Errol Flynn Movies-Best to Worst-With Box Office Results-Reviews-Awards


 

Errol Flynn and his favorite leading lady Olivia de Havilland in 1935's Captain Blood.

 

Even though I consider myself a pretty knowledgeable movie buff, I knew very little about Errol Flynn before researching and writing this hub. I basically knew two facts about Errol Flynn. One.... he is the most famous Robin Hood of all-time and two... he made some pirate movies. After a month of reading numerous books, checking out websites and watching a few documentaries on him, I am now much more familiar with the life and career of Errol Flynn. I would highly recommend checking out the Errol Flynn Blog for even more information on the life and times of Errol Flynn....just follow this link....The Errol Flynn Blog.

Errol Flynn(1909-1959) was born in Tasmania. As a child he used to play with a wooden sword that his parents told him had belonged to Fletcher Christian. Many times he would play on his grandfather's boat...acting out Douglas Fairbanks pirate movies. This training would come in handy when he turned his attention to acting. He would appear in his first film when he was 24. By the time he was 26 he had already secured his first starring role in a big budget movie, Captain Blood. Captain Blood was a huge success and turned Flynn into a star. At 28 he turned into a superstar with his performance as Robin Hood in 1938's The Adventures of Robin Hood.

From 1935 to 1950 Flynn was one of the most successful actors in Hollywood. However his "playboy lifestyle" began to catch up with him. Starting around 1950 his movie career started to stall as his off screen lifestyle started to impact his health. He would regularly smoke at least a pack of cigarettes a day and drank heavily. Problems with his liver and heart eventually led to a fatal heart attack in 1959.

Errol Flynn has 63 acting credits. This page will look at 50 of his movies. The other 13 acting credits are either bit parts or tv parts and are not included. There will be a Top Ten Box Office table, a Top Ten Critic and Audience table and a Cogerson Movie Score table that will rank all 50 of his movies from Best (Robin Hood) to Worst (Cuban Rebel Girls). And at the end there will be 10 possibly interesting facts about Errol Flynn.



 

Errol Flynn as General George Custer in 1941's They Died With Their Boots On...his 5th biggest box office hit of his career.

Errol Flynn's Top Ten North America Box Office Movies in Adjusted for Inflation Dollars.

 

Rank
Movie (Year)
North America Adjusted for Inflation Box Office Dollars(mil)
Co-Stars
1st
 San Antonio (1945)
184.00 million
Alexis Smith
2nd
 Gentleman Jim (1942)
169.60 million
Alexis Smith
3rd
 Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
164.00 million
Humphrey Bogart
4th
 The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
163.20 million
Olivia de Havilland
5th
 They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
146.40 million
Olivia de Havilland
6th
 Dive Bomber (1941)
138.40 million
Fred MacMurray
7th
 Edge of Darkness (1943)
128.80 million
Walter Huston
8th
 Desperate Journey (1942)
121.60 million
Ronald Reagan
9th
 That Forsyte Woman (1949)
118.40 million
Greer Garson
10th
 Kim (1950)
110.40 million
Dean Stockwell






Errol Flynn in 1938's The Adventures of Robin Hood...his best movie according to critics and audiences.

Errol Flynn's Top Ten Movies based on critics and audience voting

 

Rank

Movie (Year)

Critic Audience Rating

Co-Stars

1st

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

86%

Olivia de Havilland

2nd

Captain Blood (1935)

86%

Olivia de Havilland

3rd

The Sea Hawk (1940)

85%

Claude Rains

4th

Gentleman Jim (1942)

84%

Alexis Smith

5th

Uncertain Glory (1944)

80%

Paul Lukas

6th

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

77%

Olivia de Havilland

7th

The Dawn Patrol (1938)

77%

David Niven

8th

Dodge City (1939)

77%

Olivia de Havilland

9th

They Died with Their Boots On (1941)

77%

Olivia de Havilland

10th

Edge of Darkness (1943)

74%

Walter Huston

 


 

Henry Daniell (the bad guy) fighting Flynn (the good guy of course) in 1940's The Sea Hawk...ranked as Flynn's 6th best movie according to Cogerson Movie Score.

 

Errol Flynn's 50 Movies ranked by Cogerson Movie Score.

Movie Score is box office results + critical reception + award recognition.

Perfect score would be 100.

 

Rank  
Movie (Year)
Adjusted for Inflation Box Office (Millions)  
Cogerson Movie Score  
Critics Audience Rating  
Oscar® Noms / Wins  
Co-Stars  
1st
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
$163.20
70.13
86%
04 / 03
Olivia de Havilland
2nd
Gentleman Jim (1942)
$169.60
63.13
84%
00 / 00
Alexis Smith
3rd
San Antonio (1945)
$184.00
59.34
61%
02 / 00
Alexis Smith
4th
They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
$146.40
56.23
77%
00 / 00
Olivia de Havilland
5th
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
$164.00
53.69
58%
01 / 00
Humphrey Bogart
6th
The Sea Hawk (1940)
$102.40
52.62
85%
04 / 00
Claude Rains
7th
Captain Blood (1935)
$80.00
52.09
86%
05 / 00
Olivia de Havilland
8th
Edge of Darkness (1943)
$128.80
51.65
74%
00 / 00
Walter Huston
9th
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
$102.40
50.22
77%
03 / 01
Olivia de Havilland
10th
Desperate Journey (1942)
$121.60
49.06
69%
01 / 00
Ronald Reagan
Rank
Movie (Year)
Adjusted for Inflation Box Office (Millions) 
Cogerson Movie Score
Critics Audience Rating
Oscar® Noms / Wins
Co-Stars
11th
Dive Bomber (1941)
$138.40
48.40
58%
01 / 00
Fred MacMurray
12th
That Forsyte Woman (1949)
$118.40
48.26
69%
01 / 00
Greer Garson
13th
Dodge City (1939)
$100.80
46.94
77%
00 / 00
Olivia de Havilland
14th
Objective Burma! (1945)
$103.20
46.93
70%
03 / 00
James Brown
15th
Kim (1950)
$110.40
46.05
69%
00 / 00
Paul Lukas
16th
The Dawn Patrol (1938)
$91.20
45.02
77%
00 / 00
David Niven
17th
Adventures of Don Juan (1948)
$83.20
41.41
65%
02 / 01
Robert Douglas
18th
Silver River (1948)
$96.80
40.52
61%
00 / 00
Ann Sheridan
19th
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
$94.40
39.87
60%
00 / 00
Ronald Reagan
20th
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
$60.00
39.84
71%
05 / 00
Bette Davis
Rank
Movie (Year)
Adjusted for Inflation Box Office (Millions) 
Cogerson Movie Score
Critics Audience Rating
Oscar® Noms / Wins
Co-Stars
21st
Escape Me Never (1947)
$109.60
37.84
46%
00 / 00
Ida Lupino
22nd
Footsteps in the Dark (1941)
$63.20
36.95
70%
00 / 00
Ralph Bellamy
23rd
The Sun Also Rises (1957)
$94.40
36.90
52%
00 / 00
Tyrone Power
24th
The Roots of Heaven (1958)
$88.00
36.84
55%
00 / 00
Trevor Howard
25th
Virginia City (1940)
$81.60
36.44
58%
00 / 00
Humphrey Bogart
26th
Uncertain Glory (1944)
$42.40
36.29
80%
00 / 00
Paul Lukas
27th
Rocky Mountain (1950)
$62.40
36.09
68%
00 / 00
Patrice Wymore
28th
The Prince and the Pauper (1937)
$69.60
35.44
62%
00 / 00
Claude Rains
29th
Green Light (1937)
$66.40
34.79
62%
00 / 00
Anita Louise
30th
Never Say Goodbye (1946)
$62.40
34.18
62%
00 / 00
Eleanor Parker
Rank
Movie (Year)
Adjusted for Inflation Box Office (Millions) 
Cogerson Movie Score
Critics Audience Rating
Oscar® Noms / Wins
Co-Stars
31st
The Master of Ballantrae (1953)
$58.40
34.08
64%
00 / 00
Roger Livesey
32nd
Cry Wolf (1947)
$95.20
33.74
42%
00 / 00
Barbara Stanwyck
33rd
Montana (1950)
$76.80
32.32
49%
00 / 00
Alexis Smith
34th
The Sisters (1938)
$60.00
32.29
58%
00 / 00
Bette Davis
35th
The Perfect Specimen (1937)
$50.40
32.12
63%
00 / 00
Joan Blondell
36th
Against All Flags (1952)
$51.20
32.11
63%
00 / 00
Maureen O'Hara
37th
Northern Pursuit (1943)
$88.00
31.25
39%
00 / 00
Julie Bishop
38th
Four's A Crowd (1938)
$53.60
31.02
58%
00 / 00
Olivia de Havilland
39th
Mara Maru (1952)
$48.00
30.95
61%
00 / 00
Raymond Burr
40th
Another Dawn (1937)
$48.80
30.76
60%
00 / 00
Kay Francis
Rank
Movie (Year)
Adjusted for Inflation Box Office (Millions) 
Cogerson Movie Score
Critics Audience Rating
Oscar® Noms / Wins
Co-Stars
41st
Crossed Swords (1954)
$31.20
30.03
68%
00 / 00
Gina Lollobrigida
42nd
Too Much Too Soon (1958)
$28.00
29.05
67%
00 / 00
Dorothy Malone
43rd
Istanbul (1957)
$24.80
26.65
62%
00 / 00
Cornell Borchers
44th
The Dark Avenger (1955)
$25.60
26.47
61%
00 / 00
Joanne Dru
45th
Adventures of Captain Fabian (1951)
$15.24
23.68
59%
00 / 00
Vincent Price
46th
Let's Make Up (1954)
$19.20
23.44
56%
00 / 00
Anna Neagle
47th
In The Wake of the Bounty (1933)
$15.22
22.11
55%
00 / 00
Arthur Greenaway
48th
King's Rhapsody (1955)
$15.10
21.75
54%
00 / 00
Anna Neagle
49th
The Big Boodle (1957)
$16.00
20.35
49%
00 / 00
Rosanna Rory
50th
Cuban Rebel Girls (1959)
$1.60
9.06
25%
00 / 00
Fidel Castro


10 Possibly Interesting Facts About Errol Flynn

 

1. Errol Flynn was the first actor to play Fletcher Christian in a film that had sound. He played Christian in 1933's The Wake of the Bounty.....later Clark Gable, Marlon Brando and Mel Gibson would play the same part.

2. Errol Flynn and the Perry Mason connection. One of his first Hollywood movies was The Case of the Curious Bride...which was one of the first ever Perry Mason movies. Flynn got to play the corpse. Later Flynn would co-star with Raymond Burr in Mara Maru....Burr would later go on to fame playing Perry Mason on the television series.

3. Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland were one of the screen's most popular couples. They would appear in 9 movies together from 1935 to 1943. Olivia de Havilland is still very much alive as she approaches the century mark.

4. Errol Flynn was married 3 times in his life. His first marriage to Lila Damita produced a son named Sean. His second marriage to Nora Eddington produced two daughters named Deirdre and Rory. His final marriage to Patrice Wymore produced one daughter named Arnella.

5. His son Sean, followed in his dad's footsteps and has 10 IMDB credits to his name. His most famous movie role was in The Son Of Captain Blood (1962). The Son of Captain Blood was a sequel to the movie that made Errol Flynn famous, Captain Blood(1935). Later Sean Flynn turned towards a career as a freelance photojournalist. Sadly, Sean Flynn went missing while on assignment in Cambodia in 1970.

6. The saying ..."In Like Flynn" became popular when Flynn was tried for statutory rape in 1942 but was acquitted....during the very high profile case, comedians of the day started to use the saying and it caught on.

7. His drinking was legendary....he would inject oranges with vodka and eat them during his breaks so no one would know he was drinking on the set....during a play in the late 1950s his assistant would stage alcohol throughout the set, so Flynn could drink while performing.

8. Errol Flynn and Alan Hale Sr. (one of my favorite character actors) appeared in 11 movies together. Alan Hale Sr. was the father of Alan Hale Jr....better known as The Skipper on Gilligan's Island.

9. The movie My Favorite Year is based on Mel Brooks' encounter with Flynn on a television show in the 1950s....in that movie Peter O'Toole played the Flynn character. Also Jude Law portrayed Errol Flynn in The Aviator.

10. Errol Flynn is the 33nd classic actor/actress to receive a Cogerson career review page. My Greatest Actors/Actress Table has two separate tables for current and classic actors/actresses.....Errol Flynn comes in at #22 on the classic table one spot behind #21 James Cagney and one spot ahead of #23 William Holden.

 

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