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The Best Howard Keel Movies

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

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

A list made up of films like Texas Carnival and Hollywood Musicals of the '50s.

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  • 1

    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    Julie Newmar, Jane Powell
    64
    9

    Released1954

    Directed byStanley Donen

    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, is a musical film, photographed in Ansco Color in the CinemaScope format. The film was directed by Stanley Donen, with music by Saul Chaplin and Gene de Paul and...  more

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  • 2

    Calamity Jane

    Doris Day, Howard Keel
    62
    10

    Released1953

    Directed byDavid Butler

    Calamity Jane is a "Wild West"-themed film musical released in 1953. It is loosely based on the life of Wild West heroine Calamity Jane and explores an alleged romance between Calamity Jane and Wild...  more

    #50 of 63 The Best Western Movies of the 1950s#29 of 366 The Best Musical Movies Of All Time#23 of 55 The Best Biopics About Women

  • 3

    Show Boat

    Ava Gardner, Kathryn Grayson
    46
    21

    Released1951

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    Show Boat is a 1951 American musical romantic drama film based on the stage musical of the same name by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, and the 1926 novel by Edna Ferber. This 1951 film version...  more
  • 4

    Kiss Me Kate

    Ann Miller, Keenan Wynn
    32
    12

    Released1953

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    Kiss Me Kate is the 1953 MGM film adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name. Inspired by The Taming of the Shrew, it tells the tale of musical theater actors, Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi,...  more
  • 5

    Ride, Vaquero!

    Ava Gardner, Anthony Quinn
    28
    10

    Released1953

    Directed byJohn Farrow

    Ride, Vaquero! is a 1953 western film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by John Farrow and produced by Stephen Ames from a screenplay by Frank Fenton and John Farrow. The music score was...  more
  • 6

    Annie Get Your Gun

    Keenan Wynn, Betty Hutton
    35
    19

    Released1950

    Directed byGeorge Sidney, Busby Berkeley, Charles Walters

    Annie Get Your Gun is a 1950 American musical comedy film loosely based on the life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley. The Metro Goldwyn Mayer release, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and a...  more
  • 7

    Waco

    Jane Russell, DeForest Kelley
    26
    10

    Released1966

    Directed byRobert G. Springsteen

    Waco is a 1966 western film starring Howard Keel and Jane Russell, directed by R. G. Springsteen, written by Max Lamb, Steve Fisher, and Harry Sanford, and released by Paramount Pictures. This was...  more
  • 8

    The War Wagon

    Sean Connery, John Wayne
    14
    4

    Released1967

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    This film is a 1967 Western film starring John Wayne and Kirk Douglas, released by Universal Pictures, directed by Burt Kennedy, produced by Marvin Schwartz and adapted by Clair Huffaker from his own...  more

    #73 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made#21 of 46 The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s#28 of 98 The Best John Wayne Movies Of All Time

  • 9

    Hollywood Musicals of the '50s

    Debbie Reynolds, Ann Miller
    12
    3

    Released1999

  • 10

    Texas Carnival

    Esther Williams, Ann Miller
    11
    2

    Released1951

    Directed byCharles Walters

    Texas Carnival is a 1951 film written by Dorothy Kingsley and George Wells and directed by Charles Walters....  more
  • 11

    Jupiter's Darling

    George Sanders, Esther Williams
    16
    13

    Released1955

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    Jupiter's Darling is a musical romance film released by MGM in 1955 and directed by George Sidney. It starred Esther Williams as the Roman woman Amytis, Howard Keel as Hannibal, the Carthaginian...  more
  • 12

    Arizona Bushwackers

    Yvonne De Carlo, John Ireland
    10
    0

    Released1968

    Directed byLesley Selander

    Arizona Bushwhackers is a 1968 western film directed by Lesley Selander....  more
  • 13

    Callaway Went Thataway

    Fred MacMurray, Esther Williams
    9
    3

    Released1951

    Directed byNorman Panama, Melvin Frank

    Callaway Went Thataway is a 1951 American comedy film starring Fred MacMurray, Dorothy McGuire, and Howard Keel. It was written, directed, and produced by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama. Also known...  more
  • 14

    The Big Fisherman

    Herbert Lom, Martha Hyer
    7
    2

    Released1959

    Directed byFrank Borzage

    The Big Fisherman is a 1959 American film directed by Frank Borzage about the life of Simon Peter, one of the disciples of Jesus. Starring Howard Keel, Susan Kohner and John Saxon, the production is...  more
  • 15

    Fast Company

    Howard Keel, Polly Bergen
    6
    0

    Released1953

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    Fast Company is a 1953 comedy film directed by American filmmaker John Sturges....  more
  • 16

    Pagan Love Song

    Rita Moreno, Esther Williams
    16
    13

    Released1950

    Directed byRobert Alton

    Pagan Love Song is a 1950 musical-romance film written by Jerry Davis, Robert Nathan and William S. Stone and directed by Robert Alton....  more
  • 17

    Armored Command

    Burt Reynolds, Howard Keel
    8
    4

    Released1961

    Directed byByron Haskin

    Armored Command is a 1961 World War II film directed by Byron Haskin filmed in Hohenfels, Bavaria but takes place in the Vosges Mountains during the Southern France campaign. It stars Howard Keel and...  more
  • 18

    Desperate Search

    Keenan Wynn, Jane Greer
    8
    4

    Released1952

    Directed byJoseph H. Lewis

    Desperate Search is a 1952 adventure-drama film written by Arthur Mayse and Walter Doniger and directed by Joseph H. Lewis....  more
  • 19

    Three Guys Named Mike

    Jane Wyman, Van Johnson
    4
    2

    Released1951

    Directed byCharles Walters

    Three Guys Named Mike is a 1951 American black-and-white film by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, directed by Charles Walters. In 1979, the film entered the public domain due to the claimants failure to renew...  more
  • 20

    Kismet

    Jack Elam, Vic Damone
    13
    17

    Released1955

    Directed byVincente Minnelli, Stanley Donen

    Kismet is an American musical film in Cinemascope and Eastman Color released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It is the fourth movie version of Kismet—the first was released in 1920 and the second in 1930 by...  more
  • 21

    Deep in My Heart

    Gene Kelly, José Ferrer
    5
    8

    Released1954

    Directed byStanley Donen

    Deep in My Heart is a 1954 MGM biographical musical film about the life of operetta composer Sigmund Romberg, who wrote the music for The Student Prince, The Desert Song, and The New Moon, among...  more
  • 22

    The Day of the Triffids

    Howard Keel, Carole Ann Ford
    8
    16

    Released1962

    Directed byFreddie Francis, Steve Sekely

    The Day of the Triffids is a 1962 British film based on the 1951 science fiction novel of the same name by John Wyndham. The picture was directed by Steve Sekely, and Howard Keel played the central...  more
  • 23

    The Man from Button Willow

    Edgar Buchanan, Howard Keel
    2
    10

    Released1965

    Directed byDavid Detiege

    The Man from Button Willow is a 1965 American animated Western film about the adventures of Justin Eagle, the first U.S. Government Agent. It was released on 3 April 1965 in the United States....  more