The Best Shirley Temple Movies

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

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

With films ranging from Hidden Hollywood to Now I'll Tell, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

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

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  • The Little Colonel
    Shirley Temple, Lionel Barrymore, Bill Robinson
    180 votes
    • Released: 1935
    • Directed by: David Butler
    In 1870s Kentucky, stubborn Col. Lloyd (Lionel Barrymore) becomes estranged from his daughter, Elizabeth (Evelyn Venable), when she elopes with Northerner Jack Sherman (John Lodge). Six years later, ...more

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  • Bright Eyes
    Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Judith Allen
    164 votes
    • Released: 1934
    • Directed by: David Butler
    Having lost her father to a plane crash, 5-year-old Shirley (Shirley Temple) and her mother, Mary (Lois Wilson), live with the Smythe family, for whom Mary serves as a domestic. With the exception of ...more

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  • The Little Princess
    Shirley Temple, Cesar Romero, Anita Louise
    252 votes
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: William A. Seiter, Walter Lang
    The Little Princess is a 1939 American drama film directed by Walter Lang. The screenplay by Ethel Hill and Walter Ferris is loosely based on the novel A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. ...more
  • Heidi
    Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt, Arthur Treacher
    272 votes
    • Released: 1937
    • Directed by: Allan Dwan
    An orphaned young girl named Heidi (Shirley Temple) lives happily with her grouchy but gentle grandfather, Adolph (Jean Hersholt) in the Swiss Alps. When she's stolen by her ruthless aunt, Dete (Mady ...more

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