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’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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71 thoughts on “Lana Turner Movies

  1. Cogerson

    Sorry for another post, but after carefully re-reading your 11:50 post,

    am I wrong that The Red Shoes even after adjusting for inflated rentals comes out at 256 with Red River at 248.2

    and so The Red Shoes is actually the bigger long term grosser.

    Where am I going wrong?

    1. Hey John….you are not going wrong…..I think it is fair to make a good case to say that The Red Shoes was the number one movie of 1948….based on career rentals…and that the movie was made in 1948. While you could argue that Road To Rio was the biggest hit of 1948…because Variety reported that in their year end poll. Also I think you could argue that Red River was number one….because it earned more in 1948-1949 than Road To Rio and The Red Shoes did. I think the third choice is the weakest argument….but I can see the logic.

  2. Cogerson

    Thanks for the 11:50 PM post. Explains where you are coming from.

    Aside–You really like hard work, don’t you.

    but this is fun to think about and probably good for my old mind to get the rusted wheels turning again.

  3. Cogerson

    Taxes?? Well, I don’t know how exactly taxes impacted movies, but I have some in-depth stats on boxing matches. Here are stats on the 1927 Tunney-Dempsey fight held in Chicago, Illinois.
    Gross gate–$2,658,000
    Tunney’s purse–$990,000
    Dempsey’s purse–$450,000
    Federal tax–$265,866
    State Tax–$241,660
    Promoter Tex Rickard’s profit–$551,135
    *note that even in 1927 the tax bite was greater than Dempsey’s purse, and how high the state tax bite was. The Federal tax appears to be 10%. The state tax 10% of the gross minus the federal tax (nice of them not to tax what was already paid once in taxes back then–things have probably changed by now). This of course is only the tax on the event. Personal income taxes for Tunney, Dempsey, and Rickard were still to come.

    Off topic, but it does show the impact taxes can have on entertainment.

    1. Good stats on some of the taxes that these entertainment events generate. I am sure Tunney’s purse was very quickly trimmed away….but even $250,000 back then would have been incredible. Thanks for sharing this information.

  4. Cogerson

    Thank you. This is getting very interesting. I looked up Red River on the John Wayne board and it is at 248.20. So The Red Shoes at your final calculation of 256 appears to be slightly the bigger grosser overall.

    This raises an issue. I would think overall gross would be the most important. I can imagine a situation in which movie A is released in Sept of 1948 and so is in release for about a year into Sept of 1949. It is not the highest grosser in the calendar year of 1948 or 1949. Movie B released in January of 1948 out grosses it in 1948. Movie C released in January of 1949 out grosses it in 1949. But movie A has the highest gross of any movie released in 1948 or 1949.
    But obviously your board goes in the end with overall gross, so this top grossing of the year is more of a historical issue. (My personal opinion would be go with the top grosser released that year)

    You reply did raise two issues for me.

    One–the problem with adjusting ticket prices per year is that it doesn’t tell you where the inflation is. What I mean is that it is a big country and prices vary across it. I remember when I retired and we moved from San Francisco (in the running for the most expensive place to live) out to the small western town I live in now, I was shocked when I first visited a supermarket. A can of Bush’s beans, for example, which sold for about $3 in SF sold for $1 in my new home. So I wouldn’t be certain that rapid inflation in big cities is matched by equal inflation in small towns out in the boondocks.

    Even more problematical. The ticket price isn’t only the ticket price, after all. There is also the taxes. Some states and some cities charged entertainment taxes. Some did not. The problem is that this has nothing to do with the return to the producer or the theatre owner. Let’s say the ticket price in a New York City theatre at some given point is $2. But .$ 0.65 is the state entertainment tax, and $ 0.35 is the city entertainment tax. The actual ticket charge going to the producer and theatre owner is $1. Now in a small state in flyover country there might be no taxes on movie tickets and the price is $1. But that $1 ticket gives just as much of a return to the producer and theatre owner as the $2 ticket in New York does. In other words, the grosses in big cities are bloated upward by the tax bite. This might explain why so often “rural” genres and stars–like cowboy stars–did so well on the Quigley polls. The grosses didn’t reflect the tickets sold of movies popular in small towns.

    Anyway, I thought I would toss this out for feedback.

    *Folks in other countries might not understand the hodge-podge of national, state, and local taxes we have in the United States.

    **Just an aside, my guess is the rise of drive-ins had something to do with the fact that the property tax on rural, undeveloped land was lower than on a building in an urban area, and one might avoid city entertainment taxes.

    1. Hey John….I think the biggest hit should be the year the movie was released. The Red Shoes is the perfect example…..back in 1948….it was a good hit…but far from a blockbuster….then 3 years later it gets released and earns less than 1948 but still a good amount…..and then combined in 1948, part of 1949 and 1951….Variety declares it the biggest hit…does not seem fair.

      I agree….it is confusing….and I have never really decided which way I want to go…..usually I tend to use the Variety year ending grosses….but sometimes….even due to laziness….I will use the rankings I have in my database….in many cases I have far more movies in my yearly database section than Variety does…..but it is not until I take the time to research a page that I actually combine Variety and my list. 1939, 1946 and 1976 were pages I did do that.

      Gotta admit….I have not taken “taxes” into my equation….ultimately this is a rough estimate of box office grosses….true figures will never be known…heck I do not even know if they were ever known…especially when you read stories like the “blocking packaging” of It Happened One Night…. simply done so Frank Capra would not reach his bonus potential.

      Good thoughts on drive-ins, the property value and movies… makes you wonder…and it makes you realize how much money is at stake when it comes to movies.

      1. Hi Cogerson

        I don’t quite understand the point about it being “unfair” to rate The Red Shoes in retrospect above other 1948 releases–as Variety did–if in fact it did end up grossing a higher amount even if this is spread over four years rather than concentrated in 1948. The top grosser is the top grosser.

        Where am I going wrong? Which movie released in 1948 do you have grossing the most over the long run?

        I can’t think of two different films than Red River and The Red Shoes. Red River with John Wayne starring certainly was guaranteed bookings across America from the outset. The Red Shoes was a British ballet movie with no stars who meant anything much in America. My guess is it built slowly through critical response and word of mouth and ended up playing theatres in the boondocks and especially college towns when a large enough segment of the interested public requested the local theatre to book it.

        For me, it is remarkable if The Red Shoes actually ended up out grossing Red River, or a movie like Easter Parade, in the USA.

        1. Hey John….the way I look at it… that in the calendar year 1948….the big hits of the year were Road To Rio, Easter Parade, 3 Musketeers, Red River and Johnny Belinda…..with Red Shoes being way down the list. That is what happened in 1948…..and that is how I like to rank the movies…when I have my Variety magazines very handy.

          My issue is that somebody (which includes me) will read the top rental movies and assume that in 1948 The Red Shoes was the biggest hit of 1948….it just does not seem to give an accurate picture….seems Variety should have an * by movies with many releases…..if you look at the Top box office hits of the 1950s…4 of the Top 8 are Disney movies….that got that high rankings from almost 40 years of re-releases….just does not paint a picture I like….as it seems geared towards confusing people.

          But yes…in the end….the fact that a ballet movie outdueled the Duke in one of his greatest movies is indeed….a huge surprise.

  5. Cogerson

    I just have a technical question. Somewhere I’ll Find You is listed with a domestic gross of $239.60 and 44th in the year’s box office rank. That rank seems improbable. The very next film, The Three Musketeers with a slightly lower gross ranks #4 in 1948. I looked up a few other 1942 films, and found For Me and My Gal at $240.40 listed at #13. Is it possible the rank of Somewhere I’ll Find You should be #14 for 1942?

    1. Hey John….good catch. This is one of the times that not having a dynamic website…jumps up and bites me….the Turner page was originally written in 2011….at that time…I did not have a good box office number for Somewhere I’ll Find You….since 2011…I got my hands on some MGM ledger numbers….and I fixed the box office number….but did not fix the yearly box office rank. Meanwhile when I did the 1942 (which has not been updated yet) it was 14th…well since writing that page I have added 18 more 1942 movies….with one of them knocking Somewhere I’ll Find You down one spot…when I update that page….it will have close to 170 movies.

      As for the Three Musketeers….that 4th place ranking comes from Variety January 5th 1949 Year in Review Page 46. When doing a yearly ranking….I prefer to use Variety’s ranking versus my database……when I look at my database for 1948…………The Three Musketeers comes in 4th place too…so they match…that does not always happen. When the site becomes dynamic (my dream that seems so far away)…I should be able to avoid mistakes like this one..

      Movie Title Year Rentals BoxOfficeGrossActual
      1. Red River (1948) 1948 $4,475,000.00 $11,776,316.00
      2. Johnny Belinda (1948) 1948 $4,266,000.00 $11,226,316.00
      3. Easter Parade (1948) 1948 $4,144,000.00 $10,905,263.00
      4. The Three Musketeers (1948) 1948 $4,124,000.00 $10,852,632.00
      5. The Snake Pit (1948) 1948 $4,100,000.00 $10,789,474.00
      6. Joan of Arc (1948) 1948 $4,100,000.00 $10,789,474.00
      7. The Emperor Waltz (1948) 1948 $4,000,000.00 $10,526,316.00
      8. Homecoming (1948) 1948 $3,699,000.00 $9,734,211.00
      9. Sitting Pretty (1948) 1948 $3,600,000.00 $9,473,684.00
      10. State of the Union (1948) 1948 $3,500,000.00 $9,210,526.00
      The Paleface (1948) 1948 $3,500,000.00 $9,210,526.00
      Words and Music (1948) 1948 $3,453,000.00 $9,086,842.00
      A Date with Judy (1948) 1948 $3,431,000.00 $9,028,947.00
      Hamlet (1948) 1948 $3,400,000.00 $8,947,368.00
      When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948) 1948 $3,400,000.00 $8,947,368.00
      Key Largo (1948) 1948 $3,300,000.00 $8,684,211.00
      On A Island With You (1948) 1948 $3,191,000.00 $8,397,368.00
      Fort Apache (1948) 1948 $3,165,000.00 $8,328,947.00
      On an Island with You (1948) 1948 $3,100,000.00 $8,157,895.00
      Good Sam (1948) 1948 $3,000,000.00 $7,894,737.00
      Julia Misbehaves (1948) 1948 $2,948,000.00 $7,757,895.00
      Command Decision (1948) 1948 $2,901,000.00 $7,634,211.00
      I Remember Mama (1948) 1948 $2,900,000.00 $7,631,579.00
      Whispering Smith (1948) 1948 $2,850,000.00 $7,500,000.00
      Every Girl Should Get Married (1948) 1948 $2,850,000.00 $7,500,000.00
      Sorry Wrong Number (1948) 1948 $2,850,000.00 $7,500,000.00
      Yellow Sky (1948) 1948 $2,800,000.00 $7,368,421.00
      Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) 1948 $2,750,000.00 $7,236,842.00
      Apartment For Peggy (1948) 1948 $2,750,000.00 $7,236,842.00
      The Bride Goes Wild (1948) 1948 $2,707,000.00 $7,123,684.00
      Call Northside 777 (1948) 1948 $2,700,000.00 $7,105,263.00
      Three Darling Daughters (1948) 1948 $2,659,000.00 $6,997,368.00
      A Foreign Affair (1948) 1948 $2,500,000.00 $6,578,947.00
      Tap Roots (1948) 1948 $2,500,000.00 $6,578,947.00
      The Loves of Carmen (1948) 1948 $2,500,000.00 $6,578,947.00
      Blood on the Moon (1948) 1948 $2,450,000.00 $6,447,368.00
      Road House (1948) 1948 $2,405,000.00 $6,328,947.00
      The Naked City (1948) 1948 $2,400,000.00 $6,315,789.00
      The Babe Ruth Story (1948) 1948 $2,400,000.00 $6,315,789.00
      Beyond Glory (1948) 1948 $2,400,000.00 $6,315,789.00
      Rachael and the Stranger (1948) 1948 $2,400,000.00 $6,315,789.00
      The Street with No Name (1948) 1948 $2,350,000.00 $6,184,211.00
      The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) 1948 $2,300,000.00 $6,052,632.00
      A Song Is Born (1948) 1948 $2,265,000.00 $5,960,526.00
      Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) 1948 $2,250,000.00 $5,921,053.00
      Saigon (1948) 1948 $2,250,000.00 $5,921,053.00
      Rope (1948) 1948 $2,208,000.00 $5,810,526.00
      Romance on the High Seas (1948) 1948 $2,200,000.00 $5,789,474.00
      Family Honeymoon (1948) 1948 $2,200,000.00 $5,789,474.00
      Silver River (1948) 1948 $2,174,000.00 $5,721,053.00
      Adventures of Don Juan (1948) 1948 $2,165,000.00 $5,697,368.00
      The Miracle of the Bells (1948) 1948 $2,100,000.00 $5,526,316.00
      I Walk Alone (1948) 1948 $2,100,000.00 $5,526,316.00
      So Dear To My Heart (1948) 1948 $2,100,000.00 $5,526,316.00
      The Big Clock (1948) 1948 $2,000,000.00 $5,263,158.00
      Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948) 1948 $2,000,000.00 $5,263,158.00
      The Iron Curtain (1948) 1948 $2,000,000.00 $5,263,158.00
      The Man From Colorado (1948) 1948 $2,000,000.00 $5,263,158.00
      You Gotta Stay Happy (1948) 1948 $1,950,000.00 $5,131,579.00
      June Bride (1948) 1948 $1,882,000.00 $4,952,632.00
      The Pirate (1948) 1948 $1,874,000.00 $4,931,579.00
      Melody Time (1948) 1948 $1,850,000.00 $4,868,421.00
      Coroner Creek (1948) 1948 $1,845,123.00 $4,855,587.00
      Kissing Bandit The (1948) 1948 $1,800,000.00 $4,736,842.00
      Rogue’s Regiment (1948) 1948 $1,800,000.00 $4,736,842.00
      3 Godfathers (1948) 1948 $1,800,000.00 $4,736,842.00
      Albuquerque (1948) 1948 $1,760,000.00 $4,631,579.00
      The Walls of Jericho (1948) 1948 $1,750,000.00 $4,605,263.00
      Arch of Triumph (1948) 1948 $1,700,000.00 $4,473,684.00
      Return of the Bad Men (1948) 1948 $1,700,000.00 $4,473,684.00
      To The Ends Of Earth (1948) 1948 $1,700,000.00 $4,473,684.00
      That Wonderful Urge (1948) 1948 $1,650,000.00 $4,342,105.00
      Enchantment (1948) 1948 $1,600,000.00 $4,210,526.00
      Kiss The Blood Off My Hands (1948) 1948 $1,600,000.00 $4,210,526.00
      The Time of Your Life (1948) 1948 $1,600,000.00 $4,210,526.00
      Summer Holiday (1948) 1948 $1,600,000.00 $4,210,526.00
      On Our Merry Way (1948) 1948 $1,550,000.00 $4,078,947.00
      Fury at Furnace Creek (1948) 1948 $1,456,212.00 $3,832,137.00
      BF’s Daughter (1948) 1948 $1,449,000.00 $3,813,158.00
      That Lady in Ermine (1948) 1948 $1,414,000.00 $3,721,053.00
      Hills of Home (1948) 1948 $1,407,000.00 $3,702,632.00
      The Luck of the Irish (1948) 1948 $1,400,000.00 $3,684,211.00
      The Mating of Millie (1948) 1948 $1,400,000.00 $3,684,211.00
      Station West (1948) 1948 $1,375,000.00 $3,618,421.00
      The Noose Hangs Loose (1948) 1948 $1,350,000.00 $3,552,632.00
      Unfaithfully Yours (1948) 1948 $1,302,100.00 $3,426,579.00
      Raw Deal (1948) 1948 $1,203,122.00 $3,166,111.00
      My Dear Secretary (1948) 1948 $1,200,000.00 $3,157,895.00
      The Boy with Green Hair (1948) 1948 $1,120,000.00 $2,947,368.00
      If Winter Comes (1948) 1948 $1,115,000.00 $2,934,211.00
      All My Sons (1948) 1948 $1,100,000.00 $2,894,737.00
      Four Faces West (1948) 1948 $1,100,000.00 $2,894,737.00
      Dream Girl (1948) 1948 $1,100,000.00 $2,894,737.00
      Pitfall (1948) 1948 $1,100,000.00 $2,894,737.00
      Casbah (1948) 1948 $1,092,283.00 $2,874,429.00
      The Velvet Touch (1948) 1948 $1,070,000.00 $2,815,789.00
      Smart Girls Don’t Talk (1948) 1948 $1,050,000.00 $2,763,158.00
      Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948) 1948 $1,050,000.00 $2,763,158.00
      Alias A Gentleman (1948) 1948 $1,013,000.00 $2,665,789.00
      An Innocent Affair (1948) 1948 $1,000,222.00 $2,632,163.00
      Anna Karenina (1948) 1948 $1,000,000.00 $2,631,579.00
      Cry of The City (1948) 1948 $1,000,000.00 $2,631,579.00
      Mexican Hayride (1948) 1948 $1,000,000.00 $2,631,579.00
      Portrait of Jennie (1948) 1948 $981,500.00 $2,582,895.00
      The Return of October (1948) 1948 $956,421.00 $2,516,897.00
      Girl From Manhattan (1948) 1948 $954,512.00 $2,511,874.00
      Berlin Express (1948) 1948 $950,000.00 $2,500,000.00
      Force of Evil (1948) 1948 $948,000.00 $2,494,737.00
      Hazard (1948) 1948 $945,122.00 $2,487,163.00
      Sleep My Love (1948) 1948 $918,000.00 $2,415,789.00
      They Live By Night (1948) 1948 $900,000.00 $2,368,421.00
      The Saxon Charm (1948) 1948 $900,000.00 $2,368,421.00
      Winter Meeting (1948) 1948 $880,000.00 $2,315,789.00
      An Act Of Murder (1948) 1948 $879,000.00 $2,313,158.00
      Moonrise (1948) 1948 $814,211.00 $2,142,661.00
      Another Part of the Forest (1948) 1948 $793,000.00 $2,086,842.00
      Letter From An Unknown Woman (1948) 1948 $750,000.00 $1,973,684.00
      Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948) 1948 $750,000.00 $1,973,684.00
      Oliver Twist (1948) 1948 $750,000.00 $1,973,684.00
      Lulu Belle (1948) 1948 $745,121.00 $1,960,845.00
      The Search (1948) 1948 $700,000.00 $1,842,105.00
      OneTouch of Venus (1948) 1948 $700,000.00 $1,842,105.00
      The Woman In White (1948) 1948 $674,000.00 $1,773,684.00
      So Evil My Love (1948) 1948 $625,000.00 $1,644,737.00
      Ruthless (1948) 1948 $612,451.00 $1,611,713.00
      Hollow Truimph (1948) 1948 $541,594.00 $1,425,247.00
      The Dark Past (1948) 1948 $525,000.00 $1,381,579.00
      Up in Central Park (1948) 1948 $473,222.00 $1,245,321.00
      For The Love of Mary (1948) 1948 $399,000.00 $1,050,000.00
      Ladies of the Chorus (1948) 1948 $345,000.00 $907,895.00
      Macbeth (1948) 1948 $50,000.00 $131,579.00

      1. That massive list of movies in the other comment is some very raw data from my 1948 database…this is Variety’s Top 10 for 1948..January 5th 1949.
        1. Road To Rio
        2. Easter Parade
        3. Red River
        4. Three Musketeers
        5. Johnny Belinda
        6. Cass Timberlane
        7. Emperor Waltz
        8. Gentleman’s Agreement
        9. Date With Judy
        10. Captain From Castile
        My list is only movies made in 1948…while their list includes some late 1947 movies…which is the right way?….it is a question like the chicken and the egg question….I think both ways are right….which makes “yearly box office rank” very confusing. Hope that explains and answers your question….I know I threw a ton of stats to distract you….did it work?…lol.

        1. HI Cogerson

          Holy cats! I was just asking if the rank of SIFY was off and it looked like it had to be. But thanks for all the info on 1948 and rankings from you and Variety. But this leads to a question. The Red Shoes was released in the US in 1948. According to Wikipedia’s info, it grossed $2.2 million in 1948, apparently in limited distribution by Rank (I might be wrong about this) but Universal picked it up and gave it a wider release in 1951 and The Red Shoes ended up with a gross of $5 million. It then appeared on the Variety list in later years as the top grossing film released in 1948.

          It appears there are three ways of looking at it. Grosses in a calendar year. Grosses in initial release whether in that calendar year or the previous year. And total gross overall including re-releases.

          I guess it gets confusing?

          1. Hey John…my 1948 movies were just the ones that I have done while doing all of these pages…I have yet to do a page that required me to do a page on The Red Shoes. So after reading your comment…I checked to see what I had on The Red Shoes….which is a good example of how I do a multi-released movie…and why they are my least favorite movie to research.

            So in 1948…The Red Shoes had a rental number of 2.20 million which was ranked as the 55th best movie of 1948 according to variety….using my box office calculations…that would mean $122.00 in adjusted domestic gross….since it played for 110 straight weeks…I give it credit for another $27 million in 1949…..and then in 1951 it has a rental number of 2.30 million or $107.70…put them altogether and you get a total gross of $256 million. *Rental % was higher in 1951 than in 1948 which is why it is a lower gross.

            That is how I break down the stats… if you ignore the re-release…and just go with Variety’s 5 million in rental number and plugged it into the 1948 box office calculation…then the adjusted gross would be $277 million….which in mind over inflates the box office by 21 million….which is close to a 10% error.

            Needless to say…it is a lot more work….when it comes to the Disney movies…..I just use the Box Office Mojo number and skip my calculations….hope that helps explain it.

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