If Henry Cavill is your favorite, here are the 21 Best Movies Of Henry Cavill that you must watch. Henry Cavill, the real-life Superman, has appeared in a number of films. Here, we rank those flicks from worst to greatest. Before getting his big break in Hollywood, Henry Cavill was regarded as a never-ending also-ran for a long time.
He had previously been highly anticipated for several high-profile parts, reportedly making it all the way to the final decision before his chances were destroyed. All to no avail, Cavill was supposed to be a frontrunner for the roles of James Bond, Batman, and even Edward Cullen in Twilight.
Cavill eventually earned the part of a lifetime as Superman after becoming increasingly well-known thanks to a major performance in The Tudors. The controversy surrounding the DC Extended Universe and its own behind-the-scenes dysfunction have somewhat obscured Cavill’s performance as Clark Kent.
This particular DC cinematic era quickly rose to become one of the most contentious topics in pop culture circles and an industry-wide cautionary tale in the span of only a few short years. Additionally, even though Cavill publicly expressed his love and devotion for the part, it didn’t exactly propel him onto the A-List.
One of Cavill’s earliest works, created when he was still a young man, is the movie Laguna. He was eighteen years old at the time the film was made. One of his movies, Laguna, is best left in obscurity. The story of Thomas (Cavill), who is taken away to live with his Uncle Nico (Joe Mantegna), is followed in the movie. In the movie, Thomas reaches adulthood and begins to fall in love with Thelma, Uncle Nico’s wife (Emmanuelle Seigner).
Although there are some suspense elements to the plot, Thomas and Thelma’s forbidden love is the main focus of the movie. The movie itself doesn’t draw a lot of attention, receiving only a 5.5 out of 10 on IMDb. It was one of Cavill’s first acting roles, giving him his start in the business.
2. The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo, one of literature’s greatest adventure stories, served as the model for countless other tales of retribution and justice that came after it. There have been numerous film, television, and stage adaptations of the book, the most of them are better in French. The most popular adaptation of the story in Hollywood dates back to 2002 and stars Jim Caviezel as Edmond Dantès, a fine guy who was wrongfully imprisoned and vows vengeance on those who worked against him.
Given that the book is over a thousand pages long, it is not surprising that the movie significantly shortens and alters the original material. Even if purists may object, this adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo still catches the exhilarating intensity of this never-ending tale of turns and turns and has the lived-in feel of an old-fashioned adventure story.
The second mate of a French commercial ship, Edmond Dantès, and a representative of the shipping business, Fernand Mondego, traveled to Elba in 1815 to seek medical attention for their ailing captain. On the island, Napoleon Bonaparte is exiled. Bonaparte quietly asks Edmond to transport a letter to the mainland in exchange for his doctor’s services after preventing his guardians from killing the duo.
Although Fernand is present, Edmond is sworn to secrecy. Edmond receives praise from the company owner Morrell in Marseille for his bravery and is appointed captain instead of first mate Danglars, who had given Edmond specific instructions not to land at Elba. Following that, Edmond declares his plan to wed Mercédès, his girlfriend and the object of Fernand’s desire.
3. I Capture the Castle
Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle is a coming-of-age classic that inspired countless young ladies to relocate into a dilapidated castle in the hopes of discovering themselves. The 2003 adaptation by Tim Fywell, which starred Romola Garai as the young Cassandra Mortmain, more than the book credit. The movie does a wonderful job of preserving that balance between warm wit and mounting sadness.
The book carefully straddles the line of twee but has a melancholy tinge that hints at something far more psychologically disturbed. A new generation of spectators needs just to rediscover I Capture the Castle. The film is really entertaining to watch since it does a great job of fusing serious themes like “first love” with fun. The young actor makes one of his first appearances in a movie, and he excels in a supporting role.
4. Hellraiser: Hellworld
The first two Hellraiser movies are masterful chillers that brilliantly blend horrifyingly explicit bodily horror with more commonplace human depravities, all against the backdrop of an ancient force that has no goals other than to test the limits of sadomasochism beyond simple pleasure and agony.
Unfortunately, by the time the plot developed into a more traditional slasher franchise, its initial goals and distinctive features had almost completely vanished. Hellraiser: Hellworld is another illustration of how the original concepts of creator Clive Barker have degraded. With the primary focus on an online game, Cavill portrays one of the personality-free dummies offered up as a token sacrifice to the Cenobites. The movie was so forgettable that it was released in the US exclusively on DVD.
5. Tristan & Isolde
One of the most influential stories in Western culture is the romance of Tristan and Iseult, which has inspired several adaptations and reimaginings throughout the ages, including Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Funny enough, until the Ridley and Tony Scott brothers’ Tristan and Isolde film from 2006, Hollywood had never attempted to adapt the classic.
The film is decent enough but lacks the sweeping romanticism and emotional grandeur that make the narrative so popular all these centuries later. It aims more for historical realism than the more magical source material. The absence of chemistry between James Franco and Sophia Myles, the movie’s leads, is largely to blame for its failure. Although it’s not a terrible movie, you have to ask why they even tried to adapt such a well-known story in this manner.
6. Red Riding Hood
Not to be confused with the Catherine Hardwicke film of the same name, Cavill’s appearance as a handsome hunter with very attractive hair makes 2004’s Red Riding Hood stand out as a quasi-contemporary reworking of the traditional fairy tale. If it weren’t for some extremely absurd scenes, such as Joey Fatone from NSYNC playing the big evil wolf and swallowing a child whole, it would generally be a forgettable family comedy.
The Princess Bride is shamelessly parodied in Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novella, and it’s a darn fine one at that. It’s an exuberantly silly, passionate, and energetic fantasy comedy that treats its love story with the same seriousness as its battle sequences. It’s delightful to see such a talented cast have a blast with such blatantly ridiculous material, even down to Robert De Niro’s cross-dressing pirate. Stardust is the kind of clean, family-friendly film that you can’t help but wish Hollywood produced a lot more of.
It’s challenging to identify Cavill as his role in Stardust. As far as Cavill is concerned, the movie is another forgettable one because it was out in 2007 before Cavill gained any notoriety in Hollywood. Humphrey was a secondary character played by Cavill. Given that he sports a beard and a blonde wig, it might be difficult to identify him. In the movie, Vicotria’s boyfriend is a man named Humphrey. Tristan, played by Charlie Cox, the primary protagonist of the movie, develops feelings for Victoria.
8. Whatever Works
It is true that Henry Cavill appeared in a Woody Allen film. This clichéd tale of a professor who becomes involved in the lives of a much younger woman who develops a crush on him was directed by the endlessly prolific and increasingly contentious director.
Whatever Works won’t surprise you in any way if you are familiar with Allen’s writing in any way. The fact that the script was initially written in the 1970s is extremely clear. It’s a terribly underwhelming effort, even by the standards of later Allen flicks. There’s a reason Whatever Works is frequently rated as one of Allen’s weakest films, despite being occasionally hilarious and featuring a game Larry David.
9. Blood Creek
The late Joel Schumacher, who epitomized a hardworking director, was renowned for never settling on one genre or style throughout his career. One of his rare full-fledged horror films, Blood Creek from 2009, is a decent effort overall. This story of Nazi occultists, human sacrifices, and an exceptionally diabolical Michael Fassbender, who steals the show at every turn, has a script written by David Kajganich, who later wrote the remake of Suspiria.
Blood Creek’s storyline should have been tightened up a bit, but ultimately it does everything it sets out to achieve, and Cavill gets to murder a lot of Nazis.
Although Henry Cavill is most recognized for his character as Superman in the DC Extended Universe, he first gained notoriety for playing a superhero in the 2011 film Immortals, in which he played the mythical Greek hero Theseus, who is chosen by the gods of Olympus to guard their mortal people.
Tarsem Singh’s work is pointed out for its lavish graphics, somewhat perplexing staging, and costume design. The majority of those aspects are handled by CGI in Immortals, which somewhat weakens the impact of his ideas. Despite the rest of the film subpar, Immortals is still stunning to look at.
Cavill portrays Theseus, a mortal destined by Zeus to battle a variety of dangers, including the Minotaur, in a film loosely based on various Greek mythology. Immortals were “without a doubt the best-looking horrible movie you will ever watch,” according to Roger Ebert. Fair enough, it’s not terrible—certainly it’s too entertaining for that—but The Fall, Singh’s masterwork, is a better film.
Although the movie didn’t do well when it first came out in 2011, it has now gained some cult status. A few years later, Cavill was cast as Superman, which turned his career around. Cavill’s leading role in that film undoubtedly helped.
11. The Cold Light of Day
Every attractive white actor of a particular age and physique seems doomed to star in at least one absolutely awful action film. Another want tobe Bourne-style thriller with a typical family man who is compelled to use force against the law after his loved ones are abducted by foreign operatives looking for a stolen briefcase is 2012’s The Cold Light of Day.
Everyone involved, including Cavill, is obviously phoning it in, as every single plot development in this film is excruciatingly predictable. It has an oddly cheap appearance and far too frequently veers off into pure stupidity. Most performers would be content to delete The Cold Light of Day from their filmographies since it is the kind of terrible film that it is.
The movie received a poor grade from critics and earned 16.9 million at the box office. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 4% approval rating. Also unimpressed, viewers only gave the movie a 29% rating overall. For Cavill, it might be wise to store this movie in the back of the vault.
12. Man of Steel
Even if later DCEU movies may receive greater criticism, Man of Steel, the franchise’s original entry, is arguably the most polarising film the series has ever produced. It was a brave move to make a superhero movie that represented the post-9/11 anxieties and radical foreign policy of American politics, and there is some justification for choosing Superman, a personification of unbridled optimism and confidence in humanity, to represent the fear of “illegal aliens.”
Either you adore the heartbreakingly depressing depiction of a country in turmoil, or you find its outright rejection of optimism extremely tiresome. Whatever your position and there are undoubtedly compelling arguments for both sides, Man of Steel is one of the good examples of Zack Snyder’s greatest skill as a director: the creation of iconography. Superman has never before appeared to be so completely constrained by his own symbolism, and the flying moments in Superman legend are undoubtedly some of the best.
13. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Guy Ritchie’s revival of the venerable 1960s spy TV series, has slowly gained a fan base thanks to a devoted online following, and with good reason. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. debuted in 2010 to underwhelming box office results. It’s a fantastic film that may give Cavill his most interesting part ever. He portrays the charmingly named Napoleon Solo, a swashbuckling American ex-thief turned CIA agent who is compelled to work alongside a KGB agent to stop some Nazis from obtaining a nuclear bomb.
This is a sleek and achingly stylish affair, as it befits a Guy Ritchie film, with cinematography and clothes that evoke the pinnacle espionage fantasy established by the early Bond stories. The cast’s personality adds even more attraction to this endlessly entertaining film.
Watching Cavill in this part, it’s simple to understand how all those Bond rumors began and continue to this day. Cavill is clearly having a blast as Solo, a man of limitless charm who enjoys his lot in life. It’s a terrible shame that the film didn’t succeed because Cavill, Armie Hammer, and Alicia Vikander together might have supported a whole franchise.
14. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The movie Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice finally brought the two most recognizable DC characters together on the big screen after years of anticipation. It’s still puzzling why Warner Bros. chose to focus the second installment of their franchise on one of their most well-known and heartbreaking comic book arcs: Superman’s demise.
No solutions can be found as we watch it unfold under this barrage of sound and fury. It is an astoundingly inept movie that is overflowing with half-baked concepts and a dubious gloomy attitude to a narrative that urgently needed a sprinkle of light. There’s a lot of catch-up in the movie as if DC was trying to stay up with Marvel’s present course, but a single movie can only do so much of what a dozen could.
You can’t help but speculate what the point of it all was by the time the movie hammers its characters and audience into submission with its 152-minute running time. Suicide Squad still holds the title as DCEU’s worst film, but it is the one that gave off most of the feeling of what was to come.
15. Sand Castle
A Netflix original film that you’ve probably forgotten even existed, Sand Castle follows a young US Army private and his platoon as they are sent to Iraq and given the task of constructing a well in a remote community during the early years of the conflict. So far, so accustomed.
As he struggles to maintain his composure amid a senseless conflict and the constant chest-puffing of his ultra-masculine companions, especially Cavill, Nicholas Hoult portrays the new recruit who rapidly realizes how completely unsuitable he is for combat. There is genuine empathy among the violence and profanity as director Fernando Coimbra films the tensions between villagers and troops (the soldiers swear a lot, of course). A simple combat drama, Sand Castle does exactly what it says on the tin.
16. Justice League
To the delight of its supporters, a director’s cut will serve as a mea culpa for the Justice League plot, which has since evolved into its own epic drama. Even though it’s obvious that the present version of the film was thrown together quickly by a studio in financial trouble, it still manages to be somewhat interesting to watch. It isn’t as big a failure as Batman v. Superman, but it isn’t much better, either.
The key cast’s chemistry and several funny quips make up the majority of Justice League’s great moments, but it was clearly the product of tumultuous reshoots and creative disagreements. While the majority of the cast has more opportunities to shine than in previous installments, poor Cavill has to endure the now-famous CGI removal of a contractually-mandated mustache, which makes him appear as though he has just emerged from the uncanny valley.
17. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
The sixth Mission: Impossible film has the impression of being the climax of the series’ decades-long rise to one of the most astounding series in cinematic history. The movies make full use of the influence given to them by the presence of a certain Tom Cruise and are the type of spectacle-driven action-thrillers that can only be made when the biggest star on the globe serves as your leading man/producer.
Fallout elevates the series both symbolically and literally. More astounding acrobatics are performed, the action moves faster, and the thrills never end. You never want the movie to stop, and neither do you. Even in the face of increasingly gloomy blockbusters vying for airtime, this series is driven by refined artistry and an unapologetic sense of joy.
In Fallout, Cavill plays an untrustworthy CIA assassin who exudes controlled forcefulness despite sporting a 1970s mustache. Cavill is a stoic rock wall of a man. He is just as strong as in the movie. Cavill would make a fantastic villain for the Mission: Impossible series if he had some facial hair to go along with his towering persona. Two years have passed since Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) successfully caught Solomon Lane in Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Sean Harris).
The Apostles is a new group that was founded from the Syndicate’s ruins. The group intends to purchase three plutonium cores under the direction of an enigmatic extremist. With the aid of a dubious CIA agent (Cavill), who is subsequently shown to be an associate of the Apostles, Ethan, and his squad are sent to Berlin to intercept them.
18. Night Hunter
David Raymond is the writer and director of the 2018 Canadian action thriller movie Night Hunter. Henry Cavill, Ben Kingsley, Alexandra Daddario, Stanley Tucci, and Brendan Fletcher play the main characters in the movie. Minka Kelly, Nathan Fillion, and Nathan Fillion play minor roles. On September 28, 2018, it had its LA Film Festival debut under the name Nomis. Later, it was made available on video on demand by DirecTV on August 8 and in theatres by Saban Films on September 6, 2019.
There isn’t much that separates Night Hunter from The Cold Light of Day in terms of style, content, or creative incapacity, despite the fact that the narratives are different. In his role as a detective, Cavill looks into the death of a female who may have been involved in a recent string of disappearances. This is just another generic action-thriller that wastes an amazing cast—Ben Kingsley, Stanley Tucci, and Nathan Fillion are just a few—on a ridiculous plot that has any sense of originality or even life. The lack of anything new or original in Night Hunter makes you assume it was created twenty years ago.
19. Enola Holmes
A sequel to last year’s smash Enola Holmes, has since been produced. The story takes place in 1884 in England on the verge of change. It centers on 16-year-old Enola (Millie Bobby Brown), who is raised by her brothers Sherlock (Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin) after her mother vanishes (Helena Bonham Carter). Enola escapes to go for her mother in London after refusing to follow her brothers’ instructions. Enola becomes a sleuth in her own right and outsmarts her renowned brother as she uncovers the plot when her quest gets her involved in a mystery.
Enola Holmes was the second-most watched Netflix original in its first weekend and earned overwhelmingly positive reviews. Although Cavill doesn’t do much in the movie, he is nevertheless endearing in his own right as the famed detective. Brown is excellent in her lead role as little Enola.
It will be fascinating to watch whether his persona in the future sequel takes on more of an active role. “He’s going to be the Sherlock we know in that he can be distant and cold to the rest of the world, but he had to have an emotional connection with Enola,” “Upon the debut of the first movie, Cavill spoke with GQ UK. “That was crucial, and it was something new from past Sherlocks.
20. Zack Snyder’s Justice League
Justice League’s 4-hour alternate version, which had enough action, well-written lines, and stunning imagery to satisfy the many fans who had fought for so long to see the film, was finally released on HBO Max in 2021 after years of DC fans’ campaigning for Warner Brothers to release Zack Snyder’s cut.
The release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League has only increased fans’ frustration with the lacklustre quality of the DCEU, sparking the creation of new campaigns, many of which demand Henry Cavill’s rapid comeback as Superman. Even if the rumours have not been verified, it appears that Cavill will indeed make a comeback soon, which is another another triumph for DC fans.
21. Black Adam
Black Adam, a 2022 American superhero film, is based on the same-named DC Comics superhero. Produced by New Line Cinema, DC Films, Seven Bucks Productions, and FlynnPictureCo., it is a Shazam! spin-off. 2019 will see the release of the eleventh movie in the DC Extended Universe.
Ahk-Ton, the tyrant king of Kahndaq, invents the Crown of Sabbac, which bestows enormous power on its wearer. The Council of Wizards grants a young slave boy the Shazam powers when he attempts to stage a revolution, changing him into Kahndaq’s valiant champion who kills Ahk-Ton and overthrows his rule.