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James Mason (1909-1984) was an English actor who appeared in movies for over 50 years. His first appearance was in 1935’s Late Extra and his last appearance was 1985’s The Assisi Underground. James Mason appeared in many British quota quickie movies from 1935 to 1948. After appearing in over 25 of these low budget films, Mason started getting noticed for the movies The Wicked Lady, Odd Man Out and The Seventh Veil.The success of those movies got the attention of Hollywood.
In 1949 James Mason appeared in his first American film, Caught. Once his Hollywood career got started, he appeared in many classic movies like 1953’s Julius Caesar, 1954’s A Star Is Born, 1954’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and 1959’s North by Northwest. For a great movie page on James Mason’s North by Northwest check out this page from film historian, Steve Lensman… North by Northwest Illustrated Reference.
Highlights for Mason in the 1960s were 1962’s Lolita and 1966’s Georgy Girl. As he neared the end of his career he scored two more major hits in 1978’s Heaven Can Wait and 1982’s The Verdict. James Mason and his very distinguished voice earned 3 Oscar® nominations for acting over his career
His IMDb page shows 154 acting credits from 1935-1985. This page will rank 74 James Mason movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in North American theaters were not included in the rankings.
James Mason 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 James Mason movies by co-stars of his movies.
- Sort James Mason movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
- Sort James Mason movies by domestic yearly box office rank
- Sort James Mason 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 James Mason movie received.
- Sort James Mason 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 buttons to make this a very interactive page.
|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adj. B.O. Domestic (mil)||Box Office Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|Verdict, The (1982)||Paul Newman||$195.90||11th of 1982||86.50%||05 / 00||81.00|
|Star Is Born, A (1954)||Judy Garland||$314.20||11th of 1955||84.00%||06 / 00||79.88|
|North by Northwest (1959)||Cary Grant||$269.10||8th of 1959||93.00%||03 / 00||75.91|
|Heaven Can Wait (1978)||Warren Beatty||$294.10||5th of 1978||77.50%||09 / 01||75.12|
|20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)||Kirk Douglas||$418.90||3rd of 1955||82.00%||03 / 02||71.94|
|Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)||Pat Boone||$200.70||14th of 1960||76.50%||03 / 00||68.16|
|Georgy Girl (1966)||Lynn Redgrave||$145.60||7th of 1967||79.50%||04 / 00||66.03|
|Lolita (1962)||Peter Sellers||$144.50||16th of 1962||87.50%||01 / 00||65.17|
|Julius Caesar (1953)||Marlon Brando||$86.00||49th of 1953||82.00%||05 / 01||56.72|
|Island in the Sun (1957)||Joan Fontaine||$215.10||9th of 1957||53.50%||00 / 00||56.14|
|Seventh Veil, The (1946)||Herbert Lom||$130.20||67th of 1946||74.00%||01 / 01||55.96|
|Odd Man Out (1947)||Robert Newton||$86.20||83rd of 1947||85.50%||01 / 00||53.94|
|Wicked Lady, The (1945)||Margaret Lockwood||$130.90||51st of 1945||71.50%||00 / 00||53.89|
|Blue Max, The (1966)||George Peppard||$139.40||14th of 1966||67.50%||00 / 00||53.33|
|Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel, The (1951)||Jessica Tandy||$115.60||25th of 1951||70.50%||00 / 00||51.06|
|5 Fingers (1952)||Danielle Darrieux||$57.50||86th of 1952||85.50%||02 / 00||49.89|
|Caught (1949)||Robert Ryan||$68.10||122nd of 1949||81.00%||00 / 00||48.63|
|Forever, Darling (1956)||Lucille Ball||$113.90||30th of 1956||65.50%||00 / 00||48.43|
|Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)||Ava Gardner||$60.20||95th of 1952||77.50%||00 / 00||45.75|
|Bigger Than Life (1956)||Walter Matthau||$41.60||107th of 1956||83.50%||00 / 00||45.69|
|Boys from Brazil, The (1978)||Laurence Olivier & Gregory Peck||$81.40||23rd of 1978||67.67%||03 / 00||45.62|
|Prisoner of Zenda, The (1952)||Deborah Kerr||$88.50||48th of 1953||66.00%||00 / 00||44.74|
|Man Between, The (1953)||Claire Bloom||$63.90||86th of 1953||73.00%||00 / 00||44.21|
|East Side, West Side (1949)||Barbara Stanwyck||$82.70||76th of 1950||66.50%||00 / 00||44.08|
|Prince Valiant (1954)||Robert Wagner||$136.10||36th of 1954||48.00%||00 / 00||43.66|
|Last of Sheila, The (1973)||James Coburn||$31.80||60th of 1973||82.00%||00 / 00||43.47|
|Madame Bovary (1949)||Jennifer Jones||$61.60||49th of 1949||69.50%||01 / 00||42.61|
|Fall of the Roman Empire, The (1964)||Sophia Loren||$42.60||40th of 1964||75.50%||01 / 00||42.48|
|Lord Jim (1965)||Peter O''''Toole||$87.10||31st of 1965||61.00%||00 / 00||42.17|
|Desert Rats, The (1953)||Richard Burton||$42.60||140th of 1953||73.50%||01 / 00||41.54|
|Botany Bay (1952)||Alan Ladd||$85.20||62nd of 1953||60.00%||00 / 00||41.41|
|Murder by Degree (1979)||Christopher Plummer & Donald Sutherland||$27.40||71st of 1979||78.50%||00 / 00||41.14|
|Voyage of the Damned (1976)||Faye Dunaway||$21.00||99th of 1976||74.50%||03 / 00||39.48|
|Mandingo (1975)||Susan George||$107.20||18th of 1975||48.50%||00 / 00||39.42|
|One Way Street (1950)||Dan Duryea||$65.20||91st of 1950||61.50%||00 / 00||39.01|
|Cross of Iron, The (1977)||James Coburn||$15.40||104th of 1977||77.50%||00 / 00||38.81|
|Evil Under the Sun (1982)||Peter Ustinov||$17.50||87th of1982||75.50%||00 / 00||38.19|
|Pumpkin Eater, The (1964)||Anne Bancroft||$24.90||87th of 1964||71.00%||01 / 00||37.63|
|Marriage-Go-Round, The (1961)||Susan Hayward||$42.30||68th of 1961||62.00%||00 / 00||35.70|
|Decks Ran Red, The (1958)||Broderick Crawford||$32.70||116th of 1958||64.00%||00 / 00||35.15|
|11 Harrowhouse (1974)||Candice Bergen||$13.70||103rd of 1974||69.50%||00 / 00||34.78|
|Lady Possessed (1952)||June Havoc||$29.80||156th of 1952||62.50%||00 / 00||34.00|
|Face to Face (1952)||Gene Lockhart||$34.10||141st of 1952||60.50%||00 / 00||33.73|
|Reckless Moment, The (1949)||Joan Bennett||$39.10||159th of 1949||57.50%||00 / 00||33.08|
|Torpedo Bay (1963)||Lilli Palmer||$19.60||118th of 1963||63.50%||00 / 00||32.88|
|Genghis Khan (1965)||Omar Sharif||$40.20||60th of 1965||56.00%||00 / 00||32.55|
|Inside Out (1975)||Telly Salavas||$11.20||120th of 1975||65.50%||00 / 00||32.52|
|Sea Gull, The (1968)||Vanessa Redgrave||$11.50||144th of 1968||65.00%||00 / 00||32.33|
|Deadly Affair, The (1966)||Maximilian Schell||$12.50||136th of 1966||64.00%||00 / 00||32.02|
|Ffolkes (1979)||Roger Moore||$15.20||109th of 1980||62.50%||00 / 00||31.74|
|Cop-Out (1967)||Geraldine Chaplin||$8.30||142nd of 1967||64.50%||00 / 00||31.61|
|Story of Three Loves, The (1953)||Kirk Douglas||$46.70||125th of 1953||50.50%||01 / 00||31.38|
|Mackintosh Man, The (1973)||Paul Newman||$21.60||80th of 1973||59.50%||00 / 00||31.31|
|Uninhibited, The (1965)||Melina Mercouri||$7.80||144th of 1965||63.50%||00 / 00||31.05|
|Passage, The (1979)||Anthony Quinn||$9.70||80th of 1978||62.50%||00 / 00||30.88|
|Age of Consent (1969)||Helen Mirren||$15.30||104th of 1969||60.50%||00 / 00||30.81|
|Trials of Oscar Wilde, The (1960)||Peter Finch||$22.70||132nd of 1960||58.00%||00 / 00||30.78|
|Cry Terror! (1958)||Rod Steiger||$24.10||123rd of 1958||57.50%||00 / 00||30.76|
|Shooting Party, The (1985)||Edward Fox||$2.40||152nd of 1985||64.50%||00 / 00||30.69|
|Child's Play (1972)||Robert Preston||$12.80||114th of 1972||60.00%||00 / 00||30.18|
|Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill! (1971)||Jean Seberg||$10.20||138th of 1971||55.00%||00 / 00||27.43|
|Destructors/The Marseille Contract, The (1974)||Michael Caine & Anthony Quinn||$2.10||75th of 1974||56.50%||00 / 00||26.89|
|Assissi Underground, The (1985)||Irene Papas||$1.20||160th of 1985||56.00%||00 / 00||26.51|
|Mayerling (1968)||Omar Sharif||$16.50||102nd of 1968||49.50%||00 / 00||25.82|
|Charade (1953)||Pamela Mason||$12.80||163rd of 1953||49.00%||00 / 00||25.01|
|Bloodline (1979)||Audrey Hepburn||$47.40||55th of 1979||36.00%||00 / 00||24.27|
|Touch of Larceny, A (1959)||Vera Miles||$22.10||133rd of 1959||43.50%||00 / 00||23.87|
|Hero's Island (1962)||Neville Brand||$22.50||122nd of 1962||43.00%||00 / 00||23.70|
|Tiara Tahiti (1962)||John Mills||$20.90||130th of 1962||43.50%||00 / 00||23.68|
|Duffy (1968)||James Coburn||$18.40||95th of 1968||43.00%||00 / 00||23.06|
|Cold Sweat (1970)||Charles Bronson||$14.80||99th of 1970||43.50%||00 / 00||22.73|
|Autobiography of a Princess (1975)||Madhur Jaffrey|
|$5.60||136th of 1975||45.00%||00 / 00||22.02|
|Yellowbeard (1983)||Graham Chapman||$11.50||107th of 1983||39.50%||00 / 00||20.34|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above James Mason Table
- Sixteen James Mason movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 21.92% of his movies listed. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) is his biggest box office ht when looking at adjusted domestic box office gross.
- An average James Mason movie grosses $68.30 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 51 of James Mason’s movies are rated as good movies…or 69.86% of his movies. North by Northwest (1959) is his highest rated movie while Bloodline (1979) was his lowest rated movie.
- Nineteen James Mason movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 26.02% of his movies.
- Four James Mason movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 5.47% of his movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 32 James Mason movies scored higher than that average….or 22.97% of his movies. The Verdict (1982) got the the highest UMR Score while Yellowbeard (1983) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About James Mason
1. James Mason had no formal acting training. He can thank the quota quickie era for getting his start in movies. This is the 3rd or 4th time I have mentioned the quota quickie era. So what is the quota quickie era?
2. The quota quickie era was a ten year Act in England that required English theaters to show a percentage of movies made in England. This need to have English made films helped create many English production companies that could generate many movies in a very short time on a low budget.
3. James Mason was nominated for 3 acting Oscars®. His three nominations were for 1954’s A Star Is Born, 1966’s Georgy Girl, and 1982’s The Verdict. James Mason also was nominated for 3 Golden Globes®. He won one Golden Globe® for A Star Is Born.
4. Here is one for you Flora….James Mason was a huge cat lover all of his life. In 1949 James Mason and his wife Pamela wrote the book, The Cats in Our Lives. His first cat’s name was Top Boy.
5. James Mason was married twice in his life. His first marriage was to Pamela Ostrer, from 1941 to 1964. They had two children, a son named Morgan and a daughter named Portland. His second marriage was to Clarissa Kaye from 1971 to his death in 1984.
6. James Mason was the father-in-law to Belinda Carlisle who is lead singer in the rock group The Go-Gos.
7. Roles James Mason either turned down or was seriously considered for:….The African Queen, Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolfe, The Paper Chase, The Bridge on the River Kwai and Doctor Zhivago.
8. James Mason was not the first choice for 1954’s A Star Is Born, which is probably his greatest performance. Mason got the part after Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, James Stewart, Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift all passed on the part.
9. James Mason was almost involved in three James Bond projects. (1 ) He was hired to play James Bond in a television version of From Russia With Love in 1958, but the it was never produced. (2) He was one of the many contenders to play Bond in Dr. No, but Sean Connery got the part. And (3) He was offered the role of Hugo Drax in 1979’s Moonraker but he turned down the part….too bad because I think he would have made a great Bond villian.
10. Check out James Mason’s career compared to current and classic actors. Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.
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