Elvis Presley's Films, Best to Worst

by Oldies44 | created - 04 Jul 2013 | updated - 25 Feb 2014 | Public

Ranking The King's Films from my personal favorites to the ones I did not admire so much. This is just my personal opinion.

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1. Follow That Dream (1962)

109 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A family of ragtag vagabonds sets up a makeshift home on a Florida beach after becoming marooned there, prompting an uptight local bureaucrat to attempt to evict them.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Elvis Presley, Arthur O'Connell, Anne Helm, Joanna Moore

Votes: 2,054

Funniest Elvis picture, Arthur O'Connel is a great accompanist to Elvis.

2. Loving You (1957)

Approved | 101 min | Drama, Musical

A musician and a publicist help a delivery man achieve stardom.

Director: Hal Kanter | Stars: Elvis Presley, Lizabeth Scott, Wendell Corey, James Gleason

Votes: 1,710

Elvis plays his part perfectly and his supporting cast also does very well. Raw talent at its best.

3. Flaming Star (1960)

Approved | 101 min | Western

When fighting breaks out between two cultures in West Texas, the mixed-blood Pacer tries to act as a peacemaker, but the "flaming star of death" pulls him irrevocably into the deadly violence.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Elvis Presley, Barbara Eden, Steve Forrest, Dolores del Rio

Votes: 2,729 | Gross: $0.90M

Very emotional performance by Elvis in this one.

4. Blue Hawaii (1961)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Musical

58 Metascore

After arriving back in Hawaii from the Army, Chad Gates defies his parents' wishes for him to work at the family business and instead goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury, Nancy Walters

Votes: 4,908 | Gross: $10.44M

Very funny picture with a nice story that doesn't jump around too much.

5. Wild in the Country (1961)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Musical

A troubled young man discovers that he has a knack for writing when a counselor encourages him to pursue a literary career.

Director: Philip Dunne | Stars: Elvis Presley, Hope Lange, Tuesday Weld, Millie Perkins

Votes: 1,379

Great dramatic performance, the love triangle (or square depending on how you look at it.) makes a great story line for this one.

6. Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Music, Musical

After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett becomes a teenage rock star.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 7,124 | Gross: $4.00M

Best Performance, not just acting or singing, but his best all-around performance. He lit up the screen every second he was on it the entire show.

7. King Creole (1958)

PG | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

A rebellious young man takes a job as a nightclub singer to make ends meet, attracting the attention of a local crime boss.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau, Dolores Hart

Votes: 4,015

Best acting performance of all of his movies. Bad boy Elvis at his best.

8. G.I. Blues (1960)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Musical

Tulsa, a soldier with dreams of running his own nightclub, places a bet with his friend Dynamite that he can win the heart of an untouchable dancer...but when Dynamite is transferred, Tulsa must replace him in the bet.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, Robert Ivers, James Douglas

Votes: 2,933 | Gross: $4.30M

Great start to his Post-Army acting career, too bad it was a downward spiral from here. Best soundtrack by far, not one bad song.

9. Love Me Tender (1956)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

At the end of the Civil War, a Confederate team is ordered to rob a Union payroll train but the war ends leaving these men with their Union loot, until the Feds come looking for it.

Director: Robert D. Webb | Stars: Richard Egan, Debra Paget, Elvis Presley, Robert Middleton

Votes: 3,288 | Gross: $4.50M

Early Elvis buds into a star in this one.

10. Stay Away, Joe (1968)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A mixed race American Indian rodeo champ returns to the reservation to help his people out.

Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Elvis Presley, Burgess Meredith, Joan Blondell, Katy Jurado

Votes: 987

Very funny, the opening scene with Joe Lightcloud chasing cows in his Cadillac and riding the bull into the corral from the pasture is very entertaining.

11. Live a Little, Love a Little (1968)

M | 90 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Photographer Greg Nolan moonlights in two full-time jobs to pay the rent, but has trouble finding time to do them both without his bosses finding out.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Elvis Presley, Michele Carey, Don Porter, Rudy Vallee

Votes: 1,357

Very nice adult-comedy, lots of funny scenes in tied into an odd storyline.

12. Tickle Me (1965)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A singing rodeo rider hires on at an expensive all-women dude ranch and beauty spa. He falls for a pretty fitness trainer who is constantly threatened by a gang who wants her late grandfather's cache of gold hidden in a ghost town.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Elvis Presley, Julie Adams, Jocelyn Lane, Jack Mullaney

Votes: 1,270 | Gross: $3.00M

13. Girl Happy (1965)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A Chicago mobster hires a rock and roll singer and his band to keep an eye on his daughter during Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Harold J. Stone, Gary Crosby

Votes: 1,908 | Gross: $3.10M

14. Kid Galahad (1962)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, Musical, Sport

After completing his military service, Walter Gulick takes a job as a sparring partner at a gym, the owner of which sees potential in Walter as a professional fighter and takes him under his wing.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Elvis Presley, Gig Young, Lola Albright, Joan Blackman

Votes: 2,204 | Gross: $1.75M

15. Frankie and Johnny (1966)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A riverboat singer with a weakness for gambling wants to find his lucky red head, but his girlfriend Frankie is not amused.

Director: Frederick De Cordova | Stars: Elvis Presley, Donna Douglas, Harry Morgan, Sue Ane Langdon

Votes: 1,586

16. It Happened at the World's Fair (1963)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Mike and Danny fly a crop duster, but because of Danny's gambling debts, a local sheriff seizes it. Trying to earn money, they hitch-hike to the World's Fair in Seattle. While Danny tries ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Elvis Presley, Joan O'Brien, Gary Lockwood, Vicky Tiu

Votes: 2,118 | Gross: $2.25M

17. Change of Habit (1969)

G | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Music

An incognito nun tries to help a doctor clean up an inner city ghetto, with the pair growing closer as time goes on.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara McNair, Jane Elliot

Votes: 1,894

Elvis wraps up his acting career with a decent performance.

18. Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Musical

69 Metascore

Race car driver Lucky Jackson goes to Las Vegas to earn money to pay for a new engine for his motor car. Working as a waiter, he still finds the time to court young Rusty Martin.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, Cesare Danova, William Demarest

Votes: 6,032 | Gross: $5.13M

19. Speedway (1968)

G | 94 min | Comedy, Musical

53 Metascore

Poor bookkeeping saddles stock car driver Steve Grayson with a huge bill for back taxes which hampers his ability to continue racing competitively.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Elvis Presley, Nancy Sinatra, Bill Bixby, Gale Gordon

Votes: 1,799

20. Roustabout (1964)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Music, Musical

50 Metascore

After a singer loses his job at a coffee shop, he finds employment at a struggling carnival, but his attempted romance with a teenager leads to friction with her father.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Elvis Presley, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Freeman, Leif Erickson

Votes: 2,332 | Gross: $3.00M

21. Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Musical

When he finds out his boss is retiring to Arizona, a sailor has to find a way to buy the Westwind, a boat that he and his father built. He is also caught between two women: insensitive club singer Robin and sweet Laurel.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Elvis Presley, Stella Stevens, Jeremy Slate, Laurel Goodwin

Votes: 2,441 | Gross: $2.60M

22. The Trouble with Girls (1969)

G | 97 min | Comedy, Musical

Chautauqua manager Walter Hale and his loyal business manager struggle to keep their traveling troupe together in small town America.

Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Elvis Presley, Marlyn Mason, Nicole Jaffe, Sheree North

Votes: 1,231

23. Kissin' Cousins (1964)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

An Army officer returns to the Smoky Mountains tries to convince his kinfolk to allow the Army to build a missile site on their land. Once he gets there, he discovers he has a lookalike cousin.

Director: Gene Nelson | Stars: Elvis Presley, Arthur O'Connell, Glenda Farrell, Jack Albertson

Votes: 1,798 | Gross: $2.80M

24. Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Musical

Rick Richards is a helicopter pilot who wants to set up a charter flying service in Hawaii -- along the way he makes some friends, including a young Hawaiian girl and her father, romances Judy Hudson, and sings a few songs.

Director: Michael D. Moore | Stars: Elvis Presley, Suzanna Leigh, James Shigeta, Donna Butterworth

Votes: 1,668 | Gross: $2.50M

25. Charro! (1969)

G | 98 min | Western

Vince Hackett's gang steals a prized victory canon from Mexico and blames the deed on ex-gang member Jess Wade who wants to go straight.

Director: Charles Marquis Warren | Stars: Elvis Presley, Ina Balin, Victor French, Barbara Werle

Votes: 1,492 | Gross: $3.27M

26. Clambake (1967)

TV-G | 99 min | Comedy, Musical

The heir to an oil fortune trades places with a water-ski instructor at a Florida hotel to see if girls will like him for himself, rather than his father's money.

Director: Arthur H. Nadel | Stars: Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Will Hutchins, Bill Bixby

Votes: 2,183

27. Easy Come, Easy Go (1967)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

Navy frogman, Ted Jackson (Elvis Presley), balances his time between twin careers as a deep sea diver and nightclub singer. During a dive, Ted spots sunken treasure and returns with hope to retrieve it.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Elvis Presley, Dodie Marshall, Pat Priest, Pat Harrington Jr.

Votes: 1,196 | Gross: $1.95M

28. Fun in Acapulco (1963)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Music

Mike works on a boat in Acapulco. When the bratty daughter of the boat owner gets him fired, Mike must find new work. Little boy Rauol helps him get a job as a lifeguard and singer at a ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Elvis Presley, Ursula Andress, Elsa Cárdenas, Paul Lukas

Votes: 2,520 | Gross: $1.50M

29. Spinout (1966)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Band singer/race driver Mike McCoy must choose between marrying a beautiful rich girl and driving her father's car in a prestigious race.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Diane McBain, Dodie Marshall

Votes: 1,565

30. Double Trouble (1967)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When singer Guy Lambert goes on tour in Europe, he is pursued by two beautiful women, bumbling jewel thieves, and a mysterious killer.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Elvis Presley, Annette Day, John Williams, Yvonne Romain

Votes: 1,161 | Gross: $1.60M

31. Harum Scarum (1965)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

American singer Johnny Tyrone is enlisted by sinister forces to assassinate an Arab king whose daughter he has fallen in love with.

Director: Gene Nelson | Stars: Elvis Presley, Mary Ann Mobley, Fran Jeffries, Michael Ansara

Votes: 1,361

Bad, just bad. Poor acting by every single person in this picture.



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