10 Best Marilyn Monroe Movies That You Should Watching Update 04/2024

Best Marilyn Monroe Movies

According to Rotten Tomatoes, this is Marilyn Monroe’s best work.

It is impossible to deny that Marilyn Monroe is one of the greatest film stars of all time. At her peak in the late 1940s, she was a multitalented actress, singer, and dancer who became one of Hollywood’s most titillating sexual symbols. As a result of a sleeping pill overdose, Monroe died at the age of 36 in 1962.

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In fact, Monroe was more than simply a beautiful face and tragic Hollywood icon. During the 1950s, she acted in a number of critically acclaimed films, winning two Golden Globe Awards in the process.

1. How To Marry A Millionaire (1953) 84%

How To Marry A Millionaire (1953)

Monroe was part of a harem of beautiful gold-diggers that included Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable in How to Marry a Millionaire, a sleazy rom-com. For its costume design, the film won an Oscar!

It’s about a group of women who want to marry affluent males for their wealth. There is an elite apartment set up for wealthy guys, but the girls have a hard time finding the appropriate ones. Let their defenses down, and the girls end themselves falling in love. Can’t Buy Me Love! is the film’s motto.

2. Niagra (1953) 84%

Niagra, a romance film noir, portrays a significantly more cynical and calculating side of Monroe than ever shown on the pin-up beauty’s face.

Rose Loomis (Monroe) plots to have her lover Ted Patrick (Richard Allen) murdered while on honeymoon with her new husband George (Joseph Cotton) in Niagara Falls. During the search for George, Polly (Jean Peters) spots him having sex with another woman at the Niagra Falls motel. Is anyone else wondering who is portraying whom?

3. The Seven Year Itch (1955) 87%

The Seven Year Itch (1955)

The seven-year itch is a term used to describe the point at which a married pair begins to become tired of being married. Monroe is cast as The Girl in Billy Wilder’s classic romantic comedy.

On a lonely summer vacation, New Yorker Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell, who won a Golden Globe for his performance) decides to pretend to be a bachelor for the first time. Richard, who is usually faithful to his wife, has a hard time keeping his commitment when he meets his new neighbor (Monroe) on the second floor.

4. Monkey Business (1952) 88%

Monroe stars alongside Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers in Howard Hawkes’ sci-fi screwball comedy Monkey Business. As a result, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance.

Scientists are hired to find a “fountain of youth” for a chemical company, and the story revolves around their efforts. Dr. Fulton (Grant) is given anti-aging qualities similar to those of a teenager after accidentally dosing himself. As a result, Fulton and his seductive assistant Lois stroll around town (Monroe). Until Fulton’s wife Edwina (Rogers) takes a massive dose of the drug herself!

5. Some Like It Hot (1959) 95%

Some Like It Hot (1959)

As Sugar Kane Kowalczyk in Some Like It Hot, Monroe had one of her best performances ever. Her performance was so sensational that she was awarded the first of two Golden Globes that year.

Follows two Chicago musicians on the run after being witnesses to the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre in Billy Wilder’s brilliant comedy. Both Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) disguise themselves as women in order to blend in with an all-female train band. The two males, posing as Daphne and Josephine, are unable to resist the seductive charms of Sugar Kane, the gorgeous crooner. Greatest of all time.

6. The Misfits (1961) 97%

Monroe had one final opportunity to work with John Huston before her sad death in 1962, in the final feature film of her career. In a particularly touching twist, Arthur Miller, her estranged husband, penned the screenplay for The Misfits.

Clark Cable stars in this hardscrabble western as an effete cowboy who must come to terms with his promiscuity toward women. After meeting Rosalyn Taber (Monroe), Gay Langland (Gable) decides to give up his amorous escapades in order to remain faithful.

7. The Asphalt Jungle (1950) 97%

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Knowing that the guy (John Huston) who directed Monroe’s first breakthrough role also supervised her final cinematic performance creates a beautiful circle. It’s almost uncanny how this all happened at the same time!

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The dramatic, genre-changing heist thriller The Asphalt Jungle, directed by John Huston, foreshadowed and impacted everything from Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing to Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. In the aftermath of a daring jewel-heist, the film received four Academy Award nominations.

8.  Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) 98%

The musical rom-com by Howard Hawkes Dazzling dance numbers and stunning chemistry between Monroe and Jane Russell make Gentlemen Prefer Blondes an unforgettable film. Actually, Madonna’s Material Girl directly parodies Monroe’s Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend performance!

During a luxurious voyage to Paris, two lounge-singing showgirls, Dorothy (Russell) and Lorelei (Monroe), become the target of every man’s desire.

9. All About Eve (1950) 99%

All About Eve (1950)

Simply put, All About Eve is one of the greatest films ever put together. It has surpassed its 98/100 Metascore. IMDB’s Top 250 also includes 1951’s Best Picture winner!

Eve, a crafty but naive ingenue, is the focus of an extremely amusing picture (Anne Baxter). Eve gets a job as Margo’s assistant and infiltrates her personal life after securing her trust (Bette Davis). Eve is on the verge of overtaking Margo as the new star of Broadway.

10. Don’t Bother To Knock (1952) 100%

According to Rotten Tomatoes, no Marilyn Monroe picture rates better than Don’t Bother to Knock from 1952.

With Roy Ward Baker as the director, the film follows the downfall of a commercial pilot who has just been dumped by his girlfriend. When Jed Towers (Richard Widmark) encounters Nell Forbes (Monroe), a seductive babysitter in an adjacent hotel room, he decides to get over her. Jed discovers that Nell is significantly more risky than he first thought after meeting and instantly falling for her. According to the source literature, Nell’s last name is Munroe, but when Marilyn was cast in the role, it was changed to Forbes.