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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: 101070%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Capt. Vallo (Burt Lancaster), the leader of a roving band of pirates, hijacks a ship filled with expensive cargo. When... [More]
Directed By: Robert Siodmak

#41
Adjusted Score: 77786%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A traveler's (Peter Cushing) tarot cards tell how an architect, musician, doctor (Donald Sutherland), gardener and critic (Christopher Lee) will... [More]
Directed By: Freddie Francis

#40
Adjusted Score: 104101%
Critics Consensus: The Two Towers balances spectacular action with emotional storytelling, leaving audiences both wholly satisfied and eager for the final chapter.
Synopsis: The sequel to the Golden Globe-nominated and AFI Award-winning "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," "The... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 95405%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When the Duc de Richleau (Christopher Lee) and Rex Van Ryn (Leon Greene) arrive at a fashionable party thrown by... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#38
Adjusted Score: 66761%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes (Peter Cushing) and Doctor Watson (Andre Morell) meet with a certain Dr. Mortimer (Francis De Wolff), who tells... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#37
Adjusted Score: 103504%
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 culmination of nearly 10 years' work and conclusion to Peter Jackson's epic trilogy based on the timeless J.R.R. Tolkien... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#36

Hugo (2011)
93%

#36
Adjusted Score: 101601%
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: Orphaned and alone except for an uncle, Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) lives in the walls of a train station in... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#35
Adjusted Score: 90117%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A bored Sherlock Holmes (Robert Stephens) meets Madame Petrova (Tamara Toumanova), a famed ballerina, who tries to seduce him, hoping... [More]
Directed By: Billy Wilder

#34
Adjusted Score: 55466%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Scotland Yard inspector (John Bennett) learns how four tenants of a country house met macabre fates.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Duffell

#33
Adjusted Score: 100783%
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: The future of civilization rests in the fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries. Powerful forces... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#32

Death Line (1972)
91%

#32
Adjusted Score: 41570%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A police inspector (Donald Pleasence) discovers that descendants of survivors of a cave-in in the early 1900s are eating London... [More]
Directed By: Gary Sherman

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 94643%
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: On a search for his missing friend Jonathan Harker (John Van Eyssen), vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) is... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#30

The Wicker Man (1973)
88%

#30
Adjusted Score: 88754%
Critics Consensus: This intelligent horror film is subtle in its thrills and chills, with an ending that is both shocking and truly memorable.
Synopsis: Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) arrives on the small Scottish island of Summerisle to investigate the report of a missing child.... [More]
Directed By: Robin Hardy

#29

The Mummy (1959)
89%

#29
Adjusted Score: 36341%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: British archaeologists defile the tomb of an Egyptian princess (Yvonne Furneaux) and her buried-alive lover (Christopher Lee).... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 54161%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An adaptation of the classic Dumas novel, this film tells the tale of aspiring swordsman D'Artagnan (Michael York), who arrives... [More]
Directed By: Richard Lester

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 92518%
Critics Consensus: As can be expected from a Tim Burton movie, Corpse Bride is whimsically macabre, visually imaginative, and emotionally bittersweet.
Synopsis: Victor (Johnny Depp) and Victoria's (Emily Watson) families have arranged their marriage. Though they like each other, Victor is nervous... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

#26
Adjusted Score: 23473%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An elderly researcher's experiments transform him into a youthful rogue with a penchant for violence.... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 51858%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Victorian scientist (Peter Cushing) injects his daughter (Lorna Heilbron) with the just-add-water essence of evil.... [More]
Directed By: Freddie Francis

#24
Adjusted Score: 92064%
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: Based on the beloved Roald Dahl tale, this comedic and fantastical film follows young Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore) and his... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 81271%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: British officers (John Gregson, Anthony Quayle) chase the German pocket battleship Graf Spee to Uruguay, where its captain (Peter Finch)... [More]

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 62229%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Nayland Smith (Nigel Green) and helper Dr. Petrie (Howard Marion-Crawford) hunt diabolical Fu (Christopher Lee), out to rule the world... [More]
Directed By: Don Sharp

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 79761%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Victor Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) is a brilliant scientist willing to stop at nothing in his quest to reanimate a deceased... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#20
Adjusted Score: 92592%
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: It has been three years since the Clone Wars began. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Jedi Knight Anakin... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#19
Adjusted Score: 81942%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Four tourists dine and spend the night at Dracula's (Christopher Lee) castle; two escape and warn a monk (Andrew Keir).... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#18
Adjusted Score: 55163%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The vampire count (Christopher Lee) bites a tavern waitress and a monsignor's (Rupert Davies) niece (Veronica Carlson), then falls on... [More]
Directed By: Freddie Francis

#17

Horror Express (1972)
80%

#17
Adjusted Score: 80562%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Alexander Saxton (Christopher Lee), a brilliant British anthropologist researching in the Russian Far East, boards the Trans-Siberian Express with his... [More]
Directed By: Eugenio Martin

#16

Moulin Rouge (2001)
76%

#16
Adjusted Score: 84177%
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: A celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp... [More]
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 77160%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Lighthearted sequel to the 1973 hit "The Three Musketeers", with King Louis XIII's four swashbuckling heroes engaged in further chivalrous... [More]
Directed By: Richard Lester

#14

Bitter Victory (1958)
78%

#14
Adjusted Score: 78477%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: British Capt. Leith (Richard Burton) knows the Libyan Desert like the back of his hand, but Maj. Brand (Curt Jurgens),... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Ray

#13
Adjusted Score: 83640%
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: Having survived the first part of their unsettling journey, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his companions (Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage)... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#12

The Last Unicorn (1982)
73%

#12
Adjusted Score: 73089%
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: In this animated musical, the villainous King Haggard (Christopher Lee) plots to destroy all the world's unicorns. When a young... [More]

#11

Horror Hotel (1960)
71%

#11
Adjusted Score: 57592%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Young college student Nan Barlow (Venetia Stevenson) arrives in the sleepy Massachusetts town of Whitewood to research witchcraft. Nan's stay... [More]
Directed By: John Llewellyn Moxey

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 74364%
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: The magical collectibles store that Gizmo calls home has just been destroyed, and the tiny monster finds his way into... [More]
Directed By: Joe Dante

#9

What! (1963)
71%

#9
Adjusted Score: 33933%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A sadistic nobleman terrorizes his family, but the relief that the family members feel upon his death is short-lived when... [More]
Directed By: John M. Old

#8

Sleepy Hollow (1999)
70%

#8
Adjusted Score: 75215%
Critics Consensus: It isn't Tim Burton's best work, but Sleepy Hollow entertains with its stunning visuals and creepy atmosphere.
Synopsis: Set in 1799, "Sleepy Hollow" is based on Washington Irving's classic tale "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Faithful to the... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#7
Adjusted Score: 34646%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Victorian thrill-seekers kill the vampire's (Christopher Lee) helper; he seduces their daughters to get even.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Sasdy

#6
Adjusted Score: 74022%
Critics Consensus: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones benefits from an increased emphasis on thrilling action, although it's undercut by ponderous plot points and underdeveloped characters.
Synopsis: Set ten years after the events of "The Phantom Menace," the Republic continues to be mired in strife and chaos.... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#5
Adjusted Score: 77915%
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: Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) lives a simple life with his fellow hobbits in the shire, until the wizard Gandalf (Ian... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#4

The Gorgon (1964)
64%

#4
Adjusted Score: 32664%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A mysterious monster is turning people to stone in a German village in 1910. When his girlfriend is killed, Bruno... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 48481%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Heading British Intelligence, Fremont (Christopher Lee) carries a heavy workload, what with killers, mad scientists and all. While a serial... [More]
Directed By: Gordon Hessler

#2
Adjusted Score: 28029%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When ambitious Oliver Cromwell (Alan Howard) overthrows the king, Cardinal Mazarin (Philippe Noiret) enlists a down-and-out D'Artagnan (Michael York) to... [More]
Directed By: Richard Lester

#1
Adjusted Score: 25868%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A red-caped legend (Alan Arkin) in leotards emerges from drunken exile to save the world from evil Mr. Midnight (Christopher... [More]
Directed By: Philippe Mora

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