Entertainment 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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Myrna Loy, Cesar Romero, Maureen O'Sullivan
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 ...more

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Myrna Loy, William Powell, Ruth Hussey
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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Carole Lombard, Jane Wyman, William Powell
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 ...more

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James Stewart, Myrna Loy, William Powell
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 ...more

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Ava Gardner, Myrna Loy, Donna Reed
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. ...more

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Myrna Loy, William Powell, Anne Revere
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 ...more

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Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney
Mister Roberts is a 1955 American CinemaScope comedy-drama film directed by John Ford and Mervyn LeRoy, and starring Henry Fonda as Mister Roberts, James Cagney as Captain Morton, William Powell ...more

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Elizabeth Taylor, Irene Dunne, William Powell
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, ...more

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Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy
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 ...more

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Myrna Loy, Dean Stockwell, William Powell
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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Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, William Powell
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 ...more

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Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, William Powell
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 ...more

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Mary Astor, William Powell, Eugene Pallette
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 ...more

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Myrna Loy, William Powell, Carl Switzer
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 ...more

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Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable
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 ...more

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Myrna Loy, William Powell, Sidney Blackmer
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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Jean Arthur, William Powell, Louise Brooks
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 ...more

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Ginger Rogers, William Powell, Gene Lockhart
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.

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Myrna Loy, Rosalind Russell, William Powell
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 ...more

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Myrna Loy, William Powell, Edgar Kennedy
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 ...more

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William Powell, Frank McHugh, Kay Francis
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.

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Jean Arthur, William Powell
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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Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Fred Astaire
Ziegfeld Follies is a 1946 Hollywood musical comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth, Robert Lewis, Vincente Minnelli, Merrill Pye, George Sidney ...more

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William Powell, Kay Francis
Jewel Robbery is a 1932 American comedy-mystery film, directed by William Dieterle and starring William Powell and Kay Francis. It is based on the 1931 Hungarian play Ekszerrablás a ...more

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William Powell, Margaret Lindsay
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 ...more