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The Best Shirley Temple Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 4.6k votes 717 voters 55.5k views58 items

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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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    Shirley Temple, Sidney Blackmer
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    Released1937

    Directed byAllan Dwan

    Heidi is a 1937 American musical drama film directed by Allan Dwan. The screenplay by Julien Josephson and Walter Ferris was based on the 1880 children's story of the same name by Swiss author...  more
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    Shirley Temple, Cesar Romero
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    Released1939

    Directed byWilliam 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
  • 3
    Shirley Temple, Hattie McDaniel
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    17

    Released1935

    Directed byDavid Butler

    The Little Colonel is a 1935 American comedy drama film directed by David Butler. The screenplay by William M. Conselman was adapted from the children's novel of the same name by Annie Fellows...  more
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    Shirley Temple, Jane Withers
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    Released1934

    Directed byDavid Butler

    Bright Eyes is a 1934 American comedy drama film directed by David Butler. The screenplay by William Conselman is based on a story by David Butler and Edwin Burke, and focuses on the relationship...  more
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  • 5
    Shirley Temple, Rochelle Hudson
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    Released1935

    Directed byIrving Cummings

    Curly Top is an American musical film directed by Irving Cummings. The screenplay by Patterson McNutt and Arthur J. Beckhard focuses on the adoption of a young orphan by a wealthy bachelor and his...  more
  • 6
    Shirley Temple, John Boles
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    Released1935

    Directed byDavid Butler

    The Littlest Rebel is a 1935 American dramatic film directed by David Butler. The screenplay by Edwin J. Burke was adapted from a play of the same name by Edward Peple and focuses on the tribulations...  more
  • 7
    Shirley Temple, Gloria Stuart
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    24

    Released1938

    Directed byAllan Dwan

    Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is a 1938 American musical comedy film directed by Allan Dwan and starring Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, and Bill Robinson. The screenplay by Don Ettlinger and Karl...  more
  • 8
    Shirley Temple, Buddy Ebsen
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    Released1936

    Directed byDavid Butler

    Captain January is a 1936 American musical comedy-drama film directed by David Butler. The screenplay by Sam Hellman, Gladys Lehman, and Harry Tugend is based on the story The Lighthouse at Cape...  more
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  • 9
    Shirley Temple, Robert Young
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    16

    Released1936

    Directed byWilliam A. Seiter

    Stowaway is a 1936 American musical film directed by William A. Seiter. The screenplay by William M. Conselman, Nat Perrin, and Arthur Sheekman is based on a story by Samuel G. Engel. The film is...  more
  • 10
    Shirley Temple, Gloria Stuart
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    Released1936

    Directed byIrving Cummings

    Poor Little Rich Girl, advertised as The Poor Little Rich Girl, is a 1936 American musical film directed by Irving Cummings. The screenplay by Sam Hellman, Gladys Lehman, and Harry Tugend was based...  more
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  • 11
    Shirley Temple, Frank Morgan
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    Released1936

    Directed byWilliam A. Seiter

    Dimples is a 1936 American musical film directed by William A. Seiter. The screenplay was written by Nat Perrin and Arthur Sheekman. The film is about a young mid-nineteenth century street...  more
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  • 12
    Shirley Temple, Edna May Oliver
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    Released1938

    Directed byIrving Cummings

    Little Miss Broadway is a 1938 American musical drama film directed by Irving Cummings. The screenplay was written by Harry Tugend and Jack Yellen. The film stars Shirley Temple in a story about a...  more
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  • 13
    Shirley Temple, Cesar Romero
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    21

    Released1937

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Wee Willie Winkie is a 1937 American adventure film directed by John Ford. The screenplay by Julien Josephson and Ernest Pascal was based on a story by Rudyard Kipling. The film stars Shirley Temple,...  more
  • 14
    Shirley Temple, Claire Trevor
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    Released1934

    Directed byHarry Lachman

    Baby Take a Bow is a 1934 American comedy drama film directed by Harry Lachman. The screenplay by Philip Klein and Edward E. Paramore Jr. is based on the play Square Crooks by James P. Judge. Shirley...  more
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  • 15
    Shirley Temple, Adolphe Menjou
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    Released1934

    Directed byAlexander Hall

    Little Miss Marker is a 1934 American comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Hall. It was written by William R. Lipman, Sam Hellman, and Gladys Lehman after a short story of the same name by Damon...  more
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  • 16
    Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott
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    Released1939

    Directed byWilliam A. Seiter, Walter Lang

    Susannah of the Mounties is a 1939 American drama film directed by Walter Lang and William A. Seiter and starring Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, and Margaret Lockwood. Based on the 1936 novel...  more
  • 17
    Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple
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    Released1948

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Fort Apache is a 1948 American Western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Henry Fonda. The film was the first of the director's "cavalry trilogy" and was followed by She Wore a...  more
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    Shirley Temple, Claudette Colbert
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    Released1944

    Directed byJohn Cromwell

    Since You Went Away is a 1944 American film directed by John Cromwell for Selznick International Pictures and distributed by United Artists. It is an epic about the American home front during WWII...  more
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  • 19
    Shirley Temple, Bert Lahr
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    Released1938

    Directed byIrving Cummings

    Just Around the Corner is a 1938 American musical comedy film directed by Irving Cummings. The screenplay by Ethel Hill, Darrell Ware, and J. P. McEvoy was based on the novel Lucky Penny by Paul...  more
  • 20
    Shirley Temple, James Dunn
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    Released1934

    Directed byHamilton MacFadden

    Stand Up and Cheer! is a 1934 American musical film directed by Hamilton MacFadden. The screenplay by Lew Brown and Ralph Spence was based upon a story idea by Will Rogers and Philip Klein. The film...  more
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  • 21
    Cary Grant, Shirley Temple
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    Released1947

    Directed byIrving Reis

    The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer is a 1947 American comedy, directed by Irving Reis and written by Sidney Sheldon. The film stars Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Shirley Temple in a story about a...  more
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  • 22
    Shirley Temple, Joel McCrea
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    Released1935

    Directed byJohn S. Robertson

    Our Little Girl is a 1935 Drama directed by John S. Robertson, starring Shirley Temple and Joel McCrea. Molly Middleton, daughter of Dr. Donald Middleton and his neglected wife Elsa, who becomes...  more
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  • 23
    Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple
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    Released1944

    Directed byWilliam Dieterle, George Cukor

    I'll Be Seeing You is a 1944 drama film made by Selznick International Pictures, Dore Schary Productions, and Vanguard Pictures, and distributed by United Artists. It was directed by William Dieterle...  more
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  • 24
    Shirley Temple, George Montgomery
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    Released1940

    Directed byAllan Dwan

    Young People is a 1940 musical drama film directed by Allan Dwan. It stars Shirley Temple and Jack Oakie....  more
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  • 25
    Shirley Temple, Dickie Moore
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    Released1942

    Directed byEdwin L. Marin

    Miss Annie Rooney is a 1942 American comedy-drama film directed by Edwin L. Marin. The screenplay by George Bruce was based on the silent film, Little Annie Rooney starring Mary Pickford. Miss Annie...  more