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1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.8
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92 Metascore

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Votes: 1,548,003 | Gross: $315.54M

2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.9
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94 Metascore

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,532,715 | Gross: $377.85M

3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

PG-13 | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.7
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87 Metascore

While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,386,368 | Gross: $342.55M

4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.8
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58 Metascore

A reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis

Votes: 728,291 | Gross: $303.00M

5. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

PG-13 | 144 min | Adventure, Fantasy

7.4
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59 Metascore

Bilbo and company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the Lonely Mountain from falling into the hands of a rising darkness.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 447,052 | Gross: $255.12M

6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

PG-13 | 161 min | Adventure, Fantasy

7.8
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66 Metascore

The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott

Votes: 573,906 | Gross: $258.37M

7. The Lord of the Rings

Adventure, Fantasy | Pre-production

Lord of the Rings based TV-series, set during the 3,441-year period, known as the Age of Númenor, or the Second Age.

Stars: Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Will Poulter, Maxim Baldry

8. Role Models (2008)

R | 99 min | Comedy

6.8
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61 Metascore

Wild behavior forces a pair of energy drink reps to enroll in a Big Brother program.

Director: David Wain | Stars: Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Votes: 213,551 | Gross: $67.29M

9. The Lord of the Rings (1978)

PG | 132 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

6.2
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The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Christopher Guard, William Squire, Michael Scholes, John Hurt

Votes: 28,006 | Gross: $0.92M

10. The Hobbit (1977 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.8
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A homebody hobbit in Middle Earth gets talked into joining a quest with a group of dwarves to recover their treasure from a dragon.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Orson Bean, John Huston, Brother Theodore, Cyril Ritchard

Votes: 11,774

11. The Return of the King (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

5.7
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Two Hobbits struggle to destroy the Ring in Mount Doom while their friends desperately fight evil Lord Sauron's forces in a final battle.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Orson Bean, John Huston, Theodore Bikel, William Conrad

Votes: 3,375

12. Born of Hope (2009)

71 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.2
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Set near the end of the Third Age of Middle-earth. Arathorn takes refugees to Taurdal, the village of his father, Arador. Then as Arador begins his campaign against the gathering orc bands ... See full summary »

Director: Kate Madison | Stars: Christopher Dane, Beth Aynsley, Kate Madison, Danny George

Votes: 2,036

14. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (I) (2002 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.3
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You control Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli fighting across the Plains of Rohan battling evil alike to the ferocious battle at Helms Deep.

Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 2,472

15. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (I) (2003 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.3
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Play as Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Gandalf and Sam as you battle for the fate of Middle-earth.

Directors: Bret Robbins, Chris Tremmel | Stars: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Billy Boyd

Votes: 2,210

16. Fracture (2004)

107 min | Drama, Thriller, Crime

6.4
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The story of how one man's crime ruins the lives of two families forever.

Director: Larry Parr | Stars: Kate Elliott, Jared Turner, Timothy Lee, Miranda Harcourt

Votes: 147

17. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (I) (2002 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.9
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With the help of his brave friends and wise allies, the peaceful hobbit Frodo Baggins must be saved from a pursuit by the evil forces because of uncle's mysterious inheritance - the sinister magic ring.

Director: Jeff Pobst | Stars: Tom Kane, Daran Norris, Scott Menville, Cliff Broadway

Votes: 457

18. The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (I) (2004 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.9
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Travel throughout Middle-earth, forming a fellowship of heroes and travel through familiar and little-seen lands as you fight to destroy the One Ring.

Stars: Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Chris Edgerly, Lori Phillips

Votes: 1,008

19. The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Ring (2003 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.0
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Based on Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. The player chooses either the good campaign or evil campaign as they control their units, Dwarves, Elves, Men, Hobbits, or Orcs, Monsters to lead ... See full summary »

Director: Ed Del Castillo | Stars: Dominic Armato, Steve Blum, Robin Atkin Downes, Crispin Freeman

Votes: 152

20. Firildak Ailesi (2017)

84 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

4.2
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One night, when all the women are abducted from the village, Sabri Firildak and his friends enter a magical forest to get their wives back.

Directors: Haluk Can Dizdaroglu, Berk Tokay | Stars: Bülent Kayabas, Tülay Bursa, Gülen Karaman, Keremcan Köse

Votes: 387

21. Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea (1985–1987)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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An underground civilization named Arkadia launches an expedition for exploring the world of the surface to restore its fading sun.

Stars: Jeanine Forney, Chris Benard, Amandine Rajau, Louis Arbessier

Votes: 623

22. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North (2011 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.5
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Three heroes come together to defend against a very dark evil brewing in the North.

Director: Nathan Hendrickson | Stars: Ike Amadi, Laura Bailey, Steve Blum, John Cygan

Votes: 772

23. Hobitit (1993– )

270 min | Fantasy, Family, Adventure

6.2
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J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings told from the perspective of the hobbits.

Stars: Pertti Sveholm, Taneli Mäkelä, Jarmo Hyttinen, Jari Pehkonen

Votes: 180

24. The Lord of the Rings Online (2007 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.0
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Explore and quest throughout all of middle earth as you aid in the battle against forces of evil.

Directors: Randall Ryan, Ali Donovan | Stars: Alexander Brandon, Harry Chase, Chris Edgerly, Erin Fitzgerald

Votes: 418

25. The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II (2006 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Drama

8.6
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You play the Elf and the Dwarf nations as they fight their own battles against the forces of Sauron.

Director: Richard Taylor | Stars: Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, John Rhys-Davies, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,489

26. Lord of the Rings (1990 Video Game)

Adventure, Fantasy

6.9
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While Frodo and Sam, now accompanied by a new guide, continue their hopeless journey towards the land of shadow to destroy the One Ring, each member of the broken fellowship plays their ... See full summary »

Star: Robin Atkin Downes

Votes: 157

27. Lord of the Piercing (2002 TV Short)

3 min | Comedy, Short

7.6
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A spoof of The Fellowship of the Ring (specifically, the Council of Elrond scene) from the 2002 MTV Movie Awards.

Director: Joel Gallen | Stars: Jack Black, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 2,330

28. Le Hobbit: Le Retour du Roi du Cantal (2015)

67 min | Adventure

6.6
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Director: Léo Pons | Stars: Marc Cassot, Benoît Allemane, Xavier Fagnon, Vincent Grass

Votes: 7

29. The Making of 'The Lord of the Rings' (2002 Video)

Documentary

7.7
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Documentary of the making of Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic work of fantasy.

Director: Costa Botes | Stars: Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 563

30. A Passage to Middle-earth: The Making of 'Lord of the Rings' (2001 TV Movie)

42 min | Documentary

7.5
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Documentary of the making of Peter Jackson's adaptation of the classic Tolkien work.

Stars: Elijah Wood, Peter Jackson, Ian McKellen, Richard Taylor

Votes: 494

31. J.R.R.T.: A Film Portrait of J.R.R. Tolkien (1996 Video)

110 min | Documentary, Fantasy

7.9
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Director: Derek Bailey | Stars: Judi Dench, Christopher Tolkien, Tom Shippey, John Tolkien

Votes: 36

32. Lord of the Brush (2005 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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"Lord of the Brush" details the artist John Howe's history and passion for J.R.R. Tolkien's works. John's story is brought to life with over 100 of his beautiful illustrations, which have ... See full summary »

Director: Gretchen Jordon-Bastow | Stars: John Howe, Robin Hobb, Fataneh Howe, Peter Jackson

Votes: 16

33. Master of the Rings: The Unauthorized Story Behind J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' (2001 Video)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

6.5
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien never set out to become a pop icon. But almost 30 years after his death, he has ascended to heights previously reserved for pop stars. For hundreds of thousands, ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Grant | Stars: Anke Buttner, Humphrey Carpenter, Bob Catley, Ian Collier

Votes: 169

34. Making the Movie (2002 TV Short)

30 min | Short, Documentary

5.9
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A behind-the-scenes look through interviews and documentary footage of the making of the first installment of The Lord of Rings, "The Fellowship of the Ring."

Director: Natalia Garcia | Stars: Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Sean Astin, Sean Bean

Votes: 183

35. Halifirien (2009)

35 min | Short, Action, Adventure

5.8
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A Lord of the Rings fan film set during the War of the ring in the third age. Follows the story of the beacon wardens on the Halifirien as they defend the mountain from marauding orc bands.

Director: Tom Robinson | Stars: Dominic Downes, Uilliam Downes, James Robinson

Votes: 16

36. J.R.R. Tolkien: Origins of Middle-Earth (2003 Video)

30 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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Director: Michael Pellerin | Stars: Brian Sibley, Colin Duriez, Rayner Unwin, Tom Shippey

Votes: 64

37. Echo (I) (2011)

94 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

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Katie Risello, the daughter of a city mob boss, is kidnapped on her way home from work. Her boyfriend, Jesse, and her brother, Frank, recruit their friend, Will, to help them find her. Both... See full summary »

Director: Todd Douglas Bailey | Stars: Larry Ayres, Lee Bacalles, Todd Douglas Bailey, Dylan Blencowe

38. Du kommst nicht vorbei - Fans im Bann des Ringes (2005 Video)

14 min | Short

7.2
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Directors: Diana Enders, Anna Seegers Krückeberg | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Bernard Hill, Peter Jackson, Ian McKellen

Votes: 17

39. National Geographic Explorer (1985– )
Episode: Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings (2001)

Unrated | 60 min | Documentary, History

7.0
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A look at the background for Tolkien's mythology, hence the movie's mythology.

Director: Lisa Kors | Stars: Phil Crowley, John Howe, Peter McHugh, Oliver Muirhead

Votes: 622

40. Everything Wrong with... (2012– )
Episode: Everything Wrong With The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey in 4 Minutes or Less (2013)

TV-14 | 4 min | Comedy

6.5
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By popular demand, we present a list of all the sins we found in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Directors: Chris Atkinson, Jeremy Scott, Barrett Share | Star: Jeremy Scott

Votes: 19

41. Mad (2010–2013)
Episode: Hip Hop Hobbit/The Monday Project (2013)

TV-14 | 12 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

5.0
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Bilbo embarks on an old-school quest of rhyming and break dancing. Then, Garfield vows to get his life together. Plus, Alfred E.Neuman, Spy vs. Spy and more!

Director: Pete Levin | Stars: Biz Markie, Keith Ferguson, Jim Meskimen, Rachel Ramras

Votes: 13

42. An Awfully Big Adventure (1998– )
Episode: J.R.R. Tolkien (1998)

50 min | Documentary

8.1
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This documentary looks at the life of J.R.R. Tolkien, examining how his childhood influenced his works, and how he felt about his success following publication of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

Director: Julian Birkett | Stars: Juliet Aubrey, Rob Inglis, Christopher Villiers, The Beatles

Votes: 19

43. Everything Wrong with... (2012– )
Episode: Re-Issue: Everything Wrong With The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2014)

TV-14 | 15 min | Comedy

4.8
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Yes, you have probably seen this before. Hence the "Re-Issue" part of the title. We have made a sacrifice to the gods of online video and are now able to bring back to life our sins video ... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Atkinson, Jeremy Scott, Barrett Share | Star: Jeremy Scott

Votes: 5

44. Mad (2010–2013)
Episode: Snott Pilgrim vs. the Wonderful World of Disney/Malcolm in the Middle Earth (2011)

TV-14 | 12 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

5.4
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Snot Pilgrim has the perfect life, except that his girlfriend Snow White has seven tiny exes. Then, it's just a couple of hobbits trying to make it in this crazy middle world.

Stars: Hugh Davidson, Mikey Day, Larry Dorf, Grey Griffin

Votes: 25

45. 1st Viewing (2017– )
Episode: The Black Cauldron (2019)

12 min | Comedy

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Disney's dark fantasy The Black Cauldron didn't win much box office, but maybe it won Doug and Rob over in some areas (though not others).

Directors: Doug Walker, Rob Walker | Stars: Doug Walker, Rob Walker



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