The Very Best Marilyn Monroe Movies

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Marilyn Monroe was not only one of the most beautiful women of all time; she was also a talented and beloved actress. This is a list of the best Marilyn Monroe movies, ranked best to worst by fans just like yourself. Though she played a "dumb blonde" in her most famous roles, the bombshell icon was anything but, and she laughed her earnings right to the bank. Marilyn Monroe'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 Marilyn Monroe movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Marilyn Monroe movies will be at the top of the list. Marilyn Monroe has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Marilyn Monroe movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about her filmography, use this list of the most entertaining Marilyn Monroe films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different films, including Some Like It Hot and The Seven Year Itch.

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

 

Marilyn Monroe worked with many famous directors, including big names like Fritz Lang and Billy Wilder. Is Marilyn Monroe your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Brigitte Bardot and Paul Newman films lists too.

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  • Character: Sugar Kane

    Awards: Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Comedy or Musical

    After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe (Tony Curtis) and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry (Jack Lemmon), improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising themselves as women, they join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida. While Joe pretends to be a millionaire to win the band's sexy singer, Sugar (Marilyn Monroe), Jerry finds himself pursued by a real millionaire (Joe E. Brown) as things heat up and the mobsters close in.
    • Actors: Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe, George Raft, Pat O'Brien
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: Billy Wilder

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  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
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    Character: Lorelei Lee

    Lorelei Lee (Marilyn Monroe) is a beautiful showgirl engaged to be married to the wealthy Gus Esmond (Tommy Noonan), much to the disapproval of Gus' rich father, Esmond Sr., who thinks that Lorelei is just after his money. When Lorelei goes on a cruise accompanied only by her best friend, Dorothy Shaw (Jane Russell), Esmond Sr. hires Ernie Malone (Elliott Reid), a private detective, to follow her and report any questionable behavior that would disqualify her from the marriage.
    • Actors: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks

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  • Niagara
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    Character: Rose Loomis

    Rose Loomis (Marilyn Monroe) and her older, gloomier husband, George (Joseph Cotten), are vacationing at a cabin in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The couple befriend Polly (Jean Peters) and Ray Cutler (Casey Adams), who are honeymooning in the area. Polly begins to suspect that something is amiss between Rose and George, and her suspicions grow when she sees Rose in the arms of another man. While Ray initially thinks Polly is overreacting, things between George and Rose soon take a shockingly dark turn.
    • Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter, Denis O'Dea
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Henry Hathaway

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  • How to Marry a Millionaire
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    Character: Pola Debevoise

    Schatze Page, Loco Dempsey and Pola Debevoise (Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe) are three women on a mission: They all want to marry a millionaire. To accomplish this task, they move into a fancy New York City apartment and begin courting the city's elite. They have no problem meeting rich men, but unfortunately most of them turn out to be creeps or cons. Eventually they must decide: Is a life of luxury more important to them than finding true love?
    • Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, David Wayne, Cameron Mitchell
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Jean Negulesco

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