Joel Hirschhorn Movies

Joel Hirschhorn

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

Joel Hirschhorn (1937-2005) was a two-time Oscar winning American singer, composer and writer. Hirschhorn’s songs sold more than 90 million records. Various artists including Elvis Presley, recorded his songs…and Hollywood is still using his work in current movies.  His IMDb page shows over 80 credits from 1966-2017. This page will rank 22 Joel Hirschhorn movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information.

Drivel Part 1:  Why a Joel Hirschhorn UMR page?  Well….his book….Rating the Movie Stars…is one of the most influential books on this website.  Published in 1983, it is a book I have been referencing for almost 35 years.  In that book, Hirschhorn, rated every movie that a movie star appeared in during their career.  Sometime in 2010, for the millionth time I was looking at his book when I wondered; had he updated his ratings lately? A quick internet check provided the sad news that Mr. Hirchhorn had passed away in 2005.  About a month later, I thought I could update the ratings….tunrs out those were the first baby steps of UMR.

Drivel Part 2:  This page is from a request from Bob.  Bob has been requesting a Joel Hirschhorn page for almost 2 years now.  Constantly filling up our request page…with Hirschhorn requests….day after day.  Well Bob….finally your Hirsch page is here….hope it was worth the wait…lol.

The Towering Inferno is a Top 100 Box Office Hit of all-time when looking at adjusted grosses

Joel Hirschhorn 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 Joel Hirschhorn movies by co-stars of his movies.
  • Sort Joel Hirschhorn movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Joel Hirschhorn movies by yearly domestic box office rank
  • Sort Joel Hirschhorn movies how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations each Joel Hirschhorn movie received and how many Oscar® wins each Joel Hirschhorn movie won.
  • Sort Joel Hirschhorn 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 Joel Hirschhorn Table

  1. Five Joel Hirschhorn movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 22.72% of his movies listed. The Towering Inferno (1974) was his biggest box office hit when looking at adjusted domestic box office gross.
  2. An average Joel Hirschhorn movie grosses $91.20 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using’s 60% fresh meter.  14 Joel Hirschhorn movies are rated as good movies…or 46.80% of his movies. The Ice Storm (1997) is his highest rated movie while The Fat Spy (1969) was his lowest rated movie.
  4. Three Joel Hirschhorn movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 13.63% of his movies.
  5. Two Joel Hirschhorn movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 9.09% of his movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 8 Joel Hirschhorn movies scored higher than that average….or 36.36% of his movies. The Towering Inferno (1974) got the the highest UMR Score  while The Fat Spy (1969) got the lowest UMR Score.

Possibly Interesting Facts About Joel Hirschhorn

1.  Joel Hirschhorn was born in Bronx, New York in 1937.

2.  After graduating from Manhattan’s High School of Performing Arts, he became a regular performer on New York’s nightclub circuit, both as a solo singer and as a member of the rock & roll band, The Highlighters.

3.  During the mid-1960s, Hirschhorn branched out into writing film soundtracks. The results were horrible.  1969’s The Fat Spy is considered to be one of the worst movies ever made.

4.  Joel Hirschhorn’s The Fat Spy (1969) is the 11th worst movie in our UMR 36,000 plus movie database.

5.  Joel Hirschhorn worked with songwriting partner Al Kasha from the 1960s until the late 1990s.

6.  Joel Hirschhorn (and Al Kasha) were nominated for four Oscars® and four Golden Globes®.  They won Oscars® for 1972’s The Poseidon Adventure and 1974’s The Towering Inferno. They received two Oscar® nominations for 1977’s Pete’s Dragon.

7.  Joel Hirschhorn and Al Kasha also worked together on Broadway musicals, receiving Tony Award® for Best Original Score nominations for both Copperfield and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

8.  Joel Hirschhorn the book author.  Besides his book RatingThe Movie Stars, Hirschhorn also wrote 2001’s The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Songwriting.

9.  *Joel Hirschhorn’s Bette Davis story:  “Star quality is difficult to define, but my personal definition was formed after a lunch with Bette Davis.  At the time (1972), Davis was to appear in the musical “Copperfield,” which I had co-written with Al Kasha.  Al and I went to the Bel Air Hotel to play the score for her.  She was a petite, almost delicated woman, but there was nothing timid about her direct gaze, and authoritative speaking voice.  We need a piano and the empty dining room didn’t have one, so she told a work-man, “We must have a piano immediately.”  She wasn’t rude, but her firmness brooked no argument.  The piano materialized in seconds.  She applauded after we performed the songs, and I modestly ventured that “We had a lot of help from Dickens.”  She responded, “Yes, but look what you did with him!” Her conviction made me feel we were on par with Dickens, that he was lucky to have us as collaborators!   She had wit, intelligence, force, charm, vulerability – but most of all, a highly charge belief in herself, in her ability to dominate.  The performer who has this belief and this assured, takeover quality can make film vehicles timeless.”

10. Check out Joel Hirschhorn’s career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time

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*Bette Davis story comes from Hirschhorn’s Rating The Movie Stars book.

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  1. Hello Mr Cogerson…I like your other pages but not this man…bad to other people and say silly things…you have no one else as critic?….that why you all the time use this man only you ask for…you self dulge yourselff? it a great pity as you good all other stuff and seem have nice family. Hope translate from me OK.


      1 I hope that doesn’t sound like I’m trying to hit on you but I don’t know your real name and anyway I can’t be sure of your gender though the Million Dollar Baby in Clint Eastwood’s film of that name was of course a woman played by Hilary Swank.

      2 Anyway I am very fond of quoting on this site Charles Bickford’s words to Charlton Heston in the Big Country when Bickford thinks that Heston is going to desert him in the range battle with Burl Ives and says “Well, I don’t mind. I’ve been on my own before.”

      3 The latter was my own motto in exchanges on this site until you came along and whilst I will always be prepared to go it alone against even heavy guns like the Moderator of the site it’s still nice to have some support.

      4 I say the latter because I understand you perfectly and know your thoughts chime with my own and indeed I admire you for taking the trouble to translate your views so that we can all benefit from them though your nationality too obviously escapes me. There is nothing new in giving yourself an anonymous title as for example we have from time to time somebody writing some strange things to us who claims he/she is “In The Shadows”

      5 However what matters in the end of course is not WHO you are but WHAT you say and to me your opinions certainly make sense to me and in fact until I saw your post I was thinking of signing off the site as BOB and reappearing under the alias of THE LONE WOLF. Anyway thanks for your support whether intended or not and if we don’t hear from you again soon have a good Xmas.

  2. HI BRUCE: 1 Thank you for responding quickly to my query about Esther Williams’ page. All the stats line up now and I will be able to complete the updating of Esther’s grosses in my own database. Also for once Joel has indirectly led to my having nostalgic memories of long-ago experiences.

    2 When movie videos came on the scene my own first two viewings were of horror films the 1988 Rush Week and the 1983 Curtains starring burly John Vernon from Marvin’s Point Blank. Vernon plays a hot-shot Hollywood producer who makes up a female character called Audra whom he manages to hype as the next Scarlett so that Audra’s name is on the lips of every wannabe actress around. Obviously the latter have never heard of Audra since the character has never existed but they don’t want to admit that for fear of displaying ignorance of a possible important historical or literary person.

    3 Vernon lures 6 of the wannabes to a secluded retreat where he proceeds with “casting couch” auditions. In tandem with those a real-life masked slasher keeps popping up among the bevy of beauties and is coincidentally useful in helping Vernon slim down the list of contenders for the part! Finally one of the surviving actresses who has compromised herself is told that she hasn’t got the part and flies into a rage and starts to run off when she stops and yells “Say who the XXXX is Audra anyway?”

    4. And what’s all this to do with Joel? I’ve mentioned my small movie buff’s group and that I’ve been recounting to them some of Joel’s pronouncements. Usually they don’t get worked up about him the way that I do and I generally tend to get blank ‘so what?’ stares and the only time that there was unified outrage being when I told them about Joel’s estimate of The Duke. However Jeff is a great admirer of David Shipman and interpreted the June Allyson post as disrespect for Shipman so then the dam burst “Why do you keep telling us this stuff, Bob? And who the XXXX is this Joel guy anyway?”

    5 I told Jeff that sadly unlike Audra Joel DID once exist and that unfortunately his lone surviving modern disciple seemed hell-bent on proving the wisdom of Shakespeare’s suggestion that our goodness dies with us but our badness continues on live on afterwards. [Conversely Curtains initially a critical and commercial failure has now become a cult movie according to Wiki with the slasher ice skating scene being the jewel is its crown like the shower scene was to Psycho.]

    1. Hey Bob
      1. Sorry about that “ranking” issue it is one of the bugs that WoC is working on. I can manually fix it…..but I can not tell which table is having an issue….and the frustrating part… goes back to the error whenever the table has a change…which happens frequently…..BUT…..a small price to pay for all the awesome stuff the “dynamic” pages provide.
      2. Funny how memories trigger the brain to recall movies…WoC….is always picking on me that I talk “in movies” all the time. I constantly say stuff like….”Oh that was just like when Bruce Willis in Die Hard said……..”.
      3. Good breakdown on the Vernon movies.
      4. Ah….Joel, Roger, David, Danny….all critics that have fans and people that don’t like them….well you can not please everybody all the time.
      5. Sorry Jeff is now frustrated with Joel. All I can say is….that I am a pretty loyal fellow….been friends with Rating The Movie Stars book for over 30 plus years……so I like getting Joel’s thoughts out there.
      6. I saw Curtains….a very long time ago.
      Good feedback as always…..once again glad you enjoyed your Berlin trip….glad you made it back safely….and now….que the Disney Snow White music….off to work I go…..hi ho

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