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Benedict Cumberbatch’s Best Dramatic Movies, Ranked

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The world of movies gives us genres left and right. You want to laugh and fall in love? Rom-com. Parents in the room? Family-friendly animation. Want to scream and maybe never sleep again? Horror is right there. However, there is one genre-umbrella that really hits us right in the feels — and it’s drama. A drama movie can mean loads of things, but if it’s going to do anything, it will make you feel something. Whether it be sadness, melancholy, or just the heavy weight of life reflected on screen, a good drama movie strips back the outlandish and presents something emotionally naked to an audience.

We all know Benedict Cumberbatch

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as the one and only Doctor Strange in the MCU. However, Cumberbatch is a well-seasoned actor with a variety of notable films, specifically drama films, that deserve recognition. A movie is nothing without the actors who play in it, and who better to count on than an actor like Cumberbatch to really deliver? Here is our ranking of Benedict Cumberbatch’s best drama films.

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain is based on the actual and absolutely extraordinary life of Louis Wain, a British artist, and inventor. This 2021 drama-comedy stars Cumberbatch as the titular character. Wain, famously known for his unique artistic expression of cats and animals in his portraits, lived one hell of an eccentric existence, and Cumberbatch really captured his essence in this charming and deeply emotional film.

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If you want a solid drama movie, The Mauritanian should definitely be on your radar. This film is based on the true story of a man who was held in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba for being a suspected 9/11 terrorist. The film stars Jodie Foster as Nancy Hollander, Tahar Rahim as Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Shailene Woodley as Teri Duncan, and Cumberbatch as Stuart Couch.

Brexit is a historical drama film that had audiences confused, conflicted, and emotional. This British television film follows Dominic Cummings, played by Cumberbatch, and his attempts at leading a campaign to convince British voters to leave the EU. The film shines a heavy light on politics as well as the nature and influence of technology in society today.

In 2007, the romance drama film Atonement gripped our attention and our hearts. This wartime drama takes place during WWII and features some of the biggest names in the film industry such as Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, James McAvoy, and, of course, Cumberbatch. Based on the stunning book by Ian McEwan, Atonement is not a movie to be overlooked in Cumberbatch’s drama filmography.

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