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List of Fred Astaire Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Band Wagon (1953)
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3
The Band Wagon
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3

The Band Wagon is a romantic comedy musical film which tells the story of Tony Hunter, a musical movie star who fears that his career may be dying. Things change when two of his friends come up with a Broadway project in order to revive his career. But things get complicated when the egotistical director decides to hire a ballerina named Gaby Gerard as the leading lady.   

Role:
Tony Hunter
Starring:
Directed By:
2. Top Hat (1935)
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5
Top Hat
TV-G
30
5

Top Hat is a musical romantic film which tells the story of Jerry Travers, a tap dancer who comes to London to star in a show that is being produced by Horace Hardwick. He soon meets the model Dale Tremont, and tries to impress her to win her affection.

Role:
Jerry Travers
Starring:
Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball, Eric Blore, Edward Everett Horton, Ginger Rogers
Directed By:
Mark Sandrich
3. Swing Time (1936)
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2
Swing Time
29
2

An aspiring dancer travels to New York to prove his mettle to his fiancée. However, as luck would have it, he falls for his dancing partner.

Role:
Lucky Garnett
Starring:
Ginger Rogers, Eric Blore, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick
Directed By:
George Stevens
4. The Gay Divorcee (1934)
30
2
The Gay Divorcee
30
2

Mimi is a married woman who seeks a divorce from Cyril, her absentee husband. Her aunt encourages her to set up a fake date, so that she can get caught in an ‘adulterous relationship’, which would make it easier for her to get a divorce.

Role:
Guy Holden
Starring:
Betty Grable, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes, Alice Brady
Directed By:
Mark Sandrich
5. Shall We Dance (1937)
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4
Shall We Dance
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4

Pete, a ballet star, and Linda, a showgirl, decide to fake a marriage for publicity. However, over time, they find themselves attracted to one another.

Role:
Petrov
Starring:
Ginger Rogers, Eric Blore, Edward Everett Horton, Jerome Cowan
Directed By:
Mark Sandrich
6. Easter Parade (1948)
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4
Easter Parade
33
4

Don Hewes is a Broadway star who tells his dancing partner Nadine that he is going solo. He claims that he can turn any dancer into a hit performer, and therefore he hires a naïve chorus girl as his new partner, hoping that this will make Nadine, his former partner jealous.

Role:
Don Hewes
Starring:
Judy Garland, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin
Directed By:
Charles Walters
7. Holiday Inn (1942)
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3
Holiday Inn
28
3

Holiday Inn is a romantic comedy drama musical film which tells the story of Jim, who is left by his girlfriend Lila, so that she can be with her dance partner Ted. Jim is heartbroken and he decides to leave the town. He starts a holiday inn along with another woman named Linda. However, Ted arrives at the inn, after learning that Lila is leaving him too, for a millionaire. Soon, he attempts to steal away Linda from Jim.

Role:
Ted Hanover
Starring:
Bing Crosby, Walter Abel, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale
Directed By:
Mark Sandrich
8. Follow the Fleet (1936)
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2
Follow the Fleet
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2

Seaman Baker and Sherry used to be dance partners, but they got separated when Baker had to enlist in the Navy. Now Sherry is working in a ballroom in San Francisco. When Baker visits the ballroom after a long time, he tries to rekindle his relationship with her. Meanwhile, his friend Bilge finds himself attracted to Sherry’s sister Connie. Problems arise between them because Connie wants to get married, but Bilge is not ready to settle down.

Role:
Bake Baker
Starring:
Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Betty Grable, Harriet Nelson, Randolph Scott
Directed By:
Mark Sandrich
9. On the Beach (1959)
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4
On the Beach
23
4

On the Beach is a science fiction film which takes us to 1964, where a third World War has caused total destruction of the World’s Northern Hemisphere, where nuclear fallout has eliminated the life of all humans. Meanwhile, survivors in Australia detect a signal coming from the West Cost of the US.  

Role:
Julian Osborn
Starring:
Directed By:
Stanley Kramer
10. Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
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4
Broadway Melody of 1940
21
4
Role:
Johnny Brett
Starring:
Mel Blanc, Ian Hunter, George Murphy, Frank Morgan, Eleanor Powell
Directed By:
Norman Taurog
11. You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
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2
You Were Never Lovelier
20
2
Role:
Robert Davis
Starring:
Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou, Isobel Elsom, Leslie Brooks
Directed By:
William A. Seiter
12. Silk Stockings (1957)
25
4
Silk Stockings
25
4
Role:
Steve Canfield
Starring:
Peter Lorre, Janis Paige, George Tobias, Cyd Charisse
Directed By:
Rouben Mamoulian
13. Carefree (1938)
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5
Carefree
21
5

Stephen proposes to Amanda, but she is unable to make a decision. Therefore, he decides to take her to his friend Tony, who is his psychiatrist. Things get complicated when Tony and Amanda find themselves attracted to one another. 

Role:
Tony Flagg
Starring:
Hattie McDaniel, Ginger Rogers, Jack Carson, Ralph Bellamy
Directed By:
Mark Sandrich
14. Funny Face (1957)
20
5
Funny Face
20
5

A fashion photographer is struck by the beauty of Jo, a shy bookstore employee, whom he had photographed by accident. He soon convinces her that she has the potential to become a great model, and asks her to go with him to France. Soon, they find themselves falling for each other, but there are several hurdles coming as well.

Role:
Dick Avery
Starring:
Audrey Hepburn, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair, Robert Flemyng
Directed By:
Stanley Donen
15. Roberta (1935)
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5
Roberta
19
5

John Kent is a former football star at Harvard, who goes to Paris with his friend Huck Haines, and Huck’s dance band named 'The Wabash Indianians'. However, the band is not allowed to perform, when the one who booked them finds out that they are not Indians, but merely from Indiana. Joe decides to pay a visit to his aunt, who owns a fashion house run by Stephanie, her assistant. There, he meets a singer Scharwenka, who tries to get the band a job.

Role:
Huck Haines
Starring:
Irene Dunne, Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball, Randolph Scott
Directed By:
William A. Seiter
16. The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
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4
The Barkleys of Broadway
18
4
Role:
Josh Barkley
Starring:
Ginger Rogers, Oscar Levant, Billie Burke, Gale Robbins
Directed By:
Charles Walters
17. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)
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5
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
19
5
Role:
Vernon Castle
Starring:
Walter Brennan, Ginger Rogers, Edna May Oliver, Lew Fields
Directed By:
H.C. Potter
18. Daddy Long Legs (1955)
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5
Daddy Long Legs
24
5
Role:
Jervis Pendleton III
Starring:
Leslie Caron, Thelma Ritter, Fred Clark, Terry Moore
Directed By:
Jean Negulesco
19. Royal Wedding (1951)
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3
Royal Wedding
20
3
Role:
Tom Bowen
Starring:
Keenan Wynn, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford, Sarah Churchill
Directed By:
Stanley Donen
20. You'll Never Get Rich (1941)
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5
You'll Never Get Rich
18
5
Role:
Robert Curtis
Starring:
Rita Hayworth, Robert Benchley, John Hubbard, Osa Massen
Directed By:
Sidney Lanfield
21. A Damsel in Distress (1937)
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3
A Damsel in Distress
15
3

When it is time for the lovely Lady Alyce Marshmorton to get married, everyone on staff at Tottney Castle begins to place bets on who the lucky man is going to be.

Role:
Jerry Halliday
Starring:
George Burns, Joan Fontaine, Gracie Allen, Reginald Gardiner
Directed By:
George Stevens
22. Three Little Words (1950)
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3
Three Little Words
13
3
Role:
Bert Kalmar
Starring:
Debbie Reynolds, Red Skelton, Keenan Wynn, Vera-Ellen, Arlene Dahl
Directed By:
Richard Thorpe
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Comedy or Musical
23. The Sky's the Limit (1943)
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4
The Sky's the Limit
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4
Role:
Fred Atwell aka Fred Burton
Starring:
Robert Ryan, Elizabeth Patterson, Robert Benchley, Joan Leslie
Directed By:
Edward H. Griffith
24. The Towering Inferno (1974)
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5
The Towering Inferno
PG
14
5

A massive fire breaks out during the opening ceremony of the world’s biggest skyscraper, and it threatens to destroy not only the tower but also everyone inside. The city’s rescue teams try their best to fight the fire and save the people trapped inside. 

Role:
Harlee Claiborne
Starring:
Steven McQueen, Richard Chamberlain, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Robert Wagner, Mike Lookinland
Directed By:
John Guillermin
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor
25. Flying Down to Rio (1933)
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3
Flying Down to Rio
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3

Due to his flirtatious behavior, band leader Roger Bond’s group keeps getting fired again and again. Things take a turn when he falls for a Brazilian beauty named Belinha, but problem is that she is engaged to another man. Despite this, he tries to make a move, but Belinha plays hard to get. She is also unable to decide between Roger and Julio, her fiancé.

Role:
Fred Ayres
Starring:
Ginger Rogers, Gene Raymond, Dolores del Rio, Raul Roulien
Directed By:
Thornton Freeland
26. Blue Skies (1946)
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2
Blue Skies
15
2
Role:
Jed Potter
Starring:
Bing Crosby, Joan Caulfield, Billy De Wolfe, Olga San Juan
Directed By:
Stuart Heisler, Mark Sandrich
27. The Pleasure of His Company (1961)
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4
The Pleasure of His Company
10
4

Raised by her mother, San Francisco debutante, Jessica Poole, meets her father after many years when he comes to attend her wedding. Forever charming, he wins his daughter’s heart, makes peace with his ex wife and charms her prized cook, Toy. Only people not impressed by him are Jessica’s stepfather and her fiancée. Why does he have two return tickets? 

Role:
Biddeford 'Pogo' Poole
Starring:
Lilli Palmer, Debbie Reynolds, Tab Hunter, Gary Merrill
Directed By:
George Seaton
28. The Notorious Landlady (1962)
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5
The Notorious Landlady
9
5
Role:
Franklyn Ambruster
Starring:
Jack Lemmon, Kim Novak, Lionel Jeffries, Estelle Winwood
Directed By:
Richard Quine
29. Finian's Rainbow (1968)
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5
Finian's Rainbow
G
19
5
Role:
Finian McLonergan
Starring:
Petula Clark, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Steele, Don Francks
Directed By:
30. Ziegfeld Follies (1945)
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4
Ziegfeld Follies
11
4
Role:
Fred Astaire / Raffles / Tai Long / Gentleman
Starring:
Gene Kelly, Hume Cronyn, Lena Horne, William Frawley, Judy Garland, Red Skelton, Keenan Wynn
Directed By:
31. Un taxi mauve (1977)
8
5
Un taxi mauve
R
8
5
Role:
Dr. Seamus Scully
Starring:
Peter Ustinov, Edward Albert, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Noiret
Directed By:
Yves Boisset
32. Ghost Story (1981)
15
5
Ghost Story
R
15
5

Four elderly gentlemen get together every week in order to share ghost stories with one another. Things soon get frightening when they all start experiencing strange events in their lives. They begin to feel haunted by the ghost of a woman whom they had drowned accidentally fifty years ago.  

Role:
Ricky Hawthorne
Starring:
Patricia Neal, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Craig Wasson, Melvyn Douglas, John Houseman
Directed By:
John Irvin
33. Dancing Lady (1933)
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5
Dancing Lady
7
5

Dancing Lady is a musical romantic comedy film which tells the story of a rich playboy Tod who helps Janie, a young dancer to get a job in a Broadway musical which is being directed by Patch. While Patch thinks that Janie is using her charms rather than her skills in order to advance her career, Tod feels that he can use Janie however he wants.

Starring:
Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Sterling Holloway, Larry Fine, Franchot Tone, May Robson, Winnie Lightner
Directed By:
Robert Z. Leonard
34. Let's Dance (1950)
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4
Let's Dance
13
4
Role:
Donald Elwood
Starring:
Lucile Watson, Ruth Warrick, Betty Hutton, Roland Young
Directed By:
Norman Z. McLeod
35. The Belle of New York (1952)
12
4
The Belle of New York
12
4

Much to the dismay of his guardian aunt Lettie, New York playboy, Charles, has a tendency dumping his brides-to-be at the altar. When he genuinely falls in love with charity worker, Angela, his feet magically leave the ground. A series of misunderstandings later, he redeems himself. Angela too falls in love and the couple floats away together.  

Role:
Charlie Hill
Starring:
Keenan Wynn, Marjorie Main, Vera-Ellen, Alice Pearce
Directed By:
Charles Walters
36. Just One More Time (1974)
8
2
Just One More Time
8
2

When his beautiful wife Sue is out at work, Alan Street, an artist is forced to fend off the advances of his female neighbors, who seem to be quite attracted to him.  

Role:
Himself
Starring:
Bing Crosby, Nelson Eddy, Daniel Melnick, Jack Haley Jr.
Directed By:
Michael J. Shapiro
37. Yolanda and the Thief (1945)
11
4
Yolanda and the Thief
11
4

Set in a fictional Latin-American country Patria, the film follows confidence-trickster, Johnny Riggs, who comes across naïve heiress Yolanda, and convinces her that he is her guardian angel. After that it is easy for Johnny to help himself to her riches. But he doesn’t anticipate falling in love with Yolanda, which creates a dilemma - whether to opt for wealth or love? 

Role:
Johnny Parkson Riggs
Starring:
Frank Morgan, Mildred Natwick, Lucille Bremer, Mary Nash
Directed By:
38. Second Chorus (1940)
8
3
Second Chorus
8
3
Role:
Danny O'Neill
Starring:
Paulette Goddard, Burgess Meredith, Charles Butterworth, Artie Shaw
Directed By:
H.C. Potter
39. Midas Run (1969)
5
2
Midas Run
M
5
2
Role:
John Pedley
Starring:
Cesar Romero, Richard Crenna, Ralph Richardson, Anne Heywood
Directed By:
Alf Kjellin
40. The Amazing Dobermans (1976)
9
1
The Amazing Dobermans
G
9
1

The Amazing Dobermans is a crime comedy film, which tells the story of an ex con man Daniel, who along with his trained Dobermans help an undercover agent of the Treasury department in nabbing a crook. 

Role:
Daniel Hughes
Starring:
James Franciscus, Barbara Eden, Jack Carter, Billy Barty
Directed By:
Byron Chudnow

TV Movie(s)

1. The Fred Astaire Show (1968)
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2
The Fred Astaire Show
14
2
Role:
Himself - Host
Starring:
Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Barrie Chase, Knot The Gordian
Directed By:
Robert Scheerer
2. An Evening with Fred Astaire (1958)
14
1
An Evening with Fred Astaire
14
1
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Art Gilmore, Barrie Chase, Jonah Jones, David Rose
Directed By:
Bud Yorkin
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Best Single Performance by an Actor
3. Astaire Time (1960)
11
1
Astaire Time
11
1
Role:
Himself - Host
Starring:
David Rose and His Orchestra, Art Gilmore, Count Basie, Barrie Chase
Directed By:
Greg Garrison
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series
4. Another Evening with Fred Astaire (1959)
9
2
Another Evening with Fred Astaire
9
2
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Barrie Chase, Thompson Singers The Bill, Bea Busch, Fred Curt
Directed By:
Bud Yorkin
5. A Family Upside Down (1978)
9
1
A Family Upside Down
9
1
Role:
Ted Long
Starring:
Helen Hayes, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Pat Crowley, Patty Duke
Directed By:
David Lowell Rich
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special
6. The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (1979)
9
2
The Man in the Santa Claus Suit
9
2
Role:
Costume Shop Proprietor / Chauffeur / Policeman / Hot Dog Vendor / Cab Driver / Jeweler / Floor Walker / Choral Director / Santa Claus
Starring:
Bert Convy, Majel Barrett, Nanette Fabray, Gary Burghoff, John Byner, Tara Buckman
Directed By:
Corey Allen
7. The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again (1970)
8
1
The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again
8
1
Role:
The Baltimore Kid
Starring:
Walter Brennan, Edgar Buchanan, Andy Devine, Chill Wills
Directed By:
George McCowan
8. Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (2009)
6
1
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me
6
1
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Lauren Bacall, Julie Andrews, Bill Charlap, Harold Arlen, Louis Armstrong
Directed By:
Bruce Ricker
9. Michael Parkinson's Greatest Entertainers (2007)
7
1
Michael Parkinson's Greatest Entertainers
7
1
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Barry Humphries, Lauren Bacall, Louis Armstrong, Muhammad Ali, David Attenborough
Directed By:
Michael Parkinson

Animation(s)

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970)
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
TV-G
Role:
Narrator - S.D. Kluger
Starring:
Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees, Joan Gardner
Directed By:
Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town (1977)
The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town
TV-G
Role:
S.D. Kluger
Starring:
Allen Swift, Bob McFadden, Skip Hinnant, Ron Marshall
Directed By:
Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.

TV Shows and Videos

Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
Starring:
Shelley Winters, David Carradine, Bob Hope, Lee Marvin, Ed Asner, Edd Byrnes, George Harris Kennedy, Jr
Directed By:
Stuart Rosenberg, Sydney Pollack, Ron Winston, David Butler, Lawrence Dobkin
It Takes a Thief (1968)
It Takes a Thief
Starring:
Bette Davis, Frankie Avalon, Elsa Lanchester, Eve Plumb, Teri Garr, Alice Ghostley, Tina Louise
Directed By:
Don Weis, Jack Arnold, Michael Caffey, Barry Shear, Bruce Kessler
Alcoa Premiere (1961)
Alcoa Premiere
Role:
Himself - Host / ...
Starring:
Celeste Holm, John Wayne, Cliff Robertson, Cloris Leachman, Robert Redford, Charlton Heston, Claude Akins
Directed By:
John Newland, James Sheldon, Alan Crosland Jr., Herschel Daugherty, Bernard Girard
Dr. Kildare (1961)
Dr. Kildare
Starring:
Charles Bronson, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Jack Nicholson, James Earl Jones, Leslie Nielsen, Sal Mineo
Directed By:
Leo Penn, Corey Allen, John Newland, Jack Arnold, Paul Stanley
Battlestar Galactica (1978)
Battlestar Galactica
Starring:
Jane Seymour, Ray Milland, Lorne Greene, Ed Begley Jr., Lloyd Bridges, Britt Ekland, Richard Hatch
Directed By:
Alan J. Levi, Christian I. Nyby II, Daniel Haller, Vince Edwards, Rod Holcomb
General Electric Theater (1953)
General Electric Theater
Starring:
James Coburn, Ron Howard, Joyce Bulifant, Elinor Donahue, Merle Oberon, Alan Ladd, Christopher Plummer
Directed By:
Herschel Daugherty, Don Medford, James Neilson, Jules Bricken, Mitchell Leisen

Fred Astaire Awards

Golden Globe Awards
The Towering Inferno Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture 1975
Three Little Words Best Actor - Comedy or Musical 1951
Primetime Emmy Awards
A Family Upside Down Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special 1978
Astaire Time Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series 1961
An Evening with Fred Astaire Best Single Performance by an Actor 1959
BAFTA Awards
The Towering Inferno Best Supporting Actor 1976
Grammy Awards
Winner Lifetime Achievement Award 1989