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, with movie trailers when available. 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 this then 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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Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis

Released: 1959

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The film is about two musicians who dress in drag in ...more

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Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Harry Carey

Released: 1953

Directed by: Howard Hawks

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Marilyn Monroe, Carolyn Jones, Evelyn Keyes

Released: 1955

Directed by: Billy Wilder

The Seven Year Itch is a 1955 American romantic comedy film based on a three-act play with the same name by George Axelrod. The film was co-written and directed by Billy Wilder, and stars ...more

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Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Eli Wallach

Released: 1961

Directed by: John Huston

The Misfits is a 1961 American drama film with a screenplay by Arthur Miller which was directed by John Huston. It stars Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter, Eli Wallach ...more

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Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable

Released: 1953

Directed by: Jean Negulesco

How to Marry a Millionaire is a 1953 American romantic comedy film directed by Jean Negulesco and produced and written by Nunnally Johnson. The film stars Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, and ...more

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Marilyn Monroe, Hope Lange, Don Murray

Released: 1956

Directed by: Joshua Logan

Bus Stop is a 1956 American romantic comedy film directed by Joshua Logan for 20th Century Fox, starring Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart, Robert Bray ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters

Released: 1953

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

Niagara is an American 1953 thriller-film noir, released by Twentieth Century-Fox, directed by Henry Hathaway, and starring Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Casey Adams, and Marilyn Monroe. Unlike ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Anne Baxter

Released: 1950

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

All About Eve is a 1950 American drama film written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. It was based on the 1946 short story "The Wisdom of Eve" by ...more

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Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum, Rory Calhoun

Released: 1954

Directed by: Jean Negulesco, Otto Preminger

River of No Return is a 1954 American Western film directed by Otto Preminger and starring Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe. The screenplay by Frank Fenton is based on a story by Louis Lantz.

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Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Richard Widmark

Released: 1952

Directed by: Roy Ward Baker

Don't Bother to Knock is a 1952 American thriller film starring Richard Widmark and Marilyn Monroe, directed by Roy Ward Baker. The screenplay was written by Daniel Taradash, based on the novel ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Terence Rattigan

Released: 1957

Directed by: Laurence Olivier

The Prince and the Showgirl is a 1957 British-American Technicolor romantic comedy film produced at Pinewood Studios starring Marilyn Monroe and co-starring Laurence Olivier who also served as ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan

Released: 1952

Directed by: Fritz Lang

Clash by Night is a 1952 American drama film with some film noir aspects, directed by Fritz Lang and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, Robert Ryan, Marilyn Monroe and Keith Andes. The ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers

Released: 1952

Directed by: Howard Hawks

Monkey Business is a 1952 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks and written by Ben Hecht, which stars Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn, and Marilyn Monroe. To avoid ...more

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Marilyn Monroe, Jack Warden, James Whitmore

Released: 1950

Directed by: John Huston

The Asphalt Jungle is a 1950 film noir directed by John Huston. The caper film is based on the 1949 novel of the same name by W. R. Burnett and stars an ensemble cast including Sterling Hayden, ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, Cyd Charisse

Released: 1962

Directed by: Jean Negulesco, George Cukor

Something's Got to Give is an unfinished 1962 American feature film, directed by George Cukor for 20th Century Fox and starring Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin and Cyd Charisse. A remake of My ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Ethel Merman, Irving Berlin

Released: 1954

Directed by: Walter Lang

There's No Business Like Show Business is a 1954 20th Century-Fox musical-comedy-drama, directed by Walter Lang. It stars an ensemble cast, consisting of Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Donald ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Adele Jergens, Nana Bryant

Released: 1948

Directed by: Phil Karlson

Ladies of the Chorus is a 1948 American musical film, released by Columbia Pictures, directed by Phil Karlson, starring Marilyn Monroe. The screenplay, written by Harry Sauber and Joseph Carole, ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly

Released: 1960

Directed by: George Cukor

Let's Make Love is a 1960 musical comedy film made by 20th Century Fox in DeLuxe Color and CinemaScope. It was directed by George Cukor and produced by Jerry Wald from a screenplay by Norman ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Jack Paar, June Haver

Released: 1951

Directed by: Joseph M. Newman

Love Nest is a 1951 American comedy-drama film directed by Joseph Newman and starring June Haver, William Lundigan, Frank Fay, Marilyn Monroe, and Jack Paar. The post-World War II comedy ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Ginger Rogers, Zsa Zsa Gábor

Released: 1952

Directed by: Edmund Goulding

We're Not Married! is a 1952 American romantic comedy film, directed by Edmund Goulding and released by 20th Century Fox. The screenplay was written by Nunnally Johnson, while the story was ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Robert Wagner, Claudette Colbert

Released: 1951

Directed by: Richard Sale

Let's Make It Legal is a 1951 American comedy film made by Twentieth Century-Fox, directed by Richard Sale and produced by Robert Bassler from a screenplay by I.A.L. Diamond and F. Hugh Herbert, ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Alan Hale, Jr.

Released: 1951

Directed by: Arthur Pierson

Home Town Story is a 1951 American drama film directed by Arthur Pierson and starring Jeffrey Lynn, Donald Crisp, and Alan Hale, Jr.. The film features Marilyn Monroe in a small, early role. The ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Anne Baxter, Walter Brennan

Released: 1950

Directed by: Richard Sale

A Ticket to Tomahawk is a 1950 American western musical comedy film, released by 20th Century Fox, directed by Richard Sale and starring Dan Dailey and Anne Baxter.
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Marilyn Monroe, Charles Laughton, Anne Baxter

Released: 1952

Directed by: Jean Negulesco, Henry Koster, Howard Hawks, Henry Hathaway, Henry King

Full House is a 1952 film directed by Henry Hathaway.
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Marilyn Monroe, Thelma Ritter, Jean Peters

Released: 1951

Directed by: Harmon Jones

As Young as You Feel is a comedy film starring Monty Woolley, Thelma Ritter, and David Wayne, with Marilyn Monroe in a small role.