Howard Hawks Movies

Howard Hawks (1896-1977) is one of my favorite directors.

Howard Hawks (1896-1977) is one of my favorite directors.

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

I first discovered Howard Hawks when I was in high school. During a sick day, I was flipping through the channels when I stopped on 1938’s Bringing Up Baby. Bringing Up Baby starred Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn and was directed by Howard Hawks. I was so impressed with Bringing Up Baby, that I started to seek out more Cary Grant and Howard Hawks movies. I then discovered that Howard Hawks was responsible for many classic movies.

His IMDb page shows 52 directing credits from 1926-1970. This page will rank 34 Howard Hawks movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Some of his silent movies were not included in the rankings.

Gary Cooper in the Howard Hawks directed movie Sergeant York (1941)....easily Hawks' biggest box office hit.

Gary Cooper in the Howard Hawks directed movie Sergeant York (1941)….easily Hawks’ biggest box office hit.

Howard Hawks 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 Howard Hawks movies by co-stars of his movies
  • Sort Howard Hawks movies by actual domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort Howard Hawks movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort Howard Hawks 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 Howard Hawks movie received.
  • Sort Howard Hawks movies by Cogerson Movie Score.  Cogerson Movie Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
RankMovie (Year)Star of MovieActual Domestic Box Office (Millions)Adjusted Domestic Box Office (Millions)Critic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinCogerson Movie Score
Sergeant York (1941)Gary Cooper$13.50$391.4081.7%11 / 0285.58
Red River (1948)John Wayne & Montgomery Clift$9.85$199.8088.7%02 / 0072.19
To Have and Have Not (1944)Humphrey Bogart$8.03$203.8087.5%00 / 0070.62
Rio Bravo (1959)John Wayne & Dean Martin$12.65$171.3090.0%00 / 0065.76
Air Force (1943)John Garfield$5.94$160.8079.5%04 / 0163.38
The Big Sleep (1946)Humphrey Bogart$6.60$153.5089.0%00 / 0061.85
Ball of Fire (1941)Henry Fonda & Barbara Stanwyck$4.84$140.5086.5%04 / 0060.78
The Outlaw (1943)Jane Russell$11.17$302.1059.0%00 / 0060.65
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)Marilyn Monroe$11.22$151.8083.7%00 / 0059.64
Hatari! (1962)John Wayne$15.40$166.5071.7%01 / 0058.98
I Was a Male War Bride (1949)Cary Grant$9.02$170.5070.0%00 / 0058.60
His Girl Friday (1940)Cary Grant$5.09$147.8078.7%00 / 0057.09
The Thing from Another World (1951)James Arness$6.49$105.6086.3%00 / 0051.34
Scarface (1932)Paul Muni$2.65$97.4085.0%00 / 0049.23
El Dorado (1967)John Wayne & Robert Mitchum$13.20$88.5086.7%00 / 0048.03
Dawn Patrol (1930)Doug;as Fairbanks, Jr.$2.33$95.0074.0%01 / 0146.50
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)Cary Grant$2.64$76.3085.0%02 / 0046.21
Twentieth Century (1934)John Barrymore$1.98$69.8083.0%00 / 0043.01
Land of the Pharaohs (1955)Joan Collins$5.94$92.6068.5%00 / 0042.50
Come and Get It (1936)Walter Brennan$1.93$62.5079.0%02 / 0142.35
A Song Is Born (1948)Danny Kaye$5.28$107.2059.5%00 / 0042.26
Bringing Up Baby (1938)Cary Grant & Katharine Hepburn$1.78$53.6088.7%00 / 0041.75
The Road To Glory (1936)Frederic March$2.20$71.5074.5%00 / 0040.38
Barbary Coast (1935)Edward G. Robinson$2.20$74.7070.0%01 / 0040.04
Criminal Code (1931)Walter Huston$1.65$64.1076.0%01 / 0040.02
Monkey Business (1952)Cary Grant & Marilyn Monroe$4.40$65.0075.0%00 / 0039.25
The Big Sky (1952)Kirk Douglas$3.63$53.6077.5%02 / 0039.04
The Crowd Roars (1932)James Cagney$1.18$43.8081.5%00 / 0037.28
Rio Lobo (1970)John Wayne$9.35$48.7072.0%00 / 0034.94
Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)Rock Hudson$6.05$52.0065.0%00 / 0033.15
Ceiling Zero (1936)James Cagney$2.04$65.8057.0%00 / 0033.11
Tiger Shark (1932)Edward G. Robinson$.96$35.7063.0%00 / 0029.19
O'Henry's Full House (1952)Marilyn Monroe$2.20$32.5064.0%00 / 0028.90
Today We Live (1933)Gary Cooper$1.30$45.5049.0%00 / 0026.25
Red Line 7000 (1965)James Caan$3.41$26.8041.5%00 / 0019.88

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Howard Hawks Table

  1. Fourteen Howard Hawks movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 40.00% of his movies listed.  Sergeant York (1941) was his biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Howard Hawks movie grosses $111.10 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  30 Howard Hawks movies are rated as good movies…or 85.71% of his movies.  Rio Bravo (1959) is his highest rated movie while Red Line 7000 (1965) is his lowest rated movie.
  4. Eleven Howard Hawks movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 31.42% of his movies.
  5. Four Howard Hawks movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 11.42% of his movies.
  6. An average Cogerson Movie Score is 39.86.  25 Howard Hawks movies scored higher that average….or 48.88% of his movies.  Sergeant York (1941) got the the highest Cogerson Movie Score while Red Line 7000 (1965) got the lowest Cogerson Movie Score.
Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in 1946's The Big Sleep.

Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in 1946’s The Big Sleep.

Seven Possibly Interesting Facts About Howard Hawks

1. Howard Hawks only received one Oscar® nomination for Best Director (1941’s Sergeant York) but he was given an Honorary Oscar® in 1974. His good friend, John Wayne, presented Hawks the Oscar®.

2. Howard Hawks directed some very famous actors/actresses numerous times: John Wayne (5 times), Cary Grant (5 times), Gary Cooper (3 times), Marilyn Monroe (3 times), Walter Huston (3 times), Humphrey Bogart (2 times), Lauren Bacall (2 times) and Edward G. Robinson (2 times).

3. In 1996 Entertainment Weekly voted Howard Hawks as the 4th greatest director of all-time.

4. Howard Hawks was the co-director of The Outlaw.…the other director was Howard Hughes. In 1935 Hawks replaced another legendary director, William Wyler, during the making of Barbary Coast. The next year, Hawks was fired before completing Come and Get It.…the man who replaced him?…the same William Wyler.

5. Howard Hawks was married three times in his life. His first marriage to Athole Shearer produced his only son and only daughter. Athole Shearer was the sister to Oscar® winning actress Norma Shearer.

6.  And now we get to the mystery of the movie The Thing From Another World.  Howard Hawks is not listed as the director of the movie, but rumors have swirled for years that he directed the movie and gave credit to his longtime editor, Christian Nyby.  Since I believe in the rumor, I have included the movie in this movie page.

7. Check out Howard Hawks career compared to current and classic actors and directors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

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41 thoughts on “Howard Hawks Movies

  1. Hi Bruce,

    I’ve seen 22 of his movies, but I desperately search Dawn Patrol. But with french subtitles. Yes, I admit : I’m not very good in english…. It doesn’t exist in DVD in France, and I would really like to see this film. If somebody… I would be very grateful to him.

    1. Hey Laurent…..had to dig deep to get a tally count….you are looking good….with a silver for France.
      Tally count…Steve 25, you 22, me 17 and Flora 14.
      As for the Dawn Patrol the next time I see it at my local libraries…I will see if it includes a French subtitle menu….and will let you know. Thanks for checking out our Howard Hawks page.

    1. Hey Lyle….thanks for checking out my Hawks page. He is one of my favorites as well. I appreciate the kind words.

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