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The Best Ian McKellen Movies

Updated December 4, 2019 2.2k votes 164 voters 13.0k views68 items

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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 Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by...  more

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson...  more

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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
    Apt Pupil is a 1998 American thriller film directed by Bryan Singer and starring Ian McKellen...  more
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    The Hobbit Trilogy

    Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace
    The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter...  more

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    Last Action Hero

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tina Turner
    Last Action Hero is a 1993 American action-comedy-fantasy film directed and produced by John...  more

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    X-Men

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman
    X-Men is a 2000 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same...  more

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    The Golden Compass

    Nicole Kidman, Eva Green
    The Golden Compass is a 2007 American fantasy-adventure film directed by Chris Weitz. A young...  more

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    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly
    The Hobbit: There and Back Again retitled to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013...  more

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    Cloud Atlas

    Halle Berry, Tom Hanks
    Cloud Atlas is a 2012 science fiction film written and directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer...  more

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    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly
    The Hobbit: There and Back Again is a 2014 film writted by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter...  more

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    X-Men 2

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman
    X2 is a 2003 American superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team appearing in Marvel...  more

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    Macbeth

    Ian McKellen, Judi Dench
    Macbeth is a 1978 videotaped version of Trevor Nunn's Royal Shakespeare Company production of...  more
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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
    X-Men: The Last Stand is a 2006 superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team introduced...  more

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    Alfred the Great

    Ian McKellen, Michael York
    Alfred the Great is a 1969 epic film which portrayed Alfred the Great's struggle to rid Wessex...  more

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    King Lear

    Ian McKellen, Sylvester McCoy
    King Lear is a 2008 television film based on the William Shakespeare play of the same name,...  more
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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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    Stardust

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro
    Stardust is a 2007 British-American romantic fantasy film from Paramount Pictures, directed by...  more

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    Restoration

    Robert Downey Jr., Meg Ryan
    Restoration is a 1995 American historical drama film directed by Michael Hoffman. It stars...  more
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    Neverwas

    Ian McKellen, Nick Nolte
    Neverwas is a 2005 Canadian-American fantasy drama film written and directed by Joshua Michael...  more

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    Emile

    Ian McKellen, Deborah Kara Unger
    Emile is a Canadian film made in 2003 by Carl Bessai but not released widely until 2004. The...  more
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    Flushed Away

    Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman
    Flushed Away is a 2006 British/American computer animated action/adventure comedy film...  more

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