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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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Heidi Shirley Temple, Sidney Blackmer, nm0871546 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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The Little Princess Shirley Temple, Cesar Romero, Anita Louise 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 ...more

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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Shirley Temple, Gloria Stuart, Randolph Scott 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

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The Little Colonel Shirley Temple, Hattie McDaniel, Lionel Barrymore 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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Curly Top Shirley Temple, Rochelle Hudson, John Boles 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 ...more

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Bright Eyes Shirley Temple, Jane Withers, James Dunn 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 ...more

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The Littlest Rebel Shirley Temple, John Boles, Jack Holt 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 ...more

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Poor Little Rich Girl Shirley Temple, Gloria Stuart, Alice Faye 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 ...more

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Stowaway Shirley Temple, Robert Young, Alice Faye 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 ...more

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Little Miss Broadway Shirley Temple, Edna May Oliver, Jimmy Durante 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 ...more

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Captain January Shirley Temple, Buddy Ebsen, Slim Summerville 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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Dimples Shirley Temple, Frank Morgan, Helen Westley 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

Though She Suffered Abuse, Shirley Temple's Story Is A Model Of Child Star Resilience

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Since You Went Away Shirley Temple, Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones 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 ...more

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Baby Take a Bow Shirley Temple, Claire Trevor, James Dunn 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. ...more

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Wee Willie Winkie Shirley Temple, Cesar Romero, Victor McLaglen 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 ...more

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Just Around the Corner Shirley Temple, Bert Lahr, Franklin Pangborn 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

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Little Miss Marker Shirley Temple, Adolphe Menjou, Dorothy Dell 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 ...more

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Fort Apache Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond 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 ...more

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Susannah of the Mounties Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, Margaret Lockwood 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

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The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Cary Grant, Shirley Temple, Myrna Loy 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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I'll Be Seeing You Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple, Joseph Cotten 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 ...more

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Stand Up and Cheer! Shirley Temple, James Dunn, John Boles 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 ...more

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Miss Annie Rooney Shirley Temple, Dickie Moore, Guy Kibbee 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 ...more

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Mr. Belvedere Goes to College Shirley Temple, Clifton Webb, Peggie Castle Mr. Belvedere Goes to College is a 1949 American comedy film directed by Elliott Nugent. The screenplay written by Mary Loos, Mary C. McCall, Jr., and Richard Sale was based on characters ...more

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Young People Shirley Temple, George Montgomery, Minor Watson Young People is a 1940 musical drama film directed by Allan Dwan. It stars Shirley Temple and Jack Oakie.

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The Story of Seabiscuit Shirley Temple, Barry Fitzgerald, Rosemary DeCamp The Story of Seabiscuit is a 1949 American drama film directed by David Butler and starring Shirley Temple. The screenplay was written by John Taintor Foote. Though shot in Technicolor, the film ...more

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Our Little Girl Shirley Temple, Joel McCrea, Lyle Talbot 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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Kiss and Tell Shirley Temple, Robert Benchley, Darryl Hickman Kiss and Tell is a 1945 American comedy film starring then 17-year-old Shirley Temple as Corliss Archer. In the film, two teenage girls cause their respective parents much concern when they ...more

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The Blue Bird Shirley Temple, Gale Sondergaard, Sterling Holloway The Blue Bird is a 1940 B&W and Technicolor American fantasy film directed by Walter Lang. The screenplay by Walter Bullock was adapted from the 1908 play of the same name by Maurice ...more

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Ali Baba Goes to Town Shirley Temple, Lee J. Cobb, Gypsy Rose Lee Ali Baba Goes to Town is a 1937 film starring Eddie Cantor, Tony Martin, and Roland Young. Cantor plays a hobo named Aloysius "Al" Babson, who walks into the camp of a movie company ...more

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Pardon My Pups Shirley Temple, Junior Coghlan, Harry Myers Pardon My Pups is a 1934 Shirley Temple short film about a young boy named Sonny Rogers who wants a motorcycle for his birthday but its to expensive so instead he gets a puppy from his strict

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Change of Heart Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple, Janet Gaynor Change of Heart is a 1934 American drama film starring Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, James Dunn, and Ginger Rogers. The movie, about a quartet of college chums who all move to 1934 New York ...more

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Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Charlie Chaplin, Shirley Temple, Bing Crosby Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? is a 1975 documentary film produced by Image Entertainment. It consisted largely of newsreel footage and contemporary film clips to portray the era of the Great ...more

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That Hagen Girl Ronald Reagan, Shirley Temple, Lois Maxwell That Hagen Girl is a 1947 American drama film directed by Peter Godfrey. The screenplay by Charles Hoffman was based on the novel by Edith Kneipple Roberts. The film focuses on small town ...more

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Kathleen Shirley Temple, Herbert Marshall, Laraine Day Kathleen is a 1942 drama romance comedy film written by Mary C. McCall, Jr. and directed by Harold S. Bucquet.

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War Babies is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Shirley Temple Movies
War Babies Shirley Temple, Georgie Billings, Eugene Butler War Babies is a 1932 American comedy short film directed by Charles Lamont and is the second in a series of eight one-reelers that satirized adult films and themes called Baby Burlesks. The ...more

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Carolina Shirley Temple, Janet Gaynor, Robert Young Carolina is a 1934 American romantic comedy film directed by Henry King. The screenplay by Reginald Berkley is based on the play, The House of Connelly by Paul Green. The film stars Janet ...more

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To the Last Man Shirley Temple, John Carradine, Randolph Scott To the Last Man is a 1933 western film starring Randolph Scott and Esther Ralston and directed by Henry Hathaway from a screenplay by Jack Cunningham based on a story by Zane Grey. The Paramount ...more

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Shirley Temple Festival Shirley Temple, Andy Clyde

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Polly Tix in Washington Shirley Temple, Tommy Bond, Philip Hurlic Baby Burlesks is the collective series title of eight thematically unrelated one-reeler films produced by Jack Hays and directed by Charles Lamont for Educational Pictures in 1932 and 1933. The ...more

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Honeymoon Shirley Temple, Guy Madison, Franchot Tone Honeymoon is a 1947 comedy film directed by William Keighley, starring Shirley Temple and Franchot Tone.

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The Kid's Last Fight Shirley Temple, Arthur J. Maskery, Sidney Kibrick The Kid's Last Fight is a 1933 short comedy film directed by Charles Lamont.

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Out All Night Shirley Temple, ZaSu Pitts, Slim Summerville Out All Night is a 1933 comedy film written by William Anthony McGuire, Tim Whalen, and Tom Whelan, and directed by Sam Taylor.

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Mandalay Shirley Temple, Ricardo Cortez, Kay Francis Mandalay is a 1934 American drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and written by Austin Parker and Charles Kenyon based on a story by Paul Hervey Fox. The film stars Kay Francis, Ricardo Cortez, ...more

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Hollywood Singing and Dancing: The 1930s Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple, Deanna Durbin

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The Red-Haired Alibi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Shirley Temple Movies
The Red-Haired Alibi Shirley Temple, Grant Withers, Arthur Hoyt The Red-Haired Alibi was a 1932 feature length film produced by Tower Productions. Released on October 15, 1932, it was directed by Christy Cabanne. The movie was based on a novel of the same ...more

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Now I'll Tell Shirley Temple, Spencer Tracy, Alice Faye Now I'll Tell is a 1934 American drama film starring Spencer Tracy, Helen Twelvetrees, and Alice Faye. The film was directed and written by Edwin J. Burke and is loosely based on the ...more

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Kid 'in' Africa Shirley Temple, Danny Boone Jr. Kid 'in' Africa is a 1933 short comedy film written by Charles Lamont and directed by Jack Hays.

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Dora's Dunking Doughnuts Shirley Temple, Andy Clyde, Bud Jamison Dora's Dunking Doughnuts is a 1933 American short subject directed by Harry Edwards.