Katharine Hepburn Movies

Want to know the best Katharine Hepburn movies?  How about the worst Katharine Hepburn movies?  Curious about Katharine Hepburn box office grosses or which Katharine Hepburn movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Katharine Hepburn 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 and a lot more!

Katharine Hepburn’s movie career was one heck of a roller coaster ride. The ride started on a high note with an Oscar® win for 1933’s Morning Glory and a blockbuster hit in 1934’s Little Women. She was unable to maintain her early success. The rest of the 1930s did not go very well for her. Hepburn made eleven more movies in the 1930s, and with a couple of exceptions (Alice Adams & Stage Door), they were all box office bombs. After being labeled “box office poison” she returned to the stage.

In 1940 Hepburn returned to Hollywood to make the film version of The Philadelphia Story. The film was one of the biggest hits of the year and earned Hepburn her third Oscar® nomination. After that success she appeared for the first time with Spencer Tracy in 1942’s Woman of the Year. Tracy and Hepburn would make nine films together over the next twenty-five years and become one the greatest screen couples ever. Their final appearance together would be 1967’s Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, which was a blockbuster hit and earned Hepburn her 2nd Oscar® win. The following year she appeared in The Lion in Winter. She amazingly won her 3rd Oscar® win for Best Actress. Following her back to back Oscar® wins, Hepburn’s movie career took another downward spiral.

For the next twenty-five years, she would appear in only eight more movies. Most of those movies died at the box office, but she had one more major role left in her. In 1981 she appeared in On Golden Pond opposite Henry Fonda. On Golden Pond was her second biggest box office hit and earned her a record fourth Academy Award® for Best Actress. Her last role was in 1994’s Love Affair. Katharine Hepburn passed away June 29th 2003 at the age of 96.

Her IMDb page shows 52 acting credits from 1932-1994. This page will rank 43 Katharine Hepburn movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies not released in North American theaters were not included in the rankings.

Katharine Hepburn in 1968's The Lion In Winter

Katharine Hepburn in 1968’s The Lion in Winter

Katharine Hepburn 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 Katharine Hepburn movies by co-stars of her movies
  • Sort Katharine Hepburn movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Katharine Hepburn movies by domestic box office rank
  • Sort Katharine Hepburn movies by 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 Katharine Hepburn movie received.
  • Sort Katharine Hepburn 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.
  • Use the sort and search button to make this a very interactive page.  For example type in Spencer Tracy in the search box to see all of Tracy/Hepburn performances….or type Cary Grant in the search box to bring up all of the Grant/Hepburn movies….or type in….I think you get the idea.

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Katharine HepburnTable

  1. Nineteen Katharine Hepburn movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 44.19% of her movies listed. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) was her biggest box office hit…. holding off On Golden Pond (1981)
  2. An average Katharine Hepburn movie grosses $120.30 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  28 of Katharine Hepburn’s movies are rated as good movies…or 65.11% of her movies.  The Philadelphia Story (1940) was her highest rated movie while The Little Minister (1934) was her lowest rated movie.
  4. Nineteen Katharine Hepburn movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 44.18% of her movies.
  5. Eight Katharine Hepburn movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 18.60% of her movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 39.86.  26 Katharine Hepburn movies scored higher than that average….or 60.46% of her movies.  The Lion in Winter (1968) got the the highest UMR Score while The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969) got the lowest UMR Score.
Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in 1967's Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in 1967’s Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

Check out Katharine Hepburn‘s career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

Wait! Want more Katharine Hepburn stats?  Well we have adjusted worldwide grosses on 24 of her movies.

  1. Dragon Seed (1944) $393.70 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  2. The Sea of Grass (1947) $288.00 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  3. The Philadelphia Story (1940) $280.20 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  4. Undercurrent (1946) $276.10 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  5. Song of Love (1947) $268.90 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  6. Keeper of the Flame (1942) $267.90 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  7. State of the Union (1948) $261.10 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  8. Without Love (1945) $260.10 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  9. Stage Door (1937) $229.10 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  10. Woman of the Year (1942) $224.70 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  11. Little Women (1933) $223.10 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  12. Adam’s Rib (1949) $214.80 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  13. Bringing Up Baby (1938) $158.30 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  14. Mary of Scotland (1936) $143.90 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  15. Pat and Mike (1952) $117.40 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  16. The Little Minister (1934) $115.70 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  17. Alice Adams (1935) $76.60 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  18. Break of Hearts (1935) $72.00 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  19. A Woman Rebels (1936) $65.00 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  20. Spitfire (1934) $64.90 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  21. The Iron Petticoat (1957) $60.60 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  22. A Bill of Divorcement (1932) $57.90 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  23. Sylvia Scarlett (1935) $51.10 million in worldwide adjusted gross
  24. Quality Street (1937) $42.60 million in worldwide adjusted gross

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  1. BRUCE 1 If I had had a pistol near me when this Hepburn update appeared I would have fired the gun in the air to celebrate ***as I’m doing one of my special exercises, this time involving WW grosses of classic era stars, and you have given me some extra information in that respect which will be very relevant to my task.

    2 Katie tops the AFI’s ladies’ Screen Legends list and it was always my impression that in terms of stardom her nearest counterpart on the male list was not Tracy but ole Mumbles. Katie like him never made enough movies to have vertiginous overall grosses that equaled those of the Big Box Office Beasts like Grant, Duke, Gable and Tracy himself and whilst both Katharine and Mumbles had great box office success in phases [Katie especially with Old Cantankerous] their legends do I feel rest on perceptions of them as great acting talents and powerhouse screen personalities as well as the longevity of their movie careers.

    3 Indeed some months ago John asked for my opinion about how Katie’s legendary status had developed over the years and I gave him some thoughts on the subject but it struck me at the time that it would have been useful to have YOUR thoughts on the matter but I did not request that as you may have been in one of your AWOL phases round about then and I wasn’t sure if that Automation was programmed to take spontaneous questions ! Anyway let me once more express my personal appreciation of Katie’s update and your comprehensive treatment of the same.

    ***Apparently a traditional Wild West way of registering appreciation! In the 1976 film The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday [what a title – I bet the marquees loved that one!] a crowd of Mexican locals who were hired as extras fired blanks-loaded guns into the air to celebrate the fact that Oliver Reed bested co-star Lee Marvin in a public beer drinking competition. Indeed Ollie apparently broke the local record for numbers of pints consumed in a single drinking bout.

    1. Hey Bob….glad you like this update….while doing other pages…I kept noticing that my box office grosses on needed some tweaking….as I have gotten better sources of information since writing pages on Hepburn, Taylor and so many others.

      In my recently updated page….$100 million dollar movies…..I made the table sortable so now the career box office total actually works….so looking at that table…..here are their rankings of the people you mentioned.

      Grant 10th
      Duke 1st
      Gable 3rd
      Tracy 7th
      Kate 88th
      Brando 81st

      So I think your point is proven.

      The big change on this page was Little Women….which I had worldwide box office rentals as the domestic rentals…..so it’s box office gross plummeted.

      Good story on Reed and Marvin.

      1. HI BRUCE

        1 I noticed the change in Little Women but thought I had made a mistake. Good to know that I’m still ‘perfect’ even if you aren’t !!! Actually on a serious note because I use your figures a lot for my personal exercises I am able to appreciate just how consistent even your detailed stats summaries are for the most part.

        2 I agree with your practice of using career earning in determining rankings. However other sources will have their own systems. For example several years ago one source published its list of the perceived greatest movie stars of all time and its criteria for ranking them was –
        (1) Acting ability as reflected by for example official awards/nominations like Oscar and Golden Globes.
        (2) Public image. Here somebody like Crowe would have been marked down whereas your Myrna would have done well because of her work for social causes and her war effort.
        (3) Volume and favourability of Press coverage.
        (4) Box office success as measured by Box Office Mojo’s 200 Highest Grossing Movies of all Time adjusted for inflation. Jimmy Stewart for example did well here because he was in monster hits like How the West Was Won and Rear Window. To me thought this represents just a “snap shot” approach to the matter and to get a proper perspective one needs to adopt the more comprehensive approach like the one that you take.

        1. Hey Bob….happy to say Little Women was the only one out of 43 movies that had a major change. Not too bad consider it was first written in 2011. I agree there are many many ways to rank the stars….and there are no right or wrong ways. I like that you are giving Ms. Loy some props….proud day….lol. Over the years I have tweaked the formula….but I like how my calculation grades each movie…..one day….I will figure out a better way to translate the scores. Right now a movie that earns above a 40 UMR score is considered good….when people seeing a 40….they think bad….and I can not really blame them. One day…. we will get that resolved. As always…thanks for the feedback.

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