Want to know the best Marlene Dietrich movies? How about the worst Marlene Dietrich movies? Curious about Marlene Dietrich’s box office grosses or which Marlene Dietrich movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Marlene Dietrich movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which ones got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place…. because we have all of that information and much more.
Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) was an Oscar® nominated German-American actress and singer. On American Film Institute’s Top 50 Screen Legends list, Dietrich was ranked as the 9th best actress. Right behind #8 Judy Garland and right before #10 Joan Crawford. Her film career lasted almost 60 years. One of the main reasons for such a long successful career was her ability to re-invent herself, professionally and characteristically. So we figured it was about time to give one the silver screen’s first sex symbols her very own Ultimate Movie Rankings movie page.
Her IMDb page shows 56 acting credits from 1919-1978. This page will rank 30 Marlene Dietrich movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Her German silent films, cameos, television appearances and movies not released in North America were not included in the rankings.
Marlene Dietrich 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 Marlene Dietrich movies by co-stars of her movies
- Sort Marlene Dietrich movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
- Sort Marlene Dietrich movies by yearly box office rank
- Sort Marlene Dietrich 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 Marlene Dietrich movie received.
- Sort Marlene Dietrich 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.
|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adjusted B.O. Domestic (mils.)||Box Office Rank By Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|Witness for the Prosecution (1957)||Tyrone Power & Charles Laughton||$163.40||15th of 1958||91.0%||06 / 00||72.75|
|Touch of Evil (1958)||Orson Welles & Charlton Heston||$31.40||85th of 1958||89.0%||00 / 00||46.70|
|Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)||Spencer Tracy & William Shatner||$128.60||11th of 1961||86.0%||11 / 02||68.43|
|Destry Rides Again (1939)||James Stewart||$87.30||57th of 1939||84.7%||00 / 00||53.32|
|The Blue Angel (1930)||Emil Jannings||$126.80||14th of 1930||84.5%||00 / 00||59.36|
|The Scarlett Empress (1934)||Sam Jaffe||$47.10||58th of 1934||83.0%||00 / 00||46.31|
|Shanghai Express (1932)||Clive Brook||$262.80||1st of 1932||82.5%||03 / 01||74.58|
|A Foreign Affair (1948)||Jean Arthur||$138.70||32nd of 1948||81.5%||02 / 00||60.60|
|Dishonored (1931)||Victor McLaglen||$178.10||4th of 1931||80.5%||00 / 00||65.45|
|Morocco (1931)||Gary Cooper||$237.50||2nd of 1931||80.0%||04 / 00||76.20|
|Rancho Notorious (1952)||Arthur Kennedy||$38.30||108th of 1952||77.5%||00 / 00||42.36|
|Stage Fright (1950)||Jane Wyman & Richard Todd||$55.70||99th of 1950||73.3%||00 / 00||43.10|
|The Song of Songs (1933)||Lionel Atwill||$62.80||33rd of 1933||72.5%||00 / 00||43.80|
|Manpower (1941)||Edward G. Robinson & George Raft||$114.60||54th of 1941||72.5%||00 / 00||51.83|
|No Highway in the Sky (1951)||James Stewart||$55.40||114th of 1951||72.3%||00 / 00||42.59|
|The Devil Is A Woman (1935)||Cesar Romero||$22.60||90th of 1935||72.0%||00 / 00||37.34|
|Desire (1936)||Gary Cooper||$147.80||25th of 1936||72.0%||00 / 00||56.75|
|Angel (1937)||Herbert Marshall & Melvyn Douglas||$51.90||89th of 1937||71.0%||00 / 00||41.41|
|Blonde Venus (1932)||Cary Grant||$52.00||50th of 1932||70.0%||00 / 00||40.96|
|Knight Without Armor (1937)||Robert Donat||$25.30||100th of 1937||63.5%||00 / 00||33.76|
|Seven Sinners (1940)||John Wayne||$82.10||61st of 1940||61.5%||00 / 00||41.63|
|The Flame of New Orleans (1941)||Bruce Cabot||$38.80||96th of 1941||61.5%||01 / 00||35.31|
|Kismet (1944)||Ronald Coleman||$166.30||35th of 1944||61.5%||04 / 00||56.28|
|The Spoilers (1942)||John Wayne||$145.30||76th of 1942||59.0%||01 / 00||50.65|
|Golden Earrings (1947)||Ray Milland||$184.70||29th of 1947||55.0%||00 / 00||54.48|
|The Lady Is Willing (1942)||Fred MacMurray||$66.40||104th of 1942||54.0%||00 / 00||35.67|
|Pittsburgh (1942)||John Wayne||$92.20||87th of 1942||50.0%||00 / 00||37.79|
|The Montecarlo Story (1956)||Arthur O'Connell||$2.20||194th of 1956||47.5%||00 / 00||22.66|
|The Garden of Allah (1936)||Charles Boyer||$123.60||36th of 1936||46.5%||02 / 00||41.82|
|Just A Gigolo (1978)||David Bowie||$4.00||127th of 1978||46.0%||00 / 00||22.24|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Marlene Dietrich Table
- Thirteen Marlene Dietrich movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 43.33% of her movies listed. Shanghai Express (1932)) was her biggest box office hit.
- An average Marlene Dietrich movie grosses $97.80 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 23 of Marlene Dietrich’s movies are rated as good movies…or 76.66% of her movies. Witness for the Prosecution (1957) is her highest rated movie while Just A Gigolo (1978) was her lowest rated movie.
- Eight Marlene Dietrich movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 26.66% of her movies.
- Two Marlene Dietrich movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 6.66% of her movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 23 Marlene Dietrich movies scored higher that average….or 76.66% of her movies. Morocco (1931) got the the highest UMR Score while Just A Gigolo (1978) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Marlene Dietrich
1. Marlene Dietrich was born Maria Magdalene Dietrich in Berlin, Germany.
2. Marlene Dietrich’s road to stardom Cliff Notes style….she started out as a cabaret singer, then she started appearing in German silent films, next she caught the eye of director, Josef Von Sternberg. Von Sternberg cast her in the German and English versions of Blue Angel. Blue Angel was a hit and Dietrich became one of the first sex symbols in film.
3. Marlene Dietrich was nominated for one Oscar® (Morocco) and one Golden Globe® (Witness For The Prosecution).
4. According to the American Film Institute, Marlene Dietrich is the 9th greatest female star of all-time.
5. Marlene Dietrich starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s Stage Fright (1950)….they experienced some friction while making the movie. Hitchcock provided one of my favorite quotes while researching this page. On Dietrich…Hitchcock said….”Marlene Dietrich is a professional – a professional actress, a professional dress designer, a professional cameraman.”
6. Marlene Dietrich was married one time in her life. Her marriage to Rudolf Sieber was from 1924 to his death in 1976. They actually only lived together for five years…but they never got divorced. I wonder if they celebrated their 50th anniversary? They did have one daughter together….and four grandsons. Hey BERN1960…I have a piece of Dietrich trivia you might be interested in….I just did not want to put it in this page.
7. Roles Marlene Dietrich turned down or was seriously considered for: Pal Joey (Rita Hayworth role), All About Eve (Bette Davis role), Whatever Happened To Baby Jane (Joan Crawford role), and Stagecoach (Claire Trevor role). One role she really wanted but did not get was Irene Dunne’s role in I Remember Mama.
8. Marlene Dietrich was voted the 43rd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly. Dietrich was also the first German actress to be Oscar® nominated.
9. Marlene Dietrich received the U.S. War Department’s ‘Medal of Freedom‘, in 1947, for entertaining American troops in WWII and her strong stand against Naziism.
10. Check out Marlene Dietrich‘s career compared to current and classic actors. Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time. To check out some awesome movie posters of Marlene Dietrich’s movies check out Steve Lensman’s Marlene Dietrich Movie Posters page.
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