Ian McKellen movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Gods and Monsters,’ ‘X-Men’

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Ian McKellen movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Gods and Monsters,’ ‘X-Men’
Ian McKellen celebrates his 80th birthday on May 25, 2019. The Oscar-nominated thespian has excelled at everything from Shakespeare to sci-fi on both the stage and screen. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1939 in Lancashire, England, UK, McKellen first came to prominence on the stage, appearing in a number of classic plays from the likes of Anton Chekhov and William Shakespeare (including an acclaimed production of “Richard III” that he brought to the screen in 1995). His performance as Salieri in the 1981 production of “Amadeus” brought him a Tony award as Best Actor in a Play.

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McKellen appeared in films sporadically throughout this period, earning his first starring role in “Priest of Love” in 1981. He became increasingly recognizable onscreen throughout the 1990s,
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