The Best Louis Armstrong Movies  

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

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Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby
High Society is a 1956 American musical comedy film directed by Charles Walters and starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra. The film was produced by Sol C. Siegel for ...more
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Louis Armstrong, Tuesday Weld, Danny Kaye
The Five Pennies was a semi-biographical 1959 film starring Danny Kaye as cornet player and bandleader Loring Red Nichols. Other cast members included Barbara Bel Geddes, Harry Guardino, Bob ...more
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Barbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong, Walter Matthau
Hello, Dolly! is a 1969 romantic comedy musical film based on the Broadway production of the same name. The film follows the story of Dolly Levi, as she travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a ...more
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James Stewart, Louis Armstrong, Marion Ross
The Glenn Miller Story is a 1954 American film about the eponymous American band-leader, directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart in their first non-western collaboration. ...more
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Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton
Pennies From Heaven is a 1936 American musical comedy film directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starring Bing Crosby, Madge Evans, and Edith Fellows. Based on the novel The Peacock Feather by ...more
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Louis Armstrong, Danny Kaye, Benny Goodman
A Song Is Born is a 1948 Technicolor musical film remake of the 1941 movie Ball of Fire with Gary Cooper, starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo. It was directed by Howard Hawks from an original ...more
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On the Road With Duke Ellington
On the Road With Duke Ellington is a 1974 music film directed by Robert Drew.
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Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Butterfly McQueen
Cabin in the Sky is a 1943 musical film directed by Vincente Minnelli and Busby Berkeley.
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Louis Armstrong, Mae Questel, Little Ann Little
I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You is a 1932 Fleischer Studios animated short film starring Betty Boop, and featuring Koko the Clown and Bimbo. The cartoon features music by and a ...more
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Mickey Rooney, Louis Armstrong, Vic Damone
The Strip is a 1951 film written by Allen Rivkin and directed by Leslie Kardos.
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Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Marjorie Lord
New Orleans is a 1947 musical drama featuring Billie Holiday as a singing maid and Louis Armstrong as a bandleader; supporting players Holiday and Armstrong perform together and portray a couple ...more
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Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Louis Armstrong
Paris Blues is an American feature film made on location in Paris, starring Sidney Poitier as expatriate jazz musician Eddie Cook, and Paul Newman as trombone-playing Ram Bowen. The two men ...more
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Louis Armstrong, Dorothy Dandridge, Paul Whiteman
Atlantic City is a 1944 musical romance directed by Ray McCarey. The film concerns the formative years of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Vaudeville acts are re-created in the story of how Atlantic ...more
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Louis Armstrong, Fernandel, Earl Hines
I'm in the Revue is a 1950 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Soldati. It was shown as part of a retrospective on Italian comedy at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.
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Louis Armstrong: Good Evening Ev'rybody Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Nance
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Louis Armstrong, Leslie Caron, Jack Teagarden
Glory Alley is a 1952 film directed by Raoul Walsh. It stars Ralph Meeker and Leslie Caron.
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Louis Armstrong: Live in Australia Louis Armstrong
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The Legendary Bing Crosby
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Auf Wiedersehen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Louis Armstrong Movies
Auf Wiedersehen Louis Armstrong, Elke Sommer, Gert Fröbe
Auf Wiedersehen is a 1961 comedy film written by Fred Denger and directed by Harald Philipp.
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A Man Called Adam Morgan Freeman, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis
A Man Called Adam is a 1966 dramatic film starring Sammy Davis, Jr., Ossie Davis and Cicely Tyson. Directed by Leo Penn, it tells the story of a self-destructive jazz musician, played by Davis, ...more