This list is based mainly on his character and performance only.
1. Jinnah. This is by far the best performance he has given as an actor and probably it will remain that way. A leading part with a great responsibility and completed under extreme pressure, hardship and real death threats. Rejected by all newspapers and Pakistanis for being foreign and for having played Dracula over 30 years ago. After the film was shown to packed houses in Pakistan, people in the street treated him with the same respect as they did with the real Jinnah. All newspapers gave the film and his performance wonderful reviews and the production put him forward for a leading actor Oscar. Unfortunately, the film has not been released to this day. I think that Jinnah was perfect for him because he portrays a man or dignity, morals integrity and one which devoted his whole life to one purpose.
2. Attack of the Clones. Regardless of the common public dislike of geniuses (Bill Gates), Attack of the Clones grossed to date $648.3 million worldwide. It introduced ground breaking technology and was shot entirely digitally. Christopher Lee's performance in this film is credible, menacing and arguably the best given by any member of the cast. His fight with Yoda has won his 2 awards this year. Figures show that Count Dooku is Christopher Lee's most popular character to date and has introduced him to the largest fan base in the world as well as to the younger generations. There is an expression in Mr Lee's repertoire, and I've seen it enough times to know the exact meaning, which makes me believe that he is not entirely a villain. It's not like if he has killed the innocent and defenceless, we shall see what happens in EpIII. If we talking cool, for a 80 year old man to do what he did, this is one of his coolest roles.
3. Crimson Rivers 2. This film will not be released until 2004, so I have seen hardly anything from it. However, I was at the set four weeks ago and from what I saw there I can predict that his character will be a big success. As the nemesis of both Jean Reno and Benoît Magimel with a script written by Luc Besson , this is the most expensive film that France has produced this year.
One of the scenes I manage to catch a glimpse of, alone tell me that his character, (Emerich) whose identity is surrounded by mystery, the bruises and bandage on the co-stars as well as the chaos he was causing, is enough for me to take a gamble and rate it higher than The Wicker Man.
4. The Wicker Man. I can't say anything about this film that hasn't been said already. A classic masterpiece.
5. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. Directed by the best director that Mr Lee has ever worked with. This film without doubt changed his career entirely, if it wasn't for this part, he most probably would have retired 25 years ago while still appearing in B- Movies. Mr Lee performed and that opened up his range.
6. The Man with the Golden Gun. Mr Lee nearly always plays intelligent and elegant villains. Scaramaga is a great and very unique character.
7. A Feast at Midnight. A very much underrated film but great fun. His character, Major Longfellow is the closest to Mr Lee's real life personality. Hard on the outside but with a heart of gold. Don't bother him and he won't bother you.
8. The Musketeers. I'm resuming all three films into one. In perhaps the best cast ever put together in a single film, Christopher Lee is no slouch as Rocheford and plays his part to almost perfection. Some of the best sword fights seen on screen.
9. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. These are the most successful films he has been in to date. His small, yet important contribution will always be a memorable one as the evil Saruman but my opinion is that his part is too small to make any real impact. There is nothing new is Saruman as a villain that has not been seen before, I feel that he is wasted. This is supposed to be a powerful and wise wizard but he is no where as intelligent as any of his other villains. Fancy sending almost an entire army to kill a few mortals and then leave his fortress open to attack to a few trees with stones. To me the character is not believable enough, more like a fairy tale baddie and one which instead of hating, I actually feel sorry for. On the other hand, I feel like taking Legolas unlimited supply of arrows and putting them down somewhere. But this is just my personal opinion and I doubt there is a single person that will agree.
10. The Return of Captain Invincible. A terrible film but his singing and comical performance as Mr. Evil Midnight makes it one of my favourites. I never get tired of hearing "Name Your Poisson" in every version.
There are many other good performances but for me these are the ones that I won't mind watching over and over again. Everyone here has their favourites, a lot of you would probably rate Dracula in your top 10. The reason I don't and I have probably watched almost everyone of his films many times over, is that they were seen in the wrong order. I would not compare characters nor will be having a particular one in my head when watching a film, so if I watch Attack of the Clones now and then Crimson Rivers 2, I will not be looking for similarities.
There are at least 3 more big films coming up in the next couple of years, none will surpass Jinnah because a performance like that only happens once but the others could move positions.