Want to know the best Rock Hudson movies? How about the worst Rock Hudson movies? Curious about Rock Hudson’s box office grosses or which Rock Hudson movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Rock Hudson 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.
Since I started my new hobby, Ultimate Movie Rankings, my mother has been requesting a Rock Hudson page. So since she is my mother, and since she is such a good mother, what can a son do other than produce a Rock Hudson page.
Hudson was born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr in 1925. After serving as a mechanic in World War II, Hudson moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. He appeared in his first film in 1948’s Fighter Squadron. His first big success was 1954’s Magnificent Obsession (one of my mom’s favorites) with Jane Wyman.In 1956 he appeared in Giant which co-starred James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor. It was his biggest hit of his career and earned over $454 million in adjusted for inflation dollars at the box office and Hudson received his only Oscar® nomination for his role as Bick Benedict.
The peak of his career was the time frame of 1957-1964, he appeared on Quigley Publishing’s Top Ten Stars every year, including the top spot in 1957 and 1959. During this time span he made three very popular romantic comedies with Doris Day. The best of those three movies is the classic 1959 film Pillow Talk (my mom’s second favorite Hudson movie). After 1964’s Send Me No Flowers, his movie grosses started to decline. By 1970 his movies were no longer popular at the theaters. He then turned towards television, most notably a show called McMillan and Wife which ran from 1971 to 1977. In 1985 he passed away from an AIDS related illness.
His IMDb page shows 75 acting credits from 1948-1985. This page will rank 50 Rock Hudson movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in theaters were not included in the rankings.
Rock Hudson 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 Rock Hudson movies by co-stars of his movies.
- Sort Rock Hudson movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
- Sort Rock Hudson movies by yearly domestic box office rank
- Sort Rock Hudson 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 Michael Biehn movie received and how many Oscar® wins each Rock Hudson movie won.
- Sort Rock Hudson 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 search and sort button to make this page very interactive. For example: Type in Doris Day in the search box and the three Day/Hudson movies will pop right up.
|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|
|Giant (1956)||Elizabeth Taylor & James Dean||$481.70||3rd in 1957||86.00%||10 / 01||83.40|
|Pillow Talk (1959)||Doris Day||$312.30||4th of 1959||83.67%||05 / 01||73.54|
|Lover Come Back (1961)||Doris Day||$276.70||4th of 1962||79.00%||01 / 00||68.53|
|Written on the Wind (1956)||Robert Stack & Dorothy Malone||$192.70||11th of 1957||78.00%||03 / 01||68.33|
|Magnificent Obsession (1954)||Jane Wyman||$272.30||7th of 1954||78.00%||01 / 00||68.06|
|Come September (1961)||Gina Lollobrigida||$211.60||7th of 1961||74.50%||00 / 00||66.02|
|All That Heaven Allows (1955)||Jane Wyman||$143.60||27th of 1956||84.00%||00 / 00||61.74|
|Winchester '73 (1950)||James Stewart||$112.90||35th of 1950||87.33%||00 / 00||58.55|
|Bend of the River (1952)||James Stewart||$127.70||13th of 1952||82.00%||00 / 00||58.33|
|Farewell to Arms, A (1957)||Vittorio De Sica & Jennifer Jones||$215.10||12th of 1958||50.50%||01 / 00||55.14|
|Send Me No Flowers (1964)||Doris Day||$115.30||18th of 1964||72.00%||00 / 00||51.71|
|This Earth Is Mine (1959)||Jean Simmons||$136.50||20th of 1959||61.50%||00 / 00||50.06|
|Battle Hymn (1957)||Anna Kashfi||$167.70||16th of 1957||45.50%||00 / 00||47.37|
|Has Anybody Seen My Girl (1953)||Piper Laurie||$38.30||130th of 1953||80.00%||00 / 00||43.54|
|Bright Victory (1951)||Arthur Kennedy||$43.40||143rd of 1951||75.00%||02 / 00||43.40|
|Tomahawk (1951)||Yvonne De Carlo||$96.30||44th of 1951||60.50%||00 / 00||43.37|
|Last Sunset, The (1961)||Kirk Douglas||$89.50||37th of 1961||61.50%||00 / 00||42.77|
|Tarnished Angels, The (1957)||Robert Stack & Dorothy Malone||$64.50||79th of 1958||69.00%||00 / 00||42.43|
|Seconds (1966)||John Randolph||$23.90||75th of 1966||81.50%||01 / 00||42.40|
|Something of Value (1957)||Sidney Poitier||$94.60||45th of 1957||57.50%||00 / 00||41.68|
|Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)||Directed by Howard Hawks||$70.50||36th of 1964||65.00%||00 / 00||41.48|
|Gun Fury (1953)||Lee Marvin||$63.90||82nd of 1953||66.50%||00 / 00||41.16|
|Ice Station Zebra (1968)||Ernest Borgnine||$85.60||25th of 1968||57.50%||02 / 00||41.09|
|Darling Lili (1970)||Julie Andrews||$53.60||37th of 1970||64.50%||03 / 00||40.45|
|Undefeated, The (1969)||John Wayne||$67.80||21st of 1969||61.33%||00 / 00||39.34|
|Seminole (1953)||Lee Marvin||$59.60||88th of 1953||62.00%||00 / 00||38.38|
|Never Say Goodbye (1956)||Cornell Borchers||$70.10||64th of 1956||57.00%||00 / 00||37.66|
|Blindfold (1965)||Claudia Cardinale||$44.70||51st of 1965||65.00%||00 / 00||37.48|
|Twilight of the Gods (1958)||Cyd Charisse||$64.20||75th of 1958||58.50%||00 / 00||37.44|
|One Desire (1955)||Anne Baxter||$55.60||99th of 1955||61.00%||00 / 00||37.29|
|Spiral Road, The (1962)||Burl Ives||$73.90||40th of 1962||53.50%||00 / 00||36.59|
|Gathering of Eagles, A (1963)||Rod Taylor||$63.00||43rd of 1963||56.00%||01 / 00||36.48|
|Golden Blade, The (1953)||Piper Laurie||$36.20||139th of 1953||65.50%||00 / 00||36.39|
|Iron Man (1951)||Jeff Chandler||$48.20||128th of 1951||61.00%||00 / 00||36.14|
|Bengal Brigade (1954)||Ursula Thiess||$75.90||123rd of 1954||51.50%||00 / 00||35.96|
|Mirror Crack'd, The (1980)||Elizabeth Taylor||$41.50||58th of 1980||62.50%||00 / 00||35.81|
|Scarlet Angel (1952)||Yvonne De Carlo||$63.90||79th of 1952||54.00%||00 / 00||35.28|
|Back To God's Country (1953)||Marcia Henderson||$42.60||126th of 1953||60.50%||00 / 00||35.04|
|Tobruk (1967)||George Peppard||$34.80||49th of 1967||61.50%||01 / 00||34.69|
|Very Special Favor, A (1965)||Leslie Caron||$36.90||56th of 1965||61.50%||00 / 00||34.62|
|Strange Bedfellows (1965)||Gina Lollobrigida||$61.40||33rd of 1965||52.50%||00 / 00||34.19|
|Horizons West (1952)||Robert Ryan & Raymond Burr||$32.10||140th of 1952||59.00%||00 / 00||32.71|
|Taza, Son of Cochise (1954)||Barbara Rush||$63.90||104th of 1954||47.50%||00 / 00||32.22|
|Showdown (1973)||Dean Martin||$13.00||138th of 1973||60.00%||00 / 00||30.22|
|Captain Lightfoot (1955)||Barbara Rush||$57.90||91st of 1955||41.50%||00 / 00||28.47|
|Ambassador, The (1984)||Robert Mitchum||$3.80||176th of 1984||52.00%||00 / 00||25.03|
|Hornet's Nest (1970)||Sylva Koscina||$14.00||93rd of 1970||47.00%||00 / 00||24.26|
|Fine Pair, A (1968)||Claudia Cardinale||$16.50||104th of 1968||46.00%||00 / 00||24.18|
|Pretty Maids All In A Row (1971)||Angie Dickinson||$37.20||49th of 1971||36.50%||00 / 00||22.92|
|Avalanche (1978)||Mia Farrow||$7.90||123rd of 1978||45.00%||00 / 00||22.37|
|Embryo (1976)||Barbara Carrera||$9.00||131st of 1976||34.50%||00 / 00||17.62|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Rock Hudson Table
- Thirteen Rock Hudson movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 25.49% of his movies listed. Giant (1956) is his biggest box office ht when looking at adjusted domestic box office gross.
- An average Rock Hudson movie grosses $91.90 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 31 of Rock Hudson’s movies are rated as good movies…or 60.78% of his movies. Winchester ’73 (1950) is his highest rated movie while Embryo (1976) was his lowest rated movie.
- Twelve Rock Hudson movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 23.52% of his movies.
- Three Rock Hudson movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 5.88% of his movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 24 Rock Hudson movies scored higher than that average….or 47.05% of his movies. Giant (1956) got the the highest UMR Score while Embryo (1976) got the lowest UMR Score.
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