Want to know the best Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990) movies? How about the worst Barbara Stanwyck movies? Curious about Barbara Stanwyck box office grosses or which Barbara Stanwyck movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Barbara Stanwyck 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.
Ok before we get started on this Barbara Stanwyck movie page let’s get some behind the scenes information out of the way. This page comes from the suggestion from Alecia Murphy . Also, I consider myself to be a huge movie buff, but looking at Barbara Stanwyck’s movie list, I realize I have only seen two of her movies. So how can I write a movie page that ranks all of her movies from best to worst? Other than the fact that I have watched many episodes of The Big Valley…..the answer is with Ultimate Movie Rankings Score. Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score looks at the box office success, the critical response from critics and audiences and award recognition. UMR Score then takes all the information and through a mathematical equation gives each movie a score……100 would be a perfect score.
After a successful stage career, Barbara Stanwyck moved to Hollywood in 1928. She proved herself to be versatile enough to appear in all genres of the movies. She was equally at home in dramas like 1937’s Stella Dallas and 1941’s Ball of Fire as well as comedies like 1940’s Remember the Night and 1941’s The Lady Eve. She also excelled in playing femme fatales in movies like 1944’s Double Indemnity and 1946’s The Strange Loves of Martha Ivers. Yet another genre she specialized in was westerns, as she appeared in many westerns though out her career.
Her peak years were between 1937 and 1949. The 1950s saw her constantly working but the quality of the movies started to diminish. One of her last starring roles was opposite Ronald Reagan in 1954’s The Cattle Queen of Montana. Cattle Queen is the movie that made Reagan think about other career options…that turned out well for him. As the 1960s came into play Stanwyck stopped making movies and concentrated her career on television projects. She starred in The Barbara Stanwyck Show (1961-62), The Big Valley (1965-1969), and The Colbys (1985-86). In her later years, Stanwyck did lots of work for charity. She passed away January 20, 1990.
Her IMDb page shows 107 acting credits from 1927-1986. This page will rank 79 Barbara Stanwyck movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos, some hard to find information on movies and movies not released in North American theaters were not included in the rankings.
Barbara Stanwyck 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 Barbara Stanwyck movies by co-stars of her movies
- Sort Barbara Stanwyck movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
- Sort Barbara Stanwyck movies by yearly domestic box office rank
- Sort Barbara Stanwyck movies by how they were received by critics and audiences. 60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
- Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Barbara Stanwyck movie received.
- Sort Barbara Stanwyck 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.
- *** = Barbara Stanwyck Oscar® nominated performance
- Use the sort and search button to make this a very interactive page. For example type in Henry Fonda in the search box to see all of the Fonda/Stanwyck movies….or type Clark Gable in the search box to bring up all of the Gable/Stanwyck movies….or type in….I think you get the idea.
|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adjusted B.O. Domestic (mil)||Box Office Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|Double Indemnity (1944)||Fred MacMurray & Edward G. Robinson||$220.90||26th of 1944||92.00%||07 / 00||83.79|
|Ball of Fire (1941)||Gary Cooper & Directed by Howard Hawks||$180.30||23rd of 1941||86.50%||04 / 00||76.21|
|Stella Dallas (1937)||Anne Shirley||$194.50||9th of 1937||77.50%||02 / 00||73.37|
|Strange Love of Martha Ivers, The (1946)||Kirk Douglas||$214.80||28th of 1946||80.00%||01 / 00||69.00|
|Christmas in Connecticut (1945)||Dennis Morgan||$225.40||20th of 1945||80.50%||00 / 00||68.84|
|Sorry Wrong Number (1948)||Burt Lancaster||$158.10||25th of 1948||80.50%||01 / 00||67.25|
|Meet John Doe (1941)||Gary Cooper & Directed by Frank Capra||$158.40||20th of 1941||82.50%||01 / 00||63.73|
|Lady Eve, The (1941)||Henry Fonda||$136.00||38th of 1941||87.50%||01 / 00||62.60|
|Executive Suite (1954)||William Holden & Shelley Winters||$140.40||31st of 1954||80.50%||04 / 00||61.20|
|California (1946)||Ray Milland & Anthony Quinn||$253.90||16th of 1947||61.00%||00 / 00||59.67|
|My Reputation (1946)||George Brent||$180.60||38th of 1946||65.50%||00 / 00||58.77|
|Union Pacific (1939)||Joel McCrea||$165.60||24th of 1939||66.50%||01 / 00||57.33|
|Two Mrs. Carrolls, The (1947)||Humphrey Bogart||$141.10||52nd of 1947||66.00%||00 / 00||52.89|
|Remember the Night (1940)||Fred MacMurray & Written by Preston Sturges||$86.10||48th of 1940||84.00%||00 / 00||52.83|
|This Is My Affair (1937)||Robert Taylor||$129.70||45th of 1937||69.50%||00 / 00||52.76|
|Titanic (1953)||Clifton Webb||$95.80||43rd of 1953||77.00%||02 / 01||52.44|
|Gay Sisters, The (1942)||George Brent & Donald Crisp||$143.50||48th of 1942||64.00%||00 / 00||52.32|
|Lady of Burlesque (1943)||Iris Adrian||$146.50||48th of 1943||62.50%||00 / 00||52.09|
|Ladies of Leisure (1930)||Ralph Graves||$131.00||13th of 1930||67.50%||00 / 00||52.02|
|Flesh and Fantasy (1943)||Edward G. Robinson||$144.50||49th of 1943||63.00%||00 / 00||52.01|
|Violent Men, The (1954)||Glenn Ford||$102.10||64th of 1955||73.00%||00 / 00||50.14|
|Bitter Tea Of General Yen, The (1933)||Directed by Frank Capra||$88.50||17th of 1933||75.50%||00 / 00||49.20|
|Furies, The (1950)||Walter Huston||$80.30||70th of 1950||77.00%||01 / 00||49.04|
|Forbidden (1932)||Directed by Frank Capra||$89.20||19th of 1932||74.00%||00 / 00||48.61|
|His Brother's Wife (1936)||Robert Taylor||$134.40||30th of 1936||58.00%||00 / 00||48.09|
|Miracle Woman, The (1931)||Directed by Frank Capra||$62.40||51st of 1931||81.00%||00 / 00||47.74|
|Breakfast for Two (1937)||Herbert Marshall||$94.00||68th of 1937||69.50%||00 / 00||47.23|
|Other Love, The (1947)||David Niven||$113.90||96th of 1947||61.00%||00 / 00||46.32|
|Clash by Night (1952)||Robert Ryan & Marilyn Monroe||$63.90||70th of 1952||75.67%||00 / 00||45.46|
|All I Desire (1953)||Maureen O''''Sullivan||$51.70||109th of 1953||78.50%||00 / 00||44.90|
|Mad Miss Manton, The (1938)||Henry Fonda||$61.90||83rd of 1938||74.50%||00 / 00||44.61|
|Night Nurse (1931)||Clark Gable||$70.80||46th of 1931||71.50%||00 / 00||44.57|
|Internes Can't Take Money (1937)||Joel McCrea||$105.70||58th of 1937||59.50%||00 / 00||44.34|
|Walk on the Wild Side (1962)||Jane Fonda||$96.30||28th of 1962||61.50%||01 / 00||44.23|
|Message to Garcia, A (1936)||Wallace Beery||$112.40||46th of 1936||57.00%||00 / 00||44.21|
|East Side, West Side (1949)||James Mason & Ava Gardner||$82.70||76th of 1950||66.50%||00 / 00||44.08|
|Always Goodbye (1938)||Herbert Marshall||$81.80||70th of 1938||64.50%||00 / 00||43.00|
|You Belong To Me (1941)||Henry Fonda||$116.50||51st of 1941||53.00%||00 / 00||42.97|
|Shopworn (1932)||Regis Toomey||$101.10||17th of 1932||57.00%||00 / 00||42.06|
|Forty Guns (1957)||Barry Sullivan & Dean Jagger||$38.70||117th of 1957||76.50%||00 / 00||41.96|
|File of Thelma Jordan, The (1950)||Paul Kelly||$47.70||124th of 1950||72.50%||00 / 00||41.46|
|There's Always Tomorrow (1956)||Fred MacMurray||$43.80||108th of 1956||73.50%||00 / 00||41.33|
|BF's Daughter (1948)||Van Heflin & Charles Coburn||$80.40||89th of 1948||60.00%||01 / 00||41.06|
|Golden Boy, The (1939)||William Holden||$90.90||55th of 1939||56.50%||01 / 00||41.05|
|Roustabout (1964)||Elvis Presley||$80.70||29th in 1965||60.00%||00 / 00||40.71|
|Great Man's Lady, The (1942)||Joel McCrea||$91.40||91st of 1942||56.00%||00 / 00||40.49|
|Witness to Murder (1954)||George Sanders||$52.40||96th of 1954||67.50%||00 / 00||39.84|
|Baby Face (1933)||John Wayne||$32.30||76th of 1933||74.00%||00 / 00||39.79|
|Gambling Lady (1934)||Joel McCrea||$51.80||62nd of 1934||66.50%||00 / 00||39.29|
|Banjo On My Knee (1936)||Joel McCrea & Walter Brennan||$101.20||55th of 1936||48.00%||01 / 00||38.65|
|No Man of Her Own (1950)||John Lund||$28.40||140th of 1950||71.00%||00 / 00||37.77|
|Illicit (1931)||Joan Blondell||$59.30||53rd of 1931||60.00%||00 / 00||37.39|
|Cry Wolf (1947)||Errol Flynn||$113.40||69th of 1947||42.00%||00 / 00||37.32|
|Lady Gambles, The (1949)||Robert Preston||$59.90||114th of 1949||59.00%||00 / 00||37.01|
|To Please A Lady (1950)||Clark Gable||$103.40||51st of 1950||43.50%||00 / 00||36.47|
|Annie Oakley (1935)||Melvyn Douglas & Directed by George Stevens||$43.70||71st of 1935||62.50%||00 / 00||36.15|
|Jeopardy (1953)||Barry Sullivan & Ralph Meeker||$51.30||113th of 1953||58.50%||00 / 00||35.44|
|Ladies They Talk About (1933)||Preston Foster||$28.90||80th of 1933||64.50%||00 / 00||34.80|
|Trooper Hook (1957)||Joel McCrea||$30.10||134th of 1957||63.00%||00 / 00||34.28|
|Plough and the Stars, The (1936)||Barry Fitzgerald & Directed by John Ford||$35.50||92nd of 1936||60.50%||00 / 00||33.94|
|Ten Cents A Dance (1931)||Ricardo Cortez||$25.30||83rd of 1931||62.00%||00 / 00||33.06|
|Blowing Wild (1953)||Gary Cooper & Anthony Quinn||$81.10||49th of 1953||43.50%||00 / 00||33.01|
|So Big! (1932)||Bette Davis||$43.10||67th of 1932||56.00%||00 / 00||33.00|
|Crime of Passion (1957)||Sterling Hayden||$21.50||152nd of 1957||62.50%||00 / 00||32.71|
|Ever in My Heart (1933)||Ralph Bellamy||$28.60||81st of 1933||58.50%||00 / 00||31.92|
|Night Walker, The (1964)||Robert Taylor||$24.30||96th of 1964||59.50%||00 / 00||31.73|
|Woman in Red, The (1935)||Gene Raymond||$30.40||94th of 1935||57.50%||00 / 00||31.73|
|Escape to Burma (1955)||Robert Ryan||$40.40||129th of 1955||53.50%||00 / 00||31.40|
|Lost Lady, A (1934)||Frank Morgan||$28.50||78th of 1934||57.00%||00 / 00||31.21|
|Bride Wore Boots, The (1946)||Robert Cummings & Natalie Wood||$71.70||89th of 1946||41.50%||00 / 00||30.61|
|Purchase Price, The (1932)||George Brent||$32.70||78th of 1932||53.00%||00 / 00||29.98|
|Secret Bride, The (1934)||Warren William||$22.40||83rd of 1934||56.00%||00 / 00||29.79|
|These Wilder Years (1956)||James Cagney & Walter Pidgeon||$25.00||147th of 1956||55.00%||00 / 00||29.73|
|Man With The Cloak, The (1951)||Joseph Cotten||$21.20||168th of 1951||55.00%||00 / 00||29.14|
|Moonlighter, The (1953)||Fred MacMurray||$32.50||128th of 1953||50.50%||00 / 00||28.78|
|Red Salute (1935)||Robert Young||$21.60||104th of 1935||53.00%||00 / 00||28.26|
|Cattle Queen of Montana, The (1954)||Ronald Reagan||$35.40||137th of 1954||46.50%||00 / 00||27.35|
|Bride Walks Out, The (1936)||Robert Young||$56.40||83rd of 1936||38.00%||00 / 00||26.60|
|Maverick Queen, The (1956)||Barry Sullivan||$19.70||154th of 1956||50.00%||00 / 00||26.55|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Barbara StanwyckTable
- Twenty-seven Barbara Stanwyck movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 34.17% of her movies listed. California (1946) was her biggest box office hit….I excluded Hollywood Canteen from this question.
- An average Barbara Stanwyck movie grosses $87.10 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 50 of Barbara Stanwyck’s movies are rated as good movies…or 63.29% of her movies. Double Indemnity (1944) was her highest rated movie while The Bride Walks Out (1936) was her lowest rated movie.
- Fifteen Barbara Stanwyck movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 18.98% of her movies.
- One Barbara Stanwyck movie (1953’s Titanic) won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 1.26% of her movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 46 Barbara Stanwyck movies scored higher than that average….or 58.22% of her movies. Double Indemnity (1944) got the the highest UMR Score while The Maverick Queen (1956) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Barbara Stanwyck
1. Barbara Stanwyck’s birth name was Ruby Catherine Stevens. She became an orphan at the age of four when her mother passed away and her father went looking for work in Central America and was never heard from again.
2. So how did Ruby Catherine Stevens become Barbara Stanwyck? In 1926 she was appearing in a play called The Noose. After the success of the The Noose she decided to change her name. Her character’s first name in the play was Barbara while another one of the actresses in the play had a last name of Stanwyck. So she put the two names together and created Barbara Stanwyck.
3. Barbara Stanwyck received 4 Oscar® nominations for Best Actress. Those four movies were…1937’s Stella Dallas, 1941’s Ball of Fire, 1944’s Double Indemnity and 1948’s Sorry Wrong Number. She never won an Oscar® but she received an Honorary Oscar® Award in 1982: “For superlative creativity and unique contribution to the art of screen acting.”
4. Speaking of Oscar® talk….here is a crazy piece of trivia. Barbara Stanwyck’s 82 movies received 28 Oscar® nominations in various categories over the years. The only Stanwyck movie to win an Oscar®?…..1953’s Titanic.
5. With earnings of $400,000 in 1944, Stanwyck earned the title of highest paid woman in the United States.
6. Barbara Stanwyck was married twice in her life. Her first marriage was to Frank Fay from 1928-1935. During their marriage they adopted Dion Anthony as their son. Her second marriage was to fellow actor Robert Taylor. They were married 1939 to 1950. Another relationship of note was between Stanwyck and Robert Wagner. They started their relationship when he was 22 and she was 45….it lasted 4 years.
7. The American Film Institute ranks Barbara Stanwyck as the 11th greatest actress of all-time. While Entertainment Weekly ranks her as the 40th Greatest Movie Star of All-Time.
8. Barbara Stanwyck’s nicknames on the set were Missy or The Queen.
9. Barbara Stanwyck is the Godmother of Tori Spelling.
10. Check out Barbara Stanwyck‘s career compared to current and classic actors. Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.
Barbara Stanwyck appeared in 82 movies from 1929-1964. Of those movies, I was unable to find all the information needed to calculate Movie Scores for 3 of her movies. Those movies were 1927’s Dance Magic 1929’s The Locked Door and 1929’s Mexicali Rose
Not enough stats for you? Well here are Adjusted Worldwide Grosses On 30 Barbara Stanwyck Movies (in millions)
- Annie Oakley (1935) $62.70 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Baby Face (1933) $47.30 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Ball of Fire (1941) $256.30 million adjusted worldwide box office
- BF’s Daughter (1948) $105.40 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Blowing Wild (1953) $143.10 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Bride Walks Out, The (1936) $75.40 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Christmas in Connecticut (1945) $284.40 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Cry Wolf (1947) $165.40 million adjusted worldwide box office
- East Side, West Side (1949) $138.70 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Ever in My Heart (1933) $50.60 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Executive Suite (1954) $187.40 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Gambling Lady (1934) $68.80 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Gay Sisters, The (1942) $214.50 million adjusted worldwide box office
- His Brother’s Wife (1936) $186.40 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Illicit (1931) $65.30 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Jeopardy (1953) $69.30 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Ladies They Talk About (1933) $38.90 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Lost Lady, A (1934) $39.50 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Man With The Cloak, The (1951) $36.20 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Meet John Doe (1941) $232.40 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Moonlighter, The (1953) $40.50 million adjusted worldwide box office
- My Reputation (1946) $260.60 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Night Nurse (1931) $81.80 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Purchase Price, The (1932) $37.70 million adjusted worldwide box office
- So Big! (1932) $51.10 million adjusted worldwide box office
- These Wilder Years (1956) $38.00 million adjusted worldwide box office
- This Is My Affair (1937) $171.70 million adjusted worldwide box office
- To Please A Lady (1950) $146.40 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Two Mrs. Carrolls, The (1947) $219.10 million adjusted worldwide box office
- Woman in Red, The (1935) $43.40 million adjusted worldwide box office
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