13 Best Henry Cavill Movies and TV Shows

We’ve seen many actors playing the highly popular, cherished Superman – from George Reeves and Christopher Reeve to Brandon Routh and Henry Cavill, yet, the commercially most successful Superman movies have featured Henry Cavill himself (read ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’). The accomplished British actor has become a synonym of masculinity and has redefined the new standards of sexy with his stint as the Man of Steel. Sparing a few others (including and especially Chris Evans), it would be difficult to recreate the bewitching on-screen charm and the irresistible demeanour that Henry Cavill possesses, and his fans are definitely going to drool over it for some time to come.

For those who’ve witnessed the recently published trailer of ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout‘ must have been already smitten by Henry Cavill (and his voice) and the punches that he throws which are an absolute reminiscent of the Son of Krypton himself, albeit in a new bearded avatar. And then, of course, there’s always Tom Cruise and his usual sidekicks in the movie. And Michelle Monaghan. Henry Cavill, who came into the limelight after his stint as Superman, didn’t have a prolonged acting career prior to ‘Man of Steel’, which had only started in the early 2000s. Nevertheless, Cavill’s journey has only been just more than a decade old and we’ve already witnessed some of his class acts and we’re sure there’s more to come. With one other Superman film in his contract after ‘Justice League’ and with the likes of ‘Mission: Impossible’ coming in from his kitty, Cavill has miles to go.

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of his best movies and TV shows so far.

Warning: Contains Spoilers!

 

13. Blood Creek (2009)

Set in two different timelines – the 1930s and the 2000s in West Virginia, ‘Blood Creek’ follows the horrors of the occult experimentations done by the Third Reich (with Michael Fassbender in the lead) and their repercussions 70 years later. Henry Cavill, in the role of Evan Marshall, is a wary, lowly 25-year old who has lost his brother Victor and is taken aback when he returns unscathed. The Marshalls then set out on a mission to free the innocents from a 70-year-old curse. Though the story is refreshing and rather unheard of, the movie seems to have many loose ends and a wavering plot, which is why it was panned throughout. A watchable affair though, I must say.

 

12. The Cold Light of Day (2012)

In a leading role, Henry Cavill plays the protagonist Will Shaw. As Will’s family gets kidnapped and he gets to know that his father is an undercover CIA agent, more layers are uncovered in the plot, thus leading to a mysterious briefcase the kidnappers are seeking, with Will entangled in a mess he never anticipated about. Though the presence of the likes of Bruce Willis would seemingly appear to strengthen the plot, ‘The Cold Light of Day’ leads us nowhere with its lack-lustre plotline and the attempts of making the movie look like a spy-thriller, which it is clearly not once the ending nears.

 

11. Stardust (2007)

With a huge ensemble cast, including some big names like Robert De Niro, Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Peter O’Toole, Sienna Miller, and many others and of course there’s Henry Cavill in a smaller role, with Ian McKellen’s narration, ‘Stardust’ is a nay star-studded affair. Cavill plays Humphrey, the boyfriend of Victoria (Sienna Miller), who, in turn, awaits a promise to be fulfilled by Tristan, her sweetheart to return with a fallen star, that turns out to be a beautiful woman. Though a minor role and mostly forgotten, Cavill’s looks surely are uncannily unmissable.

 

10. Sand Castle (2017)

Though there are fair chances that Henry Cavill might go quite unnoticed in this Netflix’ movie, you certainly won’t regret the fact that he’s equally important as anyone else is in running the show. With his rugged looks, scanty hair and his dust-clad uniform of the American Special Forces, Henry Cavill plays Captain Syverson, thus serving as one of the pit-stops for the protagonist Matt Ocre, the reluctant soldier who wants to head home instead of being in the war. Revolving around the true events of the Iraqi invasion of 2003, ‘Sand Castle’ is an apt confluence of turbulence and despair.

 

9. Tristan & Isolde (2006)

Touted to be the apparent alternative to the likes of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Tristan & Isolde’ has to be one of the most prominent efforts of James Franco in a leading role in a film. Though Cavill’s part is limited to playing an overambitious ally to Tristan, who later gets stabbed to death owing to his aspirations to capture the throne when Tristan’s foster father is defeated in the battle, it doesn’t go unnoticed at least. ‘Tristan & Isolde’, though a wee bit imperfect, is an ode to those millions of love stories which face oppression from the likes of war and the thirst for power and supremacy.

 

8. Whatever Works (2009)

Straight from the directorial portfolio of Woody Allen, ‘Whatever Works’ is the story of a socially-awkward, ageing Boris, who soon falls for Melody (or rather, they fall for each other), an eloping young-adult in her early 20s. As they get married despite the stark differences in their ages, Melody has to find a balance between her parents’ desires and her own and has to reconcile to the fact that her parents want her to marry Randy (Henry Cavill) instead. As the movie progresses, the re-discovery and reckoning happen for all the characters and everyone eventually finds their soul mate. You know, “whatever works” for everyone.

 

7. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

Set in the early 1800s, the movie surrounds the events in medieval Europe, with the likes of historical figures such as Napoleon, Edmond Dantes, etc. dominating the front. While the film had a historic fervour and enjoyed a moderate success, the performances and the production design took away the prize, with its plausible visuals and a coherent, seemingly persuasive storyline. Henry Cavill appears in a relatively smaller role as Albert Mondego, the ostensible son of Fernand, who later turns out to be the heir of the revered Count himself. If you’re looking for a historical movie with surreal references, including treasure hunts, mysteries, secret maps, and swashbuckling (at the least), this movie fits your taste.

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