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 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.
- *** = Katharine Hepburn Oscar® nominated performance
- 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.
|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adj. B.O. Domestic (mil)||Box Office Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|The Lion in Winter (1968) ***||Peter O'Toole & Anthony Hopkins||$188.80||15th of 1969||88.00%||07 / 03||87.47|
|On Golden Pond (1981) ***||Henry Fonda & Jane Fonda||$371.20||2nd of 1981||79.50%||10 / 03||86.41|
|The Philadelphia Story (1940) ***||James Stewart & Cary Grant||$209.50||4th of 1941||91.00%||06 / 02||86.37|
|Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) ***||Spencer Tracy & Sidney Poitier||$455.70||2nd of 1968||71.00%||10 / 02||81.20|
|The African Queen (1951) ***||Humphrey Bogart||$204.10||6th of 1952||87.00%||04 / 01||78.59|
|Suddenly Last Summer (1959) ***||Elizabeth Taylor & Montgomery Clift||$262.60||6th of 1960||72.50%||03 / 00||72.02|
|Stage Door (1937)||Ginger Rogers||$166.30||21st of 1937||87.67%||04 / 00||71.58|
|Woman of the Year (1942) ***||Spencer Tracy||$164.90||34th of 1942||81.50%||02 / 01||71.26|
|Adam's Rib (1949)||Spencer Tracy||$166.00||16th of 1949||87.00%||01 / 00||67.02|
|Little Women (1933)||Directed by George Cukor||$150.10||3rd of 1933||82.50%||03 / 01||66.85|
|State of the Union (1948)||Spencer Tracy||$199.20||14th of 1948||75.50%||00 / 00||66.36|
|Without Love (1945)||Spencer Tracy||$191.00||31st of 1945||69.50%||00 / 00||62.26|
|The Sea of Grass (1947)||Spencer Tracy||$199.00||19th of 1947||64.50%||00 / 00||61.16|
|Keeper of the Flame (1942)||Spencer Tracy||$186.60||23rd of 1942||68.50%||00 / 00||61.12|
|Song of Love (1947)||Paul Henreid||$195.90||23rd of 1946||62.50%||00 / 00||59.74|
|Undercurrent (1946)||Robert Mitchum||$188.90||34th of 1946||63.50%||00 / 00||59.12|
|Summertime (1955) ***||Directed by David Lean||$95.10||61st of 1955||82.33%||02 / 00||58.74|
|Bringing Up Baby (1938)||Cary Grant||$103.90||52nd of 1938||88.67%||00 / 00||57.77|
|Holiday (1938)||Cary Grant||$99.20||56th of 1938||89.00%||01 / 00||57.61|
|Alice Adams (1935) ***||Fred MacMurray||$59.10||71st of 1935||81.50%||02 / 00||57.26|
|Morning Glory (1933) ***||Douglas Fairbanks Jr.||$82.30||28th of 1933||70.50%||01 / 01||56.90|
|Dragon Seed (1944)||Aline MacMahon & Lionel Barrymore||$264.50||14th of 1944||52.50%||02 / 00||56.47|
|Pat and Mike (1952)||Spencer Tracy||$91.70||39th of 1952||80.00%||01 / 00||53.46|
|The Rainmaker (1956) ***||Burt Lancaster||$94.40||46th of 1957||67.00%||02 / 00||53.29|
|Desk Set (1957)||Spencer Tracy||$75.00||45th of 1957||84.33%||00 / 00||51.26|
|Long Day's Journey into Night (1962) ***||Jason Robards||$25.00||88th of 1962||85.00%||01 / 00||49.98|
|Mary of Scotland (1936)||Fredric March & Directed by John Ford||$91.20||63rd of 1936||59.50%||00 / 00||42.10|
|Sylvia Scarlett (1935)||Cary Grant||$33.10||88th of 1935||68.33%||00 / 00||37.25|
|Rooster Cogburn (1975)||John Wayne||$102.60||51st in 1975||45.33%||00 / 00||37.21|
|Quality Street (1937)||Franchot Tone||$30.40||124th of 1937||64.50%||01 / 00||35.43|
|A Delicate Balance (1973)||Paul Scofield||$8.60||91st of 1973||71.00%||00 / 00||34.70|
|The Iron Petticoat (1957)||Bob Hope||$55.60||78th of 1957||53.50%||00 / 00||33.76|
|A Woman Rebels (1936)||Herbert Marshall||$40.00||95th of 1936||58.50%||00 / 00||33.69|
|Break of Hearts (1935)||Charles Boyer||$45.00||94th of 1935||54.50%||00 / 00||32.60|
|Christopher Strong (1933)||Colin Clive||$29.00||96th of 1933||58.00%||00 / 00||31.76|
|A Bill of Divorcement (1932)||John Barrymore||$43.00||82nd of 1932||52.00%||00 / 00||31.10|
|Spitfire (1934)||Robert Young||$52.90||72nd of 1934||47.50%||00 / 00||30.52|
|The Trojan Women (1971)||Vanessa Redgrave||$15.10||165th of 1971||59.50%||00 / 00||30.30|
|The Little Minister (1934)||Alan Hale||$77.70||42nd of 1934||38.50%||00 / 00||30.14|
|Love Affair (1994)||Warren Beatty||$38.70||76th of 1994||43.00%||00 / 00||26.21|
|Olly Olly Oxen Free (1978)||Kevin McKenzie||$4.10||203rd of 1978||50.00%||00 / 00||24.14|
|Grace Quigley (1985)||Nick Nolte||$5.90||210th of 1985||41.50%||00 / 00||20.41|
|The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)||Danny Kaye||$11.40||108th of 1969||39.50%||00 / 00||20.33|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Katharine HepburnTable
- 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)
- An average Katharine Hepburn movie grosses $120.30 million in adjusted box office gross.
- 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.
- Nineteen Katharine Hepburn movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 44.18% of her movies.
- Eight Katharine Hepburn movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 18.60% of her movies.
- 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.
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Wait! Want more Katharine Hepburn stats? Well we have adjusted worldwide grosses on 24 of her movies.
- Dragon Seed (1944) $393.70 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- The Sea of Grass (1947) $288.00 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- The Philadelphia Story (1940) $280.20 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- Undercurrent (1946) $276.10 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- Song of Love (1947) $268.90 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- Keeper of the Flame (1942) $267.90 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- State of the Union (1948) $261.10 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- Without Love (1945) $260.10 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- Stage Door (1937) $229.10 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- Woman of the Year (1942) $224.70 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- Little Women (1933) $223.10 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- Adam’s Rib (1949) $214.80 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- Bringing Up Baby (1938) $158.30 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- Mary of Scotland (1936) $143.90 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- Pat and Mike (1952) $117.40 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- The Little Minister (1934) $115.70 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- Alice Adams (1935) $76.60 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- Break of Hearts (1935) $72.00 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- A Woman Rebels (1936) $65.00 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- Spitfire (1934) $64.90 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- The Iron Petticoat (1957) $60.60 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- A Bill of Divorcement (1932) $57.90 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- Sylvia Scarlett (1935) $51.10 million in worldwide adjusted gross
- Quality Street (1937) $42.60 million in worldwide adjusted gross
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