Want to know the best Natalie Wood movies? How about the worst Natalie Wood movies? Curious about Natalie Wood box office grosses or which Natalie Wood movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Natalie Wood movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.
Natalie Wood (1938-1983) was a three-time Academy Award® nominated actress. Wood began her acting career as a child actress (1947’s Miracle on 34th Street), gained renown as a teenage actress (1955’s Rebel Without A Cause & 1956’s The Searchers) and became one of the most successful actresses of the 1960s (1961’s West Side Story, 1969’s Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice). Her movies grossed over $3.46 billion in adjusted box office gross….picked up 51 Oscar® nominations…..won 15 Oscars®. So with all of these great movie stats and great movies in her movie career, it seemed that we were way overdue it writing a Natalie Wood Movie Ranking page…..well that error has been fixed!
Her IMDb page shows 73 acting credits from 1943-1983. This page will rank 43 Natalie Wood movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in North American theaters were not included in the rankings. To do well in our rankings a movie has to do well at the box office, get good reviews by critics, be liked by audiences and get some award recognition.
Natalie Wood 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 Natalie Wood movies by co-stars of her movies
- Sort Natalie Wood movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
- Sort Natalie Wood movies by yearly domestic box office rank or trivia
- Sort Natalie Wood 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 Natalie Wood movie received.
- Sort Natalie Wood movies by Ultimate Movie Ranking (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 box to make this table very interactive. For example if you type in “Redford” in the search box….the 2 Robert Redford/Natalie Wood movies will pop right up.
|R||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adj. B.O. Worldwide (mil)||Review||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|R||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Actual B.O. Domestic (mil)||Adj. B.O. Domestic (mil)||Adj. B.O. Worldwide (mil)||B.O. Rank by Year||Review||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score||S|
|1||West Side Story (1961)
AA Best Picture Win
|Rita Moreno||41.30||501.0||501.00||2||80||11 / 10||99.8|
|2||Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
AA Best Picture Nom
|Edmund Gwenn &
|7.20||173.6||173.60||36||86||04 / 03||98.6|
|3||The Searchers (1956)||John Wayne||14.00||228.3||309.00||15||89||00 / 00||97.8|
|4||Rebel without a Cause (1955)
AA Best Supp Actress Nom
|James Dean &
|13.10||226.7||226.70||16||86||03 / 00||97.7|
|5||The Great Race (1965)||Tony Curtis &
|30.80||271.0||271.00||5||74||05 / 01||97.0|
|6||Gypsy (1962)||Rosalind Russell &
|17.10||205.0||205.00||10||72||03 / 00||95.8|
|7||Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)||Orson Welles &
|8.60||221.7||221.70||31||77||00 / 00||95.6|
|9||Splendor in the Grass (1961)
AA Best Actress Nom
|Warren Beatty||12.00||145.5||145.50||16||82||02 / 01||94.0|
|8||Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)||Elliott Gould &
|41.70||263.5||263.50||5||67||04 / 00||93.9|
|10||Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)
AA Best Actress Nom
|Steve McQueen||10.10||105.8||105.80||26||81||05 / 00||88.4|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Natalie Wood Table
- Seventeen Natalie Wood movie crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 39.53% of her movies listed. West Side Story (1961) was her biggest box office hit.
- An average Natalie Wood movie grosses $102.80 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 26 of Natalie Wood’s movies are rated as good movies…or 60.40% of her movies. The Searchers (1956) is her highest rated movie while Meteor (1979) is her lowest rated movie.
- Eighteen Natalie Wood movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 41.86% of her movies.
- Four Natalie Wood movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 9.30% of her movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 40.00. 22 Natalie Wood movie scored higher that average….or 51.16% of her movies. West Side Story (1961) got the the highest UMR Score while Meteor (1979) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Natalie Wood
1. Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko was born in 1938 in San Francisco, California. RKO Studios executives changed her name to Natalie Wood. Her sister, Lana Wood, would become a Bond girl….Diamonds Are Forever.
2. Natalie Wood made her film debut a few weeks before turning five during a fifteen-second scene in the 1943 film Happy Land.
3. Natalie Wood went to high school with Robert Redford. Wood also attended ballet classes as a child with Jill St. John and Stefanie Powers. All three women would eventually be a huge part of Robert Wagner’s life.
4. Natalie Wood was nominated for three acting Oscars®: 1955’s Rebel Without A Cause, 1961’s Splendor In The Grass and 1963’s Love With The Proper Stranger.
5. Natalie Wood has been nominated for five acting Golden Globes®: 1961’s Splendor In The Grass, 1962’s Gypsy, 1963’s Love With The Proper Stranger, 1965’s Inside Daisy Clover and 1966’s This Property Is Condemned. She won Golden Globes® for Best Newcomer in 1955’s Rebel Without A Cause (had they not seen Miracle on 34th street?) and Best Actress in a television movie…1979’s From Here To Eternity.
6. Natalie Wood was married three times. Twice to Robert Wagner (1957-1962) & (1972 to her death in 1983) and once to Richard Gregson (1969-1972). She had one child with both of them.
7. Natalie Wood was voted the 51st Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
8. Natalie Wood’s pallbearers were Rock Hudson, Frank Sinatra, Laurence Olivier, Elia Kazan, Gregory Peck, David Niven and Fred Astaire.
9. Don Henley wrote the song “Dirty Laundry” to express his outrage at the tabloid press for their treatment of Natalie Wood after her death.
10. Natalie Wood turned or seriously considered for the following roles: Jane Fonda role in Barefoot in the Park, Faye Dunaway role in 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde, Audrey Hepburn role in Charade, Liza Minnelli role in Cabaret, Mia Farrow role in The Great Gatsby, Lois Lane role in Superman and Katharine Ross role in The Graduate.
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