Sophia Loren Movies

Sophia Loren is one of AFI's Top 50 Greatest Screen Legends

Sophia Loren is one of AFI’s Top 50 Greatest Screen Legends

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

Sophia Loren (1934-) is ranked as AFI’s (America Film Institute) 21st greatest female screen legend.   Her first movie appearance was in 1950 while her most recent movie appearance was in 2009’s Nine.  This Sophia Loren (1934-) Ultimate Movie Rankings page comes from a request on our request hot line.  While researching the movie career of Sophia Loren it quickly became apparent that we would have to concentrate on Loren’s Hollywood career.  It is not that I have anything against the Italian cinema….it is just that I need domestic box office numbers to calculate my rankings.  Sadly the movies in my Loren table represent less than half of her movies.

Her IMDb page shows 94 acting credits from 1950-2014. This page will rank 31 Sophia Loren movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that received limited North America releases were not included in the rankings.

Sophia Loren in 1966's Arabesque

Sophia Loren in 1966’s Arabesque

Sophia Loren Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In Ther Table

The really cool thing about ther table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort Sophia Loren movies by the co-stars of her movies.
  • Sort Sophia Loren movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort Sophia Loren movies by yearly box office rank
  • Sort Sophia Loren 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 Sophia Loren movie received.
  • Sort Sophia Loren 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.
  • *** = Best Actress Oscar® winning performance
RankMovie (Years)UMR Co-Star LinksAdj. B.O. Domestic (mil)Box Office Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
El Cid (1961)Charlton Heston$390.603rd of 196282.00%03 / 0071.36
Two Women (1961) ***Jean-Paul Belmondo$97.6029th in 196285.00%01 / 0163.58
Houseboat (1958)Cary Grant$140.5018th of 195864.33%02 / 0052.82
Marriage Italian Style (1964)Marcello Mastroianni$24.5093rd of 196579.00%02 / 0046.23
Boy On A Dolphin (1957)Alan Ladd & Clifton Webb$129.0027th in 195753.00%00 / 0044.91
Arabesque (1966)Gregory Peck$76.6015th of 196667.00%00 / 0043.36
Key, The (1958)William Holden$88.3039th in 195862.00%00 / 0042.83
Special Day, A (1977)Marcello Mastroianni$6.60185th of 197787.00%02 / 0042.71
Fall of the Roman Empire, The (1964)James Mason & Christopher Plummer$42.6040th of 196475.50%01 / 0042.48
Operation Crossbow (1965)Paul Henreid$82.6021st of 196563.00%00 / 0042.41
Pride and the Passion, The (1957)Cary Grant & Frank Sinatra$150.507th of 195739.50%00 / 0041.89
It Started In Naples (1960)Clark Gable$76.8036th in 196058.00%01 / 0041.43
Condemned of Altona , The (1962)Fredric March$35.3074th of 196376.50%00 / 0041.43
Grumpier Old Men (1995)Walter Matthau & Jack Lemmon$138.6022nd of 199541.00%00 / 0040.31
Legend of the Lost (1957)John Wayne$94.6040th of 195851.67%00 / 0038.94
Man of La Mancha (1972)Peter O'Toole$57.1034th of 197358.00%01 / 0036.51
Desire Under The Elms (1958)Anthony Perkins$40.1071st in 195861.50%00 / 0035.12
That Kind of a Woman (1959)Tab Hunter$40.1081st of 195960.50%00 / 0034.66
Five Miles to Midnight (1962)Anthony Perkins$20.90133rd of 196263.50%00 / 0033.08
Judith (1966)Peter Finch$15.30114th of 196659.50%00 / 0030.33
Heller in Pink Tights (1960)Anthony Quinn$33.2069th of 196051.50%00 / 0029.35
Cassandra Crossing, The (1976)Burt Lancaster & Martin Sheen$50.2065th of 197745.50%00 / 0029.16
Nine (2009)Daniel Day-Lewis & Nicole Kidman$22.10109th of 200948.00%04 / 0028.22
Countess from Hong Kong, A (1967)Marlon Brando & Directed by Charles Chaplin$19.2079th of 196753.33%00 / 0028.05
Millionairess, The (1960)Peter Sellers$34.9088th of 196047.50%00 / 0027.73
Black Orchid, The (1958)Anthony Quinn$40.1075th in 195943.50%00 / 0026.66
Brass Target (1978)George Kennedy$20.0073rd of 197948.50%00 / 0025.90
Lady L (1965)Paul Newman$56.6041st of 196535.00%00 / 0025.22
Breath of Scandal, A (1960)John Gavin$31.40103rd of 196042.00%00 / 0024.61
Ready To Wear (1994)Julia Roberts$23.30104th of 199439.00%00 / 0021.90
Firepower (1979)James Coburn & Victor Mature$8.00108th of 197940.50%00 / 0020.28

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Sophia Loren Table

  1. Five Sophia Loren movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 16.12% of her movies listed. El Cid (1961) was her biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Sophia Loren movie grossed $67.30 million in adjusted box office gross
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  13 of Sophia Loren’s movies are rated as good movies…or 41.93% of her movies.  A Special Day (1977) is her highest rated movie while Lady L (1965) was her lowest rated movie.
  4. Nine Sophia Loren movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 29.03% of her movies.
  5. One Sophia Loren movie won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 5.71% of her movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00.  14 Sophia Loren movies scored higher that average….or 45.16% of her movies.  El Cid (1961) got the the highest UMR Score while Firepower (1979) got the lowest UMR Score.
Cary Grant and Sophia Loren in 1958's Houseboat

Cary Grant and Sophia Loren in 1958’s Houseboat

Possibly Interesting Facts About Sophia Loren

1. Sophia Loren was born Sofia Scicolone in Rome, Italy.

2. Sophia Loren’s path to stardom….Cliff Notes style.  After being named “Miss Elegance” in the 1948 Miss Italy beauty contest she was noticed by movie producer Carlo Ponti. Ponti helped get her started in the Italian movie business.  From uncredited roles to supporting roles to starring roles…Loren became very famous in Italy.  In 1956…Hollywood came calling and she appeared in her first Hollywood movie…1957’s Boy On A Dolphin.

3. Sophia Loren was nominated for two Best Actress Oscars®.  She won the Oscar® for her role in 1960’s Two Women  Her other nomination was for 1964’s Marriage Italian Style.

4. Sophia Loren was nominated for three movie Golden Globes®.  She received a Best Actress Golden Globe® nomination for 1960’s It Started In Naples and 1964’s Marriage Italian Style. In 1994 she received a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe® nomination for Ready To Wear.

5.  Sophia Loren was nominated 6 times for the Golden Globe award…World Film Favorite.  She won the award 4 times…..1964, 1965, 1969 and 1977.

6. Sophia Loren has been married one time.  She was married to Carlo Ponti (the guy in Fact #2) from 1966 until his death in 2007.  They had two children.

7. Sophia Loren roles she turned down or was seriously considered for:  Elizabeth Taylor parts in Cleopatra (1963), The Taming of the Shrew (1967) and The Comedians (1967).  Julie Christie part in Doctor Zhivago (1965).  Eva Marie Saint part in North by Northwest (1959).  Julie Andrews part in The Princess Diaries (2001)

8. Marcello Mastroianni and Loren starred in 7 movies together.

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

The critic/rating of some important Sophia Loren movies that did not see the light of day in many North America theaters.  The last four movies listed co-starred Marcello Mastroianni.  Loren and Mastroianni starred in 7 movies together.

  • La favorita (1953) 57.5%
  • The River Girl (1954) 65.0%
  • Yesterday Today and Tomorrow (1963) 79.5%
  • Sunflower (1970) 79.0%
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24 thoughts on “Sophia Loren Movies

  1. 1 BRUCE I have long thought that Sophia was one of the weakest entries in the AFI legends lists because her box office was not great and although the update improves things she still has only 5 films [merely increased from I think 4 prior to the update] that crashed your million dollar barrier and was not the top billed star in any of them being buttressed by established major male stars though she did acknowledge a debt to Grant for helping her cope with comedy routines in Houseboat. but said she didn’t like Laddie having to stand on a box to make love to her in Boy on a Dolphin

    2 At least Myrna was in a large number of high grossing hits even if they weren’t always her own! However honour where honour is due and Sophia was a beautiful woman, AFI DID recognise her as a Legend and she is probably one of the most successful actresses ever to break out of the foreign cinema into Hollywood films which must have been quite hard to do in her day Accordingly I welcome her page and its comprehensive update

    3 In 1969 singer Peter Starstedt released a song Where Do You Go to My Lovely? which was a massive hit and was about a girl who rises from the poverty-stricken back streets of Naples to join the jet set, live in Paris and become rich and famous. Many people at the time thought he was singing about Loren:

    You talk like Marlene Dietrich —
    And you live in a fancy apartment
    On the Boulevard of St Michel,
    Where you keep your Rolling Stones records
    And you’re a friend of Sacha Distel.

    However Peter denied the connection saying that the earlier similar lives and the subsequent rise to fame of the subject of his song and Sophia were just coincidental. Whether or not that’s so it demonstrates the fame Sophia achieved when many people immediately associated the song with her.

    1. Hey Bob…..I agree with you 100%…. just by going by the stats….this is easily the worst group of movies for all 50 legends. Almost all of her Hollywood movies under performed. Her greatest success occurred when she returned overseas and made some good movies….but those movies barely registered in the states.

      She was without a doubt a superstar and one of the most famous people (not just actresses) in the world. I think Angelina Jolie and Loren have a lot in common.

      Good stuff about the song…seems Loren influenced some of those lyrics.

      You were right….she had 4 before the update and 5 after…probably one of the least impressive updates yet.

      Thanks for the feedback on our latest update.

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