Yul Brynner Movies

Yul Brynner in 1973's Westworld

Yul Brynner in 1973’s Westworld

Want to know the best Yul Brynner movies?  How about the worst Yul Brynner movies?  Curious about Yul Brynner’s box office grosses or which Yul Brynner movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Yul Brynner movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

Yul Brynner (1920-1985) was a Russian-born stage and Oscar® winning actor.  His IMDb page shows 48 acting credits from 1944 to 1976. This page will rank 37 Yul Brynner movies.  Movies will be ranked from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in theaters in North America were not included in the rankings.

Yul Brynner in 1956's The Ten Commandments

Yul Brynner in 1956’s The Ten Commandments

Yul Brynner 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 Yul Brynner movies by co-stars of his movies
  • Sort Yul Brynner movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Yul Brynner movies by yearly domestic box office rank
  • Sort Yul Brynner 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 Yul Brynner movie received.
  • Sort Yul Brynner 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.
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdjusted B.O. Domestic (mils)Domestic Box Office Rank By YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
The King and I (1956)Deborah Kerr$372.202nd of 195677.0%09 / 0586.04
The Ten Commandments (1956)Charlton Heston & Vincent Price$1091.901st of 195785.0%07 / 0176.60
Anastasia (1956)Ingrid Bergman$219.008th of 195779.5%02 / 0169.76
Solomon and Sheba (1959)Gina Lollobrigida$208.707th of 196061.5%00 / 0059.90
The Magnificent Seven (1960)Steve McQueen & Charles Bronson$78.5036th of 196085.3%01 / 0052.68
The Buccaneer (1958)Charlton Heston & Directed by Anthony Quinn$128.5021st of 195965.5%01 / 0051.10
Westworld (1973)Richard Benjamin & James Brolin$101.0033rd of 197374.5%00 / 0050.68
Taras Bulba (1962)Tony Curtis$109.2030th of 196367.0%01 / 0048.82
The Brothers Karamazov (1958)Claire Bloom$104.4030th of 195859.5%01 / 0044.54
The Journey (1959)Deborah Kerr & Ron Howard$51.2064th of 195972.5%00 / 0042.01
Morituri (1965)Marlon Brando$46.9062nd of 196567.0%02 / 0039.56
The Sound And The Fury (1959)Joanne Woodward$68.2054th of 195954.5%00 / 0036.19
Escape from Zahrain (1962)Sal Mineo & Jack Warden$44.5057th of 196261.5%00 / 0035.80
Cast A Giant Shadow (1966)John Wayne & Frank Sinatra$60.8035th of 196656.0%00 / 0035.74
The Light at the End of the World (1971)Kirk Douglas$23.2069th of 197168.0%00 / 0035.56
The Battle on the River Neretva (1969)Orson Welles$10.20Not in Top 10070.0%01 / 0034.88
Kings of the Sun (1963)George Chakiris$44.8049th of 196458.5%00 / 0034.43
Once More With Feeling! (1960)Directed by Stanley Donen$52.4062nd of 196055.0%00 / 0033.97
Flight from Ashiya (1964)Richard Widmark & George Chakiris$20.50Not in Top 10063.0%00 / 0032.79
Surprise Package (1960)Mitzi Gaynor & Noël Coward$38.4075th of 196056.0%00 / 0032.27
The Serpent (1973)Henry Fonda$11.50Not in Top 10063.0%00 / 0031.39
Futureworld (1976)Peter Fonda$48.0070th of 197650.0%00 / 0030.94
Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)George Segal$28.2068th of 196454.5%00 / 0029.99
Villa Rides (1968)Robert Mitchum & Charles Bronson$22.1075th of 196856.5%00 / 0029.99
Triple Cross (1966)Christopher Plummer & Trevor Howard$8.10115th of 196660.5%00 / 0029.70
Port of New York (1949)Scott Brady$15.00Not in Top 10054.5%00 / 0027.95
Adios Sabata (1970)Dean Reed$6.60Not in Top 10056.0%00 / 0027.34
Return Of The Seven (1966)Warren Oates$24.9080th of 196646.5%00 / 0025.72
The Ultimate Warrior (1975)Max von Sydow$10.00Not in Top 10051.0%00 / 0025.52
Romance of a Horsethief (1971)Eli Wallach$9.50Not in Top 10050.0%00 / 0024.97
The Long Duel (1967)Trevor Howard$9.10Not in Top 10049.5%00 / 0024.67
Catlow (1971)Leonard Nimoy$10.10Not in Top 10049.0%00 / 0024.60
Fuzz (1972)Burt Reynolds & Raquel Welch$45.1042nd of 197236.5%00 / 0024.14
The File of the Golden Goose (1969)Edward Woodward$8.70Not in Top 10047.5%00 / 0023.67
The Double Man (1967)Britt Ekland$10.90Not in Top 10045.5%00 / 0023.07
The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)Katharine Hepburn & Danny Kaye$11.10108th of 196939.5%00 / 0020.28
Death Rage (1976)Martin Balsam$1.20Not in Top 10041.0%00 / 0019.46

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Yul Brynner Table

  1. Eight Yul Brynner movie crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 21.62% of his movies listed. The Ten Commandments (1956) is his biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Yul Brynner movie grosses $85.30 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  16 of Yul Brynner’s movies are rated as good movies…or 43.24% of his movies.  The Magnificent Seven (1960) is his highest rated movie while Fuzz (1972) is his lowest rated movie.
  4. Nine Yul Brynner movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 24.32% of his movies.
  5. Three Yul Brynner movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 8.10% of his movies.
  6. An good Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 40.00.  10 Yul Brynner movie scored higher that average….or 27.02% of his movies. The King and I (1956) got the the highest UMR Score while Death Rage (1976) got the lowest UMR Score.
Deborah Kerr & Yul Brynner in 1956's The King And I

Deborah Kerr & Yul Brynner in 1956’s The King And I

Possibly Interesting Facts About Yul Brynner

1.Yuliy Borisovich Briner was born in Russia in 1920.

2. Yul Brynner and his mother emigrated to the United States in 1940.  During World War 2, Brynner worked as a French-speaking radio announcer and commentator for the US Office of War Information, broadcasting propaganda to occupied France.

3. After the war Yul Brynner struggled as a stage actor.   One of his few successes during this time period was appearing in the 1946 play Lute Song with Mary “Peter Pan” Martin.

4. In 1951, Yul Brynner, won the role of King Mongkut in the play The King and I.  Brynner would play King Mongkut for the rest of his life….which turned out to be 4,625 performances over 30 plus years.

5. Yul Brynner won the Best Actor Oscar® for 1956’s The King And I.  It was his only Oscar® nomination.

6. Yul Brynner and superheroes part 1: Marvel’s Stan Lee used his physical likeness (noticeably his bald head and intense stare) as the visual inspiration for the original illustrations of Professor Charles Xavier in the ”X-Men” comics…this was in 1963.

7. Yul Brynner and superheroes part 2:  He was the visual inspiration for the original illustrations of the superhero Green Lantern/Abin Sur….this was in 1959.

8.  Yul Brynner was married four times. He had four children.

9. Yul Brynner died on the same day as his The Battle on the River Neretva (1969) co-star Orson Welles: October 10, 1985.

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

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32 thoughts on “Yul Brynner Movies

  1. Hey Bob
    1. Lots of great information here.
    2. Like Myrna Loy said it took years to become an over night sensation. I think Yul can say the same.
    3. I have not seen his Brando movie yet. Speaking of Brando….just checked out his restored One Eyed Jacks as well Heston as Shakespeare.
    4. Cool about Yul selling his billings.
    Good feedback as always.

  2. 1 BRUCE For a long time Yul’s publicists got away with the hype that he was an instant star in his first 3 films which were commercial blockbusters. However as your chart faithfully records his debut was actually in a supporting role in the 1949 Port of New York after which for some reason he made no more movies until 1956 and certainly in terms of box office from The Ten Commandments in 1956 until The Magnificent Seven in 1960 was a golden period for him after which his box office grosses for the most part dropped off as again you have accurately reflected in your chart. The star of Port of New York was as you have listed Scott Brady the brother of Lawrence Tierney who played the apparent Myrna Loy idolater Dillinger in the 1945 film of that name.

    2 Consistent with what you have said in Possibly Interesting Facts Yul will always be associated with The King more than any other role and if I recall correctly he even spent the declining years of his career reprising The King on the stage. I see that you have of course included Morituri in Yul’s list of movies and there is a coincidence there in that I heard him say in a radio interview that Brando was his own favourite actor. In the same interview Yul was asked how much exercise he took to maintain that panther physique that women were said to so admire and he replied that he never took exercise as he thought it was a humiliating practice and he lead such a generally active everyday life that his daily routine automatically kept him in shape.

    3 I’ve mentioned before that Yul’s son Rock Brynner said in a biography about his father that Yul habitually “sold his billing”. For example although Brynner had the title role in Taras Bulba he agreed to take 2nd billing to Curtis for an ADDITIONALl payment of $200,000 [about $1.6 million in today’s money]. Anyway I always like stuff about The King so I welcome this birthday rerun of Yul’s page -and I liked your coloured miniature from The King and I.

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