The Best Donald O'Connor Movies

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

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The list you're viewing is made up of many different films, including Anything Goes and When Johnny Comes Marching Home.

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  • A spoof of the turmoil that afflicted the movie industry in the late 1920s when movies went from silent to sound. When two silent movie stars', Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont, latest movie is made into ...more
  • Terry (Dan Dailey) and Molly (Ethel Merman) are vaudeville performers who eventually add their three children to the act to become "The Five Donahues." However, their children start to go their own ...more
  • Insignificant assistant photographer Melvin Hoover (Donald O'Connor) is instantly love-struck after meeting struggling actress and chorus line dancer Judy LeRoy (Debbie Reynolds). To win her over, ...more
  • Lazy Joe Beeb (Bing Crosby), unable to support his mother and younger brothers, impulsively goes to California. With winnings from a gambling bet, Joe purchases a racehorse, and the family joins him. ...more
  • Washington appoints a small-minded social butterfly as a U.S. Ambassador in this film adaptation based on the satirical stage musical. When Sally Adams (Ethel Merman) arrives in Lichtenburg, her ...more
  • Bill Benson (Bing Crosby) and Ted Adams (Donald O'Connor) team up as headliners in an upcoming Broadway play. While vacationing separately in Paris, each actor finds his own leading lady for the show ...more
  • The last major film to be shot at MGM's world famous Hollywood backlot, "That's Entertainment!" is a star-studded traipse down memory lane. The film boasts more than 100 classic segments compiled ...more
  • The life of Saint Francis of Assisi (Aldo Fabrizi) is loosely chronicled in this film, divided into nine chapters that highlight different elements of the saint's teachings, from compassion to ...more
  • Francis in the Navy is a 1955 American black-and-white comedy film from Universal-International, produced by Stanley Rubin and directed by Arthur Lubin. The film stars Donald O'Connor, Martha Hyer, ...more
  • Get Hep to Love is a 1942 musical film starring Gloria Jean, Donald O'Connor, Jane Frazee, Robert Paige and Peggy Ryan. The film was directed by Charles Lamont.
  • Francis Covers the Big Town is a 1953 American black-and-white comedy film from Universal-International, produced by Leonard Goldstein, directed by Arthur Lubin, and starring Donald O'Connor, Yvette ...more
  • Double Crossbones is a 1951 comedy action film directed by Charles Barton.
  • Francis Joins the WACS is a 1954 American black-and-white comedy film from Universal-International, produced by Ted Richmond, directed by Arthur Lubin, and starring Donald O'Connor, Julie Adams, ZaSu ...more
  • Francis Goes to the Races is a 1951 American black-and-white comedy film from Universal-International, produced by Leonard Goldstein, directed by Arthur Lubin, and starring Donald O'Connor, Piper ...more
  • Walking My Baby Back Home is a 1953 American musical comedy film starring Donald O'Connor, Janet Leigh, and Buddy Hackett. This was Hackett's film debut. Excerpts of the film are used in the Columbo ...more
  • Retired friends Charlie (Walter Matthau) and Herb (Jack Lemmon) pose as dance instructors on a cruise ship in this comedy. The underhanded Charlie coaxes his recently widowed brother-in-law to join ...more
  • Are You With It? is a 1948 American film about a young mathematician who quits his job to join a traveling carnival. The film is based on the novel Slightly Perfect by George Malcolm-Smith and uses a ...more
  • A kaleidoscope of tales from E.L. Doctorow's eponymous novel evokes life in pre-World War I New York City. A white family find a black baby in their yard and takes on the mother as a maid. A black ...more
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home is a 1942 musical film starring Allan Jones and Jane Frazee. The film was directed by Charles Lamont and is loosely based on the song with the same title.
  • The Buster Keaton Story is a 1957 American black and white film starring Donald O'Connor as Buster Keaton. The film was described by the New York Times as "sublimely inaccurate" regarding details of ...more
  • Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer is a documentary on the life and death of Gene Kelly. It was shown on American Masters on PBS in 2002.
  • Toys
    A hi-tech toy factory falls into the hands of an army general who turns the models into killing machines. The deceased owner's children know what's afoot and, although apparently powerless, have to ...more
  • Top Man is a film directed by Charles Lamont released on September 17, 1943.
  • Night Work is a 1939 film directed by George Archainbaud.