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The Best Fred Astaire Movies

Updated June 11, 2019 3.0k votes 445 voters 32.4k views46 items

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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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  • 1
    Swing 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... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 2
    Top Hat
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 3
    Shall We Dance
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    18

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 4
    The Gay Divorcee
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    20

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 5
    Holiday Inn
    83
    24

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 6
    Roberta
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    14

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    The Band Wagon
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    21

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 8
    Easter Parade
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    21

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 9
    Ziegfeld Follies
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    38

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Blue Skies
    46
    16

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    The Belle of New York
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    20

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Carefree
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    15

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    You'll Never Get Rich
    42
    13

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Flying Down to Rio
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    18

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 15
    Follow the Fleet
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 16
    The Barkleys of Broadway
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 17
    Funny Face
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
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    17

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Daddy Long Legs
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    29

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 20
    You Were Never Lovelier
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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.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 21
    Broadway Melody of 1940
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 22
    Three Little Words
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Ghost Story
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Silk Stockings
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    Silk Stockings

    Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse

    Released1957

    Directed byRouben Mamoulian

    Silk Stockings is a 1957 Metrocolor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer CinemaScope musical film adaptation of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    The Pleasure of His Company
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    The Pleasure of His Company

    Debbie Reynolds, Fred Astaire

    Released1961

    Directed byGeorge Seaton

    The Pleasure of His Company is a comedy film starring Fred Astaire and Debbie Reynolds,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button