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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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A Chorus Line is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
Michael Douglas, Audrey Landers, Khandi Alexander
A Chorus Line is a 1985 American musical film directed by Richard Attenborough, starring Michael Douglas. The screenplay by Arnold Schulman is based on the Tony Award-winning book of the 1975 ...more
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Damn Yankees is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon
Damn Yankees is a musical comedy with a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story is a modern retelling of the Faust legend set ...more
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Stars and Stripes Forever is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
NikiSanders added Robert Wagner, Debra Paget, Clifton Webb
Stars and Stripes Forever is a 1952 American biographical film about late-19th-/early-20th-century composer John Philip Sousa, played by Clifton Webb. Sousa is best known for his military ...more
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Porgy and Bess is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
Sidney Poitier, Sammy Davis, Jr.
Porgy and Bess is a 1959 American musical film directed by Otto Preminger. It is based on the 1935 opera of the same name by George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, and Ira Gershwin, which is in turn ...more
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Pal Joey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
OLDDAWG added Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak
Pal Joey is a 1957 American Technicolor musical film, loosely adapted from the musical play of the same name, and starring Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, and Kim Novak. Jo Ann Greer sang for ...more
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Can-Can is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
OLDDAWG added Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Louis Jourdan
Can-Can is a 1960 musical film made by Suffolk-Cummings productions and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Walter Lang, produced by Jack Cummings and Saul Chaplin, from a ...more
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Love Me or Leave Me is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
OLDDAWG added Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell
Love Me or Leave Me is a 1955 biographical romantic musical drama film which tells the life story of Ruth Etting, a singer who rose from dancer to movie star. It stars Doris Day as Etting, James ...more
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Carmen Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
Dorothy Dandridge, Diahann Carroll, Harry Belafonte
Carmen Jones is a 1954 American musical film starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte, produced and directed by Otto Preminger. The screenplay by Harry Kleiner is based on the libretto for ...more
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The Jolson Story is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Classic Musical Movies, Ranked
OLDDAWG added Al Jolson, Scotty Beckett, William Demarest
The Jolson Story is a 1946 Technicolor musical biography which purports to tell the life story of singer Al Jolson. It stars Larry Parks as Jolson, Evelyn Keyes as "Julie Benson", ...more