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List of Ben Whishaw Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Skyfall (2012)
17
2
Skyfall
PG-13
17
2

James Bond is presumed dead after being caught in friendly fire while trying to retrieve a list of British agents. MI6 is compromised and identities of several agents are exposed. Bond, who reveals he is alive after M is attacked at MI6 and six agents are killed, must track down a man from M's past, seeking revenge.

Directed By:
2. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
18
3
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
R
18
3

Based on Patrick Süskind's 1985 novel Perfume, the movie follows the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, an orphan with extraordinary sense of smell. He is obsessed with creating a perfect scent and to fulfil his ambition, he embarks on dangerous and ghastly quest which leaves 12 young girls dead. As panic spreads across the town, he sets out to get his final thirteenth scent.

Role:
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille
Starring:
Alan Rickman, Dustin Hoffman, John Hurt, Francesc Albiol, Gonzalo Cunill, Roger Salvany
Directed By:
Tom Tykwer
3. Cloud Atlas (2012)
13
2
Cloud Atlas
R
13
2

The science-fiction drama intertwines six interconnected storylines spread over multiple eras of time. Cloud Atlas portrays the reincarnation of souls through time and explores the ripple effect caused by the consequences of actions and kindness through time and space. It remains one of the most expensive independent movies ever made. 

Directed By:
Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
5. Layer Cake (2004)
11
2
Layer Cake
TV-MA
11
2

Before XXXX, a cocaine distributor can retire. his boss Jimmy Price sets him two tasks. He must track down, Charlie, who turns out to be mob boss Eddie Temple’s daughter and he must buy one million ecstasy pills from gangster, the Duke. What follows is a story of multiple double-crosses leading XXXX to an uncertain fate. 

Starring:
Tom Hardy, Sienna Rose Miller, Daniel Craig, Jamie Foreman, Sally Hawkins, Burn Gorman
Directed By:
Matthew Vaughn
6. Lilting (2014)
14
2
Lilting
14
2
Role:
Richard
Starring:
Pei-Pei Cheng, Morven Christie, Andrew Leung, Naomi Christie
Directed By:
Hong Khaou
7. Bright Star (2009)
15
2
Bright Star
PG
15
2

The biographical fiction depicts the romance between the 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, during Keats’ final years. Introduced by family-friends Dilkes, spirited Fanny is drawn to struggling, aloof poet John, who agrees to teach her poetry. Soon a passionate romance blooms between them, but Keats has his own troubles……his financial inability to support a wife and his undefeatable health issues.

Role:
John Keats
Starring:
Abbie Cornish, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Paul Schneider, Kerry Fox
Directed By:
Jane Campion
8. The Lobster (2015)
12
2
The Lobster
R
12
2

The Lobster is a dark romantic comedy film, which is set in a dystopian era, where single men or women have to find themselves a partner within forty-five days or they are forcibly turned into an animal of their choosing.  

Starring:
Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell, Jacqueline Abrahams, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Jessica Barden
Directed By:
9. The Danish Girl (2015)
11
3
The Danish Girl
R
11
3

The heartbreaking tale is based on the true story of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. When Gerda asks her husband Einar Wegener to pose as a woman, it triggers his dormant gender identity as a woman. Einar adopts the name Lili and undergoes the world’s first gender reassignment surgery but sadly dies of complications. 

Starring:
Directed By:
Tom Hooper
11. Spectre (2015)
14
2
Spectre
PG-13
14
2

The 24th movie in the James Bond series, Spectre tells the story of MI6 agent James Bond’s entanglement with the global criminal organization Spectre and their leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld. 

Starring:
Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Stephanie Sigman, Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench
Directed By:
12. In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
12
2
In the Heart of the Sea
PG-13
12
2

In 1820, Captain George Pollard sails with his crew onboard the whaling ship Essex, but it is sunk by an apparently vengeful gigantic whale that continues to chase the survivors who are driven to drastic extremes to outlast a rescue attempt. Thirty years later, Herman Melville visits the last surviving crew member for the story of his novel Moby-Dick.

Role:
Herman Melville
Starring:
Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Charlotte Riley, Benjamin Walker, Brendan Gleeson
Directed By:
13. Suffragette (2015)
12
2
Suffragette
PG-13
12
2

A young working mother is motivated into radical political activism to promote the right for women to vote. Along with her fellow activists, she has to risk her jobs, home, family as well as her life, for the cause. 

Starring:
Helena Bonham Carter, Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Romola Garai, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Geoff Bell
Directed By:
Sarah Gavron
14. Brideshead Revisited (2008)
14
2
Brideshead Revisited
PG-13
14
2

Brideshead Revisited is a romantic drama film which revolves around Charles Ryder, who studies history at the University of Oxford, where he befriends Lord Sebastian Flyte, who is from a very wealthy family. When he is invited to Sebastian’s home, he develops a liking to his sister Julia. Over time, things get complicated as they fall in love. 

Starring:
Emma Thompson, Felicity Jones, Matthew Goode, David Barrass, Thomas Morrison, Anna Madeley
Directed By:
Julian Jarrold
15. The International (2009)
12
2
The International
R
12
2

Interpol agent, Louis Salinger, teams up with Assistant District Attorney, Eleanor Whitman, to investigate and stop the International Bank of Business and Credit from funding terrorism, money laundering, etc. This, however, puts their lives at risk from powerful people who will stop at nothing. 

Starring:
Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Brían F. O'Byrne, Ulrich Thomsen
Directed By:
Tom Tykwer
16. Enduring Love (2004)
12
2
Enduring Love
R
12
2

Based on a novel of the same name, Enduring Love is a psychological thriller film which revolves around a young man Joe, who takes his girlfriend Claire for a picnic in the countryside. However, they encounter an accident involving an air balloon, which results in a man’s death. Soon Joe starts to feel guilty for the accident, and it starts affecting his psyche.

Starring:
Rhys Ifans, Andrew Lincoln, Corin Redgrave, Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton, Bill Weston, Jeremy McCurdie
Directed By:
Roger Michell
17. The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020)
10
4
The Personal History of David Copperfield
PG
10
4
Role:
Uriah Heep
Starring:
Aneurin Barnard, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Capaldi, Dev Patel, Nikki Amuka-Bird
Directed By:
Armando Iannucci
18. The Escort (1999)
10
2
The Escort
10
2
Starring:
Noah Taylor, Daniel Auteuil, Frances Barber, Liza Walker
Directed By:
Michel Blanc
19. Surge (2020)
10
2
Surge
10
2
Role:
Joseph
20. The Zero Theorem (2013)
10
2
The Zero Theorem
R
10
2

The story centers on a genius, but socially withdrawn computer programmer working on the Zero Theorem. Tasked to prove that the universe disappears into a void, rendering life meaningless, he starts working steadily, hoping to prove that life actually has a meaning. Will he succeed? 

Starring:
Peter Stormare, Rupert Friend, Matt Damon, Lily Cole, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Christoph Waltz, Gwendoline Christie
Directed By:
21. A Hologram for the King (2016)
10
2
A Hologram for the King
R
10
2

A failed American sales representative tries to recoup his losses, by travelling to Saudi Arabia and selling his company’s product to a wealthy monarch. He is helped by a beautiful doctor and a taxi driver. 

Starring:
Tom Skerritt, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Tom Hanks, Alexander Black, Sarita Choudhury, Tracey Fairaway
Directed By:
Tom Tykwer
22. The Trench (1999)
10
2
The Trench
10
2
Starring:
Cillian Murphy, Daniel Craig, Paul Nicholls, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Danny Dyer, James D'Arcy
Directed By:
William Boyd
23. Little Joe (2019)
11
2
Little Joe
Not
11
2
Role:
Chris
Starring:
Kerry Fox, Emily Beecham, Phénix Brossard, Kit Connor
Directed By:
Jessica Hausner
24. Stoned (2005)
9
2
Stoned
R
9
2
Role:
Keith Richards
Starring:
David Walliams, Paddy Considine, David Morrissey, Tuva Novotny
Directed By:
Stephen Woolley
25. The Tempest (2010)
10
2
The Tempest
PG-13
10
2

Based on the well-known play of the same name by William Shakespeare, The Tempest is a fantasy comedy drama film which revolves around Prospera, the duchess of Milan, who is denounced as a sorceress and usurped by Antonio, her own brother. She is cast off in a small boat to die along with her young daughter. However, she survives and eventually finds herself in a small island. Soon it seems that there might be other inhabitants on the island as well.

Starring:
Alfred Molina, Helen Mirren, Chris Cooper, Tom Conti, Alan Cumming, Russell Brand, Felicity Jones
Directed By:
Julie Taymor
26. National Theatre Live: Julius Caesar (2018)
14
2
National Theatre Live: Julius Caesar
14
2
Role:
Brutus
Starring:
David Morrissey, David Calder, Michelle Fairley, Adjoa Andoh
Directed By:
Nicholas Hytner
27. Beat (2013)
13
2
Beat
13
2
Starring:
Remy Beasley, Jamie Alderson, Katie Burnetts, Hannah Daniel
Directed By:
Aneil Karia
28. Love Hate (2009)
13
2
Love Hate
13
2
Role:
Tom
Starring:
Blake Ritson, Hayley Atwell, Hattie Morahan, Scott Bradbury
Directed By:
Dylan Ritson, Blake Ritson
29. My Brother Tom (2001)
13
2
My Brother Tom
13
2
Role:
Tom
Starring:
Jenna Haze, Jenna Harrison, Adrian Rawlins, Honeysuckle Weeks, Michael Erskine
Directed By:
Dom Rotheroe
30. The Muse (2014)
13
2
The Muse
13
2
Role:
Edward
Starring:
Kristen McMenamy
Directed By:
Tim Walker
31. Teenage (2013)
10
2
Teenage
10
2
Role:
British Boy (voice)
Starring:
Jena Malone, Alden Ehrenreich, Julia Hummer, Jessie T. Usher, Leah Hennessey
Directed By:
Matt Wolf
32. Baby (2000)
10
2
Baby
10
2
Role:
Little Joe
Starring:
Janet Mitchell, Clive Hayward, Alex Michael, Mark Moore
Directed By:
WIZ Andrew John Whiston
33. 77 Beds (2003)
9
2
77 Beds
9
2
Starring:
Karl Johnson, Kate Fleetwood, Justine Georgiou, Jay Holloway
Directed By:
Alnoor Dewshi
34. Family Happiness (2017)
9
2
Family Happiness
9
2
Starring:
Alice Englert, Mark Bradshaw
Directed By:
Alice Englert
35. Spiritual Rampage (2003)
7
1
Spiritual Rampage
7
1
Starring:
Natalie Press, Adam Rhys Dee, Laura Rees
Directed By:
Alnoor Dewshi
36. Days and Nights (2014)
9
1
Days and Nights
9
1
Role:
Eric
Starring:
Jean Reno, Michael Nyqvist, Katie Holmes, Allison Janney, Mark Rylance
Directed By:
Christian Camargo

TV Movie(s)

1. The Booze Cruise (2003)
15
2
The Booze Cruise
15
2
Starring:
Brian Murphy, Neil Pearson, Martin Clunes, Anne Reid
Directed By:
Paul Seed
2. Ready When You Are Mr. McGill (2003)
12
2
Ready When You Are Mr. McGill
12
2
Starring:
Amanda Holden, Joanna Page, Tom Courtenay, Bill Nighy, Sandra Voe
Directed By:
Paul Seed
3. All Signs of Death (2010)
9
2
All Signs of Death
9
2
Role:
Web
Starring:
Mahershala Ali, Clayne Crawford, Max Martini, Mercedes Mason
Directed By:
Alan Ball

Animation(s)

Paddington 2 (2017)
Paddington 2
PG
Plot:

In order to buy the perfect present for his aunt for her 100th birthday, Paddington takes up a job. However, unfortunately the gift ends up being stolen.

Role:
Paddington (voice)
Starring:
Richard Ayoade, Joanna Lumley, Meera Syal, Noah Taylor, Peter Capaldi, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Conti
Directed By:
Paul King
Paddington (2014)
Paddington
PG
Plot:

After an earthquake destroys his home, a rare Peruvian bear belonging to a species that can learn to speak English arrives in London in search of a new home. Named Paddington, the bear soon finds a home with the Browns but taxidermist, Millicent Clyde, wants to kill and stuff Paddington to become rich and famous. 

Starring:
Matt Lucas, Nicole Kidman, Peter Capaldi, Tim Downie, Madeleine Worrall, Lottie Steer, Geoffrey Palmer
Directed By:
Paul King

TV Shows and Videos

The Hollow Crown (2012)
The Hollow Crown
Starring:
Patrick Stewart, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Benedict Cumberbatch, Geraldine Chaplin, Tom Sturridge, Owen Teale
Directed By:
Dominic Cooke, Richard Eyre, Rupert Goold, Thea Sharrock
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Leading Actor
Nathan Barley (2005)
Nathan Barley
Starring:
Noel Fielding, Iddo Goldberg, Richard Ayoade, Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicholas Burns, Julian Barratt, Claire Keelan
Directed By:
Christopher Morris
The Hour (2011)
The Hour
Role:
Freddie Lyon (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
Starring:
Peter Capaldi, Romola Garai, Oona Chaplin, Dominic West, Anna Chancellor
Queers (2017)
Queers
Starring:
Alan Cumming, Russell Tovey, Rebecca Front, Ian Gelder, Kadiff Kirwan
Directed By:
Mark Gatiss
Criminal Justice (2008)
Criminal Justice
Role:
Ben Coulter (5 episodes, 2008)
Starring:
Bill Paterson, Con O'Neill, Maxine Peake, Alice Sykes
Years & Years: Real (2014)
Years & Years: Real
Starring:
Olly Alexander, Ben Dilloway, Aline Estevam, James Finan
Directed By:
Robert Francis Müller
Playhouse Presents (2012)
Playhouse Presents
Starring:
Idris Elba, Matthew Perry, Olivia Williams, Aisling Bea, Stephen Fry, Peter Serafinowicz, Douglas Henshall
Directed By:
Idris Elba
Black Cab (2000)
Black Cab
Starring:
Philip Jackson, Jamie Foreman, Phil Davis, Phil Cornwell
Other People's Children (2000)
Other People's Children
Starring:
Indira Varma, Lesley Manville, Frank Harper, Benjamin Whitrow, Denis Lawson
Directed By:
Pete Travis

Ben Whishaw Awards

Golden Globe Awards
A Very English Scandal Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 2019
Primetime Emmy Awards
A Very English Scandal Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie 2019
BAFTA Awards
A Very English Scandal Best Supporting Actor 2019
The Hollow Crown Best Leading Actor 2013