Top 25 Films Starring Christopher Lee

christopher_lee_draculaI recently did a post about the Top 25 Films Starring Vincent Price.

Another horror legend, who just happens to be my favorite British actor is Christopher Lee. Actually, it is Sir Christopher Lee as the man who has played Count Dracula, Rasputin, Count Dooku, Saruman, The Man with the Golden Gun, Frankenstein’s monster, Lord Summerisle and many other characters was officially knighted. Fitting since he has the world record for most swordfights on screen.

Lee is an amazing actor with amazing presence and has the best voice in the history of cinema.

Here are his twenty-five best roles out of the several hundred he’s done:

1. The Wicker Man (the original, obviously not the Nic Cage remake)
2. Rasputin: The Mad Monk
3. The Horror of Dracula (and whole Dracula series)
4. The Devil Rides Out
5. Jinnah
6. Lord of the Rings/Hobbit series
7. Star Wars (prequel trilogy)
8. The Curse of Frankenstein
9. The Man With the Golden Gun
10. The Hound of the Baskervilles
11. Corridors of Blood
12. The Gorgon
13. The Mummy
14. The Devil Ship Pirates
15. I, Monster
16. The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll
17. The Skull
18. Crypt of the Vampire
19. The Oblong Box
20. The Fu Manchu series
21. The Musketeers series
22. The Creeping Flesh
23. The City of the Dead (Horror Hotel)
24. The Pirates of Blood River
25. Gremlins 2: The New Batch

3 thoughts on “Top 25 Films Starring Christopher Lee

  1. Always a good way to get a discussion going. One movie I think needs to be in here is his work in Horror Express. It’s that perfect arrogant role he could master and it’s even heroic in the end. He also stood up nicely to the superb cast in Airport 77 and made for a heck of a Blind Pew in Treasure Island even if it was a cameo. With all due respect to Lord Sumerisle, Dracula has to go to number 1. Anyway, great job!

    • I need to watch Horror Express again. It’s been awhile but the copy I have is really poor quality. As for the way I ranked the films, a lot of it is not just the performance but the quality of the film as well. Dracula was his most iconic role but the films were pretty inconsistent. I’ve always thought The Wicker Man was the best film he was in and that Rasputin was his best Hammer picture. And then after Dracula, The Devil Rides Out was just so eerie and close to perfect, minus a few really dated special effects.

      • Wicker Man a film one doesn’t forget. Horror Express passed into public domain so plenty of low quality editions. Nice blu ray from Severin out there now. If I recall correctly, Lee had hoped to redo Devil Rides Out later on or play the Duc one more time in another Wheatly adaptation.