Richard Widmark Movies

 

Richard Widmark and John Wayne in 1960's The Alamo

Richard Widmark and John Wayne in 1960’s The Alamo

Want to know the best Richard Widmark movies?  How about the worst Richard Widmark movies?  Curious about Richard Widmark’s box office grosses or which Richard Widmark movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Richard Widmark 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.

This Richard Widmark page comes from a request from film historian Flora Robison. Richard Widmark (1914-2008) was an American actor who was born in Sunrise Township, Minnesota. His career spanned over 50 years and included work in film, radio, stage and television. Widmark made his debut as a radio actor in 1938 and his debut on Broadway in 1943’s Kiss and Tell. His work on the stage earned him a seven-year movie contract with United Artists.

His first movie role was playing a giggling sociopath, in the classic Kiss of Death (1947). His most notorious scene found Udo happily pushing a wheelchair-bound woman down a flight of stairs to her death. The role earned Widmark his only Oscar® nomination, and won him the Golden Globe® for most promising newcomer. After the success of Kiss of Death, he would work steadily until he retired at the age of 76 in 1992, primarily as a character lead. His stardom would peak around the time he played the U.S. prosecutor in 1961’s Judgment at Nuremberg, but he would continue to act for another 30 years. His final role would be in the John Cusack movie…. True Colors.

His IMDb page shows 79 acting credits from 1947-1992. This page will rank 61 Richard Widmark movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television appearances, some of his movies made outside of the Hollywood system and his straight to DVD movies were not included in the rankings.

Richard Widmark in 1961's Judgment at Nuremberg

Richard Widmark in 1961’s Judgment at Nuremberg

Richard Widmark 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 Richard Widmark movies by co-stars of his movies
  • Sort Richard Widmark movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Richard Widmark movies by yearly box office rank
  • Sort Richard Widmark movies 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 Richard Widmark movie received.
  • Sort Richard Widmark 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.
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdjusted B.O. Domestic (mils.)Box Office Rank By YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)Spencer Tracy & Judy Garland$128.6011th of 196186.0%11 / 0268.43
Panic in the Streets (1950)Jack Palance$60.2098th of 195084.0%01 / 0149.81
Pickup on South Street (1953)Thelma Ritter & Directed by Samuel Fuller$80.9063rd of 195383.5%01 / 0052.18
Kiss of Death (1947)Victor Mature & Karl Malden$101.6096th of 194781.0%02 / 0061.62
The Bedford Incident (1965)Sidney Poitier$21.20103rd of 196580.5%00 / 0041.13
Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)Burt Lancaster$46.008th of 197478.0%00 / 0043.79
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)Sean Connery & Ingrid Bergman$261.2052nd of 197778.0%06 / 0170.66
Night and the City (1950)Gene Tierney$62.7096th of 195077.5%00 / 0046.14
No Way Out (1950)Sidney Poitier$67.7087th of 195077.0%01 / 0047.08
How the West Was Won (1963)John Wayne & James Stewart$442.001st of 196376.0%08 / 0373.97
Yellow Sky (1948)Gregory Peck$155.3023rd of 194975.0%00 / 0059.32
Don't Bother To Knock (1952)Marilyn Monroe$63.9071st of 195274.7%00 / 0044.99
When the Legends Die (1972)Frederic Forrest$13.1015th of 195174.5%00 / 0037.05
Halls of Montezuma (1950)Jack Palance & Karl Malden$133.00118thof 197274.5%00 / 0055.64
Road House (1948)Ida Lupino$133.4046th of 194873.5%00 / 0055.22
Coma (1978)Michael Douglas$116.9019th of 197872.0%00 / 0051.96
The Cobweb (1955)Lauren Bacall & Charles Boyer$69.5081st of 195571.5%00 / 0044.37
Down to the Sea in Ships (1949)Lionel Barrymore$91.2069th of 194969.0%00 / 0046.57
Madigan (1968)Henry Fonda$20.2026th of 195668.5%00 / 0035.33
Garden of Evil (1954)Gary Cooper & Susan Hayward$162.3069th of 195668.5%00 / 0057.36
The Last Wagon (1956)Felicia Farr$65.7078th of 196868.5%00 / 0042.38
The Trap (1959)Lee J. Cobb$38.1074th of 195965.5%00 / 0037.63
Death of a Gunfighter (1969)Lena Horne & John Saxson$15.30102nd of 196965.5%00 / 0033.15
My Pal Gus (1952)Joanne Dru$42.70115th of 195265.0%00 / 0037.17
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)James Stewart & Directed by John Ford$83.3028th of 196564.7%01 / 0043.70
O'Henry's Full House (1952)Marilyn Monroe$42.6059th of 196164.0%00 / 0036.68
Two Rode Together (1961)James Stewart & Directed by John Ford$47.20116th of 195264.0%00 / 0037.40
The Alamo (1960)John Wayne & Laurence Harvey$276.105th of 196063.7%07 / 0166.57
Warlock (1959)Henry Fonda & Anthony Quinn$60.2055th of 195963.5%00 / 0039.17
The Street With No Name (1948)Mark Stevens & Lloyd Nolan$130.3047th of 194863.0%00 / 0049.81
Flight from Ashiya (1964)Yul Brynner$20.5082nd of 195863.0%00 / 0032.79
Time Limit (1957)Richard Basehart$53.80116th of 196463.0%00 / 0037.95
Destination Gobi (1953)Don Taylor$51.10111th of 195362.0%00 / 0037.06
Against All Odds (1984)Jeff Bridges$79.2048th of 198462.0%01 / 0041.92
Take The High Ground (1953)Karl Malden$55.3099th of 195361.5%01 / 0037.87
The Moonshine War (1970)Alan Alda & Will Geer$11.5020th of 195461.0%00 / 0030.45
Broken Lance (1954)Spencer Tracy & Katy Jurado$199.00131st of 197061.0%02 / 0160.91
The Secret Ways (1961)Music by John Williams$22.80126th of 196160.5%00 / 0031.97
A Prize of Gold (1955)Nigel Patrick$36.60103rd of 195560.0%00 / 0033.87
The Final Option (1983)Judy Davis$7.10115th of 198360.0%00 / 0029.30
The Tunnel of Love (1958)Doris Day & Gig Young$70.3052nd of 195856.7%00 / 0037.53
The Law and Jake Wade (1958)Robert Taylor$38.9083rd of 195856.5%00 / 0032.59
Run for the Sun (1956)Trevor Howard$54.7088th of 195656.0%00 / 0034.80
True Colors (1991)John Cusack$0.80201st of 199156.0%00 / 0026.47
Slattery's Hurricane (1949)Veronica Lake$89.9071st of 194955.5%00 / 0040.01
Rollercoaster (1977)Henry Fonda & George Segal$103.3032nd of 197755.0%00 / 0041.86
The Way West (1967)Kirk Douglas & Robert Mitchum$29.1059th of 196755.0%00 / 0030.36
The Long Ships (1964)Sidney Poitier$46.9042nd of 196454.0%00 / 0032.65
The Frogmen (1951)Dana Andrews & Robert Wagner$101.2037th of 195153.5%02 / 0041.63
Alvarez Kelly (1966)William Holden$18.8082nd of 196650.5%00 / 0026.65
Backlash (1956)Donna Reed$70.1061st of 195649.5%00 / 0034.13
The Sell-Out (1976)Oliver Reed$8.40123rd of 197648.5%00 / 0024.10
Saint Joan (1957)John Gielgud$11.20142nd of 195748.0%00 / 0024.30
Hell and High Water (1954)Directed by Samuel Fuller$141.4033rd of 195447.0%01 / 0044.41
Hanky Panky (1982)Gene Wilder & Directed by Sidney Poitier$28.2069th of 198245.5%00 / 0025.75
To the Devil A Daughter (1976)Christopher Lee & Denholm Elliott$12.00106th of 197644.0%00 / 0022.54
The Dominio Principle (1977)Gene Hackman & Mickey Rooney$17.40101st of 197741.5%00 / 0022.20
Red Skies of Montana (1952)Jeffrey Hunter & Richard Boone$53.2096th of 195241.0%00 / 0027.52
Bear Island (1979)Donald Sutherland & Vanessa Redgrave$8.40105th of 197932.5%00 / 0016.57
The Swarm (1978)Michael Caine & Henry Fonda$61.6040th of 197825.0%01 / 0021.70
National Lampoon's Movie Madness (1982)Robbie Benson & Candy Clark$0.20128th of 198224.5%00 / 0011.54

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Richard WidmarkTable

  1. Fifteen Richard Widmark movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 24.59% of his movies listed. How the West Was Won (1963) was his biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Richard Widmark movie grosses $74.60 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  40 Richard Widmark movies are rated as good movies…or 65.57% of his movies.  Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) is his highest rated movie while The Swarm (1978) is his lowest rated movie.
  4. Fifteen Richard Widmark movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 24.59% of his movies.
  5. Six Richard Widmark movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 9.83% of his movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR)Score is 40.00.  28 Richard Widmark movies scored higher that average….or 45.90% of his movies.  How the West Was Won (1963) got the the highest UMR Score while National Lampoon’s Movie Madness (1982) got the lowest UMR Score.
Richard Widmark and Mildred Dunnock in 1947's Kiss of Death

Richard Widmark and Mildred Dunnock in 1947’s Kiss of Death

Possibly Interesting Facts About Richard Widmark

1. Richard Widmark’s daughter was married to baseball legend Sandy Koufax from 1969 to 1982.

2. Richard Widmark was married to playwright Jean Hazlewood from 1942 to her death in 1997. One of the few successful Hollywood marriages.

3. Widmark Airport is located in Green City, Missouri and was named in honor of Richard Widmark. Widmark contributed funds to the construction of the airport.

4. Richard Widmark and director Robert Totten had artistic differences during the filming of 1969’s Death of a Gunfighter. Totten was replaced by Don Siegel. When the film was completed, Siegel, saying that Totten directed more of the film than he did, refused to take screen credit for it, but Widmark didn’t want Totten’s name on it. A compromise was reached whereby the film was credited to the fictitious Alan Smithee, thereby setting a precedent for directors who, for one reason or another, did not want their name on a film they made. On IMDB, Alan Smithee has over 100 projects to his name….but the first was Death of a Gunfighter.

5. Richard Widmark made three movies with Sidney Poitier…..1950’s No Way Out, 1964’s The Long Ships and 1965’s The Bedford Incident.

6. Check out Richard Widmark‘s career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

Richard Widmark in 1978's The Swarm...yes it is a bad movie....but it is one of my favorite guilty pleasures.

Richard Widmark in 1978’s The Swarm…yes it is a bad movie….but it is one of my favorite guilty pleasures.

Taking A Closer Look At Richard Widmark’s Top Five Movies

5. Kiss of Death (1947)  What a start to a movie career. Victor Mature was the star of the movie, but Richard Widmark stole the show. His Tommy Udo, a fiend who delights in pushing crippled wheelchair using women down stairs, is the primary reason to see this movie. Widmark based his character on The Joker from the Batman comics. Widmark would receive an Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actor (his only nomination) and would win a Golden Globe® as most promising newcomer.  One of my favorite quotes about Widmark in Kiss of Death….comes from writers Raymond Borde and Etienne Chaumeton who wrote, “one will remember that nasty little creep with the wild eyes and high-pitched laugh, neurotic to the core”.  Well that nasty little creep went on to make many classic movies over the next 50 years.

4. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)  Judgment at Nuremberg is a fictionalized film account of the post-World War II Nuremberg Trails. Widmark played prosecuting attorney Colonel Tad Lawson and is joined by another all-star cast….Spencer Tracy (nominated Best Actor), Burt Lancaster, Maximilian Schell (won Oscar® for Best Actor), Judy Garland (nominated Best Supporting Actress), Montgomery Clift (nominated Best Supporting Actor), William Shatner(yep Captain Kirk), and Marlene Dietrich. Movie was nominated for 11 Oscars®, including a Best Picture nomination and 2 Oscar® wins. According to critics and audiences this is Widmark’s best movie with a 86% score. – See more at: http://cogersonmoviescore.com/richard-widmark-movies-best-to-worst.html#sthash.HQW9Chp0.dpuf

3. Murder on the Orient Express (1974)  Murder on the Orient Express is based on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie. Albert Finney stars as Hercule Poirot, who is asked by his friend Bianchi, a train company director, to investigate the murder of an American business tycoon, Mr. Ratchett aboard a train with an all-star cast of suspects. That all-star cast included Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Sir John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael York and Anthony Hopkins. Widmark plays the very nasty Mr. Ratchett in one of my favorite Widmark roles. Movie earned 6 Oscar® nominations, including a win for Best Supporting Actress (Ingrid Bergman) and was Widmark’s 3rd biggest box office hit.

2. The Alamo (1960) By 1945 John Wayne had decided to make a movie about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. It took Wayne 15 years to get The Alamo to the big screen. The result was one of the biggest hits of 1961 and 7 Oscar® nominations, including one for Best Picture.  Wayne originally intended that Widmark should play Davy Crockett, while Wayne himself would have taken the small role of Sam Houston so he could focus his energy on directing the picture. However, Wayne was only able to get financial backing if he played one of the main parts, so he decided to play Crockett and cast Widmark as Jim Bowie.  Rumor has it that Widmark was not a happy camper about the change in his roles, as he did not really want to play Jim Bowie at all.

1. How The West Was Won (1963) Talk about a big movie….an all-star cast (Gregory Peck, Debbie Reynolds, James Stewart, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Karl Malden, Eli Wallach and narrated by Spencer Tracy).. 3 directors (John Ford, Henry Hathaway and George Marshall)….and 5 segments that span four generations from 1839 to 1889.  This western was one of the biggest hits of the 1960s, it earned 8 Oscar® nominations, including one for Best Picture. It won three Oscars®. Widmark appears as ruthless railroad man, Mike King, who violates a treaty by building on Indian territory.

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138 thoughts on “Richard Widmark Movies

    1. Hey In The Shadows….you are 100% correct….I need to fix that….and give those two movies their UMR score…thanks for the headsup.

  1. Hey Lifelong Widmark fan…..that is awesome that you got to meet Mr. Widmark. I really liked The Bedford Incident and Warlock. I have not yet tracked down Two Rode Together. Good comment….thanks for finding our Widmark page.

  2. I have been a Richard Widmark since I got a chance to met him when he was filming the Alamo in brackettville way back in the early 1960s. Granted I was a wee boy but it had a lasting memory on me. So many great movies listed here. I would say my favorites are Two Rode Together, Bedford Incident and the almost forgotten Warlock.

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