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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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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1965

Actors: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies, + more

Directed by: Robert Wise

This is also one of the best musicals for kids.

The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more
2
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1964

Actors: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester, Paul Frees, Ed Wynn, + more

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more
3
Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1952

Actors: Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno, Cyd Charisse, Donald O'Connor, + more

Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, and choreographed by Kelly and Donen. It ...more
4
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1994

Actors: Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson, + more

Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
5
The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1939

Actors: Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Ray Bolger, + more

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more
6
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1991

Actors: Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach, Robby Benson, David Ogden Stiers, + more

Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more
7
Grease is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1978

Actors: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Sid Caesar, Joan Blondell, + more

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more
8
Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Republican Jew added 1971

Actors: Paul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol, Molly Picon, Ray Lovelock, Leonard Frey, + more

Directed by: Norman Jewison

Fiddler on the Roof is a 1971 American musical comedy-drama film produced and directed by Norman Jewison. It is an adaptation of the 1964 Broadway musical of the same name, with music composed ...more
9
Les Miserables is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2012

Actors: Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter, + more

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Les Misérables is a 2012 musical drama film directed by Tom Hooper, based on the 1862 French novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, which also inspired a 1980 concept album and 1985 ...more
10
West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1961

Actors: Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, + more

Directed by: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn ...more
11
White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1954

Actors: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Mary Wickes, Dean Jagger, + more

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

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
12
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Republican Jew added 1989

Actors: Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, + more

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more
13
The King and I is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1956

Actors: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Alan Mowbray, Martin Benson, + more

Directed by: Walter Lang

The King and I is a 1956 musical film made by 20th Century Fox, directed by Walter Lang and produced by Charles Brackett and Darryl F. Zanuck. The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is based on the ...more
14
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Republican Jew added 1992

Actors: Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker, Jonathan Freeman, Jim Cummings, + more

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
15
The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1962

Actors: Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Mary Wickes, Robert Preston, + more

Directed by: Morton DaCosta

The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo. The film is based on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name by Meredith ...more
16
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2002

Actors: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger, Queen Latifah, Richard Gere, + more

Directed by: Rob Marshall

Chicago is a 2002 American musical comedy film adapted from the satirical stage musical of the same name, exploring the themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Jazz Age Chicago. The film ...more
17
My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1964

Actors: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Theodore Bikel, + more

Directed by: George Cukor

My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical of the same name based on the 1938 film adaptation of the original 1913 stage play Pygmalion by ...more
18
Snow White and the Seven... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added 1937

Actors: Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald, Adriana Caselotti, Moroni Olsen, + more

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen, William Cottrell, + more

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
19
The Nightmare Before Chr... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1993

Actors: Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman, Greg Proops, Glenn Shadix, + more

Directed by: Henry Selick

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.
20
Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1972

Actors: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey, Marisa Berenson, Fritz Wepper, + more

Directed by: Bob Fosse

Cabaret is a 1972 musical film directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey. The film is set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1931, under the ominous ...more
21
Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2007

Actors: John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes, Zac Efron, Queen Latifah, + more

Directed by: Adam Shankman

Hairspray is a 2007 American musical romantic comedy film based on the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on John Waters's 1988 comedy film of the same name. Set in ...more
22
Willy Wonka & the Ch... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added 1971

Actors: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Roy Kinnear, Pat Coombs, + more

Directed by: Mel Stuart

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more
23
The Phantom of the Opera... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2004

Actors: Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver, Jennifer Ellison, Patrick Wilson, + more

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

The Phantom of the Opera is a 2004 British film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical of the same name, which in turn is based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra ...more
24
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added 1950

Actors: June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton, Jimmy MacDonald, Lucille Bliss, + more

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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
25
Seven Brides for Seven B... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1954

Actors: Julie Newmar, Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Ruta Lee, Russ Tamblyn, + more

Directed by: Stanley Donen

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, is a musical film, photographed in Ansco Color in the CinemaScope format. The film was directed by Stanley Donen, with music by Saul Chaplin and Gene de Paul and ...more