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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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    The Thin Man

    Myrna Loy, Cesar Romero

    Released1934

    Directed byW. S. Van Dyke

    The Thin Man is a 1934 American comedy-mystery film directed by W.S. Van Dyke and based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. The film stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora...  more

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    My Man Godfrey

    Carole Lombard, Jane Wyman

    Released1936

    Directed byGregory La Cava

    My Man Godfrey is a 1936 American comedy-drama film directed by Gregory La Cava. The screenplay was written by Morrie Ryskind, with uncredited contributions by La Cava, based on 1101 Park Avenue, a...  more
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    After the Thin Man

    James Stewart, Myrna Loy

    Released1936

    Directed byW. S. Van Dyke

    After the Thin Man is a 1936 American film, starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, and James Stewart, that is the sequel to the film The Thin Man. The movie presents Powell and Loy as Dashiell Hammett's...  more
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    Shadow of the Thin Man

    Ava Gardner, Myrna Loy

    Released1941

    Directed byW. S. Van Dyke

    Shadow of the Thin Man is the fourth of the six The Thin Man films. It was released in 1941 and was directed by W. S. Van Dyke. It stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles. Also,...  more
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    The Thin Man Goes Home

    Myrna Loy, William Powell

    Released1945

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    The Thin Man Goes Home is a 1945 motion picture directed by Richard Thorpe. It is the fifth of the six Thin Man films starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Dashiell Hammett's dapper ex-private...  more
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    Libeled Lady

    Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy

    Released1936

    Directed byJack Conway

    Libeled Lady is a 1936 screwball comedy film starring Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Spencer Tracy, written by George Oppenheimer, Howard Emmett Rogers, Wallace Sullivan, and Maurine...  more
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    Another Thin Man

    Myrna Loy, William Powell

    Released1939

    Directed byW. S. Van Dyke

    Another Thin Man is a 1939 American film that is the third film in the six-volume series, The Thin Man. It again stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, and is based on the...  more
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    Mister Roberts

    Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon

    Released1955

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, John Ford, Joshua Logan

    Mister Roberts is a 1955 American Warnercolor in CinemaScope comedy-drama film directed by John Ford and Mervyn LeRoy and features an all-star cast including Henry Fonda as Mister Roberts, James...  more

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    Song of the Thin Man

    Myrna Loy, Dean Stockwell

    Released1947

    Directed byEdward Buzzell

    Song of the Thin Man is a 1947 comedy-crime film directed by Edward Buzzell, the last of the six Thin Man films. Like the others, it stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles,...  more
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    Manhattan Melodrama

    Clark Gable, Myrna Loy

    Released1934

    Directed byW. S. Van Dyke

    Manhattan Melodrama is a 1934 crime melodrama film, produced by MGM, directed by W. S. Van Dyke, and starring Clark Gable, William Powell, and Myrna Loy. The movie also provided one of the earliest...  more
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    Life with Father

    Elizabeth Taylor, Irene Dunne

    Released1947

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    Life with Father is a 1947 American comedy film. It tells the true story of Clarence Day, a stockbroker who wants to be master of his house, but finds his wife and his children ignoring him, until...  more
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    I Love You Again

    Myrna Loy, William Powell

    Released1940

    Directed byW. S. Van Dyke

    I Love You Again is a comedy film released in 1940. It was directed by W.S. Van Dyke and starred William Powell and Myrna Loy; all three were prominently involved in the The Thin Man series. The cast...  more
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    The Kennel Murder Case

    Mary Astor, William Powell

    Released1933

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    The Kennel Murder Case is a 1933 American mystery film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring William Powell as Philo Vance, reprising the role for Warner Brothers after appearing as Vance in three...  more
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    Love Crazy

    Myrna Loy, William Powell

    Released1941

    Directed byJack Conway

    Love Crazy is a 1941 screwball comedy film pairing William Powell and Myrna Loy as a couple whose marriage is on the verge of being broken up by the husband's old girlfriend and the wife's...  more
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    Star of Midnight

    Ginger Rogers, William Powell

    Released1935

    Directed byStephen Roberts

    Star of Midnight is an American mystery-comedy film released by RKO Pictures in 1935. William Powell was loaned out in this movie from MGM to star with Ginger Rogers....  more
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    The Great Ziegfeld

    Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer

    Released1936

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    The Great Ziegfeld is a 1936 American musical drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and produced by Hunt Stromberg. It stars William Powell as the theatrical impresario Florenz "Flo" Ziegfeld,...  more

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    How to Marry a Millionaire

    Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall

    Released1953

    Directed byJean Negulesco

    How to Marry a Millionaire is a 1953 American romantic comedy film directed by Jean Negulesco and produced and written by Nunnally Johnson. The film stars Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, and Lauren...  more
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    Double Wedding

    Myrna Loy, William Powell

    Released1937

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    Double Wedding is a 1937 romantic comedy film starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, and featuring Florence Rice, John Beal, Jessie Ralph and Edgar Kennedy. This was the seventh pairing of Powell and...  more
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    Evelyn Prentice

    Myrna Loy, Rosalind Russell

    Released1934

    Directed byWilliam K. Howard

    Evelyn Prentice is a 1934 film starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. and featuring Una Merkel and Rosalind Russell in her film debut. The movie was based on the 1933 novel of the same name by W. E....  more
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    The Ex-Mrs. Bradford

    Jean Arthur, William Powell

    Released1936

    Directed byStephen Roberts

    The Ex-Mrs. Bradford is a 1936 American comedy-mystery film. William Powell and Jean Arthur star as a divorced couple who investigate a murder at a racetrack. This was the last film directed by...  more
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    The Canary Murder Case

    Jean Arthur, William Powell

    Released1929

    Directed byFrank Tuttle, Malcolm St. Clair

    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
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    Private Detective 62

    William Powell, Margaret Lindsay

    Released1933

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    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
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    Lawyer Man

    Joan Blondell, William Powell

    Released1933

    Directed byWilliam Dieterle

    Lawyer Man is a 1932 Warner Bros. drama film directed by William Dieterle. The story is based on the novel by Max Trell and the film stars William Powell and Joan Blondell. By the time of the...  more
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    Sherlock Holmes

    John Barrymore, William Powell

    Released1922

    Directed byAlbert Parker

    Sherlock Holmes is a 1922 American silent mystery drama film starring John Barrymore as Sherlock Holmes and Roland Young as Dr. John Watson. The movie, which features the screen debuts of both...  more
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    One Way Passage

    William Powell, Frank McHugh

    Released1932

    Directed byTay Garnett

    One Way Passage is a romantic film starring William Powell and Kay Francis as star-crossed lovers, directed by Tay Garnett and released by Warner Bros....  more