Kathleen Turner Movies

Kathleen Turner

Want to know the best Kathleen Turner movies?  How about the worst Kathleen Turner movies?  Curious about Kathleen Turner box office grosses or which Kathleen Turner movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Kathleen Turner movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which ones got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place…. because we have all of that information and much more.

Kathleen Turner (1956-) is an Oscar®-nominated American film and television actress.   Turner came to fame in the 1980s, when she appeared in many box office hits.   On our Top Box Office Stars of the 1980s page, Turner and was the 4th most successful actress of that decade and in 21st place when looking at actors and actresses.   Her IMDb page shows 56 acting credits since 1979 . This page will rank 29 Kathleen Turner movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information.  Uncredited roles, bit parts, television roles, shorts and movies not released in North American theaters were not included in the rankings.

Drivel part of the page:  If you could go back in time and ask the teenage Cogerson of the 1980s….Who is the prettiest and sexiest actress?  He would have responded quickly and confidentiality….Kathleen Turner.   Her roles in Body Heat, The Man Who Had Two Brains, Romancing the Stone and Prizzi’s Honor made a huge impression on him.  Tonight we were re-watching Prizzi’s Honor…..and at some point…I thought….Why do we not have an UMR page on her?  Well ….3 hours….the answer to that question is….we do have an UMR page on Kathleen Turner.

Kathleen Turner in 1981’s Body Heat

Kathleen Turner 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 Kathleen Turner movies by co-stars of her movies
  • Sort Kathleen Turner movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Kathleen Turner movies by yearly domestic box office rank
  • Sort Kathleen Turner 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 Oscar® wins each Kathleen Turner movie received.
  • Sort Kathleen Turner movies by Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score.  UMR puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.

Stats and Possibly Interesting Stats From The Above Kathleen Turner Table

  1. Five Kathleen Turner movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 17.24% of her movies listed.  Who Framed Roger Rabbit  (1988) was her biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Kathleen Turner movie grossed $61.10 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  13 Kathleen Turner movies are rated as good movies…or 44.82% of her movies.  Body Heat  (1981) was her highest rated movie while Baby Geniuses (1999) was her lowest rated movie.
  4. Six Kathleen Turner movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 20.68% of her movies.
  5. Three Kathleen Turner movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 10.34% of her movies.
  6. An “a good movie” Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 60.00.  10 Kathleen Turner movies scored higher than that….or 34.48% of her movies.  Who Framed Roger Rabbit  (1988) got the the highest UMR Movie Score while Baby Geniuses (1999) got the lowest UMR Movie Score.

Possibly Interesting Facts About Kathleen Turner

1. Mary Kathleen Turner was born  in Spring City, Missouri in 1956.

2  Kathleen Turner studied theater and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from  degree in 1977 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County

3.  Kathleen Turner and John Goodman were in the same drama class while attending Missouri State University.

4.  In 1979, Kathleen Turner made her television debut on the daytime television show The Doctors.  Her first film role was as the lead actress in 1981’s Body Heat.

5.  Kathleen Turner’s all-time favorite movie is…..1967’s Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner.

6. Kathleen Turner has been married one times…and has one child.  

7.  Kathleen Turner was 9 months pregnant with her daughter Rachel Ann Weiss when she completed recording 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit; she actually went into labor on the final day of recording.

8.  Favorite Kathleen Turner movie lines Part 1:  In 1981’s Body Heat….while first getting to know William Hurt’s character she says….”You aren’t too smart, are you? I like that in a man. ”

9.  Favorite Kathleen Turner movie lines Part 2:  In 1985’s Prizzi’s Honor….Kathleen Turner to Jack Nicholson…..”Charley, I’ve been doin’ three to four hits a year for the past couple of years, most at full pay. ”  Jack to Kathleen….. “That many?”   Kathleen to Jack…..”Well, it’s not many when you consider the size of the population.”

10. Check out Kathleen Turner’s movie career compared to current and classic stars on our Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time page.

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18 thoughts on “Kathleen Turner Movies

  1. Hi

    I remember going to the cinema to see Body Heat. I thought she was fantastic in it. A true female fatal. She had a great run in the 1980’s. Peggy Sue Got Married, Romancing the Stone, War of the Roses and Prizzi’s Honor.
    Then by the 90’s it all seemed to go wrong. Always hoped that she would make a major comeback because she had a great personality. She was like an 80s version of Lauren Becall. I don’t know what she’s doing now, last time I seen her she was playing Chandler’s dad in Friends.

    1. Hey Chris. Good to know Kathleen Turner and her role in Body Heat was memorable to others beside me. Her 1980s were awesome. Her health was the main reason her 1990s were not as stellar. I like your comparison to Lauren Bacall. I read somewhere, that one time Turner went up to Bacall and told her….”I’m the young you.” Today she is hard to recognize….she played the mother in Dumb and Dumber To…and it took awhile before I realized it was her. Thanks for the visit and the comments…all are greatly appreciated.

  2. HI BRUCE:
    1 For me the 3 movies that Kathleen made with Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito were a big part of the 1980s – Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile and War of the Roses [also directed by Danny]. Your table above shows that those 3 flicks have a total adjusted domestic gross of some $575 which converts to an excellent $191 million average. Sadly Kathleen’s career floundered as the 1990s wore on though Michael’s flourished throughout that decade with hits like Basic Instinct and The American President.

    2 The last Turner film that I watched was Monster House in which Kathleen had a voice only role and I recently enjoyed Michael’s performance as Liberace and also his acting in the 2014 Las Vegas with DeNiro and Morg Freeman & the 2015 And So it Goes with Diane Keaton. Overall I welcome this new page as a nostalgic trip back to a bygone era.

    3 My personal favourite Kathleen Turner movie was the 1988 The Accidental Tourist with her Body Heat co-star William Hurt, another star whose post 1980s career must have been disappointing to him. At one stage in the late 1980 with three consecutive Oscar nominations in the bag [one of which was converted] it was thought that he would break Brando’s then record of 4 consecutive noms***. and become “the next big star”. Neither happened for William though he did earn a supporting actor Oscar for A History of Violence way later in 2006. I very much like him.

    ***Marlon still holds that record and is 8th on the list of overall nominations

    1. Hey Bob
      1. I agree her trilogy with DeVito and Douglas are truly impressive……both by box office grosses and the quality of the movies.
      2. Monster House is a fun movie…..but my kids have not interest in seeing that one again.
      3. Douglas had a huge success with Ant-Man….the other movies you mentioned barely made a dent at the box office.
      4. Brando has the record on the actor side….but Garson and Davis have the record on the actress side…as they both have 5 year spans.
      5. Glad you liked Accidental Tourist….it was good….but does not crack my Top 5 when it comes to Turner movies.
      Thanks for the feedback.

      1. HI BRUCE

        1 Thanks for the feedback.

        2 Mr Mumbles was in good company if he nearly matched Garson and Davis on the actress side.and some philosopher has said that true greatness can be measured against only the established. greatness of another in the same field of expertise.

        3 Steve would have been pleased that the fledgling Work Colt Cogerson was turned on by Kathleen when Bruce was a teenager because I get the impression sometimes that he feels you and I have stats running through our veins rather than blood.

        4 I agree with you that Mike’s post-90s career never matched his heyday in that decade, his last big truly stand-alone hit being the 2000 Traffic, but he’s always entertaining to watch – as the title of one of his movies says “It runs in the family!”

        5 Have a good weekend I’m off to Berlin on Sunday for 3 days so I’ll be signing off the site on Saturday with my usual Fu Manchu closing threat that “The World shall hear from me again!”

        1. Hey Bob
          1. I agree Brando’s 4 year run is in good company…..Garson and Davis’ 5 year runs might never be matched….as will Brando’s 4 year run. Bradley Cooper was the last one to reach 3 years in a row…..but like William Hurt’s career….it seems Cooper might be going down the ladder already.
          2. The way Kathleen Turner manipulated William Hurt in the Body Heat….is nothing compared to what she could have talked the teenage Cogerson into doing….she could have played me like a fiddle….lol.
          3. My loves Michael Douglas….he had a great career…..he got the Oscars (Wall Street and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest)…but papa Kirk got the more important…lasting legacy.
          4. Enjoy Berlin…..keep an eye out for Lupino….lol.

  3. House of Cards was one of my 10 best of 1993 and I hated War of the Roses. Kathleen is no longer on the Oracle of Bacon top 1000 Center of the Hollywood Universe list. Way back in 2000 on the first list she was 988 so she really didn’t have far to fall. These are the people on the 2016 list who appeared in a film with her.

    5 HARVEY KEITEL Prince of Central Park (2000)
    33 FRANK WELKER Roller Coaster Rabbit (1990)
    33 FRANK WELKER Trail Mix-Up (1993)
    33 FRANK WELKER Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
    45 STANLEY TUCCI Prizzi’s Honor (1985)
    45 STANLEY TUCCI Undercover Blues (1993)
    48 NICOLAS CAGE Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
    50 STEVE BUSCEMI The Real Blonde (1997)
    51 RUTGER HAUER A Breed Apart (1984)
    65 ROBERT LOGGIA Prizzi’s Honor (1985)
    74 WILLIAM HURT Body Heat (1981)
    74 WILLIAM HURT The Accidental Tourist (1988)
    87 MICKEY ROURKE Body Heat (1981)
    93 LUIS GUZMAN Naked in New York (1993)
    96 BURT REYNOLDS Switching Channels (1988)
    97 CHARLES DURNING V.I. Warshawski (1991)
    99 ALAN ARKIN Marley & Me (2008)
    117 JACK MCGEE A Simple Wish (1997)
    118 GABRIEL BYRNE Julia and Julia (1987)
    121 BOB HOSKINS Tummy Trouble (1989)
    121 BOB HOSKINS Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
    124 RICHARD JENKINS Undercover Blues (1993)
    132 ED BEGLEY JR. The Accidental Tourist (1988)
    133 TOMMY LEE JONES House of Cards (1993)
    147 DENNIS QUAID Undercover Blues (1993)
    162 DANNY DEVITO Romancing the Stone (1984)
    162 DANNY DEVITO The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
    162 DANNY DEVITO The Virgin Suicides (1999)
    162 DANNY DEVITO The War of the Roses (1989)
    163 JAMES CROMWELL The Man with Two Brains (1983)
    166 BRUCE DAVISON Crimes of Passion (1984)
    170 SCOTT GLENN The Virgin Suicides (1999)
    180 OWEN WILSON Marley & Me (2008)
    182 MATTHEW MODINE The Real Blonde (1997)
    184 COLLEEN CAMP Naked in New York (1993)
    185 WHOOPI GOLDBERG Moonlight and Valentino (1995)
    185 WHOOPI GOLDBERG Naked in New York (1993)
    187 DARYL HANNAH The Real Blonde (1997)
    190 MICHAEL PARE The Virgin Suicides (1999)
    213 MARSHALL BELL Undercover Blues (1993)
    217 JAMES WOODS The Virgin Suicides (1999)
    225 NED BEATTY Switching Channels (1988)
    231 BILL PULLMAN The Accidental Tourist (1988)
    249 STEPHEN ROOT V.I. Warshawski (1991)
    260 PETER COYOTE Moonlight and Valentino (1995)
    261 MARC MACAULAY Marley & Me (2008)
    269 BRION JAMES A Breed Apart (1984)
    276 KIRSTEN DUNST The Virgin Suicides (1999)
    282 CHRISTOPHER LLOYD Baby Geniuses (1999)
    282 CHRISTOPHER LLOYD The Real Blonde (1997)
    282 CHRISTOPHER LLOYD Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
    285 GWYNETH PALTROW Moonlight and Valentino (1995)
    286 CHRIS ELLIS Undercover Blues (1993)
    309 DAVID WARNER The Man with Two Brains (1983)
    323 DONALD PLEASENCE A Breed Apart (1984)
    326 TOM ARNOLD Undercover Blues (1993)
    382 ANJELICA HUSTON Prizzi’s Honor (1985)
    386 JIM BELUSHI Bad Baby (1997)
    396 MICHAEL DOUGLAS Romancing the Stone (1984)
    396 MICHAEL DOUGLAS The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
    396 MICHAEL DOUGLAS The War of the Roses (1989)
    414 LARRY MILLER Undercover Blues (1993)
    417 DANNY AIELLO Prince of Central Park (2000)
    423 AMANDA PLUMMER A Simple Wish (1997)
    482 EDWARD ASNER Love and Action in Chicago (1999)
    491 JACK NICHOLSON Prizzi’s Honor (1985)
    522 JAY O. SANDERS V.I. Warshawski (1991)
    528 JOSEF SOMMER Moonlight and Valentino (1995)
    542 MICHAEL MCKEAN Beautiful (2000)
    561 PAUL GUILFOYLE (II) Naked in New York (1993)
    580 SAUL RUBINEK Undercover Blues (1993)
    585 JIM CARREY Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
    587 ERIC STOLTZ Naked in New York (1993)
    594 STEVE MARTIN The Man with Two Brains (1983)
    607 CATHERINE KEENER The Real Blonde (1997)
    612 PHIL HAWN Beautiful (2000)
    683 MARTIN DONOVAN NURSE 3D (2013)
    696 MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL Monster House (2006)
    713 ROBERT BIZIK MARLEY & ME (2008)
    726 GEORGE FISHER The Man with Two Brains (1983)
    807 TERI GARR A Simple Wish (1997)
    816 JOANNA CASSIDY Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
    897 TONY CURTIS Naked in New York (1993)
    905 KIM CATTRALL Baby Geniuses (1999)

    People on the 2000 list with their rank who appeared in a film with her who like her have fallen off;

    194 LAWRENCE TIERNEY Prizzi’s Honor (1985)
    195 MICHAEL GREENE Undercover Blues (1993)
    209 DOM DELUISE Baby Geniuses (1999)
    252 WILLIAM HICKEY Prizzi’s Honor (1985)
    265 RICHARD CRENNA Body Heat (1981)
    271 PETER BROCCO The War of the Roses (1989)
    289 ANTHONY PERKINS Crimes of Passion (1984)
    320 ROSCOE LEE BROWNE Naked in New York (1993)
    378 BILLY J. MITCHELL Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
    390 BUCK HENRY The Real Blonde (1997)
    412 SAM WATERSTON Serial Mom (1994)
    436 TIMOTHY DALTON Naked in New York (1993)
    594 G.D. SPRADLIN The War of the Roses (1989)
    625 HENRY GIBSON Switching Channels (1988)
    627 JAN TRISKA Undercover Blues (1993)
    677 DANIEL VON BARGEN The Real Blonde (1997)
    706 GABRIELE FERZETTI Julia and Julia (1987)
    720 ROY BROCKSMITH The War of the Roses (1989)
    853 JOHN DENNIS JOHNSTON A Breed Apart (1984)
    864 JERRY ORBACH Prince of Central Park (2000)
    897 PETER DONAT The War of the Roses (1989)
    912 BEATRICE WINDE The Real Blonde (1997)
    923 GEORGE FURTH The Man with Two Brains (1983)
    946 EARL BOEN The Man with Two Brains (1983)
    959 LEON AMES Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

    I find 10 Oscar winners she worked with;

    ALAN ARKIN Marley & Me (2008)
    ANJELICA HUSTON Prizzi’s Honor (1985)
    GWYNETH PALTROW Moonlight and Valentino (1995)
    JACK NICHOLSON Prizzi’s Honor (1985)
    MICHAEL DOUGLAS Romancing the Stone (1984)
    MICHAEL DOUGLAS The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
    MICHAEL DOUGLAS The War of the Roses (1989)
    NICOLAS CAGE Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
    TOMMY LEE JONES House of Cards (1993)
    WHOOPI GOLDBERG Moonlight and Valentino (1995)
    WHOOPI GOLDBERG Naked in New York (1993)
    WILLIAM HURT Body Heat (1981)
    WILLIAM HURT The Accidental Tourist (1988)

    1. Remember Kathleen was married to the owner of the unlicensed Happy Lands club in the Bronx where in 1990 somebody torched the place and 87 people died.

      1. Hey Dan…I have a vague memory of that horrible situation…hard to believe so many years have passed since then. Thanks for sharing these memories and stories.

    2. Hey Dan
      1. Thanks for checking out one of our latest pages.
      2. I have not seen House of Cards….but the cast and your high praise has me interested in checking out this movie.
      3. So…Kathleen Turner barely made the list in 2000?….well not surprised she was not on the most recent lists.
      4. I did not like War of the Roses the first time I watched it…but it has grown on me over the years. When the divorce lawyer is the most likeable character in the movie….a movie might have a problem…lol.
      5. I just watched Prizzi’s Honor….and I did not spot Stanley Tucci in the movie….he must play one of the henchman….and he probably had hair…..so he was hard to spot.
      6. I keep forgetting that DeVito and Turner reunited in The Virgin Suicides….normally I am all over trivia like that..
      7. I always smile when I see William Hickey’s name…..either from his Don in Prizzi’s Honor or from his turn in Christmas Vacation….good character actor.
      8. Only 10 Oscar winners….let me see…if I can come up with another….thinking checking…actually looking at her co-stars….I think you have them.
      Good information as always.

  4. Wonderful actress. The Douglas/DeVito/Turner team made some fun movies. I find it sad to see her in new movies. What a physical change!

    1. Hey Helakoski. I agree, a wonderful actress. I also agree that the three movies Kate, Danny and Mike made are fun and memorable. I remember when Romancing the Stone came out….I was rooting against it…mainly because it seemed to be invading some of Indiana Jones turf. But over the years I have come to really like the movie…and even admit Jewel of the Nike is a pretty good sequel. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Kathleen Turner was a sex goddess 35 years ago. Unfortunately unlike Sharon Stone she really let herself go and I could barely recognise her in movies just 20 years later.

    I’ve seen 14 of the 29 films listed here, favorites include Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile, War of the Roses, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Monster House and The Man With Two Brains.

    Of her top rated films I haven’t seen Peggy Sue Got Married or The Virgin Suicides.

    Prizzi’s Honor I haven’t seen in years, time to give it another spin.

    I’ve always wondered why they didn’t do a sequel to Roger Rabbit, it was successful but I suspect the studio was still disappointed with it’s overall box office. I think Rain Man was a bigger hit in 1988.

    Enjoyed the trivia and the quotes, Good stuff Bruce. Vote Up.

    1. STEVE

      1 Agree with you that back in the 1980s Turner was indeed a sex goddess but as Barbara Hershey said to Hackman in Best Shot aka Hoosiers “I guess gods come cheap nowadays”

      2 Google Kim Novak on Wikipedia and keep scrolling down to near the bottom of the page until you see a photo of Kim with Tippi Hendren. A sad appearance of two of old Alfred’s once stable of great blonde beauties.

      1. Hi Bob, I’m looking at wikipidea…. wow what happened to Kim Novak’s face? sad sad sad. Tippi Hedren looks okay for an old lady but Kim looks strange.

      2. Hey Bob….she was one of the biggest stars of the 1980s…..and in my mind….one of the greatest sex goddess of my youth. Her current pictures are somewhat sad…..but as comedian Bobcat “Police Academy” Goldthwait says when people see him…..”I know…I know……but you look different too.”

    2. Hey Steve
      1. Body Heat was one of the first R-rated movies I saw in theaters without my parents. Her performance was the sexiest thing my 14 year old eyes had ever seen….and is still something I think about to this day.
      2. I have seen 18 of her movies…including the Top 14 here. In my mind her Body Heat character is right there with Barbara Stanwyck’s role in Double Indemnity as the two greatest femme fatales ever!
      3. I just re-watched Prizzi’s Honor….it still holds up very nicely….she and Jack make a great screen couple…too bad things don’t work out well for them.
      4. Peggy Sue is not bad at all…..plus you get Nick Cage and Jim Carrey….when they were just starting.
      5. As popular as Roger Rabbit was…it’s lasting Power was actually pretty short….WoC strongly dislikes that one…is happy it never got that much talked about sequel.
      Good stuff.

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