Want to know the best William Holden movies? How about the worst William Holden movies? Curious about William Holden’s box office grosses or which William Holden movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which William Holden 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.
This William Holden page comes from a suggestion from fellow movie watcher mckbirdbks, as well as lots of Holden support from more movie lovers Steve Lensman, Flora Breen Robison and BERN1960 (whose every comment lately has been…”still waiting on that William Holden page”). So without any further delay…here is a movie page on the one… the only…. William Holden.
William Holden (1918-1981) was an Oscar® winning actor who appeared in motion pictures from 1939 to 1981. After appearing in two uncredited parts, Holden got his big break in 1939’s Golden Boy. Golden Boy was not a huge hit, but people became aware of William Holden the actor. For the next 10 years, he appeared in numerous movies, but it is safe to say his career was disappointing. That changed when Holden appeared in 1950’s Sunset Boulevard. He received his first Oscar® nomination for that role and it started a 10 year run for Holden that was filled with classic blockbuster movies. He won an Oscar® for 1953’s Stalag 17, appeared in the box office hits….1954’s Sabrina, 1954’s The Bridges of Toko-Ri, and 1955’s Picnic. He also helped Grace Kelly win her Oscar® for 1954’s The Country Girl and was the lead actor in 1957’s The Bridge on the River Kwai…which won the Oscar® for Best Picture.
From 1962 to 1981, Holden would appear in almost one movie a year. During this time period only three movies really stand out….1969’s The Wild Bunch, 1974’s The Towering Inferno and 1976’s Network….for which Holden would receive his final Oscar® nomination. William Holden passed away in November 1981 from injuries from a fall and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean. And finally…… one of my father’s favorite movies was The Bridge on the River Kwai….so I am sure he would be happy to see that it finished ranked number one of all of Holden’s movies according to Cogerson Movie Score.
His IMDb page shows 77 acting credits from 1938-1981. This page will rank 66 William Holden movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, cameos and his uncredited or bit roles were not included in the rankings.
William Holden 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 William Holden movies by co-stars of his movies.
- Sort William Holden movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
- Sort William Holden movies by yearly box office rank
- Sort William Holden movies how they were received by critics and audiences. 60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
- Sort William Holden movies by how many Oscar® nominations and Oscar® wins each movie won received
- Sort William Holden 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 buttons to make this table very interactive. For example type in “Barbara Stanwyck” in the search box…and up pop the 2 Holden/Stanwyck movies.
|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adjusted B.O. Domestic (mils)||Box Office Rank By Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)||Alec Guinness & Directed by David Lean||$473.40||1st of 1958||88.0%||08 / 07||83.56|
|Network (1976)||Faye Dunaway & Robert Duvall||$167.00||14th of 1976||88.0%||10 / 04||81.64|
|Sunset Blvd. (1950)||Gloria Swanson & Directed by Billy Wilder||$117.90||29th of 1950||90.5%||11 / 03||74.61|
|Born Yesterday (1950)||Judy Holliday & Directed by George Cukor||$206.50||6th of 1951||81.0%||05 / 01||74.55|
|Sabrina (1954)||Humphrey Bogart & Audrey Hepburn||$209.40||18th of 1954||84.5%||06 / 01||73.71|
|The Country Girl (1954)||Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly||$361.30||6th of 1955||77.0%||07 / 02||73.44|
|Stalag 17 (1953)||Directed by Billy Wilder||$140.50||18th of 1953||89.5%||03 / 01||73.14|
|The Towering Inferno (1974)||Paul Newman & Steve McQueen||$555.30||2nd of 1975||69.0%||08 / 03||70.68|
|Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)||Jennifer Jones||$185.30||33rd of 1955||68.5%||08 / 03||68.17|
|Picnic (1955)||Kim Novak & Rosalind Russell||$294.10||6th of 1956||65.0%||06 / 02||67.40|
|The Bridges of Toko-Ri (1954)||Grace Kelly & Mickey Rooney||$261.80||14th of 1955||73.0%||02 / 01||66.71|
|Dear Ruth (1947)||Joan Caulfield||$234.00||17th of 1947||74.5%||00 / 00||66.02|
|The World of Suzie Wong (1960)||Nancy Kwan||$261.80||8th of 1961||68.5%||00 / 00||63.20|
|Executive Suite (1954)||Barbara Stanwyck||$140.40||31st of 1954||80.5%||04 / 00||61.20|
|The Horse Soldiers (1959)||John Wayne||$152.50||18th of 1959||76.0%||00 / 00||59.36|
|The Wild Bunch (1969)||Ernest Borgnine & Warren Oates||$89.90||22nd of 1969||89.0%||02 / 00||57.81|
|The Proud and Profane (1956)||Deborah Kerr||$170.80||20th of 1956||62.5%||02 / 00||56.65|
|Rachael and the Stranger (1948)||Robert Mitchum||$133.10||44th of 1948||69.5%||00 / 00||53.29|
|The Moon Is Blue (1953)||Maggie McNamara||$174.10||15th of 1953||52.5%||03 / 00||52.86|
|Apartment For Peggy (1948)||Jeanne Crain||$152.50||27th of 1948||61.0%||00 / 00||52.31|
|Our Town (1940)||Martha Scott||$53.50||83rd of 1940||86.0%||00 / 00||51.71|
|The Fleet's In (1942)||Eddie Bracken||$145.30||42nd of 1942||59.5%||00 / 00||50.48|
|The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)||Lilli Palmer||$86.70||31st of 1962||71.0%||00 / 00||46.81|
|Casino Royale (1966)||David Niven & Woody Allen||$172.00||3rd of 1967||42.0%||01 / 00||46.80|
|Blaze of Noon (1947)||Anne Baxter||$113.90||83rd of 1947||62.0%||00 / 00||46.79|
|The Devil Brigade (1968)||Cliff Robertson||$77.20||26th of 1968||68.0%||00 / 00||43.93|
|Toward The Unknown (1956)||James Garner||$96.30||40th of 1956||61.5%||00 / 00||43.83|
|Dear Wife (1949)||Joan Caulfield||$93.90||58th of 1950||62.0%||00 / 00||43.69|
|I Wanted Wings (1941)||Ray Milland||$92.30||68th of 1941||62.0%||00 / 00||43.45|
|The Key (1958)||Sophia Loren||$88.30||39th in 1958||62.0%||00 / 00||42.83|
|The Golden Boy (1939)||Barbara Stanwyck||$90.90||55th of 1939||56.5%||01 / 00||41.05|
|The Man From Colorado (1948)||Glenn Ford||$110.90||50th of 1949||50.5%||00 / 00||40.93|
|Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)||Eleanor Parker||$64.90||79th of 1954||65.0%||00 / 00||40.61|
|S.O.B. (1981)||Julie Andrews||$45.10||52nd of 1981||70.0%||00 / 00||40.51|
|Union Station (1950)||Nancy Olson||$71.50||80th of 1950||61.5%||00 / 00||39.98|
|Damien: The Omen Part II (1978)||Lee Grant||$96.50||20th of 1978||52.0%||00 / 00||39.40|
|Force of Arms (1951)||Nancy Olson||$57.80||110th of 1951||61.0%||00 / 00||37.63|
|Streets of Laredo (1949)||Macdonald Carey||$117.10||35th of 1949||41.0%||00 / 00||37.42|
|Submarine Command (1951)||Nancy Olson||$52.00||111th of 1952||60.5%||00 / 00||36.50|
|Fedora (1978)||Marthe Keller||$8.00||115th of 1978||74.5%||00 / 00||36.26|
|Invisible Stripes (1939)||Humphrey Bogart||$43.10||86th of 1939||62.5%||00 / 00||36.06|
|Paris When It Sizzles (1964)||Audrey Hepburn||$51.20||46th of 1964||59.0%||00 / 00||35.67|
|The Lion (1962)||Trevor Howard||$38.50||67th of 1963||62.0%||00 / 00||35.11|
|Breezy (1973)||Directed by Clint Eastwood||$25.30||69th of 1974||66.0%||00 / 00||34.94|
|Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949)||Lucille Ball||$19.10||167th of 1949||68.0%||00 / 00||34.92|
|The Earthling (1980)||Ricky Schroder||$1.50||201st of 1980||73.5%||00 / 00||34.77|
|Boots Malone (1952)||Stanley Clements||$29.80||120th of 1952||63.5%||00 / 00||34.46|
|The Remarkable Andrew (1942)||Brian Donlevy||$33.20||123rd of 1942||62.0%||00 / 00||34.29|
|Those Where The Days! (1940)||Bonita Granville||$32.30||100th of 1940||62.0%||00 / 00||34.15|
|Arizona (1940)||Jean Arthur||$84.80||56th of 1940||43.0%||00 / 00||33.35|
|Forever Female (1953)||Ginger Rogers||$34.70||109th of 1953||59.0%||00 / 00||33.11|
|The 7th Dawn (1964)||Susannah York||$20.50||103rd of 1964||62.0%||00 / 00||32.32|
|The Revengers (1972)||Susan Hayward & Ernest Borgnine||$22.50||74th of 1972||59.0%||00 / 00||31.22|
|Texas (1941)||Glenn Ford||$72.40||87th of 1941||42.0%||00 / 00||30.96|
|Young And Willing (1943)||Susan Hayward||$39.10||112th of 1943||52.0%||00 / 00||30.50|
|The Turning Point (1952)||Edmond O''''Brien||$17.00||141st of 1952||59.0%||00 / 00||30.37|
|Open Season (1974)||Peter Fonda||$6.20||139th of 1974||61.0%||00 / 00||29.63|
|Father is a Bachelor (1950)||Coleen Gray||$32.80||108th of 1950||50.0%||00 / 00||28.58|
|Satan Never Sleeps (1962)||Clifton Webb||$41.70||53rd of 1962||46.5%||00 / 00||28.32|
|Wild Rovers (1971)||Ryan O''''Neal||$27.90||59th of 1971||50.5%||00 / 00||28.06|
|The Dark Past (1948)||Lee J. Cobb||$29.10||139th of 1948||50.0%||00 / 00||28.01|
|Alvarez Kelly (1966)||Richard Widmark||$26.80||82nd of 1966||50.5%||00 / 00||27.89|
|Meet The Stewarts (1942)||Frances Dee||$27.40||141st of 1942||50.0%||00 / 00||27.75|
|The Christmas Tree (1969)||Virna Lisi||$7.90||125th of 1969||52.5%||00 / 00||25.89|
|Ashanti (1979)||Michael Caine||$5.70||145th of 1979||43.0%||00 / 00||21.09|
|When Time Ran Out (1980)||Paul Newman||$12.80||109th of 1980||32.5%||01 / 00||18.59|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above William Holden Table
- Twenty-four William Holden movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 36.36% of his movies listed. The Towering Inferno (1974) was easily his biggest box office ht when looking at adjusted domestic box office gross.
- An average William Holden movie grosses $106.10 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 43 of William Holden’s movies are rated as good movies…or 65.15% of his movies. Sunset Blvd. (1950) is his highest rated movie while When Time Ran Out (1980) was his lowest rated movie.
- Eighteen William Holden movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 27.27% of his movies.
- Eleven William Holden movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 16.66% of his movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 34 William Holden movies scored higher than that average….or 51.51% of his movies. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) got the the highest UMR Score while When Time Ran Out (1980) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About William Holden
1. William Holden was Ronald Reagan’s best man, when Reagan married Nancy Davis in 1952. Holden also did the honors for lifelong friend, Glenn Ford, when Ford married Cynthia Hayward in 1977.
2. According to the book, Golden Boy: The Untold Story of William Holden by Bob Thomas, William Holden and Audrey Hepburn considered getting married while filming the 1954’s Sabrina. Hepburn ended the relationship when she found out Holden could no longer have children. When Hepburn and Holden were filming 1964’s Paris When It Sizzles, Holden tried to rekindle the relationship. At one point, Holden climbed a tree outside Hepburn’s hotel window looking for a kiss from her. After the kiss, Holden promptly fell out of the tree and crashed landed on a parked car.
3. William Holden appeared on Quigley Publishing’s Top Ten Money Making Stars list six times between 1954-1961. In 1956 he appeared as the number one Top Money Making Star.
4. William Holden received 3 Oscar® nominations for acting. He won the Oscar® for 1953’s Stalag 17. His other two nominations were for 1950’s Sunset Boulevard and 1976’s Network. He never received a Golden Globe® nomination.
5. He was so grateful to Barbara Stanwyck for her insistence on casting him in 1939’s Golden Boy, that he sent her flowers every year on the anniversary of the first day of the filming. He was also grateful to Montgomery Clift for turning down the lead role in Sunset Boulevard. After Clift turned the role down, the role went to Holden. Sunset Boulevard is considered the turning point in Holden’s 40 year career.
6. Has one of the shortest acceptance speeches in the history of the Oscars®. When his named was called as Best Actor for Stalag 17, Holden walked to the podium, said “Thank you” and left the stage.
7. Entertainment Weekly voted William Holden as the 63rd Greatest Movie Star. Holden also finished 25th in the American Film Institute’s Greatest Screen Legends poll.
8. William Holden was married one time in his life. Holden married Ardis Ankerson in 1941. They divorced in 1971. William Holden had three children….sons Peter and Scott and daughter, Virginia. Virginia was Ankerson’s daughter from her first marriage. Holden legally adopted her.
9. Roles William Holden turned down or was seriously considered for: Strangers on a Train, North By Northwest, The Guns of Navarone, The Omen, The Americanization of Emily, Mister Roberts and The Trouble With Harry.
10. Check out William Holden’s career compared to current and classic actors. Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.
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