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Rankings:

These rankings are 100% my opinion and you're welcome to disagree.  I put them here to help recommend the different films based on their strengths and weaknesses.  For example, if you love the dancing and don't care much about plot, check out the "Ranked by Best Dancing" list.  If music is more important however, you may wish to consult "Ranked by Best Song List."  The "Best Rogers-Astaire Musicals" list is an overall ranking of the films taking everything into consideration, and of course "Elizabeth's Favorites" are exactly that.

The Best Rogers-Astaire Musicals

  1. TOP HAT (1935)
  2. SWING TIME (1936)
  3. THE BARKLEYS OF BROADWAY (1949)
  4. FOLLOW THE FLEET (1936)
  5. SHALL WE DANCE (1937)
  6. THE GAY DIVORCEE (1934)
  7. CAREFREE (1938)
  8. THE STORY OF VERNON AND IRENE CASTLE (1939)
  9. ROBERTA (1935)
  10. FLYING DOWN TO RIO (1933)

Elizabeth's Favorite Rogers-Astaire Films

  1. TOP HAT (1935)
  2. THE BARKLEYS OF BROADWAY (1949)
  3. FOLLOW THE FLEET (1936)
  4. SWING TIME (1936)
  5. SHALL WE DANCE (1937)
  6. THE STORY OF VERNON AND IRENE CASTLE (1939)
  7. CAREFREE (1938)
  8. THE GAY DIVORCEE (1934)
  9. ROBERTA (1935)
  10. FLYING DOWN TO RIO (1933)

Ranked by Best Dancing

  1. TOP HAT (1935)
  2. FOLLOW THE FLEET (1936)
  3. THE BARKLEYS OF BROADWAY (1949)
  4. SWING TIME (1936)
  5. THE GAY DIVORCEE (1934)
  6. CAREFREE (1938)
  7. THE STORY OF VERNON AND IRENE CASTLE (1939)
  8. ROBERTA (1935)
  9. SHALL WE DANCE (1937)
  10. FLYING DOWN TO RIO (1933)

Ranked by Best Song List

  1. TOP HAT (1935)
  2. (tie) FOLLOW THE FLEET (1936)
           SHALL WE DANCE (1937)
  3. THE BARKLEYS OF BROADWAY (1949)
  4. SWING TIME (1936)
  5. THE GAY DIVORCEE (1934)
  6. ROBERTA (1935)
  7. CAREFREE (1938)
  8. THE STORY OF VERNON AND IRENE CASTLE (1939)
  9. FLYING DOWN TO RIO (1933)

Ranked by Best Plot

  1. (tie) SHALL WE DANCE (1937)
           THE BARKLEYS OF BROADWAY (1949)
  2. SWING TIME (1936)
  3. CAREFREE (1938)
  4. FOLLOW THE FLEET (1936)
  5. THE GAY DIVORCEE (1934)
  6. TOP HAT (1935)
  7. THE STORY OF VERNON AND IRENE CASTLE (1939)
  8. ROBERTA (1935)
  9. FLYING DOWN TO RIO (1933)

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