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The Best Musical Love Story Movies

Updated June 11, 2020 3.8k votes 667 voters 31.4k views51 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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    Grease is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and... more

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    Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    Mamma Mia!

    Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep

    Released2008

    Directed byPhyllida Lloyd

    Mamma Mia! is a 2008 British/American/Swedish musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the... more
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    West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    West Side Story

    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno

    Released1961

    Directed byJerome Robbins, Robert Wise

    West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and... more

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    The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise... more

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    La La Land is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    La La Land

    Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

    Released2016

    Directed byDamien Chazelle

    La La Land is a 2016 American romantic musical comedy-drama film written and directed by... more
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    The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    The Phantom of the Opera

    Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler

    Released2004

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    The Phantom of the Opera is a 2004 British film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986... more
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    Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    Singin' in the Rain

    Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly

    Released1952

    Directed byStanley Donen, Gene Kelly

    Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley... more

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    Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    Hairspray

    John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released2007

    Directed byAdam Shankman

    Hairspray is a 2007 American musical romantic comedy film based on the 2002 Broadway musical... more
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    Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    Enchanted

    Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon

    Released2007

    Directed byKevin Lima

    Enchanted is a 2007 American musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film,... more

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    The Greatest Showman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    The Greatest Showman

    Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron

    Released2017

    Directed byMichael Gracey

    The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American biographical musical drama film directed by Michael... more

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    Moulin Rouge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    Moulin Rouge

    Zsa Zsa Gábor, José Ferrer

    Released1952

    Directed byJohn Huston

    Moulin Rouge is a 1952 British drama film directed by John Huston, produced by John and James... more
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    Forever My Girl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    Forever My Girl

    Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe

    Released2018

    Directed byBethany Ashton Wolf

    Forever My Girl is a 2018 romantic drama film directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf. After being... more
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    My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    My Fair Lady

    Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison

    Released1964

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical... more

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    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    Meryl Streep, Lily James

    Released2018

    Directed byOl Parker

    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a 2018 jukebox musical romantic comedy film directed by Ol... more
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    Funny Girl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    Funny Girl

    Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif

    Released1968

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Funny Girl, the film, is a 1968 American biographical romantic musical comedy-drama film... more

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    Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    Pitch Perfect

    Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2012

    Directed byJason Moore

    Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. Featuring an... more
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    The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    The Music Man

    Ron Howard, Shirley Jones

    Released1962

    Directed byMorton DaCosta

    The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones... more
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    Pitch Perfect 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    Pitch Perfect 3

    Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp

    Directed byTrish Sie

    Pitch Perfect 3 is a 2017 American musical comedy film directed by Trish Sie. Following their... more
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    Been So Long is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    Been So Long

    Michaela Coel, Arinzé Kene

    Released2018

    Directed byTinge Krishnan

    Been So Long is a 2018 musical film directed by Tinge Krishnan based on the musical by Arthur... more
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    Seven Brides for Seven Brother is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    Julie Newmar, Jane Powell

    Released1954

    Directed byStanley Donen

    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, is a musical film, photographed in Ansco Color in the... more
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    Pitch Perfect 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    Pitch Perfect 2

    Skylar Astin, John Michael Higgins

    Released2015

    Directed byElizabeth Banks

    Pitch Perfect 2 is a 2015 American music and comedy film written by Kay Cannon.

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    Meet Me in St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    Meet Me in St. Louis

    Judy Garland, Mary Astor

    Released1944

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    Meet Me in St. Louis is a 1944 musical film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer which tells the story of... more

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    An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    An American in Paris

    Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron

    Released1951

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral... more
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    The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    The Little Mermaid

    Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes

    Released1989

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney... more
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    The Last Song is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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    The Last Song

    Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth

    Released2010

    Directed byJulie Anne Robinson

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