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 29 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 Cogerson Movie Score.  Cogerson Movie Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
  • *** = Best Actress Oscar® winning performance
RankMovie (Year)Co-StarDomestic Adjusted Box Office (Millions)Domestic Box Office Rank By YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinCogerson Movie Score
El Cid (1961)Charlton Heston$289.903rd of 196182.0%03 / 0071.12
Two Women (1961) ***Jean-Paul Belmondo$72.3029th in 196285.0%01 / 0157.06
Houseboat (1958)Cary Grant$103.9018th of 195864.3%02 / 0044.50
Grumpier Old Men (1995)Jack Lemmon$133.2022nd of 199541.0%00 / 0041.93
Boy On A Dolphin (1957)Alan Ladd$95.8027th in 195753.0%00 / 0037.71
Arabesque (1966)Gregory Peck$65.0015th of 196667.0%00 / 0036.45
The Pride and the Passion (1957)Cary Grant$112.107th of 195739.5%00 / 0036.24
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)Alec Guiness$41.4040th of 196475.5%01 / 0035.30
Operation Crossbow (1965)George Peppard$65.0021st of 196563.0%00 / 0035.05
The Key (1958)William Holden$65.8039th in 195862.0%00 / 0034.86
It Started In Naples (1960)Clark Gable$56.8036th in 196058.0%01 / 0032.88
Legend of the Lost (1957)John Wayne$69.8040th in 195851.7%00 / 0032.04
The Condemned of Altona (1962)Frederic March$26.0074th of 196376.5%00 / 0031.98
Man of La Mancha (1972)Peter O'Toole$39.8034th of 197358.0%01 / 0028.86
Desire Under The Elms (1958)Anthony Perkins$30.0071st in 195861.5%00 / 0027.52
That Kind of a Woman (1959)Tab Hunter$30.0081st of 195960.5%00 / 0027.17
Five Miles to Midnight (1962)Anthony Perkins$15.40Not in Top 7763.5%00 / 0025.30
Judith (1966)Peter Finch$13.00Not in Top 10059.5%00 / 0023.42
Nine (2009)Daniel Day-Lewis$21.10109th of 200948.0%04 / 0023.36
The Cassandra Crossing (1976)Richard Harris$34.9065th of 197745.5%00 / 0022.90
Heller in Pink Tights (1960)Anthony Quinn$24.40Not in Top 9051.5%00 / 0022.90
A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)Marlon Brando$16.2079th of 196753.3%00 / 0021.91
The Millionairess (1960)Peter Sellers$26.00Not in Top 7747.5%00 / 0021.82
The Black Orchid (1958)Anthony Quinn$30.0075th in 195943.5%00 / 0021.22
Lady L (1965)Paul Newman$44.7041st of 196535.0%00 / 0021.19
Brass Target (1978)George Kennedy$19.5073rd of 197948.5%00 / 0020.87
A Breath of Scandal (1960)John Gavin$23.50Not in Top 7742.0%00 / 0019.40
Ready To Wear (1994)Julia Roberts$22.70104th of 199439.0%00 / 0016.83
Firepower (1979)Jame Coburn$6.50Not in Top 9040.5%00 / 0015.48

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Sophia Loren Table

  1. Four Sophia Loren movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 13.33% of her movies listed. El Cid (1961) was her biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Sophia Loren movie grossed $65.15 million in adjusted box office gross
  3. Using’s 60% fresh meter.  15 of Sophia Loren’s movies are rated as good movies…or 42.85% of her movies.  A Special Day (1977) is her highest rated movie while Lady L (1965) was her lowest rated movie.
  4. Eleven Sophia Loren movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 31.42% of her movies.
  5. Two Sophia Loren movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 5.71% of her movies.
  6. An average Cogerson Movie Score is 39.86.  4 Sophia Loren movies scored higher that average….or 13.33% of her movies.  El Cid (1961) got the the highest Cogerson Movie Score while Firepower (1979) got the lowest Cogerson Movie 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.  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%
  • Marriage Italian Style (1964) 79.0%
  • Sunflower (1970) 79.0%
  • A Special Day (1977) 87.0%
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22 thoughts on “Sophia Loren Movies

  1. Sophia Loren will be featured on Turner Classic Movies on Thursday night April 28th. The lineup will include the interview from the 2015 film festival that was done with her son and the movie Arabesque.

    1. Hey Flora….very cool….I have left myself an alert on my I-Pad….Arabesque is a movie on my “to watch” list. Thanks for sharing that information.

  2. Hi, Bruce.

    I watched the film i was waiting to see before commenting on Sophia Loren’s page, even though it wasn’t included in your list as it did not have a release in North America. It was called More Than a Miracle and costarred Omar Shirif. It was produced by her husband Ponti. It was a bid odd, seemed to be inspired by Fellini but didn’t quite get there.

    I have seen a couple of Loren’s films with M.M. as well: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow as well as Marriage Italian Style. I also recently saw a short film she starred in by her son.

    As for the films in your list of North American releases, the highest ranked film I have seen is Number 2: Two Women.

    The lowest ranked film I have seen is Number 25: Lady L

    I have seen 4 of the top 5
    I have seen 7 of the top 10
    I have seen 8 of the top 15
    I have seen 13 of these overall.

    My favourite films of her N.A. releases are;

    The Man of La Mancha
    The Cassandra Crossing
    Lady L


    Flora Breen Robison

    1. Hey Flora.
      1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Loren movie page.
      2. Sorry More Than A Miracle was so odd….hopefully the late Sharif did well in the movie.
      3. When I did this page I realized her non-Hollywood career seems not be as impressive as her Italian movie career….I wonder how many times that happened?
      4. Tally count….and the victory goes to Flora with 13……Steve is at 10….and I sit at the bottom with 6.
      5. Steve will be disappointed that you have not seen El Cid….you do realize that stars Charlton Heston?…
      6. Sorry that one of your Top 5…Lady L is so lowly rated. That actually got the worst reviews by critics and audiences. I think the fact that you like it so much and that Paul Newman is in the movie too….that it will have to go on the “to watch” list.
      7. I agree with you that Houseboat is her best Hollywood movie….having Cary Grant around did not hurt that one.
      8. Arabesque in your Top 5?…..I am shocked… Actually I am surprised her Gregory Peck movie is not sitting at the top of your Top 5.
      9. Currently trying to figure out my newest classic performer…..looking at Mae West or Ginger Rogers or Betty Grable or Lauren Bacall.

      1. Sharif and Loren did what they could with MTAM and had good chemistry, but the film wasn’t their best.

        Arabesque is a film I seem to enjoy a lot more than others because I think Peck was so funny in it. I know people look down on it because it is in no way as good as Charade. But I find the film campy. I especially love when Peck is drugged and trying to get home onhis bicycle.

        Lady L is a film I enjoy because of Loren and Newman. I think if you enjoy these artists you will enjoy this film.

        Regarding El Cid, there are a number of Heston films that are still on my to see list because of their length (still not seen Ben Hur). He made a lot of epics. Earlier this year, however, I did finally see The Agony and the Ecstasy about Michaelangelo.

        Perhaps Steve will forgive me about this since Heston stars opposite Peck in another favourite of mine which I see at least once a year: The Big Country.

        Hope he doesn’t mind about the Marx Brothers.

        Glad to see you are looking at AFI actresses again. I did note on your newest page about Cate B. that you have finally realized that regardless of era, you have very few actresses compared to actors done. I am familiar with all four ladies you are considering to do next among classic stars. I think however my West films seen all have Cary Grant in them?
        I have a Rogers film recorded and waiting to be seen for the first time entitled The Tight Spot.

        They are all fun in their own way.

        And as for non-North American and non-British stars and their Hollywood films, unless they were very good at English speaking enough to be equal to their native tongue, a lot of stars in foreign languages who tried Hollywood films were always better in their native tongue. Ingrid Bergman was one of the few actresses who managed to overcome this.

        Most of the others that did that come to mind are male, such as Max Von Sydow.





        1. Hey Flora…thanks for the mini review of More Than A Miracle. I am sure Steve forgives you….even if you are avoiding some of Heston’s classic movies. The Big Country is a classic indeed…if Heston had not made The Big Country he might not have gotten the Ben-Hur role. Heston really got to know William Wyler (the director) while making The Big Country…Wyler and Heston would both win Oscars for Ben-Hur. As for Peck….that is a good scene with him on the bike.

          Yep I was checking out the AFI for actresses….I was pretty sure Mae West would be next…as she only had about a dozen movies….but I am having problems finding box office information on about half of her movies….so the newest subject will be Ginger Rogers….I think she was 14th or 15th on the AFI list. Starting with her movies in 1933….I have 54 of her movies ranked…..just need a few box office totals and it will be ready to be published. Good point about Bergman and Von Sydow.

  3. Hi, I recently watched a documentary on Sophie. They stated that she was actually bigger in Europe than in America. I’ve seen a few of her movies, ‘It started in Naples’ and ‘Houseboat.’ While they were good films, they were hardly outstanding. I’d agree with some of the other comments that she was very beautiful. And even in her 80s she looks fantastic.
    But I could never take to her screen persona in the same way I could for someone like Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn.

    1. Hey Chris. I think that documentary you watched got it right. Her American movie career is actually not very impressive. Looking at her co-stars it seems they tried lots of combos….but none really worked. But overseas some of her highest rated movies co-starred Marcello Mastroianni…and that was a great screen team. I agree with you 100% about her screen persona compared to Monroe and Hepburn. Thanks for checking out my Loren movie page.

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