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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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    My Man Godfrey

    Carole Lombard, Jane Wyman
    My Man Godfrey is a 1936 American comedy-drama film directed by Gregory La Cava. The...  more
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    The Thin Man

    Myrna Loy, Cesar Romero
    The Thin Man is a 1934 American comedy-mystery film directed by W.S. Van Dyke and based on the...  more

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    How to Marry a Millionaire

    Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall
    How to Marry a Millionaire is a 1953 American romantic comedy film directed by Jean Negulesco...  more
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    Evelyn Prentice

    Myrna Loy, Rosalind Russell
    Evelyn Prentice is a 1934 film starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. and featuring Una Merkel...  more
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    After the Thin Man

    James Stewart, Myrna Loy
    After the Thin Man is a 1936 American film, starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, and James...  more
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    Libeled Lady

    Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy
    Libeled Lady is a 1936 screwball comedy film starring Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy,...  more
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    Another Thin Man

    Myrna Loy, William Powell
    Another Thin Man is a 1939 American film that is the third film in the six-volume series, The...  more
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    Mister Roberts

    Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon
    Mister Roberts is a 1955 American Warnercolor in CinemaScope comedy-drama film directed by...  more

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    The Ex-Mrs. Bradford

    Jean Arthur, William Powell
    The Ex-Mrs. Bradford is a 1936 American comedy-mystery film. William Powell and Jean Arthur...  more
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    Shadow of the Thin Man

    Ava Gardner, Myrna Loy
    Shadow of the Thin Man is the fourth of the six The Thin Man films. It was released in 1941...  more
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    The Thin Man Goes Home

    Myrna Loy, William Powell
    The Thin Man Goes Home is a 1945 motion picture directed by Richard Thorpe. It is the fifth of...  more
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    Life with Father

    Elizabeth Taylor, Irene Dunne
    Life with Father is a 1947 American comedy film. It tells the true story of Clarence Day, a...  more
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    Manhattan Melodrama

    Clark Gable, Myrna Loy
    Manhattan Melodrama is a 1934 crime melodrama film, produced by MGM, directed by W. S. Van...  more
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    The Kennel Murder Case

    Mary Astor, William Powell
    The Kennel Murder Case is a 1933 American mystery film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring...  more
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    I Love You Again

    Myrna Loy, William Powell
    I Love You Again is a comedy film released in 1940. It was directed by W.S. Van Dyke and...  more
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    Song of the Thin Man

    Myrna Loy, Dean Stockwell
    Song of the Thin Man is a 1947 comedy-crime film directed by Edward Buzzell, the last of the...  more
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    Ziegfeld Follies

    Judy Garland, Lucille Ball
    Ziegfeld Follies is a 1946 Hollywood musical comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and...  more
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    Jewel Robbery

    William Powell, Kay Francis
    Jewel Robbery is a 1932 American comedy-mystery film, directed by William Dieterle and...  more
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    Love Crazy

    Myrna Loy, William Powell
    Love Crazy is a 1941 screwball comedy film pairing William Powell and Myrna Loy as a couple...  more
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    Star of Midnight

    Ginger Rogers, William Powell
    Star of Midnight is an American mystery-comedy film released by RKO Pictures in 1935. William...  more
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    Private Detective 62

    William Powell, Margaret Lindsay
    Private Detective 62 is a 1933 pre-code detective film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring...  more
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    Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid

    William Powell, Ann Blyth
    Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid is a 1948 fantasy film starring William Powell and Ann Blyth in...  more
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    The Great Ziegfeld

    Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer
    The Great Ziegfeld is a 1936 American musical drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and...  more

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    The Last of Mrs. Cheyney

    Joan Crawford, William Powell
    The Last of Mrs. Cheyney is a drama/comedy motion picture starring Joan Crawford, William...  more
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    The Heavenly Body

    Hedy Lamarr, William Powell
    The Heavenly Body is a 1944 American romantic comedy film directed by Alexander Hall and...  more