Errol Flynn Movies - Best to Worst - With Box Office Results, Reviews, Awards Ranking 50 Errol Flynn Films


 

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

PAGE UPDATE:  After a many year search I was able to finally get my hands on part of the William Schaefer Warner Brothers ledgers.  In those ledgers I was able to find better box office information on about 40% of Errol Flynn's movies.  Most of my previous Errol Flynn box office numbers were pretty accurate....but 3 movies needed major adjustments.  Gentleman Jim (1942) and San Antonio (1945) were the big losers as I had their box office numbers too high.  Their box office reduction knocked both movies out of the Top 5 in my rankings of Flynn movies.  The big winner was Northern Pursuit (1943) as I had its box office too low.  The box office adjustment moved Northern Pursuit from 36th to 19th place in my rankings...as well making it into Flynn's Top Ten box office hits.  In this update I have also included, when available, worldwide box office and box office rank by year.  02/11/2015.

Even though I consider myself a pretty knowledgeable movie buff, I knew very little about Errol Flynn before researching and writing this page. 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
Co-Stars
1st
 San Antonio (1945)
187.00 million
Alexis Smith
2nd

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

177.80 million

Olivia de Havilland

3rd
 Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
149.40 million
Humphrey Bogart
4th

Desperate Journey (1942)

125.00 million

Ronald Reagan

5th
 Edge of Darkness (1943)
121.80 million
Walter Huston
6th
 That Forsyte Woman (1949)
120.30 million

Greer Garson

7th
 They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
119.40 million

Olivia de Havilland

8th
 Northern Pursuit (1943)
115.30 million
Julie Bishop
9th
 Kim (1950)
112.20 million
Dean Stockwell
10th

Dive Bomber (1941)

112.10 million

Fred MacMurray






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.

 

*Worldwide Box Office Not Available

Rank  
Movie (Year)

Adjusted for Inflation North America Box Office  

Adjusted for Inflation Worldwide Box Office

Variety Box Office Rank By Year
Cogerson Movie Score  
Critics Audience Rating  
Oscar® Noms / Wins  
Co-Stars  
1st
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
$177.80
million
$313.40
million
#4 of 1938
73.06
86%
04 / 03
Olivia de Havilland
2nd
They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
$119.40
million
$255.80
million
#14 of 1942
56.23
77%
00 / 00
Olivia de Havilland
3rd
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
$149.40
million

$216.80
million

#18 of 1943
53.69
58%
01 / 00
Humphrey Bogart
4th
The Sea Hawk (1940)
$102.40
million
$169.10
million
#10 of 1940
52.62
85%
04 / 00
Claude Rains
5th
Captain Blood (1935)
$81.20
million

$153.50
million

#8 of 1935
52.09
86%
05 / 00
Olivia de Havilland
6th

San Antonio (1945)

$187.00

million

$187.00

million*
#16 of 1945 52.06 61% 02 / 00

Alexis Smith

7th
Edge of Darkness (1943)
$121.80
million

$219.20
million

#35 of 1943
51.65
74%
00 / 00
Walter Huston
8th

Gentleman Jim (1942)

$109.60

million

$237.10

million
#27 of 1942 51.14 84% 00 / 00 Alexis Smith
9th
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
$104.10
million

$212.70

million
#9 of 1936
50.22
77%
03 / 01
Olivia de Havilland
10th
Desperate Journey (1942)
$125.10
million

$245.20

million
#23 of 1942
49.06
69%
01 / 00
Ronald Reagan
Rank
Movie (Year)

Adjusted for Inflation North America Box Office  

Adjusted for Inflation Worldwide Box Office

Variety Box Office Rank By Year

Cogerson Movie Score
Critics Audience Rating
Oscar® Noms / Wins
Co-Stars
11th
Dive Bomber (1941)
$112.10
million

$166.50

million
#21 of 1941
48.42
58%
01 / 00
Fred MacMurray
12th
That Forsyte Woman (1949)
$118.40
million
$118.40
million*
#41 of 1949
48.41
69%
01 / 00
Greer Garson
13th
Dodge City (1939)
$99.90
million

$161.60

million
#9 of 1939
48.38
77%
00 / 00
Olivia de Havilland
14th
Objective Burma! (1945)
$103.20
million
$103 .20
million*
Not in Top 40 of 1945
46.93
70%
03 / 00
James Brown
15th
Kim (1950)
$110.40
million
$110.40
million*
#12 of 1951
46.05
69%
00 / 00
Paul Lukas
16th
The Dawn Patrol (1938)
$86.90
million
$144.60
million
#17 of 1938
45.02
77%
00 / 00
David Niven
17th

Santa Fe Trail (1940)

$111.20
million
$161.50
million
#12 of 1941 43.24 60% 00 / 00

Ronald Reagan

18th
Adventures of Don Juan (1948)
$83.20
million
$83.20
million*
#55 of 1949
41.41
65%
02 / 01
Robert Douglas
19th

Northern Pursuit (1943)

$115.30

million

$193.30

million

#57 of 1943 40.91 51% 00 / 00

Julie Bishop

20th
Silver River (1948)
$96.80
million
$96.80
million*
#57 of 1948
40.52
61%
00 / 00
Ann Sheridan
Rank
Movie (Year)

Adjusted for Inflation North America Box Office  

Adjusted for Inflation Worldwide Box Office

Variety Box Office Rank By Year

Cogerson Movie Score
Critics Audience Rating
Oscar® Noms / Wins
Co-Stars

21st

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

$59.50
million

$102.20

million

#47 of 1939 39.84 71% 05 / 00 Bette Davis
22nd

Virginia City (1940)

$96.60
million

$134.80

million

#16 of 1940 39.44 58% 00 / 00

Humphrey Bogart

23rd

Green Light (1937)

$86.10
million
$114.50
million
#8 of 1937 38.74 62% 00 / 00

Anita Louise

24th
Escape Me Never (1947)
$109.60
million
$109.60
million*
#58 of 1947
37.84
46%
00 / 00
Ida Lupino
25th
Footsteps in the Dark (1941)
$63.20
million

$63.20

million*

Not in Top 50 of 1941

36.95
70%
00 / 00
Ralph Bellamy
26th
The Sun Also Rises (1957)
$94.40
million
$94.40
million*
#20 of 1957
36.90
52%
00 / 00
Tyrone Power
27th
The Roots of Heaven (1958)
$88.00
million
$88.00
million*
#23 of 1958
36.84
55%
00 / 00
Trevor Howard
28th
Uncertain Glory (1944)
$42.40
million
$42.40
million*
Not in Top 72 of 1944
36.29
80%
00 / 00
Paul Lukas
29th
Rocky Mountain (1950)
$62.40
million
$62.40
million*
#62 of 1950
36.09
68%
00 / 00
Patrice Wymore
30th
The Prince and the Pauper (1937)
$70.70
million
$115.10
million
#10 of 1937
35.44
62%
00 / 00
Claude Rains
Rank
Movie (Year)
Adjusted for Inflation North America Box Office  

Adjusted for Inflation Worldwide Box Office

Variety Box Office Rank By Year

Cogerson Movie Score
Critics Audience Rating
Oscar® Noms / Wins
Co-Stars
31st

Never Say Goodbye (1946)

$62.40
million

$62.40
million

Not in Top 100 of 1946 34.18 62% 00 / 00 Eleanor Parker
32nd
The Master of Ballantrae (1953)
$58.40
million
$58.40
million*
#55 of 1953
34.08
64%
00 / 00
Roger Livesey
33rd
Cry Wolf (1947)
$95.20
million
$95.20
million*
#69 of 1947
33.74
42%
00 / 00
Barbara Stanwyck
34th
Montana (1950)
$76.80
million
$76.80
million*
#42 of 1950
32.32
49%
00 / 00
Alexis Smith
35th
The Sisters (1938)
$60.00
million
$60.00
million*

Not in Top 60 of 1938

32.29
58%
00 / 00
Bette Davis
36th
The Perfect Specimen (1937)
$54.40
million
$88.50
million
Warner Brothers 10th biggest hit 1937-38
32.12
63%
00 / 00
Joan Blondell
37th
Against All Flags (1952)
$51.20
million
$51.20
million*
#75 of 1953
32.11
63%
00 / 00
Maureen O'Hara
38th
Four's A Crowd (1938)
$53.60
million
$53.60
million*
Not in Top 60 of 1938
31.02
58%
00 / 00
Olivia de Havilland
39th
Mara Maru (1952)
$48.00
million
$48.00
million*
#77 of 1952
30.95
61%
00 / 00
Raymond Burr
40th
Another Dawn (1937)
$39.00
million
$53.60
million

Warner Brothers 10th biggest hit 1936-37

30.76
60%
00 / 00
Kay Francis
Rank
Movie (Year)

Adjusted for Inflation North America Box Office  

Adjusted for Inflation Worldwide Box Office

Variety Box Office Rank By Year

Cogerson Movie Score
Critics Audience Rating
Oscar® Noms / Wins
Co-Stars
41st
Crossed Swords (1954)
$31.20
million
$31.20
million*

Not in Top 72 of 1954

30.03
68%
00 / 00
Gina Lollobrigida
42nd
Too Much Too Soon (1958)
$28.00
million
$28.00
million*
#87 of 1958
29.05
67%
00 / 00
Dorothy Malone
43rd
Istanbul (1957)
$24.80
million
$24.80
million*

Not in Top 97 of 1957

26.65
62%
00 / 00
Cornell Borchers
44th
The Dark Avenger (1955)
$25.60
million
$25.60
million*

Not in Top 107 of 1955

26.47
61%
00 / 00
Joanne Dru
45th
Adventures of Captain Fabian (1951)
$15.24
million
$15.24
million*
Not in Top 131 of 1951
23.68
59%
00 / 00
Vincent Price
46th
Let's Make Up (1954)
$19.20
million
$19.20
million*

Not in Top 72 of 1954

23.44
56%
00 / 00
Anna Neagle
47th
In The Wake of the Bounty (1933)
$2.22
million
$2.22
million*
Unknown
22.11
55%
00 / 00
Arthur Greenaway
48th
King's Rhapsody (1955)
$15.10
million
$15.10
million*

Not in Top 107 of 1955

21.75
54%
00 / 00
Anna Neagle
49th
The Big Boodle (1957)
$16.00
million
$16.00
million*
Not in Top 97 of 1957
20.35
49%
00 / 00
Rosanna Rory
50th
Cuban Rebel Girls (1959)
$1.03
million
$1.03
million*

Not in Top 214 of 1959

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. Check out Errol Flynn's career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

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