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Best Andy Serkis Movies 

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Updated June 11, 2019 489 votes 62 voters 41 items

List of the best Andy Serkis movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Andy Serkis started his acting career appearing in TV series like Streetwise, but he quickly became a good bet at the box office. Andy Serkis's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Andy Serkis movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Andy Serkis movies will be at the top of the list. Andy Serkis has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Andy Serkis movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Andy Serkis films to end the squabble once and for all.

Best known for his motion capture roles, Andy Serkis has played many famous characters in film franchises, including Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes movies.  

This is a list that features films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Andy Serkis movies?" and "What are the greatest Andy Serkis roles of all time?"

If you think the best Andy Serkis role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Andy Serkis performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

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Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2003

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is ...more

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James Franco, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell

Released: 2014

Directed by: Matt Reeves

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a 2014 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. It stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary ...more

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#974 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #44 of 180 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made

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War for the Planet of the Apes Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn

Directed by: Matt Reeves

This film is a 2017 science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves. Following the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Caesar (Andy Serkis) and the apes are embroiled in a conflict ...more

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#55 of 157 The Best Science Fiction Action Movies #63 of 165 Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2002

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. It is the second ...more

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James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

Released: 2011

Directed by: Rupert Wyatt

Rise of the Apes is in pre-production as of May 2010. This origin story for a new franchise takes place in modern day San Francisco and will star James Franco. It is currently scheduled for a ...more

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#131 of 157 The Best Science Fiction Action Movies #25 of 165 Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

Released: 2005

Directed by: Peter Jackson

King Kong is a 2005 epic monster film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Directed, co-written, and produced by Peter Jackson, it stars Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow, Jack Black as Carl ...more

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Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom

Released: 2012

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, with large portions of ...more

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#47 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #17 of 119 The Very Best Movie Franchises

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Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2001

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the first ...more

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Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher

Released: 2015

Directed by: J. J. Abrams

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed by J. J. Abrams. Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. ...more

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Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Jamie Bell

Released: 2011

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

The Adventures of Tintin, also known as The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, is a 2011 3D motion capture computer-animated epic adventure film based on The Adventures of Tintin, ...more

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#23 of 33 The Best Steven Spielberg Movies #452 of 590 The Best Animated Films Ever

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Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2006

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

The Prestige is a 2006 mystery drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay adapted by him and his brother Jonathan Nolan from Christopher Priest's 1995 World Fantasy ...more

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#125 of 351 The Best Movies Based On Books #417 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Andy Serkis, Olivia Williams, Jason Flemyng

Released: 2011

Directed by: Dexter Fletcher

Wild Bill is a 2011 drama film written by Dexter Fletcher and Danny King and directed by Dexter Fletcher.
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Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen

Released: 2013

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Hobbit: There and Back Again retitled to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013 fantasy adventure film written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and one more and ...more

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#300 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #107 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Naomie Harris, Ray Winstone, Andy Serkis

Released: 2010

Directed by: Mat Whitecross

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll is a 2010 biographical film about English new wave musician Ian Dury, starring Andy Serkis as Dury. The film follows Dury's rise to fame and documents his ...more

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#97 of 107 The Best Rock Music Movies #26 of 33 The Best Punk Movies

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Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2004

Directed by: Gary Winick

13 Going on 30 is a 2004 American romantic comedy fantasy film written by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, and directed by Gary Winick. Starring Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy ...more

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#296 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #20 of 258 The Best Teen Romance Movies

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Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen

Released: 2014

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Hobbit: There and Back Again is a 2014 film writted by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro and directed by Peter Jackson.

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#366 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #103 of 173 Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals #45 of 107 The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

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Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2015

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Avengers: Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) ...more

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Eva Longoria, Hugh Laurie, James McAvoy

Released: 2011

Directed by: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook

Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ...more

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Mickey Rourke, Ewan McGregor, Alicia Silverstone

Released: 2006

Directed by: Geoffrey Sax

Stormbreaker is a 2006 British Action spy film based on Anthony Horowitz's novel of the same name, the first novel in the Alex Rider series and stars Alex Pettyfer in the title role. The film ...more
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Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen

Released: 2006

Directed by: Sam Fell, David Bowers

Flushed Away is a 2006 British/American computer animated action/adventure comedy film directed by David Bowers and Sam Fell. It was made in the partnership between Aardman Animations and ...more

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Andy Serkis, Kevin McKidd, Jim Broadbent

Released: 1999

Directed by: Mike Leigh

Topsy-Turvy is a 1999 musical drama film written and directed by Mike Leigh and stars Allan Corduner as Arthur Sullivan and Jim Broadbent as W. S. Gilbert, along with Timothy Spall and Lesley ...more

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Isla Fisher, Tim Curry, Christopher Lee

Released: 2010

Directed by: John Landis

Burke & Hare is a 2010 British black comedy film, loosely based on the Burke and Hare murders. Directed by John Landis, the film stars Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as William Burke and William ...more

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Jennifer Connelly, Helen Mirren, Brendan Fraser

Released: 2008

Directed by: Iain Softley

Inkheart is a 2008 adventure fantasy film directed by Iain Softley and starring Brendan Fraser, Eliza Bennett, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren, Andy Serkis, Jim Broadbent, and Sienna Guillory. It is ...more

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Helen Mirren, John Hurt, Andy Serkis

Released: 2010

Directed by: Rowan Joffé

Brighton Rock is a 2010 British crime film loosely based on Graham Greene's 1938 novel of the same name. Rowan Joffé wrote the screenplay and directed the film, which stars Sam Riley, ...more
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Death of a Superhero Andy Serkis, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Jessica Schwarz

Released: 2011

Directed by: Ian FitzGibbon

Death of a Superhero is a 2011 Irish drama film based on the New Zealand novel of the same name by Anthony McCarten. Originally planned to be directed by McCarten in New Zealand, the film was ...more