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List of Ian Richardson Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. As You Like It (1963)
12
1
As You Like It
12
1
Starring:
Vanessa Redgrave, Max Adrian, Patrick Allen, Patrick Wymark, Patsy Byrne
Directed By:
Michael Elliott, Ronald Eyre
2. Brazil (1985)
71
19
Brazil
R
71
19

Sam Lowry often daydreams of being a winged superhero saving a woman in distress. When Archibald Buttle is killed mistakenly instead of revolutionary Archibald Tuttle, Sam encounters Jill, the woman from his dreams who is trying to help Mrs. Buttle. Sam ends up being caught in a web of lies and government bureaucracy with disastrous consequences.  

Directed By:
3. Joyeux Noël (2005)
17
5
Joyeux Noël
R
17
5

As the World War I begins, Europe is thrown into chaos as men are forced to kill or be killed. However, as Christmas approaches, the men in the trenches of the Western front  agree on an unofficial truce. This allows the soldiers to gain insight into each other’s ways of life.  

Starring:
Diane Kruger, Guillaume Canet, Benno Fürmann, Natalie Dessay, Rolando Villazón
Directed By:
Christian Carion
4. Dark City (1998)
67
21
Dark City
R
67
21

The neo-noir movie follows amnesiac John Murdoch who awakens in a hotel to find that he is being hunted for a series of murders by a group called the Strangers. Throughout the movie, he uncovers his true powers and defeats the Strangers who are extraterrestrials experimenting on and controlling humans.  

Starring:
Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Richard O'Brien
Directed By:
Alex Proyas
5. Marat/Sade (1967)
8
3
Marat/Sade
8
3
Role:
Jean-Paul Marat
Starring:
Glenda Jackson, Patrick Magee, Michael Williams, Clifford Rose
Directed By:
Peter Brook
6. Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (2006)
11
4
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather
11
4
Starring:
Joss Ackland, Terry Pratchett, David Warner, David Jason
Directed By:
Vadim Jean
7. Cry Freedom (1987)
11
4
Cry Freedom
PG
11
4

A South African journalist attempts to investigate the death in custody of his friend, an activist. However, this eventually forces him to flee the country.  

Starring:
Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Josette Simon, Wabei Siyolwe, John Matshikiza, Juanita Waterman
Directed By:
8. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
14
6
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
PG
14
6

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters from the famous play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, are traveling on horseback, as the events of the play unfold around them. They pay a visit to their old friend Hamlet, after which they engage in a philosophical debate about free will versus predestination. At the same time, they are unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate as well.  

Starring:
Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfuss, Gary Oldman, Livio Badurina, Tomislav Maretic
Directed By:
Tom Stoppard
9. Much Ado About Nothing (1978)
7
3
Much Ado About Nothing
7
3
Role:
Don John
Starring:
Michael York, Nigel Davenport, Penelope Keith, Anthony Andrews, Ciaran Madden
Directed By:
Donald McWhinnie
10. Becoming Jane (2007)
24
10
Becoming Jane
PG
24
10

Based on the life of British author Jane Austen, the film depicts her lasting love for Tom Lefroy, at that time a penniless apprentice lawyer. An aspiring writer, she has many wealthy suitors; but chooses not accept them because such union may hamper her creativity. She cannot marry Tom either because his entire family depends on him. 

Directed By:
Julian Jarrold
11. The Master of Ballantrae (1984)
7
3
The Master of Ballantrae
7
3
Role:
Mr. MacKellar
Starring:
Timothy Dalton, Michael York, John Gielgud, Brian Blessed, Brian Blessed
Directed By:
Douglas Hickox
12. Gauguin the Savage (1980)
7
3
Gauguin the Savage
7
3
Starring:
David Carradine, Lynn Redgrave, Barrie Houghton, Flora Robson, Michael Hordern
Directed By:
Fielder Cook
13. From Hell (2001)
48
22
From Hell
R
48
22

Inspired by the graphic novel From Hell, the movie revolves around the horrific Jack the Ripper murders. Whitechapel Police Inspector Frederick Abberline, races against time to stop the Ripper, save the prostitute Mary Kelly, who he has fallen in love with while uncovering a darker conspiracy by Freemasons. 

Role:
Sir Charles Warren
Starring:
Johnny Depp, Joanna Page, Ian Holm, Heather Graham, Robbie Coltrane
Directed By:
Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
14. M. Butterfly (1993)
9
4
M. Butterfly
R
9
4

Loosely based on true events, this romantic drama film tells the story of Rene Gallimard, a diplomat from France who is sent to Beijing. His life takes a turn when he gets infatuated with an opera performer, Song Liling. They soon begin a relationship. However, he is unaware of the fact that she is spying on him for the Chinese government.

Role:
Ambassador Toulon
Starring:
Jeremy Irons, John Lone, Barbara Sukowa, Annabel Leventon
Directed By:
15. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983)
6
3
The Hound of the Baskervilles
6
3
Role:
Sherlock Holmes
Starring:
Connie Booth, Brian Blessed, Denholm Elliott, Donald Churchill, Brian Blessed
Directed By:
Douglas Hickox
16. The Fourth Protocol (1987)
8
4
The Fourth Protocol
R
8
4

John Preston, a British spy is demoted by his boss for an unapproved but benign mission. He comes across a plot by Valeri Petrofsky, a KGB agent. Petrofsky is tring to frame Americans for building and detonating a nuclear bomb on British soil. Preston who is quite annoyed with his superiors takes the matter in his hands with the support of his MI5 director. He attempts to expose and thwart the plot before things go out of control.
  

Starring:
Michael Caine, Pierce Brosnan, Ned Beatty, Joanna Cassidy, Julian Glover
Directed By:
John Mackenzie
17. Man of La Mancha (1972)
7
4
Man of La Mancha
PG
7
4
Starring:
Peter O'Toole, Brian Blessed, Sophia Loren, James Coco, John Castle, Harry Andrews
Directed By:
Arthur Hiller
18. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968)
6
3
A Midsummer Night's Dream
6
3

The movie is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’. Preparations are undergoing for the marriage of Amazon Queen Hippolyta and Athenian Duke Theseus. But fairy king Oberon and his jester Puck create chaos and mischief using a love potion by involving other characters like Lysander, Demetrius, and Helena. 

Starring:
Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Derek Godfrey, David Warner, Barbara Jefford
Directed By:
Peter Hall
19. Incognito (1997)
7
4
Incognito
R
7
4
Role:
Turley (Prosecutor)
Starring:
Rod Steiger, Ian Holm, Simon Chandler, Jason Patric
Directed By:
John Badham
20. Catherine the Great (1996)
5
3
Catherine the Great
5
3
Role:
Vorontzov
Starring:
Craig McLachlan, John Rhys-Davies, Christoph Waltz, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mel Ferrer, Omar Sharif, Jeanne Moreau
Directed By:
Marvin J. Chomsky, John Goldsmith
21. Year of the Comet (1992)
5
4
Year of the Comet
PG-13
5
4
Role:
Sir Mason Harwood
Starring:
Louis Jourdan, Tim Daly, Art Malik, Penelope Ann Miller
Directed By:
Peter Yates
22. Alice Through the Looking Glass (1998)
4
4
Alice Through the Looking Glass
4
4
Starring:
Kate Beckinsale, Steve Coogan, Ian Holm, Geoffrey Palmer, Penelope Wilton, Charlotte Curley, Louise J. Taylor
Directed By:
John Henderson
23. 102 Dalmatians (2000)
10
11
102 Dalmatians
G
10
11

After spending three years in jail, Cruella apparently transforms into a good woman. However, when the loud noises of the Big Ben reach her, she reverts to her previous state and decides to kidnap 102 Dalmatian puppies for a new coat.

Starring:
Eric Idle, Glenn Close, Gérard Depardieu, Tim McInnerny, Ioan Gruffudd
Directed By:
Kevin Lima
24. B*A*P*S (1997)
4
5
B*A*P*S
PG-13
4
5
Role:
Manley
Starring:
Halle Berry, Martin Landau, Rudy Ray Moore, LL Cool J, Bernie Mac, Natalie Desselle Reid
Directed By:
Robert Townsend
25. Churchill and the Generals (1979)
8
3
Churchill and the Generals
8
3
26. The Darwin Adventure (1972)
7
3
The Darwin Adventure
PG
7
3
Role:
Capt. Fitzroy
27. An Ungentlemanly Act (1992)
7
3
An Ungentlemanly Act
7
3
Role:
Governor Rex Hunt
28. The Booze Cruise III: The Scattering (2006)
7
3
The Booze Cruise III: The Scattering
7
3
Role:
Marcus
29. Star Quality (1985)
7
3
Star Quality
7
3
Role:
Ray Malcolm
Starring:
Pam Ferris, Susannah York, David Swift, Peter Chelsom
Directed By:
Alan Dossor
30. The Woman in White (1997)
7
3
The Woman in White
7
3
Starring:
Andrew Lincoln, Corin Redgrave, John Standing, Tara Fitzgerald
Directed By:
Tim Fywell
31. The Booze Cruise II: The Treasure Hunt (2005)
7
3
The Booze Cruise II: The Treasure Hunt
7
3
32. A Deadly Game (1979)
6
3
A Deadly Game
6
3
Role:
Cuthbertson
33. Foreign Affairs (1993)
6
3
Foreign Affairs
PG
6
3
Starring:
Eric Stoltz, Brian Dennehy, Alex Kingston, Joanne Woodward, Stephanie Beacham
Directed By:
Jim O'Brien
34. A Royal Scandal (1997)
6
3
A Royal Scandal
6
3
35. Burning Secret (1988)
6
3
Burning Secret
PG
6
3
Role:
Edmund's father
Starring:
Faye Dunaway, Klaus Maria Brandauer, John Nettleton, David Eberts
Directed By:
Andrew Birkin
36. King of the Wind (1990)
6
3
King of the Wind
PG
6
3
Starring:
Richard Harris, Glenda Jackson, Nigel Hawthorne, Frank Finlay, Jenny Agutter
Directed By:
Peter Duffell
37. Words Upon the Window Pane (1994)
6
3
Words Upon the Window Pane
6
3
Starring:
Geraldine Chaplin, Geraldine James, Hugh O'Conor, Brid Brennan
Directed By:
Mary McGuckian
38. The Sign of Four (1983)
6
3
The Sign of Four
6
3
Role:
Sherlock Holmes
39. Remember (1993)
6
3
Remember
6
3
Role:
Philip Rawlings
40. The Plot to Kill Hitler (1990)
5
3
The Plot to Kill Hitler
5
3
Role:
Gen. Beck
41. The Treasure Seekers (1996)
5
3
The Treasure Seekers
5
3
Starring:
Peter Capaldi, Keira Knightley, Felicity Jones, Patsy Byrne, Camilla Power, Kristopher Milnes
Directed By:
Juliet May
42. The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby (2005)
5
3
The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby
PG
5
3
Starring:
Christopher Lee, James Cosmo, Suzanne Dance, Ron Donachie, Charles Donnelly
Directed By:
John Henderson
43. The Fifth Province (1997)
5
3
The Fifth Province
5
3
Role:
Dr. Drudy
44. Whoops Apocalypse (1986)
5
3
Whoops Apocalypse
R
5
3
Starring:
Peter Edward Cook, Alexei Sayle, Herbert Lom, Rik Mayall, Peter Cook, Graeme Garden, Loretta Swit
Directed By:
Tom Bussmann
45. The Canterville Ghost (1997)
5
3
The Canterville Ghost
5
3
Role:
Simon de Canterville
Starring:
Rik Mayall, Celia Imrie, James D'Arcy, Sarah-Jane Potts
Directed By:
Crispin Reece
46. Twice Upon a Time (2006)
5
3
Twice Upon a Time
5
3
Role:
Lord Evelyn Gaylord
Starring:
Charlotte Rampling, Jean Rochefort, Simon Kunz, Isabelle Nanty
Directed By:
Antoine de Caunes
47. A Change of Place (1994)
4
3
A Change of Place
4
3
Role:
Henri Chambertin
48. Imperium: Nero (2004)
4
4
Imperium: Nero
PG-13
4
4
49. Gawain and the Green Knight (1973)
4
3
Gawain and the Green Knight
4
3
Starring:
Robert Hardy, Nigel Green, Murray Head, Ciaran Madden,
Directed By:
Stephen Weeks
50. Savage Play (1995)
4
3
Savage Play
4
3
51. Dirty Weekend (1993)
4
4
Dirty Weekend
4
4
Starring:
David McCallum, Christopher Ryan, Lia Williams, Rufus Sewell
Directed By:
Michael Winner

Narrator/Dubbing

Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (2006)
25
9
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather
25
9
Role:
Death / Narrator (voice)
Starring:
Joss Ackland, Terry Pratchett, David Warner, David Jason
Directed By:
Vadim Jean
A Royal Scandal (1997)
6
3
A Royal Scandal
6
3
Role:
Narrator
Dæmos Rising (2004)
5
4
Dæmos Rising
5
4
Role:
Narrator
Gawain and the Green Knight (1973)
4
4
Gawain and the Green Knight
4
4
Role:
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Starring:
Robert Hardy, Nigel Green, Murray Head, Ciaran Madden,
Directed By:
Stephen Weeks

Animation Movies

The Wonderful World of Disney
10
3
The Wonderful World of Disney
10
3
Starring:
Ben Mendelsohn, Wayne Brady, Ed Begley Jr., Sarah Hyland, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Nelson, Micky Dolenz
Directed By:
The King and I (1999)
7
9
The King and I
G
7
9
Role:
The Kralahome (voice)
Starring:
Miranda Richardson, Darrell Hammond, Christiane Noll, Martin Vidnovic
Directed By:
Richard Rich

TV Shows

Horizon
13
2
Horizon
13
2
Starring:
Jeff Goldblum, Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed, Ian Holm, Paul Vaughan
Directed By:
Mick Jackson, Fisher Dilke, Christopher Sykes, David Stewart, Philip Martin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
36
6
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
TV-14
36
6
Starring:
Alec Guinness, Joss Ackland, Patrick Stewart, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, George Sewell, Bernard Hepton
Directed By:
John Irvin
Camera Three
9
2
Camera Three
9
2
Starring:
Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Wood, Roy Scheider, Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, Peter Falk, George C. Scott
Directed By:
Nick Havinga, John J. Desmond, Merrill Brockway, John Musilli, Ivan Cury
The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century
10
2
The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century
10
2
Starring:
Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Nastassja Kinski, Jean Stapleton, Malcolm McDowell, Jane Leeves, Marion Ross
Directed By:
Carl Byker, Isaac Mizrahi
Six Centuries of Verse
8
2
Six Centuries of Verse
8
2
Role:
Himself - Reader (6 episodes, 1984)
Starring:
Anthony Hopkins, John Gielgud
Directed By:
Richard Mervyn
Festival
8
2
Festival
8
2
Starring:
Lee Grant, Diane Cilento, Judi Dench, Cyril Cusack, Mary Ure
Brass
8
2
Brass
8
2
Private Schulz
9
2
Private Schulz
9
2
Role:
Major Neuheim / ... (6 episodes, 1981)
Starring:
John Ratzenberger, Billie Whitelaw, Michael Elphick, Cyril Shaps
Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes
10
3
Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes
10
3
Role:
Dr. Joseph Bell (5 episodes, 2000-2001)
Starring:
Henry Ian Cusick, Rik Mayall, Alexander Armstrong, Annette Crosbie, Simon Chandler
Agatha Christie's Marple
32
9
Agatha Christie's Marple
TV-14
32
9
Starring:
Kelly Brook, Joan Collins, Ken Russell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adam Garcia, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Natalie Dormer
Directed By:
Charlie Palmer, Andy Wilson, John Strickland, Tom Shankland, Nicolas Winding Refn
Play for Today
8
2
Play for Today
8
2
Starring:
Liam Neeson, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, John Hurt, Billy Connolly, Tim Curry, Kenneth Branagh
Strange
8
3
Strange
8
3
Role:
Canon Adolphus Black (7 episodes, 2002-2003)
Theatre Night
7
2
Theatre Night
7
2
Starring:
Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Harold Pinter, Ian McKellen, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Patrick Stewart
Directed By:
Michael Darlow, Michael Simpson, Barry Davis, Nicholas Kent, Kenneth Ives
The Phantom of the Opera
11
4
The Phantom of the Opera
11
4
Role:
Cholet (2 episodes, 1990)
Starring:
Burt Lancaster, Teri Polo, Adam Storke, Charles Dance
Directed By:
The Magician's House II
7
2
The Magician's House II
7
2
Eyeless in Gaza
7
2
Eyeless in Gaza
7
2
Role:
Anthony Beavis (5 episodes, 1971)
BBC Play of the Month
7
3
BBC Play of the Month
7
3
Starring:
Vincent Price, Tom Conti, Rex Harrison, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jeremy Brett, Anthony Perkins, Ronnie Barker
Directed By:
Cedric Messina, Rudolph Cartier, John Gorrie, Waris Hussein, Alan Cooke
Highlander
50
19
Highlander
50
19
Starring:
Joe Pantoliano, Marion Cotillard, Roger Daltrey, Martin Kemp, Sheena Easton, Traci Lords, Rae Dawn Chong
Directed By:
Peter Ellis, Paolo Barzman, Mario Azzopardi, Ray Austin, Richard Martin
Gormenghast
15
6
Gormenghast
15
6
Starring:
Spike Milligan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Stephen Fry, Christopher Lee, Warren Mitchell, Celia Imrie
Directed By:
Andy Wilson
Ike
7
3
Ike
7
3
Starring:
Laurence Luckinbill, Robert Duvall, Lee Remick, Jonathan Banks, Whit Bissell, Dana Andrews, Bonnie Bartlett
Directed By:
Boris Sagal, Melville Shavelson
BBC2 Playhouse
6
3
BBC2 Playhouse
6
3
Starring:
Ben Kingsley, Donald Pleasence, Deborah Kerr, Claudine Auger, Paul Scofield, Desmond Llewelyn, Liam Neeson
Directed By:
Mistress of Suspense
6
3
Mistress of Suspense
6
3
Starring:
Ian McShane, Ian Holm, Anthony Perkins, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Assumpta Serna
Directed By:
Damian Harris
The Magician's House
6
3
The Magician's House
6
3
Role:
Stephen Tyler / ... (unknown episodes)
Starring:
Stephen Fry, Stephen Fry
Directed By:
Paul Lynch
Dæmos Rising (2004)
4
3
Dæmos Rising
4
3
The Revenue Men
0
0
The Revenue Men
0
0
Starring:
Tom Conti, Claire Nielson, Ewen Solon, Calum Mill

Ian Richardson Awards

BAFTA Awards
House of Cards Best Actor 1991