Joan Bennett Movies

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

Joan Bennett (1910-1990) was an American stage, film and television actress.  Bennett appeared in more than 70 motion pictures from the era of silent movies, well into the sound era. Her IMDb page shows 98 acting credits from 1916-1982. This page will rank 56 Joan Bennett movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information.  Her television appearances and some movies made between 1928 and 1932  were not included in the rankings.  This page comes from a request by Brando90.

Joan Bennett and Edward G. Robinson in 1944’s Woman in the Window

Joan Bennett 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 Joan Bennett films by co-stars of her movies
  • Sort Joan Bennett films by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Joan Bennett films by yearly domestic box office rank
  • Sort Joan Bennett 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 Joan Bennett film received.
  • Sort Joan Bennett 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.
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdj. B.O. Domestic (mil)Box Office Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Father of the Bride (1950)Spencer Tracy & Elizabeth Taylor$207.807th of 195082.50%03 / 0073.23
Scarlet Street (1945)Edward G. Robinson & Dan Duryea$176.7031st of 194587.50%00 / 0068.51
The Woman in the Window (1944)Edward G. Robinson & Dan Duryea$175.3038th of 194485.00%01 / 0067.52
Little Women (1933)Katharine Hepburn$150.1013th of 193382.50%03 / 0166.85
Father's Little Dividend (1951)Spencer Tracy & Elizabeth Taylor$158.2010th of 195172.50%00 / 0058.59
We're No Angels (1955)Humphrey Bogart & Peter Ustinov$142.6035th of 195576.50%00 / 0058.06
Man Hunt (1941)Walter Pidgeon$139.5037th of 194176.50%00 / 0057.58
Nob Hill (1945)George Raft$219.4024th of 194555.00%00 / 0056.85
The Man In The Iron Mask (1939)Louis Hayward$135.9045th of 193971.50%01 / 0055.06
Disraeli (1930)George Arliss$123.0020th of 193061.00%03 / 0152.54
Mississippi (1935)Bing Crosby & W.C. Fields$97.8033rd of 193578.50%00 / 0052.05
Vogues of 1938 (1937)Warner Baxter$146.6030th of 193758.00%02 / 0050.78
Trade Winds (1938)Fredric March$124.3037th of 193859.50%00 / 0047.23
The Texans (1938)Randolph Scott$110.9049th of 193861.00%00 / 0045.86
The Macomber Affair (1947)Gregory Peck$58.40114th of 194774.67%00 / 0044.14
For Heaven's Sake (1950)Clifton Webb$87.5065th of 195059.50%00 / 0041.52
There's Always Tomorrow (1956)Barbara Stanwyck & Fred MacMurray$44.90108th of 195673.50%00 / 0041.50
Suspiria (1977)Jessica Harper$18.9096th of 197780.00%00 / 0040.53
Bulldog Drummond (1929)Ronald Colman$80.4024th of 192957.50%02 / 0040.28
Wild Geese Calling (1941)Henry Fonda$74.7093rd of 194161.00%00 / 0040.25
Moby Dick (1930)John Barrymore$77.1053rd of 193059.00%00 / 0039.68
13 Hours By Air (1936)Fred MacMurray$83.6064th of 193656.50%00 / 0039.52
The House Across The Bay (1940)George Raft$69.1076th of 194060.50%00 / 0039.15
Two For Tonight (1935)Bing Crosby$51.3063rd of 193566.00%00 / 0038.97
The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935)Ronald Colman & Colin Clive$54.2061st of 193563.50%00 / 0038.24
She Couldn't Take It (1935)George Raft$43.2098th of 193566.00%00 / 0037.72
The Woman on the Beach (1947)Robert Ryan$57.80150th of 194761.00%00 / 0037.63
The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934)Claude Rains$46.8081st of 193464.00%00 / 0037.33
She Knew All The Answers (1941)Franchot Tone$60.60114th of 194159.00%00 / 0037.12
Wedding Present (1936)Cary Grant$52.7093rd of 193661.50%00 / 0037.07
The Man I Married (1940)Lloyd Nolan$52.00110th of 194061.00%00 / 0036.73
Big Brown Eyes (1936)Cary Grant$41.4097th of 193664.00%00 / 0036.50
Girl Trouble (1942)Don Ameche$55.00120th of 194259.50%00 / 0036.48
The Son Of Monte Cristo (1940)Louis Hayward & George Sanders$60.4093rd of 194056.00%01 / 0036.08
The Pursuit of Happiness (1934)Francis Lederer$44.6083rd of 193462.00%00 / 0036.05
Green Hell (1940)Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.$61.3090th of 194055.50%00 / 0035.58
House Of Dark Shadows (1970)Jonathan Frid$31.0055th of 197064.50%00 / 0035.12
Two In A Crowd (1936)Joel McCrea$34.00116th of 193663.50%00 / 0035.11
Colonel Effingham's Raid (1946)Charles Coburn$54.40113th of 194656.50%00 / 0034.99
The Guy Who Came Back (1951)Linda Darnell$40.90142nd of 195160.50%00 / 0034.78
Secret Beyond The Door (1947)Michael Redgrave$26.90163rd of 194764.50%00 / 0034.49
Hollow Truimph (1948)Paul Henreid$30.80115th of 194863.00%00 / 0034.38
The Housekeeper's Daughter (1939)Victor Mature$50.90106th of 193956.00%00 / 0034.21
I Met My Love Again (1938)Henry Fonda$55.8086th of 193853.00%00 / 0033.56
The Reckless Moment (1949)James Mason$40.10159th of 194957.50%00 / 0033.24
Margin For Error (1943)Milton Berle$51.20111th of 194353.50%00 / 0033.08
Artists and Models Abroad (1938)Jack Benny$54.00118th of 193852.00%00 / 0032.81
Confirm Or Deny (1941)Don Ameche$33.70131st of 194158.50%00 / 0032.71
Private Worlds (1935)Claudette Colbert$54.8057th of 193549.50%00 / 0031.75
Maybe It's Love (1930)Joe E. Brown$61.5063rd of 193047.00%00 / 0031.62
The Wife Takes A Flyer (1942)Franchot Tone$31.70147th of 194256.50%00 / 0031.47
Highway Dragnet (1954)Richard Conte$18.00126th of 195461.00%00 / 0031.46
Desire In The Dust (1960)Raymond Burr$15.5093rd of 196059.00%00 / 0030.13
Arizona to Broadway (1933)James Dunn$23.60104th of 193352.00%00 / 0028.10
Navy Wife (1956)Gary Merrill$17.80203rd of 195646.50%00 / 0024.62
Twin Beds (1942)George Brent$35.90143rd of 194240.50%00 / 0024.60

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Joan Bennett Table

  1. Thirteen Joan Bennett movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 23.21% of her movies listed.  Her biggest hit was Nob Hill (1945)
  2. An average Joan Bennett movie grosses an average of $74.02 million in adjusted domestic gross.
  3. Using’s 60% fresh meter. 30 Joan Bennett movies are rated as good movies…or 53.57% of her movies.  Scarlet Street (1945) was her highest rated movie while Twin Beds (1942) was her lowest rated movie.
  4. Eight Joan Bennett movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 14.28% of her movies.
  5. Two Joan Bennett movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 3.57% of her movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 20 Joan Bennett movies scored higher than that average….or 35.71% of her movies. Father of the Bride (1950) got the the highest UMR Score while Twin Beds (1942) got the lowest UMR Score.

Possibly Interesting Facts About Joan Bennett

  1. Joan Geraldine Bennett was born in Fort Lee, New Jersey in 1910.

2. Joan Bennett was born into a theatrical family. Her father, mother and two older sisters (Constance & Barbara) were all involved in acting…so real surprise when Joan followed their footprints.

3. Filming on 1932’s She Wanted a Millionaire was interrupted for 6 months when Joan Bennett broke her leg in a fall from a horse.

4. Joan Bennett made five films for Fritz Lang, more than any other American actor or actress who worked with him.

5. Joan Bennett was a finalist for the part of Scarlett O’Hara in 1939’s Gone with the Wind. Vivien Leigh got the role at the last minute.  Her thoughts on that?  “I wish Vivien would have stayed in England.”

6. Joan Bennett was married four times and had four children.  Her second marriage was to producer Walter Wanger.

7.  In 1951 Walter Wanger was convicted of attempted murder in the shooting of talent agent Jennings Lang. Lang was the agent of Joan Bennett, then Wanger’s wife, and Wanger discovered the two of them were having an affair. He caught them in the act, and wound up shooting Lang. Wanger served a four-month sentence.

8. Billy Wilder came up with the idea for 1960’s The Apartment after reading all the details of Wanger and Bennett’s personal lives that were revealed in the scandal in interesting fact #7. Some of the details revealed included how executives were using people’s apartments as “meeting places”.  So the next time you see The Apartment….think of Joan Bennett.

9.  Joan Bennett’s movies from 1930 to 1939 earned $1.81 billion in adjusted domestic gross.  That puts him in 47th place when looking at all the stars of that decade. 1930’s Top Box Office Stars.

10. Joan Bennett’s movies from 1940 to 1949 earned $1.56 billion in adjusted domestic gross.  That puts him in 86th place when looking at all the stars of that decade. 1940’s Top Box Office Stars.

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

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39 thoughts on “Joan Bennett Movies

  1. Just updating my Katharine Hepburn page….when I realized the rental total for Little Women was worldwide rentals….when fixed….Little Women lost almost $100 million in adjusted domestic gross….which knock Little Women from numerous Top Spots in Joan’ Rankings.

    Now her biggest hit is 1945’s Nob Hill

    Now her best UMR movie is Father of the Bride

    Meanwhile….Little Women comes from first on the UMR rankings to 4th…..still one of her best movies….just not the top dog anymore.

  2. Cogerson

    I was watching films of the 1950’s TV panel show I’ve Got a Secret on you tube the other night, and was surprised to find that Joan Bennett was a regular panelist for one year, apparently 1953 to 1954. A surprising gig for a real movie star of that era (at least as a regular). I assume it reflects the negative impact of the shooting scandal on her career.

    1. Hey John…I agree back then movie stars looked down on television. So it is indeed interesting to see her on I’ve Got A Secret.

  3. Hello Bruce.
    It’s good to see this new page on Joan Bennett. She has never been one of my favorite film stars but I think she was quite a good actress. I’ve seen many of her films and recently I saw for the first time two she did with Cary Grant in 1936, “Wedding Present” and “Big Brown Eyes” which I enjoyed. I like 1933’s “Little Women” very much. But my favorite Joan Bennett film is Fritz Lang’s 1944 film noir classic “The Woman in the Window”. Thank you for another classic film star page.

    1. Hey Lyle. I have seen both of the Cary Grant/Joan Bennett movies. They are decent…especially for early Grant movies. I have not seen Little Women….at least that version. I agree that Woman In The Window is a classic. The next year the people behind Woman in the Window…made Scarlett Street. Robinson, Bennett, Duryea and Lang, not to mentioned a lot of the sets were the same. Glad you liked this latest classic page….thanks for the comment.

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