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The Best Musical Love Story Movies 

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Updated June 17, 2019 3k votes 586 voters 26.2k views 41 items

Sometimes, it's best to say "I love you" in a song. Perhaps that's why musicals and romances are a match made in heaven. The best musical love story movies feature a couple overcoming obstacles – or even their initial dislike of each other – in order to find their happy ending. This is a list of the top musical love story movies, including everything from The Sound of Music to My Fair Lady to La La Land.

What films will you find on this list of the best musical love stories? Bad boy Danny (John Travolta) and girl-next-door Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) turned their “Summer Nights” into romantic days in the 1978 smash Grease. “You're the One That I Want,” “Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee,” and “Beauty School Drop-Out” are just a few of the popular songs from this comedic, romantic musical. On the dramatic end of the spectrum, the heartbreaking classic West Side Story brings Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet to 20th century New York City. Other movies featured here include Across the Universe, Funny Face, and Pitch Perfect.

Which romantic musicals are your favorites? Give the best films a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list, and please add any heartwarming movies that are missing.

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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

Released: 1961

Directed by: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

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

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Grease is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

Released: 1978

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

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

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

Released: 1952

Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

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

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#2 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #9 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs Every Song in Singin' in the Rain, Ranked by Singability

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Wise

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

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#1 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time Every Song in The Sound of Music, Ranked by Singabilitylisted on Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes

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The Phantom of the Opera... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver

Released: 2004

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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

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#561 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #15 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd

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

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#492 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #9 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews

Released: 2007

Directed by: Kevin Lima

Enchanted is a 2007 American musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures with New York Academy Barry Sonnenfeld and Josephson Entertainment. ...more

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#136 of 590 The Best Animated Films Ever #54 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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La La Land is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend

Released: 2016

Directed by: Damien Chazelle

La La Land is a 2016 American romantic musical comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, and Rosemarie DeWitt. The plot ...more

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#1,410 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies Every Song in La La Land, Ranked by Singabilitylisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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The Greatest Showman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Simča Damková added Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams

Released: 2017

Directed by: Michael Gracey

The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American biographical musical drama film directed by Michael Gracey. American showman P. T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) becomes the founder of the circus that became the ...more

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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes

Released: 2007

Directed by: Adam Shankman

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

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#21 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #32 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs Every Song in Hairspray, Ranked by Singability

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Moulin Rouge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Zsa Zsa Gábor, José Ferrer, Peter Cushing

Released: 1952

Directed by: John Huston

Moulin Rouge is a 1952 British drama film directed by John Huston, produced by John and James Woolf for their Romulus Films company and released by United Artists. The film is set in Paris in ...more
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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett

Released: 1964

Directed by: George Cukor

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

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#7 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time Every Song in My Fair Lady, Ranked by Singabilitylisted on Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes

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Forever My Girl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Ziad A. Shaaban added Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, John Benjamin Hickey

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bethany Ashton Wolf

Forever My Girl is a 2018 romantic drama film directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf. After being gone for a decade, a country star (Alex Roe) returns home to the love (Jessica Rothe) he left behind.
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Funny Girl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
RuthNatashaSusanto added Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Anne Francis

Released: 1968

Directed by: William Wyler

Funny Girl, the film, is a 1968 American biographical romantic musical comedy-drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Isobel Lennart was adapted from her book for the eponymous ...more

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#52 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time Every Song in Funny Girl, Ranked by Singabilitylisted on The Most Popular Broadway Musicals of All Time

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Ag... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Meryl Streep, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ol Parker

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a 2018 jukebox musical romantic comedy film directed by Ol Parker, and a sequel to the 2008 film. Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) learns more about how her mother fronted ...more

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Been So Long is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Been So Long Michaela Coel, Arinzé Kene, George MadKay

Released: 2018

Directed by: Tinge Krishnan

Been So Long is a 2018 musical film directed by Tinge Krishnan based on the musical by Arthur Darvill and Ché Walker. Simone (Michaela Coel), a single mother, meets and falls in love with ...more
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The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett

Released: 1962

Directed by: Morton DaCosta

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

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#13 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #41 of 101 The Best Dance Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Seven Brides for Seven B... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Julie Newmar, Jane Powell, Howard Keel

Released: 1954

Directed by: Stanley Donen

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

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Pitch Perfect 3 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Simča Damková added Pitch Perfect 3 Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson

Directed by: Trish Sie

Pitch Perfect 3 is a 2017 American musical comedy film directed by Trish Sie. Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at ...more
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Pitch Perfect 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Simča Damková added Skylar Astin, John Michael Higgins, Ester Dean

Released: 2015

Directed by: Elizabeth Banks

Pitch Perfect 2 is a 2015 American music and comedy film written by Kay Cannon.
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Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jason Moore

Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. Featuring an ensemble cast, including Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Ester ...more

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#103 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #314 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies The Best Songs in Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2

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Meet Me in St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Judy Garland, Mary Astor, Margaret O'Brien

Released: 1944

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

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

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The Last Song is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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Released: 2010

Directed by: Julie Anne Robinson

The Last Song is a 2010 American coming of age teen romantic drama film developed alongside Nicholas Sparks's novel by the same name. The film was directed by Julie Anne Robinson in her feature ...more

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Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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Released: 2014

Directed by: Rob Marshall

Into the Woods is a 2014 American fantasy musical drama film directed by Rob Marshall, and adapted to the screen by James Lapine from his and Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning Broadway ...more

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#40 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #204 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Nina Foch

Released: 1951

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, and ...more

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