Middle-earth Through the Years

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1. The Hobbit (1977 TV Movie)

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

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: 11,740

2. The Lord of the Rings (1978)

PG | 132 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

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: 27,944 | Gross: $0.92M

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

Not Rated | 98 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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: 3,359

5. Skazochnoe puteshestvie mistera Bilbo Begginsa, Khobbita (1985 TV Movie)

65 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Soviet television movie adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy novel "The Hobbit".

Director: Vladimir Latyshev | Stars: Zinoviy Gerdt, Mikhail Danilov, Ivan Krasko, Anatoliy Ravikovich

Votes: 118

7. The Shadows of Mordor (1988 Video Game)

Adventure, Fantasy

Set in the Lord of the Rings universe.

Votes: 18

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

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

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: 1,542,993 | Gross: $315.54M

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

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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: 454

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

PG | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

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: 1,381,753 | Gross: $342.55M

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

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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: 2,457

17. The Hobbit (I) (2003 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The little hobbit Bilbo Baggins gets a chance to become an important companion of wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves in their big adventure.

Stars: Michael Beattie, Tom Kane, Jim Ward, Clive Revill

Votes: 311

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

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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

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

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

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: 1,527,782 | Gross: $377.85M

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

T | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 2,198

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

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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: 1,002

22. The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth (2004 Video Game)

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

You play the events of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, both with the Fellowship of the Ring and the larger War of the Ring.

Director: Richard Taylor | Stars: Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen

Votes: 1,623

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

Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 1,482

24. The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II - The Rise of the Witch-king (2006 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

After the death of Isildur and with the missing of the Ring, the Witch-king of Angmar plans to attack Dunedain kingdom of Arnor and take control of the north.

Director: Jill Eckhart | Stars: Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen

Votes: 1,324

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

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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: 417

26. The Lord of the Rings: Conquest (2009 Video Game)

T | Fantasy

Fight your way through the battles of Middle Earth in hopes to either destroy the ring, or conquer all who live.

Director: Eric 'Giz' Gewirtz | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Andrew Spencer Dawson, Chris Edgerly, Crispin Freeman

Votes: 603

27. The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest (2010 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Relive the adventure of The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy through Samwise Gamgee's memory of Aragorn and his virtues.

Stars: Sean Astin, Eric Artell, John Rhys-Davies, Deborah Baker Jr.

Votes: 97

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

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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: 768

29. Lego the Lord of the Rings: The Video Game (2012 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Frodo Baggins, a hobbit from the Shire, must destroy the all powerful ring in the fires of mount doom before Suaron can lay hold upon it and gain control over all of Middle-Earth.

Directors: James McLoughlin, Dan McCreadie | Stars: Sean Astin, John Bach, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 816

31. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Family

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: 727,334 | Gross: $303.00M

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

PG-13 | 161 min | Adventure, Fantasy

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: 572,805 | Gross: $258.37M

34. Lego the Hobbit: The Video Game (2014 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Relive the adventures of the first two hobbit movies in Lego style.

Director: James McLoughlin | Stars: Christopher Lee, Richard Armitage, Sarah Beck Mather, John Bell

Votes: 628

35. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The family of Talion, a ranger of Gondor responsible for guarding the Black Gate of Mordor, is killed by Saurons armies, but Talion is revived with wraith-like abilities and heads into Mordor to exact his revenge.

Directors: Matthew Allen, Christian Cantamessa, Neil Huxley, Liam O'Brien, Nathan Hendrickson | Stars: Jack Quaid, Laura Bailey, Claudia Black, Troy Baker

Votes: 4,110

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

PG-13 | 144 min | Adventure, Fantasy

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: 445,953 | Gross: $255.12M

37. Lego Dimensions (2015 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Comedy

When a mysterious and powerful vortex appears in various lego worlds, Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle bravely jump into the vortex and travel through space and time to rescue their friends.

Directors: James McLoughlin, Arthur Parsons, Justin Villiers, Jon Burton | Stars: Will Arnett, Sean Astin, Dan Aykroyd, Laura Bailey

Votes: 590

38. The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

75 Metascore

A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick.

Director: Chris McKay | Stars: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 120,441 | Gross: $175.75M

39. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (2017 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The sequel to the critically acclaimed Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) features an original story with the return of Talion and Celebrimbor, who must go behind enemy lines to forge an army and turn all of Mordor against the Dark Lord Sauron.

Directors: JB Blanc, Michael de Plater, Nathan Hendrickson | Stars: Ike Amadi, Victoria Atkin, Robin Atkin Downes, Laura Bailey

Votes: 1,311

40. 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



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