David Lean filmography

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David Lean and Omar Sharif during the photography of Doctor Zhivago in 1965.

The following is a filmography of David Lean, whose body of work in the film industry spanned the period from 1930–1984. This list includes the release year of the film, the role(s) Lean had in the production of each film, and additional notes such as awards and nominations. Lean directed 17 feature films in total.

As editor only[edit]

Year Title
1931 These Charming People
1932 Insult
1933 The Ghost Camera
1933 Song of the Plough
1933 Matinee Idol
1933 Money for Speed
1934 Tiger Bay
1934 The Secret of the Loch
1934 Dangerous Ground
1934 Java Head
1935 Escape Me Never
1935 The Crouching Beast
1936 As You Like It
1936 Ball at Savoy
1937 Dreaming Lips
1937 The Wife of General Ling
1937 The Last Adventurers
1938 Pygmalion
1940 French Without Tears
1940 Spies of the Air
1941 Major Barbara
1941 49th Parallel
1942 One of Our Aircraft Is Missing

As director[edit]

Year Title Contribution Notes
1942 In Which We Serve Director

Won – AFGA Silver Condor
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director

1944 This Happy Breed Director, Writer
1945 Blithe Spirit Director, Writer Won – Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
1945 Brief Encounter Director, Writer

Nominated – Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Director

1946 Great Expectations Director, Writer

Nominated – Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Director

1948 Oliver Twist Director, Writer

Won – Golden Lion
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Film

1949 The Passionate Friends Director, Writer
1950 Madeleine Director
1952 The Sound Barrier Director

Won – National Board of Review Award for Best Director
Won – BAFTA Award for Best Film

1954 Hobson's Choice Director, Writer

Won – Golden Bear
Won – BAFTA Award for Best Film
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Film

1955 Summertime Director, Writer

Won – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Film

1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai Director

Won – Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
Won – Academy Award for Best Picture
Won – Academy Award for Best Director
Won – BAFTA Award for Best Film
Won – Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
Won – Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture
Won – National Board of Review Award for Best Director
Won – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director

1962 Lawrence of Arabia Director

Won – Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
Won – Academy Award for Best Director
Won – Academy Award for Best Picture
Won – Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture
Won – Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
Won – Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Silver Ribbon – Best Director of a Foreign Film
Won – National Board of Review Award for Best Director

1965 Doctor Zhivago Director

Nominated – Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Film
Won – Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture
Won – Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
Nominated – Golden Palm
Won – David di Donatello for Best Foreign Director
Tied – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director (Tied with Roman Polanski for Repulsion.

1970 Ryan's Daughter Director

Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Director
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Film
Nominated – Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
Won – Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Director

1979 Lost and Found: The Story of Cook's Anchor Director, Writer
1984 A Passage to India Director, Writer, Editor

Nominated – Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated – Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Film
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Won – Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film
Won – Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director
Won – National Board of Review Award for Best Director
Won – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director
Nominated – Writers Guild of America Award

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
George Stevens
for Giant
Academy Award for Best Director
1957
for The Bridge on the River Kwai
Succeeded by
Vincente Minnelli
for Gigi
Preceded by
Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins
for West Side Story
Academy Award for Best Director
1962
for Lawrence of Arabia
Succeeded by
Tony Richardson
for Tom Jones