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The Best William Powell Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 2.0k votes 375 voters 13.5k views61 items

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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... moreamazon buy button
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    The Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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... moreamazon buy button

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    After the Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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... moreamazon buy button
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    Mister Roberts is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Another Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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... moreamazon buy button
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    Libeled Lady is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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,... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Shadow of the Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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... moreamazon buy button
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    Life with Father is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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... moreamazon buy button
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    The Thin Man Goes Home is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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... moreamazon buy button
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    Manhattan Melodrama is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    The Kennel Murder Case is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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... moreamazon buy button
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    I Love You Again is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Song of the Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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... moreamazon buy button
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    How to Marry a Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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... moreamazon buy button
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    Star of Midnight is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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... moreamazon_watch buy button

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    Love Crazy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    The Great Ziegfeld is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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... moreamazon_watch buy button

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    The Heavenly Body is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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    The Heavenly Body

    Hedy Lamarr, William Powell

    Released1944

    Directed byAlexander Hall

    The Heavenly Body is a 1944 American romantic comedy film directed by Alexander Hall and... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    The Ex-Mrs. Bradford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Paramount on Parade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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    Paramount on Parade

    Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur

    Released1930

    Directed byVictor Schertzinger, Victor Heerman, Ernst Lubitsch, Rowland V. Lee, Frank Tuttle

    Paramount on Parade is an all-star revue released by Paramount Pictures, directed by several... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Rendezvous is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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    Rendezvous

    Cesar Romero, Rosalind Russell

    Released1935

    Directed byLawrence Weingarten, William K. Howard, Sam Wood

    Rendezvous is a 1935 spy film set in World War I, directed by William K. Howard, starring... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Crossroads is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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    Crossroads

    Hedy Lamarr, Basil Rathbone

    Released1942

    Directed byJack Conway

    Crossroads is a 1942 mystery film noir directed by Jack Conway and starring William Powell,... moreamazon buy button
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    Evelyn Prentice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    Fashions of 1934 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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    Fashions of 1934

    Bette Davis, William Powell

    Released1934

    Directed byWilliam Dieterle

    Fashions of 1934 is a 1934 Pre-Code American musical comedy film directed by William Dieterle... moreamazon_watch buy button
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    The Canary Murder Case is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best William Powell Movies
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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... moreamazon_watch buy button
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