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Watch: Best Movies Starring Dev Patel, Ranked by Rotten Tomatoes

Have you ever watched a movie Dev Patel was in? There's a good chance you have - even if you don't recognize his face. We're going to take you through the best movies Dev Patel has made, according to Rotten Tomatoes, and help you discover a new favorite - and a new appreciation for him!
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If you watched the recent trailer for The Personal History of David Copperfield, you might have noticed a familiar face. Dev Patel plays the leading role, and this isn’t his first—he first found his claim to fame when he played the character Anwar in the British teen-drama Skins.

He also found international fame thanks to his role in Slumdog Millionaire. However, thanks to movies like Lion and The Personal History of David Copperfield, he’s showing that he has the potential to truly shine as the leading performer.

If you’d like to see more of Dev Patel, here are some of his best movies, as ranked by Rotten Tomatoes:

The Road Within (2014)

The Road Within is a remake of a German film, and is a coming of age drama that involves three teens who escaped from a clinic. They then embark on an eye-opening road trip that’s full of new experiences.

Overall it’s a light watch, but it provides a wholesome journey for the viewer as Patel navigates his role of a boy with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)

Dev Patel plays the character of S Ramanujan, one of the greatest mathematicians in the world in The Man Who Knew Infinity. His work had been mostly underappreciated, but that changes after he’s able to solve a series of equations that were previously considered to be unsolvable.

The movie follows Ramanujan’s journey from a poor upbringing to how he was able to secure a seat in Cambridge.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

This comedy-drama might touch on a one-dimensional perspective of India that could bother some viewers, but overall, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is still well worth the watch, considering how the subplots quickly overpower any of the subtle stereotypes.

Patel shines in his role as Sonny Kapoor, who welcomes several British guests to his hotel in Jaipur.

Lion (2016)

Lion gave Dev Patel the opportunity to truly showcase his full dramatic potential, eventually earning a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor and a nomination at the Oscars. The film involves the real-life story of an Indian boy who has to undertake several challenges so that he can find his way back home.

Fate eventually brings him closer and closer to an Australian couple who adopts him.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

When Slumdog Millionaire was first introduced, it very quickly dominated the awards season at that time and provided an incredible debut for Dev Patel. The story focuses on the life of an Indian boy as he has to grow up facing poverty, gangsters, and riots.

Suddenly, thanks to getting a chance to participate in a contest that’s the equivalent of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, his entire life plays in front of his eyes with each question.

The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that The Personal History of David Copperfield is ranked number one. Patel uses his usual charm and good nature to win over the audience and was the perfect choice to fill the role of the protagonist of Charles Dicken’s novel.

In particular, the film received praise for how well Patel was able to balance heavy drama along with providing a light-hearted spin on the classic story.