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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.

"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
Rear Window is a 1954 American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes based on Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story. Originally released by Paramount ...more

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Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Anne Baxter
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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Richard Widmark, Thelma Ritter, Jean Peters
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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Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Eli Wallach
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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Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain, Thelma Ritter
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
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
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, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall
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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Doris Day, James Garner, Don Knotts
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
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
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
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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William Holden, Deborah Kerr, Marion Ross
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
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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Jeanne Crain, Thelma Ritter, Zero Mostel
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
The Farmer Takes a Wife is a 1953 romantic musical comedy film directed by Henry Levin.
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Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker
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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Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Thelma Ritter
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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Jerry Lewis, Tony Curtis, Thelma Ritter
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
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
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Ginger Rogers, Thelma Ritter, George Chandler
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
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
The Incident is a 1967 American film written by Nicholas E. Baehr, directed by Larry Peerce and starring Beau Bridges, Tony Musante, Brock Peters and Martin Sheen It tells the story of two young ...more
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Kirk Douglas, Julie Newmar, Thelma Ritter
For Love or Money is a 1963 romantic comedy film starring Kirk Douglas, Mitzi Gaynor and Thelma Ritter.
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Lucy Gallant
Charlton Heston, Jane Wyman, Thelma Ritter
Lucy Gallant is a 1955 drama film directed by Robert Parrish.