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The Best Thelma Ritter Movies

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

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

List films include The Model and the Marriage Broker, The Proud and Profane and more.

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  • A newspaper photographer with a broken leg passes time recuperating by observing his neighbors through his window. He sees what he believes to be a murder, and decides to solve the crime himself. ...more
  • Backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington. Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing, telling a melancholy life story to ...more
  • In New York City, an insolent pickpocket, Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark), inadvertently sets off a chain of events when he targets ex-prostitute Candy (Jean Peters) and steals her wallet. Unaware that ...more
  • Playboy songwriter Brad Allen's (Rock Hudson) succession of romances annoys his neighbor, interior designer Jan Morrow (Doris Day), who shares a telephone party line with him and hears all his breezy ...more
  • In New York, Mae Swasey (Thelma Ritter) practices the delicate art of matchmaking. When a handsome optician, Matt Hornbeck (Scott Brady), stands up his original match at the altar, Mae quickly sees ...more
  • Perfect Strangers is a 1950 American comedy-drama directed by Bretaigne Windust. The screenplay for the Warner Bros. release by Edith Sommer was based on an adaptation of the 1939 Ben Hecht-Charles ...more
  • After his 65th birthday, Acme Printing plant worker John R. Hodges (Monty Woolley) becomes a victim of his employer's mandatory retirement policy. In a scheme to get his job back and the policy ...more
  • After working-class mother Ellen McNulty (Thelma Ritter) runs into financial troubles, she takes a trip to see her son, Val (John Lund), who is now married to the sophisticated Maggie Carleton (Gene ...more
  • While filing for a divorce, beautiful ex-stripper Roslyn Taber (Marilyn Monroe) ends up meeting aging cowboy-turned-gambler Gay Langland (Clark Gable) and former World War II aviator Guido Racanelli ...more
  • Despite the rise of the railroads, in the 1850s the Erie Canal is still a major route for transporting goods. Farmer Dan Harrow (Henry Fonda) takes a canal boat job to save money for his own land. ...more
  • Nicholas Arden (James Garner) has struggled to get over the absence of his wife, Ellen (Doris Day), but when it seems clear that she's perished in a plane crash, he decides to move on. Nicholas ...more
  • Sentenced to life in solitary confinement after killing a prison guard, despondent inmate Robert Stroud (Burt Lancaster) combats loneliness and tedium by nursing an ailing bird back to health. Stroud ...more
  • After landing a job singing on the radio, Jane Froman (Susan Hayward) marries musical accompanist Don Ross (David Wayne). Under Don's management, Jane rises to stardom and is invited to perform for ...more
  • Setting off on a journey to the west in the 1830s, the Prescott family run into a man named Linus (James Stewart), who helps them fight off a pack of thieves. Linus then marries daughter Eve Prescott ...more
  • Deborah Bishop, Lora Mae Hollingsway and Rita Phipps are three friends who all receive letters from another friend, Addie Ross, telling them that she is about to leave town with one of their ...more
  • Father was a Fullback is a 1949 black-and-white Twentieth Century Fox film based on a comedy by Clifford Goldsmith. The film is about a college American football coach and his woes. The film stars ...more
  • Titanic
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    Titanic is a 1953 American drama film directed by Jean Negulesco. Its plot centers on an estranged couple sailing on the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic, which took place in April 1912.
  • In this musical, American millionaire Jervis Pendleton (Fred Astaire) becomes taken with an orphan named Julie (Leslie Caron) while vacationing in France. Determined to improve the quality of Julie's ...more
  • Based on Arnold Schulman's Broadway play of the same name, this comedy finds widower Tony Manetta (Frank Sinatra) struggling to own and operate a Miami hotel. Irresponsible in both business and ...more
  • Boeing Boeing is a 1965 American bedroom farce comedy film, based on the 1960 French play Boeing-Boeing, and starring Jerry Lewis and Tony Curtis. It was released on December 22, 1965, and was the ...more
  • Red Cross volunteer Lee Ashley (Deborah Kerr) arrives in New Caledonia in 1943, hoping to find out details about the death of her husband on Guadalcanal. Initially reluctant to involve herself in ...more
  • On a New York City subway, two young punks, Artie Connors (Martin Sheen) and Joe Ferrone (Tony Musante), take control of a car filled with passengers. Among other people, the train includes military ...more
  • Deke Gentry (Kirk Douglas) is the lawyer of wealthy hotel magnate Chloe Brasher (Thelma Ritter), so he's confused when she orders him to marry off her three daughters. There's Kate (Mitzi Gaynor), ...more
  • Lucy Gallant is a 1955 drama film directed by Robert Parrish.
  • A New Kind of Love is a 1963 American romantic comedy film directed by Melville Shavelson and starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Frank Sinatra sings "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" over ...more