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The Best Musical Movies of All Time  

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List Rules Only musical films - Regular soundtracks don't count

The best musical movies of all time, ranked by fans and critics. This list include both the best original musical movies and those adapted from stage musicals and other materials. Musical films have a long tradition in cinema, dating back to the 1930s, when musical soundtracks were played alongside otherwise silent pictures. 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.

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

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White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1954
White Christmas is a 1954 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen, loosely based on the 1942 film ...more
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Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1968
Oliver! is a 1968 British musical drama film directed by Carol Reed and based on the stage musical of the same name, with book, music and lyrics written by Lionel Bart. The screenplay was ...more
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2007
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 2007 musical slasher film directed by Tim Burton. It is an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning 1979 musical ...more
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Oklahoma! is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Countermoon added 1955
Oklahoma! is a 1955 musical film based on the 1943 stage musical Oklahoma!, written by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II and starring Gordon MacRae, Shirley ...more
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Annie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
wiabux added 1982
Annie is a 1982 American musical comedy-drama film adapted from Broadway musical of the same name by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan, which in turn is based on Little Orphan ...more
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La La Land is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Munin Nipitt added 2016
La La Land is a 2016 American romantic musical comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, and Rosemarie DeWitt. The plot ...more
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Tangled is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
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Tangled is a 2010 American computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely based on the German fairy tale ...more
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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
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Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. The 36th animated feature in the Walt ...more
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the German fairy tale by the ...more
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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1993
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson.
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Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2014
Into the Woods is a 2014 American fantasy musical drama film directed by Rob Marshall, and adapted to the screen by James Lapine from his and Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning Broadway ...more
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Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
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Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based on The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by The Brothers Grimm. The 16th ...more
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An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1951
An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, and ...more
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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
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The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
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Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the fairy tale "Cendrillon" by Charles Perrault, it is ...more
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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1984
Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of ...more
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Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added 1955
Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated musical romance film directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske. The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog ...more
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A Hard Day's Night is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
VisualSubterfuge added 1964
A Hard Day's Night is a 1964 British black-and-white comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—during the ...more
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South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
luc1364 added 1958
South Pacific is a 1958 American romantic musical film adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, and based on James A. Michener's Tales of the South Pacific. The film, ...more
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Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
MichaelOberg added 2007
Enchanted is a 2007 American musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures with New York Academy Barry Sonnenfeld and Josephson Entertainment. ...more
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The Greatest Showman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2017
The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American biographical musical drama film directed by Michael Gracey. American showman P. T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) becomes the founder of the circus that became the ...more
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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
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Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd animated feature in the ...more
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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
dan the critic added Beauty and the Beast 2017
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The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
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The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature film produced and released by Walt Disney Productions and features the voices of Eva Gabor, Hermione Baddeley, Phil Harris, Dean Clark, ...more
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Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Tom Islava added 1984
Amadeus - Directors Cut is a 1984 biography drama film written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Milos Forman.