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The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked 

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Updated October 13, 2018 255 votes 98 voters 5.6k views 14 items

List Rules Only movies that feature Marilyn Monroe as a main character.

From documentaries to biopics, we're ranking the best movies about Marilyn Monroe. The American actress and Hollywood icon has been depicted numerous times in film and TV, but this list only features movies where Marilyn Monroe is the central character. What is the best Marilyn Monroe movie?

Awarded the Golden Globe for Best Actress, Michelle Williams portrayed Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn. Some good Marilyn Monroe documentaries and biographical films include Blonde, Norma Jean & Marilyn, and Love, Marilyn.

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The Secret Life of Maril... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
Kelli Garner, Susan Sarandon, Emily Watson

Released: 2015

Directed by: Laurie Collyer

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe is a 2015 American made-for-TV drama film directed by Laurie Collyer. A chronicle of Marilyn Monroe (Kelli Garner), her family life, her relationship with her ...more
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Love, Marilyn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
Love, Marilyn

Released: 2012

Directed by: Liz Garbus

Love, Marilyn is a 2012 American documentary film about Marilyn Monroe's writings produced by Stanley F. Buchthal, Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby, and directed by Garbus. The film premiered at the ...more
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My Week with Marilyn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
Emma Watson, Michelle Williams, Judi Dench

Released: 2011

Directed by: Simon Curtis

My Week with Marilyn is a 2011 British drama film directed by Simon Curtis and written by Adrian Hodges. It stars Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Dominic Cooper, Julia ...more

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Marilyn Monroe: The Fina... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked

Released: 2001

Directed by: Patty Ivins Specht

Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days is a 2001 biography and documentary film written by Monica Bider and directed Patty Ivins Specht.
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Norma Jean & Marilyn... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino, Josh Charles

Released: 1996

Directed by: Tim Fywell

Norma Jean & Marilyn is a 1996 made-for-TV biographical film produced by HBO and premiered on May 18, 1996. The film featured Ashley Judd as Norma Jean Dougherty and Mira Sorvino as Marilyn ...more
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Marilyn: The Untold Stor... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
Catherine Hicks, Richard Basehart, Jason Miller

Released: 1980

Directed by: Jack Arnold, Lawrence Schiller, John Flynn

Marilyn: The Untold Story is a 1980 television movie, about the life of the 1950s sex symbol-movie star, Marilyn Monroe. The feature stars Catherine Hicks as Monroe; Richard Basehart as her ...more
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Blonde is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
Kirstie Alley, Ann-Margret, Poppy Montgomery

Released: 2001

Directed by: Joyce Chopra

Blonde is a 2001 TV drama film directed by Joyce Chopra.
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The Private Life of Mari... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
The Private Life of Marilyn Monroe Dorothy Blass, Carlissa Hayden, Phillip A. LeGault

Released: 2013

Directed by: Gary LeGault

The Private Life of Marilyn Monroe is a 2013 biopic film directed by Gary LeGault. Marilyn Monroe (Carlissa Hayden), as a young, unknown actress struggles to obtain an audition, while coping ...more
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Marilyn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
Marilyn

Released: 1963

Directed by: Harold Medford

Marilyn is a 1963 documentary film based on the life of the 1950s sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. The film, directed by Harold Medford, was released by 20th Century Fox, and was narrated by Rock
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Goodnight, Sweet Marilyn... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
Goodnight, Sweet Marilyn Misty Rowe, Jeremy Slate, Phyllis Coates

Released: 1989

Directed by: Larry Buchanan

Goodnight, Sweet Marilyn is a film form Larry Buchanan which is a follow-up to his earlier hit, Goodbye, Norma Jean.
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The Legend of Marilyn Mo... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked

Released: 1966

Directed by: Terry Sanders

The Legend of Marilyn Monroe is a 1966 American documentary film chronicling the life and career of actress Marilyn Monroe. Directed by Terry Sanders, and narrated by John Huston, the film was ...more
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Goodbye, Norma Jean is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
Misty Rowe, Ivy Bethune, Adele Claire

Released: 1976

Directed by: Larry Buchanan

Goodbye, Norma Jean is a 1976 film by Larry Buchanan based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Misty Rowe plays the title role.
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This Year's Blonde is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
This Year's Blonde Lloyd Bridges, Norman Fell, Constance Forslund

Released: 1980

Directed by: John Erman

This Year's Blonde is a 1980 TV film directed by John Erman.
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Marilyn & Bobby: Her... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair Jonathan Banks, Neriah Davis, Tawnni Cable

Released: 1993

Directed by: Bradford May

Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair is a 1993 drama film written by Gerard Macdonald and directed by Bradford May.