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The Best Ian McShane Movies

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

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

Torchlight and Nemesis Game are only the beginning of the films on this list.

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


  • 1


    Directed byRob Marshall

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    Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning


    Directed byHenry Selick

    Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel of the same name. It was produced by Laika and distributed by Focus Features. Written and...  more

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  • 3

    We Are Marshall

    Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara


    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

    We Are Marshall is a 2006 American historical drama biopic film directed by McG. It depicts the aftermath of the 1970 incident that 37 football players on the Marshall University Thundering Herd...  more

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  • 4

    Shrek the Third

    Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake


    Directed byChris Miller, Raman Hui

    Shrek the Third is a 2007 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film, and the third installment in the Shrek franchise. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and is the first in the series to...  more

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  • 5

    Battle of Britain

    Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier


    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    Battle of Britain is a 1969 British action film directed by Guy Hamilton. In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the...  more

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  • 6

    If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium

    Joan Collins, Ian McShane


    Directed byMel Stuart

    If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium is a 1969 romantic comedy film made by Wolper Pictures and released by United Artists. It was directed by Mel Stuart, filmed on location throughout Europe, and...  more
  • 7

    44 Inch Chest

    John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson


    Directed byMalcolm Venville

    44 Inch Chest is a 2009 British crime drama film directed by Malcolm Venville in his directorial debut. The film stars Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane and Joanne...  more
  • 8

    Yesterday's Hero

    Suzanne Somers, Ian McShane


    Directed byNeil Leifer

    Yesterday's Hero is a 1979 British film starring Ian McShane, Suzanne Somers, Adam Faith, Paul Nicholas and Cary Elwes. It also features Glynis Barber and Emma Samms in their early performances. The...  more
  • 9

    The Last of Sheila

    Raquel Welch, James Coburn


    Directed byHerbert Ross

    The Last of Sheila is a 1973 mystery film that was directed by Herbert Ross and written directly for the screen by Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim, It starred Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon,...  more
  • 10

    The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising

    Christopher Eccleston, Ian McShane


    Directed byDavid L. Cunningham

    The Seeker, titled The Dark Is Rising in the United Kingdom and The Seeker: The Dark is Rising in Canada, is a 2007 American film adaptation of the second book in the five-book young adult fantasy...  more
  • 11

    Sky West and Crooked

    Ian McShane, Hayley Mills


    Directed byJohn Mills

    Sky West and Crooked is a 1965 film, starring Hayley Mills, directed by her father John Mills, and co-written by her mother Mary Hayley Bell. It was released in the US as Gypsy Girl....  more
  • 12


    Ava Gardner, Ian McShane


    Directed byRoddy McDowall

    Tam-Lin, also known as The Ballad of Tam-Lin, The Devil's Widow and The Devil's Woman, is a 1970 British film made by Commonwealth United Entertainment, Winkast Film Productions Ltd. and distributed...  more
  • 13

    Nine Lives

    Amanda Seyfried, Dakota Fanning


    Directed byRodrigo García

    Nine Lives is a 2005 American drama film written and directed by Rodrigo García. The screenplay, an example of hyperlink cinema, relates nine short, loosely intertwined tales with nine different...  more

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  • 14

    Jack the Giant Killer

    Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci


    Directed byBryan Singer

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  • 15

    Death Race

    Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson


    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

    This film is a 2008 American science fiction action thriller film produced, written, and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and starring Jason Statham. Though referred to as a remake of the 1975 film,...  more

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  • 16

    Hot Rod

    Isla Fisher, Sissy Spacek


    Directed byAkiva Schaffer

    Hot Rod is a 2007 American comedy film co-written, directed, and starring members of The Lonely Island. The film stars Samberg as an amateur stuntman whose step-father, Frank continuously mocks and...  more

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  • 17

    Sexy Beast

    Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane


    Directed byJonathan Glazer

    Sexy Beast is a 2001 British-Spanish crime thriller film directed by Jonathan Glazer. A gangster recruits his old friend, a "retired" safecracker, for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them....  more
  • 18


    Richard Burton, Ian McShane


    Directed byMichael Tuchner

    Villain is a 1971 gangster film directed by Michael Tuchner and starring Richard Burton, Ian McShane, T. P. McKenna and Donald Sinden....  more
  • 19

    The Golden Compass

    Nicole Kidman, Eva Green


    Directed byChris Weitz

    The Golden Compass is a 2007 American fantasy-adventure film directed by Chris Weitz. A young girl, Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards), travels to the far North to save her friend and other...  more

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  • 20


    Sean Connery, Ian McShane


    Directed byCaspar Wrede

    Ransom is a 1974 film starring Sean Connery and Ian McShane and directed by Finnish director Caspar Wrede. The plot concerns a group of terrorists who try to extract a large sum of money from two...  more
  • 21


    Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman


    Directed byWoody Allen

    Scoop is a 2006 American-British romantic comedy mystery written and directed by Woody Allen and starring Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Ian McShane, and Allen himself. The film was released in...  more
  • 22

    The Fifth Musketeer

    Ursula Andress, Olivia de Havilland


    Directed byKen Annakin

    The Fifth Musketeer is a 1979 film adaptation of the last section of the novel The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas, père, which is itself based on the French legend of the Man in the Iron...  more

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  • 23

    Agent Cody Banks

    Hilary Duff, Angie Harmon


    Directed byHarald Zwart

    Agent Cody Banks is a 2003 American action comedy film directed by Harald Zwart. Its story follows the adventures of the 15-year-old title character, played by Frankie Muniz, who has to finish his...  more

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  • 24

    Case 39

    Bradley Cooper, Renée Zellweger


    Directed byChristian Alvart

    Case 39 is a 2009 American psychological horror film directed by Christian Alvart, and stars Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Bradley Cooper and Ian McShane. The film was shot in Vancouver in late...  more

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  • 25

    Snow White and the Huntsman

    Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart


    Directed byRupert Sanders

    Snow White and the Huntsman is a 2012 American dark fantasy action film based on the German fairy tale "Snow White" compiled by the Brothers Grimm. In the film's retelling of the tale, Snow White...  more

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