Want to know the best Edward G. Robinson movies? How about the worst Edward G. Robinson movies? Curious about Edward G. Robinson ’s box office grosses or which Edward G. Robinson movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Edward G. Robinson movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.
Seems like I have been getting requests to do a Edward G. Robinson movie page for years. One of the reasons that I have not done a page on him is lack of box office information on many of his 1930s movies…which was the peak of his career. Well…about 4 months ago, I secured some of the Warner Brothers and MGM box office ledgers. Those ledgers contained many of Robinson’s movies from the 1930s…..so I am finally able to publish a Edward G. Robinson movie page.
Edward G. Robinson (1893-1973) is one of AFI’s (American Film Institute) Top 50 Greatest Screen Legends. When you read descriptions of Robinson you find words like: pug-faced, snarling, small, squat, robust and not handsome. So it is even more impressive that Robinson became one of the greatest movie stars ever. During his peak days, Robinson could walk on screen and dominate it despite lacking your typical Hollywood good looks.
His IMDb page shows 112 acting credits from 1916-1973. This page will rank 67 Edward G. Robinson movies from Best to Worst in five different sortable columns of information. Television appearances, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in North American theaters were not included in the rankings. There are another 14 Robinson movies that did not make the page. Those were his 9 movies made before 1931 and 5 movies made after he became a star. I can not find any box office information on those movies so they are not included in the table.
Edward G. Robinson Movies Can Be Ranked 5 Ways In This Table
The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.
- Sort Edward G. Robinson movies by co-stars of his movies
- Sort Edward G. Robinson movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
- Sort Edward G. Robinson movies by yearly domestic box office rank
- Sort Edward G. Robinson 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 Edward G. Robinson movie received.
- Sort Edward G. Robinson 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.
|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adjusted B.O. Domestic (mil)||Box Office Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|Double Indemnity (1944)||Barbara Stanwyck & Directed by Billy Wilder||$220.90||26th of 1944||92.00%||07 / 00||79.29|
|Key Largo (1948)||Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall||$183.00||18th of 1948||88.00%||01 / 01||70.72|
|Scarlet Street (1945)||Joan Bennett||$172.20||31st of 1945||87.50%||00 / 00||67.81|
|Woman in the Window, The (1944)||Joan Bennett||$170.80||38th of 1944||85.00%||01 / 00||66.82|
|Stranger, The (1946)||Orson Welles||$146.50||63rd of 1946||85.00%||01 / 00||63.06|
|Ten Commandments, The (1956)||Charlton Heston & Vincent Price||$1122.60||1st of 1957||85.00%||07 / 01||76.60|
|Little Caeser (1931)||Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.||$112.50||20th of 1931||83.00%||01 / 00||56.85|
|Five Star Final (1932)||Boris Karloff||$72.80||34th of 1932||82.50%||01 / 00||53.46|
|Whole Town's Talking, The (1935)||Directed by John Ford||$110.40||24th of 1935||81.00%||00 / 00||55.18|
|Sea Wolf, The (1941)||John Garfield||$120.10||48th of 1941||79.50%||01 / 00||56.38|
|Cincinati Kid, The (1965)||Steve McQueen & Ann-Margret||$80.40||36th of 1965||79.00%||00 / 00||49.59|
|All My Sons (1948)||Burt Lancaster||$61.00||119th of 1948||78.00%||00 / 00||46.12|
|House of Strangers (1949)||Susan Hayward||$108.90||47th of 1949||77.50%||00 / 00||53.30|
|Larceny, Inc. (1942)||Anthony Quinn||$60.20||115th of 1942||76.50%||00 / 00||45.29|
|Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)||Margaret O'Brien||$206.60||22nd of 1945||75.00%||00 / 00||66.25|
|Red House, The (1947)||Judith Anderson||$104.70||71st of 1947||74.50%||00 / 00||51.25|
|Two Weeks In Another Town (1962)||Kirk Douglas||$32.10||60th of 1962||74.50%||00 / 00||40.00|
|Slight Case of Murder, A (1938)||Jane Bryan||$91.40||61st of 1938||73.50%||00 / 00||48.71|
|Tales of Manhatten (1942)||Henry Fonda & Rita Hayworth||$207.60||19th of 1942||73.00%||00 / 00||65.31|
|Violent Men, The (1954)||Barbara Stanwyck & Glenn Ford||$102.10||64th of 1955||73.00%||00 / 00||50.14|
|Manpower (1941)||Marlene Dietrich & George Raft||$114.60||54th of 1941||72.50%||00 / 00||51.83|
|Dr. Erlich's Magic Bullet (1940)||Ruth Gordon||$55.70||85th of 1940||72.50%||01 / 00||43.10|
|Little Giant (1933)||Mary Astor||$39.60||67th of 1933||72.00%||00 / 00||39.98|
|Black Tuesday (1954)||Peter Graves||$33.10||56th of 1954||71.00%||00 / 00||38.50|
|Two Seconds (1932)||Guy Kibbee||$40.30||72nd of 1953||71.00%||00 / 00||39.62|
|Soylent Green (1973)||Charlton Heston||$52.00||37th of 1973||70.50%||00 / 00||41.20|
|Barbary Coast (1935)||Directed by Howard Hawks||$100.60||28th of 1935||70.00%||01 / 00||48.89|
|Night Has A Thousand Eyes (1948)||Gail Russell||$41.60||124th of 1948||69.50%||00 / 00||39.11|
|Prize, The (1963)||Paul Newman||$96.60||20th of 1964||67.00%||00 / 00||46.46|
|Good Neighbor Sam (1964)||Jack Lemmon||$126.80||21st of 1964||67.00%||00 / 00||51.14|
|Brother Orchid (1940)||Humphrey Bogart||$63.20||71st of 1940||66.50%||00 / 00||41.06|
|Bullets or Ballots (1936)||Humphrey Bogart||$81.60||68th of 1936||66.50%||00 / 00||43.91|
|Hole in the Head, A (1959)||Frank Sinatra & Thelma Ritter||$199.30||11th of 1959||66.50%||00 / 00||62.15|
|Dispatch From Reuter's, A (1940)||Eddie Albert||$43.00||98th of 1940||66.00%||00 / 00||37.68|
|Widow From Chicago, The (1930)||Alice White||$35.40||73rd of 1930||65.00%||00 / 00||36.04|
|Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, The (1938)||Humphrey Bogart & Directed by John Huston||$97.80||56th of 1938||65.00%||00 / 00||45.71|
|My Geisha (1962)||Shirley MacLaine||$16.10||104th of 1962||65.00%||01 / 00||33.45|
|Mr. Winkle Goes To War (1944)||Ruth Warrick||$27.60||99th of 1944||65.00%||00 / 00||34.83|
|Cheyenne Autumn (1964)||James Stewart & Richard Widmark||$83.30||28th of 1965||64.67%||01 / 00||43.70|
|Destroyer (1943)||Glenn Ford||$104.40||75th of 1943||64.50%||00 / 00||46.50|
|Blackmail (1939)||Ruth Hussey||$51.60||100th of 1939||64.50%||00 / 00||38.32|
|I Am The Law (1938)||Otto Kruger||$94.50||60th of 1938||64.50%||00 / 00||44.97|
|Tight Spot (1955)||Ginger Rogers & Brian Keith||$30.80||120th of 1955||64.50%||00 / 00||35.09|
|Kid Galahad (1937)||Bette Davis & Humphrey Bogart||$134.50||38th of 1937||64.00%||00 / 00||50.93|
|Unholy Partners (1941)||Laraine Day & Edward Arnold||$94.60||68th of 1941||64.00%||00 / 00||44.74|
|Vice Squad (1953)||Paulette Goddard||$16.00||152nd of 1953||64.00%||00 / 00||32.56|
|Illegal (1955)||Hugh Marlowe||$7.10||184th of 1955||63.50%||00 / 00||30.94|
|Glass Web, The (1953)||John Forsythe||$29.80||121st of 1953||63.50%||00 / 00||34.46|
|Flesh and Fantasy (1943)||Barbara Stanwyck||$144.50||49th of 1943||63.00%||00 / 00||52.01|
|Hatchet Man (1932)||Loretta Young||$53.80||53rd of 1932||63.00%||00 / 00||37.95|
|Tiger Shark (1932)||Directed by Howard Hawks||$47.70||58th of 1932||63.00%||00 / 00||37.00|
|Silver Dollar (1932)||Bebe Daniels||$56.50||46th of 1932||62.50%||00 / 00||38.14|
|Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)||George Sanders||$96.00||61st of 1939||62.00%||00 / 00||44.02|
|Hell On Frisco Bay (1955)||Alan Ladd||$73.60||46th of 1956||62.00%||00 / 00||40.55|
|Last Gangster, The (1937)||James Stewart||$90.80||70th of 1937||61.50%||00 / 00||42.97|
|Big Leaguer (1953)||Vera-Ellen||$19.40||144th of 1953||61.00%||00 / 00||31.68|
|Thunder In The City (1937)||Nigel Bruce||$50.10||103rd of 1937||60.50%||00 / 00||36.21|
|Tampico (1944)||Victor McLaglen||$51.00||88th of 1944||59.50%||00 / 00||35.86|
|Never A Dull Moment (1968)||Dick Van Dyke||$91.90||24th of 1968||58.00%||00 / 00||41.50|
|MacKenna's Gold (1969)||Gregory Peck||$52.60||30th of 1969||57.00%||00 / 00||34.94|
|Smart Money (1931)||James Cagney||$57.80||54th of 1931||56.50%||01 / 00||35.92|
|Pepe (1960)||Greer Garson||$167.60||15th of 1961||55.00%||07 / 00||54.63|
|Actor's and Sin (1952)||Eddie Albert||$30.90||123rd of 1952||54.00%||00 / 00||30.17|
|Nightmare (1956)||Kevin McCarthy||$18.60||142nd of 1956||53.50%||00 / 00||28.02|
|Outrage, The (1964)||Paul Newman||$41.00||51st of 1965||52.00%||00 / 00||30.80|
|Seven Thieves (1960)||Joan Collins||$76.40||42nd of 1960||49.00%||01 / 00||35.27|
|Man With Two Faces, The (1934)||Mary Astor||$39.50||66th of 1934||48.50%||00 / 00||28.92|
|I Loved A Woman (1933)||Kay Francis||$39.90||65th of 1933||45.50%||00 / 00||27.56|
|Biggest Bundle of Them All, The (1968)||Robert Wagner||$12.50||115th of 1968||42.00%||00 / 00||21.68|
|Dark Hazard (1934)||Sidney Toler||$30.30||75th of 1934||40.00%||00 / 00||23.50|
|Song of Norway (1970)||Florence Henderson||$73.30||46th of 1970||39.00%||00 / 00||29.69|
|Bullet for Joey, A (1955)||George Raft||$26.60||134th of 1955||37.50%||00 / 00||21.74|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Edward G. Robinson Table
- Twenty-two Edward G. Robinson movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 30.56% of his movies listed. The Ten Commandments (1956) was his biggest box office hit. The Ten Commandments is actually the 6th biggest box office hit of all time when looking at adjusted box office grosses.
- An average Edward G. Robinson movie grosses $95.00 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 57 of Edward G. Robinson ’s movies are rated as good movies…or 79.16% of his movies. Double Indemnity (1944) is his highest rated movie while A Bullet for Joey (1955) is lowest rated movie.
- Fifteen Edward G. Robinson movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 20.83% of his movies.
- Two Edward G. Robinson movie won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 2.77% of his movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 39.86. 41 Edward G. Robinson movies scored higher that average….or 57.74% of his movies. Double Indemnity (1944) got the the highest UMR Score while The Biggest Bundle of Them All (1968) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Edward G. Robinson
1. Emanuel Goldenberg was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1893. In 1903 his family moved to the New York City. Growing up he wanted to be a rabbi. When he won an American Academy of Dramatic Arts scholarship he switched his attentions to acting.
2. Edward G. Robinson ‘s path to stardom…Cliff Notes style. After winning his acting scholarship, he made his Broadway debut in 1915 using the name E.G. Robinson. In 1927 he appeared in the play The Racket….he played a gangster. Hollywood took notice and he started regularly appearing in movies in 1929 usually playing a gangster. In 1931 he played Caesar Enrico “Rico” Bandello in Little Caesar. Little Caesar was a huge success and turned Robinson into a star. He would make movies for the next 42 years.
3. Edward G. Robinson was never nominated for an Oscar®. Of the AFI’s 25 Screen Legend Actors…Robinson is the only serious actor not to ever get an Oscar® nomination. The Marx Brothers and Buster Keaton are the only other two AFI Screen Legends without an Oscar® nomination. Two months after his death he was awarded an Honorary Oscar®. The Academy screwed that one up.
4. Edward G. Robinson and Homer Simpson? Yep there is a connection. The inspiration for the voice of Chief Clancy Wiggum on The Simpsons is Edward G. Robinson…so says Hank Azaria who provides the voice for Chief Wiggum.
5. Edward G. Robinson was married two times. His first marriage was to Gladys Lloyd from 1927 to 1956….they had a son together. His second marriage is to Jane Robinson from 1958 until his death in 1973.
6. Edward G. Robinson was the original choice to play Dr. Zaius in 1968’s Planet of the Apes. He filmed one scene in complete ape makeup with Charlton Heston but had to pull out of the role due to health concerns. Now that would be a great extra DVD feature.
7. Edward G. Robinson is pictured on a 33¢ USA commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued 24 October 2000.
8. To check out Edward G. Robinson’s movie career through his movie posters…I highly recommend checking out this movie link from Steve Lensman. Edward G. Robinson Movie Posters.
9. Check out Edward G. Robinson ‘s career compared to current and classic actors. Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.
10. Edward G. Robinson died two weeks after finishing his role in 1973’s Soylent Green. Charlton Heston delivered the eulogy. He choose a line from Julius Caesar to read during the memorial service. “His life was gentle, and the elements so mixed in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, This was a man.”
Are you thinking….it was not enough stats? Well here are more…..32 Edward G. Robinson Worldwide Adjusted Box Office Grosses
- The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938) $151.80 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Brother Orchid (1940) $87.20 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Bullets or Ballots (1936) $124.60 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939) $185.00 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Dark Hazard (1934) $43.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Dr. Erlich’s Magic Bullet (1940) $80.70 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Five Star Final (1932) $162.80 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Hatchet Man (1932) $134.80 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Hell On Frisco Bay (1955) $130.60 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- I Loved A Woman (1933) $67.90 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Illegal (1955) $8.10 Key Largo (1948) $242.00 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Kid Galahad (1937) $196.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Little Caeser (1931) $121.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Little Giant (1933) $67.60 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- The Man With Two Faces (1934) $56.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Manpower (1941) $178.60 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Night Has A Thousand Eyes (1948) $45.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Nightmare (1956) $21.10 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Pepe (1960) $221.60 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Red House, The (1947) $110.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Scarlet Street (1945) $203.20 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Sea Wolf, The (1941) $182.10 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Silver Dollar (1932) $73.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- A Slight Case of Murder (1938) $132.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Smart Money (1931) $70.80 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Song of Norway (1970) $89.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Ten Commandments, The (1956) $2695.60 million or $2.65 BILLION
- Tiger Shark (1932) $143.70 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Two Seconds (1932) $53.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Two Weeks In Another Town (1962) $80.10 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- The Widow From Chicago (1930) $42.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
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