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The Best Christopher Lee Movies  

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A list of the best Christopher Lee movies, ranked by the film fans who know him as Dracula, Saruman, and everything in between. Lee's highest grossing movies have earned millions upon millions; he starred in Hammer horror films and mega-franchises like The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. His career spanned almost 70 years, so there's no shortage of credits in the debate over the greatest Christopher Lee movie of all time.

The order of the list is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated movies will be at the top. If you think the best role isn't at the top, then vote it up so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but for the purposes of this list, let's assume they go hand in hand.

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

Christopher Lee has worked with many famous directors, including big names like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. If you're a fan of Christopher Lee, then check out our lists of the best Ian McKellen and Willem Dafoe movies as well.

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Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough

Released: 1958

Directed by: Terence Fisher

Dracula is a 1958 British horror film. It is the first in the series of Hammer Horror films inspired by the Bram Stoker novel Dracula. It was directed by Terence Fisher, and stars Christopher ...more

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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Christopher Lee Movies
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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Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward

Released: 1973

Directed by: Robin Hardy

The Wicker Man is a 1973 British mystery horror film directed by Robin Hardy and written by Anthony Shaffer. The film stars Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, and ...more

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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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Christopher Lee, Paul Eddington, Patrick Mower

Released: 1968

Directed by: Terence Fisher

The Devil Rides Out, known as The Devil's Bride in the United States, is a 1968 British horror film, based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Dennis Wheatley. It was written by Richard ...more

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Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir

Released: 1966

Directed by: Terence Fisher

Dracula: Prince of Darkness is a 1966 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher. The film was photographed in Techniscope by Michael Reed, designed by Bernard Robinson and scored by James ...more
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Christopher Lee, Patrick Troughton, Wendy Hamilton

Released: 1970

Directed by: Roy Ward Baker

Scars of Dracula is a 1970 British horror film directed by Roy Ward Baker for Hammer Studios. It stars Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, along with Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley, Patrick ...more
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Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Felix Aylmer

Released: 1959

Directed by: Terence Fisher

The Mummy is a 1959 British horror film, directed by Terence Fisher and starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. It was written by Jimmy Sangster and produced by Michael Carreras and Anthony ...more
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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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Christopher Lee, Veronica Carlson, Rupert Davies

Released: 1968

Directed by: Freddie Francis

Dracula Has Risen from the Grave is a 1968 British horror film directed by Freddie Francis for Hammer Films. It stars Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, with support from Rupert Davies, Veronica ...more
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Christopher Lee, Roger Moore, Britt Ekland

Released: 1974

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

The Man with the Golden Gun is the ninth spy film in the James Bond series and the second to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. A loose adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel of ...more

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Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Hazel Court

Released: 1957

Directed by: Terence Fisher

The Curse of Frankenstein is a 1957 British horror film by Hammer Film Productions, loosely based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It was Hammer's first colour horror film, and the ...more

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Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Francis Matthews

Released: 1966

Directed by: Don Sharp

Rasputin, the Mad Monk is a 1966 Hammer film directed by Don Sharp. It stars Christopher Lee as Grigori Rasputin, the Russian peasant-mystic who gained great influence with the Tsars prior to ...more
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Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas

Released: 1972

Directed by: Eugenio Martín

Horror Express, also known as Pánico en el Transiberiano/Panic on the Trans-Siberian Express, is a 1972 Spanish/British horror film directed by Eugenio Martín and starring ...more
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Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

Released: 1999

Directed by: Tim Burton

Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 American fantasy horror adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is a film adaptation loosely inspired by the 1820 short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington ...more

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Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Patrick Troughton

Released: 1964

Directed by: Terence Fisher

The Gorgon is a 1964 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer Films. It stars Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Richard Pasco. The film was photographed by ...more
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Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, John Le Mesurier

Released: 1959

Directed by: Terence Fisher

The Hound of the Baskervilles is a 1959 British gothic horror and mystery film, directed by Terence Fisher and produced by Hammer Film Productions. It is based on the novel of the same name by ...more

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Christopher Lee, Oliver Reed, David Kossoff

Released: 1960

Directed by: Terence Fisher

The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll is a 1960 horror film by Hammer Film Productions. It was directed by Terence Fisher, and stars Paul Massie as Dr. Jekyll, and co-stars Dawn Addams, Christopher Lee ...more
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Christopher Lee, Nastassja Kinski, Honor Blackman

Released: 1976

Directed by: Peter Sykes

To the Devil a Daughter is a 1976 horror film, directed by Peter Sykes and produced by Hammer Film Productions and Terra-Filmkunst. It is based on the novel of the same name by Dennis Wheatley, ...more
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Christopher Lee, Donald Sutherland, Peter Cushing

Released: 1965

Directed by: Freddie Francis

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors is a 1965 British horror film from Amicus Productions, directed by veteran horror director Freddie Francis, written by Milton Subotsky, and starring Peter Cushing ...more
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The Hobbit trilogy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Christopher Lee Movies
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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Christopher Lee, Peter Sallis, Roy Kinnear

Released: 1970

Directed by: Peter Sasdy

Taste the Blood of Dracula is a British horror film produced by Hammer Film Productions and released in 1970. It stars Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, and was directed by Peter Sasdy based ...more
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Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2002

Directed by: George Lucas

(22 Years Before Episode IV) Ten years after the events of the Battle of Naboo, not only has the galaxy undergone significant change, but so have Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, and Anakin ...more

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Christopher Lee, Klaus Kinski, Herbert Lom

Released: 1970

Directed by: Jesús Franco

Count Dracula released in Italy as Il conte Dracula, in Spain as El Conde Drácula and in France as Les Nuits de Dracula, is a 1969 Spanish-Italian-German horror film, directed by ...more

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Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Faye Dunaway

Released: 1973

Directed by: Richard Lester

The Three Musketeers is a 1973 film based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It was directed by Richard Lester and written by George MacDonald Fraser. It was originally proposed in ...more

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