Leslie Howard Movies

howard 3333Want to know the best Leslie Howard movies?  How about the worst Leslie Howard movies?  Curious about Leslie Howard’s box office grosses or which Leslie Howard movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Leslie Howard movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

Leslie Howard (1893-1943) was an English actor and director.  He is still known today for his role as Ashley Wilkes in the biggest box office hit of all-time…1939’s Gone With The Wind.  His IMDb page shows 33 acting credits from 1914-1943. This page will rank 23 Howard movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Cameos, shorts, silent films and some of his early British films were not included in the rankings.

Drivel part of the page:  Joel Hirschhorn’s book Rating The Movie Stars (1983) is one of the biggest influences on our movie pages.  In that book, Hirschhorn, took a look at 400 current and classic stars.  He actually ranked Leslie Howard as the 5th best actor of those 400 stars.  He ranked each star’s movie on a 1 to 4 star (with 4 stars being the best) basis….and then took an average.  Howard’s average was 3.76…which was the 5th best average.  Well this Leslie Howard page is 137th performer that was listed in his book that we now done a page on….only 263 more to go!  FYI…this comes from a request by Søren.

Leslie Howard and Vivien Leigh in 1939's Gone With The Wind

Leslie Howard and Vivien Leigh in 1939’s Gone With The Wind

Leslie Howard 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 Leslie Howard movies by co-stars of his movies
  • Sort Leslie Howard movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Leslie Howard movies by yearly domestic box office rank or trivia
  • Sort Leslie Howard 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 Leslie Howard movie received.
  • Sort Leslie Howard 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.
RankMovie (Year)Co-Stars with UMR linksAdjusted B.O. Domestic (mils)Trivia About MovieCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Gone with the Wind (1939)Clark Gable & Olivia de Havilland$1758.30Biggest box office hit of90.0%13 / 0885.30
Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939)Ingrid Bergman$144.50Budget - $800,00076.5%02 / 0059.16
49th Parallel (1942) Star & DirectorLaurence Olivier $99.70Also known as The Invaders78.5%03 / 0157.14
Romeo and Juliet (1936)Norma Shearer & Directed by George Cukor$108.10$239.10 million in worldwide box office71.5%04 / 0054.96
A Free Soul (1931)Clark Gable & Lionel Barrymore$105.60Barrymore won Best Actor Oscar for movie75.0%03 / 0153.42
Smilin' Through (1932)Norma Shearer & Fredric March$109.90$105.10 million in worldwide box office70.0%01 / 0053.33
The Petrified Forest (1936)Humphrey Bogart & Bette Davis$65.50Budget - $500,00082.0%00 / 0048.69
Pygmalion (1938)Wendy Hiller$108.40Howard's 2nd & final Oscar nomination42.5%04 / 0147.97
It's Love I'm After (1937)Bette Davis & Olivia de Havilland$75.00Last of 3 movies with Davis76.0%00 / 0047.34
Secrets (1933)Mary Pickford$73.00Pickford's last movie76.5%00 / 0047.28
Berkeley Square (1933)Heather Angel$44.50Howard 1st Best Actor Oscar nomination67.5%00 / 0044.62
Of Human Bondage (1934)Bette Davis$56.50$70.50 million in worldwide box office75.0%01 / 0044.41
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)Merle Oberon$54.60Very successful in England75.0%00 / 0043.71
Stand-In (1937)Humphrey Bogart$76.60$111.60 million in worldwide box office68.0%00 / 0043.33
Spitfire (1942) Star & DirectorDavid Niven$70.60Also known as The First of the Few68.0%00 / 0042.90
'Pimpernel' Smith (1941) Star & DirectorFrancis L. Sullivan$41.30Also known as Mister V76.0%00 / 0042.12
Five and Dime (1931)Marion Davies$46.20Lost $274,00072.0%00 / 0041.00
Devotion (1931)Ann Harding$53.20$64.20 million in worldwide box office65.5%00 / 0039.03
British Agent (1934)Kay Francis$55.70$86.80 million in worldwide box office62.0%00 / 0037.37
Outward Bound (1930)Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.$54.60Remade with John Garfield in 1944's Between Two Worlds61.0%00 / 0037.13
Captured! (1933)Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.$38.30Budget- $245,00063.5%00 / 0035.78
Never the Twain Shall Meet (1931)C. Aubrey Smith$55.30Remake of 1925 silent film56.0%00 / 0034.89
Animal Kingdom (1932)Myrna Loy$48.10Movie lost $110,00054.0%00 / 0032.84

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Leslie Howard Table

  1. Six Leslie Howard movie crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 26.08% of his movies listed. Gone With The Wind (1939) was his biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Leslie Howard movie grosses $144.20 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  20 of Leslie Howard’s movies are rated as good movies…or 86.95% of her movies.  Gone With The Wind (1939) is his highest rated movie while Pygmalion (1938) is his lowest rated movie.
  4. Eight Leslie Howard movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 34.78% of his movies.
  5. Four Leslie Howard movie won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 17.39% of her movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 40.00.  16 Leslie Howard movie scored higher that average….or 69.56% of his movies. Gone With The Wind (1939) got the the highest UMR Score while Animal Kingdom (1932) got the lowest UMR Score.
Leslie Howard and Ingrid Bergman in 1939's Intermezzo: A Love Story

Leslie Howard and Ingrid Bergman in 1939’s Intermezzo: A Love Story

Possibly Interesting Facts About Leslie Howard

1. Leslie Howard Steiner was born in Forest Hill, London.  His family changed their name to Stainer when World War 1 started….then he dropped his last name when he started acting.

2. After serving in World War 1….Howard turned towards acting.  He became a Broadway star with is performance in 1927’s Her Cardboard Lover.

3. Leslie Howard refused to make 1936’s The Petrified Forest when the studio refused to let Humphrey Bogart play the role that Bogart had done on Broadway.  Eventually the studio allowed Bogart to play the part…which turned out to be Bogart’s big break in movies.  Bogart was so grateful to Howard that he named his daughter Leslie in Howard’s honor

4. Leslie Howard left Hollywood when England and Germany went to war.  Germany felt that Howard was the most dangerous British propagandist.

5.  Leslie Howard was on board Flight #777 of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines- when it was shot down by German fighter planes over the Bay of Biscay….many theories are out there about why the plane was shot down.  One of the most popular is that the Germans thought Winston Churchill was on the plane.

6. Leslie Howard was married one time in his life.  He had two children.

7. Leslie Howard starred in 5 movies that received a Best Picture Oscar® nomination: 1932’s Smilin’ Through, 1936’s Romeo and Juliet, 1938’s Pygmalion , 1939’s Gone With The Wind and 1942’s 9th Parallel.  Gone With The Wind won.

8. Leslie Howard  received 2 acting Oscar® nominations…a Best Actor nomination for 1933’s Berkeley Square and 1938’s Pygmalion.

9.  Leslie Howard’s movies grossed over $3.31 billion in adjusted domestic box office.  His movies earned 31 Oscar® nominations….winning 11 times.

10.  The two Leslie Howard movies that got away…because we could not find box office grosses:  1932’s Reserved For Ladies 62.5% critic/audience rating & 1934’s The Lady Is Willing 65.5% critic/audience rating.

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

Gone With The Wind Release Schedule and Box Office Results 1939-2014

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ReleaseYearBox Office Rentals (Million)Box Office Gross (Million)Domestic Adjusted Box Office (Million)Trivia and Yearly Box Office Rank
11939-40$14.15$31.13$661.35Year 1 of first run. #1 box office movie of 1940
21941 $5.56 $12.23$259.87Year 2 of 1st run. #2 box office movie of 1941
31942 $1.52 $3.34$71.78Year 3 of 1st run. #56 box office movie of 1942
41947$3.51$7.72$124.271st re-release. #16 box office movie of 1947
51954$5.27$11.59$147.85Movie seen on widescreens for first time. #7 box office movie of 1954
61961$6.70$14.74$117.35Commemorated the 100th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. #9 box office movie of 1961.
71967$29.22$64.28$301.75Movie transfered to 70 MM. #3 box office movie of 1967.
81971$1.29$2.83$10.115th re-release. #78 box office movie of 1971.
91974 $7.29 $16.03$51.6Was MGM concerned The Godfather or The Exorcist was going to overtake #1 spot? #26 box office movie of 1974.
101989N/A$2.4$4.5850th anniversary - audio and video restoration
111998N/A$6.75$9.808th re-release
122013N/AN/AN/AUnited Kingdom did a 4k restoration
132014N/AN/AN/ASpecial showing for 75th anniversary
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    1. Hey Flora sorry for your problems on TCM…..but UMR is always here for you. Glad you found some good friends there….but as Cave Girl says…it is only a message board.

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