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The Best Elvis Presley Movies

Updated on August 17, 2014

The Best Elvis Presley Movies

All of Elvis Presley's movies were considered financially successful. He was at one time one of Hollywood's top box office draws and one of the highest-paid actors. "Jailhouse Rock" (1957) and "King Creole" (1958) are his two most critically acclaimed movies and are now classics of that time. I've added Viva Las Vegas (1963) to this list. However, all of his movies remain popular to this day.

Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock

Elvis is shown here in the 1957 movie, Jailhouse Rock.
Elvis is shown here in the 1957 movie, Jailhouse Rock. | Source

Jailhouse Rock (1957)

An MGM picture.

Jailhouse Rock was Elvis Presley’s third movie and starred Elvis, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy, Vaughn Taylor and Jennifer Holden. It was released in 1957 and features Elvis as the man who saves a woman from an assault but winds up killing his opponent and is sent to jail for manslaughter. He learns how to play guitar while in jail and becomes a singing star when he gets out of jail. However, his ego winds up getting him in trouble with his ex-cellmate and with his girlfriend.

Jailhouse Rock features lots of music including Jailhouse Rock, Treat Me Nice, Baby I Don’t Care and Don’t Leave Me Now. The title song was done as a large musical number that Elvis choreographed.

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Jailhouse Rock [Blu-ray]
Jailhouse Rock [Blu-ray]

Jailhouse Rock is available on your choice of blu-ray disc or DVD.

 

Elvis Presley in King Creole

Elvis Presley and Carolyn Jones in the 1958 movie, King Creole.
Elvis Presley and Carolyn Jones in the 1958 movie, King Creole. | Source

King Creole (1958)

King Creole starred Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau, Dolores Hart and Dean Jagger and was Elvis’ fourth movie. He played a teenager who was trying to graduate from high school and who was, at the same time, working in a not-very-nice club in order to support his family. He is a troubled youth with a temper and with bad feelings about his father. His singing ability provides the opportunity to pull himself up. However, he becomes involved with a gangster who threatens to ruin his future success as a singer and to mess with his family.

Presley was young enough to carry off the role of a teenager and is considered to have done a good job of portraying a young man who feels both rage at and a yearning to improve his life.

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Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas (1963)

Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret in Viva Las Vegas.
Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret in Viva Las Vegas. | Source

Viva Las Vegas (1963)

Fans of Elvis love Viva Las Vegas, a movie in which Elvis plays a character named Lucky Jackson who is a race car driver and who goes to Las Vegas for a Grand Prix race. He needs work done on his car so he takes a waiter’s job in a casino and is soon charming the ladies. The chemistry between Ann-Margret and Elvis Presley is considred top-notch and given credit for making this movie fun.

The music in Viva Las Vegas includes Ray Charles’s “What’d I Say” and “The Yellow Rose of Texas.” It contains great musical numbers, race cars and lots of Las Vegas!

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Viva Las Vegas 50th Anniversary (BD) [Blu-ray]
Viva Las Vegas 50th Anniversary (BD) [Blu-ray]

Viva Las Vegas is available in your choice of blu-ray or DVD.

 

Elvis Presley's 10 Top Grossing Movies

This is a list of Elvis Presley’s top grossing films. While these may not necessarily represent Elvis’ best movies, if you are looking for a list of Elvis movies to watch or even a single movie to view, any of the films on this list should be a good choice.

  1. Viva Las Vegas - May, 1964
  2. Jailhouse Rock - October, 1957
  3. Blue Hawaii - November, 1961
  4. G.I. Blues - August, 1960
  5. Loving You - July, 1957
  6. Girls! Girls! Girls! - November, 1962
  7. Love Me Tender - November, 1956
  8. Girl Happy - 1965
  9. Kissin' Cousins - 1964
  10. Roustabout - 1964

Elvis 75th Anniversary DVD Collection

The Elvis 75th Anniversary DVD Collection contains 17 Elvis Presley movies including Jailhouse Rock and Viva Las Vegas. It features a whopping 518 minutes hours of viewing and would be a wonderful base upon which to build a complete Elvis Presley movie collection.


Elvis 75th Anniversary DVD Collection containing 17 of Elvis Presley's films.
Elvis 75th Anniversary DVD Collection containing 17 of Elvis Presley's films. | Source

At a price that is currently less than $60, this is likely the most economical way to add all of these wonderful Elvis films to your viewing library. You can read more about this movie boxed set on Amazon and all of the Amazon customer reviews by clicking right here.

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    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      3 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for your visit, Rachel. Elvis was one of the first musicians I listened too though I was listening a bit after his prime.

    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      There's no denying it, Elvis had one of the best voices of all time. I loved listening to him sing. My favorite movie was Blue Hawaii. Thanks for such an interesting hub. Voted up.

      Blessings to you. Thanks also for following me.

    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Hi, Ron - I definitely feel that Elvis movies are different somehow from ordinary movies so I can understand people not being drawn to them unless they are interested in seeing how Elvis translated onto the big screen.

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      Ronald E Franklin 

      4 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      I have to say I've never actually watched an Elvis Presley movie. There is, however, one scene I remember and like - the Jailhouse Rock production in that movie. As for the rest, I've never felt drawn to any of Elvis's movies. Forgive me!

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      Brian Stephens 

      4 years ago from France

      I think everyone likes some of Elvis' music, he was a class act, but I have never been so sure about his films.

    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      4 years ago from Canada

      He was a handsome man, wasn't he!

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      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Guess I haven't seen as many of Elvis's movies as I thought. How fun to watch these clips - Elvis was adorable and it's always good to see him (and listen to him) again.

    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for sharing that information, Glorymiller.

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      Glory Miller 

      4 years ago from USA

      Just thought I would mention that TV Guide Magazine has a Remembering Elvis magazine out on the newstands right now. So, if anyone is an Elvis fan and isn't aware of that... now you are. :) It has nice color and black and white photos, information about some of his films, and other stuff, too. A bit of trivia from the magazine... Judy Tyler who worked with Elvis in Jailhouse Rock, died in a car accident shortly after filming was completed. Elvis was never able to watch that movie ever again because of that.

    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks, Ibidii - My first record (not children's music) was an Elvis Presley album. We listened to it so many times....

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      Ibidii 

      4 years ago

      Have been a fan of Elvis since 1957 when I saw him on TV, Mom was a fan too! My daughter liked Elvis when she was a tween. I am not sure if she still likes him. She had a Elvis doll with her Barbies. Great movie review!

    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks, Paul!

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      pkmcr 

      4 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Great selection and certainly a few here that I like

    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Exactly. Thanks for visiting! I appreciate your support.

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      Looking at your list I've probably seen all or most of his films. Can't say I like all of them or all his music, but I do have my favorites. That's normal I think with any actor/musician.

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