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42 Fresh Christopher Lee Movies

Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, James Bond, Dracula, Frankenstein: Only one man made his towering presence felt in each storied franchise. Across an eight-decade career, Christopher Lee shepherded Star Wars into a new millennium as lasting villain Count Dooku, gave a human face to fantasy evil as Saruman, thwarted solar tech as 007 fiend Scaramanga, and defined British horror with his legendary run in Hammer films. Along with Vincent Price, with whom he shares a birthday, Lee was simply among cinema’s greatest lords of darkness. (Though he had his turns to the light side, like in The Devil Rides Out.) Discover all his most-beloved roles as we present this guide to the Fresh movies of Christopher Lee.

#42

The Crimson Pirate (1952)
100%

#42
Adjusted Score: 101.47%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Half affectionate parody and half enthusiastic tribute to the swashbuckling pirate epics of the 1930's and 40's, The Crimson Pirate... [More]

#41
Adjusted Score: 72.046%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Not to be confused with David Hewitt's abominable Dr. Terror's Gallery of Horrors (AKA The Blood Suckers), this clever horror... [More]
Directed By: Freddie Francis

#40
Adjusted Score: 102.534%
Critics Consensus: The Two Towers balances spectacular action with emotional storytelling, leaving audiences both wholly satisfied and eager for the final chapter.
Synopsis: Frodo and Samwise press on toward Mordor. Gollum insists on being the guide. Can anyone so corrupted by the ring... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 96.262%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Dennis Wheatley's black magic novel becomes a Hammer horror movie, with Christopher Lee for once in the role of the... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#38
Adjusted Score: 95.191%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes (Peter Cushing) and Dr. Watson (Andre Morell) are summoned to investigate the murder of Sir Charles Baskerville. The... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#37
Adjusted Score: 101.262%
Critics Consensus: Visually breathtaking and emotionally powerful, The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King is a moving and satisfying conclusion to a great trilogy.
Synopsis: The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#36

Hugo (2011)
93%

#36
Adjusted Score: 100.169%
Critics Consensus: Hugo is an extravagant, elegant fantasy with an innocence lacking in many modern kids' movies, and one that emanates an unabashed love for the magic of cinema.
Synopsis: Throughout his extraordinary career, Academy Award-wining director Martin Scorsese has brought his unique vision and dazzling gifts to life in... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#35
Adjusted Score: 91.823%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: 'Private Life' is both an elegiac evocation of late Victorian England and a boldly modern take on the dark side... [More]
Directed By: Billy Wilder

#34
Adjusted Score: 92.551%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This anthology picture about a bad-luck mansion is a thriller with four episodes--all framed by a police investigation. A review... [More]
Directed By: Peter Duffell

#33
Adjusted Score: 99.06%
Critics Consensus: Full of eye-popping special effects, and featuring a pitch-perfect cast, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring brings J.R.R. Tolkien's classic to vivid life.
Synopsis: Assisted by a Fellowship of heroes, Frodo Baggins plunges into a perilous trek to take the mystical One Ring to... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 91.546%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Gary Sherman's Death Line is one of those little-seen, long-forgotten 1970s horror films that's still championed by its core of... [More]
Directed By: Gary Sherman

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 95.26%
Critics Consensus: Trading gore for grandeur, Horror of Dracula marks an impressive turn for inveterate Christopher Lee as the titular vampire, and a typical Hammer mood that makes aristocracy quite sexy.
Synopsis: This Hammer Studios classic is far closer to the letter (and spirit) of the Bram Stoker novel than the Bela... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#30

The Wicker Man (1973)
89%

#30
Adjusted Score: 94.274%
Critics Consensus: This intelligent horror film is subtle in its thrills and chills, with an ending that is both shocking and truly memorable.
Synopsis: A righteous police officer investigating the disappearance of a young girl comes into conflict with the unusual residents of a... [More]
Directed By: Robin Hardy

#29

The Mummy (1959)
89%

#29
Adjusted Score: 89.16%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: British archaeologists discover the ancient tomb of an Egyptian high priestess. A mummy of a high priest who had been... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 86.597%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Richard Lester's adaptation of The Three Musketeers was only the latest of many when released in 1974, but it arrived... [More]
Directed By: Richard Lester

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 90.566%
Critics Consensus: As can be expected from a Tim Burton movie, Corpse Bride is whimsically macabre, visually imaginative, and emotionally bittersweet.
Synopsis: Tim Burton returns to the dark but fanciful animated style of The Nightmare Before Christmas with this stop-motion black comedy.... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

#26
Adjusted Score: 69.885%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This is the film version of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in which... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#25

Creeping Flesh (1973)
83%

#25
Adjusted Score: 56.807%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Peter Cushing delivers one of his finest hand-wringing performances as Emmanuel Hildern, a Victorian man of science who relates a... [More]
Directed By: Freddie Francis

#24
Adjusted Score: 90.878%
Critics Consensus: Closer to the source material than 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is for people who like their Chocolate visually appealing and dark.
Synopsis: Director Tim Burton brings his unique vision and sensibility to Roald Dahl's classic children's story in this lavish screen interpretation.... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#23
Adjusted Score: 82.597%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Widely regarded as one of the best and most intelligent British war dramas of the 1950s, The Battle of River... [More]

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 57.637%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Sax Rohmer's creation, Oriental master criminal, Fu Manchu, whose plans for world domination using a lethal poison gas are thwarted... [More]
Directed By: Don Sharp

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 82.119%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this re-telling of the classic horror tale, Baron Victor Frankenstein becomes friends with one of his teachers, Paul Krempe.... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#20
Adjusted Score: 90.658%
Critics Consensus: With Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas brings his second Star Wars trilogy to a suitably thrilling and often poignant -- if still a bit uneven -- conclusion.
Synopsis: George Lucas draws the Star Wars film series to a close with this dark sci-fi adventure which sets the stage... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#19
Adjusted Score: 81.805%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Hammer's second outing for the notorious vampire after their hugely successful Dracula (1958), with Christopher Lee returning as the demonic... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#18
Adjusted Score: 79.977%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a young girl is found hanging in the local church with fang marks in her neck, the townsfolk immediately... [More]
Directed By: Freddie Francis

#17

Horror Express (1974)
79%

#17
Adjusted Score: 79.718%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This horror science-fiction thriller, a cult favorite, takes place in 1907. Professor Caxton (Christopher Lee), a fossil-hunter has discovered some... [More]
Directed By: Eugenio Martín

#16

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
76%

#16
Adjusted Score: 82.749%
Critics Consensus: A love-it-or-hate-it experience, Moulin Rouge is all style, all giddy, over-the-top spectacle. But it's also daring in its vision and wildly original.
Synopsis: The third film from pop-music-obsessed director Baz Luhrmann tweaks the conventions of the musical genre by mixing a period romance... [More]
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 77.511%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This comic interpretation of Alexandre Dumas's classic adventure saga picks up where 1974's The Three Musketeers left off, as D'Artagnan... [More]
Directed By: Richard Lester

#14

Bitter Victory (1957)
76%

#14
Adjusted Score: 77.651%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A commander receives an undeserved citation for an attack on Rommel's headquarters. Unbeknownst to him, his wife is having an... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Ray

#13
Adjusted Score: 83.792%
Critics Consensus: While still slightly hamstrung by "middle chapter" narrative problems and its formidable length, The Desolation of Smaug represents a more confident, exciting second chapter for the Hobbit series.
Synopsis: The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#12

The Last Unicorn (1982)
73%

#12
Adjusted Score: 74.265%
Critics Consensus: The Last Unicorn lacks the fluid animation to truly sparkle as an animated epic, but offbeat characters and an affecting story make it one of a kind for the true believers.
Synopsis: A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns.... [More]

#11

Horror Hotel (1961)
67%

#11
Adjusted Score: 49.309%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young coed goes to New England to write a paper on witchcraft. Her professor recommends that she spend her... [More]

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 75.363%
Critics Consensus: Gremlins 2 trades the spiky thrills of its predecessor for looney satire, yielding a succession of sporadically clever gags that add some flavor to a recycled plot.
Synopsis: Where the original Gremlins was a horror film spiked with comedy, Gremlins 2: The New Batch is essentially a black... [More]
Directed By: Joe Dante

#9
Adjusted Score: 65.522%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Marred by controversy at the time of its release, this horror fantasy from Italy's legendary horror director Mario Bava centers... [More]
Directed By: Mario Bava

#8

Sleepy Hollow (1999)
69%

#8
Adjusted Score: 74.245%
Critics Consensus: It isn't Tim Burton's best work, but Sleepy Hollow entertains with its stunning visuals and creepy atmosphere.
Synopsis: Washington Irving's tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman gets a few new twists in a screen adaptation directed... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#7
Adjusted Score: 64.558%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Victorian English lord hosts a black-magic ceremony that resurrects Count Dracula in this, the fourth Hammer horror production to... [More]
Directed By: Peter Sasdy

#6
Adjusted Score: 72.434%
Critics Consensus: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones benefits from an increased emphasis on thrilling action, although they're once again undercut by ponderous plot points and underdeveloped characters.
Synopsis: The second prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy takes place ten years after the events depicted in Star Wars:... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#5
Adjusted Score: 75.766%
Critics Consensus: Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth is an earnest, visually resplendent trip, but the film's deliberate pace robs the material of some of its majesty.
Synopsis: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#4

The Gorgon (1965)
64%

#4
Adjusted Score: 64.585%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a professor is mysteriously killed by a legendary Gorgon in an Austrian town, it is up to his son... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#3
Adjusted Score: 64.266%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Strange and terrible things are afoot and the police are helpless to stop them in this taut, complicated thriller. First... [More]
Directed By: Gordon Hessler

#2
Adjusted Score: 27.015%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Richard Lester returned to his double-barreled successes of the 1970s, The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers, with Return of... [More]
Directed By: Richard Lester

#1
Adjusted Score: 27.416%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This patchy, uneven combination of fantasy and musical comedy is hilarious in parts and embarrassing in others, though the premise... [More]
Directed By: Philippe Mora

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