Agnes Moorehead was a very beautiful and versatile American actress who was born on December 6, 1900, in Clinton, Massachusetts and died on April 30, 1974, aged 73. She was popularly known for her roles in films such as Show Boat, Citizen Kane, Sweet Charlotte, and as Endora in the television show Bewitched. Though she did not really feature as the lead character in the movies she’s known for, her performances earned her a lot of recognition with awards to show for it. This actress has a good number of her films rated very highly and in recognition of her talent as a versatile actress, let’s take a look at 15 of Agnes Moorehead’s movies and TV shows ranked from best to worst.
Agnes Moorehead’s Movies and TV Shows
1. Citizen Kane (1941)
This is the very first movie that Agnes Moorehead featured in, and it was probably the most important in her career. She featured as Mary Kane, playing the role of the lead character’s mother. A lot of critics and fans of the movie have dubbed it the greatest movie ever made. The movie won an Academy Award in the Best Writing category, and several others as well. It has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Also, it sits atop the list of Top 100 movies sampled by the American Film Institute from time to time.
2. 14 Hours (1951)
The movie is set in New York, where a New York police officer played by Paul Douglas, tries all his best to save the life of a hopeless and deranged man, who wants to jump down from the 15th floor of a hotel to end his life. The storyline of the movie was based on a short story titled Man on a Ledge. Moorehead starred as Mrs. Cosick. The directors and cast members of the movie were nominated for several awards, with a few of them winning individually in their categories.
3. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
This is one of the best of Agnes Moorehead’s movies, it was chosen by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the National Film Registry. The movie actually did not do well at the Box Office where it raked in about $1 million, from a production budget of well over $1.5 million, as the makers of the movie claimed that it recorded a loss of over $600,000. The movie made the Sight and Sound’s list of Top 10 Greatest Films Ever Made in 1972 and 1982.
Moorehead featured as Fanny Minafer in the movie and won the Best Actress award from the New York Film Critics Circle. She also received a nomination in the Best Actress in a Supporting role category from the Academy Awards, amongst several other nominations.
4. Bewitched (1964 – 1972)
This classic television show ran for about 7 seasons and was one of the top 10 shows back then. It’s the story of a witch who fell in love with a mortal man and tries her utmost best to live a normal life as a mortal and a wife. Agnes Moorehead played the role of Endora in the television series which ran for more than 200 episodes. This show received a lot of positive reviews from critics and reviewers, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 100% rating.
5. Jane Eyre (1944)
A list of Agnes Moorehead’s movies and TV shows will be incomplete without Jane Eyre, another timeless project. The movie was adapted from a novel written by Charlotte Bronte, it tells the story of a young and orphaned English woman who had to live with her aunt after her parent’s death, and was treated more like a common servant than a member of the family in her new household. The film was released by 20th Century Fox and directed by Robert Stevenson, with Moorehead featuring as Mrs. Reed. The film received a rating of 100% from Rotten Tomatoes and was well-liked by critics and fans alike.
6. The Seventh Cross (1944)
This drama movie is set in Nazi-controlled Germany, it tells the story of a young man who escapes from the horrors experienced as a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp; it tells of how he overcame his cynicism about the human race from his interactions with ordinary folks across the country. Moorehead played the role of Madame Marelli. Many critics praised the role portrayed by the lead character of the movie, Spencer Tracy, and the entire cast of the film. It received a lot of positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, with a rating of 100%.
7. Dark Passage (1947)
This film is based on a novel of the same title written by David Goodis; the crime thriller movie had Delmer Davis as its director. It is the story of a fugitive, Vincent Parry played by Humphrey Bogart. Parry was charged with murder, but he evades the law and sets about to clear his name off the murder that he was wrongfully accused of. The movie earned almost $4 million from the Box Office both in the United States and from other countries. Agnes portrayed the character Madge Rapf, and the movie has a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
8. All That Heaven Allows (1955)
This movie is about a man who falls uncontrollably in love with a much older widow and sets out to win her affection and heart, irrespective of what the social culture and norms of the era demand. Many reviewers and critics praised the efforts and work of the director, Douglas Sirk. The Library of Congress decided in 1995 to preserve the film in the United States National Film Registry because they found it to be “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant”. The movie received a few negative reviews from critics but has a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
9. Johnny Belinda (1948)
This drama movie is an adaptation of a play on Broadway with the same title. It was written by Elmer Harris and was very popular in the early 1940s. The play was adapted for a movie by Irma Von Cube and Allen Vincent, with Jean Negulesco serving as the director. The film stars Jane Wyman as the lead character Belinda Mac Donald, Lew Ayres as Dr. Robert Richardson, and Agnes Moorehead as Aggie Mac Donald. According to reports, the movie had a budget of $1.6 million and made a total of $7 million at the Box Office. It has a rating of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.
10. Magnificent Obsession (1954)
This romantic comedy is one of the most successful movies that Moorehead has featured in, it grossed over $5 million at the Box Office. Moorehead portrayed the character of Nancy Ashford. It featured others such as Jayne Wyman, Rock Hudson, and Barbara Rush. The Movie has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a lot of reviewers and critics loving the work of the producer, Douglas Sirk.
11. Show Boat (1951)
A romantic movie that’s musically themed, Show Boat is the first of its kind among all of Agnes Moorehead’s Movies and TV shows. She starred as Parthy Hawks and it is yet another work of the actress that thrived at the Box Office as it raked in about $8 million, from a budget of $2.4 million.
The 1951 movie is regarded as the most successful screen adaptation of a Broadway musical from which it was adapted. It received positive to mixed reviews from critics and Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 89% rating.
12. The True Story of Jesse James (1957)
This movie was an adaptation of an earlier movie released in 1939 and based on the life and times of the famous outlaw, bank robber, and notorious gang leader, Jesse James. This version, however, focused more on the relationship between Jesse James and one of his brothers during the last 18 years of his life. Agnes played the character of Zerelda James, who was the mother of James. It starred Robert Wagner and Jefferey Hunter. Rotten Tomatoes gave this movie a rating of 86%, with more positive reviews from critics than negative ones.
13. Polyanna (1960)
The live-action drama released by Walt Disney was an adaptation of a novel of the same title written in 1913 by Eleanor Porter. The lead actress Hayley Mills won an Academy Juvenile Awards for her excellent performance in the movie. Many would agree that Polyanna is one of Disney’s best 1960s films, little wonder Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 85% rating.
14. The Twilight Zone (1959 – 1964)
This award-winning television series is the last entry in this Agnes Moorehead’s movies and TV shows list. The show ran for about 5 years, and Agnes Moorehead appeared in the 1961 season, in an episode titled “The Invaders”. The show largely received positive reviews from critics and viewers, except for the 4th season which didn’t receive very good reviews; Rotten Tomatoes gave the show an overall rating of 80%.
15. Since You Went Away (1944)
This war-themed drama film highlights the effects that war has on the lives of ordinary folks, and how their lives are impacted by wars. The movie has an 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a lot of critics appreciating the project with positive reviews. The movie enjoyed huge popularity across North America. It had a budget of $3.3 million and grossed about $7 million at the Box Office.