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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.

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
The Sound of Music 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
Singin' in the Rain 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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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
The Wizard of Oz 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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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Mary Poppins 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
Grease 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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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
West Side Story 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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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
My Fair Lady 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
Beauty and the Beast 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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Les Miserables is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Les Miserables 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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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
The Lion King 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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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Chicago 2002 Chicago is a 2002 American musical comedy crime film adapted from the satirical stage musical of the same name, exploring the themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Jazz Age Chicago. ...more

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The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
The Phantom of the Opera 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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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
The Rocky Horror Picture Show 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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Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Moulin Rouge! 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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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Mamma Mia! 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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Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Republican Jew added Fiddler on the Roof 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) 17 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Hairspray 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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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Republican Jew added The Little Mermaid 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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Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Cabaret 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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The King and I is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
The King and I 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 Aladdin 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
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 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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The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
The Music Man 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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Seven Brides for Seven Brother... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 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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Meet Me in St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Meet Me in St. Louis 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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Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Oliver! 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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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Dirty Dancing 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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Oklahoma! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Countermoon added Oklahoma! 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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Rent is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Rent 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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Annie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
wiabux added Annie 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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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 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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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added Mulan 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
Footloose 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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White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
White Christmas 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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An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
An American in Paris 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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Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Saturday Night Fever 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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Evita is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Evita 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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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
The Nightmare Before Christmas 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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Jesus Christ Superstar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Jesus Christ Superstar 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) 40 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Dreamgirls 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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South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
luc1364 added South Pacific 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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School of Rock is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
School of Rock 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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Tangled is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added Tangled 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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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 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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Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
isadora added Little Shop of Horrors 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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La La Land is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Munin Nipitt added La La Land 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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Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
MichaelOberg added Enchanted 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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Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Into the Woods 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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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added Frozen 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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Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added Lady and the Tramp 1955 Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated romantic musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on 22 June 1955, by Buena Vista Distribution. The 15th film in the ...more