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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.

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    Dangerous When Wet

    Esther Williams, Fernando Lamas

    Released1953

    Directed byCharles Walters

    Dangerous When Wet is an Technicolor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical film starring Esther Williams, Fernando Lamas, and Jack Carson, directed by Charles Walters, and featuring an animated swimming...  more
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    Jupiter's Darling

    George Sanders, Esther Williams

    Released1955

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    Jupiter's Darling is a musical romance film released by MGM in 1955 and directed by George Sidney. It starred Esther Williams as the Roman woman Amytis, Howard Keel as Hannibal, the Carthaginian...  more
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    This Time for Keeps

    Anne Francis, Esther Williams

    Released1947

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    This Time for Keeps is an American romantic musical film released in 1947 and produced by MGM. It is about a soldier, returning home from war, who does not wish to work for his father's opera company...  more
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    The Unguarded Moment

    Esther Williams, John Saxon

    Released1956

    Directed byHarry Keller, Victor Saville

    The Unguarded Moment is a 1956 drama mystery film directed by Harry Keller....  more
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    Raw Wind in Eden

    Esther Williams, Jeff Chandler

    Released1958

    Directed byRichard Wilson

    Raw Wind in Eden is a 1958 film starring Jeff Chandler and Esther Williams....  more
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    Thrill of a Romance

    Esther Williams, Van Johnson

    Released1945

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    Thrill of a Romance was an American romance film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1945, starring Van Johnson, Esther Williams and Carleton G. Young, with musical performances by opera singer...  more
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    Skirts Ahoy!

    Esther Williams, Barry Sullivan

    Released1952

    Directed bySidney Lanfield

    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
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    Pagan Love Song

    Rita Moreno, Esther Williams

    Released1950

    Directed byRobert Alton

    Pagan Love Song is a 1950 musical-romance film written by Jerry Davis, Robert Nathan and William S. Stone and directed by Robert Alton....  more
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    Ziegfeld Follies

    Judy Garland, Lucille Ball

    Released1945

    Directed byVincente Minnelli, George Sidney, Roy Del Ruth, Lemuel Ayers, Merrill Pye

    Ziegfeld Follies is a 1946 Hollywood musical comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth, Robert Lewis, Vincente Minnelli, Merrill Pye, George Sidney and...  more
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    Fiesta

    Cyd Charisse, Ricardo Montalbán

    Released1947

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    Fiesta is a 1947 film directed by Richard Thorpe....  more
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    That's Entertainment!

    Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli

    Released1974

    Directed byJack Haley, Jr.

    That's Entertainment! is a 1974 compilation film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to celebrate its 50th anniversary. It was followed by two sequels and a related film called That's Dancing!. The film,...  more
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    That's Entertainment! III

    Elizabeth Taylor, Gene Kelly

    Released1994

    Directed byBud Friedgen, Michael J. Sheridan

    That's Entertainment! III is a documentary film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to celebrate the studio's 70th anniversary. It was the third in a series of retrospectives that began with the first...  more
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    2
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    Andy Hardy's Double Life

    Mickey Rooney, Robert Blake

    Released1942

    Directed byGeorge B. Seitz

    Andy Hardy's Double Life is a 1942 film directed by George B. Seitz....  more
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    Texas Carnival

    Esther Williams, Ann Miller

    Released1951

    Directed byCharles Walters

    Texas Carnival is a 1951 film written by Dorothy Kingsley and George Wells and directed by Charles Walters....  more
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    Bathing Beauty

    Basil Rathbone, Esther Williams

    Released1944

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    Bathing Beauty is a 1944 musical starring Red Skelton, Basil Rathbone and Esther Williams and directed by George Sidney. Although this was not Williams' screen debut, it was her first Technicolor...  more
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    Million Dollar Mermaid

    Esther Williams, Walter Pidgeon

    Released1952

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy

    Million Dollar Mermaid is a 1952 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer biographical musical film of the life of Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman. It was directed by Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Arthur...  more
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    Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer

    Esther Williams, Ann Miller

    Released2002

    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....  more
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    Till the Clouds Roll By

    Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland

    Released1946

    Directed byVincente Minnelli, Richard Whorf

    Till The Clouds Roll By is a 1946 American musical film made by MGM. The film is a fictionalized biography of composer Jerome Kern who was originally involved with the production of the film. Till...  more
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    Duchess of Idaho

    Esther Williams, Red Skelton

    Released1950

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    Duchess of Idaho is a musical romantic comedy produced in 1950 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed by Robert Z. Leonard, it was the fourth film pairing Esther Williams and Van Johnson. It was shot...  more
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    Neptune's Daughter

    Mel Blanc, Ricardo Montalbán

    Released1949

    Directed byEdward Buzzell

    Neptune's Daughter is a 1949 Technicolor musical romantic comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalbán, Betty Garrett, Keenan Wynn, Xavier...  more
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    Easy to Love

    Cyd Charisse, Esther Williams

    Released1953

    Directed byCharles Walters

    Easy to Love is a 1953 musical film directed by Charles Walters. It stars Esther Williams and Van Johnson. It was Williams' final aquatic film with a U.S. setting....  more
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    Easy to Wed

    Lucille Ball, Fidel Castro

    Released1946

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Edward Buzzell, Edward Sedgwick

    Easy to Wed is a 1946 film directed by Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton, and Edward Buzzell....  more
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    Take Me Out to the Ball Game

    Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly

    Released1949

    Directed byBusby Berkeley

    Take Me Out to the Ball Game is a 1949 Technicolor musical film starring Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, and Gene Kelly. The movie was directed by Busby Berkeley. The title and nominal theme is taken...  more
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    On an Island with You

    Cyd Charisse, Ricardo Montalbán

    Released1948

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    On an Island with You is a 1948 film directed by Richard Thorpe....  more
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    Callaway Went Thataway

    Fred MacMurray, Esther Williams

    Released1951

    Directed byNorman Panama, Melvin Frank

    Callaway Went Thataway is a 1951 American comedy film starring Fred MacMurray, Dorothy McGuire, and Howard Keel. It was written, directed, and produced by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama. Also known...  more