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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.

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

Ian Holm is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott and Peter Jackson. Movie fans who love Ian Holm have also been known to enjoy films starring John Rhys-Davies and Tom Wilkinson.

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

Released: 1979

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set ...more

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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
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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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ian Holm 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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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

Released: 2007

Directed by: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava

Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was co-written ...more

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The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

Released: 1997

Directed by: Luc Besson

The Fifth Element is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film directed and co-written by Luc Besson. It stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. Mostly set in the ...more

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Brazil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm

Released: 1985

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

Brazil is a 1985 British film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam, Charles McKeown, and Tom Stoppard. British National Cinema by Sarah Street describes the film as a ...more

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Chariots of Fire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

Released: 1981

Directed by: Hugh Hudson

Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of ...more

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Time Bandits is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ian Holm

Released: 1981

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

Time Bandits is a 1981 British fantasy film co-written, produced, and directed by Terry Gilliam, and starring Sean Connery, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Ralph Richardson, Katherine Helmond, Ian ...more

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The Madness of King Geor... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Rupert Everett

Released: 1994

Directed by: Nicholas Hytner

The Madness of King George is a 1994 British biographical historical comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Hytner and adapted by Alan Bennett from his own play, The Madness of George III. It ...more

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From Hell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane

Released: 2001

Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

From Hell is a 2001 American horror mystery film directed by the Hughes brothers and loosely based on the graphic novel From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell about the Jack the Ripper

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The Day After Tomorrow ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

Released: 2004

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American climate fiction-disaster film co-written, directed, and produced by Roland Emmerich and starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, ...more

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Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Mel Gibson, Helena Bonham Carter, Glenn Close

Released: 1990

Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli

Hamlet is a 1990 drama film based on the Shakespearean tragedy of the same name directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Mel Gibson as the eponymous character. The film also features Glenn ...more

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Robin and Marian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Audrey Hepburn, Sean Connery, Richard Harris

Released: 1976

Directed by: Richard Lester

Robin and Marian is a 1976 British-American romantic adventure period film directed by Richard Lester and written by James Goldman, based on the legend of Robin Hood. It stars Sean Connery as ...more

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Henry V is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Christian Bale, Emma Thompson, Judi Dench

Released: 1989

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Henry V is a 1989 British drama film adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name about King Henry V of England. The film stars ...more

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Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani

Released: 2004

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

The Aviator is a 2004 American biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by John Logan and produced by Michael Mann, Sandy Climan, Graham King, and Charles Evans, Jr.. It ...more

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Natalie Portman, Jim Parsons, Ian Holm

Released: 2004

Directed by: Zach Braff

Garden State is a 2004 comedy-drama film written and directed by Zach Braff and starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm and Braff himself. The film centers on Andrew Largeman, a ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Ewan McGregor, Holly Hunter

Released: 1997

Directed by: Danny Boyle

A Life Less Ordinary is a 1997 American-British black comedy film directed by Danny Boyle, written by John Hodge. It stars Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, Delroy Lindo, Ian Holm and ...more

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Mary, Queen of Scots is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Dalton, Ian Holm

Released: 1971

Directed by: Charles Jarrott

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Young Winston is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Anthony Hopkins, Jane Seymour, Anne Bancroft

Released: 1972

Directed by: Richard Attenborough

Young Winston is a 1972 British film based on the early years of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The film was based on the book My Early Life: A Roving Commission by Winston Churchill. ...more
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Nicholas and Alexandra ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Laurence Olivier, Brian Cox, Ian Holm

Released: 1971

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

Nicholas and Alexandra is a 1971 biographical film which partly tells the story of the last ruling Russian monarch, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra. The film was ...more
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Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Anthony Perkins, Ian Holm, John Gielgud

Released: 1978

Directed by: Glenn Jordan

Les Misérables is a 1978 British television film based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. The film was written by John Gay, produced by Lew Grade, and directed by Glenn Jordan. ...more
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The Sweet Hereafter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood

Released: 1997

Directed by: Atom Egoyan

The Sweet Hereafter is a 1997 Canadian drama film written and directed by Atom Egoyan, adapted from the novel of the same name by Russell Banks. The film was highly acclaimed upon its release ...more

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Mary Shelley's Frankenst... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter, John Cleese

Released: 1994

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a 1994 American horror film directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Robert De Niro and Branagh. The picture was produced on a budget of $45 million and is ...more

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Jesus of Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
John Duttine, Claudia Cardinale, Donald Pleasence

Released: 1977

Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli

Jesus of Nazareth is a 1977 British-Italian television miniseries directed by Franco Zeffirelli and co-written by Zeffirelli, Anthony Burgess, and Suso Cecchi d'Amico which dramatises the birth, ...more

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The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Ann Bell, Ian Holm, Tim Pigott-Smith

Released: 1978

Directed by: Rodney Bennett

The Lost Boys is a 1978 docudrama mini-series produced by the BBC, written by Andrew Birkin, and directed by Rodney Bennett. It is about the relationship between Peter Pan creator J. M. Barrie ...more