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The Best Fred Astaire Movies

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

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

Examples include A Damsel in Distress and Broadway Melody of 1940.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Fred Astaire movies?" and "What are the greatest Fred Astaire roles of all time?"

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    Swing Time

    Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

    Released1936

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    Swing Time is a 1936 American RKO musical comedy film set mainly in New York City, and starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It features Helen Broderick, Victor Moore, Eric Blore and Georges...  more

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    Top Hat

    Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers

    Released1935

    Directed byMark Sandrich

    Top Hat is a 1935 screwball musical comedy film in which Fred Astaire plays an American dancer named Jerry Travers, who comes to London to star in a show produced by Horace Hardwick. He meets and...  more

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    Shall We Dance

    Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

    Released1937

    Directed byMark Sandrich

    Shall We Dance is the seventh of the ten Astaire-Rogers musical comedy films. It was released in 1937. The idea for this film originated in the studio's desire to exploit the successful formula...  more
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    Holiday Inn

    Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire

    Released1942

    Directed byMark Sandrich

    Holiday Inn is a 1942 American musical film directed by Mark Sandrich and starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. With music by Irving Berlin, the film has twelve songs written expressly for the film,...  more
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    The Gay Divorcee

    Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

    Released1934

    Directed byMark Sandrich

    The Gay Divorcee is a 1934 American musical film directed by Mark Sandrich and starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It also features Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore and Erik...  more
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    That's Entertainment!

    Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli

    Released1974

    Directed byJack Haley, Jr.

    That's Entertainment! is a 1974 compilation film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to celebrate its 50th anniversary. It was followed by two sequels and a related film called That's Dancing!. The film,...  more

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    Follow the Fleet

    Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers

    Released1936

    Directed byMark Sandrich

    Follow the Fleet is a 1936 Hollywood musical comedy film with a nautical theme which stars Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and features Randolph Scott, Harriet Hilliard, and Astrid Allwyn, with music...  more
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    Easter Parade

    Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland

    Released1948

    Directed byCharles Walters

    Easter Parade is a 1948 American musical film starring Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and Peter Lawford, featuring music by Irving Berlin, including some of Astaire and Garland's best-known songs, such...  more

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    Roberta

    Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers

    Released1935

    Directed byWilliam A. Seiter

    Roberta is a 1935 musical film by RKO starring Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Randolph Scott. It was an adaptation of a 1933 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based...  more

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    The Band Wagon

    Fred Astaire, Julie Newmar

    Released1953

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    The Band Wagon is a 1953 musical comedy film that many critics rank, along with Singin' in the Rain, as the finest of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals, although it was only a modest box-office...  more
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    The Belle of New York

    Fred Astaire, Keenan Wynn

    Released1952

    Directed byCharles Walters

    The Belle of New York is a 1952 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Hollywood musical comedy film set in New York circa 1900 and stars Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Alice Pearce, Marjorie Main and Keenan Wynn, with...  more
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    You'll Never Get Rich

    Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire

    Released1941

    Directed bySidney Lanfield

    You'll Never Get Rich is a 1941 Hollywood musical comedy film with a wartime theme starring Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Robert Benchley, Cliff Nazarro, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The film...  more
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    Carefree

    Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

    Released1938

    Directed byMark Sandrich

    Carefree is a 1938 musical film starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. With a plot similar to screwball comedies of the period, Carefree is the shortest of the Astaire-Rogers films, featuring only...  more
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    Blue Skies

    Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire

    Released1946

    Directed byStuart Heisler, Mark Sandrich

    Blue Skies is a 1946 American musical comedy film directed by Stuart Heisler and starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Joan Caulfield. Based on a story by Irving Berlin, the film is about a dancer...  more
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    The Barkleys of Broadway

    Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

    Released1949

    Directed byCharles Walters

    The Barkleys of Broadway is a 1949 musical film from the Arthur Freed unit at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that reunited Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers after ten years apart. Directed by Charles Walters, the...  more
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    Funny Face

    Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire

    Released1957

    Directed byStanley Donen

    Funny Face is a 1957 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Stanley Donen and written by Leonard Gershe, containing assorted songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Although having the same...  more
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    Flying Down to Rio

    Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

    Released1933

    Directed byThornton Freeland

    Flying Down to Rio is a 1933 RKO musical film noted for being the first screen pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, although Dolores del Río and Gene Raymond received top billing and the...  more
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    Ghost Story

    Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Irvin

    Ghost Story is a 1981 American horror film directed by John Irvin and based on the 1979 book of the same name by Peter Straub. It stars Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., John...  more
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    The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

    Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

    Released1939

    Directed byH. C. Potter

    The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle is an American biographical musical comedy, released in 1939 and directed by H.C. Potter. The film stars Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edna May Oliver, and Walter...  more
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    Daddy Long Legs

    Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron

    Released1955

    Directed byJean Negulesco

    Daddy Long Legs is a Hollywood musical comedy film set in France, New York City, and the fictional college town of Walston, Massachusetts. The film was directed by Jean Negulesco, and stars Fred...  more

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    You Were Never Lovelier

    Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire

    Released1942

    Directed byWilliam A. Seiter

    You Were Never Lovelier is a 1942 Hollywood musical romantic comedy film set in Buenos Aires. It stars Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth and features Adolphe Menjou and Xavier Cugat, with music by...  more

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    Broadway Melody of 1940

    Fred Astaire, Frank Morgan

    Released1940

    Directed byNorman Taurog

    Broadway Melody of 1940 is a 1940 MGM movie musical starring Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell and George Murphy. It was directed by Norman Taurog and features music by Cole Porter, including "Begin the...  more
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    Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

    Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire

    Released1970

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is a 1970 stop motion television special, made by Rankin-Bass. The film stars actor Fred Astaire as the narrator S.D. Kluger, Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle/Santa Claus,...  more

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    Ziegfeld Follies

    Judy Garland, Lucille Ball

    Released1945

    Directed byVincente Minnelli, George Sidney, Roy Del Ruth, Lemuel Ayers, Merrill Pye

    Ziegfeld Follies is a 1946 Hollywood musical comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth, Robert Lewis, Vincente Minnelli, Merrill Pye, George Sidney and...  more
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    Three Little Words

    Debbie Reynolds, Fred Astaire

    Released1950

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    Three Little Words is a 1950 American musical film biography of the Tin Pan Alley songwriting partnership of Kalmar and Ruby and stars Fred Astaire as lyricist Bert Kalmar, Red Skelton as composer...  more