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The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

Updated November 25, 2020 220.7k votes 8.7k voters 150.9k 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.

  • 1
    The Little Mermaid

    ActorsJodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    Singin' in the Rain

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

    Directed byStanley Donen, Gene Kelly

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    The Lion King

    ActorsWhoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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  • 4
    42nd Street

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

    Directed byLloyd Bacon

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

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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    Porgy and Bess

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

    Directed byOtto Preminger

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    The Harvey Girls

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

    Directed byGeorge Sidney, Robert Alton

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

    Directed byDexter Fletcher

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  • 9
    On Moonlight Bay

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

    Directed byRoy Del Ruth

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    White Christmas

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

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

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    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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  • 12
    Bedknobs and Broomsticks

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

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Mary Poppins Returns

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    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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

    Directed byHoward Hawks

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

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • 16

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

    Directed byRalph Nelson

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  • 17
    Holiday Inn

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

    Directed byMark Sandrich

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  • 18
    Into the Woods

    ActorsBernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason, Tom Aldredge, Ben Wright, Chip Zien

    Directed byJames Lapine

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    Once Upon a Mattress

    ActorsZooey Deschanel, Bernadette Peters, Carol Burnett, Matthew Morrison, Tracey Ullman

    Directed byKathleen Marshall

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  • 20
    Fiddler on the Roof

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

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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  • 21
    Moon Over Miami

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

    Directed byWalter Lang

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  • 22
    Cabin in the Sky

    Directed byBusby Berkeley, Vincente Minnelli

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  • 23
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    ActorsBilly Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald, Adriana Caselotti, Moroni Olsen

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen, William Cottrell

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  • 24
    The Court Jester

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

    Directed byNorman Panama, Melvin Frank

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    Presenting Lily Mars

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

    Directed byNorman Taurog, Roy Del Ruth

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