Judy Garland Movies

Judy Garland in 1939's The Wizard of Oz. She received a special Oscar® for her role as Dorothy.

Judy Garland in 1939’s The Wizard of Oz. She received a special Oscar® for her role as Dorothy.

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 in 1944's Meet Me In St. Louis...which was surprisingly her biggest box office hit of her career.

Judy Garland in 1944’s Meet Me In St. Louis…which was surprisingly her biggest box office hit of her career.

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.
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdjusted B.O. Domestic (mil)Adjusted B.O. Worldwide (mil)Domestic Box Office Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
A Star Is Born (1954)James Mason$314.20$459.4011th of 195584.00%06 / 0078.63
The Wizard of Oz (1939)Frank Morgan & Ray Bolger$294.80$410.809th of 193986.50%06 / 0278.26
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)Spencer Tracy & Richard Widmark$128.60$209.0011th of 196186.00%11 / 0274.18
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)Mary Astor & Tom Drake$426.30$558.302nd of 194483.00%04 / 0071.61
Easter Parade (1948)Fred Astaire$229.80$321.802nd of 194881.50%01 / 0069.70
The Harvey Girls (1946)Ray Bolger & Angela Lansbury$269.10$338.1012th of 194678.50%02 / 0169.29
Babes on Broadway (1941)Mickey Rooney$229.50$374.509th of 194175.00%01 / 0066.65
Babes in Arms (1939)Mickey Rooney$278.30$401.306th of 193974.00%02 / 0066.58
For Me and My Gal (1942)Gene Kelly$240.40$363.4013th of 194274.00%01 / 0066.18
Strike Up The Band (1940)Mickey Rooney$194.80$299.808th of 194072.50%03 / 0166.06
Girl Crazy (1943)Mickey Rooney$209.40$280.8021st of 194372.50%00 / 0065.07
Ziegfeld Follies (1946)William Powell & Lucille Ball$232.30$347.3022nd of 194670.50%00 / 0064.14
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)Mickey Rooney & Lana Turner$204.40$280.4013th of 193868.00%00 / 0062.96
Till The Clouds Roll By (1946)June Allyson$310.00$439.0014th of 194768.00%00 / 0062.96
The Clock (1945)Robert Walker$149.70$191.7038th of 194582.50%00 / 0061.98
Ziegfeld Girl (1941)James Stewart & Lana Turner$183.70$300.7017th of 194170.33%00 / 0061.53
Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)Robert Taylor$245.00$369.007th of 193863.50%00 / 0060.84
Presenting Lily Mars (1943)Van Heflin$177.90$260.9036th of 194370.00%00 / 0060.47
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)Mickey Rooney$167.30$211.6013th of 194073.00%00 / 0060.24
In the Good Old Summertime (1949)Van Johnson & Buster Keaton$157.50$192.5011th of 194970.50%00 / 0057.55
Summer Stock (1950)Gene Kelly$125.30$184.3022nd of 195075.50%00 / 0054.90
Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941)Mickey Rooney$163.50$241.5025th of 194158.50%00 / 0052.83
The Pirate (1948)Gene Kelly$103.90$131.9054th of 194870.50%01 / 0049.64
Little Nellie Kelly (1940)George Murphy$83.30$176.3058th of 194065.00%00 / 0043.46
Pigskin Parade (1936)Bettt Grable$101.20$121.4054th of 193656.00%01 / 0042.41
A Child Is Waiting (1963)Burt Lancaster$24.40$38.0093rd of 196381.50%00 / 0042.08
Listen Darling (1938)Walter Pidgeon$47.60$72.6089th of 193867.50%00 / 0039.10
Everybody Sing (1938)Fanny Brice$81.80$125.8069th of 193855.50%00 / 0038.76
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)Mickey Rooney$55.20$95.2097th of 193763.00%00 / 0038.17
Gay Purr-ee (1962)Red Buttons & Mel Blanc$32.10$59.0078th of 196268.00%00 / 0036.94
I Could Go On Singing (1963)Dirk Bogarde$20.30$31.2094th of 196371.50%00 / 0036.75

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Judy Garland Table

  1. 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.
  2. An average Judy Garland movie grosses $176.80 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. 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.
  4. Twelve Judy Garland movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 38.70% of her movies.
  5. Four Judy Garland movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 12.90% of her movies.
  6. 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.
James Mason and Judy Garland in 1954's A Star Is Born.

James Mason and Judy Garland in 1954’s A Star Is Born.

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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56 thoughts on “Judy Garland Movies

  1. 1 I’ve mentioned before that no matter how great the Great he/she is usually in thrall of some other Great. Most movie buffs will be familiar with Judy singing to King Gable’s photo in Broadway Melody of 1938; and apparently before making Easter Parade with Astaire Judy had never been in his close proximity and was so in awe of his legend that she was very nervous before their first formal meeting on the set of Easter Parade.

    2 Good colour stills of Fred and Judy and Mason and Judy in your video and I loved the Garland/Rooney ones as well. Best posters from my viewpoint were Till the Clouds Roll By, the Harvey Girls and In the Good Old Summertime.

    3 OTHER COMMENTS (1) I was really surprised that you made The Pirate your No 7 as I thought it was an awful movie and although Bruce doesn’t seem to agree with me he at least consigned it to his 17th spot for critical appraisal (3) he in turn did though surprise me by leaving Easter Parade slightly outside his Top 5 whereas you have it slightly inside. Bruce and you agree on 4 of the top 5 though not in the same order but he rounded off the 5 with The Clock instead of Easter Parade (4) I know the entire weight of historical critical opinion is against me but I thought Meet Me in St Louis far superior to Wizard of Oz (6) you have included 6 of the 7 Garland/Rooney films which is great but what have you got against Andy Hardy meets Debutante which Bruce has rated a relatively high 13 for critic/audience? Anyway lovely bright presentation and 9.4/10

    POSTSCRIPT FOR BRUCE – who was Eddie Mannix?

    1. Thanks Bob, appreciate the review, rating, observation and trivia. Debutante should have been up there, maybe I thought two Andy Hardy films was enough, sorry about that. On the plus side there are few people left in the world that would notice Debutante was missing from the top 30 and you’re one of them Bob. [cue Bob grinning]

      Well I never claimed to be a completist like our illustrious commandante, as long as the top 5 or top 10 are more or less acceptable as that actors best films than I’m happy, the rest is just a series of colorful poster artwork. 🙂

      Meet Me in St. Louis is a Christmas classic, even though only one segment is set at Xmas, and it was hugely successful. I only watch it for Judy Judy Judy, the gorgeous Technicolor and I love the Trolley Song. The children in the film do get on one’s nerve especially the youngest and I usually fast forward thru their scenes to get to Judy Judy Judy. I have to admit to having had the ‘hots’ for young Judy when I was a wee lad, and probably still do. [blushes]

      The Pirate is an old favorite of mine, a fun musical with Gene Kelly in good athletic form, a shame you didn’t like it. Looking at my database it had scores all above 7, and it gets a 7 from Bruce too though it’s lower down the rung on his chart.

      I love Easter Parade, no way that wasn’t going to be in Judy’s top 5, it’s one of her best.

      1. 1 Hi Steve, thanks for the explanations.

        2 When you see the fresh and vibrant Judy in Meet Me in St Louis I always thought that it was sad what happened to her within such a relatively short period of time. According to Mickey Rooney MGM was to blame for a lot of it as they milked her talent with punishing schedules that put her under enormous pressure and effectively got her hooked on tablets etc to try to stay awake half the time. In my view they should have permanently suspended her until she got better BUT I feel they owed her a duty of care to pay for her treatment by the best professionals that money could buy and then reinstate her when she got better.

        3 However I guess that’s not the way the system works and as Margaret Thatcher once cynically remarked “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” but it seems young Judy paid a price well above the norm for being a Legend. Another reason I like Meet Me in St Louis so much is that I can cheer up by reminding myself of the happy screen Judy in her heyday. This Saturday there is a special Xmas showing of It’s a Wonderful Life at a local College of education and I’m going to see it with my family and then over the next few days I’m going to dust off for their Christmas showing Meet Me in St Louis and Holiday Affair with Mitchum and Janet Leigh. Happy days!

        1. Good on you Bob! You definitely know how to enjoy Xmas, while the rest of us are at home watching The Walking Dead and other nasty TV shows.

          I read a couple of Judy Garland bios over the years and it really was a sad tale to tell. I’m surprised her life story hasn’t been filmed by Hollywood yet, there’s enough ups and downs, heartbreaks, anguish and mental breakdowns to guarantee whoever plays her an Oscar nomination.

          Judy on Judy:

          “I was born at the age of 12 on a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot.”

          “I can live without money, but I can’t live without love.”

          “If I am a legend, then why am I so lonely?”

  2. I think some of her most moving and beautiful movie performances were in her later, more mature years. Especially with the singing! Have you seen her performance of “I could go on singing” or “by myself”?

    1. Hey Kay…thanks for stopping by and checking out our Judy Garland page. I agree I think some of her later roles like A Star Is Born and Judgement At Nuremberg are excellent. I have not seen those performances…but I will do a You Tube search and see what I can find. Thanks for the suggestion.

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