Want to know the best Abbott and Costello movies? How about the worst Abbott and Costello movies? Curious about Abbott and Costello box office grosses or which Abbott and Costello movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Abbott and Costello movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.
Our most recent Ultimate Movie Ranking page asked the question….”Which Screen Duo was the most successful of all-time when looking at box office grosses?” The answer turned out to be the Screen Duo team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Abbott and Costello made 36 movies together from 1940 to 1956. Those 36 movies grossed $2.58 BILLION in adjusted domestic box office dollars.
Abbott and Costello were listed as Top Ten Box Office Stars 8 times from 1941 to 1951. They ranked number one in 1942, when their four movies grossed over $540 million in adjusted box office dollars. This page looks at all the Abbott and Costello movies. The movies are ranked from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. You can decide which is the best way to rank their movies……just pick the category and sort the results.
Abbott and Costello Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table
The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.
- Sort Abbott and Costello movies by the year they were made
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- Sort Abbott and Costello movies how they were received by critics and audiences. 60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
- Sort Abbott and Costello movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score. UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
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|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adjusted BO Domestic (mil)||Box Office Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|Hold That Ghost (1941)||Richard Carlson||$155.40||17th of 1941||85.00%||00 / 00||64.04|
|Who Done It (1942)||William Bendix||$145.30||15th of 1942||82.00%||00 / 00||61.06|
|Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)||Lon Chaney Jr.||$124.80||51st of 1948||82.00%||00 / 00||57.88|
|Time of Their Lives, The (1946)||Gale Sondergaard||$64.80||78th of 1946||80.00%||00 / 00||47.64|
|Naughty Nineties, The (1945)||Henry Travers||$65.40||79th of 1945||77.00%||00 / 00||46.33|
|Abbott & Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)||William Frawley||$77.10||74th of 1951||74.00%||00 / 00||46.73|
|Buck Privates (1941)||Andrews Sisters||$120.40||12th of 1941||73.00%||00 / 00||52.97|
|Buck Privates Come Home (1947)||Tom Brown||$123.20||68th of 1947||72.00%||00 / 00||52.94|
|Abbott & Costello in Hollywood (1945)||Mike Mazurki||$75.80||72nd of 1945||70.00%||00 / 00||44.65|
|Little Giant (1946)||Margaret Dumont||$65.20||80th of 1946||70.00%||00 / 00||43.01|
|Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)||Boris Karloff||$51.10||114th of 1953||69.00%||00 / 00||40.35|
|Pardon My Sarong (1942)||Virginia Bruce||$207.60||13th of 1942||68.00%||00 / 00||62.96|
|Hit The Ice (1943)||Sheldon Leonard||$144.50||42nd of 1943||68.00%||00 / 00||54.36|
|Keep em' Flying (1941)||Martha Raye||$120.70||9th of 1941||68.00%||00 / 00||50.67|
|In The Navy (1941)||Dick Powell||$120.60||10th of 1941||68.00%||00 / 00||50.65|
|In Society (1944)||Thomas Gomez||$93.50||71st of 1944||68.00%||00 / 00||46.45|
|Here Come The Co-Eds (1945)||Peggy Ryan||$68.90||76th of 1945||68.00%||00 / 00||42.64|
|Noose Hangs Loose, The (1948)||Joseph Calleia||$74.90||109th of 1948||67.00%||00 / 00||43.10|
|Abbott & Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949)||Boris Karloff||$36.30||101st of 1949||67.00%||00 / 00||37.12|
|Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap, The (1947)||Marjorie Main||$147.80||35th of 1947||66.00%||00 / 00||53.93|
|It Ain't Hay (1943)||Shemp Howard||$128.50||67th of 1943||66.00%||00 / 00||50.94|
|Abbott & Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950)||Walter Slezak||$64.00||92nd of 1950||66.00%||00 / 00||40.94|
|Mexican Hayride (1948)||Virginia Grey||$55.50||119th of 1948||65.00%||00 / 00||39.15|
|Lost in Alaska (1952)||Tom Ewell||$63.90||73rd of 1952||64.00%||00 / 00||39.98|
|African Screams (1949)||Shemp Howard||$81.70||83rd of 1949||63.50%||00 / 00||42.50|
|Ride 'em Cowboy (1942)||Ella Fitzgerald||$215.90||21st of 1942||63.00%||00 / 00||60.61|
|Abbott & Costello Meet The Keystone Kops (1955)||Mack Sennett||$34.50||111th of 1955||62.00%||00 / 00||34.49|
|Rio Rita (1942)||Kathryn Grayson||$160.00||41st of 1942||60.00%||00 / 00||53.00|
|Comin' Around The Mountain (1951)||Margaret Hamilton||$74.70||78th of 1951||58.00%||00 / 00||38.84|
|Lost in a Harem (1944)||Marilyn Maxwell||$110.50||66th of 1944||57.00%||00 / 00||43.92|
|One Night in the Tropics (1940)||Robert Cummings||$25.80||110th of 1940||57.00%||00 / 00||30.79|
|Abbott & Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)||Charles Laughton||$85.20||56th of 1953||56.00%||00 / 00||39.53|
|Dance With Me Henry (1956)||Gigi Perreau||$18.60||107th of 1956||54.00%||00 / 00||28.26|
|Jack and the Beanstalk (1952)||Buddy Baer||$68.10||68th of 1952||52.00%||00 / 00||35.00|
|Abbott & Costello Go To Mars (1953)||Martha Hyer||$53.20||104th of 1953||46.00%||00 / 00||29.87|
|Abbott & Costello Meet The Mummy (1955)||Marie Windsor||$46.30||92nd of 1955||46.00%||00 / 00||28.80|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Abbott and Costello Table
- Fourteen Abbott and Costello movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 38.88% of their movies listed. Ride ’em Cowboy (1942) was their biggest box office ht when looking at adjusted domestic box office gross.
- An average Abbott and Costello movie grosses $93.60 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 28 of Abbott and Costello’ movies are rated as good movies…or 72.22% of their movies. Hold That Ghost (1941) is their highest rated movie while Abbott & Costello Meet The Mummy (1955) was their lowest rated movie.
- An average Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 40.00. 25 Abbott and Costello movies scored higher than that average….or 69.44% of their movies. Hold That Ghost (1941) got the the highest UMR Score while Dance With Me Henry (1956) got the lowest UMR Score.
Bud Abbott was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey in 1895. In 1909, Abbott dropped out school and started working with his father at Dreamland Park on Coney Island. At 15 he found himself shoveling coal on a Norwegian steamer. He returned home and starting working at carnivals and at the Barnum and Bailey Circus. In 1923 he produced a low budget vaudeville show. He began performing as a straight man in the show when he could no longer afford to pay one. Abbott would become known as one of the best straight men in the business. Abbott was married one time and had two children. He passed away on April 24th, 1974.
Lou Costello was born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1906. Costello first attempt at Hollywood stardom did not work. He arrived in Los Angeles in 1927…but could only find work as a laborer or extra. In 1930, discouraged by his lack of success, he tried to hitchhike back home, but ran out of money in Missouri. While stuck in Missouri, he started appearing in an act in a vaudeville show. In the 1930s he started running into Bud Abbott on the vaudeville circuit. One night when Costello’s regular partner was ill….Abbott stepped in and played opposite Costello….the rest is history. Their most famous bit was Who’s On First and the catchphrases “Heeeeyyy, Abbott!” and “I’m a baaaaad boy!” Costello was married once and had 4 children. He passed away on March 3rd, 1959.
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