Known for her sex appeal and famous for playing "dumb blonde" characters, Marilyn Monroe became the most popular sex symbols of 1950s and most bankable Hollywood star of 1950's with just three movies Noir ,Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire, Sadly, Monroe died at age 36 in 1962, but her iconic image lives on.
Here are some of her top 5 movies
Some Like It Hot’ (1959)
Directed by Billy wilder Starring Marilyn Monroe,Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. Some Like It Hot is considered as the one of the greatest comedy films of all time. It was voted as the top comedy film by the American film Institute on their list on AFI's 100 years. The film is also notable for the idea of cross-dressing and for playing with the idea of homosexuality. Monroe played a character named Sugar Kane, a vocalist playing the guitar. Upon the movie release, Curtis said, smooching Monroe was like kissing Hitler.
Bus Stop' (1956)
Monroe gives a nicely layered performance in this adaption of William Inge’s play, about a virginal rodeo cowboy named Beau (Don Murray) who falls in love with a lounge singer named Cherie. Later on he abducts Cherie and forces her on a bus to Montana, next day he intends to marry Cherie but she escapes, later on, Beau finds her again and story is how Cherie changes Beau and get attracted to him
The Seven Year Itch’ (1955)
A married family man (Tom Ewell) planned to spend summer alone while his wife and son are out of town. That is, until he meets a gorgeous model living upstairs. Then story revolves around a married man and his fantasy and how he handles wife, and an extra-marital affair. This movie features the immortal image of Monroe’s white skirt blowing up while she stands over a subway grate.
How to Marry a Millionaire' (1953)
It's an entertaining comedy movie of 3 friends who are in a hunt for wealthy bachelors. Monroe is playing a character who is nearsighted but hates to wear glasses where any man can see her and claims,Men aren't attentive to girls who wear glasses." She falls for a phony Arab oil tycoon and takes a flight to meet him where she misreads Kanas city for Atlantic city, and end up on a wrong plane and meets a man who was also wearing glasses and story is how she gets married to this guy.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' (1953)
Lorelei Lee (Marilyn Monroe) playing a character of a girl who has a passion for diamonds and believes that attracting a rich husband is the only way a woman can succeed economically.
She gets engaged to Gus Esmond, a naive nerd who is willing to do or buy anything for her.
As per the story she plans to wed Gus in France but Gus's father stops him from sailing believing that she is bad for him, but due to work situation Lorelei travels alone to France where she meets a rich and foolish Sir Francis "Piggy" Beekman, owner of a diamond mine. Lorelei gets attracted to his wealth although he is married. The story is how she manages between her love and greed for wealth.