Anne Baxter is one of the finest actresses the world has ever known. She was a ravaging sensation in the movie industry during the early and mid-1900s and at the time, almost all her movies and television shows were hits. For her amazing work, she was rewarded with an Academy Award and Golden Globe win.
She has starred in a plethora of award-winning and blockbuster movies throughout her career. Some of these movies include 20 Mule Team, Charley’s Aunt, Swamp Water, The Pied Piper, The Magnificent Ambersons, Crash Dive, Five Graves to Cairo, and The North Star. Sadly, this screen goddess has passed away at the Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, on the 12th of December 1985 at the age of 62 after she suffered a stroke – a week earlier.
Her filmography, which consists of over 50 films and over 40 TV shows/films, however, is a testament to her contribution to the growth of America’s movie industry. Let’s explore 14 greatest Anne Baxter movies (including TV shows), ranking them from best to worst.
1. All About Eve (1950)
This drama film was an all-round success and definitely a worthy investment by 20th Century Fox. October 13, 1950, marked the release date if this 6-time Academy award-winning movie. The film was based on a book by Mary Orr, titled The Wisdom of Eve, although it was given screen credit. It was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and stars Bette Davis, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Thelma Ritter, and Marilyn Monroe.
This movie was critically acclaimed and was welcomed with a lot of positive reviews at its release. On Rotten Tomatoes, the critics gave it a rating of 100% while the audience score was 94%. IMDb audience ratings were 8.2/10 and at the box office, the movie grossed $8.4 million against a budget of $1.4 million.
2. The Pied Piper (1942)
This Irving Pichel movie was also nominated for an Academy Award. It is an adaptation of a novel with the same name written by Nevil Shute. The movie shows the struggles of an English man tasked with the safety of an increasing number of children in France during the German Invasion. Starring alongside Anne Baxter was Monty Woolley and Roddy McDowall.
The Pied Piper was received with mostly positive reviews and remarks from critics worldwide. It had very impressive ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb from both critics and audience. The audience on both rating sites scored the film 87% and 7.2 respectively. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 100% rating. Its worldwide box office sales is unknown, however, it is known that it grossed $1.4 million in the US alone from rentals.
3. Five Graves To Cairo (1943)
This war film was set in World War II and was based on both a play and a film. The play being Hotel Imperial: Színmű négy felvonásban and the film, 1927 Hotel Imperial. Co-starring with Anne Baxter were Franchot Tone, Akim Tamiroff and Erich von Stroheim. This excellent work was nominated for the Academy Awards under several categories.
It was received with mixed reactions from critics, however, the positives were far higher. On Rotten Tomatoes, critics scored it 100% while the audience gave it 80%. On IMDb, its audience rating was 7.3/10.
4. The Ten Commandments (1956)
The biblical story of the Children of Israel and their Messiah who was to deliver them from the cruel hands of the Egyptians was retold through this 1956 film and in one of the finest ways. This film was produced, directed, and narrated by Cecil B. DeMille. It turned out to be a huge success at its release.
Anne starred alongside Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, and Debra Paget. It was received favorably by critics as well as the audience. It was rated 97% and 83% by critics and audience respectively on Rotten Tomatoes while it scored 7.3/10 on IMDb.
5. Batman (1966 – 1968)
Every comics fan and many non-comics fans are familiar with the fictional superhero character, Batman, the savior of Gotham City. This comic superhero has been adapted into various films, a television series, and even a franchise. Anne appeared on the Batman series that ran from 1966-1968 and was created by William Dozier. It featured stars such as Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton, and Stafford Repp.
This series was very successful and very popular. It was regarded as the biggest TV phenomenon of the mid-1960s. It also did well with critical (93%) and audience (73%) ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.
6. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Award-winning producer and director, Orson Welles made a masterpiece in 1942 which he titled The Magnificent Ambersons. This film is adapted from a novel of the same name published in 1918 and written by Booth Tarkington. It features Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Tim Holt, Agnes Moorehead, and Ray Collins, all working alongside Anne Baxter.
Despite the fact that most of Orson’s input in the film was removed, the movie is still regarded as the best U.S. film ever made. It was nominated 4 times for the Oscars. Accolades were also given to the film by critics as it received mostly positive reviews. It scored 89% with critics and 85% with the audience on Rotten Tomatoes and on IMDb, the movie rating was rated 7.7 stars. However, it wasn’t much of a success commercially as reports showed that the film incurred a $620,000 loss at the box office.
7. The Razor Edge (1946)
This is one of the greatest movies ever made. The movie was the first adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s 1944 novel with the same name. The film narrates the experiences of a traumatized war pilot who seeks a new life. It co-stars Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, and Herbert Marshall.
Razor Edge was written by Lamar Trotti and directed by Edmund Goulding. It was successful at the box office, grossing $5 million in the US only from rentals. In addition, it is critically acclaimed as critics rated the movie 86% while the audience scored the movie 72% on Rotten Tomatoes.
8. Yellow Sky (1948)
This 1948 American movie is said to be loosely based on William Shakespeare’s Tempest. It is also an adaptation of an unpublished novel with the same title by W.R. Burnett. This film was written and produced by Lamar Trotti while it was directed by William A. Wellman. Starring alongside Anne Baxter as its cast were Gregory Peck and Richard Widmark.
The film was received with mixed reactions from critics and made $2.8 million at the box office. It was rated 7.5/10 on IMDb and had a 79% audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
9. Homecoming (1948)
This movie was written by Sidney Kingsley and was about a couple caught up in World War II. Not the most of Anne Baxter movies but it beats more than a handful. It was directed by Mervyn LeRoy and had Clark Gable, Lana Turner, and John Hodiak, alongside Anne Baxter as cast members.
This film was successful at the box office, grossing over $5 million in sales and over $1 million as profit. It has an approval rating of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes and 6.8/10 on IMDb.
10. I Confess (1953)
Regarded as obviously padded and nigh suspenseless script, I Confess was a poor adaptation of the play Nos deux consciences by Paul Anthelme. The script for the movie was written by George Tabori and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The cast of the movie includes Montgomery Clift, Karl Malden, Brian Aherne, and O. E. Hasse.
Upon its release, it was received with negative reviews and reactions from critics while the audience seemed to have enjoyed it with a rating of 76% and 7.3/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb respectively.
11. The Blue Gardenia (1953)
Like most films in the early and mid-90s, this movie was based on a book. Specifically, its plot followed the story of a novella The Gardenia written by Vera Caspary. It is a crime noir film that tells the story of the press coverage on a sensational murder case. The script was written by Charles Hoffman and directed by Fritz Lang. Anne Baxter played the role of Norah Larkin and it also featured Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, and Raymond Burr.
The film was mostly received with lukewarmness by newspaper and magazine critics. However, those on Rotten Tomatoes were pleased with it and gave it an approval rating of 86% while the audience gave it a 60% rating. However, it scored 6.9/10 stars on IMDb.
12. Swamp Water (1941)
Award-winning French director, Jean Renoir debut American film, Swamp Water wasn’t so bad. It was one of the highest-grossing films of 1941 and despite being a low budget movie it made a profit at the box office. The audience also found it appealing, hence on IMDb, it scored an audience approval rating of it 7.3/10 while on Rotten Tomatoes, it was rated 65%.
The film was written by Vereen Bell, and like its contemporaries, it was based on a novel. Its ensemble cast includes Walter Brennan, Walter Huston, and Dana Andrews. It was produced by 20th Century Fox.
13. Bedeviled (1955)
Bedeviled is a crime story based on a love that springs between a singing killer and a seminary student. It is considered one of the dark movies of Anne Baxter as it was both a commercial flop and a critical failure. It recorded a loss of $518,000 at the box office. Audiences’ on Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a rating of 33% while those on IMDb scored the movie 4.8 stars.
14. A Royal Scandal (1945)
This movie is regarded as the worst movie Anne Baxter ever featured in largely because of its failures. Not only did it fail to entertain and retain the audiences’ attention, but it also failed to impress the critics as well. It was written by and based on a play titled Die Zarin (The Czarina). It is centered on the love life of Russian Empress, Catherine the Great.
On Rotten Tomatoes, this film was rated poorly by both critics and the audience. Critics gave a 33% rating while the audience scored it 30%. The movie was created with a $1.7 million budget and grossed only $1.5 million at the box office.