Marilyn Monroe Ranked

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A ranking of Marilyn Monroe's film performances.

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1. Some Like It Hot (1959)

Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

98 Metascore

When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Votes: 230,090 | Gross: $25.00M

2. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei's fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid

Votes: 29,320 | Gross: $12.00M

3. The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

When his family goes away for the summer, a hitherto faithful husband with an overactive imagination is tempted by a beautiful neighbor.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes, Sonny Tufts

Votes: 32,032 | Gross: $12.00M

4. The Misfits (1961)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Romance, Western

77 Metascore

A divorcée falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 16,261

5. Bus Stop (1956)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A naive but stubborn cowboy falls in love with a saloon singer and tries to take her away against her will to get married and live on his ranch in Montana.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field

Votes: 10,231

6. How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, David Wayne

Votes: 19,462

7. Niagara (1953)

Not Rated | 92 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter

Votes: 13,943

8. Don't Bother to Knock (1952)

Passed | 76 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

After being dumped by his girlfriend, an airline pilot pursues a babysitter in his hotel and gradually realizes she's dangerous.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Donna Corcoran

Votes: 5,528

9. River of No Return (1954)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The titular river unites a farmer recently released from prison, his young son, and an ambitious saloon singer. In order to survive, each must be purged of anger, and each must learn to understand and care for the others.

Directors: Otto Preminger, Jean Negulesco | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun, Tommy Rettig

Votes: 9,846

10. The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Romance

An American showgirl becomes entangled in political intrigue when the Prince Regent of a foreign country attempts to seduce her.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Richard Wattis, David Horne

Votes: 7,145

11. Let's Make Love (1960)

Not Rated | 119 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue, he passes himself off as an actor playing him in order to get closer to the beautiful star of the show, Amanda Dell.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall, Frankie Vaughan

Votes: 6,271 | Gross: $6.54M

12. There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)

Approved | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues. Son Tim meets hat-check girl Vicky and the family act begins to fall apart.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe, Donald O'Connor, Dan Dailey

Votes: 5,183

13. We're Not Married! (1952)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Romance

In separate stories, five wedded couples learn that they are not legally married.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Victor Moore, Fred Allen

Votes: 1,687

14. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Passed | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore

Votes: 22,594

15. Monkey Business (1952)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

A chemist finds his personal and professional life turned upside down when one of his chimpanzees finds the fountain of youth.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn

Votes: 12,259

16. Let's Make It Legal (1951)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The nearly-final divorce of the Halsworths suddenly gets complicated when Miriam's old flame comes to town.

Director: Richard Sale | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Macdonald Carey, Zachary Scott, Barbara Bates

Votes: 1,011

17. Clash by Night (1952)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

Mae Doyle comes back to her hometown a cynical woman. Her brother Joe fears that his love, fish cannery worker Peggy, may wind up like Mae. Mae marries Jerry and has a baby; she is happy but restless, drawn to Jerry's friend Earl.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan, Paul Douglas, Marilyn Monroe

Votes: 5,247

18. Love Nest (1951)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two married New Yorkers purchase an old, run-down building full of colorful tenants.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: June Haver, William Lundigan, Frank Fay, Marilyn Monroe

Votes: 1,028

19. All About Eve (1950)

Passed | 138 min | Drama

98 Metascore

An ingénue insinuates herself into the lives of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm

Votes: 113,792 | Gross: $0.01M

20. O. Henry's Full House (1952)

Approved | 117 min | Drama

John Steinbeck introduces a quintet of five of O. Henry's most celebrated stories from his New York Period (1902-1910) in this anthology film.

Directors: Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, Henry King, Henry Koster, Jean Negulesco | Stars: Fred Allen, Anne Baxter, Jeanne Crain, Farley Granger

Votes: 2,081

21. Home Town Story (1951)

Passed | 61 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

After failing to be re-elected, politician Blake Washburn returns home and becomes editor of the local newspaper. When he notices the influence the paper has on the public, he uses it to appeal to potential voters in the next election.

Director: Arthur Pierson | Stars: Jeffrey Lynn, Donald Crisp, Marjorie Reynolds, Alan Hale Jr.

Votes: 769

22. Ladies of the Chorus (1948)

Approved | 61 min | Musical, Romance

A chorus girl falls in love with a wealthy young man, but their relationship is jeopardized by her mother's fears about the reaction of his family.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Adele Jergens, Marilyn Monroe, Rand Brooks, Nana Bryant

Votes: 901

23. Love Happy (1949)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

The Marx Brothers help young Broadway hopefuls while thwarting diamond thieves.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Ilona Massey

Votes: 2,430

24. The Fireball (1950)

Approved | 84 min | Drama

Johnny runs away from Father O'Hara's orphanage and becomes a roller skating star with the help of Mary Reeves. He becomes involved with women, including Polly, who only love him because he... See full summary »

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Pat O'Brien, Beverly Tyler, James Brown

Votes: 239

25. Dangerous Years (1947)

Passed | 62 min | Crime, Drama

Jeff Carter has put an end to the town's delinquency with a boys' club. Young hoodlum Danny shows up and influences teenagers Doris, Willy and Leo. They hang out at a juke joint where Eve ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Pierson | Stars: Billy Halop, Scotty Beckett, Richard Gaines, Ann E. Todd

Votes: 130



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