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The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

Updated November 25, 2020 219.7k votes 8.6k voters 150.8k views356 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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    The Little Mermaid
    1,700
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    ActorsJodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    The Lion King
    1,996
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    ActorsWhoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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    Singin' in the Rain
    2,499
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    ActorsDebbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno, Cyd Charisse, Donald O'Connor

    Directed byStanley Donen, Gene Kelly

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    42nd Street
    505
    171

    ActorsGinger Rogers, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Toby Wing, Bebe Daniels

    Directed byLloyd Bacon

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  • 5
    On Moonlight Bay

    ActorsDoris Day, Mary Wickes, Ellen Corby, Leon Ames, Rosemary DeCamp

    Directed byRoy Del Ruth

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    Porgy and Bess

    ActorsSidney Poitier, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dorothy Dandridge, Diahann Carroll

    Directed byOtto Preminger

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    Cinderella
    962
    382

    ActorsJune Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton, Jimmy MacDonald, Lucille Bliss

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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    Rocketman
    334
    73

    ActorsTaron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Directed byDexter Fletcher

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  • 9
    In the Good Old Summertime

    ActorsLiza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Buster Keaton, Van Johnson, Spring Byington

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard, Buster Keaton

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    Mary Poppins Returns
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    Bedknobs and Broomsticks

    ActorsAngela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall, Bruce Forsyth, Lennie Weinrib, Reginald Owen

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • 12
    The Harvey Girls

    ActorsJudy Garland, Angela Lansbury, Cyd Charisse, Ray Bolger, Marjorie Main

    Directed byGeorge Sidney, Robert Alton

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  • 13
    White Christmas
    1,137
    506

    ActorsBing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Mary Wickes, Dean Jagger

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

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  • 14
    The Court Jester

    ActorsAngela Lansbury, Danny Kaye, Basil Rathbone, John Carradine, Alan Napier

    Directed byNorman Panama, Melvin Frank

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  • 15
    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    ActorsMarilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Harry Carey, Jr., Charles Coburn

    Directed byHoward Hawks

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    Cinderella
    362
    107

    ActorsJulie Andrews, Edie Adams, Alice Ghostley, Kaye Ballard, Ilka Chase

    Directed byRalph Nelson

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  • 17
    Aladdin
    1,344
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    ActorsRobin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker, Jonathan Freeman, Jim Cummings

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • 18
    Cabin in the Sky

    Directed byBusby Berkeley, Vincente Minnelli

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  • 19
    Holiday Inn
    455
    150

    ActorsBing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin, James Bell, Mildred Harris

    Directed byMark Sandrich

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  • 20
    Mother Wore Tights

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

    Directed byWalter Lang

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  • 21
    I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now

    ActorsJune Haver, Mark Stevens

    Directed byLloyd Bacon

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  • 22
    Tin Pan Alley
    261
    64

    ActorsBetty Grable, Alice Faye, Billy Gilbert, Elisha Cook, Jr.

    Directed byWalter Lang

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  • 23
    Presenting Lily Mars

    ActorsJudy Garland, Tommy Dorsey, Van Heflin, Richard Carlson, Fay Bainter

    Directed byNorman Taurog, Roy Del Ruth

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  • 24
    My Blue Heaven

    ActorsBetty Grable, Jane Wyatt, Mitzi Gaynor, David Wayne, Louise Beavers

    Directed byHenry Koster

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  • 25
    Broadway Melody of 1940

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

    Directed byNorman Taurog

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