Doris Day and Rock Hudson made a formidable onscreen duo in their three collaborations, Pillow Talk (1959), Lover Come Back (1961), and Send Me No Flowers (1964). Their natural chemistry was palpable, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for viewers to dive into and enjoy. What’s more, their off-screen friendship gave authenticity to their performances, bringing an added layer of charm to the roles they played.
Day’s bubbly persona perfectly complemented Hudson’s suave appearance, making them an instantly recognizable pair. Fans around the world fell in love with their chemistry and their on-screen antics. But even during their heyday, the duo managed to maintain a professional distance between each other, which ultimately helped their relationship last for many years.
The public finally got to see the softer side of their dynamic when Day appeared as a guest on Hudson’s variety show in 1969. Both stars delivered a heartfelt performance of Cole Porter’s “Dream Dancing”, providing audiences with a glimpse into what made their partnership so enduring.
So, what were these classic movies like? Below, we’ve ranked all three Day and Hudson movie collaborations, from best to worst. However, each film is worth watching, so regardless of where it lands on this list, you can still expect a delightful viewing experience. Whether you’re looking for some classic comfort films or an escape to Old Hollywood, Day and Hudson’s movies are sure to satisfy you.
Doris Day and Rock Hudson Movies, Ranked
3. Send Me No Flowers (1964)
- Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
- Starring: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Paul Lynde
- Directed by: Norman Jewison
3rd (and Last!) Day-Hudson Movie Ever Made
Up first, we’ve got Send Me No Flowers, the last movie Doris Day and Rock Hudson starred in together. As with the other films on this list, Tony Randall also stars alongside them in a highly comedic role. While not the best Day and Hudson collaboration, it is still very fun to watch and IS a great rom-com!
Send Me No Flowers is a delightful 1964 comedy starring Rock Hudson, Doris Day, and Tony Randall. The plot follows the misadventures of George (Hudson) as he attempts to arrange his own funeral because he believes that he has a terminal illness. As George’s friend Arnold (Randall) attempts to talk him out of this scheme, complications ensue as they go through various humorous situations together.
The film is packed with witty dialogue, cleverly written scenes, and plenty of humorous moments. Hudson delivers an endearing performance as the over-the-top George, displaying both his comedic and dramatic skills. Meanwhile, Day radiates grace and charm in her role as Judith, providing a touching emotional core to George’s sometimes silly antics. Overall, the chemistry between the two leads is palpable, making for an enjoyable viewing experience.
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2. Lover Come Back (1961)
- Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
- Starring: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Edie Adams
- Directed by: Delbert Mann
2nd Day-Hudson Movie Ever Made
Up next, we’ve got 1961’s Lover Come Back. Lover Come Back is a GREAT film — and we had a hard time figuring out if it should go in the #2 or the #1 space. But alas, we finally felt comfortable putting it here.
Lover Come Back is a classic romantic comedy released in 1961, starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson. The film follows the story of a successful Madison Avenue advertising executive, Carol Templeton (Doris Day), who finds herself vying for the same account with her rival, the handsome and charming ad exec, Jerry Webster (Rock Hudson). Despite their initial dislike for each other, they eventually develop a mutual attraction as they contend for a major account.
The film offers plenty of humorous dialogues, witty banter, and clever strategies that keep viewers entertained throughout its runtime. It also explores themes of female ambition, competitive rivalry and workplace relationships with entertaining charm and wit. While some of the themes may seem outdated, overall Lover Come Back remains an enjoyable watch for its timeless appeal. With solid performances from Day and Hudson, it’s easy to understand why the film has become a favorite amongst fans of classic rom-coms.
Day and Hudson’s chemistry is SO lovely to watch in Lover Come Back. As a result, this rom-com is one of the best Doris Day and Rock Hudson movie collaborations!
1. Pillow Talk (1959)
- Genre: Romance / Comedy
- Starring: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter
- Directed by: Michael Gordon
1st Day-Hudson Movie Ever Made
Pillow Talk is the best movie Doris Day and Rock Hudson starred in together. Their first collaboration, their chemistry is a hit right out of the gate in this delightfully fun rom-com. Even today, it’s hard to watch this movie and NOT instantly love watching the two together!
In Pillow Talk, Day and Hudson play neighbors who share a phone line — and hate it. They bicker about sharing the line, and this eventually boils over into their real lives. Much like Lover Come Back, this rom-com also deals with a hidden identity plot, where Day’s character meets Hudson’s and doesn’t realize it’s the man she hates! And it’s so fun to watch!
The witty exchange paired with dynamic performances makes this film a timeless favorite. Despite their initial differences, Jan and Brad eventually find themselves engaged in unexpected conversations fueled by flirtation and underlying sexual tension. While on the surface these intimate exchanges are humorous, at its core they reflect a profound yearning for genuine connection and the courage to embrace vulnerability. Pillow Talk is a delightful reminder of the power of love and friendship to transform even the most seemingly conventional story.
Pillow Talk was a big hit when it was first released in 1959, as it was adored by both audiences and critics alike. It was even nominated for five Oscars (including a Best Actress nomination for Doris Day), though it only ended up winning one Oscar for Best Writing.
What’s Your Favorite Doris Day-Rock Hudson Movie?
Comment below your personal favorite Doris Day and Rock Hudson movies! Do you agree with this list? Or would you put another movie in the #1 spot? Don’t you wish Day and Hudson would have made more romcoms together? I do! Hit the comments below with all your thoughts and opinions! I’d love to hear what you think!