Charles Laughton Movies

Charles Laughton was an Oscar winning actor.

Charles Laughton was an Oscar winning actor.

Want to know the best Charles Laughton movies?  How about the worst Charles Laughton movies?  Curious about Charles Laughton’s box office grosses or which Charles Laughton movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Charles Laughton 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.

Charles Laughton (1899-1962) might have been the greatest character actor of all-time.  Laughton went from being a hotel clerk to studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to stage success on London stages to becoming an Oscar® winning actor in Hollywood.  Laughton starred in over 50 movies from 1929 to 1962.

His IMDb page shows 65 acting credits from 1928-1962. This page currently ranks 33 Charles Laughton movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies not released in North America were not included in the rankings.

Clark Gable and Charles Laughton in 1935's Mutiny On The Bounty

Clark Gable and Charles Laughton in 1935’s Mutiny On The Bounty

Charles Laughton 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 Charles Laughton movies by co-stars of his movies.
  • Sort Charles Laughton movies by actual domestic box office grosses
  • Sort Charles Laughton movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort Charles Laughton movies how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations each Charles Laughton movie received and how many Oscar® wins each Charles Laughton movie won.
  • Sort Charles Laughton 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.
RankMovie (Year)Co-StarsActual Box Office (Millions)Adjusted Domestic Box Office (Millions)Critic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUltimate Movie Rankings Score
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)Clark Gable$6.28$212.7086.0%08 / 0188.10
Spartacus (1960)Kirk Douglas$24.42$287.4088.0%06 / 0477.05
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)Marlene Dietrich & Tyrone Power$8.36$121.0091.0%06 / 0069.92
The Sign of the Cross (1932)Claudette Colbert & Directed by Cecil B. DeMillle$6.03$222.5062.0%01 / 0062.30
The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)Robert Donat$1.87$65.8079.0%02 / 0161.01
Tales of Manhatten (1942)Henry Fonda & Rita Hayworth$5.50$154.3073.0%00 / 0056.41
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)Maureen O'Hara$3.30$95.8083.5%02 / 0049.58
Salome (1953)Rita Hayworth$10.45$141.3059.5%00 / 0049.08
The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)Norma Shearer$2.77$97.4071.0%02 / 0048.53
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)Mary Boland$2.20$74.7084.5%01 / 0048.12
If I Had A Million (1932)Gary Cooper$2.78$102.3077.0%00 / 0047.41
The Big Clock (1948)Ray Milland & Maureen O'Sullivan$4.40$89.3081.0%00 / 0046.21
Stand By For Action (1942)Walter Brennan$4.43$124.2059.0%01 / 0046.09
This Land Is Mine (1943)Maureen O'Hara$3.08$83.6073.0%01 / 0143.87
The Paradine Case (1947)Gregory Peck & Directed by Alfred Hitchcoclk$4.84$106.4062.0%01 / 0043.58
The Blue Veil (1951)Natalie Wood & Jane Wyman$4.84$78.8072.5%02 / 0042.34
Advise & Consent (1962)Henry Fonda$4.40$47.9080.0%00 / 0037.58
The Island of Lost Souls (1933)Bela Lugosi$1.25$44.7078.5%00 / 0036.42
Jamaica Inn (1939)Maureen O'Hara & Directed by Alfred Hitchcock$2.76$80.4053.5%00 / 0034.80
Young Bess (1953)Stewart Granger & Deborah Kerr$4.07$55.2062.0%02 / 0033.94
Hobson's Choice (1954)David Niven$1.32$23.5083.5%00 / 0033.92
The Bribe (1949)Ava Gardner$3.43$65.0059.5%00 / 0033.82
The Night of the Hunter (1955) Director OnlyRobert Mitchum$0.66$10.6090.0%00 / 0033.62
Arch of Triumph (1948)Ingrid Bergman$3.74$76.3052.0%00 / 0033.46
Abbott & Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)Abbott & Costello$4.40$65.0056.0%00 / 0032.60
Captain Kidd (1945)Randolph Scott$2.21$52.8059.5%01 / 0031.98
Sidewalks of London (1938)Vivien Leigh$1.21$36.5069.5%00 / 0031.62
Under Ten Flags (1960)Van Heflin$2.20$26.0073.0%00 / 0030.75
Devil and the Deep (1932)Gary Cooper$1.13$42.2062.0%00 / 0030.14
O'Henry's Full House (1952)Marilyn Monroe$2.20$32.5064.0%00 / 0028.90
The Tuttles of Tahiti (1942)Jon Hall$1.35$37.4061.0%00 / 0028.83
Payment Deferred (1932)Maureen O'Sullivan & Ray Milland$0.37$13.8072.0%00 / 0027.96
They Knew What They Wanted (1940)Carole Lombard$1.27$36.5056.5%01 / 0027.67

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Charles Laughtonl Table

  1. Nine Charles Laughton movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 27.27% of his movies listed. Spartacus (1960) was his biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Charles Laughton movie grosses  $85.00 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  25 Charles Laughton movies are rated as good movies…or 75.75% of his movies.  Witness for the Prosecution (1957) is his highest rated movie while Arch of Triumph (1948) is his lowest rated movie.
  4. Fifteen Charles Laughton movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 45.45% of his movies.
  5. Four Charles Laughton movie won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 12.12% of his movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 39.86.  16 Charles Laughton movies scored higher that average….or 48.48% of his movies.   Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) got the the highest UMR Score while They Knew What They Wanted (1940) got the lowest UMR Score.
Charles Laughton in 1957's Witness For The Prosecution

Charles Laughton in 1957’s Witness For The Prosecution

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THIS PAGE IS NOT A COMPLETED PAGE.  JUST WANTED TO SHOW THE MOVIES IN OUR DATABASE THAT STARRED CHARLES LAUGHTON.  NOT SURE WHEN WE WILL FINISH THIS PAGE BUT UNTIL THEN, WE FIGURED THERE WAS NO GOOD REASON NOT TO SHARE WHAT WE DO HAVE.   WE CALL OUR WEBSITE ULTIMATE MOVIE RANKINGS BECAUSE WE TRY AND RANK EVERY MOVIE AN ACTOR OR ACTRESS MADE.  SINCE THIS IS ONLY SOME OF LAUGHTON’S MOVIES WE WILL JUST CALL THIS A CHARLES LAUGHTON MOVIE RANKING PAGE AND LEAVE OUT THE ULTIMATE!

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13 thoughts on “Charles Laughton Movies

    1. Hey Kevin….currently I do not The Canterville Ghost in my database…..but when I do an update on Laughton’s page (Which will be very soon)….I have secured more box office information that should allow me to include this movie.

      1. Hey Kevin….I did just do a quick look….and it looks The Canterville Ghost was a pretty good hit….rough estimate…..it earned about $1.7 million in rentals….which would be about $148 million (domestic)…comparing that to the top hits of 2016 that would be right around Trolls….which is currently the 16th biggest hit of the year.

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