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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?"

Ian McKellen has worked with many famous directors, including big names like Ron Howard and Brett Ratner. Movie fans who love Ian McKellen have also been known to enjoy films starring Alan Rickman and Jim Broadbent.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ian McKellen Movies
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jour... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ian McKellen Movies
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom

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X-Men Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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X-Men 2 Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ian McKellen Movies
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen

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Richard III Robert Downey Jr., Ian McKellen, Annette Bening

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen

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Gods and Monsters Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave

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The Da Vinci Code Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen, Audrey Tautou

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X-Men: The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ian McKellen Movies
X-Men: The Last Stand Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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Stardust Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Claire Danes

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Apt Pupil Ian McKellen, David Schwimmer, Joshua Jackson

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Magneto Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart

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Last Action Hero Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tina Turner, Sharon Stone

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The Golden Compass Nicole Kidman, Eva Green, Ian McKellen

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Macbeth Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Ian McDiarmid

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The Scarlet Pimpernel Ian McKellen, Jane Seymour, Anthony Andrews

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David Copperfield Ian McKellen, Daniel Radcliffe, Sally Field

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Cloud Atlas Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon

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Asylum Ian McKellen, Natasha Richardson, Hugh Bonneville

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Restoration Robert Downey Jr., Meg Ryan, Ian McKellen

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King Lear Ian McKellen, Sylvester McCoy, Romola Garai

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Six Degrees of Separation Will Smith, Heather Graham, Ian McKellen

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And the Band Played On Ian McKellen, Steve Martin, Richard Gere

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Corvette Summer Ian McKellen, Mark Hamill, Danny Bonaduce

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Alfred the Great Ian McKellen, Michael York, Julian Glover

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Cold Comfort Farm Kate Beckinsale, Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry

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Bent Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ian McKellen

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Swept from the Sea Rachel Weisz, Ian McKellen, Kathy Bates

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Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny Ian McKellen, Alan Rickman, David Warner

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Flushed Away Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen

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Scandal Ian McKellen, John Hurt, Bridget Fonda

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Emile Ian McKellen, Deborah Kara Unger, Tygh Runyan

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Neverwas Ian McKellen, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange

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The Magic Roundabout Kylie Minogue, Ian McKellen, Robbie Williams

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The Shadow Alec Baldwin, Ian McKellen, Tim Curry

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Priest of Love Ian McKellen, Ava Gardner, John Gielgud

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Jack and Sarah Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Richard E. Grant

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I'll Do Anything Ian McKellen, Rosie O'Donnell, Nick Nolte

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The Ballad of Little Jo Heather Graham, Ian McKellen, Melissa Leo

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For The Love of God Ian McKellen, Steve Coogan, Julia Davis

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Acting Shakespeare Ian McKellen

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Displaced Ian McKellen, Mark Strange, Stuart McDermid

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The Keep Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne, Scott Glenn

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Plenty Meryl Streep, Sting, Ian McKellen

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Doogal Kylie Minogue, Whoopi Goldberg, Chevy Chase

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The Academy Ian McKellen