Gene Wilder Movies

-Gene-gene-wilder-31438119-1200-1200Want to know the best Gene Wilder movies?  How about the worst Gene Wilder movies?  Curious about Gene Wilder box office grosses or which Gene Wilder movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Gene Wilder movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

Gene Wilder (1933-2016) was a 2-time Oscar nominated actor, writer and director.  Wilder gained fame for his many movies with Mel Brooks (The Producers, Blazing Saddles & Young Frankenstein) but to many like me he will always be Willy Wonka.  Wilder’s IMDb page shows 37 acting credits from 1961-2015.  This page will rank 22 Gene Wilder movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television roles, cameos, shorts and straight to DVD movies were not included in the rankings.

Drivel Part:  Recently we wrote a page on Wilder’s frequent co-star, Richard Pryor.  While doing that research on that page, we thought Gene Wilder would make a good UMR movie star page.  Sadly today, August 29th 2016 brings the sad news that Gene Wilder passed away at 83.   So as a tribute to his movie career….we put together this page.  Rest in peace Mr. Wilder…you will be missed.  Drivel Part 2:  Wow within a 25 minute window…a got an e-mail from Steve Lensman, a text from my wife and a phone call from son #2 about his passing.


Frequent co-stars Gene Wilder and Gene Wilder in 1980’s Stir Crazy

Gene Wilder 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 Gene Wilder movies by his co-stars
  • Sort Gene Wilder  movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Gene Wilder movies by yearly domestic box office rank
  • Sort Gene Wilder 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 Gene Wilder movie received.
  • Sort Gene Wilder movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score.  UMR puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdjusted B.O. Domestic (mil)Box Office Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Young Frankenstein (1974)Directed by Mel Brooks$530.304th of 197487.00%02 / 0072.69
Blazing Saddles (1974)Directed by Mel Brooks$547.706th of 197480.50%03 / 0070.04
Silver Streak (1976)Richard Pryor$202.207th of 197778.50%01 / 0069.54
Stir Crazy (1980)Richard Pryor$328.403rd of 198068.50%00 / 0063.20
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)Jack Albertson$61.9057th of 197183.00%01 / 0059.00
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)Warren Beatty & Gene Hackman$397.102nd of 196784.50%10 / 0258.79
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)Woody Allen & Burt Reynolds$127.7010th of 197278.50%00 / 0056.68
Producers, The (1967)Zero Mostel & Directed by Mel Brooks$46.7056th of 196882.50%02 / 0151.92
Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, The (1975)Madeline Kahn & Marty Feldman$117.1016th of 197561.50%00 / 0047.05
See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)Richard Pryor$99.6027th of 198960.00%00 / 0043.64
World's Greatest Lover, The (1977)Carol Kane & Dom DeLuise$101.1028th of 197852.50%00 / 0040.34
Start The Revolution Without Me (1970)Donald Sutherland & Orson Welles$10.70114th of 197073.00%00 / 0035.97
Little Prince, The (1974)Richard Kiley & Bob Fosse$13.70119th of 197567.50%02 / 0034.64
Woman in Red, The (1984)Kelly LeBrock & Charles Grodin$63.5041st of 198450.50%01 / 0134.58
Frisco Kid, The (1979)Harrison Ford$41.5062nd of 197959.33%00 / 0034.32
Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx (1970)Margot Kidder$14.8090th of 197067.50%00 / 0034.01
Rhinoceros (1974)Zero Mostel$8.90148th of 197459.00%00 / 0029.11
Sunday Lovers (1980)Roger Moore$2.00104th of 198159.00%00 / 0028.04
Haunted Honeymoon (1986)Gilda Radner & Dom DeLuise$18.3082nd of 198651.00%00 / 0026.81
Hanky Panky (1982)Richard Widmark & Directed by Sidney Poitier$28.2069th of 198245.50%00 / 0025.75
Another You (1991)Richard Pryor$5.70137th of 199144.00%00 / 0021.56
Funny About Love (1990)Directed by Leonard Nimoy$16.20107th of 199034.50%00 / 0018.73

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Gene WilderTable

  1. Eight Gene Wilder movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 36.36% of his movies listed. Blazing Saddle (1974) was his biggest hit.
  2. An average Gene Wilder movie earned $126.50 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using’s 60% fresh meter.  20 of his movies are rated as good movies…or 80.85% of his movies.  Young Frankenstein (1974) is his highest rated movie while Funny About Love (1990) is his lowest rated movie.
  4. Eight Gene Wilder movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 19.04% of his movies.
  5. Three Gene Wilder movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 13.63% of his movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00.  11 Gene Wilder movies scored higher that average….or 50.00% of his movies.  Young Frankenstein (1974) got the the highest UMR Score while Funny About Love (1996) got the lowest UMR Score.
Two of Gene Wilder's biggest hits...Blazing Saddles & Young Frankenstein were released in 1974

Two of Gene Wilder’s biggest hits…Blazing Saddles & Young Frankenstein were released in 1974

Possibly Interesting Facts About Gene Wilder

1. Jerome Silberman was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1933.

2. Jerome Silberman took Gene Wilder as his stage name when he was 26.  “I had always liked Gene because of Thomas Wolfe’s character Eugene Gant in Look Homeward, Angel and Of Time and the River. And I was always a great admirer of Thornton Wilder.” – Gene Wilder

3. Gene Wilder served with the United States Army from 1956-1958…..serving in the Medical Corps section

4. Gene Wilder was nominated for 2 Oscars®:  He received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for 1969’s The Producers and a Best Screenplay nomination for 1974’s Young Frankenstein.  Wilder also received 2 Golden Globe® nominations:  Best Actor nominations for 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and 1976’s Silver Streak.

5. Gene Wilder starred with Richard Pryor in 4 movies: 1976’s Silver Streak, 1980’s Stir Crazy, 1989’s See No Evil, Hear No Evil  and 1991’s Another You.

6. Gene Wilder’s performance as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in 1974’s Young Frankenstein is ranked #9 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).

7. Gene Wilder was married 4 times…he had one child.  His 3rd marriage was to actress Gilda Radner.

8. Check out Gene Wilder’s career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

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  1. In case they don’t know it: here (again?) is the order of Mr. Willder’s films on his memorial tribute on TCM on the 29th of this month: start 8pm Eastern and 5pm Pacific

    Role Model
    Young Frankenstein
    Role Model (2nd viewing)
    Start the Revolution without Me
    The Frisco Kid
    Bonnie and Clyde

  2. Hi

    I was sorry to hear of his death. At his peak he was very good, especially young Frankenstein. Undoubtedly the highlight of his career. Willy Wonka, although a box office flop at the time, has a massive cult following now. Why they remade it with Johnny Depp I’ll never know. He had great chemistry with Richard Pryor, Stir Crazy being their best.
    I watched a documentary where he said he’d love to get a chance to hit the big time again but sadly never materialised.

    1. Hey Chris….his passing was very shocking….I think I feel connected to him because of Willy Wonka….seems I watched that movie over and over….and he never aged… seeing him older has somewhat shocking. What a 1974 he had….Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles…..those two have a combined adjusted gross of a 1 billion. I really liked 3 of the 4 Wilder/Pryor movies. I saw Stir Crazy in theaters….and the audience was laughing from start to finish with that one. Thanks for your Wilder thoughts.

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