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The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

Updated November 25, 2020 222.9k votes 8.8k voters 152.3k 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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  • Singin' in the Rain1
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    ActorsDebbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno, Cyd Charisse, Donald O'Connor

    Directed byStanley Donen, Gene Kelly

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  • The Lion King2
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    ActorsWhoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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  • The Little Mermaid3
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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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  • Cinderella4
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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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  • Aladdin5
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    ActorsRobin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker, Jonathan Freeman, Jim Cummings

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • White Christmas6
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    ActorsBing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Mary Wickes, Dean Jagger

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

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  • Porgy and Bess7

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

    Directed byOtto Preminger

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  • 42nd Street8
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    ActorsGinger Rogers, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Toby Wing, Bebe Daniels

    Directed byLloyd Bacon

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  • Rocketman9
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    ActorsTaron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Directed byDexter Fletcher

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  • Mary Poppins Returns10
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    2018

    ActorsEmily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw

    Directed byRob Marshall

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  • The Nightmare Before Christmas11

    ActorsPaul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman, Greg Proops, Glenn Shadix

    Directed byHenry Selick

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  • The Harvey Girls12

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

    Directed byGeorge Sidney, Robert Alton

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  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!13

    ActorsBoris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith, Dallas McKennon, Thurl Ravenscroft

    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

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  • Fiddler on the Roof14

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

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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  • Cinderella15
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    ActorsJulie Andrews, Edie Adams, Alice Ghostley, Kaye Ballard, Ilka Chase

    Directed byRalph Nelson

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  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs16

    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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  • Holiday Inn17
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    ActorsBing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin, James Bell, Mildred Harris

    Directed byMark Sandrich

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  • Into the Woods18
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    ActorsBernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason, Tom Aldredge, Ben Wright, Chip Zien

    Directed byJames Lapine

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  • On Moonlight Bay19

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

    Directed byRoy Del Ruth

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  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks20

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

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes21

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

    Directed byHoward Hawks

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  • A Charlie Brown Christmas22

    ActorsBill Melendez, Peter Robbins, Geoffrey Ornstein, Sally Dryer, Karen Mendelson

    Directed byBill Melendez

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  • In the Good Old Summertime23

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

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard, Buster Keaton

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  • Annie Get Your Gun24

    ActorsKeenan Wynn, Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, J. Carrol Naish, Edward Arnold

    Directed byGeorge Sidney, Busby Berkeley, Charles Walters

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  • The King and I25
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    ActorsDeborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Alan Mowbray, Martin Benson

    Directed byWalter Lang

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