films The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up the greatest musicals released before 1970.

Sometimes it's easier to say things in a song. At least, that's the case in classic musical movies. The best old musical movies are upbeat, colorful, and full of catchy songs that help express deep emotion and tell a timeless story. This is a list of the best classic musical movies including everything from The Sound of Music to Singin' in the Rain to Fiddler on the Roof.

What films will you find in this roundup of early classic movie musicals? Maybe you're a fan of the sweeping romance West Side Story. Inspired by William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, this musical finds a young couple from rival New York street gangs falling in love, despite their families' animosity. Mary Poppins is another popular movie musical that continues to connect with fans each generation. The Technicolor favorite The Wizard of Oz took home two Academy Awards for its iconic music. Other good movies featured on this list of top classic musical films include High Society, Bye Bye Birdie, and The King and I.

Which timeless movie musical do you think is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any great musicals that are missing. And don't be shy about singing along!

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
Wizard of Oz Oliver Hardy, Larry Semon, Josef Swickard

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Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
Singin' in the Rain Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno

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The King and I is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
The King and I Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

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Oklahoma! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
Oklahoma! Shirley Jones, Rod Steiger, Eddie Albert

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Meet Me in St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
Meet Me in St. Louis Judy Garland, Mary Astor, Margaret O'Brien

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Seven Brides for Seven Brother... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
Guest_d382fd97-51ac-4bce-87a8-8c33d7248d8a added Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Julie Newmar, Jane Powell, Howard Keel

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Yankee Doodle Dandy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
Yankee Doodle Dandy James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston

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Anchors Aweigh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
Anchors Aweigh Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Dean Stockwell

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Show Boat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
Show Boat Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel

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Bye Bye Birdie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
Bye Bye Birdie Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret

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Guys and Dolls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
Guys and Dolls Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons

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Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
Oliver! Oliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter, Hugh Griffith

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South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
South Pacific France Nuyen, Doug McClure, Mitzi Gaynor

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Porgy and Bess is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
Porgy and Bess Sidney Poitier, Sammy Davis, Jr.

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High Society is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
High Society Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby

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A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
A Star Is Born Judy Garland, Amanda Blake, Laurindo Almeida

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Damn Yankees is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
Damn Yankees Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon

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A Chorus Line is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
A Chorus Line Michael Douglas, Audrey Landers, Khandi Alexander

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Carmen Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
Carmen Jones Dorothy Dandridge, Diahann Carroll, Harry Belafonte