Musicals The Best Musical Movies of All Time  

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The best musical movies of all time, ranked by fans and critics. This list include both the best original musical movies and those adapted from stage musicals and other materials. Musical films have a long tradition in cinema, dating back to the 1930s, when musical soundtracks were played alongside otherwise silent pictures. 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.
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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1965
The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more

2
1,274 661
The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1939
The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more

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1,296 655
Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1952
Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, and choreographed by Kelly and Donen. It ...more

4
1,357 718
Grease is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1978
Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more

5
1,407 508
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1964
Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more

6
1,049 606
West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1961
West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn ...more

7
808 547
My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1964
My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical of the same name based on the 1938 film adaptation of the original 1913 stage play Pygmalion by ...more

8
1,170 439
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1991
Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more

9
1,176 436
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1994
The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

10
1,079 599
Les Miserables is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2012
Les Misérables is a 2012 musical drama film directed by Tom Hooper, based on the 1862 French novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, which also inspired a 1980 concept album and 1985 ...more

11
905 572
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2002
Chicago is a 2002 American musical comedy film adapted from the satirical stage musical of the same name, exploring the themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Jazz Age Chicago. The film ...more

12
840 590
The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2004
The Phantom of the Opera is a 2004 British film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical of the same name, which in turn is based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra ...more

13
905 653
Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2008
Mamma Mia! is a 2008 British/American/Swedish musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the 1999 West End/2001 Broadway musical of the same name, based on the songs of successful pop group ABBA, ...more

14
857 613
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1975
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 British-American musical comedy horror film directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman and Richard O'Brien based on the 1973 musical ...more

15
793 311
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Republican Jew added 1989
The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more

16
785 564
Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2001
Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Australian–American pastiche-jukebox musical film directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. It tells the story of a young English poet/writer, Christian, who ...more

17
780 507
Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2007
Hairspray is a 2007 American musical romantic comedy film based on the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on John Waters's 1988 comedy film of the same name. Set in ...more

18
657 363
Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Republican Jew added 1971
Fiddler on the Roof is a 1971 American musical comedy-drama film produced and directed by Norman Jewison. It is an adaptation of the 1964 Broadway musical of the same name, with music composed ...more

19
535 460
Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1972
Cabaret is a 1972 musical film directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey. The film is set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1931, under the ominous ...more

20
469 403
Seven Brides for Seven Brother... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1954
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, is a musical film, photographed in Ansco Color in the CinemaScope format. The film was directed by Stanley Donen, with music by Saul Chaplin and Gene de Paul and ...more

21
523 350
The King and I is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1956
The King and I is a 1956 musical film made by 20th Century Fox, directed by Walter Lang and produced by Charles Brackett and Darryl F. Zanuck. The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is based on the ...more

22
412 385
Meet Me in St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1944
Meet Me in St. Louis is a 1944 musical film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer which tells the story of an American family living in St. Louis at the time of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World's Fair ...more

23
755 277
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
Republican Jew added 1992
Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

24
526 370
The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
1962
The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo. The film is based on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name by Meredith ...more

25
574 555
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Movies of All Time
2007
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 2007 musical slasher film directed by Tim Burton. It is an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning 1979 musical ...more