John Hurt Movies

January 27th, 2017.  So about 30 minutes ago, Cogerson Son #2 called the house and said…”You need to write a new UMR page.”  I responded….”Uh-oh…who passed away?”  When he said “John Hurt” ….many of his movies flashed through my head.  So as a tribute to his movie career…I decided to list the movies that popped into my head when I heard this sad news.

John Hurt (1940-2017) was an Oscar® nominated actor whose career lasted for over 55 years.  His IMDb page shows over 200 acting credits from 1962-2017. This page will ranks our personal favorite Top 15 John Hurt movies.  Rest in Peace Mr. John Hurt

John Hurt in 1979’s Alien…easily the movie scene he will be remembered by the most

John Hurt 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 John Hurt movies by his co-stars
  • Sort John Hurt movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort John Hurt movies by domestic yearly box office rank
  • Sort John Hurt 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 John Hurt movie received.
  • Sort John Hurt 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.
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdj. B.O. Domestic (mil)Box Office Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Alien (1979)Sigourney Weaver$356.202nd of 197991.00%02 / 0175.17
Elephant Man, The (1980)Anthony Hopkins$90.6025th of 198088.33%08 / 0066.14
Snowpiercer (2014)Chris Evans$4.7081st of 201482.50%00 / 0039.54
Midnight Express (1978)Brad Davis$123.3028th of 197882.00%06 / 0269.25
V for Vendetta (2006)Natalie Portman$90.3036th of 200681.00%00 / 0052.07
Owning Mahowny (2003)Philip Seymour Hoffman$1.40214th of 200375.50%00 / 0035.70
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)Daniel Radcliffe$473.801st of 200175.00%03 / 0067.45
Hellboy (2004)Ron Pherlman$80.9049th of 200474.50%00 / 0047.56
1984 (1984)Richard Burton$21.2087th of 198473.00%00 / 0037.60
Contact (1997)Jodie Foster & Matthew McConaughey$185.4016th of 199768.00%01 / 0060.67
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)Harrison Ford$372.303rd of 200867.00%00 / 0062.49
From the Hip (1987)Judd Nelson$20.5091st of 198762.00%00 / 0032.32
Heaven's Gate (1980)Christopher Walken$11.3082nd of 198055.00%01 / 0028.00
Jake Speed (1986)Wayne Crawford$4.40150th of 198653.00%00 / 0025.59
Osterman Weekend, The (1983)Burt Lancaster$17.4085th of 198350.50%00 / 0026.44

The incredible makeup job done on 1980’s The Elephant Man…is the reason why there is now a Best Makeup Oscar awarded every year

Why I picked these 15 John Hurt Movies For This Tribute Page

  • Alien (1979) …one of the greatest science fiction movies of all-time….plus he is the focus of the most famous scene in the movie
  • The Elephant Man (1980)….his performance as John Merrick…better known as the Elephant Man…is sensational….and well deserving of his Oscar® nomination that he received for the role
  • Snowpiercer (2014)….yet another great science fiction role…one of my favorite movies of 2014
  • Midnight Express (1979)….this is a brutal film to watch….it is after all about a Turkish prison….but Hurt received this first Oscar® nomination for this movie
  • V for Vendetta (2006)….here is a common theme…John Hurt in another great movie that takes place in the future
  • Owning Mahowny (2003)….Roger Ebert raved about John Hurt’s performance in this movie….and that got me to really appreciate the subtle great performance of Hurt in this one
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)….his role as Mr. Ollivander (played him 3 times) is pretty small…but his role as the wand seller introduced him to a brand new generation of movie fans
  • Hellboy (2004) … this movie….and Hurt is a blast to watch….wish he had come back for a bigger role in the sequel
  • 1984 (1984)….the George Orwell classic novel came to the big screen the same exact year the novel takes place…Hurt is stellar as the main character
  • Contact (1997)…..this is actually one of my wife’s favorite movies….but I really like his performance as the crazed billionaire pulling all the strings
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)….ok….I strongly dislike this movie….but having a major role in a major franchise like this ….gets it listed here
  • From the Hip (1987)….always thought his performance in this one was Oscar worthy….saw this in a packed theater that has highly entertained by this movie…added bonus… first date with my now wife ended with us watching this movie on DVD
  • Heaven’s Gate (1980)….yes this is considered one of the biggest Hollywood bombs of all-time…but if you ever get a chance to see the director’s cut….you will find a great John Hurt performance
  • Jake Speed (1986)….granted this has a horrible critic/audience rating…but I had fun watching it back on HBO in the 1980s…where it seemed to play all the time
  • The Osterman Weekend (1983)…directed by Sam Peckinpah….co-starring the legend Burt Lancaster…John Hurt seems to be having fun playing the role


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34 thoughts on “John Hurt Movies

  1. BRUCE:
    1 A very nice tribute to the late brilliant John Hurt. My favourites among John’s cinematic films were Alien, The Elephant Man and A Man for all Seasons.

    2 However the work that John did that I most admired was in the 1975 British TV movie The Naked Civil Servant in which he gave a wonderful performance as the flamboyant and witty Quentin Crisp, writer and storyteller.

    3 You may recall the previous posts about the aborted Brando movie set in Ireland Divine Rapture. I can’t remember if I mentioned that John Hurt had a key supporting role in the film and that he and Mr Mumbles completed a few scenes together before the project was abandoned and that they apparently got on very well with each other.

    4 Anyway my congratulations on the priority that you give to posting speedy appreciations that pay this site’s respects to deserving actors like John when have sadly passed on.

    1. Hey Bob. Thanks for checking out my John Hurt tribute page. I have seen A Man For All Seasons….but it has been years….and do not even remember Hurt’s role in the movie. I guess I need to re-watch that one.

      Good to know Hurt and Brando got along….too bad that project fell apart. I have never even heard of the Naked Civil Servant…but if I ever get a chance I will watch it.

      Son #2 wants to know if I will ever finish the page….not sure…but the fact he has so many good movies…maybe he should get the Full Monty too.

      Thanks for the visit and the comment.

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