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Born on June 1, 1926, Marilyn Monroe is remembered as the original "blonde bombshell" of Hollywood.
We've ranked her 10 best movies, according to critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes.
Some of her most famous films, including "The Misfits" and "Some Like It Hot," made the top 10.
The 1953 movie "Niagara" is Monroe's 10th best film, according to critics.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%
Summary: Polly (Jean Peters) and Ray Cutler (Casey Adams) arrive at their Niagara Falls cottage expecting a peaceful honeymoon. However, when they arrive, they find that another couple, Rose (Marilyn Monroe) and George Loomis (Joseph Cotten), have not yet checked out. Shenanigans ensue between the two couples as Polly discovers Rose is having an affair and murderous obsessions rise.
Critic review: "Around the scenic splendor of Niagara Falls, Charles Brackett has produced and co-scripted a gripping murder melodrama that is loaded with sex and suspense," wrote the staff of The Hollywood Reporter.
In the comedy "How to Marry a Millionaire," which was released in 1953, Monroe plays a model looking to marry rich.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%
Summary: Three New York models, Schatze Page (Lauren Bacall), Loco Dempsey (Betty Grable), and Pola Debevoise (Marilyn Monroe), rent a glamorous city apartment with the hope of attracting some millionaire suitors. However, most of their love interests turn out to be deceitful in one way or another. In the end, each of the girls finds what they are truly looking for: love.
Critic review: "Classic Hollywood legends sparkle; premise doesn't hold up," wrote Andrea Beach of Common Sense Media.
"The Seven Year Itch," which came out in 1955, is best known for its iconic skirt scene.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%
Summary: After Tom Ewell's wife and children depart the city for the summer, he meets his beautiful — and tempting — new neighbor, played by Marilyn Monroe. The two experience a flirtation as the summer goes on, but Ewell's guilt and paranoia combined with Monroe's innocence and naivete about his intentions prevent a love affair from ever happening.
Critic review: "Very dated and not consistently funny but famous for the iconic Marilyn air-vent shot and a close to the under-wire smuttiness," wrote David Parkinson of Empire.
In 1952's "Monkey Business," Monroe stars opposite Cary Grant, who plays a scientist developing a "fountain of youth" drug.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%
Summary: Dr. Barnaby Fulton (Cary Grant) is searching for the "fountain of youth," without much luck. However, when a lab monkey dumps the formula into the lab's water supply, mischief ensues. When Fulton accidentally drinks the formula, he initiates an afternoon of fun with his boss' secretary, Lois (Marilyn Monroe). Before long, everyone has gotten a taste of the "fountain of youth," with hilarious consequences.
Critic review: "A summit of comic invention," wrote Richard Brody of the New Yorker.
In 1959's "Some Like It Hot," Monroe plays Sugar, the lead singer of a jazz band who has no idea her newest bandmate is also her love interest.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%
Summary: Two musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) witness a Mafia murder. In order to get out of Chicago, the two devise a plan to disguise themselves as women, join an all-female jazz band, and board a train headed straight to Florida. On the way, they meet Sugar (Marilyn Monroe), the band's lead singer, who Joe falls in love with and attempts to impress by pretending he's a millionaire.
Critic review: "Some Like It Hot is another supersonic, breakneck, belly-laugh comedy that should be a block-busting bonanza at the box office," wrote Jack Moffitt of The Hollywood Reporter.
Monroe's last completed movie was 1961's "The Misfits," which was written by her then-husband Arthur Miller.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%
Summary: The film tells the story of a recently divorced, former stripper (Marilyn Monroe) who begins a relationship with a cowboy-turned-gambler (Clark Gable) and World War II veteran named Guido Racanelli (Eli Wallach). Both men soon become infatuated with her. After meeting ex-rodeo rider Perce Howland (Montgomery Clift), the foursome starts up a business capturing wild horses.
Critic review: "Gable has never done anything better on the screen, nor has Miss Monroe. Gable's acting is vibrant and lusty, hers true to the character as written by Miller," wrote Kate Cameron of the New York Daily News.
In "The Asphalt Jungle" from 1950, Monroe has a small role as the niece of a lawyer planning a jewelry heist.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%
Summary: Criminal Erwin "Doc" Riedenschneider, lawyer Emmerich (Louis Calhern), and safecracker named Louie Ciavelli (Anthony Caruso) are among those who concoct a plan to steal $1 million worth of jewels, a plan which goes off successfully at first. However, the jewel heist goes awry after a nightguard shoots and kills Ciavelli. Soon, the group turns on each other. Marilyn Monroe's part as Emmerich's sexy "niece" is small, but the film makes her an undeniable star regardless.
Critic review: "An early masterclass in the art of the caper movie, John Huston's 1950 thriller stands up wonderfully well, even if we've got used to far more convoluted scheming by movie robbers in the intervening period," wrote Andrew Pulver of the Guardian.
In 1953's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," Monroe plays a showgirl who's being spied on by her future father-in-law.
Ok Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%
Summary: Showgirl Lorelei Lee (Marilyn Monroe) is engaged to wealthy Gus Esmond (Tommy Noonan), much to the disapproval of Gus' father, who believes she is only after his money. When Lorelai and her costar Dorothy Shaw (Jane Russell) set sail on a cruise ship, Lorelai tries to set her friend up with a "suitable" — wealthy — match. Meanwhile, Esmond Sr. has hired a private detective to keep an eye on Lorelai and report any actions that would disqualify her from marrying Gus.
Critic review: "My initial hunch was correct: the film is mostly about two women chasing men. But it's complex and hilarious, and not hilarious at the expense of the film's two female leads," wrote Samantha Mann for BUST.
Monroe played an actress in 1950's "All About Eve" — one of her earliest roles.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%
Summary: "All About Eve" may have a scene or two featuring Marilyn Monroe as a recent college graduate, but this film primarily tells the story of aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) and Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis). After Channing makes the naive-seeming Eve her personal assistant, she soon finds that Harrington isn't so naive after all, and has orchestrated a plan to surpass Channing as the biggest star in town.
Critic review: "So breathtakingly sharp and tense a story of the theater could hardly be so vital without some fragments of truth In its background," wrote Helen Bower of the Detroit Free Press.
Monroe's best movie, according to critics, is the 1952 thriller "Don't Bother to Knock."
Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%
Summary: Nell Forbes (Marilyn Monroe), a beautiful but depressed young woman, takes a babysitting job at a fancy hotel after being released from a psychiatric facility. Nell begins a relationship with a hotel guest named Jed Towers (Richard Widmark). However, after the child that Nell is supposed to be watching catches them, Nell is sent over the deep end. Jed must then attempt to prevent Nell from killing both herself and the child.
Critic review: "Takes what could have been a lurid plot and turns it into a wickedly plotted thriller that remains an overlooked high point in Monroe's storied career," wrote Matthew Lucas for From The Front Row.
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