Which is the best screen version of Sherlock Holmes?

Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed literary character in film and television history, with over 250 screen portrayals to date. It is impossible to fully rank all these adaptations, but which is your favourite out of these iconic 8?

Sherlock (BBC TV series)

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as John Watson. Created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.

Sherlock (BBC) has been highly critically acclaimed

Sherlock (BBC) has cultivated an enormous dedicated fanbase

Sherlock Holmes (2009 film)

Robert Downey, Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. Watson. Directed by Guy Ritchie.

Sherlock Holmes (2009) is the most exciting and action-packed

Sherlock Holmes film series (1931–1937)

Arthur Wontner as Holmes and Ian Fleming as Watson (replaced by Ian Hunter for The Sign of Four)

Elementary (CBS TV show)

Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Joan Watson.

Elementary is the longest running on-screen Sherlock

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970 film)

Robert Stephens as Sherlock Holmes. Directed by Billy Wilder.

Sherlock Holmes (1939 film series)

Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. John Watson.

Sherlock Holmes (1984 TV series)

Jeremy Brett as Holmes. David Burke as Watson, then replaced by Edward Hardwicke.

Jeremy Brett is the most loved on-screen Sherlock

In a poll by britishperioddramas.com, Brett's Sherlock won with 50.32% of the votes.

Mr. Holmes (2015 film)

Ian McKellen as a retired Sherlock Holmes. Directed by Bill Condon.
Explore this question in a whole new way.
This page was last edited on Saturday, 3 Oct 2020 at 11:59 UTC