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The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

Updated October 24, 2020 221.0k votes 8.6k voters 150.0k views373 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time
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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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time
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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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time
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    ActorsDebbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno, Cyd Charisse, Donald O'Connor

    Directed byStanley Donen, Gene Kelly

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  • 4
    Porgy and Bess is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

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

    Directed byOtto Preminger

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    42nd Street is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time
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    ActorsGinger Rogers, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Toby Wing, Bebe Daniels

    Directed byLloyd Bacon

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  • 6
    On Moonlight Bay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

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

    Directed byRoy Del Ruth

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    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time
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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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  • 8
    In the Good Old Summertime is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

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

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard, Buster Keaton

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  • 9
    Rocketman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time
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    ActorsTaron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Directed byDexter Fletcher

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    Mary Poppins Returns is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time
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    Mary Poppins Returns

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  • 11
    The Harvey Girls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

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

    Directed byGeorge Sidney, Robert Alton

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  • 12
    Roberta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time
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    ActorsLucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Irene Dunne, Randolph Scott

    Directed byWilliam A. Seiter

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    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time
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    ActorsJulie Andrews, Edie Adams, Alice Ghostley, Kaye Ballard, Ilka Chase

    Directed byRalph Nelson

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  • 14
    The Court Jester is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

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

    Directed byNorman Panama, Melvin Frank

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  • 15
    Once Upon a Mattress is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

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

    Directed byKathleen Marshall

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  • 16
    My Blue Heaven is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

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

    Directed byHenry Koster

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  • 17
    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

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

    Directed byHoward Hawks

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  • 18
    Tin Pan Alley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time
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    ActorsBetty Grable, Alice Faye, Billy Gilbert, Elisha Cook, Jr.

    Directed byWalter Lang

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  • 19
    Cabin in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    Directed byBusby Berkeley, Vincente Minnelli

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  • 20
    White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time
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    ActorsBing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Mary Wickes, Dean Jagger

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

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  • 21
    Bedknobs and Broomsticks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

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

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • 22
    I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsJune Haver, Mark Stevens

    Directed byLloyd Bacon

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  • 23
    Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time
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    ActorsRobin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker, Jonathan Freeman, Jim Cummings

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    Presenting Lily Mars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

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

    Directed byNorman Taurog, Roy Del Ruth

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  • 25
    It's Always Fair Weather is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

    ActorsGene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Michael Kidd, Dan Dailey, David Burns

    Directed byStanley Donen, Gene Kelly

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