Want to know the best Sandra Dee movies? How about the worst Sandra Dee movies? Curious about Sandra Dee box office grosses or which Sandra Dee movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Sandra Dee movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which ones got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place…. because we have all of that information and much more.
Sandra Dee (1942-2005) was an American actress who became a star in the late 1950s and early 1960s. From 1959 to 1963 she was voted one of the most popular movie stars by Quigley Publications annual survey. That included 4 straight years as a Top 10 star. By the late 1960s, her career had started to decline. Her last movie appearance was before she turned 30.
Her IMDb page shows 33 acting credits from 1932-1963. This page will rank 21 Sandra Dee movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television appearances and movies not released in North America were not included in the rankings.
Sandra Dee 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 Sandra Dee movies by co-stars of her movies
- Sort Sandra Dee movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
- Sort Sandra Dee movies by yearly domestic box office rank
- Sort Sandra Dee movies by how they were received by critics and audiences. 60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
- Sort by how many Oscar® nominations each Sandra Dee movie received.
- Sort by how many Oscar® wins each Sandra Dee movie received.
- Sort Sandra Dee movies by Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score. UMR puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
- Use the sort and search buttons to make this table very interactive.
|R||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adj. B.O. Worldwide (mil)||Review||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|R||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Actual B.O. Domestic (mil)||Adj. B.O. Domestic (mil)||Adj. B.O. Worldwide (mil)||B.O. Rank by Year||Review||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score||S|
|1||Imitation of Life (1959)||Lana Turner &
|18.30||264.4||264.40||8||80||02 / 00||95.9|
|2||Come September (1961)||Rock Hudson &
|18.60||217.1||217.10||9||74||00 / 00||93.8|
|3||A Summer Place (1959)||Dorothy McGuire &
|12.30||177.4||276.80||18||74||00 / 00||91.1|
|4||Portrait in Black (1960)||Lana Turner &
|10.00||125.4||125.40||20||60||00 / 00||75.5|
|5||The Reluctant Debutante (1958)||Angela Lansbury &
Directed by Vincent Minnelli
|4.40||64.1||122.80||50||73||00 / 00||69.8|
|6||If A Man Answers (1962)||Bobby Darin||6.30||72.5||72.50||36||68||00 / 00||68.0|
|7||Take Her She's Mine (1963)||James Stewart||9.30||93.4||93.40||30||58||00 / 00||64.3|
|8||Gidget (1959)||James Darren||4.30||61.8||61.80||59||68||00 / 00||63.6|
|10||The Restless Years (1958)||John Saxon &
|2.40||34.8||34.80||86||67||00 / 00||49.6|
|11||Tammy and the Doctor (1963)||Peter Fonda &
|5.70||57.5||57.50||48||58||00 / 00||48.3|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Sandra Dee Table
- Four Sandra Dee movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 19.04% of her movies listed. Imitation of Life (1959) was her biggest box office hit.
- An average Sandra Dee movie grosses $126.70 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 14 Sandra Dee movies are rated as good movies…or 66.66% of her movies. Imitation of Life (1959) was her highest rated movie while A Man Could Get Killed (1966) was her lowest rated movie.
- One Sandra Dee movie received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 4.76% of her movies.
- Zero Sandra Dee movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 0.00% of her movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 40.00. 8 Sandra Dee movies scored higher that average….or 38.09% of her movies. Imitation of Life (1959 )got the the highest UMR Movie Score while A Man Could Get Killed (1966) got the lowest UMR Movie Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Sandra Dee
1. Alexandra Cymboliak Zuck was born in in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1942.
2. Universal Studios concocted the name ‘Sandra Dee’ for her by shortening her first name and by using her stepfather’s surname initial “D” to sign vouchers.
3. Sandra Dee earned a Golden Globe Award® as one of the year’s most promising newcomers for her performance in 1958’s Until They Sail.
4. Sandra Dee’s big break came when producer Ross Hunter, balking at Natalie Wood’s lofty salary demands, decided to use Dee as Lana Turner’s daughter in 1959’s Imitation of Life.
5. The success of Imitation of Life and Gidget turned Sandra Dee into a household name.
6. Sandra Dee’s Top Quigley Box Office Rankings: 16th in 1959, 7th in 1960, 6th in 1961, 9th in 1962 and 8th in 1963.
7. Sandra Dee was married one time and had one son. Dee and Bobby Darin were married from 1960 to 1967.
8. In 1994, Sandra Dee’s son, Dodd Mitchell, wrote Dream Lovers: The Magnificent Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee.
9. Sandra Dee is immortalized in the popular song “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee” from 1978’s Grease. The song mocked her squeaky-clean image but Dee reportedly said in a statement that she did not mind, and always had a big laugh about it.
10. Check out Sandra Dee’s movie career compared to current and classic stars on our Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time page.