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

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

The list you're viewing has a variety of films in it, like Officer 13 and How to Stuff a Wild Bikini.

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

Mickey Rooney worked with many famous directors, including big names like Orson Welles and Blake Edwards. If Mickey Rooney movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Rod Steiger and Fred Gwynne too.

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Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Angela Lansbury

Released: 1944

Directed by: Clarence Brown

National Velvet is a 1944 Technicolor sports film based on the novel by Enid Bagnold, published in 1935. It stars Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp and a young Elizabeth Taylor. In 2003, National ...more

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Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Gene Reynolds

Released: 1938

Directed by: Norman Taurog

Boys Town is a 1938 biographical drama film based on Father Edward J. Flanagan's work with a group of underprivileged and delinquent boys in a home that he founded and named "Boys ...more

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Mickey Rooney, Dennis Quaid, Anna Maria Horsford

Released: 1981

Directed by: Anthony Page

Bill is a 1981 CBS TV movie starring Mickey Rooney and Dennis Quaid. The film is based on the life of Bill Sackter. A sequel, Bill: On His Own, was released in 1983.
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Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Buster Keaton

Released: 1963

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Spencer Tracy with an all-star cast, about the madcap pursuit of $350,000 ...more

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Grace Kelly, Mickey Rooney, William Holden

Released: 1954

Directed by: Mark Robson

The Bridges at Toko-Ri is a film from 1954 that was directed by Mark Robson and was based on the novel by James Michener about a U.S. Navy pilot assigned to bomb a group of heavily defended ...more

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Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Hoyt Axton

Released: 1979

Directed by: Carroll Ballard

The Black Stallion is a 1979 American film based on the 1941 classic children's novel The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. It tells the story of Alec Ramsay, who is shipwrecked on a deserted ...more

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Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Guy Kibbee

Released: 1939

Directed by: Busby Berkeley

Babes in Arms is the 1939 American film version of the 1937 Broadway musical of the same name. The film version stars Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger, Guy Kibbee, June Preisser, ...more
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Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons

Released: 1977

Directed by: Don Chaffey

Pete's Dragon is a 1977 live-action/animated musical film from Walt Disney Productions. It is a live-action film but one of its title characters, a dragon named Elliott, is animated. The story ...more

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Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino

Released: 2006

Directed by: Shawn Levy

Night at the Museum is a 2006 American fantasy adventure-comedy film based on the 1993 children's book of the same name by Milan Trenc. It follows a divorced father trying to settle down, ...more

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Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Lana Turner

Released: 1938

Directed by: George B. Seitz

Love Finds Andy Hardy is a 1938 romantic comedy film which tells the story of a teenage boy who becomes entangled with three different girls all at the same time. It stars Mickey Rooney, Lewis ...more
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Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire, Keenan Wynn

Released: 1970

Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is a 1970 stop motion television special, made by Rankin-Bass. The film stars actor Fred Astaire as the narrator S.D. Kluger, Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle/Santa ...more

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Mickey Rooney, Dorothy Ford, Lewis Stone

Released: 1946

Directed by: Willis Goldbeck

Love Laughs at Andy Hardy is a 1946 American film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, directed by Willis Goldbeck and starring Mickey Rooney and Lewis Stone. The film is also known under its ...more
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Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Fay Bainter

Released: 1940

Directed by: Norman Taurog

Young Tom Edison is a 1940 biographical film about the early life of inventor Thomas Edison, with Mickey Rooney in the title role. The movie follows the imaginative boy Tom as he continually ...more
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Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Lee J. Cobb

Released: 1941

Directed by: Norman Taurog

Men of Boys Town is a 1941 drama film written by James Kevin McGuinness and directed by Norman Taurog.
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Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore

Released: 1937

Directed by: Victor Fleming

Captains Courageous is a 1937 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer adventure film. Based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling, it had its world premiere at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles. The movie was ...more

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Mickey Rooney, Jack Dempsey, Jackie Gleason

Released: 1962

Directed by: Ralph Nelson

Requiem for a Heavyweight was a teleplay written by Rod Serling and produced for the live television show Playhouse 90 on 11 October 1956. Six years later, it was adapted as a 1962 feature film ...more
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Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman

Released: 1981

Directed by: Richard Rich, Art Stevens, Ted Berman

he Fox and the Hound is a 1981 American animated drama film based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same name, produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in the United States on July ...more

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Mickey Rooney, Dolores Costello, C. Aubrey Smith

Released: 1936

Directed by: John Cromwell

Little Lord Fauntleroy is a 1936 drama film based on the 1886 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The film stars Freddie Bartholomew, Dolores Costello, and C. Aubrey Smith. The ...more
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Audrey Hepburn, Mickey Rooney, Mel Blanc

Released: 1961

Directed by: Blake Edwards

Breakfast at Tiffany's is a 1961 American romantic comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, and featuring Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, and Mickey Rooney. The film ...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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Mickey Rooney, William Frawley, Rex Ingram

Released: 1939

Directed by: Richard Thorpe

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a 1939 film adaptation of Mark Twain's classic novel of the same name, starring Mickey Rooney in the title role. The supporting cast features Walter ...more
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Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Ann Rutherford

Released: 1940

Directed by: George B. Seitz

Andy Hardy Meets Debutante is a 1940 American family comedy film directed by George B. Seitz. The film stars Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker, Fay Holden and Judy Garland. It is the ...more
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Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, June Allyson

Released: 1943

Directed by: Norman Taurog, Busby Berkeley, William A. Seiter

Girl Crazy is a 1943 musical film produced by Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Based on the stage musical of the same name, Girl Crazy stars Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in their ninth of ten pairings, ...more
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Mickey Rooney, Peter Lawford, Ian Hunter

Released: 1942

Directed by: Norman Taurog

A Yank at Eton is an American comedy/drama film. It was the 1942 sequel to the 1938 A Yank at Oxford. It tells the tale of a cocky youth unwillingly yanked from an American school who has to ...more
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Mickey Rooney, Ann Rutherford, Lewis Stone

Released: 1939

Directed by: George B. Seitz

Judge Hardy and Son is a 1939 film directed by George B. Seitz.