Abbott and Costello Movies

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made 36 movies from 1940 to 1956

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made 36 movies from 1940 to 1956

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.

1948's Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein got some of the best reviews of their careers.

1948’s Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein got some of the best reviews of their careers.

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
  • Sort Abbott and Costello movies by co-stars of their movies.
  • Sort Abbott and Costello movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort Abbott and Costello movies by domestic box office rank by year
  • 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.
  • Use the search and sort button to make this page very interactive.

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Abbott and Costello Table

  1. 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.
  2. An average Abbott and Costello movie grosses $93.60 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using’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.
  4. 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.
Abbott and Costello in 1948's Africa Screams

Abbott and Costello in 1948’s Africa Screams


abbott 1222Bud 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 11111Lou 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.

Check out the Abbott and Costello career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

AFI’s Top 25 Screen Legend Actors….with links to my movie pages on the Screen Legend

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16. Orson Welles
21. Buster Keaton

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  1. 1 Up until his death Raymond Burr played Perry Mason in both long running TV series about the great lawyer and of course Perry Mason was mentioned in the title of the Burr outings and Raymond headed the cast

    2 When Burr died the 2nd series continued briefly without him and Perry Mason was still mentioned in the title but Perry himself did not appear [eg in archives/flashback] and naturally Burr was missing from the cast lists

    3 Instead first Paul Sorvino as Anthony Caruso*** and then Hal Holbrook as Wild Bill McKenzie who were “friends of Perry” stood in for Mason, it being explained that Perry was “out of town” and had allowed his “friends” to use his office and borrow his staff such as Della Street to continue with the Mason cases.

    4 For someone not completely familiar with the Abbott & Costello movies [especially if dates and chronological order of movies were overlooked ] The Annual Reviews might create the impression that some similar situation to the Mason one had arisen in relation to the A & C series and that Bud who survived Lou had soldiered on without him in certain of their movies.

    ***A fictitious name of course and not to be confused with the real life supporting actor Anthony Caruso [Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle and several Ladd movies including Stampeded aka The Big Land]

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