Cary Grant Movies

Cary Grant in 1965's Father Goose

Cary Grant in 1965’s Father Goose

Want to know the best Cary Grant movies?  How about the worst Cary Grant movies?  Curious about Cary Grant’s box office grosses or which Cary Grant movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Cary Grant movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place.

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 and Audrey Hepburn in 1963's Charade.

Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in 1963’s Charade.

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.

  • Sort Cary Grant movies by co-stars of his movies.
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  • Sort Cary Grant movies by domestic yearly box office rank or trivia
  • Sort Cary Grant movies 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 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.
  • Use the sort and search buttons to make this a very interactive table.
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdjusted B.O. Domestic (mil)Box Office Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
North by Northwest (1959)James Mason & Directed by Alfred Hitchcock$269.108th of 195993.00%03 / 0075.91
Philadelphia Story, The (1940)Katharine Hepburn & James Stewart$204.204th of 194191.00%06 / 0280.37
Notorious (1946)Ingrid Bergman & Directed by Alfred Hitchcock$315.708th of 194690.00%02 / 0074.10
Holiday (1938)Katharine Hepburn$96.7056th of 193889.00%01 / 0057.22
Bringing Up Baby (1938)Katharine Hepburn & Directed by Howard Hawks$101.3052nd of 193888.67%00 / 0057.37
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)Peter Lorre & Directed by Frank Capra$241.0018th of 194487.67%00 / 0072.20
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)Rita Hayworth & Directed by Howard Hawks$144.5034th of 193985.00%02 / 0063.15
To Catch A Thief (1955)Grace Kelly & Directed by Alfred Hitchcock$208.4020th of 195584.67%03 / 0172.59
Charade (1963)Audrey Hepburn & Walter Matthau$183.804th of 196483.50%01 / 0069.38
Talk of the Town, The (1942)Ronald Colman & Jean Arthur$91.4090th of 194283.25%07 / 0059.10
Awful Truth, The (1937)Irene Dunne$137.8036th of 193782.25%06 / 0166.02
Gunga Din (1939)Joan Fontaine & Douglas Fairbanks Jr.$242.308th of 193980.67%01 / 0069.31
Suspicion (1941)Joan Fontaine & Directed by Alfred Hitchcock$155.4033rd of 194280.25%03 / 0166.61
Indiscreet (1958)Ingrid Bergman$144.5016th of 195879.67%00 / 0061.71
Topper (1937)Roland Young$145.9027th of 193779.50%02 / 0060.77
His Girl Friday (1940)Rosalind Russell & Directed by Howard Hawks$153.2015th of 194078.67%00 / 0060.72
My Favorite Wife (1940)Irene Dunne & Randolph Scott$124.9029th of 194078.33%03 / 0057.38
Bishop's Wife, The (1947)David Niven & Loretta Young$213.1021st of 194878.33%05 / 0172.67
Operation Petticoat (1959)Tony Curtis$374.204th of 196077.33%01 / 0069.00
Grass is Greener, The (1960)Robert Mitchum & Deborah Kerr$104.7035th of 196177.33%00 / 0054.45
I'm No Angel (1933)Mae West$240.903rd of 193377.00%00 / 0067.19
Penny Serenade (1941)Irene Dunne$97.1065th of 194177.00%01 / 0057.64
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)Myrna Loy$152.5028th of 194875.50%00 / 0059.12
Affair To Remember, An (1957)Deborah Kerr$165.6017th of 195775.00%04 / 0062.52
Monkey Business (1952)Ginger Rogers & Marilyn Monroe$85.2047th of 195275.00%00 / 0048.46
She Done Him Wrong (1933)Mae West$230.406th of 193375.00%01 / 0069.65
People Will Talk (1951)Jeanne Crain$101.2038th of 195174.50%00 / 0050.71
Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, The (1947)Shirley Temple & Myrna Loy$301.7013th of 194773.00%01 / 0166.31
Father Goose (1964)Leslie Caron & Trevor Howard$153.708th of 196572.75%03 / 0159.81
Walk Don't Run (1966)Samantha Eggar & Jim Hutton$76.6023rd of 196671.00%00 / 0045.24
In Name Only (1939)Carole Lombard$111.5049th of 193971.00%00 / 0050.65
Room For One More (1952)Betsy Drake$101.0022nd of 195270.50%00 / 0048.80
Blonde Venus (1932)Marlene Dietrich$52.0050th of 193270.00%00 / 0040.96
I Was a Male War Bride (1949)Directed by Howard Hawks$223.303rd of 194970.00%00 / 0063.90
That Touch of Mink (1962)Doris Day$273.005th of 196269.33%03 / 0066.04
Sylvia Scarlett (1935)Katharine Hepburn$32.2088th of 193568.33%00 / 0037.11
Mr. Lucky (1943)Laraine Day$222.4010th of 194368.00%00 / 0062.96
Alice in Wonderland (1933)Gary Cooper$54.6041st of 193368.00%00 / 0040.42
Eagle And The Hawk, The (1933)Carole Lombard & Fredric March$75.9026th of 193367.00%00 / 0043.25
Crisis (1950)Jose Ferrer$44.70134th of 195066.50%00 / 0038.19
Destination Tokyo (1943)John Garfield$262.8013th of 194366.00%01 / 0062.42
Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)Ginger Rogers$149.9010th of 194265.00%01 / 0054.18
Houseboat (1958)Sophia Loren$140.5018th of 195864.33%02 / 0052.82
Big Brown Eyes (1936)Joan Bennett & Walter Pidgeon$40.4097th of 193664.00%00 / 0036.34
When You're in Love (1937)Grace Moore$81.10109th of 193762.50%00 / 0041.95
Devil and the Deep (1932)Gary Cooper & Charles Laughton$56.4042nd of 193262.00%00 / 0037.88
Wedding Present (1936)Joan Bennett$51.3093rd of 193661.50%00 / 0036.85
Wings in the Dark (1935)Myrna Loy$61.7052nd of 193561.50%00 / 0038.46
Every Girl Should Get Married (1948)Franchot Tone$158.1021st of 194961.50%00 / 0053.41
Suzy (1936)Jean Harlow$158.8020th of 193659.50%01 / 0052.97
Once Upon a Time (1944)Jeannie Thompson$27.80106th of 194459.00%00 / 0032.04
None but the Lonely Heart (1944)Ethel Barrymore$113.5077th of 194458.00%04 / 0151.55
Enter Madame! (1935)Elissa Landi$25.90101st of 193557.00%00 / 0030.80
Ladies Should Listen (1934)Edward Everett Horton$30.30106th of 193457.00%00 / 0031.49
Toast of New York, The (1937)Edward Arnold$109.7056th of 193757.00%00 / 0043.79
Howards of Virginia, The (1940)Martha Scott$33.10108th of 194053.50%02 / 0031.07
Dream Wife (1953)Deborah Kerr$51.6074th of 195352.50%01 / 0033.07
Sinners in the Sun (1932)Carole Lombard$44.3065th of 193252.00%00 / 0031.31
Kiss Them For Me (1957)Jayne Mansfield$55.9052nd of 195751.00%00 / 0032.63
Night and Day (1946)Alexis Smith$260.4017th of 194649.67%00 / 0054.34
Born To Be Bad (1934)Loretta Young$34.90101st of 193443.00%00 / 0025.62
Pride and the Passion, The (1957)Frank Sinatra & Sophia Loren$150.507th of 195739.50%00 / 0041.89
Last Outpost, The (1935)Claude Rains$40.4077th of 193532.50%00 / 0021.53


Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in 1955's To Catch A Thief

Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in 1955’s To Catch A Thief

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’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).

Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in The Philadelphia Story (1940)

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

67c47ca87efd161407f941275ce01c98Cary 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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86 thoughts on “Cary Grant Movies

  1. BRUCE

    The following item which appeared recently in thee English Daily Mail contains a link-up between one of your idols and two of mine that even Dan seems to have missed.

    “In the fifties and sixties Marlon Brando was the quintessential American romantic symbol. Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, Edith Piaf and Jackie Kennedy were among those females whom he dated but he was also selective and turned down Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Crawford and Sophia Loren

    By his own confession, he also had close friendships with male superstars as he confirmed in 1976. On that list of those who were his closest companions were Cary Grant, Rock Hudson, James Dean and Laurence Olivier.

    He rationalised his serious friendships among both genders by saying they all wanted to be close to him and as a humanitarian it would have been unfair for him to discriminate in favour of one gender.”

  2. Hello Cogerson,

    guess by now that Cary is your fav classic actor 🙂
    Almost the same here, but he has to share the spotlight with Monty Clift and- to a lesser degree, Jimmy Stewart (like him in Comedy and Drama, but I am not a Western Buff). I have seen 48 of the above listed movies, plus Madame Butterfly, Thirty Day Princess (strange how Sylvia Sidney keeps popping up in my posts!) and the short Singapore Sue. With a Body of Work spanning Decades, it is hard to name Favorites, but at the Top of my list you will certainly find North by Northwest, Charade, Holiday,In Name only, Arsenic and old Lace, Notorious, The Bishops Wife, Penny Serenade and Bringing Up Baby. Seems like I’ll have to find a way to watch Father Goose, not only was it a boxoffice winner, but it seems quite popular here.

    1. Hey Lupino…..well of the movies listed…we are tied….but you pull ahead of me with the ones not listed…as I have not seen any of those movies. Cary Grant is the reason I like classic movies….one half viewing of Bringing Up Baby roped me in forever. Yep…I see you are mentioning Ms. Sidney again….one day there will be an UMR page on her.

      I think the only one you mentioned that you liked that I thought was ok was Penny Serenade….it is a cute movie….but not one I watch repeatedly like the other ones. I think you will enjoy Father Goose….his character is a blast to watch…and he and Leslie Caron have some wonderful moments in the movie. Thanks for stopping by and talking Cary Grant….that is always fun.

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