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The Best Mickey Rooney Movies

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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.

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    National Velvet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    National Velvet

    Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney

    Released1944

    Directed byClarence Brown

    National Velvet is a 1944 Technicolor sports film based on the novel by Enid Bagnold,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Love Laughs at Andy Hardy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    Love Laughs at Andy Hardy

    Mickey Rooney, Dorothy Ford

    Released1946

    Directed byWillis Goldbeck

    Love Laughs at Andy Hardy is a 1946 American film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Men of Boys Town is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    Men of Boys Town

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy

    Released1941

    Directed byNorman Taurog

    Men of Boys Town is a 1941 drama film written by James Kevin McGuinness and directed by Norman...amazon_watch buy button
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    Young Tom Edison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    Young Tom Edison

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy

    Released1940

    Directed byNorman Taurog

    Young Tom Edison is a 1940 biographical film about the early life of inventor Thomas Edison,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Captains Courageous is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    Captains Courageous

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy

    Released1937

    Directed byVictor Fleming

    Captains Courageous is a 1937 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer adventure film. Based on the novel by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Breakfast at Tiffany's is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Audrey Hepburn, Mickey Rooney

    Released1961

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Breakfast at Tiffany's is a 1961 American romantic comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Little Lord Fauntleroy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    Little Lord Fauntleroy

    Mickey Rooney, Dolores Costello

    Released1936

    Directed byJohn Cromwell

    Little Lord Fauntleroy is a 1936 drama film based on the 1886 novel of the same name by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 8
    Judge Hardy and Son is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    Judge Hardy and Son

    Mickey Rooney, Ann Rutherford

    Released1939

    Directed byGeorge B. Seitz

    Judge Hardy and Son is a 1939 film directed by George B. Seitz.amazon_watch buy button
  • 9
    A Yank at Eton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    A Yank at Eton

    Mickey Rooney, Peter Lawford

    Released1942

    Directed byNorman Taurog

    A Yank at Eton is an American comedy/drama film. It was the 1942 sequel to the 1938 A Yank at... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 10
    The Courtship of Andy Hardy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    The Courtship of Andy Hardy

    Mickey Rooney, Donna Reed

    Released1942

    Directed byGeorge B. Seitz

    The Courtship of Andy Hardy is a 1942 film, part of the Andy Hardy series. It gave an early... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 11
    Baby Face Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    Baby Face Nelson

    Mickey Rooney, Jack Elam

    Released1957

    Directed byDon Siegel

    Baby Face Nelson is a 1957 crime film noir based on the real-life 1930s gangster, directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 12
    The Human Comedy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    The Human Comedy

    Mickey Rooney

    Released1943

    Directed byClarence Brown

    The Human Comedy is a 1943 American drama film directed by Clarence Brown and adapted by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 13
    Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble

    Mickey Rooney, Herbert Marshall

    Released1944

    Directed byGeorge B. Seitz

    Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble is a 1944 romantic comedy, the fourteenth starring Mickey Rooney... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 14
    Andy Hardy's Private Secretary is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    Andy Hardy's Private Secretary

    Mickey Rooney, Kathryn Grayson

    Released1941

    Directed byGeorge B. Seitz

    Andy Hardy's Private Secretary is a 1941 American family film comedy directed by George B.... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 15
    Boys Town is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    Boys Town

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy

    Released1938

    Directed byNorman Taurog

    Boys Town is a 1938 biographical drama film based on Father Edward J. Flanagan's work with a... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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  • 16
    Hollywood Party is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    Hollywood Party

    Lucille Ball, Mickey Rooney

    Released1934

    Directed byRoy Rowland

    Hollywood Party is a musical film starring Jimmy Durante and distributed by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 17
    Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever

    Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone

    Released1939

    Directed byW. S. Van Dyke

    Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever is a 1939 romantic comedy about Andy Hardy having a crush on his... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 18
    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Worl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy

    Released1963

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film produced and directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    The Year Without a Santa Claus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    The Year Without a Santa Claus

    Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth

    Released1974

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    The Year Without a Santa Claus is a 1974 Christmas stop motion animated television special... more on Wikipedia

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    How to Stuff a Wild Bikini is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    How to Stuff a Wild Bikini

    Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Montgomery

    Released1965

    Directed byWilliam Asher

    How to Stuff a Wild Bikini is a 1965 Pathécolor beach party film from American International... more on Wikipedia
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    Ah, Wilderness! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    Ah, Wilderness!

    Mickey Rooney, Lionel Barrymore

    Released1935

    Directed byClarence Brown

    Ah, Wilderness! is a 1935 American film adaptation of the Eugene O'Neill play of the same name... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 22
    The Magic of Lassie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    The Magic of Lassie

    James Stewart, Mickey Rooney

    Released1978

    Directed byDon Chaffey

    The Magic of Lassie is a 1978 Wrather Corporation film. It features James Stewart in one of... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Babe: Pig in the City is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    Babe: Pig in the City

    Naomi Watts, Mickey Rooney

    Released1998

    Directed byGeorge Miller

    Babe: Pig in the City is a 1998 Australian-American comedy-drama film and the sequel to the... more on Wikipedia

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    Revenge of the Red Baron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    Revenge of the Red Baron

    Mickey Rooney, Tobey Maguire

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Gordon

    Revenge of the Red Baron is a 1994 American film starring Mickey Rooney, Tobey Maguire,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Thoroughbreds Don't Cry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mickey Rooney Movies
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    Thoroughbreds Don't Cry

    Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney

    Released1937

    Directed byAlfred E. Green

    Thoroughbreds Don't Cry is a film directed by Alfred E. Green, and starring Mickey Rooney and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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