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List of Benedict Cumberbatch Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Imitation Game (2014)
178
7
The Imitation Game
PG-13
178
7

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.

As:
Cast
Role:
Alan Turing
Director:
Morten Tyldum
Genres:
War, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech
2. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
111
6
Avengers: Infinity War
PG-13
111
6

The intergalactic warlord from Titan, Thanos, is on a quest to collect the six Infinity Stones that will empower him to destroy half of all life in the universe. The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy must come together to stop Thanos and save the world.

As:
Cast
Director:
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy
3. Doctor Strange (2016)
132
4
Doctor Strange
PG-13
132
4

A wealthy and arrogant neurosurgeon becomes victim of a terrible car crash, which leaves him unable to operate. In his effort to heal himself, he realizes that he knows nothing about the universe, and soon he learns about a hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Stephen Strange
Director:
Scott Derrickson
Genres:
Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Adventure
4. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
72
6
Star Trek Into Darkness
PG-13
72
6

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.

As:
Cast
Director:
J.J. Abrams
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
5. National Theatre Live: Frankenstein (2011)
26
5
National Theatre Live: Frankenstein
26
5
As:
Cast
Role:
The Creature / Victor Frankenstein
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Naomie Harris, Jonny Lee Miller, Ella Smith, John Killoran, Steven Elliot
6. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
42
4
12 Years a Slave
R
42
4

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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Steve McQueen
Genres:
History, Biography, Drama
7. Atonement (2007)
40
2
Atonement
R
40
2

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. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, War, Mystery, Romance
Star Cast:
James McAvoy, Vanessa Redgrave, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Ailidh Mackay
8. National Theatre Live: Hamlet (2015)
24
5
National Theatre Live: Hamlet
24
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Hamlet - Prince of Denmark
Director:
Robin Lough
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ciarán Hinds, Leo Bill, Sian Brooke, Jim Norton
9. 1917 (2020)
19
3
1917
R
19
3

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.

As:
Cast
Role:
Colonel MacKenzie
Director:
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Colin Firth, Daniel Mays, George MacKay, Pip Carter
10. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
31
6
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
PG-13
31
6

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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Adventure
11. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
28
4
Thor: Ragnarok
28
4

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. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Stephen Strange
Director:
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
12. Third Star (2010)
27
1
Third Star
27
1
As:
Cast
Role:
James
Director:
Hattie Dalton
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Tom Burke, JJ Feild, Adam Robertson, Hugh Bonneville
13. Hawking (2004)
27
2
Hawking
TV-G
27
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Stephen Hawking
Director:
Philip Martin
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Michael Brandon, Tom Hodgkins, Christian Rubeck, Lisa Dillon
14. Van Gogh: Painted with Words (2010)
18
3
Van Gogh: Painted with Words
18
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Vincent Van Gogh
Director:
Andrew Hutton
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Jamie Parker, Aidan McArdle, Christopher Good, Rowena Cooper
15. Inseparable (2007)
23
2
Inseparable
TV-PG
23
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Joe / Charlie
Director:
Nick White
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Short, Family
Star Cast:
Natalie Press, Dylan Byrne, Bijan Daneshmand, J.D. Kelleher
16. Amazing Grace (2006)
23
2
Amazing Grace
PG
23
2

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.

As:
Cast
Role:
William Pitt
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Biography, History
Star Cast:
Albert Finney, Ioan Gruffudd, Romola Garai, Michael Gambon
17. Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007)
12
2
Stuart: A Life Backwards
TV-MA
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Alexander Masters
Director:
David Attwood
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Tom Hardy, Nicola Duffett, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Edna Doré
18. War Horse (2011)
27
3
War Horse
PG-13
27
3

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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Emily Watson, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, David Thewlis
19. The Courier (2021)
24
2
The Courier
PG-13
24
2

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.

As:
Cast
Role:
Greville Wynne
Genres:
Thriller
20. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
22
4
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
R
22
4

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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Tomas Alfredson
Genres:
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Zoltán Mucsi, Péter Kálloy Molnár
21. The Whistleblower (2010)
16
1
The Whistleblower
R
16
1

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.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Larysa Kondracki
Genres:
Drama, Action, Thriller, Biography, Crime
Star Cast:
Rachel Weisz, Monica Bellucci, Vanessa Redgrave, David Strathairn, Nikolaj Lie Kaas
22. Small Island (2009)
8
1
Small Island
8
1
As:
Cast
Director:
John Alexander
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
David Oyelowo, Naomie Harris, Hugh Quarshie, Terence Frisch, Ruth Wilson
23. Little Favour (2013)
12
1
Little Favour
12
1
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Wallace
Director:
Patrick Viktor Monroe
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Short
Star Cast:
Colin Salmon, Nick Moran, Paris Winter Munroe, Liam Collins
24. August: Osage County (2013)
16
6
August: Osage County
R
16
6

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.  

As:
Cast
Director:
John Wells
Genres:
Drama
25. Four Lions (2010)
8
3
Four Lions
R
8
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Christopher Morris
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak
26. Black Mass (2015)
14
2
Black Mass
R
14
2

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.

As:
Cast
Role:
Billy Bulger
Director:
Scott Cooper
Genres:
Drama, Crime, History, Biography
27. The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
19
3
The Other Boleyn Girl
PG-13
19
3

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.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Justin Chadwick
Genres:
History, Biography, Drama, Romance
28. Brexit (2019)
9
1
Brexit
TV-14
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Dominic Cummings
Director:
Toby Haynes
Genres:
Biography, Drama, History
Star Cast:
Lucy Russell, Oliver Birch, Malcolm Freeman, Sarah Belcher
29. Starter for 10 (2006)
15
4
Starter for 10
PG-13
15
4

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.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Tom Vaughan
Genres:
Sport, Romance, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Mark Gatiss, James Corden, James McAvoy, Joseph Friend, James Gaddas, Catherine Tate, Robert Cawsey
30. Creation (2009)
14
3
Creation
PG-13
14
3

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.     

As:
Cast
Director:
Jon Amiel
Genres:
Romance, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Ian Kelly, Guy Henry, Martha West
32. The Fifth Estate (2013)
20
6
The Fifth Estate
R
20
6

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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Bill Condon
Genres:
Biography, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
33. The Child in Time (2017)
14
4
The Child in Time
Not
14
4
As:
Cast, Producer
Director:
Julian Farino
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Saskia Reeves, Kelly Macdonald, Stephen Campbell Moore, Andrea Hall
34. To Kill a King (2003)
8
2
To Kill a King
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Mike Barker
Genres:
History, Biography, Drama, War
Star Cast:
Corin Redgrave, Olivia Williams, Tim Roth, Dougray Scott, James Bolam
35. Wreckers (2011)
14
5
Wreckers
TV-MA
14
5
As:
Cast
Role:
David
Director:
Dictynna Hood
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Claire Foy, Shaun Evans, Peter McDonald, Sinead Matthews
37. Zoolander 2 (2016)
8
6
Zoolander 2
PG-13
8
6

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.’  

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy
38. The Current War (2017)
21
2
The Current War
21
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Thomas Edison
Director:
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Genres:
Biography, Drama, History
Star Cast:
Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Tuppence Middleton
40. Dunkirk (2004)
13
1
Dunkirk
13
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Lt Jimmy Langley
Director:
Alex Holmes
Genres:
History, War, Documentary, Drama
Star Cast:
Timothy Dalton, Simon Russell Beale, Clive Brunt, Phil Cornwell
41. Hills Like White Elephants (2002)
5
2
Hills Like White Elephants
5
2
As:
Cast
Role:
The Man
Director:
Paige Cameron
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Greg Wise, Emma Griffiths Malin, Todd Boyce, Paige Cameron
44. Fields of Gold (2002)
3
2
Fields of Gold
3
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Bill Anderson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Phyllis Logan, Anna Friel, Phil Davis, Max Beesley, James Fleet
46. Burlesque Fairytales (2009)
5
3
Burlesque Fairytales
5
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Henry Clark
Director:
Susan Luciani
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Lindsay Duncan, Jim Carter, Sophie Hunter, Anna Andresen

Narrator/Dubbing

Curiosity
Curiosity
TV-PG
As:
Cast, Narrator
Role:
 Narrator 1 episode, 2011
Director:
Richard Max, Jamie Alberti Kellum
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Martin Sheen, Josh Charles, Martin Sheen
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
PG-13

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.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Smaug / Necromancer (voice)
Director:
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
PG-13

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. 

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Smaug / Necromancer (voice)
Director:
Genres:
Adventure, Fantasy
Mowgli (2018)
Mowgli
PG-13

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.  

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Shere Khan (voice)
Director:
Genres:
Adventure, Family, Drama
Girlfriend in a Coma (2012)
Girlfriend in a Coma
As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Dante (voice)
Director:
Annalisa Piras
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Bill Emmott, Giuliano Amato, Massimo Banzi, Silvio Berlusconi

Animation Movies

Penguins of Madagascar (2014)
Penguins of Madagascar
PG

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. 

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Director:
Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Family, Animation
Star Cast:
Peter Stormare, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Werner Herzog, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights
The Grinch (2018)
The Grinch
PG

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. 

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Grinch
Director:
Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier
Genres:
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Tara Strong, Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson

TV Shows

Sherlock
Sherlock
TV-14
As:
Cast
Role:
Sherlock Holmes
Director:
Paul McGuigan, Nick Hurran
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Mark Gatiss, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves, Louise Brealey
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Deleted Scenes (2012)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Deleted Scenes
As:
Cast
Role:
Peter Guillam
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Gary Oldman, Ciarán Hinds
Tipping the Velvet
Tipping the Velvet
As:
Cast
Director:
Geoffrey Sax
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Johnny Vegas, Rachael Stirling, Keeley Hawes, Anna Chancellor, Jodhi May
Parade's End
Parade's End
As:
Cast
Role:
Christopher Tietjens
Director:
Susanna White
Genres:
Romance, Action, Drama, War
Star Cast:
Miranda Richardson, Jack Huston, Rebecca Hall, Roger Allam, Adelaide Clemens, Rupert Everett
Cambridge Spies
Cambridge Spies
As:
Cast
Director:
Tim Fywell
Genres:
Drama, History
Star Cast:
Jenna Haze, Tom Hollander, Toby Stephens, Rupert Penry-Jones, Samuel West
To the Ends of the Earth
To the Ends of the Earth
As:
Cast
Role:
Edmund Talbot
Director:
David Attwood
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jared Harris, Sam Neill, Jamie Sives, Richard McCabe, Victoria Hamilton
Broken News
Broken News
As:
Cast
Director:
John Morton
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Indira Varma, Claudia Christian, Duncan Duff, Sharon Horgan, Phil Nice
The Last Enemy
The Last Enemy
As:
Cast
Role:
Stephen Ezard
Director:
Iain B. MacDonald
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Anamaria Marinca, Max Beesley, Robert Carlyle, Eva Birthistle
Curiosity
Curiosity
TV-PG
As:
Cast, Narrator
Role:
 Narrator 1 episode, 2011
Director:
Richard Max, Jamie Alberti Kellum
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Martin Sheen, Josh Charles, Martin Sheen

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