min | Drama

After Larry Darrent accidentally kills his lover's blackmailing husband, someone else is arrested for the crime. Larry and Wanda have just three weeks together before the trial and if the ... See full summary »

Director: Basil Dean | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Leslie Banks, Laurence Olivier, Francis L. Sullivan

Votes: 792

17. Rebecca (1940)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A self-conscious woman juggles adjusting to her new role as an aristocrat's wife and avoiding being intimidated by his first wife's spectral presence.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

Votes: 111,518 | Gross: $4.36M

18. Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, Romance

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Mary Boland, Edna May Oliver

Votes: 6,900

19. That Hamilton Woman (1941)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, History, Romance

The story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton, including her relationships with Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Horatio Nelson and her rise and fall, set during the Napoleonic Wars.

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Alan Mowbray, Sara Allgood

Votes: 3,617

20. 49th Parallel (1941)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, War, Thriller

A World War II U-boat crew are stranded in northern Canada. To avoid internment, they must make their way to the border and get into the still-neutral U.S.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier, Raymond Massey, Anton Walbrook

Votes: 5,277

21. Adventure for Two (1943)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Ivan Kouznetsoff, a Russian engineer, recounts during World War II his stay in England prior to the war working on a new propeller for ice-breaking ships. Naive about British people, and ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Penelope Dudley-Ward, Marjorie Fielding, Margaret Rutherford

Votes: 380

22. Henry V (1944)

Not Rated | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks, Felix Aylmer

Votes: 5,272

23. Hamlet (1948)

Not Rated | 154 min | Drama

Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former King.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, John Laurie, Esmond Knight

Votes: 13,964

24. The Magic Box (1951)

Approved | 118 min | Biography, Drama

A chronicle of the life of William Friese-Greene, a British inventor and early pioneer in cinema.

Director: John Boulting | Stars: Robert Donat, Maria Schell, Renée Asherson, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 1,029

25. Carrie (1952)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, Romance

A young girl from a provincial town learns the bitter reality of a big city and great love.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Jennifer Jones, Miriam Hopkins, Eddie Albert

Votes: 1,949

26. The Beggar's Opera (1953)

94 min | Crime, History, Musical

When the composer of an opera about a swashbuckling, wenching highwayman meets his hero's real-life counterpart, he's disappointed with his lack of dash.

Director: Peter Brook | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Hugh Griffith, George Rose, Stuart Burge

Votes: 269

27. Richard III (1955)

Not Rated | 161 min | Biography, Drama, History

Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed King and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Cedric Hardwicke, Nicholas Hannen, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 3,746

28. The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Romance

An American showgirl becomes entangled in political intrigue when the Prince Regent of a foreign country attempts to seduce her.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Richard Wattis, David Horne

Votes: 6,963

29. The Devil's Disciple (1959)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy, History, Romance

The black sheep of a family and the local minister discover their true vocations during the Revolutionary War.

Directors: Guy Hamilton, Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Janette Scott

Votes: 1,925

30. The Moon and Sixpence (1959 TV Movie)

Drama

A staid, dull Englishman abruptly deserts his wife and children to become a painter in the South Seas.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Judith Anderson, Hume Cronyn, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 31

31. The Entertainer (1960)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

Archie Rice, an old-time British music hall performer sinking into final defeat, schemes to stay in show business.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Brenda de Banzie, Roger Livesey, Joan Plowright

Votes: 2,649

32. Spartacus (1960)

PG-13 | 197 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

87 Metascore

The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton

Votes: 113,977 | Gross: $30.00M

33. The Power and the Glory (1961 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

A cynical Catholic priest is sent to Mexico to preach. It's the 1930s and Mexican government sees the church as competition. They send a secret agent to assassinate the priest.

Director: Marc Daniels | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Julie Harris, George C. Scott, Martin Gabel

Votes: 45

34. Term of Trial (1962)

130 min | Drama

Graham Weir is an alcoholic schoolteacher whose criminal record for refusing to fight during World War II has prevented him from progressing further in his teaching career. He is looked ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Glenville | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Simone Signoret, Sarah Miles, Terence Stamp

Votes: 564

35. Uncle Vanya (1963)

120 min | Drama

A retired professor has returned to his estate to live with his beautiful young wife, Yelena. The estate originally belonged to his first wife, now deceased; her mother and brother still ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Burge | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Robert Lang, Max Adrian, Lewis Casson

Votes: 109

36. Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

Not Rated | 107 min | Mystery, Thriller

A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Keir Dullea, Carol Lynley, Laurence Olivier, Martita Hunt

Votes: 6,758

37. Othello (1965)

Unrated | 165 min | Drama

A General's marriage is destroyed when a vengeful Lieutenant convinces him that his new wife has been unfaithful.

Director: Stuart Burge | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Frank Finlay, Robert Lang, Anthony Nicholls

Votes: 1,258

38. Khartoum (1966)

Approved | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the Sudan, in 1884 to 1885, Egyptian forces led by a British General defend Khartoum against an invading Muslim Army led by a religious fanatic, the Mahdi.

Directors: Basil Dearden, Eliot Elisofon | Stars: Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Richard Johnson, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 6,097

39. The Shoes of the Fisherman (I) (1968)

G | 162 min | Drama

Ukrainian Archbishop Kiril Lakota is set free after twenty years as a political prisoner in Siberia. He is brought to Rome by Father David Telemond, a troubled young priest who befriends ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Laurence Olivier, Oskar Werner, David Janssen

Votes: 3,136

40. Male of the Species (1969 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

Never trust a man whoever he is. This is the bitter lesson learned by Mary MacNeil in her relationships with three different men: her father, a mendacious womanizer; a smooth-talking office... See full summary »

Directors: Charles Jarrott, Anthony Page | Stars: Paul Scofield, Michael Caine, Anna Calder-Marshall, Sean Connery

Votes: 79

41. Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

G | 144 min | Comedy, Musical, War

The working-class Smiths change their initially sunny views on World War I after the three boys of the family witness the harsh reality of trench warfare.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Wendy Allnutt, Colin Farrell, Malcolm McFee, John Rae

Votes: 2,442

42. The Dance of Death (1969)

G | 149 min | Drama

An egocentric artillery Captain and his venomous wife engage in savage unremitting battles in their isolated island fortress off the coast of Sweden at the turn of the century. Alice, a ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Geraldine McEwan, Robert Lang, Janina Faye

Votes: 72

43. Battle of Britain (1969)

G | 132 min | Action, Drama, History

In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible Axis invasion of the U.K.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Harry Andrews, Curd Jürgens

Votes: 19,172

44. David Copperfield (1970 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 120 min | Drama

The legendary novel by Charles Dickens comes to life in this colorful interpretation directed by Delbert Mann.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Cyril Cusack, Edith Evans, Pamela Franklin

Votes: 448

45. Three Sisters (1970)

G | 165 min | Drama

Olga, Masha, and Irina Prozoroff lead lonely and purposeless lives following the death of their father who had commanded the local army post. Olga attempts to find satisfaction in teaching,... See full summary »

Directors: Laurence Olivier, John Sichel | Stars: Jeanne Watts, Joan Plowright, Louise Purnell, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 298

46. Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

GP | 183 min | Biography, Drama, History

Czar Nicholas II, the inept last monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Roderic Noble, Ania Marson

Votes: 4,017

47. Sleuth (1972)

PG | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Alec Cawthorne, John Matthews

Votes: 42,048

48. Lady Caroline Lamb (1972)

PG | 123 min | Drama, History, Romance

A noblewoman doomed to a loveless marriage falls into a scandalous affair with the dashing Lord Byron.

Director: Robert Bolt | Stars: Sarah Miles, Jon Finch, Richard Chamberlain, John Mills

Votes: 383