Judd Nelson Movies

Want to know the best Judd Nelson movies?  How about the worst Judd Nelson movies?  Curious about Judd Nelson box office grosses or which Judd Nelson movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Judd Nelson 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.

Judd Nelson (1959-) is an American film and television actor.  His IMDb page shows 112 acting credits from 1983-2017. This page ranks 15 Judd Nelson movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, video games, documentaries and his many movies not released in North American theaters were not included in the rankings.

Drivel Part of the Page:  I admit it.  I was a huge Judd Nelson fan back in the day.  Me and my friends watched Making the Grade, Fandango and The Breakfast Club all the time back when we were in high school.  Heck back in my video store days….I recommended Nelson’s Blue City all the time….even though one review of that movie said….”It appears to have been edited with a chainsaw”.  So after spending days working on Ray Milland, I figured I would do a page on one of my favorites of yesteryear.

Judd Nelson in 1987’s From The Hip

Judd Nelson 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 Judd Nelson movies by co-stars of his movies.
  • Sort Judd Nelson movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Judd Nelson movies by domestic box office rank
  • Sort Judd Nelson 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 Judd Nelson movie received and how many Oscar® wins each Judd Nelson movie won.
  • Sort Judd Nelson 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.
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RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdj. B.O. Domestic (mil)Box Office Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Breakfast Club, The (1985)Emilio Estevez & Directed by John Hughes$108.9016th of 198585.00%00 / 0056.62
New Jack City (1991)Wesley Snipes & Chris Rock$95.4026th of 199170.00%00 / 0047.69
Fandango (1985)Kevin Costner$0.20174th of 198567.00%00 / 0031.52
Transformers: The Movie (1986)Orson Welles$13.3099th of 198663.00%00 / 0031.67
From the Hip (1987)John Hurt$20.5091st of 198762.00%00 / 0032.32
Light it Up (1999)Forest Whitaker$10.00149th of 199961.00%00 / 0030.22
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)Kevin Smith$44.9079th of 200161.00%00 / 0035.74
Making the Grade (1984)Andrew "Dice" Clay$11.40116th of 198457.50%00 / 0028.79
Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, The (2009)Norman Reedus$11.50141st of 200957.00%00 / 0028.57
St. Elmo's Fire (1985)Emilio Estevez & Ally Sheedy$89.8023rd of 198554.00%00 / 0039.10
Relentless (1989)Robert Loggia$14.80101st of 198952.00%00 / 0026.73
Dark Backward, The (1991)James Caan & Bill Paxton$0.10288th of 199146.50%00 / 0021.89
Airheads (1994)Adam Sandler$11.90138th of 199440.00%00 / 0020.68
Blue City (1986)Ally Sheedy$15.8091st of 198638.50%00 / 0020.55
Steel (1997)Shaq$3.10189th of 199719.50%00 / 009.64

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Judd Nelson Table

  1. One Judd Nelson movie crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 6.67% of his movies listed. The Breakfast Club (1985) is his biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Judd Nelson movie grosses  $30.10 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  7 Judd Nelson movies are rated as good movies…or 46.66% of his movies.  The Breakfast Club (1985) is his highest rated movie while Steel (1997) is his lowest rated movie.
  4. Zero Judd Nelson movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 0.00% of his movies.
  5. Zero Judd Nelson movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 0.00% of his movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00.  2 Judd Nelson movies scored higher that average….or 13.33% of his movies.  The Breakfast Club (1985) got the the highest UMR Score while Steel (1997) got the lowest UMR Score.

Kevin Costner and Judd Nelson in 1985’s Fandango…did you even know they made a movie together?

Possibly Interesting Facts About Judd Nelson

1. Judd Asher Nelson was born in Portland, Maine in 1959.

2. Judd Nelson attended the prestigious Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

3. Judd Nelson studied acting under Stella Adler.

4. The character of Nelson Muntz on the animated series The Simpsons was said to be named after Nelson in honor of his portrayal of John Bender in The Breakfast Club.

5. Was one of the nine original members of the 1980s “brat pack”, along with Andrew McCarthy, Mare Winningham, Anthony Michael Hall, Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez and Ally Sheedy

6. Judd Nelson and Breakfast Club Trivia 1:  Nelson and John Hughes did not get along during the film of that now classic movie.  At one point Hughes almost fired Nelson.  Their conflict is one of the reasons a Breakfast Club 2 never got made.

7. Judd Nelson and Breakfast Club Trivia 2:  At the very closing part of the film where Bender raises his fist in defiance, that was actually ad libbed. He was supposed to just walk into the sunset, so to speak, and John Hughes asked him to play around with a few actions. When he was done and they were finishing up, Nelson threw his fist up without running it by anyone. Everyone loved it, and it has become an iconic symbol of the 1980’s.

8. Judd Nelson and Breakfast Club Trivia 3John Cusack and Nicolas Cage were the first choices for the John Bender role.

9. Judd Nelson received a Best Actor Golden Globe® nomination for the mini-series…The Billionaire Boys Club (1987).

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

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14 thoughts on “Judd Nelson Movies

  1. Never a fan of him either, matter of fact never cared for any of the brat pack actors. The one that drives me up the wall the most is Matthew Broderick. I’ve seen him in The Odd Couple on stage and another show about a party, both with Nathan Lane. The party had a couple of long speeches he had to make which while I’ll admit he has a great memory for lines, he has as much personality as a dead fish. Nathan Lane has more talent in his pinkie finger than Matt. Any movie with him drops a notch or two with me, Alright I could take Demi Moore.

    1. Hey Dan….I have enough 1980s Nelson admiration for the both of us….lol. Thanks for the reviews of Broderick on stage. I thought Broderick made a good Ferris Bueller….plus he was good in War Games. One day…a Demi Moore page might pop up….she had a good run when she was one of the top actresses working. Thanks for the comment and visit.

  2. This must have been a real labor of love for you Bruce, since you apparently had a ‘man crush’ on Judd in your teens, or should that be ‘boy crush’? [cue Bruce blushing] Did you have posters of him on your walls? I confess to having a poster of Bruce Lee on my walls, next to a big poster of Christopher Lee as Dracua… I was an odd child. 🙂

    Way back in the 80s I wasn’t a Judd Nelson fan and to be fair none of the other brat-packers you’ve listed in the trivia box were favorites either, but I did like Ralph Macchio as The Karate Kid, Matthew Broderick in WarGames and the fabulous Ferris Buellers Day Off, Tom Cruise in Top Gun and Tom Hanks in Splash, Dragnet and especially The Burbs.

    But my real acting heroes 30 years ago were Al Pacino and to a lesser extent Robert De Niro. Jack Nicholson and Gene Hackman were also big favorites of mine.

    I’ve seen just 5 of the 15 films listed – St. Elmos Fire, The Breakfast Club, New Jack City, Jay and Silent Bob and Transformers the Movie.

    Another top job Bruce, good work amigo. Vote Up!

    1. Hey Steve…finally getting a Judd Nelson UMR page completed might be a “mike drop”….as you always want to go out on top….lol. I did not have posters…but I wore out some VHS tapes back then. I have seen Fandango, Making The Grade and Breakfast Club…at least 30 times each. Heck I had a buddy who worked in a theater….and he got us in for many viewings of the Breakfast Club.

      So Ralph Macchio is your Judd Nelson of that era….I think Ralph was 35 when he made The Karate Kid…lol. Giving Tom Hanks credit? I never thought I would see the day….eyes tearing up…lol. So you are at 5…..well I am at 15….plus I have seen at least that many of his direct to home entertainment movies. Of the lesser known Nelson movies…The Dark Backward has to be one of the strangest movies ever made…he plays a horrible trash man turned horrible stand up comic who grows a third arm in the middle of his back. It made $28,000 in theaters…but I have the DVD…which has a commentary. A truly bizarre movie.

      Thanks for the votes up!

  3. Give the man credit. His role in The Breakfast Club is still well known 30 years later. How many non movie legends can make that claim. I laughed out loud about the chainsaw review of Blue City.

    1. Hey SteinHOF….I agree with you. I had not thought about non movie legends making an impact like him….seems there could be a decent page on performers like…..pretty much one hit wonders….let’s see….who else would make that list? Larry Parks comes to mind….I will have to do some more thinking. Thanks for getting the brain working. 🙂

  4. Funny, I did not even know his name before reading this page. He has always been known as the “Breakfast Club” guy. He seems like a musical one hit wonder. After doing do well with my Dev Patel movie count, I return to my so low we won’t tell totals.

    1. Hey Helakoski…I imagine he gets referenced that all the time. Sorry your Judd Nelson tally is not as impressive as your Dev Patel tally….still your visit is appreciated

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