Kirk Douglas Movies

Kirk Douglas in 1960's Spartacus.

Kirk Douglas in 1960’s Spartacus.

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

When trying to figure which Ultimate Movie Rankings career movie page to do next, I was getting numerous suggestions for Kirk Douglas (1916-) and his son, Michael Douglas. Since I could not figure out which one to do first, I decided to write and publish them at the same time. You can check out the Michael Douglas page at this link Michael Douglas Movies.  Since publishing the two pages on the same day I have been watching to see which page was the most popular.  And the results?  Kirk’s page has been viewed 28,077 times while Michael’s page has been viewed 12,654 times.  09/01/2016.

Kirk Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch in Amsterdam, New York on December 9th 1916. Kirk Douglas has been making movies for the last 65 years….from 1946’s The Strange Love of Martha Ivers to 2006’s Illusions. Along the way, Douglas has earned three Oscar® nominations, as well as winning an Honorary Oscar® in 1996 for 50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community.

His IMDb page shows 92 acting credits from 1946-2008. This page will rank 71 Kirk Douglas movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in theaters were not included in the rankings.

Kirk Douglas in 1957's Paths of Glory

Kirk Douglas in 1957’s Paths of Glory

Kirk Douglas 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 Kirk Douglas movies by co-stars of his movies.
  • Sort Kirk Douglas movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Kirk Douglas movies how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations each Kirk Douglas movie received.
  • Sort by how many Oscar® wins each Kirk Douglas movie won.
  • Sort Kirk Douglas 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 search and sort button to make this page very interactive….for example if you want to see all the Burt Lancaster/Douglas movies….just type in “Burt Lancaster” in the search box and up they pop.
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdjusted B.O. Domestic (mil)Box Office Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Spartacus (1960)Laurence Olivier & Directed by Stanley Kubrick$387.503rd of 196088.00%06 / 0478.41
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)James Mason$418.903rd of 195582.00%03 / 0271.94
Strange Love of Martha Ivers, The (1946)Barbara Stanwyck$214.8028th of 194680.00%01 / 0069.00
Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957)Burt Lancaster$202.1012th of 195777.00%02 / 0067.99
Letter to Three Wives, A (1949)Jeanne Crain$149.8024th of 194984.50%03 / 0267.58
Bad and the Beautiful, The (1952)Lana Turner$100.8038th of 195285.00%06 / 0565.47
Champion (1949)Arthur Kennedy$114.4036th of 194983.50%06 / 0164.47
Vikings, The (1958)Tony Curtis$252.205th of 195870.50%00 / 0064.14
Lust for Life (1956)Anthony Quinn$69.8059th of 195783.33%04 / 0159.81
Detective Story (1951)Eleanor Parker$134.9011th of 195172.00%04 / 0058.22
Out of the Past (1947)Robert Mitchum$92.1099th of 194788.50%00 / 0055.88
Seven Days in May (1964)Burt Lancaster$91.6019th of 196486.50%02 / 0055.66
War Wagon, The (1967)John Wayne$105.9015th of 196773.33%00 / 0050.88
Walls of Jericho, The (1948)Cornel Wilde$97.1072nd of 194875.00%00 / 0050.30
Paths of Glory (1957)Directed by Stanley Kubrick$51.6068th of 195889.50%00 / 0050.06
Ace in the Hole (1951)Jan Sterling$62.6094th of 195184.00%01 / 0049.58
Big Sky, The (1952)Directed by Howard Hawks$70.2061st of 195277.50%02 / 0048.10
Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)Anthony Quinn$94.3038th of 195971.00%00 / 0047.99
Fury, The (1978)John Cassavetes$97.5025th of 197869.50%00 / 0047.77
Man Without a Star (1955)Jeanne Crain$101.9049th of 195567.50%00 / 0047.51
In Harm's Way (1965)John Wayne$94.9016th of 196567.33%01 / 0046.76
Man From Snowy River, The (1982)Tom Burlinson$59.2039th of 198275.00%00 / 0044.43
Young Man With A Horn (1950)Doris Day$75.3077th of 195069.67%00 / 0044.41
Ulysses (1954)Anthony Quinn$115.2051st of 195556.00%00 / 0044.18
Lonely Are The Brave (1962)Walter Matthau$31.8087th of 196283.50%00 / 0044.17
Strangers When We Meet (1960)Kim Novak$101.2018th of 196060.50%00 / 0044.13
Indian Fighter, The (1955)Walter Matthau$113.5033rd of 195655.50%00 / 0043.67
Last Sunset, The (1961)Rock Hudson$89.5037th of 196161.50%00 / 0042.77
I Walk Alone (1948)Burt Lancaster$116.5060th of 194852.00%00 / 0042.50
Act of Love (1953)Dany Robin$51.10114th of 195373.00%00 / 0042.23
Along the Great Divide (1951)Virginia Mayo$67.4091st of 195166.00%00 / 0041.47
Two Weeks In Another Town (1962)Edward G. Robinson$32.1060th of 196274.50%00 / 0040.00
List of Adrian Messenger, The (1963)Directed by John Huston$44.8061st of 196369.50%00 / 0039.60
Racers, The (1955)Bella Darvi$81.1072nd of 195556.00%00 / 0038.89
There Was a Crooked Man... (1970)Henry Fonda$16.3078th of 197077.00%00 / 0038.72
Is Paris Burning? (1966)Leslie Caron$15.3093rd of 196673.50%02 / 0037.71
Glass Menagerie, The (1950)Jane Wyman$80.3069th of 195053.50%00 / 0037.59
Devil's Disciple (1959)Burt Lancaster$54.2049th of 195960.50%00 / 0036.84
Town Without Pity (1961)Barbara Rütting$32.5072nd of 196166.00%01 / 0036.46
Tough Guys (1986)Burt Lancaster$48.8043rd of 198660.50%00 / 0036.00
Cast A Giant Shadow (1966)John Wayne$60.8035th of 196656.00%00 / 0035.74
Light at the End of the World, The (1971)Yul Brynner$23.2069th of 197168.00%00 / 0035.56
For Love or Money (1963)Mitzi Gaynor$42.7060th of 196361.50%00 / 0035.52
Posse (1975)Bruce Dern & Directed by Kirk Douglas$10.60119th of 197572.00%00 / 0035.48
My Dear Secretary (1948)Laraine Day$66.60109th of 194853.50%00 / 0035.46
Juggler, The (1953)Milly Vitale$38.30144th of 195362.50%00 / 0035.32
Villian, The (1979)Arnold Schwarzenegger & Ann-Margret$87.8034th of 197946.00%00 / 0035.23
Final Countdown, The (1980)Martin Sheen$50.4042nd of 198058.00%00 / 0035.07
Arrangement, The (1969)Faye Dunaway & Deborah Kerr$67.8024th of 196952.00%00 / 0034.95
Brotherhood, The (1968)Alex Cord$15.60104th of 196868.00%00 / 0034.38
Heroes of Telemark, The (1965)Richard Harris$36.3061st of 196659.50%00 / 0033.59
Hook, The (1963)Robert Walker Jr.$19.60120th of 196363.00%00 / 0032.65
Story of Three Loves, The (1953)James Mason$46.70125th of 195350.50%01 / 0031.38
Once Is Not Enough (1975)Alexis Smith$110.5023rd of 197529.00%01 / 0031.16
Way West, The (1967)Richard Widmark & Robert Mitchum$29.1059th of 196755.00%00 / 0030.36
Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)Rosalind Russell$26.80157th of 194754.00%02 / 0030.33
Top Secret Affair (1957)Susan Hayward$21.50121st of 195755.50%00 / 0029.41
Master Touch, The (1972)Giuliano Gemma$9.00147th of 197259.50%00 / 0029.36
Lovely Way To Die, A (1968)Sylva Koscina$12.90129th of 196857.50%00 / 0029.02
Big Trees, The (1952)Eve Miller$36.20133rd of 195249.00%00 / 0028.64
Scalawag (1973)Mark Lester & Directed by Kirk Douglas$11.50126th of 197357.00%00 / 0028.57
Gunfight, A (1971)Johnny Cash$19.4080th of 197151.50%00 / 0027.21
Illusion (2006)Michael A. Goorjian$0.01534th of 200655.00%00 / 0025.85
Greedy (1994)Michael J. Fox$27.1098th of 199444.00%00 / 0024.88
Oscar (1991)Sylvester Stallone$47.2057th of 199135.50%00 / 0024.76
Home Movies (1980)Nancy Allen$0.30114th of 198051.50%00 / 0024.25
Eddie Macon's Run (1983)John Schneider$3.40139th of 198347.00%00 / 0022.62
It Runs in the Family (2003)Michael Douglas$10.50145th of 200341.50%00 / 0021.19
Holocaust 2000 (1977)Simon Ward$5.10156th of 197743.00%00 / 0021.00
Saturn 3 (1980)Harvey Keitel$36.9064th of 198030.00%00 / 0019.82
Diamonds (1999)Lauren Bacall$0.10293rd of 199940.00%00 / 0018.82

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Kirk Douglas Table

  1. Fifteen Kirk Douglas movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 21.11% of his movies listed. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) was his biggest box office ht when looking at adjusted domestic box office gross.
  2. An average Kirk Douglas movie grosses $73.30 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using’s 60% fresh meter.  41 of Kirk Douglas’s movies are rated as good movies…or 57.77% of his movies. Paths of Glory (1957) is his highest rated movie while Once Is Not Enough (1975) was his lowest rated movie.
  4. Eighteen Kirk Douglas movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 25.32% of his movies.
  5. Six Kirk Douglas movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 8.45% of his movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00.  32 Kirk Douglas movies scored higher than that average….or 45.07% of his movies. Spartacus (1960) got the the highest UMR Score while Diamonds (1999) got the lowest UMR Score.
Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh in 1956's Lust for Life

Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh in 1956’s Lust for Life

Ten Possibly Interesting Facts About Kirk Douglas

1. When Kirk Douglas appeared in It Runs In The Family, it featured three generations of his family…..his son Michael…..his grandson Cameron.

2. One of his biggest regrets, was not finding the finances to film the movie One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, he would have played the Jack Nicolson part. He eventually gave the book rights to his son Michael.

3. Was ranked 17th as the greatest movie star according to the AFI(American Film Insitiute) 1998 poll of greatest movie stars.

4. In 1991, he survived a helicopter crash in which two people died.

5. Douglas blogs regularly on his Myspace account. At 94, he is the oldest celebrity blogger.

6. Douglas directed two movies ….1973’s Scalawag and 1975’s Posse.

7. He played an important role in breaking the Hollywood blacklist by making sure that writer Dalton Trumbo’s name was mentioned in the opening and ending credits of the film for the screenplay he did for the Douglas blockbuster Spartacus.

8. Douglas made 7 movies with his friend Burt Lancaster….from 1948’s I Walk Alone to 1986’s Tough Guys.

9. Kirk Douglas wanted to play Ben-Hur, but lost out to Charlon Heston. Douglas did pass on the following roles….Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, First Blood, Seconds, Cat Ballou and The Graduate.

10. Check out Kirk Douglas’ career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

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  1. 1. Here’s a favourite sequence of mine from the movie Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) which Kirk’s 100th has again brought to my mind.

    2 Marshal Matt Morgan arrives in Gun Hill to arrest for murder the son of powerful rancher Craig Belden [played by Tony Quinn] and Matt goes to the town sheriff for help in arresting Belden Jr. However sheriff Bartlett who along with the rest of the town is in Belden’s pocket debates the matter with Morgan telling Matt that it’s a losing battle and suggesting that Matt forget about the arrest and keep himself safe by taking what the sheriff repeatedly refers to as the “long view” of life.

    3 Finally Matt tells Bartlett that he’s a coward to which the sheriff replies “50 years from now the weeds will grow just as tall on your gave as on mine and nobody will remember that I was a coward and you were a brave fool. That’s the long view son. I always take the long view.” Matt insists though that he will make the arrest and indicates to the sheriff that he will shoot him if he tries to interfere. Then grabbing the sheriff by the arm and jutting into his face that famous Douglas jaw he says “And THAT’s the long view.” What emphasis – a magnificent actor!

    1. Hey Bob….your description of that scene has me motivated to check out that movie….which is one I am pretty sure I have not seen. Thanks for the breakdown.

      1. You rate it below Gunfight at OK Corral for critic/audience and if I recall correctly Steve does the same but IMDB rates Last Train as the slightly better movies. Sorry fellas I’m going to go with John’s crowd on this one!

        1. Hey Bob….it might be lower…but a 71% rating in my system is a good movie….and one that should be checked. But it is ok…..we will let you go with John’s crowd….as we are all going to the same place…lol.

  2. 1 Over in the US I am sure that the tributes are pouring in for Kirk on his 100th and I have just read an interview that one of our journalists, Chrissy Iley who writes for the Spectator over here had with Kirk and his wife of 62 years Anne just about a week ago before the 100th. Kirk and Anne met when Kirk was making Act of Love in 1953 and she was a publicist for the movie.

    2 The article reveals some “Possibly Interesting” trivia. For example Tony Curtis wanted Kirk’s role in The Vikings and Larry wanted to play Spartacus but was obliged to take the secondary role of Roman General Crassus in the movie. Somebody is supposed to have written “One close-up of Douglas’ face is worth the whole of Olivier’s acting career.”

    3 Somewhat hyperbolic but anyway Chrissy Iley claims that Anne said in the interview about the forthcoming birthday “At 100 I still love my Spartacus!” Some going for the Hollywood of legend.

    1. Hey Bob…Kirk has been trending in the Top 3 at yahoo for three days now….and yes the tributes are pouring as our the views here….as Kirk as been in my Top 3 since Thursday. I think it is awesome he and his wife have 62 years together…that is truly impressive. I like the quote on Douglas’ face…funny stuff. Now he has to reach 101….long live Spartacus!….thanks for the visit and the comment.

  3. I can’t think of any other american male movie star to reach 100 years of age besides Kirk Douglas except Bob Hope…Happy 100th Birthday, Kirk Douglas, you sonafagun!

    1. Hey NipkowDisc…..mmmm….interesting…..well besides Hope and Douglas….George Burns popped into my head….then I drew a blank….so I cheated and did an internet search…..and the results were pretty limited….but Lloyd Nolan and Charles Lane made it too….Nolan and Lane were some pretty good character actors. Thanks for getting the brain to do some work…it is greatly appreciated.

  4. Cogerson– Nice work, and thanks for putting the webpage up. I was surprised “The Arrangement” (1969) made money.

    But your entry for “Mourning Becomes Electra” (1947) is incorrect. The page says it was nominated for zero Oscars. Rosalind Russell was nominated for Best Actress for her performance as Lavinia Mannon. Michael Redgrave was nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Orin Mannon. They were beaten by Loretta Young in “The Farmers’ Daughter” and Ronald Colman in “A Double Life”, respectively.

    Sources–TCM webpage for “Mourning Becomes Electra” and IMDB.

    TCM is showing “Mourning Becomes Electra” during “30 Days of Oscar” in Feb. and March 2017.

    1. Hey filmlover293… are 100% correct…Mourning Becomes Electra did get those 2 Oscar nominations….which I have now corrected on the page. Thanks for noticing that and bringing it to my attention. Not sure how I missed that especially….since Rosalind Russell was supposed to win the Oscar for that movie….and was really really surprised when Loretta Young’s name got called instead of hers. Thanks for the heads up on when it plays again on TCM.

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