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I would say my favorite three actors of all-time are Sir Michael Caine, Mr. Bruce Willis, and Archibald Leach….better known as Cary Grant (1904-1986). I discovered Cary Grant when I was in high school. During a sick day, I was stuck at home and bored out of my mind while watching television. As I flipped through the channels I came across a black and white movie. Back then I extremely disliked black and white movies. But I started to watch the movie that was on television. It took about 5 minutes before I realized I was enjoying the movie and another 45 minutes to realize I needed to see the beginning of the movie. That movie was called Bringing Up Baby and it opened the wonderful doors of Cary Grant movies.
Cary Grant made 72 movies from 1932-1966. When I wrote the page the first time I was able to find all the required information on 50 of the movies. Since then I have found box office information on 13 more of his movies for a total of 58. I will continue to search for the remaining 9 movies which were all made before 1934. In the table below Ultimate Movie Rankings ranks 63 of his movies in 5 different sortable columns. Television roles, cameos, shorts and straight to DVD movies were not included in the rankings.
I have seen 48 of the 63 movies listed in the following tables. So I figure I would add my personal Top Ten Cary Grant movies…..located at the bottom of the page
Cary Grant 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.
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- Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Cary Grant movie received.
- Sort Cary Grant 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 B.O. Domestic (mil)||Box Office Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|North by Northwest (1959)||James Mason & Directed by Alfred Hitchcock||$269.10||8th of 1959||93.00%||03 / 00||75.91|
|Philadelphia Story, The (1940)||Katharine Hepburn & James Stewart||$204.20||4th of 1941||91.00%||06 / 02||80.37|
|Notorious (1946)||Ingrid Bergman & Directed by Alfred Hitchcock||$315.70||8th of 1946||90.00%||02 / 00||74.10|
|Holiday (1938)||Katharine Hepburn||$96.70||56th of 1938||89.00%||01 / 00||57.22|
|Bringing Up Baby (1938)||Katharine Hepburn & Directed by Howard Hawks||$101.30||52nd of 1938||88.67%||00 / 00||57.37|
|Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)||Peter Lorre & Directed by Frank Capra||$241.00||18th of 1944||87.67%||00 / 00||72.20|
|Only Angels Have Wings (1939)||Rita Hayworth & Directed by Howard Hawks||$144.50||34th of 1939||85.00%||02 / 00||63.15|
|To Catch A Thief (1955)||Grace Kelly & Directed by Alfred Hitchcock||$208.40||20th of 1955||84.67%||03 / 01||72.59|
|Charade (1963)||Audrey Hepburn & Walter Matthau||$183.80||4th of 1964||83.50%||01 / 00||69.38|
|Talk of the Town, The (1942)||Ronald Colman & Jean Arthur||$91.40||90th of 1942||83.25%||07 / 00||59.10|
|Awful Truth, The (1937)||Irene Dunne||$137.80||36th of 1937||82.25%||06 / 01||66.02|
|Gunga Din (1939)||Joan Fontaine & Douglas Fairbanks Jr.||$242.30||8th of 1939||80.67%||01 / 00||69.31|
|Suspicion (1941)||Joan Fontaine & Directed by Alfred Hitchcock||$155.40||33rd of 1942||80.25%||03 / 01||66.61|
|Indiscreet (1958)||Ingrid Bergman||$144.50||16th of 1958||79.67%||00 / 00||61.71|
|Topper (1937)||Roland Young||$145.90||27th of 1937||79.50%||02 / 00||60.77|
|His Girl Friday (1940)||Rosalind Russell & Directed by Howard Hawks||$153.20||15th of 1940||78.67%||00 / 00||60.72|
|My Favorite Wife (1940)||Irene Dunne & Randolph Scott||$124.90||29th of 1940||78.33%||03 / 00||57.38|
|Bishop's Wife, The (1947)||David Niven & Loretta Young||$213.10||21st of 1948||78.33%||05 / 01||72.67|
|Operation Petticoat (1959)||Tony Curtis||$374.20||4th of 1960||77.33%||01 / 00||69.00|
|Grass is Greener, The (1960)||Robert Mitchum & Deborah Kerr||$104.70||35th of 1961||77.33%||00 / 00||54.45|
|I'm No Angel (1933)||Mae West||$240.90||3rd of 1933||77.00%||00 / 00||67.19|
|Penny Serenade (1941)||Irene Dunne||$97.10||65th of 1941||77.00%||01 / 00||57.64|
|Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)||Myrna Loy||$152.50||28th of 1948||75.50%||00 / 00||59.12|
|Affair To Remember, An (1957)||Deborah Kerr||$165.60||17th of 1957||75.00%||04 / 00||62.52|
|Monkey Business (1952)||Ginger Rogers & Marilyn Monroe||$85.20||47th of 1952||75.00%||00 / 00||48.46|
|She Done Him Wrong (1933)||Mae West||$230.40||6th of 1933||75.00%||01 / 00||69.65|
|People Will Talk (1951)||Jeanne Crain||$101.20||38th of 1951||74.50%||00 / 00||50.71|
|Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, The (1947)||Shirley Temple & Myrna Loy||$301.70||13th of 1947||73.00%||01 / 01||66.31|
|Father Goose (1964)||Leslie Caron & Trevor Howard||$153.70||8th of 1965||72.75%||03 / 01||59.81|
|Walk Don't Run (1966)||Samantha Eggar & Jim Hutton||$76.60||23rd of 1966||71.00%||00 / 00||45.24|
|In Name Only (1939)||Carole Lombard||$111.50||49th of 1939||71.00%||00 / 00||50.65|
|Room For One More (1952)||Betsy Drake||$101.00||22nd of 1952||70.50%||00 / 00||48.80|
|Blonde Venus (1932)||Marlene Dietrich||$52.00||50th of 1932||70.00%||00 / 00||40.96|
|I Was a Male War Bride (1949)||Directed by Howard Hawks||$223.30||3rd of 1949||70.00%||00 / 00||63.90|
|That Touch of Mink (1962)||Doris Day||$273.00||5th of 1962||69.33%||03 / 00||66.04|
|Sylvia Scarlett (1935)||Katharine Hepburn||$32.20||88th of 1935||68.33%||00 / 00||37.11|
|Mr. Lucky (1943)||Laraine Day||$222.40||10th of 1943||68.00%||00 / 00||62.96|
|Alice in Wonderland (1933)||Gary Cooper||$54.60||41st of 1933||68.00%||00 / 00||40.42|
|Eagle And The Hawk, The (1933)||Carole Lombard & Fredric March||$75.90||26th of 1933||67.00%||00 / 00||43.25|
|Crisis (1950)||Jose Ferrer||$44.70||134th of 1950||66.50%||00 / 00||38.19|
|Destination Tokyo (1943)||John Garfield||$262.80||13th of 1943||66.00%||01 / 00||62.42|
|Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)||Ginger Rogers||$149.90||10th of 1942||65.00%||01 / 00||54.18|
|Houseboat (1958)||Sophia Loren||$140.50||18th of 1958||64.33%||02 / 00||52.82|
|Big Brown Eyes (1936)||Joan Bennett & Walter Pidgeon||$40.40||97th of 1936||64.00%||00 / 00||36.34|
|When You're in Love (1937)||Grace Moore||$81.10||109th of 1937||62.50%||00 / 00||41.95|
|Devil and the Deep (1932)||Gary Cooper & Charles Laughton||$56.40||42nd of 1932||62.00%||00 / 00||37.88|
|Wedding Present (1936)||Joan Bennett||$51.30||93rd of 1936||61.50%||00 / 00||36.85|
|Wings in the Dark (1935)||Myrna Loy||$61.70||52nd of 1935||61.50%||00 / 00||38.46|
|Every Girl Should Get Married (1948)||Franchot Tone||$158.10||21st of 1949||61.50%||00 / 00||53.41|
|Suzy (1936)||Jean Harlow||$158.80||20th of 1936||59.50%||01 / 00||52.97|
|Once Upon a Time (1944)||Jeannie Thompson||$27.80||106th of 1944||59.00%||00 / 00||32.04|
|None but the Lonely Heart (1944)||Ethel Barrymore||$113.50||77th of 1944||58.00%||04 / 01||51.55|
|Enter Madame! (1935)||Elissa Landi||$25.90||101st of 1935||57.00%||00 / 00||30.80|
|Ladies Should Listen (1934)||Edward Everett Horton||$30.30||106th of 1934||57.00%||00 / 00||31.49|
|Toast of New York, The (1937)||Edward Arnold||$109.70||56th of 1937||57.00%||00 / 00||43.79|
|Howards of Virginia, The (1940)||Martha Scott||$33.10||108th of 1940||53.50%||02 / 00||31.07|
|Dream Wife (1953)||Deborah Kerr||$51.60||74th of 1953||52.50%||01 / 00||33.07|
|Sinners in the Sun (1932)||Carole Lombard||$44.30||65th of 1932||52.00%||00 / 00||31.31|
|Kiss Them For Me (1957)||Jayne Mansfield||$55.90||52nd of 1957||51.00%||00 / 00||32.63|
|Night and Day (1946)||Alexis Smith||$260.40||17th of 1946||49.67%||00 / 00||54.34|
|Born To Be Bad (1934)||Loretta Young||$34.90||101st of 1934||43.00%||00 / 00||25.62|
|Pride and the Passion, The (1957)||Frank Sinatra & Sophia Loren||$150.50||7th of 1957||39.50%||00 / 00||41.89|
|Last Outpost, The (1935)||Claude Rains||$40.40||77th of 1935||32.50%||00 / 00||21.53|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Cary Grant Table
1. 39 of Cary Grant’s movies crossed the magical $100 million mark. That is a percentage of 61.90% of his movies listed. His top box office hit was Operation Petticoat (1959).
2. An average Cary Grant movie grosses $136.30 million in adjusted box office gross.
3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 49 of Cary Grant’s movies are rated as good movies…or 77.77% of his movies. His highest rated movie is 1959’s North by Northwest. His lowest rated movie is The Last Outpost (1935).
4. 28 of Cary Grant’s movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 44.44% of his movies.
5. 8 of Cary Grant’s movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 12.63% of his movies.
6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 48 of Cary Grant’s movies scored higher that average….or 76.19% of his movies. The Philadelphia Story (1940) got the highest UMR Score. Born To Be Bad (1934) got the lowest UMR Score.
7. Cary Grant starred in 6 movies that were nominated for a Best Picture Oscar® nomination. She Done Him Wrong (1933), The Awful Truth (1937), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Suspicion (1941), The Talk Of The Town (1942), and The Bishop’s Wife (1947).
Not enough Cary Grant stats? Well how about adjusted worldwide box office grosses on 27 Cary Grant movies?
- Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) $406.00 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947) $384.70 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Big Brown Eyes (1936) $54.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- The Bishop’s Wife (1947) $284.10 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Born To Be Bad (1934) $43.90 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Bringing Up Baby (1938) $158.30 Crisis (1950) $69.70 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Destination Tokyo (1943) $367.80 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Dream Wife (1953) $80.60 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Every Girl Should Get Married (1948) $195.10 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Gunga Din (1939) $510.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- In Name Only (1939) $158.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) $197.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Mr. Lucky (1943) $291.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- My Favorite Wife (1940) $175.90 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Night and Day (1946) $418.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- None but the Lonely Heart (1944) $167.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- North by Northwest (1959) $433.10 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Notorious (1946) $465.70 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942) $209.90 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Penny Serenade (1941) $131.10 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- The Philadelphia Story (1940) $280.20 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Room For One More (1952) $147.00 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Suspicion (1941) $244.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Suzy (1936) $187.20 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- The Talk of the Town (1942) $126.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- The Toast of New York (1937) $135.70 million in adjusted worldwide gross
Cary Grant made many great movies….so picking a personal Top Ten for him is very very tough…but here goes my list in alphabetical order.
1. The Awful Truth (1937)….Cary Grant and Irene Dunne made a great screen couple, this was their first of three movies together. Grant is hilarious in the movie. Movie was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar® and won the director, Leo McCarey an Oscar® for Best Director.
2. Charade (1963)…..Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn team up in this almost Hitchcock like movie. Is Grant the good guy or the bad guy? A great supporting cast in James Coburn, George Kennedy and Walter Matthau.
3. Gunga Din (1939)…Gunga Din was one of my father’s favorite Cary Grant movies….so this story of soldiers in 19th century India makes my list….great action, great fun and a terrific ending.
4. Father Goose (1964)…Father Goose is a movie can I watch again and again. Grant is stuck on an island with a school teacher(Leslie Caron) and her 7 students(all girls) during World War II. Great lines throughout this movie.
5. His Girl Friday (1940)….one of the few times that Cary Grant got to be instigator of the comedy mayhem….versus being the one that had to react to all the craziness. A fast pace, fast talking comedy classic.
6. My Favorite Wife (1940)….his second movie with Irene Dunne and another classic. Dunne is assumed to have perished in a boat sinking seven years ago, she is rescued and returns home just as Grant remarries….and then the fun begins.
7. North by Northwest (1959) ….Grant’s fourth and final film with Alfred Hitchcock…. great scenes throughout the movie like the crop dusting plane, the auction scene and of course the Mount Rushmore finale.
8. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)….one of his lesser known classics from the great movie year of 1939…Howard Hawks directed this story about pilots that risk their lives flying in South America…a great supporting cast of Rita Hayworth, Jean Arthur and Thomas Mitchell.
9. The Philadelphia Story (1940)….Grant and Katharine Hepburn made 4 movies together…this by far is their best movie together….and yet James Stewart is the one that won the Oscar® for this movie…..this movie gets better every year.
10. To Catch A Thief (1955)…Grant thought his movie career was over….and then Hitchcock talked him out of semi-retirement to play a cat burglar nicknamed “The Cat”. This movie gives you a Cary Grant and Grace Kelly falling in love on screen and off screen…direction by the great Alfred Hitchcock….with the French Riviera as a backdrop…what more could you want?
Other great movies that just missed my Top Ten cut….Notorious, Operation Petticoat, Arsenic and Old Lace, An Affair To Remember and Bringing Up Baby.
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