Kim Novak Movies

Kim Novak

Want to know the best Kim Novak movies?  How about the worst Kim Novak movies?  Curious about Kim Novak box office grosses or which Kim Novak movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Kim Novak 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.

Kim Novak (1933-) is an American film and television actress.  Novak most famous role was in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958)….which is considered by many to be the greatest movie ever made.   Her IMDb page shows 33 acting credits from 1953-1991. This page will rank 25 Kim Novak movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information.  Uncredited roles, bit parts, television roles and shorts were not included in the rankings.

Kim Novak in 1957’s Vertigo

Kim Novak 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 Kim Novak movies by co-stars of her movies
  • Sort Kim Novak movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Kim Novak movies by yearly domestic box office rank
  • Sort Kim Novak 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 Kim Novak movie received.
  • Sort Kim Novak 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 Kim Novak Table

  1. Ten Kim Novak movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 40.00% of her movies listed.  Picnic (1955) was her biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Kim Novak movie grossed $90.90 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  15 Kim Novak movies are rated as good movies…or 60.00% of her movies.  Vertigo  (1957) was her highest rated movie while The White Buffalo (1977) was her lowest rated movie.
  4. Seven Kim Novak movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 28.00% of her movies.
  5. Two Kim Novak movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 8.00% of her movies.
  6. An “a good movie” Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 60.00.  14 Kim Novak movies scored higher than that….or 56.00% of her movies.  Picnic (1955) got the the highest UMR Movie Score while The White Buffalo (1977) got the lowest UMR Movie Score.

Possibly Interesting Facts About Kim Novak

1. Marilyn Pauline Novak was born  in Chicago, Illinois in 1933.

2.  Kim Novak won two scholarships to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.   Novak has become an well respected artist.  Examples of her work can be found at her website Kim Novak Artist.  Film buffs will really like the 9th painting down.  It is called……Vertigo/Vortex of Delusion.

3.  During the summer break in Kim Novak’s last semester of junior college, Novak went on a cross-country tour modeling for a refrigerator company at trade shows.  She was “Miss Deepfreeze” in the shows.

4.  Kim Novak/Miss Deepfreeze was spotted by an agent when the refrigerator tour stopped in Los Angeles.  This led her to signing a movie contract with Columbia Pictures.

5.  Columbia’s chief, Harry Cohn wanted (a) Novak to be the successor to Rita Hayworth and (b) wanted Novak to change her name to Kit Marlowe.   Novak fought to keep her name, and the two eventually compromised on “Kim Novak”.   One of Novak’s last roles was playing “Kit Marlowe” on the television show…Falcon Crest.

6. Kim Novak has been married two times.  Since 1976, Kim has been happily married to Robert Malloy, a veterinarian who shares her passion for animals and nature. Kim and her husband live on a ranch in Oregon where they raise llamas and horses, and frequently go canoeing. Kim is also an accomplished artist who expresses herself in oil paintings and sculptures.

7.  Kim Novak was the original choice to play Marion Wormer (the Dean’s wife) in 1978’s Animal House.

8. Kim Novak and Vertigo trivia part 1.  (a)  James Stewart was 49 and Novak was 24 when they made Vertigo.  (b)  Alfred Hitchcock thought Kim Novak was miscast in the movie.  (c)  Vertigo is considered the greatest movie ever made by Sight and Sound‘s movie poll.  (d)  Vertigo is ranked as the 79th best movie on IMDb.  (e) Vertigo is ranked 30th on our UMR best reviewed movies in our database.  (f) Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes’ characters never meet.  (g)  Novak’s character does not speak until a third of the way into the movie.

9.  Kim Novak and Vertigo trivia part 2.   Kim Novak went on strike during the filming of Vertigo.  She was striking for more money from her home studio Columbia, who was paying her $1,250 a week even though they were receiving $250,000 for her loan-out for Vertigo and one more picture. The ploy worked and Novak got a raise.

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

Steve’s Kim Novak You Tube video goes very well with this page.

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  1. So many new and interesting pages, yet so little time…
    Kim Novak never was a critics favorite, and I agree she was not an actress of the highest caliber. Still, her performance in Vertigo alone would be reason enough for including her on this website. But there was more- her performances in Picnic, Pal Joey and The man with the golden Arm were well crafted, while poor Kim failed miserably as Mildred in Of Human Bondage and some others. I have seen 18 of her movies, and in addition to the aforementioned 50s favorites, I enjoyed her performances in Kiss me, Stupid and her catty turn opposite Liz Taylor in The Mirror cracked. In the 80s, Novak starred in a season of Falcon Crest, still looking gorgeous and her husky voice as tempting as ever. The storyline had heavy traces of Vertigo, if I remember correctly. One final comment about one of my all time favorite movies. Although Hitch thought Novak wrong for the part of Madeleine, I think her presence in the movie added immensely to its now legendary status, and I find it hard to envision another actress in it- let alone Hitchs first choice Vera Miles.

    1. Hey Lupino. Good to hear from you again. I completely understand how busy you are ….as I am in the same boat. Good points on Novak and Vertigo. No matter what critics say about her acting skills…..she starred and was memorable in one of the best movies of all-time. Your 18 is the Top in our tally count….thanks for the visit, the comment and the tally.

  2. Kim never made the Oracle of Bacon top 1000 Center of the Hollywood Universe list. These are the people on the 2016 list who appeared with her in a film. We know your buddy Arthur Tovey is now gone.

    30 BEN KINGSLEY The Children (1990)
    77 KAREN BLACK The Children (1990)
    105 ED LAUTER The White Buffalo (1977)
    122 GERALDINE CHAPLIN The Children (1990)
    122 GERALDINE CHAPLIN The Mirror Crack’d (1980)
    142 ERNEST BORGNINE The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
    156 MARTIN KOVE The White Buffalo (1977)
    226 PIERCE BROSNAN The Mirror Crack’d (1980)
    231 BILL PULLMAN Liebestraum (1991)
    313 GEORGE KENNEDY The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
    323 DONALD PLEASENCE Tales That Witness Madness (1973)
    502 MAX PERLICH Liebestraum (1991)
    544 MAKO The Great Bank Robbery (1969)
    762 JACK WARDEN The White Buffalo (1977)
    772 DICK MILLER The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
    786 MICHAEL MURPHY The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
    897 TONY CURTIS The Mirror Crack’d (1980)
    900 JOE DON BAKER The Children (1990)
    912 ARTHUR TOVEY The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
    912 ARTHUR TOVEY The Notorious Landlady (1962)
    914 CLIFF ROBERTSON Picnic (1955)

    These are the people on the original list in 2000 who appeared in a film with Kim but have since fallen off the list. Rank is for 2000.

    14 JOHN CARRADINE The White Buffalo (1977)
    19 TONY CURTIS Pepe (1960)
    32 KIRK DOUGLAS Strangers When We Meet (1960)
    48 MARTIN BALSAM Middle of the Night (1959)
    53 CHARLES BRONSON The White Buffalo (1977)
    54 STUART WHITMAN The White Buffalo (1977)
    58 JACK LEMMON Bell Book and Candle (1958)
    58 JACK LEMMON Pepe (1960)
    58 JACK LEMMON Phffft (1954)
    58 JACK LEMMON The Notorious Landlady (1962)
    94 ROBERT MORLEY Of Human Bondage (1964)
    118 WOODY STRODE Son of Sinbad (1955)
    125 VINCENT PRICE Son of Sinbad (1955)
    129 CURT JURGENS Just a Gigolo (1978)
    133 WALTER MATTHAU Strangers When We Meet (1960)
    139 E.G. MARSHALL Pushover (1954)
    151 CESAR ROMERO Pepe (1960)
    153 JAMES GARNER Boys’ Night Out (1962)
    205 BRIAN KEITH 5 Against the House (1955)
    207 WILLIAM HOLDEN Picnic (1955)
    219 ELISHA COOK JR. The Great Bank Robbery (1969)
    222 BESS FLOWERS Pal Joey (1957)
    222 BESS FLOWERS Phffft (1954)
    222 BESS FLOWERS The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
    222 BESS FLOWERS The French Line (1953)
    222 BESS FLOWERS The Notorious Landlady (1962)
    222 BESS FLOWERS Vertigo (1958)
    234 AKIM TAMIROFF The Great Bank Robbery (1969)
    237 PETER LAWFORD Pepe (1960)
    245 SLIM PICKENS The White Buffalo (1977)
    270 FRANK SINATRA Pal Joey (1957)
    270 FRANK SINATRA Pepe (1960)
    270 FRANK SINATRA The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
    281 ELIZABETH TAYLOR The Mirror Crack’d (1980)
    290 GEORGE WALLACE The French Line (1953)
    291 LEE GRANT Middle of the Night (1959)
    299 FRITZ FELD The French Line (1953)
    323 GEORGE SANDERS The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965)
    326 ANGELA LANSBURY The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965)
    326 ANGELA LANSBURY The Mirror Crack’d (1980)
    344 JAMES STEWART Bell Book and Candle (1958)
    344 JAMES STEWART Vertigo (1958)
    361 JAMES WHITMORE The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
    367 ROBERT STEPHENS The Children (1990)
    384 GILBERT ROLAND The French Line (1953)
    389 LEON ASKIN Son of Sinbad (1955)
    424 ZSA ZSA GABOR Boys’ Night Out (1962)
    424 ZSA ZSA GABOR Pepe (1960)
    446 RAY WALSTON Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
    462 GUNTER MEISNER Just a Gigolo (1978)
    463 EDWARD G. ROBINSON Pepe (1960)
    477 BRITT EKLAND The Children (1990)
    481 LILLI PALMER The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965)
    483 MURRAY HAMILTON Jeanne Eagels (1957)
    497 REINHARD KOLLDEHOFF Just a Gigolo (1978)
    503 RICHARD CONTE Pepe (1960)
    506 DOUGLAS FOWLEY The White Buffalo (1977)
    524 RICHARD WATTIS The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965)
    529 NORMAN ALDEN The Great Bank Robbery (1969)
    532 JIM BACKUS Boys’ Night Out (1962)
    548 VALENTINA CORTESE The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
    562 PAUL BRYAR Vertigo (1958)
    575 JACK HAWKINS Tales That Witness Madness (1973)
    589 ROCK HUDSON The Mirror Crack’d (1980)
    610 EDWARD FOX The Mirror Crack’d (1980)
    617 PAUL FREES Son of Sinbad (1955)
    621 RICHARD JOHNSON The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965)
    625 HENRY GIBSON Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
    634 JOAN COLLINS Tales That Witness Madness (1973)
    638 HUGH GRIFFITH The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965)
    645 LAURENCE HARVEY Of Human Bondage (1964)
    657 DEBBIE REYNOLDS Pepe (1960)
    665 MARIA SCHELL Just a Gigolo (1978)
    707 DARREN MCGAVIN The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
    732 ARTHUR O’CONNELL Picnic (1955)
    824 FRANK WILCOX Pal Joey (1957)
    830 SUSAN STRASBERG Picnic (1955)
    832 DON BRODIE Bell Book and Candle (1958)
    871 DESMOND LLEWELYN The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965)
    882 DEAN MARTIN Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
    882 DEAN MARTIN Pepe (1960)
    887 DAVID HEMMINGS Just a Gigolo (1978)
    895 TONY RANDALL Boys’ Night Out (1962)
    901 BERNARD LEE The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965)
    917 ROBERT J. WILKE Son of Sinbad (1955)
    952 CHARLES GRAY Tales That Witness Madness (1973)
    952 CHARLES GRAY The Mirror Crack’d (1980)
    994 ELLEN CORBY The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
    994 ELLEN CORBY Vertigo (1958)

    Kim appeared with 21 Oscar winners.

    BEN KINGSLEY The Children (1990)
    BING CROSBY Pepe (1960)
    CHARLES COBURN Pepe (1960)
    CLIFF ROBERTSON Picnic (1955)
    DONNA REED Pepe (1960)
    DOROTHY MALONE Pushover (1954)
    ELIZABETH TAYLOR The Mirror Crack’d (1980)
    ERNEST BORGNINE The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
    FRANK SINATRA Pal Joey (1957)
    FRANK SINATRA Pepe (1960)
    FRANK SINATRA The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
    FREDRIC MARCH Middle of the Night (1959)
    GEORGE KENNEDY The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
    GEORGE SANDERS The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965)
    JACK LEMMON Bell Book and Candle (1958)
    JACK LEMMON Pepe (1960)
    JACK LEMMON Phffft (1954)
    JACK LEMMON The Notorious Landlady (1962)
    JAMES STEWART Bell Book and Candle (1958)
    JAMES STEWART Vertigo (1958)
    JUDY HOLLIDAY Phffft (1954)
    LEE GRANT Middle of the Night (1959)
    MARTIN BALSAM Middle of the Night (1959)
    PETER FINCH The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
    SHIRLEY JONES Pepe (1960)
    WALTER MATTHAU Strangers When We Meet (1960)
    WILLIAM HOLDEN Picnic (1955)

    1. Hey Dan. Awesome lists as usual. I imagine in 1967 she would be on the list. She was pretty active up until that point in time. I think she and Jack Lemmon made some entertaining movies. 21 Oscar winning co-stars is good for somebody with only 25 movies in my page. Good information….thanks for sharing it.

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