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In Which We ServeIn Which We Serve (1942) Recommended
Dir. David Lean
Feat. Sir Noel Coward, John Mills, Bernard Miles
WW2 drama contrasts the service lives of a destroyer crew with their memories of back home. Powerful film won an Oscar for writer, director and star…
This Happy BreedThis Happy Breed (1944)
Dir. David Lean
Feat. Robert Newton, Celia Johnson, John Mills
Another David Lean–Noel Coward collaboration, the pair who later made the fine BRIEF ENCOUNTER. Here they turn their sensibilities to the…
Blithe SpiritBlithe Spirit (1945) Recommended
Dir. David Lean
Feat. Rex Harrison
Novelist Rex Harrison jestingly arranges a seance, and inadvertently conjures up the ghost of his first wife, who then wittily haunts his new…
Brief EncounterBrief Encounter (1946) Aro Favourite
Dir. David Lean
Feat. Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Cyril Raymond
Beautifully controlled rendering of Noel Coward's touching story about a romance that evolves between two happily married strangers. A much loved…
Great ExpectationsGreat Expectations (1946) Recommended
Dir. David Lean
Feat. John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Bernard Miles
Esteemed treatment of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a young orphan aided by a mysterious benefactor brought major international success to the…
Oliver TwistOliver Twist (1948) Recommended
Dir. David Lean
Feat. Robert Newton, Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh
Astonishing version of the Dicken's classic, notable for great atmosphere and Alec Guinness.
Passionate Friends, ThePassionate Friends, The (1949) Recommended
Dir. David Lean
Feat. Ann Todd, Trevor Howard, Claude Rains
A wistful Ann Todd divides her loyalty between a secure, older husband (Rains) and a free–spirited toff (Howard) in this rich, unrequited…
Sound Barrier, TheSound Barrier, The (1952)
Dir. David Lean
Feat. Ralph Richardson, Ann Todd, Nigel Patrick
Ralph Richardson excels as an aircraft manufacturer aiming to break the titular barrier with a newly developed jet, but exacting a bitter cost on his…
Hobson's ChoiceHobson's Choice (1953)
Dir. David Lean
Feat. Charles Laughton
Hard to take one's eyes off the maniacal acting of Charles Laughton in this Dickensian comic–drama, as a vulgar cobbler whose rebellious eldest…
SummertimeSummertime (Summer Madness) (1955) Recommended
Dir. David Lean
Feat. Katharine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi, Isa Miranda
Katharine Hepburn, middle–aged spinster, flees to Venice on vacation, only for the romance of the city – and a dark, handsome Italian catch…

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