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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  • Go into Your Dance
    1
    Al Jolson, Barton MacLane, Ruby Keeler
    6 votes
    • Released: 1935
    • Directed by: Archie 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.
  • Rose of Washington Square
    2
    Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Al Jolson
    5 votes
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: Gregory Ratoff
    Aspiring singer Rose Sargent (Alice Faye) meets handsome fellow entertainer Ted Cotter (Al Jolson) and the two rise to fame as partners in the booming Manhattan vaudeville scene. Soon Sargent is courted by charming con man Barton DeWitt Clinton (Tyrone Power). Caught up in the glamor of the spotlight, Sargent ignores Cotter's warnings about Clinton's criminal ways and pursues him anyway -- even as her new beau's crooked reputation begins to threaten her hard-earned success.
  • The Jolson Story
    3
    Larry Parks, Evelyn Keyes, William Demarest
    23 votes
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: Alfred E. Green
    At the turn of the 20th century, young Asa Yoelson (Scotty Beckett) decides to go against the wishes of his cantor father (Ludwig Donath) and pursue a career in show business. Gradually working his way up through the vaudeville ranks, Asa -- now calling himself Al Jolson (Larry Parks) -- joins a blackface minstrel troupe and soon builds a reputation as a consummate performer. But as his career grows in size, so does his ego, resulting in battles in business as well as in his personal life.
  • Jolson Sings Again
    4
    Larry Parks, Barbara Hale, William Demarest
    16 votes
    • Released: 1949
    • Directed by: Henry Levin
    Entertainer Al Jolson (Larry Parks), famous for his vaudeville and early movie career, retires at the urging of his wife, Julie. When she realizes how much performing still means to him, Julie leaves. Although depressed, Al gathers courage to returns to the stage. As World War II begins, he initially avoids military show tours, afraid he has been forgotten. However, upon the urging of a producer, Al finds new life touring hospitals and meets charming nurse Ellen Clark (Barbara Hale).

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  • The Jazz Singer
    5
    Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland
    16 votes
    • Released: 1927
    • Directed by: Alan Crosland
    Young Jakie Rabinowitz (Bobby Gordon) loves jazz and ragtime, and wants to be a performer. But his father (Warner Oland) is a cantor, and he orders his son to carry on the family tradition. Jakie tries his hand anyway, only to be discovered by neighbor Moisha Yudelson (Otto Lederer) and kicked out of the house. A decade later, an older Jakie (Al Jolson) has followed his dream, changed his name and found love with performer Mary (May McAvoy), but he still wants to win his father over.

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  • A Plantation Act
    6
    5 votes
    • Released: 1926
    • Directed by: Philip 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 sings three of his hit songs: "April Showers", "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody", and "When the Red, Red Robin". The film closely resembles Jolson's stage act, complete with three curtain calls at the finish. This film was thought to be lost since 1933, and its unavailability fueled the misconception that the first commercial sound film made was Jolson's subsequent film The Jazz Singer. A copy of A Plantation Act was found in the National Archives, mislabeled as a preview for The Jazz Singer. An accompanying soundtrack disc was also found, but broken in five pieces. Audio technicians chemically bonded the fragments together and re-recorded the soundtrack, digitally removing the pops and clicks created by the disc damage. The restored version has been issued as a bonus feature on the DVD release of The Jazz Singer.