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The Best Ethel Merman Movies

Updated June 11, 2019 615 votes 316 voters 9.9k views19 items

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List of the best Ethel Merman movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Ethel Merman'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 Ethel Merman movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Ethel Merman movies will be at the top of the list. Ethel Merman has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Ethel Merman movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Ethel Merman films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

Items on this list include You're Gonna Love It Here and Anything Goes.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Ethel Merman movies?" and "What are the greatest Ethel Merman roles of all time?"

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  • Stage Door Canteen1
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    Stage Door Canteen

    Katharine Hepburn, Helen Hayes

    Released1943

    Directed byFrank Borzage

    Stage Door Canteen is a musical film produced by Sol Lesser Productions and distributed by... more on Wikipedia
  • Mickey's Christmas Carol2
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    Mickey's Christmas Carol

    Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman

    Released1983

    Directed byBurny Mattinson

    Mickey's Christmas Carol is a 1983 American animated fantasy short film produced by Walt... more on Wikipedia

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  • Airplane!3
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    Airplane!

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen

    Released1980

    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

    Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David... more on Wikipedia

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  • Anything Goes4
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    Anything Goes

    Bing Crosby, Ethel Merman

    Released1936

    Directed byLewis Milestone

    Anything Goes is a 1936 American musical film directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Bing... more on Wikipedia
  • Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July5
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    Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July

    Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters

    Released1979

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July is a 90-minute crossover television film by Rankin Bass... more on Wikipedia

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  • Kid Millions6
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    Kid Millions

    Lucille Ball, Ethel Merman

    Released1934

    Directed byRoy Del Ruth

    Kid Millions is an American film directed by Roy Del Ruth, produced by Samuel Goldwyn... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Call Me Madam7
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    Call Me Madam

    George Sanders, Ethel Merman

    Released1953

    Directed byWalter Lang

    Call Me Madam is a 1953 American Technicolor musical film directed by Walter Lang, with songs... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Panama Hattie8
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    Panama Hattie

    Ethel Merman, Red Skelton

    Released1942

    Directed byRoy Del Ruth, Norman Z. McLeod

    Panama Hattie is a 1942 American film based upon the Broadway musical of the same name. It was... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Alexander's Ragtime Band9
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    Alexander's Ragtime Band

    Tyrone Power, Ethel Merman

    Released1938

    Directed byHenry King

    Alexander's Ragtime Band is a film released by 20th Century Fox that takes its name from the... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • We're Not Dressing10
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    We're Not Dressing

    Bing Crosby, Carole Lombard

    Released1934

    Directed byNorman Taurog

    We're Not Dressing is a 1934 screwball musical comedy directed by Norman Taurog. Based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Mary Martin and Ethel Merman: The Ford 50th Anniversary Show11
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    Mary Martin and Ethel Merman: The Ford 50th Anniversary Show

    Mary Martin

    Released1953

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  • Anything Goes12
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    Anything Goes

    Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin

    Released1954

    Directed byPeter Barnum

  • Time on My Hands13
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    Time on My Hands

    Ethel Merman, Mae Questel

    Released1932

    Directed byDave Fleischer

    Time On My Hands is a 1932 Screen Songs animated short, produced by Fleischer Studios and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • You're Gonna Love It Here14
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    You're Gonna Love It Here

    Ethel Merman, Austin Pendleton

    Released1977

    Directed byBruce Paltrow, Gordon Rigsby

    You're Gonna Love It Here is a 1977 comedy film written by Bruce Paltrow and directed by Bruce...Amazon_watch buy button
  • There's No Business Like Show Business15
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    There's No Business Like Show Business

    Marilyn Monroe, Ethel Merman

    Released1954

    Directed byWalter Lang

    There's No Business Like Show Business is a 1954 20th Century-Fox musical-comedy-drama,... more on Wikipedia
  • Cole Porter: An All-Star Tribute16
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    Cole Porter: An All-Star Tribute

    Ethel Merman, Cole Porter

    Released1964

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  • Journey Back to Oz17
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    Journey Back to Oz

    Liza Minnelli, Bill Cosby

    Released1974

    Directed byDon Bluth, Hal Sutherland

    Journey Back To Oz is a 1974 Filmation Studios animated film and an unofficial sequel to the... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Art of Love18
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    The Art of Love

    Dick Van Dyke, James Garner

    Released1965

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    The Art of Love is a 1965 comedy film starring James Garner, Dick Van Dyke, Elke Sommer, and... more on Wikipedia
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World19
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    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy

    Released1963

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film produced and directed by... more on Wikipedia

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