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List of Gene Kelly Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
119
24
Singin' in the Rain
G
119
24

Considered as the ‘greatest musical,’ the film depicts silent era’s popular on-screen pair Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont who are perceived as real-life couple by many, including Lina. When their movie is transformed into a musical, Don sails through beautifully, while Lina’s shrill voice is secretly dubbed by Kathy Selden whom Don is dating. What happens when Lina finds out the truth? 

Role:
Don Lockwood
Starring:
Debbie Reynolds, Lana Turner, Rita Moreno, Donald O'Connor, Jean Hagen
Directed By:
Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
2. Inherit the Wind (1960)
23
5
Inherit the Wind
23
5

The film is based on the true facts of ‘Scopes Monkey Trial’ of 1925. Bertram Cates, a Tennessee science teacher is arrested for violating Butler Act by teaching Darwin’s theory of Evolution. The case attracts the attention of entire nation when the two formidable lawyers fight the case: the atheist lawyer Henry Drummond defends Cates, while evangelist and former presidential candidate Matthew Brady is the prosecutor. 

Role:
E. K. Hornbeck
Starring:
Directed By:
Stanley Kramer
3. The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)
13
4
The Young Girls of Rochefort
G
13
4

The Young Girls of Rochefort is a musical romantic comedy drama film which tells the story of Delphine and Solange, two twin sisters, who are both searching for love. Eventually, they decide to leave their small town and begins working as carnival singers. 

Starring:
George Chakiris, Catherine Deneuve, Agnès Varda, Danielle Darrieux, Françoise Dorléac
Directed By:
Jacques Demy
4. On the Town (1949)
15
5
On the Town
15
5

Gabey, Chip and Ozzie are three sailors who are on a 24-hour leave in New York City, and they decide to make every second count. However, things get complicated when all three of them fall in love with three different women.

Role:
Gabey
Starring:
Frank Sinatra, Judy Holliday, Bea Benaderet, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin
Directed By:
Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
5. America Salutes Richard Rodgers: The Sound of His Music (1976)
8
3
America Salutes Richard Rodgers: The Sound of His Music
8
3
Starring:
Diahann Carroll, Lena Horne, Vic Damone, Sammy Davis Jr.
Directed By:
Dwight Hemion
6. An American in Paris (1951)
21
8
An American in Paris
TV-PG
21
8

Considered as one of the best musicals by the American Film Institute, An American in Paris is an Oscar-winning film, which tells the story of Jerry Mulligan, a struggling American artist living in Paris, who meets an influential heiress who is attracted to him. However, he is attracted to another young French girl, and now he must make a choice.  

Role:
Jerry Mulligan
Starring:
Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Nina Foch, Georges Guétary
Directed By:
7. The Three Musketeers (1948)
11
4
The Three Musketeers
11
4

The Three Musketeers is an action adventure drama film which revolves around D’Artagnan, a young provincial noble who comes to Paris, hoping to become a Musketeer. Throughout his journey, he meets love, and also gets involved in politics. Meanwhile, he also develops a friendship with three Musketeers.

Role:
D'Artagnan
Starring:
Directed By:
George Sidney
8. Summer Stock (1950)
10
4
Summer Stock
10
4
Role:
Joe D. Ross
Starring:
Judy Garland, Marjorie Main, Gloria DeHaven, Eddie Bracken
Directed By:
Charles Walters
9. For Me and My Gal (1942)
9
3
For Me and My Gal
9
3
Role:
Harry Palmer
Starring:
Judy Garland, Keenan Wynn, George Murphy, Ben Blue, Mártha Eggerth
Directed By:
Busby Berkeley
10. Anchors Aweigh (1945)
11
4
Anchors Aweigh
TV-G
11
4

Anchors Weigh is a comedy fantasy film which revolves around the adventures of a pair of sailors who are on a holiday.

Role:
Joseph Brady
Starring:
Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, José Iturbi, Dean Stockwell
Directed By:
George Sidney
11. It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
9
3
It's Always Fair Weather
9
3
Role:
Ted Riley
Starring:
Thurl Ravenscroft, Dan Dailey, June Foray, Cyd Charisse
Directed By:
Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
12. The Pirate (1948)
9
4
The Pirate
9
4
Role:
Serafin
Starring:
Judy Garland, Reginald Owen, Gladys Cooper, Walter Slezak
Directed By:
13. What a Way to Go! (1964)
8
5
What a Way to Go!
8
5
Role:
Pinky Benson
Starring:
Shirley MacLaine, Dick Van Dyke, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin, Paul Newman, Teri Garr
Directed By:
J. Lee Thompson
14. Brigadoon (1954)
12
4
Brigadoon
12
4

During a hunting trip in Scotland, two Americans get lost. They soon come across a mysterious but small village, known as Brigadoon, where the residents seem to harbor a mysterious secret. In addition, they behave as if they are still living two centuries ago. Things get even more complicated when one of them falls for Fiona, one of the residents.  

Role:
Tommy Albright
Starring:
George Chakiris, Barry Jones, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse, Elaine Stewart
Directed By:
15. Cover Girl (1944)
9
4
Cover Girl
9
4
Role:
Danny McGuire
Starring:
Rita Hayworth, Shelley Winters, Phil Silvers, Lee Bowman
Directed By:
Charles Vidor
16. Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
9
4
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
9
4
Role:
Eddie O'Brien
Starring:
Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Betty Garrett, Edward Arnold
Directed By:
Busby Berkeley
17. The Cross of Lorraine (1943)
7
3
The Cross of Lorraine
7
3

When defeated by the Nazis in WWII, surrendered troop of Frenchmen find themselves in military prison instead of being sent back home. As they endure difficult conditions, Paul and others like him resist, willing to take beatings, while some like Duval cooperate with Nazi jailors to obtain better conditions. Paul helps his troop-mates to escape, who then join the French Resistance.

Role:
Victor
Starring:
Peter Lorre, Hume Cronyn, Joseph Calleia, Cedric Hardwicke, Richard Whorf
Directed By:
Tay Garnett
18. Les Girls (1957)
8
4
Les Girls
8
4
Role:
Barry Nichols
Starring:
Mitzi Gaynor, Jacques Bergerac, Kay Kendall, Taina Elg
Directed By:
19. Christmas Holiday (1944)
7
3
Christmas Holiday
7
3
Role:
Robert Manette
Starring:
Deanna Durbin, Gladys George, Richard Whorf, Dean Harens
Directed By:
Robert Siodmak
20. Words and Music (1948)
7
3
Words and Music
7
3

The fictionalized retelling of the creative partnership of legends, lyricist Lorenz Hart and composer Richard Rodgers, narrates their struggles to find success. It also provides a view to Larry’s personal demons, his death, and the heartbroken Dick regretting the loss of his friend when success eventually comes knocking.  

Role:
Gene Kelly
Starring:
Mickey Rooney, Janet Leigh, Ann Sothern, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Perry Como, June Allyson
Directed By:
Norman Taurog
21. Black Hand (1950)
7
3
Black Hand
7
3
Role:
Giovanni E. 'Johnny' Columbo
Starring:
J. Carrol Naish, Marc Lawrence, Teresa Celli, Frank Puglia
Directed By:
Richard Thorpe
22. Deep in My Heart (1954)
7
3
Deep in My Heart
7
3

Deep in my Heart is a musical biopic which revolves around the life of Sigmund Romberg, who is known for bringing serious music to Broadway.

Starring:
Merle Oberon, Walter Pidgeon, José Ferrer, Helen Traubel
Directed By:
Stanley Donen
23. Ziegfeld Follies (1945)
8
4
Ziegfeld Follies
8
4
Starring:
Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, William Frawley, Hume Cronyn, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Keenan Wynn
Directed By:
24. 40 Carats (1973)
7
3
40 Carats
PG
7
3

Ann Stanley is on a vacation in Greece with her family, when her car breaks down, and a young man Peter arrives on a motorbike who persuades her to accept a ride. They soon become better acquainted. Back home in the US, Ann is shocked to see that Peter has arrived at her home, hoping to resume their romance. However, Ann is embarrassed because of their huge age difference.

Role:
Billy Boylan
Starring:
Liv Ullmann, Binnie Barnes, Edward Albert, Deborah Raffin
Directed By:
Milton Katselas
25. Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)
7
4
Du Barry Was a Lady
7
4

Coatroom attendant, Louis Blore, adores the nightclub's star singer, May Daly, who is in love with poor dancer Alec Howe but wants to marry an arrogant patron for money. When Louis wins a huge sum in sweepstakes, he immediately wants to marry May, but after having a spiked drink, slips into a dream that changes his perspective.

Role:
Alec Howe / Black Arrow
Starring:
Ava Gardner, Lucille Ball, Red Skelton, Lana Turner, Zero Mostel
Directed By:
Roy Del Ruth
26. Marjorie Morningstar (1958)
6
4
Marjorie Morningstar
6
4

Marjorie Morgenstern, a conservative Jewish girl decides to join the acting profession after falling in love with Catskills entertainer Noel Airman. They begin a relationship and he renames her Marjorie Morningstar, even though Airman’s writer, playwright Wally Wronkin is romantically interested in Marjorie and is more suitable for her. 

Role:
Noel Airman
Starring:
Natalie Wood, Edd Byrnes, Carolyn Jones, Martin Milner, Claire Trevor, Everett Sloane
Directed By:
Irving Rapper
27. Thousands Cheer (1943)
7
3
Thousands Cheer
7
3

Private Eddie Marsh has recently joined the army but possesses an entertainer’s spirit. On his way to arranging a grand show for his fellow soldiers, he falls in love with Colonel Bill Jones’ daughter Kathryn. Now he must put on the greatest show to impress the Colonel and get his blessings. 

Role:
Pvt. Eddie Marsh
Starring:
Donna Reed, Mickey Rooney, Red Skelton, Lena Horne, Ann Sothern, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball
Directed By:
George Sidney
28. The Devil Makes Three (1952)
6
3
The Devil Makes Three
6
3

Captain Jeff meets the only surviving daughter of a family that saved him many years ago. She works as a nightclub hostess and despises Americans. Regardless, they begin dating, but soon it seems that she is part of an underground Nazi group.

Role:
Capt. Jeff Eliot
Starring:
Pier Angeli, Richard Rober, Richard Egan, Claus Clausen
Directed By:
Andrew Marton
29. Living in a Big Way (1947)
5
4
Living in a Big Way
5
4

Leo marries Margaud after a brief romance before he is sent to fight in a war. When he returns, he is surprised to see that not only is his bride different from what she led him to believe, but she also wants a divorce fast.   

Role:
Leo Gogarty
Starring:
Shelley Winters, Charles Winninger, Spring Byington, Marie McDonald
Directed By:
Gregory La Cava
30. Pilot #5 (1943)
6
3
Pilot #5
6
3
Role:
Vito S. Alessandro
Starring:
Franchot Tone, Alan Baxter, Marsha Hunt, Van Johnson
Directed By:
George Sidney
31. It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1951)
6
3
It's a Big Country: An American Anthology
6
3

Told in eight episodes, the film covers different facets of American culture and spirit. It all begins with a professor being asked by a fellow passenger during a train journey if he loves America, to which he responds by counter-asking, “Which America”. The simple question leads to the unfolding of diverse layers of American ethos.   

Starring:
Gary Cooper, Ethel Barrymore, James Whitmore, Keenan Wynn, Janet Leigh, Fredric March, Van Johnson
Directed By:
Don Weis, William A. Wellman, Clarence Brown, John Sturges, Charles Vidor
32. The Happy Road (1957)
6
3
The Happy Road
6
3

The Happy Road is a comedy film which revolves around two students, Danny, an American boy and Janine, a French girl, who study at a Swiss boarding school. They soon fall for each other, and decide to run away from the school. Meanwhile, the boy’s father and the girl’s mother join forces to search for them, but in the process, they fall for one another.    

Role:
Mike Andrews
Starring:
Michael Redgrave, Barbara Laage, Bobby Clark, Brigitte Fossey
Directed By:
Gene Kelly
33. Crest of the Wave (1954)
5
3
Crest of the Wave
5
3
Role:
Lt. 'Brad' Bradville (USN)
Starring:
Bernard Lee, Sidney James, John Justin, Jeff Richards
Directed By:
Roy Boulting, John Boulting
34. Xanadu (1980)
8
7
Xanadu
PG
8
7

A Greek muse Kira is incarnated on Earth to encourage people. She inspires Dan McGuire to meet Sonny Malone so that together they can build a roller-skating disco called 'Xanadu.'

Role:
Danny McGuire
Starring:
Olivia Newton-John, Joe Mantegna, James Sloyan, Michael Beck
Directed By:
Robert Greenwald
35. Gene Kelly in New York, New York (1966)
4
3
Gene Kelly in New York, New York
4
3
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Woody Allen, Gower Champion, Tommy Steele, Damita Jo Freeman
Directed By:
Charles S. Dubin
36. Viva Knievel! (1977)
3
4
Viva Knievel!
PG
3
4

Viva Knievel!, In which American stunt performer Evel Knievel appears as himself is a fictional story. Opening with Knievel sneaking into an orphanage to deliver presents, the plot kicks up when he is offered a huge sum to perform in Mexico. He accepts the offer unaware that drug lords have planned to murder him and then use his corpse to transport drugs into US. 

Role:
Will Atkins
Starring:
Leslie Nielsen, Lauren Hutton, Red Buttons, Evel Knievel
Directed By:
Gordon Douglas
37. That's Dancing! (1985)
8
3
That's Dancing!
G
8
3
Role:
Himself - Host
Starring:
Liza Minnelli, Ray Bolger, Sammy Davis Jr., Mikhail Baryshnikov
Directed By:
Jack Haley Jr.
38. Combat Fatigue Irritability (1945)
7
3
Combat Fatigue Irritability
7
3
Role:
Seaman Bob Lucas
Starring:
Harlan Warde, Jocelyn Brando, Lauren Gilbert
Directed By:
Gene Kelly

Director

Singin' in the Rain (1952)
60
12
Singin' in the Rain
G
60
12

Considered as the ‘greatest musical,’ the film depicts silent era’s popular on-screen pair Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont who are perceived as real-life couple by many, including Lina. When their movie is transformed into a musical, Don sails through beautifully, while Lina’s shrill voice is secretly dubbed by Kathy Selden whom Don is dating. What happens when Lina finds out the truth? 

Starring:
Debbie Reynolds, Lana Turner, Rita Moreno, Donald O'Connor, Jean Hagen
Directed By:
Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
On the Town (1949)
11
4
On the Town
11
4

Gabey, Chip and Ozzie are three sailors who are on a 24-hour leave in New York City, and they decide to make every second count. However, things get complicated when all three of them fall in love with three different women.

Starring:
Frank Sinatra, Judy Holliday, Bea Benaderet, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin
Directed By:
Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)
8
3
That's Entertainment, Part II
G
8
3
Starring:
Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby,
Directed By:
Gene Kelly
Gigot (1962)
8
3
Gigot
8
3

A simple minded mute janitor - Gigot - lives alone in his dingy home and earns meagre income. For his neighbours and everyone else around, he is the laughingstock. However, one rainy day he comes across a woman and her daughter and brings them back to his home. Soon, he forms an adorable bond with the little girl and does everything to make her happy.

Starring:
Jackie Gleason, Gabrielle Dorziat, Katherine Kath, Jean Lefebvre, Jacques Marin
Directed By:
Gene Kelly
American in Paris (1964)
7
3
American in Paris
7
3
Starring:
Marcel Dalio, Van Johnson, Jan Sterling, Judi Meredith
Directed By:
Gene Kelly
Hello, Dolly! (1969)
10
4
Hello, Dolly!
G
10
4

Dolly is a matchmaker who is currently searching for a wife for Horace, a grumpy man who is a “half-millionaire”. However, soon it seems that she wants to marry him herself, and eventually, she travels to Yonkers to pay him a visit. However, she is met with surprise when she learns that Horace loves a woman named Irene. However, Irene doesn’t love Horace, but is only interested in financial security.

Starring:
Barbra Streisand, Michael Crawford, Walter Matthau, Scatman Crothers, Marianne McAndrew, Danny Lockin
Directed By:
Gene Kelly
It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
7
3
It's Always Fair Weather
7
3
Starring:
Thurl Ravenscroft, Dan Dailey, June Foray, Cyd Charisse
Directed By:
Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
The Cheyenne Social Club (1970)
7
3
The Cheyenne Social Club
PG
7
3
Starring:
James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Shirley Jones, Sue Ane Langdon, Elaine Devry
Directed By:
Gene Kelly
A Guide for the Married Man (1967)
6
3
A Guide for the Married Man
PG
6
3
Starring:
Jayne Mansfield, Inger Stevens, Art Carney, Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Majel Barrett, Jack Benny
Directed By:
Gene Kelly
Combat Fatigue Irritability (1945)
6
3
Combat Fatigue Irritability
6
3
Starring:
Harlan Warde, Jocelyn Brando, Lauren Gilbert
Directed By:
Gene Kelly
The Happy Road (1957)
5
3
The Happy Road
5
3

The Happy Road is a comedy film which revolves around two students, Danny, an American boy and Janine, a French girl, who study at a Swiss boarding school. They soon fall for each other, and decide to run away from the school. Meanwhile, the boy’s father and the girl’s mother join forces to search for them, but in the process, they fall for one another.    

Starring:
Michael Redgrave, Barbara Laage, Bobby Clark, Brigitte Fossey
Directed By:
Gene Kelly
The Tunnel of Love (1958)
5
4
The Tunnel of Love
5
4

Augie and Isolde Poole turn in an application to an adoption agency, after failing to have a baby. Unfortunately, misunderstandings alienate Estelle Novick, a representative of the agency and later a drugged Augie starts believing he has impregnated Estelle. Augie must prove his innocence and save his marriage. 

Starring:
Doris Day, Richard Widmark, Gig Young, Gia Scala, Elisabeth Fraser
Directed By:
Gene Kelly

Narrator/Dubbing

That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)
12
4
That's Entertainment, Part II
G
12
4
Role:
Self - Co-Host / Narrator
Starring:
Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby,
Directed By:
Gene Kelly
A Guide for the Married Man (1967)
10
6
A Guide for the Married Man
PG
10
6
Role:
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Starring:
Jayne Mansfield, Inger Stevens, Art Carney, Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Majel Barrett, Jack Benny
Directed By:
Gene Kelly

Animation Movies

Jack and the Beanstalk (1967)
10
4
Jack and the Beanstalk
10
4
Role:
Jeremy Keen, Proprietor (Peddler)
Starring:
Ted Cassidy, Don Messick, Bobby Riha, Marian McKnight
Directed By:
Gene Kelly
Invitation to the Dance (1956)
14
8
Invitation to the Dance
14
8

Invitation to the Dance is a musical anthology film which tells us three different stories, told in an unusual way, no words and only dance.

Role:
The Clown in 'Circus' / The Marine in 'Ring Around the Rosy' / Sinbad in 'Sinbad the Sailor'
Starring:
Tamara Toumanova, Igor Youskevitch, Claire Sombert, Diana Adams
Directed By:
Gene Kelly
The Magic Lamp (1956)
5
3
The Magic Lamp
5
3
Starring:
David Kasday
Directed By:
Gene Kelly

Special Appearance/Cameo

Let's Make Love (1960)
14
7
Let's Make Love
14
7

Let’s Make Love is a musical romantic comedy film which tells the story of Jean Marc Clement, a billionaire, who learns that he is being satirized in an off-Broadway revue. He goes to the theatre, where he sees Amanda Dell rehearing a song. When the director mistakes him to be an actor, Jean decides to play along, as he finds himself attracted to Amanda.

Role:
Gene Kelly (uncredited)
Starring:
Milton Berle, Bing Crosby, Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall, Wilfrid Hyde-White
Directed By:
Love Is Better Than Ever (1952)
5
4
Love Is Better Than Ever
5
4

A small-town-girl Anastacia falls for a smart theater agent Jud Parker. Although he reciprocates her feelings, he doesn’t like her well enough to give up his bachelor life. However, Anastacia decides to set up a trap for him.

Role:
Gene Kelly (uncredited)
Starring:
Elinor Donahue, Elizabeth Taylor, Josephine Hutchinson, Ann Doran
Directed By:
Stanley Donen

TV Shows

Omnibus
10
1
Omnibus
10
1
Starring:
Elsa Lanchester, Jessica Tandy, Buddy Ebsen, William Shatner, Christopher Plummer, Jean Stapleton, Ray Walston
Directed By:
Going My Way
9
2
Going My Way
9
2
Role:
Father Chuck O'Malley (30 episodes, 1962-1963)
Starring:
George Harris Kennedy, Jr, Cloris Leachman, Jane Wyatt, James Doohan, James Whitmore, Ray Walston, Richard Carlson
North and South
24
6
North and South
24
6
Starring:
Hal Holbrook, David Carradine, Jean Simmons, Patrick Swayze, Kirstie Alley, Forest Whitaker, Robert Mitchum
Directed By:
Richard T. Heffron
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
9
2
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
9
2
Starring:
Charles Bronson, Mary Tyler Moore, Bette Davis, James Dean, Lee Marvin, Charlton Heston, David Niven
Directed By:
Sins
8
3
Sins
8
3
Starring:
Capucine, Joan Collins, Timothy Dalton, Giancarlo Giannini, Lauren Hutton, Steven Berkoff, Jean-Pierre Aumont
Directed By:
Douglas Hickox
General Electric Theater
7
3
General Electric Theater
7
3
Starring:
Agnes Moorehead, Anne Baxter, Ray Milland, Geraldine Page, Ryan O'Neal, Jeanne Crain, Rod Taylor
Directed By:
The Love Boat
18
10
The Love Boat
TV-G
18
10
Starring:
Hayley Mills, Greer Garson, Alan Young, Telly Savalas, Karen Grassle, Adrienne Barbeau, Mary Wickes
Directed By:
Richard Kinon, Roger Duchowny, Robert Scheerer, Allen Baron, Ted Lange