The Best Thelma Ritter Movies 

Updated September 22, 2019 386 votes 88 voters 6k views 25 items

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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.

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

Thelma Ritter was in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Hattie McDaniel and Eve Arden in terms of fame and success.

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Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

Released: 1954

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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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, 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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Richard Widmark, Thelma Ritter, Jean Peters

Released: 1953

Directed by: Samuel Fuller

Pickup on South Street is a Cold War spy film noir written and directed by Samuel Fuller and released by the 20th Century Fox studio. The film stars Richard Widmark, Jean Peters and Thelma ...more
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Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall

Released: 1959

Directed by: Michael Gordon

Pillow Talk is a 1959 Eastmancolor romantic comedy film in CinemaScope directed by Michael Gordon. It features Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter and Nick Adams. The film was ...more

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Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain, Thelma Ritter

Released: 1949

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

A Letter to Three Wives is a 1949 American romantic drama film which tells the story of a woman who mails a letter to three women, telling them she has left town with the husband of one of them. ...more
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Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas, Karl Malden

Released: 1962

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

Birdman of Alcatraz is a 1962 film starring Burt Lancaster and directed by John Frankenheimer. It is a largely fictionalized version of the life of Robert Stroud, a federal prison inmate known ...more

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Gene Tierney, Thelma Ritter, Jan Sterling

Released: 1951

Directed by: Mitchell Leisen

The Mating Season is a 1951 classic farce with elements of screwball comedy. A film made by Paramount Pictures, it was directed by Mitchell Leisen and produced by Charles Brackett from a ...more
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Doris Day, James Garner, Don Knotts

Released: 1963

Directed by: Michael Gordon

Move Over, Darling is a 1963 comedy film starring Doris Day, James Garner, and Polly Bergen and directed by Michael Gordon. The picture was a remake of a 1940 screwball comedy, My Favorite Wife, ...more
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Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner, Thelma Ritter

Released: 1953

Directed by: Jean Negulesco

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.

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Robert Wagner, Susan Hayward, Thelma Ritter

Released: 1952

Directed by: Walter Lang

With a Song in My Heart is a 1952 biographical film which tells the story of actress and singer Jane Froman, who was crippled by an airplane crash on February 22, 1943, when the Boeing 314 Pan ...more
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John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds

Released: 1962

Directed by: Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, John Ford, Richard Thorpe

How the West Was Won is a 1962 western film written by James R. Webb and John Gay and directed by John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall and Richard Thorpe.

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Ginger Rogers, Thelma Ritter, George Chandler

Released: 1950

Directed by: Bretaigne Windust

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 ...more
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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.
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Martin Sheen, Donna Mills, Ruby Dee

Released: 1967

Directed by: Larry Peerce

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Kirk Douglas, Julie Newmar, Thelma Ritter

Released: 1963

Directed by: Michael Gordon

For Love or Money is a 1963 romantic comedy film starring Kirk Douglas, Mitzi Gaynor and Thelma Ritter.
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Jeanne Crain, Thelma Ritter, Zero Mostel

Released: 1951

Directed by: George Cukor

The Model and the Marriage Broker is a 1951 film about a marriage broker. Though Jeanne Crain is top billed, the movie revolves around Thelma Ritter's character, in a rare leading role for ...more
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Julie Newmar, Betty Grable, Thelma Ritter

Released: 1953

Directed by: Victor Fleming, Henry Levin

The Farmer Takes a Wife is a 1953 romantic musical comedy film directed by Henry Levin.
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Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Thelma Ritter

Released: 1955

Directed by: Jean Negulesco

Daddy Long Legs is a Hollywood musical comedy film set in France, New York City, and the fictional college town of Walston, Massachusetts. The film was directed by Jean Negulesco, and stars Fred ...more

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Lucy Gallant Charlton Heston, Jane Wyman, Thelma Ritter

Released: 1955

Directed by: Robert Parrish

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Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker

Released: 1959

Directed by: Frank Capra

A Hole in the Head is a comedy film directed by Frank Capra, featuring Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Keenan Wynn, Carolyn Jones, Thelma Ritter, Dub Taylor, Ruby Dandridge, ...more
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William Holden, Deborah Kerr, Marion Ross

Released: 1956

Directed by: George Seaton

The Proud and Profane is a 1956 dramatic war romance made by William Perlberg-George Seaton Productions for Paramount Pictures. It was directed by George Seaton and produced by William Perlberg, ...more
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Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Fred MacMurray

Released: 1949

Directed by: John M. Stahl

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 ...more
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Jerry Lewis, Tony Curtis, Thelma Ritter

Released: 1965

Directed by: John Rich

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 ...more

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Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, Eva Gabor

Released: 1963

Directed by: Melville Shavelson

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 ...more