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The Best Lena Horne Movies 

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Updated June 11, 2019 114 votes 32 voters 5.9k views 24 items

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

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

This list is made up of films like The Wiz and Hollywood Musicals of the '40s.

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

Lena Horne was in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Patti LaBelle and Judy Garland in terms of fame and success.

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Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Chris Pratt

Released: 2009

Directed by: Gary Winick

This film is a 2009 American romantic comedy film directed by Gary Winick and written by Greg DePaul, June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson. The film stars Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Candice ...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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Lena Horne, Benny Carter, Cab Calloway

Released: 1943

Directed by: Andrew L. Stone

Stormy Weather is a 1943 American musical film produced and released by 20th Century Fox. The movie is considered one of the best Hollywood musicals with an African-American cast, the other ...more
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Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Butterfly McQueen

Released: 1943

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli, Busby Berkeley

Cabin in the Sky is a 1943 musical film directed by Vincente Minnelli and Busby Berkeley.
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Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury

Released: 1946

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli, Richard Whorf

Till The Clouds Roll By is a 1946 American musical film made by MGM. The film is a fictionalized biography of composer Jerome Kern who was originally involved with the production of the film. ...more

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Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Richard Pryor

Released: 1978

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

The Wiz is a 1978 American musical adventure film produced in collaboration between Motown Productions and Universal Pictures, and released by Universal on October 24, 1978. A reimagining of L. ...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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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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Lena Horne, Nancy Walker, George Murphy

Released: 1944

Directed by: Roy Del Ruth

Broadway Rhythm is an MGM Technicolor musical film. It was produced by Jack Cummings and directed by Roy Del Ruth. The film was originally announced as Broadway Melody of 1944 to follow MGM's ...more
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Cab Calloway's Jitterbug Party Lena Horne, Avon Long, Ethel Moses

Released: 1935

Directed by: Fred Waller

Cab Calloway's Jitterbug Party is a 1935 American musical short film which was released by Paramount Pictures. On 13 February 2001, the film was reissued by Kino International in the DVD ...more
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Lena Horne, Carroll O'Connor, Richard Widmark

Released: 1969

Directed by: Robert Totten, Don Siegel

Death of a Gunfighter is a 1969 Western film. It is most notable for the first use of the pseudonymous Allen Smithee directorial credit. It stars Richard Widmark and Lena Horne, and features an ...more
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Lena Horne, Everett Brown, Vernon McCalla

Released: 1938

Directed by: William L. Nolte, Ralph Cooper

The Duke Is Tops is a 1938 American musical film released by Million Dollar Productions and directed by William Nolte. The film was later released in 1943 under the title The Bronze Venus, with ...more
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Lena Horne, Maxie Rosenbloom, Lou Nova

Released: 1943

Directed by: Tim Whelan

Swing Fever is a 1943 musical film directed by Tim Whelan.
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Hollywood Singing and Dancing: The 1940s Mickey Rooney, Lena Horne, Betty Hutton

Released: 2008

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Judy Garland: Judy Duets Liza Minnelli, Mickey Rooney, Tony Bennett

Released: 2006

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Hollywood Musicals of the '40s Mickey Rooney, Bob Hope, Lena Horne

Released: 1999

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Jazz Legends: Boogie Woogie Lena Horne, Maurice Rocco

Released: 2004

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The Harlem Renaissance Lena Horne

Released: 2004

Directed by: Marino Amaruso

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Sarah Vaughan & Other Jazz Divas Lena Horne

Released: 2005

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The Ladies Sing the Blue... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lena Horne Movies
The Ladies Sing the Blues Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan

Released: 1988

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In the Mood for Love: Romantic Classics from the Golden Era of Jazz Doris Day, Lena Horne

Released: 2005

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Lena Horne: The Incomparable Lena Horne Lena Horne

Released: 2004

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Bing Crosby's White Chri... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lena Horne Movies
Bing Crosby's White Christmas USO All Star Show Jane Russell, Lena Horne

Released: 2009

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Boogie-Woogie Dream Lena Horne, Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons

Released: 1944

Directed by: Hanus Burger

Boogie-Woogie Dream is an independently made short film musical, directed by Hanus Burger, starring Lena Horne, Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson and Teddy Wilson and his orchestra. It is a ...more