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 45 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.
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  • 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.
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RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdj. B.O. Domestic (mil)Box Office Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)Clark Gable$286.501st of 193586.00%08 / 0186.22
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)Marlene Dietrich & Tyrone Power$163.4015th of 195891.00%06 / 0078.50
Spartacus (1960)Kirk Douglas$387.503rd of 196088.00%06 / 0478.41
Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (1939)Maureen O'Hara$180.6018th of 193983.50%02 / 0068.03
Private Life of Henry VIII, The (1933)Robert Donat$89.0019th of 193379.00%02 / 0165.33
Tales of Manhatten (1942)Henry Fonda & Rita Hayworth$207.6019th of 194273.00%00 / 0065.31
Les Miserables (1935)Frederic March$119.9014th of 193581.50%04 / 0061.48
Sign of the Cross, The (1932)Claudette Colbert & Directed by Cecil B. DeMille$299.901st of 193262.00%01 / 0060.54
Salome (1953)Rita Hayworth$202.2012th of 195359.50%00 / 0058.96
If I Had A Million (1932)Gary Cooper$138.409th of 193277.00%00 / 0057.64
Barretts of Wimpole Street, The (1934)Norma Shearer$131.705th of 193471.00%02 / 0057.58
Suspect, The (1944)Ella Raines$141.0061st of 194474.00%00 / 0056.64
Canterville Ghost, The (1944)Robert Young$148.3057th of 194471.50%00 / 0056.59
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)Mary Boland$100.4034th of 193579.50%01 / 0056.32
Big Clock, The (1948)Ray Milland & Maureen O''''Sullivan$110.9063rd of 194881.00%00 / 0055.26
Stand By For Action (1942)Walter Brennan$167.2028th of 194259.00%01 / 0054.05
This Land Is Mine (1943)Maureen O'Hara$112.4078th of 194373.00%01 / 0152.73
It Started With Eve (1941)Deanna Durbin$87.4072nd of 194182.00%01 / 0052.49
Blue Veil, The (1951)Natalie Wood & Jane Wyman$106.0032nd of 195172.50%02 / 0051.30
Paradine Case, The (1947)Gregory Peck & Directed by Alfred Hitchcock$135.5053rd of 194862.00%01 / 0050.54
Jamaica Inn (1939)Maureen O'Hara & Directed by Alfred Hitchcock$151.0025th of 193953.50%00 / 0048.54
Advise & Consent (1962)Henry Fonda$64.2045th of 196280.00%00 / 0047.55
Island of Lost Souls, The (1932)Bela Lugosi$62.4045th of 193278.50%00 / 0046.56
Because of Him (1946)Deanna Durbin$84.6080th of 194671.00%00 / 0046.48
Night of the Hunter, The (1955)Robert Mitchum$13.90156th of 195590.00%00 / 0044.45
Hobson's Choice (1954)David Niven$31.40110th of 195483.50%00 / 0044.11
Sidewalks of London (1938)Vivien Leigh$68.7089th of 193869.50%00 / 0043.31
Bribe, The (1949)Ava Gardner$84.9082nd of 194959.50%00 / 0041.12
Forever And A Day (1943)Ray Milland & Claude Rains$70.3091st of 194364.00%00 / 0040.98
Young Bess (1953)Stewart Granger & Deborah Kerr$70.0065th of 195362.00%02 / 0040.79
Under Ten Flags (1960)Van Heflin$34.9079th of 196073.00%00 / 0039.72
Abbott & Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)Abbott & Costello$85.2056th of 195356.00%00 / 0039.53
Captain Kidd (1945)Randolph Scott$69.2069th of 194559.50%01 / 0039.09
Arch of Triumph (1948)Ingrid Bergman$94.3074th of 194852.00%00 / 0039.06
Rembrandt (1936)Elsa Lanchester$28.80117th of 193672.50%00 / 0038.53
Devil and the Deep (1932)Gary Cooper & Cary Grant$56.4042nd of 193262.00%00 / 0037.88
Beachcomber, The (1938)Elsa Lanchester$57.20103rd of 193861.00%00 / 0037.54
Payment Deferred (1932)Maureen O''''Sullivan & Ray Milland$18.5090th of 193272.00%00 / 0036.71
O'Henry's Full House (1952)Marilyn Monroe$42.60116th of 195264.00%00 / 0036.68
Tuttles of Tahiti, The (1942)Jon Hall$50.8080th of 194161.00%00 / 0036.54
Man on the Eiffel Tower, The (1949)Burgess Meredith$69.1093rd of 194954.00%00 / 0036.09
White Woman (1933)Carole Lombard$53.8049th of 193358.50%00 / 0035.83
They Knew What They Wanted (1940)Carole Lombard$49.60107th of 194056.50%01 / 0034.65
Man From Down Under, The (1943)Donna Reed$44.60105th of 194358.00%00 / 0034.17
Girl From Manhattan (1948)Dorothy Lamour$52.90114th of 194851.00%00 / 0032.17

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Charles Laughtonl Table

  1. Nineteen Charles Laughton movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 42.22% of his movies listed. Spartacus (1960) was his biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Charles Laughton movie grosses  $107.20 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  33 Charles Laughton movies are rated as good movies…or 73.33% of his movies.  Witness for the Prosecution (1957) is his highest rated movie while Girl From Manhattan (1948) is his lowest rated movie.
  4. Seventeen Charles Laughton movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 37.77% of his movies.
  5. Four Charles Laughton movie won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 8.88% of his movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00.  30 Charles Laughton movies scored higher that average….or 66.66% of his movies.   Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) got the the highest UMR Score while Girl From Manhattan (1948) got the lowest UMR Score.
Charles Laughton in 1957's Witness For The Prosecution

Charles Laughton in 1957’s Witness For The Prosecution

Adjusted Worldwide Grosses on 12 Charles Laughton Movies

  1. Barretts of Wimpole Street, The (1934) $245.70 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  2. Bribe, The (1949) $135.90 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  3. Forever And A Day (1943) $156.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  4. Man From Down Under, The (1943) $85.60 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  5. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) $508.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  6. Payment Deferred (1932) $33.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  7. Stand By For Action (1942) $266.20 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  8. They Knew What They Wanted (1940) $73.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  9. Tuttles of Tahiti, The (1942) $73.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  10. Under Ten Flags (1960) $53.10 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  11. White Woman (1933) $54.00 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  12. Young Bess (1953) $183.00 million in adjusted worldwide gross

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103 thoughts on “Charles Laughton Movies

  1. HI STEVE

    Maybe like Burl Ives and Charles Bickford in The Big Country some day John & I will; simply have to draw matters to a close by shooting it out in a canyon and that like Chuck and Greg you and Bruce will be obliged to be mere onlookers [despite talks of referees and peacemakers] .. I am sure though that for John any ultimate disappointment about finding me on this site was more than compensated for by discovering a movie buff’s gold mine like the Work Horse.

    HEALTH CLARIFICATION I don’t really want to shoot John so please, please regard my comments above as just another joke. I have no interest in being another Dillinger though if I were I like to think I would have a better taste in acressses

    1. Bob

      What makes you think I am disappointed in any way. I enjoy our debates. I have only one minor criticism. You occasionally point out some of my personality flaws(“lecturing” “patronizing” “no sense of humor”), As I am a nasty, crabby, curdled, miserable old grouch, and everyone knows it, it seems to me these comments are superfluous.

      1. HI JOHN

        1 To be honest I never thought of you as a Stalin [or Staleen as Cornel Wilde called him in the 1952 movie Operation Secret]. but rather as a Spencer Tracy who seemed to enjoy rows with just about everybody but Katherine Hepburn and Van Johnson [and please accept this a sweeping generalisations and don’t don’t feel the need to correct me that he also liked Robert Wagner].

        2 However you do depart from Old Cantankerous in at least one respect in that he absolutely detested Mr Mumbles whereas you have been more balanced in that respect.

        1. Bob

          My wife informs me her vote is for Stalin. She knows me much better than you do. She says Tracy was way too affable.

  2. Steve

    This reminds me of something I recently read. I can’t be certain of the source, but I think it was David Halberstram’s The Best and the Brightest. It was about Averill Harriman and Joseph Stalin. It would be difficult to find two men more different in background and politics than this American billionaire and this old Bolshevik. Harriman had run our aid program to the Soviet Union early in WWII and was from 1943 to 1946 our ambassador. Another American, I think it was George Kennan, accompanied Harriman to a meeting with Stalin late in the war in 1945. Kennan was horrified as Stalin and Harriman got into a heated argument, shouting at each other. He tried to calm things down but they ignored him. Later, when alone with Kennan, Harriman told him not to worry. That is the way he and Stalin always were together and that Stalin enjoyed someone talking back to him. None of the Russians ever did. (I wonder why?)

    As my wife can assure everyone, I share a lot of personality traits with ol’ Uncle Joe. And I also enjoy someone disagreeing with me and the ensuing exchanges.

      1. Hey John….I would fix your error but upstairs I do not have access to the edit function of the website. That is downstairs and currently that seems a long way away…..lol.

  3. Hey Bob and John. Your comments are very passionate and heated. In the wonderful world of movies…..different opinions can be found everywhere. That is what makes movies so awesome. If somebody wants to claim Hugh Grant is the greatest actor of the last 30 years….they can make that claim….I might not agree with it…but I respect that person’s opinion.

    So with regards to the latest rounds of comments….normally (though not much in this comment…yet) my comments are with a dash of sarcasm. I know sarcasm does not translate well online…but I tend to do it pretty often. Each person that comments here brings a different viewpoint….and that makes it very interesting.

    So if John and I think Myrna Loy was a bigger star than Bob thinks…then it’s ok.

    If Bob and Flora think Gregory Peck was one of the best actors ever….then it’s ok.

    If Steve Lensman thinks Forrest Gump is the greatest movie ever made…then it’s ok.

    If WoC thinks The American President is the greatest movie ever made….then it’s ok.

    Because in the end…..it is just their/my/your opinion…..and no matter how much you think the other person is wrong…..in their view they are right no matter how many stats/references you can come up with.

    So in a nutshell…..as Heath Ledger’s Joker said…..”Why so serious?”

    I look forward to reading more movie history that both of you share in the future.

    1. Cogerson

      This discussion is not nearly as intractable as some of these international problems in the news these days. And I think hot and heavy debates get the rust off the old mental gears. They serve a purpose and I don’t take what folks say that seriously. Anyway, hope it provided light as well as heat.

      1. Hey John…I understand completely. I see the humor in the comments…just not sure everybody does. Which kind of ruins the joke when you have to explain it….lol. You are right there are plenty of real world problems going on…..versus the debate of the greatness or non greatness of Myrna Loy. Thanks for the clarification.

    2. We need a referee here. If you guys were on my movie forum a moderator would have turned up and tried to calm things down a tad, in case things get out of hand, if it did his next post would have included a final warning in large capitalised letters It happened to me a few times. 🙂

      For the record I like Myrna Loy and Gregory Peck, I’m not a fan of Forrest Gump or Hugh Grant and I haven’t seen The American President.

        1. I will will will ! (eventually)

          I know Bruce is a huge fan of that movie, I always mix it up with the Kevin Kline film Dave, which I have seen, and enjoyed.

          1. Hey Steve….actually it is WoC that is the big American President fan….I think it is good and recommend it….but rarely do I put the movie on….then again WoC watches it 3 or 4 times a year so I do not have to go and get the movie….lol.

      1. Hey Steve….changing your tune on Forrest Gump?…..I remember when it was challenging Ben-Hur for your number one spot…lol. As for a referee I think the opponents have stepped back and are raking a deep breathe. But I am sure they will be ready to go again in the future….:)

    3. HI BRUCE

      I think that you have a skill that I’ve often envied in a friend of mine called Barry who is also an
      academic lecturer [and I take it I’m right in assuming what you are?] in that you can contradict or even put people ‘in their place’ without being over-offensive or pushing someone into a corner and yet leaving a loud and clear message. It mus be a wonderful knack to have.

      1. Bob, when John was reviewing my videos at IMDB I told him about Bruce’s website and that there was a regular visitor named Bob who, like him, was very knowledgable about ooold Hollywood movies. I thought you two, being veteran movie buffs, would get along splendidly, instead you’re always at loggerheads (now there’s a word!) and rarely in agreement on anything. Oh well.

        1. Hey Steve…they (John and Bob) might rarely agree….but they do offer up lots of solid unformation to back up their points. Thanks for telling John about us.

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