The Apartment

Lists: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time, Best Picture Winners from the 1960s, AFI 100 (2007), Best Picture nominee 1960 to 1969, Sight And Sound Critics Top 250

Brief Synopsis: "The Apartment came out shortly after the success of ‘Some Like it Hot’ from director Billy Wilder and thus making it the most successful films of the year. Full of trivialities this comedy is a harsh critic of coporate world and the American way of life. Bud Baxter is a struggling clerk in a huge New York insurance company. He's discovered a quick way to climb the corporate ladder - by lending out his apartment to the executives as a place to take their mistresses. He often has to deal with the aftermath of their visits and one night he's left with a major problem to solve."

Overall Ranking: 440 (Rank from 1960: # 2)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 66.67%
Regular 22.22%
Half-Popped 11.11%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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People Involved

  • Jack Lemmon (C.C. Baxter)
  • Shirley MacLaine (Fran Kubelik)
  • Fred MacMurray (Jeff D. Sheldrake)
  • Ray Walston (Joe Dobisch)
  • Jack Kruschen (Dr. Dreyfuss)
  • Naomi Stevens (Mrs. Mildred Dreyfuss)
  • Hope Holiday (Mrs. Margie MacDougall)
  • Edie Adams (Miss Olsen)
  • Joan Shawlee (Sylvia)
  • Johnny Seven (Karl Matuschka)
  • David Lewis (Al Kirkeby)
  • Billy Wilder (Director)