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List of Deborah Kerr Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. An Affair to Remember (1957)
38
5
An Affair to Remember
38
5

Nicky and Terry meet on a cruise on their way from Europe to New York. Although they are engaged to other people, they fall for each other. They also agree to meet again in six months at the Empire State Building.  

Role:
Terry McKay
Starring:
Cary Grant, Richard Denning, Cathleen Nesbitt, Neva Patterson
Directed By:
Leo McCarey
2. Black Narcissus (1947)
27
5
Black Narcissus
27
5

Black Narcissus is drama film which revolves around a group of nuns, led by Sister Clodath. They struggle to build a school and a hospital but the climate of the region makes their work extremely difficult.    

Role:
Sister Clodagh
Starring:
Jean Simmons, Flora Robson, Kathleen Byron, Jenny Laird
Directed By:
Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
3. The Innocents (1961)
27
5
The Innocents
27
5
Role:
Miss Giddens
Starring:
Michael Redgrave, Megs Jenkins, Peter Wyngarde, Martin Stephens
Directed By:
Jack Clayton
4. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
21
6
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
21
6
Role:
Edith Hunter / Barbara Wynne / Johnny Cannon
Starring:
Roland Culver, Anton Walbrook, Roger Livesey, Harry Welchman
Directed By:
Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
5. Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
30
2
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
30
2

Heaven Knows, Mr Alison is an adventure drama film which revolves around an American marine and a Irish nun, who are both shipwrecked on an island in the South Pacific. They find solace in each other, while hoping to be rescued.

Role:
Sister Angela
Starring:
Directed By:
6. The King and I (1956)
31
6
The King and I
G
31
6

Academy Awards-winning film follows the widowed Welsh teacher Anna Leonowen who is appointed English tutor for the children of King Mongkut of Siam. Their different outlooks lead to frequent conflicts as King frowns on influence of foreign culture. She convinces the King to host the visiting British delegation in European style and helps make preparation. Despite their differences, eventually Anna earns his respect. 

Role:
Anna Leonowens
Starring:
Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson, Terry Saunders
Directed By:
Walter Lang
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Comedy or Musical
7. From Here to Eternity (1953)
26
6
From Here to Eternity
TV-PG
26
6

The movie follows the lives and love interests of three US Army soldiers deployed in Hawaii and is set in the months leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This Academy Award-winning American war drama-romance is based on a 1951 novel of the same name.

Role:
Karen Holmes
Directed By:
Fred Zinnemann
8. The Night of the Iguana (1964)
22
6
The Night of the Iguana
22
6

The Night of the Iguana is a drama film which tells the story of Lawrence Shannon, who is working as a tour guide in Mexico. While leading a tourist group from a Baptist women’s college, he finds himself attracted to Charlotte, the younger niece of Judith, the group’s leader, after the girl tries to seduce him. However, Judith accuses Shannon of trying to seduce her, and declares that she is going to ruin him.

Role:
Hannah Jelkes
Starring:
Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Sue Lyon, Skip Ward
Directed By:
10. The Chalk Garden (1964)
23
4
The Chalk Garden
23
4
Role:
Miss Madrigal
Starring:
Hayley Mills, Sir John Mills, John Mills, Felix Aylmer, Edith Evans
Directed By:
Ronald Neame
11. Tea and Sympathy (1956)
23
5
Tea and Sympathy
23
5
Role:
Laura Reynolds
Starring:
Leif Erickson, Darryl Hickman, Edward Andrews, John Kerr
Directed By:
12. The Sundowners (1960)
18
3
The Sundowners
18
3
Role:
Ida Carmody
Starring:
Dina Merrill, Robert Mitchum, Glynis Johns, Peter Ustinov
Directed By:
Fred Zinnemann
13. Julius Caesar (1953)
14
5
Julius Caesar
14
5

This biographical drama film tells the story of Julius Caesar, who manages to defeat Pompey the Great, and returns to Rome. Do to his successful conquests, in tne eyes of other high-ranking Romans, he becomes a dictator. Therefore together they conspire to get rid of him.

Starring:
James Mason, Marlon Brando, John Gielgud, Greer Garson, Louis Calhern, Edmond O'Brien
Directed By:
14. King Solomon's Mines (1950)
22
4
King Solomon's Mines
22
4
Role:
Elizabeth Curtis
Starring:
Stewart Granger, John Banner, Richard Carlson, Lowell Gilmore, Hugo Haas
Directed By:
Andrew Marton, Compton Bennett
15. The Journey (1959)
21
5
The Journey
21
5
Role:
Diana Ashmore
Starring:
Jason Robards, Ron Howard, Yul Brynner, Robert Morley
Directed By:
Anatole Litvak
16. Bonjour tristesse (1958)
19
2
Bonjour tristesse
19
2
Role:
Anne Larson
Starring:
Jean Seberg, David Niven, Mylène Demongeot, Geoffrey Horne
Directed By:
17. The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
17
3
The Prisoner of Zenda
17
3
Role:
Princess Flavia
Starring:
Stewart Granger, James Mason, Lewis Stone, Louis Calhern
Directed By:
Richard Thorpe
18. I See a Dark Stranger (1946)
14
4
I See a Dark Stranger
14
4
Role:
Bridie Quilty
Starring:
Trevor Howard, Liam Redmond, William G. O'Gorman, Harry Webster
Directed By:
Frank Launder
19. Quo Vadis (1951)
14
7
Quo Vadis
TV-PG
14
7

This romantic drama historical film revolves around Marcus, a Roman general, and how his love for a Christian slave encourages him to protect her and her family, when there are atrocities on the Christians.

Role:
Lygia
Starring:
Bud Spencer, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Robert Taylor, Peter Ustinov, Leo Genn, Sophia Loren
Directed By:
Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann
20. A.J. Cronin's Hatter's Castle (1942)
10
4
A.J. Cronin's Hatter's Castle
10
4

Based on a novel of the same name, this film revolves around the story of Brodie, a hatmaker living in the 19th century, who is quite arrogant and cruel, and keeps his family in fear and submission. However, misfortune strikes his life, after he gives a job to Dennis, the former lover of his mistress. Meanwhile, Dennis also plans to marry Brodie’s daughter in order to gain a big dowry.

Role:
Mary Brodie
Starring:
James Mason, Emlyn Williams, Henry Oscar, Robert Newton
Directed By:
Lance Comfort
21. Young Bess (1953)
16
3
Young Bess
16
3
Role:
Catherine Parr
Starring:
Charles Laughton, Jean Simmons, Stewart Granger, Kay Walsh, Cecil Kellaway
Directed By:
George Sidney
22. Major Barbara (1941)
12
5
Major Barbara
12
5
Starring:
Rex Harrison, Sybil Thorndike, Robert Newton, Robert Morley
Directed By:
23. Perfect Strangers (1945)
11
7
Perfect Strangers
11
7

Married couple Robert and Catherine lead a staid, somewhat indifferent marital life. During WWII, Robert enlists in British Navy while Catherine joins WRENs, and are separated for over three years. As their personalities evolve following various experiences; both realize how drab their life was. Now they are afraid to re-unite and face the earlier life. What does the future hold for them?

Role:
Cathy Wilson
Starring:
Robert Donat, Roger Moore, Glynis Johns, Ann Todd
Directed By:
Alexander Korda
24. The End of the Affair (1955)
15
4
The End of the Affair
15
4

Maurice Bendrix is a writer who settles in London in around 1944, after suffering injuries in the war. He soon starts having an affair with Sarah, the wife of a civil servant, and falls deeply in love with her. Although he wants to marry her, she is still unwilling to leave her husband.

Role:
Sarah Miles
Starring:
Sir John Mills, John Mills, Van Johnson, Michael Goodliffe, Peter Cushing
Directed By:
Edward Dmytryk
25. Blackout (1940)
10
8
Blackout
10
8
Starring:
Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Raymond Lovell, Hay Petrie,
Directed By:
Michael Powell
26. Love on the Dole (1941)
12
6
Love on the Dole
12
6
Role:
Sally Hardcastle
Starring:
Clifford Evans, George Carney, Mary Merrall, Geoffrey Hibbert
Directed By:
John Baxter
27. The Arrangement (1969)
15
3
The Arrangement
R
15
3
Role:
Florence Anderson
Starring:
Hume Cronyn, Faye Dunaway, Kirk Douglas, Maureen McCormick, Richard Boone
Directed By:
28. The Naked Edge (1961)
11
3
The Naked Edge
11
3

When businessman, Jason Root, is murdered, the only two people present at the scene are George Radcliffe and Donald Heath. Heath is found guilty on George’s testimony but when a letter with a blackmail threat from one Jeremy Gray turns up accusing George of the crime, his wife Martha takes it upon herself to find the truth. 

Role:
Martha Radcliffe
Starring:
Gary Cooper, Diane Cilento, Hermione Gingold, Eric Portman
Directed By:
Michael Anderson
29. The Hucksters (1947)
12
4
The Hucksters
12
4
Role:
Kay Dorrance
Starring:
Clark Gable, Keenan Wynn, Ava Gardner, Sydney Greenstreet, Adolphe Menjou
Directed By:
Jack Conway
30. Edward, My Son (1949)
10
2
Edward, My Son
10
2

Starting with burning down his own business to fund little Edward's treatment from insurance money, Arnold Boult has continued to take desperate measures to protect his beloved son, even if it meant hurting people close to him. The situation takes a dire turn when he refuses to believe his wife's concerns that Edward has become alcoholic and immoral.

Role:
Evelyn Boult
Starring:
Spencer Tracy, Ian Hunter, Mervyn Johns, James Donald
Directed By:
31. The Grass Is Greener (1960)
13
6
The Grass Is Greener
13
6
Role:
Lady Hilary Rhyall
Starring:
Cary Grant, Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Moray Watson
Directed By:
Stanley Donen
32. Beloved Infidel (1959)
16
2
Beloved Infidel
16
2

Based on a memoir by Sheilah Graham, the film depicts the last years of novelist Scott Fitzgerald. By this time, his fame has declined and he has resorted to screenwriting to finance his daughter’s education and his wife’s stay at an asylum. The film focuses on the relationship between Fitzgerald and Graham and how she tries to keep him away from alcohol and inspire him to write his last novel. 

Role:
Sheilah Graham
Starring:
Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert, Herbert Rudley, Philip Ober
Directed By:
Henry King
33. The Proud and Profane (1956)
14
2
The Proud and Profane
14
2

The Proud and the Profane is a romantic drama war film, which takes us to the time of the Second World War. It tells the story of a Red Cross volunteer Lee Ashley, who wants to find out the details of her husband’s death, and this leads her to New Caledonia. She eventually falls in love with Lt. Col. Colin Black, despite his harsh manner. 

Role:
Lee Ashley
Starring:
Marion Ross, William Holden, Claude Akins, Thelma Ritter, Dewey Martin, William Redfield
Directed By:
George Seaton
34. Thunder in the East (1951)
9
3
Thunder in the East
9
3

In the independent India of 1947, American arms-dealer Steve Gibbs flies in with weapons hoping to sell it to the Maharaja of Ghandahar, the province facing threat from a rebel attack. But Maharaja’s Prime Minister, a follower of nonviolence, wants to peacefully settle the dispute with the rebel leader Khan. Amidst these conflicts, Steve falls in love with British missionary’s blind daughter, Joan Willoughby. 

Role:
Joan Willoughby
Starring:
Alan Ladd, Charles Boyer, Cecil Kellaway, Corinne Calvet
Directed By:
Charles Vidor
35. The Gypsy Moths (1969)
9
4
The Gypsy Moths
R
9
4
Role:
Elizabeth Brandon
Starring:
Bonnie Bedelia, Gene Hackman, Burt Lancaster, Scott Wilson
Directed By:
John Frankenheimer
36. If Winter Comes (1947)
8
3
If Winter Comes
8
3

This drama film tells the story of Mark Sabre, an author and publisher, who is in an unhappy marriage, with Mabel, a cold and humorless woman, who spends most of her time gossiping. However, he eventually finds out that his former lover, Nona, who still has feelings for Mark, is returning to the town. 

Role:
Nona Tybar
Starring:
Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Hughie Green, Walter Pidgeon, Binnie Barnes
Directed By:
Victor Saville
37. Eye of the Devil (1966)
12
5
Eye of the Devil
12
5
Role:
Catherine de Montfaucon
Starring:
Sharon Tate, Donald Pleasence, David Niven, Edward Mulhare
Directed By:
J. Lee Thompson
38. Dream Wife (1953)
12
3
Dream Wife
12
3
Role:
Effie
Starring:
Cary Grant, Walter Pidgeon, Eduard Franz, Betta St. John
Directed By:
39. Please Believe Me (1950)
11
3
Please Believe Me
11
3

Alison Kirbe, a working class woman living in London, receives a telegram from Texas, stating that she has inherited a livestock ranch. This becomes a news throughout the city, and as she prepares to sail for the US to claim her inheritance, she attracts the attention of three men. 

Role:
Alison Kirbe
Starring:
James Whitmore, Robert Walker, Peter Lawford, Mark Stevens
Directed By:
Norman Taurog
40. The Avengers (1942)
9
3
The Avengers
9
3
Role:
Kari Alstad
Starring:
Ralph Richardson, Griffith Jones, Francis L. Sullivan, Hugh Williams,
Directed By:
Harold French
41. Courageous Mr. Penn (1942)
9
3
Courageous Mr. Penn
9
3
Role:
Gulielma
Starring:
D.J. Williams, Clifford Evans, Dennis Arundell, Aubrey Mallalieu
Directed By:
Lance Comfort
42. Marriage on the Rocks (1965)
12
4
Marriage on the Rocks
12
4

Workaholic Dan Edwards fails to notice or compliment his wife Valerie after nineteen years of marriage. When they end up getting divorced on their second honeymoon in Mexico, Valerie ends up accidentally getting married to Dan’s second in command Ernie. All things are restored at the end of this comedy of errors. 

Role:
Valerie Edwards
Starring:
Dean Martin, Nancy Sinatra, Frank Sinatra, Cesar Romero, Hermione Baddeley
Directed By:
Jack Donohue
43. Prudence and the Pill (1968)
10
1
Prudence and the Pill
R
10
1

A wealthy banker in London, and four other couples, attempt to avoid pregnancy by using contraceptive pills. However, due to a series of mishaps, the pills are swapped for aspirin. 

Role:
Prudence Hardcastle
Starring:
David Niven, Robert Coote, Irina Demick, Joyce Redman
Directed By:
Fielder Cook, Ronald Neame
44. Casino Royale (1967)
9
3
Casino Royale
TV-14
9
3

In this spy spoof, a retired James Bond is persuaded to rejoin the secret service to counter shadowy organization SMERSH, allegedly responsible for murdering secret agents. Sir James devises a plan to assemble a group of agents, all named James Bond 007, to confuse SMERSH. Each new Bond is assigned a specific role. Now Sir James must nab the brain behind SMERSH.  

Starring:
Ursula Andress, Peter Sellers, Peter O'Toole, Orson Welles, Geraldine Chaplin, Ronnie Corbett, John Huston
Directed By:
45. Count Your Blessings (1959)
10
3
Count Your Blessings
10
3

After falling for his charm, Grace informs her father that she intends to marry Charles. They soon get married, but circumstances force them to stay apart for a long time. Grace eventually discovers that her husband is actually a womanizer, and decides to divorce him.

Role:
Grace Allingham
Starring:
Maurice Chevalier, Rossano Brazzi, Tom Helmore, Martin Stephens
Directed By:
Jean Negulesco
46. The Assam Garden (1985)
11
4
The Assam Garden
11
4
Role:
Helen
Starring:
Madhur Jaffrey, Iain Cuthbertson, Peggy Ann Wood, Ronald Russell
Directed By:
Mary McMurray

TV Movie(s)

1. Witness for the Prosecution (1982)
11
3
Witness for the Prosecution
11
3
Role:
Nurse Plimsoll
Starring:
Donald Pleasence, Ralph Richardson, Wendy Hiller, Beau Bridges
Directed By:
Alan Gibson
2. Ann and Debbie (1986)
10
5
Ann and Debbie
10
5
Role:
Ann
Starring:
Claire Bloom, Donald Eccles, Angus MacKay
Directed By:
June Howson
3. Reunion at Fairborough (1985)
15
2
Reunion at Fairborough
15
2
Role:
Sally Wells Grant
Starring:
Robert Mitchum, Barry Morse, Red Buttons, Judi Trott
Directed By:
Herbert Wise
4. Hold the Dream (1986)
10
4
Hold the Dream
10
4
Role:
Emma Harte (unknown episodes)
Starring:
James Brolin, Liam Neeson, Sir John Mills, Jenny Seagrove, Stephen Collins
Directed By:
Don Sharp

TV Shows and Videos

ITV Play of the Week (1955)
ITV Play of the Week
Starring:
Sean Connery, John Hurt, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Richard Harris, Michael Crawford
Directed By:
Cyril Coke, John Llewellyn Moxey, Tania Lieven, David Boisseau, Joan Kemp-Welch
A Woman of Substance (1984)
A Woman of Substance
Role:
Emma Harte (3 episodes, 1985)
Starring:
Miranda Richardson, Liam Neeson, Sir John Mills, Barry Bostwick, Diane Baker, Peter Chelsom
Directed By:
Don Sharp
BBC2 Playhouse (1973)
BBC2 Playhouse
Starring:
Ian McKellen, Claudine Auger, Helen Mirren, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jonathan Pryce, Joss Ackland, Judi Dench
Directed By:
Jon Amiel, Michael Darlow, Michael Simpson, Don Taylor, Cedric Messina

Deborah Kerr Awards

Golden Globe Awards
Winner World Film Favorite - Female 1959
The King and I Best Actress - Comedy or Musical 1957