Want to know the best Susan Hayward movies? How about the worst Susan Hayward movies? Curious about Susan Hayward’s box office grosses or which Susan Hayward movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Susan Hayward movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.
I have been a bad son. My mother, probably the biggest UltimateMovieRankings.com fan out there, has been asking for a Susan Hayward movie page for a very long time. At one point I thought I would do a Susan Hayward page as a Mother’s Day gift to my mom. Well that did not work…but finally after seeing another 6 months pass….I have finally written a UltimateMovieRankings page on 5 time Oscar® nominated and 1958’s Best Actress Oscar® winner….Susan Hayward.
Her IMDb page shows 64 acting credits from 1937-1972. This page will rank 54 Susan Hayward movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in theaters were not included in the rankings.
Susan Hayward 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 Susan Hayward movies by co-stars of the movie
- Sort Susan Hayward movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost.
- Sort Susan Hayward movies by box office rank by year of release
- Sort Susan Hayward 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 Susan Hayward movie received. Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score. UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
- *** = Oscar® nominated Susan Hayward performance
|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Link||Adjusted B.O. Domestic (mil)||Box Office Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955) ***||Richard Conte||$278.10||5th of 1956||77.50%||04 / 01||74.12|
|I Want to Live! (1958) ***||Simon Oakland||$128.50||17th of 1958||83.00%||06 / 01||72.55|
|Beau Geste (1939)||Gary Cooper||$174.60||22nd of 1939||86.00%||02 / 00||68.28|
|With a Song in My Heart (1952) ***||Thelma Ritter||$140.50||11th of 1952||71.00%||05 / 01||66.00|
|Snows of Kilimanjaro, The (1952)||Gregory Peck & Ava Gardner||$276.70||4th of 1952||64.33%||02 / 00||62.04|
|Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)||Victor Mature||$222.50||13th of 1954||66.00%||00 / 00||62.02|
|Canyon Passage (1946)||Dana Andrews||$188.80||57th of 1946||68.00%||01 / 00||61.62|
|Fighting Seabees, The (1944)||John Wayne||$155.40||49th of 1944||78.00%||01 / 00||61.15|
|Reap the Wild Wind (1942)||John Wayne||$332.20||5th of 1942||52.67%||03 / 01||57.55|
|Garden of Evil (1954)||Gary Cooper & Richard Widmark||$162.30||26th of 1956||68.50%||00 / 00||57.36|
|David and Bathsheba (1951)||Gregory Peck||$227.40||1st of 1951||50.67%||05 / 00||56.81|
|Soldier of Fortune (1955)||Clark Gable||$127.40||36th of 1955||76.00%||00 / 00||55.47|
|Tap Roots (1948)||Van Heflin & Boris Karloff||$138.70||35th of 1948||71.00%||00 / 00||54.87|
|And Now Tomorrow (1944)||Alan Ladd||$170.00||40th of 1944||60.00%||00 / 00||54.55|
|Valley of the Dolls (1967)||Patty Duke||$348.30||4th of 1968||48.00%||01 / 00||53.96|
|House of Strangers (1949)||Edward G. Robinson||$108.90||47th of 1949||77.50%||00 / 00||53.30|
|I Married A Witch (1942)||Fredric March||$91.40||93rd of 1942||78.50%||01 / 00||51.46|
|Forest Rangers, The (1942)||Fred MacMurray||$124.60||62nd of 1942||65.50%||00 / 00||50.09|
|Hairy Ape, The (1944)||William Bendix||$102.00||69th of 1944||71.50%||01 / 00||49.81|
|Back Street (1961)||John Gavin||$86.30||28th of 1961||75.00%||01 / 00||49.03|
|My Foolish Heart (1949) ***||Dana Andrews||$93.90||59th of 1950||61.00%||02 / 00||48.52|
|Lusty Men (1952)||Robert Mitchum||$63.90||76th of 1952||82.00%||00 / 00||48.44|
|Conqueror, The (1956)||John Wayne||$197.10||11th of 1956||37.00%||00 / 00||47.94|
|Smash-Up--The Story of a Woman (1947) ***||Lee Bowman||$108.00||74th of 1947||54.50%||02 / 00||47.66|
|They Won't Believe Me (1947)||Robert Young||$81.30||83rd of 1947||72.00%||00 / 00||46.44|
|Rawhide (1951)||Tyrone Power||$93.90||46th of 1951||67.00%||00 / 00||46.04|
|White Witch Doctor (1953)||Robert Mitchum||$106.40||34th of 1953||62.50%||00 / 00||45.87|
|President's Lady, The (1953)||Charlton Heston||$57.50||90th of 1953||74.00%||02 / 00||44.49|
|I'll Climb The Highest Mountain (1951)||Rory Calhoun||$103.60||32nd of 1951||59.50%||00 / 00||44.02|
|Deadline At Dawn (1946)||Bill Williams||$73.30||93rd of 1946||65.00%||00 / 00||41.91|
|Untamed (1955)||Tyrone Power||$115.80||45th of 1955||48.67%||00 / 00||40.82|
|Tulsa (1949)||Robert Preston||$87.10||80th of 1949||56.50%||01 / 00||40.46|
|I Can Get For You Wholesale (1951)||Dan Dailey & George Sanders||$68.60||66th of 1951||59.00%||00 / 00||38.36|
|Adam Had Four Sons (1941)||Ingrid Bergman||$66.80||87th of 1941||59.50%||00 / 00||38.31|
|Saxon Charm, The (1948)||Robert Montgomery||$49.90||97th of 1948||64.00%||00 / 00||37.81|
|Hit Parade of 1943 (1943)||Gail Patrick||$100.70||80th of 1943||44.50%||02 / 00||37.33|
|Lost Moment, The (1947)||Robert Cummings||$45.20||132nd of 1947||64.00%||00 / 00||37.09|
|Ada (1961)||Dean Martin||$40.70||61st of 1961||64.50%||00 / 00||36.63|
|Thunder in the Sun (1959)||Jeff Chandler||$66.20||48th of 1959||54.50%||00 / 00||35.88|
|Marriage-Go-Round, The (1961)||James Mason||$42.30||68th of 1961||62.00%||00 / 00||35.70|
|Honey Pot, The (1967)||Rex Harrison||$17.40||88th of 1967||67.00%||00 / 00||34.19|
|Girls On Probation (1938)||Ronald Reagan||$55.10||93rd of 1938||53.00%||00 / 00||33.45|
|Where Love Has Gone (1964)||Bette Davis||$74.30||31st of 1964||45.50%||01 / 00||33.30|
|Among The Living (1941)||Frances Farmer||$40.40||112th of 1941||55.50%||00 / 00||32.34|
|Our Leading Citizen (1939)||Bob Burns||$29.60||126th of 1939||59.00%||00 / 00||32.32|
|Sis Hoskins (1941)||Charles Butterworth||$30.70||121st of 1941||57.50%||01 / 00||32.18|
|Woman Obsessed, A (1959)||Stephen Boyd||$45.20||66th of 1959||52.50%||00 / 00||31.68|
|Revengers, The (1972)||William Holden & Ernest Borgnine||$22.50||74th of 1972||59.00%||00 / 00||31.22|
|$1000 A Touchdown (1939)||Joe E. Brown||$27.10||130th of 1939||56.00%||00 / 00||30.52|
|Young and Willing (1943)||William Holden||$39.10||112th of 1943||52.00%||00 / 00||30.50|
|Jack London (1943)||Michael O''''Shea||$59.90||95th of 1943||43.00%||01 / 00||29.89|
|Top Secret Affair (1957)||Kirk Douglas||$21.50||121st of 1957||55.50%||00 / 00||29.41|
|Summer Flight (1963)||Michael Craig||$25.20||87th of 1963||48.50%||00 / 00||26.71|
|I Thank A Fool (1962)||Peter Finch||$16.10||95th of 1962||47.00%||00 / 00||24.59|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Susan Hayward Table
- Twenty-four Susan Hayward movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 44.44% of his movies listed. Valley of the Dolls (1967) was her biggest box hit.
- An average Susan Hayward movie grosses $106.50 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 29 of Susan Hayward’s movies are rated as good movies…or 53.70% of his movies. Beau Geste (1939) is her highest rated movie while The Conqueror (1956) was her lowest rated movie.
- Twenty-one Susan Hayward movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 38.88% of her movies.
- Four Susan Hayward movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 7.40% of her movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 39.86. 32 Susan Hayward movies scored higher that average….or 59.25% of her movies. I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955) got the the highest UMR Score while I Thank A Fool (1962) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Susan Hayward
1. Susan Hayward (1917-1975) was born Edythe Marrener in Brooklyn, New York.
2. When Susan Hayward was seven, she was hit by a car and suffered a fractured hip. Although doctors’ told her she might never walk again she was back on her feet in less than a year. The injury left her with one leg that was an inch and half shorter than the other, and she had to wear a lift in her shoe. This cause her to have an ususual walk, but it became a trademark strut for her in Hollywood.
3. Susan Hayward was one of 100s of actresses that arrived in Hollywood to try out for the Scarlett O’Hara part in Gone With The Wind. Although she obviously did not get that part….she did start appearing in bit roles in movies from 1937-1938.
4. Susan Hayward’s first official screen role was in 1938’s Girls of Probation. Her first real break was when she appeared in Gary Cooper’s hit film, Beau Geste (1939). Once she got noticed…there was nothing stopping her as she became one of the biggest box office stars.
5. Movie exhibitors voted Susan Hayward among the most popular stars in the country 8 times from 1951 to 1961. Her rankings during that time frame…1951-19th, 1952-9th, 1953-9th, 1954-14th, 1955-19th, 1956-13th,1959-10th and 1961-19th.
6. Susan Hayward portrayed an alcoholic in three films. She was nominated for an Oscar® for each of those performances. Those movies were 1947’s Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman, 1949’s My Foolish Heart , and 1955’s I’ll Cry Tomorrow. She picked up two more Oscar® nominations in her career….1952’s With A Song In My Heart and 1958’s I Want To Live!. She won the Best Actress Oscar® for I Want To Live!
7. Susan Hayward was married two times in her life. Her first marriage to B actor Jess Barker lasted from 1944 to 1954 and produced 2 children….fraternal twin sons named Gregory and Timothy. Her second marriage to Floyd Eaton Chalkley lasted from 1957 to 1966 (his death)…they had no children.
8. Roles Susan Hayward turned down or was seriously considered for: Elizabeth Taylor’s part in Cleopatra, Anne Bancroft’s part in The Graduate, Barbara Stanwyck’s part in Double Indemnity, Ingrid Bergman’s part in For Whom The Bell Tolls and parts in South Pacific, Can-Can and The Razor’s Edge.
9. Susan Hayward is one of many members of the cast and crew of 1956’s Conqueror that eventually died of a type of cancer. The Conqueror is sometimes called “An RKO Radioactive Picture.” It was filmed near a nuclear test site, and the set was contaminated by nuclear fallout. After location shooting, contaminated soil was transported back to Hollywood in order to match interior shooting done there. Over the next 20 years, many actors (John Wayne) and crew members developed cancer.
10. Susan Hayward’s footprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre are the only ones set in gold dust.
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