Want to know the best Peter Falk movies? How about the worst Peter Falk movies? Curious about Peter Falk box office grosses or which Peter Falk movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Peter Falk 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.
Peter Falk (1927-2011) a two-time Oscar® nominated American actor. Falk was best known for his role as Lieutenant Columbo in the long-running television series Columbo. This page will be looking at his underrated movie career. His IMDb page shows 109 acting credits from 1957-2009. This page will rank 45 Peter Falk movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. His many television appearances and movies not released in North American theaters were not were not included in the rankings. This comes from a request made by Steve Lensman, Bob and Phil.
Peter Falk 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 Peter Falk movies by co-stars of his movies.
- Sort Peter Falk movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
- Sort Peter Falk movies by yearly domestic box office rank
- Sort Peter Falk movies how they were received by critics and audiences. 60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
- Sort by how many Oscar® nominations each Peter Falk movie received and how many Oscar® wins each Peter Falk movie won.
- Sort Peter Falk 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||Adj. B.O. Domestic (mil)||Box Office Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|The Princess Bride (1987)||Cary Elwes & Directed by Rob Reiner||$68.30||41st of 1987||88.50%||00 / 00||52.17|
|Wings of Desire (1988)||Bruno Ganz||$6.80||142nd of 1988||87.00%||00 / 00||41.94|
|A Woman Under the Influence (1974)||John Cassavetes & Gena Rowlands||$85.80||34th of 1975||86.50%||02 / 00||54.76|
|Opening Night (1977)||John Cassavetes & Joan Blondell||$4.80||186th of 1977||85.00%||00 / 00||40.69|
|Mikey and Nicky (1976)||John Cassavetes||$11.10||155th of 1977||78.00%||00 / 00||38.38|
|It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)||Spencer Tracy & Sid Caesar||$395.60||2nd of 1964||76.00%||06 / 01||70.34|
|Husbands (1970)||John Cassavetes||$25.40||70th of 1971||76.00%||00 / 00||39.66|
|Murder By Death (1976)||Peter Sellers & David Niven||$235.00||11th of 1976||75.50%||00 / 00||66.48|
|The Great Race (1965)||Jack Lemmon & Tony Curtis||$261.30||6th of 1965||74.00%||05 / 01||69.00|
|In-Laws The (1979)||Alan Arkin||$163.20||18th of 1979||74.00%||00 / 00||60.08|
|The Great Muppet Caper (1981)||Charles Grodin||$97.10||21st of 1981||73.00%||01 / 00||49.76|
|Pressure Point (1962)||Sidney Poitier||$26.00||112th of 1962||73.00%||00 / 00||38.34|
|Pocketful of Miracles (1961)||Bette Davis & Glenn Ford||$81.70||37th of 1962||67.50%||03 / 00||50.70|
|Made (2001)||Vince Vaughn & Jon Favreau||$8.10||148th of 2001||67.00%||00 / 00||32.77|
|The Brink's Job (1978)||Warren Oates & Peter Boyle||$57.00||58th of 1978||66.00%||01 / 00||40.25|
|Penelope (1966)||Natalie Wood||$31.50||61st of 1967||66.00%||00 / 00||35.90|
|Lakeboat (2000)||Denis Leary||$0.01||347th of 2001||66.00%||00 / 00||31.02|
|All the Marbles (1981)||Vicki Frederick||$20.10||75th of 1981||65.00%||00 / 00||33.67|
|Wind Across the Everglades (1958)||Christopher Plummer||$28.20||124th of 1958||63.00%||00 / 00||33.98|
|Anzio (1968)||Robert Mitchum & Robert Ryan||$26.40||70th of 1968||63.00%||00 / 00||33.70|
|Murder Inc. (1960)||Stuart Whitman||$32.20||87th of 1960||62.00%||00 / 00||38.63|
|The Cheap Detective (1978)||Ann-Margret||$160.20||13th of 1978||61.50%||00 / 00||53.73|
|Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)||Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin||$114.10||19th of 1964||58.67%||02 / 00||46.06|
|The Thing About My Folks (2005)||Paul Reiser||$1.10||227th of 2005||58.50%||00 / 00||27.66|
|Checking Out (2005)||Judge Reinhold||$0.10||378th of 2006||58.00%||00 / 00||27.28|
|Enemies of Laughter (2000)||David Paymer & Judge Reinhold||$0.01||498th of 2003||58.00%||00 / 00||27.26|
|Roommates (1995)||Julianne Moore||$24.10||106th of 1995||57.00%||01 / 00||30.93|
|Machine Gun McCain (1969)||John Cassavetes||$7.80||166th of 1969||56.00%||00 / 00||27.53|
|Happy New Year (1987)||Charles Durning||$0.10||226th of 1987||56.00%||01 / 00||26.74|
|The Balcony (1963)||Shelley Winters||$34.50||70th of 1963||54.50%||01 / 00||31.37|
|Tune in Tomorrow (1990)||Keanu Reeves||$3.70||158th of 1990||53.50%||00 / 00||25.71|
|Undisputed (2002)||Wesley Snipes||$19.00||140th of 2002||53.00%||00 / 00||27.85|
|Castle Keep (1969)||Burt Lancaster & Bruce Dern||$31.30||59th of 1969||52.00%||00 / 00||29.29|
|Luv (1967)||Jack Lemmon||$16.40||88th of 1967||52.00%||00 / 00||26.98|
|American Cowslip (2007)||Val Kilmer||$0.10||374th of 2007||52.00%||00 / 00||24.46|
|Three Days of Rain (2002)||Penelope Allen||$0.01||529th of 2005||51.00%||00 / 00||23.97|
|Vibes (1988)||Jeff Goldblum & Cyndi Lauper||$4.00||157th of 1988||49.50%||00 / 00||23.88|
|Shark Tale (2004)||Will Smith & Robert DeNiro||$224.10||11th of 2004||47.50%||01 / 00||53.72|
|Cookie (1989)||Jerry Lewis||$4.10||147th of 1989||47.50%||00 / 00||22.96|
|Big Trouble (1986)||Alan Arkin & Directed by John Cassavetes||$0.20||200th of 1986||47.50%||00 / 00||22.35|
|In The Spirit (1990)||Marlo Thomas||$0.60||209th of 1990||46.50%||00 / 00||21.95|
|Next (2007)||Nicolas Cage & Julianne Moore||$22.90||116th of 2007||44.50%||00 / 00||24.68|
|Pretty Boyd Floyd (1960)||Barry Newman||$1.20||204th of 1960||44.50%||00 / 00||21.11|
|The Secret of the Purple Reef (1960)||Richard Chamberlain||$2.10||188th of 1960||40.50%||00 / 00||19.37|
|Corky Romano (2001)||Chris Kattan||$36.70||94th of 2001||38.00%||00 / 00||23.55|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Peter Falk Table
- Seven Peter Falk movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 15.55% of his movies listed. It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) was easily his biggest box office hit when looking at adjusted domestic box office gross.
- An average Peter Falk movie grosses $52.10 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 22 Peter Falk movies are rated as good movies…or 48.88% of his movies. The Princess Bride (1987) is his highest rated movie while Corky Romano (2001) was his lowest rated movie.
- Eleven Peter Falk movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 24.44% of his movies.
- Two Peter Falk movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 4.44% of his movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 14 Peter Falk movies scored higher than that average….or 31.11% of his movies. It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) got the the highest UMR Score while The Secret of the Purple Reef (1960) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Peter Falk
1. Peter Michael Falk was born in New York City, New York in 1927.
2. Peter Falk’s right eye was surgically removed when he was three because of a retinoblastoma (form of cancer): he wore an artificial eye for most of his life
3. Peter Falk made his Broadway debut in Alexander Ostrovsky’s Diary of a Scoundrel in 1956.
4. “For the same price I can get an actor with two eyes.”…told to Peter Falk by studio boss, Harry Cohn, when Falk failed his screen test at Columbia.
5. Peter Falk was nominated for two Best Supporting Oscars®: 1960’s Murder, Inc. and 1961’s A Pocketful of Miracles.
6. Peter Falk was married two times and had two children.
7. Peter Falk and John Cassavetes made five movies together: 1969’s Machine Gun McCain, 1970’s Husbands, 1974’s A Woman Under the Influence 1976’s Mikey and Nicky, 1977’s Opening Night and 1986’s Big Trouble. They also worked on one television movie: 1972’s Columbo: Étude in Black.
8. Elaine May, the director of Falk’s Mickey and Nicky (1976), shot 1.4 million feet of film, almost three times as much as was shot for Gone with the Wind. By using three cameras that she sometimes left running for hours, May captured spontaneous interaction between Falk and John Cassavetes. At one point, Cassavetes and Falk had both left the set and the cameras remained rolling for several minutes. A new camera operator said “Cut!” only to be immediately rebuked by May for usurping what is traditionally a director’s command. He protested that the two actors had left the set. “Yes”, replied May, “but they might come back“.
9. Peter Falk and Columbo trivia: (a) Falk played Columbo off and on for over 32 years. (b) Columbo’s first name was never revealed on the show. (c) The Columbo role was originally offered to Bing Crosby. (d) The very first episode “Murder by the Book” was directed by Steven Spielberg. (e) Falk received 9 Golden Globe® nominations for playing Columbo…he won once. (f) Falk received 10 Emmy® nominations for playing Columbo….he won 4 times.
10. Check out Peter Falk’s career compared to current and classic actors. Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time
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