David Lean

1908 - 1991

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Sir David Lean (25 March 1908 – 16 April 1991) was an English film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor, widely considered one of the most important figures of British cinema. He directed the large-scale epics The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), Ryan's Daughter (1970), and A Passage to India (1984). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Lean has received more than 2,417,110 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). David Lean is the 118th most popular film director (down from 81st in 2019), the 549th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 412th in 2019) and the 9th most popular British Film Director.

David Lean is most famous for his films such as The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, and Doctor Zhivago.

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  • 2.4M

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  • 64.05

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  • 59

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  • 5.13

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  • 4.75

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Over the past year David Lean has had the most page views in the with 342,624 views, followed by French (30,680), and Spanish (26,470). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Malagasy (92.92%), Icelandic (72.12%), and West Frisian (52.88%)


Among film directors, David Lean ranks 118 out of 2,041Before him are Kenji Mizoguchi, Otar Iosseliani, Manoel de Oliveira, Jules Dassin, Peter Jackson, and Jerzy Grotowski. After him are Sergei Bondarchuk, John Woo, Howard Hawks, Victor Fleming, Jiří Menzel, and Wes Craven.

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Among people born in 1908, David Lean ranks 34Before him are Franz Stangl, Amon Göth, Joseph Rotblat, Ilya Frank, Werner von Haeften, and Manoel de Oliveira. After him are William Saroyan, Arthur Adamov, Dmitry Ustinov, Carole Lombard, Cesare Pavese, and Willard Libby. Among people deceased in 1991, David Lean ranks 27Before him are Marcel Lefebvre, Rajiv Gandhi, Oona O'Neill, Arno Breker, Margot Fonteyn, and Henri Lefebvre. After him are Natalia Ginzburg, Max Frisch, Gunnar Gren, Ragnar Granit, Yumjaagiin Tsedenbal, and Jean Tinguely.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, David Lean ranks 549 out of 8,785Before him are Stanley Rous (1895), Bruce Dickinson (1958), Thomas Bayes (1702), George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859), Betty Williams (1943), and David McCallum (1933). After him are Geoffrey of Monmouth (1090), Jane Seymour (1951), Thomas Cranmer (1489), Christian Bale (1974), David II of Scotland (1324), and Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet (1892).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United Kingdom

Among film directors born in United Kingdom, David Lean ranks 9Before him are Ken Loach (1936), Alan Parker (1944), Tony Scott (1944), Christopher Nolan (1970), Peter Brook (1925), and Richard Attenborough (1923). After him are Peter Greenaway (1942), Stephen Frears (1941), Mike Newell (1942), Danny Boyle (1956), Carol Reed (1906), and Guy Ritchie (1968).