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The Best Ian McKellen Movies

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List of the best Ian McKellen movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Ian McKellen'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 McKellen movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Ian McKellen movies will be at the top of the list. Ian McKellen has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Ian McKellen movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Ian McKellen films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

List films include Plenty, E'gad, Zombies! and many additional films as well.

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


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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen
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    Richard III

    Robert Downey Jr., Ian McKellen
    Richard III is a 1995 drama film adapted from William Shakespeare's play of the same name,...  more
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    The Da Vinci Code

    Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen
    The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery-thriller film produced by John Calley and Brian...  more

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    Apt Pupil

    Ian McKellen, David Schwimmer
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    The Hobbit Trilogy

    Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace
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    Last Action Hero

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    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman
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    The Golden Compass

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    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly
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    Cloud Atlas

    Halle Berry, Tom Hanks
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    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly
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    X-Men 2

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman
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    Ian McKellen, Judi Dench
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    David Copperfield

    Ian McKellen, Daniel Radcliffe
    David Copperfield is a two-part BBC television drama adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel...  more
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    X-Men: The Last Stand

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman
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    Alfred the Great

    Ian McKellen, Michael York
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    King Lear

    Ian McKellen, Sylvester McCoy
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    The Scarlet Pimpernel

    Ian McKellen, Jane Seymour
    The Scarlet Pimpernel is a 1982 British romantic adventure film set during the French...  more
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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro
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    Robert Downey Jr., Meg Ryan
    Restoration is a 1995 American historical drama film directed by Michael Hoffman. It stars...  more
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    Ian McKellen, Nick Nolte
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    Ian McKellen, Deborah Kara Unger
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    Flushed Away

    Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman
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