Lana Turner Movies

Not surprisingly Lana Turner was one of the most popular pin-up girls during World War II.

Not surprisingly Lana Turner was one of the most popular pin-up girls during World War II.

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

Gotta make mama happy. Since I started writing movie pages, my mother, BERN1960 , has been asking me for a Lana Turner page. So after putting her request off for for almost 2 years…. now…finally my Lana Turner tribute page is complete and published.

Lana Turner (1921-1995) was an Oscar® nominated actress that appeared in over 50 movies from 1937 to 1991. In 1937 Turner got her big break when she went to a Hollywood drug store for some soda pop and was discovered by a movie producer who happened to be in the same drug store. She would appear in her first movie, They Won’t Forget, later that year and immediately was noticed by the movie going public because of the tight sweater she wore in the movie. She became known as the “sweater girl”….a label that she strongly disliked. It only took her four years to go from supporting roles to leading roles in low budget movies to leading roles in the most prestige movies being made at the time.

By 1941 was sharing top billing with superstars James Stewart, Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable. Her peak movie years happened between 1941 and 1959. During this time frame she appeared in many blockbuster hits and numerous critical hits and was one of the biggest stars working in movies.

Her IMDb page shows 59 acting credits from 1937-2014. This page will rank 29 Lana Turner movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that received limited North America releases were not included in the rankings.

Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner in 1952's The Bad and the Beautiful

Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner in 1952’s The Bad and the Beautiful

Lana Turner Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In Ther Table

The really cool thing about ther table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort Lana Turner movies by the co-stars of her movies.
  • Sort Lana Turner movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Lana Turner movies by yearly domestic box office rank
  • Sort Lana Turner movies 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 Lana Turner movie received.
  • Sort Lana Turner movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR).  UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdj. B.O. Domestic (mil)Box Office Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Peyton Place (1957)Lloyd Nolan$494.602nd of 195865.50%09 / 0072.13
Postman Always Rings Twice, The (1946)John Garfield$246.408th of 194685.00%00 / 0070.95
Imitation of Life (1959)Juanita Moore$257.605th of 195980.00%02 / 0069.40
Honky Tonk (1941)Clark Gable$257.407th of 194175.00%00 / 0066.25
Three Musketeers, The (1948)Gene Kelly & Van Heflin$228.704th of 194871.50%01 / 0065.00
Green Dolphin Street (1947)Van Heflin$265.0010th of 194767.00%04 / 0164.69
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)Mickey Rooney$204.4013th of 193868.00%00 / 0062.96
Week-end at the Waldorf (1945)Ginger Rogers & Van Johnson$300.707th of 194567.00%00 / 0062.49
Homecoming (1948)Clark Gable$205.1011th of 194867.00%00 / 0062.49
Ziegfeld Girl (1941)James Stewart & Judy Garland$183.7017th of 194170.33%00 / 0061.53
Johnny Eager (1941)Robert Taylor & Van Heflin$171.7019th of 194172.00%01 / 0161.45
Bad and the Beautiful, The (1952)Kirk Douglas & Walte Pidgeon$100.8038th of 195285.00%06 / 0560.97
Sea Chase, The (1955)John Wayne$277.9010th of 195562.00%00 / 0060.14
They Won't Forget (1937)Claude Rains$129.7022nd of 193780.50%00 / 0057.94
Cass Timberlane (1947)Spencer Tracy$245.306th of 194853.50%00 / 0056.14
Somewhere I'll Find You (1942)Clark Gable$239.6015th of 194253.50%00 / 0056.14
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)Spencer Tracy & Ingrid Bergman$124.2045th of 194168.00%03 / 0052.41
Dancing Co-Ed (1939)Richard Carlson$98.2048th of 193976.00%00 / 0050.94
Slightly Dangerous (1943)Walter Brennan$120.4057th of 194367.00%00 / 0050.15
Merry Widow, The (1952)Fernando Lamas$97.9037th of 195266.50%02 / 0047.23
Portrait in Black (1960)Anthony Quinn$122.2021st of 196059.50%00 / 0046.90
Marriage is a Private Affair (1944)James Craig$77.8092nd of 194459.00%00 / 0039.79
Adventures of Marco Polo, The (1938)Gary Cooper$139.9031st of 193838.50%00 / 0039.78
Great Garrick, The (1938)Olivia de Havilland$27.5077th of 193875.00%00 / 0039.51
Betrayed (1954)Clark Gable & Victor Mature$102.9055th of 195449.50%00 / 0039.21
Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)Laraine Day$62.7086th of 194562.50%00 / 0039.10
Dramatic School (1938)Paulette Goddard$59.3091st of 193863.00%00 / 0038.80
These Glamour Girls (1939)Lew Ayres$51.30103rd of 193964.50%00 / 0038.27
Madame X (1966)Ricardo Montalban$19.2088th of 196674.00%00 / 0037.76
Life of Her Own, A (1950)Directed by George Cukor$69.0086th of 195057.50%00 / 0037.72
Rains of Ranchipur, The (1955)Fred MacMurray & Richard Burton$120.4031st of 195638.50%01 / 0037.16
Bachelor in Paradise (1961)Bob Hope$76.5032nd of 196153.00%00 / 0036.77
Flame and the Flesh (1954)Pier Angeli$68.1086th of 195455.00%00 / 0036.41
Who's Got The Action (1962)Dean Martin$48.2062nd of 196361.50%00 / 0036.37
We Who Are Young (1940)Gene Lockhart$51.6099th of 194060.00%00 / 0036.20
Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938)Robert Young$43.7099th of 193862.00%00 / 0035.91
Two Girls on Broadway (1940)Joan Blondell$52.9098th of 194054.00%00 / 0033.58
Prodigal, The (1955)James Mitchell$104.2048th of 195535.50%00 / 0032.83
Lady Takes A Flyer, The (1958)Jeff Chandler$40.1073rd of 195855.50%00 / 0032.30
By Love Possessed (1961)Jason Robards$60.2053rd of 196148.50%00 / 0032.13
Latin Lovers (1953)Ricardo Montalban$63.9083rd of 195347.00%00 / 0031.99
Calling Dr. Kildaire (1939)Lionel Barrymore$68.00137th of 193943.00%00 / 0030.75
Another Time, Another Place (1958)Sean Connery$20.00128th of 195850.50%00 / 0026.84
Mr. Imperium (1951)Debbie Reynolds$40.90130th of 195143.00%00 / 0026.55
Diane (1956)Roger Moore$20.20141st of 195645.50%00 / 0024.51
Love Has Many Faces (1965)Cliff Robertson$20.10132nd of 196544.00%00 / 0023.80
Big Cube, The (1969)George Charkiris$13.60109th of 196941.00%00 / 0021.38
Witches' Brew (1980)Teri Garr$7.50124th of 198038.50%00 / 0019.26
Persuction (1975)Trevor Howard$7.50131st of 197536.00%00 / 0018.08
Bittersweet Love (1976)Robert Lansin$9.60126th of 197633.00%00 / 0017.00

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Lana Turner Table

  1. Twenty-three Lana Turner movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 46.00% of her movies listed. Peyton Place (1957) was her biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Lana Turner movie grossed $118.40 million in adjusted box office gross
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  26 of Lana Turner’s movies are rated as good movies…or 52.00% of her movies.  The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) is her highest rated movie while Bittersweet Love (1976) was her lowest rated movie.
  4. Nine Lana Turner movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 18.00% of her movies.
  5. Three Lana Turner movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 6.00% of her movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00.  21 Lana Turner movies scored higher that average….or 42.00% of her movies.  Peyton Place (1957) got the the highest UMR Score while Bittersweet Love (1976) got the lowest UMR Score.
John Garfield and Lana Turner in the classic film noir movie...The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946).

John Garfield and Lana Turner in the classic film noir movie…The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946).

Possibly Interesting Facts About Lana Turner

1. Lana Turner was born Julia Jean Turner in Wallace, Idaho in 1921. Throughout her life family members called her Judy. It was not until she was discovered that she became Lana.

2. Lana Turner’s list of co-stars is pretty impressive……4 movies with Clark Gable, 2 movies with Spencer Tracy, once with James Stewart, John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers, Richard Burton and Anthony Quinn. She even appeared opposite two James Bonds years before they became Bond….Sean Connery and Roger Moore.

3. Lana Turner received one Oscar® nomination in her career. She was nominated for Best Actress in 1957’s Peyton Place. She never received a Golden Globe® nomination.

4. Lana Turner was married 8 different times to 7 different men. They included a rancher, a hypnotist, a movie producer, an actor, a restaurant owner, a department store owner and a millionaire socialite. Lana Turner had one daughter, Cheryl.

5. In 1958 Lana Turner and her boyfriend at the time, gangster Johnny Stompanato, were in a heated argument. In an effort to protect her mother, Cheryl Turner, killed Stompanato. The amount of media coverage of the killing has been compared to the O.J. Simpson trial in 1995. It was ruled a justifiable homicide.

6. Roles Lana Turner turned down or was seriously considered for: Anatomy of a Murder, Mogambo, The Sound and the Fury, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. On the other side of this fact….she did however get the role of one of her biggest hits, Green Dolphin Street, when Katharine Hepburn dropped out of the movie.

7. The first agent that had contact with Lana Turner was Zeppo Marx, Groucho’s brother.

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

But wait….we have a few more Lana Turner Movie Stats….Adjusted Worldwide Gross on 21 Lana Turner Movies

  1. Bachelor in Paradise (1961) $111.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  2. Bad and the Beautiful, The (1952) $143.80 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  3. Betrayed (1954) $217.90 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  4. By Love Possessed (1961) $87.70 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  5. Cass Timberlane (1947) $319.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  6. Diane (1956) $54.20 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  7. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) $229.20 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  8. Great Garrick, The (1938) $42.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  9. Green Dolphin Street (1947) $442.00 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  10. Homecoming (1948) $310.10 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  11. Honky Tonk (1941) $362.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  12. Johnny Eager (1941) $204.70 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  13. Lady Takes A Flyer, The (1958) $52.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  14. Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) $280.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  15. Portrait in Black (1960) $186.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  16. Postman Always Rings Twice, The (1946) $334.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  17. Somewhere I’ll Find You (1942) $333.60 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  18. Three Musketeers, The (1948) $466.70 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  19. Week-end at the Waldorf (1945) $424.70 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  20. Who’s Got The Action (1962) $76.70 million in adjusted worldwide gross
  21. Ziegfeld Girl (1941) $300.70 million in adjusted worldwide gross
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73 thoughts on “Lana Turner Movies

  1. Hi Bruce!

    I must admit that I am really shocked by the weak box office of Madame X- I know a few people here who really love that movie, it is featured in some of my books as a 60’s classic, it has been released to DVD…so although I think it must have looked pretty dated when it was released, I really thought that it was much more successful.This being said, I have seen 26 of the above listed films. Lana Turner might not have been the greatest actress, but she sure was STAR material. I love Postman, Jeckyll & Hyde, Imitation of Life, The Bad and the Beautiful, Ziegfeld Girl and Johnny Eager, among others. The highest ranking film I’ve seen is Peyton Place, the lowest I’ve seen is Persuction …but I’ve missed quite a few in between. Although I remember no specifics about her TV series The Survivors, I do remember that I was allowed to watch it as a kid and I never forgot her name, although I didn’t have a clue she was a big american moviestar back then. Also, I was very surprised to learn later in life that she was once married to Lex Barker, an actor who was enormously popular in Germany due to a string of box office hits playing Old Shatterhand in movies based on the novels of Karl May. Later, Turner appeared on Falcon Crest, and as her daughter Cheryl stated in her memoirs, was totally shocked when she was written out of that show after only one season- obviously Jane Wyman neither was willing to share the spotlight, nor to put up with Lana’s moviestar behaviour. A Life filled with scandals, romances, professional ups and downs, comebacks…yet with little acclaim from the critics. Seen today from a distance, Lana Turner worked well with a good script and a director who understood how to handle her, but in her day, I am afraid she was seen as just another amoral, talentless sexpot. Thanks for this page and the remainder of Miss Turner’s boxoffice glory, that lasted from the late 30’s well into the early 60’s.

    1. Hey Lupino
      1. Feel pretty good about the number for Madame X….it was near the end of career…and her box office glory days were way behind her. Still the movie did get good reviews….her 8th best reviewed movies….which in the long run helps build a legacy more than box office.
      2. Tally counts….and some of these are probably not correct anymore
      Lupino ….26
      Flora….12
      Steve ….9
      Cogerson….7
      3. Good memory share of her television show….I was unaware of that one.
      4. Good thoughts on the legacy of Turner….I bet she is close to Angelina Jolie as we have now…granted…and hopefully it will remain that way Jolie has not had a murder in her life. But she has the ex-husbands….the tabloid fascination…the looks…..and lots of bad press.
      5. Glad you enjoyed this look at Ms. Lana Turner.
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