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The Best Dick Powell Movies 

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List of the best Dick Powell movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Dick Powell'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 Dick Powell movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Dick Powell movies will be at the top of the list. Dick Powell has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Dick Powell movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Dick Powell films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

List features films like Gold Diggers of 1937 and Footlight Parade.

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James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Dorothy Lamour

Released: 1933

Directed by: Busby Berkeley, Lloyd Bacon

Footlight Parade is a 1933 American musical film starring James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell and featuring Frank McHugh, Guy Kibbee, Hugh Herbert and Ruth Donnelly. The ...more
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Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell, Billy Barty

Released: 1933

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, Busby Berkeley

Gold Diggers of 1933 is a pre-code Warner Bros. musical film directed by Mervyn LeRoy with songs by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, staged and choreographed by Busby Berkeley. It stars Warren ...more
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Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Joseph Crehan

Released: 1936

Directed by: Busby Berkeley, Lloyd Bacon

Gold Diggers of 1937 is a 1936 Warner Bros. movie musical directed by Lloyd Bacon with musical numbers created and directed by Busby Berkeley, and starring Dick Powell and Joan Blondell, who ...more
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Gloria Stuart, Adolphe Menjou, Dick Powell

Released: 1935

Directed by: Busby Berkeley

Gold Diggers of 1935 is a Warner Bros. musical film directed and choreographed by Busby Berkeley and starring Dick Powell, Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Stuart and Alice Brady, and featuring Winifred ...more
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Ronald Reagan, Benny Goodman, Dick Powell

Released: 1937

Directed by: Busby Berkeley

Hollywood Hotel is a 1937 American romantic musical comedy film, directed by Busby Berkeley, starring Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane, Lola Lane, Hugh Herbert, Ted Healy, Glenda Farrell and Johnnie ...more
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Dick Powell, William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn

Released: 1940

Directed by: Preston Sturges

Christmas in July is a 1940 comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges based on his 1931 play A Cup of Coffee. It was Sturges' second film as writer-director, after The Great McGinty, ...more
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Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Pat O'Brien

Released: 1934

Directed by: Frank Borzage

Flirtation Walk is a 1934 romantic musical film written by Delmer Daves and Lou Edelman, and directed by Frank Borzage. It focuses on a soldier who falls in love with a general's daughter during ...more
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Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler

Released: 1933

Directed by: Lloyd Bacon

42nd Street is a 1933 American Warner Bros. musical film directed by Lloyd Bacon with choreography by Busby Berkeley. The songs were written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, and the script was ...more

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Lucille Ball, Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable

Released: 1934

Directed by: Roy Rowland

Hollywood Party is a musical film starring Jimmy Durante and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film is notable for several disconnected sequences that have little connection with each ...more
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Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler

Released: 1936

Directed by: Alfred E. Green

Colleen is a 1936 Warner Bros. musical film directed by Alfred E. Green. It stars Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, and Joan Blondell.
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Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler

Released: 1934

Directed by: Ray Enright, Busby Berkeley

Dames is a 1934 Warner Bros. musical comedy film directed by Ray Enright with dance numbers created by Busby Berkeley. The film stars Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Guy Kibbee, ZaSu ...more
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Joan Blondell, Mary Astor, Adolphe Menjou

Released: 1933

Directed by: Archie Mayo

Convention City is a 1933 American pre-Code sex comedy film directed by Archie Mayo, and starring Joan Blondell, Guy Kibbee, Dick Powell, Mary Astor and Adolphe Menjou. The film was produced by ...more
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Claire Trevor, Dick Powell, Mike Mazurki

Released: 1944

Directed by: Edward Dmytryk

Murder, My Sweet is a 1944 American film noir, directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, and Anne Shirley. The film is based on Raymond Chandler's 1940 novel Farewell, ...more
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Broadway Gondolier Joan Blondell, Adolphe Menjou, Dick Powell

Released: 1935

Directed by: Lloyd Bacon

Broadway Gondolier is a 1935 film directed by Lloyd Bacon.
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Raymond Burr, Dick Powell, Jane Wyatt

Released: 1948

Directed by: André de Toth

Pitfall is a 1948 black-and-white film noir drama directed by André De Toth. The film was based on a novel of the same name by Jay Dratler, and was titled Tragedia a Santa Monica for its ...more
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Lee J. Cobb, Dick Powell, Evelyn Keyes

Released: 1947

Directed by: Robert Rossen

Johnny O'Clock is a 1947 American film noir written and directed by Robert Rossen, based on a story by Milton Holmes. The drama features Dick Powell, Evelyn Keyes, and Lee J. Cobb, with Jeff ...more
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Ronald Reagan, Ann Sheridan, Dick Powell

Released: 1938

Directed by: Lloyd Bacon

Cowboy from Brooklyn is a 1938 American musical comedy film starring Pat O'Brien, Dick Powell, Priscilla Lane, Ann Sheridan and the future US President Ronald Reagan.
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Dick Powell, Charles Drake, Anthony George

Released: 1951

Directed by: Lou Breslow

You Never Can Tell is a 1951 fantasy comedy film written by Lou Breslow and David Chandler and directed by Lou Breslow.
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Dick Powell, Alice Faye, Madeleine Carroll

Released: 1937

Directed by: William A. Seiter, Roy Del Ruth

On the Avenue is a 1937 American musical film directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring Dick Powell, Madeleine Carroll, Alice Faye George Barbier, and The Ritz Brothers. Many of the songs in this ...more
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Rhonda Fleming, Dick Powell, William Conrad

Released: 1951

Directed by: Robert Parrish

Cry Danger is a 1951 film noir thriller shot in twenty-two days in Los Angeles. The film was directed by Robert Parrish, a former child star and later editor in his debut as a director.
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Marilyn Monroe, Ricardo Montalbán, June Allyson

Released: 1950

Directed by: John Sturges

Right Cross is a 1950 drama film, released by MGM, directed by John Sturges, written by Charles Schnee and starring June Allyson, Ricardo Montalban, Dick Powell, Lionel Barrymore, and Marilyn
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Ruby Dee, Adolphe Menjou, Dick Powell

Released: 1951

Directed by: Anthony Mann

The Tall Target is a 1951 crime film starring Dick Powell as a police sergeant who tries to stop the assassination of Abraham Lincoln at a train stop as Lincoln travels to his inauguration. It ...more
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Dorothy Lamour, Dick Powell

Released: 1943

Directed by: George Marshall

Riding High is a 1943 American film starring Dorothy Lamour and Dick Powell, made in Technicolor, and released by Paramount Pictures. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Sound Recording.
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Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Veronica Lake

Released: 1942

Directed by: Sidney Lanfield

My Favorite Blonde is a 1942 American comedy film directed by Sidney Lanfield and starring Bob Hope and Madeleine Carroll. Based on a story by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, the film is about a ...more
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Dick Powell, Sterling Holloway, Priscilla Lane

Released: 1937

Directed by: William Keighley

Varsity Show is a 1937 American musical film released by Warner Brothers Warner Bros.. The film was directed by William Keighley from a script by Jerry Wald, Richard Macaulay, Warren Duff and ...more