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The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

Updated October 24, 2020 220.9k votes 8.6k voters 150.0k views373 items

The best musical movies of all time, ranked by fans and critics. This list includes both the best original musical films and those adapted from stage musicals and other materials. Good musical movies have a long tradition in cinema, dating back to the 1930s, when most musical soundtracks were played alongside otherwise silent pictures. Could a classic musical movie be the top film musical? Since the 1950s and 60s, popular movie musicals such as Singin' in the Rain, Mary Poppins, and The Sound of Music have been favorites of children and adults alike. But which one of these great musicals deserves to be crowned the greatest musical movies of all time? You get to help decide with your votes.

And if you love hilarious famous musicals, be sure to check out our list of funny musicals.

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  • 26
    Neptune's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsMel Blanc, Ricardo Montalbán, Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Keenan Wynn

    Directed byEdward Buzzell

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  • 27
    Moon Over Miami is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsBetty Grable, Don Ameche, Carole Landis, Robert Cummings, Minor Watson

    Directed byWalter Lang

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  • 28
    Mother Wore Tights is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsBetty Grable, Anne Baxter, Dan Dailey, Mona Freeman, Connie Marshall

    Directed byWalter Lang

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  • 29
    The Girl Most Likely is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsCliff Robertson, Jane Powell, Tommy Noonan, Kaye Ballard, Keith Andes

    Directed byMitchell Leisen

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  • 30
    Two Sisters from Boston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsJune Allyson, Kathryn Grayson, Jimmy Durante, Peter Lawford, Lauritz Melchior

    Directed byHenry Koster

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  • 31
    Broadway Melody of 1940 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsFred Astaire, Frank Morgan, George Murphy, Eleanor Powell, Lynne Carver

    Directed byNorman Taurog

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  • 32
    Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsPaul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol, Molly Picon, Ray Lovelock, Leonard Frey

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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  • 33
    It Started with Eve is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsCharles Laughton, Deanna Durbin, Robert Cummings

    Directed byHenry Koster

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  • 34
    The Shocking Miss Pilgrim is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsMarilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Dick Haymes

    Directed byGeorge Seaton

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  • 35
    Holiday Inn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time
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    ActorsBing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin, James Bell, Mildred Harris

    Directed byMark Sandrich

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  • 36
    Gold Diggers of 1933 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsGinger Rogers, Joan Blondell, Billy Barty, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, Busby Berkeley

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  • 37
    Lili is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time
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    Lili

    1953

    ActorsZsa Zsa Gábor, Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Amanda Blake, Jean-Pierre Aumont

    Directed byCharles Walters

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  • 38
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsBilly Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald, Adriana Caselotti, Moroni Olsen

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen, William Cottrell

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  • 39
    Thrill of a Romance is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsEsther Williams, Van Johnson, Spring Byington, Lauritz Melchior, Ethel Griffies

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

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  • 40
    The King and I is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time
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    ActorsDeborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Alan Mowbray, Martin Benson

    Directed byWalter Lang

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  • 41
    Hans Christian Andersen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsDanny Kaye, Farley Granger, John Qualen, Erik Bruhn, George Chandler

    Directed byCharles Vidor

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  • 42
    That Lady in Ermine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsBetty Grable, Cesar Romero, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Whit Bissell

    Directed byOtto Preminger, Ernst Lubitsch

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  • 43
    The Band Wagon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time
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    ActorsFred Astaire, Julie Newmar, Cyd Charisse, Nanette Fabray, James Mitchell

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

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  • 44
    Three Daring Daughters is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsJeanette MacDonald, Jane Powell, José Iturbi

    Directed byFred M. Wilcox

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  • 45
    Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time
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    Gypsy

    1993

    ActorsBette Midler, Lacey Chabert, Elisabeth Moss, Ed Asner, Tony Shalhoub

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

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  • 46
    Annie Get Your Gun is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsKeenan Wynn, Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, J. Carrol Naish, Edward Arnold

    Directed byGeorge Sidney, Busby Berkeley, Charles Walters

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  • 47
    Ziegfeld Girl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time
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    ActorsJudy Garland, James Stewart, Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner, Eve Arden

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

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  • 48
    Two Girls and a Sailor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsAva Gardner, June Allyson, Van Johnson, Jimmy Durante, Gloria DeHaven

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

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  • 49
    Show Boat is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time
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    ActorsAva Gardner, Kathryn Grayson, Agnes Moorehead, Howard Keel, Joe E. Brown

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

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  • 50
    The Gay Divorcee is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsGinger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Betty Grable, Edward Everett Horton, Alice Brady

    Directed byMark Sandrich

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