The Apartment

Lists: Best Picture Winners from the 1960s, Comedy, Film Quest 2014 - The Challenge, AFI 100 (2007), Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time

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: 366 (Rank from 1960: # 2)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 75%
Regular 12.5%
Half-Popped 12.5%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Jackson Shrout100
Patrick Devitt100
David Baruffi97(full review)
Thomas Pollock90
Cinephile Catherine88
Lisa Marie Bowman85 - The film's satire still feels relevant.
(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest75(full review)Comedy: 3
Sex Appeal: 2
Scary: 0
Rewatch: 3
Annwyn S50

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)