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The Best Gene Kelly Movies

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

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

List features films like The Devil Makes Three and Xanadu.

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

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    Singin' in the Rain

    Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly

    Released1952

    Directed byStanley Donen, Gene Kelly

    Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley...  more

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    An American in Paris

    Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron

    Released1951

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral...  more

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    On the Town

    Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly

    Released1949

    Directed byStanley Donen, Gene Kelly

    On the Town is a 1949 musical film with music by Leonard Bernstein and Roger Edens and book...  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...  more
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    Words and Music

    Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney

    Released1948

    Directed byNorman Taurog

    Words and Music is a 1948 film loosely based on the creative partnership of the composer...  more
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    Summer Stock

    Judy Garland, Gene Kelly

    Released1950

    Directed byCharles Walters

    Summer Stock, known as If You Feel Like Singing in the UK, is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical...  more
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    The Young Girls of Rochefort

    Catherine Deneuve, Gene Kelly

    Released1967

    Directed byJacques Demy

    The Young Girls of Rochefort is a 1967 French musical film written and directed by Jacques...  more
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    Thousands Cheer

    Judy Garland, Gene Kelly

    Released1943

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    Thousands Cheer is a 1943 American comedy musical film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer....  more
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    The Pirate

    Judy Garland, Gene Kelly

    Released1948

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    The Pirate is a 1948 American Technicolor musical feature film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. With...  more
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    What a Way to Go!

    Paul Newman, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1964

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

    What a Way to Go! is a 1964 American black comedy directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring...  more

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    Anchors Aweigh

    Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly

    Released1945

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    Anchors Aweigh is a 1945 American Technicolor musical comedy film directed by George Sidney...  more
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    Cover Girl

    Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly

    Released1944

    Directed byCharles Vidor

    Cover Girl is a 1944 American Technicolor musical film starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly....  more
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    For Me and My Gal

    Judy Garland, Gene Kelly

    Released1942

    Directed byBusby Berkeley

    For Me and My Gal is a 1942 American musical film directed by Busby Berkeley and starring Judy...  more
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    It's Always Fair Weather

    Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse

    Released1955

    Directed byStanley Donen, Gene Kelly

    It's Always Fair Weather is a 1955 MGM musical satire scripted by Betty Comden and Adolph...  more
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    The Cross of Lorraine

    Gene Kelly, Jean-Pierre Aumont

    Released1943

    Directed byTay Garnett

    The Cross of Lorraine is a 1943 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer war film about French prisoners of war...  more
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    Mickey's Christmas Carol

    Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman

    Released1983

    Directed byBurny Mattinson

    Mickey's Christmas Carol is a 1983 American animated fantasy short film produced by Walt...  more
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    Let's Make Love

    Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby

    Released1960

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    Let's Make Love is a 1960 musical comedy film made by 20th Century Fox in DeLuxe Color and...  more
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    Take Me Out to the Ball Game

    Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly

    Released1949

    Directed byBusby Berkeley

    Take Me Out to the Ball Game is a 1949 Technicolor musical film starring Frank Sinatra, Esther...  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...  more
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    Marjorie Morningstar

    Natalie Wood, Gene Kelly

    Released1958

    Directed byIrving Rapper

    Marjorie Morningstar is a 1958 melodrama film based on the 1955 novel of the same name by...  more
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    Inherit the Wind

    Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly

    Released1960

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    Inherit the Wind is a 1960 Hollywood film adaptation of the 1955 play of the same name,...  more

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    The Devil Makes Three

    Gene Kelly, Pier Angeli

    Released1952

    Directed byAndrew Marton

    The Devil Makes Three is a 1952 thriller film set in post-World War II Germany, starring Gene...  more
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    Brigadoon

    Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse

    Released1954

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    Brigadoon is a 1954 MGM musical feature film made in CinemaScope and Ansco Color based on the...  more
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    Les Girls

    Gene Kelly, Leslie Phillips

    Released1957

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    Les Girls, also known as Cole Porter's Les Girls, is a 1957 musical comedy film made by...  more
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    The Three Musketeers

    Angela Lansbury, Vincent Price

    Released1948

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    The Three Musketeers is a Technicolor adventure film adaptation of the classic novel The Three...  more