Charlton Heston Movies

Of all the Charlton Heston movies none made more at the box office than 1956's The Ten Commandments

Of all the Charlton Heston movies none made more at the box office than 1956’s The Ten Commandments

Want to know the best Charlton Heston movies?  How about the worst Charlton Heston movies?  Curious about Charlton Heston’s box office grosses or which Charlton Heston movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Charlton Heston movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

Charlton Heston (October 4, 1923 – April 5, 2008) is known for his heroic roles in films such as 1961’s El Cid, 1956’s The Ten Commandments, 1968’s Planet of the Apes and 1959’s Ben-Hur, for which he won the Oscar® for Best Actor. At one point, Heston had starred in three of the top eight movies of all-time. Those movies were Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur and The Greatest Show on Earth. Heston remained a leading man from 1950 until the early 1980s. After that he started appearing in supporting roles in such movies as True Lies, Any Given Sunday and Tombstone.

His IMDb page shows 131 acting credits from 1941-2010. This page will rank 61 Charlton Heston movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in theaters were not included in the rankings.

Charlton Heston in 1959's Ben-Hur

Charlton Heston in 1959’s Ben-Hur

Charlton Heston 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 Charlton Heston movies by his co-stars
  • Sort Charlton Heston movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost.
  • Sort Charlton Heston movies by yearly box office rank
  • Sort Charlton Heston 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 Charlton Heston movie received.
  • Sort Charlton Heston 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.
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdjusted B.O. Domestic (mils.)Box Office Rank By YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Ben-Hur (1959)Stephen Boyd$842.401st of 196088.7%12 / 1193.42
The Ten Commandments (1956)Yul Brynner & Vincent Price$1122.601st of 195785.0%07 / 0177.85
Planet of the Apes (1968)Roddy McDowall$275.806th of 196884.5%02 / 0071.51
El Cid (1961)Sophia Loren$345.003rd of 196282.0%03 / 0071.36
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)James Stewart$513.801st of 195264.0%05 / 0269.28
The Big Country (1958)Gregory Peck & Directed by William Wyler$149.5011th of 195889.0%02 / 0166.40
True Lies (1994)Arnold Schwarzenegger$302.203rd of 199471.0%01 / 0064.77
The Three Musketeers: The Queen's Diamonds (1973)Oliver Reed$165.0015th of 197478.0%00 / 0062.86
Midway (1976)Henry Fonda & Robert Mitchum$259.206th of 197660.5%00 / 0059.44
Tombstone (1993)Kurt Russell$115.1021st of 199381.0%00 / 0055.66
Earthquake (1974)Ava Gardner$368.002nd of 197445.5%04 / 0155.20
The Naked Jungle (1954)Eleanor Parker$120.4047th of 195475.5%00 / 0054.14
The Four Muskateers: Milady's Revenge (1974)Michael York$119.7024th of 197574.0%01 / 0053.73
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)Rex Harrison$89.3022nd in 196679.5%05 / 0053.20
55 Days At Peking (1963)David Niven & Ava Gardner$140.0020th of 196362.5%02 / 0051.88
Airport 1975 (1974)Karen Black$315.905th of 197443.0%00 / 0051.21
The Buccaneer (1958)Yul Brynner & Directed by Anthony Quinn$128.5021st of 195965.5%01 / 0051.10
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)Claude Rains & Sidney Poitier$155.5011th of 196550.0%05 / 0049.60
Any Given Sunday (1999)Al Pacino & Dennis Quaid$125.8028th of 199957.5%00 / 0046.89
Cats & Dogs (2001)Alec Baldwin$139.3024th of 200153.0%00 / 0046.81
Touch of Evil (1958)Orson Welles & Marlene Dietrich$31.4085th of 195889.0%00 / 0046.70
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)Roddy McDowall$141.7012th of 197050.5%00 / 0045.70
Diamond Head (1962)Music by John Williams$144.5021st of 196249.5%00 / 0045.66
The Private War of Major Benson (1955)Julie Adams$97.3055th of 195563.0%01 / 0045.09
The President's Lady (1953)Susan Hayward$57.5090th of 195374.0%02 / 0044.49
Khartoum (1966)Laurence Olivier$45.1059th of 196678.5%01 / 0044.28
Ruby Gentry (1952)Jennifer Jones$74.5071st of 195268.0%00 / 0043.51
Wayne's World 2 (1993)Mike Myers & Christopher Walken$98.1029th of 199359.0%00 / 0043.44
Two-Minute Warning (1976)Beau Bridges$109.3034th of 197655.0%01 / 0043.19
Hamlet (1996)Jack Lemmon & Robin Williams$9.00165th of 199683.5%04 / 0042.24
Soylent Green (1973)Edward G. Robinson & Joseph Cotten$52.0037th of 197370.5%00 / 0041.20
Will Penny (1968)Bruce Dern & Lee Majors$33.1054th of 196876.5%00 / 0041.09
Major Dundee (1965)James Coburn & Directed by Sam Peckinpah$45.8049th of 196572.0%00 / 0040.94
The Pidgeon That Took Rome (1962)Elsa Marshall$53.0046th of 196263.5%01 / 0039.71
The Omega Man (1971)Anthony Zerbe$61.9032nd of 197162.5%00 / 0038.97
Lucy Gallant (1955)Jane Wyman$60.2093rd of 195562.0%00 / 0038.47
Julius Caesar (1950)Harold Tasker$1.50178th of 195079.5%00 / 0037.59
Secret of the Incas (1954)Robert Young$73.3093rd of 195455.5%00 / 0037.44
The Wreck of Mary Deare (1958)Gary Cooper$46.7073rd of 196063.5%00 / 0037.08
Skyjacked (1972)James Brolin$101.4015th of 197244.0%00 / 0036.40
Three Violent People (1956)Anne Baxter$52.6084th of 195756.0%00 / 0034.47
Dark City (1950)Lizabeth Scott$47.70116th of 195057.0%00 / 0034.18
The War Lord (1965)Richard Boone$21.3093rd of 196564.0%00 / 0033.38
The Savage (1952)Susan Morrow$27.70144th of 195261.0%00 / 0032.96
The Far Horizons (1955)Fred MacMurray$74.1078th of 195545.0%00 / 0032.64
Gray Lady Down (1978)David Carradine$25.0067th of 197860.0%00 / 0032.08
The Hawaiians (1970)Tina Chen$37.9046th of 197053.5%01 / 0031.41
Counterpoint (1967)Maximilian Schell$13.10114th of 196761.0%00 / 0030.70
Peer Gynt (1941)Betty Hanisee$2.40107th of 194164.5%00 / 0030.69
Number One (1969)Bruce Dern$17.0088th of 196959.0%00 / 0030.37
In the Mouth of Madness (1995)Sam Neill$17.30117th of 199558.5%00 / 0030.34
The Mountain Men (1980)Brian Keith$24.8085th of 198055.5%00 / 0029.92
Pony Express (1953)Rhonda Fleming$59.6087th of 195341.0%00 / 0028.51
Arrowhead (1953)Jack Palance$51.10110th of 195343.0%00 / 0028.13
The Last Hard Men (1976)James Coburn$9.60128th of 197656.0%00 / 0027.81
Crossed Swords (1977)Charlton Heston$27.6074th of 197850.0%00 / 0027.78
The Call of the Wild (1972)Maria Rohim$13.50151st of 197250.0%00 / 0025.59
The Awakening (1980)Susannah York$32.0070th of 198043.0%00 / 0025.17
Bad For Each Other (1953)Lizabeth Scott$46.80137th of 195338.0%00 / 0025.11
Alaska (1996)Thora Birch$22.60120th of 199636.5%00 / 0020.66
Town & Country (2001)Warren Beatty & Diane Keaton$10.00138th of 200128.5%00 / 0015.04

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Charlton Heston Table

  1. Twenty-three Charlton Heston movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 37.77% of his movies listed. The Ten Commandments (1956) was his biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Charlton Heston movie grosses $127.50 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  34 of Charlton Heston’s movies are rated as good movies…or 55.73% of his movies.  Touch of Evil (1958) is his highest rated movie while Town and Country (2001) was his lowest rated movie.
  4. Twenty Charlton Heston movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 32.78% of his movies.
  5. Five Charlton Heston’s movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 8.19% of his movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 39.86.  33 Charlton Heston movies scored higher that average….or 54.09% of his movies.  Ben-Hur (1959) got the the highest UMR Score while Town and Country (2001) got the lowest UMR Score.
Charlton Heston in 1968's Planet of the Apes

Charlton Heston in 1968’s Planet of the Apes

Possibly Interesting Facts About Charlton Heston

1. Charlton Heston was born John Charles Carter….Charlton’s name comes from his mom’s maiden name, Charlton, and his stepfather’s last name, Heston.

2. Charlton Heston turned down the role of “Police Chief Brody” in Jaws. Other movies he turned down over the years….John Wayne’s The Alamo, A Man For All Seasons, The Wild Bunch, The Omen, Deliverance and Stalag 17

3. Charlton Heston only received one Oscar® nomination in his acting career but he made it count as won the Oscar® for Ben-Hur…..luckily Burt Lancaster turned down the role.

4. Charlton Heston had two parts in The Ten Commandments……Moses and he provided the voice of God……years later he was hired by the F.B.I during the April 1993 Waco stand-off with cult leader David Koresh, to play the voice of God while communicating with him. However the plan was never used.

5. Charlton Heston played President Andrew Jackson twice in two separate unrelated films: The President’s Lady in 1953 and The Buccaneer in 1958.

6. Charlton Heston was also known for his political activism. In the 1950s and 1960s he was one of a handful of Hollywood actors to speak openly against racism and was an active supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. He was also president of the NRA from 1998 to 2003.

7. Charlton Heston was married to Lydia Clarke from 1944 until his death in 2008…they had two children.

8. In his 1985 autobiography “In The Arena” Charlton Heston wrote that 1972’s The Call of the Wild was easily his worst film, and hoped the public would never have to watch the film.

9. His line “Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!” from Planet of the Apes, is ranked by the American Film Institute as the 66th best movie quote of all-time.

10.  Two links from SteveLensman are highly recommended.  One is all about Ben-Hur and the other about all Charlton Heston movies.  Charlton Heston Movies

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