Want to know the best Myrna Loy (1905-1993) movies? How about the worst Myrna Loy movies? Curious about Myrna box office grosses or which Myrna Loy movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Myrna Loy 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.
At the suggestion of Robwrite, I began researching Myrna Loy’s career about two months ago for this movie page. My knowledge of Myrna Loy was pretty much limited to… she had been in the successful Thin Man series and had appeared in a couple of Cary Grant movies. Other than those two things, I did not really think there was much to really know about Myrna Loy’s career…..boy was I wrong.
“Myrna Loy was one of cinema’s brightest stars. Beautiful, talented, warm, witty, wise and urbane, she swept all before her with a startling succession of box-office hits that lasted from 1932 until 1941, when wartime commitments overtook her career. Adored by moviegoers, Myrna was crowned “Queen of Hollywood” in 1938, with twenty million fans casting their votes in the largest poll of its kind ever conducted. Spencer Tracy was besotted with her, Valentino and Barrymore smitten and President Roosevelt obsessed, whilst Miss Loy had to push Gable off her front-step for “getting fresh”! Her extraordinary profile also supplied plastic surgeons with the most requested image of the 1930s, despite Myrna never having gone under the knife. Loy also managed to royally piss off Hitler by speaking out against his treatment of Jews and, with Chaplin, had the distinction of heading his blacklist”.
“Yet, somehow, Myrna Loy – at her peak more popular than Bette Davis and Katharine Hepburn combined – seems almost forgotten. Whether this can be attributed to her gracious acting style (allowing her leading men to dominate), the lack of scandal in her private life, or the relative scarcity of her films in this country, I’m not sure, but it is a situation that deserves to be rectified”. The previous two paragraphs come from the Myrna Loy forum at Empire.com by Rick 7.
Her IMDb page shows 138 acting credits from 1925-1982. This page will rank 70 Myrna Loy movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies and many of her early silent movies were not included in the rankings.
Myrna Loy 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 Myrna Loy movies by co-stars of her movies
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- Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Myrna Loy movie received.
- Sort Myrna Loy 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.
- Use the sort and search button to make this a very interactive page. For example type in William Powell to see 13 Powell/Loy movies….or type Clark Gable in the search box to bring up all of the Gable/Loy movies….or type in….I think you get the idea.
|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|
|Best Years of Our Lives, The (1946)||Fredric March||$569.60||1st of 1946||86.00%||08 / 07||82.62|
|After the Thin Man (1936)||William Powell||$223.90||6th of 1936||87.67%||01 / 00||72.60|
|Great Ziegfeld, The (1936)||William Powell||$347.20||2nd of 1936||64.50%||07 / 03||70.92|
|Libeled Lady (1936)||William Powell & Spencer Tracy||$180.00||12th of 1936||78.50%||01 / 00||68.19|
|Test Pilot (1938)||Clark Gable & Spencer Tracy||$303.60||4th of 1938||68.50%||03 / 00||67.40|
|Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, The (1947)||Cary Grant & Shirley Temple||$301.70||13th of 1947||73.00%||01 / 01||66.31|
|Another Thin Man (1939)||William Powell||$183.40||16th of 1939||80.50%||00 / 00||66.27|
|Rains Came, The (1939)||Tyrone Power||$283.00||5th of 1939||63.50%||06 / 01||63.84|
|Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)||Clifton Webb||$222.00||6th of 1950||68.50%||00 / 00||63.20|
|Emma (1932)||Marie Dressler||$215.90||3rd of 1932||66.00%||01 / 00||62.42|
|Thin Man, The (1934)||William Powell||$96.90||24th of 1934||87.50%||04 / 00||60.74|
|Arrowsmith (1932)||Directed by John Ford||$142.30||8th of 1932||72.50%||04 / 00||60.73|
|Double Wedding (1937)||William Powell||$170.40||17th of 1937||72.50%||00 / 00||60.48|
|Too Hot To Handle (1938)||Clark Gable||$203.20||15th of 1938||62.00%||00 / 00||60.14|
|I Love You Again (1940)||William Powell||$132.30||22nd of 1940||82.50%||00 / 00||59.29|
|Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)||Cary Grant||$152.50||28th of 1948||75.50%||00 / 00||59.12|
|Love Crazy (1941)||William Powell||$129.70||40th of 1941||82.50%||00 / 00||58.88|
|Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)||William Powell||$141.10||34th of 1941||77.00%||00 / 00||58.06|
|End, The (1978)||Burt Reynolds & Sally Field||$161.80||12th of 1978||68.00%||00 / 00||57.04|
|Wife vs Secretary (1936)||Clark Gable & Myrna Loy||$151.70||23rd of 1936||70.50%||00 / 00||56.65|
|Midnight Lace (1960)||Doris Day||$122.20||26th of 1961||71.50%||01 / 00||52.94|
|Love Me Tonight (1932)||Maurice||$81.60||26th of 1932||84.50%||00 / 00||52.36|
|From the Terrace (1960)||Paul Newman||$181.50||10th of 1960||51.50%||00 / 00||52.33|
|Airport 1975 (1974)||Charlton Heston||$345.70||5th of 1974||43.00%||00 / 00||51.21|
|Connecticut Yankee, A (1931)||Will Rogers||$142.50||9th of 1931||59.00%||00 / 00||49.82|
|Thin Man Goes Home, The (1945)||William Powell||$121.90||54th of 1945||65.50%||00 / 00||49.67|
|Desert Song, The (1929)||John Boles||$119.20||11th of 1929||65.00%||00 / 00||49.03|
|Noah's Ark (1928)||Dolores Costello||$113.00||7th of 1928||67.00%||00 / 00||49.01|
|Manhattan Melodrama (1934)||William Powell & Clark Gable||$77.00||39th of 1934||76.50%||01 / 01||48.90|
|Penthouse (1933)||Warner Baxter||$85.20||20th of 1933||75.00%||00 / 00||48.46|
|Song of the Thin Man (1947)||William Powell||$86.40||79th of 1947||74.00%||00 / 00||48.17|
|Broadway Bill (1934)||Warner Baxter||$91.30||27th of 1934||69.00%||00 / 00||46.58|
|Belles on their Toes (1952)||Jeanne Crain||$85.20||43rd of 1952||69.00%||00 / 00||45.64|
|To Mary - with Love (1936)||Warner Baxter||$80.40||70th of 1936||70.00%||00 / 00||45.36|
|Man-Proof (1938)||Rosalind Russell & Walter Pidgeon||$102.90||51st of 1938||60.50%||00 / 00||44.39|
|April Fools, The (1969)||Jack Lemmon||$84.80||19th of 1969||65.50%||00 / 00||43.92|
|Men In White (1934)||Clark Gable||$93.20||26th of 1934||62.00%||00 / 00||43.59|
|Under a Texas Moon (1930)||Frank Fay||$86.50||42nd of 1930||64.00%||00 / 00||43.49|
|Barbarian, The (1933)||Ramon Novarro||$88.30||19th of 1933||63.00%||00 / 00||43.30|
|When Ladies Meet (1933)||Robert Montgomery||$90.30||15th of 1933||61.00%||01 / 00||43.07|
|Third Finger Left Hand (1940)||Melvyn Douglas||$81.30||60th of 1940||64.50%||00 / 00||42.92|
|Topaze (1933)||John Barrymore||$84.10||21st of 1933||62.50%||00 / 00||42.42|
|Evelyn Prentice (1934)||William Powell||$73.30||47th of 1934||65.50%||00 / 00||42.14|
|Mask of Fu Manchu, The (1932)||Boris Karloff||$41.30||71st of 1932||75.50%||00 / 00||41.88|
|Petticoat Fever (1936)||Robert Montgomery||$77.90||71st of 1936||63.00%||00 / 00||41.68|
|Show of Shows, The (1929)||John Barrymore||$96.90||17th of 1929||56.00%||00 / 00||41.34|
|Devil To Pay!, The (1930)||Ronald Colman||$122.60||18th of 1930||46.00%||00 / 00||40.62|
|Night Flight (1933)||Clark Gable & Lionel Barrymore||$60.30||37th of 1933||66.50%||00 / 00||40.61|
|Prizefighter and the Lady, The (1933)||Max Baer||$45.20||53rd of 1933||69.50%||01 / 00||40.07|
|Parnell (1937)||Clark Gable||$128.70||49th of 1937||40.50%||00 / 00||38.99|
|So Goes My Love (1946)||Don Ameche||$61.60||104th of 1946||62.50%||00 / 00||38.93|
|Lucky Night (1939)||Robert Taylor||$86.20||70th of 1939||53.50%||00 / 00||38.50|
|Wings in the Dark (1935)||Cary Grant||$61.70||52nd of 1935||61.50%||00 / 00||38.46|
|Bad Man, The (1930)||Walter Huston||$54.00||61st of 1930||60.50%||00 / 00||36.81|
|Black Watch, The (1929)||Directed by John Ford||$61.60||33rd of 1929||57.00%||00 / 00||36.34|
|If This Be Sin (1949)||Roger Livesey||$25.90||120th of 1949||67.50%||00 / 00||35.73|
|Body and Soul (1931)||Humphrey Bogart||$27.90||77th of 1931||65.50%||00 / 00||35.10|
|Naughty Flirt, The (1930)||Roger Livesey||$39.20||72nd of 1930||61.00%||00 / 00||34.75|
|Stamboul Quest (1934)||George Brent||$74.90||44th of 1934||48.00%||00 / 00||34.17|
|Isle of Escape (1930)||Monte Blue||$29.10||76th of 1930||62.00%||00 / 00||33.65|
|Whipshaw (1935)||Spencer Tracy||$57.60||44th of 1935||52.50%||00 / 00||33.60|
|Ambassador's Daughter, The (1956)||Olivia de Havilland & William Powell||$65.70||66th of 1956||49.00%||00 / 00||33.21|
|Bride of the Regiment (1930)||Walter Pidgeon||$43.70||68th of 1930||56.00%||00 / 00||33.09|
|Lonelyhearts (1958)||Montgomery Clift||$30.50||114th of 1957||59.00%||01 / 00||32.86|
|Animal Kingdom (1932)||Leslie Howard||$48.10||59th of 1932||54.00%||00 / 00||32.84|
|Red Pony, The (1949)||Robert Mitchum||$65.30||90th of 1949||48.00%||00 / 00||32.68|
|Truth About Youth, The (1930)||Loretta Young||$30.00||75th of 1930||54.50%||00 / 00||30.27|
|Pay As You Enter (1928)||William Demarest||$8.30||77th of 1928||60.00%||00 / 00||29.49|
|New Morals For Old (1932)||Robert Young||$28.60||81st of 1932||49.50%||00 / 00||27.69|
|Just Tell Me What You Want (1980)||Ali MacGraw||$6.80||131st of 1980||52.00%||00 / 00||25.49|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Myrna LoyTable
- Twenty-nine Myrna Loy movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 41.42% of her movies listed. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) was her biggest box office hit.
- An average Myrna Loy movie grosses $118.70 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 52 of Myrna Loy’s movies are rated as good movies…or 74.28% of her movies. After The Thin Man (1936) was her highest rated movie while Parnell (1937) was her lowest rated movie.
- Fifteen Myrna Loy movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 21.42% of her movies.
- Five Myrna Loy movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 7.14% of her movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 49 Myrna Loy movies scored higher than that average….or 70.00% of her movies. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) got the the highest UMR Score while Just Tell Me What You Want (1980) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Myrna Loy
1. Loy had 80 screen credits before finally becoming a star with the release of the low budget surprise hit….1934’s The Thin Man. This UMR page looks at her career from 1933-1980, with a few of her pre-1933 releases.
2. During her early years…..Loy appeared in the first ever European/American co-production…1925’s Ben-Hur…..she appeared in the first movie to use a movie score…..1926’s Don Juan…..she appeared in the first talkie….1927’s The Jazz Singer……and she appeared in the first ever filmed operetta….1929’s The Desert Song.
3. Myrna Loy appeared in over 120 movies, but never received an Oscar® nomination or a Golden Globe® nomination for any of her acting roles. She did receive an honorary Oscar® for career achievement in 1991.
4. In 1921, Loy posed for Harry Winebrenner’s statue titled “Spiritual,” which remained in front of Venice High School throughout the 20th century and can be seen in the opening scenes of the 1978 film Grease.
5. Gangster John Dillinger was shot to death after leaving a screening of the 1934 film Manhattan Melodrama which starred Loy, Clark Gable and William Powell.
6. Loy and William Powell appeared in 14 movies together. 6 times they appeared as Nick and Nora Charles in The Thin Man movie series (1934-1947). When looking at the table above….8 of their movies finished in Loy’s Top Ten according to critics and audiences.
7. Check out the list of co-stars for Loy…..Clark Gable (7 movies), Cary Grant (3 movies), Warner Baxter (3 movies), Spencer Tracy (2 films), and with one film….James Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Paul Newman, Frederich March, Will Rogers, Charlton Heston, Tyrone Power, and of course Burt Reynolds.
8. The first part of her career was in silent movies…she was typecast in exotic roles, often as a vamp or a woman of Asian descent…..her first film her character was called Vamp…..these roles kind of solidified her exotic non-America image…..which is strange as she was born and raised in Montana.
9. Loy’s big break? Loy attended a Hollywood party with director W.S. Dyke. At the party Dyke detected a wit and sense of humor that Loy’s films had not revealed. He then chose Loy for the Nora Charles role in The Thin Man. The success of The Thin Man changed how Hollywood viewed her, and her roles got bigger and better.
10. With the outbreak of World War II, she abandoned her acting career to focus on the war effort and worked closely with the Red Cross. She helped run a Naval Auxiliary Canteen and toured frequently to raise funds.
Check out Myrna Loy‘s career compared to current and classic actors. Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.
Not enough stats for you?….Then check out 37 Myrna Loy worldwide adjusted grosses
- After the Thin Man (1936) $355.90 million in adjusted box office
- Animal Kingdom (1932) $58.10 million in adjusted box office
- Another Thin Man (1939) $267.40 million in adjusted box office
- The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947) $384.70 million in adjusted box office
- The Bad Man (1930) $84.00 million in adjusted box office
- The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) $859.60 million in adjusted box office
- Bride of the Regiment (1930) $69.70 million in adjusted box office
- The Desert Song (1929) $232.20 million in adjusted box office
- Double Wedding (1937) $264.40 million in adjusted box office
- Evelyn Prentice (1934) $122.30 million in adjusted box office
- The Great Ziegfeld (1936) $525.20 million in adjusted box office
- I Love You Again (1940) $185.30 million in adjusted box office
- Isle of Escape (1930) $37.10 million in adjusted box office
- Libeled Lady (1936) $306.00 million in adjusted box office
- Love Crazy (1941) $200.70 million in adjusted box office
- Lucky Night (1939) $130.20 million in adjusted box office
- Manhattan Melodrama (1934) $129.00 million in adjusted box office
- Man-Proof (1938) $136.90 million in adjusted box office
- The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) $68.30 million in adjusted box office
- Men In White (1934) $152.20 million in adjusted box office
- Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) $197.50 million in adjusted box office
- New Morals For Old (1932) $36.60 Night Flight (1933) $112.30 million in adjusted box office
- Noah’s Ark (1928) $191.00 Parnell (1937) $204.70 million in adjusted box office
- Pay As You Enter (1928) $11.30 million in adjusted box office
- Petticoat Fever (1936) $121.90 million in adjusted box office
- The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) $97.20 million in adjusted box office
- Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) $224.10 million in adjusted box office
- The Show of Shows (1929) $209.90 million in adjusted box office
- Song of the Thin Man (1947) $142.40 million in adjusted box office
- Test Pilot (1938) $487.60 million in adjusted box office
- The Thin Man Goes Home (1945) $193.90 million in adjusted box office
- The Thin Man, The (1934) $159.90 million in adjusted box office
- Too Hot To Handle (1938) $299.20 million in adjusted box office
- The Truth About Youth (1930) $37.00 million in adjusted box office
- Under a Texas Moon (1930) $107.50 million in adjusted box office
- Whipshaw (1935) $97.60 million in adjusted box office
- Wife vs Secretary (1936) $232.70 million in adjusted box office
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