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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.

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The Thin Man 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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Another Thin Man 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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After the Thin Man 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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My Man Godfrey 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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Shadow of the Thin Man 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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The Thin Man Goes Home 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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Mister Roberts 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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Song of the Thin Man 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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Life with Father 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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Libeled Lady 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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Manhattan Melodrama 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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The Great Ziegfeld 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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How to Marry a Millionaire 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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I Love You Again 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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The Kennel Murder Case 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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Love Crazy 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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Double Wedding 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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Evelyn Prentice 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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The Canary Murder Case 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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Star of Midnight 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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The Ex-Mrs. Bradford 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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One Way Passage 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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Ziegfeld Follies 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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Jewel Robbery 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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Private Detective 62 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

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The Heavenly Body Hedy Lamarr, William Powell, Fay Bainter The Heavenly Body is a 1944 American romantic comedy film directed by Alexander Hall and starring William Powell and Hedy Lamarr. Based on a story by Jacques Théry, with a screenplay by ...more

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Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid William Powell, Ann Blyth, Irene Hervey Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid is a 1948 fantasy film starring William Powell and Ann Blyth in the title roles. Irene Hervey played Mr. Peabody's wife. The film was based on the 1945 novel ...more

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Fashions of 1934 Bette Davis, William Powell, Reginald Owen Fashions of 1934 is a 1934 Pre-Code American musical comedy film directed by William Dieterle with musical numbers created and directed by Busby Berkeley. The screenplay by F. Hugh Herbert and ...more

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The Last Command William Powell, Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent The Last Command is a 1928 silent film directed by Josef von Sternberg, and written by John F. Goodrich and Herman J. Mankiewicz from a story by Lajos Bíró. Star Emil Jannings won ...more

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Rendezvous Cesar Romero, Rosalind Russell, William Powell Rendezvous is a 1935 spy film set in World War I, directed by William K. Howard, starring William Powell and Rosalind Russell and featuring Binnie Barnes, Lionel Atwill, Cesar Romero and Samuel ...more

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Crossroads Hedy Lamarr, Basil Rathbone, William Powell Crossroads is a 1942 mystery film noir directed by Jack Conway and starring William Powell, Hedy Lamarr, Claire Trevor and Basil Rathbone. Powell plays a diplomat whose amnesia about his past ...more

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Street of Chance Jean Arthur, William Powell, Kay Francis Street of Chance is a 1930 film directed by John Cromwell and starring William Powell, Jean Arthur, Kay Francis and Regis Toomey.

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Paramount on Parade Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, Fay Wray Paramount on Parade is an all-star revue released by Paramount Pictures, directed by several directors including Edmund Goulding, Dorothy Arzner, Ernst Lubitsch, Rowland V. Lee, A. Edward ...more

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Double Harness William Powell, Reginald Owen, Ann Harding Double Harness is a film starring Ann Harding and William Powell. It was based on the play of the same name by Edward Poor Montgomery. A young woman maneuvers a lazy playboy into marrying her. ...more

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The Emperor's Candlesticks Luise Rainer, William Powell The Emperor's Candlesticks is a 1937 film starring William Powell and Luise Rainer, based on the novel of the same name by Baroness Orczy. It was directed by George Fitzmaurice. The film is a ...more

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The Girl Who Had Everything Elizabeth Taylor, William Powell, James Whitmore The Girl Who Had Everything is a feature film directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by Armande Deutsch for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film features William Powell in his last MGM feature and one ...more

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The Senator Was Indiscreet William Powell, Ella Raines The Senator Was Indiscreet is a 1947 comedy film starring William Powell as a dim-witted U.S. senator who decides to run for president, with Ella Raines as a reporter interested in the detailed ...more

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Lawyer Man Joan Blondell, William Powell 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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Man of the World Carole Lombard, William Powell, George Chandler Man of the World is a romantic drama, starring William Powell, Carole Lombard, and Wynne Gibson.

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The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Joan Crawford, William Powell, Robert Montgomery The Last of Mrs. Cheyney is a drama/comedy motion picture starring Joan Crawford, William Powell, Robert Montgomery and Frank Morgan. The film tells the story of a chic jewel thief in England, ...more

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High Pressure William Powell, Evelyn Brent High Pressure is a 1932 American pre-code comedy film directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starring William Powell and Evelyn Brent. It is based on the play Hot Money by Aben Kandel.

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The Key William Powell, Edna Best The Key is a 1934 Pre-Code American film directed by Michael Curtiz. It was re-issued as High Peril in 1960. The story concerns a love triangle and is set during the Irish War of Independence. ...more

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Dancing in the Dark William Powell, Adolphe Menjou, Mark Stevens Dancing In the Dark is a 1949 Technicolor musical comedy film directed by Irving Reis, starring William Powell and Mark Stevens. Betsy Drake's singing voice was dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams.

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Feel My Pulse William Powell, Bebe Daniels, Richard Arlen Feel My Pulse is a 1928 silent film about a wealthy hypochondriac, played by Bebe Daniels, who inherits a sanatorium and finds love and adventure. Preserved in the Library of Congress archives.

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Sherlock Holmes John Barrymore, William Powell, Hedda Hopper 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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Reckless Jean Harlow, William Powell, Franchot Tone Reckless is a 1935 American musical film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Jean Harlow, William Powell and Franchot Tone. David O. Selznick wrote the story, using the pseudonym Oliver ...more

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Ladies' Man Carole Lombard, William Powell, Kay Francis Ladies' Man is a 1931 American drama film directed by Lothar Mendes, starring William Powell and Kay Francis. It was released on May 9, 1931 by Paramount.

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Pointed Heels Fay Wray, William Powell, Helen Kane Pointed Heels is an early sound musical film from Paramount Pictures starring William Powell, Helen Kane, Richard "Skeets" Gallagher, and Fay Wray. This movie was originally filmed in ...more

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Behind the Make-Up Fay Wray, William Powell, Kay Francis Behind the Make-Up is a drama film starring Hal Skelly, William Powell, Kay Francis, and Fay Wray, and based on the short story "The Feeder" by Mildred Cram. This was the first of ...more

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Outcast William Powell, David Powell, Elsie Ferguson Outcast is a 1922 American silent drama film directed by Chester Withey. The film starred Elsie Ferguson and David Powell. William Powell has a small supporting part in this which was his third ...more