The Best Movies About Gold Diggers
This list features the best movies about gold diggers. Gold digging women and men are often portrayed in film as conniving, manipulative, and greedy. These films feature gold diggers who use their feminine wiles to get rich men to marry them. Once they've snagged a wealthy husband, these women proceed to bleed him dry of all his money.
Some of the best movies about gold diggers include The Lady Eve, Heartbreakers, and How to Marry a Millionaire. Vote up your favorite films below and see where your favorites landed on this list of the greatest movies about gold digging women!
- Based on Truman Capote's novel, this is the story of a young woman in New York City who meets a young man when he moves into her apartment building. He is with an older woman who is very wealthy, but he wants to be a writer. She is working as an expensive escort and searching for a rich, older man to marry.
- Actors: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam
- Released: 1961
- Directed by: Blake Edwards
"How to Marry a Millionaire" is a 1953 romantic comedy about three women who set out to find wealthy husbands. The film was directed by Jean Negulesco and stars Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, and Lauren Bacall. The film was a box office success and was nominated for three Academy Awards.Schatze Page, Loco Dempsey and Pola Debevoise (Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe) are three women on a mission: They all want to marry a millionaire. To accomplish this task, they move into a fancy New York City apartment and begin courting the city's elite. They have no problem meeting rich men, but unfortunately most of them turn out to be creeps or cons. Eventually they must decide: Is a life of luxury more important to them than finding true love?
- Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, David Wayne, Cameron Mitchell
- Released: 1953
- Directed by: Jean Negulesco
The Palm Beach Story is a screwball comedy about a woman who divorces her husband and sets out to find a rich man to marry. Along the way, she meets a man who pretends to be wealthy in order to win her affections. The movie is full of zany characters and witty dialogue, and it's one of the best examples of the genre.
- Actors: Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Rudy Vallee, Mary Astor, Sig Arno
- Released: 1942
- Directed by: Preston Sturges
- Lorelei Lee (Marilyn Monroe) is a beautiful showgirl engaged to be married to the wealthy Gus Esmond (Tommy Noonan), much to the disapproval of Gus' rich father, Esmond Sr., who thinks that Lorelei is just after his money. When Lorelei goes on a cruise accompanied only by her best friend, Dorothy Shaw (Jane Russell), Esmond Sr. hires Ernie Malone (Elliott Reid), a private detective, to follow her and report any questionable behavior that would disqualify her from the marriage.
- Actors: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan
- Released: 1953
- Directed by: Howard Hawks
- Backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington. Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing, telling a melancholy life story to Margo and her friends. Margo takes Eve under her wing, and it appears that Eve is a conniver that uses Margo.
- Actors: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, George Sanders, Gary Merrill
- Released: 1950
- Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
- Photo: HeartbreakersMax (Sigourney Weaver) and Page (Jennifer Love Hewitt) are a brilliant mother/daughter con team who have their grift down to a fine science. Max targets wealthy, willing men and marries them. Page then seduces them, and Max catches her husband in the act. Then it's off to palimony city and the next easy mark.
- Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ray Liotta, Jason Lee, Anne Bancroft
- Released: 2001
- Directed by: David Mirkin