Doris Day Movies

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…..as 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.

  • Column one – the link will take you to that movie’s trailer
  • 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 (in millions)
  • Sort Doris Day movies by yearly domestic box office rank
  • 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.

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 RottenTomatoes.com’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. A “good movie”  Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 60.00.  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.

For one of the best Doris Day pages out there….check out The Magic of Doris Day.

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

  1. Love Me or Leave Me (1955) $267,674,708.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  2. Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960) $258,174,733.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  3. Tea for Two (1950) $188,034,522.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  4. On Moonlight Bay (1951) $184,368,574.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  5. Romance on the High Seas (1948) $183,527,958.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  6. The Pajama Game (1957) $176,486,477.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  7. Calamity Jane (1953) $164,131,570.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  8. I’ll See You in My Dreams (1951) $157,973,704.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  9. April in Paris (1952) $155,481,562.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  10. Teacher’s Pet (1958) $153,290,811.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  11. My Dream Is Yours (1949) $153,218,998.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  12. Lullaby of Broadway (1951) $152,487,130.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  13. It’s a Great Feeling (1949) $151,598,516.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  14. The West Point Story (1950) $148,800,595.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  15. Lucky Me (1954) $134,854,028.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  16. Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962) $131,809,522.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  17. Young Man with a Horn (1950) $119,555,343.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  18. Julie (1956) $116,831,165.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  19. By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) $115,464,395.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  20. Starlift (1951) $113,784,574.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  21. The Tunnel of Love (1958) $110,802,383.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
  22. The Winning Team (1952) $70,117,428.00 – adjusted worldwide gross
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    1. Hey Chris Miller…..well hopeful you have lots of time to see it before you go…….thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  1. I love all of Doris’ movies, and these are some of my favorites: Love Me or Leave Me, Pillow Talk, Send Me No Flowers, Lover Come Back, Move Over Darling, The Thrill of It All, Romance on the High Seas, That Touch of Mink, Do Not Disturb, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Midnight Lace, Julie and Calamity Jane. Pillow Talk is my absolute favorite.

    1. I like almost all of your favories Patricia, with the exception of That Touch of Mink….even though I like both Cary and Doris….never really enjoyed that one at all. Maybe I will see the light in my next viewing…lol.

  2. Hello, I just watched some of the trailers – among them “Julie”, Young Man With A Horn, and Love Me Or Leave Me, great seeing them – Julie has not been on TV on TCM but would love to see it again. Thanks for the entertainment – will watch more later on. Love Me Or Leave Me was on a couple of months ago and I watched it once again. Doris Day made some very good movies. She had some great leading men as well including ROCK HUDSON, right!!! THANK YOU.

    1. Hey Bern1960…..glad you are enjoying this latest update. I have really enjoyed adding the trailers. In some cases it is actually the first time I have seen any part of the movie…even though I have been aware of the title for a very long time. Julie is a great example of what I am talking about…..thanks the return visit.

  3. There is no such thing as a ‘bad’ Doris Day movie! All of her movies are entertaining, filled with great acting, and great talent. Doris Day could sing, dance, be silly, be comical, and be a damsel in danger and distress. Those of us who love her and have collected all of her films do so because we admire her talents and her always cheerful smile. Thank you, Doris Jenmary Day, for giving all of us unlimited hours of entertainment through the years. We all love you so much!

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