Hedy Lamarr Movies

Hedy Lamarr in 1940

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

Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) was an Austrian and American film actress and inventor.  She was one of the most popular actresses making movies from the 1930s to the early 1950s.  Her IMDb page shows 35 acting credits from 1930-1958. This page will rank 26 Hedy Lamarr movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information.  Her early German movies and her few television appearances were not included in the rankings.  This UMR page comes from a request by Bob.

Hedy Lamarr & Victor Mature in 1950’s Samson and Delilah

Hedy Lamarr 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 Hedy Lamarr films by co-stars of her movies
  • Sort Hedy Lamarr films by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Hedy Lamarr films by yearly domestic box office rank
  • Sort Hedy Lamarr films 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 Hedy Lamarr film received.
  • Sort Hedy Lamarr films 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 Hedy Lamarr Table

  1. SixteenHedy Lamarr movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 61.53% of her movies listed.  Her biggest hit was Samson and Delilah (1950).
  2. An average Hedy Lamarr movie grosses an average of $135.80 million in adjusted domestic gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 12 Hedy Lamarr movies are rated as good movies…or 46.15% of her movies.  Boom Town (1940) was her highest rated movie while Loves of Three Queens (1954) was her lowest rated movie.
  4. Six Hedy Lamarr movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 23.07% of her movies.
  5. One Hedy Lamarr movie won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 3.84% of her movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 18 Hedy Lamarr movies scored higher than that average….or 69.23% of her movies. Boom Town (1940) got the the highest UMR Score while Loves of Three Queens (1954) got the lowest UMR Score.

1940’s Boom Town had one great cast: Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable, Lamarr & the Wizard of Oz

Possibly Interesting Facts About Hedy Lamarr

  1.  Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler was born in  Vienna in 1913.

2.  In the early 1930s, Hedy Kiesler began to work in the Vienna film industry, first as a script girl, and soon as an actress.  She would appear in 4 movies with 1933’s Ecstasy reaching North American theaters.

3. In Paris 1937, Hedy Kiesler met Louis B. Mayer, who was scouting for talent in Europe. Mayer persuaded her to change her name to Hedy Lamarr, choosing the surname in homage to the beautiful silent film star, Barbara La Marr. He brought her to Hollywood in 1938 and began promoting her as the “world’s most beautiful woman”.

4. Louis B. Mayer brought Hedy Lamarr to Hollywood in 1938 and began promoting her as the “world’s most beautiful woman”.  Mayer had hoped he had found the next Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietrich.

5. Hedy Lamarr was married six times.  She had three children.

6. Hedy Lamarr owned the mansion used in 1965’s The Sound of Music.

7. Hedy Lamarr was the inspiration for the DC Comics antiheroine and Batman’s love interest, Catwoman.

8. Hedy Lamarr was one of the few stars with whom costume designer Edith Head admitted she did not like working. The others were Claudette Colbert and Paulette Goddard.

9. Hedy Lamarr is a member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.  Some of her inventions included an improved traffic light and a frequency-hopping signal that could not be tracked or jammed.  The United States Navy started using this technology in 1962.

10. Hedy Lamarr’s movies from 1940 to 1949 earned $2.82 billion in adjusted domestic gross.  That puts her in 37th place when looking at all the stars of that decade. 1940’s Top Box Office Stars.

Check out Hedy Lamarr’s movie career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

But Wait….We Have More Hedy Lamarr Stats….Worldwide Adjusted Box Office Grosses

  1. Boom Town (1940) $511.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  2. Ziegfeld Girl (1941) $300.70 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  3. White Cargo (1942) $220.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  4. Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945) $219.00 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  5. Tortilla Flat (1942) $216.90 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  6. Crossroads (1942) $193.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  7. Lady of The Tropics (1939) $184.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  8. Comrade X (1940) $178.80 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  9. Experiment Perilous (1944) $172.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  10. Algiers (1938) $168.90 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  11. I Take This Woman (1940) $124.00 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  12. A Lady Without A Passport (1950) $51.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  13. The Story of Mankind (1957) $17.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross

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