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The Best Esther Williams Movies

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List of the best Esther Williams movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Esther Williams's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Esther Williams movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Esther Williams movies will be at the top of the list. Esther Williams has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Esther Williams movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Esther Williams films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Esther Williams role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Esther Williams performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

This list below has a variety of films in it, from Dangerous When Wet to Raw Wind in Eden.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Esther Williams movies?" and "What are the greatest Esther Williams roles of all time?"
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  • Rome is on the verge of being conquered by Hannibal (Howard Keel). While Rome's ruler, Fabius Maximus (George Sanders), plots a defense against Hannibal's armies, Fabius' fiancée, Amytis (Esther ...more
  • Raw Wind in Eden is a 1958 film starring Jeff Chandler and Esther Williams.
  • The Unguarded Moment is a 1956 drama mystery film directed by Harry Keller.
  • Pagan Love Song is a 1950 musical-romance film written by Jerry Davis, Robert Nathan and William S. Stone and directed by Robert Alton.
  • Skirts Ahoy! is a 1952 MGM musical film shot in Technicolor and directed by Sidney Lanfield. It stars Esther Williams and Joan Evans.The films follows the adventures of several women who join the ...more
  • During World War II, synchronized swimming starlet Nora Cambaretti (Esther Williams) is sent overseas to entertain the U.S. troops. There she meets young serviceman Dick Johnson (Johnnie Johnston), ...more
  • Handsome young man Mario Morales (Ricardo Montalban) feels great pressure to become a bullfighter, since his father, Antonio (Fortunio Bonanova), was a famous toreador. However, Mario really aspires ...more
  • Athletic farmer's daughter Katie Higgins (Esther Williams) and her tightly knit family all love swimming. When traveling salesman Windy Weebe (Jack Carson) comes to the farm, he spots Katie's talent ...more
  • Running between 1907 and 1931, the Ziegfeld Follies were elaborate stage revues mounted by the great Broadway showman Florenz Ziegfeld, inspired by the Folies Bergères of Paris. In 1945, film ...more
  • Cynthia Glenn (Esther Williams), a beautiful swimming teacher, marries Robert (Carleton G. Young), a dull but wealthy white-collar worker. The couple travels to the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountains for ...more
  • The last major film to be shot at MGM's world famous Hollywood backlot, "That's Entertainment!" is a star-studded traipse down memory lane. The film boasts more than 100 classic segments compiled ...more
  • A musical romantic drama, this biopic tells the story of influential Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman (Esther Williams), who broke gender barriers while becoming a pioneer of synchronized ...more
  • Songwriter Steve Elliot (Red Skelton) has just wed his sweetheart, Caroline Brooks (Esther Williams), when a scheming Broadway producer breaks up the marriage. Caroline returns to her position as a ...more
  • Debbie Telford (Esther Williams) and Cornie Quinell (Red Skelton) work at a carnival, where they meet wealthy Texan Dan (Keenan Wynn). Dan enters a drinking marathon with Cornie and asks him to ...more
  • The second sequel in MGM's musical compilation series, released to commemorate MGM's 70th anniversary, acts as a retrospective, featuring rare and previously unreleased footage. The film also ...more
  • At the Cypress Gardens Resort in Florida, Julie Hallerton (Esther Williams) stars in a show managed by Ray Lloyd (Van Johnson), yet also does other menial work for a shockingly low salary. Frustrated ...more
  • Aquatic dancer Eve Barrett (Esther Williams), now partnered with Joe Backett (Keenan Wynn) in a swimsuit design company, tries to prevent her sister, Betty (Betty Garrett), from falling in love with ...more
  • Despite being key players for the Wolves, baseball players Dennis Ryan (Frank Sinatra) and Eddie O'Brien (Gene Kelly) harbor a passion for vaudeville. When a local gambler (Edward Arnold) puts a lot ...more
  • When a newspaper runs a scandalous story about debutante Connie Allenbury (Esther Williams), her powerful broker father threatens the paper's owner, Warren Haggerty (Keenan Wynn), with a massive ...more
  • Secretary Ellen (Paula Raymond) and dancer Christine (Esther Williams) are roommates and friends. Ellen is in love with her boss, Douglas (John Lund), who has her pretend to be his fiancée whenever ...more
  • On opening night of his new Broadway musical, "Show Boat," composer Jerome Kern (Robert Walker) reflects on his long career. With the help of his mentor, composer James Hessler (Van Heflin), a young ...more
  • In this musical, movie star Rosalind Reynolds (Esther Williams) is filming on location in Hawaii. Co-star Ricardo Montez (Ricardo Montalban) wants to marry her, but the movie's technical adviser, Lt. ...more
  • College-bound Andy Hardy (Mickey Rooney) sells a friend his old jalopy in order to afford to ship his new car to school. After mailing a check away, Andy discovers his friend can't cover the payment ...more
  • When marketing professionals Mike Frye (Fred MacMurray) and Deborah Patterson (Dorothy McGuire) put several Western films starring Smoky Callaway back on TV, audiences can't get enough of the classic ...more
  • Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer is a documentary on the life and death of Gene Kelly. It was shown on American Masters on PBS in 2002.