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List of Ian McDiarmid Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
16
5
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
PG
16
5

Fleeing from a brutal imperial attack on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker and his R2-D2 crash-lands on Dagobah, where he trains under Master Yoda. Meanwhile, Han Solo and Princess Leia flee to Bespin, where they are captured by Darth Vader as baits to eventually lure in Luke, whom he plans to seduce to the dark side.

As:
Cast, uncredited
Director:
Irvin Kershner
Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure
2. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
15
3
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
PG
15
3

The conclusion film of the original Star Wars trilogy, the movie sees the rebel heroes undertake a risky mission to save Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt before launching an attack to destroy the powerful mobile space station, Death Star, and ultimately defeat the evil empire. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Marquand
Genres:
Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Star Cast:
3. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
14
2
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
PG-13
14
2

Anakin Skywalker, now a Jedi Knight disillusioned with the crumbling order, is encouraged by Chancellor Palpatine to use the dark side to kill Count Dooku while rescuing the former with Obi-Wan Kenobi. When he gets visions of his pregnant wife Padmé Amidala dying in childbirth, Palpatine again lures him to the dark side, promising him powers to prevent death.

As:
Cast
Role:
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Director:
Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy
4. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
10
2
Sleepy Hollow
R
10
2

Sleepy Hollow is a thriller directed by Tim Burton set in the gothic town of the same name, where a detective tries to solve the murders committed by a local legend, the headless horseman. Johnny Depp stars as an eccentric New York detective who uncovers the secret of the murderer's penchant for killing his victims by decapitation of their heads.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
5. Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (1980)
10
2
Sir Henry at Rawlinson End
10
2

Sir Henry’s brother, Hubert, was accidentally killed while escaping without trouser from an illicit affair and now roams around trouserless in the corridors of Rawlinson End. The story revolves around Sir Henry’s attempt to exorcise his brother’s ghost with the help of his weird family members and old retainers. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Steve Roberts
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Trevor Howard, Harry Fowler, Patrick Magee, Denise Coffey
6. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
10
2
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
PG
10
2

A successful con artist in Beaumont-sur-Mer is troubled when another swindler starts operating in the same locality. Fearing that the other man may scare away his targets, he makes a deal with him and decides that the first to con a young American heiress out of fifty thousand dollars can stay while the other must leave the town.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Michael Caine, Steve Martin, Glenne Headly, Barbara Harris, Anton Rodgers
7. Gorky Park (1983)
10
2
Gorky Park
R
10
2

Gorky Park is a mystery thriller film which revolves around Detective Renko, who is assigned to solve a triple murder that occurs in Gorky Park in Moscow. He soon suspects that there is a big political conspiracy behind the murder, and that the Russian government might be involved.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime, Mystery
Star Cast:
Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy, William Hurt, Ian Bannen, Joanna Pacula
8. The Likely Lads (1976)
10
2
The Likely Lads
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Tuchner
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Mary Tamm, Brigit Forsyth
9. Dragonslayer (1981)
10
2
Dragonslayer
PG
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Matthew Robbins
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Ralph Richardson, John Hallam, Peter Eyre, Peter MacNicol
10. Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (2019)
10
5
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
PG-13
10
5

The movie finds Rey, Finn, and Poe leading the Resistance against Kylo Ren and the First Order. What follows is Kylo’s path to redemption and Rey discovering that she is the grandchild of the still-living Emperor Palpatine. The Resistance wins but Kylo ends up sacrificing himself to save Rey who then takes up the mantle of Skywalker. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Emperor Palpatine
Director:
J.J. Abrams
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
11. Restoration (1995)
9
2
Restoration
R
9
2

Restoration is a biographical romantic drama film which tells the story of Merival, a physician who devotes himself to helping common people. His life takes a turn when he saves the life of someone close to the king, and becomes part of the King’s court. In order to hide the Queen’s suspicion, the King orders Merival to marry his mistress, but tells him not to fall in love with her. However, things get complicated when Merival starts developing feelings for his new wife.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Hoffman
Genres:
Drama, History, Biography, Romance
12. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
11
2
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
PG
11
2

The second movie in Star Wars prequel trilogy has the former queen of Naboo, Padmé Amidala serving as the Senator in the Galactic Republic. When there is an assassination attempt on her, Obi-Wan Kenobi sets out to investigate the matter and discovers a massive army of clones. Meanwhile, Anakin Skywalker, while protecting Padme Amidala, falls in love with her.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy, Action
13. The Lost City of Z (2016)
9
2
The Lost City of Z
PG-13
9
2

Based on an eponymous novel, the film depicts the real life events surrounding the British explorer Percy Fawcett. He first learns about a mysterious city in the Amazon when he is sent to survey the boundary between Brazil and Bolivia and becomes intrigued by the tale he hears. Supported by his son and wife, he returns to the Amazon much later never to return. 

As:
Cast
Director:
James Gray
Genres:
Adventure, Drama, Biography, History
Star Cast:
Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Rose Miller, Franco Nero, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Edward Ashley
14. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
10
2
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
PG
10
2

Two Jedi Knights sent to end a blockade organised by the evil Trade Federation find themselves in trouble and escape after rescuing Queen Amidala. Later, they meet Anakin Skywalker, a slave boy with strong natural powers of the Force. They now have to find a solution to trade blockade and also deal with the mysterious return of the Sith.

As:
Cast
Role:
Senator Palpatine
Director:
Genres:
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
15. Richard's Things (1980)
9
2
Richard's Things
R
9
2

A wife discovers and confronts her husband's lover after his death. Their mutual love, jealousy, pain and envy bring them close in an unanticipated physical and emotional relationship.

As:
Cast
Director:
Anthony Harvey
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Liv Ullmann, David Markham, Tim Pigott-Smith, Amanda Redman
16. The Awakening (1980)
7
1
The Awakening
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Mike Newell
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Miriam Margolyes, Charlton Heston, Stephanie Zimbalist, Susannah York, Jill Townsend, Patrick Drury
17. The Odds (2009)
11
2
The Odds
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Paloma Baeza
Genres:
Short, Thriller
Star Cast:
Mark Strong

TV Movie(s)

1. A Performance of Macbeth (1979)
11
2
A Performance of Macbeth
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Philip Casson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, John Bown, Susan Dury, Judith Harte
2. Great Expectations (1999)
10
2
Great Expectations
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Julian Jarrold
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ioan Gruffudd, Charlotte Rampling, Nicholas Blane, Justine Waddell
3. Heart of Darkness (1993)
8
2
Heart of Darkness
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Nicolas Roeg
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
John Malkovich, Tim Roth, James Fox, Isaach De Bankolé, Morten Faldaas
4. Hillsborough (1996)
11
2
Hillsborough
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Charles McDougall
Genres:
Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Christopher Eccleston, Tracey Wilkinson, Kevin Knapman, Mark Womack
5. Crime and Punishment (2002)
11
2
Crime and Punishment
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Porfiry
Director:
Julian Jarrold
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Geraldine James, John Simm, Shaun Dingwall, Kate Ashfield
6. Selected Exits (1993)
10
2
Selected Exits
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Tristram Powell
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Anthony Hopkins, James Arlon, Gavin Ashcroft, John Grillo, Abigail Hopkins
7. Our Hidden Lives (2005)
10
2
Our Hidden Lives
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
B. Charles
Director:
Michael Samuels
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Michael Fassbender, Richard Briers, Richard Dillane, Mathew Horne
8. Margaret (2009)
10
2
Margaret
TV-14
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
James Kent
Genres:
History, Drama
Star Cast:
Elizabeth Bennett, Roger Allam, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Charlotte Asprey
9. All the King's Men (1999)
10
2
All the King's Men
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Julian Jarrold
Genres:
War, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Maggie Smith, Phyllis Logan, David Jason, Stuart Bunce
10. Chernobyl: The Final Warning (1991)
9
2
Chernobyl: The Final Warning
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Vatisenko
Director:
Anthony Page
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jason Robards, Jon Voight, Annette Crosbie, Sammi Davis
11. Annie: A Royal Adventure! (1995)
7
1
Annie: A Royal Adventure!
G
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Eli Eon
Director:
Ian Toynton
Genres:
Musical, Family
Star Cast:
Camilla Belle, Joan Collins, George Hearn, Ashley Johnson

Animation(s)

TV Shows and Videos

The Professionals (1977)
The Professionals
As:
Cast
Director:
William Brayne, Martin Campbell, Dennis C. Lewiston, Anthony Simmons, David Wickes
Genres:
Crime, Comedy, Action
Star Cast:
Pierce Brosnan, Gordon Jackson, Martin Shaw, Lewis Collins
Star Wars: A Musical Journey (2005)
Star Wars: A Musical Journey
As:
Cast
Role:
Host
Director:
Tippy Bushkin
Genres:
Music
Utopia (2013)
Utopia
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Genres:
Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Kevin Eldon, Neil Maskell, Fiona O'Shaughnessy, Alexandra Roach
The Modern World: Ten Great Writers (1988)
The Modern World: Ten Great Writers
As:
Cast
Director:
David Thomas, Nigel Wattis
Genres:
Documentary, Biography
Star Cast:
Tim Roth, Eileen Atkins, Anthony Burgess, Douglas Hodge, Hermione Lee
Touching Evil (1997)
Touching Evil
As:
Cast
Genres:
Crime, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Andy Serkis, Michael Feast, Robson Green, Nicola Walker
Cold Lazarus (1996)
Cold Lazarus
As:
Cast
Director:
Renny Rye
Genres:
Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Star Cast:
Rob Brydon, Diane Ladd, Albert Finney, Ciarán Hinds, Frances de la Tour, Grant Masters, Ganiat Kasumu
City of Vice (2008)
City of Vice
As:
Cast
Role:
Henry Fielding (5 episodes, 2008)
Genres:
Crime, History, Drama
Star Cast:
Iain Glen, Alice O'Connell, Steve Speirs, Francis Magee
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Demons of Deception (1999)
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Demons of Deception
As:
Cast
Role:
Prof. Levi (archiveFootage)
Director:
René Manzor, Nicolas Roeg
Genres:
Adventure, History, Family
Star Cast:
Sean Patrick Flanery, Ronny Coutteure, Domiziana Giordano, Kenneth Haigh,
The Nation's Health (1983)
The Nation's Health
As:
Cast
Role:
Doctor Vernon Davis (4 episodes, 1983)
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
P.H. Moriarty, Vivienne Ritchie, Julian Fox, Richard Leech
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1997)
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman
As:
Cast
Director:
Ben Bolt, David Evans, Mary McMurray, John Strickland
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Gerard Butler, Phyllis Logan, Annette Crosbie, Struan Rodger, Helen Baxendale, Rosemary Leach
Britannia (2017)
Britannia
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama, Fantasy, Action
Star Cast:
David Morrissey, Kelly Reilly, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Stanley Weber
Summer Season (1985)
Summer Season
As:
Cast
Director:
Nicholas Renton, Kenneth Ives, Tom Kinninmont, Mike Vardy
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Tim Wylton, Marion Bailey, Charles Dale