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Created Apr 21, 2014 01:41AM PST • Updated Apr 21, 2014 10:32AM PST

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1st Some Like It Hot
1959 Perfect 66 Points
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Some Like It Hot kicked off the Sixties with a bang. Released in ‘59, it was nominated for six Oscars at the 1960 Academy Awards, winning only for Orry-Kelly’s dresses for Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and most especially Marilyn Monroe. Speaking of Monroe, she won the 1960 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy. Lemmon won Best Actor. The movie won Best Comedy, and is still considered The Best Comedy.

Here’s evidence: Marilyn climbs into Lemmon’s bunk – him pretending to be a woman – in a sidesplittingly funny bit that is a moviestar supernova scene to boot. He’s priceless, she’s…

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2nd All About Eve
1950 Perfect 66 Points
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All About Eve is surely one of the greatest Best Pictures most people have never seen. It won six Oscars: Best Picture, Best Screenplay & Best Director to the extraordinary Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Best Costume Design to Charles Le Maire & Edith Head the Costume Doctor, Best Supporting Actor to George Sanders, and one for Best Sound Recording. Then this: Marilyn Monroe caught her big break in All About Eve.

Most impressively, All About Eve is the only movie in history with four actresses nominated for Oscars.1

  • Bette Davis & Anne Baxter for Best Actress: Baxter plays Eve. It’s …
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3rd Monkey Business
1952 Great 66 Points
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A married Cary Grant being tempted by Marilyn Monroe is ample inducement to watch Monkey Business. Yet mere adulterous titillation undersells this sparkling marital comedy from the early Fifties. The movie centers on Grant’s loving relationship with his wife, played by a deft Ginger Rodgers. Gifted an inspired screenplay, these great stars induce several LOLs along with frequent periods of deep grinning.

Screwball comedy is rarely so knowing or so deft, making the movie a treat even for fans who don’t usually favor such silliness. Aside from the marital playfulness, *Monkey Busines…

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4th River of No Return
1954 Great 66 Points
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Marilyn Monroe didn’t want to appear in River of No Return, nor did Otto Preminger want to direct it, especially if Marilyn was to star. Studio contracts forced them into it and we’re all the better for it today. River of No Return is a fine mid-Fifties Western, with surprising Italian roots, a redeeming screenplay, stunning scenery and two iconic moviestars in their early primes – Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe.

Poster don’t lie: Her hair is that golden and that long. The longest of her career? And she sings several torch songs in bawdy fashion. Playing a saloon singer in a …

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5th How to Marry a M...
1953 Very Good 66 Points
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How to Marry a Millionaire opens with a five minute bravura orchestral concert, which amazing though it is, is five minutes of men in tuxes when you’re expecting Marilyn Monroe.

Then you get Lauren Bacall as the queen bee, the head girl, the model with a plan. And a luscious Marilyn. And Betty Grable and a series of second rate beaus.

Three queens and those who would court them, you might say.

The divine costumes show off the greatest sex symbol the silver screen has ever known, along with a never better Lauren Bacall and an adorably funny Betty Grable. It’s like a funny Fift…

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6th The Seven Year Itch
1955 Very Good 66 Points
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A severely dated farce would hardly be worth watching now if it didn’t star Marilyn Monroe at her most incandescent. Even better, The Seven Year Itch features Marilyn standing atop a windy subway grate in a rather famous white halter dress – widely considered one of the iconic images of the 20th century.

It is dated however – not especially LOL, and with pre-Mad Men sexual politics that aren’t conducive to copacetic 21st century marital relations.

The story is obvious from the title. A New York husband of seven years fights the temptation t…

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7th Bus Stop
1956 Good 66 Points
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Marilyn Monroe rescues Bus Stop, as she rescued so many of her movies, her luminescent sexuality juxtaposed against an American society inchoately besotted with her. True fans can’t avert their eyes.

To be clear, Bus Stop is a cheesy time-capsule, a Fifties classic capable of making Alan Ginsberg howl.

Marilyn & newcomer Don Murray play a rancher & chanteuse who don’t total 200 IQ points between `em. Marilyn’s from a world we no longer know, in the movies anyway.

Naturally I’d like to get married and have a family and all those things….

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8th Niagara
1953 None Yet 0 Points
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9th Gentlemen Prefer...
1953 OK 66 Points
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A sparkling Marilyn Monroe and one terrific song don’t fully rescue this Howard Hawks musical-comedy from the dregs of cheesiness. The song? Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, a theatrically produced Song and Dance number performed by the inimitable MM in an iconic pink dress.

The rest of the songs? Forgettable at best.

The cast? Stunning at the top, with a charmingly tough Jane Russell serving as Marilyn’s wingman. Beyond them? Forgettable character actors.

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