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

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

Items include everything from Bunker Bean to Three Little Pigskins.

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

Movie fans who love Lucille Ball have also been known to enjoy films starring Andie MacDowell and Annette Funicello.

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I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance, Desi Arnaz I Love Lucy, aka I Love Lucy: The Movie is a 1953 American feature film spin-off of the sitcom I Love Lucy. Except for one test screening in Bakersfield, California, the film was never ...more

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Yours, Mine and Ours Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, Morgan Brittany Yours, Mine and Ours is a 1968 film, directed by Melville Shavelson and starring Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda and Van Johnson. Before its release, it had three other working titles: The Beardsley ...more

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The Long, Long Trailer Lucille Ball, Keenan Wynn, Desi Arnaz The Long, Long Trailer is a 1954 romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli.

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Stage Door Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers Stage Door is a 1937 RKO film, adapted from the play by the same name, that tells the story of several would-be actresses who live together in a boarding house at 158 West 58th Street in New ...more

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The Dark Corner Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb, William Bendix The Dark Corner is a 1946 black-and-white film noir directed by Henry Hathaway that starred Lucille Ball, Mark Stevens and Clifton Webb.

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Mame Lucille Ball, Bea Arthur, Bruce Davison Mame is a 1974 musical film based on the 1966 Broadway musical of the same name and the 1955 novel by Patrick Dennis. It was directed by Gene Saks, written by Paul Zindel, and starred Lucille ...more

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Lured Lucille Ball, Boris Karloff, George Sanders Lured is a 1947 film noir directed by Douglas Sirk and starring George Sanders, Lucille Ball, Charles Coburn, and Boris Karloff.

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Du Barry Was a Lady Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Red Skelton DuBarry Was a Lady is a 1943 American musical comedy film, starring Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, and Gene Kelly. It is based on the 1939 stage musical of the same name. Shot in Technicolor, the ...more

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The Fuller Brush Girl Lucille Ball, Red Skelton The Fuller Brush Girl is a 1950 slapstick comedy starring Lucille Ball and directed by Lloyd Bacon. Animator Frank Tashlin wrote the script. Ball plays a quirky door-to-door cosmetics ...more

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Forever, Darling Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Natalie Schafer Forever, Darling is a 1956 American romantic comedy film with fantasy overtones, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, and James Mason, and directed by Alexander Hall. The original screenplay by ...more

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The Facts of Life Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Ruth Hussey The Facts of Life is a 1960 romantic comedy starring Bob Hope and Lucille Ball as married people who have an affair. Written, directed, and produced by the longtime Hope associates Melvin Frank ...more

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Dance, Girl, Dance Lucille Ball, Maureen O'Hara, Ralph Bellamy Dance, Girl, Dance is a film released in 1940 and directed by Dorothy Arzner. In 2007, Dance, Girl, Dance was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library ...more

24 Pictures of Young Lucille Ball

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Follow the Fleet Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire Follow the Fleet is a 1936 Hollywood musical comedy film with a nautical theme which stars Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and features Randolph Scott, Harriet Hilliard, and Astrid Allwyn, with ...more

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Miss Grant Takes Richmond Lucille Ball, William Holden Miss Grant Takes Richmond is a 1949 comedy film starring Lucille Ball and William Holden, directed by Lloyd Bacon and released by Columbia Pictures. It was released under the title Innocence is ...more

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The Big Street Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, Agnes Moorehead The Big Street is a 1942 American drama film, starring Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball, based on the short story "Little Pinks" by Damon Runyon, who also produced the movie. The film was ...more

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Five Came Back Lucille Ball, John Carradine, Wendy Barrie Five Came Back is a melodrama and a precursor of the disaster film genre. The film was directed by John Farrow, photographed by renowned film noir cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca, and written ...more

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Best Foot Forward Lucille Ball, June Allyson, Nancy Walker Best Foot Forward is a 1943 American musical film adapted from the 1941 Broadway musical comedy of the same title. The film was released by MGM, directed by Edward Buzzell, and starred Lucille ...more

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Too Many Girls Lucille Ball, Ann Miller, Desi Arnaz Too Many Girls is a 1940 American musical comedy film directed by George Abbott and written by John Twist. The film stars Lucille Ball, Richard Carlson, Ann Miller, Eddie Bracken, Frances ...more

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Sorrowful Jones Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, William Demarest Sorrowful Jones is a 1949 film directed by Sidney Lanfield. The film stars Lucille Ball and Bob Hope. It is also known as Damon Runyon's Sorrowful Jones. Sorrowful Jones was a remake of a 1934 ...more

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Top Hat Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire Top Hat is a 1935 screwball musical comedy film in which Fred Astaire plays an American dancer named Jerry Travers, who comes to London to star in a show produced by Horace Hardwick. He meets ...more

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Fancy Pants Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Bruce Cabot Fancy Pants is a 1950 American romantic comedy film, directed by George Marshall starring Lucille Ball and Bob Hope. It is a musical adaptation of Ruggles of Red Gap.

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Ziegfeld Follies Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Fred Astaire 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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Hollywood Party Lucille Ball, Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable Hollywood Party is a musical film starring Jimmy Durante and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film is notable for several disconnected sequences that have little connection with each ...more

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Panama Lady Lucille Ball, Evelyn Brent, Steffi Duna Panama Lady is a 1939 film starring Lucille Ball.

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Room Service Lucille Ball, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx Room Service is a 1938 RKO film comedy starring the Marx Brothers and based on the 1937 play of the same name by Allen Boretz and John Murray. It also features Lucille Ball, Ann Miller, ...more

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Critic's Choice Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Rip Torn Critic's Choice is a 1963 film comedy directed by Don Weis. Based on the 1960 Broadway play of the same name by Ira Levin, the movie starred Bob Hope and Lucille Ball and included Rip Torn, ...more

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Stone Pillow Lucille Ball, Stephen Lang, Daphne Zuniga Stone Pillow was a 1985 television movie, directed by George Schaefer, in which Lucille Ball, in an attempt to make a dramatic "breakout" from her years in comedy, portrayed an older ...more

Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

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Having Wonderful Time Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Douglas Fairbanks Having Wonderful Time is a 1938 romantic comedy film released by RKO Radio Pictures.

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Easy to Wed Lucille Ball, Fidel Castro, Esther Williams Easy to Wed is a 1946 film directed by Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton, and Edward Buzzell.

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Roman Scandals Lucille Ball, Paulette Goddard, Gloria Stuart Roman Scandals is a 1933 black-and-white American musical film starring Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting, Gloria Stuart, Edward Arnold and David Manners. It was directed by Frank Tuttle. The film ...more

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I Dream Too Much Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, Lily Pons I Dream Too Much is a 1935 romantic comedy film directed by John Cromwell. It stars Henry Fonda, Lily Pons, and Lucille Ball in one of her earliest roles. It has been described as a ...more

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A Guide for the Married Man Lucille Ball, Jayne Mansfield, Carl Reiner A Guide for the Married Man is a 1967 American bedroom farce comedy film starring Walter Matthau, Robert Morse, and Inger Stevens. It was directed by Gene Kelly. It features a large number of ...more

The Best 14A Drama Movies

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Roberta Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire Roberta is a 1935 musical film by RKO starring Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Randolph Scott. It was an adaptation of a 1933 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was ...more

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Without Love Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Spencer Tracy

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Three Little Pigskins Lucille Ball, Roger Moore, Larry Fine Three Little Pigskins is the fourth short subject starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.

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Meet the People Lucille Ball, June Allyson, Dick Powell Meet the People is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical comedy film made during World War II, and starring Lucille Ball and Dick Powell and featuring Virginia O'Brien, Bert Lahr, Rags Ragland and June ...more

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The Whole Town's Talking Lucille Ball, Edward G. Robinson, Jean Arthur The Whole Town's Talking is a 1935 comedy film starring Edward G. Robinson as a law-abiding man who bears a striking resemblance to a killer, with Jean Arthur as his love interest. It was ...more

The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

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Her Husband's Affairs Lucille Ball, Gene Lockhart, Freddie Miller Her Husband's Affairs is a 1947 American romantic comedy film, directed by S. Sylvan Simon for Columbia Pictures. It stars Lucille Ball, Franchot Tone, and Edward Everett Horton .

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Abbott and Costello in Hollywood Lucille Ball, Lou Costello, Bud Abbott Abbott and Costello in Hollywood is a 1945 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. This film's full onscreen title is Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood.

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Annabel Takes a Tour Lucille Ball, Alice White, Jack Oakie Annabel Takes a Tour is a 1938 comedy film directed by Lew Landers.

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A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob Lucille Ball, Edmond O'Brien, George Murphy A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob is a 1941 film directed by Richard Wallace.

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The Affairs of Annabel Lucille Ball, Jack Oakie The Affairs of Annabel is a 1938 comedy starring Lucille Ball and Jack Oakie. Oakie plays Lannie Morgan, Wonder Pictures publicity man working with film star Annabel Allison, her first starring ...more

16 Fascinating Facts About Lucille Ball You Probably Didn't Know

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Lover Come Back Lucille Ball, George Brent Lover Come Back is a film directed by William A. Seiter released on Jun 21, 1946.

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The Bowery Lucille Ball, Fay Wray, Jackie Cooper The Bowery is a 1933 historical film about the Lower East Side of Manhattan around the start of the 20th century directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Wallace Beery and George Raft.

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Broadway Bill Lucille Ball, Myrna Loy, Margaret Hamilton Broadway Bill is a 1934 American comedy drama film directed by Frank Capra and starring Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Walter Connolly, and Helen Vinson. Written by Robert Riskin and based on the ...more

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Kid Millions Lucille Ball, Ethel Merman, Paulette Goddard Kid Millions is an American film directed by Roy Del Ruth, produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions, and starring Eddie Cantor.

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Beauty for the Asking Lucille Ball, Patric Knowles, Donald Woods Beauty for the Asking is a 1939 film drama produced by RKO Pictures, and starring Lucille Ball and Patric Knowles. It tells the story of Jean Russell, who becomes romantically involved with a ...more

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Two Smart People Lucille Ball, Lloyd Nolan, John Hodiak Two Smart People is a 1946 American film directed by Jules Dassin, and starring Lucille Ball and John Hodiak, Lloyd Nolan and Hugo Haas.

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The Magic Carpet is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Lucille Ball Movies
The Magic Carpet Lucille Ball, Raymond Burr, John Agar The Magic Carpet is a 1951 adventure film directed by Lew Landers.

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What Now, Catherine Curtis? Lucille Ball, Art Carney, Joseph Bologna What Now, Catherine Curtis? is a 1976 American TV Film, starring Lucille Ball as Catherine Curtis, a middle-aged divorcee who holds on to life after a break in 23 years of marriage. It's broken ...more