Though he's killled in the first movie, Middle-Earth wizard Gandalf comes back to life in the second and saves the day.
Superheroes can come off as silly, but McKellen's Magneto is a threat to be reckoned with, and sometimes, pitied.
McKellen earned an Oscar nom for his portrayal of director James Whale, here entangled in a late-in-life affair.
This Shakespeare adaptation casts McKellen as the titular monarch in an anachronistic, '30s-inspired version of England.
The complicated morality of this Stephen King adaptation is perfectly showcased by McKellen's terrifying, heartbreaking portrayal.
McKellen shines, predictably, as a South African businessman in the movie adaptation of John Guare's play.
A must for McKellen completists, this Arnold Schwarzenegger flick finds the actor making a memorable cameo as Death.
In this brutal story about the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, McKellen plays the small, but crucial part of "Uncle Freddie."
Before hitting it big in Richard III, McKellen steals every scene as an over-the-top preacher in small-town England.
McKellen stars as an enthusiastic seeker of the Holy Grail in in this adaptation of the best-selling novel.