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Wuthering HeightsWuthering Heights (1939) Recommended
Dir. William Wyler
Feat. Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon
Emily Bronte's passionate romantic classic is immortalised in celluloid with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon unforgettable as doomed lovers Kathy…
Q PlanesQ Planes (Clouds Over Europe) (1939)
Dir. Tim Whelan
Feat. Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier, Valerie Hobson
Delightfully preposterous comedy–thriller about superspys attempting to steal British aircraft secrets. Amid the secret rays and droll…
Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice (1940) Recommended
Dir. Robert Z. Leonard
Feat. Laurence Olivier, Greer Garson
Jane Austen's splendid comedy of manners is brought to the screen for the first time, with wit and subtlety firmly in tact.
RebeccaRebecca (1940) Recommended
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Feat. Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders
A masterful gothic romance about a nobleman's second wife who becomes haunted by the image of his beloved first. Hitchcock's first American film was…
49th Parallel49th Parallel (1941)
Dir. Michael Powell
Feat. Laurence Olivier
A taut, effective actioner in which five German U–boat men become stranded off the Canadian coast and try to make it overland to the neutral…
That Hamilton WomanThat Hamilton Woman (1941)
Dir. Alexander Korda
Feat. Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh
Star–chemistry between Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh ignites this portrayal of the infamous romance between Lord Horatio Nelson and Emma…
Henry VHenry V (1944) Recommended
Dir. Laurence Olivier
Feat. Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks
Brimming with zest, this Shakespeare adaption became an instant classic when released, featuring Laurence Olivier in full sail as the youthful…
HamletHamlet (1948) Recommended
Dir. Laurence Olivier
Feat. Laurence Olivier, Eileen Herlie, Basil Sydney
The Oscar winner of Best Picture, Actor, Art direction and Costume, Laurence Olivier's version soars with vitality and atmosphere. A classic.
Beggar's Opera, TheBeggar's Opera, The (1953) Recommended
Dir. Peter Brook
Feat. Laurence Olivier
Initially a commercial failure, this energetic romp through John Gay's 18th century ribald opera has since been critically acclaimed. In his first…
Richard IIIRichard III (1955) Recommended
Dir. Laurence Olivier
Feat. Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson
Laurence Olivier's third cinematic translation of Shakespeare both as actor and director. His performance borders on high camp as the twisted 15th…
Prince and the Showgirl, ThePrince and the Showgirl, The (1957)
Dir. Laurence Olivier
Feat. Laurence Olivier, Marilyn Monroe
Curious comedy juxtaposes the talents of Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe to surprising effect. Filmed in London during the coronation of George V.
Entertainer, TheEntertainer, The (1960) Recommended
Dir. Tony Richardson
Feat. Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier portrays a faded comedian who reflects on his failure as an entertainer and as a man. Another fine example of moody British…
SpartacusSpartacus (1960) Recommended
Dir. Stanley Kubrick
Feat. Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton
First–rate epic details the revolt of the ancient Roman slaves as led by Kirk Douglas in the title role. Production spares little expense but…
OthelloOthello (1965) Recommended
Dir. Stuart Burge
Feat. Laurence Olivier, Derek Jacobi, Maggie Smith
Laurence Olivier transposes his stage performance of Othello for the screen with able supporting cast.
KhartoumKhartoum (1966)
Dir. Basil Dearden
Feat. Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Charlton Heston
Lavishly mounted biopic of General Gordon's defeat by Arab tribesmen in 1833.
Shoes of the Fisherman, TheShoes of the Fisherman, The (1968)
Dir. Michael Anderson
Feat. Anthony Quinn, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud
Anthony Quinn plays a Russian bishop who is elected Pope after twenty years in political asylum. Beautifully adorned best–seller adaptation.
Battle of BritainBattle of Britain (1969)
Dir. Guy Hamilton
Feat. Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard
Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier head an ensemble cast of British old boys for this extravagant re–enactment of the famous aerial battle that…
American Film Theatre - Three SistersAmerican Film Theatre - Three Sisters (1970)
Dir. Laurence Olivier
Feat. Alan Bates, Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright
Three sisters stuck in the Russian provinces pine for distant Moscow in this comprehensively faithful adaptation of Anton Chekhov's famous 19th…
Nicholas and AlexandraNicholas and Alexandra (1971)
Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner
Feat. Laurence Olivier, Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman
The last Czars of Russia get an appropriately lavish send–off in this wagon–load of Hollywood corn. With Tom Baker (as Rasputin) and…
SleuthSleuth (1972) Aro Favourite
Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Feat. Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier
A supremely cunning, self–reflexive mystery satire based on the hit West End play, with Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine as affable…
Marathon ManMarathon Man (1976)
Dir. John Schlesinger
Feat. Laurence Olivier, Dustin Hoffman, Roy Scheider
Laurence Olivier and Dustin Hoffman display their thespian prowess in this dark tale of a marathon runner entangled in international espionage. One…
Bridge Too Far, ABridge Too Far, A (1977)
Dir. Richard Attenborough
Feat. Dirk Bogarde, Robert Redford, Sean Connery
Perhaps a battle–scene too far for some, but for afficiandos this epic account of an abortive Allied invasion of Holland is sure to provide…
Boys from Brazil, TheBoys from Brazil, The (1978)
Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner
Feat. Laurence Olivier, Gregory Peck, James Mason
Ira Levin's novel makes for an ingenious if implausible thriller with obsessed Nazi–hunter Laurence Olivier trying to scupper super–Nazi…
Brideshead Revisited (Mini-series)Brideshead Revisited (Mini-series) (1981) Recommended
Feat. Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Diana Quick
Famous adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel chronicles one Charles Ryder and his relationship with the Marchmain family in England between the wars.…
Clash of the TitansClash of the Titans (1981)
Dir. Desmond Davis
Feat. Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom, Ursula Andress
Brave stab at visualising Greek mythology, taking the Perseus legend as its basis, this turned out to be the swansong for Ray Harryhausen and his…
Voyage Round My Father, AVoyage Round My Father, A (1983) Recommended
Dir. Alvin Rakoff
Feat. Laurence Olivier, Alan Bates
Laurence Olivier gives another special performance as Alan Bates' eccentric father who steadfastly refuses to accept compromises on account of his…
King LearKing Lear (1984) Recommended
Dir. Michael Elliot
Feat. Laurence Olivier
Made for Granada television, this magnificent version stars Laurence Olivier who, in the twilight of his career, gives a riveting performance as the…

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