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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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Heidi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shirley Temple Movies
Shirley Temple, Sidney Blackmer, nm0871546

Released: 1937

Directed by: Allan 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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The Little Princess is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shirley Temple Movies
Shirley Temple, Cesar Romero, Anita Louise

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 ...more
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Curly Top is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shirley Temple Movies
Shirley Temple, Rochelle Hudson, John Boles

Released: 1935

Directed by: Irving 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 ...more
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Shirley Temple, Hattie McDaniel, Lionel Barrymore

Released: 1935

Directed by: David 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, James Dunn

Released: 1934

Directed by: David 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 ...more
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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Fa... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shirley Temple Movies
Shirley Temple, Gloria Stuart, Randolph Scott

Released: 1938

Directed by: Allan 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
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The Littlest Rebel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shirley Temple Movies
Shirley Temple, John Boles, Jack Holt

Released: 1935

Directed by: David 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 ...more
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Shirley Temple, Buddy Ebsen, Slim Summerville

Released: 1936

Directed by: David 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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Shirley Temple, Robert Young, Alice Faye

Released: 1936

Directed by: William 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 ...more
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Poor Little Rich Girl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shirley Temple Movies
Shirley Temple, Gloria Stuart, Alice Faye

Released: 1936

Directed by: Irving 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 ...more
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Shirley Temple, Edna May Oliver, Jimmy Durante

Released: 1938

Directed by: Irving 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 ...more
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Shirley Temple, Frank Morgan, Helen Westley

Released: 1936

Directed by: William 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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Shirley Temple, Claire Trevor, James Dunn

Released: 1934

Directed by: Harry 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. ...more
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Shirley Temple, Cesar Romero, Victor McLaglen

Released: 1937

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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Shirley Temple, Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones

Released: 1944

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond

Released: 1948

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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Little Miss Marker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shirley Temple Movies
Shirley Temple, Adolphe Menjou, Dorothy Dell

Released: 1934

Directed by: Alexander 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 ...more
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Shirley Temple, Bert Lahr, Franklin Pangborn

Released: 1938

Directed by: Irving 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
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Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, Margaret Lockwood

Released: 1939

Directed by: William 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
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Cary Grant, Shirley Temple, Myrna Loy

Released: 1947

Directed by: Irving 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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I'll Be Seeing You is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shirley Temple Movies
Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple, Joseph Cotten

Released: 1944

Directed by: William 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 ...more
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Stand Up and Cheer! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shirley Temple Movies
Shirley Temple, James Dunn, John Boles

Released: 1934

Directed by: Hamilton 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 ...more
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Our Little Girl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shirley Temple Movies
Shirley Temple, Joel McCrea, Lyle Talbot

Released: 1935

Directed by: John 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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Shirley Temple, Dickie Moore, Guy Kibbee

Released: 1942

Directed by: Edwin 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 ...more
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Shirley Temple, George Montgomery, Minor Watson

Released: 1940

Directed by: Allan Dwan

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