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 stars or co-stars
  • Sort John Huston movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort John Huston movies by yearly domestic box office rank
  • 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 Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score. UMR 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)UMR Co-Star LinksAdj. B.O. Domestic (mil)B.O. Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Sergeant York (1941) *** Writer OnlyGary Cooper$595.901st of 19410.816711 / 0283.58
The Maltese Falcon (1941) ***Humphrey Bogart$172.2021st of 194189.50%03 / 0078.95
The African Queen (1951) ***Humphrey Bogart$198.906th of 195287.00%04 / 0178.42
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) *** Humphrey Bogart$127.6050th of 194886.00%04 / 0377.10
Chinatown (1974) Actor OnlyJack Nicholson & Faye Dunaway$131.6021st of 197492.00%11 / 0172.99
Moulin Rouge (1952) ***Jose Ferrer$181.008th of 195471.50%07 / 0272.41
Heaven Knows Mr. Allison (1957) ***Deborah Kerr & Robert Mitchum$180.6013th of 195780.00%02 / 0070.89
Key Largo (1948)Humphrey Bogart$183.0018th of 194888.00%01 / 0170.72
The Man Who Would Be King (1975) ***Michael Caine & Sean Connery$137.1013th of 197587.67%04 / 0068.55
Jezebel (1938) Writer OnlyBette Davis$133.1035th of 193884.50%05 / 0266.54
Moby Dick (1956)Gregory Peck$209.709th of 195669.33%00 / 0063.59
The Cardinal (1963) *** Actor OnlyDirected by Otto Preminger$147.7017th of 196366.00%06 / 0063.31
Prizzi's Honor (1985) ***Jack Nicholson

Top 5000
Anjelica Huston
$63.3032nd of 198578.00%08 / 0160.70
The Bible: In the Beginning (1966)Ava Gardner & George C. Scott$287.402nd of 196661.00%01 / 0060.07
The Misfits (1961)Clark Gable & Marilyn Monroe$130.2020th of 196184.00%00 / 0059.66
Annie (1982)Albert Finney$274.4010th of 198255.00%02 / 0057.65
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)Marilyn Monroe$54.0084th of 195087.00%04 / 0056.61
High Sierra (1941) Writer OnlyHumphrey Bogart$103.2061st of 194185.00%00 / 0055.95
The Night of the Iguana (1964)Richard Burton$111.2015th of 196473.50%04 / 0155.85
In This Our Life (1942)Bette Davis & Olivia de Havilland$137.1056th of 194272.50%00 / 0055.32
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)Paul Newman$121.7012th of 197270.00%01 / 0052.16
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938) Writer OnlyEdward G. Robinson$97.8056th of 193865.00%00 / 0051.71
Juarez (1939) Writer OnlyBette Davis$140.8038th of 193961.00%02 / 0051.29
Dr. Erlich's Magic Bullet (1940) *** Writer OnlyEdward G. Robinson$55.7085th of 194072.50%01 / 0049.10
Candy (1968)Marlon Brando$135.5012th of 196959.67%00 / 0049.04
Casino Royale (1966)David Niven$172.003rd of 196742.00%01 / 0046.80
The Unforgiven (1960)Burt Lancaster & Audrey Hepburn$108.2021st of 196063.00%00 / 0046.38
Across the Pacific (1942)Humphrey Bogart$114.7071st of 194260.50%00 / 0046.22
The Roots of Heaven (1958)Errol Flynn$120.4023rd of 195855.00%00 / 0044.51
Red Badge of Courage (1951)Audie Murphy$38.00158th of 195181.00%00 / 0043.96
Man in The Wilderness (1971) Actor OnlyRichard Harris$42.6032nd of 197176.00%00 / 0042.32
The Wind and the Lion (1975) Actor OnlySean Connery$62.3045th of 197567.67%02 / 0042.26
The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958)John Wayne$100.4032nd of 195855.67%00 / 0041.72
Three Strangers (1946) Writer OnlyPeter Lorre$67.2092nd of 194666.50%00 / 0041.68
Fat City (1972)Jeff Bridges$12.8099th of 197282.50%01 / 0041.16
The Dead (1987)Anjelica Huston$9.40116th of 198782.00%00 / 0040.00
The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)Kirk Douglas$44.8061st of 196369.50%00 / 0039.60
Wise Blood (1979)Brad Dourif$8.80114th of 197980.50%00 / 0039.20
Freud (1962)Montgomery Clift$32.1082nd of 196367.50%02 / 0038.75
Beat the Devil (1954)Humphrey Bogart$52.40102nd of 195465.00%00 / 0038.67
Breakout (1975) Actor OnlyCharles Bronson & Robert Duvall$93.8025th of 197551.00%00 / 0038.51
Victory (1981)Michael Caine & Sylvester Stallone$32.9050th of 198166.33%00 / 0036.28
Winter Kills (1979) Actor OnlyJeff Bridges$3.60103rd of 197975.00%00 / 0035.81
Under the Volcano (1984)Albert Finney$6.40133rd of 198472.00%02 / 0035.63
We Were Strangers (1949)John Garfield & Jennifer Jones$40.80126th of 194961.50%00 / 0035.22
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)Marlon Brando & Elizabeth Taylor$32.2065th of 196763.33%00 / 0034.76
The Mackintosh Man (1973)Paul Newman$21.6080th of 197359.50%00 / 0031.31
A Walk with Love and Death (1969)Anjelica Huston$11.00136th of 196962.00%00 / 0030.84
Kremlin Letter (1970)Richard Boone$11.5071st of 197060.50%00 / 0030.22
Lovesick (1983) Actor OnlyDudley Moore$27.2073rd of 198344.50%00 / 0025.14
Myra Breckinridge (1970) Actor OnlyMae West$46.1038th of 197036.00%00 / 0024.07
Sinful Davy (1969)John Hurt$9.30149th of 196945.50%00 / 0022.82
Phobia (1980) Actor OnlyPaul Michael Glaser$.20115th of 198038.00%00 / 0017.89
Tentacles (1977) Actor OnlyHenry Fonda$30.7076th of 197724.00%00 / 0016.04

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above John Huston Table

  1. Twenty-six John Huston movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 48.16% 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 $101.20 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using’s 60% fresh meter.  42 of John Huston’s movies are rated as good movies…or 77.77% 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 Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 39.86.  36 John Huston movies scored higher than that average….or 66.66% of his movies.  Sergeant York (1941) got the the highest UMR Score while Tentacles got the lowest UMR 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… 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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