Best Ian McKellen movies

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Best Ian McKellen movies
If you love cinema, you will share this ranking of the best Ian McKellen movies, although you may have ordered them differently. In any case, we hope you love it and with a little luck discovering a movie that you still don't know about Ian McKellen.

TOP 25:
The Good Liar
The Good Liar
Character: Roy Courtnay
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Release: 2019
Career con man Roy sets his sights on his latest mark: recently widowed Betty, worth millions. And he means to take it all. But as the two draw closer, what should have been another simple swindle takes on the ultimate stakes.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Helen Mirren movies?

TOP 24:
The Dresser
The Dresser
Character: Norman
Genre: Drama, TV Movie
Release: 2015
One fateful night in a small English regional theatre during World War II a troupe of touring actors stage a production of Shakespeares King Lear. Bombs are falling, sirens are wailing, the curtain is up in an hour but the actor/manager Sir who is playing Lear is nowhere to be seen. His dresser Norman must scramble to keep the production alive but will Sir turn up in time and if he does will he be able to perform that night? The Dresser is a wickedly funny and deeply moving story of friendship and loyalty as Sir reflects on his lifelong accomplishments and seeks to reconcile his turbulent friendships with those in his employ before the final curtain.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Emily Watson movies?


TOP 23:
The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code
Character: Sir Leigh Teabing
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Release: 2006
A murder in Paris’ Louvre Museum and cryptic clues in some of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery. For 2,000 years a secret society closely guards information that — should it come to light — could rock the very foundations of Christianity.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Jean Reno movies?

TOP 22:
Neverwas
Neverwas
Character: Gabriel Finch
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Release: 2005
Zach Riley (Aaron Eckhart) is a psychiatrist, who leaves a job at a prestigious university, to take up a job at the privately run mental institution, 'Millwood'. What he doesnt reveal at the time of his appointment is that this was the very place where his novelist father, T.L. Pierson (Nick Nolte), spent many years of his life.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best William Hurt movies?

TOP 21:
Cold Comfort Farm
Cold Comfort Farm
Character: Amos Starkadder
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Release: 1995
In this adaptation of the satirical British novel, Flora Poste, a plucky London society girl orphaned at age 19, finds a new home with some rough relatives, the Starkadders of Cold Comfort Farm. With a take-charge attitude and some encouragement from her mischievous friend, Mary, Flora changes the Starkadders' lives forever when she settles into their rustic estate, bringing the backward clan up to date and finding inspiration for her novel in the process.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Kate Beckinsale movies?


TOP 20:
Swept from the Sea
Swept from the Sea
Character: Dr. James Kennedy
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release: 1998
The film tells the story of Russian emigree and the only survivor from ship crash Yanko Goorall and servant Amy Foster in the end of 19th century. When Yanko enters a farm sick and hungry after the shipwreck, everyone is afraid of him, except for Amy, who is very kind and helps him. Soon he becomes like a son for Dr. James Kennedy and romance between Yanko and Amy follows.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Rachel Weisz movies?

TOP 19:
The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Character: Chauvelin
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, TV Movie
Release: 1982
During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower), snatches French aristos from the jaws of the guillotine, while posing as the foppish Sir Percy Blakeney in society. Percy falls for and marries the beautiful actress Marguerite St. Just, but she is involved with Chauvelin and Robespierre, and Percy's marriage to her may endanger the Pimpernel's plans to save the little Dauphin

TOP 18:
And the Band Played On
And the Band Played On
Character: Bill Kraus
Genre: Drama, TV Movie
Release: 1993
The story of the discovery of the AIDS epidemic and the political infighting of the scientific community hampering the early fight with it.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Richard Gere movies?


TOP 17:
Jack & Sarah
Jack & Sarah
Character: William
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Release: 1995
Jack always lands on his feet. He lands on his feet when he marries the beautiful Sarah. He lands on his feet when he buys a luxurious new home. However, when Sarah goes into labour, he takes a tumble down the stairs and lands on his head. When he comes around he discovers he is the proud father of a baby girl, but deficient in the spouse department to the tune of 1.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Samantha Mathis movies?

TOP 16:
Richard III
Richard III
Character: Richard III
Genre: Drama, War
Release: 1995
A murderous lust for the British throne sees Richard III (Ian McKellen) descend into madness. Though the setting is transposed to the 1930s, England is torn by civil war, split between the rivaling houses of York and Lancaster. Richard aspires to a fascist dictatorship, but must first remove the obstacles to his ascension -- among them his brother, his nephews and his brother's wife (Annette Bening). When the Duke of Buckingham (Jim Broadbent) deserts him, Richard's plans are compromised.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Maggie Smith movies?

TOP 15:

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast
Character: Cogsworth
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Family
Release: 2017
A live-action adaptation of Disney's version of the classic tale of a cursed prince and a beautiful young woman who helps him break the spell.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Kevin Kline movies?


TOP 14:

Bent

Bent
Character: Uncle Freddie
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Release: 1997
Max is a handsome young man who, after a fateful tryst with a German soldier, is forced to run for his life. Eventually Max is placed in a concentration camp where he pretends to be Jewish because in the eyes of the Nazis, gays are the lowest form of human being. But it takes a relationship with an openly gay prisoner to teach Max that without the love of another, life is not worth living.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Karl Urban movies?

TOP 13:

Gods and Monsters

Gods and Monsters
Character: James Whale
Genre: Drama
Release: 1998
It's 1957, and James Whale's heyday as the director of "Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein" and "The Invisible Man" is long behind him. Retired and a semi-recluse, he lives his days accompanied only by images from his past. When his dour housekeeper, Hannah, hires a handsome young gardener, the flamboyant director and simple yard man develop an unlikely friendship, which will change them forever.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Jason Isaacs movies?

TOP 12:

X2

X2
Character: Eric Lehnsherr / Magneto
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller
Release: 2003
Professor Charles Xavier and his team of genetically gifted superheroes face a rising tide of anti-mutant sentiment led by Col. William Stryker. Storm, Wolverine and Jean Grey must join their usual nemeses—Magneto and Mystique—to unhinge Stryker's scheme to exterminate all mutants.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Brian Cox movies?

TOP 11:

X-Men

X-Men
Character: Eric Lehnsherr / Magneto
Genre: Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Release: 2000
Two mutants, Rogue and Wolverine, come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team, the X-Men, must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers.


TOP 10:

Stardust

Stardust
Character: Narrator (voice)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Family
Release: 2007
In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. His journey takes him into a world beyond his wildest dreams and reveals his true identity.

TOP 9:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Character: Gandalf
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release: 2012
Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit enjoying his quiet life, is swept into an epic quest by Gandalf the Grey and thirteen dwarves who seek to reclaim their mountain home from Smaug, the dragon.

TOP 8:

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Character: Gandalf
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release: 2014
Immediately after the events of The Desolation of Smaug, Bilbo and the dwarves try to defend Erebor's mountain of treasure from others who claim it: the men of the ruined Laketown and the elves of Mirkwood. Meanwhile an army of Orcs led by Azog the Defiler is marching on Erebor, fueled by the rise of the dark lord Sauron. Dwarves, elves and men must unite, and the hope for Middle-Earth falls into Bilbo's hands.

TOP 7:

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past
Character: Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto (Old)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Release: 2014
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods as they join forces with their younger selves in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

TOP 6:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Character: Gandalf
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release: 2013
The Dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf have successfully escaped the Misty Mountains, and Bilbo has gained the One Ring. They all continue their journey to get their gold back from the Dragon, Smaug.


TOP 5:

Doctor Who: The Snowmen

Doctor Who: The Snowmen
Character: The Great Intelligence (voice)
Genre: TV Movie, Adventure, Science Fiction, Drama, Family
Release: 2012
Christmas Eve, 1892, and the falling snow is the stuff of fairy tales. When the fairytale becomes a nightmare and a chilling menace threatens Earth, an unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on the Doctor for help. But the Doctor is in mourning, reclusive and determined not to engage in the problems of the universe. As old friends return, will the Doctor really abandon humankind, or will he fight to save the world and Christmas from the icy clutches of this mysterious menace?

TOP 4:

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot
Genre: Comedy
Release: 2013
A star studded special written and directed by Peter Davison. With the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who about to film, the 'Classic' Doctors are keen to be involved. But do they manage it?

TOP 3:

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Character: Gandalf the White
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Action
Release: 2002
Frodo and Sam are trekking to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin. All along, nefarious wizard Saruman awaits the Fellowship members at the Orthanc Tower in Isengard.

TOP 2:

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Character: Gandalf the Grey
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release: 2001
Young hobbit Frodo Baggins, after inheriting a mysterious ring from his uncle Bilbo, must leave his home in order to keep it from falling into the hands of its evil creator. Along the way, a fellowship is formed to protect the ringbearer and make sure that the ring arrives at its final destination: Mt. Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed.

TOP 1:

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Character: Gandalf the White
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release: 2003
Aragorn is revealed as the heir to the ancient kings as he, Gandalf and the other members of the broken fellowship struggle to save Gondor from Sauron's forces. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam take the ring closer to the heart of Mordor, the dark lord's realm.



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