Doris Day Movies

Doris Day in 1959's Pillow Talk

Doris Day in 1959’s Pillow Talk

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

Every April 3rd, my wife and Doris Day (1922-) share birthdays (with Marlon Brando and Eddie Murphy as well). Doris Day will turned 91 this year and she is still going strong… is my wife. Doris Day began her career as a big band singer in 1939.  Her popularity began to rise after her first hit recording, Sentimental Journey in 1945.  Four years later, Day started her movie career with the movie Romance on the High Seas.  She would become one of the biggest movies stars of all time.

Her IMDb page shows 41 acting credits from 1948-1973.  This page will rank 39 Doris Day movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Her television appearances were not were not included in the rankings.

James Cagney and Doris Day in 1955's Love Me or Leave Me

James Cagney and Doris Day in 1955’s Love Me or Leave Me

Doris Day Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In The Following Table

The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort by Doris Day’s co-stars of her movies.
  • Sort Doris Day movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort Doris Day movies by box office rank by year
  • Sort Doris Day 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 Doris Day movie received.
  • Sort Doris Day 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 (mil)Box Office Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Pillow Talk (1959)Rock Hudson & Tony Randall$312.304th of 195983.67%05 / 0179.29
Lover Come Back (1961)Rock Hudson$276.704th of 196279.00%01 / 0068.53
Man Who Knew Too Much, The (1956)James Stewart & Directed by Alfred Hitchcock$179.5018th of 195681.67%01 / 0167.20
That Touch of Mink (1962)Cary Grant$273.005th of 196269.33%03 / 0064.79
Love Me or Leave Me (1955)James Cagney$186.9023rd of 195569.67%06 / 0164.71
Move Over Darling (1963)James Garner$170.806th of 196469.67%00 / 0060.46
Please Don't Eat the Daises (1960)David Niven$185.3012th of 196066.00%00 / 0059.74
Thrill Of It All, The (1963)James Garner$154.0013th of 196373.33%00 / 0058.34
On Moonlight Bay (1951)Gordon MacRae$131.9021st of 195178.00%00 / 0057.10
Young at Heart (1954)Frank Sinatra$130.9046th of 195576.67%00 / 0056.32
Midnight Lace (1960)Myrna Loy & Rex Harrison$122.2026th of 196171.50%01 / 0054.19
Pajama Game, The (1957)John Raitt$115.3034th of 195775.00%00 / 0053.12
Calamity Jane (1953)Howard Keel$106.4023rd of 195573.00%03 / 0152.60
Teacher's Pet (1958)Clark Gable$108.4030th of 195873.33%02 / 0052.07
Send Me No Flowers (1964)Rock Hudson$115.3018th of 196472.00%00 / 0051.71
Romance on the High Seas (1948)Jack Carson$122.0062nd of 194863.33%02 / 0049.48
Tea for Two (1950)Gordon MacRae$116.5027th of 195065.33%00 / 0048.77
I'll See You in My Dreams (1951)Danny Thomas$117.5017th of 195259.33%00 / 0046.72
Lullaby of Broadway (1951)Gene Nelson$101.3031st of 195165.33%00 / 0046.41
West Point Story, The (1950)James Cagney$107.7058th of 195161.33%01 / 0045.92
By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)Gordon MacRae$80.3046th of 195370.33%00 / 0045.51
Young Man With A Horn (1950)Kirk Douglas$82.3077th of 195069.67%00 / 0045.50
My Dream Is Yours (1949)Jack Carson$108.6067th of 194960.33%00 / 0045.19
April in Paris (1952)Ray Bolger$117.1024th of 195357.33%00 / 0045.10
Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)Jimmy Durante$80.3037th of 196361.00%01 / 0042.77
Glass Bottom Boat, The (1966)Rod Taylor$88.2020th of 196661.67%00 / 0042.65
It's A Great Feeling (1949)Jack Carson$112.1040th of 194951.00%01 / 0041.75
With Six You Get Eggroll (1968)Brian Keith$91.9030th of 196858.33%00 / 0041.66
Do Not Disturb (1965)Rod Taylor$86.0029th of 196658.67%00 / 0040.90
Storm Warning (1951)Ginger Rogers & Ronald Reagan$60.20105th of 195166.33%00 / 0040.51
Winning Team, The (1952)Ronald Reagan$61.2064th of 195263.33%00 / 0039.26
Tunnel of Love, The (1958)Richard Widmark$70.3052nd of 195856.67%00 / 0038.78
It Happened To Jane (1959)Jack Lemmon$68.2053rd of 195960.00%00 / 0038.77
Lucky Me (1954)Robert Cummings$85.2069th of 195453.00%00 / 0038.12
Starlift (1951)Gordon MacRae$81.7051st of 195153.00%00 / 0037.57
Julie (1956)Louis Jordan$62.0075th of 195754.67%02 / 0036.10
Caprice (1967)Richard Harris$34.8049th of 196754.00%00 / 0030.77
Ballad of Josie (1967)Peter Graves$9.20Not in Top 8262.00%00 / 0030.57
Where Were You When The Lights Went Out (1968)Robert Morse$64.4033rd of 196841.67%00 / 0029.56

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Doris Day Table

  1. Twenty-three Doris Day movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 58.97% of her movies listed. Pillow Talk (1959) was her biggest hit.
  2. An average Doris Day movie grossed $117.40 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using’s 60% fresh meter.  28 of Doris Day’s movies are rated as good movies…or 71.79% of her movies.  Pillow Talk (1959) was her highest rated movie while Caprice (1967) was her lowest rated movie.
  4. Thirteen Doris Day movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 33.33% of her movies.
  5. Four Doris Day movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 10.25% of her movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00.  30 Doris Day movies scored higher that average…. or 76.92% of her movies.  Pillow Talk (1959) got the the highest UMR Score while Where Were You When The Lights Went Out (1968) got the lowest UMR Score.
Doris Day and James Stewart in 1956's The Man Who Knew Too Much

Doris Day and James Stewart in 1956’s The Man Who Knew Too Much

Possibly Interesting Facts About Doris Day

1.  Doris Day (1924-) was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio.

2.  At the suggestion of orchestra leader, Barney Rapp, she adopted the stage surname Day.  He got Day from the fact that he admired her rendition of the song “Day After Day”.

3.  During the location filming of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), when she saw how camels, goats and other “animal extras” in a marketplace scene were being treated.  From that day she began her lifelong commitment to preventing animal abuse.

4.  Doris Day was nominated for one acting Oscar® nomination…1959’s Pillow Talk.

5.  Doris Day was nominated for five acting Golden Globe® nominations…1958’s The Tunnel of Love, 1959’s Pillow Talk, 1960’s Midnight Lace, 1962’s Billy Rose’s Jumbo and 1963’s Move Over Darling.

6.  During the peak of her movie career (1959-1964), she was named the number one movie star…. four times.

7.  Doris Day has often said Calamity Jane (1953) as her personal favorite of the 39 films she appeared in.

8.  Doris Day briefly dated Ronald Reagan.

9.  Doris Day was the first choice to play Mrs. Robinson in 1967’s The Graduate.

10  Doris Day She has two Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. One for music career and one for movie career.

Not enough Doris Day stats?  Well….how about adjusted worldwide box office grosses on 22 of her movies?

  • April in Paris (1952) $152.10 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962) $128.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) $112.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • Calamity Jane (1953) $159.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • I’ll See You in My Dreams (1951) $153.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • It’s A Great Feeling (1949) $147.10 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • Julie (1956) $114.00 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • Love Me or Leave Me (1955) $260.90 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • Lucky Me (1954) $131.20 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • Lullaby of Broadway (1951) $148.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • My Dream Is Yours (1949) $148.60 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • On Moonlight Bay (1951) $179.90 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • The Pajama Game (1957) $171.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • Please Don’t Eat the Daises (1960) $252.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • Romance on the High Seas (1948) $178.00 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • Starlift (1951) $111.70 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • Tea for Two (1950) $183.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • Teacher’s Pet (1958) $149.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • The Tunnel of Love (1958) $108.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • The West Point Story (1950) $144.70 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • Winning Team, The (1952) $68.20 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  • Young Man With A Horn (1950) $117.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
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152 thoughts on “Doris Day Movies

  1. So Frau von Kappelhoff has turned 95 yesterday- Happy belated birthday to Doris Day! She has been extremely popular here in Germany, and to this day her movies are shown on TV. Thus, I have managed to see all but one of the above listed, but I own that one (Billy Roses Jumbo) and will see it one day. My favorite Day movies are By the Light of the Silvery Moon, On Moonlight Bay, Storm Warning, Young Man with a Horn, The Thrill of it all, That Touch of Mink, The Man Who Knew Too Much and the final Version of Monroe’s Something’s got to Give, Move over, Darling. Doris Day had an outstanding career at the boxoffice, personally I dislike the repetitiveness of some of her comedies after Pillow Talk, I wish she would have explored her dramatic talents for more variety in her pictures. But, like Streisand, she played it save most of the time. Yet, Storm Warning, Young Man with a Horn and her film for Hitch are proof that there would have been other possibilities for her. Not that I didn’t enjoy a lot of her comedies as my favorites show 🙂

  2. Cogerson

    Just came across an article on-line that a reporter has found Doris Day’s birth certificate and she was born on April 3, 1922, and so will be 95 tomorrow. Apparently Ms. Day was never actually certain herself of her birth year. Anyway, happy birthday Doris.

    1. Hey John….yep that story is all over the internet. Gotta be confusing to her. But on the bright side….she does not have to wait 7 years to reach the 100 club….in the blink of an eye she is down to 5 years.

  3. BRUCE:
    1 I am pleased that we now have a comprehensive table of DORIS DAY’S WW grosses based on the figures in the Warner Bros ledgers and including 6 global figures for movies that she made for other companies. The big surprise was seeing a WW stat for Teacher’s Pet as it was a Paramount movie and their WW figures are usually hard to locate. The average split of the 22 Day WW grosses is 70.5% domestic and 29.5 % foreign.

    2 It is also most unusual to find global stats for CARY GRANT movies and the new table of 27 WW grosses on Cary’s page is greatly illuminating in terms of his overall career and the average split is 68.3% domestic and 31.7% foreign. It should be remembered though that the foreign ratio is based on a larger than normal combined overall gross for 27 movies and if the same ratio was applied across his 63 films his adjusted overall domestic gross of around $8.6 billion would become approx $12. 6 billion [a very high average of $200 mil per movie WW] globally which would have been excellent in the marketplace in which he competed.

    3 Grand effort by you in also producing an extended table of 29 WW grosses for OLIVIA DeHAVILLAND and the GWTW global figure is indeed a rarity. The various reruns of that monster make its adjusted earnings so tricky to calculate that the few sources who make an effort at all will not go beyond an adjusted domestic figure for the movie – so Guns Up on this one Bruce. When GWTW is included the average split of the 29 is 61.7 %domestic/38.3% foreign and when the epic is excluded the split of the other 28 is 64.3% domestic/35.7% overseas. An added bonus for me is the Alan Ladd WW gross for the Proud Rebel.


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