Gene Kelly movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘An American in Paris,’ ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ ‘Anchors Aweigh’

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Gene Kelly movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘An American in Paris,’ ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ ‘Anchors Aweigh’
All hail legendary song-and-dance man Gene Kelly on the 106th anniversary of his birth on August 23. In the history of American film, there were unarguably two great male dancers — Fred Astaire and Kelly. Astaire’s style was romantic and sophisticated, with long lines and elegant movement. Kelly’s style was more athletic — a guy’s guy, if you will — with a scrappy style that set him apart from other dancers of his era.

Kelly appeared to be able to do it all. He could dance, sing, and act in his films, ultimately choreographing and directing them as well. In the course of his nearly four decades on film, he starred in such classics as “An American in Paris” and “Anchors Aweigh,” as well as starring and co-directing the great musicals “On the Town” and “Singin’ in the Rain.”

For his work, Kelly earned two Golden Globe nominations — one for Best
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