Benedict Cumberbatch 10 Best Movies, Ranked (According To Rotten Tomatoes)

Benedict Cumberbatch is akin to perfection. There isn’t a single role that Cumberbatch has graced with his talent and penchant for perfection.

Benedict Cumberbatch rose to international fame with his detective series Sherlock Holmes, opposite Martin Freeman and Andrew Scott. But before this BBC TV show, Benedict had done good, and critically acclaimed films. The actor is actually named Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch. He is a great actor owing to his education at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Benedict has obtained a Master of Arts in Classical Acting.

Besides movies, Benedict also has theatre productions in his credit. Starting from Royal National Theatre productions After the Dance, Frankenstein. Benedict played the titular role in Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre in the year 2015. His TV career includes early appearances in Silent Witness and Fortysomething. Then he was cast as Stephen Hawking in the TV film Hawking. Benedict has an Oscar nomination in his name for The Imitation Game. He also has a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for Frankenstein and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Sherlock. Another one of Benedict’s mini-series was Patrick Melrose, released in 2019. It is available on Disney as of today.

Benedict Cumberbatch has an obsessive fan club who like to call themselves cumber-cookies, and cumber-bitches. For starters, we want you to go through Benedict’s list of top-rated movies on Rotten Tomatoes. Here we go!

Four Lions: 83%

Four Lions: Benedict plays a role in the film as negotiator Ed.

Four Lions is a 2010 British satirical dark comedy film.

This film does not belong to Benedict Cumberbatch since he has a small role in the movie. He plays the negotiator, Ed and in a brief performance but he does do full justice to his role.

Four Lions is a satirical black comedy or a Jihad satire that follows four young British-Muslim men who want to be terrorists and/or suicide bombers. The premise follows them, but it is full of humor. Benedict Cumberbatch has a small, albeit funny role in Four Lions as negotiator Ed. The movie is directed by Chris Morris.

The cast includes Riz Ahmed, Kayvan Novak, Nigel Lindsay, Arsher Ali, and Adeel Akhtar.

Star Trek: Into Darkness: 84%

Star Trek: Into Darkness: Benedict plays Khan, a villain.

Star Trek: Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film.

This movie entails Benedict’s villainous role as Khan Noonien Singh. The story is the second in the series of rebooted Star Trek films. It traces the crew on a mission to seize a weapon of mass destruction which has caused huge damage to the fleet.

Star Trek: Into Darkness has brilliant visuals and great sci-fi action. It is directed by J. J. Abrams and written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof.

AvengersInfinity War: 85%

Avengers: Infinity War: Benedict Cumberbatch plays Dr. Stephen Strange.

AvengersInfinity War is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics.

The movie is the second last of Marvel, Phase 3 movies, ending with Avengers: Endgame. Benedict plays the sorcerer/magician Dr. Stephen Strange who joins a whole bunch of Avengers to stop Thanos in his quest for the infinity gauntlet/six all-powerful infinity stones to kill half the population of the Earth.

It was AvengersInfinity War that Benedict appeared for the first time as Doctor Stephen Strange’s in MCU. Afterward, Doctor Strange,  the movie came out which did more justice to Benedict’s character.

Doctor Strange was formerly a neurosurgeon who suffered a car accident that led to a journey of healing, and the discovery of the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. In the end, he became a Master of the Mystic Arts.

Doctor Strange: 89%

Doctor Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch plays Stephen Strange, a famous neurosurgeon, who loses the ability to use his hands.

Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film.

The film traces the very origin of the sorcerer who earlier was a medical surgeon. After suffering in an accident, he mastered sorcery, magic and a deeper realm and went on to become the sorcerer supreme.

The guy is the wielder of great power. Any Cumberbatch fan would be able to tell how brilliant performance this one is. The film was directed by Scott Derrickson, the screenplay was written by Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill, and Scott himself.

Starter For 10:90%

Starter For 10: Benedict Cumberbatch stars alongside James McAvoy.

Starter for 10 is a 2006 British comedy-drama film.

This film is directed by Tom Vaughan. and the screenplay is by David Nicholls, from his own novel Starter for Ten. Starter for 10 stars James McAvoy as a university student who wins a place on a University Challenge quiz team.

The movie is Benedict Cumberbatch’s earliest feature film performances. It is a comedy and coming of age story of three teens played by James McAvoy. The plot tells the tale of three working-class English teens looking to enter the private university world.

He hasn’t been given much screen space, but whatever he has, he’s done justice to it. Cumberbatch shines in the comedic role.

The Imitation Game: 90%

The Imitation Game: Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing.

The Imitation Game is a 2014 British historical drama film.

This is the true story of Alan Turing the mathematician who built an encrypting machine called Christopher, named after his partner, dead from tuberculosis. After the Second World War was over, Turing tells of his time working at Bletchley Park to policemen who interrogate him.

Alan Turing not only successfully devises an encryption device that is able to read Nazi messages during World War II but he also helps Britain change the course of the war. However, it turns out that Alan Turing is a gay man and is subject to interrogation and hormonal therapy for gross indecency and, in lieu of a jail sentence, undergoes chemical castration so he can continue his work.

This film is directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Graham Moore. By breaking Enigma (Nazi code machine), Turing helped to shorten the war by more than two years, saving over 14 million lives.

1917: 93%

1917: Benedict’s WWI film.

1917 is a 2019 British war adventure film.

In 2019, the WWI epic, 1917 released. It tells the true story of two young British soldiers during the First World War who are ordered to deliver a message calling off an attack doomed to fail soon after the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line during Operation Alberich. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the military officer Colonel Mackenzie.

The film has a huge supporting cast led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Richard Madden, Andrew Scott, Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Jamie Parker, Nabhaan Rizwan, and Claire Duburcq.

The movie is co-written and produced by Sam Mendes. It was clear that the movie would sweepstake at the awards. Iy received ten nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards and three wins for Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, and Best Sound Mixing category.

Thor: Ragnarok: 93%

Thor: Ragnarok: Benedict plays Doctor Strange.

ThorRagnarok is a 2017 American superhero film.

Benedict did a brilliant cameo in the movie Thor: Ragnarok as Doctor Strange. His cameo follows Thor and Hulk on their adventure. Soon they are trapped on the other side of the galaxy. Their mission is to stop Hela from unleashing Ragnarok. Cumberbatch and Hemsworth have a brief interaction together as Strange and Thor respectively.

The rest of the supporting cast includes Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins.

ThorRagnarok is directed by Taika Waititi from a screenplay by Eric Pearson.

AvengersEndgame: 94%

Avengers Endgame: Cumberbatch shines as Doctor Strange.

AvengersEndgame is a 2019 American superhero film.

The movie is the last of Phase 3 of MCU that aired in 2019. It is the grandest and biggest and most expensive MCU/superhero film of all time. The last chapter is about defeating Thanos once and for all. All the surviving heroes come together as Benedict’s Strange guides them to fix the events of the Infinity War. Even though Doctor Strange remains on-screen for brief, he still shines in the film.

AvengersEndgame is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. It serves as the direct sequel to Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It decently concluded the story of the MCU up to that point.

12 Years a Slave: 95%

12 Years a Slave: Cumberbatch plays a slaveowner.

12 Years a Slave is a 2013 biographical period-drama film.

The movie is a memoir of the main character, Solomon Northup played by Chiwetel Ejiofor. It follows him as he is kidnapped and sold into slavery for 12 years. In the end, when he is released, his family has grown and he is a granddad. The man endured and survived multiple plantations for years in Louisiana.

12 Years a Slave is an adaptation of the 1853 slave memoir Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African-American man. He was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841 in Washington, D.C. by two conmen. The film 12 Years a Slave was directed by Steve McQueen.

Cumberbatch plays a “nicer” slaveowner, Ford. The actor has delivered a nuanced, fine, and compelling performance in 12 Years a Slave.

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