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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Esther Williams, Fernando Lamas, William Demarest
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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George Sanders, Esther Williams, Howard Keel
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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Esther Williams, Van Johnson, Spring Byington
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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Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Fred Astaire
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 ...more
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Anne Francis, Esther Williams, Jimmy Durante
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 ...more
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Rita Moreno, Esther Williams, Howard Keel
Pagan Love Song is a 1950 musical-romance film written by Jerry Davis, Robert Nathan and William S. Stone and directed by Robert Alton.
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Esther Williams, John Saxon, Jack Albertson
The Unguarded Moment is a 1956 drama mystery film directed by Harry Keller.
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Esther Williams, Walter Pidgeon, Victor Mature
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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Esther Williams, Barry Sullivan, Whit Bissell
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 ...more
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Esther Williams, Jeff Chandler, Eduardo De Filippo
Raw Wind in Eden is a 1958 film starring Jeff Chandler and Esther Williams.
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Basil Rathbone, Esther Williams, Red Skelton
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 ...more
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Cyd Charisse, Ricardo Montalbán, Esther Williams
Fiesta is a 1947 film directed by Richard Thorpe.
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Mel Blanc, Ricardo Montalbán, Esther Williams
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, ...more
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Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Mickey Rooney
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 ...more
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Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury
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. ...more
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Cyd Charisse, Esther Williams, Carroll Baker
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.
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Lucille Ball, Fidel Castro, Esther Williams
Easy to Wed is a 1946 film directed by Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton, and Edward Buzzell.
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Esther Williams, Ann Miller, Red Skelton
Texas Carnival is a 1951 film written by Dorothy Kingsley and George Wells and directed by Charles Walters.
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Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Van Johnson
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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Cyd Charisse, Ricardo Montalbán, Esther Williams
On an Island with You is a 1948 film directed by Richard Thorpe.
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Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Esther Williams
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 ...more
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Fred MacMurray, Esther Williams, Dorothy McGuire
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 ...more
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Elizabeth Taylor, Gene Kelly, Lena Horne
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 ...more
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Mickey Rooney, Robert Blake, Ann Rutherford
Andy Hardy's Double Life is a 1942 film directed by George B. Seitz.
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Spencer Tracy, Irene Dunne, Esther Williams
A Guy Named Joe is a 1943 film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, directed by Victor Fleming, produced by Everett Riskin, from a screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, adapted by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan ...more