The Best William Powell Movies

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

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

Use every item on this list for yours, from The Thin Man to Ziegfeld Follies.

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  • Fifth Avenue socialite Irene Bullock needs a "forgotten man" to win a scavenger hunt, and no one fits that description more than Godfrey Park, who resides in a dump by the East River. Irene hires ...more
  • The recently divorced Gilbert discovers that his new girlfriend has stolen $50,000 and is carrying on with other men. Not long afterward, he disappears. Anxious to locate her father, Gilbert's ...more
  • In this third film in the "Thin Man" series based on characters created by mystery writer Dashiell Hammett, retired detective Nick Charles (William Powell) and his wife, Nora (Myrna Loy), accept an ...more
  • In late 19th-century New York City, stockbroker Clarence Day (William Powell) strives to maintain order in his bustling household. Despite his attempts to be the chief authority over his four sons, ...more
  • Recently returned home from vacation, private detective Nick Charles (William Powell) and his socialite wife, Nora (Myrna Loy), are back on the case when Nora's cousin, Selma (Elissa Landi), reports ...more
  • In San Francisco, retired Detective Nick Charles (William Powell) and his attractive wife, Nora (Myrna Loy), learn from police Lt. Abrams of the murder of a race jockey, but Nick refuses to get ...more
  • Everyone assumes dog-show competitor Archer Coe (Robert Barrat) committed suicide -- except for intrepid detective Philo Vance (William Powell). As Vance investigates, he turns up evidence of foul ...more
  • Famous retired detective Nick Charles (William Powell) takes his wife, Nora (Myrna Loy), and their dog, Asta, to visit Nick's parents in their small, quiet town. Determined that Nick's father respect ...more
  • When a major newspaper accuses wealthy socialite Connie Allenbury (Myrna Loy) of being a home-wrecker, and she files a multi-million-dollar libel lawsuit, the publication's frazzled head editor, ...more
  • This lively biopic depicts the rise of Florenz Ziegfeld (William Powell), a theater producer who became renowned during the 1920s for his lavish stage productions. Starting out by promoting ...more
  • The Canary Murder Case is a crime/mystery film made by Paramount Pictures, directed by Malcolm St. Clair and Frank Tuttle. The screenplay was written by Willard Huntington Wright, Albert S. Le Vino, ...more
  • Private Detective 62 is a 1933 pre-code detective film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring William Powell. It is a film about a private detective who falls for the beautiful gambling lady he has ...more
  • Tommy Drake (Philip Reed), a musician aboard a gambling ship, is shot and killed while trying to break into a safe. Later, amateur sleuths Nick (William Powell) and Norah (Myrna Loy) receive a visit ...more
  • Bittersweet film about a supply officer aboard a decrepit cargo ship during World War II who yearns for a transfer into a combat zone but is thwarted by the ship's captain, a petty tyrant. Forced to ...more
  • Jim Wade and Blackie Gallagher are two boys orphaned by the sinking of a ship. Upon the death of their guardian, also a survivor of the sinking, the boys go their separate ways. Jim (William Powell) ...more
  • When Dan Hardesty (William Powell) meets Joan Ames (Kay Francis) in a Hong Kong bar, he doesn't let on that he's an escaped murderer, nor she that she's suffering from a fatal illness. After Dan is ...more
  • Larry Wilson (William Powell) is a wealthy businessman. He's also so incredibly boring that his wife, Kay (Myrna Loy), wants a divorce. But when Larry gets knocked on the head, he discovers that he ...more
  • Baron Stephan Wolensky (William Powell), a spy working against the Russian royalty, meets Countess Olga Mironova (Luise Rainer), a secret agent employed by the Czar. Wolensky and Mironova, initially ...more
  • After his girlfriend, Alice, goes missing, young Tim Winthrop consults with his friend, criminal lawyer Clay Dalzell (William Powell). Clay, joined by his fiancée, Donna Mantin (Ginger Rogers), ...more
  • 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 ...more
  • Baroness Teri von Horhenfels (Kay Francis) deals with the tedium of her aristocratic life in Vienna with a long line of lovers. Her rich husband, Franz (Henry Kolker), seems not to notice. As she's ...more
  • A happily married architect, Steve (William Powell), and his wife, Susan (Myrna Loy), plan a romantic celebration for their fourth anniversary, but their evening is interrupted when Susan's meddling ...more
  • Dr. Lawrence "Brad" Bradford (William Powell) and his ex-wife, Paula (Jean Arthur), are still in love in spite of their divorce. Paula's obsession with murder mysteries remains a wedge between them, ...more
  • Elderly Lord Francis Kelton (Frank Morgan) and slick Lord Arthur Dilling (Robert Montgomery) both have eyes for the charming heiress Fay Cheyney (Joan Crawford). As the men pursue her, it becomes ...more
  • A venal New York gambling boss, "Natural" Davis (William Powell), instructs his younger brother Babe (Regis Toomey), who has just come to town from California, not to follow in his footsteps despite ...more