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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?"

Fred Astaire was in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Gene Kelly and David Bowie in terms of fame and success.

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Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire
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 ...more
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Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Betty Furness
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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Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Edward Everett Horton
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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Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Betty Grable
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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Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin
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 ...more
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Fred Astaire, Julie Newmar, Cyd Charisse
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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Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire
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 ...more
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Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire
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 ...more
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Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire
Easter Parade is a 1948 American musical film starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, featuring music by Irving Berlin, including some of Astaire and Garland's best-known songs, such as ...more
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Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Dolores del Río
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 ...more
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Fred Astaire, Frank Morgan, George Murphy
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 ...more
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Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Walter Brennan
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 ...more
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Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Hattie McDaniel
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 ...more
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Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire, Adolphe Menjou
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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Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Billie Burke
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, ...more
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Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Suzy Parker
Funny Face is a 1957 American musical film directed by Stanley Donen, containing assorted songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Although having the same title as the 1927 Broadway musical Funny Face ...more
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Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire, Robert Benchley
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 ...more
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Fred Astaire, Keenan Wynn, Jane Powell
Royal Wedding is a 1951 MGM musical comedy film starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell, with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. The film was directed by Stanley Donen; it was his ...more
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Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Peter Lorre
Silk Stockings is a 1957 Metrocolor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer CinemaScope musical film adaptation of the 1955 stage musical of the same name, which itself was an adaptation of the film Ninotchka. Silk ...more
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Debbie Reynolds, Fred Astaire, Red Skelton
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 ...more
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Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Thelma Ritter
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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Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Fred Astaire
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 ...more
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Fred Astaire, Keenan Wynn, Vera-Ellen
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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Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Mickey Rooney
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 ...more
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Fred Astaire, Joan Leslie, Robert Ryan
The Sky's The Limit is a romantic musical comedy film starring Fred Astaire and Joan Leslie, with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The film was directed by Edward H. Griffith, ...more