Marilyn Monroe Movies

Ranking Marilyn Monroe Movies Best to Worst

Ranking Marilyn Monroe Movies Best to Worst

Want to know the best Marilyn Monroe movies?  How about the worst Marilyn Monroe movies?  Curious about Marilyn Monroe’s box office grosses or which Marilyn Monroe movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Marilyn Monroe movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), started showing in movies in 1947.  Most of her early films were either uncredited or very small parts. Her first major role was in the B feature Ladies of the Chorus in 1948. After Ladies of the Chorus performed weakly at the box office, she started appearing in supporting parts in bigger budget movies like The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve. In early 1952, she admitted to posing for nude photos. In an interview, she said she did the photos because she was unable to pay her rent, the resulting publicity made the public curious about the struggling actress.

The rest of 1952 was a coming out party for Marilyn Monroe. Three of her movies, Monkey Business, Clash By Night and Don’t Bother To Knock were successful at the box office. All the parts were supporting parts but they were marketed as Marilyn Monroe films. By the time 1953 came around, she was a much in demand actress. During the next seven years she made classic films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How To Marry A Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch and her best film Some Like It Hot. In 1962 she started working on Something’s Got to Give, she however only showed up for work 12 out of 35 days and was dismissed from the movie. Unfortunately in August of that year she was found dead at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 36.

Her IMDb page shows 33 acting credits from 1947-1962. Ther page will rank 24 Marilyn Monroe movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in theaters were not included in the rankings.

Marilyn Monroe in 1953's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe in 1953’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In Ther Table

The really cool thing about ther table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort by Marilyn Monroe’s co-stars of her movies.
  • Sort Marilyn Monroe movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Marilyn Monroe movies by box office rank by year of release
  • Sort Marilyn Monroe movies how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Marilyn Monroe movie received.
  • Sort Marilyn Monroe movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score.  UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdjusted B.O. Domestic (mils)Box Office Rank By YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Some Like It Hot (1959)Jack Lemmon & Tony Curtis$326.303rd of 195991.7%06 / 0180.83
All About Eve (1950)Bette Davis & George Sanders$155.6011th of 195092.7%14 / 0679.05
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)Jane Russell$217.108th of 195383.7%00 / 0070.32
How To Marry A Millionaire (1953)Betty Grable & William Powell$310.804th of 195380.3%01 / 0069.16
The Seven Year Itch (1955)Tom Ewell$231.6011th of 195578.7%00 / 0067.97
Bus Stop (1956)Don Murray$186.1015th of 195674.3%01 / 0066.06
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)Ethel Merman$235.6012th of 195466.7%03 / 0063.53
River of No Return (1954)Robert Mitchum$199.0019th of 195462.0%00 / 0059.98
The Misfits (1961)Clark Gable & Montgomery Clift$130.2020th of 196184.0%00 / 0059.66
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)Sterling Hayden & Directed by John Huston$54.0084th of 195087.0%04 / 0050.86
Niagara (1953)Joseph Cotten$100.1039th of 195373.3%00 / 0049.99
Monkey Business (1952)Cary Grant & Ginger Rogers$85.2047th of 195275.0%00 / 0048.46
Let's Make Love (1960)Tony Randall$104.7028th of 196064.0%01 / 0047.33
Clash by Night (1952)Barbara Stanwyck$63.9070th of 195275.7%00 / 0045.46
Don't Bother To Knock (1952)Richard Widmark$63.9071st of 195274.7%00 / 0044.99
The Prince and The Showgirl (1957)Laurence Olivier$64.5062nd of 195768.0%00 / 0041.96
We're Not Married (1952)Ginger Rogers$85.2050th of 195261.0%00 / 0041.88
Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948)June Haver$110.9065th of 194848.5%00 / 0039.99
The Fireball (1950)Mickey Rooney$41.4099th of 195067.5%00 / 0038.14
Let's Make It Legal (1951)Claudette Colbert$60.20103rd of 195159.5%00 / 0037.29
O'Henry's Full House (1952)Charles Laughton$42.60116th of 195264.0%00 / 0036.68
Love Nest (1951)June Haver$33.7096th of 195152.0%00 / 0029.66
Ladies of the Chorus (1948)Adele Jergens$19.10104th of 194856.0%00 / 0029.28
Love Happy (1949)Marx Brothers$43.6088th of 194947.5%00 / 0029.08

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Marilyn Monroe Table

  1. Twelve Marilyn Monroe movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 50.00% of her movies listed. Some Like It Hot (1959) was her biggest box hit.
  2. An average Marilyn Monroe movie grosses $123.60 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  19 of Marilyn Monroe’s movies are rated as good movies…or 79.16% of her movies.  All About Eve (1950) is her highest rated movie while Love Happy (1949) was her lowest rated movie.
  4. Seven Marilyn Monroe movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 29.16% of her movies.
  5. Two Marilyn Monroe movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 8.33% of her movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00.  17 Marilyn Monroe movies scored higher that average….or 70.83% of her movies.  Some Like It Hot (1959) got the the highest UMR Score while Love Happy (1949) got the lowest UMR Score.
Marilyn Monroe in 1959's Some Like It Hot

Marilyn Monroe in 1959’s Some Like It Hot

Possibly interesting facts about Marilyn Monroe.

1. She was never nominated for an Oscar® in her career.

2. She received 2 Golden Globe® nominations….winning for Some Like It Hot ….and receiving a nomination for Bus Stop.

3. The American Film Institute considers her one of the Top 10 movie stars of all time.

4. She was married to legendary baseball player Joe DiMaggio and later married to legendary writer Arthur Miller.

5. She was born Norma Jeane Mortenson and baptized as Norma Jeane Baker.

6. Fox talent scout Ben Lyon has gotten the credit for the name Marilyn Monroe….Marilyn was from stage actress Marilyn Miller. The last name Monroe was Marilyn’s mother’s maiden name.

7. Her crypt is located at Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California.

8. Marilyn Monroes has two movies that I was unable to find any box office information….so it they were not included in th3e page….1952’s As Young as You Feel and 1951’s HomeTown Story.

9.  And finally …her social security number was….563-32-0764

10.  Check out Marilyn Monroe’s movie career compared to current and classic stars on our Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time page.

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America Film Institutes’ Top 25 Screen Legend Actress and UMR’s Links That Rank All Of Their Movies.

12. Claudette Colbert
17. Lillian Gish
19. Rita Hayworth
23. Carole Lombard
24. Mary Pickford
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    1. Hey emilio…..I agree I just saw that a few months ago….her and Olivier made an interesting screen couple.

    2. My favorite Monroe Performance! Although she was much better than she got credit for in most of her films. For this one she got an italian acting award, Americans just saw the scandalous, dumb Blonde in her…or so it seems. And my God, was she beautiful as Elsie Marina!

      1. Hey Lupino….thanks for sharing your thoughts on The Prince and the Show Girl…I liked the movie….just not as much as you and emilio. Everytime I see that movie I keep thinking how this was one of her last performances…she only finished two more movies after this one. What a shame that she passed away so young. Good stuff.

    1. That it did. Marilyn won a Golden Globe for her performance and should have gotten a Oscar nomination for the movie.

      1. I always knew that Barbara Streisand was a great Brando admirer. However until I saw an old TV interview with her last week I was unaware that she had a close personal relationship and even went on road trips with him. She said in the interview though that he also tried to date
        her romantically but she said no.

        From what I have read he had more success with Marilyn.

        1. Mmmmm. Interesting….Streisand and Brando on a road trip. Seems a Marlon/Babs movie in the mid 1970s would have been huge. Brando would have been good in her version of A Star Is Born.

          1. “Believe only half of what you see and nothing of what you hear,” said Burt in The Crimson Pirate. I always bear that in mind when I read anything about Marlon [my 10th favourite movie star] because one film historian reckoned that more RUBBISH had been written about him than any other star with the possible exception of the Burtons.

            However for what it’s worth I did read an article that suggested that Babs and MB did meet in the 70s to discuss a film project but it did not go anywhere. Perhaps the reason was that was that Babs was accompanied at the discussion by her then-husband or boyfriend; and apparently Marlon had a few drinks and made a pass at her.
            There was a photo of the three of them with their arms round each other smiling. So at least we can believe half of what we see.

            Regarding MM I’v seen photos of her and Bud (as MB was nicknamed) dressed in outrageous costume at a fancy-dress ball.

          2. Hey Robert Roy. I can believe that pretty easily. I imagine the Burtons and Brando would often shake in their heads in disbelief about the stuff they were reading about themselves. I think Brando had lots of meetings that ended up going nowhere…lol. That would have been an interesting place to be at….a fancy ball in the 1950s with Brando & Monroe and probably lots of other celebrities.

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