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15 Best Benedict Cumberbatch Movies Ranked
By LIAM GAUGHAN
15. Desolation of Smaug
In “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Benedict Cumberbatch does a brilliant job as the voice of Smaug, capturing the dragon's intelligence while tormenting Bilbo, and his conversation with Bilbo is the highlight of the trilogy. He also utilizes motion-capture technology to perfection to craft Smaug's body language.
14. War Horse
Cumberbatch plays the character of Major Jamie Stewart, who is initially skeptical of his companion Captain James Nicholls (Tom Hiddleston), and his new horse Joey. Steven Spielberg's charming epic captures the magic of the acclaimed stage play on which it's based through the gripping power of dramatic scenery and massive historical recreations.
13. The Current War
"The Current War" is a terrific look at the behind-the-scenes conflicts in the development of 19th-century technology. Cumberbatch is phenomenal as the legendary Thomas Edison, giving insights into how the famed inventor developed his innovations in electricity as safer and more practical alternatives to the gas industry.
12. Into Darkness
"Star Trek Into Darkness" is perhaps the most controversial film in the franchise due to the parallels that it draws to the beloved 1982 classic "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." Still, the film introduces a new version of Khan, portrayed by Cumberbatch, who delivers a strong take on the iconic villain that examines both Khan's empathy and ruthlessness.
11. Black Mass
In the 2015 mob movie "Black Mass," Cumberbatch dons the role of Massachusetts Senate President Billy Bulger, brother of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp). He speaks with a surprisingly strong Irish accent in the film and excels in the complex character of a shady politician.