Documentary The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked  

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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.

Vote up the best movies about Marilyn Monroe, and feel free to add your favorites if they're missing from the list. 

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My Week with Marilyn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
Emma Watson, Michelle Williams, Judi Dench 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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Love, Marilyn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
Love, Marilyn 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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Norma Jean & Marilyn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino, Josh Charles 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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Blonde is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
Kirstie Alley, Ann-Margret, Poppy Montgomery Blonde is a 2001 TV drama film directed by Joyce Chopra.

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Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
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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The Secret Life of Marilyn Mon... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe Kelli Garner, Susan Sarandon, Emily Watson 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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Calendar Girl is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
Christine Taylor, Jason Priestley, Jerry O'Connell Calendar Girl is a 1993 film starring Jason Priestley, Gabriel Olds, and Jerry O'Connell. The movie, set in 1962, tells the story of three young men who go on a trip to Hollywood to fulfil their ...more

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Marilyn: The Untold Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
Catherine Hicks, Richard Basehart, Jason Miller 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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Marilyn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
Marilyn 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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The Legend of Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
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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The Private Life of Marilyn Mo... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
The Private Life of Marilyn Monroe Dorothy Blass, Carlissa Hayden, Phillip A. 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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Goodnight, Sweet Marilyn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
Goodnight, Sweet Marilyn Misty Rowe, Jeremy Slate, Phyllis Coates 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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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 This Year's Blonde is a 1980 TV film directed by John Erman.

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

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Goodbye, Norma Jean is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked
Misty Rowe, Ivy Bethune, Adele Claire Goodbye, Norma Jean is a 1976 film by Larry Buchanan based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Misty Rowe plays the title role.