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The Best Movies About Marilyn Monroe, Ranked

Updated December 28, 2020 406 votes 120 voters 8.1k views18 items

List RulesOnly movies that feature Marilyn Monroe as a main character.

From documentary films 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 based on her real life. 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 biography films include Blonde, Norma Jean & Marilyn, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, and Love, Marilyn.

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  • The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe1
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    10

    The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe

    Kelli Garner, Susan Sarandon

    Released2015

    Directed byLaurie Collyer

  • Love, Marilyn2
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    8

    Love, Marilyn

    F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2012

    Directed byLiz Garbus

  • Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days3
    26
    4

    Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days

    Humphrey Bogart, Joe DiMaggio

    Released2001

    Directed byPatty Ivins Specht

  • My Week with Marilyn4
    38
    21

    My Week with Marilyn

    Emma Watson, Michelle Williams

    Released2011

    Directed bySimon Curtis

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  • Marilyn5
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    1

    Marilyn

    Marilyn Monroe, Rock Hudson

    Released1963

    Directed byHarold Medford

  • Marilyn: The Untold Story6
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    9

    Marilyn: The Untold Story

    Catherine Hicks, Richard Basehart

    Released1980

    Directed byJack Arnold, Lawrence Schiller, John Flynn

  • This Year's Blonde7
    6
    2

    This Year's Blonde

    Lloyd Bridges, Norman Fell

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Erman

  • The Legend of Marilyn Monroe8
    7
    5

    The Legend of Marilyn Monroe

    John Huston, Marilyn Monroe

    Released1966

    Directed byTerry Sanders

  • Norma Jean & Marilyn9
    26
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    Norma Jean & Marilyn

    Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino

    Released1996

    Directed byTim Fywell

  • The Private Life of Marilyn Monroe10
    3
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    The Private Life of Marilyn Monroe

    Dorothy Blass, Carlissa Hayden

    Released2013

    Directed byGary LeGault

  • Marilyn & Me11
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    Marilyn & Me

    Joel Grey, Terry Moore

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Patterson

  • The Goddess12
    1
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    The Goddess

    Patty Duke, Lloyd Bridges

    Released1958

    Directed byJohn Cromwell

  • We Remember Marilyn13
    1
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    We Remember Marilyn

    Marilyn Monroe, Arthur Miller

    Released1996

    Directed byTed Newsom

  • Blonde14
    20
    26

    Blonde

    Kirstie Alley, Ann-Margret

    Released2001

    Directed byJoyce Chopra

  • Eve and Marilyn15
    1
    1

    Eve and Marilyn

    Eve Arnold, Marilyn Monroe

    Released1987

    Directed byRosemary Bowen-Jones

  • Goodnight, Sweet Marilyn16
    9
    9

    Goodnight, Sweet Marilyn

    Misty Rowe, Jeremy Slate

    Released1989

    Directed byLarry Buchanan

  • Goodbye, Norma Jean17
    9
    12

    Goodbye, Norma Jean

    Misty Rowe, Ivy Bethune

    Released1976

    Directed byLarry Buchanan

  • Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair18
    8
    15

    Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair

    Jonathan Banks, Neriah Davis

    Released1993

    Directed byBradford May