Top 10 Freddie Highmore Movies

Freddie's highest-grossing movies have received many accolades and recognition, earning millions worldwide.

Here are the top ten movies of English actor Freddie Highmore, based entirely on our reviews and opinions.

Over the years, Freddie’s highest-grossing movies have received many accolades and recognition, earning millions worldwide.

Freddie Highmore has appeared in several movies, which is why his viewers often have heated debates over the greatest role in the movie he has portrayed so far.

Don’t worry—we are here to pacify you. Here are the most highly rated and entertaining movies of Freddie Highmore.

Finding Neverland (2004) Finding Neverland (2004)
The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
August Rush (2007) August Rush (2007)
A Good Year (2006) A Good Year (2006)
The Journey (2016) The Journey (2016)
The Vault (2021) The Vault (2021)
The Art of Getting By (2011) The Art of Getting By (2011)
The Canterville Ghost (2023) The Canterville Ghost (2023)
Astro Boy (2009) Astro Boy (2009)

If you think his best movie isn’t at the top, you can freely suggest it in our comment section.

After reviewing the top ten movies starring Freddie Highmore, feel free to correct us with your review!!!

1) Finding Neverland (2004)

Finding Neverland (2004) is based on the real-life incident of the playwright James Matthew Barrie.

Sir James Matthew Barrie (Johnny Depp) coincidently stumbles upon the recently widowed Sylvia Llewelyn Davies family (Kate Winslet) alongside her four sons while walking with his dog in Kensington Gardens.

Sylvia welcomes James into her life, who later becomes an integral part of her life.

However, Sylvia’s third son, Peter Llewelyn Davies (played by Freddie Highmore), does not show any interest in him. He is still grieving his father’s demise and doesn’t want to accept the reality of their lives.

However, James still hopes to bring Peter out of his self-imposed shell, insisting on the line between reality and fantasy.

Of all the boys, Peter is the most non-whimsical and prematurely grown-up one among all of his brothers.

Release DateDecember 17, 2004 (United States)
StarsJohnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie
DirectorMarc Forster
GenreBiography, Drama, Family
Runtime1 hour 46 minutes
AwardsWon 1 Oscar & 19 other awards

For his exceptional role as Peter Peter Llewelyn Davies in the movie, Freddie Highmore won the 2005 Critics Choice Award for Best Young Actor, the 2005 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film—Young Ensemble Cast, and the 2005 Empire Award for Best Newcomer.

So, squeeze time out of your busy schedule to watch the movie. It will teleport you to an imaginary world called “Neverland,” where people’s life cycles do not exist, and they can live forever.

2) The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

The second one on our list is his portrayal of the dual roles of Jared Grace and Simon Grace as twin brothers in “The Spiderwick Chronicles.”

It’s a must-watch fun, family-friendly fantasy thriller movie in which the look-alike brothers handle things differently.

The twin brothers, along with their sister, Mallory (Sarah Bolger), find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of fairies and other fantasy creatures.

They uncover the truth about the Spiderwick estate and the creatures who dwell there.


Release DateFebruary 14, 2008 (United States)
StarsFreddie Highmore, Sarah BolgerDavid, Strathairn
DirectorMark Waters
GenreAction, Adventure, Drama
Runtime1 hour 36 minutes
AwardsWon 1 ASCAP Award and 1 Sierra Award

The actor was nominated for the 2009 Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor and the 2009 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor, who unbelievably justified his role in a dual role at a young age.

3) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

This movie is an adaptation of the 1964 children’s fantasy novel, ”Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” authored by Roald Dahl.

When Willy Wonka (the chocolate factory’s eccentric owner) lets in five children through five golden tickets inside the chocolate bars.

Charlie Bucket is the last special boy to win the golden tickets. He joins the rest of the four children and his grandfather to experience the most amazing factory ever.


Release DateJuly 15, 2005 (United States)
StarsJohnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly
DirectorTim Burton
GenreAdventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Runtime1 hour 55 minutes
AwardsWon 1 Oscar & 15 other awards

If you want to amuse yourself and your family with a spell-binding magical tale of a young boy’s adventure in the strange chocolate factory, it’s a must-watch movie!!!

Highmore’s portrayal of Charlie Bucket in this movie won the 2006 Critics Choice Award for Best Young Actor.

”Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)” is now available to buy/rent on Netflix, Apple TV, Google Play Movies, Prime Video, and Vudu.

4) August Rush (2007)

In the 2007 movie August Rush, Freddie Highmore stars as August Rush, an orphaned child who was born with the gift of hearing music all around him.

He runs away from an orphanage and begins to search New York City to identify his birth parents. He strongly believes that he will find his parents through his music.


Release DateNovember 21, 2007 (United States)
StarsFreddie HighmoreKeri RussellJonathan Rhys Meyers
DirectorKirsten Sheridan
GenreDrama, Music
Runtime1 hour 54 minutes

You’ll watch this movie several times because it is enriched with magical storytelling, music, and an appealing fantasy element.

This movie has strong reviews, mostly positive. It’s a must-watch movie featuring Freddie Highmore, who won the 2008 Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor for this movie.

You can buy or rent “August Rush” on Vudu, Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, and the Microsoft Store.

5) A Good Year (2006)

The “A Good Year (2006)” movie is an adaptation of the novel “A Good Year” authored by Peter Mayle.

Max Skinner (played by Russell Crowe) is a ruthless, wheeler-dealing London bond trader who inherits a French chateau and vineyard from his late uncle Henry, played by Albert Finney.

While watching the opening scene of ”A Good Year (2006),” Freddie Highmore appeared as the young version of Max Skinner.

In the movie, Max spends part of his childhood with Uncle Henry, with whom he learns his uncle’s maxims and honed his killer instinct for winning and losing at chess, which later serves him well in finance.

Young Max has a lovely familial tenderness and affection with Uncle Henry, despite the sarcasm and humor between the two of them, which makes this movie joyful while watching the movie.


Release DateNovember 10, 2006, (United States)
StarsRussell Crowe, Abbie Cornish, Albert Finney
DirectorRidley Scott
GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
Runtime1 hour 57 minutes
AwardsWon the Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award

As the young Max Skinner, Freddie Highmore does a good job, just like his older counterpart. You will certainly rewatch the movie after watching this movie once, and it will be on the list of your favorite movies to watch again over the years.

Though a romantic comedy movie with a simple storyline, it will evoke your laughter and enjoyment. You can buy/rent “A Good Year” on Google Play Movies, Vudu, Microsoft Store, Amazon Video, and Apple TV.

6) The Journey (2016)

The Journey (2016) is an almost Shakespearean interaction between two powerful men of contemporary social influence: Ian Paisley (played by Timothy Spall) and Martin McGuinness (played by Colm Meaney).

Two hard-line ideologists are heading on a crash course that will either ignite or defuse a shockingly long-running bloody civil war.

In the movie, Jack (portrayed by Freddie Highmore) is their talkative driver. Whilst in reality, he’s a British agent operating under Harry Patterson (played by John Hurt).


Release DateJune 16, 2017 (United States)
StarsTimothy Spall, Colm Meaney, John Hurt
DirectorColin Bateman
GenreBiography, Drama, History
Runtime1 hour 34 minutes
AwardsWon 2 Award

Jack arrives in a top-of-the-line sport utility vehicle (SUV) equipped with all manner of recording and transmitting devices.

Jack is an undercover agent (who continuously gets his orders from Patterson via a Bluetooth device) disguised as a “local.”

As two powerful men encounter each other on the highway, Jack, full of enthusiasm, constantly tries to push them into a conversation that can end the killings once and for all. Jack puts all of his best efforts to navigate through a political minefield.

For those with an interest in the history of the long conflict, this film will be an engaging outlook at its turning point.

The movie’s Great Irish locations and music score will also seize your attention on its entertaining historical tour.

It’s now available to buy or rent on Prime Video, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and VUDU.

7) The Vault (2021)

Jaume Balagueró’s directed movie, The Vault (2021), is a detailed treasure hunt that is captivating and presented in an entertaining manner that makes it feel fresh and credible.

Freddie Highmore stars as Thom, a computer genius, super-intelligent, highly sought-after engineering student. Like most super-smart science types, Thom is an idealist who loves a challenge.

After figuring out a mysterious, impenetrable fortress hidden under The Bank of Spain, Thom joins a crew of master thieves who plan to steal the legendary lost treasure locked inside while the whole country is distracted by Spain’s World Cup Final.


Release DateMarch 26, 2021 (United States)
StarsFreddie Highmore, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Sam Riley
DirectorJaume Balagueró
Runtime1 hour 58 minutes
AwardsWon Two Awards

If you want to enjoy an action-packed thriller movie following a high-risk heist, ”The Vault (2021)” is the right choice for you. It’s available to rent or buy at Fandango at Home, Prime Video, and Netflix.

8) The Art of Getting By (2011)

Freddie Highmore portrayed George Zinavoy in The Art of Getting By (2011), a character who frantically believes in the quote that ”you are born alone, die alone, and everything else is an illusion.”

When aimless and directionless George meets an ultra-pretty, popular, but lonely Sally Howe (Emma Roberts), he finds a reason to go to high school and make friends, even if he’s not ready to admit to himself that he is falling in love with her.


Release DateJune 17, 2011 (United States)
StarsFreddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano
DirectorGavin Wiesen
GenreDrama, Romance
Runtime1 hour 23 minutes
AwardsWon 1 Award

Highmore successfully portrayed the pretty difficult character of a modern slacker, and this film has effectively projected his journey.

To explore what happened to George Zinavoy’s life further, you must watch the movie. You can now buy or rent ”The Art of Getting By (2011)” on ”Fandango at Home” and ”Prime Video.”

9) The Canterville Ghost (2023)

The Canterville Ghost (2023) movie is a good-natured pre-Halloween animation adaptation based on the 1887 short story by Oscar Wilde classic ghost story.

It entails the story of a modern American family who moves to their recently purchased country home, Canterville Chase (haunted home), in England.

Sir Simon de Canterville (Stephen Fry) has been haunting the grounds of Canterville Chase for almost over 300 years.

As a resident ghost, he scared away all the other owners. Though the movie has scary moments, nothing gets too intense, and it has positive messages about friendship and teamwork.


Release DateSeptember 22, 2023 (United Kingdom)
StarsStephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Freddie Highmore
DirectorsKim Burdon, Robert Chandler
GenreAnimation, Comedy
Runtime1 hour 29 minutes
Awards0 Award & 0 Nomination

The aimlessly romantic Duke of Cheshire (Freddie Highmore) perfectly performs his role. Most of the audience who watched the movie praised his vocal talent.

The Canterville Ghost is also available on DVD from February 13, 2024. The movie is available now on Digital for purchase or rent across all major entertainment platforms.

Directors Kim Burdon and Robert Chandler created this adventure-animated movie to entertain kids, families, and animation enthusiasts.

It is filled with humor and whimsical characters. Its vibrant storytelling will grab your children’s attention throughout the movie. So do watch this movie!!!

10) Astro Boy (2009)

A 2009 ”Astro Boy” is an animated comedy filmed in 2-D. In the movie, Astro Boy, voiced by Freddie Highmore, is a robotic child empowered with superstrength, X-ray vision, and flying ability.

After Toby’s accidental demise caused by an unfortunate incident with the Peacekeeper (a weaponized robot), he’s revived inside a robot, Astro Boy, powered by a Blue Energy source, who looks exactly like him and retains all his memories.

His father, the head scientist of Metro City, Dr. Tenma (voiced by Nicolas Cage), treats him and loves him just like his own son, Toby.

When Dr. Tenma rejects an android, Astro Boy, the replica of Toby, after realizing its limitations, Astro Boy tries to figure out his own identity through his journey.


Release DateOctober 23, 2009 (United States)
StarsFreddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell
DirectorDavid Bowers
GenreAnimation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Runtime1 hour 34 minutes
Awards4 Nominations

This movie has already set a milestone for a child-oriented film for entertainment purposes, which can also be targeted to viewers of all ages.

Freddie Highmore’s voice acting in the movie ”Astro Boy” as Astro Boy is phenomenal.

“Astro Boy” is a better animated-adventure-based Sci-Fi captivating movie if you plan to have movie time for your three and five-year-old children. Trust us, you’ll not regret watching this movie!!!


S.NOMovie TitleRotten Tomatoes Rating
1Finding Neverland (2004)83 %
2The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)81 %
3Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)83 %
4August Rush (2007)82 %
5A Good Year (2006)65 %
6The Journey (2016)68 %
7The Vault (2021)58 %
8The Art of Getting By (2011)46 %
9The Canterville Ghost (2023)57 %
10Astro Boy (2009)51 %


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