Few movie stars have contributed to the cinema with as many iconic images as Marilyn Monroe. Over the course of her 29-film career, which began with a name change and a $ 125-a-week contract with 20th Century Fox, she overturned the “dumb blonde” trope and forever changed the way we see things like diamonds and subway grates.
Despite its run time of nearly three hours, that of Netflix blonde it does not delve into Monroe’s work, offering only glimpses of her career in favor of off-screen drama. If its latest cinematic review leaves you craving more Monroe, here are nine essential movies, from irrefutable classics to underrated gems.
Don’t worry about knocking (1952)
After small parts in boisterous comedies (Dame of the Choir, Happy love) and an Academy Award-winning drama (All about Eva), Monroe’s first lead twist would come with this 1952 psychological noir, whose scenes are widely replicated in Blonde. The film offered her the chance to delightfully reveal herself as a mentally disturbed babysitter, and she also gained real-world survival skills that she would put to good use nearly a decade later. After a painful divorce from third husband Arthur Miller in 1961, she Monroe was admitted to Payne Whitney’s psychiatric ward, where she would be held in a locked, padded room for three days. To escape, she behaved more and more erratically, telling her staff, “If you’re going to treat me like crazy, I’ll act like crazy,” as she wrote Monroe to Dr. Ralph Greenson, her psychiatrist. “I got the idea from a movie I made once called Don’t worry about knocking.“