Elvis Presley's Films, Best to Worstby 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.
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.
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.
Votes: 2,743 | Gross: $0.90M
Very emotional performance by Elvis in this one.
4. Blue Hawaii (1961)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Musical
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.
Votes: 4,930 | 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.
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.
Votes: 7,165 | 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.
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.
Votes: 2,948 | 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.
Votes: 3,303 | 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.
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.
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.
Votes: 1,275 | 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.
Votes: 1,918 | 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.
Votes: 2,210 | 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.
16. It Happened at the World's Fair (1963)
Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Mike and Danny hitch a ride to the World's Fair in Seattle after the sheriff seizes their crop duster biplane to cover Danny's gambling debts. Mike looks after the driver's 7 y.o. niece at the fair, where he meets a cute nurse.
Votes: 2,126 | 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.
Elvis wraps up his acting career with a decent performance.
18. Viva Las Vegas (1964)
Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Musical
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.
Votes: 6,058 | Gross: $5.13M
20. Roustabout (1964)
PG | 101 min | Drama, Music, Musical
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.
Votes: 2,348 | 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.
Votes: 2,466 | 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.
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.
Votes: 1,807 | 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.
Votes: 1,679 | 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.
Votes: 1,498 | 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.
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.
Votes: 1,201 | Gross: $1.95M
28. Fun in Acapulco (1963)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Music
A yacht owner's spoiled daughter gets Mike fired, but a boy helps him get a job as singer at Acapulco Hilton etc. He upsets the lifeguard by taking his girl and 3 daily work hours. Mike's also seeing a woman bullfighter.
Votes: 2,552 | 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.
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.
Votes: 1,166 | 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.
Bad, just bad. Poor acting by every single person in this picture.