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.
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.
|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|
|The Towering Inferno (1974)||Paul Newman & Steve McQueen||$542.50||2nd of 1975||69.00%||08 / 03||70.68|
|The Poseidon Adventure (1972)||Gene Hackman & Shelley Winters||$487.20||1st of 1973||75.00%||08 / 01||70.67|
|Pete's Dragon (1977)||Mickey Rooney||$168.80||16th of 1978||60.50%||02 / 00||55.40|
|Freaky Friday (2003)||Jamie Lee Curtis & Lindsay Lohan||$158.10||21st of 2003||64.00%||00 / 00||54.59|
|Freaky Friday (1976)||Jodie Foster||$144.10||14th of 1976||67.00%||00 / 00||53.83|
|The Cheyenne Social Club (1970)||Henry Fonda & James Stewart||$88.80||26th of 1970||65.67%||00 / 00||44.62|
|The April Fools (1969)||Jack Lemmon||$87.00||19th of 1969||65.50%||00 / 00||44.26|
|Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978)||Don Knotts||$82.10||26th of 1978||61.00%||00 / 00||41.40|
|The Ice Storm (1997)||Sigourney Weaver & Kevin Kline||$15.10||126th of 1997||77.00%||00 / 00||38.53|
|All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)||Burt Reynolds||$59.00||44th of 1989||58.50%||00 / 00||36.54|
|The North Avenue Irregulars (1979)||Barbara Harris & Susan Clark||$9.10||98th of 1979||72.00%||00 / 00||35.25|
|The Earthling (1980)||William Holden & Ricky Schroder||$1.50||201st of 1980||73.50%||00 / 00||34.77|
|Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)||Marisa Tomei||$10.10||155th of 1998||68.50%||00 / 00||33.77|
|China Cry: A True Story (1990)||Russell Wong||$8.60||130th of 1990||69.00%||00 / 00||33.76|
|Rugrats Go Wild (2003)||Bruce Willis & Chevy Chase||$56.50||73rd of 2003||53.00%||00 / 00||33.67|
|Take This Job and Shove It (1981)||Robert Hays & Art Carney||$57.40||43rd of 1981||52.00%||00 / 00||33.34|
|The Grasshopper (1970)||Jim Brown & Joseph Cotten||$2.10||153rd of 1970||63.50%||00 / 00||30.17|
|Adam & Steve (2006)||Parker Posey & Chris Kattan||$.40||295th of 2006||57.50%||00 / 00||27.08|
|Rescue Me (1992)||Michael Dudikoff & Stephen Dorff||$.40||208th of 1992||49.00%||00 / 00||23.09|
|Lovelines (1984)||Greg Bradford||$1.70||143rd of 1984||46.00%||00 / 00||21.88|
|Kung Pow! Enter the Fist (2002)||Steve Oedekerk||$23.90||119th of 2002||37.50%||00 / 00||21.32|
|The Fat Spy (1969)||Brian Donlevy & Jayne Mansfield||$4.00||240th of 1969||19.00%||00 / 00||9.09|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Joel Hirschhorn Table
- 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.
- An average Joel Hirschhorn movie grosses $91.20 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’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.
- Three Joel Hirschhorn movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 13.63% of his movies.
- Two Joel Hirschhorn movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 9.09% of his movies.
- 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.”
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*Bette Davis story comes from Hirschhorn’s Rating The Movie Stars book.