Elvis Presley Movies

Elvis Presley in 1961's Blue Hawaii

Elvis Presley in 1961’s Blue Hawaii

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

Elvis Presley (1935-1977) the singer was the “King of Rock and Roll”.  The “King” has sold over 2.5 billion in worldwide records.  Following in the footsteps of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, Presley went from singing to acting in movies.  Elvis Presley’s first number one song, Heartbreak Hotel, was released in January 1956.  By the end of 1957 he had appeared in three movies (Love Me Tender, Loving You, and Jailhouse Rock) and they were all box office hits.  After Presley finished filming King Creole he was drafted.  He would return to movies with G.I. Blues in 1960.  For the rest of the 1960s he averaged nearly three movies a year.

When looking at his IMDb page you find some pretty interesting Elvis Presley credits.  Presley has 31 acting credits.  His music has been featured in 397 movies and television shows.  And he appeared as himself in 23 projects…including many documentaries.  This page will rank 31 Elvis Presley movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in theaters were not included in the rankings….I did include two of his most famous documentaries in the rankings.

Elvis Presley in 1957's Jailhouse Rock

Elvis Presley in 1957’s Jailhouse Rock

Elvis Presley 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 by Elvis Presley’s co-stars of his movies.
  • Sort Elvis Presley movies by actual domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort Elvis Presley movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort Elvis Presley movies by movie’s domestic yearly box office rank
  • Sort Elvis Presley movies how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
  • Sort Elvis Presley 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 Elvis Presley Table

  1. Seven Elvis Presley movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 21.21% of his movies listed. Love Me Tender (1956) was his biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Elvis Presley movie grosses $68.70 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  14 of Elvis Presley’s movies are rated as good movies…or 42.42% of his movies.  King Creole (1958) is his highest rated movie* while Change of Habit (1969) was his lowest rated movie.  *Documentaries excluded.
  4. Zero Elvis Presley movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 0.00% of his movies.
  5. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 39.86.  12 Elvis Presley movies scored higher that average….or 36.36% of his movies.  Jailhouse Rock (1957) got the the highest UMR Score while Change of Habit (1969) got the lowest UMR Score.
Elvis Presley in 1958's King Creole

Elvis Presley in 1958’s King Creole

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    1. Hey Piers….that is a pretty impressive Elvis link….thanks for sharing it. Hmmmm….I have nothing on King Creole being that big of hit. I will have to check my Variety All-Time Grosser list…..on the yearly lists King Creole did not make Variety’s Top Grossers of 1957 or 1958. I will see what I can find out….thanks for the headsup.

      1. There is something odd about why King Creole income is missing.
        It is certainly not because it was a poor performer.
        Apologies I was wrong about the November 1957 and 14th in Variety – my typo – that was Jailhouse Rock.
        King Creole was out July 1958 – of course – with the LP hitting #2 in the charts.
        There is no reason to suspect it would not have performed well, especially with the “Elvis IN The Army” publicity – some statistic has been missed I believe.
        WIKI notes that “The film was released by Paramount Pictures on July 2, 1958, to both critical and commercial success. The critics were unanimous in their praise of Presley’s performance. King Creole peaked at number five on the Variety box office earnings charts.”

        LOVE ME TENDER – #10 – $4,500,000
        LOVING YOU – #19 – $3,700,000
        JAILHOUSE ROCK – #15 – $4,000,000
        KING CREOLE – ??
        GI BLUES – #15 – $4,300,000

  1. The king is dead, long live the king!

    Elvis died 40 years ago today!

    According to a BBC news report Elvis earned $27m and sold a million albums in 2016.

    A Danish fan spent £2.8m building a replica of Graceland in Denmark, it had 150,000 visitors last year. Last year the real Graceland celebrated 20 million visitors since it opened to the public in 1982. The only American house to get more visitors is the White House.

    Good to see your Elvis page getting so many views Bruce!

    1. STEVE

      1 I refuse to admit to my database that $27 million until Bruce adjusts it for inflation.

      2 I remember seeing once a brilliant TV drama called The Night Elvis Died.and whilst I may have recounted its contents on this site before it is certainly worth a repeat on this anniversary.

      3 The plot tells of a disc jockey who is an Elvis fanatic and who plays nothing but the King’s records on his radio station. It is about 2am in the morning when he learns that his idol has died
      and shell-shocked he closes down his programme and starts doing the rounds of his mates to wake them up so that he can inform them of the tragic news and also be comforted.

      4 Naturally many of them are annoyed at being aroused from slumber and one says to him “Do you not realise that people are sleeping?” to which he replies “I didn’t think ANYBODY would be sleeping tonight.”

      5 I can’t see myself doing the rounds in the middle of the night for one of my idols passing away – there’s be plenty of time to grieve – but maybe I’d be looking for some comfort if Bruce suddenly closed down this site. Would you mind giving me your address and telephone number? and meantime don’t go to bed early tonight as somebody else might be calling on kindred spirits seeking comfort.

      1. Speaking of Elvis….got an e-mail saying that somebody was using our UMR stats to do an Elvis page….if you can down about half way….you will find an Elvis chart that uses the grosses listed here….and with his movie salary for the years he made movies. https://www.rte.ie/culture/2017/0802/894837-elvis-and-the-movies/

        Figured you two would like the Elvis stuff….as for me….strange seeing our stats this way…but all the power to them.

  2. Hi Bob, looks like some soccer fans have invaded Bruce’s movie sanctuary, or is it the same person each time?

    Thanks as ever for the added info, always worth reading and always interesting. I see the one member ‘Myrna Loy Denigration Society’ is still in full swing. I think you should make some coffee, put one of your Thin Man Collection DVDs on, sit back and enjoy viewing Nora and Nick Charles in action for the umpteenth time, what do you say? [cue Bob harrumphing) 🙂

    1. STEVE You’re a man who knows a lot about putting together and editing videos etc so is there any way one can edit Nora out of the series so that the films still make sense? If not I think I’ll wait until Tuesday this week when WH’s other idol Sir Maurice is showing on TV’s Film 4 in Youth (2015) along with Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda. IMDB gives it a 73% rating and from some scenes from it that I saw in a preview Sir M looked in cracking form and as strongly as I DISAGREE with WH about Myrna I equally strongly AGREE with him that there are few better than Sir M when he’s in Educating Rita/Little Voice mode Also of course I’m hoping that YOU will get round to issuing some more videos during the week so if necessary I can get by without The Thin Woman.

  3. 1 Hi again STEVE. Thanks for the additional information and quotes, which encouraged me to do some more research on Deb’s career especially as we can usually rely on Bruce for interesting background information. In 1953 she auditioned for the role of Sheena Queen of the Jungle in the 26 episode TV series but the role went to Irish McCalla. However it is claimed that in her early Fox years Deb’s fan mail was less than only that of Grable and MM but that Deb went into decline in the late fifties and her big screen movie-making ended in 1963. The one saving grace was that A C Lyles never got her in his clutches. Elvis is said to have been besotted with her and may even have proposed marriage. If so her escape there was even more fortunate than her steering clear of Lyles! Wickipedia highlights Love Me Tender and The Ten Commandments as Deb’s two major successes so it seems that everyone wants to mention
    Chuck-associated things these days!

    2 I see that as I do Wikipedia emphasises the fact that Love Me Tender is the only movie in which Elvis EVER got less than top billing. Possibly my one and only small disappointment with the Cogerson site is that viewers who fully understand the historical significance of box office and Oscars and are most conversant with complicated technical matters such as colour processes seemingly have yet to be comfortable with the idea of billing as a major issue for posterity in helping to illustrate the potency of a star’s career. I am therefore pleased that Wikipedia shares my acceptance of the importance of the matter and I would dearly love to know what Wicki thinks of Loy’s billing record.

    3. ‘Firsts’ on the screen are also historically important to movie buffs and thus there was a great fuss when in the 1939 film First Love Robert Stack gave Deanna her first screen kiss just as film journalists became highly excited when in Death Trap (1982) Sir Maurice Micklewhite was the first male ever to be involved in a screen kissing scene with ‘Superman’.

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