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List of Benedict Cumberbatch Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Imitation Game (2014)
218
13
The Imitation Game
PG-13
218
13

Based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma written by Andrew Hodges, The Imitation Game follows the story of the genius mathematician and cryptanalyst, Alan Turing, who during the Second World War successfully built a machine to crack the German Enigma code.

Role:
Alan Turing
Starring:
Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech
Directed By:
Morten Tyldum
4. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
90
10
Star Trek Into Darkness
PG-13
90
10

When a secret installation in London is bombed and Admiral Pike is killed, Kirk is sent to Kronos, Klingon homeworld, to capture and kill Starfleet member-turned terrorist John Harrison without provoking a war with the Klingon Empire itself. However, Kirk and his crew soon learn that there is much more about the agent and his mission than what they already know.

Directed By:
J.J. Abrams
5. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
64
9
12 Years a Slave
R
64
9

The movie is adapted from the memoirs of Solomon Northup, an Afro-American violinist who lived freely in New York in 1841 when two conmen kidnapped and sold him into slavery. For twelve years, he is forced to work in plantations and bear the abusive behaviour of his masters. His hope for release comes when he meets Canadian abolitionist Bass.

Directed By:
Steve McQueen
6. National Theatre Live: Frankenstein (2011)
27
5
National Theatre Live: Frankenstein
27
5
Role:
The Creature / Victor Frankenstein
Starring:
Naomie Harris, Jonny Lee Miller, Ella Smith, John Killoran, Steven Elliot
Directed By:
7. War Horse (2011)
30
5
War Horse
PG-13
30
5

Young farm-boy Albert is heartbroken when his father sells his beloved horse Joey to the army after Britain enters WWI, and eventually enlists in the army four years later. He is temporarily blinded while fighting in no man's land in France, and while recuperating, learns about a unique horse recovered from the Germans.

Starring:
Emily Watson, David Kross, David Dencik, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup
Directed By:
8. Van Gogh: Painted with Words (2010)
18
3
Van Gogh: Painted with Words
18
3
Role:
Vincent Van Gogh
Starring:
Jamie Parker, Aidan McArdle, Christopher Good, Rowena Cooper
Directed By:
Andrew Hutton
9. 1917 (2020)
39
7
1917
R
39
7

When on April 6th, 1917, it is observed that the Germans are waiting at the Hindenburg Line to crush the advancing British army, two British soldiers are sent to deliver the message. With telephone lines cut, they must now race against time and cross over into the enemy territory to deliver the message and save the lives of 1600 soldiers.

Role:
Colonel MacKenzie
Starring:
Colin Firth, Daniel Mays, George MacKay, Pip Carter
Directed By:
10. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
51
10
Thor: Ragnarok
51
10

Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok is a superhero movie that pits the Norse God Thor against his all-powerful sister Hela, who is freed after Odin’s death. He joins forces with the Hulk, Loki, Valkyrie and others to stop Hela and is forced to unleash Ragnarök, the destruction of Asgard, to save the rest of the universe. 

Role:
Dr. Stephen Strange
Directed By:
11. National Theatre Live: Hamlet (2015)
24
5
National Theatre Live: Hamlet
24
5
Role:
Hamlet - Prince of Denmark
Starring:
Ciarán Hinds, Leo Bill, Sian Brooke, Jim Norton
Directed By:
Robin Lough
12. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
55
13
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
PG-13
55
13

Following an unexpected visit from the wizard Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins, a simple hobbit from the Shire, reluctantly joins thirteen dwarves on a perilous quest to reclaim their home under the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug. They travel through treacherous lands across the Middle-Earth and encounter various dangerous creatures, including the mysterious Gollum obsessed with his 'precious' ring.

Starring:
Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm, Barry Humphries, Christopher Lee, Manu Bennett
Directed By:
13. The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
23
5
The Other Boleyn Girl
PG-13
23
5

The film revolves around the Boleyn sisters, Mary and Anne, who vie for the affection of King Henry VIII. On the behest of their power-hungry family, shy Mary and impetuous Anne try to win the King over. But when he chooses Mary as his mistress, Anne manipulates her way to take Mary’s place and then becomes the second wife of Henry VIII.  

Starring:
Eric Bana, Natalie Portman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Eddie Redmayne, Scarlett Johansson, Jim Sturgess, Mark Rylance
Directed By:
Justin Chadwick
14. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
28
7
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
R
28
7

At the height of Cold War, Control, the head of British intelligence, and experienced spy George Smiley, are forced to resign after an agent is killed during a mission to identify a Soviet spy within the organization. One year later, after new evidence emerges, Smiley is reinstated by a Cabinet official to seek out the high-ranking mole.

Starring:
Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Colin Firth, David Dencik, Mark Strong, Zoltán Mucsi
Directed By:
Tomas Alfredson
15. Atonement (2007)
17
4
Atonement
R
17
4

Based on Ian McEwan’s novel of the same name, the movie tells the tragic story of young lovers Cecelia Tallis and Robbie Turner. A lie from Cecelia’s jealous younger sister Briony sends Robbie to prison and then to World War II. Robbie and Cecelia both lose their lives in the war. 

Starring:
James McAvoy, Vanessa Redgrave, Romola Garai, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Ailidh Mackay
Directed By:
16. Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007)
8
2
Stuart: A Life Backwards
TV-MA
8
2
Role:
Alexander Masters
Starring:
Tom Hardy, Nicola Duffett, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Edna Doré
Directed By:
David Attwood
17. Inseparable (2007)
7
2
Inseparable
TV-PG
7
2
Role:
Joe / Charlie
Starring:
Natalie Press, Dylan Byrne, Bijan Daneshmand, J.D. Kelleher
Directed By:
Nick White
18. Small Island (2009)
8
2
Small Island
8
2
Starring:
David Oyelowo, Naomie Harris, Hugh Quarshie, Terence Frisch, Ruth Wilson
Directed By:
John Alexander
19. Creation (2009)
12
4
Creation
PG-13
12
4

Creation is a biographical drama film which revolves around the life of Charles Darwin, a naturalist, as he is trying to complete his book ‘On the Origin of Species’. Although his evolutionary theories conflicts with the religious beliefs of his wife, he tries to maintain their relationship as well as struggles to find a balance between faith and science.     

Starring:
Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Ian Kelly, Guy Henry, Martha West
Directed By:
Jon Amiel
20. Hawking (2004)
7
2
Hawking
TV-G
7
2
Role:
Stephen Hawking
Starring:
Michael Brandon, Tom Hodgkins, Christian Rubeck, Lisa Dillon
Directed By:
Philip Martin
21. Amazing Grace (2006)
8
3
Amazing Grace
PG
8
3

Amazing Grace is a biographical drama film which takes us to 18th century England. The film revolves around William Wilberforce and William Pitt, two politicians who begin a battle to abolish the slave trade in Great Britain.

Role:
William Pitt
Starring:
Albert Finney, Romola Garai, Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Gambon
Directed By:
22. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
12
3
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
UA
12
3

Doctor Strange meets a mysterious teen girl in his dreams, who has the ability to travel across multiverses. When a big threat emerges, he is forced to team up with her, as well as Wanda the Scarlet Witch, Wong and few others. However, the threat seems too big for his team to handle.

Role:
Doctor Stephen Strange
Starring:
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen
23. Third Star (2010)
8
3
Third Star
8
3
Role:
James
Starring:
Tom Burke, JJ Feild, Adam Robertson, Hugh Bonneville
Directed By:
Hattie Dalton
24. Starter for 10 (2006)
13
5
Starter for 10
PG-13
13
5

An intelligent student joins the Bristol University where he soon becomes a part of the quiz team.  He soon finds himself confused regarding his feelings for two different girls: Alice and Rebecca.  

Starring:
Mark Gatiss, James Corden, James McAvoy, Joseph Friend, James Gaddas, Catherine Tate, Robert Cawsey
Directed By:
Tom Vaughan
25. Four Lions (2010)
9
3
Four Lions
R
9
3
Starring:
Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak
Directed By:
Christopher Morris
26. The Whistleblower (2010)
7
3
The Whistleblower
R
7
3

The Whistleblower is a crime thriller film which tells the story of a police officer Kathy, who gets a job with the UN. She is assigned to post-war Bosnia, where, soon, she uncovers a human-trafficking ring, and gets fired. However, she is determined to expose the scandal.  

Starring:
Rachel Weisz, Monica Bellucci, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Pilou Asbaek, Vanessa Redgrave, David Strathairn, Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Directed By:
Larysa Kondracki
27. The Courier (2021)
11
4
The Courier
PG-13
11
4

The Courier is a historical thriller film which tells the story of a British businessman, who gets involved in one of the greatest international conflicts in history, after he is asked by a Russian source to help put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Role:
Greville Wynne
28. Brexit (2019)
7
3
Brexit
TV-14
7
3
Role:
Dominic Cummings
Starring:
Lucy Russell, Oliver Birch, Malcolm Freeman, Sarah Belcher
Directed By:
Toby Haynes
29. Little Favour (2013)
7
3
Little Favour
7
3
Role:
Wallace
Starring:
Colin Salmon, Nick Moran, Paris Winter Munroe, Liam Collins
Directed By:
Patrick Viktor Monroe
30. Black Mass (2015)
11
5
Black Mass
R
11
5

In order to curb the influence of Italian mafia in Boston, FBI agent John Connolly approaches state senator William Bulger to form an alliance with his brother, crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger. This biographical film depicts how the latter took advantage of this partnership to become one of the most notorious criminals in the history of America.

Role:
Billy Bulger
Starring:
Johnny Depp, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, David Harbour, Corey Stoll, Joel Edgerton
Directed By:
Scott Cooper
31. The Fifth Estate (2013)
20
9
The Fifth Estate
R
20
9

The film documents the quest of Julian Assange and his associate Daniel Domscheit-Berg to expose the deceptions and corruptions amidst power-lobbies. With meager resources they create WikiLeak, an anonymous platform for the whistle-blowers to uncover dark secrets hidden in classified government information and corporate data. Then they receive most confidential intelligence documents of some of the powerful governments, raising number of ethical questions.

Starring:
Peter Capaldi, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Mackie, Alicia Vikander, Laura Linney, Daniel Brühl, Carice van Houten
Directed By:
Bill Condon
32. August: Osage County (2013)
16
8
August: Osage County
R
16
8

Following the disappearance of alcoholic poet Beverly Weston, his stubborn, rude wife, Violet, who is suffering from oral cancer calls her sister and daughters for help. They also bring their respective dysfunctional families and soon it is discovered that Beverly drowned. Unfortunately, Violet’s behavior and brutal truth-telling will only drive everyone away.  

Starring:
Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Dermot Mulroney
Directed By:
John Wells
33. The Power of the Dog (2021)
12
5
The Power of the Dog
16
12
5
Role:
Phil Burbank
34. The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021)
10
4
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
PG-13
10
4
Role:
Louis Wain
35. Heartbeat (1992)
6
3
Heartbeat
6
3
Starring:
David Essex, Twiggy, Martin Kemp, Phyllis Logan, Richard Todd, David McCallum, Daniel Craig
Directed By:
Gerry Mill, Roger Bamford, Jonas Grimås, Tim Dowd, Judith Dine
36. The Child in Time (2017)
14
6
The Child in Time
Not
14
6
Starring:
Saskia Reeves, Kelly Macdonald, Stephen Campbell Moore, Andrea Hall
Directed By:
Julian Farino
37. Wreckers (2011)
11
8
Wreckers
TV-MA
11
8
Role:
David
Starring:
Claire Foy, Shaun Evans, Peter McDonald, Sinead Matthews
Directed By:
Dictynna Hood
38. Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)
6
3
Between Two Ferns: The Movie
TV-MA
6
3

In order to restore his reputation, Zach goes on a road trip along with his crew in order to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews.

Role:
Benedict Cumberbatch
Starring:
Keanu Reeves, Brie Larson, Jason Schwartzman, Paul Rudd, John Legend, Will Ferrell, Jon Hamm
Directed By:
Scott Aukerman
39. To Kill a King (2003)
7
4
To Kill a King
7
4
Starring:
Olivia Williams, Tim Roth, Corin Redgrave, Dougray Scott, James Bolam
Directed By:
Mike Barker
40. Zoolander 2 (2016)
8
10
Zoolander 2
PG-13
8
10

After leading reclusive lives away from modeling world for long time, models Derek and Hansel are enlisted by Interpol to investigate a series of murders of celebrities who died with a Zoolander-special ‘Blue Steel’ look. As they meet special agent Valentina Valencia at Rome fashion event, they uncover a sinister plot designed by fashion-magnate Mugatu, who is after the ‘Fountain of Youth.’  

Starring:
Milla Jovovich, Ariana Grande, Naomi Campbell, Susan Sarandon, Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig
Directed By:
41. National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage (2013)
10
1
National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage
10
1
Starring:
Alan Bennett, Ralph Fiennes, James Corden, Roger Allam, Jonathan Bailey, Simon Russell Beale
42. Dunkirk (2004)
8
4
Dunkirk
8
4
Role:
Lt Jimmy Langley
Starring:
Timothy Dalton, Simon Russell Beale, Clive Brunt, Phil Cornwell
Directed By:
Alex Holmes
43. Hills Like White Elephants (2002)
6
3
Hills Like White Elephants
6
3
Role:
The Man
Starring:
Greg Wise, Emma Griffiths Malin, Todd Boyce, Paige Cameron
Directed By:
Paige Cameron
44. Fields of Gold (2002)
6
3
Fields of Gold
6
3
Starring:
Phyllis Logan, Anna Friel, Phil Davis, Max Beesley, James Fleet
Directed By:
Bill Anderson
45. The Current War (2017)
6
4
The Current War
6
4
Role:
Thomas Edison
Starring:
Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Tuppence Middleton
Directed By:
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
46. 9 Kisses (2014)
5
3
9 Kisses
5
3
Role:
Man at Costume Party
Starring:
Laura Dern, Rosario Dawson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Shailene Woodley, Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette
Directed By:
Elaine Constantine
47. Breakthrough Prize 2014 (2014)
5
3
Breakthrough Prize 2014
5
3
Role:
Himself - Presenter
Starring:
Christina Aguilera, Seth MacFarlane, Kate Beckinsale, Sergey Brin, Dick Costolo
Directed By:
Don Mischer
48. Burlesque Fairytales (2009)
5
3
Burlesque Fairytales
5
3
Role:
Henry Clark
Starring:
Lindsay Duncan, Jim Carter, Sophie Hunter, Anna Andresen
Directed By:
Susan Luciani

Narrator/Dubbing

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
24
6
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
PG-13
24
6

This is the second movie the in three part film series The Hobbit based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s book of the same name. In the movie, Bilbo Baggins continues his pursuit, with Wizard Gandalf and fellow dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield, to retake the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from dragon Smaug.

Role:
Smaug / Necromancer (voice)
Starring:
Orlando Bloom, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Aidan Turner, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen, Stephen Colbert
Directed By:
Curiosity
8
3
Curiosity
TV-PG
8
3
Role:
 Narrator 1 episode, 2011
Starring:
Martin Sheen, Josh Charles, Martin Sheen
Directed By:
Richard Max, Jamie Alberti Kellum
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
20
6
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
PG-13
20
6

Based on the novel The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, this epic fantasy film serves as one of the three prequels to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The film revolves around a hobbit Bilbo Baggins, who engages in a war along with his comrades, to protect the Lonely Mountain from falling into the hands of darkness. 

Role:
Smaug / Necromancer (voice)
Starring:
Billy Connolly, Peter Jackson, Stephen Fry, Mikael Persbrandt, Orlando Bloom, Martin Freeman, Evangeline Lilly
Directed By:
Girlfriend in a Coma (2012)
7
3
Girlfriend in a Coma
7
3
Role:
Dante (voice)
Starring:
Bill Emmott, Giuliano Amato, Massimo Banzi, Silvio Berlusconi
Directed By:
Annalisa Piras
Mowgli (2018)
8
4
Mowgli
PG-13
8
4

Mowgli is a human child who is raised by a pack of wolves in the Indian jungles. As he learns the rules of the jungle, he is accepted by the animals as their own. However, the tiger Shere Khan doesn’t take a liking to him.  

Role:
Shere Khan (voice)
Starring:
Freida Pinto, Christian Bale, Andy Serkis, Naomie Harris, Cate Blanchett
Directed By:

Animation Movies

The Simpsons
21
3
The Simpsons
TV-14
21
3
Starring:
Liam Neeson, Natasha Lyonne, Joan Rivers, Reese Witherspoon, Fran Drescher, Aaron Paul, Angela Bassett
Directed By:
Penguins of Madagascar (2014)
7
4
Penguins of Madagascar
PG
7
4

Penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private are kidnapped by the villainous scientist Dr. Octavius Brine, also known as Dave the octopus, who resents their cuteness. They are rescued by the Arctic elite undercover spy organization, The North Wind. Now they must stop Dave from using his Medusa serum and turning all penguins into horrible monsters. 

Role:
Classified (voice)
Starring:
John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Werner Herzog, Peter Stormare, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights
Directed By:
Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
The Grinch (2018)
6
4
The Grinch
PG
6
4

Based on Dr. Seuss’ 1957 book, Grinch Stole Christmas, the story centers on a green colored, pot-bellied creature called Grinch, who lives in isolation with his faithful dog. He becomes furious when his neighbors, a bunch of warm hearted humanoids called the Whos, start celebrating Christmas noisily, and decides to sabotage it. 

Role:
The Grinch (voice)
Starring:
Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury, Tara Strong, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson
Directed By:
Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier

TV Shows

Sherlock
92
10
Sherlock
TV-14
92
10
Role:
Sherlock Holmes
Starring:
Lars Mikkelsen, Mark Gatiss, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves, Louise Brealey
Directed By:
Paul McGuigan, Nick Hurran
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
The Colbert Report
11
2
The Colbert Report
TV-14
11
2
Starring:
John Lithgow, Samuel L. Jackson, Sam Waterston, David Cross, Ahmed Best, Patrick Stewart, Kumail Nanjiani
Directed By:
Jim Hoskinson
Spooks
9
2
Spooks
9
2
Role:
 Jim North (uncredited) 1 episode, 2003
Starring:
Hugh Laurie, Anupam Kher, Ian McDiarmid, Owen Teale, Phyllis Logan, Andy Serkis, David Oyelowo
Directed By:
Alrick Riley, Bharat Nalluri, Sam Miller, Omar Madha, Julian Holmes
The Hollow Crown
8
2
The Hollow Crown
8
2
Starring:
Jeremy Irons, Ben Whishaw, Tom Sturridge, Judi Dench, Geraldine Chaplin, Clémence Poésy, Ben Daniels
Directed By:
Dominic Cooke, Richard Eyre, Rupert Goold, Thea Sharrock
Nathan Barley
8
2
Nathan Barley
8
2
Starring:
Richard Ayoade, Noel Fielding, Iddo Goldberg, Ben Whishaw, Nicholas Burns, Julian Barratt, Claire Keelan
Directed By:
Christopher Morris
Silent Witness
8
2
Silent Witness
8
2
Starring:
Daisy Ridley, Archie Panjabi, Gigi Hadid, Natalie J. Robb, Anamaria Marinca, Idris Elba, Phyllis Logan
Directed By:
Thaddeus O'Sullivan, David Richards, Richard Signy, Renny Rye, Nicholas Renton
Agatha Christie's Marple
8
2
Agatha Christie's Marple
TV-14
8
2
Starring:
Kelly Brook, Tamzin Outhwaite, David Walliams, Miriam Margolyes, Carey Mulligan, Charlotte Riley, Dawn French
Directed By:
Charlie Palmer, Andy Wilson, John Strickland, Tom Shankland, Nicolas Winding Refn
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Deleted Scenes (2012)
7
2
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Deleted Scenes
7
2
Role:
Peter Guillam
Starring:
Gary Oldman, Ciarán Hinds
Tipping the Velvet
7
2
Tipping the Velvet
7
2
Starring:
Johnny Vegas, Alexei Sayle, Rachael Stirling, Keeley Hawes, Anna Chancellor, Jodhi May
Directed By:
Geoffrey Sax
Curiosity
8
3
Curiosity
TV-PG
8
3
Role:
 Narrator 1 episode, 2011
Starring:
Martin Sheen, Josh Charles, Martin Sheen
Directed By:
Richard Max, Jamie Alberti Kellum
Fortysomething
7
2
Fortysomething
7
2
Role:
Rory Slippery
Starring:
Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Peter Capaldi, Anna Chancellor, Sheila Hancock
Directed By:
Parade's End
8
2
Parade's End
8
2
Role:
Christopher Tietjens
Starring:
Miranda Richardson, Jack Huston, Rebecca Hall, Roger Allam, Adelaide Clemens, Rupert Everett
Directed By:
Susanna White
Broken News
6
2
Broken News
6
2
Starring:
Indira Varma, Claudia Christian, Duncan Duff, Sharon Horgan, Phil Nice
Directed By:
John Morton
Cambridge Spies
6
3
Cambridge Spies
6
3
Starring:
Jenna Haze, Tom Hollander, Toby Stephens, Rupert Penry-Jones, Samuel West
Directed By:
Tim Fywell
To the Ends of the Earth
7
2
To the Ends of the Earth
7
2
Role:
Edmund Talbot
Starring:
Jared Harris, Joanna Page, Sam Neill, Jamie Sives, Richard McCabe, Victoria Hamilton
Directed By:
David Attwood
The Last Enemy
6
2
The Last Enemy
6
2
Role:
Stephen Ezard
Starring:
Anamaria Marinca, Max Beesley, Robert Carlyle, Eva Birthistle
Directed By:
Iain B. MacDonald

Benedict Cumberbatch Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
Sherlock Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie 2014
BAFTA Awards
Patrick Melrose Best Leading Actor 2019