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The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

Updated November 25, 2020 220.1k 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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  • 1
    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
    831

    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
    1,071

    ActorsDebbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno, Cyd Charisse, Donald O'Connor

    Directed byStanley Donen, Gene Kelly

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    42nd Street
    505
    172

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

    Directed byLloyd Bacon

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  • 5
    Porgy and Bess

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

    Directed byOtto Preminger

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    Cinderella
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    383

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

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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  • 7
    On Moonlight Bay

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

    Directed byRoy Del Ruth

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    Rocketman
    334
    74

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

    Directed byDexter Fletcher

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  • 9
    Bedknobs and Broomsticks

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

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • 10
    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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  • 11
    The Harvey Girls

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

    Directed byGeorge Sidney, Robert Alton

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  • 12
    White Christmas
    1,138
    506

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

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

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    Mary Poppins Returns
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  • 14
    Aladdin
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    608

    ActorsRobin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker, Jonathan Freeman, Jim Cummings

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • 15
    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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

    Directed byHoward Hawks

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  • 16
    The Court Jester

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

    Directed byNorman Panama, Melvin Frank

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  • 17
    Cinderella
    362
    109

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

    Directed byRalph Nelson

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  • 18
    Holiday Inn
    455
    152

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

    Directed byMark Sandrich

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  • 19
    Presenting Lily Mars

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

    Directed byNorman Taurog, Roy Del Ruth

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  • 20
    Moon Over Miami

    ActorsBetty Grable, Don Ameche, Carole Landis, Robert Cummings, Minor Watson

    Directed byWalter Lang

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  • 21
    Cabin in the Sky

    Directed byBusby Berkeley, Vincente Minnelli

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  • 22
    Fiddler on the Roof

    ActorsPaul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol, Molly Picon, Ray Lovelock, Leonard Frey

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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  • 23
    I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now

    ActorsJune Haver, Mark Stevens

    Directed byLloyd Bacon

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  • 24
    Tin Pan Alley
    261
    65

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

    Directed byWalter Lang

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  • 25
    It Started with Eve

    ActorsCharles Laughton, Deanna Durbin, Robert Cummings

    Directed byHenry Koster

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