Want to know the best Errol Flynn movies? How about the worst Errol Flynn movies? Curious about Errol Flynn’s box office grosses or which Errol Flynn movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Errol Flynn movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place.
Even though I consider myself a pretty knowledgeable movie buff, I knew very little about Errol Flynn before researching and writing this page. I basically knew two facts about Errol Flynn. One, he is the most famous Robin Hood of all-time and two, he made some pirate movies.
After a month of reading numerous books, checking out websites and watching a few documentaries on him, I am now much more familiar with the life and career of Errol Flynn. I would highly recommend checking out the Errol Flynn Blog for even more information on the life and times of Errol Flynn….just follow this link….The Errol Flynn Blog.
Errol Flynn (1909-1959) was born in Tasmania. As a child he used to play with a wooden sword that his parents told him had belonged to Fletcher Christian. Many times he would play on his grandfather’s boat…acting out Douglas Fairbanks pirate movies. This training would come in handy when he turned his attention to acting. He would appear in his first film when he was 24. By the time he was 26 he had already secured his first starring role in a big budget movie, Captain Blood. Captain Blood was a huge success and turned Flynn into a star. At 28 he turned into a superstar with his performance as Robin Hood in 1938’s The Adventures of Robin Hood.
From 1935 to 1950 Flynn was one of the most successful actors in Hollywood. However his “playboy lifestyle” began to catch up with him. Starting around 1950 his movie career started to stall as his off screen lifestyle started to impact his health. He would regularly smoke at least a pack of cigarettes a day and drank heavily. Problems with his liver and heart eventually led to a fatal heart attack in 1959. Errol Flynn has 64 acting credits from 1933-1959. In the table below Ultimate Movie Rankings ranks 50 of his movies in 7 different sortable columns. Television roles, cameos, and shorts were not included in the rankings.
Errol Flynn 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 Errol Flynn movies by co-stars of her movies
- Sort Errol Flynn movies by actual domestic box office grosses
- Sort Errol Flynn movies by adjusted box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
- Sort Errol Flynn movies by domestic yearly box office rank or trivia
- Sort Errol Flynn movies by adjusted worldwide box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)… **** If the domestic totals are the same as the worldwide totals…then worldwide totals are unknown
- Sort Errol Flynn 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 Errol Flynn movie received.
- Sort Errol Flynn movies by Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score. UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
- Blue link in Co-star column takes you to that star’s UMR movie page
|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adj. B.O. Domestic (mil)||Box Office Rank by Year||Adj. B.O. WorldWide (mil)||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|Adventures of Robin Hood, The (1938)||Olivia de Havilland & Basil Rathbone||$312.20||4th of 1938||$568.20||88.50%||04 / 03||79.00|
|Captain Blood (1935)||Olivia de Havilland||$109.10||8th of 1935||$248.10||86.00%||05 / 00||62.33|
|Sea Hawk, The (1940)||Claude Rains||$140.30||10th of 1940||$230.30||85.00%||04 / 00||63.30|
|Gentleman Jim (1942)||Alexis Smith & Alan Hale||$147.40||27th of 1942||$319.40||83.50%||00 / 00||62.09|
|Uncertain Glory (1944)||Paul Lukas||$117.50||55th of 1944||$214.50||79.50%||00 / 00||55.57|
|They Died with Their Boots On (1941)||Olivia de Havilland & Anthony Quinn||$181.70||14th of 1942||$389.70||77.00%||00 / 00||64.35|
|Charge of the Light Brigade, The (1936)||David Niven & Olivia de Havilland||$132.20||9th of 1936||$307.20||77.00%||03 / 01||58.48|
|Dodge City (1939)||Olivia de Havilland||$203.30||9th of 1939||$305.30||76.50%||00 / 00||66.96|
|Dawn Patrol, The (1938)||David Niven||$164.00||17th of 1938||$273.00||76.50%||00 / 00||61.38|
|Edge of Darkness (1943)||Walter Huston||$163.70||35th of 1943||$294.70||74.00%||00 / 00||60.15|
|Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The (1939)||Bette Davis||$115.00||47th of 1939||$194.00||71.00%||05 / 00||53.19|
|Objective, Burma! (1945)||James Brown||$145.80||45th of 1945||$272.80||70.00%||03 / 00||56.70|
|Footsteps in the Dark (1941)||Ralph Bellamy||$70.30||82nd of 1941||$115.30||69.50%||00 / 00||43.56|
|Desperate Journey (1942)||Ronald Reagan||$166.90||23rd of 1942||$232.90||69.00%||01 / 00||58.70|
|Kim (1950)||Dean Stockwell||$145.30||12th of 1951||$269.30||68.50%||00 / 00||54.72|
|That Forsyte Woman (1949)||Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon||$101.00||41st of 1949||$180.00||68.50%||01 / 00||48.26|
|Crossed Swords (1954)||Gina Lollobrigida||$32.20||Filmed in Italy||$32.20||68.00%||00 / 00||36.95|
|Rocky Mountain (1950)||Patrice Wymore||$85.30||62nd of 1950||$137.30||67.50%||00 / 00||44.94|
|Too Much, Too Soon (1958)||Dorothy Malone||$38.10||87th of 1958||$38.10||67.00%||00 / 00||37.40|
|Adventures of Don Juan (1948)||Robert Douglas||$120.10||55th of 1949||$265.10||64.50%||02 / 01||50.34|
|Master of Ballantrae, The (1953)||Roger Livesey||$67.10||55th of 1953||$145.10||64.00%||00 / 00||40.48|
|Perfect Specimen, The (1937)||Joan Blondell||$101.90||61st of 1937||$165.90||63.00%||00 / 00||45.40|
|Against All Flags (1952)||Maureen O''Hara & Anthony Quinn||$68.10||75th of 1953||$68.10||62.50%||00 / 00||39.94|
|Never Say Goodbye (1946)||Eleanor Parker||$118.30||62nd of 1946||$169.30||62.00%||00 / 00||47.48|
|Istanbul (1957)||Cornell Borchers||$34.40||1st Flynn Hollywood 1952||$34.40||62.00%||00 / 00||34.47|
|Green Light (1937)||Anita Louise||$162.20||8th of 1937||$216.20||61.50%||00 / 00||54.04|
|Prince and the Pauper, The (1937)||Claude Rains||$133.10||10th of 1937||$219.10||61.50%||00 / 00||49.53|
|San Antonio (1945)||Alexis Smith||$244.70||16th of 1945||$406.70||61.00%||02 / 00||60.47|
|Mara Maru (1952)||Raymond Burr||$63.90||77th of 1952||$114.90||61.00%||00 / 00||38.57|
|Dark Avenger, The (1955)||Joanne Dru||$35.00||Also known as Warriors||$35.00||61.00%||00 / 00||34.09|
|Silver River (1948)||Ann Sheridan||$120.60||57th of 1948||$192.60||60.50%||00 / 00||47.13|
|Santa Fe Trail (1940)||Ronald Reagan & Olivia de Havilland||$150.40||12th of 1941||$217.40||60.00%||00 / 00||51.51|
|Another Dawn (1937)||Kay Francis||$74.20||87th of 1937||$136.20||60.00%||00 / 00||39.70|
|Adventures of Captain Fabian (1951)||Vincent Price||$20.50||Movie did well in France||$20.50||59.00%||00 / 00||30.91|
|Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)||John Garfiled & Olivia de Havilland||$201.00||18th of 1943||$290.00||58.00%||01 / 00||58.66|
|Sisters, The (1938)||Bette Davis||$115.00||42nd of 1938||$168.00||58.00%||00 / 00||45.08|
|Four's A Crowd (1938)||Olivia de Havilland||$75.60||52nd of 1938||$117.60||58.00%||00 / 00||38.98|
|Dive Bomber (1941)||Fred MacMurray||$170.40||21st of 1941||$253.40||57.50%||01 / 00||53.83|
|Virginia City (1940)||Humphrey Bogart & Randolph Scott||$130.60||16th of 1940||$181.60||57.50%||00 / 00||47.26|
|Let's Make Up (1954)||Anna Neagle||$26.20||Sean Connery film debut||$26.20||56.00%||00 / 00||30.38|
|Roots of Heaven, The (1958)||Trevor Howard & Directed by John Huston||$120.40||23rd of 1958||$120.40||55.00%||00 / 00||44.51|
|In The Wake of the Bounty (1933)||Arthur Greenway||$1.00||Terrible...barely released in USA||$1.00||54.50%||00 / 00||25.78|
|King's Rhapsody (1955)||Anna Neagle||$21.00||Filmed in England||$21.00||53.50%||00 / 00||28.40|
|Sun Also Rises, The (1957)||Tyrone Power & Ava Gardner||$129.00||20th of 1957||$129.00||51.50%||00 / 00||44.20|
|Northern Pursuit (1943)||Julie Bishop||$155.60||57th of 1943||$260.60||51.00%||00 / 00||48.09|
|Big Boodle, The (1957)||Rosanna Rory||$21.60||Also know Night In Havana||$21.60||49.00%||00 / 00||26.38|
|Montana (1950)||Alexis Smith||$110.50||42nd of 1950||$182.50||48.50%||00 / 00||39.93|
|Escape Me Never (1947)||Ida Lupino||$141.60||58th of 1947||$162.60||45.50%||00 / 00||43.33|
|Cry Wolf (1947)||Barbara Stanwyck||$113.40||69th of 1947||$165.40||42.00%||00 / 00||37.32|
|Cuban Rebel Girls (1959)||Fidel Castro||$2.00||Flynn's last movie||$2.00||30.00%||00 / 00||14.41|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above errol flynn Table
1. 33 of Errol Flynn’s movies crossed the magical $100 million mark. That is a percentage of 66.00% of his movies listed. His biggest box office hit is The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).
2. An average Errol Flynn movie grosses $112.47 million in adjusted box office gross.
3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 33 of Errol Flynn’s movies are rated as good movies…or 66.00% of his movies. His highest rated movie is 1938’s The Adventures of Robin Hood. His lowest rated movie is Cuban Rebel Girls (1959).
4. 12 of Errol Flynn’s movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 24.00% of his movies.
5. 3 of Errol Flynn’s movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 6.00% of his movies.
6. An average Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 40.00. 35 of Errol Flynn’s movies scored higher that average….or 70.00% of his movies. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) got the highest UMR Score. Cuban Rebel Girls (1959) got the lowest UMR Score.
10 Possibly Interesting Facts About Errol Flynn
1. Errol Flynn was the first actor to play Fletcher Christian in a film that had sound. He played Christian in 1933’s The Wake of the Bounty…..later Clark Gable, Marlon Brando and Mel Gibson would play the same part.
2. Errol Flynn and the Perry Mason connection. One of his first Hollywood movies was The Case of the Curious Bride…which was one of the first ever Perry Mason movies. Flynn got to play the corpse. Later Flynn would co-star with Raymond Burr in Mara Maru….Burr would later go on to fame playing Perry Mason on the television series.
3. Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland were one of the screen’s most popular couples. They would appear in 9 movies together from 1935 to 1943. Olivia de Havilland is still very much alive as she approaches the century mark.
4. Errol Flynn was married 3 times in his life. His first marriage to Lila Damita produced a son named Sean. His second marriage to Nora Eddington produced two daughters named Deirdre and Rory. His final marriage to Patrice Wymore produced one daughter named Arnella.
5. His son Sean, followed in his dad’s footsteps and has 10 IMDB credits to his name. His most famous movie role was in The Son Of Captain Blood (1962). The Son of Captain Blood was a sequel to the movie that made Errol Flynn famous, Captain Blood(1935). Later Sean Flynn turned towards a career as a freelance photojournalist. Sadly, Sean Flynn went missing while on assignment in Cambodia in 1970.
6. The saying …”In Like Flynn” became popular when Flynn was tried for statutory rape in 1942 but was acquitted….during the very high profile case, comedians of the day started to use the saying and it caught on.
7. His drinking was legendary.…he would inject oranges with vodka and eat them during his breaks so no one would know he was drinking on the set….during a play in the late 1950s his assistant would stage alcohol throughout the set, so Flynn could drink while performing.
8. Errol Flynn and Alan Hale Sr. (one of my favorite character actors) appeared in 11 movies together. Alan Hale Sr. was the father of Alan Hale Jr….better known as The Skipper on Gilligan’s Island.
9. The movie My Favorite Year is based on Mel Brooks’ encounter with Flynn on a television show in the 1950s….in that movie Peter O’Toole played the Flynn character. Also Jude Law portrayed Errol Flynn in The Aviator.
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