Deborah Kerr Movies

kerr 11111Want to know the best Deborah Kerr movies?  How about the worst Deborah Kerr movies?  Curious about Deborah Kerr box office grosses or which Deborah Kerr movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Deborah Kerr movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which ones got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place…. because we have all of that information and much more.

Deborah Kerr (1921-2007) was a 6-time Oscar® nominated Scottish film, theatre and television actress.  Her IMDb page shows 53 acting credits from 1940-1986. This page will rank 38 Deborah Kerr movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information.  Television roles and 6 of early British films were not included in the rankings.

Drivel part of the page:  After really struggling with our last two movie pages (Top 50 Stars 1950-2010)…we were happy to see Lyle’s request for a Deborah Kerr page. Why you ask? A quick look in our database showed we already had 26 of her movies ready to go.  That would leave about 10 movies to research….which is actually a very manageable amount of movies.  In other words…..it was going to be easy to do…..and it moved up to the top of the request list.  So without any further delay…please check out one of the most underrated actress of all-time….Deborah Kerr.

Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant in 1957's An Affair To Remember

Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant in 1957’s An Affair To Remember

Deborah Kerr 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 Deborah Kerr movies by co-stars of her movies
  • Sort Deborah Kerr movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost.
  • Sort Deborah Kerr movies by yearly domestic box office rank or trivia
  • Sort Deborah Kerr 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 Deborah Kerr movie received.
  • Sort Deborah Kerr movies by Ultimate Movie Ranking (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 table very interactive.  For example…if you type in “David Niven” in the search box….the 4 Niven/Kerr movies will pop right up.
  • *** = Kerr Best Actress Oscar® nominated performance
RankMovie (Year)Links to Co-Stars UMR PageAdjusted B.O. Domestic (mils.)Domestic Box Office Rank By YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
From Here to Eternity (1953) ***Burt Lancaster & Frank Sinatra$519.402nd of 195381.5%13 / 0884.55
The King and I (1956) ***Yul Brynner$372.202nd of 195677.0%09 / 0584.29
Quo Vadis (1951)Robert Taylor & Peter Ustinov$536.802nd of 195275.0%08 / 0072.33
Heaven Knows Mr. Allison (1957) ***Robert Mitchum$180.6013th of 195780.0%02 / 0070.89
King Solomon's Mines (1950)Stewart Granger$253.303rd of 195071.0%03 / 0269.02
Separate Tables (1958) ***Burt Lancaster & David Niven$124.4025th of 195980.0%07 / 0268.26
The Hucksters (1947)Clark Gable & Ava Gardner$223.8012th of 194779.0%00 / 0068.13
The Sundowners (1960) ***Robert Mitchum$132.6023rd of 196175.5%05 / 0064.78
An Affair To Remember (1957)Cary Grant$165.6017th of 195775.0%04 / 0062.52
Julius Caesar (1953)Marlon Brando & James Mason$86.0024th of 195382.0%05 / 0156.72
The Proud and Profane (1956)William Holden$170.8020th of 195662.5%02 / 0056.65
The Night of the Iguana (1964)Richard Burton & Directed by John Huston$111.2015th of 196473.5%04 / 0154.60
The Grass is Greener (1960)Cary Grant & Robert Mitchum$104.7035th of 196177.3%00 / 0053.20
Black Narcissus (1947)Flora Robson & Jean Simmons$55.4091st of 194785.0%02 / 0250.54
Tea and Sympathy (1956)John Kerr$93.9050th of 195674.5%00 / 0049.57
Casino Royale (1966)Woody Allen & David Niven$172.003rd of 196742.0%01 / 0046.80
The Chalk Garden (1964)Hayley Mills & Dame Edith Evans$82.0027th of 196469.5%01 / 0045.77
The Innocents (1961)Peter Wyngarde$39.1064th of 196283.0%00 / 0045.07
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)Roger Livesey & Anton Walbrook$35.00112th of 194284.0%00 / 0044.90
The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)Stewart Granger & James Mason$88.5048th of 195366.0%00 / 0044.74
Thunder In The East (1951)Alan Ladd$96.3060th of 195363.0%00 / 0044.54
The Journey (1959)Ron Howard$51.2064th of 195972.5%00 / 0042.01
Edward My Son (1949) ***Spencer Tracy & Directed by George Cukor$69.00121st of 194956.0%01 / 0041.92
Young Bess (1953)Charles Laughton & Stewart Granger$70.0065th of 195362.0%02 / 0040.79
Prudence and the Pill (1968)David Niven$82.7025th of 196857.0%00 / 0039.61
Bonjour Tristesse (1958)David Niven$33.1094th of 195873.0%00 / 0039.44
Vacation From Marriage (1945)Robert Donat$35.30113th of 194567.0%01 / 0137.96
Marriage on the Rocks (1965)Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra$61.4035th of 196558.0%00 / 0036.78
The Arrangement (1969)Kirk Douglas & Directed by Elia Kazan$67.8024th of 196952.0%00 / 0034.95
The End of The Affair (1955)Van Johnson$28.90103rd of 195564.0%00 / 0034.56
If Winter Comes (1948)Walter Pidgeon & Angela Lansbury$61.80109th of 194853.0%00 / 0034.49
Dream Wife (1953)Cary Grant$51.6074th of 195352.5%01 / 0033.07
Eye of the Devil (1966)David Niven & Donald Pleasance$10.10Unknown64.0%00 / 0031.65
The Naked Edge (1960)Gary Cooper & Peter Cushing$73.3043rd of 196143.0%00 / 0031.57
Please Believe Me (1950)Robert Walker$29.10137th of 195056.0%00 / 0030.83
Beloved Infidel (1959)Gregory Peck$30.9093rd of 195954.7%00 / 0030.48
The Assam Garden (1985)Alec McCowen$0.20Not in Top 30060.5%00 / 0028.47
The Gypsy Moths (1969)Burt Lancaster & Gene Hackman$9.3072nd of 196955.0%00 / 0027.29
Count Your Blessings (1959)Maurice Chevalier$32.5091st of 195945.0%00 / 0026.19

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Deborah Kerr Table

  1. Thirteen Deborah Kerr movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 34.21% of her movies listed. Quo Vadis (1951) was her biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Deborah Kerr movie grosses $115.00 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  27 of Deborah Kerr’s movies are rated as good movies…or 71.10% of her movies.  Black Narcissus (1947) was her highest rated movie while Casino Royale (1966) was her lowest rated movie.
  4. Eighteen Deborah Kerr movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 47.36% of her movies.
  5. Eight Deborah Kerr movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 21.05% of her movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 40.00.  24 Deborah Kerr movies scored higher that average….or 63.15% of her movies. From Here to Eternity (1953) got the the highest UMR Movie Score while Count Your Blessings (1959) got the lowest UMR Movie Score.
Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner in 1956's The King And I

Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner in 1956’s The King And I

Possibly Interesting Facts About Deborah Kerr

1. Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1921.

2. Deborah Kerr holds the record for most Best Actress Oscar® nominations without winning.  She was nominated 6 times.

3. Deborah Kerr is one of 4 Scottish actors to receive an acting Oscar® nomination. The other three?  Mary Ure, Tom Conti and Sean Connery.  Connery is the only one to win one.

4. Deborah Kerr did receive an Honorary Oscar® in 1994. For being “An artist of impeccable grace and beauty, a dedicated actress whose motion picture career has always stood for perfection, discipline and elegance.”

5.  7 Deborah Kerr movies received a Best Picture Oscar® nomination:  1950’s King Solomon’s Mines, 1951’s Quo Vadis, 1953’s From Here To Eternity, 1953’s Julius Caesar, 1956’s The King and I, 1958’s Separate Tables, & 1960’s The Sundowners.

6.  Deborah Kerr was married two times.  She had two children and three grandchildren.

7.  Deborah Kerr replaced Joan Crawford in 1953’s From Here To Eternity.  She replaced Maureen O’Hara in 1956’s The King And I.  She really wanted the Katharine Hepburn role in The African Queen….but MGM thought it was similar to her role in King Solomon’s Mines..and would not let her take the role.

8.  Deborah Kerr’s An Affair To Remember (1957) was voted the 5th greatest romance of all time by the American Film Institute.

9.  Our favorite quote on Deborah Kerr comes from William Wyler….” I still think of Audrey Hepburn as the princess but Deborah Kerr as the queen”.

10.  Critical rating scores for the 6 early Deborah Kerr British movies:  1941’s Major Barbara 68.5%, 1941’s Love on the Dole 67.0%, 1942’s The Avengers 58.0%, 1942’s Courageous Mr. Penn 57.5%, 1942’s A.J. Cronin’s Hatter’s Castle 61.0% & 1946’s I See A Dark Stranger 64.5%.

10A.  Deborah Kerr’s cumulative totals:  Adjusted domestic box office:  $4.37 billion.  Her movies received 71 Oscar® nominations….winning 22 Oscars®.

Check out Deborah Kerr’s movie career compared to current and classic stars on our Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time page.

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64 thoughts on “Deborah Kerr Movies

  1. 1 Your posters for Eye of the Devil, Bonjour Tristesse, Heaven Knows Mr Allison and Quo Vadis particularly caught my eye but your entire range of marvellous posters demonstrates that from 1947 until 1969 in terms of co-stars Deborah went through virtually the entire ‘Who’s Who’ of Hollywood’s greatest male stars of those days working with 16 of them at different times starting with the King in the Hucksters, thru Golden, Sinatra, Dino and Burton in the 1960s and ending with Kirk Douglas in The Arrangement. I admired the still of Debs/Granger and the closing one of Deborah solo – unbeatable stuff from you nowadays !

    2 Bruce and you are reunited in being unanimous in your Top 5 and I was pleased to see that included was The Innocents (1961) as it and Psycho were the only films that were so good that they ever really seriously frightened me Here Dan could enjoy some dot-joining. Deborah who as I have said worked with almost every Hollywood Great of her day claimed that the only other star to whom she ever wrote a personal fan letter was Marlon Brando (when he was working on Sayonara) and in 1971 Brando made The Nightcomers which was a very inferior ‘prequel’ to The Innocents with Marlon as the evil Peter Quint who had been played better in my view by the very excellent (French born of British parents) Peter Wyngarde in Deb’s version.

    3 Moreover your fellow countryman Michael Winner directed The Nightcomers and years later Winner who during his career directed the likes of Burt Lancaster, James Stewart, Big Bob Mitchum, Olly Reed and Charles Bronson said that The Nightrcomers was the only film where he had addressed one of his actors as “Sir.” [ ! Definitely 9/10 for your Kerr video !]

    4 Debs being from Scotland it always amused me that American critics and journalists would refer to the sweet and sophisticated young Kerr as “the perfect English rose.” Another example of “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” ? Bruce shows Deb with a career that amassed nearly $4.5 billion in adjusted domestic grosses which is good for just the 39 movies listed and which would of course have been higher had he not decided to reduce her Julius Caesar stat.

    1. Thanks Bob, appreciate the review and thanks for the trivia. Deb was very popular and respected, like you say she starred alongside so many famous Hollywood stars. Scanning Bruce’s chart I don’t see John Wayne listed, no movie with the most popular actor of them all?

      The Innocents is one of my favorite spooky movies, it can still send a shiver down the spine. I expected The King and I to do well but it missed the top 5, it’s probably her most popular film. When I think of Kerr (rhymes with ‘star’ thanks to one of the poster taglines) I nearly always picture her dancing with the King of Siam. The other iconic ‘Kerr’ moment – on the beach with Burt.

      I’m kind of glad her top two highest rated films were British. They top Bruce’s chart too. Black Narcissus is an astonishing film, the color photography is amazing and the climax is a shocker, the crazed nun looking like she’s possessed by the devil. I’ve posted frame captures from the film on my forum many times over the years.

      1. 1 I suppose even Debs couldn’t act with everybody but I would like to have seen her co-star with Tweedie and indeed I think the part of the heroine in his The Naked Jungle would have been ideal for her as the movie sought to contrast the sophistication of the leading lady with the ruggedness and even uncouthness of Christopher Lanniger whom Tweedie played.

        2 Deborah’s film I see a Dark Stranger which i think you included in your chart but which is not included in Bruce’s table was very popular in Belfast because of its Irish connection. It was called The Adventuress in the States but I preferred ‘our’ title ! Anyway thanks again for feedback.

        BOB

        1. Hey Bob….mmmmm….maybe I can figure out the grosses for I See A Dark Stranger….especially since I have discovered the Harrison Reports. I can’t imagine it did too well in the States….but good to know it was so popular in Belfast.

          I have only seen Julius Caesar once….so Brando and Kerr have no scenes together? I guess that is not surprising since Kerr and Greer Garson are barely in the movie.

          Good stuff.

      2. Hey Steve….you are right it seems strange that Kerr and Wayne did not make a movie together. Wayne was awesome with O’Hara (another redhead) while Mitchum (a Wayne like actor) and Kerr were awesome together. Too bad it never happened.

        Yep..I was equally surprised when The King and I did not crack my Top 5 either…..glad you like my top two picks. I just recently watched Colonel Blimp…a long but enjoyable movie.

        Good thoughts on Black Narcissus. As well as the rest of your comment…..it is greatly appreciated.

    2. Hey Bob….good comments on Deborah Kerr and Steve’s You Tube Video. You comments of the Kerr/Granger movies makes me think I need to get a Granger page done. Did I reduce the gross for Julius Caesar?….lol. Thanks for sharing your movie thoughts.

  2. WOW – You have certainly got LOTS of comments and I want to add mine too. I always thought she was a very good actress. I enjoyed her movies and she and Robert Mitchum played in a few movies which were very good as well. An Affair To Remember was so good with Cary Grant. Thanks so much for this one – great job as usual. Interesting about how many children and grandchildren she had too. THANK YOU,

    1. Hey BERN1960….good to see again. You have been slacking lately.,…but I forgive you. I agree she and Mitchum made a great screen team. Not surprised you brought up An Affair To Remember….I figured you have seen that movie many many times. Thanks for the visit and the comment.

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