William Powell Ranked

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A ranking of William Powell's film performances.

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1. The Thin Man (1934)

TV-PG | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 25,132

2. My Man Godfrey (1936)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler - but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick

Votes: 19,691

3. Mister Roberts (1955)

Not Rated | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, War

In the waning days of World War II, the United States Navy cargo ship Reluctant and her crew are stationed in the "backwater" areas of the Pacific Ocean. Trouble ensues when the crew members are granted liberty.

Directors: John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy, Joshua Logan | Stars: Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, Jack Lemmon

Votes: 14,707 | Gross: $21.20M

4. Life with Father (1947)

Passed | 118 min | Comedy

A financier from New York City rules his numerous family, consisting of his wife and his four sons, with the meticulousness of a bookkeeper.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: William Powell, Irene Dunne, Elizabeth Taylor, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 4,397

5. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

Not Rated | 176 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

The ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., famed producer of extravagant stage revues, are portrayed.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan

Votes: 6,788

6. Libeled Lady (1936)

Passed | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

A newspaper man, his ignored fiancée, and his former employee, a down on his luck reporter, hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth in order to prevent a high-society woman from suing for libel.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy

Votes: 6,678

7. Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

While on vacation in the Caribbean with his wife, a middle-aged man unexpectedly finds, and falls in love with, a mermaid.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: William Powell, Ann Blyth, Irene Hervey, Andrea King

Votes: 1,026

8. After the Thin Man (1936)

Passed | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Nick investigates the case of a missing man and later a murder that is connected to Nora's family.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart, Elissa Landi

Votes: 8,955

9. Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The friendship between two orphans endures even though they grow up on opposite sides of the law and fall in love with the same woman.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, George Cukor | Stars: Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Leo Carrillo

Votes: 3,393

10. The Canary Murder Case (1929)

82 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A beautiful showgirl, nicknamed 'the Canary', is a scheming nightclub singer. Blackmailing is her game and soon ends up dead. But who killed 'the Canary'. All the suspects who knew her had ... See full summary »

Directors: Malcolm St. Clair, Frank Tuttle | Stars: William Powell, Jean Arthur, James Hall, Louise Brooks

Votes: 510

11. The Heavenly Body (1944)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

The beautiful wife of a tweedy astronomer becomes convinced that her astrologer's prediction of a new dream man in her life will come true.

Directors: Alexander Hall, Vincente Minnelli | Stars: William Powell, Hedy Lamarr, James Craig, Fay Bainter

Votes: 650

12. The Kennel Murder Case (1933)

Passed | 73 min | Crime, Mystery

Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette, Ralph Morgan

Votes: 2,785

13. Reckless (1935)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Musical, Comedy

Wealthy Bob Harrison buys all the seats in the theatre to watch Mona Leslie's musical by himself. He loves her, her agent Ned Riley loves her. Conflict ensues.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Franchot Tone, May Robson

Votes: 959

14. Rendezvous (1935)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, War

In 1917 Lt. Bill Gordon is headed for France when he meets and becomes friendly with Joel Carter, niece of the Asst. Secretary of War. Finding out that he is an expert on codes, she gets ... See full summary »

Directors: William K. Howard, Sam Wood | Stars: William Powell, Rosalind Russell, Binnie Barnes, Lionel Atwill

Votes: 632

15. Another Thin Man (1939)

Passed | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

An explosives manufacturer suspects a young man is out to kill him. He calls in new parents Nick and Nora to sort things out.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Virginia Grey, Otto Kruger

Votes: 6,100

16. The Four Feathers (1929)

81 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

When British officer Harry resigns from his regiment, he is labeled a coward by his family and friends. Harry receives four white feathers as a mark of a coward. In order to redeem himself ... See full summary »

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Lothar Mendes, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Richard Arlen, Fay Wray, Clive Brook, William Powell

Votes: 258

17. Double Wedding (1937)

Passed | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

Two sisters of differing temperaments, the younger's milquetoast fiancé, and a free-spirited artist in an auto trailer are all experiencing romantic complications.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Florence Rice, John Beal

Votes: 1,752

18. One Way Passage (1932)

Passed | 67 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A terminally ill woman and a debonair murderer facing execution meet and fall in love on a trans-Pacific crossing, each without knowing the other's secret.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: William Powell, Kay Francis, Frank McHugh, Aline MacMahon

Votes: 3,212

19. Love Crazy (1941)

Passed | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

A series of misunderstandings on their fourth wedding anniversary lead an architect and his wife to break up, but he pretends to be insane and even poses as his own sister in order to win her back.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Gail Patrick, Jack Carson

Votes: 2,504

20. Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)

Passed | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Nick and Nora are at their wisecracking best as they investigate murder and racketeering at a local race track.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Barry Nelson, Donna Reed

Votes: 5,065

21. Double Harness (1933)

Passed | 69 min | Comedy, Drama

A woman tricks a playboy into marrying her and then tries to make him legitimately fall in love with her.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Ann Harding, William Powell, Lucile Browne, Henry Stephenson

Votes: 973

22. The Greene Murder Case (1929)

69 min | Drama, Mystery

At the end of each year, the extremely wealthy but odious Greene family gets together at the spooky old family castle to establish terms of a will, though they despise each other. This year... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: William Powell, Florence Eldridge, Ullrich Haupt, Jean Arthur

Votes: 264

23. Ladies' Man (1931)

Passed | 70 min | Drama

A society gigolo goes after a rich mother and her daughter, but tries to find true happiness with his girlfriend, who is neither rich nor in "society."

Director: Lothar Mendes | Stars: William Powell, Kay Francis, Carole Lombard, Gilbert Emery

Votes: 119

24. The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

A wealthy mystery writer uses her doctor ex-husband's non-payment of alimony to coerce him into a reconciliation.

Director: Stephen Roberts | Stars: William Powell, Jean Arthur, James Gleason, Eric Blore

Votes: 1,450

25. Escapade (1935)

92 min | Comedy, Romance

Escapade is a 1935 romantic comedy film starring William Powell and Luise Rainer. It is a remake of Maskerade (1934).

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: William Powell, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan, Virginia Bruce

Votes: 31

26. Street of Chance (1930)

Passed | 75 min | Drama

A big-time, but honest gambler has to prevent his younger brother from following in his footsteps, and taking up gambling.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: William Powell, Jean Arthur, Kay Francis, Regis Toomey

Votes: 181

27. Evelyn Prentice (1934)

Passed | 79 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

The neglected wife of a high profile attorney dallies with a unscrupulous womanizer and finds herself involved in blackmail and murder.

Director: William K. Howard | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Una Merkel, Rosalind Russell

Votes: 1,333

28. 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: 19,545

29. The Emperor's Candlesticks (1937)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, History, Romance

A male Polish secret agent and a female Russian secret-police spy smuggle messages to St. Petersburg in candlesticks. While chasing after stolen candlesticks they discover each other's identity and fall in love.

Director: George Fitzmaurice | Stars: William Powell, Luise Rainer, Robert Young, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 512

30. The Last Command (1928)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, History, Romance

A former Imperial Russian general and cousin of the Czar ends up in Hollywood as an extra in a movie directed by a former revolutionary.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent, William Powell, Jack Raymond

Votes: 3,137

31. The Benson Murder Case (1930)

Passed | 65 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A ruthless, crooked stockbroker is murdered at his luxurious country estate, and detective Philo Vance just happens to be there; he decides to find out who killed him.

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: William Powell, William 'Stage' Boyd, Eugene Pallette, Paul Lukas

Votes: 256

32. The Key (1934)

Approved | 71 min | Drama

British officer is assigned to duty in Ireland and gets embroiled in Anglo-Irish battles and old girl friend who is now married to an Irishman. Powell learns more than he wanted to know ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: William Powell, Edna Best, Colin Clive, Hobart Cavanaugh

Votes: 312

33. Ziegfeld Follies (1945)

Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Musical

The late, great impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. looks down from Heaven and ordains a new revue in his grand old style.

Directors: Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth, Robert Lewis, Vincente Minnelli, George Sidney, Merrill Pye, Charles Walters | Stars: William Powell, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Fred Astaire

Votes: 2,759 | Gross: $7.93M

34. High Pressure (1932)

Passed | 73 min | Comedy

Gar Evans is a "high pressure" promoter who tends to be unrealistically optimistic about his projects and exaggerates the chance of success. He sets up the "Golden Gate Artificial Rubber ... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: William Powell, Evelyn Brent, George Sidney, John Wray

Votes: 387

35. Charming Sinners (1929)

66 min | Drama

Charming Sinners is a 1929 American drama film directed by Robert Milton and written by W. Somerset Maugham and Doris Anderson. The film stars Ruth Chatterton, Clive Brook, Mary Nolan, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Milton | Stars: Ruth Chatterton, Clive Brook, Mary Nolan, William Powell

Votes: 56

36. Shadow of the Law (1930)

Passed | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

John Nelson, a well-to-do businessman, is escorting a woman he knows as Ethel Barry to the door of her apartment suite when a man steps out of the shadows and angrily demands to know where ... See full summary »

Director: Louis J. Gasnier | Stars: William Powell, Marion Shilling, Natalie Moorhead, Regis Toomey

Votes: 67

37. The Road to Singapore (1931)

Approved | 69 min | Drama, Romance

Gossip, snobbery, mistrust, divorce and a mail-order engagement dominate the lives of the British upper class living in the plantation colonies of Southeast Asia.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: William Powell, Doris Kenyon, Marian Marsh, Louis Calhern

Votes: 224

38. Jewel Robbery (1932)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

A gentleman thief charms a Viennese baron's wife and also conducts a daring daylight robbery of a jewellers.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: William Powell, Kay Francis, Helen Vinson, Hardie Albright

Votes: 1,670

39. The Senator Was Indiscreet (1947)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy

A bumbling, long-winded and crooked Southern senator, considered by some as a dark horse for the Presidency, panics his party when his tell-all diary is stolen.

Director: George S. Kaufman | Stars: William Powell, Ella Raines, Peter Lind Hayes, Arleen Whelan

Votes: 371

40. The Thin Man Goes Home (1944)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Nick and Nora visit Nick's hometown, and end up involved in a murder.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Lucile Watson, Gloria DeHaven

Votes: 4,680

41. The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929)

Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

There is a big charity function at the house of Mrs. Cheyney and a lot of society is present. With her rich husband, deceased, rich old Lord Elton and playboy Lord Arthur Dilling are both ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Franklin | Stars: Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone, George Barraud, Herbert Bunston

Votes: 336

42. Fashions of 1934 (1934)

78 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

When the Manhattan investment firm of Sherwood Nash goes broke, he joins forces with his partner Snap and fashion designer Lynn Mason to provide discount shops with cheap copies of Paris couture dresses.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: William Powell, Bette Davis, Frank McHugh, Hugh Herbert

Votes: 1,262

43. For the Defense (1930)

Passed | 65 min | Drama

William Powell plays William Foster, a slick attorney who stays within the law, but specializes in representing crooks and shady characters. He's adept at keeping them out of jail, winning ... See full summary »

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: William Powell, Kay Francis, Scott Kolk, William B. Davidson

Votes: 310

44. Interference (1928)

Drama

Paramount's 1st ALL TALKIE Reported killed in action, Philip Voaze(William Powell) lives under an assumed name in London. Deborah Kane(Evelyn Brent) a former love, discovers him and tries ... See full summary »

Directors: Lothar Mendes, Roy Pomeroy | Stars: Evelyn Brent, Clive Brook, William Powell, Doris Kenyon

Votes: 82

45. Man of the World (1931)

74 min | Drama, Romance

A young American girl visits Paris accompanied by her fiancee and her wealthy uncle. There she meets and is romanced by a worldly novelist; what she doesn't know is that he is a blackmailer who is using her to get to her uncle.

Directors: Richard Wallace, Edward Goodman | Stars: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Wynne Gibson, Lawrence Gray

Votes: 548