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List of Marilyn Monroe Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Bus Stop (1956)
42
5
Bus Stop
TV-G
42
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Chérie
Director:
Joshua Logan
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Eileen Heckart, Arthur O'Connell, Don Murray, Betty Field
2. Some Like It Hot (1959)
123
15
Some Like It Hot
123
15

Chicago musicians Joe and Jerry accidentally witness a mafia murder and disguise as women to enlist into an all-female band to get out of town quickly. However, complications arise after Joe poses as a millionaire to impress the band's vocalist and ukulele player Sugar, while Jerry draws the attention of an actual millionaire who won't take refusal kindly.

As:
Cast
Role:
Sugar Kane Kowalczyk
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Pat O'Brien, George Raft
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Comedy or Musical
3. The Seven Year Itch (1955)
48
6
The Seven Year Itch
48
6

The Seven Year Itch is a romantic comedy film, which tells the story of a married man, whose family goes away for the summer. However, in the meantime, he feels attracted to his beautiful neighbor.

As:
Cast
Role:
The Girl
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Carolyn Jones, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes, Robert Strauss, Sonny Tufts
4. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
57
9
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
57
9

Show-girl Lorelei Lee, who is engaged to Gus Esmond Jr., takes friend Dorothy Shaw on a transatlantic cruise, where the beauties enjoy attention of admiring men. Gus’s wealthy father, who disapproves of their relationship and is convinced that Lorelei is after money, sends a private detective to keep a watch. The movie is remembered for number ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friends.’ 

As:
Cast
Role:
Lorelei Lee
Director:
Howard Hawks
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Musical
Star Cast:
Jane Russell, George Chakiris, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan
5. How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
41
7
How to Marry a Millionaire
41
7

How to Marry a Millionaire is a romantic comedy film which tells the story of three women who are tired of being broke. They soon plan to trap and marry three eligible millionaires.

As:
Cast
Role:
Pola Debevoise
Director:
Jean Negulesco
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
6. Niagara (1953)
46
8
Niagara
TV-PG
46
8
As:
Cast
Role:
Rose Loomis
Director:
Henry Hathaway
Genres:
Thriller, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Joseph Cotten, Denis O'Dea, Jean Peters, Max Showalter
7. Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
26
5
Don't Bother to Knock
TV-14
26
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Nell Forbes
Director:
Roy Ward Baker
Genres:
Film-Noir, Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Richard Widmark, Anne Bancroft, Donna Corcoran, Jeanne Cagney
8. River of No Return (1954)
29
6
River of No Return
29
6

After completing his prison sentence, farmer Matt Calder returns his town in order to reunite with his young son. Meanwhile, a bar singer Kay is heading downriver with her boyfriend Harry, in order to explore a potential gold claim. When their raft sinks, Harry robs Matt of his gun and his horse, and he continues on his journey without Kay. Therefore, the three of them plan revenge.

As:
Cast
Role:
Kay Weston
Director:
Genres:
Adventure, Western, Romance
Star Cast:
Robert Mitchum, Rory Calhoun, Murvyn Vye, Tommy Rettig
9. All About Eve (1950)
57
13
All About Eve
TV-PG
57
13

The plot of the movie, which is based on Mary Orr’s 1946 short story The Wisdom of Eve, follows Eve Harrington who meets her idol, Margo Channing, and is eventually taken into latter’s household. What Margo, a successful theatre actress, does not know is that Eve plans to use her and everyone around her to boost her own career and attain super stardom.

As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, George Sanders, Gary Merrill
10. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
27
6
The Asphalt Jungle
27
6

Released from prison, criminal Erwin ‘Doc’ Riedenschneider contacts a corrupt lawyer for financial backing before planning a major jewelry robbery. He hires a safe-cracker, a getaway driver and a gunman for the heist, which goes as planned. But an alarm results in shootout, killing one of them. What ensue is betrayal, deceit, murder and suicide, as the police hunt each one of them.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Film-Noir, Drama
Star Cast:
James Whitmore, Sterling Hayden, Jean Hagen, John McIntire, Louis Calhern
11. The Misfits (1961)
32
9
The Misfits
32
9

While going through her divorce, Roslyn, a beautiful ex-stripper, meets a cowboy-turned-gambler Gay Langland and Guido Racanelli, a former aviator who had served in the Second World War. Both men instantly find themselves attracted to Roslyn, and on a whim, the three decide to move into Guido’s half-finished desert home.

As:
Cast
Role:
Roslyn Taber
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Western, Romance
Star Cast:
Clark Gable, John Huston, Eli Wallach, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter
12. Monkey Business (1952)
18
6
Monkey Business
18
6

Monkey Business is a comedy film which tells the story of a scientist who is able to develop the elixir of life, which can help adults become young once again. Things get hilarious when he and his wife actually drink it.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Miss Lois Laurel
Director:
Howard Hawks
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn, Hugh Marlowe
13. The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
21
7
The Prince and the Showgirl
PG
21
7
As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Laurence Olivier, Sybil Thorndike, Richard Wattis, Jeremy Spenser
14. Let's Make It Legal (1951)
11
4
Let's Make It Legal
11
4

Miriam Halsworth is divorcing Hugh because of his addiction to gambling. Things get comically complicated when self-made millionaire, Victor Macfarland, Hugh’s rival for Miriam’s hand twenty years ago tries to win her back. As secrets are revealed, lovers are reconciled and Hugh earns Miriam’s forgiveness. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Joyce Mannering
Director:
Richard Sale
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Robert Wagner, Claudette Colbert, Macdonald Carey, Barbara Bates
17. Love Nest (1951)
14
6
Love Nest
14
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Roberta 'Bobbie' Stevens
Director:
Joseph M. Newman
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
William Lundigan, June Haver, Frank Fay, Jack Paar
18. Home Town Story (1951)
11
5
Home Town Story
11
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Iris Martin
Director:
Arthur Pierson
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Donald Crisp, Jeffrey Lynn, Alan Hale Jr., Marjorie Reynolds
19. There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
15
7
There's No Business Like Show Business
15
7
As:
Cast
Role:
Vicky Parker
Director:
Walter Lang
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama, Musical
Star Cast:
Mitzi Gaynor, Ethel Merman, George Chakiris, Dan Dailey, Donald O'Connor, Johnnie Ray
20. Clash by Night (1952)
17
8
Clash by Night
17
8
As:
Cast
Role:
Peggy
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Barbara Stanwyck, J. Carrol Naish, Robert Ryan, Paul Douglas
21. Ladies of the Chorus (1948)
10
7
Ladies of the Chorus
10
7
As:
Cast
Role:
Peggy Martin
Director:
Phil Karlson
Genres:
Musical, Romance
Star Cast:
Nana Bryant, Rand Brooks, Adele Jergens, Eddie Garr
22. The Fireball (1950)
5
3
The Fireball
5
3

Johnny Casar is a moody and angry young man, who lives at a Catholic orphanage which is run by a priest. One day, he decides to run away, and soon manages to become a world-class skater. However, he becomes extremely arrogant, and also starts womanizing and bullying others.  Things change when he gets sick with polio.

As:
Cast
Director:
Tay Garnett
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Mickey Rooney, Beverly Tyler, Pat O'Brien, James Brown
24. Dangerous Years (1947)
4
3
Dangerous Years
4
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Arthur Pierson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Richard Gaines, Jerome Cowan, Billy Halop, Ann E. Todd
25. As Young as You Feel (1951)
9
8
As Young as You Feel
9
8
As:
Cast
Role:
Harriet
Director:
Harmon Jones
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Thelma Ritter, Monty Woolley, David Wayne, Constance Bennett

TV Shows

Special appearance/Cameo

A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950)
12
7
A Ticket to Tomahawk
12
7

In a competition between a railroad and a stagecoach company to obtain the government franchise for Colorado territory, Kit Dodge Jr., daughter of a railroad executive, with the help of travelling salesman Johnny Behind-the-Deuces, is supporting the train-man to reach Tomahawk in time. But afraid of losing their business, a Stagecoach Company sends ruthless Dakota to stop the train at any cost. 

As:
Cast, uncredited
Role:
Clara (uncredited)
Director:
Richard Sale
Genres:
Western, Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
Rory Calhoun, Walter Brennan, Anne Baxter, Dan Dailey, Connie Gilchrist
Right Cross (1950)
9
6
Right Cross
9
6

Right Cross is a 1950 sports drama film, which revolves around a Mexican boxer fighting to retain his crown as well as win enough money to marry the girl he likes.

As:
Cast, uncredited
Role:
Dusky Ledoux (uncredited)
Director:
John Sturges
Genres:
Drama, Sport
Star Cast:
Lionel Barrymore, Ricardo Montalban, June Allyson, Dick Powell
You Were Meant for Me (1948)
8
5
You Were Meant for Me
8
5

Chuck is a bandleader who falls for Peggy, a girl in his hometown. They soon get married and depart on a tour. However, their lives turn upside down due to the Stock Market Crash of 1929, and the two are forced to return home penniless and defeated. Chuck still decides not to give up.

As:
Cast, Minor Role
Role:
Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Director:
Lloyd Bacon
Genres:
Musical
Star Cast:
Jeanne Crain, Oscar Levant, Dan Dailey, Barbara Lawrence
Green Grass of Wyoming (1948)
9
6
Green Grass of Wyoming
9
6

Tensions exist between the families of a farmer who raises purebred racing horses and a rival horse rancher Rob. The farmer's niece falls for Ken, Rob's son, however, the relationship between the lovers is marred as things turn ugly between the families when Thunderhead, an untamed stallion, breaks onto Rob's ranch and unchains his finest racing horse.

As:
Cast, uncredited
Role:
Extra at Square Dance (uncredited)
Director:
Louis King
Genres:
Western, Family, Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Coburn, Burl Ives, Lloyd Nolan, Peggy Cummins
Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948)
8
6
Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!
8
6

Snug Dominy leaves his mean step-mother and step-brother to take a job with neighbor Roarer McGill. Snug is in love with Roarer’s daughter who refuses to reveal her true feelings. When his step-brother tries to harm the two mules that Snug bought from Roarer, Snug saves the mules and later, uses them to rescue Roarer, thus earning his blessings to marry his daughter. 

As:
Cast, uncredited
Role:
Betty (uncredited)
Director:
F. Hugh Herbert
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Walter Brennan, Natalie Wood, Anne Revere, June Haver

Marilyn Monroe Awards

Golden Globe Awards
Winner World Film Favorite - Female 1962
Some Like It Hot Best Actress - Comedy or Musical 1960
Winner World Film Favorite - Female 1954