Elizabeth Taylor Movies

Elizabeth Taylor in 1963's Cleopatra

Elizabeth Taylor in 1963’s Cleopatra

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

Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011) was a two time Best Actress Oscar® winner. She is one of the few child stars to succeed as an adult actor as well. From 1944’s National Velvet to her death, she was one of the most famous people in the world…a pretty good run for 67 years. Her IMDb page shows 72 acting credits from 1942-2001. This page will rank 47 Elizabeth Taylor movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in North American theaters were not included in the rankings.

Drivel Part of the Page:  This page was originally written in 2012.  Since then this Elizabeth Taylor movie page has had 3 different website homes and lots of updates.  Recently we decided to change the equations we use in calculating adjusted box office grosses, as well as the formula we use in ranking the movies listed here.  Some of the results of the changes?  Elizabeth Taylor now has 22 movies that reached at least $100 million adjusted dollars at North American theaters (up 2 movies).  Her average box office gross went from $118.40 million to $132.60 million.  On the overall ranking side of things…Father of the Bride went from 10th place to 5th place.  Cleopatra fell out of the Top 10 and Butterfield 8 went from 5th to 10th.  We also added a extra column of information into the table….yearly domestic box office rank.  If you check out that column you will see that Elizabeth Taylor had an incredible 16 movies that were Top 10 hits.  Hope you enjoy the update.  02/08/16.

Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy in 1950's Father of the Bride

Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy in 1950’s Father of the Bride

Elizabeth Taylor 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 Elizabeth Taylor movies by co-stars of her movies
  • Sort Elizabeth Taylor movies by actual domestic box office grosses
  • Sort Elizabeth Taylor movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost.
  • Sort Elizabeth Taylor movies by yearly box office rank or trivia
  • Sort Elizabeth Taylor 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 how many Oscar® wins each Elizabeth Taylor movie received.
  • Sort Elizabeth Taylor 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.
  • Use the sort and search button to make this a very interactive page.  For example type in *** to see all Oscar nominated Taylor performances….or type Burton in the search box to bring up all of the Richard Burton/Taylor movies.
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdj. B.O. Domestic (mil)Box Office Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) ***Richard Burton & Sandy Dennis$220.203rd of 196684.50%13 / 0589.34
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) ***Paul Newman & Burl Ives$361.908th in 195885.00%06 / 0080.73
Giant (1956)James Dean & Rock Hudson$481.703rd in 195786.00%10 / 0178.90
Suddenly Last Summer (1959) ***Katharine Hepburn & Montgomery Clift$262.606th of 196072.50%03 / 0073.27
Father of the Bride (1950)Spencer Tracy$207.807th of 195082.50%03 / 0073.23
A Place in the Sun (1951)Montgomery Clift & Shelley Winters$173.008th of 195176.50%09 / 0672.88
National Velvet (1944)Mickey Rooney & Donald Crisp$320.7012th of 194479.50%05 / 0271.56
Life with Father (1947)William Powell$319.504th of 194781.00%04 / 0070.67
Ivanhoe (1952)Robert Taylor$273.403rd of 195273.50%03 / 0068.99
Lassie Come Home (1943)Roddy McDowall$215.3021st of 194376.00%01 / 0067.12
Little Women (1949)Peter Lawford$191.4010th of 194976.50%02 / 0167.03
Butterfield 8 (1960) ***Laurence Harvey$270.509th of 196054.50%02 / 0166.77
Cleopatra (1963)Richard Burton & Rex Harrison593.122nd of 196347.33%09 / 0462.13
Julia Misbehaves (1948)Greer Garson$167.8031st of 194876.00%00 / 0061.73
Father's Little Dividend (1951)Spencer Tracy$158.2010th of 195172.50%00 / 0058.59
Raintree County (1957) ***Montgomery Clift$263.109th of 195847.50%00 / 0057.82
A Date with Judy (1948)Wallace Beery$195.3013th of 194856.50%00 / 0056.83
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)Walter Pidgeon$141.6036th of 195573.50%00 / 0056.49
Courage of Lassie (1946)Frank Morgan$167.3054th of 194659.50%00 / 0053.89
Elephant Walk (1954)Dana Andrews$161.2027th of 195460.50%00 / 0053.43
Taming of the Shrew (1967)Richard Burton$63.3027th of 196777.50%02 / 0047.65
The Flintstones (1994)John Goodman & Halle Berry$276.705th of 199434.50%00 / 0047.22
The V.I.P.s (1963)Richard Burton & Orson Welles$134.707th of 196353.00%01 / 0146.79
The Sandpiper (1965)Richard Burton & Charles Bronson$141.207th of 196535.00%01 / 0139.34
The Big Hangover (1950)Van Johnson$68.2094th of 195059.00%00 / 0038.30
Beau Brummell (1954)Peter Ustinov$56.4093rd of 195459.00%00 / 0036.47
Rhapsody (1954)Stuart Whitman$69.4084th of 195454.00%00 / 0036.14
The Mirror Crack'd (1980)Rock Hudson$42.6058th of 198062.50%00 / 0035.98
Secret Ceremony (1968)Robert Mitchum$56.6031st of 196956.50%00 / 0035.33
Cynthia (1947)Mary Astor$76.2094th of 194749.50%00 / 0035.07
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)Marlon Brando$33.0065th of 196763.33%00 / 0034.89
Conspirator (1949)Robert Taylor$48.00118th of 194957.50%00 / 0034.46
The Girl Who Had Everything (1953)William Powell$32.30126th of 195357.00%00 / 0031.80
The Comedians (1967)Richard Burton & Alec Guinness$50.0042nd of 196845.50%00 / 0029.13
The Blue Bird (1976)Jane Fonda$43.1060th of 197646.50%00 / 0028.54
Under Milk Wood (1972)Richard Burton & Peter O'Toole$9.3082nd of 197257.50%00 / 0028.46
There's One Born Every Second (1942)Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer$17.10164th of 194254.00%00 / 0028.03
The Driver's Seat (1975)Andy Warhol$6.40126th of 197556.00%00 / 0027.31
X Y and Zee (1972)Michael Caine$25.2069th of 197245.00%00 / 0025.06
Hammersmith Is Out (1972)Richard Burton & Beau Bridges$12.3068th of 197247.50%00 / 0024.23
Love Is Better Than Ever (1952)Larry Parks$27.70143rd of 195242.00%00 / 0024.03
Night Watch (1973)Laurence Harvey$10.4087th of 197347.00%00 / 0023.70
Boom! (1968)Richard Burton & Noël Coward$37.7053rd if 196831.00%00 / 0020.41
The Only Game in Town (1970)Warren Beatty$25.4057th of 197035.00%00 / 0020.39
Ash Wednesday (1973)Henry Fonda$24.0074th of 197431.50%00 / 0019.77
Doctor Faustas (1967)Richard Burton & Andreas Teuber$17.9091st of 196835.00%00 / 0019.22
A Little Night Music (1977)Diana Rigg$10.0069th of 197734.00%02 / 0118.93

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Elizabeth TaylorTable

  1. Twenty-three Elizabeth Taylor movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 48.94% of her movies listed. Cleopatra (1963) was her biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Elizabeth Taylor movie grosses $139.60 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  18 of Elizabeth Taylor’s movies are rated as good movies…or 59.18% of her movies.  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) was her highest rated movie while Boom! (1968) was her lowest rated movie.
  4. Seventeen Elizabeth Taylor movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 50.00% of her movies.
  5. Ten Elizabeth Taylor movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 21.27% of her movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00.  23 Elizabeth Taylor movies scored higher than that average….or 48.93% of her movies.  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) got the the highest UMR Score while A Little Night Music (1977) got the lowest UMR Score.
Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor in 1958's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor in 1958’s Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Possibly Interesting Facts About Elizabeth Taylor

1. Elizabeth Taylor was born in London, England. Her famous double eyelashes and her violet eyes caused many people to suggest to her mother that Taylor should try out for the role of Bonnie Blue (Scarlet’s daughter) in Gone With The Wind. Her mother refused the idea.

2. In 1942, two studios (MGM and Universal Pictures) got in a bidding war for her services. Universal signed her to a 7 year contract but canceled the contract after her first movie 1942’s There’s One Born Every Second. MGM then signed her and she became a huge child star.

3. Elizabeth Taylor’s first hit was 1944’s National Velvet. She also appeared in the very first Lassie movie 1943’s Lassie Come Home. The first time she received top billing was in 1946’s The Courage of Lassie.

4. As an older teenager she became a young bride in the box office hits 1947’s Life With Father and 1950’s Father of the Bride. The success of these two movies paved the way for her success as an adult actress. From 1950 to 1966 she was the most successful actress working. During this time frame 7 of her movies were nominated for Oscars® for Best Picture….1950’s Father of the Bride, 1951’s A Place In The Sun, 1952’s Ivanhoe, 1956’s Giant, 1958’s Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, 1963’s Cleopatra and 1966’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe.

5. Elizabeth Taylor earned 5 Oscar® nominations for Best Actress winning 2 times. Her two wins were for 1960’s Butterfield 8 and 1966’s Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolfe. Her other three nominations were for 1957’s Raintree Country, 1958’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and 1959’s Suddenly, Last Summer.

6. Probably her most famous role was in 1963’s Cleopatra. Even though it is ranked on the all-time inflated box office chart in 40th place with over 546 million dollars, Cleopatra was considered a disappointment at the box office. This was due to the outrageous and out of control film’s budget.

7. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton worked together in 12 projects. 10 are movies listed in this page the other two are 1972’s Divorce Hers-Divorce His(tv movie) and Anne of the Thousand Days(Taylor is uncredited).

8. Elizabeth Taylor was married 8 times including two times to Richard Burton. Her husbands…Conrad Hilton (from famous Hilton hotel family) Michael Widling (two boys came out of this marriage), Michael Todd (one daughter out of this marriage), Eddie Fisher (adopted daughter out of this marriage), Burton, John Warner (US Senator) and Larry Fortensky (met at Betty Ford clinic).

9. Elizabeth Taylor said she had three loves in her life….Michael Todd, Richard Burton and jewelry. Pieces of her jewelry collection were recently auctioned off for 115 million dollars. On the humanitarian side of things she was the co-founder of American Foundation of AIDS research and hosted the first ever AIDS fundraiser in 1984.

10. Check out Elizabeth Taylor‘s career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

Adjusted Worldwide Box Office Grosses on 24 Elizabeth Taylor Movies

  1. A Date with Judy (1948) $254.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  2. A Place in the Sun (1951) $332.60 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  3. Beau Brummell (1954) $145.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  4. Butterfield 8 (1960) $385.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  5. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) $511.90 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  6. Conspirator (1949) $86.80 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  7. Courage of Lassie (1946) $273.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  8. Cynthia (1947) $104.20 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  9. Father of the Bride (1950) $305.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  10. Father’s Little Dividend (1951) $226.10 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  11. Giant (1956) $687.70 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  12. Ivanhoe (1952) $483.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  13. Julia Misbehaves (1948) $249.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  14. Lassie Come Home (1943) $362.80 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  15. Life with Father (1947) $407.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  16. Little Women (1949) $330.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  17. Love Is Better Than Ever (1952) $42.70 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  18. National Velvet (1944) $496.60 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  19. Raintree County (1957) $407.10 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  20. Rhapsody (1954) $176.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  21. The Big Hangover (1950) $81.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  22. The Flintstones (1994) $723.70 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  23. The Girl Who Had Everything (1953) $53.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  24. The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) $259.00 million in adjusted worldwide gross

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  1. HI BRUCE

    1 I actually thought that you would have had a stab at Cleo because various sources quote that movie’s WW actual gross as $72 million which pro-rata with your own adjusted domestic gross for the film aligned to the actual domestic figure of around $58 million that you quoted originally would equate to an adjusted worldwide figure of approx $735 million;

    2 However you always give us a greater volume of WW figures and in a more comprehensive format than is provided elsewhere so I’m not complaining !!

    1. Hey Bob….currently I do not have a decent enough source to list worldwide grosses on Cleopatra….your numbers seem logical. There is a 20th Century Fox out there that might have that information….currently it is not in my possession to check that out.

  2. 1 Myrna Loy was one of the most important females of the classic era and the films in which she appeared have the highest overall Cogerson adjusted domestic gross of any actress. However I feel that ELIZABETH TAYLOR is one of those actresses who in their heyday were actually bigger box office draws than Myrna with Shirley Temple,Joan Crawford Betty Grable Doris Day and for a little while Deanna Durbin along with Streisand and Julia Roberts in modern times being other examples of feminine stars who had the personal popularity to ‘open’ a film.

    2 Anyway this Taylor update is most timely for me because I’m currently doing a Liz Taylor project for private amusement and the 24 highly informative worldwide grosses are proving a great help in making my exercise as comprehensive as possible. Once more I can only marvel at the attention to detail that goes into the production of these Cogerson tables and admire the remarkable consistency with the information is where appropriate repeated throughout the site.

    1. Hey Bob….glad my updated page is helping you out. Actually the page only had a few things changed….the 1946 Lassie movie and one of the 1948 Judy movies are the biggest changes. Taylor average per box office is amazing……she was near the top of the charts on my 1950s and 1960s decade pages…when looking at average grosses…..the 1970s were not too impressive.

      Thanks for the kind words about the website….sadly the “dynamic” website is off to a slow start….but one day….one day. 🙂

      1. BRUCE

        The WW grosses were the real boon. Thanks again – and yes I did pick up the Lassie change but such is my faith in you that I assumed that it was YOURS TRULY who had got the previous figure wrong!

        BOB

        1. Hey Bob…I actually thought there would be more than 24 worldwide grosses….nope I had the Courage of Lassie……the actual rental numbers are sitting right there in the MGM ledgers….when I first wrote Taylor’s page…I did not have access to those ledgers….that is my story….and I am sticking to it….lol.

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