Margaret Sullavan Movies

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

Margaret Sullavan (1909-1960) was an Oscar®-nominated American actress.  Sullavan’s movie career was fairly brief…but she was considered one of the best actresses of her era.  Margaret Sullavan’s IMDb page shows 21 acting credits from 1933-1954.  This page will rank 16 Sullavan movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Her television appearances and her unfinished movie, I Loved A Soldier, were not included in the rankings.  This page comes from a request by Lupino…who just discovered this website a couple of weeks ago.

James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan in 1940’s Shop Around The Corner….which was remade as a Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan romantic comedy

Margaret Sullavan 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 Margaret Sullavan movies by co-stars of her movies
  • Sort Margaret Sullavan movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Margaret Sullavan movies by yearly domestic box office rank
  • Sort Margaret Sullavan movies by 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 Margaret Sullavan movie received.
  • Sort Margaret Sullavan 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.
  • Blue link in Co-star column takes you to that star’s UMR movie page
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdj. B.O. Domestic (mil)Box Office Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Three Comrades (1938)Robert Taylor$149.0031st of 193877.00%00 / 0065.29
Mortal Storm, The (1940)James Stewart $99.7042nd of 194083.50%00 / 0055.10
Shop Around the Corner, The (1940)James Stewart$72.3072nd of 194090.00%00 / 0053.51
Shopworn Angel (1938)James Stewart & Walter Pidgeon$90.2061st of 193873.00%00 / 0048.29
Little Man, What Now? (1934)Douglass Montgomery$77.7044th of 193477.00%00 / 0048.23
So Ends Our Night (1941)Fredric March & Glenn Ford$71.4090th of 194177.50%01 / 0047.89
Good Fairy , The (1935)Directed by William Wyler$72.6055th of 193576.50%00 / 0047.21
Shining Hour, The (1938)Joan Crawford$117.6044th of 193857.00%00 / 0045.02
Back Street (1941)Charles Boyer$88.6076th of 194166.00%00 / 0044.75
Only Yesterday (1933)John Boles$61.5041st of 193374.50%00 / 0044.55
Appointment For Love (1941)Charles Boyer$60.60103rd of 194159.50%01 / 0037.75
So Red The Rose (1935)Randolph Scott$41.6077th of 193564.50%00 / 0036.77
Next Time We Love (1936)James Stewart$53.5092nd of 193660.00%00 / 0036.49
Moon's Our Home, The (1936)Henry Fonda$46.9084th of 193662.00%00 / 0036.41
Cry Havoc (1943)Robert Mitchum$49.30101st of 194360.50%00 / 0036.08
No Sad Songs For Me (1950)Natalie Wood$41.40116th of 195054.00%01 / 0032.20

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Margaret Sullavan Table

  1. Two Margaret Sullavan movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 12.50% of her movies listed. Three Comrades (1938) was her biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Margaret Sullavan movie grossed $74.60 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  13 Margaret Sullavan movies are rated as good movies…or 81.25% of her movies.  The Shop Around The Corner (1940) is her highest rated movie while No Sad Songs For Me (1950) is her lowest rated movie.
  4. Three Margaret Sullavan movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 18.75% of her movies.
  5. Zero Margaret Sullavan movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 0.00% of her movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 40.00.  10 Margaret Sullavan movies scored higher that average….or 62.50% of her movies. Three Comrades (1938) got the the highest UMR Score while No Sad Songs For Me (1950) got the lowest UMR Score.

Margaret Sullavan in 1938’s Three Comrades

Possibly Interesting Facts About Margaret Sullavan

1. Margaret Brooke Sullavan was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1909.  Norfolk is only about 15 minutes from my house…so she is a hometown girl in my area.

2. One of Margaret Sullavan’s first acting experiences was in a summer stock group called the University Players.  Others in that group?  James Stewart and Henry Fonda.

3.  Margaret Sullavan was starring in Broadway plays in the early 1930s.  In 1932 she starred in four straight flops….one co-starred Humphrey Bogart.

4.  Despite being in numerous flops on Broadway….Sullavan’s personal stellar reviews in those plays earned her a movie contract with Universal Pictures.

5.  Margaret Sullavan turned down Claudette Colbert’s role in 1934’s It Happened One Night.  Colbert would win an Oscar® for her performance.

6. Margaret Sullavan was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar® for 1938’s Three Comrades.

7. Margaret Sullavan was married four times and had three children.  Her first marriage was to Henry Fonda…while her second marriage was to William Wyler.

8.  Sadly Margaret Sullavan took her own life in 1960.  Equally tragic is that two of children did the same thing.  Her third child, Brook Hayward, is happily alive and well.  Hayward is an actress and author.  She wrote the best selling book Haywire which told of her childhood with Sullavan.

9.  We have worldwide adjusted grosses on three of her movies:  1938’s Three Comrades $255 million, 1938’s The Shining Hour $170.60 million and 1938’s Shopworn Angel $130.20 million.

10. Maureen Sullavan and her Easy Rider (1969) connections. Sullavan’s daughter Brook Hayward was married to Dennis Hopper who starred and directed that massive hit.  Meanwhile, Peter Fonda who starred and produced that massive hit, was in love with Sullavan’s youngest daughter….Bridget.  Fonda would later name his daughter after Sullavan’s daughter.  Bridget Fonda was an actress that made movies for almost 20 years before retiring in 2002.

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

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36 thoughts on “Margaret Sullavan Movies

  1. Hello, my english is bad, but thank you for writing this page. I love her films with James Stewart, wish i could listen in english, but i would never understand. Mortal Storm is very sad, shop around the corner very funny. Miss Sullavan was a great actress. Also like her film with Crawford.

  2. Go to the back of the class Cogerson and stand with a dunce cap on your head! I am one of those who point out to you your usually small and largely irrelevant mistakes but your site is so steeped in big things and amazingly consistent in even the droves small ones that I have the compulsion to assist if I can with your strive for as near perfection as possible. You have heard the old cliche about not wishing to see a magnificent ship wanting for a halfpenny worth of tar. Also of course at times I need clarification for the purposes of my own data base which is heavily dependent on your stats.

    1. Hey Bob….I think it is safe to say…that with over a quarter of a million stats, names, numbers or other items listed here….that I am bound to make some errors…..which is why I am always grateful to you and others for pointing out my mistakes. The strive perfection is a good one to have. So I happily accept my dunce hat on this error…I blame the fact that she and Stewart made two movies with “Shop” in the title….it just gets so confusing….for me…..lol.

  3. Hey Bruce,
    just noticed that other users tell you once they find a mistake in one of your pages- so I’d like to tell you that Margaret’s costar in my fav Sullavan movie The Shopworn Angel was not Robert Taylor, but Jimmy Stewart ;O

    1. Hey Lupino….anytime you see an error please let me know….I make enough that admitting an error is pretty easy for me…..plus the more eyes the better…is the way I look at things. As for this error…it has been fixed….and Mr. Pidgeon was also added to the co-star list.

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