Ray Milland Movies

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

Ray Milland (1905-1986) was a Welsh Oscar® winning actor and director.   Milland’s movie career spanned over 7 decades. His IMDB page shows 176 credits from 1928-1985. This page will rank 96 Ray Milland movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information.  His television appearances, cameos, uncredited and movies not released in North America were not included in the rankings.

Drivel part of the page:  This Ray Milland page comes from a request by Chris.  It is safe to say it was a pain in the ass to put together.  We blame his very long and very productive career and the fact that he made so many movies at Paramount for the amount of effort it took to get this page published.  For the record….Milland has 96 movies listed on this page, 46 television roles, 9 uncredited roles, and 13 movies not released in North America.  That is a grand total of 164…which means there are still 12 movies that we were unable to find box office grosses on.  As it stands now….Milland’s 96 movies is the biggest page by an individual performer in our database.  Ok…we are done complaining…on to the massive table.

Ray Milland in 1945’s The Lost Weekend

Ray Milland 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 Ray Milland movies by co-stars of his movies
  • Sort Ray Milland movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Ray Milland movies by domestic yearly box office rank
  • Sort Ray Milland 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 Ray Milland movie received and how many Oscar® wins each Ray Milland movie won.
  • Sort Ray Milland 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.
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinkAdj. B.O. Domestic (mil)Box Office Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Lost Weekend, The (1945)Jane Wyman & Directed by Billy Wilder$234.609th of 194585.50%07 / 0491.38
Major and the Minor, The (1942)Ginger Rogers$240.9026th of 194284.50%00 / 0070.71
Uninvited, The (1944)Gail Russell & Donald Crisp$215.8020th of 194478.50%01 / 0068.29
Beau Geste (1939)Gary Cooper & Susan Hayward$174.6022nd of 193986.00%02 / 0068.28
Dial M for Murder (1954)Grace Kelly & Directed by Alfred Hitchcock$183.3032nd of 195483.67%00 / 0067.73
Three Smart Girls (1936)Deanna Durbin$183.9010th of 193670.00%03 / 0065.60
Love Story (1970)Ryan O'Neal & Ali MacGraw$604.901st of 197159.00%00 / 0060.98
California (1946)Barbara Stanwyck & Anthony Quinn$253.9016th of 194761.00%00 / 0059.67
Variety Girl (1947)Alan Ladd & Paulette Goddard$221.7021st of 194759.00%00 / 0058.73
Star Spangled Rhythm (1942)Bob Hope & Alan Ladd$240.906th of 194255.50%02 / 0057.88
Reap the Wild Wind (1942)John Wayne & Paulette Goddard$332.205th of 194252.67%03 / 0157.55
Lady In The Dark (1944)Ginger Rogers$254.9013th of 194453.00%03 / 0057.11
Easy Living (1937)Jean Arthur$114.1056th of 193782.00%00 / 0056.23
Big Clock, The (1948)Charles Laughton & Maureen O'Sullivan$110.9063rd of 194881.00%00 / 0055.26
Golden Earrings (1947)Marlene Dietrich$184.7029th of 194755.00%00 / 0054.48
Arise, My Love (1940)Claudette Colbert$103.2040th of 194068.00%04 / 0150.16
Ministry Of Fear (1944)Directed by Fritz Lang$87.2084th of 194475.50%00 / 0049.00
Blonde Crazy (1931)James Cagney$93.7032nd of 193173.00%00 / 0048.83
Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)Eddie Albert$118.4019th of 197564.50%00 / 0048.67
Bolero (1934)Carole Lombard & George Raft$115.2014th of 193464.50%00 / 0048.18
Till We Meet Again (1944)Barbara Britton$134.9059th of 194458.00%00 / 0048.17
Gilded Lily, The (1935)Claudette Colbert & Fred MacMurray$92.3040th of 193571.50%00 / 0047.91
Imperfect Lady, The (1947)Anthony Quinn$110.8068th of 194764.50%00 / 0047.49
It Happens Every Spring (1949)Jean Peters$100.7058th of 194966.00%01 / 0047.03
Lady Has Plans, The (1942)Paulette Goddard$103.8076th of 194265.50%00 / 0046.87
Well-Groomed Bride, The (1946)Olivia de Havilland$110.7076th of 194662.00%00 / 0046.30
Glass Key, The (1935)George Raft$79.8050th of 193567.50%00 / 0044.09
Four Hours To Kill! (1935)Richard Barthelmess$91.9041st of 193562.50%00 / 0043.62
I Wanted Wings (1941)William Holden$92.3068th of 194162.00%00 / 0043.45
Bought! (1931)Constance Bennett$71.0046th of 193169.00%00 / 0043.43
Ambassador Bill (1931)Will Rogers$101.0024th of 193158.00%00 / 0042.92
Kitty (1946)Paulette Goddard$71.6092nd of 194665.50%01 / 0042.28
Charlie Chan in London (1934)Warner Oland$71.0057th of 193466.50%00 / 0042.26
Are Husbands Necessary (1942)Anne Revere$87.2095th of 194261.00%00 / 0042.19
Big Broadcast of 1937, The (1936)Jack Benny & George Burns$100.0056th of 193656.50%00 / 0042.06
Doctor Takes A Wife, The (1940)Loretta Young$68.7077th of 194066.50%00 / 0041.91
Everything Happens At Night (1939)Sonja Henie$83.8077th of 193961.50%00 / 0041.89
Rhubarb (1951)Gene Lockhart$69.8087th of 195165.00%00 / 0041.37
Forever And A Day (1943)Claude Rains & Donald Crisp$70.3091st of 194364.00%00 / 0040.98
Three Brave Men (1957)Ernest Borgnine$39.80121st of 195774.00%00 / 0040.95
Jungle Princess, The (1936)Dorothy Lamour$69.8086th of 193663.50%00 / 0040.66
Copper Canyon (1950)Hedy Lamarr$110.4037th of 195050.00%00 / 0040.61
Let's Do It Again (1953)Jane Wyman$53.20108th of 195368.00%00 / 0040.21
Her Jungle Love (1938)Dorothy Lamour$56.20100th of 193867.00%00 / 0040.20
Bachelor Father, The (1931)Marion Davies$66.7051st of 193163.00%00 / 0039.95
Skylark (1941)Claudette Colbert$50.90114th of 194167.00%01 / 0039.78
Irene (1940)Anna Neagle$72.7072nd of 194058.50%01 / 0039.16
Just A Gigolo (1931)William Haines$57.3061st of 193164.00%00 / 0038.96
Men With Wings (1938)Fred MacMurray$50.00111th of 193866.00%00 / 0038.77
Close To My Heart (1951)Gene Tierney$42.20147th of 195168.00%00 / 0038.50
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)Diana Van der Vlis$23.80117th of 196374.00%00 / 0038.47
Thief, The (1952)Martin Gabel$42.60114th of 195266.00%01 / 0038.02
Tropic Holiday (1938)Dorothy Lamour$88.0068th of 193851.00%01 / 0038.01
Alias Nick Beal (1949)Audrey Totter$54.80147th of 194962.50%00 / 0037.87
Life of Her Own, A (1950)Lana Turner$69.0086th of 195057.50%00 / 0037.72
Trouble with Women, The (1947)Teresa Wright$49.60116th of 194763.50%00 / 0037.53
We're Not Dressing (1934)Bing Crosby & Carole Lombard$44.5078th of 193464.50%00 / 0037.22
Night Into Morning (1951)Nancy Davis$26.80176th of 195170.00%00 / 0037.05
Battlestar Galactica (1978)Richard Hatch & Lorne Green$56.8051st of 197960.00%00 / 0037.00
Say It In French (1938)Olympe Bradna$53.30106th of 193861.00%00 / 0036.93
So Evil My Love (1948)Ann Todd$34.70140th of 194867.00%00 / 0036.87
Payment Deferred (1932)Maureen O'Sullivan & Charles Laughton$18.5090th of 193272.00%00 / 0036.71
Something To Live For (1952)Joan Fontaine$42.60105th of 195264.00%00 / 0036.68
Next Time We Love (1936)Margaret Sullavan$53.5092nd of 193660.00%00 / 0036.49
Girl in the Red Velvet Swing, The (1955)Joan Collins$60.2092nd of 195557.00%00 / 0036.12
Hotel Imperial (1939)Isa Miranda$43.70117th of 193962.00%00 / 0035.91
Premature Burial (1962)Hazel Court$45.0055th of 196261.00%00 / 0035.65
Sealed Verdict (1948)Florence Marly$47.90127th of 194859.50%00 / 0035.38
Bugles in the Afternoon (1952)Helena Carter$63.9069th of 195254.00%00 / 0035.28
Ebb Tide (1937)Frances Farmer$48.50112th of 193759.00%00 / 0035.25
Wise Girl (1937)Miriam Hopkins$52.70108th of 193757.50%00 / 0035.19
Woman Of Distinction, A (1950)Rosalind Russell$49.30171st of 195058.00%00 / 0034.90
Wings Over Honolulu (1937)Wendy Barrie$73.7090th of 193749.00%01 / 0034.85
Panic in Year Zero! (1962) Director and StarJean Hagen$20.60114th of 196267.00%00 / 0034.68
Return of Sophie Lang, The (1936)Gertrude Michael & Guy Standing$40.70100th of 193660.00%00 / 0034.51
Untamed (1940)Patricia Morison$66.7080th of 194049.00%00 / 0033.37
Many Happy Returns (1934)George Burns & Gracie Allen$48.4072nd of 193454.50%00 / 0033.12
French Without Tears (1940)Ellen Drew$20.30140th of 194062.00%00 / 0032.29
One Hour Late (1934)Helen Twelvetrees$22.60108th of 193460.00%00 / 0031.70
Man Alone, A (1955) Director and StarWard Bond$29.00156th of 195555.00%00 / 0030.35
Crystal Ball, The (1943)Paulette Goddard$35.60101st of 194351.00%00 / 0029.49
Oliver's Story (1978)Candice Bergman$67.7042nd of 197939.00%00 / 0028.82
Jamaica Run (1953)Arlene Dahl$30.40165th of 195351.00%00 / 0028.68
Gold (1974)Roger Moore$13.7098th of 197454.50%01 / 0028.14
Last Tycoon, The (1976)Robert DeNiro & Jack Nicholson$13.8093rd of 197653.50%01 / 0027.68
High Flight (1957)Bernard Lee$22.20178th of 195748.50%00 / 0026.24
Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937)Guy Standing$23.50137th of 193748.00%00 / 0026.20
Safecracker, The (1958) Director and StarBarry Jones$11.20139th of 195850.50%00 / 0025.48
Menace (1934)Gertrude Michael$11.70118th of 193450.00%00 / 0025.31
Lisbon (1956) Director and StarMaureen O'Hara & Claude Rains$31.30142nd of 195642.50%00 / 0024.82
Attic, The (1980)Carrie Snodgress$4.90161st of 198048.50%00 / 0023.56
Frogs (1972)Sam Elliott$30.1061st of 197238.50%00 / 0022.77
Game For Vultures (1979)Richard Harris$8.20139th of 197940.50%00 / 0020.31
Embassy (1972)Richard Roundtree$3.80128th of 197239.00%00 / 0018.92
Terror In The Wax Musuem (1973)Elsa Lanchester$6.60134th of 197337.00%00 / 0018.41
Thing With Two Heads, The (1972)Roosevelt Grier$15.0093rd of 197233.00%00 / 0017.84

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Ray Milland Table

  1. Twenty-six Ray Milland movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 27.08% of his movies listed. Love Story (1970) is his biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Ray Milland movie grosses $85.10 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Ray Milland’s career adjusted domestic gross is $8.16 billion.
  4. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  57 Ray Milland movies are rated as good movies…or 59.37% of his movies.  Beau Geste (1939) is his highest rated movie while The Thing With Two Heads (1972) is lowest rated movie.
  5. Seventeen Ray Milland movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 17.70% of his movies.
  6. Three Ray Milland movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 3.2% of his movies.
  7. An average Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 40.00.  44 Ray Milland movies scored higher that average….or 45.83% of his movies.  The Lost Weekend (1945) got the the highest UMR Score while The Thing With Two Heads (1972) got the lowest UMR Score.

Grace Kelly and Ray Milland in 1954’s Dial M For Murder

Possibly Interesting Facts About Ray Milland

1. Alfred Reginald Jones was born in Neath, Wales in 1907.

2. Got his stage name of Milland from the Mill lands area of his Welsh home town of Neath

3.  When working on 1941’s I Wanted Wings, Ray Milland went up with a pilot to test a plane for filming. While up in the air, Milland decided to do a parachute jump (being an avid amateur parachutist) but, just before he could disembark, the plane began to sputter and the pilot said not to jump as they were running low on gas and he needed to land. Well, once on the ground and in the hangar, Ray began to tell his story of how he had wanted to do a jump. As he told the story, the color ran out of the costume man’s face. When asked why, he told Ray that the parachute he had worn up in the plane was “just a prop”. There had been no parachute.

4.  Ray Milland was only nominated for one Oscar®….but he made it count…as he won the Best Actor Oscar® for 1945’s The Lost Weekend.

5.  Ray Milland’s Oscar® acceptance speech was only 10 words long…. “Thank you. Thank you very much indeed. I’m greatly honored.” ..obviously one of the shortest speeches ever.

6. Ray Milland tried to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, but was rejected due to an “impaired left hand”.

7. Ray Milland was married one time and had 2 children.  He was married to Muriel Frances Weber from 1932 to his death in 1986.

8. Ray Milland’s biggest box office hit was 1970’s Love Story.  When looking at all-time adjusted domestic box office totals….. Love Story sits in 37th place.

Check out Ray Milland’s career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

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21 thoughts on “Ray Milland Movies

  1. 1 Congratulations on producing the GWTW of pages – some effort ! I do think that the adjusted domestic gross of over $8 billion that the 96 movies generates flatters Ray a bit though as statistically it puts Ray in the same bracket as the likes of the Wayne and Tracy whereas despite being billed above for example the Duke in the early-days Reap the Wild Wind overall Ray fell short of that status.

    2 Nevertheless at one time he was reportedly Paramount’s highest paid star and the career security that he enjoyed in his heyday is told with humour by one of Ray’s biographers who mentions that in those days he would sometimes pal around with a group of supporting actors including Cameron Mitchell. On vacation once those actors and Ray were lounging about and the lesser lights were complaining about lack of good parts when Mitchell said “It’s OK for Milland here as ever since Lost Weekend all he has had to do he has to do is put on his toupee and walk into ANY studio to be offered a plumb role!”

    3 After Dial M for Murder though his career seemed to steadily decline and he was either in lower prestige movies and/or supporting roles. He appeared in a couple of early 1970s Columbo TV episodes and brought to them his usual classy performances. On the big screen he was for me at his most delicious in The Premature Burial in 1962. This expansive page is a fine tribute to an important classic ere star with a highly entertaining persona and therefore well worth the effort that went into it.

    1. Hey Bob
      1. Thanks for checking out this massive page….96 movies….is the most….but here comes Samuel L. Jackson to top that total.
      2. I agree his massive amount of movies…makes his career box office totals reach some of the best ever…but if you look at his average per movie he barely cracks the Top 200 when looking at al of the UMR subjects.
      3. Funny story about Milland and the toupee…and plumb roles….funny but so true…at least until the late 1950s.
      4. I career Dial M For Murder seems to have been the last time he was on top of the mountain.
      5. I liked Premature Burial as well. I think I picked it up on dual DVD that also featured the Man With X-Ray Eyes.
      6. I appreciate the feedback on our Milland page. 🙂

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