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 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.
|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adj. B.O. Domestic (mil)||B.O. Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|Sergeant York (1941) *** Writer Only||Gary Cooper||$595.90||1st of 1941||0.8167||11 / 02||83.58|
|The Maltese Falcon (1941) ***||Humphrey Bogart||$172.20||21st of 1941||89.50%||03 / 00||78.95|
|The African Queen (1951) ***||Humphrey Bogart||$198.90||6th of 1952||87.00%||04 / 01||78.42|
|The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) ***||Humphrey Bogart||$127.60||50th of 1948||86.00%||04 / 03||77.10|
|Chinatown (1974) Actor Only||Jack Nicholson & Faye Dunaway||$131.60||21st of 1974||92.00%||11 / 01||72.99|
|Moulin Rouge (1952) ***||Jose Ferrer||$181.00||8th of 1954||71.50%||07 / 02||72.41|
|Heaven Knows Mr. Allison (1957) ***||Deborah Kerr & Robert Mitchum||$180.60||13th of 1957||80.00%||02 / 00||70.89|
|Key Largo (1948)||Humphrey Bogart||$183.00||18th of 1948||88.00%||01 / 01||70.72|
|The Man Who Would Be King (1975) ***||Michael Caine & Sean Connery||$137.10||13th of 1975||87.67%||04 / 00||68.55|
|Jezebel (1938) Writer Only||Bette Davis||$133.10||35th of 1938||84.50%||05 / 02||66.54|
|Moby Dick (1956)||Gregory Peck||$209.70||9th of 1956||69.33%||00 / 00||63.59|
|The Cardinal (1963) *** Actor Only||Directed by Otto Preminger||$147.70||17th of 1963||66.00%||06 / 00||63.31|
|Prizzi's Honor (1985) ***||Jack Nicholson|
|$63.30||32nd of 1985||78.00%||08 / 01||60.70|
|The Bible: In the Beginning (1966)||Ava Gardner & George C. Scott||$287.40||2nd of 1966||61.00%||01 / 00||60.07|
|The Misfits (1961)||Clark Gable & Marilyn Monroe||$130.20||20th of 1961||84.00%||00 / 00||59.66|
|Annie (1982)||Albert Finney||$274.40||10th of 1982||55.00%||02 / 00||57.65|
|The Asphalt Jungle (1950)||Marilyn Monroe||$54.00||84th of 1950||87.00%||04 / 00||56.61|
|High Sierra (1941) Writer Only||Humphrey Bogart||$103.20||61st of 1941||85.00%||00 / 00||55.95|
|The Night of the Iguana (1964)||Richard Burton||$111.20||15th of 1964||73.50%||04 / 01||55.85|
|In This Our Life (1942)||Bette Davis & Olivia de Havilland||$137.10||56th of 1942||72.50%||00 / 00||55.32|
|The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)||Paul Newman||$121.70||12th of 1972||70.00%||01 / 00||52.16|
|The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938) Writer Only||Edward G. Robinson||$97.80||56th of 1938||65.00%||00 / 00||51.71|
|Juarez (1939) Writer Only||Bette Davis||$140.80||38th of 1939||61.00%||02 / 00||51.29|
|Dr. Erlich's Magic Bullet (1940) *** Writer Only||Edward G. Robinson||$55.70||85th of 1940||72.50%||01 / 00||49.10|
|Candy (1968)||Marlon Brando||$135.50||12th of 1969||59.67%||00 / 00||49.04|
|Casino Royale (1966)||David Niven||$172.00||3rd of 1967||42.00%||01 / 00||46.80|
|The Unforgiven (1960)||Burt Lancaster & Audrey Hepburn||$108.20||21st of 1960||63.00%||00 / 00||46.38|
|Across the Pacific (1942)||Humphrey Bogart||$114.70||71st of 1942||60.50%||00 / 00||46.22|
|The Roots of Heaven (1958)||Errol Flynn||$120.40||23rd of 1958||55.00%||00 / 00||44.51|
|Red Badge of Courage (1951)||Audie Murphy||$38.00||158th of 1951||81.00%||00 / 00||43.96|
|Man in The Wilderness (1971) Actor Only||Richard Harris||$42.60||32nd of 1971||76.00%||00 / 00||42.32|
|The Wind and the Lion (1975) Actor Only||Sean Connery||$62.30||45th of 1975||67.67%||02 / 00||42.26|
|The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958)||John Wayne||$100.40||32nd of 1958||55.67%||00 / 00||41.72|
|Three Strangers (1946) Writer Only||Peter Lorre||$67.20||92nd of 1946||66.50%||00 / 00||41.68|
|Fat City (1972)||Jeff Bridges||$12.80||99th of 1972||82.50%||01 / 00||41.16|
|The Dead (1987)||Anjelica Huston||$9.40||116th of 1987||82.00%||00 / 00||40.00|
|The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)||Kirk Douglas||$44.80||61st of 1963||69.50%||00 / 00||39.60|
|Wise Blood (1979)||Brad Dourif||$8.80||114th of 1979||80.50%||00 / 00||39.20|
|Freud (1962)||Montgomery Clift||$32.10||82nd of 1963||67.50%||02 / 00||38.75|
|Beat the Devil (1954)||Humphrey Bogart||$52.40||102nd of 1954||65.00%||00 / 00||38.67|
|Breakout (1975) Actor Only||Charles Bronson & Robert Duvall||$93.80||25th of 1975||51.00%||00 / 00||38.51|
|Victory (1981)||Michael Caine & Sylvester Stallone||$32.90||50th of 1981||66.33%||00 / 00||36.28|
|Winter Kills (1979) Actor Only||Jeff Bridges||$3.60||103rd of 1979||75.00%||00 / 00||35.81|
|Under the Volcano (1984)||Albert Finney||$6.40||133rd of 1984||72.00%||02 / 00||35.63|
|We Were Strangers (1949)||John Garfield & Jennifer Jones||$40.80||126th of 1949||61.50%||00 / 00||35.22|
|Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)||Marlon Brando & Elizabeth Taylor||$32.20||65th of 1967||63.33%||00 / 00||34.76|
|The Mackintosh Man (1973)||Paul Newman||$21.60||80th of 1973||59.50%||00 / 00||31.31|
|A Walk with Love and Death (1969)||Anjelica Huston||$11.00||136th of 1969||62.00%||00 / 00||30.84|
|Kremlin Letter (1970)||Richard Boone||$11.50||71st of 1970||60.50%||00 / 00||30.22|
|Lovesick (1983) Actor Only||Dudley Moore||$27.20||73rd of 1983||44.50%||00 / 00||25.14|
|Myra Breckinridge (1970) Actor Only||Mae West||$46.10||38th of 1970||36.00%||00 / 00||24.07|
|Sinful Davy (1969)||John Hurt||$9.30||149th of 1969||45.50%||00 / 00||22.82|
|Phobia (1980) Actor Only||Paul Michael Glaser||$.20||115th of 1980||38.00%||00 / 00||17.89|
|Tentacles (1977) Actor Only||Henry Fonda||$30.70||76th of 1977||24.00%||00 / 00||16.04|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above John Huston Table
- 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.
- An average John Huston movie grosses $101.20 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’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.
- Twenty-four John Huston movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 44.44% of his movies.
- Ten John Huston movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 18.51% of his movies.
- 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.
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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