Tarzan Movies

The Legend of Tarzan (2016) has been added to the page

The Legend of Tarzan (2016) has been added to the page

Want to know the best Tarzan movies?  How about the worst Tarzan movies?  Curious about Tarzan’s box office grosses or which Tarzan movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Tarzan 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.

Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan was born in 1912.  Tarzan went from a magazine publication in 1912, to a novel in 1914, to movies in 1918.  Since then Tarzan has become one of the most recognizable fictional characters of all-time.

This Tarzan Movie Ranking page comes from a request by Tim, Sarah, Kelly67 & Dan (we think).  Overall we ranked 34 Tarzan movies.  Huge Tarzan fans will notice some missing Tarzan projects.  Tarzan serials, Tarzan movies that were made for television and movies that did not get released in theaters in North America were not included.

Christopher Lambert in 1984's Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan

Christopher Lambert in 1984’s Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan

Tarzan 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 Tarzan movies by who played Tarzan.
  • Sort Tarzan movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort Tarzan movies by adjusted worldwide box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort Tarzan 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 Tarzan movie received and how many Oscar® wins each Tarzan movie won.
  • Sort Tarzan 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.
  • Use the search and sort button to make this page very interactive.
  • *** If the domestic box office total is the same as the worldwide box office total…that means that the worldwide total is unknown.
RankMovie (Year)Who Played TarzanAdjusted B.O. Domestic (mils.)Adjusted B.O. Worldwide (mils.)Critic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Tarzan And His Mate (1934)Johnny Weissmuller$84.90$200.6080.0%00 / 0050.76
Tarzan The Ape Man (1932)Johnny Weissmuller$146.40$267.2075.5%00 / 0058.17
Tarzan (1999)Voice by Tony Goldwyn$285.00$746.9075.0%01 / 0167.25
Tarzan the Magnificent (1960)Gordon Scott$31.50$48.1073.5%00 / 0039.42
Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)Johnny Weissmuller$147.00$249.5072.5%00 / 0056.85
Tarzan Escapes (1936)Johnny Weissmuller$112.50$197.2068.0%00 / 0049.40
Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941)Johnny Weissmuller$138.40$258.8065.5%00 / 0052.23
Tarzan Finds A Son (1939)Johnny Weissmuller$125.10$193.9064.0%00 / 0049.47
The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Alexander Skarsgård$101.60$157.6064.0%00 / 0045.82
Tarzan Triumphs (1943)Johnny Weismuller$120.40$213.2063.5%00 / 0048.50
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan (1984)Christopher Lambert$115.10$115.1062.5%03 / 0048.42
Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963)Jock Mahoney$28.00$62.3060.0%00 / 0032.54
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946)Johnny Weissmuller$77.10$157.7058.5%00 / 0039.44
Tarzan's Greatest Adventure (1959)Gordon Scott$35.10$35.1057.5%00 / 0032.46
Tarzan's Savage Fury (1952)Lex Barker$17.10$38.0057.0%00 / 0029.44
Tarzan and the Amazons (1945)Johnny Weissmuller$72.00$158.5056.5%00 / 0037.72
Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943)Johnny Weissmuller$73.10$160.1055.5%00 / 0037.41
Tarzan and the Huntress (1947)Johnny Weissmuller$71.40$145.0055.0%00 / 0036.92
Tarzan and the Lost Safari (1957)Gordon Scott$39.40$93.6054.5%00 / 0031.73
Tarzan's Peril (1951)Lex Barker$36.10$70.8053.0%00 / 0030.51
Tarzan and the Jungle Boy (1968)Mike Henry$9.70$9.7050.0%00 / 0025.00
Tarzan and the Great River (1967)Mike Henry$15.70$16.0050.0%00 / 0025.93
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966)Mike Henry$19.20$19.4049.0%00 / 0026.01
Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948)Johnny Weissmuller$58.20$108.7048.5%00 / 0031.82
Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949)Lex Barker$49.00$90.2048.0%00 / 0030.16
Tarzan and the Slave Girl (1950)Lex Barker$40.10$75.9047.5%00 / 0028.54
Tarzan of the Apes (1918)Elmo Lincoln$49.60$49.7045.0%00 / 0028.84
Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953)Lex Barker$11.80$26.1042.0%00 / 0021.57
Tarzan's Hidden Jungle (1955)Gordon Scott$19.50$43.8042.0%00 / 0022.76
Tarzan's Fight for Life (1958)Gordon Scott$28.90$78.4041.0%00 / 0023.75
Tarzan Goes To India (1962)Jock Mahoney$35.30$86.8036.5%00 / 0022.62
Tarzan the Ape Man (1959)Denny Miller$26.50$69.1034.5%00 / 0020.33
Tarzan and the Lost City (1998)Casper Van Dien$3.90$3.9032.0%00 / 0015.64
Tarzan the Ape Man (1981)Miles O'Keeffe$110.90$110.9029.0%00 / 0030.82

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Tarzanl Table

  1. Ten Tarzan movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 29.41% of his movies listed. Tarzan (1999) is the biggest Tarzan box office hit.
  2. An average Tarzan movie grosses  $67.26 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  12 Tarzan movies are rated as good movies…or 35.29% of his movies.  Tarzan And His Mate (1934) is the highest rated Tarzan movie while Tarzan the Ape Man (1981) is the lowest rated Tarzan movie.
  4. Two Tarzan movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 5.88% of the Tarzan movies.
  5. One Tarzan movie won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 2.94% of the Tarzan movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 39.86.  10 Tarzan movies scored higher that average….or 29.41% of the Tarzan movies.   Tarzan (1999) got the the highest UMR Score while Tarzan and the Lost City (1998) got the lowest UMR Score.
Johnny Weissmuller played Tarzan 12 times

Johnny Weissmuller played Tarzan 12 times

Possibly Interesting Facts About Tarzan

1. The Tarzan stories have been translated into more than 56 languages, and reportedly more than 25 million copies of the Tarzan books have been sold worldwide.

2. The first actor to play Tarzan was Elmo Lincoln in 1918’s Tarzan of the Apes

3. Johnny Weissmuller played Tarzan the most times: 12 movies from 1932 to 1948.  To see a list of other Tarzans….check out this page from HubPages’ Glory Miller.  Actors Who Played Tarzan.

4. Maureen O’Sullivan and Brenda Joyce played Jane the most times.  O’Sullivan played Jane 6 times while Joyce played Jane five times.

5. Brenda Joyce is the only actress to appear opposite a different Tarzan.  She starred  opposite Johnny Weissmuller four times. However, her last performance as Jane, in 1949’s Tarzan’s Magic Fountain,  was with Lex Barker as Tarzan

6. Lex Barker played Tarzan 5 times from 1949 to 1953.  Each time a different actress played Jane.

7. Mike Henry played Tarzan 3 times. Henry experienced so many traumas (chimp bites, infections, and that the chimp almost tore off his jaw) that he quit the Tarzan series. Henry would file two law suits  against the Tarzan producers.

8.  The Legend of Tarzan starring Samuel L, Jackson (not as Tarzan) was the first Tarzan movie in 17 years.

9. The art work for the Tarzan movie poster is very impressive.  An excellent movie blog to check out is Tarzan Movie Posters by Steve Lensman.

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

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25 thoughts on “Tarzan Movies

  1. I loved The Legend of Tarzan. Shocked there have been so many Tarzan movies. Go see the new one right now you will not be disappointed.

    1. Hey Travis…..glad you enjoyed The Legend of Tarzan. I will have to check that one out…..though I got a 5 minute sneak peek today….as I was waiting for The Secret Lives of Pets to start. Tarzan movies are closing in on 100 years now. Thanks for stopping by.

      1. The legend of Tarzan was rubbish…Tarzan was called John right through the movie.
        Special effects…TRzan doesn’t need special effects, that ridiculous stampede at the end and Tarzan flying between vines…stupid.
        And the title was misleading,..little about the legend, just another weak story…
        Should have been called TARZAN RESCUES JANE AGAIN

        1. Hey Gary….thanks for the mini-review….seems this one is on a rollercoaster ride….the first reviews were pretty brutal…..then it got some good ones….and now some more bad ones are coming in. It has now reached $100 million in North America box office….at first I thought it was going to be lucky to reach $40 million. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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