If you watch Flying Down to Rio you will see Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers first dance together, The Carioca. It was 1933, the country was in the Depression and movies were made for escapism.
The man made 31 fabulous musicals so this is a very difficult job. We're picking Top Hat because you have to watch Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers " Dancing Cheek to Cheek" But you would also enjoy Swing Time or Shall We Dance?.
To see Fred Astaire with a different dance partner, Eleanor Powell and to see the flawless dance number to the beautiful Cole Porter song Begin the Beguine watch Broadway Melody of 1940.
Holiday Inn starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby is about all the holidays but we know the one you will remember is White Christmas.
Easter Parade is the movie that brought Fred Astaire out of retirement. His character's dance partner wants to become a solo act so he finds a new partner and it's Judy Garland.
One of the last of the great MGM musicals The Band Wagon takes us behind the scenes of a Broadway play and the Dancing in the Dark sequence is one of the most romantic numbers ever.
We're up to the 1950's and this is not getting any easier. Funny Face, ( Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn!) Silk Stockings ( a musical remaking of Ninotchka! ) How can we pick just one.
When Fred Astaire appeared in his first dramatic role, the subject matter was intense. There's been a nuclear holocaust and the world is ending. There's no dancing in On the Beach.
Fred Astaire was nominated for an Academy Awards for his supporting role in the disaster movie The Towering Inferno.
Here's a suggestion: Since the greatest dancer performed so many great movie dance numbers that we didn't pick, watch That's Entertainment! Fred Astaire is one of the narrators and featured performers.
Fred Astaire Academy Awards®
Best Supporting Actor Nomination for The Towering Inferno --- 1975 Honorary Academy Award --- 1950