Want to know the best Laurence Olivier movies? How about the worst Laurence Olivier movies? Curious about Laurence Olivier box office grosses or which Laurence Olivier movie picked up the most Oscar nominations? Need to know which Laurence Olivier 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.
One of our goals here at Ultimate Movie Rankings is do a career movie page on every member of the American Film Institute’s Top 50 Greatest Screen Legends list. Another one of our goals is knock out all the requests on our Request Hotline. So when I saw that Laurence Olivier had four requests for a movie page and that he is ranked as the 14th greatest screen legend on the AFI list…..we knew it was time to finally do an Olivier movie page. Laurence Olivier (1907-1989) was an Oscar® winning English actor. Although he gained his fame by dominating the British stage….he still managed to appear in over 50 movies in 6 different decades.
His IMDb page shows 86 acting credits from 1930-1989. This page will rank 48 Laurence Olivier movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television appearances, shorts, documentaries, movies not released in North America and some of his early 1930s movies were not included in the rankings.
Laurence Olivier Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table
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|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adjusted B.O. Domestic (mil)||Box Office Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|Rebecca (1940)||Joan Fontaine & Directed by Alfred Hitchcock||$258.10||2nd of 1940||87.00%||11 / 02||88.09|
|Hamlet (1948)||Jean Simmons & John Laurie||$188.60||15th of 1948||81.00%||07 / 04||86.25|
|Wuthering Heights (1939)||Merle Oberon & David Niven||$198.70||12th of 1939||85.00%||08 / 01||83.55|
|Spartacus (1960)||Kirk Douglas & Directed by Stanley Kubrick||$387.50||3rd of 1960||88.00%||06 / 04||79.66|
|Marathon Man (1976)||Dustin Hoffman & Roy Scheider||$198.80||20th of 1976||78.00%||01 / 00||74.87|
|Sleuth (1972)||Michael Caine||$86.40||25th of 1973||89.00%||04 / 00||67.44|
|Bridge Too Far, A (1977)||Michael Caine & Sean Connery||$214.60||14th of 1977||70.00%||00 / 00||63.90|
|Henry V (1944)||Robert Newton & Leslie Banks||$85.00||77th of 1944||79.50%||04 / 00||58.89|
|That Hamilton Woman (1941)||Vivien Leigh & Alan Mowbray||$106.80||59th of 1941||83.00%||04 / 01||57.76|
|49th Parallel also known as The Invaders (1942)||Leslie Howard & Richard George||$99.70||83rd of 1942||78.50%||03 / 01||57.14|
|Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)||Janet Suzman & Michael Jayston||$106.80||13th of 1971||71.00%||06 / 02||55.77|
|Pride and Prejudice (1940)||Greer Garson & Maureen |
|$86.10||49th of 1940||81.50%||01 / 01||52.65|
|Clash of the Titans (1981)||Harry Hamlin & Maggie Smith||$124.60||11th of 1981||67.50%||00 / 00||51.03|
|Boys from Brazil, The (1978)||Gregory Peck & James Mason||$81.40||23rd of 1978||67.67%||03 / 00||50.12|
|Entertainer, The (1960)||Alan Bates & Albert Finney||$33.80||67th of 1960||80.50%||01 / 00||47.98|
|Richard III (1955)||Cedric Hardwicke & John Gielgud||$34.70||110th of 1955||78.00%||01 / 00||46.94|
|Carrie (1952)||Jennifer Jones & Miriam Hopkins||$76.60||54th of 1952||71.00%||02 / 00||46.04|
|Dracula (1979)||Frank Langella & Donald Pleasence||$109.60||31st of 1979||61.00%||00 / 00||45.66|
|Little Romance, A (1979)||Diane Lane & Directed by George Roy Hill||$33.10||67th of 1979||79.50%||02 / 01||45.14|
|Khartoum (1966)||Charlton Heston & Richard Johnson||$45.10||59th of 1966||78.50%||01 / 00||44.28|
|Othello (1965)||Maggie Smith & Frank Finlay||$9.00||92nd of 1965||76.50%||04 / 00||44.08|
|Clouds Over Europe (1939)||Ralph Richardson & Valerie Hobson||$63.50||87th of 1939||68.50%||00 / 00||42.04|
|Prince and The Showgirl, The (1957)||Marilyn Monroe & Richard Wattis||$64.50||62nd of 1957||68.00%||00 / 00||41.96|
|Seven Percent Solution, The (1976)||Robert Duvall & Alan Arkin||$46.80||37th of 1976||71.00%||02 / 00||41.42|
|Divorce of Lady X (1938)||Merle Oberon & Binnie Barnes||$76.80||76th of 1938||62.50%||00 / 00||41.28|
|Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)||Keir Dullea & Carol Lynley||$20.10||79th of 1965||77.00%||00 / 00||39.31|
|Bounty, The (1984)||Mel Gibson & Anthony Hopkins||$21.60||83rd of 1984||75.00%||00 / 00||38.66|
|Term of Trial (1962)||Simone Signoret & Sarah Miles||$16.50||83rd of 1962||76.00%||00 / 00||38.28|
|Fire Over England (1937)||Vivien Leigh & Flora Robson||$64.80||96th of 1937||59.50%||00 / 00||38.00|
|Battle of Britain (1969)||Michael Caine & Trevor Howard||$33.90||50th of 1969||69.67%||00 / 00||37.99|
|Oh! What A Lovely War (1969)||John Gielgud & Wendy Allnut||$17.00||49th of 1969||73.50%||00 / 00||37.18|
|Devil's Disciple (1959)||Burt Lancaster & Kirk Douglas||$54.20||49th of 1959||60.50%||00 / 00||36.84|
|Westward Passage (1932)||Ann Harding & ZaPitts||$54.90||53rd of 1932||59.50%||00 / 00||36.47|
|21 Days Together (1940)||Vivien Leigh & Leslie Banks||$77.40||63rd of 1940||52.00%||00 / 00||36.44|
|Friends and Lovers (1931)||Adolphe Menjou||$57.40||55th of 1931||58.00%||00 / 00||36.16|
|Beggar's Opera, The (1953)||Hugh Griffith & George Rose||$22.40||125th of 1953||67.50%||00 / 00||35.19|
|As You Like It (1936)||Elisabeth Bergner & Sophia Stewart||$66.80||81st of 1936||51.00%||00 / 00||34.32|
|Shoes of the Fisherman, The (1968)||Anthony Quinn & John Gielgud||$29.40||57th of 1968||61.00%||02 / 00||34.03|
|Dance of Death, The (1969)||Geraldine McEwan & Robert Lang||$1.70||95th of 1969||67.00%||00 / 00||31.75|
|Betsy, The (1978)||Robert Duvall & Katharine Ross||$62.80||38th of 1978||46.67%||00 / 00||31.66|
|Adventure For Tea (1943)||Penelope Dudley-Ward||$8.80||108th of 1943||64.00%||00 / 00||31.44|
|Three Sisters (1970)||Joan Plowright & Alan Bates||$1.90||93rd of 1970||64.50%||00 / 00||30.61|
|Jazz Singer, The (1980)||Neil Diamond & Lucie Arnaz||$87.90||22nd of 1980||36.00%||00 / 00||30.54|
|Conquest of the Air, The (1936)||Michael Rennie & John Abbott||$19.80||112th of 1936||48.00%||00 / 00||25.63|
|Lady Caroline Lamb (1972)||Sarah Miles & John Mills||$5.40||82nd off 1972||52.00%||00 / 00||25.28|
|Perfect Understanding (1933)||Gloria Swanson||$13.10||94th of 1933||46.50%||00 / 00||23.89|
|Wild Geese II (1985)||Scott Glenn & Patrick Stewart||$0.20||175th of 1985||40.50%||00 / 00||19.07|
|Inchon (1982)||Jacqueline Bisset & Ben Gazzara||$14.90||96th of 1982||24.50%||00 / 00||14.00|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Laurence Olivier Table
- Ten Laurence Olivier movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 20.83% of his movies listed. Spartacus (1960) was his biggest box office ht when looking at adjusted domestic box office gross.
- An average Laurence Olivier movie grosses $74.40 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 36 of Laurence Olivier’ movies are rated as good movies…or 75.00% of their movies. Rebecca (1940) is his highest rated movie while Inchon (1982) was his lowest rated movie.
- Twenty Laurence Olivier movie received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 41.66% of his movies.
- Nine Laurence Olivier movie won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 18.75% of his movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 39.86. 25 Laurence Olivier movies scored higher than that average….or 52.08% of his movies. Rebecca (1940) got the the highest UMR Score while Inchon (1982) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Laurence Olivier
1. Laurence Kerr Olivier was born in Steyning, West Sussex, England.
2. Laurence Olivier’s road to stardom Cliff Notes style….As a teenage, Olivier studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He then joined the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and gained notoriety for his stage work. After appearing in a couple of minor movies he got a contract with RKO and headed to Hollywood. When his RKO movies and Perfect Understanding with Gloria Swanson were box office disasters he headed back to the British stage. In 1938 Hollywood came calling again. This time things went much better for Olivier as 1939’s Wuthering Heights and 1940’s Rebecca were box office and critical successes and earned Olivier his first two Oscar® nominations. Olivier would remain a star until his passing in 1989.
3. Laurence Olivier was nominated for 10 acting Oscars® and 1 directing Oscar®. He won the Best Actor Oscar® for 1948’s Hamlet. He also received two Honorary Oscars® in 1947 and 1979.
4. Laurence Olivier is one of five actors or actresses to get 10 or more acting Oscar® nominations. Olivier and Bette Davis got 10 nominations. Jack Nicholson and Katharine Hepburn got 12 nominations and Meryl Streep has 126 nominations….ok she only has 19 but it seems like she gets one every year.
5. Laurence Olivier also received 5 Golden Globe® nominations….winning twice, 9 Emmy® nominations…winning 5 times, 10 BAFTA nominations…winning twice and won two Razzie® awards….though he probably did not want those Razzies®.
6. Laurence Olivier was married three times in her life. His first marriage to Jill Esmond lasted from 1930 to 1940…they had one child. His second and most famous marriage was to Vivien Leigh…it lasted from 1940 to 1961. His final marriage was to Joan Plowright from 1961 to his death in 1989…they had three children. While researching this page I came across an excellent website that looks at Olivier and Vivien Leigh….highly recommend that you check this site out.
7. Roles Laurence Olivier turned down or was seriously considered for: Lawrence of Arabia (Peter O’Toole role), Lolita (James Mason role), The Godfather (Marlon Brando role), Cleopatra (Rex Harrison role) Being There (Melvyn Douglas role) and I Confess (Montgomery Clift role).
8. Laurence Olivier was knighted in 1947, made life peer in 1970, awarded the Order of Merit in 1981.
9. Some thoughts on Olivier. Charlton Heston on Sir Larry….”I consider him, in common with my colleagues, the finest actor alive.” Spencer Tracy on Larry….”he is the greatest of them all”.
10. Some tidbits from Laurence Olivier’s memorial service. Olivier’s trophies were carried in a procession: Douglas Fairbanks Jr. carried the insignia of Olivier’s Order of Merit, Michael Caine bore his Oscar® for lifetime achievement, Maggie Smith a silver model of the Chichester theatre, Paul Scofield a silver model of the National, Derek Jacobi the crown worn in Richard III (1955), Peter O’Toole the script used in Hamlet (1948), Ian McKellen the laurel wreath worn in the stage production of “Coriolanus”, Dorothy Tutin the crown worn for King Lear (1983), and Frank Finlay the sword presented to Olivier by John Gielgud, once worn by the 18-century actor Edmund Kean.
Check out Laurence Olivier’s movie career compared to current and classic stars on our Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time page. If you want a deeper look at Olivier’s number one movie then this Rebecca movie page by Steve Lensman is an outstanding source of information.
And finally…sadly we could not find box office information on these 4 Olivier movies. 1931’s The Yellow Ticket which has critic/audience rating of 63.75%, 1931’s Potipher’s Wife with a critic/audience rating of 61.75%, 1933’s No Funny Business with a critic/audience rating of 55.25% and 1935’s I Stand Condemned with a critic/audience rating of 37.00%.
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