Want to know the best Judy Garland movies? How about the worst Judy Garland movies? Curious about Judy Garland’s box office grosses or which Judy Garland movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Judy Garland movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.
A quick check on the American Film Institute’s Top Stars Of All-Time list….I found that the highest rated performer that I had not written a movie page on was Judy Garland. Garland is ranked as the 8th greatest actress according to their Legends poll. Even more impressive is the massive box office success her movies experienced. Of her 31 movies…23 crossed the $100 million mark when looking at adjusted box office grosses. That is the highest total for any actress that I have researched.
Judy Garland’s (1922-1969) IMDb page shows 38 acting credits from 1930-1963. This page will rank 31 Judy Garland movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, and cameos were not included in the rankings. Most of the box office figures are provided by the Eddie Marmix MGM Feature Film Ledgers and include not only North America figures but worldwide box office totals as well. I have seen 3 of her movies….so I do not really know how accurate my rankings turned out…I look forward to Judy Garland experts telling me which movies are too high or too low.
Judy Garland 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 Judy Garland movies by co-stars of her movies.
- Sort Judy Garland movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost.
- Sort Judy Garland movies by adjusted worldwide box office grosses using current movie ticket cost.
- Sort Judy Garland 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 Judy Garland movie received.
- Sort Judy Garland 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.
|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adjusted B.O. Domestic (mil)||Adjusted B.O. Worldwide (mil)||Domestic Box Office Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|A Star Is Born (1954)||James Mason||$314.20||$459.40||11th of 1955||84.00%||06 / 00||78.63|
|The Wizard of Oz (1939)||Frank Morgan & Ray Bolger||$294.80||$410.80||9th of 1939||86.50%||06 / 02||78.26|
|Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)||Spencer Tracy & Richard Widmark||$128.60||$209.00||11th of 1961||86.00%||11 / 02||74.18|
|Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)||Mary Astor & Tom Drake||$426.30||$558.30||2nd of 1944||83.00%||04 / 00||71.61|
|Easter Parade (1948)||Fred Astaire||$229.80||$321.80||2nd of 1948||81.50%||01 / 00||69.70|
|The Harvey Girls (1946)||Ray Bolger & Angela Lansbury||$269.10||$338.10||12th of 1946||78.50%||02 / 01||69.29|
|Babes on Broadway (1941)||Mickey Rooney||$229.50||$374.50||9th of 1941||75.00%||01 / 00||66.65|
|Babes in Arms (1939)||Mickey Rooney||$278.30||$401.30||6th of 1939||74.00%||02 / 00||66.58|
|For Me and My Gal (1942)||Gene Kelly||$240.40||$363.40||13th of 1942||74.00%||01 / 00||66.18|
|Strike Up The Band (1940)||Mickey Rooney||$194.80||$299.80||8th of 1940||72.50%||03 / 01||66.06|
|Girl Crazy (1943)||Mickey Rooney||$209.40||$280.80||21st of 1943||72.50%||00 / 00||65.07|
|Ziegfeld Follies (1946)||William Powell & Lucille Ball||$232.30||$347.30||22nd of 1946||70.50%||00 / 00||64.14|
|Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)||Mickey Rooney & Lana Turner||$204.40||$280.40||13th of 1938||68.00%||00 / 00||62.96|
|Till The Clouds Roll By (1946)||June Allyson||$310.00||$439.00||14th of 1947||68.00%||00 / 00||62.96|
|The Clock (1945)||Robert Walker||$149.70||$191.70||38th of 1945||82.50%||00 / 00||61.98|
|Ziegfeld Girl (1941)||James Stewart & Lana Turner||$183.70||$300.70||17th of 1941||70.33%||00 / 00||61.53|
|Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)||Robert Taylor||$245.00||$369.00||7th of 1938||63.50%||00 / 00||60.84|
|Presenting Lily Mars (1943)||Van Heflin||$177.90||$260.90||36th of 1943||70.00%||00 / 00||60.47|
|Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)||Mickey Rooney||$167.30||$211.60||13th of 1940||73.00%||00 / 00||60.24|
|In the Good Old Summertime (1949)||Van Johnson & Buster Keaton||$157.50||$192.50||11th of 1949||70.50%||00 / 00||57.55|
|Summer Stock (1950)||Gene Kelly||$125.30||$184.30||22nd of 1950||75.50%||00 / 00||54.90|
|Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941)||Mickey Rooney||$163.50||$241.50||25th of 1941||58.50%||00 / 00||52.83|
|The Pirate (1948)||Gene Kelly||$103.90||$131.90||54th of 1948||70.50%||01 / 00||49.64|
|Little Nellie Kelly (1940)||George Murphy||$83.30||$176.30||58th of 1940||65.00%||00 / 00||43.46|
|Pigskin Parade (1936)||Bettt Grable||$101.20||$121.40||54th of 1936||56.00%||01 / 00||42.41|
|A Child Is Waiting (1963)||Burt Lancaster||$24.40||$38.00||93rd of 1963||81.50%||00 / 00||42.08|
|Listen Darling (1938)||Walter Pidgeon||$47.60||$72.60||89th of 1938||67.50%||00 / 00||39.10|
|Everybody Sing (1938)||Fanny Brice||$81.80||$125.80||69th of 1938||55.50%||00 / 00||38.76|
|Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)||Mickey Rooney||$55.20||$95.20||97th of 1937||63.00%||00 / 00||38.17|
|Gay Purr-ee (1962)||Red Buttons & Mel Blanc||$32.10||$59.00||78th of 1962||68.00%||00 / 00||36.94|
|I Could Go On Singing (1963)||Dirk Bogarde||$20.30||$31.20||94th of 1963||71.50%||00 / 00||36.75|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Judy Garland Table
- Twenty-four Judy Garland movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 77.41% of his movies listed. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) was her biggest box hit.
- An average Judy Garland movie grosses $176.80 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 28 of Judy Garland’s movies are rated as good movies…or 90.32% of her movies. Wizard of Oz (1939) is her highest rated movie. Everybody Sing (1938) was her lowest rated movie.
- Twelve Judy Garland movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 38.70% of her movies.
- Four Judy Garland movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 12.90% of her movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 26 Judy Garland movies scored higher that average….or 83.87% of her movies. A Star is Born (1954) got the the highest UMR Score while I Could Go On Singing (1963) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly interesting facts about Judy Garland.
1. Judy Garland was born Frances Ethel Gumm. At the age of 6 she started performing with her two older sisters in a vaudeville act call the Gumm Sisters.
2. Judy Garland was married 5 times in her life. She had two children with Sidney Luft and one child(Liza Minnelli) with Oscar® winning director Vincente Minnelli.
3. Dorothy’s daughter was married to the Tin Man’s son for seven years….or in other word’s Judy’s daughter Liza Minnelli was married to Jack Haley’s son Jack Haley Jr. for seven years.
4. Judy Garland’s singing of Over the Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz was voted the greatest song in movies according to the American Film Institute.
5. Judy Garland received 2 Oscar® nominations for acting….Best Actress in 1954’s A Star Is Born and Best Supporting Actress in 1961’s Judgement at Nuremberg. She also received a special Juvenile Oscar® for her work in The Wizard of Oz.
6. Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney appeared in 9 movies together….or roughly 33% of all Judy Garland movies also starred Mickey Rooney.
7. One of only six actresses to dance with both Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in a movie….the other five? Debbie Reynolds, Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse, Leslie Caron and Vera-Ellen.
8. I have over 22,000 movies in my database….before doing this hub I had not included The Wizard of Oz in the database….however after including The Wizard of Oz it has a high enough ranking to crack my Top 100 Films of All-Time movie page….as it comes in at #75.
9. To see vintage movie posters of Judy Garland’s movie career….please check out his outstanding hub by Steve Lensman….Judy Garland Movie Posters
10. Check out Judy Garland‘s career compared to current and classic actors. Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.
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Most of the box office totals came from the Eddie Mannix MGM Film Ledgers.