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Claudette Colbert (1903-1996) was a French-born American actress, who the American Film Institute ranked as one of the Top 50 Screen Legends of all time. Colbert is ranked as the 12th best actress, right behind #11 Barbara Stanwyck and right before #13 Grace Kelly. One of our goals is to do a movie page on all 50 Screen Legends. After completing this page we have now written movie pages on 47 (or 94%) of those performers……leaving only 2 actresses and 1 actor that still need movie pages.
Her IMDb page shows 81 acting credits from 1927-1987. This page will rank 48 Claudette Colbert movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Many of her silent movies, her shorts and some “talkies between 1929 and 1933 were not included in the tables. The reason? Lack of finding box office grosses. Striking out on all 4 of her 1933 movies was extremely disappointing.
Claudette Colbert 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 Claudette Colbert movies by co-stars of her movies
- Sort Claudette Colbert movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost.
- Sort Claudette Colbert movies by yearly domestic box office rank or trivia
- Sort Claudette Colbert movies by how they were received by critics and audiences. 60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
- Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and Oscar® wins each Claudette Colbert movie received.
- Sort Claudette Colbert movies by Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score. UMR 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 table very interactive. For example…if you type in “Fred MacMurray” in the search box….the 7 MacMurrray/Colbert movies will pop right up.
- Blue Link in Co-Star column will take you to that star’s UMR movie page
|Rank||Movie (Year)||Co-Star||Adjusted Box Office - Domestic (Millions)||Yearly Box Office Rank or Trivia||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|It Happened One Night (1934)||Clark Gable||$190.70||Best Picture Oscar Winner||91.0%||05 / 05||92.33|
|Since You Went Away (1944)||Shirley Temple||$335.50||4th of 1944||73.5%||09 / 01||76.49|
|Cleopatra (1934)||Directed by Cecil B. DeMille||$202.00||Budget: $842,908||72.0%||05 / 01||70.44|
|So Proudly We Hail (1943)||Paulette Goddard||$240.90||12th of 1943||79.0%||04 / 00||69.73|
|Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)||Orson Welles||$208.30||30th of 1946||77.5%||00 / 00||67.42|
|Boom Town (1940)||Clark Gable & Spencer Tracy||$394.50||3rd of 1940||75.5%||02 / 00||67.28|
|Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)||Henry Fonda||$264.90||6th of 1939||74.5%||02 / 00||66.82|
|The Egg and I (1947)||Fred MacMurray||$338.70||8th of 1947||74.0%||01 / 00||66.18|
|Without Reservations (1946)||John Wayne||$179.00||43rd of 1946||70.3%||00 / 00||60.80|
|The Sign of the Cross (1932)||Charles Laughton & Directed by Cecil B. DeMille||$299.90||Budget: $694,064||62.0%||01 / 00||60.54|
|The Palm Beach Story (1942)||Joel McCrea||$141.20||49th of 1942||82.0%||00 / 00||60.43|
|Imitation of Life (1934)||Warren William||$108.60||8th of 1934||82.0%||03 / 00||59.57|
|The Secret Heart (1946)||Walter Pidgeon||$168.70||34th of 1947||64.0%||00 / 00||56.23|
|The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)||Maurice Chevalier||$115.80||10th of 1931||78.5%||01 / 00||55.24|
|Tovarich (1937)||Charles Boyer||$131.50||$108.70 million in worldwide box office||69.5%||00 / 00||53.04|
|Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)||Gary Cooper||$174.80||15th of 1938||53.0%||00 / 00||52.00|
|Parrish (1961)||Karl Malden||$136.70||19th of 1961||65.5%||00 / 00||51.97|
|Under Two Flags (1936)||Ronald Colman||$134.90||Budget: $1,500,000||64.0%||00 / 00||50.99|
|Midnight (1939)||Don Ameche||$68.00||48th of 1939||86.0%||00 / 00||50.96|
|Arise My Love (1940)||Ray Milland||$103.20||Her favorite of all her movies||68.0%||04 / 01||50.16|
|I Met Him In Paris (1937)||Melvyn Douglas & Robert Young||$130.00||43rd of 1937||62.0%||00 / 00||49.29|
|Practically Yours (1944)||Fred MacMurray||$123.80||5th of 7 Claudette/Fred MacMurray movies||63.5%||00 / 00||49.03|
|Family Honeymoon (1948)||Fred MacMurray||$122.00||34th of 1949||63.0%||00 / 00||48.52|
|Remember The Day (1941)||John Payne||$106.80||Directed by Henry King||68.0%||00 / 00||48.51|
|Three Came Home (1950)||Patric Knowles||$95.30||50th of 1950||71.0%||00 / 00||48.14|
|The Gilded Lily (1935)||Ray Milland & Fred MacMurray||$92.30||1st of 7 Colbert/MacMurray movies||71.5%||00 / 00||47.91|
|It's A Wonderful World (1939)||James Stewart||$65.00||90th of 1939||75.3%||00 / 00||45.48|
|The Bride Comes Home (1935)||Fred MacMurray & Robert Young||$97.80||2nd of 7 Fred/Claudette movies||64.0%||00 / 00||45.24|
|No Time For Love (1943)||Fred MacMurray||$80.30||4th of 7 Claudette/Fred movies||65.5%||00 / 00||43.23|
|She Married Her Boss (1935)||Melvyn Douglas||$82.40||Loaned to Columbia||61.5%||00 / 00||41.67|
|The Big Pond (1930)||Maurice Chevalier||$99.30||Chevalier got Oscar nom for role||55.0%||01 / 00||41.64|
|Bride For Sale (1949)||Robert Young||$76.80||66th of 1949||63.0%||00 / 00||41.51|
|Sleep My Love (1948)||Robert Cummings & Don Ameche||$50.90||Directed by Douglas Sirk||71.0%||00 / 00||41.26|
|Skylark (1941)||Ray Milland||$50.90||Movie earned Best Sound Oscar||67.0%||01 / 00||39.78|
|Zaza (1938)||Herbert Marshall & Bert Lahr||$54.90||One of director George Cukor's few flops||64.0%||00 / 00||38.59|
|Private Worlds (1935)||Charles Boyer & Joel McCrea||$53.40||$63.20 million in worldwide box office||49.5%||00 / 00||37.54|
|The Secret Fury (1950)||Robert Ryan||$42.70||$50.60 million in worldwide box office||65.5%||00 / 00||37.40|
|Let's Make It Legal (1951)||Marilyn Monroe||$60.20||103rd of 1951||59.5%||00 / 00||37.29|
|Thunder on the Hill (1951)||Ann Blyth||$34.80||Directed by Douglas Sirk||67.5%||00 / 00||37.11|
|Guest Wife (1945)||Don Ameche||$68.80||Also known as What Every Woman Wants||54.0%||01 / 00||36.44|
|Maid of Salem (1937)||Fred MacMurray||$94.00||Lost a ton of money||46.5%||00 / 00||36.43|
|His Woman (1931)||Gary Cooper||$52.90||1st of 2 Cooper/Colbert movies||58.0%||00 / 00||35.46|
|Four Frightened People (1933)||Directed by Cecil B. DeMille||$51.80||$509,600 Budget||56.5%||00 / 00||34.59|
|For The Love of Mike (1927)||Directed by Frank Capra||$29.60||Capra & Colbert did not get along during filming||60.0%||00 / 00||32.79|
|Daughters of Destiny (1954)||Michel Piccoli||$4.20||Limited release in USA||57.5%||00 / 00||27.67|
|Outpost in Malaya (1952)||Jack Hawkins||$5.30||Also known as The Planter's Wife||50.0%||00 / 00||24.32|
|Texas Lady (1955)||Barry Sullivan||$17.40||Her 1st & last western role||42.0%||00 / 00||22.44|
|Royal Affairs in Versailies (1954)||Orson Welles||$6.60||Limited release in North America||40.0%||00 / 00||19.82|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Claudette Colbert Table
- Twenty-three Claudette Colbert movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 47.91% of her movies listed. Boom Town (1940) was her biggest box office hit.
- An average Claudette Colbert movie grosses $119.94 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 36 of Claudette Colbert’s movies are rated as good movies…or 75.00% of her movies. It Happened One Night (1934) was her highest rated movie while Royal Affairs in Versailies (1954) was her lowest rated movie.
- Fourteen Claudette Colbert movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 29.16% of her movies.
- Four Claudette Colbert movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 8.33% of her movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 40.00. 33 Claudette Colbert movies scored higher that average….or 68.75% of her movies. It Happened One Night (1934) got the the highest UMR Movie Score while Royal Affairs in Versailies (1954) got the lowest UMR Movie Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Claudette Colbert
1. Claudette Colbert was born Emilie Claudette Chauchoin on September 13, 1903, in Saint Mandé, France. Colbert was her maternal grandmother’s maiden name.
2. Claudette Colbert’s It Happened One Night (1934) won five major Academy Awards®: Best Picture, Best Actor (Clark Gable), Best Actress (Colbert), Best Director (Frank Capra) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Robert Riskin). Only two other movies have accomplished this Oscar® sweep….those two movies are 1975’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and 1991’s Silence of the Lambs.
3. Claudette Colbert and Frank Capra. Colbert’s 1st ever movie was 1927’s For The Love Of Mike. During the filming Colbert and Capra did not get along at all. After the completion of filming, Colbert told one and all, “I shall never make another film”. When Paramount loaned her out to film Capra’s It Happened One Night…she was not happy at all. The other star,Clark Gable, was not happy either (he had his own reasons). Then Gable and Colbert did not get along during filming. Well…..somehow all of that unhappiness resulted in the 166th best film of all-time (according to IMDb.com).
4. Claudette Colbert was married two times. Her first marriage was to actor, Norman Foster, from 1928 to 1935. Her second marriage was to Dr. Joel Pressman from 1935 until his death in 1968. She did not have any children.
5. Most shots of Claudette Colbert in her films were of her left profile. She considered her left side to be her best and only rarely allowed full face or right profile shots; an injury to her nose had created a bump on the right. Once an entire set had to be rebuilt so she would not have to show her right side, resulting in some cameramen calling the right side of her face “the dark side of the moon”.
6. Claudette Colbert was nominated for 3 Best Actress Oscars®. She won for 1934’s It Happened One Night. Her other nominations were for 1935’s Private Worlds and 1944’s Since You Went Away.
7. Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray appeared in seven movies together: The Gilded Lily (1935), The Bride Comes Home (1935), Maid of Salem (1937), No Time for Love (1943), Practically Yours (1944), The Egg and I (1947) and Family Honeymoon (1948).
8. Claudette Colbert was voted a Top 10 Box Office Star 3 times: She was 6th in 1935, 8th in 1936 and 9th in 1947.
9. Claudette Colbert had 14 movies that crossed the $100 million adjusted domestic box office mark. That ties her for 8th place when looking at all of the actresses that are in our database. Her movies grossed over $4.21 billion in adjusted domestic box office.
10. Check out Claudette Colbert’s movie career compared to current and classic stars on our Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time page.
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