Russell Crowe Movies

The Mummy has been added to the rankings.

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

Russell Crowe (1964-) is a New Zealand born Australian actor. Crowe first gain notice in the Australian movie Romper Stomper. After the success of that movie, he moved to Hollywood movies. From 1997 to 2003, Crowe had a phenomenal run of success. Five of those movies made during that time period, were nominated for Best Picture Oscars® . Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind won the Best Picture Oscar® in 2000 and 2001. He was nominated for Best Actor in 1999, 2000, and 2001. He won the Best Actor Oscar® for Gladiator in 2000.

I have to admit that I am not the biggest Russell Crowe fan. I was working on a very time consuming page on John Wayne, when I got a request to do Russell Crowe. My favorite Russell Crowe movies did not do very well on the rankings. Those movies are 3:10 to Yuma and A Good Year. When looking at the final table, please realize many of his early films did not make the list because the movies were never released in North America.

His IMDb page shows 53 acting credits from 1972-2017. This page will rank 33 Russell Crowe movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in North America theaters were not included in the rankings.

Russell Crowe in 2001's A Beautiful Mind

Russell Crowe in 2001’s A Beautiful Mind

Russell Crowe 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 Russell Crowe movies by co-stars of his movies.
  • Sort Russell Crowe movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Russell Crowe movies by adjusted worldwide domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Russell Crowe 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 Russell Crowe movie received.
  • Sort Russell Crowe 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 LinksAdj. B.O. Domestic (mil)Adj. B.O. Worldwide (mil)Critic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Gladiator (2000)Joaquin Phoenix & Directed by Ridley Scott$293.60$715.7082.00%12 / 0590.29
Beautiful Mind, A (2001)Jennifer Connelly & Directed by Ron Howard$254.80$467.9082.67%08 / 0486.95
L.A. Confidential (1997)Guy Pearce & Kim Basinger$118.70$231.9091.00%09 / 0268.50
Les Miserables (2012)Hugh Jackman & Anne Hathaway$157.60$463.6076.50%08 / 0368.43
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)Paul Bettany & Directed by Peter Weir$131.30$296.7078.33%10 / 0266.35
American Gangster (2007)Denzel Washington & Directed by Ridley Scott$159.50$326.2079.00%02 / 0063.47
Man of Steel (2013)Henry Cavill & Amy Adams$298.30$671.0068.00%00 / 0062.96
Insider, The (1999)Al Pacino & Christopher Plummer$48.50$100.4087.67%07 / 0060.16
Cinderalla Man (2005)Paul Giamatti & Directed by Ron Howard$81.20$142.4082.67%03 / 0053.73
Noah (2014)Jennifer Connelly & Anthony Hopkins$104.40$370.9072.00%00 / 0050.50
3:10 to Yuma (2007)Christian Bale$65.70$86.0076.50%02 / 0047.62
Nice Guys, The (2016)Ryan Gosling$36.30$36.3085.00%00 / 0045.64
Robin Hood (2010)Cate Blanchett$112.50$343.1056.67%00 / 0044.01
State of Play (2009)Ben Affleck & Rachel McAdams$41.60$98.6076.00%00 / 0042.46
Proof (1992)Hugo Weaving $1.10$1.1083.50%00 / 0039.41
Body of Lies (2008)Leonardo DiCaprio & Directed by Ridley Scott$46.30$134.9062.00%00 / 0036.41
Romper Stomper (1993)Daniel Pollock$0.40$0.4073.33%00 / 0034.55
Sum of Us, The (1995)Jack Thompson$1.50$1.5071.33%00 / 0033.79
Quick and the Dead, The (1995)Leonardo DiCaprio & Gene Hackman$36.10$90.2058.33%00 / 0033.34
Next Three Days, The (2010)Liam Neeson & Elizabeth Banks$22.60$72.5063.00%00 / 0033.20
The Mummy (2017) Early Reviews & B.O. ForecastRussell Crowe$85.00$375.0042.50%00 / 0033.15
Water Diviner, The (2015)Olga Kurylenko & Directed by Russell Crowe$4.20$38.2067.00%00 / 0032.19
Proof of Life (2000)Meg Ryan & David Morse$51.00$97.8048.67%00 / 0030.85
Man With The Iron Fists, The (2012)Lucy Liu$16.60$21.1059.50%00 / 0030.70
Efficiency Expert, The (1992)Anthony Hopkins$0.40$0.4064.00%00 / 0030.16
For the Moment (1996)Wanda Cannon$.20$0.2060.00%00 / 0028.23
Mystery Alaska (1999)Burt Reynolds$14.80$14.8055.00%00 / 0028.18
Virtuosity (1995)Denzel Washington$46.60$55.7043.50%00 / 0027.68
Good Year, A (2006)Marion Cotillard & Directed by Ridley Scott$9.60$54.0051.67%00 / 0025.82
Prisoners of the Sun (1991)Bryan Brown$0.10$0.1053.00%00 / 0024.93
Broken City (2013)Mark Wahlberg$20.40$20.4043.50%00 / 0023.70
Winter's Tale (2014)Colin Farrell & Will Smith$13.00$31.1036.50%00 / 0019.24
Breaking Up (1997)Salma Hayek$0.01$0.0140.50%00 / 0019.06
Rough Magic (1997)Bridget Fonda$0.50$0.5033.00%00 / 0015.59

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Russell Crowe Table

  1. Nine Russell Crowe movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 27.27% of his movies listed. Man of Steel (2013) is his biggest box office hit with 2000’s Gladiator in a close second place.
  2. An average Russell Crowe movie grosses $66.30 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  21 of Russell Crowe’s movies are rated as good movies…or 63.63% of his movies.  L.A. Confidential (1997) is his highest rated movie while Rough Magic (1997) was his lowest rated movie.
  4. Nine Russell Crowe movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 27.27% of his movies.
  5. Five Russell Crowe movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 15.15% of his movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00.  14 Russell Crowe movies scored higher that average….or 42.42% of his movies.  Gladiator (2000) got the the highest UMR Score while Rough Magic (1997) got the lowest UMR Score.
Christian Bale and Russell Crowe in 2007's 3:10 to Yuma

Christian Bale and Russell Crowe in 2007’s 3:10 to Yuma

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  1. 1 STEVE I’ve mentioned already on this site that before he became a movie star Crowe released a pop record called “I Just want to be like Marlon Brando” and when Russell became a major star himself he was asked by an interviewer whether the song had represented idolatry on his part and sheepishly he replied that when he made the recording he didn’t know who Brando was and it was a name that he had coincidentally spotted in the press. In the 2013 Superman film Man of Steel Russell played Jor El and one wonders if that too was a coincidence because Brando had of course played Jor El in the 1978 Superman the Movie.

    2 And the coincidences continue because Crowe revealed to the Sydney Herald that on his deathbed in 2004 Marlon bequeathed him a book of poetry because Russell was apparently Marlon’s favourite actor. It was titled “There are Men Too Gentle to live among Wolves” and one is left to wonder how Brando saw that as being an appropriate book to gift the highly aggressive and volatile Crowe of all people! Perhaps it was Mr Mumbles’ way of saying “I just want to be like Russell Crowe”! Anyway certainly there seems to have been a Dan-like join-up running through all of the foregoing, and Russell says that he will always “treasure” the poetry volume.

    3 Whatever Brando’s thoughts I’ve been a Crowe admirer ever since his portrayal of Bud White in LA Confidential and I have therefore very much enjoyed your video. My favourite POSTERS were Virtuosity, The Water Diviner, The Nice Guys and especially the two for Noah. There seemed to be an even greater number of excellent STILLS than usual in this one and I loved the following: LA Confidential, Robin Hood, Man of Steel, Gladiator, Master and Commander and Cinderella Man. Russell was nominated for Golden Globes for his performances in all of the latter 3 flicks. Overall Crowe was nominated 5 times for Golden Globes, winning on one of those occasions for A Beautiful Mind on top of his Oscar successes which Bruce covers above. Your video is therefore a fine profile of an excellent actor. Bruce and you agree on 3 of the Top 5. My rating of the video is 95%

    1. Hi Bob, thanks for the review, rating, comment, info, trivia, comparison, observation, appraisal and evaluation, much appreciated. Glad you liked the photos and posters.

      Like you it must have been the volatile Bud White in LA Confidential that made me a fan of Crowe. I’d seen him earlier in the sci-fi film Virtuosity but I never suspected then that this would be a future Oscar-calibre actor.

      Looking at my files only 3 Russell Crowe films managed a 10 out of 10 score from my sources – Gladiator, The Insider and LA Confidential. While other high scorers like A Beautiful Mind and American Gangster only managed an 8.

      Good to see Gladiator and LA Confidential topping Bruce’s charts.

  2. 1 Russell played Jor El in the 2015 Man of Steel and that was of course Brando’s overpaid role in the 1978 Superman. Watching Crowe in Man of Steel it struck me that in private life his conduct and character were more like that of Stanley Kowalski than Superman’s father. I see in fact that Russ was in another ruckus recently involving the manhandling of a young female singer and the trading of racial slurs.

    2 He also seems to be a bit of a Walter Mitty figure at times and for example in an interview after he became famous it was pointed out to him that before getting into movies he had tried his hand at pop singing and had released a song called “I Want to be Like Marlon Brando”. The interviewer asked him why he had singled out Brando from other movie stars. It was clear to me that now that he was a big star himself Crowe was embarrassed at the possibility of being seen as an idolater so he told the interviewer that he had no idea who Marlon was when that recording was made and it was a name that he had merely remembered seeing somewhere and he fancied using it! The interviewer should have replied “Now tell me the one about the Three Bears.”

    3 Anyway amusing, interesting and even annoying though the private words and actions of movie performers can be at times my main concern is always with their on-screen contribution and in that respect I have always been fascinated by Russell and very much enjoy his movies when he gets a good script so I warmly welcome this update and hope to see Russell’s career do well in the future.

    1. Hey Bob.
      1. I think the dimming of his star…is one of the reasons his latest issue has barely registered in the public eye….15 years ago….it would have been major major news.
      2. Good stuff from his interview…yeah…I am thinking any film actor is at least aware of Marlon Brando….so I agree with your assessment on that matter.
      3. His next movie looks like it will be a big hit (The Mummy) but it will be with him riding the coattails of special effects and Tom Cruise.
      4. Happy Day….crossed the 90% mark on the updates……332 done of the 366 listed on this page….http://www.ultimatemovierankings.com/100-million-movies-1930-2015/ granted I am ignoring my pages that did not make this table….I will worry about those later.
      *If you look at this table…you can figure out the method I have been using the last few months…I take the first one in ABC order….and the last one in ABC order…as the pages to update….as I squeeze out the last remaining pages.
      Good feedback as always.

      1. Yes. Cagney who detested Brando as much for political reasons as anything else I always thought when asked once what he thought of Brando’s movies replied “Have never looked at one. Never intend to!” For me that was a stretch too far as he is bound to have at the very least peeked in to see what all the fuss was about especially as Bud was a key ‘competitor’ in the last full decade of Jimmy’s career

        1. I agree….I am not a George Clooney fan yet I have seen almost all of his movies. No way Cagney avoided movies like Streetcar and Waterfront.

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