Fred Zinnemann Movies

Fred Zinnemann received 7 Best Director Oscar nominations...he won twice

Fred Zinnemann received 7 Best Director Oscar nominations…he won twice

Want to know the best Fred Zinnemann movies?  How about the worst Fred Zinnemann movies?  Curious about Fred Zinnemann box office grosses or which Fred Zinnemann movie picked up the most Oscar nominations? Need to know which Fred Zinnemann 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.

Fred Zinnemann (1907-1997) was an Oscar® winning Austro-American film director. He directed films in many genres, including thrillers, westerns, film noir and play adaptations.  He was nominated 7 times for a Best Director Oscar®….winning two times.  His 7 nominations tie him for the 4th most directing nominations ever!  Only William Wyler (12 nominations), Billy Wilder (8 nominations) and Martin Scorsese (8 nominations) received more nominations.

His IMDb page shows 47 directing credits from 1930-1982. This page will rank 21 Fred Zinnemann movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information.  Shorts, documentaries and tv shows were not included in the rankings.

Fred Zinnemann directed one of the most famous scenes in the history of movies...Burt Lancaster and Deborah kissing on the beach in 1953's From Here To Eternity

Fred Zinnemann directed one of the most famous scenes in the history of movies…Burt Lancaster and Deborah kissing on the beach in 1953’s From Here To Eternity

Fred Zinnemann 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 Fred Zinnemann movies by co-stars of his movies.
  • Sort Fred Zinnemann movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Fred Zinnemann movies by domestic yearly box office rank
  • Sort Fred Zinnemann 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 many Oscar® wins each Fred Zinnemann movie received and
  • Sort Fred Zinnemann 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 search and sort button to make this page very interactive.
  • *** = Best Director Nomination for Zinnemann
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdjusted B.O. Domestic (mil)Box Office Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Man for All Seasons, A (1966) ***Paul Schofield & Robert Shaw$244.304th of 196781.50%08 / 0690.50
From Here to Eternity (1953) ***Burt Lancaster & Frank Sinatra$519.402nd of 195381.50%13 / 0890.05
Nun's Story, The (1959) ***Audrey Hepburn$225.306th of 195984.50%08 / 0082.54
High Noon (1952) ***Gary Cooper & Grace Kelly$144.808th of 195289.00%07 / 0476.85
Oklahoma! (1955)Gordon MacRae & Shirley Jones$328.905th of 195577.50%04 / 0270.22
Julia (1977) ***Jane Fonda & Meryl Streep$133.4022nd of 197873.33%11 / 0369.58
Sundowners, The (1960) ***Robert Mitchum & Deborah Kerr$132.6023rd of 196175.50%05 / 0066.03
Seventh Cross, The (1944)Spencer Tracy & Hume Cronyn$176.9017th of 194477.50%01 / 0064.24
Day of the Jackal, The (1973)Edward Fox$133.7016th of 197381.50%01 / 0060.67
Search, The (1948) ***Montgomery Clift$38.80201st of 194888.00%04 / 0154.07
Hatful of Rain, A (1957)Eva Marie Saint & Anthony Franciosa$64.5064th of 195773.00%01 / 0045.96
Act of Violence (1948)Van Heflin & Janet Leigh$39.00160th of 194978.00%00 / 0042.70
Behold a Pale Horse (1964)Gregory Peck$46.1062nd of 196473.33%00 / 0041.62
Men, The (1950)Marlon Brando$42.70146th of 195172.33%01 / 0041.02
Eyes in the Night (1942)Edward Arnold & Donna Reed$42.60132nd of 194268.00%00 / 0038.56
Member of the Wedding, The (1952)Julie Harris$30.90138th of 195270.50%01 / 0038.33
Kid Glove Killer (1942)Van Heflin & Marsha Hunt$27.90170th of 194269.00%00 / 0036.75
My Brother Talks To Horses (1947)Peter Lawford$45.10170th of 194761.50%00 / 0035.89
Little Mister Jim (1947)James Craig$32.80195th of 194760.00%00 / 0033.28
Teresa (1951)Pier Angeli$35.80156th of 195145.00%01 / 0027.10
Five Days One Summer (1982)Sean Connery$0.60133rd of 198238.00%00 / 0017.97

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Fred Zinnemann Table

  1. Nine Fred Zinnemann movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 42.85% of his movies listed. From Here to Eternity (1953) was his biggest box office hit when looking at adjusted domestic box office gross.
  2. An average Fred Zinnemann movie grosses $118.40 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  19 of Fred Zinnemann’ movies are rated as good movies…or 90.47% of his movies. High Noon (1952) is his highest rated movie while Five Days One Summer (1982) was his lowest rated movie.
  4. Fourteen Fred Zinnemann movie received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 66.66% of his movies.
  5. Six Fred Zinnemann movie won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 28.57% of his movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Ranking  (UMR) Score is 39.86. 14 Fred Zinnemann movies scored higher than that average….or 66.66% of his movies. A Man for All Seasons (1966) got the the highest UMR Score while Five Days One Summer (1982) got the lowest UMR Score.
Fred Zinnemann won two Oscars for 1966's A Man For All Seasons

Fred Zinnemann won two Oscars for 1966’s A Man For All Seasons

Possibly Interesting Facts About Fred Zinnemann

1. Fred Zinnemann was born in Rzeszów, Poland in 1907.

2. Fred Zinnemann grew up in Austria.  Originally he wanted to become a musician, but went on to graduate with a law degree from the University of Vienna in 1927.

3. Fred Zinnemann moved to Paris in 1929 where he studied at Ecole Technique de Photographie et Cinématographie.  In Germany he worked with another movie beginner, Billy Wilder, on the movie People on Sunday.

4. Fred Zinnemann’s first job in Hollywood was as an extra in All Quiet on the Western Front (1930).

5.  Fred Zinnemann received a Best Director Oscar® nomination for 33.33% of the movies he directed.  Compare that percentage to other great directors:  Spielberg 24.13%, Lean 43.75%, Allen 15.21%, Scorsese 32.00%, Wyler 33.33%, Wilder 32.00% and M. Night Shyamalan 10.00%.

6. Fred Zinnemann won 4 Oscars® in his career.  He won a Best Documentary Oscar® (Benjy) in 1952.  He won a Best Director Oscar® in 1953 (From Here To Eternity) and 1966 (A Man For All Seasons).  He also won a Best Picture Oscar® for A Man For All Seasons.

7.  Fred Zinnemann directed 18 different actors in Oscar®-nominated performances: Hume Cronyn, Montgomery Clift, Gary Cooper, Julie Harris, Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed, Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Anthony Franciosa, Audrey Hepburn, Glynis Johns, Paul Scofield, Robert Shaw, Wendy Hiller, Jason Robards, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda and Maximilian Schell. Cooper (High Noon), Redgrave (Julia), Robards (Julia), Sinatra (From Here To Eternity), Reed (From Here To Eternity) and Scofield (A Man For All Seasons) won Oscars® for their performances in one of Zinneman’s movies.

7.  Fred Zinnemann directed the film debuts of Montgomery Clift (1948’s The Search), Marlon Brando (1950’s The Men) and Meryl Streep (1977’s Julia).

8.  Fred Zinnemann was married one time.   He was married to Renee Bartlett from 1936 to his death in 1997.  They had one child.

9.  Fred Zinnemann’s favorites.  His favorite movie he directed was 1952’s The Member of the Wedding His favorite individual scene is Sir Thomas More’s goodbye to his wife and daughter in 1966’s A Man for All Seasons.  Many people would say their favorite Zinnemann moment is Burt Lancaster kissing Deborah Kerr on the beach in 1953’s From Here To Eternity.

10. Check out Fred Zinnemann’s movie career compared to current and classic stars on our Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time page.

Want more movie stats?  Well here you go.  Worldwide Box Office Totals on 9 Fred Zinnemann movies:

  1. Act of Violence (1948) $61.60 million in adjusted box office
  2. Day of the Jackal, The (1973) $169.40 million in adjusted box office
  3. Eyes in the Night (1942) $81.60  million in adjusted box office
  4. Kid Glove Killer (1942) $41.30)million in adjusted box office
  5. Little Mister Jim (1947) $48.80 million in adjusted box office
  6. My Brother Talks To Horses (1947) $60.10 million in adjusted box office
  7. The Nun’s Story (1959) $461.30  million in adjusted box office
  8. The Seventh Cross (1944) $302.90 million in adjusted box office
  9. Teresa (1951) $83.80 million in adjusted box office

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12 thoughts on “Fred Zinnemann Movies

  1. BRUCE

    Good Zimmerman update but I can’t understand your presentation of the WW stats – where does the $61.60 keep coming in? Fred was of course Bud’s very first ever director with The Men aka Battle Stripe. What a way for Mr Mumbles to start his career !

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