John Huston Movies

John Huston received Oscar nominations for writing, acting, directing and producing.

John Huston received Oscar nominations for writing, acting, directing and producing.

Want to know the best John Huston movies?  How about the worst John Huston movies?  Curious about John Huston’s box office grosses or which John Huston movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which John Huston movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

I have my dad to thank for the fact that I am a huge John Huston fan.  My dad loved The Man Who Would Be King, The African Queen, The Maltese Falcon and Key Largo.  All of those films were directed by Huston and they were movies that my dad talked about on a regular basis.  I still remember when Huston had an interview in Playboy magazine.  I might have been the only underage boy in the world trying to get my hands on a Playboy magazine….for the words in the magazine and not the pictures in the magazine.

John Huston (1906-1987) was an Oscar® winner director and screenplay writer.  Huston was involved in making movies from 1930 to 1987.  During that time he was involved in many classic films.  His movies were nominated for a combined total of 86 Oscars®…winning 14 Oscars® in different categories.  When looking at adjusted domestic box office….John Huston’s movies grossed over 4 BILLION dollars.  So with all of these stellar numbers, I felt it was time for John Huston to finally have his own UltimateMovieRankings page……plus it was a requested page by RW, Timlin33, and CameroonWake.

His IMDb page shows 40 writing credits, 54 acting credits, 47 directing credits and 9 producing credits from 1930-1988. This page will rank 52 John Huston 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.

John Huston directing Sean Connery and Michael Caine in 1975's The Man Would Be King

John Huston directing Sean Connery and Michael Caine in 1975’s The Man Would Be King

John Huston 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 Huston movies by Huston’s role in movie…actor, director, or writer
  • Sort John Huston movies by the stars of the movie
  • Sort John Huston movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort John Huston 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 Huston movie received.
  • Sort John Huston movies by Cogerson Movie Score.  Cogerson Movie Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
  • *** = John Huston received an Oscar® nomination for movie
  • Use the search and sort buttons to make this a very interactive page. For example…want to see all the Humphrey Bogart/Huston movies…just type in “Humphrey” in the search box and up they pop.
RankMovie (Year)Role in MovieStars of MovieAdjusted Domestic Box Office (Millions)Critic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinCogerson Movie Score
Sergeant York (1941) ***WriterGary Cooper$391.4081.7%11 / 0285.58
The Maltese Falcon (1941) ***Director & WriterHumphrey Bogart$165.6089.5%03 / 0078.24
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) ***Actor,Director,WriterHumphrey Bogart$102.3090.0%04 / 0374.86
The African Queen (1951) ***Director & WriterHumphrey Bogart$147.8087.0%04 / 0170.16
Chinatown (1974)ActorJack Nicholson & Faye Dunaway$126.7092.0%11 / 0166.92
Moulin Rouge (1952) ***Director & WriterJose Ferrer$138.0071.5%07 / 0266.62
Heaven Knows Mr. Allison (1957) ***Director & WriterDeborah Kerr & Robert Mitchum$134.0080.0%02 / 0062.75
The Bible: In the Beginning (1966)Director & ActorMichael Parks$243.6061.0%01 / 0061.95
Key Largo (1948)Director & WriterHumphrey Bogart$147.0088.0%01 / 0161.80
Annie (1982)DirectorAlbert Finney$226.5055.0%02 / 0060.45
The Man Who Would Be King (1975) ***Director & WriterMichael Caine & Sean Connery$95.8087.7%04 / 0058.99
The Cardinal (1963) ***ActorDirected by Otto Preminger$109.6066.0%06 / 0058.52
Jezebel (1938)WriterBette Davis$96.6084.5%05 / 0256.90
Prizzi's Honor (1985) ***DirectorJack Nicholson &
Anjelica Huston
$60.9078.0%08 / 0155.52
Moby Dick (1956)Director & WriterGregory Peck$155.9069.3%00 / 0055.45
The Asphalt Jungle (1950) ***Director & WriterMarilyn Monroe$46.3087.0%04 / 0050.73
The Misfits (1961)Director Clark Gable & Marilyn Monroe$96.6084.0%00 / 0048.72
Casino Royale (1966)Director & ActorDavid Niven$165.6042.0%01 / 0048.42
The Night of the Iguana (1964)Director & WriterRichard Burton$82.8073.5%04 / 0148.18
In This Our Life (1942)DirectorBette Davis & Olivia de Havilland$101.5072.5%00 / 0045.68
High Sierra (1941)WriterHumphrey Bogart$68.2085.0%00 / 0043.39
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940) ***WriterEdward G. Robinson$41.2072.5%01 / 0043.26
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)Actor & DirectorPaul Newman$85.3070.0%01 / 0042.16
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)WriterEdward G. Robinson$52.0065.0%00 / 0042.15
Candy (1968)ActorMarlon Brando$100.7059.7%00 / 0041.02
Across the Pacific (1942)DirectorHumphrey Bogart$85.3060.5%00 / 0038.23
The Unforgiven (1960)DirectorBurt Lancaster & Audrey Hepburn$80.4063.0%00 / 0038.13
Juarez (1939)WriterBette Davis$74.7061.0%02 / 0037.49
The Roots of Heaven (1958)DirectorErrol Flynn$89.3055.0%00 / 0037.11
The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958)DirectorJohn Wayne$74.7055.7%00 / 0034.42
Red Badge of Courage (1951)Director & WriterAudie Murphy$29.2081.0%00 / 0034.19
The Wind and the LionActorSean Connery & Candice Bergman$43.8067.7%02 / 0033.64
Man In The WildernessActorRichard Harris$30.0076.0%00 / 0032.60
Three Strangers (1946)WriterPeter Lorre$43.0066.5%00 / 0031.88
Freud (1962)Director & NarratorMontgomery Clift$23.5067.5%02 / 0031.40
Fat City (1972)DirectorJeff Bridges$8.9082.5%01 / 0031.25
Breakout (1975)ActorCharles Bronson & Robert Duvall$65.8051.0%00 / 0031.01
The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)Director & ActorKirk Douglas$33.3069.5%00 / 0030.98
Beat the Devil (1954)Director & WriterHumphrey Bogart$39.0065.0%00 / 0030.55
The Dead (1987)DirectorAnjelica Huston $8.9082.0%00 / 0030.48
Wise Blood (1979)Director & ActorBrad Dourif$7.3080.5%00 / 0029.63
Victory (1981)DirectorMichael Caine & Sylvester Stallone$31.7066.3%00 / 0029.56
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)DirectorMarlon Brando & Elizabeth Taylor$30.9063.3%00 / 0028.35
We Were Strangers (1949)Director & WriterJohn Garfield & Jennifer Jones$30.9061.5%00 / 0027.70
Under the Volcano (1984)DirectorAlbert Finney$6.5072.0%02 / 0027.70
Winter Kills (1979)ActorJeff Bridges$3.2075.0%00 / 0026.89
The Mackintosh Man (1973)DirectorPaul Newman$15.4059.5%00 / 0023.90
A Walk With Love and Death (1969)Director & ActorAnjelica Huston$8.1062.0%00 / 0023.32
Kremlin Letter (1970)Actor,Director,WriterRichard Boone$8.1060.5%00 / 0022.79
Lovesick (1983)ActorDudley Moore$26.0044.5%00 / 0020.78
Mr. North (1988)WriterRobert Mitchum$2.4051.0%00 / 0018.33
Sinful Davy (1969)DirectorJohn Hurt$7.3045.5%00 / 0017.38
Phobia (1980)Director & ActorPaul Michael Glaser$.0038.0%00 / 0013.30
Tentacles (1977)ActorHenry Fonda$24.4024.0%00 / 0013.28

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above John Huston Table

  1. Fifteen John Huston movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 27.77% of his movies listed. Sergeant York (1941) iwas his biggest box office ht when looking at adjusted domestic box office gross.
  2. An average John Huston movie grosses $77.69 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  41 of John Huston’s movies are rated as good movies…or 7.92% of his movies. Chinatown (1974) is his highest rated movie while Tentacles (1977) was his lowest rated movie.
  4. Twenty-four John Huston movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 44.44% of his movies.
  5. Ten John Huston movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 18.51% of his movies.
  6. An average Cogerson Movie Score is 39.86.  24 John Huston movies scored higher than that average….or 44.44% of his movies.  Sergeant York (1941) got the the highest Cogerson Movie Score while Tentacles got the lowest Cogerson Movie Score.
John Huston directing Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in 1951's The African Queen

John Huston directing Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in 1951’s The African Queen

Possibly Interesting Facts About John Huston

1. John Marcellus Huston was born in Nevada, Missouri.

2. John Huston was an accomplished boxer.  He won the Amateur Lightweight Boxing Championship of California and finished his boxing career with a 22-3 record.

3. John Huston was married five times.  Four of the marriages ended in divorce.  His fourth marriage to Enrica Soma ended when she was killed in a car accident.  He had five children.

4. The Huston acting family has 280 IMDb acting credits since 1929.  John’s dad Walter had 53 credits, John had 54 credits, daughter Anjelica has 84, son Danny has 60 and grandson Jack has 29. This total is of June 8th, 2015.

5.  This gets us to one of my favorite pieces of movie trivia.  John Huston directed his dad, Walter Huston, to an Oscar® winning performance in 1948’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.  37 years later....John Huston directed his daughter, Anjelica Huston, to an Oscar winning performance in 1985’s Prizzi’s Honor.

6.  John Huston was nominated for 15 Academy Awards®.  He was nominated 5 times as Best Director, 8 times for Best Screenplay, 1 time for producing a Best Picture and 1 time as Best Supporting Actor.  He won two Oscars®….both for 1948’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. He was also nominated for 8 Golden Globes®…winning three times.

7.  John Huston’s role as Noah Cross in 1974’s Chinatown was named as the 16th Greatest Villain in movie history by the American Film Institute.  Somehow…Huston did not get an Oscar® nomination for that very memorable role.

8.  John Huston tried for many years to make The Man Who Would Be King.  In the 1950s he wanted Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart to play the two leads.  Their untimely deaths ended that.  In the 1960s he tried unsuccessfully to get Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole for the parts.  In the 1970s he approached Paul Newman and Robert Redford for the roles.  Newman suggested that Huston talk to Michael Caine and Sean Connery.  It might have taken 20 plus years to make the movie but it ended up working out pretty well.

9. The African Queen is an all-time classic.  The adventures of Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, John Huston and Lauren Bacall while making the movie might be even more impressive than the movie.  Lots of great books are out there about the filming of The African Queen and Clint Eastwood even did a movie about it…..one of his least seen movies….White Hunter Black Heart.

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

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  1. I never cared for “The African Queen,” I cannot say why. Huston remade it as “Heaven Knows Mr. Allison,” Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr filling in for Bogart and Hepburn. In some ways, it is better.

    1. Hey James….thanks for the mini-review if African Queen….sorry you never cared for that movie. Now that you mention it…..Heaven Knows Mr. Allison has a lot in common with African Queen….I had never put that together before. Thanks for the comment and the visit.

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