Grace Kelly Movies

Grace Kelly only made 11 movies in her career....but legacy lives on

Grace Kelly only made 11 movies in her career….but legacy lives on

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

On America Film Institute’s list of the Greatest American Screen Legends, Grace Kelly is listed as the 13th greatest actress.  I think the most amazing thing of that accomplishment is the fact that her film career only lasted 5 years and only produced 11 movies. Even she only appeared in 11 movies she still managed to have many all great movies on her resume.

Her IMDb page shows 30 acting credits from 1950-1956. This page will rank 11 Grace Kelly movies from Best to Worst in seven different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that received limited North America releases were not included in the rankings.

Grace Kelly and James Stewart in 1954's Rear Window

Grace Kelly and James Stewart in 1954’s Rear Window

Grace Kelly Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table

The really cool thing about ther table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort Grace Kelly movies by the co-stars of her movies.
  • Sort Grace Kelly movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in milllions)
  • Sort Grace Kelly movies by their yearly box office rank
  • Sort Grace Kelly 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 Grace Kelly movie received.
  • Sort Grace Kelly 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 Grace Kelly Table

  1. Nine Grace Kelly movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 81.81% of her movies listed. Rear Window (1954) was her biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Grace Kelly movie grossed $206.68 million in adjusted box office gross
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  10 of Grace Kelly’s movies are rated as good movies…or 90.90% of her movies.  Rear Window (1954) is her highest rated movie while Green Fire (1954) was her lowest rated movie.
  4. Eight Grace Kelly movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 72.72% of her movies.
  5. Four Grace Kelly movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 36.36% of her movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 10 Grace Kelly movies scored higher that average….or 90.90% of her movies.  The Country Girl (1954) got the the highest UMR Score while Green Fire (1954) got the lowest UMR Score.
Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in 1955's To Catch A Thief

Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in 1955’s To Catch A Thief

Possibly Interesting Facts About Grace Kelly

1. Grace Patricia Kelly (1929-1982) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2. After some successful television appearances, Grace Kelly appeared in her first movie…. 1951’s Fourteen Hours. Although her performance in Fourteen Hours did not get much notice, she did attract the atttention of producer Stanley Kramer. Kramer hired Grace Kelly for the classic western, 1952’s High Noon which won Gary Cooper his second Oscar®.

3. After High Noon’s success, Grace Kelly became a hot commodity in Hollywood. Over the next 4 years she would appear in 9 more movies. Her third movie was 1953’s Mogambo with Clark Gable. Kelly would receive her first Oscar® nomination for Mogambo.

4. 1954 was a huge year for Grace Kelly as she made 5 of her 11 movies that year. First up was the her first of three movies with Alfred Hitchcock….Dial M For Murder. After Dial M For Murder….Hitchcock and Kelly moved to Rear Window. Rear Window is one of the best movies ever made. After Rear Window, Grace Kelly filmed The Country Girl starring Bing Crosby and William Holden. Kelly would win the Oscar® for Best Actress for her Country Girl role. Her fourth movie was the forgotten Green Fire, but her fifth movie of 1954 would reunite her with William Holden in the blockbuster The Bridges at Toko-Ri.

5. In 1955 she would only make one movie, but it was the classic film, To Catch A Thief. To Catch A Thief was her third movie with Alfred Hitchcock as the director but her first and only time she co-starred with Cary Grant. To Catch A Thief is my favorite Grace Kelly movie, although Rear Window is pretty close as well.

6. In 1956 she would make her last two movies…The Swan.…and her final movie High Society which co-starred Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra….and then her movie career was over….so what happened?

7. What happened was Prince Rainier III of Morocco. After a secret courtship that started at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival, Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly fell in love and became engaged. On April 4, 1956 they got married and thus Grace Kelly’s movie career came to an immediate halt. Princess Grace had three children with Prince Rainier….those child were Princess Caroline, Prince Albert and Princess Stephanie.

8. In 1981 Prince Rainier and Princess Grace celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. In 1982 Princess Grace while driving a car, had a stroke and crashed the car. The combination of the car crash and the stroke proved to be too much to overcome. She passed away at the age 52, one day before she would have turned 53.

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

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33 thoughts on “Grace Kelly Movies

  1. HELLO STEVE – Grace Kelly video

    1 Well the die was certainly cast for you here – it had to be a Top 11 ! Actually I’m glad you included 14 Hours an often overlooked B movie gem that was the only Grace Kelly film pre-stardom and in it she had just a small supporting role. [Bruce’s audience/critic rating also reflects a keen appreciation of that film.]

    2 In most of the 10 films that she made from High Noon onward Grace had Hitchcock and/or one or two of the greatest stars of the day to help her carry the films, and her final movie The Swan was the only one in which she was billed first and according to Wikipedia it lost money.

    3 Given all that and the brevity of her career it is impossible to know if she would have survived as a major box office star if she had tried to carry more films on her own. Indeed coincidentally 2 nights ago I watched a TV documentary on her and it was suggested in the commentary that one of the reasons that she deserted Hollywood for Royalty was that she too
    had doubts about her potential career longevity.

    4 However the overall quality of her 10 starring-roles movies is highly impressive and if my notes and maths are correct you have given the 10 a 75% average rating and Bruce has a 75.2 audience/critic average for the 10 with Green Fire being the weakest link for you both.

    5 Bruce’s box office average is almost $207 mil for all 11 of her films and his average for the
    main 10 is a staggering $224 mil. so I wonder if there has ever been another star performer who has had such a succession of major successes in so short a space of time ?

    6 Also you have ranked her No 6 in your 25 Actresses video and the Oracle himself has made her No 8 in his 25 female 1950-2010 list, so who am I to question her potential stardom? Anyway despite the low number of entries a worthwhile video on a historically great star.

    Thanks again for the entertainment BOB

    1. Hello Bob, the boss still absent? Enjoying his hols? Is he bringing back some box office goodies for his minions, his followers, his fellow movie buds?

      What was the subject again… ah yes Grace Kelly, lovely girl. Didn’t take long to produce that video and I knew Rear Window had to be number one.

      To Catch a Thief was in 7th place out of 11 films, a bit low for the master of suspense but even Hitch regarded that one as a bit of fluff, he was taking a holiday. It didn’t even make the top 20 on my Cary Grant video. Bruce was much kinder, giving it the number 3 spot on the critics chart, ahead of Dial M for Murder and The Country Girl.

      You and Flora rate her very highly but I don’t think she had the acting chops to have had a long lasting career, she was prettier than Audrey Hepburn but Hepburn was the better actress. Still, a tragedy her life was cut short, maybe if she hadn’t married into royalty…

      1. HI AGAIN STEVE

        1 a Bit soon to expect Mr Las Vegas back as even Moses took a bit of time to come down from the mount with the 10 Cs

        2 However he has been keeping an eye on things from his Promised Land and for example has seen the recent exchanges about the videos. [Don’t you envy him being there !]

        Nice communicating with u again so have a good weekend.

        BOB

        1. Hey Bob….I had some good down time while in Vegas….many times WoC had to go do her conference stuff..and I was left to do whatever I wanted….so I of course checked out the comments….lol. Been chilling today….as I try and figure out how I want to tackle getting this information out. Already did a John Garfield update….as I listed 21 movies with overseas box office…..so much more coming.

          1. Hey Bob….sounds good. Looking forward to it. Actually got three more pages updated today…Garfield, Washington and Pratt…..one day I will have them all lined up again…lol.

  2. [tiptoes into website] Hello! Is it safe to enter? All clear? The shouting subsided?

    I don’t see my Grace Kelly comments maybe I never made any? It’s possible.

    Lovely girl, not a great actress but she brightened up the films she appeared in. If she hadn’t fallen for her fairy tale prince she might still be alive today. Hitchcock was besotted with her and I can’t blame him.

    I’ve seen 8 of the 11 films listed. The 3 I haven’t seen are The Swan, Fourteen Hours and The Country Girl.

    My favorite film of hers – Rear Window. One of the few films I’ve watched twice in one evening. Good to see it topping the critics chart.

    I will seek out Country Girl I’m curious to see why she won Best Actress instead of hot favorite Judy Garland that year.

    Lovely update Bruce. Voted Up. [leaps out of website]

    1. STEVE

      1 Interesting that you mention that Grace was not a great actress.

      2 That point was put to a film historian who was the asked how she became a big star. The historian replied that she craved stardom so “she got her act together” and went after it.

      1. Being a stunning looking person….had to help the cause……the camera loved her….as did millions of film fans. I would say she was a great star that for a brief time made movies.

    2. Hey Steve.
      1. I fixed your name….you will remain anonymous no longer.
      2. Originally on HubPages….Grace shared a page with Danny Kaye…..when I moved from HubPages to Cogerson Movie Score….I remember separating them into two pages and separating the comments and moving them…..yet for some reason when we moved again….I did not bring the Grace comments.
      3. So in other words…you probably commented on Grace Kelly over 5 years ago…but I have lost that comment somewhere in the moves.
      4. I have also seen 8 of her movies….I have seen The Country Girl….but not Green Fire….the other 7 we match…when it comes to viewing.
      5. Your favorite is Rear Window?….I am shocked….shocked I tell ya…..lol.
      6. I think you will enjoy Country Girl….it is a good movie…..but not one of those that you think….”I gotta watch that again”. Holden, Kelly and Crosby are all outstanding in that one.
      7. Thanks for the return to the website….it is greatly appreciated.

      1. Thanks for fixing my name Bruce or maybe it was safer if I stayed anonymous? 😉

        I’ve added Country Girl to a growing list of noteworthy movies I’ve missed. Let me know If you come across any pages I haven’t contributed to and I will post something. Can I use the alias Natty Bumppo? “No!” shouts Bruce. How about Lens Steveman? Bruce shakes his head. Alright Lensman it will remain.

        Btw Natty Bumppo is the name of a famous fictional character, any guesses which book? The name was changed for the movie version.

        1. Hey Steve….we are here to please. As long as Mrs. Miniver is on the list…all is good. Natty Bumppo? Not sure I know that one? If you live with a fake name long enough does it automatically become your real name? If so then Lensman and Cogerson are getting close to having hat happen. I had to do a Google search on Natty Bumppo….I would have never gotten that one right…..thank you Al Gore for inventing the internet. That is from a pretty famous book and movie…I give you that.

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