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Sidney Lumet (1924-2011) is a 5-time Oscar® nominated writer, producer and director. He received a Honorary Oscar® in 2005. His IMDb page shows over 73 directing credits from 1952-2007. This page ranks 43 Sidney Lumet movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, video games and documentaries were not included in the rankings.
Sidney Lumet Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table
- Sort Sidney Lumet movies by co-stars of his movies.
- Sort Sidney Lumet movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
- Sort Sidney Lumet movies by yearly box office rank
- Sort Sidney Lumet 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 Sidney Lumet movie received and how many Oscar® wins each Sidney Lumet movie won.
- Sort Sidney Lumet 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.
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|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adj. B.O. Domestic (mil)||Box Office Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|Dog Day Afternoon (1975)||Al Pacino||$287.70||6th of 1975||89.00%||06 / 01||83.21|
|Network (1976)||William Holden & Faye Dunaway||$171.30||14th of 1976||88.00%||10 / 04||82.31|
|The Verdict (1982)||Paul Newman & James Mason||$201.00||11th of 1982||86.50%||05 / 00||80.37|
|Murder on the Orient Express (1974)||Ingrid Bergman & Richard Widmark||$268.10||8th of 1974||78.00%||06 / 01||70.66|
|Serpico (1973)||Al Pacino||$145.60||84th - 1973 & 9th -1974||85.00%||02 / 00||63.94|
|12 Angry Men (1957)||Henry Fonda & Jack Warden||$44.10||91st of 1957||93.50%||01 / 00||57.93|
|Prince of the City (1981)||Treat Williams||$25.30||71st of 1981||84.00%||01 / 00||50.17|
|The Pawnbroker (1965)||Rod Steiger||$57.30||42nd of 1965||83.50%||01 / 00||48.52|
|Fail-Safe (1964)||Henry Fonda & Walter Matthau||$47.30||71st of 1964||86.00%||00 / 00||47.75|
|The Hill (1965)||Sean Connery & Ossie Davis||$21.20||95th of 1965||89.33%||00 / 00||45.28|
|Long Day's Journey into Night (1962)||Katharine Hepburn & Jason Robards||$25.00||88th of 1962||85.00%||01 / 00||44.23|
|The Anderson Tapes (1971)||Sean Connery & Dyan Cannon||$79.40||17th of 1971||66.67%||00 / 00||43.64|
|Running on Empty (1988)||River Phoenix||$6.00||147th of 1988||81.00%||00 / 00||40.87|
|Death Trap (1982)||Michael Caine & Dyan Cannon||$56.70||43rd of 1982||67.33%||00 / 00||40.41|
|The Morning After (1986)||Jane Fonda & Jeff Bridges||$58.60||40th of 1986||64.00%||01 / 00||39.47|
|Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)||Philip Seymour Hoffman & Ethan Hawke||$8.90||164th of 2007||80.00%||00 / 00||38.98|
|The Group (1966)||Candace Bergman||$57.00||38th of 1966||64.00%||00 / 00||38.91|
|The Fugitive Kind (1960)||Marlon Brando||$68.10||40th of 1960||58.00%||00 / 00||37.82|
|The Wiz (1978)||Richard Pryor & Michael Jackson||$77.80||47th of 1978||50.50%||04 / 00||37.40|
|Equus (1977)||Richard Burton||$10.50||128th of 1977||73.50%||03 / 00||37.37|
|A View From The Bridge (1962)||Maureen Stapleton||$15.00||112th of 1962||69.50%||00 / 00||34.99|
|That Kind of a Woman (1959)||Sophia Loren||$41.20||81st of 1959||60.50%||00 / 00||34.83|
|Q & A (1990)||Nick Nolte & Timothy Hutton||$22.90||94th of 1990||65.00%||00 / 00||34.10|
|Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)||Richard Dreyfuss||$19.40||119th of 1997||66.00%||00 / 00||34.03|
|The Offence (1972)||Sean Connery & Trevor Howard||$5.00||141st of 1972||69.50%||00 / 00||33.44|
|The Sea Gull (1968)||James Mason||$11.80||144th of 1968||65.00%||00 / 00||32.38|
|The Deadly Affair (1966)||James Mason||$12.80||136th of 1966||64.00%||00 / 00||32.06|
|Stage Struck (1958)||Henry Fonda||$28.80||121st of 1958||58.00%||00 / 00||31.72|
|Daniel (1983)||Timothy Hutton||$1.90||155th of 1983||66.00%||00 / 00||31.31|
|Find Me Guilty (2006)||Vin Diesel||$1.50||234th of 2006||66.00%||00 / 00||31.25|
|A Stranger Among Us (1992)||Melanie Griffith||$25.60||89th of 1992||57.00%||00 / 00||30.76|
|Child's Play (1972)||James Mason & Robert Preston||$13.10||114th of 1972||60.00%||00 / 00||30.23|
|Guilty as Sin (1993)||Don Johnson||$47.80||68th of 1993||48.00%||00 / 00||29.97|
|Power (1986)||Richard Gere & Denzel Washington||$8.90||121st of 1986||57.33%||00 / 00||28.39|
|Critical Care (1997)||James Spader & Helen Mirren||$.40||241st of 1997||59.50%||00 / 00||28.02|
|Bye Bye Braverman (1968)||George Segal||$13.20||99th of 1968||54.00%||00 / 00||27.43|
|The Appointment (1969)||Omar Sharif||$5.60||196th of 1969||55.00%||00 / 00||26.72|
|Family Business (1989)||Sean Connery & Dustin Hoffman||$26.60||74th of 1989||47.50%||00 / 00||26.48|
|Last of the Mobile Hot Shots (1970)||James Coburn||$8.50||87th of 1970||53.00%||00 / 00||26.23|
|Just Tell Me What You Want (1980)||Ali MacGraw & Myrna Loy||$6.90||131st of 1980||52.00%||00 / 00||25.51|
|Gloria (1999)||Sharon Stone & George C. Scott||$7.20||160th of 1999||42.50%||00 / 00||21.09|
|Lovin' Molly (1974)||Anthony Perkins & Susan Sarandon||$14.00||104th of 1974||39.50%||00 / 00||20.73|
|Garbo Talks (1984)||Anne Bancroft Carrie Fisher||$3.80||145th of 1984||42.00%||00 / 00||20.33|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Sidney Lumet Table
- Five Sidney Lumet movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 11.63% of his movies listed. Dog Day Afternoon (1975) is his biggest box office hit.
- An average Sidney Lumet movie grosses $47.90 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 27 Sidney Lumet movies are rated as good movies…or 62.79% of his movies. 12 Angry Men (1957) is his highest rated movie while Lovin’ Molly (1974) is his lowest rated movie.
- Twelve Sidney Lumet movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 27.90% of his movies.
- Three Sidney Lumet movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 6.97% of his movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 14 Sidney Lumet movies scored higher that average….or 32.53% of his movies. Dog Day Afternoon (1975) got the the highest UMR Score while Garbo Talks (1984) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Sidney Lumet
1. Sidney Arthur Lumet was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1924.
2. Sidney Lumet served the United States Army as a radar technician in the Far East during World War II.
3. Sidney Lumet began his directorial career in Off-Broadway productions, then became a highly respected TV director. His first movie was 1957’s 12 Angry Men 12 Angry Men is currently ranked as the 5th best movie on IMDb.com.
4. Sidney Lumet was nominated for 5 Oscars® (4 directing & 1 writing) and 6 Golden Globes® (all for directing). He won the Golden Globe® for 1976’s Network.
5. Sidney Lumet’s Honorary Oscar® was for his “brilliant services to screenwriters, performers, and the art of the motion picture.”
6. Sidney Lumet was considered “an actor’s director”. Want proof? Lumet’s movies earned a combined 41 Oscar® nominations. 18 of those nominations was acting nominations.
7. Sidney Lumet directed 17 different actors in Oscar®-nominated performances: Katharine Hepburn, Rod Steiger, Al Pacino (two times), Ingrid Bergman, Albert Finney, Chris Sarandon, Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch, Beatrice Straight, William Holden, Ned Beatty, Peter Firth, Richard Burton, Paul Newman, James Mason, Jane Fonda and River Phoenix. Bergman, Dunaway, Finch and Straight won oscars for their performances in one of Lumets movies.
8. Sidney Lumet was married 4 times and had two children. His daughter, Amy Lument, is a movie producer while his daughter, Jenny Lument is an actress.
9. Sidney Lumet directed Sean Connery 5 times. He was one of Connery’s favorite directors. Lumet directed James Mason and Jack Warden 4 times. Lumet directed Henry Fonda 3 times as well as Henry’s daughter Jane once. Lumet was one of the first people to use Bruce Willis in a movie. In the following You Tube video you get Saw’s Jigsaw and Die Hard’s John McClane behind and to the right of Paul Newman.
10. Check out Sidney Lumet’s career compared to current and classic actors. Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.
Just for Bob: According to Roger Ebert, Sidney Lumet had a theory about why Marlon Brando‘s performances were so uneven. In a review of a bad film starring Brando, Ebert outlined this idea in detail: Lumet said that on the first scene he filmed for any director, Brando would do exactly two takes. In one of the takes, Brando would be putting technical skill and background research into his reading, and in the other he would simply recite his lines as blandly as possible. If the director used the bland take, Brando would proceed to sleepwalk though his performance for the entirety of filming.
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