The Best Marilyn Monroe Movies

Although the late great Marilyn Monroe may have been rewarded with much critical acclaim and respect posthumously more so than she did during her short-lived movie career she is still considered to be one of the greatest actresses of all time. Her iconic persona, style and understated acting talents boast a timeless quality that can be appreciated even all these generations later. Here are just some of the best movies that the blonde bombshell starred in.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Often cited as Monroe’s finest performance, and one which gave her the opportunity to showcase her full range of acting and performing skills, this 1953 musical comedy from Howard Hawks is a true classic. She sang, she danced, and she played the role of the dumb blonde beautifully. Monroe starred alongside Hollywood legend Jane Russell as a couple of showgirls who travel to Paris, attracting the attentions of many eligible men along the way. The movie features Monroe performing “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”.

The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Probably more famous for featuring one of Monroe’s most iconic and often imitated scenes of all time, her first debut in a Billy Wilder comedy was the ideal opportunity for her to polish her performance as the simplistic blonde character that was a role she was often typecast into. She plays the part of “The Girl”, a mysterious and alluring character living above Richard Sherman, who is played by Tommy Ewell. The straight-laced Sherman finds himself home alone for the summer whilst his wife and son are out of town and he begins to form a relationship with the girl. The movie contains the famed subway grate scene that blows up Monroe’s dress.

Bus Stop (1956)

Marilyn Monroe is without a doubt one of the world’s most famous figures and her life, fame and beauty has been the inspiration for endless documentaries, iconic images, artwork, and, in this modern era a Marilyn Monroe slot game even pays tribute to her honour. In Joshua Logan’s 1956 drama Bus Stop the actress was clearly coming into her own as a talented actress who could certainly do much more than just sit around, sing and look pretty on screen. Monroe finally showed some edge in her performance and employed various method acting techniques to further prove herself as an actress to be admired.

Some Like It Hot (1959)

In 1959 Monroe teamed up once more with filmmaker Billy Wilder and saw her starring alongside comedy great Jack Lemmon and the incomparable Tony Curtis. Lemmon and Curtis play a couple of musicians who flee Chicago after witnessing a crime and end up cross-dressing in order to join an all- female jazz band. Monroe once more takes on her role as the blonde but this time around she manages to bring some extra depth and compassion to the role.