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The Best Ian Holm Movies

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List of the best Ian Holm movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Ian Holm'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 Ian Holm movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Ian Holm movies will be at the top of the list. Ian Holm has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Ian Holm movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Ian Holm films to end the squabble once and for all. Holm was born in Essex on September 12, 1931 and died June 19, 2020. He was knighted with the Order of the British Empire in 1989.

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

Items here include everything from Alice Through the Looking Glass to Loch Ness.

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  • The Madness of King George1
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    The Madness of King George

    Helen Mirren, Ian Holm

    Released1994

    Directed byNicholas Hytner

    The Madness of King George is a 1994 British biographical historical comedy-drama film...  more

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  • Hamlet2
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    Hamlet

    Mel Gibson, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released1990

    Directed byFranco Zeffirelli

    Hamlet is a 1990 drama film based on the Shakespearean tragedy of the same name directed by...  more

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  • Robin and Marian3
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    Robin and Marian

    Audrey Hepburn, Sean Connery

    Released1976

    Directed byRichard Lester

    Robin and Marian is a 1976 British-American romantic adventure period film directed by Richard...  more
  • Alien4
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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the...  more

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  • Henry V5
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    Henry V

    Christian Bale, Emma Thompson

    Released1989

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

    Henry V is a 1989 British drama film adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh,...  more

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  • Mary, Queen of Scots6
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    Mary, Queen of Scots

    Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Dalton

    Released1971

    Directed byCharles Jarrott

    Mary, Queen of Scots (1542–1587) was queen regnant of Scotland and queen consort of...  more

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  • Les Misérables7
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    Les Misérables

    Anthony Perkins, Ian Holm

    Released1978

    Directed byGlenn Jordan

    Les Misérables is a 1978 British television film based on the novel of the same name by Victor...  more
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  • Young Winston8
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    Young Winston

    Anthony Hopkins, Jane Seymour

    Released1972

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

    Young Winston is a 1972 British film based on the early years of British Prime Minister...  more
  • The Aviator9
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    The Aviator

    Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2004

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Aviator is a 2004 American biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by...  more

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  • King Lear10
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    King Lear

    Ian Holm, Victoria Hamilton

    Released1998

    Directed byRichard Eyre

    King Lear is a TV movie written and directed by Richard Eyre, based on the play by William...
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  • A Life Less Ordinary11
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    A Life Less Ordinary

    Cameron Diaz, Ewan McGregor

    Released1997

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    A Life Less Ordinary is a 1997 American-British black comedy film directed by Danny Boyle,...  more

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  • Nicholas and Alexandra12
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    Nicholas and Alexandra

    Laurence Olivier, Brian Cox

    Released1971

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

    Nicholas and Alexandra is a 1971 biographical film which partly tells the story of the last...  more
  • Garden State13
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    Garden State

    Natalie Portman, Jim Parsons

    Released2004

    Directed byZach Braff

    Garden State is a 2004 comedy-drama film written and directed by Zach Braff and starring...  more

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  • The Sweet Hereafter14
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    The Sweet Hereafter

    Ian Holm, Sarah Polley

    Released1997

    Directed byAtom Egoyan

    The Sweet Hereafter is a 1997 Canadian drama film written and directed by Atom Egoyan, adapted...  more

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King15
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    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by...  more

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  • Ratatouille16
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    Ratatouille

    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo

    Released2007

    Directed byBrad Bird, Jan Pinkava

    Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation...  more

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  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein17
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    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released1994

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a 1994 American horror film directed by Kenneth Branagh and...  more

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  • Existenz18
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    Existenz

    Jude Law, Willem Dafoe

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

    Existenz is a 1999 Canadian science fiction body horror film written, produced, and directed...  more
  • The Emperor's New Clothes19
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    The Emperor's New Clothes

    Ian Holm, Hugh Bonneville

    Released2001

    Directed byAlan Taylor

    The Emperor's New Clothes is a 2001 film that was adapted from Simon Leys's novel The Death of...  more
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream20
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    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Helen Mirren, Judi Dench

    Released1968

    Directed byPeter Hall

    A Midsummer Night's Dream is a 1968 film of William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's...  more
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring21

    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by...  more

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  • Kafka22
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    Kafka

    Jeremy Irons, Alec Guinness

    Released1991

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Kafka is a 1991 mystery thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh. Ostensibly a biopic,...  more
  • Big Night23
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    Big Night

    Liev Schreiber, Isabella Rossellini

    Released1996

    Directed byStanley Tucci, Campbell Scott

    Big Night is a 1996 American motion picture drama with comedic overtones directed by Campbell...  more
  • Wetherby24
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    Wetherby

    Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave

    Released1985

    Directed byDavid Hare

    Wetherby is a 1985 British drama film written and directed by playwright David Hare....  more
  • Brazil25
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    Brazil

    Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins

    Released1985

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Brazil is a 1985 British film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam, Charles...  more

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