Ian McKellen

List Of Ian McKellen Movies, Listed From Best 2 Worst

British Actor
  • Date of Birth
    1939-05-25
  • Place of Birth
    Burnley, Lancashire, England
  • Zodiac Sign
    Gemini
  • Movie Premiere
    Coronation Street (1960)
  • Must-See Movie
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • Flop Movie
    The Academy (2009)

  • All these rankings are determined by analyzing user votes and search trends across the internet.

Best Movies

Ranked Best To Worst

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
PG-13

1 . The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003

1 .

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003

  • 0
  • 0
  • Directed by :
    Peter Jackson
  • Type of Genre : Drama, Fantasy, Adventure
  • Starring :
    Karl Urban
    Peter Jackson
    Hugo Weaving
    Ian Holm
    Andy Serkis
    John Rhys-Davies
    Christopher Lee
Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare

2 . Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare 1982

2 .

Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare 1982

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Himself
  • Directed by :
    Kirk Browning
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
PG-13

3 . The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001

3 .

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001

  • 0
  • 0
  • Directed by :
    Peter Jackson
  • Type of Genre : Drama, Fantasy, Adventure
  • Starring :
    Orlando Bloom
    Elijah Wood
    Sean Astin,
    Sean Bean
    Viggo Mortensen
    Liv Tyler
    Cate Blanchett
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
PG-13

4 . The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002

4 .

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002

  • 0
  • 0
  • Directed by :
    Peter Jackson
  • Type of Genre : Adventure, Action, Drama, Fantasy
  • Starring :
    Dominic Monaghan
    Orlando Bloom
    Karl Urban
    Elijah Wood
    Sean Astin
    Viggo Mortensen
    Liv Tyler
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

5 . The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot 2013

5 .

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot 2013

  • 0
  • 0
  • Directed by :
    Peter Davison
  • Type of Genre : Comedy, Drama
  • Starring :
    David Tennant
    Colin Baker
    Jenna Coleman
    Peter Jackson,
    Peter Davison
    Olivia Colman
    Sean Pertwee
X-Men: Days of Future Past
PG-13

6 . X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014

6 .

X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014

  • 0
  • 0
  • Directed by :
    Bryan Singer
  • Type of Genre : Thriller, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action
  • Starring :
    Jennifer Lawrence
    James McAvoy
    Halle Berry
    Hugh Jackman
    Nicholas Hoult
    Evan Peters
    James Marsden
Sunday Out of Season

7 . Sunday Out of Season 1965

7 .

Sunday Out of Season 1965

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Victor Leech
  • Directed by :
    John Nelson-Burton
  • Starring :
    Lynn Redgrave
And the Band Played On
PG-13

8 . And the Band Played On 1993

8 .

And the Band Played On 1993

  • 0
  • 0
  • Directed by :
    Roger Spottiswoode
  • Type of Genre : Drama
  • Starring :
    Swoosie Kurtz
    Alan Alda
    Matthew Modine
    Donal Logue
    Richard Gere
    Lily Tomlin
    Phil Collins
The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey
PG-13

9 . The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey 2012

9 .

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey 2012

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Gandalf
  • Directed by :
    Peter Jackson
  • Type of Genre : Fantasy, Family, Adventure
  • Starring :
    Barry Humphries
    Martin Freeman
    Elijah Wood,
    Benedict Cumberbatch
    Cate Blanchett
    Aidan Turner
    Hugo Weaving
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
PG-13

10 . The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013

10 .

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Gandalf
  • Directed by :
    Peter Jackson
  • Type of Genre : Fantasy, Adventure
  • Starring :
    Benedict Cumberbatch
    Martin Freeman,
    Aidan Turner
    Evangeline Lilly
    Stephen Colbert
    Manu Bennett
    Stephen Fry
A Performance of Macbeth

11 . A Performance of Macbeth 1979

11 .

A Performance of Macbeth 1979

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Macbeth
  • Directed by :
    Philip Casson
  • Type of Genre : Drama
  • Starring :
    Ian McDiarmid
    Judi Dench
    John Bown
    Susan Dury
    Judith Harte
The Scarlet Pimpernel

12 . The Scarlet Pimpernel 1982

12 .

The Scarlet Pimpernel 1982

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Chauvelin
  • Directed by :
    Clive Donner
  • Type of Genre : Romance, Drama, Action
  • Starring :
    Jane Seymour
    James Villiers
    Anthony Andrews
    Eleanor David
The Tragedy of King Richard II

13 . The Tragedy of King Richard II 1971

13 .

The Tragedy of King Richard II 1971

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : King Richard II
  • Directed by :
    Toby Robertson, Richard Cottrell
  • Starring :
    Timothy West
    Robert Eddison
    Paul Hardwick
    Trevor Martin
Lord of the Piercing

14 . Lord of the Piercing 2002

14 .

Lord of the Piercing 2002

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Gandalf
  • Directed by :
    Joel Gallen
  • Type of Genre : Comedy, Short
  • Starring :
    Jack Black
    Sarah Michelle Gellar
    Sean Bean
    Orlando Bloom
Walter & June

15 . Walter & June 1983

15 .

Walter & June 1983

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Walter
  • Directed by :
    Stephen Frears
  • Type of Genre : Drama
  • Starring :
    Jim Broadbent
    Tony Doyle
    Sarah Miles
    John Gordon Sinclair
Hamlet

16 . Hamlet 1970

16 .

Hamlet 1970

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Hamlet
  • Directed by :
    David Giles
  • Type of Genre : Drama
  • Starring :
    Susan Fleetwood
    John Woodvine
    Faith Brook
X2
TV-G

17 . X2 2003

17 .

X2 2003

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Eric Lehnsherr / Magneto
  • Directed by :
    Bryan Singer
  • Type of Genre : Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Starring :
    Alan Cumming
    Aaron Stanford
    Halle Berry
    Hugh Jackman
    James Marsden
    Patrick Stewart
    Famke Janssen
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
PG-13

18 . The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014

18 .

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Gandalf
  • Directed by :
    Peter Jackson
  • Type of Genre : Adventure, Fantasy
  • Starring :
    Billy Connolly
    Mikael Persbrandt
    Orlando Bloom
    Martin Freeman
    Evangeline Lilly
    Aidan Turner
Gods and Monsters
R

19 . Gods and Monsters 1998

19 .

Gods and Monsters 1998

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : James Whale
  • Directed by :
    Bill Condon
  • Type of Genre : Biography, Drama
  • Starring :
    Brendan Fraser
    Lynn Redgrave
    David Dukes
    Lolita Davidovich
X-Men
PG-13

20 . X-Men 2000

20 .

X-Men 2000

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Eric Lensherr / Magneto
  • Directed by :
    Bryan Singer
  • Type of Genre : Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
  • Starring :
    Patrick Stewart
    Ray Park
    Famke Janssen
    Anna Paquin
    Halle Berry
    Hugh Jackman
    James Marsden
Richard III
R

21 . Richard III 1995

21 .

Richard III 1995

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Richard III
  • Directed by :
    Richard Loncraine
  • Type of Genre : Drama, Sci-Fi, War
  • Starring :
    Robert Downey Jr
    Maggie Smith,
    Kristin Scott Thomas
    Annette Bening
    Bill Paterson
    Christopher Bowen
Cold Comfort Farm
PG

22 . Cold Comfort Farm 1995

22 .

Cold Comfort Farm 1995

  • 0
  • 0
  • Directed by :
    John Schlesinger
  • Type of Genre : Comedy, Romance
  • Starring :
    Joanna Lumley
    Miriam Margolyes
    Kate Beckinsale
    Stephen Fry
    Eileen Atkins
    Freddie Jones
Edward II

23 . Edward II 1970

23 .

Edward II 1970

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : King Edward
  • Directed by :
    Richard Marquand, Toby Robertson
  • Starring :
    Timothy West
    Robert Eddison
    Diane Fletcher
    James Laurenson
Beauty and the Beast
PG

24 . Beauty and the Beast 2017

24 .

Beauty and the Beast 2017

  • 0
  • 0
  • Directed by :
    Bill Condon
  • Type of Genre : Romance, Fantasy, Musical, Family
  • Starring :
    Emma Watson
    Ewan McGregor
    Josh Gad
    Emma Thompson
    Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    Stanley Tucci
    Kevin Kline
Bent
NC-17

25 . Bent 1997

25 .

Bent 1997

  • 0
  • 0
  • Directed by :
    Sean Mathias
  • Type of Genre : Drama, War, History, Romance
  • Starring :
    Clive Owen
    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
    Paul Bettany
    Rachel Weisz
    Jude Law
    Mick Jagger
    Brian Webber
The Promise

26 . The Promise 1969

26 .

The Promise 1969

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Leonidik
  • Directed by :
    Michael Hayes
  • Type of Genre : Drama
  • Starring :
    John Castle
    Susan Macready
    Mary Jones
    David Nettheim
Rasputin
R

27 . Rasputin 1996

27 .

Rasputin 1996

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Tsar Nicholas II
  • Directed by :
    Uli Edel
  • Type of Genre : Drama, Biography, History
  • Starring :
    Alan Rickman
    Greta Scacchi
    David Warner
    John Wood
Mr. Holmes
PG

28 . Mr. Holmes 2015

28 .

Mr. Holmes 2015

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Sherlock Holmes
  • Directed by :
    Bill Condon
  • Type of Genre : Mystery, Drama
  • Starring :
    Hiroyuki Sanada
    Laura Linney
    Hattie Morahan
    Milo Parker
Six Degrees of Separation
R

29 . Six Degrees of Separation 1993

29 .

Six Degrees of Separation 1993

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Geoffrey
  • Directed by :
    Fred Schepisi
  • Type of Genre : Drama, Comedy, Mystery
  • Starring :
    Will Smith
    Anthony Michael Hall
    Donald Sutherland
    Madhur Jaffrey
    Stockard Channing
    Mary Beth Hurt
The Dresser
TV-14

30 . The Dresser 2015

30 .

The Dresser 2015

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Norman
  • Directed by :
    Richard Eyre
  • Type of Genre : Drama
  • Starring :
    Emily Watson
    Anthony Hopkins
    Sarah Lancashire
    Vanessa Kirby
Apt Pupil
R

31 . Apt Pupil 1998

31 .

Apt Pupil 1998

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Kurt Dussander
  • Directed by :
    Bryan Singer
  • Type of Genre : Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Starring :
    Joshua Jackson
    David Schwimmer
    Brad Renfro
    Mickey Cottrell
    Michael Reid MacKay
The Good Liar
R

32 . The Good Liar 2019

32 .

The Good Liar 2019

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Roy Courtnay
  • Directed by :
    Bill Condon
  • Type of Genre : Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Starring :
    Helen Mirren
    Jim Carter
    Mark Lewis Jones
    Russell Tovey
Swept from the Sea
PG-13

33 . Swept from the Sea 1997

33 .

Swept from the Sea 1997

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Dr. James Kennedy
  • Directed by :
    Beeban Kidron
  • Type of Genre : Romance, Drama, Mystery
  • Starring :
    Joss Ackland
    Kathy Bates
    Rachel Weisz
    Vincent Perez
The Ballad of Little Jo
R

34 . The Ballad of Little Jo 1993

34 .

The Ballad of Little Jo 1993

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Percy Corcoran
  • Directed by :
    Maggie Greenwald
  • Type of Genre : Romance, Drama, Western
  • Starring :
    Carrie Snodgress
    Suzy Amis
    Heather Graham
    Bo Hopkins
    David Chung
X-Men: The Last Stand
TV-G

35 . X-Men: The Last Stand 2006

35 .

X-Men: The Last Stand 2006

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
  • Directed by :
    Brett Ratner
  • Type of Genre : Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Starring :
    Kelsey Grammer
    Vinnie Jones
    Ben Foster
    Eric Dane
    Olivia Williams
    Ellen Page
    Halle Berry
The Da Vinci Code
PG-13

36 . The Da Vinci Code 2006

36 .

The Da Vinci Code 2006

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Sir Leigh Teabing
  • Directed by :
    Ron Howard
  • Type of Genre : Mystery, Thriller
  • Starring :
    Tom Hanks
    Jean Reno
    Audrey Tautou
    Alfred Molina
    Paul Bettany
Restoration
R

37 . Restoration 1995

37 .

Restoration 1995

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Will Gates
  • Directed by :
    Michael Hoffman
  • Type of Genre : Drama, History, Biography, Romance
  • Starring :
    Sam Neill
    Ian McDiarmid
    Hugh Grant
    Meg Ryan
    Robert Downey Jr
    Polly Walker
Jack & Sarah
R

38 . Jack & Sarah 1995

38 .

Jack & Sarah 1995

  • 0
  • 0
  • Directed by :
    Tim Sullivan
  • Type of Genre : Comedy, Romance, Drama
  • Starring :
    Judi Dench
    Eileen Atkins
    Richard E. Grant
    Samantha Mathis
Neverwas
PG-13

39 . Neverwas 2005

39 .

Neverwas 2005

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Gabriel Finch
  • Directed by :
    Joshua Michael Stern
  • Type of Genre : Mystery, Fantasy, Drama
  • Starring :
    Vera Farmiga
    Jessica Lange
    Brittany Murphy
    Nick Nolte
    Michael Moriarty
    Aaron Eckhart
    Alan Cumming
Last Action Hero
PG-13

40 . Last Action Hero 1993

40 .

Last Action Hero 1993

  • 0
  • 0
  • Directed by :
    John McTiernan
  • Type of Genre : Adventure, Action, Comedy, Fantasy
  • Starring :
    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Danny DeVito
    Bridgette Wilson
    Angie Everhart
    Chevy Chase
    Sharon Stone
    Jean-Claude Van Damme
Scandal
R

41 . Scandal 1989

41 .

Scandal 1989

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : John Profumo
  • Directed by :
    Michael Caton-Jones
  • Type of Genre : Drama, History
  • Starring :
    John Hurt
    Britt Ekland
    Roland Gift
    Leslie Phillips
    Bridget Fonda
    Joanne Whalley
All Is True
PG-13

42 . All Is True 2019

42 .

All Is True 2019

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Earl of Southampton
  • Directed by :
    Kenneth Branagh
  • Type of Genre : Biography, Drama, History
  • Starring :
    Kenneth Branagh
    Judi Dench
    Lolita Chakrabarti
    Nonso Anozie
Alfred the Great
M

43 . Alfred the Great 1969

43 .

Alfred the Great 1969

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Roger
  • Directed by :
    Clive Donner
  • Type of Genre : Drama, War, History
  • Starring :
    Michael York
    David Hemmings
    Colin Blakely
    Prunella Ransome
Priest of Love
R

44 . Priest of Love 1981

44 .

Priest of Love 1981

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : D.H. Lawrence
  • Directed by :
    Christopher Miles
  • Type of Genre : Biography, Romance, Drama
  • Starring :
    Ava Gardner
    John Gielgud
    Janet Suzman
    Penelope Keith
    Jorge Rivero
A Touch of Love
M

45 . A Touch of Love 1969

45 .

A Touch of Love 1969

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : George
  • Directed by :
    Waris Hussein
  • Type of Genre : Drama
  • Starring :
    Sandy Dennis
    Michael Coles
    John Standing
    Peggy Thorpe-Bates
Asylum
R

46 . Asylum 2005

46 .

Asylum 2005

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Dr. Peter Cleave
  • Directed by :
    David Mackenzie
  • Type of Genre : Romance, Thriller, Drama
  • Starring :
    Joss Ackland
    Natasha Richardson
    Hugh Bonneville
    Gus Lewis
The Shadow
PG-13

47 . The Shadow 1994

47 .

The Shadow 1994

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Reinhardt Lane
  • Directed by :
    Russell Mulcahy
  • Type of Genre : Action, Fantasy, Crime, Thriller, Mystery, Adventure
  • Starring :
    Tim Curry
    Alec Baldwin
    Penelope Ann Miller
    Peter Boyle
Plenty
R

48 . Plenty 1985

48 .

Plenty 1985

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Fred Schepisi
  • Directed by :
  • Type of Genre : Drama
  • Starring :
    Hugh Laurie
    Meryl Streep
    Sam Neill
    John Gielgud
    Charles Dance
    André Maranne
The Keep
R

49 . The Keep 1983

49 .

The Keep 1983

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Dr. Theodore Cuza
  • Directed by :
    Michael Mann
  • Type of Genre : Horror
  • Starring :
    Gabriel Byrne
    Scott Glenn
    Jürgen Prochnow
    Robert Prosky
 I'll Do Anything
PG-13

50 . I'll Do Anything 1994

50 .

I'll Do Anything 1994

  • 0
  • 0
  • Directed by :
    James L. Brooks
  • Type of Genre : Drama, Comedy
  • Starring :
    Joely Fisher
    Julie Kavner
    Rosie O'Donnell
    Albert Brooks
    Woody Harrelson
    Anne Heche
    Nick Nolte
Infinitum: Subject Unknown

51 . Infinitum: Subject Unknown 2021

51 .

Infinitum: Subject Unknown 2021

  • 0
  • 0
  • Directed by :
    Dr. Charles Marland-White
  • Type of Genre : Mystery,Sci-Fi
The Academy: Special

52 . The Academy: Special 2012

52 .

The Academy: Special 2012

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Murray
  • Directed by :
    Peter Hinton
  • Type of Genre : Comedy
  • Starring :
    Frances Barber
    Jonathan Hyde
    Sylvester McCoy,
    Carol Harvey
National Theatre Live: No Man's Land

53 . National Theatre Live: No Man's Land 2016

53 .

National Theatre Live: No Man's Land 2016

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Spooner
  • Directed by :
    Sean Mathias
  • Type of Genre : Drama
  • Starring :
    Owen Teale
    Patrick Stewart
    Damien Molony
King Lear
TV-PG

54 . King Lear 2008

54 .

King Lear 2008

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : King Lear
  • Directed by :
    Trevor Nunn
  • Type of Genre : Drama
  • Starring :
    Romola Garai
    Frances Barber
    William Gaunt
    Philip Winchester
    Ben Meyjes
Miss in Her Teens

55 . Miss in Her Teens 2014

55 .

Miss in Her Teens 2014

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : The Prologue
  • Directed by :
    Matthew Butler Hart
  • Type of Genre : Comedy
  • Starring :
    Simon Callow
    Carol Royle
    Tori Butler Hart
    Adam Alexander
The Roof

56 . The Roof 2016

56 .

The Roof 2016

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : And Even Yet Another Fan
  • Directed by :
    Natalie Abrahami
  • Type of Genre : Short, Comedy
  • Starring :
    Natalie Dormer
    Jude Law
    Rory Kinnear
    Noma Dumezweni
Zina

57 . Zina 1985

57 .

Zina 1985

  • 0
  • 0
  • Directed by :
    Ken McMullen
  • Type of Genre : Drama, Biography
  • Starring :
    Domiziana Giordan
    Ron Anderson
    George Antoni
    Micha Bergese
Countdown to War

58 . Countdown to War 1989

58 .

Countdown to War 1989

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Adolf Hitler
  • Directed by :
    Patrick Lau
  • Type of Genre : War, Drama, History
  • Starring :
    Michael Aldridge
    Tony Britton
    Peter Vaughan
    John Woodvine
Lady Grey London

59 . Lady Grey London 2011

59 .

Lady Grey London 2011

  • 0
  • 0
  • Directed by :
    John Cameron Mitchell
  • Type of Genre : Romance, Short, Fantasy
  • Starring :
    Marion Cotillard
    Russell Tovey,
    Natalia Ryumina
The Egg Trick

60 . The Egg Trick 2013

60 .

The Egg Trick 2013

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Magician
  • Directed by :
    Stephen Kroto
  • Type of Genre : Short, Drama, Comedy
  • Starring :
    Preston Nyman
    Anthony Chisholm
    L.A. Donovan
    Gareth Turkington
Emile
R

61 . Emile 2003

61 .

Emile 2003

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Emile
  • Directed by :
    Carl Bessai
  • Type of Genre : Drama
  • Starring :
    Deborah Kara Unger
    Theo Crane
    Tygh Runyan,
    Chris William Martin
The Academy

62 . The Academy 2009

62 .

The Academy 2009

  • 0
  • 0
  • Directed by :
    Peter Hinton
  • Type of Genre : Short, Family, Drama, Comedy
  • Starring :
    Frances Barber
    Tori Butler Hart
    Rebecca Alexander
    Jemma Bolt
Walter

63 . Walter 1982

63 .

Walter 1982

  • 0
  • 0
  • Role : Walter
  • Directed by :
    Stephen Frears
  • Type of Genre : Drama
  • Starring :
    Barbara Jefford
    David Ryall
    Jim Broadbent
    Arthur Whybrow


Ian McKellen Awards

Golden Globe Awards
Rasputin
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
1997