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The Best Al Jolson Movies

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List of the best Al Jolson movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Al Jolson's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Al Jolson movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Al Jolson movies will be at the top of the list. Al Jolson has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Al Jolson movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Al Jolson films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Al Jolson role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Al Jolson performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

List includes Wonder Bar, The Jolson Story and more.

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    The Jolson Story

    Al Jolson, Scotty Beckett

    Released1946

    Directed byAlfred E. Green

    The Jolson Story is a 1946 Technicolor musical biography which purports to tell the life story of singer Al Jolson. It stars Larry Parks as Jolson, Evelyn Keyes as "Julie Benson", William Demarest as...  more
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    The Jazz Singer

    Myrna Loy, Al Jolson

    Released1927

    Directed byGordon Hollingshead, Alan Crosland

    The Jazz Singer is a 1927 American musical film. The first feature-length motion picture with synchronized dialogue sequences, its release heralded the commercial ascendance of the "talkies" and the...  more
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    Jolson Sings Again

    Al Jolson, Barbara Hale

    Released1949

    Directed byHenry Levin

    Jolson Sings Again is the 1950 film sequel to The Jolson Story, both of which cover the life of singer Al Jolson....  more
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    Rose of Washington Square

    Tyrone Power, Al Jolson

    Released1939

    Directed byGregory Ratoff

    Rose of Washington Square is a 1939 American musical drama film. Set in 1920s New York City, it focuses on singer Rose Sargent and her turbulent relationship with con artist Barton DeWitt Clinton,...  more
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    Wonder Bar

    Al Jolson, Dolores del Río

    Released1934

    Directed byBusby Berkeley, Lloyd Bacon

    Wonder Bar is a 1934 pre-code movie adaptation of a Broadway musical of the same name directed by Lloyd Bacon with musical numbers created by Busby Berkeley. It stars Al Jolson, Kay Francis, Dolores...  more
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    The Singing Fool

    Al Jolson, Betty Bronson

    Released1928

    Directed byLloyd Bacon

    The Singing Fool is a 1928 musical drama Part-Talkie motion picture which was released by Warner Brothers. The film starred Al Jolson and was a follow-up to his previous film, The Jazz Singer. It is...  more
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    Released1926

    Directed byPhilip Roscoe

    A Plantation Act is an early Vitaphone sound-on-disc short film starring Al Jolson. This was the first film that Jolson starred in. On a film set with a plantation background, Jolson in blackface...  more
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    Hallelujah, I'm a Bum

    Al Jolson, Frank Morgan

    Released1933

    Directed byLewis Milestone

    Hallelujah, I'm a Bum is a 1933 American musical comedy film directed by Lewis Milestone in the Depression. The film stars Al Jolson as Bumper, a popular New York tramp, and both romanticizes and...  more
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    Mammy

    Al Jolson, Noah Beery

    Released1930

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    Mammy is an All-Talking musical drama film with Technicolor sequences, released by Warner Bros. The film starred Al Jolson and was a follow-up to his previous film, Say It With Songs. Mammy became Al...  more
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    Rhapsody in Blue

    Al Jolson, Joan Leslie

    Released1945

    Directed byIrving Rapper

    Rhapsody in Blue is a fictionalized screen biography of the American composer and musician George Gershwin released by Warner Brothers....  more

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    Go into Your Dance

    Al Jolson, Barton MacLane

    Released1935

    Directed byArchie Mayo

    Go into Your Dance is a 1935 musical film directed by Archie Mayo and starring Al Jolson, Ruby Keeler, Glenda Farrell, and Helen Morgan....  more
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    Swanee River

    Don Ameche, Al Jolson

    Released1939

    Directed bySidney Lanfield

    Swanee River is a 1939 American biopic about Stephen Foster, a songwriter from Pittsburgh who falls in love with the South, marries a Southern girl, then is accused of sympathizing when the Civil War...  more
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    Hollywood Cavalcade

    Buster Keaton, Don Ameche

    Released1939

    Directed bySnub Pollard, Malcolm St. Clair, Irving Cummings

    Hollywood Cavalcade is a 1939 film directed by Irving Cummings and Malcolm St. Clair....  more
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    A Day at Santa Anita

    Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland

    Released1937

    Directed byBobby Connolly

    A Day at Santa Anita is 1937 short family drama film directed by Bobby Connolly....
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    Say It with Songs

    Al Jolson, Marian Nixon

    Released1929

    Directed byLloyd Bacon

    Say It With Songs is a 1929 All-Talking musical drama motion picture which was released by Warner Bros.. The film starred Al Jolson and was a follow-up to his previous film, The Singing Fool....  more
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    Marx Brothers: Radio Days

    Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby

    Released1934