Over five decades after she prematurely passed on at a tender age of 36 years, very few stars have the same effect that Monroe Marilyn continues to possess. The acting Queen is an icon who can never compete with today’s starlets. Despite being on the top for a relatively short time, her legacy still looms large. The actress had around three troubled marriages including with Joe Di Maggio and Arthur Miller, not to forget the affair between her and John F. Kennedy as well as his brother Bobby. Born Jeane Norma Baker in the year 1926 in Los Angeles, Monroe grew up to be a successful comic talent. Here are her ten finest movies.
Table of Contents
- 10. ‘River of No Return.’
- 9. ‘How to Marry a Millionaire.’
- 8. ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.’
- 7. ‘The Misfits.’
- 6. ‘Bus Stop.’
- 5. ‘Niagara.’
- 4. ‘Monkey Business.’
- 3. ‘The Seven Year Itch.’
- 2. ‘The Asphalt Jungle.’
- 1. ‘Some Like It Hot.’
- ‘The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe’
List of Top 10 Movies by Marilyn Monroe of All Time
10. ‘River of No Return.’
The title of ‘River’ does unite three individuals: a saloon singer, a farmer who has just been released from prison and his young son. For these people to survive, they must learn to care and understand each other as well as be purged of anger. The situation only allows them to survive all or perish all. Directed by Otto Preminger, the 91 minutes’ film is acted by Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum, Tommy Rettig and Rory Calhoun.
9. ‘How to Marry a Millionaire.’
There always exists a thin line between real love and the love of material possessions. Women often find themselves confused by who to get married to, and whether to ‘follow their heart or their head.’ In this film, three ladies are on a mission to look for eligible millionaires to be their husbands. By surprise, they find true love in the 95 minutes Jean Negulesco directed movie. The actors are Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, David Wayne and Lauren Bacall.
8. ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.’
Two showgirls named Dorothy Shaw, and Lorelei Lee take a flight to Paris, unaware that a private detective is pursuing them. The detective is hired by the father of Lorelei’s fiancé, who is suspicious of her character. Other people who also hire detectives to trail the two showgirls are a wealthy and enamored old man as well as other admirers. Hawks Howard directs the movie that is 91 minutes in length and acted by Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid and Marilyn Monroe.
7. ‘The Misfits.’
‘The Misfits’ is a film whose title suggests two people being together although they do not fit to be together. Inside the movie, a divorcee happens to fall for a cowboy living over the hill, although the guy struggles to maintain a romantically independent life. With Huston John as the director, the film is 124 minutes in length. Marilyn Monroe leads the actors and includes Thelma Ritter, Clark Gable, and Montgomery Clift.
6. ‘Bus Stop.’
‘Bus Stop’ is a romantic movie that is not short of lots of drama and funny coincidences. A stubborn and naïve cowboy is in a love affair with a saloon singer and forcefully attempts to take her away. He wants to take her to a ranch in Montana and make her his wife against the girl’s will. The thrilling drama is directed by Joshua Logan and acted by Marilyn Monroe, Betty Field, and Don Murray.
Sometimes, bad things happen and spoil the fun that people experience. In this movie, two couples pay a visit to the ‘Niagara Falls.’ Tension rises between one husband and his wife, resulting in murder and destroying the entire tour. Directed by Henry Hathaway, the film is acted by Joseph Cotton, Marilyn Monroe, Max Showalter and Jean Peters. ‘Niagara’ is 92 minutes in length.
4. ‘Monkey Business.’
‘Monkey Business’ is a film I which a successful chemist has his life turned upside down after one of his chimpanzees happens to find the fountain of youth. Hawks Howard directs the favorite movie, and he does the good work that he did with the other films. The stars in the movie include Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Charles Coburn and Marilyn Monroe.
3. ‘The Seven Year Itch.’
Movies are always a reflection of real life, and almost everything we see in films is inspired by a similar occurrence in life. In the above film, a family goes away for the summer holiday and leaves the father behind. The faithful husband falls to the temptations of a beautiful neighbor, and they do the unexpected. Billy Wilder is the director of ‘The Seven Year Itch,’ a film that plays for 105 minutes. The actors include Tom Ewell, Marilyn Monroe, Sonny Tufts and Evelyn Keyes.
2. ‘The Asphalt Jungle.’
In ‘The Asphalt Jungle,’ the main heist goes off according to plans. However, double crosses and bad luck make everything to unravel. Huston John is the director of the 112 minutes’ film that you will love after watching once. The actors of ‘The Asphalt Jungle’ are Louis Calhern, Sterling Hayden, James Whitmore and Jean Hagen. However, it is Marilyn Monroe who makes the movie a thriller.
1. ‘Some Like It Hot.’
In ‘Some Like It Hot,’ two male singers flee the country after witnessing a mob hit. To avoid being identified, the flee with a women band that composes of only females. The plan is successful, but more complications await the two along the way. The film has Billy Wilder as the director while the actors include Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, George Raft and Jack Lemmon. The film is 120 minutes’ long.
Marilyn Monroe’s life based movies 2017
‘The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe’
The film is not acted by Marilyn Monroe herself because she died some long time ago. However, the same film is a chronicle of Monroe’s family living and how she was successful in hiding intimate secrets from an invasive world and the press. Those who act the film include Kelli Garner, Susan Sarandon, and Embeth Davidtz.
Marilyn Monroe was a talented actor, and her beauty may have contributed to her controversial life. All that said, she was a talented actor who movie lovers ‘die for.’