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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.

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Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno

Released: 1952

Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, and choreographed by Kelly and Donen. It ...more

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Every Song in Singin' in the Rain, Ranked by Singability #298 of 1,138 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #529 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Nina Foch

Released: 1951

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, and ...more

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#867 of 1,138 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #555 of 693 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller

Released: 1949

Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

On the Town is a 1949 musical film with music by Leonard Bernstein and Roger Edens and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. It is an adaptation of the Broadway stage musical of the ...more

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#87 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #56 of 94 The Best Dance Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Dean Stockwell

Released: 1945

Directed by: George Sidney

Anchors Aweigh is a 1945 American Technicolor musical comedy film directed by George Sidney and starring Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, and Gene Kelly, in which two sailors go on a four-day ...more

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#103 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #16 of 35 The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Van Johnson

Released: 1954

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

Brigadoon is a 1954 MGM musical feature film made in CinemaScope and Ansco Color based on the Broadway musical of the same name by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. The film was directed by ...more

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#168 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #245 of 372 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #41 of 51 The Best Musical Love Story Movies

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Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Phil Silvers

Released: 1950

Directed by: Charles Walters

Summer Stock, known as If You Feel Like Singing in the UK, is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical made in 1950. The film was directed by Charles Walters and stars Judy Garland and Gene Kelly and ...more

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Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Gladys Cooper

Released: 1948

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

The Pirate is a 1948 American Technicolor musical feature film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. With songs by Cole Porter, it stars Judy Garland and Gene Kelly with co-stars Walter Slezak, Gladys ...more

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Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Eve Arden

Released: 1944

Directed by: Charles Vidor

Cover Girl is a 1944 American Technicolor musical film starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly. The film tells the story of a chorus girl given a chance at stardom when she is offered an ...more

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Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Keenan Wynn

Released: 1942

Directed by: Busby Berkeley

For Me and My Gal is a 1942 American musical film directed by Busby Berkeley and starring Judy Garland, Gene Kelly – in his screen debut – and George Murphy, and featuring Martha Eggerth and Ben ...more
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Angela Lansbury, Vincent Price, Lana Turner

Released: 1948

Directed by: George Sidney

The Three Musketeers is a Technicolor adventure film adaptation of the classic novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, père which starred Gene Kelly and Lana Turner. The film is ...more
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Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Esther Williams

Released: 1949

Directed by: Busby Berkeley

Take Me Out to the Ball Game is a 1949 Technicolor musical film starring Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, and Gene Kelly. The movie was directed by Busby Berkeley. The title and nominal theme is ...more
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Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Michael Kidd

Released: 1955

Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

It's Always Fair Weather is a 1955 MGM musical satire scripted by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, who also wrote the show's lyrics, with music by André Previn and starring Gene Kelly, Dan ...more

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#106 of 372 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #36 of 76 The Greatest Musical Comedies, Ranked

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Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly, Harry Morgan

Released: 1960

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

Inherit the Wind is a 1960 Hollywood film adaptation of the 1955 play of the same name, written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, directed by Stanley Kramer. It stars Spencer Tracy as ...more

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Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Mickey Rooney

Released: 1974

Directed by: Jack 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 ...more
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Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Fred Astaire

Released: 1945

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli, George Sidney, Roy Del Ruth, Lemuel Ayers, Merrill Pye, + more

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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Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Janet Leigh

Released: 1948

Directed by: Norman Taurog

Words and Music is a 1948 film loosely based on the creative partnership of the composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart. The film stars Mickey Rooney as Hart and Tom Drake as Rodgers, ...more
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Catherine Deneuve, Gene Kelly, Michel Piccoli

Released: 1967

Directed by: Jacques Demy

The Young Girls of Rochefort is a 1967 French musical film written and directed by Jacques Demy, starring Catherine Deneuve, her sister Françoise Dorléac, Jacques Perrin, Michel ...more

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#682 of 693 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #63 of 100 The Best French Movies That Are Absolute Masterpieces #172 of 372 The Best Musical Movies of All Time

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Gene Kelly, Jean-Pierre Aumont

Released: 1943

Directed by: Tay Garnett

The Cross of Lorraine is a 1943 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer war film about French prisoners of war escaping a German prison camp and joining the French Resistance. Directed by Tay Garnett, it stars ...more
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Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse

Released: 1943

Directed by: George Sidney

Thousands Cheer is a 1943 American comedy musical film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Produced at the height of the Second World War, the film was intended as a morale booster for American ...more
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Elizabeth Taylor, Gene Kelly, Lena Horne

Released: 1994

Directed by: Bud Friedgen, Michael J. Sheridan

That's Entertainment! III is a documentary film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to celebrate the studio's 70th anniversary. It was the third in a series of retrospectives that began with the ...more
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Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Cliff Richard

Released: 1980

Directed by: Robert Greenwald

Xanadu is a 1980 American romantic musical fantasy film written by Richard Christian Danus and Marc Reid Rubel and directed by Robert Greenwald. The title is a reference to the nightclub in the ...more

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Gene Kelly, Leslie Phillips, Patrick Macnee

Released: 1957

Directed by: George Cukor

Les Girls, also known as Cole Porter's Les Girls, is a 1957 musical comedy film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by George Cukor, produced by Sol C. Siegel with Saul Chaplin as ...more
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Natalie Wood, Gene Kelly, Claire Trevor

Released: 1958

Directed by: Irving Rapper

Marjorie Morningstar is a 1958 melodrama film based on the 1955 novel of the same name by Herman Wouk. The film, released by Warner Bros. and directed by Irving Rapper tells a fictional coming ...more
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Liza Minnelli, Gene Kelly, Sammy Davis

Released: 1985

Directed by: Jack Haley, Jr.

That's Dancing! is a 1985 retrospective documentary produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that looked back at the history of dancing in film. Unlike the That's Entertainment! series, this film did not ...more
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Paul Newman, Shirley MacLaine, Dick Van Dyke

Released: 1964

Directed by: J. Lee Thompson

What a Way to Go! is a 1964 American black comedy directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly, Bob Cummings and Dick Van