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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?"

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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Ian McKellen, Natasha Richardson, Hugh Bonneville
Asylum is a 2005 Anglo-Irish drama film directed by David Mackenzie and made by Mace Neufeld Productions, Samson Films, Seven Arts Productions, Zephyr Films Ltd and released by Paramount ...more
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Robert Downey Jr., Meg Ryan, Ian McKellen
Restoration is a 1995 American historical drama film directed by Michael Hoffman. It stars Robert Downey, Jr. as a 17th-century medical student exploited by a debauched king. The film is based ...more
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Ian McKellen, Deborah Kara Unger, Tygh Runyan
Emile is a Canadian film made in 2003 by Carl Bessai but not released widely until 2004. The cast included Ian McKellen and Deborah Kara Unger. The film received 2 Genie Award nominations for ...more
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Ian McKellen, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange
Neverwas is a 2005 Canadian-American fantasy drama film written and directed by Joshua Michael Stern in his directorial debut. It stars Ian McKellen, Aaron Eckhart, Brittany Murphy and Nick ...more
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Ian McKellen, Alan Rickman, David Warner
Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny is a biographical 1996 TV film which chronicles the last four years of Grigori Rasputin's stint as a healer to Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia; the heir ...more
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Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen
Flushed Away is a 2006 British/American computer animated action/adventure comedy film directed by David Bowers and Sam Fell. It was made in the partnership between Aardman Animations and ...more

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#197 of 600 The Best Animated Films Ever #204 of 410 The Best Rainy Day Movies #189 of 261 The Best Movies for 10 Year Old Kids

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Will Smith, Heather Graham, Ian McKellen
Six Degrees of Separation is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Fred Schepisi. It serves as a film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated John Guare play of the same title, which ...more
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Ian McKellen, Steve Martin, Richard Gere
And the Band Played On is a 1993 American television film docudrama directed by Roger Spottiswoode. The teleplay by Arnold Schulman is based on the best-selling 1987 non-fiction book And the ...more

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Ian McKellen, Mark Hamill, Danny Bonaduce
Corvette Summer is an American film, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1978 starring Mark Hamill and Annie Potts. It tells the story of a lonely, car-obsessed California teenager.

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#19 of 19 The Funniest Comedy Movies About Vegas #42 of 156 The Greatest Car Movies Ever Made #154 of 202 The Best Comedy Movies of the 1970s

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Kylie Minogue, Ian McKellen, Robbie Williams
Doogal or Sprung! The Magic Roundabout is a 2005 French-British computer-animated adventure family comedy fantasy film based on the television series of the same name, directed by Dave ...more
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Rachel Weisz, Ian McKellen, Kathy Bates
Swept from the Sea is a 1997 American drama film directed by Beeban Kidron and starring Vincent Perez, Rachel Weisz, and Ian McKellen. Based on the 1901 short story "Amy Foster" by ...more
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Bent Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ian McKellen
Bent is a 1997 British/Japanese drama film directed by Sean Mathias, based on the 1979 play of the same name by Martin Sherman, who also wrote the screenplay.
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Ian McKellen, John Hurt, Bridget Fonda
Scandal is a British drama film, a fictionalised account of the Profumo Affair based on 1987 Anthony Summers' book Honeytrap. Starring Joanne Whalley as Christine Keeler and John Hurt as Stephen ...more
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Alec Baldwin, Ian McKellen, Tim Curry
The Shadow is a 1994 American superhero film, directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Ian McKellen, Peter Boyle, Jonathan Winters and Tim Curry. It ...more

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Kate Beckinsale, Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry
Cold Comfort Farm is a 1995 British comedy film directed by John Schlesinger and produced by the BBC and Thames Television, an adaptation of Stella Gibbons' 1932 book of the same name, the film ...more

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#666 of 808 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #12 of 77 The Best Period Romance Movies #108 of 202 The Best Romantic Comedies Rated PG

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Ian McKellen
The Hobart Shakespeareans of Hobart Boulevard Elementary School is a 2005 documentary film that tells the story of the inspirational inner-city Los Angeles school teacher Rafe Esquith whose ...more
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Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Richard E. Grant
Jack and Sarah is a 1995 British romantic comedy film written and directed by Tim Sullivan. The film was originally released in the UK on 2 June 1995. The theme song in this film is ...more
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Ian McKellen, Ava Gardner, John Gielgud
Priest of Love is a British biographical film about D. H. Lawrence and his wife Frieda. It was produced and directed by Christopher Miles and co-produced by Andrew Donally. The screenplay was by ...more
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Acting Shakespeare Ian McKellen
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Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne, Scott Glenn
The Keep is a 1983 horror film directed by Michael Mann and starring Scott Glenn, Gabriel Byrne, Jürgen Prochnow, Alberta Watson and Ian McKellen. It was released by Paramount Pictures. The ...more
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Ian McKellen, Rosie O'Donnell, Nick Nolte
I'll Do Anything is a 1994 American dramedy film written and directed by James L. Brooks. Its primary plot concerns a down-on-his-luck actor who suddenly finds himself the sole caretaker of his ...more
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Heather Graham, Ian McKellen, Melissa Leo
The Ballad of Little Jo is a 1993 American western film inspired by the true story of a society woman who tries to escape the stigma of bearing a child out of wedlock by going out to the West, ...more

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#11 of 60 The Best '90s Western Movies #20 of 77 The Best Period Romance Movies #39 of 156 The Best R-Rated Western Movies

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For The Love of God Ian McKellen, Steve Coogan, Julia Davis
For The Love of God is a 2007 film directed by Joe Tucker.
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Meryl Streep, Sting, Ian McKellen
Plenty is a 1985 British drama film directed by Fred Schepisi and starring Meryl Streep. It was adapted from David Hare's play of the same name.
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Ian McKellen, Mark Strange, Stuart McDermid
Displaced is a 2006 British feature film produced by Skylandian Pictures. Produced by Mark Strange and directed by Martin Holland, the film took six years to make and secured a US distribution ...more