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

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Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1952 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

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1,117 587
The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1939 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

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1,232 461
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1964 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

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Grease is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1978 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

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930 544
West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1961 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

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708 488
My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1964 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

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1991 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

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1,026 381
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1994 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

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948 516
Les Miserables is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2012 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

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2002 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

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746 510
The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2004 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

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761 554
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1975 The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 British-American musical comedy horror film directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman and Richard O'Brien based on the 1973 musical ...more

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685 270
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Republican Jew added 1989 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

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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2008 Mamma Mia! is a 2008 British/American/Swedish musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the 1999 West End/2001 Broadway musical of the same name, based on the songs of successful pop group ABBA, ...more

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Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2001 Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Australian–American pastiche-jukebox musical film directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. It tells the story of a young English poet/writer, Christian, who ...more

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Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Republican Jew added 1971 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

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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2007 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

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Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1972 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

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458 309
The King and I is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1956 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

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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Republican Jew added 1992 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

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber... is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Seven Brides for Seven Brother... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1954 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

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467 330
The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1962 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

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353 348
Meet Me in St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1944 Meet Me in St. Louis is a 1944 musical film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer which tells the story of an American family living in St. Louis at the time of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World's Fair ...more

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549 385
Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1987 Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more

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367 320
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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378 263
Oklahoma! is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added 1971 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

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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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Rent is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2005 Rent is a 2005 American musical drama film directed by Chris Columbus. It is an adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name, in turn based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème. ...more

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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added 1998 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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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 33 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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378 244
White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 34 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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275 316
An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 35 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 Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1977 Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American dance film directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a young man whose weekends are spent visiting a local Brooklyn discotheque; ...more

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270 356
Evita is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1996 Evita is a 1996 American musical drama film based on Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical of the same name about Eva Perón. Directed by Alan Parker and written by Parker and Oliver ...more

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454 287
La La Land is listed (or ranked) 39 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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354 326
School of Rock is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2003 School of Rock is a 2003 American comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, written by Mike White, and starring Jack Black. The main plot follows struggling rock singer and guitarist, Dewey ...more

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323 309
Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Tangled is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added 2010 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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Jesus Christ Superstar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1973 Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1973 British musical film directed by Canadian film director Norman Jewison. A film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera of the same name, the ...more

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Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2006 Dreamgirls is a 2006 American musical drama film, directed by Bill Condon and jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. The film debuted in three special road ...more

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added 1937 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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266 258
South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 46 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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365 279
Frozen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added 2013 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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Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
isadora added 1986 Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 American rock musical horror comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It is a film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name by composer Alan ...more

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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added 1967 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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The Greatest Showman is listed (or ranked) 50 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