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.
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 who played Jane…..if she was in the movie.
- Sort Tarzan movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
- 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.
|R||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Review %||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score||S|
|R||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Actual B.O. Domestic (mil)||Adj. B.O. Domestic (mil)||Adj. B.O. Worldwide (mil)||B.O. Rank by Year||Review %||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score||S|
|1||Tarzan (1999)||Voice by Tony Goldwyn||171.10||292.5||766.2||6||80||01 / 01||96.0|
|2||Tarzan The Ape Man (1932)||Johnny Weissmuller||3.80||150.2||310.6||8||76||00 / 00||88.3|
|3||Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)||Johnny Weissmuller||5.10||150.8||287.4||42||72||00 / 00||87.2|
|4||Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941)||Johnny Weissmuller||4.60||142.0||324.0||36||66||00 / 00||82.3|
|5||Tarzan And His Mate (1934)||Johnny Weissmuller||2.30||87.1||240.6||42||80||00 / 00||80.3|
|6||Tarzan Finds a Son (1939)||Johnny Weissmuller||4.20||128.4||258.0||46||64||00 / 00||78.9|
|7||Tarzan Escapes (1936)||Johnny Weissmuller||3.30||115.4||248.1||40||68||00 / 00||78.8|
|8||Tarzan Triumphs (1943)||Johnny Weismuller||4.30||123.6||240.7||73||64||00 / 00||77.5|
|9||Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan (1984)||Christopher Lambert||45.90||118.1||118.1||16||62||03 / 00||77.4|
|10||The Legend of Tarzan (2016)||Alexander Skarsgård||126.60||126.6||356.7||23||59||00 / 00||75.4|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Tarzanl Table
- 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.
- An average Tarzan movie grosses $71.20 million in adjusted box office gross.
- 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.
- Two Tarzan movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 5.88% of the Tarzan movies.
- One Tarzan movie won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 2.94% of the Tarzan movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 60. 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.
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.
But Wait….We Have More Tarzan Movie Stats….Worldwide Adjusted Box Office Grosses
- Tarzan (1999) $747.00 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- The Legend of Tarzan (2016) $356.60 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan’s Secret Treasure (1941) $315.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan The Ape Man (1932) $302.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan’s New York Adventure (1942) $280.00 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan Finds a Son (1939) $251.10 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan Escapes (1936) $241.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan Triumphs (1943) $240.60 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan And His Mate (1934) $233.90 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan’s Desert Mystery (1943) $191.00 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan and the Amazons (1945) $182.90 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946) $174.20 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan and the Huntress (1947) $159.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948) $114.80 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan’s Magic Fountain (1949) $103.30 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan and the Slave Girl (1950) $89.20 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan and the Lost Safari (1957) $85.80 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan’s Peril (1951) $83.10 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan’s Fight for Life (1958) $70.20 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan Goes To India (1962) $65.60 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan the Ape Man (1959) $58.50 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan’s Three Challenges (1963) $52.40 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle (1955) $43.90 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan’s Savage Fury (1952) $38.20 million in adjusted worldwide gross
- Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953) $26.10 million in adjusted worldwide gross
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